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volgograd mourns the deaths of thirty four people after to watch or read through the city's mayor railway station and a trolley bus all in the space of less than twenty four hours. fresh revelations claim the n.s.a. intercepts computers purchased on line in bugs them with special software and spying gadgets before they reach their owners. had a look back at the top scandals and breakthroughs that shape the global news events of two thousand and thirteen. one pm in moscow très a very good to have you with us our top story this hour the first funerals are
being held in volgograd after the city was devastated by two bomb attacks in less than twenty four hours at least thirty four people killed scores more wounded artie's margaret how well reports from a city in mourning is tense it's also very somber 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 an uneasy night for the residents of russia's southern city of the loved ones of the injured in two terror attacks held vigils hospitals others mind. 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 study first they say with barely contained not a mere no he couldn't clutches the memory of his son who was the first victim of
sunday's attack in the train station finn again it was a security guard. i had this job for about a year i saw 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 it was his duty. sergei family night with only the conviction that he carried on his responsibilities to bring them any small comfort for others in the night but 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 anything 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 trolley bus no 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. crowd is still reeling after two terror attacks within the span of twenty four hours we met the tolly in this home just hours after his friend was killed. i was shocked he had a family a young wife and a small child it's very sad to realize that a young man died in such a tragic incident pollution. stories like these are poring over the city limits
with the residents there hoping for more time to mourn their families and friends and rebuild their lives. margaret how will art. now the one of the victims of sunday's blast of vulgar grads train station was police officer dmitri ma of kin who witness who eyewitnesses say threw himself at the bomber possibly saving dozens of lives investigators have been saying that both explosions were carried out by male suicide bombers and sources named a suspect in sunday's attack is a russian citizen reportedly a member of a dagestan based militant group volgograd is a big transport hub that could be the reason why the city was targeted as you can see from the map of the cities around one thousand kilometers from the capital moscow and seven hundred kilometers from the olympic city of sochi but security has been tough and around the country political analyst and stop imperialism dot com eric draitser says russia's intelligence six has extensive experience dealing with similar situations what we're going to see is certainly a very public crackdown one that is 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 the 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 those services attempt to root out those terrorists. meanwhile the international olympic committee rejected claims that attacks on volgograd could jeopardize security at the upcoming winter games in sochi the body issued a statement saying it believes russia won't have any problems keeping the games safe for the latest developments and expert analysis including a timeline of the tragic events in volgograd and plenty more political way at r t dot com. marcus you campaigners saying freedom
of expression is a risk in many countries that profess to be its biggest supporters and he government protests intensified throughout the year and were often met with a heavy hand as artie's marie if an ocean reports. from the us. canada. brazil. two as far as thailand. and much of europe basically the large group of protesters people crow tast. definitely on the street to show to show show they. the a few years with the star it's the 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 disagree 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 governments cannot ignore them and the governments haven't ignored them. there is certainly in many places to. you steve. some sort of gap between popular feeling and the way governments react many of the protests sparked on different continents and in different countries these here and of 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 loo 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 for demonstrating open dissipating in allegedly violent protest democracy is not just having an elected government it is also being able to accept listen to and incorporate 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. but with protests now becoming the most poor pitiful me dollar with authorities it will hardly be an easy thing to do. they protest different things
they protest what they see is that police state they protest against the persecution of whistleblowers that may not be. made known that you know exactly that that it would be a. regional. line at r.t. dot com something to be intrigued about the new year hours of phone conversations and scores of messages between tony blair and george w. bush just before the bombs what flying over iraq could soon become available to the public also online what used to be the sons of north has now become itself find out if the great giant really flipped of self upside down to what fair a. the switch could have on other parts of the solar system including the earth. it seems the n.s.a. is determined to keep up its surveillance new revelations claim the agency has been intercepting computers bought online so it can plants buying software on them an article in germany's der spiegel magazine also states the agency installed a rig monitor cables that allow personnel to see what's displayed on the p.c.
