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this is breaking news here nazi international at least three people were killed and several injured in eastern ukraine where troops launched an attack on the antigovernment protests to held city of slovyansk. nato's is second in command reportedly says russia is now considered an enemy. because of its role in the ukrainian crisis. will head to washington with a strong message from german big business siemens invokes waagner among the major. against more sanctions on russia.
it's what will headlines live from moscow it's r.t. international for me in the whole crew thanks for joining us today straight to our breaking news for you this hour here on the program ukrainian troops have stormed the eastern city of stuff which is held by antigovernment protesters locals say they're blocked in and are unable to evacuate the area officials say two pilots died off the two helicopters were gunned down while local self-defense forces report one of them men has been killed interior ministry also says the army has taken several self-defense fighters hostage graham phillips has this report from stuff. here in the center of slavyansk and what we have now is these forces they've effectively now been blockaded into the center of the city now it's a complex situation because they're fortifications rather ring the central area but the circumference ukrainian only draw around the city and i went out to speak to them to ask. these soldiers for their instructions were they said that their
instructions were not to come into the city the people here are still concerns that the arabs have expressed deep skepticism about that they said that they expect an invasion to happen it could be any moment now if we get these people out of the central slovyansk it's very emotional scenes these people be telling me that they're afraid for their lives and we've also got members of the anti the anti kia forces here in the same to get their area has been reduced to right in the center of slavyansk where the checkpoints outside haven't been storm did attacked by the ukrainian army in the early hours of the morning and but also apparently happening on the outskirts of the city they ring is closing in on the west and then located our men are preparing for a battle we fight so we are on a little chase this from our city hall if you. would like that in iraq the situation is reaching a shop east point of escalation as we do have a siege situation with ukrainian army positions they've got masses of a.p.c.'s and troops around the circumference of this city of slavyansk here in the east of ukraine and you can get the first time pictures on the latest updates on graham's
twitter feed he is reporting from the heart of the unrest and stop the on the square of military operation continues to one. day in the. garden the breaking news out of east you know we are getting reaction now from moscow the russian president's spokesperson says kiev's military operation has destroyed all hope of implementing the ukrainian peace deal agreed upon during international talks in geneva two weeks ago now this is footage purportedly showing one of the helicopters gunned down by self-defense forces near slavyansk it's circulating on the internet we've been able to well unable i should say to verify it so far but the defense ministry has confirmed that two helicopters were downed or reports suggest it could be up to three. and were injured helicopter pilot. is
currently undergoing surgery in slovyansk this apparently is footage of him after the crash the man helping him to safety reportedly micro autonomy activists. now the leaders in kiev have previously admitted the army is unable to quell the under arrest in the east international relations expert mark sloboda he believes the pressure from radical groups is forcing them to try and reverse that few days ago we saw massive. late night march by torchlight of ultranationalists through downtown kiev that entered then into a riot that were demanding that the regime either take decisive military action to take control of the country or that it would be overthrown if i may we did manage to speak to one of the self-defense come on is on the ground just for a moment let's pause and have a quick listen to what he had to say at the moment right sector and military are coming closer to the city we are planning to meet along the it's so far at least to
have a cult there is has been destroyed and one injured pilot is now receiving the eight there are no casualties on the side of still defense quotes and there will be no more because they are stay not sure our motherland the right sector is an alliance of ultra nationalist groups that have received thorough paramilitary training for years now and we know that they have several thousand members just recently their leader a force of a thousand right sector to help control eastern ukraine they are fanatics they are the ones who are willing to kill and be killed in order to further this national revolutionary state that has been created in kiev. well this isn't the first offensive launched by ukraine's military on pro-war protesters in southeast ukraine last month an operation was launched in the region some of the tanks that ended up siding with activists as soon as they entered the region just
a week ago kiev launched its first crackdown on protesters in sloviansk with members of the right sector group taking part i will continue to be closely following the situation in eastern ukraine where a military operation to retake the city of slovyansk now appears to be well underway details for you as soon as we get them. i. it's off the international from now on nato will view russia as an enemy and not a partner and this is according to the block deputy head he allegedly said this to journalists he said more troops could be sent to the region to counter what the alliance sees as a russian aggression in ukraine a guy nature can has more. a top nato official says the alliance now sees russia as an enemy alexander vershbow the deputy secretary general of nato who also served as the us ambassador to russia ten years ago was quoted as saying clearly the russians
have declared nato was an adversary so we have to begin to view russia no longer as a partner but as more of an adversary than a partner is true that russia over the last couple of decades has expressed indignation over nato has broken promises over nato expansion to russian borders for years moscow it felt cheated because the u.s. in one nine hundred ninety promised not to expand nato but since then it. twelve you seen european nations to the alliance but despite this moscow it still cooperated with nato on a number of soap global importance like ghana stand drug trafficking nonproliferation in a pro nato suspended all practical civilian and military cooperation with russia although russia has maintained its diplomatic mission to nato alexander went on to say that nato is considering the deployment of substantial numbers of combat forces . either permanently or on a patient basis other nato officials talked about sending more fighter jets full
member states this will mean more military spending we remember the u.s. president call on europeans to chip in and to spend more on nato and this could also mean more tensions because with the military buildup may come of the buildup of fear however a former pentagon official michael maloof believes these comments could actually indicate splits deep within the nato family. it was an unfortunate statement because it basically draws a picture of russia and europe has been adversaries when there's a tremendous trade going on between russia and europe so i think that there's more room among the nato countries probably more mature level headed people particularly in europe who see the need to work with russia rather than to treat it as an adversary or an enemy such angle of merkel is coming under pressure from major
german companies who want no more sanctions imposed against russia over the ukrainian crisis it will make it hard for berlin to push for stricter penalties and that's likely to be the message from merkel when she meets barack obama on friday evening other two a booked in for a four hour dinner date at the white house peter all of the reports on some of the sticking points are expected to be found on friday's dinner menu. it's sent to be a meeting between two of the world's most powerful leaders but there are more than rumblings that the balance of power in the relationship is very one sided apart and doesn't stand up in the cuts they have this it's based in dependency is the u.s. denied spine and merkel cell phone ben admitted it no it just continues because of mamma says words are of the right to collect information i just see and google merkel going to the us to pick up the new instructions. the chancellor has come in full rebuke at home for not pushing to allow edward snowden to give testimony at an investigation into n.s.a.
activity in person her critics saying that she's looking to protect the image of the us this is merkel's visit won't just be watched closely in germany many in europe are angry that no leader really stood up to the actions of the u.s. in the aftermath of snowden's revelations. i think the single most proof of the cowardice of governments and their under billionaires to actually tackled is in a meaningful way despite what they would say publicly was when when the. european countries closed their airspace and forced the year the year. the president the plane over. to learned in austria on a hunch or suspicion that edward snowden was on board trid is set to play a major role in the talks negotiations are still ongoing over the transatlantic trade and investment partnership or t.t.p. which could see an easing of current take restrictions on the surface this could
see both the e.u. and u.s. profit motive what cost to consumers genetically modified food home and treated beef and chicken place in germany ninety six percent of people think it e.u. standards on environmental protection are better than the u.s. on car safety the figures show ninety one percent in favor of the e.u. and on data protection eighty five percent didn't think the u.s. standards were up to the job more transparency is needed in te tip talks say those standing against this is a merkel's party in upcoming elections with. the whole negotiations are taking place behind closed doors amongst a small number of people we must be vigilant when this type of deal is done with third world nations are often attempts to undermine the legal system of that land we will not accept this offer and. the ongoing situation in ukraine looks
a certainty to be discussed but while both the u.s. and e.u. have banned sanctions they've taken different forms of presenting europe's close economic and energy bond to russia while germany and the united states remain the firmest of friends on the international stage when i'm going to miracle sits down for talks with barack obama it looks likely that there will be some issues they certainly don't see eye to eye on. r.t. . we asked michael hudson an economics professor at the university of missouri if you things burleson's position on the sanctions could change. well the germans are very clear that they are not going to pursue sanctions that hurt german and the string that would be the straw that broke the camel's back and there is some discussion and germany about do we want to really remain part of nato if we don't have a voice in it that we really want to sacrifice german industry so that american industry can move in and take over the market that the german and the three have this is an
american market grabbing opportunity from germany and you can be sure that within merkel's own christian democratic party there is a big argument over whether germany should make the sacrifice of its industry for american industry just because america says well plenty more stories ahead for you here with international including how the e.u. ten years since its biggest of a single enlargement came into effect but is there much to celebrate and of course more updates on our breaking news story out of east ukraine just a short break for now. little.
quarter past the hour here in moscow this is r.t. international efforts to tackle drug production in afghanistan have cost the u.s. billions of dollars but still opium production is that a record high a cooperation between moscow and washington serves to put pressure on the illegal trade worldwide but the amount of money directly into afghanistan had little effect on the level of drugs flowing out for example europe russia the u.s. all on the receiving end of the drug trade let's now bring in some figures for you here on the program afghanistan is responsible for eighty percent of the world's opium heroin production is now saudi it's now forty times higher than in two thousand and one and over a million drug addicts are estimated to have died in just the past decade. well they're in the billions as are reports addiction is taking its toll on afghan society as well. but. there are all of the filth ravaged by
drugs with no help in sight this is the face of addiction in afghanistan one of many. beneath the bridge in the center of kabul a foul smelling sewer masquerades as a river and on its banks among the refuse. men with haunted eyes and hollow stares. every day there are more they huddle in the shadows but there's no need to hide the police don't bother coming here. the supply is cheap there's heroin opium too and the tools to consume them. last year afghanistan recorded its more just opium harvest over the scene behind me tell the story of just how devastating that's been for the people here the men that have gathered here are part of a growing addiction epidemic according to the united nations more than a million afghans are addicted to heroin and opium out of a population of some thirty eight million people which makes up gonna stand not
just the world's top exporter of the drugs but one of its top consumers to put on it and that's despite billions of dollars and more than a decade of western efforts to curb narcotics here is going to study i don't know one of the non-ego there's no help they can push for us to use this. bill first to get it they want you to this it is official treatment clinics are struggling to cope we can cover the drugs of. god god is from god it is class. it can color not more than ten percent but ninety percent without any sense and we are way off the bench in d.c. . as increasing like that this is like i don't it person like this is good light. which makes these men some of the lucky few
they're getting help it may not be a traditional facility but it's a place to call home for up to twenty addicts at a time there's no medication just group therapy but they say the treatment works this woman they call mother harder we was haunted by her brother struggle with heroin appalled at the growing number of addicts and the lack of help so she stepped in she opened the treatment center and later this restaurant it pays for the expenses and gives the addicts a place to work but in this traditional society it's cost her more than money. my husband didn't approve of this and left me i haven't been able to see my children since then i've been threatened and even beaten here but missing my children has been hardest for now this is family i love. that the clinic checks in with the addicts some turn to heroin as refugees in iran or pakistan others were driven to drugs by economic despair when you have no
welcome no opportunity it's like death you cannot be productive so you take drugs to escape this former policeman began smoking opium after losing his leg to a landmine an addict for twelve years thanks to a clinic clean for almost one. i made the decision to change my life around i tried many times before but now i have support it's a small victory but afghanistan's battle with drugs is likely to rage on. kabul. violent. drug. company reports.
