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ozzy's railway tracks president obama's call to go back to its nine hundred sixty seven borders with the palestinians are to looks at why brought him to continuously failed to mediate peace in the last stand in conflict. the u.s. action in libya is now formally unconstitutional after congress leaves the sixty day wrong campaign to go on without official approval. and the great survivors at home in the harsh climate of antarctica explore the exotic wildlife at the bottom of the earth.
here with r.t. coming to you live from moscow thanks for joining us israel has rejected a us call for a peace deal with the palestinians based on the pre nine hundred sixty seven war borders which should mean its withdrawal from disputed territories or prime minister binyamin netanyahu who is in washington for talks says he is ready to compromise but describe the proposed boundaries as in the fronts of all but authorities christine for azzam reports it's america's decades long approach towards israel that's failing to break the stalemate. it is the scene all too familiar in this region a protest on israel's border that leads. to violence. here in was the may fifteenth protest marking what palestinians call nakba or catastrophe the creation. of the state of israel on this date in one nine hundred
forty eight because for israel it was a matter of security according to dan pollack co-director of the zionist organization of america i don't know what any country would do people gather on your border and come across the violation of the law. but for palestinians it is the continuation of a seemingly endless fight for an independent palestinian state a fight in which u.s. leaders try time and time again to play a chief negotiator from president carter to reagan to george h.w. bush to president clinton george w. bush and now the obama administration he said we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the one hundred sixty seven lines with mutually agreed swaps. so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states an unusually blunt indorsement of an end to israeli occupation of arab land by u.s.
president the idea was immediately rejected by prime minister benjamin netanyahu israel argues peace cannot come at the cost of its security with continued palestinian rocket attacks there is one thing both sides actually agree on when it comes to the u.s. role as mediator it approaches they say is all wrong american policy is built on misconceptions a wrong view of the causes of the conflict and a prescription that doesn't stand up to even the most casual scrutiny of the question is not why don't we have a solution at this point but why on earth should we expect to have a solution with with this system as it is their use of money your with the jerusalem project says talk is cheap when the us says it's engaged in the process of a two state solution but is funding and supporting behavior by israel that simultaneously working against it paying somebody bribing somebody to change their behavior
doesn't work when you spoil them rotten a recent example in november the us offered several billion dollars in military assistance to israel if it put off the construction of jewish settlements for three months the regardless award obama say is or how he sees it and he says it ever been bush but what he does is to say the costs of peace are high high cost of broad and at home pro israel money accounting for between one quarter and one third of all donations to the major political parties a concern for many including former u.s. congresswoman cynthia mckinney the executive branch state what the legislative branch pro israel campaign contributors totaled nearly twelve million dollars in two thousand and ten far higher than other. major donors making increasing the pressure on israel a politically daunting prospect especially with elections eighteen months away
without a senior this is over there but with the need to show support for the arab spring and a reconciliation between the two palestinian factions u.s. leaders may be feeling the pressure to make a push yet again christine for south r.t. . a palestinian official says his people are planning to seek u.n. recognition of their state despite barack obama's warnings that their efforts will not work a political writer william mandel says attention is now also growing between the u.s. and its main ally in the region israel the us agenda is not the agenda that barack obama claims it to be one of peace i think we're in the midst in my opinion of the most profound shift in israeli washington relations since nine hundred forty eight recognition of israel statehood the basis of the trust relationship between israel and washington is being drastically trial and stood by the us support of these.
destabilization from egypt tunisia libya and the entire middle east since the end of the two thousand and ten has created a tremendous sense in israel of insecurity and the stability they thought they had is suddenly looking very very unstable so the the nice words that obama said yesterday are window dressing but content is one of continued tension between israel and washington under the guise of so-called peace. well that was political writer william angle talking about deteriorating u.s. israeli relations. now nato's campaign in libya ruggles saw two months after it started the u.s. which led the operation is still highly engaged without official concern from congress well according to the constitution america's military action over libya is now illegal as artie's lord lister reports few on capitol hill seem concerned.
