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lympics let's see tomorrow. volgograd mourning the deaths of thirty four people after two blast ripped through the city's main railway station and a trolley bus all in a space of less than twenty four hours. fresh revelations claimed the n.s.a. intercepts computers bought on line bugs them with special software and spying gadgets before they reach their owners. and a look back at the top scandals and breakthroughs that shape the global news events twenty thirteen. eleven am in moscow i'm good to have you with us our top story this hour the first
funerals are to be held in volgograd after the city was devastated by two bomb attacks in the space of less than twenty four hours at least thirty four people killed and many more wounded margaret howell reports that the city today is in mourning. it is tense it's also very somber the traffic seems to be moving more slowly than i was able to catch up with some of the family members of people who have died namely the father of the security guard one of two people who will be having a funeral today and here is their story it's been one more of an easy night for the residents of russia's southern city of local and loved ones of the injured in two terror attacks held vigils in hospitals others mourned. he was a good man a good father a good son a good grandson or not so many of such good ones around the good ones die first they say. with barely contain tears lot of mere clutches the memory of
his son who was the first victim of sunday's attack in the train station sergei was a security guard there and. he had this job for about a year or so how it all happened on the video footage he was standing by the railing during the security check and then there was this man coming in and he just barely made it towards him and then there was a blast and it was over and no more footage he stopped that man who was trying to get through the security gate as he had to yes that's what the camera showed i saw him doing his job smiling he did what he had to do that was his duty. sergei's family night with only the conviction that he carried on his responsibilities to bring them any small comfort for others in the night brought fragile relief and the knowledge their loved ones were spared if they woke up the next morning to a second suicide bomber this time on
a city trolley bus. i can't remember any saying i was deafened by the blast we had almost reached the bus stop when the explosion went off it was like an electric shock all over my body i can't remember. i didn't see anyone i was sitting and looking out of the window when it happened i think i was the last to be carried out of the charley bus now no doubt any of the people of the southern russian city expected to have two suicide bombers factored into their new year's eve celebration shopping and travel plans well good crowd is still reeling after two days here attacks within the span of twenty four hours we met the tali in his home just hours after his friend was killed. i was shocked he had a family and a young wife and a small child so it is very sad to realize that a young man died in such a tragic accident and. stories like these are pouring over the only great city
limits with the residents there hoping for more time to mourn their families and friends and rebuild their lives in boca margaret how will our team. another one of the victims of sunday's blasted vulgarize main train station was police officer dimitri mack of kin who eyewitnesses say also threw himself at the bomber possibly saving dozens of lives investigators have been saying on both explosions were carried out by male suicide bombers and sources have named a suspect in sunday's attack citing him as a russian citizen who was reportedly a member of a dagestan based militant group volgograd is a big transport hub which could be one of the reasons why the city was targeted as you can see the city is about a thousand kilometers away from moscow and about seven hundred kilometers away from the olympic city of sochi security has been toughened across russia to stop imperialism dot com eric draitser things russian intelligence services have expects stance of experience in dealing with these situations. what we're going to see is
certainly a very public crackdown one that's intended to send a message but likely the real machinations are going to happen in private as the russian intelligence services in the various other relevant agencies do their work behind the scenes remember that this is precisely the kind of work that the russian intelligence services were doing in in the aftermath of the boston bombing here in the united states which according to the narrative also emanates from that very same region so we'll see much of the same and hopefully at least from the perspective of russian society we'll see an improvement in this situation as the services attempt to root out those terrorists. meanwhile the international olympic committee is rejecting claims the volgograd attacks could jeopardize security during the upcoming winter games in sochi the body issued a statement saying it believes russia will have no problem keeping the olympics safe. at all the latest developments and expert analysis online including
a timeline of the tragic events in volgograd and much more a click away at our t.v. dot com. democracy campaigners say freedom of expression could be at risk in many countries that profess to be biggest supporters and government protests intensified throughout the year and were often met with a heavy hand as if an ocean or reports. from the u.s. . canada. congress. to as far as thailand. and much of europe basically the large group of protesters people protest they are definitely on the street to show show show they are unhappy they're furious with the stereotype policies in europe the n.s.a. surveillance and drones in america and a wide range of concerns like freedom of the press and the loss of the secular