this is the international in may of two thousand and four the biggest single enlargement in the e.u. is history took place little did the new members know that a decade on the union would be struggling with recession unemployment and austerity . looks at whether the newcomers made a wise choice. wild parties rocked ten european capitals in may the first two thousand and four as the e.u. became bigger by ten countries for some of the new members like cyprus and malta this move had purely economic motivations while for the rest mostly former socialist states this was the chance to make a clean break from their communist past now a decade on these countries are looking at whether the e.u. accession really brought them joy poland is probably the happiest of the two thousand and four e.u. newbie's new roads striking export figures and escaping relatively intact from recession mainly because analysts say were kept its currency instead of euro and
even a clear downside from membership population after millions of skilled balls left to western europe once borders became obsolete is not a deterrent still more than seventy six percent of polls are happy to be part of the union the situation is slightly different in the czech republic latest poll suggests that thirty seven percent are not in favor of being part of the e.u. family while thirty five percent supported and the rest are undecided this may be down to the czechs feeling better living standards have not come as fast as they wanted but they also made their feelings known at times protesting against washington supplants to place an internal missile shield on their territory in opinion you can often hear in the czech republic that they don't like brussels bureaucracy and do not like being told what to do over the past five years hungary has been one of the most vocal critics of the e.u. particularly its freshly reelected prime minister viktor orban they have even been suggestions voiced in budapest that hungary could hold a referendum on exiting the union the reasons for such skepticism lie with an
economy after two thousand and four the cheap goods flooded the market traditionally an agricultural powerhouse and many farmers lost their markets and means to survive and happiness at their country being forced to pay for the economic troubles of other e.u. member states speaking of which one of the ten newcomers in the u. in two thousand and four cyprus is probably the least happiest ones these are quite telling pictures of what was happening last year when the island suffered a a huge. collapse and tens of thousands of people went into the streets to protest against the bailout plan which almost completely crippled the country's banking system and a year on the island's economy is slowly recovering but the anger of losing a lot of money has not subsided among cypriots the two thousand and four accepted e.u. members are split about their decade within the family of twenty eight states and not all of them have perfect ties with brussels but ten years after the e.u. accepted ten new states in one swipe it's now a lot more careful when it comes to enlargement or into the day we go to start with
syria where at least eleven children are among the latest victims of the bloody civil war as another twin bombing ripped through the central province of hama it comes just a day after a barrel bombs hit an elementary school in the city of aleppo killing ten children . claimed the lives of over one hundred fifty thousand people and displaced many. subway trains have collided in the south korean capital injuring one hundred seventy it's thought one train slammed into the back of another which would stop between stations due to a mechanical problem many passengers were wounded jumping from the subway cars onto the tracks in order to walk to the nearest station a full scale evacuation of the passengers is underway. there goes an entire process of slicing the railway cutting in baltimore where a major storm continues its march along america's east coast sinkhole swallowing
a row of parked cars along with a lamppost and trees. fairly easy evacuation of the local neighborhoods united states suffered huge downpours hail and thunderstorms over one hundred tornadoes in the five days death toll now at thirty seven. so haiti where over two thousand protesters in the capital carried. coffins calling for. president martelly these rules have come to an end right of using un peacekeepers dispersed protesters who had attempted to block a major road is the third large anti-government protest in just one week. a recap of our breaking news for you here on r.t. international the storming of the eastern ukrainian city of stuff is quiet ukrainian troops reports say locals are formed a human a barricade to prevent troops from entering the city other residents say they're being prevented from leaving anyway and the defense ministry confirmed that two
pilots killed when two helicopters were bell and several other soldiers have been injured self defense forces say one of the men has died troops have seen ten protest at checkpoints in captured several self-defense fighters according to officials we'll keep you updated on exactly what's happening it's right here on the internet which. no. one has been breaking news old morning at all afternoon here in moscow and the international my colleague. here in half an hour's time to give you the latest update on what is going on in east ukraine live from moscow this is on thanks. jeffrey chapman from kansas is going on trial for murder but he is very afraid of
jury prejudice is it because the jury is full of racists or has some sort of vested interest in seeing him get locked away no it is because he is a giant tattoo on his neck of the word murder written backwards wise or written backwards so he could read it in the mirror. nowadays we live in a total culture of almost complete entitlement so naturally chapman wants to leave jail on a special trip to a tattoo parlor to get the ugly ink changed or removed yeah because he did something stupid his. the parents now it is the obligation of the government to help him fix the problem he created often on these opinion pieces i am very critical of the government but this time the man is totally right you can't just take everyone on special trips across town so they can look good for their trial it isn't the state's fault that he has the word murder on his neck the prosecutors even said that chapman that it would be ok if he covered it up with something like a stylish curve for dapper turtleneck sweater it is not the job of the government to help you get rid of your very stupid and very incriminating tattoo but that's
to. go to this is the city of lugansk we are now inside the barricade which has been set up around the perimeter of the square. people are on guard here. keeping watch over our city. who also with us now do they keep watch around the clock there are no weapons or troops here you can see for yourself the barricades made of ties. bob wire going to put this particular section has been reinforced to repel potential attacks which may come at any time of the day or night.
other. than under budget that. still is below than what is our government excuse me the skiff jointer done to unite ukraine when you like you did mobilize their army excuse me but against whom are they mobilizing who are the aggressors were are they have made some pies laid a clean tablecloth and i'm waiting for this aggressor to come and capture me when he's going to come and then they disconnected our televisions after that they call this the diaspora how can it be a day i ask for their eight million of us here who just speak
a different language twenty million not eight no i'm talking about the number of russian speaking people here how long are they going to believe yes. i can sing a song in ukrainian i can recite your poem in ukrainian because there quickly what do you think about how ukrainians and russians get on together christiane. we're all slavs we have to live in peace we're brothers we shouldn't fight each other no one people we are all brothers my home runs behind me russia reside a moment i have an aunt in russia and friends never ceased. we can't go to war against each other i don't even like to use the word this is the twenty first century how can two slavic peoples go to war and what are we supposed to make of today's order from the so-called kiev government. the so-called kill government gave the order to kill their own people in slovyansk how is it even possible i don't know what to say. more they don't care about the geneva accord fascists their
o.s.c. monitors wondering about all over the place but what's going on i can figure it out none of us can know who is in charge of this madhouse. we were just getting on with our lives and not bothering anyone. if they want to join the e.u. that's fine with those we're not against the west but we've always been friends with russia the russians don't interfere in our business and we've always got on well we've no reason to quarrel either with russia all the west so why send in troops it's just ugly. story this is our home we've got a culture a language of our own what right do other people have to come here and start laying
down the law. both my grandfathers were killed in world war two. never seeing glory to ukraine glory to bender i hope they get the message that all those responsible will have to be tried at the hague on those no no why send troops here they should be arresting all those terrorists in kiev and stood for all of the presidential candidates the military junta the nazis who gave orders to kill their own people just because their culture and their views are different i'm just standing up for myself i'm not a politician. or a kalashnikov here's the kalashnikov the latest model that's our automatic. nobody other weapons. head of the right sector is assembling a hit squad called don bus once it's assembled he's going to target us money.
we're just unarmed people who are simply trying to protect our legitimate interests . he's made an announcement promising to pay ordinary soldiers one thousand dollars and offices five thousand dollars. frivolously over. here to be what they're about of course the norm. for you if you like but you know you want to. go through that period. with the opposition to.
because there's an injustice going on in the country it was a coup and illegal takeover of power was used on the naturally the new authority is setting up their own rules in sight but how can anyone who disagrees is removed by any means possible but either put it in prison or killed. ah. these other rules. but then it but that is somebody. if come. up that let me not. come not to let somebody. else. not think that i'm not. seeing up. to see them because you know what he. reminded myself
even if i knew what. i would bet if you were to come upon. she must. do nothing. but it's a pretty sure my where i did well i mean you do i know you know i. thought i was up there so. i was i i was the marginal income i assume you see too much pressure so i don't spend much of her. own little oh that's right i'm going to tell us. that. you know somebody my name is now tell us
a phone number and i live in the city of cross and on their relation began the miners kept working there we're working until a few days ago yesterday on april twenty second at nine pm a demonstration began here in the young guard square. just today's april twenty third and it still hasn't broken up you need to. because it was also please tell us how do you feel about their rights act his actions in ukraine. you could call it nazis or are you afraid of him ounces of course not why would we be afraid not all the miners around donbass have risen up yet if the whole of don't bust rises up together it'll be game over for everyone do you know that a soldier was killed a moment of what a day for abusing to fight. this is just the beginning yeah right this is just the beginning but how long will it last for well i have no idea we're doing our best standing here trying to put an end to it. i can say one thing only if the miners
rise up it will be worse than my done a million times worse. people in the gun squee general russians in their hearts our people are russian at heart they go over here and chant russia i'm sorry but they wouldn't be able to use money to bring ten twenty or even thirty thousand people together to show russia i wouldn't be coming here daily to bring us porridge eggs and financial help you see the point of our activity here is to represent the interests of the people if the people say so then that's how it will be that is we do what the people say and if they say otherwise that means we'll do so as well. yeah. ok. that's what i'm yes. i get the story all the talk and stuff.
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answers from it's all on politics only on our t.v. . do we speak your language. or music programs and documentaries in spanish matters to you breaking news a little turn to angles couldn't stories. you hear. then sure i'll teach spanish to find out more visit. to the middle east peace this afternoon news is proud of this tremendous chance to pollute the peaceful dr for the best way to stop this what you might minister benjamin netanyahu should all be reduced to engage the peace process with.
the us the bible we know crossed over to go as a teacher of the palestinians for closure but he said you know it's you can see. me with the ninety six votes this recognizes israel and thing for you. i wonder if we still if you don't buy based. on trail off i thought as to those lengths. to which are all but of course i don't believe by any means that bush. cut out of the same cloth as his father who is so totally powerful. in fact he may not be fully in charge.
well but for. sure the grounds i don't want to hear but i want you know what it was about the he wants us a little bit more. for you michael for you just want to show that you mr what you could not was a cubicle you because you want to be done yes you did you know what your boss will not what he's been let us go do you got a video of that all well you know because it was only when you thought i'd see you look up when you start but you know you all could call you did you was those goals would only be used with you cause when you feel your books three hundred true of.
the on your. stunning yet again showed up with the who was the from no one to tell him you know this way because well we want that but not given to them yeah. but we didn't want you around you didn't. even consider. it but yesterday when you took one q what are you going to do about that when you give up what you want me to go to the body do i did i let you know pool was. the social support. machine which you know you're here to. do but. i don't want to do with. your. life here are. some.
