u.s. presidential candidate billionaire michael bloomberg admits his team use prison labor to make campaign call. ballet dancers in paris joined the demonstrations against pension reforms which could see their retirement age raised from 42 to 64. while parts of sub-saharan africa suffer from a chronic shortage of prescription painkillers we look at how an ambitious project in rwanda is turning the situation around. live from moscow this is our team international glad to have you with us u.s. democratic presidential candidate michael bloomberg has admitted his campaign made use of prison labor although the billionaire says he was unaware it was happening his team hired
a firm to help with his 2020 election campaign which in turn employed female inmates to make campaign calls. about this when the reporter called us but as soon as we discovered we. had done this we immediately ended our relationship with the company and the people who hired them imagine being so reach you have people who have people who have prisoners to do stuff for you. being so rich you don't even bother to check what you are spending millions of dollars on. rita rating we sad indeed when we learn a vendor of a vendor of a vendor used prison labor we did know about it and we never would have allowed it we don't believe in this practice and we immediately stopped working with pro com and the people who hired them so so how do you do it pay someone to pay someone to tell them mike bloomberg is a big spender he was last to do in the presidential race and he has already
outspent all the other democratic candidates on campaign advertising i mean the guy has so much money he doesn't seem to have the time to check what he spent a good dog but they his credit michael bloomberg did promise america more work just to. get it. right for president jobs creator. problems. right america more jobs even if you don't particularly want them what makes it much much worse is that many of the prisons in the states a private run for profit and there are laws that force people to work so if you are in a jail and you are told to work you have to you'll be punished sometimes they pay you as much as $20.00 a month that's right $20.00 a month now here's the irony mike bloomberg billionaire one of the richest people in america was essentially paying for what is
a slave labor to cool people apparently tell them that he's a good guy wait the bloomberg is he was paying someone to pay someone to tell everyone what a good guy he is trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running is business god help us. everybody says stuff that comes back to bite them but when billionaires do it it's generally an order of magnitude. it gets. worse the further you dig when he launched his campaign his media bloomberg news sent out a letter thousands of its journalists pledging to uphold its principle of not investigating its own this is the sort of person mike is mike bloomberg started as a middle class kid to work his way through college and built a business from a single room to a global entity creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs along the way to
stop there he could've he probably should've but he didn't let me continue he became richer year after year really selling bank is ludicrously priced products the gadgets the same bankers who threw an bridled greed set off the 20085 actual crash the frogging tens of millions of people the voters of life savings and job. michael bloomberg the president. investigative journalist to dave lindorff believes that the prison labor scandal is hugely damaging for bloomberg campaign. it really shouldn't be acceptable for anybody liberal or conservative to use prison labor it's forced labor bloomberg is a multibillionaire he's worth like $54000000000.00 he's made his money by you know not paying attention to things like that. that he's not concerned about the little guy. which i guess becomes you know if you're if you're supposedly
a democrat you're concerned about the little guy and. enormous a packer see it a big problem because i think it's going to hurt him a lot i don't know where people get the idea that bloomberg is the great savior for democrats in the race in the race to get struck he has almost no poll support all the money. billionaires have not traditionally done that well running for office it's. you know you got to have money to run for president but when you have that much money i think that most people are pretty suspicious of your motives in running for office. sub-saharan africa has long been suffering from an acute shortage of painkillers but a facility in rwanda is it now making cheap drugs available to the region.
in that country and that is not the human rights. crisis that has featured far fewer have. international attention as the non-medical use of the painkiller tramadol particular number of. control is a substance of growing concern particularly in north central and west africa closer regions of africa now account for 87 percent of pharmacies by proces worldwide and not a recent rise is g almost entirely. the trafficking. coming
to me should hoeing. the international narcotics control board says that 92 percent of all morphine used is consumed by just 17 percent of the world's population living in western countries meanwhile low income nations in africa and asia can only meet a tiny fraction of their medical opioid needs political analyst alzheimer bruno says it's all about money karma pseudocode companies out of business is big businesses with many salaries to pay they need and a lot of them are listed in the stock market in other words they have shareholders they have to take care of so because these western companies focused on the expensive medicines they've reduced the ability and demand for the natural keep want that's why the subject of morphine again is such a not just controversial it's unusual it's something that people don't talk about
very much it's sad to say it cynical but life stick a 2nd seat to profits and earnings and the the entire capitalist system contributes to that it's always a matter of especially since in the last 25 years. stock market performance has taken precedence over everything else. a nationwide strike in france over pension reforms is now heading into its 4th week and a dance troupe in paris is stepping out of the theatre and onto the streets to make their feelings hurt. to the fullest of his will to if what the girls have shown you with swan lake is 15
years of sacrifice and it's daily work every day every morning and there is a limit to how long it's possible to remain at that level of life if you want to continue to see pretty dancers on stage they can't go on until they're 64 it's not possible and perhaps the most beautiful protest that paris seen at this step but they don't see is what actually striking behind them they had fattest brads cult check in danger and now this latest sequel. penchant for by the french government this strike it's now time to escape the hit show support for something i don't think the british spy power efficient systems think was a sustainable this is the only way he was facing he's come up with stiff forms that it will run to until it reaches the next. and nothing gets done while the focus may be off from it's right now time of crisis is