because you know. sixteen i said at the outset that this was going to be a matter of days and weeks. and days have turned to months and in libya the battle rages on but in washington time has run out. and this rhetoric is running up against a real broke lock here you. think their power there's a war powers act war powers act a resolution that says sixty days marks the deadline for an american president pull u.s. forces from hostilities or get congress's approval for a formal declaration of war yet neither appear to be happening and according to the president publicly time seems to be the enemy only for someone else now time is working against gadhafi. he does not have control over his conference but it's unclear who or what has control over this one the law or the will of the president
the united states the president did not seek aeration of war begin with. nor really has there been much discussion of the war powers act nor does it seem there will be when pressed by the majority of congress not with leaders of the senate foreign relations committee saying there are no plans for action and top lawmakers like john mccain saying quote he's never recognized the constitutionality of the war powers act nor has any president which is only sort of true according to legal and political experts every president has expressed some concerns about its constitutionality but interestingly not a single president has questioned the sixty day rule hathaway says if obama does this would set a new precedent for combat by a president who campaigned on ending u.s. wars and abiding by constitutional law. still when it comes to work powers there's
enough blame to go around absolutely congress doesn't take it seriously and president seven taken it seriously and us media it's don't take it seriously meanwhile u.s. drones fly over libya dropping bombs and the laws governing this type of mission seem to have flown out the window to it makes a joke of the whole idea of having laws that you can still go out and give you the full speeches as the greatest it seems to do and talk about peace and justice the principles. as the clock strikes the basic feet in the libyan intervention and the bill hits a reported three quarters of a billion dollars in the u.s. is a third war with no congressional oversight or end in sight time is working against rhetoric and the rule of law in theory in reality in the nation's capital though no laws appear to. he going on lauren lyster our team washington d.c. political analyst ivan eland told our team that congress is shying away from
a decision on libya to make obama the scapegoat for any possible failure yes it's illegal and unconstitutional and it's not the first president to do it to have done it but it's clearly a move in the direction of more executive power and more executive years or patient of the. congressional war making power people they want to take credit if it goes well the praise the president or if it goes well badly they can criticize him but if you have a vote on a declaration of war or anything or a sort of authorization for that they have to go on record as either opposing it or supporting it and therefore you know they get blamed by their constituents one way or the other so just like the president take responsibility and we'll you know will be kit's or is on the side and say he did a great job or he didn't do a good job george bush for all his failings he did get congressional authorization
for afghanistan and iraq and he was the champion of executive power but obama has really gone further in this case than bush ever went. well there's plenty more as store for you including a trip to the coldest and driest continent in the world so while the early parts are good is a fascinating i'm sorry thomason coming on board to where it's who are the many different kinds of marable's are going to sound down here. plus find out how according to a us religious group the world will end today. russia's foreign minister says talks on a proposed joint european missile defense system are being stalled by moscow's partners so a lover of a speaking a following a meeting with his german and polish counterparts while he insisted the joint missile defense system in this really proposed by moscow puts the future of the entire continent at stake. so obviously consumption is obviously
we would like the issue of european missile defense to be resolved by taking the interests of all european countries into account we should start by green to create a joint european missile defense system at the moment this proves this is moving slowly we would like to see a document stating that the system will not be aimed against any country taking part in it but our partners don't need to put us on paper they see it's an obvious thing but this refusal to answer our request does raise some concerns and we hope that they will be laid to rest in the near future with the greens we come to will determine the future of europe continues time it can either be a common thing for assault or we could end up throwing it back in time thirty years . earlier russia said it intends to take action if the u.s. and nato go ahead with their plans without taking moscow's views into account but the u.s. is pushing are the building of a missile base in romania or washington every so say the shield will protect in
europe from missiles from countries like iran or north korea but russia sees it as a security threat and is insisting on an equal say in the project. well let's check some other international news making the headlines this hour at least six people have been killed and over twenty injured after a suicide bomber struck at the main a military hospital in kabul an attacker blew himself up inside a tent filled with medical students eating their lunch two attackers were believed to be in the hospital one of which detonated the explosives while the other is thought to have gotten away alive the taliban has claimed responsibility for of your sort. to spain now where thousands continue to protest despite a pre-election ban on mass gatherings people camped out overnight in madrid's central square cheering and chanting anti-government slogans but the demonstrators gathered to protest high unemployment and government economic policies the protests