little ones. that it takes to be over fifty. or more. than that it was up. to the other step of the family got you're looking at it now i think if you. lose you know the voice in your food you just would be and you're going to take it from him we're difficult yes to get through that with that you know. if the only. thing you can where they're going to stop insulting us when we stop calling the separatists and terrorists we get out which morning and we're called separatists that's how we started greeting each other hello i'm a terrorist hello i'm a separatist. mission with the good movies that we're no different from those people well except we don't speak ukrainian that's the only difference between us
so why is it they hate their own people so much and where does all this bitterness and hatred come from what have we done to them to hate us so much you know if we were really such a pain in the neck so hooked on subsidies why don't they just leave us alone all the want is the right to determine our own future give us a referendum and we'll solve the problems also they're afraid of a referendum afraid of their own people but why the people have the right to vote will form the land and work in the mines just leave us alone please please just let us be with peace loving people. yeah i'm from a death. wish you could ask the people how it's come to this actually the reason why i don't want to show my face is because to my mind we live in a democratic country which is no freedom of speech and so with this there a loss of kidnappings in ukraine is not at all uncommon for people whose opinions are different you should be stopped in the streets in peace and. believe me she
began the. b.b.c. i didn't hear you she didn't. you know i didn't. lose you to see that it. didn't use you want your. children it was only to find out. you know yeah. we didn't lose this one and she was alive didn't you leave immediately if you didn't. ask. us what you've. got to. say just the facts it's enough simply the motion doc what part do you think most people in
a desa support or oppose the. government is not afraid of work and if i think about eighty percent of the residents are against the are my done their remaining twenty i'm probably misled or just don't live here permanently almost all the locals are against them i don't know if they really did my down to make him a covert go and he did it why do that now then what do they want. personally i'd say they want the plague of nationalism to spread all over ukraine. in the southeast or the rest of ukraine needs any of this kind of nationalism. was. was. was was if you. look we want the europe that the crusaders fought for west the europe the european nationalist force for the europe of white people. muslims humiliate the natives
now they take away our lands where we will stand for europe the white europe the. the traditional europe. for the three nation europe wide flow that glory to the nation was what do you think about the situation in the country is it good or bad it's awful first they drove a wedge between us in our russian brothers. can you live with me as for me i'm neither going to travel to russia nor to anywhere else i want to live in a desert i want everything to be fine. i want us to be friends with russia the west
is not for us you know this union what's happening in our country it's a nightmare how you survive prisons my salary is ninety two dollars per month we can get by the gas prices are now about to spike by seventy three percent let's see if the prices for medicines have already been raised by sixty percent it's terrible really terrible. studded tribute concert wishing we've been waiting for the geneva agreements we got them and we're very grateful to russia fold them because we understand world of the so-called interim government as well as the rights for the party and some other nazi groups never meant to fulfill the obligations and they're not going to comply and simply count or at least they have different intentions to cut and kill with the slogan muscovites on trees down you know. what they're occurring roger was overheard as i heard that look at your daughter who. was who you. are who was
who was in the new cars it's a list of six not. sometimes i feel like we've all been used. in our setting is up against the southeast if you crane the same way the setters against the better cook police. and then russia you i wonder who's interested in it and why i wouldn't want to be persecuted any person who is against the developments in ukraine may be accused of separatism and really go to jail that's why i want to stay anonymous. the ukrainian parliament adopted a law under which those guilty of acts of terrorism can be thrown into prison for ten to fifteen years or even for life we know fall into this category i'm not saying that it's you but your european colleagues some european or thirty's
approved it crimean parliament adopted the law they did it so it appears that you. european bodies agree that terrorists. are terrorist no one facing a life sentence according to the current legislation and polite and communicate normally i represent the interests of the people you have to understand that not everybody can or is willing to put their own life at stake in order to save people . oh. thank you. thank you thank you so much it was always the should. oh. oh. oh
thank you. thank. you. my. my. thanks to our. little small. about hockey only i want to speak on behalf of ukraine each person must speak up and say what he wants what he desires but he while the authorities are afraid of the referendum why are they afraid yes they are. useful if they are not because then they must let us say what we have to say and we will but we are not separatists we are not radicals i live in hock of m sixty one i want to understand where i live what country i live in the russian ukraine belarus need to unite machinelike russia down russia isn't here russia supports us morally but not
physically americans are supporting they join to face likely. there are troops there are a lot of documents media material spread and materials proving that nobody is interested. but it's not just to look how many people come to the rallies and everybody is there from students to pensioners even veterans coming ukrainian t.v. spreading lies there saying that russians are being brought in is even possible to bring so many russians look thousands of people come for rallies in eastern ukraine have they brought half of the russian population here they call us extremists we always ask for permission to hold peaceful rallies but they refuse us you know but
it seems that the heroes of my done i will out to seize buildings to rob banks to kill people but we're not allowed to hold peaceful rallies you can see that we are unarmed we're not wearing masks we have only one demand we want to hold a referendum we want to be heard you can't force twenty million people into europe and nato against their will. exactly what happened that day i don't know but a woman got killed. piers later is when i got arrested. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about
polygraph results you get innocent people to confess the police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse they were off taking they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. he. i wonder if we still if you don't buy. the trail i thought as to those lengths. to which. of course i don't believe by any means that bush. is cut out of the same cloth as his father who is a totally powerful. leader in fact he may not be fully in
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breaking news and also international at least three people were killed and several injured in eastern ukraine where troops launch an attack on the anti-government protests the held city of slovyansk. masers second in command reportedly says russia is now considered an enemy and not a partner because of it's a wall in the ukrainian crisis. and angela merkel heads to washington with a strong message from german big business savers and bald spot again are among the major funds are against more sanctions on russia.
this is also international coming to you live from moscow hello and welcome and we start with breaking news ukrainian troops have storms the eastern city of slovyansk which is held by anti-government protesters locals say their block seen and are unable to evacuate the area officials say two pilots dani's after two helicopters were downed while local self-defense forces report one of their men was killed the interior ministry also says the army has taken several self-defense fighters hostage and he's point to sleep here he joins us now live from a lie beyond paula hello that so what's happening on the ground there. well shooting has resumed here in the town of slovyansk and in the last few moments we are hearing reports that members of the right sick to have arrived via helicopter we're being told they're heavily armed and that they have the uniforms of the right
sector so that is how they are being easily identified as you can well imagine tensions here are running high it's taken us about four hours to actually enter the town it is completely closed off you have barricades and checkpoints at every single entrance and exit at the same time this is a town that is in lockdown the ukrainian military has completely surrounded it we're hearing from the ukrainian defense ministry that two of its pilots have been killed there was something between two and four helicopters that were downed earlier this morning we haven't been able to verify the numbers but two pilots for sure have been killed another one is in the local hospital here talking to the self-defense units they say that one of their members has been killed at the same time we're also hearing from the ukrainian authorities that at least ten checkpoints have been captured and the protesters have been making their way to those checkpoints they have been building barricades around them they've been reinforcing them with sandbags at the same time locals of those town have been
coming forward to offer themselves as human shields now a court has gone out for residents to stay home most people are heeding that call they are afraid to take to the streets but you do have some people who are coming to the city outskirts to lend support to the self-defense units there who are adamant that they're not going to let the city for i've been talking to some of those people and the message is that they will not let radicals conquer us. trying to build an ordinary cage in a way to the city center and hold the attackers as long as possible so we're defending our city we don't want to let these bloody prosecutors come in we want an end to this crime against humanity in the south east for how long do we have to be afraid children and the elderly the old people the veterans who are ready to take their crotches and fight for their children. we ought to curate in cooperation of europe is calling on kiev to stop this operation it started in the early hours of the smalling the t.v.
building and the local police station has been taken by the careful thirty's at the same time we are hearing reports of injuries injuries in addition to deaths on both sides but as i say for now the city center is calm we're hearing shooting from the periphery this is a city where this the situation is extremely tense and people are preparing for further on salt by the ukrainian army. reporting from slovyansk paula thank you very much indeed and paula is keeping you up to date with what's happening in slowdowns follow her twitter feed for the latest updates on the reported military operation. reaction from moscow now the russian president spokesperson says it was a military operation has destroyed all hope of implementing the ukrainian please do agree during international talks in geneva two weeks ago and discuss recent developments with investigative journalist pat ask about this now alive very nice
to see you here welcome to r.c. so we're saying now that he deploys its military against its own people do you're saying the situation requires that. no of course not but flashback it's very very important few days ago john brennan head of the cia goes to kiev they launch a nun to tear open ration so huge failure few days later u.s. vice president joe biden goes to kiev they launch a second terrorist operation it's a huge failure so this one is the third active but i know it's really really serious because they are showing king slovyansk in fact which is a key city where protests are really advents it's separate it's like the people's republic of donetsk there's also people's republic of slab the else got the moment and it's a huge provocation and in fact this is concomitant to nato retching up the pressure
and saying that we won't stand we won't going to support russian aggression russia's not aggression everything gresh is waiting to see what's going to happen and the kremlin has already been very explicit if civilians ukrainian civilians are killed by the ukrainian army which is a mix of an army and a right sector militias in fact then to sink is going to be spiraling out of control and obviously written russia doesn't want that but this is what nato once and this is what the kiev government wants ok pat and that it was spying so one of the self defense command is that in a flood less now listening to gather what he has to say. at the moment right sector and military are coming closer to the city we are planning to make long the attack so far at least two have a congress has been destroyed and one injured pilot is now receiving we a there are
no casualties on the side of self-defense quotes and there will be no more because all or stay not sure our motherland. so he says it's not just the military but also the right. base and moving against how involved from your point of view ironical is that likely to be. completely involved because now they are an actual militia like this reminds me a lot of so mind you and afghanistan and iraq and syria for that matter now we are having ukrainian nero now as the milf actually militias fighting for a bunch of region changers in kiev and using yes it's deal create what's left of the ukrainian army which is in a pitiful state to attack a city to circle a city and sooner or later they will be attacking civilians this is completely crazy where is do you when in all this no were to receive bunky can only as i don't
know getting his fingernails at the moment nobody's doing anything and put an end merkle they talked yesterday and putting told work or explicitly look if they don't retreat with the troops back to and if they are start attacking civilians then it's a completely different ball game nobody wants as i said before needs a reason because the propaganda for the last three or four weeks has been relented demonize ition of russia demonization of a lot of looting and demonization of the pro russian militants in eastern ukraine they are not pro russian they want united ukraine a figure a lot ukraine feel and dies ukraine that is not zero. likely the only record with russia it's a distance and they want to norco folks on an even the eastern and southern provinces this is what the militants want to defect in fact you know they're being
confronted by guns. so they have heavy weaponry on both sides as we see and. there are casualties on both sides already how can the situation gets what do you think wow do. you fix this could be you remember about we should always remember miles that a spark is enough to light up for a refire on this could be the spark that lights the previous fire of a civil war ukraine where are we going to have face to face in the worst possible scenario nato on one side and russian troops on the other side nobody can forcibly won something like this except of course the people who are doing the best they can so this is the outcome of the regime changes in kiev. have asked about investing in investigative journalist pat thank you very much indeed for sharing your perspective is well we should put thank you it's very hard to think
that you are going to go to one hundred helicopter pilot this caravan to go into surgery in sloviansk this apartment is affected you don't have the house crash the man helping to save save or reportedly pro tony alex habits one of it self-defense fighters says the pilot was abandoned. he should you know get better approach when the second helicopter was shot down we wanted to get closer but decided to save the first pilot he was abandoned by his own people they came up to him and took away his gun. this isn't the frost offensive launched by ukraine's megatron proton might protect the southeast ukraine last month and operational is north to the next creature but some of the tongues that was sent ended up getting would accept it as soon as the end of the rest of the region and just a week ago k. of launch to climb down on protesters in slobby ends with members of the right sector group taking pot activists in southeast
ukraine are outraged that kids simply ignores their voices violating democracy principles. the cry old democracy democracy live in democratic country but in reality explain to me where is it we don't even have the right to speak out they don't care about the south east they decided to work things out without us to choose a president without us and will be closely following the situation in eastern ukraine where military operation to retake the protesters how city of slovyansk now appears to be on the way will bring you the details as we get them. the media lead us so we need to be. like this in the bush and secure with. your
you're watching also international welcome back from now all nato will view russia as an enemy and also partner the blog had has reportedly told journalists he said more troops could be sent to the region to counter what the alliance says as a russian aggression in ukraine and she is again natural check on how small. a top nato official says the alliance now sees russia as an enemy alexander vershbow the deputy secretary general of nato who also served as the us ambassador to russia two years ago was quoted as saying clearly the russians have declared nato was an adversary so we have to begin to view russia no longer as a partner but as more of an adversary than a partner is true that russia over the last couple of decades has expressed