state in turkey. disenchanted disagreeing and desperate to be heard. people have their backs against the wall they're being squeezed economically they're seeing all of their dreams collapse around them and when they go through the usual channels of electoral democracy they just have a feeling that the governments aren't representing their interests so they feel they have no alternative but to take to the streets and express themselves in a way that the government cannot ignore them and the governments haven't ignored them. there is certainly a problem in many of these places in some sort of distinction some sort of gap between popular feeling and the way governments reac many of the protests sparked on different continents and in different countries these here and up these clashes between protesters and authorities the greatest fear the government has is
that people will feel protest is fashionable is that people will feel that democracy is fashionable some decided to use the law to protect themselves from these risks in chicago and come back and in spain and to protest laws that heavy fines or even jail sentences demonstrate. but dissipated in allegedly violent protest democracy is not just at the elected government it is also being able to. listen to a new cool great many different voices and it seems that democracies are under threat governments around the world face a crisis of legitimacy what's being passed off as representative democracy but which is actually government by corporatist globalist they make some minor concessions hoping that the protests will dissipate and then they can continue business as usual. which was probably just now becoming a move poor pitiful me with authorities to hardly be an easy thing to do the. paper
does different things they protest what they see is that police state they protest against the persecution of whistleblowers not only know. that you know exactly that that it would. reach notional. online in r t something to be intrigued about in the new year hours of phone conversations and scores of messages from tony blair and george w. bush before the bombs went off over iraq could become available to the public also what are the dotcom what used to be the sons north has now become its south wind out of the burning giant really flipped upside down and what effect they could have on other parts of the solar system including the earth. seems the n.s.a. is determined to keep up its surveillance new revelations claim the agency has been intercepting computers purchased online so it can plant spying software on them an article in germany's der spiegel magazine also states the agency installs rig
monitor cables allowing personnel to see what's displayed on the p.c. monitors of those under their watch that it's along with multiple disguised bugging devices that send and get data with the use of radio waves journalist david seaman believes the revelations will backfire on global tech companies. my understanding of it is that this is extremely widespread but is not so much the companies cooperating with the n.s.a. as it is the n.s.a. pouring tremendous amounts of money and talent into developing these hacks we're talking about complete orwellian control of innocent people's phones that innocent people's computers and laptops and i think that it undermines basic faith and confidence in american tech companies this is going to lead to a massive loss of revenue technology has the power to lift all of us up to provide more innovation and transparency that ever before in human history and that's the path that the internet was already on you see the explosion in online media and everybody has a voice in opinion in this global society but the n.s.a.
has destroyed a lot of that it's undermined basic faith in the internet. still to come we look at back at how edward snowden's revelations shocked millions of people around the world as the n.s.a. spy scandal became arguably the biggest story of twenty thirteen live details and the other top stories of the year if humans. it was the year these whack jobs introduced the. two by debt debt and lord debt the never ending list of fines for crimes to which j.p. morgan will never have to admit obamacare the corporate espionage surveillance state the bedroom tax the housing bubble.
and the new year in this edition of the process we ask what is in stores as we start two thousand and fourteen and what will make this year different even better from the you that is who should we keep borrowing and what stories should be. thirteen minutes past the hour now as the world counts down to the final hours of two thousand and thirteen we're looking back at the main stories that shaped the outgoing year when everyone will have some personal things to remember of the year for some of the year's main events reached out to affect millions from the global
spy scandal to diplomatic breakthroughs in the middle east and the early release of russia's most famous prisoner here's how the year may go down in history. i would describe this man as an american hero he's a hero but each node is a hero the whistleblower sent a world wide wake up call with the ultimate revelation of twenty thirteen the former n.s.a. analyst told it all america was spying on citizens world leaders friends and foes alike and the man has broken the laws and i damage the country i think is a traitor snowden quickly became the most wanted man of the year with the us ready to stop and search a president's plane just in case. my first thought when i was forced to land was how can your opinion countries obey the will of the us i imagine these nations would defenders of democracy snowden made moscow's airport his home for weeks before finding a way out it was not his plan to end up here and there was united states made him
stale us by revoking us passport and russia to its credit i sure recognized international law and granted him portholes are the whistleblower remains in an undisclosed location in the russian capital we didn't exactly. just this one last. night it is a lie to cover somebody want. to suck a. person someone told the truth snowden promises to keep the leaks coming through twenty fourteen together we can find a better balance and mass surveillance and for a mind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel asking is always cheaper than spying. the u.s. government can and will shut down it came to
