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terrorism cooperation. with russia over ukraine all the while. we have to quickly find ways to back away from what has been said it's the silliest and the most idiotic decision could have been made. on the global community. in the drug. world. more than three decades of war and instability. drug production opium economy is a lifeline for thousands of farmers but also funded the drug traffickers. problem.
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this country's borders and for the first time in history israel launches hearings over the war crimes some of the country's top officials are accused of carrying out . the perfect. news on a wednesday international. welcome to the program nato is suspending old military and civilian cooperation with russia while beefing up its presence in eastern europe in response to the ukraine crisis despite moscow's claims that is withdrawing troops from its border with ukraine where they've been
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massing for drills. looks at how nato. much more than just relations between. by suspending military and security cooperation with russia nato has also put the brakes on a twelve year relationship initially created to keep the world safe for. europe america and russia bear the unfortunate scars of terrorism and also share the common goal of battling against extremists nato members and moscow regularly exchange information and hold consultations on various aspects of counter-terrorism in the past russia has even provided ships for nato as maritime counterterrorism operation. moscow and the alliance have also joined forces to remove and dismantle syria's stockpile of chemical weapons by funding and providing technical
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assistance for the disarmament process. for six years nato was allowed to ferry essential supplies through russia to its troops in afghanistan and in two thousand and twelve moscow granted the alliance unprecedented access to road and rail networks as well as its airspace to transport vital military hardware to its forces battling the taliban. since two thousand and five the nato russia council has been jointly training counter-narcotics personnel from afghanistan pakistan and central asian countries as of october roughly three thousand officers have been ready to fight the drug trade emanating from afghanistan despite all this historic success nato has temporarily abandoned strategic ties with russia while choosing to align itself closer with ukraine these kinds of drawing up of walls rejecting relationships i'm not talking to you
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any more that kind of gamesmanship we have to quickly on the us side on the night. no side and i think you heard this earlier with with the nato spokesman we have to quickly find ways to back away from what has been said it's the silliest and the most idiotic decision and statement that could have been made while moscow remains in a timeout nato is expected to step up cooperation with ukraine's armed forces by training officers joint exercises and promoting reforms right on russia's doorstep i think nato had always said that the cooperation with russia. and master of security but the underlying reason is that if you look at their actions and reactions it's never been about security it's been about containing russia's growth question
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is will nato be able to contain the growth of terrorism drug trafficking and the spread of biological warfare all on its own marina poor nial party afghanistan could fall victim to the political standoff between nato and russia in cooperation with moscow at the alliance has been trying to curb the production of drugs in the country our reporters coming up in just a few minutes here on r.t. international. well nato in the meantime has already reinforced its presence on its eastern borders stepping up patrols over the baltic states and dispatching surveillance planes to poland and romania in addition washington is requesting an increase in the number of its troops and aircraft stationed at a black sea based in eastern romania how exactly are these moves correspond with the alliances mission well that's up for debate and cross talk today that's coming your way a bit later. nature's mission today is to justify its own existence in other
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words to do everything it can to strengthen its political membership and its military capability we've seen in the ukraine crisis a number of leading military men in nato rushing to say that this proves that the alliance needs to be tough and needs to have more boots on the ground more crafts stationed in the east of europe and so on and i think that it has exploited as it were the ukraine crisis in order to justify its existence if you look at the long history of nato cold war nato has got out of its way now to create an adversarial relationship with russia and i think that somehow claiming that that's been the purpose of log and this is an alliance in search of a mission i simply think it's not true the alliance purpose is very simple it's to defend the member states of the alliance what is nato protecting europe against soviet tanks cannot about to roll into the streets of paris they'd never get to the traffic. there is no meaningful threat to russia threatens no one except
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herself occasionally and if you're going to confront a threat going forward it's not going to be from russia it'll probably be from china at some point but i don't think nato is really involved in that front so what is it protecting you against. and efforts to disrupt the production of illegal drugs in afghanistan have already cost the u.s. billions of dollars and yet it's not help to solve the problem in the lightest even when the cooperation between moscow and washington on drug trafficking was at its highest this only helped put pressure on the illegal trade worldwide it almost seems the more money that flows into the country the more drugs that flow out. now when it comes to the whole issue here europe russia and america they're all on the receiving end of the drugs that look at the figures for you here on r.t. international reports say afghanistan is responsible for around eighty percent of
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the world's opium heroin production has also served and is now forty times higher than it was in two thousand and one and more than one million users have died over the course of the past decade but the earnings from the trade are clearly considered worth the risk of production and the lack of international dialogue could let this business grow even further that's at least one expert on the region told us by far the main source for drugs or for natural products that smuggled to europe and russia is actually afghanistan the way it's to and of course the u.s. in particular have to set aside all the political interests when it comes to global security and russia in particular and scored a huge huge interest in stake in this process and different and they have to be taken into confidence and they have to be incorporated in their in the process if there is a lack of cooperation between russia and the west it will be
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a huge threat to europe's. security and also to the overall social stability more than one half of all provinces and afghanistan a growing poppy crops and as are these loser caffein of reports that have certainly taken its toll on afghan society. last year afghanistan recorded its largest opium harvest ever and the scene behind me tells a story of just all devastating that's been for the people here the men are part of a growing addiction epidemic according to the united nations more than a million afghans are addicted to opium and heroin out of a population of some thirty million people which makes against and not just the world's top exporter of the drugs but one of its top consumers too despite more than a decade of western efforts to curb production a combination of economics and political instability has meant that farmers are planting more poppies than ever before. twenty thirteen which according to the u.n.
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is a thirty six percent increase from the previous year and that's translated to big box again and then is believed to harvest of nearly one billion dollars worth of the problem last year alone now this illegal opium economy is a lifeline for thousands of afghan farmers but it also funded the drug traffickers and the taliban problem that extends far beyond this country's borders more than three decades of war and instability in afghanistan must fuel the drug production and efforts to stop it simply haven't worked the u.s. has spent seven billion dollars to counter narcotics since two thousand and two another three billion dollars on our cultural programs there was a poster called grower switch to other crops but the bypass the united nations says nineteen of the country's thirty four provinces are now growing opium which also reflects an increase in recent years with the presidential elections around the corner along with a looming withdrawal of most foreign troops again
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a stance booming drug trade is a major concern with global implications and if western allies and the afghan government don't do more to topple production the fear here that the drug trade could splinter the country into a fragmented criminal narco state reporting in kabul for r t m d c capital no i mean afghanistan the election is set for the fifth of april we will be covering it extensively meanwhile we will continue our series of reports on the future of afghanistan. the people of afghanistan head to the polls for the third time the fall of the taleban wilbur's the place for the birth of our democratic our. national but. still to come here in our international the question of the european economy how much would it cost europe to turn its back on russian
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fuel the energy experts say the region can't afford it. thinking twice before stopping any sanctions on moscow. plus a report on the situation in bahrain where ahead of the formula one race the government is tightening its crackdown on protesters now sentencing thirteen people to life behind bars for taking part in the demonstrations and more after the break . the western power elite. particularly driven by the factions or whatever in washington is pushing russia against the wall no one was threatened by russian troops actually might disagree with their foreign policy but to argue that they were trying to mobilize nato against russia is simply not true this president's trying to diffuse this crisis is quickly as possible this
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country is run by a democratic president and a democratic senate and a democratic secretary of state so what are they doing in ukraine what are they talking about ukraine is now being used as a weapon to attack russian interests. it's hot it's national law from moscow top diplomats from the u.s. and europe are set to meet today to discuss ways to end the e.u.'s energy dependence on russia and the move respond by obama's promises to provide all the gas europe needs from america's own stockpiles but as artie's peter all of our
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reports these pictures are going to be awfully hard to keep. a united message from europe's top brass sanctions sanctions from chile done to a missile i'm sure we make sure that and accept any actions we will bear very serious consequences but when it comes to the dependence on russian gas. the numbers speak louder than words around a third of the gas used to mystically in the you comes from russia industries like car production metal works in other heavy manufacturing a reliance on russian gas for power the potential solution is that europe could import american shale gas which washington has already offered there's no perfect free. ideal cheap energy sources the united states as a source of energy is one possibility but that throws up its own problems firstly
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the united states has no operational facilities to liquefied natural gas for transport secondly it would take more than two million time to trips a year to satisfy europe's demand and only about four hundred of the gas tank is needed actually exist and then the cost of shipping supplies six thousand kilometers which would be huge. but before that can happen in europe we'll also have to spend years building vast networks liquid natural gas terminals and storage facilities and all that extra expense what effect will it have on gas prices the cost of gas delivered let's say here in the czech republic would be pretty much comparable to what today's today's price is a quick and easy solution to those european countries wanting to diversify away from a dependence on russian gas may sound too good to be true to some but when you speak to energy experts they'll tell you it's completely unfeasible but i think it's very
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legitimate that every country and also the e.u. looks for diversification but one has to be realistic and not to go with the populist everybody who claims there is another turn a tiff in the short run is falls in the fall short and i would say definitely until two thousand and thirty we need russian gas in europe. the energy relationship with russia is just too important to industry and ultimately the economy to risk damaging all leaving the european union's tough sanctions. toothless peter all of a billion or so many more stories for you one line at our website. including this one syria a chemical provocation syrian officials warning that rebels are preparing. to blame on assad's forces also what i'll see dot com right now. a new mining
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law push. to block roads and fight with police and other videos of the in motion section of dot com. right to see. first street. and i would think that your. today for the first time in history an israeli court will launch war crimes hearings against some of the country's top officials over their conduct in lebanon and gaza high ranking politicians and military heads are alleged to have carried out unjustified killings collective punishment and attacks on civilians auntie's
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polis layer investigates. for the first time israel supreme court will be considering evidence against some of the top echelon of israeli political and military leadership who are having charges of war crimes brought against them now these refer back to two israeli launched operations in lebanon in two thousand and six and in gaza in two thousand and eight two thousand and nine the important points to make though is that this is the first time that this is happening here in israel and that despite this it is receiving very little coverage both in the israeli press and in the mainstream media we have contacted a number of lawyers and politicians as well as analysts and just about everyone has declined our request to be interviewed the charges are being brought by modern one who is the only israeli lawyer to have served as a senior prosecutor in one of the courts at the international criminal court at the
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hague now he says interesting enough that there are israeli internal inquiries that looked into these operations in lebanon and gaza that actually give formal evidence that showed that these leaders wanted to intentionally hurt civilians or at the very least they intended to have no regard for the safety of civilians having said this shapiro who is a local journalist feels that very little is going to materialize in the courts over. and it has no meaning because the high court is also part of the occupation and war criminals are sitting in this court for example one of the new judges is essential or named norm solberg he is a settler he is a part of a war crime that he is a part of stealing lands and maybe he will be charged more they can use this petition for good propaganda their decision will be that these leaders are not war
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criminals they are defending israel so for them this could be an excellent stage and the media will cover it i have no doubt about that. that was artie's paulus lear reporting there from tel aviv or just to remind you though of the lebanon war so more than a thousand civilians killed the overwhelming majority being lebanese citizens and the same number of civilians were killed in the garza operation that was in two thousand and eight and which are israel last just three noncombatants. are now in r.t. international siberia's diamants are considered some of the world's best and therefore the most expensive but luckily for russia it's got bags of them but to turn the raw material into a shiny masterpiece is quite a task is to buy mots a saw for herself every girl's dream gets its finishing touch.