indignation over needles broken promises over nato expansion to wash of borders for years moscow had felt cheated because the u.s. in one nine hundred ninety promised not to expand nato put since then it. twelve eastern european nations to the alliance but despite this law school it still cooperated with nato on a number of top global importance like ghana stand for taking nonproliferation in a pro ledo suspended all practical civilian and military cooperation with russia although russia has maintained its diplomatic mission nato alexander went on to say that they don't consider the point that the substantial number of combat would. be the permanently or patient bases other nato officials talked about sending more fighter jets full member states this will mean more military spending we remember the u.s. president calling europeans to chip in and to spend more on nato and this could also mean more tensions because with the military buildup may come of the buildup
of fear. is coming under pressure from major german companies who won't know. is against russia over the ukrainian crisis it will make it home for berlin to push through stricter penalties and that's likely to be the message from merkel when she meets morocco bomb on friday evening and this isn't the only show on the menu for the full hour dina date at the white house the file miles to dismissal of the e.u. by the u.s. assistant secretary of state how did the leaks taped during the prising is likely its. i have left a bitter taste will also discuss the free trade agreement between the e.u. and the us both sides support the idea but it appears the devil is in the detail and brussels is not happy about the standard of some american products and of course the german our american leaders will have to dine under the shadow of the n.s.a. spying scandal and for more on all this let's not cross live to
a piece or all of that is in a burden for peter so from merkel is coming under some pressure from her company's biggest firms from her countries rather biggest firms. how well that a fact discussions with president obama. well an article in the wall street journal suggests very strongly that angle america has gone to the sea with a very clear message from german industry and that message is no more economic sanctions against russia the real big hit is in the german corporate world the likes of b.s.f. the chemicals giant siemens the engineering group volkswagen. they've all voiced concerns over potential sanctions further sanctions against russia many of these organizations view russia is a key market many of them have also spent decades trying to develop their business in these areas and they don't want to see that destroyed by further sanctions now
we've seen public statements from some of the the real big cases in the german corporate world all of the saying that they diplomatic route must be the only route that's taken to try and find a solution to what's going on in ukraine and that the business world should be allowed to go about its own business and not suffer at the hands of this when you look at the numbers you can see why they are concerned over six thousand german companies have involvement in russia directly in russia now these range from the big household names that i mentioned down to some small family run organizations that make things like machine tools over three hundred thousand jobs here in germany alone rely directly on the trade on trade partnership with russia that would be a lot of jobs to be put at risk should further sanctions be put into play and in terms of the whole german economy whether it be financial crisis particularly well however if there was to be any kind of catastrophic breakdown in trade relations
between russia and germany well we could see a two percent drop in growth here which could actually put the country on to the the brink of a recession so it puts anglo american in a difficult position when she goes to talk to barack obama both have backed sanctions in the past but they are now looking like they both want different kinds of sanctions to be put in place but the situation over sanctions isn't the only thing that they're going to be looking at and have a listen to my report right now to find out what else is going to be on the table. it's said to be a meeting between two of the world's most powerful leaders but there are more than rumblings that the balance of power in the relationship is very one sided but that then doesn't stand up inkatha head this is based on dependency is the us denied spine and merkel cell phone better admitted it is no it just continues because of mamma says words are of the right to collect information i just see angola merkel
going to the us to pick up the new instructions. the chancellor has come in for review could home for not pushing to allow edward snowden to give testimony at an investigation into n.s.a. activity in person her critics saying that she's looking to protect the image of the u.s. this is merkel's visit won't just be watched closely in germany many in europe are angry that no leader really stood up to the actions of the u.s. in the aftermath of snowden's revelations. trid is set to play a major role in the talks negotiations are still ongoing over the transatlantic trade and investment partnership or t. tip which could see an easing of current tight restrictions on the surface this could see both the e.u. and u.s. profit motive what cost to consumers genetically modified food hormone treated beef and we must she can't play us in germany ninety six percent of people think that e.u. standards on environmental protection better than the u.s.
on car safety the figures show ninety one percent in favor of the e.u. and on data protection eighty five percent didn't think the u.s. standards were up to the job more transparency is needed in te tip talks say those standing against this is merkel's party in upcoming elections. the whole negotiations are taking place behind closed doors amongst a small number of people we must be vigilant when this type of deal is done with third world nations are often attempts to undermine the legal system of that land we will not accept this. while germany and the united states remain the firmest of friends on the international stage when i'm going to medical sits down for talks with barack obama it looks likely that there will be some issues they certainly don't see eye to eye on peter oliver r.t. . and we asked michael hudson an economics professor. if there are things in
balance position on sanctions will change. the germans are very clear that they are not going to pursue sanctions that hurt german industry that would be the straw that broke the camel's back and there is some discussion in germany about do we want to really remain part of nato if we don't have a voice in it do we really want to sacrifice german industry so that american industry can move in and take over the market that the german industry has this is an american market grabbing opportunity from germany and you can be sure that with merkel's own christian democratic party there is a big argument over whether germany should make the sacrifice of its industry for american industry just because america. and the wild at least eleven children are among the latest victims of the bloody civil war in syria as another twin bombing rips through the central province of hama it comes just a day on the speed limit and elementary school in the states have aleppo killing
ten children the conflict has claimed the lives of by about one hundred fifty thousand people and displaced. subway trains have collided in the south korean capital seoul injuring one hundred seventy people it's not one train slammed into the back of another which has stopped between stations due to a mechanical problem many passengers were wounded jumping from the subway cars into the tracks in order to walk to the nearest station a full scale evacuation of passengers and away. oh my god. i mean. sliced into a railway crossing in baltimore or a major storm is continuing its march along america's east coast the sinkhole swallowed a row of parked cars along with
a long pose of trees and problem to be evacuation of several houses in the area the united states has suffered torrential downpours hail sunder storms and tornadoes for five days now with at least five to seven people killed. over two thousand protesters in haiti's capital carried banners and fake coffins to call for the end to present. riot police interview on peacekeepers disperse protesters had attempted to block a major road is the knowledge on to government crush just you know we. don't recount all breaking news story because storming of the eastern ukrainian city of slovyansk by ukrainian troops so defense forces say there are foreign fighters and members of the radical right sector group taking part in caves a move reports say locals have formed a human barricade to provide the troops from entering the city the residents say they're being prevented from leaving anyway to pilots and while and one
self-defense member were killed in fighting we'll keep you updated with what's happening in slovyansk right here. meanwhile let's pull a second with larry king on. jeffrey chapman from kansas is going on trial for murder but he is very afraid of jury prejudice is it because the jury is full of racists or has some sort of vested interest in seeing him get locked away no it is because he is a giant tattoo on his neck of the word murder written backwards wiser and backwards so he could read it in the mirror. nowadays we live in
a total culture of almost complete and total myth so naturally chapman wants to leave jail on a special trip to a tattoo parlor to get the ugly ink changed or removed yeah because he did something stupid to his appearance now it is the obligation of the government to help him fix the problem he created often on these opinion pieces i am very critical of the government but this time the man is totally right you can't just take everyone on special trips across town so they can look good for their trial it isn't the state's fault that he has the word murder on his neck the prosecutors even said that chapman that it would be ok if he covered it up with something like a stylish current for dapper turtleneck sweater it is not the job of the government to help you get rid of your very stupid and very incriminating debt to a fascist my opinion. is that the truth be ignored. stories others of the few stupid
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both. israel and for you. an explosive new book examines inequality in the american justice system why do most white collar criminals avoid prison while poor folks and people of color are being locked up in record numbers award winning journalism and examines this in his new book the divide american injustice in the age of the wealth gap and he's here to talk about it on today's politicking. ive i politicking on larry king today with an
a look at a new book which rips into america's growing income gap the book is the divide i'm holding it right here american injustice in the age of the wealth gap and it's written by the award winning investigative journalist meant to evie matt joins us from new york thanks for joining us matt what exactly do we mean by the divide. well this book is really just about how why some people go to jail and why other people don't go to jail i spent many years for rolling stone magazine cover and wall street and i did a lot of stories about people who were involved in. shall we say. enormous ethical misdeeds and were not charged or indicted never went to jail and on the flipside add to learn about people on the other side of the ledger who can go to jail for almost a almost anything and so this book is sort of about the two different approaches to law enforcement we have in this country one which is very very reluctant to go
after the white collar offender and the other which is very very aggressive in going after people without means when did you decide i'm going to write a book about it. some time around the occupy protests i had actually sort of gotten corruption fatigue i had written so many of these stories about all these different capers coming out of the financial services sector and they all had the same punchline which is that nobody ever got indicted nobody went to jail some of the reporters picked up on the theme around that time so i thought about doing a book about it then but then just just to do my due diligence i realized that i had to learn a little bit more about who does go to jail in this country and that that's why i you know i spent years and years and years sort of going to court and talking to people who had been through the system and that's why this book is the way it is that's kind of a series of can compare and contrast examples about experiences going through the criminal justice system it's terrible in the criminal justice system but isn't the
truth really terrible a real i'm terrible ruler in the fact the rich can get better medical care the rich get better reservations the rich get better the rich up that's just the nature of being oh yeah i know absolutely this is not it's not necessarily a news story this is always been true the rich have always gotten a better shake and the poor always had to kind of swim up. dream and i think even in the criminal justice arena this is always been true what's what's a little bit different about this is that we've had we've seen a little bit of a worsening of this problem actually more than a little bit especially when it comes to criminal justice in the last and the last twenty years and the symbolized by if you go back to the s. and l. crisis we put eight hundred people in jail after that crisis when the next round of crises were the accounting scandals in the in the early two thousand tyco adelphia world com you know we pushed criminal cases and all those instances and then there was the crash of two thousand and eight where we're still waiting for the first big
case involving somebody responsible for those for those things so i think there's a progression that's worth paying attention to you say you called american society has profound a hatred of the weakened poor but incredible ideal asian and worship for people who make money pretty strong statement profound a hatred of the weekend for. i think i think there is an element of that you know it's funny a lot of people are talking about there it's this mystical mystery of why we've suddenly had this explosion of the prison population despite the fact that crime has actually been dropping at a fairly persisted its rate since the one nine hundred ninety and a lot of people point toward cultural factors just the fact that we look at poor people differently than we used to with without compassion and with a sense of annoyance almost that the poor are all parasites and in some way feeding off of us and i think this is the emotional psychological imperative that's kind of driving some of these in equities in the criminal justice system we don't like
these people who are on welfare whereas people who are very successful on wall street for instance we're very very reluctant to move against them in a regulatory fashion because we're already impressed by all the money they've made for themselves and i think this is this is part of the culture of modern america is that we we do have this this worship and this culture of success and that lends its way and does a judges and juries. yeah i think it runs its way throughout the entire system i think you know it's funny i was talking to a former federal prosecutor and i was asking this person why it was that a certain executives from a certain company that it committed billions of dollars in fraud why they were in jail and this person said to me you know have you been doing jail jails are dangerous and the implication of that statement was you know jail is for a certain kind of person jail is for poor people jail is for people who are used to dirt and grime and violence and danger it's not appropriate for this other person
and we're increasingly making these unconscious calculations about who belongs where and i think that's that's that's a dangerous place to be you know that you come from a fairly privileged background your father was an n.b.c. correspondent you went to very good schools the other have a sense of guilt writing about the divide knowing that you were on the upper side of the divide oh yeah i know absolutely that i mean this this book is there's a way to look at it and say that this is a this is a tale of white guilt basically i mean i i had been covering wall street for years i had been doing a get all these stories of all these white collar capers but i wish i was really shocked to learn about all these things that i really as an american citizen should have known about but being as you point out a you know a sort of upper upper middle class white person i didn't know was documented
immigrants go through i didn't know what people in the bedford stuyvesant go through i didn't know that you could be arrested for obstructing pedestrian traffic which is something that every every african-american in certain neighborhoods in new york knows and so i was i was shocked by all these things and i absolutely do cop to the fact that i should i know more about all this it is says that you saying that poverty is becoming criminalized. you know in a way. it's sort of has i mean. it's not illegal per se that to have no money it's just that every false move that you make when you're a certain kind of person is going to result in very very serious consequences whereas the opposite is true if you have a lot of money if you if you commit a certain kind of crime that within the context of an enormous financially systemically important company it's almost impossible to incur an individual punishment whereas again the opposite you're
