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spittles medics fight to save the lives of those wounded r t international reports on the condition of the youngest victims. the e.u. opens its doors to romanian and bulgarian immigrants lifting seven year old restrictions and causing many in britain to worry about the effects of a possible influx. and fast track to soft rushes first ever winter olympics is just over a month away but what kind of experience are the spectators and participants in for . let's take a look at how long it takes you. to one of the when you are day takes a closer look at the infrastructure to find out what sort of hospitality guests can
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expect from the resort city. here watching our teams are national live from our moscow studios i'm lindsey france thanks for joining me. thousands of security all be created figurative robot division and as the bible on other contracts abbas and i met previously had with the us military great so i guess the real question here is why should we trust a corporation that holds so much of our personal information to develop absurd war machines for ethical purposes after all we really want private companies and in up with robots that can do this. live yeah
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i don't know if i'm ready for google to have a private army of iron man and let's break the sub. of the piece of. paper they are very hard. to. have sex with her right there. there is absolutely no doubt that there is
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a mental health epidemic in the us military in fact in two thousand and twelve alone there was a shocking fifteen percent rise in the suicide rate from just the previous year but at least nowadays being neglected by the department of veterans affairs and being pumped full of pharmaceuticals doesn't compare to the insane method of treatment veterans used to receive for p.t.s.d. so every minute there. brainstem yup last week the wall street journal published a stunning report about a world war two era government program involving mentally ill vets from the late one nine hundred forty s. to the early one nine hundred fifty s. v.a. doctors performed forced the bottom means nearly two thousand veterans who've been diagnosed as quote depressives psychotics and schizophrenia and casually on people identified as homosexuals and although this practice was known in small medical circles at the time the dark stain on america's past had been largely forgotten until now according to medical journals that documented these procedures these the
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bottom use were sometimes used when soldiers exhibited signs of what today would be called p.t.s.d. these brain operations would often give the veterans seizures and motor function lost every version back to small children and in some cases even lead to death but as disturbing as the concept of love bottom izing human beings against their will may be this revelation is only a microcosm of this country's gross history of unethical human experimentation take for example one of the most well known human research projects and just a few years out of the v.a. performed these veterans the bottom means the cia began a program with the stated goal of influencing and controlling the mind the agency use unwitting us and canadian test subjects to carry out mind control experiments using psychedelic drugs hypnosis sensory deprivation verbal and sexual abuse and torture these experiments took place in the course of two decades and involved the compliance of at least forty four different colleges and universities or we can
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point to the infamous to stevie experiment which involved the us public health service injecting deadly syphilis and to rule african-american men who thought that they were receiving free health care. believe ability this went on for forty years and wasn't stopped all the way up until the one nine hundred seventy three it took up until one thousand nine hundred seven or. as of this despicable cruelty to even receive an apology from their own government jump forward to a couple decades of work and rational report issued by sen john rockefeller revealed the department defense had intentionally exposed test subjects to mustard and nerve gas radiation and psycho chemicals for at least thirty years. the list goes on and on from operation paperclip to be intentional spraying of chemicals over communities unfortunately we don't ever learn about these things until much much later so the real question is what sort of human experimentation is going on right now we don't know about and if this is the way our government treats its own
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federal what makes you think gives you. a second thought. if you've grown up watching t.v. like me and you already know that diamonds are forever and they're girl's best friend in fact to be hard pressed to find a female doesn't have diamonds doesn't wear diamonds or doesn't want diamonds but the giant diamond corporations look at advertising campaign is masking a horrific and deadly reality of how these diamonds are retrieved from the earth oftentimes the method of extraction leads to child slavery mass arm conflict and even death you know call blood diamonds for nothin but what you're also not hearing is that diamonds are actually not rare at all in the hole would they be remotely expensive if it weren't for companies like beers that have
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a monopoly on mining them because of this to beers is able to hoard at the rocks and create a completely artificial market the reality is that diamonds are valueless stones that have been propagated in the global culture as a rare unless you're buying a certified non-conflict i mean it's almost impossible to know whether or not the worthless rock was brought. at the cost of human life that's why the international community has an act in the kimberley process a mechanism aimed at cutting the flow of blood diamonds earlier i was joined by alan martin director of research and partnership africa canada to discuss the current state of the diamond trade i first asked him how the kimberley process came about and if it's doing enough to curb the violence surrounding these gems. are are very valuable they're very small they're very valuable in the very easy to move across borders and that means that they are rebels best friend listen to the reason why you. became
