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protesters launched their own revolutionary kangaroo courts up to two nights of violent protest leave the center of ukraine's capital devastated and many of those guarding it in hospital. european opposition has violence in its d.n.a. the kiev protests are slipping beyond the control of the moderate opposition as far right movements and extremists move in. syria's opposition decides it will attend peace talks after the u.n. retracts an invitation to iran just a day before the geneva summit starts a move moscow has called a mistake. russian diplomats those attending the peace talks to focus on the terrorism plaguing syria amid reports of al qaeda training camps across the country up top stories.
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from a studio center here in moscow was just midnight this is international radical opposition supporters in the ukrainian capital continued their assault on police barricades for a second night of anti-government protests and want to force the country's entire leadership out the rosses say they are not leaving and warned that recently published noodles aimed at preventing them from holding rallies will only boost the violence and i just wish it was announced last week and quickly passed as the crisis escalated and she had a shift key is in kiev. tension may have come down in terms of the noise at the governmental court in kiev but it's still far from settled only a few meters are separating the police lines and the line of the protesters or the
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rioters and still sometimes exchanging project hours at each other over the night we saw an attempt by the police to push the protesters off this particular place here the failed attempt when the protesters started charging with a writer started charging at the police the police had to withdraw and ever since then it's been like that the standoff continues over here it looks like yet another barricade with what remains of the police cars which were burned here on sunday night basically separating the line of the rioters and the police from time to time the protesters and the police are exchanging projectiles these rocks over here still being used to be thrown at the police during the night we also saw something very completely peculiar for ukraine a cases of vigilantism when the protesters organized something of a safari hunt on what they describe as pro-government provocateurs the court several of them took them to the revolutionary headquarters organized the civic trial and then took them out into the independence square and urged them to
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apologize for their actions more than several hundred people are still injured in hospitals including more than one hundred policemen which is something unprecedented not only for ukraine but for many other countries in the world are certainly following all the developments in kiev will bring you the latest updates as we get them. the protests first spiraled out of control over the weekend most of those injured were policemen suffering from head injuries stab wounds and poisoning but the u.s. and the e.u. justified the unrest by saying it was provoked by the ukrainian authorities on international affairs analyst told us the west has little moral right to tell here what to do. no new state in the world no self respecting state in the world would allow people to set up permanent barricades in the central square of the capital city they would do exactly what the ukrainian authorities have done the barricades in clear far bigger than anything that was ever put up in london or paris it's obvious that if anyone is wearing a mask
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a particular gas mask they are as it were preparing for violent combat with police and we've seen in these latest clashes as we saw in december when the whole issue first erupted how the demonstrators have initiated violence against the police and how the police in ukraine have seemed to be almost powerless to resist that we're talking about people who are taking the law into their own hands preventing people from walking along the street and going about their ordinary business and above all we're talking about demonstrators who have time again showed their propensity to violence the riots in kiev of highlighted a rise in nationalist movements and extremism and john laughlin told us the far right nature of the ukrainian opposition is now breaking the surface. so-called pro or european opposition has violence in its d.n.a. what i mean by that is that as we know the european demonstrations are being led by two political parties by. and by vitali klitschko as particle dart dart of course
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means a hit and kicks ko is primarily known as a boxer in other words the very name of his party encapsulates an expresses a notion of violence the notion of aggressive violence is at the european level affiliated with various extreme right to near fascist political parties like your big kid hungry the family call all day in italy and the fun arsenal in france these parties are always attacked by the european elites as being anti democratic. parties who should whose role should be reduced to the minimum and it's an indication of the incredible hypocrisy of western elites that one of their members the party should instead now be being regarded as a pro western and pro-democratic force. amid the tension in the ukrainian capital international will keep you up to date with events throughout the day and also log
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on to r.t. dot com for live updates from here. less than twenty four hours before the peace talks in syria begin in switzerland or to continue to look at the challenges that lie ahead. russia's concern that international efforts to find a solution to the syrian crisis could be undermined by the absence of iran one of the region's key players moscow's foreign minister said revoking iran's invitation to the talks is a mistake he made the decision following an ultimatum from syria's main western backed opposition group what is your opinion obvious in switzerland ahead of the talks on wednesday. the international peace conference on syria taking place here in this small swiss town of montreal on the shores of lake geneva is truly an international achievement it took so much time and so much effort but it's finally