a person on welfare for instance. it's there are so many different ways you can end up caught up in a fraud case it would be impossible to list them all on this program so all i'm really saying in this book is if you are poor it's not exactly against the law to be poor it's just that you can very very quickly become caught up in the criminal justice system if you're in it is really said you write about the doctrine of collateral consequences right yet what is understanding the divide you write about why is what you mean by collateral consequences so way back in the late ninety's. a little known justice official a term justice department attorney named eric holder who was working for the clinton administration he wrote a memo that has come to be known as the holder memo and in it he laid out a policy that's now known as the collateral consequences doctrine and all it really says is that if you're a prosecutor and you're going after a big company that employs a lot of people and you're worried about the innocent victims of that company like
the shareholders or executives who aren't involved in the wrongdoing then you can consider other remedies like deferred prosecution agreements non-prosecution agreements fines and this makes perfect sense the problem is that when he came back to government as attorney general eight years later we were now in this world that was dominated by these too big to fail companies and. this is sort of become the unofficial law of the land now which is that we don't proceed criminally against these firms because the collateral consequences will be so enormous and we've seen this in a number of high profile cases involving companies like h.s.b.c. and u.b.s. so we do think about the consequences to innocent victims with these big companies but we don't for instance think about what happens to the relatives of somebody who gets set up for welfare fraud because they also suffer so the given the sense gets off the hook. yeah i mean in a sense absolutely yes and it may even be appropriate to exercise individual
exercise leniency against the company i don't think anybody disputes that that you don't necessarily want to destroy a venerable company that employs lots of people but there's no reason there's a reason they shouldn't be able to go after the individuals who are responsible for crimes like in the case of the case of h.s.b.c. which admitted to laundering hundreds of millions of dollars for drug cartels in mexico and in south america you know why why shouldn't somebody in that instance go to jail whereas what they actually did was just the level of fine and and walk away any difference in the way the obama administration approach this divide as opposed to the bush administration you know i've been asked this question i do think that this is this problem has been developing organically over time over many administrations but you know undeniably you know i voted for obama i liked him. politically i was really excited when he came to office in two thousand and eight
but on this issue he just hasn't been good in his justice department under eric holder. you know they they they do have a lot of explaining to do if you look at the bush administration all kinds of problems obviously but they did proceed with very high level prosecutions against again against companies like enron adelphia and tyco and world com and even arthur andersen and i think this administration has has not taken the opportunity to pursue those kinds of. prosecutions what do you make of that eric holder is well known liberal certainly obama seems on that ledge you would think that this is an illustration would be much more progressive than the previous one in this area. yeah you you would you would think that. i do think what's happening and this isn't just pacific to this is an illustration i think that this began happening actually even before he came into office but there is
a revolving door of people in the regulatory structure whereas once upon a time you had career civil servants and career prosecutors who occupied the regulatory positions now you see a lot of people going back and forth between government and the corporate defense community and so you see a lot of corporate defense lawyers like eric holder and like lanny breuer the former head of the criminal division who both worked at the same white shoe corporate defense firm covington and burling. they are now coming to office and occupying these positions and they have more of a deal maker mentality than a sort of get em at all costs mentality which is which is more typical of your prosecutor so covering didn't birling is a firm with clout in this administration. well absolutely yes i mean eric holder comes from a quote coming to burrowing and let lanny breuer sir for a while you had the top two law enforcement official officials in the world i mean in the united states coming from the same firm that doesn't necessarily make them
wrong on all these things but but coming to burling represented almost every one of these too big to fail companies. so one has to wonder you know exactly how much zeal are they bringing to their investigation or not investigation of these firms at the very least it's a question that gets raised in the public's mind and that's that's unfortunate very important books the book is the divide still ahead this map that the obama administration's we should deference to release drug offenders from prison is a step in the right direction don't go away. we will give it up we will stand for europe the white europe the traditional europe for the free nations europe. we should be
arresting all those terrorists in kiev instead of all of the presidential candidates the military junta the nazis who gave orders to kill their own people just because their culture and their views are different. we will slow we have to live in peace with brothers we shouldn't fight each other one people. will bring this. today going to lend a plug that has sex with the target their legs let's listen.
with his book the divide was great by the way great critical acclaim and very excited about reading in a very important book and your thoughts on the obama administration their efforts to change course on drugs and saying that a good idea in this that show you some improvement coming. absolutely i think that would be a great thing i mean we have we have the biggest prison population in the history of human civilization right now. somewhere in north of two point two million people are in jail that's quadrupled since the one nine hundred eighty it's doubled since one nine hundred ninety. and this is at a time when violent crime has gone down about forty four percent in the last twenty years so who are all these people that we're putting in prison well
a good portion of them are nonviolent drug offenders and i think it would be a great step but and interestingly i think people on both sides of the aisle both both democrats and republicans both agree for different reasons. that it would be a great thing to start to stop filling our prisons with these kinds of offenders a because it's morally maybe not the right thing to do and b. because it's simply a cost issue do we really need to be putting a nonviolent drug offender in jail and spending all that money and having this person come out of jail later unemployable and angry and. and causing more problems for society so i do think it would be a great thing what's the impact to the supreme court rulings large citizens united on the divide and the implications of the american justice system. well i think that that decision has profound implications for every american and on this particular issue look what's what's the problem the problem is that it increases
the influence of people who have money and how do people with money exercise influence in the criminal justice arena well they tend to have influence over who gets picked to sit in the various regulatory positions and if you have somebody. for instance who is the head of the ses and for some of the vision was a very aggressive career civil servant who doesn't particularly like people who work on wall street that's one thing but if you have somebody who just recently came out of the employ of one of the too big to fail banks well that's a different thing and so that's how. if you can buy. your influence on those particular appointment questions that has the profound effect on on this particular question absolutely. one discusses h.s.b.c. that's one of the largest banking financial services in the world we've all seen their signs everywhere and there's a case you are in december of two thousand and twelve ages b.c.
agreed to pay the government more than one point nine billion dollars to settle accusation that it laundered money for colombian drug cartels on the day the settlement was announced you went down to a manhattan course house and i guess what's the dumbest drug asia you had today we cage was involved someone who had been thrown into rikers for forty seven days for having a joint in his pocket right isn't even illegal in new york tell me a little background on that yes so i was following the h.s.b.c. story because i was planning to write a story about it and when they came out with the announcement that. incidentally h.s.b.c. had already been. sort of caught up several times before for having lax money laundering controls and they had already promised the government on multiple occasions to clean up their act so they were essentially repeat offenders so that one would have thought that the punishment would be very draconian and this instance in fact what they got was a fine which was
a record fine. one point nine billion dollars but nobody did a day in jail no individuals had to suffer any penalty the executives only had to partially defer some of their bonuses and so i ran down to the courthouse that day because they made the announcement in new york where i was living and i asked what's the dumbest drug case you had today. to found somebody who got forty seven days at rikers for having a joint it's pocket a homeless guy and the point i was trying to make is you know here are some people who are operating at the very top of the illegal drugs pyramid helping these very worst drug traffickers do their business and they get a walk and here's some guy was trying to sleep being high at a park bench and he goes to rikers for forty seven days and i thought that was a very striking contrast. is never new is it. no definitely not. in your book you quote a private attorney who was hired by new york state to defend low income people in criminal court as saying low class people do low class thing is now that you feel
when you heard that. this is amazing i had actually is now a friend of mine a. thirty five year old african-american bus driver who got arrested for quote unquote obstructing pedestrian traffic in front of it he was standing in front of his own house in a tie one o'clock in the morning and he had a friend listening to music on headphones and the police they were looking i guess for drugs or warrants they picked these two guys up and instead of just throwing them back they charged them with obstructing pedestrian traffic which is part of the disorderly conduct law here in new york. as a white person in new york i had no idea you could be arrested for that and he goes to court to fight it and his own lawyer can't understand why he won't take a plea and the guy's trying to explain like i'm not going to pay a fine for standing in front of my own house. anyway ultimately this all got worked out the judge asked to be officer were there any other people on the street to
obstruct the police admitted no there weren't they let the guy go and asked the words i talked to the guy and i said i talked to the lawyer and i said you know why is the white people never get arrested for obstructing pedestrian traffic don't you ever think about that and he said well the crime happens in those areas and i said will white people also stand on the street why are we getting getting arrested and he said well low class people do low class things and then he was the amazing thing for a person who's hired to defend the low income people for him for the furred to hear that was an incredible thing he had a guy who was described goldman sachs is the great then buyer squid squid wrapped around the face of humanity clearly you're outraged by a lot of the stuff you write about being able to feel alone in this fight like a little you a little don quixote no no absolutely not i think there are there are there are lots i think there is an increasing contingent of reporters especially on the sole
question of income inequality all of a sudden right now there's it's almost like there is no nothing but people talking about that we've seeing. elizabeth warren's book come out we've seen this book capital come out we've seen michael lewis come out with his new book flash boys which is so sort of tangentially related to the same issue i think this is this issue is on the minds of a lot of a lot of people and while there may not be very many financial reporters who are interested in covering it i think it's beginning to become a subject that is of general interest to a lot of people and it's good it's high time it's a problem that by its nature is hidden because most of the victims are behind bars but. we good if we started to see more attention paid to it meant why not more public anger again i think it's a problem of visibility i think the most people simply aren't aware of the disparity in the treatment of these two different types of. different sectors of
society because very few people are exposed to both sectors at the same time there is though there's a small group of i would say well placed corporate lawyers who know exactly how things work when it comes to financial services cases and they and they're all upset about the lack of progress in terms of prosecuting crime without arena but those aren't the same people who are watching street crime be prosecuted every day and the victims of those kinds of prosecutions aren't the same kinds of people who are going to be paying attention to his p.c. getting a fine so there's that there's a there's almost like a visibility gap where the two different sides of this problem they're not aware of each other and that was part of the mission of this book was to try to get people to see both sides of the same he league raising the minimum wage was held. i don't know maybe i mean you know that. i think it's important that people be paid a fair wage for their work you know well will raising the minimum wage have an
impact on all this i don't know i do know that when i spent a lot of time in you know in difficult neighborhoods in places like new york city and in los angeles that certainly a lot of people who ended up in prison ended up there because they didn't have it you can operate in real economic opportunities and the drug trade was the one place where they can make money so if we can find a way to create jobs to get people to do honest work instead. i think certainly that will help alleviate this problem you said you thoroughly enjoyed the topic of the book in kind of a dark way you told national public radio that there's a kind of deviousness and brilliance on display in a lot of these things is fascinating to me what do you mean. well a lot of the especially a lot of the white collar capers that i cover there there's a very high degree of complexity involved and for journalists look i used to be sort of a regular political campaign trail or reporter who covered the day to day back and
forth between republicans and democrats and that was a good job it was a fun job but it was an intellectually i felt intellectually challenging in the way that i wanted it to be whereas trying to decipher some of these schemes that some some of these companies come up with to separate people from their money is an incredible intellectual challenge in a way one almost ends up coming away with a sense of admiration for the people who who dream of certain types of these schemes. because they are so incredibly complex and they also rely. very much on a kind of camouflaging jargon that makes it very difficult for people to read about on the outside so you really have to do a lot of work to understand what's going on and it's very satisfying when you finally do get it you said use you suffer the the corruptions. oh yes absolutely i think everybody suffers from corruption fatigue i think that's one of
the reasons that the there isn't more public outrage about. both let's take for instance the library scandal which happen which happened very recently this is a scandal involving the manipulation of world interest rates in which. perhaps as many as seven of the world's biggest banks were involved in monkeying around with the london interbank offered rate which essentially means they were playing around with the d.n.a. of the world economy there are some estimates that say that this this activity might have resulted in altering. the worth of up to three hundred or four hundred trillion dollars' worth of financial products and this is one of the biggest financial scandals of all time and it's barely on the pages of american newspapers because we're just so tired of seeing stuff come out of come out of the financial services sector that we just don't have the mental energy anymore of all this these things anyway anymore and i do think there's a lot of fatigue. you know one gee
a new digital magazine so first look media tell me about it. so yeah so first look media is the company that hired away sort of superstar investigative reporters like jeremy scahill and glenn greenwald and laura patras the documentarian they were hired to start a digital magazine that's already in existence called the intercept i recently left rolling stone and going to be starting the second of their sort of digital magazines which doesn't have a title yet but it's going to be more satirically focused we announced today actually one that we're going to be hiring away alex pareene who's sort of a well known humorist from salon dot com so this is going to be a very sort of funny. very interesting. alternative take on the news and we're hoping that we're going to be up and running by the end of summer looking forward to that segue so much for an enlightening half hour thank you so
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at least three people are killed and several injured in eastern ukraine where troops will actually not talk on the antigovernment protests were held up slightly on its. way to second in command reportedly says russia is now considered an enemy and not because of its role in the ukrainian crisis. heads to washington with a strong message from german big business siemens and bolts not get are among the major problems against more sanctions on russia.