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fragments of stars t. is the guards and of course a girl's best friend with the wedding bells just around the corner for me there was nothing more i wanted to do than shop for a little bit of sparkle and of course every bride wants to know where a diamond comes from and the diamond found in the east of siberia is a cut above the rest. you could see in diamonds are valued around the world mainly of just their cotton every type of card has a different number of facets and stones which gives it a special play in the light these are the most expensive and clean stones that every girl dreams about. in one of russia's most remote and coldest cities the great treasure and high spinny. diamond mining for diamonds was started here fifty years ago in just
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a few weeks ago this stone was deep underground. the process of diamond production begins with purchasing the rough diamonds this is what rough diamonds look like more or less analysis is made to decide what kind of shape it will be and what kind of cutting and polishing will be applied yet goods the diamond company is well known for the cutting of the stones the polish and design i was eager to see the food process from rough to ready and this is what we end up with. this is a three karat content design is dazzling but something more modest is up my alley says continues there for the perfect wedding ring but in the mean time i can take a little something home. i think it looks perfect with a sparkling away in siberia part. some more of necessity meets luxury tabby reports on the production the controversy as well
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though of the tradition of wearing fur and one of the world's coldest regions. now to bahrain on the program where a twenty year old man has been killed in battles with police some reports saying security forces didn't allow an i'm going to get to his aid of ourselves the government has been stepping up its crackdown a court recently sentenced thirteen people to life in prison for taking part in a protest more than two years ago the convicts claim they were forced into making confessions through torture a human rights activist asma darwish says the situation in the gulf state is only getting worse. and protests are ongoing especially now with their formula one event taking place in the eye and so many people are being arrested and harsh sentences are being. issued on the line for democracy protestants and those who denied basic rights of human rights it will continue as these charges are files
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these trials are for false western countries are the line and double standards when it comes to bahrain it is not only buffering the movement in bahrain is facing not only one officer reaching it is facing serious oppressive regimes of the g.c.c. so this so if it succeeds and battery it will succeed and the entire g.c.c. there are so many human rights violations in bahrain in saudi in qatar and kuwait in emirates in oman in brief some of the global headlines for you here on r.t. international we'll go to chile now where five people have been confirmed dead after an eight point two magnitude earthquake it also caused a tsunami that hits the country's northern coast or the government has ordered the entire coastline to be evacuated a tsunami warning was also given to peru. i hear hundreds of protesters angry at the e.u. as financial policies going head to head with the police on the streets of athens
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the violence erupted despite a government ban on rallies during a meeting in the greek capital of e.u. foreign ministers who would come together to approve the next chunk of recent bailout reforms adopted by the parliament to make that cash injection possible had already sparked massive demonstrations. and pilots from germany's biggest airline have started a massive strike that showed you all to last for three days almost four thousand flights throughout the country have been cancelled affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers all around the world the pilots voted to walk out of a paid retirement conditions a protest rally calling for higher salaries is also a plan that germany's main air hub frankfurt. the european union is sending a thousand strong peacekeeping force to the central african republic after french troops failed to stabilize the situation there at least seventy thousand people have been displaced by ongoing sectarian violence that has left thousands dead
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a journalist io johnson told us he feels peace may not be the primary goal of european armies coming into africa. the french where coming on the back end of a fast they ask this so it's a victory in mali but i'm not being caught out significantly in the central african republic because of the problems which have been so acute and of course they've been. they've not been able to address the problem which is why main source assistance from their european allies which is also showing that they don't have the capability to solve the problem that they know very little about an alternate he or what you do find is that for the french at least they're trying to recreate once lost in truants in the heart of the world trying to ensure that their companies are more nationalist to control in terms of the rich rich in minerals that we know exist on the ground i'm not in mentally and we know that the french
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are great keen to. influence their own brand of democracy. on the part of the well especially in the central african republic right now. are talking of national life from moscow i'm rori sushi up next existing day by day in the urban jungle maybe no sweat and how are your survival techniques if you're suddenly finding yourself lost where the wild things are find out next. world. science technology innovation all these developments from around russia we've got the future covered. in the advice of
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a dentist aids page friend and trademark office. this immediately shall we leave the baby. at the scene motion to the play your part of the physical. issues that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all politics. are to. and be useful russia's lakes a deep in their winter freeze and i traveled from beyond the city of to enjoy the. visibility is often poor at this time of year and the local hovercraft still busy trade. as my guide and i made our way out on the ice we thought we had everything we could
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possibly want it was cold it was blustery it was perfect. one of the very favorites of past times of russian men everywhere it's got to be ice fishing so we've come out to this frozen lake for a little bit of solitude and hopefully a few bites my friend gauri here is going to say to me how it's done a little bit worried about. the strength of this wind but hopefully should be fine . picking your spokes seems to be more a matter of luck than judgment if the outside pressure is too high the fish won't come calling anyway but to begin with you have to drill down to them and there's
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not too it. here. thanks for. the drill vertically you don't drill straight so when askew yes ok yeah. there's terrible today i didn't even expected to be like this yeah usually the biting is good during the you know i'm not so sure. i might have to leave this place. you're not going to get anywhere if you don't have the right bait and we brought a selection delicious maggots that we hoped would do the trick. for me look at the bottom. and this is the fish in j.
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again here so tap the bottom gently and slightly love the lawyer tease him a little bit attract the fishes attention very probable and leave it there the fish will come out to eat it. silly. as will fishing patience is key but conditions were getting worse and even in my thick clothes i was starting to feel cold. because the winds getting stronger better wrap ourselves in plastic ok it's easy to freeze out here a warming up afterwards is the hard part. right easy there you go. and they realize it was going only because i couldn't figure dorian old i've never
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actually been on a lake with this much wind. around me but it hasn't helped. especially bearable now. whether it'll make the fishing in the. head. wrapped up in a makeshift tents we did our best god no impressions and settle in for the long haul but almost an hour later the fish still weren't biting. grigori if you caught anything not got nothing nothing at all or so we do then maybe you will go home. what we'll see about it of course it then. i'll. never think the phones dead or maybe it's frozen ok. but you know the timetable when is it. just the last i told them i'd call this a one to come and that they shouldn't come till i phone them.
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seriously what are we going to do than you do on those among those it's not we must know that we're here but we're not staying here. what you mean they know me and don't worry when i'm here. gettig how far away is the bank. about twenty five kilometers you know what let's go to the shore right now will decide what to do next there is just too dangerous to stay here right now. for the careful take off the plastic bag there you go. maybe we'll just follow the whole across trucks and it will work why you see we're going to when we have you know everything is covered with drifting snow you won't find the road try looking for footprints they're all gone. the main thing is to manage until it gets dark ok do we have any food with us sure
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yeah we got t t t that's it. oh yeah nothing to worry about. i couldn't quite believe my is the visibility was down to almost zero and i had no choice but to trust gregorios judgement. one thing was sure we needed to find some shelter before the light faded completely. everything will be fine. believe you. after a long hike we made it to the edge of the lake and a bank of reeds it meant that we were nearly off the ice and out of that winds but moving on a sledge was becoming far more difficult. the forest loomed up in front of us and clearly something had been there before us.
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yeah what do you think that was so far the folks at fox footprints there are all kinds of tracks here a lot of animals big ones. own climbs over you to get you through the bears are all hibernating we don't have any problems with walls because there's not much snow so it's easy for them to find food. scared people too they just don't surround. this is really the first bit of luck we've had all day is the temperature seems to have risen and the wind is definitely died down. what we're going to do you know i'm not entirely sure but at least gori knows this area. of philly he's got a plan. there for sure james we're looking for pine tree trunks make sure that there are no needles on them for trees without green needles ok if there's even one
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green needle it means the trunks got too much liquid inside it and they won't burn well we need dry wood dry wood. you see group even these big ones are pretty hard to knock down in the forest trees simply don't know where they stand and with a few good tugs down they come. to look can you see the two trees growing next to each other. so it's not as if you take a branch from with things and put it between them and bend it like this it will break. pretty easy. once we had enough kindling we could start to prepare to find out that that wasn't the only problem we were facing that how exactly we're going to get it started. now we have to build a fire out of this. good i will go back to the understanding touch your lips to where you are if it's warm to the touch and doesn't make your lips called i mean that it's dry. also this one is basically dry and that's just what we want to know
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very carefully make wood shavings which we're going to need a little bit but we shavings are extremely important especially right now so i mean it's just we're making a bow with the string if you were if you want to so it will roll the string around the spindle. and then will place the other end. well to pull us into the sticks this board and start spinning it here to receive us not the fictional he took the wood enough for this stuff this small wood shavings milk up to start small journey to b. and c. then have a license i. i will tell you i don't know i gave up smoking that's good. make it longer longer longer. no one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two. there goes good good
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good keep going. keep going keep going that's good keep going come on go go go go go go go. i was beginning to think sled rope might be one of the most useful tools in the world they say there's no smoke without fire. looks like they were right. you know. easy. careful careful because it would branches quick. so that's going to it's good. well done excellent. well done. slowly put some branches on top. go finally we had a little fire started but we needed to keep it going and the collection of small
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branches we had wasn't going to do the trick we needed to think bigger and once again our sled broke was going to be the key. it's all about finding the rhythm. although you do need a bit of luck to. careful. let's go. we only miscalculated. well. if luck fails physics will have to do that. yeah baby. yes it looked like we weren't going to freeze to death come over horribly clear they were going to have to spend the night out here. i've been
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gathering these reeds which hope this is. some kind of matches for us at least. to get some foley was on top to make it. vaguely comfortable. but this is a roof to protect you from the snow ok the fire will keep you warm and this roof will keep you dry when it snows but that's all right of course take the log going to be able to move it to the middle of the bonfire a little bit more little bit more again ok when these two logs start burning they'll produce some heat or you would know what that is they'll give off heat but the flames are going to climb up where it's. so you're not going to feel any of it . if you put one more log on top of the fire the flames burn the log and spread the word sideways. slowly like this. yeah that's good. perfect everything will start burning soon.
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i'm soaked through. and let me stream me hungry but at least soon i'll be drawing and really all things considered. it could be a lot worse just hope the physios living in these forests stays well away from us. and for his course. a military alliance without a mission this is what critics say about the north atlantic treaty organization nonetheless nato continues to expand and of porting to moscow and russia's security expense as the crisis in ukraine given nato a new lease on life. welcome to the john siberian. what are the places you never go
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to. fun you never had. things you'd never do. experience you'll never get. the surprise you will. see serious topics of basis try to come out. of people who are going to to. want. if you like or if you're taking every minute.
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and. not me. oh well. like. saving all the time. squeezes to eat. sometimes for nothing. this song and. it's not just a story will be just if you see a stage take the t.v. set but it was still. hanging. we made it through a long night and neither of us was the worse for wear apart from my rumbling
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stomach. breakfast was a top priority. for . me grigori is right here live. school what time is it more fun. damn. you know coco you know how did you sleep. well you were sleeping in for a few more logs on the fire inspector for a minute. do you know what shell fungus is charter so you heard of it yeah i've been in the forest collects them yesterday i saw this big ole mushroom over there is just. some snow right now. and you bring the shelf fungus over ok yes or no much
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can you make some tea there ya make tea out of it will add some pine needles make it taste good because i'm hungry like an elephant in the cocoon really. i set off in search of some elusive food with the ground covered in snow i was never going to find anything on the forest floor the higher up you never know. at least we weren't going to be short of something to drink while i was off foraging grigori was collecting water for artsy. although in this case of course you have to melt it first. and the last i found what i was looking for. if you really can't spend too much time in russia without learning a little bit about mushroom baking in the forests is one of the favorite summer pasta here but. this fungus actually that grows on the tree.
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somebody makes great and. gives a very. very good to help quite frankly i would pretty much the same right now. trying. was loading up my pockets back at the camp grigori was getting the tea on the boil . james. why is it take you so long. the water is almost boiling. them. very. well they're excellent take some great well done all right. the really good right now. i want to. pull out some pine needles.
