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all right. another day for egyptians to say yes or no to a new military backed constitution after attempts by islamist opponents to sabotage the voting and in bloodshed. the u.k. is criticised for refusing to let in syrian war refugees who are struggling to survive the world's worst humanitarian crisis in decades. and say hello to a new version of cyberspace where internet providers get to decide which websites you see based on their commercial interests we explain shortly.
you're watching our international live from our moscow headquarters where it's just after nine in the morning and windy france thanks for joining me. in just a few hours polling stations will be opening across egypt for a second day of voting on a new constitution that has the backing of the transitional government and egypt's powerful military which brought down islam as president will hamad morsi six months ago in a coup supported by nationwide protests since then the country's new rulers have worked vigorously to cripple the entire power structure of the muslim brotherhood the movement was even saw the jailing of a senior members and was even declared a terrorist organization day one of the constitution voting was overshadowed by fighting across the country which claimed the lives of up to eleven people archies bell true now with a closer look at the landmark referendum. pro-military blaring out of speakers egypt's polling stations that it might parties voters handing red roses to the
soldiers as they guard the stations of this holding post as egypt's affronting leader and them forces chief general sisi this all happened on day one it's been a good turnout so far despite the deadly violence brought it clashes and intense a curiosity but amid the festivities there's been a notable absence of any discussion about a new variants the usual lively debates in the police station queues on egypt's media have been missing as had posters cooling wanted to action is to protect the constitution this comes after six members of egypt's strong party which actually with the support of the military were jailed for putting up billboards call them an egypt reject the constitution it seems in egypt i mean yes spirit is allowed now the governments are pinning their hopes on this information and also on the high turnout for a second day this will be the standard for proof for the political roadmap certainly the people i spoke to said that they wanted to vote yes and they were pinning their hopes on general sisi running for president however the morsy
supporters are supporters and muslim brotherhood president mohamed morsi they are not backing down as they run their course of the ballots they say if this constitution passes they will step up their protests. dr mohammad sit down a spokesperson for the muslim brotherhood which boycott of the referendum says the new constitution will cement egypt's reputation as a reemerging police state when some some few people still return from there are citizens and then they said their group of. people which is the elected by the majority of the egyptian people and he said. there are still some argue that no one can believe them these are the solution egypt is a military state these concession make it polices the otherwise you can consider. any state of egypt as an army you can see that. has the state this is where
the unity of the sky and of course if you should. come your way this our national heritage or vanity spending leticia who initially agreed to have her portrait painted later pulled out off to press inquiries regarding the cost she said she considered the big picture. the u.k. house of commons has commissioned portraits of its most illustrious members at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds we ask taxpayers how they feel about it. and in spain there's no shortage of rage over overspending we report soon on why the crowds of demonstrators have descended on the city of burgos over a costly reconstruction scheme. the united nations is urging e.u. members to take in syrian refugees who fled the war zone but are now struggling to
survive in neighboring countries several european nations have answered the call and are granting asylum to syrians but one of the largest member states has been criticized for shutting its doors as tests are sillier reports. increasingly extreme humanitarian suffering there is a humanitarian crisis so britain is leading the way with humanitarian support but some might wonder whether it actually is the u.k. has committed five hundred million pounds of aid that's to assist syria's neighbors like lebanon jordan turkey and iraq cope with the sheer number of refugees but that as far as it's willing to go the u.k. has been criticized for. refugee agency appeal to work for syrians fleeing the conflict despite calls to open its doors for now wants or will the latest count more than two million syrian refugees over the borders of neighboring countries. you cannot just.
on the. concerned shared by seventeen other nations who've said yes it's hard to understand why they're taking this position given that this is something that we have done in the past problems the conflict in the balkans we took in thousands of kosovo and. i fear that there may may be domestic emigration considerations that is influencing this come slap in the middle of a political climate at a national mood that's increasingly wary of anyone coming through the door we already have accepted a number of we have except i think about one thousand five hundred asylum seekers some of it is a fact we've already shaky said it is a fact that we have accepted hundreds and hundreds of individual asylum seekers from syria but factually speaking the un's most recent request is that countries all for resettlement places for people who are still stuck in the region which does
not include the fifteen hundred nick clegg says of apply for asylum in britain what the un has asked for is over and above. that of commitment in international law david cameron has called a serious friend and he's called this a refugee refugee crisis of our time in recognition of. the u.k. would respond does or sylvia r.t. london. some analysts say the refugee crisis is being used by foreign powers as an excuse to push their own agendas over syria if everyone gave asylum to the refugees or there would be no more no more emergency gives the whole syrian issue moral from memphis is what you have refugees suffering us we need nor do any it's convenient and it's been quoted where no one needs when they're playing along with the game also france the u.k. and the united states are playing good cop bad cop where the united states claim that they are for peace and the contradict you know that john kerry's own
spokespersons have contradicted him on several occasions you know. a u.s. appeals court has struck down measures enforcing net neutrality or equal access to all online content as a result broadband providers will soon be able to navigate users' traffic and steer it towards or away from certain websites the ruling followed a lawsuit brought by one of the largest us mobile phone operators horizon against the federal communications commission the company challenge the f.c.c. is ban on providing extra bandwidth to certain websites giving them an edge in reaching consumers civil advocacy campaigner todd o'boyle says this preferential treatment for major commercial web sites jeopardizes the future of the web. i think the biggest implication potentially is for content providers and for innovation we know that the innovations flourished online because the small players have equal access to consumers as of this ruling a big company like rising could strike
a deal with a video service make a partner deal with them so that their content would always be delivered more quickly that makes it difficult for the next startup to get started if that decision is left unchallenged then there's nothing really stopping from that service provider from blocking access to specific content and if you block access to the most important online social organizing tools it may impact what they're able even to say and how they can connect to communicate so absolutely there are startling free speech concerns here hacker turned billionaire kim dotcom may not be allowed to run for office in new zealand as a german national but that's not stopping the mega upload counter from leaving his mark on the country's politics on our website the full story of the new political party has just launched. and a fishing net company is tasked with developing
a remedy for space jump more on the revolutionary plans for a clean up in orbit at r.t. dot com. right from the scene. of the. first strike you and i think that you're. on our reporters twitter. and instagram. to be in the know. at a time of economic unease and deep welfare cuts british politicians haven't been holding back when it comes to immortalize and their colleagues on canvas and in sculpture are leaving taxpayers of course to pick up the tab artie's polly boyko has the details. they say a picture is worth a thousand words but in the case of the u.k.