and welcome to also internationally trying to follow news line for most i'm here thanks for joining us and i will start with breaking news and also. international ukrainian troops have stormed the eastern city of slovyansk which is held by on to government protesters locals say their blocks hail and are unable to evacuation area officials say two pilots died after two helicopters were downed while local cell defense forces reported one of their men was code and self-defense forces claim foreign fighters and members of the radical far right sector group are taking part in the miniature gratian pulis here. we are hearing reports that members of the right stick to have a riot via helicopter we're being told they're heavily armed and that they have the uniforms of the right sector so that is how they've been easily identified as you can well imagine tensions are running high it's taken us about four hours to actually are into the town it is completely closed off you have barricades and
checkpoints at every single entrance and exit at the same time this is a town that is in lockdown the ukrainian military has completely surrounded it we're hearing from the ukrainian defense ministry that two of its pilots have been killed their worst something between two and four helicopters that were downed earlier this morning we haven't been able to verify the numbers talking to the self defense units they say that one of their members has been killed at the same time we're also hearing from the ukrainian authorities that at least ten checkpoints have been captured now protesters have been building barricades around them they've been reinforcing them with sandbags at the same time locals of those town have been coming for to offer themselves as human shields trying to build a little barricades and away to the city center and hold the attackers what is known as possible we are defending our city we don't want to let these largely because a cage has come in we want an end to this crime against humanity in the southeast for how long do we have to be afraid children and the elderly the old people the
veterans who are ready to take their crutches and fight for their children but for now the city center is calm we. when she'd seen from the periphery this is a city where there's the situation is extremely tense and people are preparing for a further onslaught by the ukrainian army. corps mostly is keeping you up to date with what's happening in. her twitter feed for the latest on date on their reported a military operation that. the. key is actions have triggered outrage here in moscow russia's foreign ministry has called for an immediate halt to the military offensive and operation that interim government in kiev has labeled them and to terror operation let's not get more from the morea. now live in the area tell us more about moscow's reaction that.
yes indeed to a now received russia's official reaction to what is currently going on in ukraine . as it condemns the use of forces in the operation in the town of slavyansk in the eastern part of ukraine and also condemns the participation of the members of the right sector group ukraine's the tories of the nationalist movement in. russia's foreign ministry also of size that it is very much concerned about. reports of participation in this operation of foreigners earlier we also heard from russia's president vladimir putin spokesperson mr peskov that this operation anti terror peroration launched bike here in the eastern and southern part of the country killed all the hopes for geneva peace accords back to you as he's maria fanaa live from moscow maria thank you very much indeed for that under earlier where it's quote with investigative journalist escobar have things don't break because clearly
designed to provoke a reaction. spark is enough to light up for a refire this could be the spark that lights the previous fire of the civil war in ukraine the art show king slovyansk effect which is a key city where protests are really ad fenced and it's a huge for a vocation russia is waiting to see what's going to happen and the kremlin has already been very explicit if civilians ukrainian civilians are killed by the ukrainian army which is a mix of an army and a right sector militias in fact then to sink is going to be spiraling out of control and obviously written russia doesn't want that but this is what little once and this is what the kiev government what. we want to include helicopter pilot this caravan the growing. they supinely is that footage of him post-crash the man
helping him to safety reportedly proton in the x. rays one of the cell defense fighters says the pilot was abandoned. he should you know give that up but when the second helicopter was shot down we wanted to get closer but decided to save the first pilot he was abandoned by his own people they came up to him and took away his gun and this isn't the first offensive launched by ukraine's made a showing for autonomy protest to the southeast ukraine last month operation was launched and they don't need this creature but some of the time that were sound ended up signing with an accidental i said i have a and as the rest of rangers and just a week ago kiev launched to quiet down protesters in slum balance with members of the right sector group taking part. in southeast ukraine are outraged that simply ignores their voices violating democracy principles. ok good luck ike you know the cry only democracy democracy live in democratic country but in reality
explain to me where is it we don't even have the right to speak out they don't care about the south east they decided to work things out without us to choose a president without us and will be closely following the situation in eastern ukraine where miller show peroration to retake the protester house so she hopes lobby analysts now appears to band away or bring you the details as they come in. it's.
it. here watching out international is good to have you with us let's move on now our efforts to tackle drug production in afghanistan have caused the u.s. billions of dollars but still opium production is a record high cooperation between moscow and washington serves to put pressure on the illegal trade worldwide but the amount of money punched directly into afghanistan had little effect on the level of drugs following out europe russia and the us are all on the receiving end of the drug trade let's now bring some figures here so afghanistan is responsible for eighty percent of the world's opium production heroin production has also a sword and is now forty times higher than it was in two thousand and one over one million drug addicts are estimated to have died in the past decade but earnings from the trade are in the billions of dollars and as archie is loosely covered for paul's addiction is taking its toll on afghan society as well.
a lot of feel ravaged by drugs with no help in sight this is the face of addiction in afghanistan one of many. beneath the bridge in the center of kabul a foul smelling sewer now school grades as a river and on its banks among the refuse. men with haunted oz and hollow stares. every day there are more they huddle in the shadows but there's no need to hide the police don't bother coming here. the supply is cheap there's heroin opium too and the tools to consume them. last year again is down recorded its largest opium harvest ever and the scene behind me tell the story of just how devastating that's been for the people here the men that have gathered here are part of a growing addiction epidemic according to the united nations more than
a million afghans are addicted to heroin and opium out of a population of some thirty eight million people which makes up ghana stand not just the world's top exporter of the drugs but one of its top consumers to them and that's despite billions of dollars and more than a decade of western efforts to curb narcotics here is going to study one of the money go there's no help they can push for us to use this potentially possible force to put it want to cure the city's official treatment clinics are struggling to cope we can cover the drugs of. god god is the god of the last. day you can call not more than ten percent but ninety percent without any sense. that with increasing. increasing like that that is easy like i did a person like this that is good light. which makes these men some of the
lucky few they're getting help it may not be a traditional facility but it's a place to call home for up to twenty addicts at a time there's no medication just group therapy but they say the treatment works this woman they call mother harder we was haunted by her brother struggle with heroin appalled at the growing number of addicts and the lack of help so she stepped in she opened the treatment center and later this restaurant it pays for the expenses and gives the addicts a place to work but in this traditional society it's cost her more than money. my husband didn't approve of this and left me i haven't been able to see my children suzanne i've been threatened and even beaten here but missing my children has been hardest for now this is family i love. that the clinic checks in with the addicts some turn to heroin as refugees in iran
or pakistan others were driven to drugs by economic despair when you have no welcome no opportunity it's like death you cannot be productive so you take drugs to escape this former policeman began smoking opium after losing his leg to a landmine an addict for twelve years thanks to his clinic cleaned for almost one. i made a decision to change my life around i tried many times before but now i have support it's a small victory but afghanistan's battle with drugs is likely to rage on. r.t.e. kabul. malnutrition. violent. drug addiction. sure. what are the values you see company reports on gun
realities this is an incredible. from now on they so will view russia as a mini me and not a partner the blogs diffusely had has reportedly told junkets his side more troops could be sent to the region to counter what belisle sees as russian aggression in ukraine also he is going there to check on has more for us. a top nato official says the alliance now sees russia as an enemy alexander vershbow the deputy secretary general of nato who also served as the us ambassador to russia two years ago was quoted as saying clearly the russians have declared nato was an adversary so we have to begin to view russia no longer as a partner but as more of an adversary than a partner is true that russia over the last couple of decades has expressed indignation over nato has broken promises over nato expansion to wash of borders for years moscow had felt cheated because the u.s.