a standstill for over two weeks in what's becoming an annual tradition grand america. took a beating here lawmakers couldn't agree on raising the debt ceiling and came very close to defaulting on some seventeen trillion dollars then surely the market's going to say we don't want to play this game anymore we're not ulit you money at any price the i.m.f. and world bank warned of dire consequences while china called for the world's d. americanization given that we see time and time again these political crisis appear in the us i think there would be more calls for sort of trying to reduce dependence in america eventually a deal and thousands of federal employees could go back to work parks and war memorials reopened and protests die down but the shut down side effects lingered on this was really a spectacle following a series of spectacles that has downgraded america's image worldwide to levels
i've never seen so low. with a new president a new mood iran's hassan rouhani broke the ice on over thirty years of frozen times between tehran and washington that rouhani is a. diplomat he will not be the one to back up from diplomacy first a phone call with obama while on his maiden visit to the u.n. then the nuclear deal of the decade the iranians have shown time after time that there is no evidence that he was a nuclear program is anything but peaceful is something that has been ignored by the western media and western governments but this despite all that iran's real cillian is has forced these countries to accept. enrichment and they can the russians and the chinese have played a very constructive role iran agreed to restrict and regulate its nuclear program but maintained the right to peaceful energy in return sanctions and rhetoric eased
russia held diplomacy for sealing the deal the west said it's harsh sanctions. keurig the breakthrough. ten years on and iraq still reels from violence a decade since the u.s. led invasion but twenty thirteen was also one of the bloodiest years. the united states employed a classic divide and rule strategy pitting people of different sects against each other and in inciting violence that is completely unprecedented in that country this is million deaths continue to mount. at the time of the occupation the us occupied hours favored certain groups in the population against others demolished the state that existed and so in there put in its place we are going to give you
something new and better democratic and wonderful. but this is just as good he has the most phenomenal amount of blood on his hands assad didn't go nor did the rebels. meantime the syrian civil war reached a hundred thousand deaths well it's still not resolved as to who was behind august chemical attack which killed some fifteen hundred people appear on. to our investigation that that was used by opening so anybody who reads the facts and puts the dots together which is easy to do and they made it easy to do. understand. what those facts mean those facts weren't revealed yet brought obama very close to direct military action against a mascot he was committed to launch a bombing campaign but then a breakthrough there is a historic resolution is to force the whole for dualists on syria in our own time
russia and the us let it deal which saw president also agreed to give up syria's chemical weapons the slow disarmament process began but still no sign from the fractured rebel factions of a willingness to unite for peace. the arab spring is still not blooming it's actually quite shameful to see countries and leaders of western governments who hail themselves because of democracy supporting the slaughter of democracy and its supporters in into it now only may have pulled the trigger yes but it was the west that loaded the gun mohamed morsi and the muslim brotherhood didn't survive long at the helm of egypt he spent most of twenty thirteen behind bars when he was removed by the military after mass protests hit again we have seen an. overthrow. is shameful that the western leaders are going around
calling this is an old sanctioned military coup in tunisia and libya the chaos continues people are desperate to try and put a cover all of what has been created by the libyan disaster in the fall of gadhafi . one ton and most not going the guards strap it is headed out to a chair and they put a mask over his face so that the detainee can't move bite or spit and the nurse snakes the feeding tube into a nasal cavity a mass hunger strike refocused global attention on the prison at one point most inmates. we're refusing food the prisoners has not met one another and speak different languages keep saying the same thing that we were tortured we were abused they tied our hands to the chair they shackled our legs to the ground they put a struggle across and they forced in a tube into our noses for said twice daily the routine for many at the prison which
president obama pledged to close over five years ago. drones targeting terrorists but killing more civilians how many people are we going to have to kill before we can finally say ok that's it objective achieved war over we can call this thing of terrorists in yemen and pakistan but also wedding parties and family dinners entire communities being shattered so you may have one or two or three intended targets being killed the bad guys but then you have one hundred two hundred three hundred completely innocent people being killed america does not take strikes to punish individuals we act against terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat to the american people. aren't is back nasa probes has returned to kiev almost