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going to happen soon enough saudis and the rebels after years of fighting and unimaginable violence are going to finally sit down and negotiate but if the assad government did confirm that it was going to take part in the conflict a long time ago the same can be said about the opposition they've been constantly changing their minds even in the last twenty four hours and mainly because of iran a key regional player which was also supposed to take port moscow and washington which have been pretty much organizing this conference have been saying that its success why we depends on the participation of anyone with an influence on the situation there in syria and turn around is definitely one of these powers. you remember how the opposition reacted to the u.n. envoy. they made him revoke the office away returning the tickets in six hours time all in all this is an ugly situation simply a lot of added to iran not taking part in the conference is not a catastrophe but it will definitely not help unite the muslim community in the
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fight against terror which is also going to be one of the key issues on the table here in one troll since besides the political opposition it is widely known that terrorists including al qaeda linked groups are fighting there in syria as well so as the world's chief diplomats are continue to gather here in montreaux of course we'll be covering the whole conference and we'll be bringing you the latest details as it happens well jonathan steele he's a columnist on international affairs for britain's guardian newspaper even as the geneva talks at just the first step of a long negotiation process that must involve iran. all the countries that are involved closely in the syrian situation. either are providing arms or giving support to one of the political sides need to be there if there's going to be a gradual demilitarization the imposition of local cease fires and some genuine political talks to compromise all the surrounding countries need to be very and it's absurd to cut one of them everybody is saying that this should be
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a process server this is just the first step in a process so one hopes that they will agree to meet again and such a date fairly soon and that in the meantime iran will be brought back into the discussion because you know if you're trying to deal with a war and obviously people are very ferociously opposed to each other but you've got to get them talking just to say well somebody is on one side and therefore can't take part makes no sense of toulon in terms of international diplomacy and peacekeeping. moscow wants the threat of terrorism in syria especially those posed by al qaeda to be the main focus of talks in switzerland jihadist groups operating in the country targeting the government and their fellow rebels fierce clashes have left more than a thousand opposition fighters dead since the start of the year and as artie's marina portnoy reports somebody washington's previous indiscriminate support for the rebels is partly responsible. when the enemy of your enemy is your enemy
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things can get complicated it's a conundrum the us faces in syria where political financial and military support to the rebels has subsequently served to create a new hotbed for al-qaeda if bush are us did not. stay in power or if he's weakened then syria could become that base another base like pakistan and afghanistan before it tutus to be used as a springboard to go into these other countries oh experts say an influx of extremist groups has turned the war torn country into a terrorist training center posing a greater threat to american interests than the leader washington wants removed these groups are much more dangerous and we have hands of thousands of international fighters coming in in a very fundamentalist capacity we've almost come full circle after afghanistan where nine eleven were where we are seeing these groups still fighting for
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fundamentalists. principles what began as an anti-government uprising three years ago has turned into an internal fight between opposition blocs the free syrian army set up to battle assad has more and more found that its hands are full just defending themselves against jihadists who are seeking a foothold in the country this leaving u.s. officials acknowledging a loss of control over the war it initially supported we too are deeply concerned about the rise of extremism. the world needs no reminder that syria has become the magnet for jihadists and extremists it is the strongest magnet for terror of anyplace today and as world powers start gathering in geneva to map out a peace plan for syria they are being asked to pull the plug on terrorism. ship which is clear results with regard to the fights against terrorism in syria in
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particular it needs to put pressure on countries that are exporting terrorism by sending terrorists money and weapons to terrorist organizations especially saudi arabia turkey and of course the western countries that provide political conflict with these terrorist organizations. organizations no one ever imagined america would in any way support marina r.t. new york. meanwhile violence caused by terror groups in syria is spreading across the border the al qaeda affiliated group has claimed responsibility for a massive explosion in a shia dominated district of lebanon's capital that killed at least four people. but even countries a long way from syria's borders could be vulnerable to the threat from terrorism reports of emerge that al qaida is training european jihadists in syria specifically to set up terrorist cells back home. reports now from the moscow.
