tv News Weekly RT August 10, 2014 12:00pm-12:46pm EDT
in the weekly here on r.t. international a look at the top news from ukraine including fierce fighting in the country's east leading to a growing humanitarian crisis and blazing protest in central kiev. plus sanctions skirmish moscow fights back against the e.u. punitive measures with a food import ban while ukraine says it could hold russia's energy transit to europe. israel's assault on gaza spurs a huge wave of public indignation inside and outside the country as protesters urge their governments to stop supporting the killing of palestinians. and u.s. fighter jets make a comeback to iraq for three rounds of strikes against jihadists militants but
washington is accused of fighting the same group in aids in syria. my name is the harvey and you're watching our international how the army is moving toward stun yet because the ukrainian army prepares to unleash its forces to take the city it's already been extensively shelled and bombed. in one of the latest strikes to apartment blocks in the city center were attacked in a week of assaults dozens of people were killed in the centers of two restive regions in east. but wonders if you are. right.
you. know. amid intensified attacks from the army the self-proclaimed republic says it's ready for a ceasefire to avert a humanitarian crisis in the area the regional capital and the heart of government resistance in ukraine. but it is also. vital for the country or at least it used to be. take a look at see cranes fifth largest city with a population of nearly a million last year forbes named it the most attractive city for doing business in the whole country and it's one of the states main economic ups and the center of
the nation's mining industry just two years ago it drew tens of thousands of football fans from all across europe when it was one of the host cities for the euro twenty twelve football championships. now how things have changed because even getting out of the area is highly dangerous and this dash cam video shows a rocket presumed to have been fired from a missile launcher hitting a highway fortunately the driver had a lucky escape most of the people trying to get away from the violence are fleeing to russia from or if a national went to one of the border crossings. in each of these cars individuals tori's of anger uncertainty and loss. these ukrainians are fleeing their homes for russia after months of conflict has left well over one thousand civilians dead and reduced whole cities to rubble the people in these cars have already spend
six or seven hours sitting in line waiting to cross the border which is still a kilometer away but they say they are ready to wait as they practically have no other choice but bill overclock the mark well below average of muslims made up of them nationalists you. can even use moco got more snow with this don't you don't usually many of the cars here have a sign saying they've got children on board the war doesn't discriminate between age or gender neutral will i go choice it's a good game to use rooting. for us or put a little sheepish will get us closer to his nose that might move a little to press the question of each of you wait a minute this is where many refugees will end up when they make it across the border to russia and people here are angry. that saddam also brought a mare but i still not all feel worse you should have brought him so i'm
a bit from afterward in the field of battle scarred different scopes of all but also ardent. supporter the dr says he's found he has no room to go back to ruin. you know throws i'm sure you're going to. go to. mercer but are you a particular user if you could be. he invites me to see where they found shelter the rest so many refugees many don't have a proper place to sleep tutors wife also doctor tells us how she lost her home and is therefore does a before i know. i didn't have to be regular dorm the farkle. to get a. higher being able to cover for crush this could be cheap this camp is designed for a thousand people but there are at least twice as much air now every afternoon officials
managed to send up to three hundred refugees from eastern ukraine to different parts of russia but every evening even more arrive these people have managed to escape a war but their fight for a peaceful life is just beginning. if nationality from russian ukrainian. the u.n. says that more than seven hundred thousand refugees have crossed the russian border since the beginning of the conflict and the humanitarian situation in ukraine is grave moscow has offered aid to the embattled zones but washington said it's not brushes place to do so heated words flew at a un security council meeting given that ukraine has allowed international humanitarian groups to deliver aid within its territory there is no logical reason why russia should seek to deliver it. almost. apparently un philanthropists think children being