a problem some like to slow to the point it's the baby blue chip bracing for continues to type pension systems across the world just raining on the white house as a result of the country's see the been slowly raising that a toilet or warming of soaring 6 the problem is that the demographics have changed in 1906 when the system was invented you had 4 people painful one pensioner and today you've got 1.7 people playing for one's attention this. of course that is completely unsustainable so it needs to be recalled and i basically i think you've got all these demonstrations of people saying yes but not yet you know not now i don't want to be the 1st one to to have a worse situation so it's clear that the world right now would. hope there will be more money to retire on well not so fast according to prophecy intended which advice it is the see all the situation is that perhaps as is the clinton's
government this means just staying it's own findings show that the overall cost of the front suspension system has in fact stabilized even reduced and that huge deficit government to this warning about could just be a blip shrinking down to 5000000000 you rates by 2030 so this is a ms reprint of 2 for the public government one of its 1st measures role was to suppress a tax on words and reckless is called by the french the president of the rich but if you tax bill you know so you must not forget to add an exchange controls in order to occur for texting evasion because there is a lot of leniency respects invasion of this country but very very few people want this new feudal american style dystopia that is the very program of president franklin but i don't want them absolutely new days of strike action have already
been announced that france has this standoff the unions have the guts it is in using in the meantime artists and performers are determined to see the beat to scare away. the brig's a process has dragged on for more than 3 and a half years now so some british shoppers have decided to take matters into their own hands and split from brussels themselves.
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australia is the environmental policies are under scrutiny amid devastating wildfires that story and more are still to come this is art international. taxes are not going to do it you have to go right to the right of things as assets and debts at the balance sheet balance sheets is what they should talk. and that's where we can be clever because taxation is the dumb way of trying to get the wealth back from the from the wealthy. join me every thursday on the alex simon chill and i'll be speaking to guests of the world of politics or business i'm show business i'll see you then.
you know world a big part of the new lot and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door. 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 we're watching closely watching the hawks. welcome back this is our to international now u.s. intelligence officials are reportedly looking at new ways to prevent foreign interference in next year's presidential election according to the washington post
that could involve a cyber warfare campaign against certain russian political figures. as more. indeed washington post newspaper published an article citing various american officials former and current who spoke with the people on the condition of anonymity because of the issues sensitivity and the piece claims that u.s. cyber command is considering attacks to target senior russian leadership and the country's elite though not president wide were putting in order to counter russian interference a new ss 2020 presidential election the idea would be the paper goes on * that the personal sense to date or all of the targeted russian oligarchs and officials would be heat eve that interference did not stop we asked russia's foreign ministry spokesperson what is the heart of our to comment on that at the daughters door approaches in your it's the same thing that has been actually use for many years about western partners interference in our internal affairs and
regime change the us is now trying justify its actions we can only sang them for this acknowledgment of their illegal practices which they normally accuse everyone but themselves with russia's foreign ministry spokesperson what is the hottest prize that there is no single approve of any russian interference in any us election so far given while the counter measures are already being considered moscow is denying any meddling party requested a comment from the u.s. defense department and cyber command we are waiting for their response refreshing r.t. from moscow. with a closer than a week left of 2019 a lot start taking a look at the outgoing year with polly boyko and art is all mine series in case you missed it. as i see why mine is guide to the year that was january got brazil off on the right wing tracked when this guy nationalist. naro
was sworn in as president of south america's largest nation a hostile takeover was launched at the start of 2019 in venezuela when this guy one guy go challenge the far right see all of the elected mr. surprise surprise why don't have the backing of the u.s. and its allies the planned benevolent regime change didn't work out in cities across france the yellow vest movement continue to bash things up every weekend demanding that the french president emmanuel build them an economically rosy future instead march toward a brutal acts of terror and take place in new zealand when a psycho right wing not broke into a mosque in. lifestream the manager of tens of innocent civilians on face moving into april wiki leaks julian assange toft out of london's ecuadorian embassy
and the west by british police in was going to be. fiction the world was shocked when paris is not true don cathedral the home of the hunchback from that disney film fell victim to a fire that store its roof by a collapse and this moment was probably peak 2019 a comedian with no political experience and literally had played the role of an ordinary man who accidentally becomes president was elected president of ukraine 2019 brought us an escalating us china trade war donald trump employees. of chinese that exports and washington especially blacklisted one away the chinese target giant slash major threats to apple the gulf was getting 10 to. change in may to iran announced that it would stop complying with parts of the 2015 iranian deal i would start enriching you radium again while in indiana and the rendering