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despite the international community separate now for its efforts to bring peace to syria and its people the brutal conflict now has a new face radical militants have long used children in their fight against a mask but now more and more women both local and from the west have been dragged into jihad some are currently make the journey to marry fall into is who they appear ready to support no matter who walks in the u.k. a blog even helps those who want to marry militants to travel to the country here in syria training camps have been set up by al qaida in areas held by and to government forces or aspiring female extremists is the most severe thing to see women join them and then encourage some to swap a traditional way of life for weapons and suicide belts traction it's clear women draw less attention from the police and security forces western officials are concerned about the rising number of their nationals looking to syria to take part
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in the war they are afraid that after being trained to kill these men and women will return to their home towns. by one level defect was sad that is that is precisely what's meant and groups are hoping to achieve because in two different sources there are up to two thousand european fighters here in syria who joined rebels groups many of which have ties to al qaida for the time being they remain here in syria learning how to make and defend they go and how to use a kalashnikov all the time waiting for the moment when their fatso knowledge could be pulled into action with the geneva two talks set to kick off on wednesday there remain those who wants no part in a political solution and are resolved to stay away from the negotiations and side they how to expand their. regional should not see from damascus syria. as the world's top diplomats in switzerland another obstacle that motor
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overshadowed proceedings. of the torture of prisoners by the syrian regime we're following that story right now on our web site or to dot com special coverage of the geneva conference tomorrow. the death toll of over one hundred. c. and common sense come together with one mention. war is not the answer. does peace have a chance. more international news is coming away after a short break do stay with us this is all t. international live in moscow.
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security forces in russia's southern republican dagestan say they have prevented a terror attack the bomb squad defused a major explosive device in artie's and in english the has the details on this. an explosive device was found near the administrative building in the southern republic of dagestan and how it was done as part of a counterterrorism operation which is taking place in the republic right now. they're also saying that several extremists have been killed as part of the operation along the well known field commander of the volatile southern republic of dagestan is located in close proximity to the volga grad region where two deadly terror attacks have taken place less than a month ago. at the moment sweet dreams are not made of these on r.t. dot com one of the most popular prescription drugs in the u.s. is reportedly turning people into killers instead of sending them to sleep for
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a blissful night's rest. and an offer the danger to the pope as a former vatican guard claims there is an underground network of homosexuals plotting against him. those stories and others right now at r.t. dot com today is the ninetieth anniversary of the death of the man credited with changing the course of history for russia and the world his body is on public display in central moscow and just like him the ideas he launched a revolution for a not exactly buried for russians seventy years of the soviet union left most people in different towards lennon's legacy although he remains popular as a way to sell souvenirs in the world of art however the social side is he fought for have gained some traction in the west will for more of this i'm joined live now by national and foreign affairs expert richard becker in the states richard why do you think there is still some interest for socialist parties socialist movements
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bearing in mind of course the example of the soviet union collapsing displaying the fact that the whole system was flawed. well i think that the reason that there's growing interest in socialism and i a part of that movement in the party for socialism and liberation in the united states because capitalism is leading the world and the people of the world to destruction we really only have two choices either we go on like this where a tiny handful of billionaires make all the decisions about the use of resources and production and so forth based and their maximum maximisation of their profits or we have a system that's based on meeting human needs in a sustainable long term way i think that people look at len and look back at len and if they do so objective lee and see the person who was the single most
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impactful leader of the twentieth century without lennon's leadership i don't think the russian revolution would have been successful and the russian revolution. enabled the soviet union to go from being one of the poorest of the big countries the most backward of the big countries in europe to being a major. economic and scientific powerhouse by the one nine hundred fifty s. despite the fact that twenty seven million soviet people were killed in the by the nazis and most of the soviet union was devastated and in addition to all of that that meant that sort of is all she wrote about what about human suffering around the world but richard what about the human suffering that so many experienced during that transition is let him push forward socialism so many people that suffer which makes you wonder about socialism and the idea of totalitarianism and authoritarian regimes that can in the future really that sort of system a socialist system exist with democracy. i think that there's no
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question that it can i mean i think we have to recognize the fact that the soviet union from the day it was born when when winston churchill the leader of the counter revolution really against the russian revolution a vile had to strangle the bolshevik baby in its crib the soviet union really never got a day of peace in its whole existence that doesn't excuse. the mistakes serious mistakes that were made by successors of lenin but lenin brought the world to a different place all over the world particularly in the colonized world because of his views about self-determination that were so so eloquently expressed in china and vietnam all over latin america all over europe all over the world in fact those particularly those who were suffering under colonial oppression responded an organized communist party is really never been anyone who has had the impact on the world that lenin did just briefly socialism is it really