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a boss today is because rebel rebel movements ten years ago fifteen years ago were . mining in trading these things often. with companies such as to be yours and mining centers known who are trading centers now and who have been to look even elsewhere they were quite a bit if you start in this without asking many difficult questions. so if you think about the cost of funding a civil war for example you go to places where those in the middle east or whether it's asia or even know where you can buy it maybe forty seven four hundred bucks if you would if you are trading diamonds with a couple million that's that's that's a lot of these people he said and your bio mother to me i was and what countries do you see conflict diamonds mean produce the most and what makes these places more susceptible to conflicts funded by mineral extraction. well it's important to point out at the onset about how hopefully to straighten out diamonds or related to that conflict ten years ago when the if you would create it it was done
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by actually resist as a response to civil wars million dollar with savimbi and also what we saw in bono and sort of the oh. these were rebel groups that were funding civil wars with the help of diamonds. now i'll tell you. later if you're looking at. the diamond zones you're more likely to see either state actors or private security companies who are responsible for those those human rights abuses. one thing that is being calling out for the last several years as this broadening of what the conflict i mean definition is the kimberly process the united nations considers to be a conflict diamond right now all the some cells with or uses perpetrated by a by rebel groups. certainly is something that should be continue to to be part of the definition but i think that it's. you know more responsible thing would to do
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would be to actually include. and respond to rights abuses by private security companies and. state security forces good point i think that's something that people take into account when they're looking at the conflicts diamonds are often called the resource curse can you talk about why despite the great economic promise of these resources there usually turn and put into two different uses. so you see this with a lot of minerals not just diamonds gold. example in political i'm bill press the biggest the biggest been rushed out of there with the gold your so-called . things that essentially go into things like black police and computers and digital cameras even much anything taking technological way no runs on like old tin tungsten a total of those are all minerals in. place like clothes do you see how our state
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bodies are corporations made to comply or held accountable if it is discovered that they're extracting and are selling conflict minerals aside from the kimberley process but it's being very tough actually example taken against. countries like brazil which a slope of. going to is also being made two to. bring itself into compliance concerns but if you are undergoing venezuela which is one of oil or symbolic way which is being. under the review between two thousand and nine and two thousand and seven. the perhaps the worst human rights abuses since the process started. in some i was curious that they would have to fifteen a pretty percent of the world's. supply by production not by value but by production. and that buys you better that. the process if it's a consensus but it's not going to say you should go or initiatives so all you need
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to do is find one friend to two to be on your side who start a consensus decision on something and bob's your uncle i won't wear diamonds but i know a lot of people really love them and you know this christmas what advice can you give to people to buy them and know that they're not going in a conflict that. good question i think that a lot of times. the onus is as much on on the consumer as it is on the on the dollar company itself who you know the jury company has a responsibility to to ask questions and do due diligence on who was supplying it with the list with stones i think the committee process itself is no longer the. becoming guaranteed that i think most people most consumers have a right of since it seems that the rest of us and we've got to have them so i think if you're a consumer certainly ask questions about where it's from and what kind of things the majority company has done to do due diligence thank you so much alan martin
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director of research partnerships africa canada appreciate it you very much. after the break you guys are talking off he's a met at the guardian to break down the extent of corporate espionage mongul black invest stick around. i've got a quote for you. that's pretty tough. if they were it's not story. let's give this guy like you would smear about john stead of working for the people most issues the mainstream media were pretty much on the bridegroom's vision. of a good run but it was. a classic. oversight. that you know the price is the only industry specifically mention in the constitution and. that's because
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a free and open press is critical to our democracy track albus. in fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and oppressive like we've been a hydrogen why a handful of friends dash no corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once it's all just my job market it on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually going on in the world we go beyond identify the problem try rational debate and real discussion critical issues facing america if i ever feel ready to join the movement then welcome to. the the. in the post snowden age it's no surprise that governments extensively spy on
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activists all around the world fair enough to live in a corporatocracy it's not too much of a leap to assume that corporations are conducting their own surveillance on activists communities see a new report by the center for corporate policy has not only confirm this but as exposed just how far reaching corporate infiltration of activist groups really is the report also out. the private public partnership for me to intelligence agencies and state governments to provide legal protection for corporate c.e.o.'s to care and espionage while subverting the democratic process amazingly according to this report as many as one in four activists could be a corporate spy and what these spies do once they get on the inside is unconscionable dirty tricks and crude hacking tapping blackmail and even the undermining of legitimate research and science on behalf of their corporate paymasters all fears are met a crisis on civilization an investigative journalist for the guardian wrote about the recent report in an article titled the war on democracy he joined me earlier to