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like you go chop and add them. just so you'll be surprised but there was another surprise in store for me too and i wasn't very happy about it just krikorian what the hell is that. here's the thing james if we had written this yesterday we'd be hungry right about now. and would only. everything's fine don't worry about it said i was hungry as an elephant didn't i just because we're going to eat this animal give us enough energy to get back home ok. i don't care anymore was that course please i printed it i'm dying here let's not use this knife through my needle for something else later. nerve the waist open and that was pretty easy actually. do you know how to tear open tunes with your hands in there hundred percent neck.
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i thought he was joking but apparently rigor he didn't want to risk ruining our only knife. i've never seen him out open a can with his bare hands before but when you're this hungry there's plenty of motivation to do it quickly. there in these folds very weak but when you keep stretching the metal breaks up that's what's going to happen right now so. that is initially it's a lot harder to do but will break it into two well. the first of the better. and there you go. all we have to do now is take the porridge out. to me five.
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so i have to. say that's not. james doing the knife now we really do need it it's true. in the morning we can use it to add porridge to the pot. just be careful stirring the porridge so often you shouldn't put dry poured straight into the pot otherwise it'll burn. flour but this is a fish bait made from used to doe same kind of dough that used to make bread. and use our fishing expedition didn't turn out the way we wanted but at least we still got some bait to take a look takes on it and we can if you want just eat as you enjoy eating it we can wrap around a stick like this. here a bacon now to. our right. there we go and we'll leave it here to cook.
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how is it. the twenty four as with. you're exaggerating a little come on us is raising. beautiful. thoughts so. how do you know all these they to do grow up in the forest or something. i'm a tourism instructor for white water slalom. or when they kids out on various expeditions so i have to know these kinds of things. i always teach children and i have to be sure that they'll be able to find their way out of something happens to me. that's almost my job my occupation.
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so what are you doing. number we need a compass we just don't we don't know exactly where we are right now. but it is there even of our stretches all the way from north to south seattle you. know if we happen to be on an island at the moment we could be in either shore so if we walked at right angles to the shore we could end up in god knows where literally the middle of nowhere that's why we need a compas that we can at least figure out exactly where the opposite shore is here i remember to do this for a visit the physics always open. right now we're going to bend it into a hook. just a slight bend will do. after we warm up properly will magnetize it. all right you can see that it's gotten a little softer. now we're going to magnetize that the tip of a knife always has an electric clarity doesn't really matter if it's a positive or negative charge but the important thing for us to do right now is just to gently scrape it. will slightly inserted
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in like this. had turned out great and now we've got a miniature compass the only thing left to do though is place it on water and we're done. that's where they take a look just almost the hook is magnetic. it's sitting on the float because the float doesn't let the hook touch the sides of the ball. take a look i'm putting it here. and it starts floating. here we have our magnetic ready and. this is our perpendicular line. well storm we can easily cross reservoir in this direction and that's just what we're going to do . so we should go this way. if you can so no we need to go this way over here if you pay attention you'll see the shore goes sideways if we were to go there we would end up in the middle of nowhere so we can't go there we have to
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go in this direction it's good that i noticed it yep that's all go. it was time to see if we could find a way to actually get home and we loaded up on sledge with fuel for a signal fire if we made it out to the center of the lake we'd need some weights or attention to ourselves but that wasn't the only problem we'd have to face. ah what what what what. james take it off. how did you get there i passed and everything was fine. calm down it's all right everything's fine we'll fix you up can we make a fire or something i need to pull my foot. right. hold on. here you don't need to take your shirt of. it's fine. do your foot. put it here and
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finds all right everything's fine. there you go. what an adventure we've had g.'s in the snow for everything's fine. my improvised boot was slippery but at least i could move i was going to be stuck in the forest for another night. finally almost a day after we arrived we were back in the center of the lake i was tired and sore but i knew we'd have the best chance of being seen now and i have the precious embers that would help us light a signal fire it was time to attract some attention. with all right let's start
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a fire quick. did you hear anything oh yeah. that sounds very familiar when you start a fire you should cover it with branches to create some smoke. ok put the call here to set. all right. james put the branches on top. rate here down and press them. yeah harder go on go on. till definitely says now. if you noticed us. everything's fine everything's fine james this is james i want to put you at ease with the weekend we spent together was just a prank. isabel you'll remember this for the rest of your life this was survival school one o one for you know when you're. not you know i'm going to kill you. right
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when we get back you can kill me if you will find find some please to see these people out. ok go. be careful. this there are some lakes a beautiful. fisherman playing tricks or you might get a lot more than you bargained for.
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was it ever about security nato puts years of drug and terror cooperation at stake spends time with russia over ukraine all the while planning to boost its military presence in eastern europe. we have to quickly find ways to back away from what has been said it's the silliest and the most idiotic decision and statement that could have been made. in the global community itself may suffer from the current standoff with a lock up corporation is likely to worsen the drug prices and afghanistan the world's biggest supplier. more than three decades of war and instability in afghanistan must fuel the drug production and this illegal opium economy is a lifeline for thousands of afghan farmers but also funding drug traffickers and
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the taliban problem that extends far beyond this country's borders. for the first time in history israel is a war crime here are some of the country's top officials. which claim hundreds of civilians. had a city girl in search of the perfect ring in siberia. going on. thank you for joining us here on r.t. international live in moscow with the very latest world headlines nato is suspending old military and civilian cooperation with russia beefing up its presence in eastern europe old in response to the ukraine crisis despite moscow's
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claims that is withdrawing troops from its border with ukraine where they've been massing for drills. nato decision is putting much more than just relations such risk. by suspending military and security cooperation with russia nato has also put the brakes on a twelve year relationship initially created to keep the world safe for. europe america and russia bear the unfortunate scars of terrorism and also share the common goal of battling against extremists nato members and moscow regularly exchange information and hold consultations on various aspects of counter-terrorism in the past russia has even provided ships for nato as maritime counterterrorism operation. moscow and the alliance have also joined forces to remove and
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dismantle syria's stockpile of chemical weapons by funding and providing technical assistance for the disarmament process. for six years nato was allowed to ferry essential supplies through russia to its troops in afghanistan and in two thousand and twelve moscow granted the alliance unprecedented access to road and rail networks as well as its airspace to transport vital military hardware to its forces battling the taliban. since two thousand and five the nato russia council has been jointly training counter-narcotics personnel from afghanistan pakistan and central asian countries as of october roughly three thousand officers have been ready to fight the drug trade emanating from afghanistan despite all this historic success nato has temporarily abandoned strategic ties with russia while choosing to align itself closer with ukraine these
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kinds of drawing up of walls. rejecting relationships i'm not talking to you anymore that kind of gamesmanship we have to quickly on the u.s. side on the name. no side and i think you heard this earlier with with the nato spokesman we have to quickly find ways to back away from what has been said it's the silliest and the most idiotic decision and statement that could have been made while moscow remains in a timeout nato is expected to step up cooperation with ukraine's armed forces by training officers joint exercises and promoting reforms right on russia's doorstep nato had always said that the cooperation with russia. and master of security but if you look at it if you look at the underlying reasons that if you look at their actions and reactions it's never been about security it's been about
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containing russia's growth question is will nato be able to contain the growth of terrorism drug trafficking and the spread of biological warfare all on its own marina poor nial r.t. and afghanistan could fall victim to the political standoff between nato and russia in cooperation with moscow the alliance has been trying to curb the production of drugs in the country a report is coming up in just a few minutes or an r.t. international. when the meantime nato has already reinforced its presence on its eastern borders stepping up patrols over the baltic states dispatching surveillance planes to poland and romania in addition washington is requesting an increase in the number of its troops and aircraft stationed at a black sea based in eastern romania how exactly are these moves correspond with the alliances mission without some for debate today and cross talk that's coming your way later this hour. nature's mission today is to justify its own existence
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in other words to do everything it can to strengthen its political membership and its military capability we've seen in the ukraine crisis a number of leading military men in nato rushing to say that this proves that the alliance needs to be tough and needs to have more boots on the ground more aircraft stationed in the east of europe and so on and i think that it has exploited as it were the ukraine crisis in order to justify its existence if you look at the long history of nato post cold war nato has gone out of its way not to create an adversarial relationship with russia and i think that somehow claiming that that's been the purpose of a log and this is an alliance in search of a mission i simply think it's not true the alliance purpose is very simple it's to defend the member states of the alliance what is nato protecting europe against soviet tanks cannot about to roll into the streets of paris they'd never get to the
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traffic. there is no meaningful threat russia threatens no one except herself occasionally and if you're going to confront a threat going forward it's not going to be from russia it'll probably be from china at some point but i don't think nato is really involved in that front so what is it protecting you against. across the globe as our own are to international and in the meantime efforts to disrupt the production of drugs in afghanistan have already cost the u.s. billions of dollars and yet it's not help to solve the problem in the slightest even when the cooperation between moscow and washington on the drug trafficking was at its highest and this only helped to put pressure on the illegal trade worldwide it now seems the more money that flows into the country the more drugs flow out so europe russia and america they're all on the receiving end of the narcotics let's have a look at the figures for you here on r.t. international. reports say afghanistan is reports responsible for about eighty
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percent of the world's opium heroin production is also surgery is now forty times higher than it was in two thousand and one and more than one million users died over the course of the past decade but the earnings from the trade are clearly considered worth the risk of production and the lack of international dialogue to let this business grow even further or that's what at least one expert on the region told us here at r.t. international by far the main source for drugs or for natural products that smuggled to europe and russia is actually afghanistan the way it's to and of course the u.s. in particular have to set aside all the geopolitical interests when it comes to be global security and russia in particular and scored a huge huge interest in stake in this process and different and they have to be taken into confidence and they have to be incorporated in their in the process if
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there is a lack of cooperation between russia and the west that will be a huge threat to europe's. security and also to the overall social stability now more than half of all provinces in afghanistan a growing poppy crops and as are these loser caffein of reports it's taken its toll on afghan society. last year afghanistan recorded its largest opium harvest ever and the scene behind me tells the story of just one devastating that's been for the people here the men are part of a growing addiction epidemic according to the united nations more than a million afghans are addicted to opium and heroin out of a population of some thirty million people which makes against and not just the world's top export of the drug but one of its top consumers too despite more than a decade of western efforts to curb production a combination of economic and political instability has meant that farmers are planting more poppies than ever before what can happen million acres and twenty
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thirteen which according to the u.n. is a thirty six percent increase from the previous year and that's translated to big box against them is believed to harvest of nearly one billion dollars worth of the problem last year alone now this illegal opium economy is a lifeline for thousands of afghan farmers but it also funded the drug traffickers and the taliban a problem that extends far beyond this country's borders more than three decades of war and instability in afghanistan hospitals and drug production and efforts to stop it simply haven't worked the u.s. has spent seven billion dollars to counter narcotics since two thousand and two another three billion dollars on agricultural programs there was the post of hope were switched to other crops but despite that the united nations says that nineteen of the country's thirty four provinces are now growing opium which also reflects an increase in recent years with the presidential elections around the corner along
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with the looming withdrawal of most foreign troops again it stands booming drug trade is a major concern with global implications and if western allies and the afghan government don't do more to topple production the fear here of the drug trade could splinter the country into a fragmented criminal narco state reporting in kabul for r t m d c captain of an afghanistan election is set for the fifth of april and we will be covering the vote extensively meanwhile we will continue our series of reports on the future of afghanistan. the people of afghanistan head to the polls for the third time since the fall of the taliban. boat people blame for the birth of our democratic our. national let me. still to come here on the program.