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a way for the poor and indeed students for example to perhaps attack capitalism saying capitalism working because it is the middle class really that concerned and thinking that capitalism is the future reason for the destruction of the planet i mean these sentiments are really for the poor and and students are they that's those are the ones who are really waving the flag for socialism. well that's the majority of people in the world today and even in the united states and people don't think of it that way but according to the department of labor half the population of the united states is either low income or living in poverty students go to college now i believe in the soviet union students could go to college if they pass the exams they. could go for free they didn't have to pay for it now students come out with fifty thousand one hundred thousand two hundred thousand in the united states and they can't find a job so the circumstances the way that capitalism is developing makes
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socialism a necessary alternative that more and more people are turning to and really the only alternative to this course of destruction richard great to talk to you thank you for your thoughts richard baca the national and foreign affairs expert live from the u.s. . now some other international news headlines for you this hour in the u.s. one person has been killed in the shooting university in indiana a suspect was detained at the scene by police and was apparently acting alone offices continuing to search the campus but the university administration say it is safe for students and staff. like the stones military's launch several airstrikes on suspected taliban strongholds following deadly attacks on soldiers and civilians officials say at least twenty three minutes were killed but according to locals many of the victims were ordinary villages in pakistan a roadside bomb has blown up a bus carrying ship pilgrims returning from iran killing more than twenty people.
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and tyler now hits declared a state of emergency following recent violence between protesters and supporters the ruling party in bangkok the power of his security forces has been expanded and they can now arrest or search people with limited judicial parliamentary oversight thousands of people are continuing their mass rallies in bangkok in a bid to bring down the prime minister and derail upcoming parliamentary polls. british government workers are being rewarded for saying no in exchange for rejecting asylum applications home office staff receive gifts and even extra holiday has more in this. failed asylum seekers that have been told to leave britain can apply head to the u.k.'s home office to have their cases reviewed it's a last ditch attempt to stay in the u.k. if they can prove that their lives back home are in danger but it's been revealed that home office employees are set targets they're supposed to be winning seventy percent of these cases that means that they're aiming to keep out seventy percent
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of the people that have really applied to stay in britain after their asylum cases have already been rejected if they can hit that target they're rewarded with holiday days cash bonuses and high street shopping vouchers these incentives don't have any place in these sorts of cases where people's life and limb can quite literally be at stake this being repeated instances of other pressures for management coming down to those making these thought two decisions in individual cases it was a toy gorilla that they called the grown monkey and that was placed on the desk of any official brave enough against that backdrop to make a decision to go and someone saw him on their application the home office says that no vouchers are issued purely for winning cases they say that all the factors that taken into consideration as well they refused to say just how many vouchers have been handed out to asylum and immigration staff but
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a parliamentary oncet reveals that since july twenty twelve eleven high street shopping vouchers have been awarded to staff in asylum cases for a one off recognition of individual performance at court. odyssey london. brings up to date for the moment more news just like the hoff and i would mean the team in the meantime a glimpse into a siberian cult leader is god he's. centric paul spiritual salvation. jingle bells jingle bells it's christmas time for you people or stealing all your. yeah yeah they're in our pocket we give them a bonus every year and they do what ever we want what ever we want the f.b.i.
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or crooks to the f.b.i. or it's funny it's a farce it's american justice is a is a farce the f.b.i. is i think the cost of bribing the f.b.i. has gone down there is fear deflation because the brother big bill is going down in america under obama's america there isn't a place in. the united states is a very good example here because in the early years the baby had a pretty strong genuine democracy that by now i would argue has degenerated into a system where money and power mattered much more than britain did a deputy out of the majority of the founding fathers of the united states would constantly say that they were not find the democracy that fought them obviously was horrible they wanted topps we instituted a republic and they purposely designed the institutions to as they put it exclude the majority from participation.
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in the heart of the impossible side. syrian tiger lissa group dedicated to following a man who calls himself the syrian every year on august eighteenth members of this community gather on a mountain that they say is sacred to see that man who claims to be the modern christ.
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a week before going to siberia we visited the belgorod region to meet. a form of the syrian follower she's one of very few former members of the sect willing to talk about her experience. and i first heard about it when i was in st petersburg they showed a film that affected me deeply. cried so hard you wouldn't believe the film was about humility and pride and it really worked in my mind but it didn't say anything about him being christ except it as an ecovillage to.

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