a dormitory ignores pleas from russian human rights groups to move youngsters to safety and what does the un think don't kids deserve to be safe. but. this week has also seen unrest in the capital of ukraine since thursday clashes have been flaring in central square as authorities try to dismantle the camp there and for many the scenes evoked a sense of deja vu this is what happened in kiev in february where the then or thora he's also tried to remove protesters and back then the clashes led to the overthrow of president yannick over it and here is an image from this week the government has changed but the dissatisfied protesters remain dug in. and raised the crowd and set fire to car tires and their own tents clashes resulted in dozens of injuries and arrests at one point piers marry former mind an activist
himself arrived at the scene to personally take part in the cleanup commentators believe people feel deceived by the promises made to the. situation's quite ironic to say the least since the revolution seemed to take a three hundred sixty degree turn the government they have right now is simply replaced the other. and there simply at a point of exit. it seems like nothing much to exchange overall plus there's a civil war in east some forces from the might have gone on into power and they are now acting against those that are outside of power that have political differences with the regime that has come to power and so we see a lot of ideological differences petty personality fighting and really a power play among different factions. the russian news agency ria novosti has launched a campaign in support of one of its photo reporters who is missing in eastern ukraine is holding an outdoor display of his work to inform the public about his
plight and stand in disappeared on tuesday and the latest reports suggest that he may be being held by ukraine security service kiev has made no comment and is providing no help in identifying the reporter's current location there's also an online campaign on social media people concerned with stand ins fate are calling for him to be released and returned to his loved ones others suggest kidnapping reporters will not prevent the truth from being told. now food producers on both sides of the atlantic of war and russia's ban on western imports could lose them billions of dollars restrictions were imposed after the u.s. and e.u. along with other nations hit moscow with sanctions over what they say is its influence in the ukraine crisis peter oliver has the details no market for those that backed sanctions russia's ban on the import of certain food stamps from the u.s. canada australia norway have you as
a response to the economic sanctions imposed on moscow the ban will block meat fruit vegetables some dairy and fish imports for one year those watching international trade say this shows that russia is a different animal to other nations sanctions recently what's striking is that when . the sanctions were ramped up against iran that was very little a wrong could do the west didn't really need much from iran that's not the case with russia and i think russia has made very clear that it will retaliate in a proportionate manner with the european culture set to bear the brunt of the import by an e.u. leaders that backed sanctions against russia look likely to face farmers in export is demanding compensation for their losses there's someone there know it's going to affect us all for us it will take two or three months to collect our remaining crops of oranges and we don't know what will happen if no one buys them from the
national put it it's a disaster for my company will need to stop production the money will receive without imports to russia won't even be enough to pay for the buses that bring our staff to work. so i don't know what we're going to do if this continues. being threatened in our region we have dedicated to good part of our produce to this market and so this is very dramatic force that european food exports to russia were worth over twelve billion euros last year between year and then learned with the first contact brussels about compensation some estimates suggest the ban could cost the finnish economy four hundred million euro mostly from dairy exports elsewhere the german trade union that deals with wholesale foreign trade said the ban posed a risk to the economy in his country in greece the opposition party says accuse the current government's actions of being detrimental to farming and in ireland the minister for agriculture said there was real worry particularly regarding cheese
exports which were valued at four point five million euro in twenty thirteen european analysts are warning that sanctions aren't the way to find a solution free trade is a key for peace we shouldn't be in this game of tit for tat thing we sanction is we we should be negotiating the same table but as it stands russian consumers are going to have to go without certain imports western exports is going to be locked out the market peter all other party. now ukraine's planning its own sanctions against moscow and choose day the parliament is expected to vote on measures outlined by the prime minister which could include stopping the transit of energy supplies to europe let's take a look at what bank could mean for the buyers of russian gas in the e.u. right now the gets about a third of it scout's from russia with most of that delivered via ukraine cutting the route off could be harmful for the industry of some european countries take