in one nine hundred ninety promised not to expand nato but since then it. twelve eastern european nations to the alliance but despite this moscow it still cooperated with nato on a number of soap global importance like ghana stand up trafficking nonproliferation in a pro ledo suspended all practical civilian and military cooperation with russia although russia has maintained its diplomatic mission to nato alexander went on to say that nato is considering the deployment of substantial numbers of combat. either permanently or on patient bases other nato officials talked about sending more fighter jets full member states this will mean more military spending we remember the u.s. president calling europeans to chip in and to spend more on nato and this could also mean more tensions because with the military buildup may come a big buildup of fear. is coming under pressure from major german companies who
want to know most sanctions imposed against russia over the ukrainian crisis it will make it hard for but then to push through stricter penalties that's likely to be what from barack obama when they meet on friday evening all she's piece hold of a now reports. well an article in the wall street journal suggests very strongly that angle america has gone to the sea with a very clear message from german industry and that message is no more economic sanctions against russia the real big hit is in the german corporate world the likes of b.s.f. the chemicals giant siemens the engineering group bork's work in adi doubts deutsche bank they've all voiced concerns over potential sanctions further sanctions against russia we've seen public statements from some of the the real big cases in the german corporate world all of the saying that they diplomatic route must be the only route that's taken to try and find
a solution to what's going on in ukraine and that that the business world should be allowed to go about its own business and not suffer at the hands of this when you look at the numbers you can see why they are concerned over six thousand german companies have involvement in russia over three hundred thousand jobs here in germany alone rely directly on the trade on trade partnership with russia that would be a lot of jobs to be put at risk should further sanctions be put into play so it puts angela merkel in a difficult position when she goes to talk to barack obama both have backed sanctions in the past but they are now looking like they both want different kinds of sanctions to be put in place but the situation over sanctions isn't the only thing that they're going to be looking at and have a listen to my report right now to find out what else is going to be on the table. it's said to be a meeting between two of the world's most powerful leaders but there are more than rumblings that the balance of power in the relationship is very one sided but that
then doesn't stand up inkatha head yes it's based on dependency is the us denied spine and merkel cell phone dead admitted it no it just continues because a mama says words are of the right to collect information i just see angola merkel going to the us to pick up the new instructions. the chancellor has come in for rip you could home for not pushing to allow edward snowden to give testimony at an investigation into n.s.a. activity in person her critics saying that she's looking to protect the image of the u.s. partners mrs merkel's visit won't just be watched closely in germany many in europe are angry that no leader really stood up to the actions of the u.s. in the aftermath of snowden's revelations. trid is set to play a major role in the talks negotiations are still ongoing over the transatlantic trade and investment partnership or t.t.p. which could see an easing of current take restrictions on the surface this could see both the e.u. and us profit but it won't cost to consumers genetically modified food home and
treated beef and we must chicken could end up like this in germany ninety six percent of people think that e.u. standards on environmental protection a better than the u.s. on car safety the figures show ninety one percent in favor of the e.u. and on data protection eighty five percent didn't think the u.s. standards were up to the job more transparency is needed in te tip talks say those standing against mrs merkel's party in upcoming e.u. elections. the whole negotiations are taking place behind closed doors amongst a small number of people we must be vigilant when this type of deal was done with third world nations are often attempts to undermine the legal system of that land we will not accept this. while germany and the united states remain the firmest of friends on the international stage when i'm going to miracle sits down for talks
with barack obama it looks likely that there will be some issues they certainly don't see eye to eye on peter all over r.t. . and we asked michael hansen as and a car and economics professor are that the university of missouri things balance position on sanctions will change. the germans are very clear that they are not going to pursue sanctions that hurt german industry that would be the straw that broke the camel's back and there is some discussion in germany about do we want to really remain part of nato if we don't have a voice in it through we really want to sacrifice german industry so that american industry can move in and take over the market that the german industry have this is an american market grabbing opportunity from germany and you can be sure of that with merkel's own democratic party there is a big argument over whether germany should make the sacrifice of its industry for
american industry just because america says. elsewhere around the world now at least eleven children are among the latest victims of the bloody civil war in syria as another twin bombings ripped through the central province of hama it comes just a day after a bottle bombs and the men troops called in the city of aleppo killing ten children the conflict has claimed the lives of all but forgotten for two thousand people and displaced in the. subway trains have collided in the south korean capital seoul injuring a hundred seventy people is thought one train slammed into the bike of another which has stopped between stations due to a mechanical problem many passengers were wounded jumping from the some way cars onto the tracks in order to walk to the nearest station a full scale of a creation of passengers is now under way.
oh i know. an entire. life into a railway cutting in a major storm is continuing its march along america's east coast a sinkhole swallowed a row of parked cars along with long posts and trees and prompted. creational several houses of the area the united states has suffered torrential downpours hail storms until nato's the five days with at least set of seven people killed. and fifty thousand protesters in haiti's commerce all carried bombers and fake coffins to call the un to the president it must release really riot police and un peacekeepers disperse protesters who had attempted to block a major road is the third large until government rushes in a week. not only breaking news story the storming of the eastern ukrainian city of slovyansk by ukrainian troops so defense forces say there
are foreign fighters or members of the radical right sector group taking part in caves military operation reports say locals have formed a human barricades to prevent troops from entering the city or the residents say they're being prevented from leaving anyway two pilots and one self-defense member were killed in fighting we'll keep you updated with what's happening in sloviansk right here on our city. in the meantime though i mean you know reports on iraq's recent election stand that. jeffrey chapman from kansas is going on trial for murder but he is very afraid of
jury prejudice is it because the jury is full of racists or has some sort of vested interest in seeing him get locked away no it is because he is a giant tattoo on his neck of the word murder written backwards wiser and backwards so he could read it in the mirror. nowadays we live in a total culture of almost complete and total myth so naturally chapman wants to leave jail on a special trip to a tattoo parlor to get the ugly ink changed or removed yeah because he did something stupid to his appearance now it is the obligation of the government to help him fix the problem he created often on these opinion pieces i am very critical of the government but this time the man is totally right you can't just take everyone on special trips across town so they can look good for their trial it isn't the state's fault that he has the word murder on his neck the prosecutors even said that chapman that it would be ok if he covered it up with something like a stylish curve for dapper turtleneck sweater it is not the job of the government
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to the peace process with. the us the bible. to gaza to check the bottom of the palestinians for closure. as you can see. me with sixty votes to recognize israel and thing for ya. happy may day folks i'm happy martin and this is a break in the set so yesterday iraq voted for the first time since american boots have left the ground and as you would imagine in a country that's been ravaged by conflict in the last twenty years things in large part to western imperialism the impose democracy in iraq isn't exactly running smoothly to the b.b.c.
dozens of attacks targeting the election across iraq left fourteen people dead heavy security was in place with hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police deployed to protect polling stations it's hard to determine if elections would have even been able to take place without such a heavy security presence in the first three months of this year alone nearly two thousand iraqi civilians died from violence that has plagued the country so how can iraq truly hold democratic elections in the face of such horrifying instability especially considering how last year was the deadliest year in iraq since the height of u.s. occupation but hey that's just how injecting democracy works mission accomplished now let's break the cycle. the bleep bleep bleep they are literally hard to take the turtle. lightly that are actually really that are great they are
really really. cold. cuts please please. please please. please. it's international workers day or a better way to commemorate may day than highlight the workers that make up the background the backbone of america and a grants today in washington demonstrators marched from capitol hill to the white house in solidarity with the eleven million undocumented immigrants currently living in the u.s. with no certainty over their future going to such manual rob lowe caught up with one of the activists to hear her story. well the demonstrations in washington today
were more than just getting the attention of congress which is being criticized of stalling on bringing any sort of resolution to the eleven million undocumented immigrants here in the united states today but also bringing the attention to the white house and we have to note that the obama administration has presided over more deportations than any other presidency before him upwards of one point five million undocumented immigrants were deported between two thousand and nine and two thousand and twelve alone now earlier i was able to speak with one activist. who herself is facing deportation at the end of the month which would mean that she would be separated from her husband her two young daughters that are very young they're going to school here in the united states she's being sent back to over home country of all salvador on may twenty third and that this is already been decided there is really nothing that she can do to fight that deportation even though she's been in the country most of her life and was brought here by her parents when she was only a teenager who. said it's not fair for them to be selfish to only think
about themselves and not to think about the community and not to think about the lives they're destroying and why because i'm undocumented is that somehow make me a criminal no it's not fair so to the president i say consider the families the families the tremendous weight on the life of these people and the life of the community family means everything how can he sleep comfortably when he knows that his words through his orders there are millions of families ruined because he can do something he can stop all of this but he hasn't wanted to. so with all of this how can he sleep at night knowing that there are millions of lives ruined that's my question to obama why why are you doing on this those weren't the promises that he made to the hispanic people and the. community as
a whole because it is a many who voted for him hoping that he would change this whole situation and he's only made it worse now cut him maybe three some deportation by the end of the month but she's out here with her family along with hundreds of others who are in solidarity with the millions of other families they're facing being torn apart in the same way until something is done to fix this clearly broken immigration system back to you. it was manual rappel reporting on the ground for us. since crimea voted to separate from ukraine and join russia in a referendum eastern ukraine is now beset with instability in particular the south eastern region of donetsk has seen government administrative buildings fall to pro russian groups that are now demanding their own referendum and that's this backdrop
the u.s. and you have continued doling out incremental sanctions against russia claiming that the country is behind the current unrest in ukraine all russia's accuse western powers of stoking the violence in the streets so to break down what this conflict means for the people of ukraine the future of u.s. russian relations i'm joined now by retired army colonel douglas macgregor thank you so much for coming on. so let's start by talking about donetsk how do you see the instability of this region playing on the next couple weeks but i think this is an old problem that is only going to get worse whether or not anybody intended to do so do forces have been set in motion and these are not new forces in the sense to do we suddenly have a new cultural identity in the eastern and southern ukraine that's clearly russian but we now have a demand for recognition that the people that live in those areas are in fact russians not ukrainians and at the same time you have ukrainians in the west and in the north who are not russians so we've got to deal with this reality but we need to ask the people on the ground how they want us to do this and in
a referee. is plan from a leavened what exactly will the people be voting on in this referendum it is that the necessary next oh i think it is but i'm not sure exactly what the question will be the question should be do you if you are living in eastern ukraine want to join russia which appears to be the popular sentiment if so they should be allowed to join russia and at the same time what emerges from this process up in the west in the north which is truly ukrainian in terms of culture and language history religion so forth they should be allowed to have a sovereign independent ukrainian state and the acting ukrainian president is claiming kiev security forces on the ground are helpless to combat what's going on in eastern ukraine read between the lines here is inviting for foreign intervention . that's counterproductive and he's right they are helpless because the people there are russians so he should withdraw them and wait for this referendum and then live with the outcome and you know we have a model for this we had something called czechoslovakia which existed for decades
and as soon as the czechs in the slovaks could they divorced they didn't want to live in the same state we need to respect the wishes of the people that live inside ukraine let them decide the outcome and right now of course there's a lot of criticism against russia for amassing troops on its own border but also there is nato forces that have been deployed holden's calling for ten thousand troops colonel is this a game of chicken here her could be the actions potentially lead to a hot war i don't think there's any chance of a war now but if we don't deal with this problem if we don't respect the wishes of the people on the ground that live inside this construct called ukraine you could see a war in ten or fifteen years so this will be a wound that will continue to fester and bleed that's not in the interest of bosco it's not in the interest of europeans and certainly is not in the interests of the united states and you know we have a model for this that the russians are familiar with this goes back to one nine hundred fifty five with the austrian state treaty and at the time mr molotov who
was the fore. and minister was the one who negotiated directly with the austrians and said look we will leave austria all the allies will leave that you become independent and democratic however you may not join nato and the austrian sort of course not and they've never joined nato they became neutral i think that's a good model for ukraine but we need to step up and we need to tell you cranium leadership in kiev that confrontation is the wrong answer that we need to hold a referendum and they need to live with the outcome and they need to look at this austrian state treaty solution because i think moscow will accept it and i think we're talking at this before about this deputy secretary general of nato just said that russia must be viewed as an adversary i mean how much of this is going to affect future nato russian relations well look a lot of people say lots of stupid things in politics that's a very hard job or mark we've had lots of dumb things said in moscow we've had dumb things said in washington we need to put also on the rhetoric is on helpful we need
to focus on the referendum let the people decide and then we need to talk to the ukrainians and say look you have an opportunity now that you've wanted for hundreds of years to become sovereign independent but let's show of this nato business nato is no threat to russia russia is no threat to nato no matter what either side has to say we need to sober up the interest should be what do the people of the ground want let's give it to them they deserve to have what they want and if the russians in eastern ukraine want to be part of russia they should be part of russia and let those ukrainians that are ukrainians in the west and north have their own state just as the poles the slovaks the czechs everyone else does the same thing but it doesn't have to be part of nato never did i can agree more i think that state actors to be deescalated immediately let the people decide their own future at what the mazing and i'm sure that you thena is living in d.c. is this insane disinformation war the new cold war resurrection all across the median political establishment kerry saying r.t. the propaganda borne focusing in on this network i'm just going to read you. an
excerpt from this blog posted on the state department amazing so that the things said on r t are not facts they're not opinions they're false claims and propaganda poses as news it creates real dangers and gives a green light to violence why is there such an intense campaign to kind of blanket lee demonize but very inflammatory claims everything on this network well look you've got plenty of evidence that the same thing that are jews accused of goods on fox news and n m s m s n b c n.b.c. and everywhere else we have a bad habit in the united states we and i'm talking about when i say we have not forgot americans most americans already been engaged and i doubt that half of them could figure out where ukraine is on the map but the elites in in washington see themselves as the great guarantors of democracy they see every crisis an opportunity to involve the united states and to push what they think is a liberal democratic agenda and so to do that they have to demonize whoever they proceed the opposition to be and we always get these ridiculous characterizations
about hitler and their dredged up just as you've heard some of these ridiculous characterizations in eastern ukraine by russians about fascism it's all nonsense it's unhelpful it all needs to stop everybody should shut up they probably should have a vodka and relax and let the referendum go through and let the ukrainians then talk directly to the russians and i think you brought a point in there when it's just always about the u.s. and russia where the ukrainians and as you have here all you hear is you know the it's as if that's the power is in their hands how can we put the power back in the hands of the people we have about thirty seconds like well that's a referendum you howling about let them vote let them decide again i don't know what the questions will be but it should be very clear and all those areas what do we want do we stay in ukraine or do we want to become part of russia you'll get an outcome and let's live with it and stop treating it as something bad it will actually add to stability thank you so much that's going to really prepare here and you might think she had it coming up you guys all sit down with hip hop legend on
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it will get better we will stand for europe the white europe the traditional europe for the free nations europe but. they should be arresting all those terrorists in kiev instead all of the presidential candidates the military junta the nazis who gave orders to kill their own people just because their culture and their views a different. will slow those we have to live in peace with brothers we shouldn't fight each other with the one people who will bring this.
