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not through g.d.p. but through gross national happiness what does that mean i mean in the mountain kingdom of big time join me later in the program. but first staffa google offices around the world staged walkouts this week that protesting the internet companies lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct rob reynolds reports. in cities around the world employees of google walked off their jobs in protest over the company's policies and practices on workplace sexual misconduct from its headquarters in silicon valley to new york washington and boston employees streamed out denouncing corporate culture they say tolerate small rassmann letting accused executives quietly walk away with buckets full of cash is standard and it really should not be the employees were angered by a new york times report that andy reuben the creator of google's android mobile
phone software received a ninety million dollars severance package in two thousand and fourteen even after the company's own investigation found accusations of sexual harassment against him to be credible employees say sexism is right that google and allege executives acts with impunity setting high standards of beauty but i think to some here at google's european headquarters in dublin employees showed solidarity with victims of harassment protests also took place at the company's offices in singapore and in london i'm walking out along with other colleagues in support of all anyone in any workplace has been arrested to ensure that the pride is yeah no protection and no reward it's on google c.e.o. so. underpin co-founder larry page apologized to workers and promised
changes in policy protesting employees are also demanding an end to mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts which prevent them from taking harassers to court. the republic of seychelles is pointing the way forward when it comes to environmental finance this week it launched the world's first blue bond it's a way for the government to raise money to fund spending the big difference is the cash will be used to protect the island nation from climate change and sustaining marine resources the debt is backed by a guarantee from the world bank now how do you budget for brags that when you don't even know what look like well the u.k. government did exactly that this week and it means a stereotype for longer for most britons u.k. chancellor philip hammond spending plan was set out at a time when the e.u.
and the u.k. can't reach an agreement on how to break up big spending decisions were deferred meaning austerity is still in place public services apart from health care like schools and police will remain starved of cash despite upgrades to growth forecasts and there could be more pain in store crucially in the event of a no deal break that public spending could be even lower and emergency spring budget might be required mr hammond's message was unless briggs it goes smoothly the prospect for further tax cuts and higher spending is not good hammond said if a deal is agreed you could spend more money next year or that would include the fifteen billion dollars set aside as a fiscal buffer. meanwhile the bank of england has kept interest rates steady on thursday and also warned there is no guarantee it would concentrate rights to support growth and jobs under a disorderly brags that and all that uncertainty is having an impact in
contrast business investment has been weaker than previously anticipated the level of investment fell by more than one percent in the first half of this year and is now almost fifteen percent lower than the m.p.c. had projected just prior to the vote as aggressive deadline looms u.k. companies are now understandably postponing investment until they have greater clarity over the u.k.'s future trading relationship with the e.u. joining me now from london is james not really james is the chief international economist at banking group i n g good to have you with us so why does the bank of england decision leave the u.k. economy yes i think the problem is of course is just so much uncertainty surrounding the u.k. right now not only is the brics it worry there but also geopolitically there's a lot going on the global trade war as well so the u.k. is looking very vulnerable but at the same time the bank of england believes that
there's very little speck of pasty in the u.k. economy employment is at record levels so that sort of backdrop makes it very tricky for the bank of england's to really guide us through this right now and at the moment they're suggesting they're going to wait and see and see what happens after bret's it which hopefully will happen on march twenty ninth well how appropriate can a u.k. budget be then at this point given the lack of clarity over brags it over the bank of england and its wait and see stance. that's true the bank of england and the treasury of both telling us that there's a huge amount of uncertainty and i would certainly agree with that but they're trying to provide a calming message to markets as we try and negotiate the final stages of the withdrawal agreements and of course both the bank of england and the u.k. treasury which is she the budget this week has suggested that they could do more to support u.k. economy if things don't go well but likewise if things turn out to be relatively