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break down the report and how corporate espionage ties into the potentially cataclysmic environmental crises we face today i first asked him to explain a program called in for guard. which is really interesting because god is this partnership between the f.b.i. . u.s. department of homeland security and a whole range of very large network of private companies many of. basically fortune five hundred companies it's something like i mean the figure in the report was twenty thousand but actually it's. an old figure it's more it's approaching thousands ago thirty thousand just under thirty thousand very very large corporations in partnership with the f.b.i. and this partnership basically involves them basically feeding information into the f.b.i. . and what they want the f.b.i. to basically. get involved in terms of espionage in terms of intelligence activity
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so it's no surprise. range of various leaked documents and other kinds of information that's come out of the last year it also shows that the f.b.i. has been systematically spying. systematically helping. to spy on. groups the uk okupe i was. street activists were spied on organizations like greenpeace have been spied on and the pretext of fortunately has been terrorism we've actually used the specter of terrorism to justify some of these operations but there was a an investigation by the office of inspector general in the u.s. department of justice which looked into some of the f.b.i.'s practices over about a five year period in relation to these organizations and they found out that actually there was no justification. in any way resemble terrorism there was no threat of violence there was no criminal activity that in fact this investigation
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condemned the f.b.i. and said that they really shouldn't have actually open these investigations and continue these investigations that he again is speaking of justification to how is how is this legal and what justification is the u.s. government using to share classified material with these giant corporations and furthermore what is this kind of partnership doing to the democratic process. well you know this is the thing for the legal justification we hear the same old mantras you know of national security everything can be justified on the national security but as you know we've kind of become come to realize that nauseum now this justification is no justification at all in fact what we see is that very very fundamental human rights and civil liberties fundamental laws of the u.s. constitution are being systematically violated in the name of national security but what we're seeing with this kind of corporate espionage is actually national security is not at stake it's not it's not the public interest that is being
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protected here it's that it's a very narrow vested interests of a large number of very powerful corporate entities which are increasingly encroaching it seems on the on the authority of the state and interfering with that i mean we've got to the point where cia active cia officers can actually moon. it's and sell this this is to a corporation and if you look at the existing mechanisms of accountability to inspect you know what is the transparency what is the accountability for this process is there really isn't any any oversight actually so effectively you've got this situation where hedge funds by corporations can hire these guys and basically get them to do what they want it's truly astounding to say the least that is i mean i don't know i'm surprised it just keeps getting worse and worse and i'm sure corporate c.e.o.'s are inherently evil and i'm sure in their own minds that they're doing the right thing nothing is how do we get see the tangible facts of their
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policies well i think one of the issues is when you have a complex you know large company which is only goal is essentially maximization of profits and the people working there you know they're just on the job even the c.e.o. is maybe you know he sees this is what his job is his job is to make sure that this company shares go up the profits of maximizing the revenue goes up and then the next quarter or whatever it is now when you have that kind of incentive it's very very narrow any kind of anything which would challenge that namely you know democrat democratic action by civil society groups which may damage the reputation of the company or expose some of the questionable things the company is doing or just brings to light scrutiny all of these things could be seen as dangers now when you when you have you know this kind of revolving door situation between u.s. corporations and u.s. state where you know people who are sitting on boards are also sitting on boards of
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the think tanks and also involved enough to security that's when the lines become very blurred and vested interests you know because mingled with public interest and state interest in this ideology of power begins actually to confuse the two but of course you know you have people who are probably have. people who may be fairly machiavellian are just doing things for their own interests and don't really care about the public good either and that can create a very toxic mix so i think what's what's necessary here is one activists need to become more savvy about what happens when you get involved in activism and the dangers but also there were a number of very interesting recommendations in the report by the sense of a corporate sort of corporate policy i don't. get in congress involved congressman it's a possible legislation and you know so obviously there needs to be more lobbying activity in that sense but at the same time also i think. need to be
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a lot more aware of security issues and how they can protect themselves against this kind of speed or just kind of intrusion we need to be more tech savvy. more cultures of how we can actually make sure that this kind of activism is not subject to very easily. intelligence agencies all right for a shouldn't really getting involved in on the kind of looking at what is going on so i'm glad you brought up kind of how everything's interconnected here because of course the crisis civilization does point out very lucidly and your article of the same article that you wrote you also talk about how the same corporations that is conducting this corporate espionage are largely responsible for climate change not fees i mean you write let me grab that quote here just last week the guardian revealed that ninety of some of the biggest corporations generate nearly two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions and are overwhelmingly responsible for climate change duffy's why is the burden of this issue on the consumer rather than these massive