rap music is largely dominated by corporate and phones and watered down lyrics it's rare to see a popular hip hop artist with a message of rock truth isn't fully paid cornell better known as a moral technique as a peruvian born harlem raised hip hop artist and social activist and for his radically political lyrics criticizing everything from the drug war to the military industrial complex moral technique joined me earlier and scare. in the fact that one technique album carries the same punch as an entire howard zinn book i first asked him to break down his process of writing music. and a room in my house where i wrote all over the walls and it literally looks like a mess there and everywhere on the wall one side of the wall is the martyr and the other side is the middle passage and it's just written ideas that don't mean anything to anybody else except me it's like short hand writing so i think it's a complicated writing process there are some times when i'll write
a song like for example according to hustle which took me about an afternoon or been a lot of those tongs took me about an afternoon and then there's a song like you never know which took me a couple of years to write or dance with the devil which took even you know around the same zone and your song like here i want to read some lyrics for audience capitalism is a religion that makes a god teaches self righteous people to embrace a facade i wanted you to expand on what you meant by that. i was making a reference to the fact that. when you think that. everything in this world revolves around money and that you can monetize anything or everything say then it's hard for me to look at you as a person of faith you know i think that people hide behind faith so they can get their economic agenda completed but it strikes me as very difficult to consider a person that has the love of god in their heart when every single action of theirs is built on trying to monetize something not so people can get paid but so they can
make money from things like water and air and i think. what's difficult for. people to process is that this is going on within their soul right now or their life or however they choose to see their spiritual struggle or their physical struggle this is going on within all the people that are watching this program right now everyone has some sort of choice to make i think the difference is that when people that are in. our make choices it affects people differently iraq's elections were this week barely anyone noticed another country ravaged by war that no one pays attention to anymore afghanistan you mention that you helped build an orphanage there after talking to local afghans on the ground i'm getting that perspective what message do you think that they would want to send in a relay to the u.s. government and the people here. well i mean i went there in two thousand and nine where there were a huge amount of civilian casualties drone operations there were
a lot of people that were very dissatisfied with the united states role they feel like they did the same thing anybody else did when they came there that they came there. under the guise of stabilizing the region and stabilizing the country the same way the u.s.s.r. backed the government of dr najib saying oh we're going to have reforms we're going to do this and little by little the people notice well your reforms benefit corporations that you're making money with you're taking natural resources out of the country you want to control more and more things about our lives go harass your own citizens leave us in peace and you know if you're not going to leave us in peace then we're not going to fight you because we're the taliban and we're going to fight you because you're in our country and we don't want you here anymore and it's not your decision of whether you get to stay here or not there's no threat here anymore. has been annihilated the threat that we have is now an inner threat in which. i think this is the part that people don't understand you know we have
a new star wars movie coming out and i always remember this one scene from return of the jet i always like i was far from the empire strikes back was like i don't want the emperor's prize damaged you'll test this machine on someone else and i feel that's what americans don't realize is happening they were testing this machine on other people you know human rights civil rights let's test it on immigrants that way people will say well they're not there are legal human beings it doesn't matter what we do to them we can put them in these internment camps we can put them in these camps as long as no. you know well to do white american citizens there for no reason other than speaking against the government oh but it's ok for someone that works like a slave to do that and then have all their money confiscated thrown into prison and ripped apart from their family i don't think you see it that's what that's what my message is of the you don't see what they're doing they're testing it on people that aren't the perfect candidates you know people forget that rosa parks was not the first person to be ripped off the bus or to have that that sort of. dead sort
of incident there was someone before but people didn't didn't think she was a quote unquote perfect candidate rosa parks i mean of course she was the first person but of course this doesn't want you to believe that revolution is not a process that was just a moment in time and rosa parks was that moment in time of course they neglected in the years of struggle that went on before that moment of course the pretext for u.s. intervention in iraq and afghanistan nine eleven the hunt for bin laden i want to talk about your son bin laden because that really impacted me. as they funded al qaeda now they blame the muslim religion even though bin ladin was a cia tactician and billions of dollars they funded his purpose fahrenheit nine eleven was just scratching the surface what is your biggest question regarding what we've been told about that entire story. i have to get back to you on that one because there isn't one i mean there is way too many but i think that overall people feel like they've got their tooth capped that's it you know that day there was some problem and that somehow it got fixed and now this bad guy is going away i
mean. m.i.a. a i mean you know it's funny to see how serious we took al qaeda and how much of a threat they were to global stability that we needed in some way shape or form to hunt each and every single one of those cells down and destroy them and yet we had no problem when those cells existed in syria to get rid of somebody that we didn't like now obviously it became a public became a p.r. nightmare for the administration for the country for every one that we were giving people that were connected to that organization money but at the same time it's very exemplary of the lengths that not just this country because i won't single out america that any country is willing to go you know i think when we talk about internal struggles it has to be spoken on that the united states is not the only empire that is add that i mean i don't know how many times i've had to talk to people abbie and tell them hey listen you know the war against chechnya was not
a handful of muslim extremists against you know these poor white russian people that were victimized no it was like as if the united states declared war against florida and said hey we're going to invade you and everybody in high school and college in florida said i don't want to be invaded i'm going to join the military we're going to fight and then we had a gigantic. clash of people in which hundreds of thousands of people died i mean i think that this is a story that keeps getting told again and again and again it's not just one system it's not just one group of people i think it's the whole idea that some men are more fit to rule over others and that we have to conform all of ourselves to that agenda that only some culture. except a bull and others are deemed as savage and primitive when we live in a very civilized and yet primitive society we lived in a very we live in a very civilized and technologically advanced barbaric society so i mean i think
unless we address those issues and music is one way to do that you know bin laden was a song that i wrote where green lantern came up with the most electrifying hope that we possibly could and got most in the studio and then he was just filled the bars with nothing but facts and that's what we did we talked about how you know saddam hussein was the worst thing in the world i mean unless it was the time when reagan was giving him weapons so that he could fight against iran and i mean i think that these things these hypocrisy when you point them out give humanity a little bit more perspective and give them the ability to become more self-aware and that's what we need it definitely does and what's unfortunate is that just simply pointing out things that you just outlined i've been attacked as a conspiracy theorist i mean simply mentioning the fact that the grand chessboard existed as this is a big new brzezinski's book i was called a conspiracy there is a mainstream media and i know you've been called one too and i think it's really important to address this project term and get your response to it ok i was called
a conspiracy theorist because on revolutionary volume two i made a series of claims and i'm going to tell you them right now abbie so we can both laugh i claim that the federal government volume two was tapping all your phones or listening to listen to me this is serious. it was already on a whole lot of my album came out in two thousand and four. that's why the federal government is tapping your phone people said no they're not he's a conspiracy theorist ok number one check never go number two i went out and i said that i didn't believe the government's full story behind nine eleven and that they were holding something back and it came out that they were holding something back that they weren't telling people about the quality of the air to breathe and what chemicals were in the building so. the countless numbers of first responders died of some pulmonary disorder another very very tragic situation i said that the war in iraq so that's another precedent that i told people would be said and that was that i told them that the war in iraq was under false premise and
false circumstances the only person who still denies that to this day is dick cheney he's the only one that thinks that there was still weapons of mass destruction there and that's probably because the as the old jokes go him into reagan to have the receipts i don't know i don't know what the what the issue is with people who don't like conspiracy theorists only because they're afraid that what they're saying might actually be true and i think that's because those people that hate us the most are the people that really want change that really want to do something but they feel powerless and they would feel even more powerless if they found out that what you were saying was actually true because then not only would their suspicions about what's actually really going on be confirmed but would also but the other thing that would be confirmed is that they're too much of a coward to do anything about it or that they're not capable to do anything about it or that they have all the courage in the world but they just are physically incapable or believe themselves to be physically incapable of doing anything about it but they're wrong on every count it's not that you're
a coward everyone's afraid of the odds when they seem insurmountable but when you face those odds and you're unwilling to just hang up your hat and say it's too complex it's too ard you know that's when you face your fears you know when you say ok this government's taking away rights from people if i stand up for those people i might lose my rights too when you say it's worth it because if one of these people loses their rights i know that i'm next and know that my family's next i know that other people that speak out against injustice are next and if it's not done outright it's done subtly first until it's done outright absolutely man i mean of course i love this country and that's why i'm here fighting all the i'll be here in the streets till i die trying to make it better telling the truth is not. it's just such a cheap shot to shut down debate in critical. yeah i always told people and they made into like a little mean one instagram i said don't call me a conspiracy theorist because i know more about this country's history than you do
i love it philippe we have one minute left i wanted to say we're go vote we're both going to be a united we stand a festival that is a zener vessel bridging to gether the left and right to provide an alternative to the two party system why do you feel passion about breaking the dictatorship of democrats and republicans we have about forty five seconds. well i would say that not all those people are bad people just think that the system needs to understand that we won't allow two parties that work for the same person to feed us the same lie again and again also i've met people in the democratic party and people who are marginal republicans who are very very good people and they do good things in terms of their service like the pro immigrant the pro civil rights but at the same time i think that the the the country needs an alternative to just one gigantic system funded by corporations or another gigantic system funded by corporations you know i think that we need we need a voice of our own a people's tribune so to speak and i thank you for being
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is actually what happened i don't know but a woman killed. piers later is when i got arrested. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results. and people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were often they could get what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. he'd.
at least three people i killed as a real interest its crackdown on ukraine's east where people are defying the interim government and demanding greater autonomy for their regions. on the mantel heads to washington to discuss the sanctions on russia over ukraine with germany's big business and strongly opposing them and. nato second in command says most players now considered an opponent and not a partner because of this wall in the ukrainian crisis. and welcome to.