slovak ural bulgaria for example which are almost entirely powered by russia and many others rely on its gas as a main source as well of course the scheme could be replaced by south stream pipeline project that bypasses ukraine its construction is being hindered by e.u. lawmakers but southern nations say that they're ready to push through construction for his opinion on this issue let's speak now to foreign affairs expert no bush or mileage thanks so much for joining us a lot of people of picked up on the fact that what of once the do would presumably have a negative impact on the e.u. what do you think of that is trying to achieve here. while it's not a question i want yes wants which people who are running want because let's face it the government is the question is how much it's being controlled from washington not if if the regime in entirely under control of washington this is an attempt another attempt to make the sanctions. far
more than the russian sanctions already have. and it's basically the european union is paying that price washington's to research the cold war. as we know the been technicalities for want of a better phrase that have put a halt to the south stream project do you think that the blocking of russian gas via ukraine could perhaps free up that project. if it's up to the europeans themselves yes but again we've had a situation where for example senator mccain went to bulgaria and a day after his visit the bulgarian government suddenly announced all we're going to put a stop to substring for now. a lot of governments including bulgaria and unfortunately serbia are crucial to south stream are run by governments that are to some or greater extent clients of washington so again it's not necessarily that's wanting
to walk this it's its transatlantic partners now if transit through ukraine is could of it pretty obvious it's the countries in central and southern europe who will suffer the most are the ones who take the bulk of that supply do you think the rest of the e.u. will rally come together and share their gas i don't think so i don't think. you're being structured that it is in times of crisis it's the man for himself. rescuing greek banks was like pulling teeth and that wasn't even helping the people that was sticking them with the deals any sort of trans european solidarity i'm very very skeptical and just very quickly there is speculation when it comes to gas people start mentioning the u.s. supply of shale gas if the e.u. is getting less gas from russia do you think there's any way the u.s. could step in with the supply not there is simply no technical or transportation cheap ability to deliver on even one percent of iraq's needs through change your
son elenchi it just doesn't exist it's a pipe dream ok thanks so much for sharing your time is giving us your thoughts foreign affairs expert in of automatic. ok do stay with us here and i'll see plenty more news coming your way including the palestinian humanitarian catastrophe in gaza. i'm abby martin the stories we cover here not going here in iraq other big story the extra headlines same time there's a reason they don't want you to know you never want to reset you. now let's break the set. with the unity and union promise to met ukraine become part of it it clearly contributed to the exacerbation of tensions within ukraine ukraine will not become part of the european union who won't tell tales ukraine absolutely doesn't have the economic level to become part
of the e.u. . welcome back now according to reports palestinian negotiators have accepted an egyptian proposal for a new seventy two hour cease fire in gaza after this week witnessed a new wave of violence with palestinian civilians again bearing the brunt sides restarted hostilities after previous talks to prolong a cease fire brought little result.
was. i. know. yet. one they did i leave again let me know. month long conflict has claimed more than one thousand nine hundred lives and left gaza in ruins and the return of a still it is already left its bloody mark all in all tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged by israeli strikes at least two universities hundreds of schools and mosques have been obliterated and reports say that hotham million people have been displaced that's almost a third of the population for more than a million civilians there's no drinking water and as correspondent harry fear reports now among the thousands of injured only the lucky ones get proper medical
help. every day patients arrive from guards to palestinian hospitals in jerusalem and west bank the market said hospital in east jerusalem has received dozens of cases since the latest conflict erupted in this room he is six years or patient that was two weeks ago he has multiple business skull fracture after the bombing of his house here deceived unconscious of the environment. in his first few days here khalid's life was maintained by a commentator has made a solid recovery doctors say and is now able to move his leg his mother nihad has been by his side for almost three weeks only one relative is allowed to accompany such medical cases from gaza but the only granted one day's access to israel.
