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on the finish line there's just a month left before the russian olympic host city sochi starts the ball rolling we talk to the chief organizer about how the city is going to run the games and keep everyone safe. rock is losing control of its biggest province with key cities seized by al-qaeda militants flooding in from syria while the us promises to speed up drone and missile deliveries. badly for basics scientist warned out water may become a key factor in world conflict with it already fueling tension in the arid middle east. and the youngest victim of the terror attacks in volgograd is on the man we're following the fate of the three month old girl who survived the blast that killed her mother.
this is our team international coming to lionize from the russian capital with memory natasha welcome to the program. it's exactly thirty one days to go until the winter games kick off and in russia and all eyes are of course on sochi as the city gets ready for its big moment you know across lived on false god who is in the olympic host city hall so do tell us what's happening in the city of sochi now it's been seventy years of preparations for this venue so do tell us what's happening there now. well organized is a saying that we are on truck and that everything is ready in sochi each of the eleven venues in the coastal cluster which you can see behind me on the mountain
cluster have been completed and put to the test on more than one occasion by hosting international spy standard competition and also each of the new transport networks including the high speed rail service which is connecting the two clusters to one another that also up and running now there is still some work to be done in and around the city but it's mainly cosmetic it's mainly superficial in terms of sprucing the city up so it is ready to welcome the sporting world come february the seventh well that certainly sounds great but what about the security in the city was a severe situation there i mean it's been a major concern since the last month's terror attacks in the city of all the grad. well from day one the security has been a top priority for organizers of the games but with a month to go today is the day that the security operation really kicks in in earnest and in many ways the security operation in and around sochi is no different from that that you would find for any major public event anywhere in the world
a controlled zone has been set up around all of the venues in which there are numerous security checkpoints meaning that any spectators or officials hoping to get into certain designated areas or venues will have to provide either tickets or some form of i.d. well more than thirty thousand police and security officers are going to be on patrol in the region as well and the chairman of the twenty fourteen organizing committee dimitri china she told me earlier that everything is being done to keep these games secure. rated to host the most innovative games ever all stuff in place that will reduce the reach on the olympic mall to from the beginning of the construction. of security was the paramount importance of the preparation for the games and by being in all for all the international experts here the russian state the sorra to provide incredible measures incredible things to
guarantee is the safest and most secure games ever. so safety concerns are a clear priority for the organizers now as i said behind me you can see the cluster or the olympic village which includes the fish stadium which you can probably just make out over my right shoulder now that's going to be hosting the opening ceremony come february seventh forty thousand fans are going to be packed into that stadium rehearsals are ongoing but the content of the show is a closely guarded secret it's all set to be unveiled on not big day when the games get underway a month from now. thanks very much indeed for bringing us this update and of course the glimpse of what the olympic city looks like at this point ahead of the one month ahead of the games as well reporting from the city of sochi. well the only thing missing in sochi is the olympic flame is now on its way through central russia on its longest relay in the game's history at a distance of over fifty six thousand kilometers its record breaking journey has
been full of firsts with a storage space walk one of the most impressive records to russian cosmonauts to get outside the international space station and that's by the way at the very torch that will light the olympic flame in sochi next month already as james brown has been following its voyage which he described earlier to lindsey france. james brown welcome to the studio what do you have with you here the torch of the olympic games can you give us a look at this as you say this is my. personal torch it's as you can see very one of the color and souvenir let me let me have a look at it i mean this this is not light by any means heavy this is yeah it is what two kilos for actually a really cool yeah you know a train that you wrote about that is heavy quite and this is been a record breaking relay for the olympic torch going places it's never been before
you were following it which one of the milestones do you think was the most memorable or important i think for me i've been to several. going to by car was amazing they took under water into my car so you have the burning flare torches specially made and passed very impressive on the water and then flew the top bike with the man with the jets on to the on to the shore very good video so that it was it was a sight to be seen but there was one amazing moment in a real once in a lifetime moment was going with the torch to the north pole you see on t.v. and you read it and then you think wow that must be really that must be very interesting never going to go and then this opportunity came up to go on this nuclear icebreaker this huge. ship that was cut through to me to thick ice and it's fueled by two gigantic reactors so your visitors it which is
