is truly dependent on us addressing this issue and if we can even talk about it and we can even have a conversation about it then. we're in trouble. ready us presidential hopeful told the gathered fails to make it through to the next round of democratic debates despite becoming the most searched candidate online she's not questioning the d.n.c. selection process. off of the tower a french mayor bounce to appeal after losing his battle to protect people in his village from harmful pesticides we get reaction from locals. and i think the government isn't doing its job there the 1st to say that there should be no pass to sites but they did nothing. to pass the sites we did during tests and the amount of pesticides with found was alarming lehi. and declassified documents reveal that 20 years ago the us knew indonesia would use terror to try and stop east timor from
becoming independent but failed to act. in watching our teams national bring you hear live news updates from our studio here in moscow welcome to the program. one of the most popular democratic presidential hopefuls has failed to qualify for the next round of t.v. debates representative tosti gabbert was the most searched for candidate on go after the last 2 t.v. showdowns but this time around the d.n.c. says she has failed to meet the criteria required something has called into question. the whole process really lacks transparency. people deserve having that transparency because ultimately it's the people who will decide who our democratic
nominee will be and alternately who our next president commander in chief will be and when you see that lack of transparency it creates you know a lack of faith and trust in the process it's primetime television if you want to be anybody in the democratic party you better make sure you get on the stage at the presidential debates so what do you need to do to make it 2 things 1st get over 130000 unique donations to get at least 2 percent in a national poll ah but here's where it gets tricky not every poll is the same and if the democratic national committee doesn't like you they can reject the poll results that show things in your favor now tulsa gabbert has met the donations threshold he's got over 2 percent 126 different national polls however the democratic national committee says that doesn't count they have their certified list sure it's important of that information it's being provided but let's take a quick look at some of the polls that were rejected politico the economist reuters
if these widely respected outlets and news agencies aren't credible in america then who is polling in the united states there is a club. a network of close associates and friends and they frown upon those polls that are either new or are not members of the club or the association so i would certainly speculate that that has something to do with that it is a partisan organization the democratic national committee so any poll say that may have a tradition of leaning republican or not considered to be in the mainstream of democratic artist and ship you know would be would be ruled out even the polls deemed credible. the democratic party have a margin of error of between 2 and 6 percent and when the criteria for being in the debates is only 2 percent a margin of error like that is
a pretty big deal so tulsa gabbert could have between 0 and 7 percent support among american voters now keep in mind there are over 200000000 people who are registered to vote in the united states of america so what's the difference between 0 and $14000000.00 well whatever it is it is apparently not important to the democratic national committee there is a margin of sampling error so if the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent what is 2 percent in the polls if if it's 1.51 percent that the candidate has then does get rounded up to 2 percent whereas the 1.44 percent which is meaningless one can argue the democratic national committee is a private organization we can establish our own rules but then they also have to be open to the charges by somebody like chelsea gambler who says this doesn't smell
like it's fair and frankly i agree with their i don't think it's mills that is fair now the d.n.c. doesn't exactly have a reputation for impartiality and fairness leaked emails in 2016 show that the democratic party leaders were working pretty hard to defeat bernie sanders and make sure that it was hillary clinton who ultimately took on donald trump now after the outrage in 2016 the new democratic party chair tom perez promised to empower grassroots activists i am more committed than ever before to restoring votes is faith in the democratic process because even the perception of impartiality unfair advantage undermines our ability to win that is unacceptable to that end the new d.n.c. under my leadership is committed to the tosk of making sure that all 2020 nominating process will be unquestionably fair and. transparence so as the list of candidates gets whittled down to one final nominee voters will have to decide as to whether mr
perez is living up to his promise. r.t. new york. meanwhile another democratic 2020 presidential hopeful bernie sanders has come under fire for a remark about china the u.s. 100 praise beijing's efforts to reduce poverty prompting condemnation from politicians and the media alike as artist explains it's the strangest thing is bernie sanders one of the leading democrat candidates for the nomination and that of the blue the goose that does something that new god fearing american should ever do said something almost complimentary about china. is a country that is moving unfortunately going to war with north korea where you know the directions but what we have to say about china in fairness to china and its leadership is of i'm not mistaken they have made more progress in addressing the
extreme poverty. so in any country in the history of civilization bad bernie good thing there are patriotic journalists free media and honest politicians to remind me that it's not nice to say nice things about china it was seen as bernie basically praising the chinese communist party you know which is probably killed more than any other regime on earth do you think this will be a problem for him going into the general election i think. as we think than it was a wild way to answer that question well the chinese socialists killed millions of poor people so there's that dead people are poor just dead they call that the great leap forward and after that they used a tool that bernie despises capitalism i wish there was a visual metaphor for bernie's argument. i just have to keep watching i don't know why just to bring everyone up to speed what bernie meant
is near enough food see years ago to about 9 out of every 10 people in china lived in poverty 9 out of 10 today 2019 it's one in 100 people one person in every 100 that's below the poverty line is that astounding yes that is great news for a 1000000000 people yeah but it's china if we lived in a fair world the send them a congratulation newton flowers. of china does something bad to raise hell about it it does something good very well ignore it oh in russia forget brought here if they want to join us are knocking out isis that is just fine as far as i'm concerned worked together to beat a monstrous group that's killed untold thousands and soon terror world. wide
work together not a few are god fearing american donald trump believes that russia is our great ally against isis in syria but what russia is doing in syria is setting up missiles that only shoot down planes which isis does not have i think it's incredibly naive to think that blatter mere putin would do anything in the us press interest and then you may run among us presidents forgetting things like when jimmy carter praised yes praised hugo chavez well no he didn't really praise him but just to clue we came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit is specially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized and once again the free media and patriots had to remind mr carter that chavez is bad and venezuela together with china and russia iran maybe turkey
a little north korea definitely geez bernie better grab a pen them and more than a baddies and even if they do what america does you can't compare the 2 because you actually can't compare them it's entirely possible and even reasonable but because just don't as trump found out when asked by a journalist about president vladimir putin being a killer a lot of killers go out to kill is what you think our country so innocent rowland well it's technically right but it's not what america wants to hear one patriotic american put it and no i don't think there's any equivalently but i do think america is exceptional america is different i think there's a clear distinction here and when you're exceptional you don't have to make sense you wouldn't just special you do bernie and be quite so nice here.