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a question of gas for the european economy how much will it cost europe to turn it into russian fuel the energy experts say the region can't afford it they were advising thinking twice before slapping any sanctions on the russian capital. plus we report on the situation in bahrain where ahead of the formula one race the government is tightening its crackdown on protesters sentencing thirteen people to life behind bars for taking part in demonstrations this story and the rest of the world's top headlines just around the corner. a military alliance without a mission this is what critics say about the north atlantic treaty organisation nonetheless nato continues to expand an opening to moscow and russia's security expenses as the crisis in ukraine given nato a new lease on life. in
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the headlights of a financial repressing. force feeding central banking. arm and a lot of these policies. a pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm sure.
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it's all of the international top diplomats from the united states and europe are set to meet today to discuss ways to end the energy dependence on russia and the move was sparked by obama's promises to provide all the gas needs from america's own stockpiles what is on his plate are all of the reports these pledges are going to be very tough to keep. a united message from europe's top brass sanctions sanctions is on to and make sure that and accept any actions we will bear very serious consequences but when it comes to the dependence on russian gas. the numbers speak louder than words around a third of the gas used to mystically in the u. comes from russia industries like car production metal works in other heavy manufacturing our reliance on russian gas for power the potential solution is that europe could import american shale gas which washington has already offered there's
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no perfect free. ideal cheap energy sources the united states as a source of energy is one possibility but that throws up its own problems firstly the united states has no operational facilities to liquefied natural gas for transport secondly would take more than two million times it trips a year to satisfy europe's demand and only about four hundred of the gas tank is needed actually exist and then the cost of shipping supplies six thousand kilometers which would be huge. but before that can happen in europe we'll also have to spend years building vast networks liquid natural gas terminals and storage facilities and all that extra expense what effect will it have on gas prices the cost of gas delivered let's say here in the czech republic would be pretty much
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comparable to what today's today's price is a quick and easy solution to those european countries wanting to diversify away from a dependence on russian gas may sound too good to be true to some but when you speak to energy experts they'll tell you it's completely infeasible well i think it's very legitimate that every country and also the e.u. looks for diversification but one has to be realistic and not to go with the populist everybody who claims there is another turn a tiff in the short run is false in the fall in the short run and i would say definitely until two thousand and thirty we need russian gas in europe. the energy relationship with russia is just too important to industry and ultimately the easy call to me to risk damaging all leaving the european union sanctions the role of the toothless peter all of a. now there always are many more stories for you on our website also you thought
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column for example right now this story regarding syria chemical cation syrian officials warn that the rebels are preparing a show. that they plan to blame on president assad's forces get the full scoop on that on our web site right now also this story from bolivia over a new mining of all pushing. blocked roads and fight with police you can find this video and other interesting and disturbing videos as well the emotion section of oxy talk all. right see. first street. and i think that you're. on a reporter's. instrument. in the. day for the
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first time in history and israeli court will launch war crimes hearings against some of the country's top officials over their conduct and lebanon and gaza high ranking politicians and military heads are alleged to have carried out unjustified killings a collective punishment and attacks on civilians and first getting for us to fall asleep. for the first time israel supreme court will be considering evidence against some of the top echelon of his radio political and military leadership who are having charges of war crimes brought against them now these refer back to two israeli launched operations in lebanon in two thousand and six and in gaza in two thousand and eight two thousand and nine the important points to make though is that this is the first time that this is happening here in israel and that despite this it is receiving very little coverage both in the israeli press and in the
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mainstream media we have contacted a number of lawyers and politicians as well as analysts and just about everyone has declined our request to be interviewed the charges are being brought by modern one who is the only israeli lawyer to have served as a senior prosecutor in one of the courts at the international criminal court at the hague now he says interesting enough that there are israeli internal inquiries that looked into these operations in lebanon and gaza that actually give formal evidence that showed that these leaders wanted to intentionally hurt civilians or at the very least they intended to have no regard for the safety of civilians having said this shapiro who is a local journalist feels that very little is going to materialize in the courts. and it has no meaning because the high court is also part of the occupation and war
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criminals are sitting in this court for example one of the new judges is essential or named norm solberg he is a settler he is a part of a war crime that he is a part of stealing lands and maybe he will be charged more they can use this petition for good propaganda their decision will be that these leaders are not war criminals they're defending israel so for them this can be an excellent stage and the media will cover it i have no doubt about that. paula slayer there reporting from tel aviv will just remind you of the lebanon war so more than a thousand civilians killed with the overwhelming majority of the dead being in lebanese citizens and the same number of civilians were killed in the guard's operation of two thousand and eight in which israel lost just three noncombatants. nearly twenty one minutes past the hour here in moscow siberia's diamonds are considered some of the world's very best therefore they're going to be some of the most expensive luckily for russia it has bags of them but to turn the room material
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into a shiny masterpiece well it takes quite a lot of work artie's to buy mots a saw for herself how every girl's dream gets its finishing touch. fragments of stars tea is the guards and of course a girl's best friend with the wedding bells just around the corner for me there was nothing more i wanted to do than shop for a little bit of sparkle and of course every bride wants to know where a diamond comes from and the diamond found in the east of siberia it's a cut above the rest. you could see in diamonds are valued around the world mainly of just their cotton every type of card has a different number of facets and stones which gives it
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a special play in the life these are the most expansive and clean stones that every girl dreams about in one of russia's most remote and coldest cities the great treasure lies beneath. a diamond mining for diamonds was started here two years ago and just a few weeks ago this stone was deep underground. the process of diamond production begins with purchasing the rough diamonds this is what rough diamonds look like more or less analysis is made to decide what kind of shape it will be and what kind of cutting and polishing will be applied yet the diamond company is well known for the cutting of the stones the polish and design i was eager to see the food process from rough to ready. this is a three karat content design is dazzling but something more modern is up my alley
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says continues they will the perfect wedding ring but in the mean time i can take a little something home. i think it looks perfect to brown would say sparkling away in siberia right. thursday necessity meets luxury tabi reports on the production but also the controversy around the tradition of wearing fur and one of the world's coldest regions i do stick around for that. one out of bahrain we go where a twenty year old man is being killed in fights with police some reports saying security forces didn't allow the ambulance to help him about says the government has been stepping up its crackdown on the opposition a court recently sentenced to thirteen people to life in prison for taking part in a protest more than two years ago a complex claim they were forced into making confessions through torture human rights activist asma darwish says the situation in the gulf state is only getting worse. and protests are ongoing especially now with their formula one event
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taking place in the eye and so many people are being arrested and harsh sentences are being. issued on our democracy protestants and those who deny basic rights of human rights it will continue as these charges are for those these trials are for all false western countries are the line and double standards when it comes to bahrain it is not only buffering the movement and but the rain is facing not only one or the rest of the region it is facing serious oppressive regions of the g.c.c. so it is so if it succeeds and battery it will sexism the entire g.c.c. there are so many human rights violations in bahrain in saudi and qatar and kuwait and emirates in on my arm. it's an earthquake in chile that opens up the r.t. world update five people now confirmed killed by the earthquake measuring eight point two on the magnitude scale it also caused
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a tsunami that hit the country's northern coast the government has ordered the entire coastline to be evacuated a tsunami warning also given to peru but that has now been lifted. i. have a scene of hundreds of protesters angry at the financial policies going head to head with police in athens and the balance erupted despite a government ban on a meeting in the greek capital of e.u. foreign ministers would come together to approve the next chunk of greece is. the reforms adopted by the parliament to make that passion injection possible had already sparked massive protests it's. and pilots from germany's biggest airline have started a large strike that is shared to all to last for at least three days almost four thousand flights throughout the country have been cancelled affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers from all around the world pilots voted to walk out over pay
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and retirement conditions a protest rally calling for salaries is also planned germany's main frankfurt. kenya where more than six hundred suspects have been arrested following explosions in the capital nairobi the militant movement al-shabaab is believed to be behind the attack that killed six meanwhile a radical preacher listed by the un as a recruiter for the somali al-shabaab group has been shot dead in the city of mombasa it's not clear whether the killing was related to the explosions in nairobi . now the european union is sending a thousand strong peacekeeping force to the central african republic this after french troops failed to stabilize it there at least seventy thousand people displaced by ongoing sectarian violence that's left thousands dead a journalist io johnson told us he feels peace may not be the primary goal of european armies coming into africa. the french. where coming on the back end
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or they are they so it's a victory in mali but i'm not been caught out significantly in the central african republic because of the problems which have been so acute and of course they've been. they've not been able to address the problem which is why i mean sorts assistance from their european allies which is also showing that they don't have the capability to solve a problem that they know very little about an alternate he or what you do find is that for the french at least they're trying to recreate once lost influence in the world they're trying to ensure that their companies are more to nationals to control in terms of feet through troops you know exist on the ground i'm alternately and we know that the french are great keen to. influence their own brand of democracy. on the part of the well especially in the central african republic right now are next as promised her out international i'm stepping aside as
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pittel of ellen is guests debating the big one today nato expansion very timely topic of crosstalk coming your way. with the economic downturn in the final. days to learn the deal saying i and the rest because i think me a few will be everything. the people of afghanistan had. the polls for the first time since the fall of the
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hello and welcome to cross talk or all things are considered on peter lobo a military alliance without a mission this is what critics say about the north atlantic treaty organization nonetheless nato continues to expand and according to moscow at russia's security expense has the crisis in ukraine given nato a new lease on life. to cross-talk nato i'm joined by my guest james carafano in washington he is the vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the heritage foundation in paris we have john laughlin he used to director of studies at the institute of democracy and cooperation and here in moscow we cross to erich krauss he's an independent political risk analyst or a gentleman cross-talk rolls in fact that means you can jump in anytime you want john if i go to you first in paris very simple question what is nato's mission
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today. nato mission today is to justify its own existence in other words to do everything it can to strengthen its political membership and its military capability we've seen in the ukraine crisis a number of leading military men in nato rushing to say that this proves that the alliance needs to be tough and needs to have more boots on the ground more aircraft stationed in the east of europe and so on and i think that it has exploited as it were the ukraine crisis in order to justify its existence this really has been the story of the last twenty five years hasn't it since the end of the cold war when of course theoretically nato should have been dissolved after all the threat from the warsaw pact no longer existed but we've seen how on repeated occasions over yugoslavia over afghanistan most recently over libya the alliance has always sought ways of justifying itself and i think that this institutional self-justification of
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nato and secondarily of the european union has become one of the major points of tension now in east west relations ok and there was a lot said there james would in washington would you reflect upon what john just said in paris. well yeah i mean i think nato has missions pretty clear it's defined in the charter and it's been changed since it was proposed and we have to remember that there is so so no such thing as a nato force i mean the nato forces are simply the composite of all the member states so these states have sovereign forces which they used to protect them they use they they choose to join together to cooperate together that i don't think there's anything untoward about that i think that. there's anything that suggests that nato exists just for the sake of existing it's a common bond between free nations and that hasn't really changed it's most fundamentally core since its inception ok eric and in moscow here i mean how do you connect nato to the rubbish ok we'll go back to you in
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a sec john erik will connect the dots for me nato and what's going on in ukraine there is something private absurd in the discussion which is that. it not only does it not have the mission but it couldn't fulfill the mission if it had would we are living in a world of nuclear armed sovereign states they are not going to go toward each other there was never any question nato could have had all of the assets it want to do to in ukraine and that wouldn't have changed anything nobody is going to take the risk of having a shooting war break out between russia and the need of states simply because you don't know where it's going to go to where it's going to stop so you have a lot of careers which were built on the cold war a lot of people who would be a little like the war on drugs there'd be an awful lot of people who wouldn't have
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jobs if you stop the war so there is certainly i mean there are political conflicts there are problems between the west and the rising states and not just russia of the east and these at some point may come to a head but they're not going to be solved by tanks ok john you want to jump in there one point go ahead. you know i'm sorry i can't let what james carafano said parson challenge to it's quite wrong and misleading to say that nato purpose has not changed since the charter was written that's absolutely untrue the charter was written in one nine hundred forty nine but nato gave itself a new strategic concept in one thousand nine hundred one in one thousand nine hundred nine and again in two thousand and ten and the most important change occurred in one thousand nine hundred nine although it was prepared in the one nine hundred ninety one change when it declared that it was responsible for out of area actions and we saw this implemented in yugoslavia and that was a radical change with respect to the original purpose expressed in the charter