a strange feeling in itself yeah go and stand by. but we were going to go to the north pole with the flame and we made it in less than four half days which was a world record pace and arrived in the middle of the polar nights with the limbic torch in the north pole for the very first time in history as such he prepares to wow gas at the upcoming winter games local business is appear to be winning from the season when big bang what's a matter of family that was actually so inspired he left moscow to start from scratch in sochi. yeah the caucasus mountains are known to attract days with a love for nature and now they've become an attraction for new opportunities and business one family decided to leave behind the metropolis of moscow for a change of scenery and lifestyle and a new business saw them using that found in this landscape but did the city win the
olympic bid play in the influence to. sochi winning the olympic bid encouraged us to take action as we became more sure that the region will now be developing fast and well so yes i'd say this fact did have an influence on our decision to move here leaving well paid jobs behind and making a living was a number one priority so they turned to soon d.-ma using his head for business to help his creative white christina at first it was not much more than a pastime but the business blossomed to david product line consists of again except shampoos show a gels and creams you might even for gadgil looking at a bar of soap as everything looks appetizing there's a whole arsenal of bottles and flasks with essential and cosmetic on aisles and greetings alga nicklas sauce locally water from the local mountains is used
alongside herbs and spices which christina picks has cells with no previous experience in the soap making industry and no formal education in chemistry kristina studied up on her own time with the business is doing well their future looks even brighter with plans to open an eco friendly hotel but for now the magic happens in the kitchen. so you could i got a post about why the games themselves will add potential clients raw business a future hotel and products or the. organizers of the olympics a say the new infrastructure created in the city will draw more tourists and help small businesses a place the elim picks a home based business source saying the local organic products and materials and herbs from our own stores as well as the caucasus mountains now if the president saw it she is bubbling with fever for the winter games but it looks like its future
the olympic and paralympic games will blossom if you take the example of upcoming businesses like this one with a in sochi r.t. and the olympic clock is ticking and we're closely following tsotsi as a gear is up for the games on air and online as well so stay tuned to r.t.e. at a national. what you actually have a national at least four people have been killed in attacks across iraq as government troops continue to fight for the city of fallujah which has been held by al-qaeda militants since last friday america has now pledged to help the government fight the extremists by speeding up deliveries of surveillance drones and missiles
the militants have tightened their grip on province with the aim of creating an islamic state straddling the border into syria's rebel held eastern provinces iraq has been struggling with deep sectarian divide in the country in the aftermath of the u.s. troop withdrawal two years ago meanwhile the prime minister has little support in the volatile anbar province which covers a third of the country's territory with manny accusing him of shutting sunni's out of power political analyst sedar ecod believes the current situation in iraq is evidence doubt the syrian conflict is spilling over the border you know i spend five years in iraq i've been out of nation spokesman in baghdad and i can tell you this is the worst it's been since probably. the american occupation of there was a fight in fallujah in two thousand and four but. this recent one is basically a very dangerous because it bodes ill for the unity of the government and it is
predicated on pure sectarian lines aided by the syria conflict so all the elements make a very bad situation now why didn't syria basically help them a great deal because the border is so so porous and it is really elastic so you have these forces that are basically the same so i mean they call themselves they slam extended over iraq and a sham which is syria so they have a spouse the same kind of ideology there's been an influx of weapons and money you know under the guise of aiding the syrian rebels so that the find its way there are all these things come together. and coming up for you in just a few moments britain's predatory banks are to talk to a couple of unsafe entrepreneurs who lost everything after a high street bank decided to cash in on them with slight of hand financing instead of being their safety net is just a half here on our team. for
three to. slow motion housing time by the way of the british economy over which george osborne presides he says twenty fourteen will be a year of hard truths the hardest of all being that many must live so that the few marginal seat voters he needs. at the property roulette wheel so the hard truth for twenty fourteen is that in the property market never must supply meet demand for the libyan foreign market protesting you know so hurry by now to get the job they no jobs get a loan because if you don't get the government back again will face a year of hard. truths.