began a week ago and spread across the country. now after six months of bloodshed and political standoff ballasts of what the law has been sworn in as the president of the ivory coast more than twenty heads of state attended the ceremony what are won last november's election there but the former leader long refused to hand over power but the battle between the opponents left three thousand people dead and forced over a million to flee the violence. twenty three children have been burned by a landslide that hit a malaysian orphanage just south of the capital kuala lumpur officials say six children will put were pulled out and moved to a hospital all of them in critical condition only two bodies have so far been recovered ongoing heavy rainfall was cited as the cause of the landslide the tragedy struck during the afternoon where the children were practicing a traditional melody drums in the school grounds. now the crisis in libya and the
uprisings in the middle east and north africa will no doubt take center stage as world leaders prepare for a g. eight meeting in france next week or all residents in new york laurie harf inis asks people on the streets of the big apple what else should be discussed. as world leaders gather at the g eight summit what do you think they should be focusing on solving collectively this week let's talk about that either they should be focusing on. greening the i mean just saving the planet and also humanity politics and more people and more communication and more truth do you think they'll do that no not in a hundred years do you think that they'll be looking out for the global best interest or just their country's own interest i suspect most countries come to the table with their own best interests in mind i hope fall that they set those aside
at least enough to come to some compromise i'm hopeful that my retirement savings is worth something when i retire would it be better if they just chose one to work on and fix that fast i think multi ability is able to talk about a few issues they're able to talk about i don't have the able to solve them all in one time of the problems will never go away i don't believe the world leaders can fix them seem to be trying to fix them so the problem so why do they have the stomach. well. i just wish people would get along a little bit better together just all the nationalities all the different religions and i think we'd be much better off then maybe the summit should be more like a retreat where they talk about how they can get along and less about the economy well the economy is important but the economy would fall over if they got
everything else straightened out i think no matter what you want the world leaders to solve the bottom line let's just hope they can set aside their differences so they can work collectively for change. now there's a place on our planet where winter wears the crown all year round but despite extreme weather conditions life in antarctica is flourishing in fact it's merely thanks to the subzero temperatures that penguins and sea lions call this unfriendly place home alarm out on the porch thomas got to know some of the region's inhabitants. down at the bottom of the earth there is a land of ice and a volcanic rock so different from the civilized world that it is hard to imagine that life can be found here. but in fact a closer look reveals it is one of the most interesting ecosystems on the planet. a
really unique position on terra later for for a long time from a continent between the problem is that we have here starting from a tiny creature is up to seals and penguins is unique and you can never find it anywhere else only here. but extreme temperatures and starts conditions mean that you won't find any polar bears down here so we don't have any trust here all animals like polar bears are nothing like that occurs down here we only have marine mammals and marine birds that come ashore to breed and the only treasure life is limited to the vegetation and maybe some invertebrates tiny perverts that's about it and if you want to experience some of this exotic wildlife the antarctic peninsula is a good place to start well as everything here in this particular tremendous range of seals and is for different purposes you could expect to see six if you're lucky the penguins to three of the brushed open which you'd expect to see in the financially but
a most trips we're lucky to see up to six different species that the wildlife in antarctica is. and a friend to all three of the main areas of study down here on this continent is the environment to make sure that they can learn. we are seeing in the adelie penguins which are the most abundant penguin species in the antarctic and true ice loving species they are declining in the antarctic peninsula seriously and may disappear in the peninsula in the next fifty years because of the warming and the loss of sea ice which is just part of their habitat with scientists witnessing such dramatic changes in such a short period of time. the concern is what to do in the future to prevent such a rapid change in the environment there's a very big message i mean there's nowhere on the planet changing for us to talk about it is one of three sites which has the the fastest growing increase in average whether it be winter temperatures days western siberia alaska i mean
antarctic peninsula which is warming five times faster than anyone in the from leaving many to wonder what is to become of the animals they call this place home in antarctica sean thomas archie. well we've prepared a whole series of reports from antarctica so don't miss them here on our t.v. but in case you do you can always catch them at r.t. dot com plus a shot thomas' blog about his several weeks on the peninsula is also on life so do make sure to check out. more than a month. in one of the most extreme environments on the planet this is and charged up and people have to be aware that they're far away from civilization sean combs discovers flight makes antarctica so special and attractive for many the wildlife in antarctica is a bonus if you live in the sun the. expedition to the bottom of the earth. the end of the world is almost here well