smooth then we get a nice transition the bank of england also stands ready to raise interest rates so that flexibility is clearly being signaled by both the treasury and also the bank of england but the bank of england sent the signal that it can't say that they would be prepared to cut interest rates going forward i mean that message isn't entirely comforting going forward is that. i think you know he's got to giants trying to calm the situation and not sort of pre-commit to anything central bank is our little bit nervous about preakness and we saw that in the referendum back in two years ago in the u.k. left those lots of words and comments made and people had to backtrack very quickly but i think in terms of why he may not cut interest rates if we do get a hard set so disorderly brix it well he would his point was that it's a massive supply shock if you've got the ports gridlock in britain constant put food in by the way we import forty percent of all the food that we can seem that's
going to be a huge issue a twenty five basis point interest rate cut is not going to alleviate any of those structural issues do we have any idea how much brags it will cost off the i don't know how long we've had this debate going on. well i mean my simple response to that is if you look at what's happened this year you've got a u.s. economy that's growing at three percent you've got a european economy economy that's growing at two percent now historically i would suggest the u.k. should be somewhere between half and three quarters of the way between europe and the us i would say nikkei should be growing about say two and a half to two point eight percent in this global environment this year britain is going to grow just one point three percent so therefore i automatically just state that this year alone because of just the incessant say that has cost britain's growth risen about a one and a half century points of g.d.p. growth now if we get to a hard story bets are all the structural problems about the poor it's about the financial services about all the industries that u.k. is related to but in europe that's just so confusing and so uncertain we just do
not know what is going to happen so you would imagine a quite a steep recession would be likely in that terrible heartbreak six nari all right so we don't know what will happen we don't know exactly how much it'll cost doing though who's going to end up paying for it though james. what. i'd imagine is going to be the british citizens were already saying that's through the effects of bricks that so far the big impacts economically is of course been the collapse of the pound in the wake of that referendum outcome that has pushed up imported prices into the u.k. sic consumer price inflation has risen quite rapidly our wages haven't compensated us for those cost increases so there's been a big squeeze on household spending power and if we do get since to a situation where this environment is it's pretty pretty dangerous supply chains are going to be can could be could be destroyed basically if you see the gridlock at the ports coming through these just in time production methodology that of
course we all involved in these days it simply wouldn't work so you would imagine to be job losses as well so it's going to be the households that will bear the prepare the brunt of it and the government would have to try and step in and provide some sort of stimulus try and offset the pain is a compromise coming together over the irish border is that wishful thinking of not reporting. i think it's probably coming together and it's we hear so much back and forth in terms of the news flow but i would suggest that the e.u. is offering up concessions i mean concessions being basically we extend the transitional period so nothing changes for even longer the problem is time we've got to get this done by march the twenty ninth now britain has made concessions britain has backed down lots remember we didn't say we said that we were going to pay a penny we've now offered thirty nine billion euros as a divorce payments we were going to go for a transitional period we're just going to do
a short implementation phase we're now we're doing a full transitional period we've basically been backing down quite a lot in terms of the can i think that sort of pressure is going to build again and therefore concessions will be made but it's not going to come this week or next week it's going to have to be much closer to the deadline for when bracks it really happens james lightly been good talking to you and finally bhutan is the only country in the world to measure the success of the nation not by a comic growth but by gross national happiness they've barco reports from the kingdom of bhutan. it's a daunting climb to one of the holiest sites of bhutan tigers ness monastery seems to defy gravity every piece of these is expected to complete the pilgrimage to ensure peace and happiness. when it became a democracy in two thousand and eight b. town put happiness at the center of all political policy inspiring the un to pass
a resolution urging other nations to follow betimes example but how do you measure it. for many brittany's happiness as well when surety that it is quantifiable but ever since it became part of state policy it's been described roughly as good governance the balance between nature and economic growth also between pleasure and work. in the capital to is the world's only secretariat of happiness and a chief official who takes his job very seriously the unity index is formed based on the nine governments and close to thirty three indicators like education living standard and vironment good governance one is psychological wellbeing the other one is community vitality don't use and cultural diversity.