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because the charter provides for the defense of its members whereas out of area operations such as those that have been conducted over yugoslavia and libya are of course aggressive acts which have nothing to do with the defense of their member states so it's quite wrong for james carafano to try and mislead your viewers on that point ok james you want to react to what john said in paris. well you know first of all i'm a little puzzled about the whole conversation because if nato serves no purpose and it has no mission that i don't understand why everybody is really concerned about it it would seem that you would be kind of indifferent to the whole thing you're parsing my words i did say nato is fundamental purpose hasn't changed since the initiation start and that's right we got a whole separate discussion about area missions and and we might actually agree because i always thought that the out of area missions was a mistake in in not in the fundamental purpose of nato but and what nato should be
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doing i thought nato is primary purposes of defense of nato i think out of very missions are a bit of a distraction and i particularly think if you look at the contributions of the nato states and what they bring to the table out of area missions are are actually just practically unrealistic so we might actually agree that that the moving out of area missions was a mistake for nato and i would agree with you but to say that that fundamentally nato is purpose is different than it was when it was formed i don't actually believe that's a debatable point i'm sorry ok but it is different because it's because nato was formed to confront the documents than from the warsaw pact. pact no longer exists what is nato protecting europe against soviet tanks not about to roll into the streets of paris they'd never get to the traffic. there is no meaningful threat russia threatens no one except herself occasionally
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and if you're going to confront a threat going forward it's not going to be from russia it'll probably be from china at some point but i don't think nato is really involved in that front so what is it protecting you against. go ahead james i'm sorry i'm thoroughly confused and i know i'm just thoroughly confused and we're in the in the nato charter it says that the purpose of nato is to fight a war with the. in the soviet union we know that's what it was greece say that nato is a defensive alliance his primary purpose is to defend itself against whom ok all right let's keep going here i want to go to john i want to go to john in paris that's just one countries that choose to do this ok we'll talk about it if you're going to talk about coalitions of the willing later gentlemen hang on i want to go to john here how does let's say a hypothetical expansion of nato protect its members ukraine georgia how does that make that a more safe alliance for its members. well i mean if. first of all i don't think
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anybody is yet talking about ukraine actually joining nato there will be discussions about ways of bringing it into the orbit of nato by other means i think even for the hawks in warsaw and washington the actual inclusion of ukraine into nato would be a pretty big step is not what i'm anticipating although there have been some very aggressive sounds coming out of those two capitals how would it make it a better alliance the fact is that i'd like i want to i want to come back to where it crosses comparison with the war on drugs this is a self-justifying institution there are lots of people who whose careers depend on it so if you accepted in the hypothesis that you would accept to new countries that would generate a lot of sense of direction and impetus and would give a lot of people more jobs but of course it wouldn't make anyone safer no more than the attack on yugoslavia or the attack on libya has made anyone safer i have to
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repeat it's a very important point the role of the alliance has changed radically since at least one thousand nine hundred nine and there's no good obfuscating the fact just because you don't might not like these out of area operations they have now become on paper and in practice the primary function of nato and we see this in the ukraine. affair where nato leaders under secretary general have been making noises as if you crane were a member state threatened by a russian invasion frankly it's none of natives business games it's a good point what is why is nato getting involved in this in the affairs of ukraine it's not a member. first of all it's a i think the future of outer area operations for nato is dead i think that was a phase they went through and i think they don't have the resources to do it they don't they don't do it very well and i actually think that that's a thing of the past and nato go will go back to its i predict it will go back to more of its core mission of defending the members of the alliance i don't think the
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ukraine and georgia are are are going to be members of nato anytime soon they don't qualify to be a member of nato you have to be a stable state without a territorial conflict that would that would add to the alliance and i think ukraine and georgia are far from qualifying for that eric you know we've talked about how nato has changed over the years would it change its charter to get georgian ukraine in. i don't know but one of the guests a moment ago said that they were confused and i couldn't hear who it was but i share that feeling i am seeing the nato military alliance with with assets with means with political the only thing i see missing is an enemy is nato configured to oppose russia and if so who is russia threatening why do the core nato states need to be protected against a threat which disappeared twenty years ago you're talking about
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a defensive alliance but i just don't see where the threat comes from maybe i'm naive but i would like someone to like telling the like me that ok. can i go back to the show here if you look at it right if you look at him if you look at nato and you just exclude the nato overhead which is a emoticon love of jobs because anybody who thinks that nato is a jobs program i think that's a huge stretch or a money program because there's not big money there so if you strip away the near of the nato infrastructure which you basically have is the army navy marine corps of the member states so if nato magically dissolved tomorrow if i sat my fingers and said no nato countries would have the same arms that they do now so the mere existence of nato or not is really pretty ephemeral to all your concerns all right gentlemen i'm going to jump in here we're going to go to a short break and after that show for it we'll continue our discussion on nato stays with r.t. .
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. welcome back to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm people of all your mind you were discussing whether nato has
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a mission. ok john i go back to you in paris the russians are very concerned about nato because as we've been said on this program already at the end of the cold war the warsaw pact dissolved itself but nato didn't and a military alliance continues to get closer and closer it's already on russia's border and it could even get closer is it justified to be worried about it from moscow's perspective. i think so yes i mean i would answer that question by answering the question which erich krauss harry krause put rhetorical just now he when he said who is the enemy he obviously thinks as i do that there isn't really an enemy and that russia isn't a threat but what we've seen in the last few weeks over ukraine and especially over crimea is the resurrection in the minds of nato policy makers of the idea of a russian fret or threat and this is given them a new lease of life and they're all rushing around saying that we need to deploy
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troops to the eastern european member states and so on and that we need even possibly to protect ukraine itself. i think that this is an important development if you read president obama's speech to the european youth given in brussels on the twenty sixth of march you will see that he has fallen back into an incredibly manichean i would say cold war way of seeing things in that speech he described how the world was divided divided into good and evil and on the good side you had europe and its american out growth which stood for liberty and on the other side you had russia which stands for the use of force brutality and all the rest of it the image that's being projected by nato politicians by european politicians by american ones is that russia is again an aggressive power they are saying again and again that russia is about to invade eastern ukraine that russia has invaded crimea and this is the big outcome i think of the ukraine crisis it is that this.
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this image of an aggressive russia where the russian tanks are about to roll over into the territory of a neighboring state as they did in one nine hundred fifty six and one nine hundred sixty eight that is the idea that is being put forward to justify giving nato a new lease of life james that it you know i know i've been looking at some of the statements coming out of nato as leadership in i can't help but feel that a bit of a sense of glee there joe we actually have something to do now when we actually have a new enemy are always the same enemy it's always the same. well i think that we should leap frog you know back in front of the ukraine crisis and we and look at what nato has been doing in saving saying over the last decade. dado has had a high level dialogue with russia senior russian officials and leaders have been invited to address the nato summit nato force structure has not significantly evolved of
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anything it's decreased over time president obama has personally canceled part of our missile defense programs and scaled them back to russian concerns even though these programs had nothing designed to deal with russia's strategic systems or even their immediate systems so they build the case that somehow as you know nato is building a war drum against russia i mean it's pretty hard to believe that you have responded to people have responded to the ukraine crisis but i mean look at this from nato perspective when tens of thousands of troops are massed on the board of the trans-atlantic community i mean i think it's a little unrealistic to say well people should just be indifferent go about their business so obviously they have expressed concerns but i think if you look at the long history of nato post cold war nato has gone out of its way not to create an adversarial relationship with russia and i think that somehow claiming that that's been the purpose all along and this is an alliance in search of a mission i simply think it's not true the alliance purpose is very simple it's to defend the alliance it's not to defend the ukraine it's not to defend georgia it's
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a defend the member states of the alliance ok eric i think you want to jump in there go ahead yes i do i mean i think we're being a little naive here it is very clear i'm not sure if nato is doing it i simply don't know enough about the structure of nato certainly the western power elite. particularly driven by the contract or whatever in washington is pushing russia against the wall no one was threatened by russian troops there was no concern that russian troops were going to be in berlin. tomorrow the issue in ukraine was obviously an issue of particular concern to the russians it is a country which has been part of russia which russia has been part of for a thousand years it has a large russian population it is a complex story we don't have time to analyze it all here but first of all there was no russian threat to nato ukraine is not nato secondly there was never any
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possibility that russia was going to invade the ukraine they don't need to they're going to wait for the ukrainians to do it themselves but the what is insane what is clinically insane in all of this is that the west will ultimately be threatened by a rising power to its east and that power is not russia is a fundamentally conservative country and has been so for two hundred years yes they had a couple of brief periods of expansionism right after the bullshit bolshevik revolution in particular and then right perhaps after the second world war where they were looking to create a safety a buffer having been you know decimated and destroyed by european armies on two occasions in one century but other than that russia is a very conservative power china is not and why in their collective wisdom the european leadership and the american leadership have chosen to driven russia to
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drive russia into the arms of china i find in comprehensible john it was like to. go ahead james this is cross talk go right ahead james yeah no no first of all you know i'd like to reject the notion that i'm naive you know i served twenty five years in the army i've been in foreign policy in the united states for a decade or so and i have a ph d. and you know and i deal with world leaders all the time so the notion that i'm naive i kind of reject and i actually do know a lot about nato's infrastructure what they do so i reject that this is a debate out of ignorance and i really reject the notion that somehow that there is a conservative movement the united states draw. live in the united states driving nato against russia first of all this country is run by a democratic president and a democratic senate and a democratic secretary of state who are very much driving the debate and and i actually might disagree with their foreign policy but to argue that they are trying to mobilize nato against russia is simply not true this president's trying to defuse this crisis as quickly as possible i would argue if anything he's weakening
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the u.s. position in the ways doing that but he actually has no interest in a confrontation he just wants the whole thing to go away and here's my final and most important point if russia has no designs on the territory of a member state of nato then this is a simply a non debate because we're never going to have anything to argue about because if they're not going to threaten the the alliance and the article five commitments under under the nato charter that nato and russia are never going to have a problem and this is a meaningless conversation so what are they doing in ukraine why are why are they talking about ukraine why it's late it was great wasn't able in the ukraine eric i don't know why why do you keep saying nato in the ukraine what nato forces are massed in the ukraine are there nato forces standing against the russian forces in the ukraine because that's what it seems like you're saying and i must be missing that. i that i am sorry that nato is now being used as a weapon to it is used as a political misnomer part to attack russian interests we have nato generals
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but why. is this statements about russia about russian intentions about ghost armies the newspaper the telegraph said journalists to look for those russian armies and they couldn't find their invisible armies. maybe there to worry or you tell you that they would tell them you have to do something i mean i don't understand what mary. and. john go ahead and parents you've been listening patiently go ahead john. no i mean i suppose i wanted to respond to something which james let slip he said that there were hundreds of thousands of or tens of thousands of russian troops are massing on the borders of the transatlantic community and i wasn't quite sure what you meant by that james if you meant the russian troops to deliberately massing on the russian border with ukraine then that was a bit of a freudian slip because precisely as eric has just said ukraine is not
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a member of the transatlantic community or is it may be. suspected as why. the border. is on the border the owners of the west the whole goal of the current european the court the political section of which was signed a week ago by the regime in kiev is precisely to bring. the ukraine into what you call the transatlantic community because by signing the agreement with the european union. has. undertaken the obligation to align its policy its foreign policy with that of nato it's important to remember that the foreign policy in the military policy of the european union is itself in virtue of the lisbon treaty legally bound to be aligned with that of nato so this is exactly what we are talking about and that is why the issue is so important ok james i mean one of the things i think i completely disagree or i go ahead james was not nato leaders are
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not required well look the e.u. is simply not nato and for example the united states is not a member of the e.u. so that somehow because the ukraine signs an accord with the e.u. it is not bound in accord with the alliance of nato and the e.u. are two separate institutions and that's a factually incorrect james it is because of the lisbon treaty you have to look at the texts you have to look at the legal texts just like you have to look at the nine hundred ninety nine used to teach document there's no point confusing what you wish were the case with what is in fact the case on paper and in political reality james you want to wriggle out of that because the line. dead the way james let me give james the last word go ahead james this is you know i mean this is you know simply ockham's razor is a word simply is true it's true right if you and nato were synonymous that we wouldn't have to separate organizations period ok eric last last word one is a political organization. linked by at any point when he stated he did it to
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him it has been made to pressure russia and it is a very foolish act because what they are doing is they are strengthening the most conservative sectors in russia and i am hearing and to western discourse which i have not heard in this country for many years as people feel that they will never get a fair hearing in the west that all right gentlemen i have to jump in here we have run out of time many thanks to my guest today in washington paris and in moscow and thanks to our viewers for watching us here see you next time and remember the last time. you hear. me say.