i cannot sleep the hospital because of my son and because i have permits to remain in israel for just one day but when i leave i show them the medical records at the crossing and they let me into gaza it is not easy to come out of gaza it is not easy to be coordinated there is checkpoints that are procedures that is raise have and therefore we're not getting enough patience although there are thousands upon thousands of patients we need support and help forty two year old pfizer was in her home preparing dinner for have family when her house was suddenly demolished upon her i asked if she felt lucky to be outside of dallas or receiving expert treatment yeah it was situation in the gaza strip is an absolute disaster how can i feel lucky when my people are dying. over nine thousand palestinians have been injured in gaza getting medical treatment outside of its overstretched health system is like winning the lottery three year old young mean abu jabber survived an attack on
his family home in gaza as they gathered for the first night of the islamic festivals someone thought. an eighteen minute family was wiped out leaving just this one child little yeah i mean still calls out for his favorite sublime his older sister he doesn't know she's being killed along with all the others a relative. has lived through six wars between the palestinians and israel. no i do see only the promised indians is winning we the citizens of the full to everybody is a loser who have the things of peace is the true human being. these patients are lucky to have temporarily escaped gaza to receive the very best in medical treatment many of looking forward to returning to their families in gaza but it is a horrified devastated community. and human rights
organizations say gaza or is witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe with some branding israel's operation a war crime you know gaza is a very small island it's seven you know maybe. you know maybe there is so it's one point seven million people living in this very small area and still even in this area. every night eighty percent c.b.s. there has been such massive destruction in areas that the israeli military declared a no go zone that covered almost half of gaza's territory we've seen cease fires in the past be held up as justifications when western countries or the israeli military claims that hamas violated the cease fire in the past that has been held up as a justification and a claim that any future civilian deaths would be the responsibility of hamas for violating the cease fire the laws of war need to stop being violated and finally for once in gaza there needs to be criminal accountability for war crimes. the
deaths in gaza sparked massive protests across the globe over the weekend tens of thousands of people united in a worldwide day of rage against the israeli offensive with the latest of those taking place in brussels also in new york several hundred people marched to the u.n. headquarters to protest the killing of palestinians and the gaza blockade a rally in the german capital saw more than a thousand waving palestinian flags and chanting antiwar slogans or the largest protest took place in ma same france where crowds condemned to president or longed for his support of israel's actions more than twenty thousand people gathered in london slamming the government for sponsoring israel and accusing the b.b.c. of biased and unfair coverage destruction of guards are also brought many dissenting voices from within the israeli armed forces fall asleep spoke to some of them. you know that there are a lot of soldiers
a come back and say to yourself you know what the hell are we doing here you know why are we using so much force why are we treating the best way is one such form israeli soldier she calls herself an anti occupation activist and was one of fifty views of troops to sign an open letter to the washington post but fusing was served to see doc and they also learn about during the service i didn't talk about this thing in so many out there you just a part of it but more and more soldiers are choosing not to be part of an army increasingly seen as the bully in the region of spending. or. through the system and there is no top of the. for. the possibility overcoming five wars in eighty years levanon two thousand and six thirty four days more than eight hundred people killed and in the end israel faced an even stronger hizbollah four devastating wars with
a months two thousand and six eight twelve and fourteen thousand skilled international outrage and in the end israel faced a unity government between former rivals hamas and fatah foreign policy was. we had four years in the which we lost the middle east. we lost two we in the way lost egypt. and we are very isolated in the middle east and many would argue more vulnerable the latest operation protective it has done seemingly little to protect israel in the long term you're not going to finish by trying to physically the story of how last there is and there's nothing that indicates that it will work this time or indeed the next time and that's taking its toll on the reputation of what was once considered one of the world's most efficient fighting forces the hope is that the coming days will see a permanent cease fire in place but bottom line gaza is in tatters mistrust between
israelis and palestinians azad an all time high policy r.t. tell of of. a passenger plane has crashed immediately after takeoff at an airport in the iranian capital tehran the aircraft was carrying up to forty eight people and reports say thirty nine of them were killed it came down in a residential area five kilometers from the runway injuring several people on the ground early reports suggest that the crash may have been caused by an engine problem. including this accident there have been at least seventeen fatal crashes involving a radian planes since two thousand sanctions imposed on the country prohibited from buying new aircraft or spare parts hindering the maintenance of fleets aviation expert chris shays thinks western sanctions of undermine the safety of iran's passenger jets. but talking about an aging fleet of aircraft and we're also talking
about the fact that. lines within parts of the world has long been stored with the spares needed to make those craftily. primarily because of the sanctions that have been imposed so the fleet getting old bits for the. in short supply or nonexistent or indeed being bought on the black market for which there is no. safety guarantee. more scandal at the n.s.a. the agency tried to secretly persuade a judge to delete parts of the public transcript from a court case about illegal surveillance learn more about that line. and also their helicopters drones and dogs all resources are thrown into a massive search operation for a four year old girl who survived almost two weeks lost in siberia can read her
story at sea dot com. next the u.s. military carried out four rounds of air strikes on radical islamists in iraq you are seeking to expand their zone of influence in the country f. eighteen fighters and drones targeted artillery and military convoys belonging to the islamic state terror group which are hardest to see all rich territories in the northwest of iraq but claiming an islamic caliphate there and they're now advancing on kurdish controlled regions. during their advance militants of surrounded some half a million people from the years e.d. religious minority they were trying to flee to turkey but were trapped by the extremists and a facing execution unless they convert to islam hundreds have already being killed defending the kurdish minority was among the key reasons president obama gave for authorizing airstrikes while promising. u.s. involvement will be strictly limited but political analyst and author william and