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corporations absolutely it's it's a major imbalance and i think you know i think i think it's right to just kind of say it is just i mean obviously consumers do play a role we all play a role in this kind of you know in this industrial juggle that we live in you know we buy the products we watched. the programs you know we are we are complicit in to that extent so we have to acknowledge that but at the same time you know it's doesn't make sense when you look at when you look at the tiny number of corporations who are responsible it's ninety corporations the most powerful corporations in the ward response of. greenhouse gas emissions and it isn't just about consumption is also the fact that those companies are at the dominating the airwaves they're dominating consumer culture and they're the ones that are making the most benefit out of it so you know there is an imbalance there and even though we should recognize the role of the consumer we also have to acknowledge the
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overwhelming role of these companies and that's very worrying because there is recent research that has just come out in the last week which i wrote about today in the guardian which just shows how devastating climate change could be in terms of its impact its social consequences economic consequences. by the national academy of sciences has just put out a range of studies peer reviewed studies which show that the impact of droughts the impact of water scarcity the impact of agricultural collapse as well as. diseases and things like that could all be interacting and that they could actually have on a worst case scenario a global impact which could be very very devastating for societies including. north america the most studies kind of emphasize you know the role of developing countries or poor countries but i see this study says europe and north america could be really really badly affected by some of these impacts so that just
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highlights that you know even if we don't if you know even if we kind of just turn a blind eye and say well it's the companies fall in the day you know we're the ones who are going to basically face the brunt of this and it's them these companies are going to continue doing what they're doing so we really do have to start thinking about innovative ways we can challenge these companies in the way that they do. yeah and here we are still arguing about whether or not climate change is a real nazis i mean it's happening right in front of us i just think that there's so many people who think that environmental regulation or environment or informal somehow inhibit their personal sovereignty and it's really just beyond that and we really need to start talking about solutions here let's move on to those innovative solutions how can we take back this planet for the benefit of the people of the land and create a system that's harmonious not combative with nature yeah absolutely i mean the people who are skeptical of you know what governments are doing in terms of environmental regulation no i sympathize with them because the reality is is that you know if you look at what president obama for example was pushing through only
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is a highly inadequate. but actually you know a lot of those policies do benefit laws corporations a lot of those policies are about you know creating a big call them bubble that will benefit you know the energy industry so there is reason to be skeptical of the way in which government and corporations are exploiting climate change for their own interests as well as using it to empower themselves further whereas what we really need is a decentralization of power and we need from them is the as you mentioned land which is really important we need to really. control owns and controls the world the planet's resources and it is these tiny minority of corporations we need to find a way to equalize the situation how can we get to a position where we're actually it's the public is able to have a stake in how energy how water how loud and how all of these things are used. we have to have to have a fundamental shift. now in our consciousness of what we what we see
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is as important in terms of you know what our values as human beings what do we see as important is it basically a life of individualistic materialism or is it actually do we see ourselves as interconnected with other human beings and i see the benefit of others is the same is albin if it and i agree that part of a cultural shift is also very very important thank you so much info. actually we're out of time the nazis are mad investigative reporter from the guardian really appreciate your insight. for i get out of here you guys let me tell you all about my twitter check out twitter at martin if you like what you see you can follow me there you'll find all my tweets linking to all the segments from this show including random thoughts i have throughout the day everyone should check out my interview with phyllis bennis yesterday machine breaks down the true extent of the humanitarian crisis in gaza amid the heavy flooding also please help us get a break in the set. and throw out some hashtags randomly so you can get training on the twitter sphere like today and try to do all the shocking things israel
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i am the president and i think a society that case big corporation kind of can get to it can do i think the banks are trying to get all that all about money and that's only like for politicians writing the laws and regulations. they're just too much. of a society. that. no demining just to learn i don't have mining just to learn if. there's a future with montana. new out with one time over with montana that infers that by montana lied to us from the start saying that mining was lice yeah these are. while they're busy sharing their profits that people assuming go
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to the people of san miguel are dying. we're asking the government to listen are the legitimate owners of our land. right. across the caribbean because more about. officers in kremlin not forming pick up their golden cargo and like we called from none of the last. oh there's no question the united states has a history of. america and fomenting coups and sasa nations the cia has admitted they were deeply involved in your throat arbenz and want to well in one hundred fifty three.

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