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what about security. drug and terror cooperation. with russia over ukraine. military presence in eastern europe. we have to quickly find ways to back away from what has been said it's the silliest and the most idiotic decision and statement that could have been made. in the global community itself. cooperation with. the drug prices. the world's biggest supplier of narcotics more than three decades of war and instability in afghanistan you'll see the drug production and this illegal opium economy is a lifeline for thousands of afghan farmers but also funded drug traffickers and the taliban problem that extends far beyond this country's borders. the very
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first time in history now israel launches a war crimes against some of the country's top officials. which claimed hundreds of civilian lives. and the city. of the perfect to ring in siberia. or it is a twelve o'clock noon here in moscow international with me rory sushi welcome to your wednesday headlines nato is suspending old military and civilian cooperation with russia while beefing up its presence in eastern europe in response to the ukraine crisis despite moscow's claims that is withdrawing troops from its border
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with ukraine where they have been massing for drills that marina portnoy are now looking at how nato is decision is putting much more than just relations at stake. by suspending military and security cooperation with russia nato has also put the brakes on a twelve year relationship initially created to keep the world safe for. europe america and russia bear the unfortunate scars of terrorism and also share the common goal of battling against extremists nato members and moscow regularly exchange information and hold consultations on various aspects of counter-terrorism in the past russia has even provided ships for nato is maritime counterterrorism operation. moscow and the alliance have also joined forces to remove and dismantle syria's stockpile of chemical weapons by funding and providing technical
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assistance for the disarmament process. for six years nato was allowed to ferry essential supplies through russia to its troops in afghanistan and in two thousand and twelve moscow granted the alliance unprecedented access to road and rail networks as well as its airspace to transport vital military hardware to its forces battling the taliban. since two thousand and five the nato russia council has been jointly training counter-narcotics personnel from afghanistan pakistan and central asian countries as of october roughly three thousand officers have been ready to fight the drug trade emanating from afghanistan despite all this historic success nato has temporarily abandoned strategic ties with russia while choosing to align itself closer with ukraine these
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kinds of drawing up of walls. rejecting relationships i'm not talking to you anymore that kind of gamesmanship we have to quickly on the u.s. side on the name. no side and i think you heard this earlier with with the nato spokesman we have to quickly find ways to back away from what has been said it's the silliest and the most idiotic decision and statement that could have been made while moscow remains in a timeout nato is expected to step up cooperation with ukraine's armed forces by training officers joint exercises and promoting reforms right on russia's doorstep i think nato has always said that the cooperation with russia. and master of security but if you look at it if you look at the underlying reasons that if you look at their actions and reactions it's never been about security it's been about
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containing russia's growth question is will nato be able to contain the growth of terrorism drug trafficking and the spread of biological warfare all on its own marina poor nial party. now afghanistan could fall victim to the political standoff between nato and russia in cooperation with moscow the alliance has been trying to curb the production of drugs in the country a report is coming up in just a few minutes time here on r.t. international. well nato has already reinforced its presence on his eastern borders stepping up air patrols over the baltic states and dispatching surveillance planes across poland and romania in addition washington's requesting an increase in the number of its troops and aircraft stationed at a black sea base in east in romania how exactly these moves correspond with the alliances mission is up for debate and cross talk that will be coming your way later today here on r.t. international. nato mission today is to justify its own existence in other
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words to do everything it can to strengthen its political membership and its military capability we've seen in the ukraine crisis a number of leading military men in nato rushing to say that this proves that the alliance needs to be tough and needs to have more boots on the ground more aircraft stationed in the east of europe and so on and i think that it has exploited as it were the ukraine crisis in order to justify its existence if you look at the long history of nato cold war nato has gone out of its way not to create an adversarial relationship with russia and i think that somehow claiming that that's been the purpose of a log and this is an alliance in search of a mission i simply think it's not true the alliance purpose is very simple it's to defend the member states of the alliance what it is nato protecting europe against soviet tanks not about to roll into the streets of paris they'd never get to the traffic. there is no meaningful threat russia threatens no one except
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herself occasionally and if you're going to confront a threat going forward it's not going to be from russia it'll probably be from china at some point but i don't think nato is really involved in that front so what is it protecting you against. cross talk throughout the day here on r.t. international for now efforts to disrupt the production of illegal drugs in afghanistan have already cost the u.s. billions of dollars and yet it's not help to solve the problem in the slightest even when cooperation between moscow and washington on drug trafficking was at its best this only helped put pressure on the illegal trade worldwide it almost seems the more money the flows into the country the more drugs flow out of it and it's europe russia and america that are all on the receiving end of those drugs let's bring up some figures for you here on the program for. example reports say afghanistan is responsible for around eighty percent of the world's opium hereon
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production has an hour searched by forty times forty times higher in the past thirteen years more than a million users have died over the past decade but the earnings from the trade are massive and clearly considered worth the risk of production the lack of international dialogue could lead this business grow even further that's what one expert on the region told us by far the main source for drugs or for. products that smuggled to europe and russia is actually afghanistan the way it's to and of course the u.s. in particular have to set aside all the geopolitical interests when it comes to be global security and russia in particular and scored a huge huge interest in stake in this process and different and they have to be taken into confidence and they have to be incorporated in their in the process if there is a lack of cooperation between russia and the west that will be
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a huge threat to europe's. security and also to the overall social stability more than a half of all provinces in afghanistan a growing poppy crops and as artie's lucy catherine of reports that certainly taken its toll on afghan society. last year afghanistan recorded its largest opium harvest ever and the scene behind me tells a story of just one devastating that's been for the people here the men are part of a growing addiction epidemic according to the united nations more than a million afghans are addicted to opium and heroin out of a population of some thirty million people which makes against and not just the world's top export of the drug but one of its top consumers too despite more than a decade of western efforts to curb production a combination of economics and political instability has meant that farmers are planting more poppies than ever before what than half a million acres and twenty thirteen which according to the u.n.
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is a thirty six percent increase from the previous year and that's translated to big box again if that is believed to harvested nearly one billion dollars worth of the problem last year alone now this illegal opium economy is a lifeline for thousands of afghan farmers but it also funded drug traffickers and the taliban a problem that extends far beyond this country's borders more than three decades of war and instability in afghanistan hospitals and drug production and efforts to stop it simply haven't worked the u.s. has spent seven billion dollars to counter narcotics since two thousand and two another three billion dollars on agricultural programs there was supposed to hold grower switch to other crops but the bypass the united nations says that nineteen of the country's thirty four provinces are now growing opium which also reflects an increase in recent years with the presidential elections around the corner along with the looming withdrawal of most foreign troops again it stands booming drug
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trade is a major concern with global implications and if western allies and the afghan government don't do more to topple production the fear here that the drug trade could splinter the country into a fragmented criminal narco state reporting in kabul for r t m d c copper no if you have got a thought election is set for the fifth of may. we'll be covering the vote extensively meanwhile we will continue our series of reports on the future of afghanistan the people of afghanistan head to the polls for the third. of the taleban. both. of our democratic. still to come here in austin international a question of gas for the european economy. on its back on russian fuel
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the energy experts say the region can't afford it and thinking twice before stopping any sanctions on moscow. plus we report on the situation in bahrain where ahead of the formula one race the government is tightening its crackdown on protesters just knowledge sentenced thirteen people to life in prison for taking part in demonstrations and those headlines and the rest from around the world to the brink. largest consumer of the seas and i see it with me in the country is the federal government to simply say as a property of the united states government. this the united states' number damage on the list goes on the public has to realize it can't just by. you know just throw it away. for instance belongs to the united states environmental protection agency and i found this on a dump site here this is in the future and not waste
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on russia and the move was spotted by obama's promises to provide all the gas europe needs from america's own stockpiles but as a tease peter all of our reports these pledges are going to be very difficult to keep. the united message from europe's top brass sanctions sanctions sanctions is on to a missile is sure to make sure that and acceptable actions will bear very serious consequences but when it comes to the use dependence on russian gas. the numbers speak louder than words around a third of the gas used to mystically in the you comes from russia industries like car production metal works in other heavy manufacturing our reliance on russian gas for power the potential solution is that europe could import american shale gas which washington has already offered there's no perfect free.