a french mayor has lost his fight to protect people and his village from pesticides although he banned the use a court has overruled him and he's now appealing that decision however his case has inspired other mayors across for institute similar action mashallah difference here reports. this tiny breton village of a language has found itself at the center of controversy in the battle over the pesticides in may the local mag to court some saw as being a bold decision to ban the use of pesticides within $150.00 metre cordon over the village farming unions were furious on the matter and did up in court now the man daniel coeff had his band overturned but the debacle is now shining a light on the deep political contradictions so rounding pesticides in france well president might call and praised his intentions for tackling phosphates
a burning issue over health concerns he said the solution was not to issue a decree that doesn't comply with the law for macko if that's a double standard. i don't understand what is happening in my craw and the ecology minister said that i am right and doing a good thing to protect my people but in the meantime i am facing court for a decision to keep pesticides at a distance of 150 metres i don't understand politics now it seems the decision by the court to take his ban all pesticides was illegal has also earned good residence in this usually sleepy village. shown to children wit lots of fields around long where and it's important health matter for us especially for children we breed the in the press the sites we did during testing the amount of best the sites we found was alarmingly high even though we eat organic and we grow some of our own food that is also organic. i think the government isn't doing
its job and they're the 1st to say that there should be no past decides they did nothing and it was in the genes or coupons as we were in a small village that is close to a farming area we need to protect people too we never know what kind of health issues could be created by pest. so i think the decision by the mayor was intelligent and he needed to make a decision to protect the people but now he has difficulties with the justice system the world health organization has said gleich phosphate often used to weed killer probably causes cancer while gov phosphate has hit the headlines over health concerns much corn had promised to ban the use of phosphate by 2021 that provoked an outcry by farmers in unions who said they needed an alternative mark and then pushed the ban back to the following year when the current license will expire now across france the ban imposed by mcewan has gained traction he may have
lost the 1st battling court but now around 20 other mess have followed his lead banning the use of pesticides close to homes of farmers are furious cry these bans as being politically motivated saying they are getting on the environmental bandwagon ahead of my oral elections. mayors are already thinking of the next election environmentalists are wreaking havoc on our agriculture and our only factories floundering in this these mayors are outstanding scientists they are taking advantage of people's fear to make this kind of decision which is good for their images protectors of the environment and the population but it seems the government has been backed into a corner there must be a minimum distance between residential areas and best decided sprain i will advise in the coming days forming unions and the companies that produce pesticides ashore
to have something to say about that but so too does make us who believe that these things all the only way to protect people who live in their farms which use pesticides otherwise he says their health is screwed so it's even ski altie language it in for to me to hong kong now where 2 leaders of the anti-government protests that have gripped the chinese territory have been released on bail they were arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of organizing unauthorized rallies one more protest leader was arrested on thursday and remains in custody for now the hong kong authorities have refused permission for a planned march on saturday in response the event was called off by organizers but it's unclear whether or not protesters will turn up anyway one of those released on bail today is the leader of the pro democracy party joshua long he rose to prominence during the 2014 umbrella movement earlier this month
a photo of one meeting a u.s. consular official read noted suspicions that western governments are meddling in hong kong affairs the u.s. state department confirmed the encounter took place but that it's regular practice for u.s. diplomats to meet government officials and opposition protesters china specialist andrew long who's currently in hong kong says some protesters are inciting violence . in the international press it's also highlights of the. seen as suppression of freedom of expression suppression all people is a separation is what they want to see but only the head and i think well also if that's what this people demonstrations in recent weeks. it was that even 2000000 people on the ultimo on the streets peacefully so there is little that all of the world and special i think you want the government in fact most of the public to see is they wanted this stuff it was put in barricades at will
attacking police stations disrupting the whole international airport and also causing both of the following of even all that was so i think that this is a very dangerous situation when. it will see that all goes well is sending. still to come in the program newly declassified documents reveal america's role in indonesia's decades long occupation of east timor story and more after this quick break.