monitors of those they're keeping under surveillance this along with multiple disguised bugging devices that send and get data with the use of radio waves journalist david seaman thinks the revelations will backfire on the global tech company. 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 and an opinion in this global society but the n.s.a.
has destroyed a lot of that it's undermined basic faith in the internet. on the way we look back and edward snowden's revelations shocking millions worldwide as the n.s.a. spy scandal became arguably the biggest story of the year we'll recap details as well as the other events of two thousand and thirteen in a couple of minutes. he survived the atrocities. to make a final decision. has changed his life and the world around him. by giving. hope. loves to so many children. nikolai the lyrics. to.
dramas the truth be ignored. stories others to refuse to notice. faces change the world lights next. to the picture of his days. from roads to. thanks for staying with us thirteen minutes past the hour as the world counts down the final hours of the year we're looking back at the key stories that shape two thousand and thirteen when everyone will have their personal things to remember for some of the year's events reached out to affect millions from the global spy scandal to diplomatic breakthroughs in the middle east to the early release of
russia's most famous prisoner here is how twenty may go down in the books. 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 that 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 actually recognized international law and granted political asylum the whistleblower remains in an undisclosed location in the russian capital we existed for just this one last. night is why to. 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 mance surveillance and for a mind to 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 shutdown it came to a standstill for over two weeks in what's becoming an annual tradition brand
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 many more 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. americanised 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 solo. 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 but rouhani is nicknamed the shift 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 un then the nuclear deal of the decade the iranians have shown time after time that there is no evidence that iran's 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 again the russians and the chinese have played a very constructive role iran agreed to restrict and regulate its nuclear program but maintain 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 secured 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 do us. pyres favored certain groups in the population against others demolish the state that existed and so they're put in its place we are going to give you something new and better democratic and wonderful. well message to assad is 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 damascus he was committed to launch a bombing campaign but then a breakthrough for there's a historic resolution is a force to hope for dualists on syria in the wrong time russia and the u.s.
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 a new 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 the german. government overthrown. is shameful that the western leaders
are going around the room call it a coup this is an old sanction 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 time in most not going the guards strap it it down to a chair and then 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 were 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 very tied. to the chair they shackled our legs to the ground they put a strap 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 be 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. ahrendts is back nast probes has returned to kiev almost a decade after the aren't 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 an influential electoral process to influence politics on the streets of course it's not the east wants to go east the west wants to look west and everyone in between wants a say and well above all 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 good for the ukrainian 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 gold mine 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 en route out the bank stirs the world's most popular digital currency stirred up supporters and cynics cyber criminals love it drug dealers use it terrorists are looking into it the risks are clear but bitcoin snapping at the dollars 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 bitcoin 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 laugh or eat a 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 sandu 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. that.
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. putin proved hard to predict a few years ago who the coastie recently wrote a petition asking me to pardon him he spent more than ten years in prison this is a serious punishment he sighs 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 sign a decree to pardon him anyway i heard her call of 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 too soon with this is trying to put a stop to that or a marker and to slow down the process but inside russia there remain questions about how their course ski and the fall of the oil giant yukos the russia will be able to know where is the money all the people who are well russians to of course shakily feel the call of course he got what he deserved the move has been called everything from priya limping 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. later tonight starting at seven g.m.t. turner for our special coverage as we say twenty thirty out the door and ring in the new year. twelve months of change. the moments which we do find the world we live in. are jean was there to bring you
the full future clash with the police the police are full employ to close a camp that is a dark spot on their field the barricades the bodies i take it out on new year's eve to gargle team of recorders you can revisit the key events of twenty thirteen and outlining what to expect next join canossa now we and kevin owens for our annual two hour news special. five twenty four team with our cheat. oksana boyko when worlds apart coming up in a couple of minutes 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 british 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 the 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. and the new year in this edition of the process we ask what is in store as we start two thousand and fourteen and what will make this year different even better from the years that has passed who should we keep borrowing and what stories should we be doing. come on welcome to all the part of the year of two thousand and thirteen it will leave a mixed legacy as far as chemical weapons are concerned especially.