at least according to one religious group in the u.s. well by the calculations of family radio today is a judgement day and a huge earthquake is about to destroy the planet's scale and ford met the group to find out what other horrors away from may twenty first. have you heard the awesome news watch watch watch the world is ending death destruction that's all you see. nine months ago eddie and jessica ramos hit the road to tell people just that but we you know i think great that this is the best way. to do what we're supposed to do according to what the bible this time just to warn the people there are three daughters travel with them i homeschooled along they were in school for a little bit and then now that it's twice yeah we decide it's a per hour can't last much as possible jeff are going to be aren't alone there is just one of four caravans roaming the country preaching the apocalypse they believe
the world is ending may twenty first and that it's their duty to warn the people here old camping the eighty nine year old founder of family radio used the series of biblical calculations to arrive at may twenty first two thousand and eleven camping did predict the end once before in september one thousand nine hundred four campaigns prediction has since been branded on buses billboards t. shirts this is the greatest and the biggest advertising campaign in the world. there's never been anything like this before says god prove this world. the bible promised that everybody all nations will get this message before may twenty first world and everything in between including kerry bombers s.u.v. she drives every day to his job at the department of homeland security this is a vehicle i had wrapped it was about two years ago i actually had the work done on it and it's turned out in the lord's work of judgement day we actually have
a depiction here this is actually the kitchen of the california plate actually sinking into the ocean this is actually depiction of fire and it's talking about how the lord is going to bring down fire and brimstone upon the earth and the day of destruction according to camping the day of destruction will begin with a giant rolling earthquake at the international date line and travel. around the world killing millions but before that happens all the true believers will be called on to do what's right and they want to steer it's what's going to happen here for five months. sorel suffering and meanwhile those who know they'll be left behind like these atheists are already making plans of their own offering to buy on craigslist raptured people's possessions and dogs for those called up to heaven the listeners of family radio it's the it's impossible the world won't end but for now we'll have to see what tomorrow brings you in for an artsy washington d.c. . like to know what you think are the subjects to do join the discussion on our website that's our team dot com or check out some other things we've lined up for
you such as former cia agent that drops a real bomb by seeing some of the law that hasn't been killed in a u.s. operation that has actually been dead for five years. and the event that had the whole world glued to the t.v. the royal wedding didn't prove as popular as the victory day parade here in russia but if you missed the spectacle of military might and you could relive it after r.t.u. dot com. now life at zero gravity is a sensation a few of us will ever experience well that's why our tom burton to meet an american astronaut ahead of his mission to the international space station next week to find out about the challenges of life in orbit. we're here in the countryside part of star city because we're not training center north of moscow and we've managed to catch a rare moment where the cosmonauts and astronauts get to relax after all their exams
of training before going off to baikonur to be fired up into space to the international space station and i'm lucky enough to be here with mike fossum he's been on shuttle missions twice and this is his first rocket mission so the i assess we'll be talking a bit about some of the every day life up on a space shuttle so every day life in an extraordinary setting everything in space is typically harder than it is on earth things as simple as going to the bathroom where on earth gravity helps things go where you want them to go and they're flushed away with water in its space the gravity doesn't work we don't have a shower on board the space station because the water wouldn't know how to find the drain you can wash your hair completely close and get a little soapy water on your hair and then scrub it up the water didn't fall down on your clothing it just sticks to your head and you must size it gently massage it with a lot of energy then you have droplets of water in
a big pattern spring around your head but what happens if some of those things break how do you cope with that when you're working on equipment you start taking apart and you take out all the little screws well you can't just set him on the other workbench to float away so you have to hold them down in some way and that ends up being probably the most frustrating thing easy to lose to on earth when you're working on something and you drop it you know where to look it could it's right around your feet someplace up there it can go in any direction my first space shuttle mission i lost my fork we each have our eating i lost my pork on the second day of the mission. i don't have my fork and so i ate with a spoon and a knife for the rest of the flight as we were packing up to come home two weeks later. came floating out from some corner and what about the food is that's a challenge that food is a lot like camping food most of the u.s. food is pre-strike so if you add water and let it sit for
a bit it rehydrate and becomes something you recognize like vegetables or passionate taters or shrimp cocktail and regular bread has crumbs you finish eating the sandwich on earth and on your plate you have these problems in space they don't go to the plate they go into the air and so they're in your nose so your eyes are in the air conditioning filters and so we don't use regular bread much we use tortillas. all in a short while artie's martin andrews takes you food shopping a moscow style but before that i'll be back with the headlines in just a few moments so don't go away.
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