parliament it's more like a quarter of a million pounds it's been revealed that since ninety ninety five m.p.'s have splurged two hundred and fifty thousand pounds on commissioning portraits of fellow parliamentarians to adorn the walls of the houses of parliament behind me take for example work and pensions secretary ian duncan smith his portrait cost ten thousand pounds a painting of foreign secretary william hague that cost four thousand pounds and a relatively small portrays have left wing m.p. diane abbott well that set back the taxpayer eleven thousand and seven hundred and fifty pounds the same amount that it cost to commission a life size bronze statue of byron s. that chair it turns out i think people would expect the parliament jewels or to use to have portrayed of prime ministers or former speaker of the house of commons but looking at the list of people who have been immortalized on canvas or in broad so
over the last decade or two that cost them a very wide and i think questions need to be asked as to exactly who is getting this privilege and whether it's worth taxpayers' money being spent on much as you go knowledge obviously painters of politicians however talk of austerity possibly don't the best idea there are some things that cultural an artistic things that are worth paying the money for the public purse because they. can be seen by everyone. but i have no interest in seeing in seeing paintings of politicians and surely that i could have found the money some other way whether it be charity you know donation private donations but it does seem. to come from you know you come from us as an art lover i think it's quite good because we saw the documentation of part of history and they can talk about it in the future. they you know they commission do these things and it was really risky at the time because in
a lot of. in response to criticism over the paintings a common spokesman said that the annual art budget has been reduced in light of the economic downturn but despite this just one politician who initially agreed to have her portrait painted later pulled out after press inquiries regarding the cost she said she considered the big picture and no longer felt it was appropriate to splash all that public cash in times of austerity party boy artsy lunde. and elsewhere in the e.u. soaring unemployment means fierce competition for work places and it's the prettiest faces who are winning out job seekers and friends say they're being discriminated against on the basis of their looks we hear from one of them after this break.
on june sixteenth one thousand forty one we had a graduation party at school and the war broke out. the shops were always full of goods. in september leningrad was blocked. one day mom went to europe saw that all the shelves were empty. in november the. warehouses it was the main storage place for all the food in the city people would be eating the earth because it had small traces of sugar in it i tried to eat it as well but i couldn't. move. incredibly heavy bombing. it was a direct hit on that very shelter and everyone was buried underneath. all of the
wood to. loom. wealthy british soil it's a. buyer's. market . find out what's really happening to the. the economy for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines to name two kinds of reports. millions around the globe struggle with hunger each good. what if someone offers a lifetime food supply no charge. they can the very strong position against g.m.o. and we think that's. the genetic anymore the right products are priest.