a decade after the orange revolution because ukraine dropped out of an e.u. trade deal and plenty of politicians from around the world joined in the us in the e.u. talk a lot about european values and western values but is it a western value to allow a foreign country to come in and influential electoral process to influence politics on the streets of course it's not the east once to go east the west wants to look west and everyone in between wants to say what about the look at the rhetoric that was emanating from brussels in washington when ukraine failed to sign it became clear that it was very much directed against russia and that it was not good for the ukraine. people. space rocks pack a punch a flaming meteor streaked across the sky and slammed into two lab and skin central russia with a shockwave equal to twenty nuclear bombs there are so many rumors from
a jet down to a satellite and even to the start of the end of the world it damaged dozens of buildings injured hundreds of people but took everyone by surprise no one saw it coming. viral videos of its final moments helped r.t. to a billion views on you tube the first news channel ever to do so. you might have hit or miss an online goldmine bit coy as. absolutely triumphed as a dollar has crash and ninety per cent i guess a bit coy as bit coy is set to take on the world and root out the bank's stirrers the world's most popular digital currency stirred up supporters and cynics cyber criminals. use it terrorists are looking into it the risks are clear but bitcoin snapping at the dollar's heels and the banks are getting nervous if they were complete with the monetary system if they felt it was then they wouldn't be looking
for an option like that point it's a sign of where the society is going but it's old money that troubled greece and the austerity crowds weary of years of financial life support from abroad or the government crackdown on the rising right shouting the openly fascist golden dawn party which was connected to the killing of an anti rightwing rapper. people are ready to go after go live with chemical companies are feeding us and our families now sort of black oriented table rather than farm to table protest against food giant monsanto peaked in two thousand and thirteen with activists trying to spread awareness about what they say are the dangers of genetically modified foods while sandhu has been continuously voted as the most evil company on the planet year after year with stiff competition most media outlets didn't cover this growing global movement nor the one gathering steam to fight the likes of chevron and the
energy giants fracking projects. the controversial process to release oil and gas deep underground ignited global campaigns against its damning environmental potential irrefutable evidence of contamination air pollution water contamination battle between big business and the interests of the people. who gin proved hard to predict a few years ago on the coast recently wrote a petition asking me to pardon him he spent more than ten years in prison this is a serious punishment he saw as humanitarian reasons saying his mother is sick and i believe taking jew account of all the circumstances it's possible to take a respective decision and in the near future i will see. in a decree to pardon him mikail her daughter called ski was released along with members of pussy riot and greenpeace activists in a nationwide amnesty international a the relations with the rest of the world have been deteriorating rapidly ever
getting worse and worse and perhaps hussein with this is trying to put a stop to that or a marker and to slow down the process but inside russia there are main questions about how their course ski and the fall of the oil giant yukos russia will be able will want to know where is the money all the people who are well russians to of course cheekily feel the call of course he got what he deserved the move has been called everything from priya lympics p.r. to simple logic and continues to puzzle many in and outside of russia most are waiting to see what mikhail khodorkovsky will do with his freedom in twenty fourteen and beyond. well stay with us here on our team has a report coming your way after this short break stay with us.
i'm middle school kind of guy i like tradition and heritage and all that stuff when i look to the past i see that there's a lot that we could learn from our ancestors however one thing we don't need from them are debtors' prisons which according to a fox news report are somehow on the rise in the united states in the twenty first century the a.c.l.u. and the britain center for justice claim that the local courts have been sending individuals with unpaid fines and fees jail which the courts may not even realize is illegal these courts are locking up people with fines that have exploded in size due to interest imposed on initial amount and for the representation they had when they were in court which i always thought was supposed to be free but worst of all some are still in prison for fees they occurred while being in prison like having the audacity to use toilet paper hey that's taxpayer money down the toilet the
kicker to this all is that throwing people in prison for their public debts costs more than the debts the prisoners have to pay off that's right the local governments lose money doing this someone please resurrect the founding fathers america is running out of time if you aren't worried about this comeback of debtors' prisons are you think those rednecks deserve it so let me ask you something how's it going with paying off all your loans and bills i hope for your sake you don't miss a payment but that's just my opinion. drama . stories others in the. food chain. picture.
from around the globe. welcome to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser happy happy new year time to say goodbye to twenty thirteen and oh what a year it was going in snowed in digital bombshells which in twenty fourteen could take down the twin towers of oligarch and banks are imposing a corrupt and inefficient political financial economic system upon us all on the negative side of twenty thirteen ledger it was a great year for a club to kratz banking psychopaths and monetary mania.