dull thinks the bombers words shouldn't be taken at face value. i think the obama administration is mean extremely hypocritical if not utterly dishonest about its policy toward iraq since the emergence of isis fact going to really soon i don't think go washington is particularly interested in stopping the islamic state of the isis jihad as i think obama is lying to the world he's lying to the american people about what the u.s. military is doing with these surgical air strikes and see how limited they are i think the al malaki government is out of its mind to invite u.s. military to make airstrikes there are other militaries that make such strikes that could be invited instead but that's another question. of distrust can be explained by the apparent contradiction between a bomb as earlier promises and current u.s. actions were leaving behind
a sovereign stable and self-reliant iraq so they are authorized to operations in iraq. targeted airstrikes to protect our american personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of iraqi civilians right now washington is fighting off accusations that the situation in iraq is partly of america's making some of our guest suggested that these jihadists were given more than a leg up by the u.s. . we really have to reorient western foreign policy in the middle east that has to the place because right now we have a situation where the west is opposing isis rebels in northern iraq and rightly so or but has been tacitly or of personally supporting them in syria is madness these are us weapons us weapons on both sides in this combat just as three years ago in libya and in so many wars when you are the top supplier of weapons to the world seventy nine percent of weapons transfers into the middle east or from the united
states you're going to have u.s. weapons evolved on all sides which is just fine for absolutely heartless weapons makers looking for a profit but each fuels just struction. clashes erupted in berlin when a rally against the advance of the state fighters was itself attacked by a group of islam is supporters violence broke out as around three hundred people voice their support for kurdish families trapped by radical militants in iraq and a similar protest in the hague saw dutch police intervene fighting was again triggered by a gang backing the militants we chanted islamic slogans. to stay with us plenty more news coming your way shortly after this break. to build
welcome back in the past five years the u.s. is jailed for record numbers of immigrants driven by a little known congressional directive porn are explains what's behind the decree. the country that once opened its doors to immigrants. is becoming better known as the land that jails them the congress for the path. several years has set a mandatory requirement on the federal government to maintaining thirty four thousand detention beds for immigration detention purposes only nazarene with stock him served three hundred and thirteen days in an immigrant detention facility unable to post bail or receive a bond hearing. and see who is new to me and how it affected
the guys in there a lot of them are you know i just had expired visa or something they are not criminals not immigrated to the country legally at thirteen and his wife is a u.s. citizen he was arrested at his home in two thousand and eleven in connection with a four year old guilty plea for drug possession the us is an immigrant and customs enforcement agency has a budget of nearly two billion dollars a budget put it by american taxpayers in two thousand and twelve the agency did genially one hundred seventy eight thousand immigrants many of whom are housed in private corporate or detention centers top contracted by the us government to make me sick because. bad quality to. me. tell me they're poor high amount of money and locking up immigrants is hardly the only option available to the us government there are other methods such as
alternatives to detention use of intensive supervision custody checks on the person telephonic monitoring but the cost effective options would necessarily benefit the corporations behind america's detention and deportation machine you realized early on when you start reading if you are a court that oh there's something called the you know group and the cia and they make billions of dollars off of it and then you start seeing how a lie out paralleled with like the lack of medical. adequate medical care in the food quality and why they don't even allow contact it. why you did it only through glass and those kind of making. a reality in which at that border puts a price tag on the lives at tens of thousands of immigrants marina port i am r.t. new york. a serious escalation in a long term conflict in a disputed region brought the armenian and azerbaijani presidents to the
negotiating table with russia as a mediator since the end of july up to thirty soldiers from both sides of being killed in violence in the south caucasus region of nagorno-karabakh is an ethnically armenian enclave in azerbaijan the beginning of the ninety's the region wanted independence which led to a war between the nations and that conflict claim some thirty thousand lives before officially ending in one thousand nine hundred ninety four when a ceasefire was put claimed independence of the region still wasn't recognized and since then there have been ongoing yet occasional shooting incidents the recent escalation is among the worst so the leaders of both countries met to negotiate in the russian city of sochi but they were putin was also there and said the conflict and sides have shown the will to violence and russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov offered reassurance that moscow will work to keep the peace between the nations close to its southern border. the north president the pursuit of the presidency of armenia and azerbaijan have confirmed they will seek
a peaceful resolution to the conflict and respect to rhetorical integrity and the right of nations to self-determination it won't be easy to find a solution but dialogue is ongoing and russia will contribute. new to the world now another world headlines starting with turkey where the president will be elected by popular vote for the first time in the country's history three candidates are vying for the position with the current prime minister recep tayyip erdogan widely expect . good to win in the first round these two rivals are little known diplomats and a kurdish politician presidential vote takes place to three months after adding guns ruling conservative party one local elections. where a typhoon how long a slammed into western japan leaving one person dead and dozens injured more than one million at risk residents were told to evacuate their homes extreme weather conditions of also affected travel leading to more than two hundred flights being canceled the storm is expected to weaken before bringing heavy rains to turkey.