ready one a 2nd time as prime minister by a landslide in india's general election in june the orange one touched down in london by the phone royal treatment just 3 days later after 3 years of failing to deliver bragg's its u.k. prime minister to resign may officially threw in the towel and all traces of civility to mount fuji process in the poisoned chalice of gregg's and so someone else. citizens of hong kong started hitting the streets in precedented numbers angered by chinese extradition laws and the law then this summer news law was interrupted by news of the death of a famous bananas and establishment sleazeball jeffrey apps the guy with secrets about everyone had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges but he was mysteriously found data in his jail cell in new york triggering conspiracy theories
. that brings us up to the end of the summer of $1000.00 and probably will take us through the rest of the year soon for more episodes of in case you missed it. or 2. also on our dot com an employee of a prominent russian opposition figure has been called up for military service and sent to a remote arctic base. claims that. exemption and was therefore. claim is examined over on our website. forest fires in south east australia have been raging for almost 2 months now with firefighters facing extreme conditions against them a record heat wave with temperatures predicted to stay in the high thirty's to forty's celsius over the weekend and into early next week 5000000 hectares of land have been burned nationwide in australia over the past few months 9 people have lost their lives and more than 150 homes have been destroyed smoke from the fires
has blanketed the country's largest city sydney air pollution there has crossed the critical market certain times of 11 times higher than the life threatening threshold. on saturday environmental activists rallied in sydney to condemn their prime minister's decision to go on holiday to hawaii while his country burned many of those gathered were also calling for stronger action to fight climate change responding to the crisis and criticism scott morrison had this to say in defense of his government's climate policies. a strategy is taking action on climate change what we want to engage in requests and job destroying an economy crunching targets which is seeking to be postured to us at the moment graeme sawyer from the australian association for environmental education believes the government is putting in street 1st we've always had flaws but we've never had. pot of the issue is really bad environmental policy over
a long period of time which has allowed the country to get out of the shipe i think the big raise and why they're defending the call industry is because the coal industry in many many years is bored of so very close to government and a lot of money supporting governments got a little o.b.'s and stuff working with governments all these issues the real issue i think is that they get a significant amount of revenue from the coal industry jobs in the call industry not that significant when you look at the industries across the whole economy it seems to be an excuse to me i mean they're not showing any great signs of caring about the environment so i think there's a lot of playful in this country who when given to the white house the flaws and the really big issue is going to be how bad it is but in a much. i mean back with more news of top our desire to international stay with.
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same camera can use to snare someone's head is the same hammer i can use to build them a home but that's a human choosing what to do with that's me expressing my values for the tool and that's what we need to do with artificial intelligence as well. welcome to the alex salmond show from hell and we are better off to celebrate christmas because of scotland it's the home of hogmanay new year that it's fertile and has the homo side to close that presence will tell you that nicholas history is
real life is but he took it but he. actually stays in finland lot planned so this is the place to celebrate christmas and then to special shows from finland we asked the question of one of the friends a phone the alexy of happiness not just for the christmas season but all year round because they're not the neighbors to be officially recognized as the most contented society america today we look at funny said you case is the excellence of finland's education system the real secret behind their legacy of happiness next week a look at the funniest political system the time when the u.k.'s been choosing between a 50 of something mom and a 70 something mom for there's a likely to 30 something woman because in some about in the fens of elected the world's youngest prime minister and she leads a coalition of 5 political parties all of which are led by women is the political
system the secret a fetish populace but 1st let's go back to the election in the u.k. fading from memory no but this is what our prestigious probable political pundits mean if it is fair to say this christmas lights and they think will result in a hike over as opposed to celebrations and christmases yet to come i can see the tories have led britain us of the european union and it's been an economic and social fiasco with millions of lives ruined by it i can see this is the woman who is saying this my friends along. the one way you want a far left government which mr williamson might feel happy in is by going for hard bricks it because you create economic case left can see can make really use that and so if that doesn't work then i think the whole political landscape could be very different in a few years time than it is now and it will be much more favorable to the left well
here back in helsinki were asking the question have the finns found the alexy of happiness through the excellence of the education system there's no better person to us than all the packer heinonen the chief executive officer of the national agency of education a former education minister and there's no better place to ask that question that here at the hotel camp one of the good one to tell those of you took bill during the the bella park because it's exactly in that period in the late 19th century the only argues laid the foundations for feminists educational success. well only back either and welcome to the alex aventura thank you very much so you have a long experience and from the said occasion donate to the national agency now but previously the minister of education wasn't really the piece of assault the program for the international student assessment from louis cd when it 1st came out in the year 2000 was that put shot full of finnish education into the international
spotlight i would say that it did that that's the time when the real interest started and actually also it the big change the discussion in finland also of course we used to have a lot of criticism internally about our education system but when the results came that kind of quiet it down and there was a kind of more call him kind of situation after that so it really changed a lot of things unless they still prayed and for the ability last even winning a gold medal win for each education was was top of the class sure and i think that is something that has gone off long the roots the kind of proudness about our education system.