welcome back you're watching r t international the youngest victim of the volgograd terrorist attacks in southern russia at the end of december is now showing signs of recovery the guy who's just three months old had been in a medically induced coma for over a week he was of the hospital for us. we have received some good news from the russian health minister and the father of the youngest injured infant in the volgograd terror attack she's only three and a half months old. still in hospital well her condition is no longer life threatening she is no longer in a medical and medically induced coma her father told me that she even started
breathing by herself and no response to all objects by moving her eyes her father was kind enough to provide us with some family food for some home footage of the baptism and here is what else he told me but. there is still a long way to fool rehabilitation we hope it will soon be able to get rid of all of the tubes we're hoping for a positive outcome she has had a neurological examination and everything is fine the m.r.i. scan revealed no damage the condition of another girl another injured in the volgograd terror attack and nine year old olga is also positive she is no longer in a life threatening condition she's showing very good signs of recovery and we also know that sixty more people more than sixty people are still in hospitals all across the country after the volgograd bombing thirty eight of them are still in volgograd and twenty two in moscow and one more in st petersburg and certainly we are keeping track and following all the details and developments on that story in
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west stole our hotel this hotel beyond me here because ours always will and it will be coming back if there's justice in this country these guys will be arrested. we will be giving this october back in two thousand and ten chris and ernie had a loan from now west to do up the coniston hotel and conference center in north kent they were just eleven days from opening when their bank manager told them there was a problem releasing the latest tranche of their loan he said no worries don't worry about it. and that is the last we've ever heard of. we have not heard from him since late said the owners know the bank was saying they'd run out of money despite having one point six million pounds of their agreed loan left now west then revalue to the hotel at just over a third of its original price so the hotel found itself in administration from
where it was snapped up by west register the bank's property. the kicker r.b.s. and its subsidiary now west are majority owned by the taxpayer but it's a ruse r.b.s. has been accused of many times over lawrence timing is a small business and by the to the government his recent report exposes the seemingly duplicitous nature of banking operations my report focuses on r.b.s. and what we're saying is that restructuring division georgi acted in a way that the businesses that they were supposed to be helping get back to health were taken put into distress for the benefit of the bank we actually see b.s. has it's own property company called west register and we're seeing r.b.s. owning those customers property after they've been in distress tolerance and report is twenty pages of examples and findings under headings like engineering
a default and extensive fees in response r.b.s. said in a statement no evidence had been provided to support the allegation that the bank had systematically profited on the backs of their customers and they'd be looking into it fully christened ernie's hotel is now a thriving business fitted out exactly as they left it but it belongs to the bank and their lives have been destroyed. from a very wealthy man back on tax credits. more family suffered heavily through this. westward to the banks property company in the hotel was but after last year. she sadly. got cancer in march this year and she thought the money. left for three three girls that one also isn't justice determined to fight back chris and cling to the idea that one day
they'll walk through these doors onus of the hotel again laura smith otty can't all the world's resources have always been a cause for better disputes among nations but for many it may be as surprised to hear that it's water rather than oil or gas that's becoming a reason for conflict well you can see on this map right here that the world has witnessed close to one hundred eighty disputes over water resources since the nineteen fifties and these include small clashes and protests as well as more serious large scale conflicts one example is the tensions in the middle east where the struggle for water is a key issue in some ongoing conflicts are just falsely or has more. the bible tells us that within a short distance from here jesus turned water into wine two thousand years later the great american might be turning the wine back into water bubby carballo has been living in the golan heights for over thirty years each day he attends to
seventy odd in orchards keeping his wine in a cellar that was once a syrian bunker he is proud of the wine he produces but knows that in the absence of water none of this would be possible but i don't know if it's really water is important because it's the second main resource that we have other than the land each crop needs water and without it you will destroy all the crops and destroy all the farming here you can turn the golan heights into a desert and it's not just about the golan heights rainwater from its catchment feeds into the river jordan providing a food of israel's water supply the disputed region was seized from syria after the six day war and residents of the golan remember that water was a key issue in the conflict and one of the stands here understands the importance of the work that all the water supply of israel because every door was raining here all but one is prone to the security of god so we can say that it is
a must will. respect the resolve to have all over these what the phone says it's a worldwide rule that whoever controls the water controls the land but the problem is in some places there's very little water to go around bring you have the common water souls shared by several foreign nations there's always the possibility of a clash of religious conflicts that should be manageable was spread out of control and examples of possible conflicts are plentiful syria's major water sources travel through turkey and iraq making it vulnerable while jordan is reliant on a river with syria bill today egypt. also recently expressed concern of a countries using the up ona to generate electric power in the dry landscape of the middle east water is a prize more precious than diamonds in its absence famine and drought a quick to follow but this is