nigeria and liberia in a state of emergency as incurable ebola disease continues to spread guinea and zambia have already closed their land borders with affected countries so far four thousand people have died in west africa from the largest recorded outbreak of ebola the world health organization is coordinating preventative measures to stop it from getting worse. london is seeking to get the u.k. space industry off the ground and wooing scotland in the process of these police reports about the prospects of british space tourism. the scottish are being promised all sorts to stay in the u.k. but now they're being sold on trips to the stars. that's because the british government wants to reach the final frontier or rather build a space port for commercial space travel by twenty eighteen and scotland has a shot at housing the launch pad the u.k.
space industry is growing at an astronomical pace it already contributes over in levin billion pounds to the u.k. economy every year it employs a vet thirty thousand people bought it as the goals of one british satellite building company put it you face based moms are always piggybacking on someone else's rock kids so ministers say that this is an industry that needs more room to grow and that means having a place in britain to launch these from the government's come up with eight possible remote seaside locations for the potential space space six of them are in scotland where there's an independence referendum in just six weeks some social media responses accuse westminster of dangling a scottish spaceport and the potential local jobs and economic growth it would create as a carrot for scots to stay in the union and if you listen to the gas company they
will say that they want to work course they were correct. if you listen to the press the go to our side door this would be a completely new countries and really they were working towards this so you are there in england or perhaps you will scottish national party leader alex salmond says that whatever the outcome of the referendum scotland would still be the best location for a new base but the rumble is that scotland won't want to gift an independent scotland a spaceport that would create jobs that could be kept south of the border richard branson's virgin galactic. is already advertising space tourism in the window display of its london head courses from the end of this year anyone willing to stump up one hundred and twenty thousand pounds can take a trip into space from a spaceport in new mexico these are just the sorts of that shows that ministers had
hoped they can attract with their very own launch site the transport department told r.t. that it's consultation would focus on the suitability of all eight locations and questions about potential scottish independence were premature either way the shortlist is expected to be unveiled at the end of the year off to the results of the scottish referendum becoming known. london to stay with us up next we've got the latest from the world of economics in venture capital. i'm happy martin the stories we cover here not in here and right at our back story the hamster headline same time there's a reason they don't want to know about you know what they're trying to raise that we should be completely out now let's break the set. there's a media lead also we leave the media. by the seat cushions to the play your party
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hello i'm katie proclaimed and you're watching venture capital coming up rushed the bike and we took food as most a response to international sanctions and we also looked into the potential consequences of banning european flights crossing as space to asia also russia and iran team are on agree to an oil trade deal understanding to ease the impacts of such sanctions and some kirby joins me later he's going to be talking about they are but first the russian government has imposed a one year restriction on the import of agricultural products on the countries imposing sanctions so beef pork poultry fish cheese milk vegetables and fruit imports from australia canada the e.u. u.s. and norway all off the menu but the drinks menu is said ok alcohol is not affected neither is baby fruit now in twenty thirteen russia imported six points.