post g 7 what is the lay of the land calls for unity to demonstrate the opposite also iran is again in the spotlight just what is trumps foreign policy in this volatile. you know world of big partisan mock ups and conspiracies it's time to wait to dig deeper to hit the. worries that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door on the bats and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely watching the hawks.
welcome back donald trump has announced plans to slash by half the number of american troops stationed in afghanistan with further withdrawals dependent on the outcome of peace talks with the taliban we are going down to 8600 and then we make a determination from them as to what happens we'll make a determination but we're going down to 8600 we're bringing it down we have a very well controlled after nearly 18 years of war there are currently around $14000.00 u.s. troops in afghanistan even if half are now pulled out it's unclear when the u.s. will fully withdraw and it remains vague how the situation will change in the region back in 2017 there were 8400 soldiers stationed in afghanistan that number has since doubled almost and that's despite long standing plans and promises to withdraw all troops from the country starting next month we will be able to remove
$10000.00 of our troops from afghanistan by the end of this year and we will bring home a total of $33000.00 troops by next summer fully we're covering the surge i announced at west point after this initial reduction our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace by 2014 this process of transition will be complete and the afghan people will be responsible for their own security. middle east expert i read things the complete withdrawal of u.s. troops from afghanistan cannot be expected anytime soon trump is being subject to some significant pressures within america pressures from the deep state there are close allies to trump in the republican party who have voiced the objection to any complete withdrawal i refer here to lindsey graham of the well known republican senator who was also closely allied with trumpet lindsey graham has been very vocal
in saying that deal with should not completely withdraw in fact he had an article in new york times with the former a your worst vice chief of staff jack keane in that article graham and mccain said that the withdrawal shouldn't be withdrawal which is all which meets the conditions of the taliban and shouldn't be there for a. process which only satisfies the demands of the taliban but should satisfy the demands of america or meet the american conditions so we do have these well known figures within the united states who have clearly objected do to a complete withdrawal have been very vocal in their peers that bold trump has succumbed to those pressures. to more on friday marks 20 years since a un backed vote ended a bloody decades long occupation by indonesian forces and paved the way for it to become an independent nation australian prime minister scott morrison has arrived
in east timor's capital to attend the celebrations along with other dignitaries 2 decades on there has been little justice for the families of those who died in post independence referendum violence which is immensely quelled by australian led united nations peacekeepers here's a look back at east timor story. i have decided to contribute to the force in a limited but essential way including communications images to calais.
intelligence airlifts of personnel and material in coordination of the humanitarian response response to the tragedy the violence sense is apparent to all of us who care about human dignity and democracy newly declassified documents real that the u.s. knew months in advance that in the nisha would try and disrupt the vote washington refused to act instead pushing for closer military ties which carta and they're trying to pick up the story. all those declassified u.s. security papers so many times they lead to red faces and some very uncomfortable moments in august 29th one release revealed american officials were perfectly aware of what the indonesian military was up to the cia notes said their methods were to cue drive or intimidate into silence independence activists and to the general
population into acceptance of phonies to move on to qantas control at the pentagon was at the time very keen to keep up its stars with indonesia there's another document which shows a us admiral referring to the head of the indonesian army as a friend digging a bit further into the past has led us to more awkwardness or even ugliness how about this on the part of australian diplomats in the seventy's an embassy memo pointed ad daily torturing raping and exit puting the captured population on the island of to more yes back then that was also on the hands of indonesian troops the ugly part is this handwritten remark by an aussie diplomat it says sounds like fun another dark page in indonesian history was when the government got rid of hundreds of communist sympathizers throughout the sixty's guess who helped put together the lists of alleged communists the u.s.
embassy here's how one of its staff recalls that support it really was a big help to the army they probably killed a lot of people and i probably have a lot of blood on my hands but that's not all bad there's a time when you have to strike hard at a decisive moment so again there's hardly any doubt the americans knew exactly what the rulers and charge in jakarta were like and so time magazine found no better words to describe their rise to power than the west's best news for years. in asia so this friday do watch out for any redness on the face of the assistant secretary of state or perhaps you'll need some very powerful optics well i think unfortunately most countries including the us back in the 1990 s. and early 2000 would would be guilty of engaging and political alliances for geo political aspirations and for things other than preserving the rights of
other people of course the state government's 1st priority should be to its own civilians but unfortunately we don't see that in many countries now that being said what we're talking about in east timor in indonesia since the us had interests with the indonesian government and the military and where actions were taken alliances made and even violence allowed to preserve an interest to preserve an interest of the administration but it is true that countries all governments should absolutely make sure that the 1st priority is the maintenance of their people their own economy before they go away and to preserve other interests in another place even if it's under the false guise of human rights. that's a global news break for now but i'll be back at the top of the hour with the latest thanks for tuning in. to get up off the officer begins of. course on the
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