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ideal cheap energy sources the united states as a source of energy is one possibility but that throws up its own problems firstly the united states has no operational facilities to liquefied natural gas for transport secondly would take more than two million tank it trips a year to satisfy europe's demand and only about four hundred of the gas tank is needed actually exist and then the cost of shipping supplies six thousand kilometers which would be huge. but before that can happen in europe we'll also have to spend years building vast networks liquid natural gas terminals and storage facilities and all that extra expense what effect will it have on gas prices the cost of gas delivered let's say here in the czech republic would be pretty much comparable to what today's today's price is a quick and easy solution to those european countries wanting to diversify away
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from a dependence on russian gas may sound too good to be true to some but when you speak to energy experts they'll tell you it's completely unfeasible when i think it's very legitimate that every country and also the e.u. looks for drivers if you can but one has to be realistic and not to go with the popular. everybody who claims there isn't a turn it is in the short run is falls in the fall in the short run and i would say definitely until two thousand and thirty we need russian gas to europe. the energy relationship with russia is just too important to industry and ultimately the economy to risk damaging all leaving the european union's tough talk come sanctions . to fool us the trial of a. now we discussed just who is going to get hurt most by any sanctions with sick fried wolf the chairman of russian machines one of the country's largest machine
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manufacturers here's what he had to say. it's icing. the last seeing it iis. russia itself which in my mind that first but on the next step it will hit the europeans as the european the sinking. what is good for europe and we have to get out of the mainstream of the americans and sink our relation ship because america. is not the biggest interest that. europe. russia. and you can catch of the full interview with wolf in our venture capital business program that will be this sunday here on artsy international to bear in mind always many more stories coming your way every hour
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on the hour to see dot com this one for example just up now a chemical provocation syrian officials warning that rebels are preparing a shooter attack they plan to blame on president assad's forces also on the web site for you this hour right now to bolivia where anger over a new mining law pushes workers to block the roads and fight with police you can catch this and other interesting and unusual videos in the in motion section of r.t. dot com right now. the marines are on the program for the first time in history and israeli court has heard war crimes evidence against some of the country's top officials over their conduct in lebanon and gaza a verdict is expected later today a high ranking politicians and military heads are alleged to have carried out unjustified killings collective punishment and attacks on civilians. paula slater investigates. for the first time israel supreme court will be considering evidence
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against some of the top echelon of israeli political and military leadership who are having charges of war crimes brought against them now these refer back to two israeli launched operations in lebanon in two thousand and six and in gaza in two thousand and eight two thousand and nine the important points to make though is that this is the first time that this is happening here in israel and that despite this it is receiving very little coverage both in the israeli press and in the mainstream media we have contacted a number of lawyers and politicians as well as analysts and just about everyone has declined our request to be interviewed the charges are being brought by modern one who is the only israeli lawyer to have served as a senior prosecutor in one of the courts at the international criminal court at the hague now he says interesting enough that there are israeli internal inquiries that
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looked into these operations in lebanon and gaza that actually give formal evidence that showed that these leaders wanted to intentionally hurt civilians or at the very least they intended to have no regard for the safety of civilians having said this shapiro who is a local journalist feels that very little is going to materialize in the courts. and it has no meaning because the high court is also part of the occupation and war criminals are sitting in this court for example one of the new judges is essential or named norm solberg he is a settler he is a part of a war crime he is a part of stealing lands and maybe he will be charged more they can use this petition for good propaganda their decision will be that these leaders are not war criminals they are defending israel so for them this could be an excellent stage and the media will cover it i have no doubt about that. that was r.t.
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correspondent paula slate reporting from tel aviv i just remind you the lebanon war more than a thousand civilians killed the overwhelming majority of the dead were lebanese citizens and the same number were killed in the guard's operation of two thousand and eight that's when israel only lost three known combatants. now thanks for joining us here on r.t. international today siberia's diamants are considered some of the world's very best therefore they're the most expensive sometimes luckily for russia though the country's got literally bags of them but to turn the rule material into a very shiny masterpiece well it takes quite a lot of work to say so for herself every girl's dream gets its finishing touch. fragments of stockings tea is the guards and of course
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the world's coldest regions. cutting our attention out about a block rain a twenty year old man has been killed in battles with police some reports saying the security forces didn't allow an ambulance to go to was a that's what the government has been stepping up its crackdown on the opposition of course recently sentenced thirteen people to life in prison for simply taking part in a protest more than two years ago the convicts claim they were forced into making confessions through torture a human rights activist asma darwish says the situation in the gulf state is only getting worse. and practices are ongoing especially now with their formula one event taking place in the eye and so many people are being arrested and harsh sentences are being. issued on our democracy party stores and those who deny basic rights of human rights it will continue as these charges are files these trials are
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for false western countries are the line and double standards when it comes to bahrain it is not only by showing the movement in boston is facing not only one office to reach him it is facing six oppressive regions of the g.c.c. so this so if it succeeds and by three it will sexism the entire g.c.c. there are so many human rights violations in bahrain in saudi and qatar and kuwait and emirates in oman. all right to chile now to open up the update some of the global headlines for you now five people dead after an eight point two magnitude earthquake struck chile it also caused a tsunami that hit the country's northern coast the government has ordered the entire coastline to be evacuated a tsunami warning has also been given to now it's being lifted. and here are the pictures of the scene hundreds of protesters angry at the u.s. financial policies went ahead they went head to head with the police on the streets
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of athens the province of up to despite a government rally during a meeting in the greek capital the foreign ministers would come together to the next trying to reach a bailout of the reforms adopted by the parliament to make that cash injection possible had already huge crowds. and pilots from germany's biggest airline have started a massive strike that is shuttle to last for at least three days almost four thousand flights throughout the country have been cancelled affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers from all around the world pilots voted to walk out over pay and retirement conditions a protest rally salaries is also germany's main air hub that being friends. next year not the international break. the growing a u.s. military interest in africa that's one of the issues to be explored why the breadbasket of the world if you're in the u.k.
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local. t.v. . it. was up guys i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set well you may remember a viral video two years ago titled to tell you two thousand and twelve that suddenly made everyone of the world care about uganda well the pentagon just announced the u.s. is doubling up its efforts in the hunt for the elusive warlord joseph koni along with a dozen military aircraft u.s. officials announced monday that an additional one hundred fifty special forces troops will be sent to aid in the manhunt for spans uganda the central african republic congo and south sudan and while there is no doubt edges of coney's indeed worthy of arrest this operations raising a lot of other questions for example why now and who exactly is going on how many military exercises are currently happening sponsored by the u.s.
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in africa all according to a new investigative report by tom dispatch dot com the u.s. military was involved in that at least forty nine of fifty four african nations during two thousand and twelve and two thousand and thirteen activities that range from special ops raids to the training of proxy forces in case you missed that according to official military documents there are actually only five african countries where the u.s. isn't involved militarily in at least some capacity and that same report points to a ninety four percent increase in overall military activities over the last three years this includes everything from training kenyan troops or use ravan surveillance drones to train combat soldiers and chad and of course advising and assisting proxy forces and uganda but these are just a few examples alternate reported this week that since two thousand and eleven u.s. engaged in somewhere around one thousand activities in africa with little to no media coverage to speak. this silence might be why the u.s. is connection to a two thousand and twelve military coup in mali it wasn't immediately clear until
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much later when it was discovered that the man behind the coup had received his training. here in the u. west's according to the washington post in the end these are issues we should be looking into because military intervention rarely equals stability and peace a prime example being the us is military support for a congolese battalion that was later involved in mass rapes and war crimes comparable to the ones kone has been accused of so while u.s. forces are searching for one criminal how do we know that they're not training a whole new group of warlords to take his place now let's break the cycle. the please please please. please very hard to. get her back with that they're looking.
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at least. despite the images of melting polar ice caps and glaciers those in denial of climate change often cite a lack of visual evidence for their claims against the phenomenon what absolutely cannot be refuted for a lack of tangible evidence is the enormous rise of air pollution all over the world one needs to look no further than this picture of shanghai china from last year china clear day in the city versus a day where the areas in toria smog hit record levels in fact a new report released earlier this week by the world health organization paints
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a disturbing and dire picture of global air pollution deadly effects on humanity according the report around seven million premature deaths are due to rising air pollution me not want to eight deaths worldwide are result of poor air quality this totals more than double the estimated number of air pollution deaths from two thousand and eleven and surprisingly the problem is the worst in developing countries in southeast asia and the western pacific although countries like france and cities like l.a. are also no stranger to dangerous levels of smog but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the report is the number of deaths due not only you to outdoor air pollution but. indoor pollution as well in fact while three point seven million people died in two thousand and twelve due to outdoor pollution a stunning four point three million people died due to indoor pollution the number doesn't add up to seven million because many of these people suffer from both outdoor and indoor pollution indoor pollution is an especially concerning problem in poor countries where two point nine billion people are exposed to cold dung and
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agricultural products that are used as cooking fuel a poor air quality in general is responsible for a host of diseases you might not necessarily associate with environmental factors in fact heart disease and stroke are the two highest causes of deaths associated with both indoor and outdoor pollution pulmonary disease lung cancer and child respiratory infections also played a significant role in rapidly expanding countries like china and india which both rank near dead last in the university's air quality performance index the problem has gotten so bad people are forced to stay inside on days where the smog is literally deadly and china one entrepreneur even started a show business selling eric hand to highlight the dangers of the country's lethal air quality. but if we are seriously going to address this problem it will require the cooperation of developing and developed countries alike which means the race at the bottom in a globalized world asked to be addressed so by all means take small steps like
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driving less installing energy efficient light bulbs and using fans instead of air conditioning but we also must recognize that it's going to take a massive paradigm shift future generations are ever to live in a breathable world. have you ever known someone who seems completely devoid of emotion of guilt or remorse or even the well these are all the characteristics of a sociopath despite what pop culture teaches us so. not always violent criminals or mass murderers as it turns out there's a great chance that all of us are in direct and regular contact with sociopath considering how many you live among us in fact according to harvard psychologist martha stout a shocking four percent of ordinary people or one out of every twenty five individuals living in this country are indeed sociopathic so what does that heroin
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statistic mean for us and sociopath and how do you learn to spot an avoid people who are lacking a moral compass breakdown expert on everything and b.t.s. pretty scary many robbo what's going on like minute. oh so this is actually really really scary because i'm sure that we all of us know people who are kind of fit into this sociopathic characteristics and i want to kind of go over a few of them superficial charm insincerity and adequately motivated and do social behavior poor judgment failure of learned by experience kind of a definition of insanity repeat the same things over never going to expect different results pathologic egocentricity incapacity to love and really you know kind of what's scary about this and this is what the psychologist kind of outlines is that sociopaths tend to be very charismatic they tend to be very engaging because they're just so kind of out there totally lacking in any sort of
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moral compass really or lack of reflection and i think one of the more important things that you said is that extreme ability to be charismatic and i think one of the. pits examples if i'm. a prime example is jeffrey dahmer we remember jeffrey dahmer seventy's eighty's and ninety's a very well known serial killer here's you know the we have a photograph of jeffrey dahmer here one of the craziest things that i've ever heard and i don't think that crazy maybe that the because the was a very charismatic very intelligent guy but he killed people he also like to eat people and dismember their bodies in one instance there was a young man a nineteen year old immigrant that he had kidnapped. was abusing sexually and had and he drugged him up in his apartment building and he managed to escape and go to the police jeffery dahmer was caught up to him he was able to convince two police officers that the young man was his lover and you know he was just a little bit out of his mind he was going to take them back home and they let him go and that's how charismatic these people are as they can convince us or not i
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mean cops don't want to hear that. you know that's one of those professions as well that that's and let's talk about the top five professions that actually have tracked i know that our profession is actually one of them what if it's. here here's our list surgeons journalists lawyers policemen wall street executives surgeons i feel are just one of those easy very strange if you're dealing with that kind of stuff on a daily basis it can i have to be kind of removed from the power complex never having that much power in life and death in your hands journalists you know by trade you know we're very we're very much in the public in the public eye in the public sphere for very obsessive very you know the same kind of mentality has it's that narcissistic behavior that's really what attracts people to this sort of you know being revered from the far especially for writers for journalists that print journalism they're able to get all these followers on social media and on twitter and so that makes them very popular but i mean i think that you know police
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officers is one of those things that you may not. immediately associate with. that of these are people that are taking care of us essentially on the streets but even ray kelly who is the former philadelphia police department chief who was on this show and said very openly like yeah police departments all over the country they're looking for this type of sociopathic behavior extreme narcissism susceptibility to you know just machiavellian there's a lot of lacking in the end and even even sadism you know that want and and craving of. their vetting status to be copied. fashion which shouldn't shock anyone as wall street executives and you know the same study that was saying that one out of every twenty five people that are just normal average american citizens are sociopathic wall street executives it's more like one at it and probably even more prevalent a man in this and this psychologist was saying that a lot of people and walter were saying it's probably more like half and if you're not a sociopath then you're at least answering to one because really this feeds into this
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this behavioral patterns where you are driven constantly to get to the top the most narcissistic ego maniacal industry probably and that's actually that actually fits the archetype right because you get this sort of trifecta narcissism. vanity this power complex having that authority having the thrill to win and live to die exactly and just always being in control and i think you know we're saying that this is an archetype in that movie american psycho it's a dark comedy but it's very accurate of not only wanted to know i mean that we have to have a gravel mazing clip of american psycho let's watch it. in cars what do you think. look at the pick them up from the printers yesterday. that's bone and the lettering is something called silly in braille it's very cool but that's nothing.
