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i don't want to. be. canceled a state visit to denmark after calling remarks by its prime minister announced you have rejected his offer to buy greenland adding the proposal was absurd for. anti-war campaigners revealed the extent of arms sales to the saudi like coalition since the start of the war in yemen in 2015. also this hour aid organization oxfam lashes out at g 7 countries ahead of their summit this weekend it accuses their policies of driving global inequality. equality how to increase to the last year and the well the britches 1000000000 as was growing wealth of the poorest half of society to the rich. and not as easy as it looks our correspondent
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takes to the skies with russia's elite aerobatics team before the mox air show. a valuable thing. but what. about. the way. you're watching our 2 international bring you your live news update from our studio here in moscow welcome to the program. u.s. president donald trump claims he canceled his state visit to denmark over the nasty remarks of the country's prime minister had offered to buy greenland which is a danish dependent territory but the offer was quickly rebuffed. prime minister's statement that it was absurd that was that it was that absurd idea was that the
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daughter was inappropriate statement well she had to do is say no we wouldn't be address that you're not sure at the school. it's an absolute discussion and to prime minister of greenland has of course made it clear that greenland is not for sale and that's where the conversation and. don't say what it absurd idea that is because she's not talking to me. he's not to appear to me you don't get to the united states of america you don't go off to the united states that way at least under me. denmark's queen who would have hosted trump express shock at his abrupt cancellation greenland is the world's largest island and it has plenty of resources but trams idea to buy it is not entirely new. reports poor queen of denmark it just happened to be that way you know the way that part of her land is the world's biggest island greenland just to the northeast of america and that it's
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donald trump who's in charge at the white house right now how about the u.s. greenland all of it and i guess we 1st heard of people like he was joking said can we buy greenland and he was joking and then kept coming back to the danish prime minister would not sell him greenland calling the idea absurd we must face the truth that our president is raving like a lunatic you can check out some of the trump greenland means if you haven't seen them but now everyone who giggled at donald trump adding the island to his shopping wishlist have realized his being absolutely serious just so you know the president's idea is an old 1150 years old in fact. i have heretofore expressed the opinion that we should purchase iceland and greenland but especially the latter the reasons are political and commercial now the acquisition of greenland will flank british america for thousands of miles on the north and
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west and greatly increase her inducements peacefully and cheerfully to become a part of the american union but the actual proposal didn't calm until just after the end of world war 2 that was when the state department officials once again outlined the benefits. the committee indicates that money is plentiful now that greenland is completely worthless to denmark the control of greenland is indispensable to the safety of the united states and so washington offered denmark $100000000.00 in gold bullion for the island copenhagen's answer was no well we have much to america i do not feel that we have been the whole island of greenland although the us shouldn't really have been disappointed because of what happened next in just a couple of years denmark joined nato plus not only it gave up attempts to get rid of the us military on the island it allowed the pentagon to set up america's northernmost air base there here where temperatures dropped to below 0 and winds
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rose to 150 miles an hour gave you force a bright sun as a rough blizzard created by dense fog or blinding snow american ingenuity and daring have built a new post in this country to do them. based on the top of the world that documentary was even nominated for the cademy awards by the way anyway since the pentagon can still pretty much treat greenland as its own backyard there isn't much for the us administration to worry about their radars are out there in a perfect position to track intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellites and low earth orbit before they reach the skies of mainland us or wait there's always something to worry about even if we're talking arctic beijing's already made an attempt to buy the former american base on the island and try to secure a contract to build a new airport there for now the chinese were shown the door but now what the white house man read the stirring things up around greenland we could be in force in very
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odd twists in the story. poor queen of denmark. meanwhile in nearby iceland the country's leader said she will skip a visit of the u.s. vice president mike pence next month saying she has park amendments to speak at a trade union conference in sweden the fact is i was long ago i asked to give the keynote speech at the annual conference of nordic trade unions back his visit which was organized by the minister of foreign affairs has been rescheduled many times so it's been hard to organize oneself around it she made a point though of saying it had nothing to do with trump's cancellation of his state visit to denmark and that it was not about snubbing the white house mike pence is expected to discuss ice and strategic position in the arctic and increased nato operations in the region the us plans to invest $57000000.00 in a military naval base there next year. to go live now to erica bergman who is a professor of politics at the frost university in iceland now is this common