a region that very seldom needs an excuse for war and water shortages might just tip the balance. in the golan heights was mentioned in this report egyptians becoming increasingly concerned over a construction project on the upper nile in the country relies greatly on the river were upstream as the opiah is currently building a massive down but little science professor sites of access egypt may face serious consequences when the project is completed in twenty seventy. we have to remember that egypt has only six to seven percent of its land and the rest of the egyptian territory is there's a lot that can really be a serious effort to national security and that's why i immediately went to see opium there is the issue of the high that the world some experts here in the work talk about go in to a war was this your view of because if you could walk we would be buying eighty
five percent of the water. on water comes from and so it's in fact the two selves and fifty years it would be one hundred and fifty million people and we would be needing in addition to the fifty five point five billion cubic meter when q one billion cubic meters of extra what would happen to egypt in. two thousand and fifty if we don't have more water moscow has demanded an explanation from senegal over the detention of a russian trawler the ship and its eighty two crew were captured at the weekend off the coast of guinea to sound western africa later on tuesday it's hoped the vessel will be freed as russian diplomats are due to meet with the president of senegal to discuss the issue at least two people including the captain who were reportedly injured during the seizure and fishel reason is over unlicensed fishing but the senegalese side has failed to produce any evidence to support the accusations sixty two russians are still held on the ship was their passports confiscated. and also
go to some other stories from around the world in turkey three hundred fifty police officers have reportedly been sacked overnight as part of a crackdown over a massive corruption scandal in addition several high profile officials have been thrown behind bars following an investigation revelations sparked fears as a government protests on the streets of prime minister and on claims the affair is a foreign ministry receive designed to discredit his cabinet. and to top. island now where anti-government protesters have marched to drum up support for bangkok shut down operation demonstrators are planning to block a major road in the capital to sward government work and continue their calls for the prime minister to quit. has already yielded to pressure from the streets and announced new elections for february bumper tasker's claim that's not enough and pushing for citizens councils to carry out reforms before any new elections are held. airlines have canceled thousands of flights as extreme cold blast
north america a shift in the weather pattern known as polar vortex has dropped temperatures in some parts of the continent to near record lows it's also caused a number of deaths shut schools parks and businesses and it was reported it was so cold that even the polar bears in chicago's lincoln park zoo had to be kept indoors on tuesday the whirlpool of dan's air is predicted to hit america's east coast. well the man who is on your assignment when the banks beat you down is max kaiser and he's up next with his report.
there are many internal battles and society liberals and conservatives will never agree on gun rights or abortion but there is one battle that is often more generational than anything the battle for school uniforms teachers argue that uniforms eliminate a big distraction in the classroom and break up the caste systems that can evolve at school between the cool fashionable kids and the ones who can barely afford lunch like me in my younger years but teenagers will scream uniforms course their freedom of expression and that they have a right to express who they are their individuality who has the right to dictate to them what to wear the thing they don't realize is that if the school doesn't tell them what to wear that big corporations and m.t.v. will all the cool individuals who dress alike and blindly follow all the trends are just obeying corporate marketing instead of their parents yeah for some reason it is bad if the school punishes you for dressing improperly but if the cool kids make your life a living hell for not wearing the right brand of shoes well that's all well and good for some reason hey look at it this way school uniforms are cheap which leaves more money for parents to buy you video games be it individual in your actions and
not a fake individual in trendy clothes but that's just my opinion. welcome to the kaiser report max keiser five four three two. bust that are slow motion housing timebomb ticks away under the british economy over which george osborne presides he says twenty fourteen will be a year of hard truths the hardest of all being that many must lose so that the few marginal seat voters he needs may win at the property roulette wheel so the hard truth for twenty fourteen is that in the boom and bust property market never must supply meet demand for those before our market pricing it all so her panic
but now to get the job they ain't no job to get a loan because if you don't get the government back scheme you'll face a year of oz bourne's hard to bust austerity truths oh. yes max cory doctorow of boeing boeing says this factor slow motion housing time bomb housing in the u.k. is a microcosm for everything wrong with neo liberalism corruption cronyism grinding human misery and funny accounting to prove that it's all working honestly so he's talking about and everybody in town has been talking about james meeks piece in the london review of books called where will we live because right now at the moment there are about two hundred fifty thousand households being formed per year in the united kingdom and yet only about one hundred thousand private properties being built that's included for the private sector prices are soaring and.