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really nice. with molly and type. do you think. that it's really super hot and then with like you get a tasteful. i can't believe the price prefers cart. but the love i just saw what he is like someone else's business card to be better than mine isn't that extreme narcissism in me you look no further than the internet if you want to examples of right just anyone who's trolling the internet is already displaying these extreme signs and it might just be something to do with. via the internet but really i think that if you're already doing that on the internet trolling your already i love about study that was going to confirm the worst trolls are really the worst people sadistic machiavellian sadists color me surprised that you could support me read it through shit expert on everything to covered up you guys i was speaking to the former captain of the international space station and i'll start on the road shall.
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with all the problems plaguing humanity here on earth and continuous cuts to government programs it's no wonder that isn't the number one priority for this country in fact this year has only received about seventeen billion dollars in funding in the mound that far exceeds how much money americans spend on pizza every year but exploration and space travel are what made this country stand about the rest with so many exciting space discoveries happening every day because of international cooperation now is the time that we should be working together to broaden our ability to explore the infinity of space and beyond and it's certainly not every day that i get to speak to a real life astronaut about the universe earlier i was joined by. former nasa
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astronaut and commander of the international space station or i asked us how has been on or space missions logging two hundred twenty nine days in space and more than half of the i assess i started by asking about a russian spacecraft that just took off yesterday if they are carrying three astronauts that encountered a software glitch i had and bring us up to date on the state of the astronauts on board. it should be no problem with the safety of the astronauts the vehicles in good shape except for this glitch that caused a malfunction in the burn so they weren't able to go and dock right after launch as they had planned or just a few hours after the launch so instead they revert. to what they used to do and what i did when i flew on the soyuz and that was to take two days to phase your orbit to match that of the international space station before approaching and docking so it should all go smoothly i got confirmation before yesterday that they had done the burn correctly to go ahead and start that process so everything's going to be fine ok great that's really really good to hear and i think this story
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is just a prime example of how despite the current conflict between the u.s. and russia on earth there's still a strong partnership between the two countries when it comes to their respective space programs i mean as someone who lived on the international space station for more than half a year can you speak to the level of u.s. russian cooperation when it comes to working on the i s s oh sure and you know the cooperation started back in the mid ninety's as you know and it's been beneficial to everyone all the partners and aboard the space station the space station was designed to be operated with cooperation in mind because you know there's u.s. and russia are the two major partners there's a big solid core of it in fact the heart of the station are built up by russian modules of course they were designed to work with the american modules the americans are control most of the power just about all the power that's generated so it takes the coordination of the ground team and the astronauts and cosmonauts on board in order to operate that station so no single side if you will could
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sustainably operate the station without corporation for the other side both on the ground and up in space what about other countries step in of course nasa has become increasingly reliant on russian rockets and you're talking about the cooperation since the u.s. shuttle program ended due to budget reasons and only seen increased budget cuts since then i mean do you worry about the future of the u.s. space program and do you think other countries might step in to become new major players when it comes to space travel well in two thousand and three so only ten years ago china became the only the third nation or third entity in the world able to launch their own astronauts into space and since we retired the space shuttles two and a half years ago now there are only two russia and china and so it makes sense to. me personally that we ought to be countries like china into the partnership i had advocated for bring them into the program and certainly into future programs any kind of exploration programs we're talking about in the future we should include countries like china because they do have the capability china is getting ready to build their own space station they're going to launch the first module in twenty
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eighteen and plan to have a complete by twenty twenty twenty twenty twenty twenty two depending on which level you're talking about but we're planning to stop operations aboard the twenty twenty four or that's the plan today i'm i hope that we will extend that because i would hate to see as kind of give up all the operations that are going on. to other people other end of other countries we would be better to work together the united states should lead that partnership to go explore take the next step in exploration in the wake of these budget cuts private corporations have stepped in to fill the void of split space exploration really interesting to see perhaps most notably the mars one project which seeks to colonize mars by twenty twenty or a reality t.v. show how realistic do you think this is another colonization projects are on the red planet well you know we have to kind of separate out the commercial space and compass is a pretty wide pretty wide spectrum here so you've got the mainstream commercial space players the people who the up and comers like space x.
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and even boeing is getting the commercial space business and a company called sierra nevada all three of those companies are currently receiving assistance from nasa both in forms of technical as well as is financial and you know space x. is getting ready to launch their fourth mission to the international space station with cargo and of course they're working on it as are the other two companies the capability to send astronauts one day commercially aboard their vehicles to the i assess so the idea is that complements the government program which would be an exploration program to one day get to a destination like mars now as far as mars one goes that goes in the other side of the spectrum you know all those guys have done this put up a website and admittedly it's a beautiful web site and to. credit they started taking application fees and they raised about almost eight million dollars just collecting thirty eight dollars application fees from people who want to colonize mars but they don't have any hardware they don't have any experience in the space business so i guess if you're you know you want to be on a reality show and and fantasize about going to mars on you know vehicles that
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don't exist and haven't even been designed you know here you're pretty far out there thank. you for cutting through the areas let's move on to some of your own experiences in space and there's been a lot of controversy surrounding your two thousand and five claim that you saw you blow while in the eye and that's what of course you have since explained been fishing boat lights but i mean talk about this experience and some of the balls of their crazy things you must have seen while out there yeah you know actually in my very first mission we went up and and when you're when you're in space and you're looking into deep space and you're on the sun side of the orbit the sunlight washes out all the starlight so you can't see the stars just like here on earth but then when you look out into deep space away from the sun it's the darkest black you can imagine and so what happens is you really lose your depth perception you can't tell if something's close by or far away and so i was looking out the overhead window one day up in space and i saw what i thought was a satellite way above us because just like a little dot you know like a like a star and if it was above us we should be falling behind you know in other words
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the orbit speed the radial speed going to be slower and so but it was keeping up with this so this is weird this satellite up there is kind of keeping up with this so i called my buddy up and they said don take a look at that satellite up there looks like it's staying keeping up with us and it took us about thirty seconds to realize we're looking at a speck of dust about three feet away to be brightly lit by the sun you know we couldn't tell it looked like maybe was a satellite ten thousand miles above us or something like that that's amazing i've ever seen just storms brewing on earth and i mean i know yeah just the end great a bowl right and. gravity and the movie gravity did a nice job of creating the look and feel. being in space and doing the space walk and so yeah you see all kinds of neat things on the storm certainly as you say you can see these big thunderstorms that kind of trigger you can see them trigger each other around continents and you know all the views from the earth from space looking down at the earth you can see i finally found the pyramids it took me about three months to find the pyramids but finally found them and and visible to pick
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out some landmarks so that i could pick them out with the naked eye and the loops looked like two tiny little dots you know the evident x. times we flew over carroll and good daylight incredible so you're talking about gravity and you're saying you know realistically portrays at least the view but i mean are you saying that it's easy to travel from the space station to space station with no no no no. you know there's plenty of technical problems with the movie when i went to see it i had to take my engineer had offered to just say you know this is entertainment but they did they did do their homework you know they made the american space suits look right they used the tools they were using look right you know now they took liberties with other parts of the movie including you know changing orbital planes which you're not going to have nearly enough fuel to do and using fire extinguishers and not going to tumbling away somehow but it was entertaining none the less there was a course i can help but ask you about your opinion of life on other worlds i mean do you subscribe to the drake equation which concludes that there is an extremely
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high likelihood of intelligent life out there in the universe why would you go beyond that i mean the universe as we know it is infinite and so that means there are countably infinite number of planets that can support life as we know it and that means there has to be other life out there other intelligent life and so i'll take it a step further and say that i believe there is other life in the universe when i'm doubtful on those whether they have been able to visit us you know because the distances are so vast how much more technologically advanced could they be that they are somehow figured out how to travel those vast distances you know in common and come to visit us now if they're if they had to come to visit us why haven't they shown themselves you know why you know. purportedly go in cows and do things like bad. water it's always funny that the people who experience coming to visit are always kind of in the middle of nowhere you know. you know but but all these discoveries of exoplanets and and all these goldilocks plants i mean do you think that humanity will ever have the capacity of getting to these planets far away it's
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possible you know because i never say anything is impossible and you know it's going to take some kind of new discovery and you know there recently i read i didn't look into it in detail but i read a headline in saying that there was some physics that were you know somebody was doing research on that that opened up the possibility of having parallel universes so that opened up the possibility of traveling through you know in a different way than when you and i perceive right now you know we apply a thrust and take some time to get x. number of distance over to from a to b. and so it's possible you can go through dimensional travel to travel what are vast you know big huge distances mind blowing concept right there what you think some of the biggest misconceptions are about space and space travel. you know it's kind of interesting because that's something that i talk to some of my friends about sometimes is you know the pop culture is actually quite interested in space right i
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mean people love space movies they love gravity they love this and that they love this the some of the t.v. shows but they almost seem a little bit ho hum about the actual space program that's going on then and we wonder why you know part of that i think is that in a way we've kind of made it look easy you know people got used to shuttles flying people got used to the idea of people being on the international space station. but yeah i don't know i don't really know why you know what we can do to kind of make it more exciting except to kind of come up with new destinations you know if we were going to have a plan to get over to mars and maybe stop at the moon which to me is a logical place to go first you know to to go. all your equipment your space suits and habitats things like that i think that to get people excited again especially if we're doing it in a very international context which i think is is the way to do it now we demonstrate to the international space station program that we can do this that we get this coalition of former cold war and world war two enemies together and look what we've created and it actually is working very well exactly i mean you're
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talking about the waning interest on the kind of behalf of the public on the space program i mean you know i know that kids are you know they they look up and they say i want to be an astronaut when i grow up i mean how does it feel to kind of have the space program so neglected these days i mean being an astronaut years old now i know it's me and i when i was a kid i was a major old kid when we landed on the moon when apollo eleven landed on the moon and that's when i decided i want to try to become an astronaut and so yeah i mean it is disappointing i think to see that people do kind of take the space program for granted you know people in congress and and the public you know but again it's encouraging that by and large the american public is interested in space exploration as is shown their interest in movies like gravity and so we've got to figure out a program that the american people want to get behind and want to lead lead make believe this international coalition to go and execute and finally and most importantly of course dr charles everyone has told me that i need to ask you how does sex in space to work. well it's
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a way i'm convinced it hasn't happened yet and so and the reason i'm so in reason i'm so convinced is because you know you know how guys are if it really happened what guy would not be able to would be able to brag about it and wants to brag about it but he knows. good answer leroy chiao. thank you so much for coming on. that's our show you guys join me again tomorrow and i break all of them . there was always. it.
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fun. things you never do. experience you'll never again. be surprise you will. in the advice of a financial repressing nil by mouth in defeating force feeding center banking commanding control. a military alliance without a mission this is what critics say about the north atlantic treaty organization nonetheless nato continues to expand and affording to moscow and russia's security expenses as the crisis in ukraine given nato
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a new lease on life. what if a security nato puts years of anti drug and terrorism cooperation at stake as it suspends ties with russia over ukraine all the while planning to boost its military presence in eastern europe. we have to quickly find ways to back away from what has been said it's the silliest and the most idiotic decision and statement that could have been made. on the global community itself may suffer from the current standoff but the lack of cooperation is likely to worsen the drug crisis in afghanistan the world's biggest supplier of narcotics more than three decades of war and instability in afghanistan hospitals and drug production and this illegal opium economy is a lifeline for thousands of afghan farmers.

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