protesters in northern spain have again been marching against plans to revamp a major street in the city of boston. i. authorities want to build a new boulevard at a cost of up to thirteen million euros locals say it's a waste of resources that will affect the city's poorest during a time of severe recession riots have broken out over the past few days with protesters torching trash cans and clashing with police we talked to one political analyst who thinks this situation reflects the situation of the entire country. the demonstrators say that they will continue. protesting against this project because they days to go to believe that he's going to be reason why people are so when greece decided to because just in feet with the current situation of austerity of cutbacks in services this is an area which has suffered from those cutbacks the public services recently so people they say they say it's their office fools and
hospitals for other candidates this is the very conservative c.t.'s is is that other small city in space never happens something like that in a city like hudler so this is probably. one of the symptoms of of how problem atsic is being the situation on the whole in the whole of space. tribal leaders in the iraqi city of fallujah have launched negotiations with al-qaeda the terrorist network has controlled the city for over a week now in today's breaking the set abby martin looks at who's to blame for the alarming turn of events. last week al qaeda militants took control of the iraqi cities of ramadi and fallujah after days of nonstop violence according to independent iraqi news agency also want to iraq three hundred seventy people have died in just the last ten days all about numbers are hard to verify considering how bodies are not being taken to the morgue and instead excluded from official death
count now you may remember fallujah was one of the primary deadly battleground during the height of the u.s. occupation. so what if the fall of the city signify for not only the progress of iraq but the region as a whole joining me now to discuss is eugene career ordinator for the answer coalition thank you so much for coming on metal thank you so much for having me so you jeanne what the main factors that are contributing to your failed state of iraq today well i think the key factor that we have to mention is that the occupation of iraq by the united states fundamentally destabilize the country the united states just completely disassembled the iraqi state as it existed and not only didn't really put anything in place but actually set up a structure which made it sort of bit official for forces to become more the cereal to divide along sectarian and other sorts of lines of what we're seeing now is the real fruits of all of these time bombs land mines that were set by the u.s. occupation.
and others around the world this hour two children have been seriously injured in a shooting at a middle school in the u.s. state of new mexico the twelve year old suspect who is now in custody reportedly opened fire with a shotgun just after morning classes began a teacher told the boy to put the gun down and he complied it's the second u.s. school shooting in the space of three months. mass demonstrations are continuing in thailand with protesters keeping up their calls for the government to resign. gunshots were fired on a crowd in the capital bangkok overnight wounding at least two people demonstrators say they will stay on the streets until the rulers they accuse of large scale corruption are forced from power. the israeli defense minister has apologized for his remarks on the u.s. secretary of state's middle east peace efforts and israeli newspaper quoted moshe ya'alon as saying that john kerry's attempts at israeli palestinian peace were
messianic and obsessive white house called the comment. inappropriate kerry has been on a diplomatic diplomatic push recently to outline a deal between the sides but progress has so far been halting. but with the french media swamped with coverage of the president colorful private life francoise hollande has vowed to ease the tax burden on businesses and cutting public spending by fifty billion euros along also says he wants to streamline state bureaucracy while keeping france's social welfare model intact previous controversial tax hikes and the so-called millionaire tax have seen some of right for a france's wealthiest citizens head abroad and change citizenship. another challenge facing europe's second biggest economy in two thousand and fourteen is soaring unemployment while many of the country's young people are heading abroad to seek work those who remain say they're feeling increasingly discriminated against
artie's maria for national looks into what's behind those claims. human beauties glorified by poets singles and artists like it or not we are drawn to beautiful people but we can't all be old paintings trousers known as the world's fashion and beauty trendsetter but the gleaming smiles and slim waist line said grace billboards and shop windows are also sets that trend with some deeply undesirable consequences and sophists planned a tears at university she has to diplomas is a to collate and thoughtful but confines a job she says because of her size. on the bill think because i'm carrying some extra weight i don't have the brinks or intelligence to take up a post they were like issue really capital of doing her job and they didn't even hide it and modal appearance is like having an extra diploma we just completely wrong depressing and pure discrimination sense of he describes more than society as
being like a carnival mirror if you don't conform to standards it sends you and others a negative image of yourself sid you are always a target of course today society is far from a gift with this problems and becomes even more painful if it leads to extra stress and depression it's just not fair. what ansa fisa as she has been facing for years appears to be backed up by statistics. as. we have a blog here she got much more responses compared to an overweight person. sociologist. carried out an experiment in which he sent the same c.v. with different photos after a change in the color of the skin hair weight age and sex the results were surprising. brisk the difference. there is more difference between
a pretty blonde and an overweight or aging woman between someone of french origin and someone with african roots which means that discrimination by beauty and age is even more pronounced than race or origin based discrimination but no one strays any real attention to it. france and belgium and the only european countries where these type of discrimination is against a more physical appearance is i'm a nineteen criteria that employers are not allowed to base their decision on but since until this is a very dangerous tendency people are pushed away from the market not because of a lack of qualifications but because of their weight or color of their eyes the person responsible for this cremations based on physical appearance could face up to three years in prison or brief forty five thousand a year applies but people don't even consider it discrimination it's considered normal and it wasn't you know a number of associations in france as well as world wide aim to protect the rights
of those not considered to be conventionally attractive but there are plenty who have already suffered thanks to the unofficial and unspoken beauty contest of the job market. from france. a special report is coming up here are two international but if you're watching from the u.k. it's over to action returns or for going underground. ariel sharon has died and been given a state he has called controversial and even a peace maker by mainstream media and political class and many other strongly reject these descriptions on this edition of france talk with a simple question was ariel sharon. previously peacekeepers for
a profile of concerned with monitoring peace deals in their post conflict their violent nowadays they're increasingly asked to operate in a high risk of violence while belief by law is still leaning. to stay. motionless with these people has caused over. almost twenty years four million people killed millions of displaced and refugees tens of thousands of women raped tens of thousands of children recruited those soldiers were all slaves no. dramas the chance to be ignored. stories others refuse to notice. the faces change the walls lights now.
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