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but there are all those who do choose this frozen life. this is could be. if. president putin rewrites his new year address pledging to fight terrorists until they are fully defeated following two suicide blasts involved a grad which claimed to be for life. also machines are watching the n.s.a. is reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spyware malware before they reach their destination. and revelations breakthroughs protest edward snowden spy scandal a long awaited nuclear deal with iran global rallies against g.m. food and fracking we look at the stories that shaped twenty thirty.
rock and watching r.t. international with me. my russian president vladimir putin has changed his new year dress and pledged to fight terrorists until they are fully defeated it follows two deadly suicide bombings in volgograd in just two days. off has more. the president changed his traditional new year's address location from the kremlin to come out of school in the russian far east where he's currently on an unexpected visit reading the new year with those affected by major floods which happened in the region last summer and led me to put in more of the things he talked about spoke about the challenges that russia had to face in two thousand and thirteen including the two weirdest terror attacks in the volga the president voices voiced his condolences to the families of the victims pledged to provide all the necessary
support and help and also promised to continue fighting terrorists until they are completely defeated the. difference our heads for the victims of these atrocious acts of terror will keep up the rigorous and consistent fight against the terrorists until they are fully defeated. the statement was made seven hours before the new year in moscow that's the time difference between the capital and. traditionally the president's new year's addresses are watched by the majority of the population well families in the russian city of volgograd have started to bury their loved ones who were killed in the two successive suicide bombings the attacks within twenty four hours of each other targeted the city's main train station and a crowded bus number of dead following the terror attacks has risen to thirty four dozens more are still in hospital. is involved. 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 but here is their story it's been one more an uneasy night for residents of russia's southern city of boulder god loved ones of the injured in two terror attacks here held vigils in hospitals while 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 contained tears of blood a mere levi go clutches to the memory of his son who was the victim of sunday's attack at the train station sergei was a security guard there. 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 sergei's family mourned monday night with only the conviction that he carried out his responsibilities to bring them any small comfort for others in volgograd the night brought fragile relief in the knowledge that loved ones were spared but they woke up the next morning to a second suicide bomber this time on a city trolley bus. this was a 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 volgograd is still reeling after two terror attacks within the span of twenty four hours we met batali in his home just hours after his friend was killed in monday's attack 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. stories like these two are poring over all the great city limits with the residents there hoping for more time to mourn their family and friends and rebuild their lives in volgograd margaret how will our t. . former pentagon official michael maloof says the attacks in volgograd are part of his planned to spread its influence around the globe it's part of an over arching strategy by al qaeda to link all of the jihadists. to as part of an overall strategy to alternately. take down russia and also europe and i think. they probably these fighters probably feel that they have moscow on the defensive because there's increasing battles that have been going on in the months leading up to this point and they have demonstrated their capabilities
a lot of them get killed but they keep coming and i think that. they are part of a larger picture of. the sunni movement worldwide. for more reaction and analysis of the tragedy as well as the latest updates on the investigation do head to our web site. now throughout the year protests have gripped countries worldwide but the public using it is an effective method of getting their message across to the authorities but as aussies maria financial reports this kind of freedom of expression is now under threat in some states which claim to be bastions of democracy. from the u.s. . canada. brazil. to as far as thailand. and much of europe basically the large group of protesters
that people protest they're furious with the stereotype policies in europe the n.s.a. surveillance and drones in america and the 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 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 the greatest in 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 with clashes between
protesters and authorities the greatest fear the government has is that people will feel protestors fashionable 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 for demonstrating operative supplanting in allegedly violent protest and 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 a democracies are under threat what's being passed off as representative democracy but which is actually. government by corporatist global worse they make some minor concert hoping that the protests will dissipate and then they can continue business as usual which was probably just now becoming a more poor people form of dialogue with authorities it will hardly be an easy
thing to do. when there's different things they protest what they see is a police state if the case against the persecution of what's a war where is that thing not. going over there that it was. reach national r.t. . now an attempt to rescue a ship trapped in frozen antarctic ice hasn't exactly gone to plan the chinese ice breaker sent to evacuate the russian vessel academics or county is now trapped two previously an australian ice breaker failed to reach the ship which has been stranded since christmas having to turn back because of the poor weather conditions china's their solution long was then sent to airlift trap scientists by helicopter but has barely moved for a day and is waiting for the weather to improve and an americanized break of the polar star is currently on route from seattle but won't be there for another week but you will be pleased to know the seventy four scientists tourists and crew on
board aren't in any danger and we are told they do have all they need to welcome in the new year including enough ice for their drinks careful what you do on your laptop because the latest revelations of n.s.a. spying suggest american spies may be logging every keystroke you make an article in the gym to speed on magazine claims the agency installs cables allowing it to see everything displayed on the p.c. monitors they are plugged into multiple disguised bugging devices also allegedly send and receive data using radio ways journalist david seaman believes these 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 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. now head for you a look back at the stories and revelations which shaped twenty. how the n.s.a. had the world on what it cost that would snowden to expose it as well as winds of change in iran nuclear breakthrough dale and the story resolution on syria plus plenty more we've got that coming up after a quick break. it
was the year these whack jobs introduced the belt is to buy debt debt and lord debt the never ending list of fines for crimes to which j.p. morgan will never have to admit obamacare that corporate espionage surveillance state the bedroom tax the housing bubble. this is a media legal so we leave the. law the same motions to the. other your party there's an. issues that no one is asking with to get that you deserve answers from. politics. are today. we in the new year in this edition of crossfire we ask what is in store as we start
two thousand and fourteen and what will make this year different even better from the you that is past who should we keep borrowing and what stories should we be following. hello again i was twenty thirteen comes to an end we look back at what history will remember from the last twelve months by scandals breakthroughs in international diplomacy drone control over seas and the bitter frames of the arab spring season a scenario reviews the biggest stories of the ad going here. 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 damaged 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 have existed for just this. last. period is why to foreigners want. to suck
a. person. all 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 shut down 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 ok then surely the markets going 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.
americanised nation 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 the 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 a billion deaths continue to mount at the time of the occupation do us. a favor and 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. the 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.
to our investigation that that was used by opening cerny body 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 the wrong 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 in the leaders of western governments who hail themselves because of democracy
supporting the slaughter of democracy and its supporters in into it the 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. credit government overthrown. is shameful that the western leaders are around call it a coup 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 time in most not going the guards strap it into down to a chair and then they put a mask over his face so that the detainee can't move bite or spit then 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 were abused very tied. 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 of 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. 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 and 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 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 though 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 because i. absolutely triumphed as
the 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 love it drug dealers use it terrorists are looking into it the risks are clear but bitcoin snapping up the dollars heels and the banks are getting nervous if they were complete with the monetary system if they felt it was safe 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 lions 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. 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 coast 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 a call of ski was released along with members of pussy riot and greenpeace activists in a nationwide amnesty international a their relations with the rest of the world have been deteriorating rapidly ever getting worse and worse and perhaps fits in with this is trying to put a stop to that or a marker and to slow down the process but inside russia there are many questions about whether koskie 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. what is just going to help our state here in moscow the new year is just around the corner and do join us in less than three hours time for our special coverage to welcome in twenty forty. i'm an old 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 or 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 a fascist my van. welcome to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser happy happy new year time to say goodbye to twenty thirteen and what a year it was bitcoin and snowden digital bombshells which in twenty fourteen.