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practice for leaders to skip major visits about lies like this is this really just a case of bad timing. well 1st of all it's not very common but i still believe. the timing primarily even though i think the current prime minister advised them to stop opposite them of the political spectrum to trump ministration. might feel or not. be. common to trust seems to be occurring well exactly pence is expected to talk about nato strategic importance in the region and the prime minister has left green party favors quitting the alliance and making iceland neutral so do you think there's going to be a bit of a clash of interest there. i mean there's clearly a difference of opinion between the part to your cutting out cops looked at and
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iceland's older both japan's military operations and preserving the arctic to backed off. of this what it's an administration so clearly there are there are a variety of decreases between the 2 parties of course many people are going to point out that this is all coming amid this greenland spat between the us and the danish can this be a viewed as nordic solidarity. well she had already stated this prior to the strains so currents there is. this are represented that seems to be spurring around the idea of of of the united states acquiring greenland in a purchase goods the danish prime minister described as being absurd i mean it's a similarly absurd idea to iceland purchasing manhattan it's
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territory that belongs to the green landis people and it's not often it took them market goal to sell or to do anything. other than catering to the people who are living there so he must basically stating a pretty clear fact that this idea is up sirte and that spurred the strains reaction and i think you can expect nordic solidarity around that issue but this particular decision of they're not going to stop there was taken prior to that and have been discussed in media prior to that episode. this friction over greenland has sort of gone back and forth 1st term saying bank you for getting such a straight answer now calling her remarks nasty do you think they're this fortune can go any further or is it just going to sort of and here. i mean this really
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should seems to be bait based on a completely uncomprehensible idea so i can't really see how this could ever happen suit us at haas and therefore it's impossible to predict how it will play out in the coming days whether it don't play out i would think this is the end of it but you have got on used to strange circular incentives to new to earth to member relations over the past. few years i'm sure only twitter will tell erica bergman professor of politics i'd be a frost university and iceland thank you for joining us on the program sure thank you. anti-war activists have revealed the extent of british arms contracts that they started led coalition operating in yemen artist paul flair explained. well the latest figures from the campaign against arms trade reveal that the u.k. government wanted export licenses to the tune of some 6200000000 pounds of
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a period of 4 years since the saudi led coalition began its strikes in yemen back in march 2015 there is no public data however over whether or not the license holders exported the goods in their entirety or half all or none but essentially what it does show is the is the amount that they were entitled to export. the bombing has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and it wouldn't have been possible without the complicity and support of downing street these sales are immoral and illegal. the campaign against arms trade says that the total amount is likely to be higher because many of the weapons and ammunitions that were used by members of the saudi led coalition in fact were licensed by a separate body for which there is no public darter now back in june this year the court of appeal ruled that the u.k. government had acted unlawfully when it granted licenses of a u.k. made weapons to members of the saudi led coalition without 1st checking if they
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usage in the past had led to breaches of international law the government was ordered not to approve new licenses and also to review those that it had already given and it was agreed that the government would not allow new sales of weapons to the 5 participating members of the saudi led coalition in yemen now the british government denies this and it has rejected these allegations outright the u.k. operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world licensing decisions are based on the most up to date information and analysis available at the time including advice from those with diplomatic and military expertise and reports from overseas network and use the saudi bombing in yemen began back in 2015 and has resulted in what the united nations cause the worst humanitarian disaster ever.
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the campaign against arms trade is highly critical of the role that the u.k. has played and once attribute its future participation anderson with the campaign against arms trade things that the yemeni crisis is continuing because of western weapons exports to riyadh. u.k. government doesn't really want to know how those weapons are being used of its weapons are being used in a way that violates international humanitarian law and of course it would have to act and that would have to stop for sales i have read you know from a huge body of evidence from united nations expert powells monist international
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from all that are most respectable n.g.o.s in the world of people on the ground in yemen they have all it used to this 80 led coalition will retain violations of international humanitarian law and that means destruction of schools it means destruction of hospitals of music destruction of homes this is a terrible humanitarian crisis is only possible because of the complicity in support of arms exporting governments such as the case. a major air show gets underway near moscow next week they mark 2019 ahead of that artist all quarter got the chance to take to the skies with one of the aerobatic tales. the russian team is preparing for an international aviation and space this is
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a major air show that's going to take place to be end of august and there's going to be there tech and pilots from countries all over the globe the pilots are going to be showing off their bets and that's a bad and we were lucky enough to get invited to a plane to join one of those pilots so i hope you're not afraid of. them. but.