this is one way people find happiness in bhutan through traditional pursuits such as the national sport archery but the nation's happiness policy sometimes misses the. youth unemployment is soaring twenty four year old mom gave ten's in is restless but you opportunities we can't find suitable work is the major problem in bhutan right now. as an emblem in the. completion of graduation. invent a good job neighboring india has been generous with financial support but some think it's time to welcome chinese investment to bhutan has no diplomatic links with its northern neighbor. but balancing ties between the its regional rivals will be a challenge it's a risky. the happiness of the nation could depend upon it for me having a. leg up just what i need is a peace and take
a leadership you know country for me i have been spending quality time with friends and families and visiting beautiful places and taking pictures so there may not be a magical mystical or even spiritual formula when it comes to finding happiness but by simply turning its pursuit into policy bhutan has done what no other country has . and that's our show for this week but remember you can cope in touch with answer via twitter or use the hash tag j.c.t. see when you do or drop us an e-mail counting the cost of al-jazeera dot net is our address. there's more for you online at al-jazeera dot com slash c.t.c. that will take you straight to our page which has individual reports links and the entire episode for you to catch up on. that's it for this edition of counting the cost i'm sam is a than from the whole team thanks for joining us news and al-jazeera is next.
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iran the us re imposes sanctions on. iran targeting its spoiled and financial sector. protests in pakistan a call the deal is reached to end demonstrations against the acquittal of a christian woman. and an international plan to create the world's biggest marine reserve in antarctica fails on the finger of blame is being pointed at russia and china. welcomes the program it's been one month since the saudi journalist. walked into his country's consulate in istanbul never to be seen again his death remains a mystery but turkey has revealed more details about what it believes happened investigators say he was strangled as soon as he entered the building and his body dismembered what it took a senior official has told al jazeera that the corpse was dissolved in acid and
that the saudi hit squad that kill him has carried out similar operations before the turkish president. is convinced the order to kill him came from the highest levels of the saudi government but he does not believe that king solomon ordered the hit island fish as more from istanbul. president takes a stride in some would say aggressive tone in this opinion piece he's written for the washington post he says that saudi arabia has three key questions to answer first of all where is the body of jamal khashoggi secondly who is the so-called local cooperative who helped the saudis dispose of the body and thirdly who ordered the hit as he calls it on jamal khashoggi now he says he's sure that king solomon was not involved in the operation but he said the decision was taken at the highest level of saudi circles that would identify only a handful of people including crown prince mohammed bin soundman president says
what happened in the consulate behind me was a clear breach of the vienna convention dictates how countries behave in diplomatic posts and he talks about the eighteen people who are currently being held in connection with the killing of jamal khashoggi in saudi arabia he asks why the consul general is not one of these people here was a man he says who stood in the consulate and lied through his teeth about what happened to the washington post writer he also talks about the offer by saudi arabia for turkish investigators to go there to interview these people he calls it a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic he says the what happened to jamal khashoggi was not just an attack on a journalist but essentially attack on a nation he says that other nato countries would not stand by and let this happen and says there must be a response to this and he also says that while many countries would like this to go away this diplomatic breach this diplomatic incident suddenly to be healed this was
a problem that was not going to simply go away. well turkey is putting the pressure on saudi arabia to explain what exactly happened to her the kingdom's crown prince mohammed bin salmond has met evangelical christians from the u.s. as he tries to brush off thank you sanctions that he was involved in the killing are somehow bar reports from istanbul the saudi crown prince in riyadh welcoming evangelical christians from the united states a rare gathering in the muslim world most conservative country the kingdom's keen to repair its international reputation damaged by the killing of. the saudi journalist disappeared a month ago in istanbul after two weeks of denials saudi leaders eventually admitted the journalist was accidently killed then we pete earley changed their account of what we really happened saudi allies are worried about further
repercussions of the international outcry and for the first time israel has commented on the killing voicing its concerned about possible destabilization of the kingdom and the region what happened. in book consulate was horrendous and should be doing. the same time i say. it's very important for the stability. of the region and of new that saudi arabia remains stable and i think that a way must be found to achieve both. hushovd just murder has solved relations between turkey and saudi arabia. frustrated over what they describe as evasive saudi attitudes the turks are keeping the diplomatic pressure on the kingdom. that's a memorial service in washington d.c.