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after we returned in one piece our pilot constantine told us all about the international aviation and space so long. i have been training for more than 10 years and i've been in the pilot for 4 years the air show include the mock featuring aerobatics performance and the standard maneuvers that championships rolls and loops etc the international tournament features competitors from. many european countries and known european countries including the us the year show is not a contest the contest happens at the championship with the aerobatics in other events so when the in each group shows a skills and the spectators decide for themselves what they like of course we will show what we do best and what's new. germany reveals that it's spent hundreds of
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millions of beer on u.s. army bases but i still think caution by washington to raise its defense spending that story in full later in the program. kaiser with more of my guide to financial survival this is. a device used by professional scallywags to earn money. that's right these hedge funds are simply not accountable and we're just getting more and more to the. destabilize the global economy you need to protect yourself and get in for. the. same wrong. just don't. get to shape
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out. educate and engage. the trail. when so many find themselves worlds apart. choose to look for common ground. welcome back restaurants shops and other businesses are closing their doors near the french resort of berets ahead of the g. 7 summit more than 13000 police officers have been deployed to the area although organizers say this year's event will be run on a much tighter budget than previous ones. you know parliament voted for a budget of $36400000.00 a year for the organization of the g.
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7 summit and this figure is much lower than we have seen for previous summits whether in canada or italy. meanwhile g 7 countries have been blamed for aggravating inequality around the world by oxfam earlier i spoke to john date he's the head of the government relations for the international aid organization. what was the oxfam report on the g 7 summits based on. so 7 leaders including my new mccrone who's hosting the summit decided to make inequality a key focus of this year's g 7 and we think this is really important because the world bank and about another's have recognized that tackling inequality is absolutely essential in order to beat extreme poverty oxfam's report looked at the record of g 7 countries in tackling inequality and we found actually in a number of areas countries are fueling rather than reducing inequality for instance by not implementing progressive tax systems by fueling the climate crisis
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and also by promoting a shareholder 1st business model that doesn't suit the needs of workers and many people in developing countries on a low income. report highlights wealth inequality across g 7 countries in the u.s. for example the poorest half of the population own just one percent of the country's wealth don date again once the g 7 to take action. why do you think the g. 7 don't work properly what are the main problems more widespread as well. so we think one of the kind of major barriers is how wealth is distributed between people across the world and in g 7 countries so that the 7 biggest economies in the g 7 hold nearly half the world's wealth and actually if g 7 leaders implemented a new tax a new wealth tax where they to tax the top one percent of richest people in g 7
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countries an additional not point 5 percent on their wealth then it could raise $200000000000.00 pounds a year now that's a huge sum of money that's enough to educate the $262000000.00 children across the world who are currently not in school and also you to have enough money left over to put money into health care and to fund. enough health care to save the lives of 2000000 people oxfam accuses the g 7 of having tax systems that favor the rich and says the wealthy drive government policy the charity at the g 7 care more about shareholders than workers and warns the group of nations is worsening the climate crisis. the g. 7 has existed for quite a long time are these problems that the report has highlighted something new or were they there from the beginning we know that inequality has existed for for a number of years but actually under a lot of measures inequality is increasing. so oxfam's own research found. that
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inequality hard to reach increased over the last year and actually the wealth of the richest billionaires was growing while the wealth of the poorest half of society had fallen do you think that this oxfam report will have any impact on this upcoming g. 7 summit we hope that the g 7 leaders will take it seriously as you know it was a menu mccrone himself and g 7 leaders who decided to make inequality a focus of the g 7 so what we're doing is providing some ideas to how they might tackling a quality and help reduce poverty through testing inequality. the u.s. president is unhappy with germany for not spending enough on defense washington is putting pressure on berlin to meet the nato target of 2 percent of g.d.p. that's despite germany revealing it spends millions more than previously thought on u.s. troops within its borders germany's current expenditure is budgeted at 1.4 percent
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that's about $47000000000.00 euro in comparison greece does meet the 2 percent target by for athens that amounts to just 4000000000 euro bitter over takes a closer look. it's been a refrain of u.s. politicians for quite a while now germany must spend more on its military under president trump that referring has turned into a crescendo now struck about germany i mean germany honestly is not paying their fair share do you think germany is doing enough to meet the to press on target you know. what should germany do they should meet the goals that they agreed to we have 52000 troops in germany. and germany is not living up to what they're supposed to be doing with respect to later on the thing is though opposition politicians have requested from the finance ministry documents that show that actually germany has been spending more than was thought for the privilege of
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having u.s. troops in the country over the last 7 years germany's contributed 243 traditions and building maintenance there's also being a previously unheard figure of 480000000 euros that's actually germany's contribution to the nato construction budget however the documents that were requested by the left parties show this money went almost exclusively to u.s. projects the m.p. who made the request is far from happy about what's being revealed germany is a hop of global u.s. small flamm it's subsidized by the german taxpayer must be stopped at last a recent poll of german citizens found that 3 quarters of those asked didn't think they'd be any risk to their safety if u.s. troops pulled out of the country altogether germany's currently paying more than the $1000000000.00 for the privilege of having u.s. soldiers on its soil and not only u.s.