. is hostilities fiance is grappling with the loss even though a month has passed since jamal's murder his body has still not been given to his loved ones and his funeral prayer has still not taken place this is the smallest thing that one can do after a loved one has passed in the religion of islam and we still haven't been able to do that and our pain is still as fresh as the first day turkish investigators have brushed aside a saudi offer to fly to riyadh for more concerted ations they blame the saudis for stalling the investigation and turning it into a cover up they are also demanding the extradition of eighteen saudi suspects to stand trial in istanbul it's been a month to the day says jamal has just disappeared and every day since then turkish investigators have been trying to piece together what happened to him they say now
they know but not where his remains are and saudi officials continue to deny allegations the royal family is involved. it's them both let's talk to david kay he's the un special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression he joins us via skype from los angeles david we've just been hearing that over one hundred writers activists and actors including meryl streep and j.k. rowling of sign an open letter urging the u.n. to launch an independent investigation into the killing of jamal khashoggi is the u.n. likely to get involved do you think. well i hope so i don't myself have the power to initiate any kind of investigation but the secretary general has that power the un security council has that power the human rights council has that power and i and colleagues in the u.n. system had been calling exactly for that in independent international investigation into the circumstances of jamal khashoggi his death and the united nations has
dedicated november the second as a day to end impunity for crimes against journalists how much has the killing made this day even more significant. well that's a very good point so today is a day that annually the united nations and individuals around the world recognize that crimes against journalists almost as a matter of course go unpunished and that's true not only for the killing of jamal khashoggi but for dozens of journalists around the world who have been killed over the last several years i think the situation that we see with jamal khashoggi murder is that this is a situation where turkey evidently has evidence of his murder and it is at least apparently investigating the crime seeking the participation of the saudis but from from all appearances it certainly seems as if this is
not a full and independent investigation and of course turkey although it has all of the tools available to conduct an investigation has politics involved here too and so it's very difficult for for me to see how there can be an independent credible investigation that comes from this other than one that's authorized by an international body like the u.n. yeah that's an important point to make because even the committee to protect journalists the c.p.g. has already called on the u.n. secretary general antonio good ted as to launch that inquiry do you think the u.n. blood can now to face more pressure on the shelves the killing. i think it might i mean what we've seen over the last several weeks is first the special wrapper tour on extrajudicial killings on yes column ard and i and our working group on in force and involuntary disappearances that's a un working group we initially called for an international investigation
authorized by the un really within days of jamal to show gay's disappearance we've repeated that call a number of times the un's high commissioner for human rights michel bash alay has also joined that call so whether we call it pressure or something else i think there's a growing recognition that in order to in order not to make a mockery of the idea of safety of journalists which governments around the world call for all of the top crime that it's important for the u.n. to do this now david just a final thought from you i mean what do you make of these suggestions that saudi arabia could pretty much get away with it as the u.s. prepares some kind of deal behind the scenes that could perhaps involve things like ending the war in yemen and lifting the embargo on cops and do you think there was some kind of cover up that allows the perpetrators to go unpunished because a broader strategic alliances look ending the war in yemen ending the embargo of
cutter i mean those are absolutely important things that must happen but those things must not happen by sacrificing the idea of accountability for this terrible crime that's left a journalist dead murdered in a consulate of saudi arabia david kay thank you very much indeed for talking to al-jazeera thanks for having me. all right let's not so to come here on the news hour including donald trump appears to back away from a controversial suggestion to push migrants to reach the u.s. . and no water for eight million people find out why one of the world's largest cities is turning off the tops and sports. twenty first win in a row and reaches the semifinals of the. sport later. now the trumpet ministration says it will reimpose sanctions on iran that were
listed as part of the twenty fifteen nuclear deal the u.k. russia france china germany and the e.u. have all condemned the move. the latest from washington d.c. . it's probably fair to say u.s. foreign policy has never been announced like this but this is an actual tweet from the u.s. president meant to look like a movie poster warning that sanctions are coming and the president later addressed that and the south lawn sanctions are starting. you know randi thank you the very beginning his top aides including treasury secretary steve talking tough as well on a conference call with reporters the treasury department will have more than seven hundred names to our list of black candidates this includes hundreds of targets previously granted sanction for leave under the j.c. pierre white as well as more than three hundred new jack nations this is substantially more than we ever have previously done.