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soldiers but also nuclear weapons of mass destruction that the united states brought here gas they will look the german population we want both weapons out of here fossils possible who are both stop. that whole adds up to well no small chunk of change $723000000.00 euros that's gone almost exclusively for the united states to put that in the bit of context well that's more than the agriculture ministry requested to fight climate change with a reforestation programme it's about the same as the 10 year refurbishment plan for the natural history museum and it's almost as much as the annual budget of the german space program earlier this month the u.s. ambassador to lynn suggested the u.s. troops could pull out and relocate to poland but the some here at the moment that seems more like a hope than a threat peter oliver r.t.
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berlin that's our global news wrap up for now but don't forget you can always had to our website r.t. dot com for the details on all the stories and many more. welcome to worlds apart when this. started to take root it's proponents claim that it's going to be a panacea to almost all the world's ills lifting millions out of poverty and peace through trade and yet as an old saying goes the only free cheese is the mouse trap
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. trade con dissimilar complications to discuss that i'm now joined by a former prime minister of finland. prime minister it's good to talk to you thank you very much more personal i'm the person we are recording this conversation on the sidelines of the harassers 4 on which this year is that it catered to discussing a morally decent form of globalization that formulation in and of itself suggest that there is something off with the current system what is it it's a fact that. main scenes are changing in the. world and globalization is one trend but. transformation or. maybe even the more fundamental things but they go hand in hand they. require stick watches and. globalization. now when globalization is discussed
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it's usually discussed in economic terms officials see a labor costs production cheats etc and there is a legitimate benchmarks for business but. not for government because the government has to consider a much broader impact what happens to society this one factor is more about what happens to the public health sector whether there is an opioid crisis do you think industrial democracies have managed globalisation in their pro-social rather than corporate ways. they have not understood that the rules of the game have to be changed and we are still. living with historical legacy stuff industrialization because if you look at the social security systems education systems most of the miss a legal frameworks in the investment world all of them are designed for industrial face of technology and now we are moving ahead and i think the problem is that our
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concepts are lacking behind what you're saying is that the government didn't do enough to create new jobs to compensate the schools to make sure that people are not taking drugs rather than you know taking measures to make sure that industrial capacity is kept where those goods are consumed typically explanation is that market is going to be a liberal democracies have failed to solve problems that they created i think it's only half true and the problem is that they still believe that the methods they used after the 2nd world war which were very successful that the same methods are still applicable and producing it would require on the applicable i mean no what's a scandalous one for example donald trump and many others say that we want to preserve certain jobs certain factories here even if it means that the the price of
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goods is higher we just want to people employed and that has everything a factor in the society why is that not a legitimate point of view i think the point is that if you look at the u.s. . as the number of people employed in the united states has grown in a massive way all the time and the fact is that the us has been able to take benefit from globalization but the fact is that certain sectors do not i born in a great deal in finland and if you look at what's going on in certain parts of america today no i have seen that i've seen that i'm trying to explain to you that it's not because of political decisions it's because of technological change c.e.o. also took measures to protect the agrarian secretary and no you couldn't save this traps you couldn't do that when the horses were compensated by tractors. had the impressive impact. that.


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