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on out see the smalling alienating allies israel and the us stumble over palestine is probably just netanyahu rejects president obama's proposals of the middle east as indefensible and under realistic. u.s. action in libya passes its sixty day deadline without congressional approval but washington doesn't seem to care too much that its military campaign is now officially illegal. but it's not a problem for them to live in the world's harshest temperatures not to travel from time to head back to make sure the region's usually fall.
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below this is artsy live from moscow this sunday morning it's just after one am here now my name's kevin irwin and the top story this morning israel rejected the u.s. call for peace for the palestinians based on the pre-one nine hundred sixty seven war borders the deal would mean the jewish state's withdrawal from disputed territories promised of anyone who is in washington for talks described the proposed boundaries as indefensible result is christine freeze out reports it's america's decade long approach towards israel is failing to break the stalemate now . it is a scene all too familiar in this region of protest on israel's border that leads. to violence. here it was the may fifteenth protest marking what palestinians call nakba or catastrophe the creation of the state of israel on this date in thousand one. forty eight because for israel it was
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a matter of security according to dan paula co-director of the zionist organization of america i don't know what any country would do when people gather on your border and come across it in 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 us leaders try time and time again to play chief negotiator from president carter to reagan to george h.w. bush to president clinton george w. bush and now the obama administration has said we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the nine hundred sixty seven lines with mutually agreed swaps so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states an unusually blunt endorsement of an end to israeli occupation of arab land by u.s. president the idea was immediately rejected by prime minister benjamin netanyahu
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israel argues peace cannot come at the cost of its security with continued palestinian rocket attacks but 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 this conception is 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 the system as it is their use of money you are 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 does.
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in work where you've spoiled them rotten a recent example in november the u.s. offered several billion dollars in military assistance to israel if it put all of the construction of jewish settlements for three months so regardless award obama say is all how he sees it and he sees it better than bush but what he does is can say the costs of peace are high high cost of broad and at home pro israel many 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 what the executive branch they 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 political to see here this is a lot of them but with the need to show support for the arab spring and
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a reconciliation between the two palestinian factions u.s. leaders may be feeling the pressure to make a push yet again christine for example r.t. . meanwhile the palestinian official says his people are planning to seek u.n. recognition of their state despite barack obama's warnings that the reference will fail a political rights of one who says there's no tension spreading between the u.s. and its main ally in the region israel as well. the u.s. agenda is not the agenda 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 is really what and in relations since nine hundred forty eight recognition of is really speak of the basis of the trust relationship between israel and washington is been drastically challenge to by the u.s. support of these destabilization from egypt tunisia libya and the entire middle
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east since the end of 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 nice words that obama said yesterday are window dressing the content is one of continued tension between israel and washington under the guise of so-called peace. those political rights of elemental talking about to rating us israeli relations to the. u.s. president barack obama says he needs no approval from congress to wage war in libya despite nato's campaign going past the sixty day deadline set by america's war powers act this demands that u.s. forces withdraw unless congress expressly agrees to extend their involvement but as us is laura lister reports next few on capitol hill seem too concerned about. fifty eight. fifty nine. sixty i said
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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 roadblock thing gary you said you don't think in your power think 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
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. and present did not seek a ration 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 war powers there's enough blame to go around absolutely congress doesn't take it seriously and
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president seven taken it seriously and us media take it seriously and 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 makes a joke of the whole idea of how the laws that you can still go out into the beautiful speeches as the president seems to do and talk about peace in just the same principles. as the clock strike days sixteen in the libyan intervention and the bill hits a reported three quarters of a billion dollars in the u.s. his third war with no congressional oversight or end in sight time is working against the rhetoric and the rule of law in theory in reality in the nation's capital though no alarm appears to be going on or in leicester arcane washington d.c. . but it says the congress is shying away from a decision on libya so it could be the civil defense and support the war or condone
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it all goes horribly wrong. yes it's illegal and unconstitutional and it's not the first president to do to have done it but it's clearly a move in the direction of more executive power and more executive years in the. congressional war making power people want to take credit if it goes well both praise the president or if it goes well badly they can criticize him but if you have a vote on a declaration of war either a sort of authorization for that they have to go on record as either opposing it or supporting it and therefore you know they can get blamed by their constituents one way or the other so just let the president take responsibility and we'll you know we'll be kidded serves 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
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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. to the head here in the program to the coldest confidence in the world. the wildlife. is fascinating i'm sorry thomas incoming artillery is for the many different kinds of merrill's that could be found down here. plus we do our best to discover if the prediction that the world is a c.n.n. holds any for. thousands of people have been staging demonstrations across georgia demanding the president saakashvili steps down earlier reports said the police had opened fire from a television building in the seaside resort of the to me which a crowd tried to storm demanding live coverage of a protest there and in the capital tbilisi over five thousand have taken to the streets demonstrating against what they said was an oppressive regime protestors said democratic reforms have been taken away claiming psychologically has continued
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presence at the top puts the whole region at risk so protest is about to stay. throughout the night and continue the demonstration large numbers of police have been put on standby as more opposition supporters were outside the capital are expected to reach the city on sunday previously anti-government rallies have been violently suppressed and demonstrators detain. russia says a proposed joint european missile defense system is a test for the future of europe speaking after meeting with his german and polish counterparts foreign minister sergei lavrov expressed concerns that the process is being stalled by moscow's partners. much of the words that was over. and simpson 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 process is moving slowly we would like to see a document stating that the system will not be aimed against any country taking
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part in it but our partners see we don't need to put some people b.c. it's an obvious thing and this refusal to answer our request does raise some concerns and we hope that they will be laid to rest in the near future the greens we come to will determine the future of europe in ten years time we can either be a common heel for assault or we could end up truly back in time some thirty years look. what has been concerned over alliances future to guarantee that the project will not threaten russia's security the u.s. is pushing on with the building of a missile base in romania saying it will help protect you from countries like iran and north korea russia wants an equal part in the project but there's very little progress so far in reaching a compromise. more world news now at least six people have been killed over twenty ended up for a suicide bomber struck from a military hospital in karbala one of two attackers boob self up inside a tent that was filled with medical students in their lunch a second suspect thought all got away alive the taliban's claimed responsibility
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for the bombing. in spain sawzall continue to protest despite a pre-election ban on mass gathering speed will count out overnight in madrid central square cheering and chanting anti-government slogans and demonstrators gathered to protest high unemployment and government economic policies the protests began a week ago spread across the country. but he children four adults have been buried by a landslide that hit a blazing orphanage just south of the capital kuala lumpur six pupils in the ward and were pulled out with serious injuries while the bodies of five boys. also recovered ongoing heavy rain was cited as the cause of the landslide he tried to restructure an outdoor music lesson in the school grounds. after six months of bloodshed and political standoff elliston would tyros been sworn in as the president of ivory coast more than twenty heads of state attended the ceremony without a one last november's election but the former leader laurent gbagbo refused to hand
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over power a battle between the opponents left three thousand people dead and forced over a million to flee the violence. the crisis in libya from 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 our own resident in new york laurie half an exhaust people on the streets the big apple what else they think 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 i think they should be focusing on. greening 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 one hundred years do you think that they'll be looking out for the global best interests or just their country's own interests my suspect most
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countries come to the table with their own best interests in mind are you hopeful that they can set those aside at least enough to come to some compromise and 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 first i think the 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 i. don't believe the world leaders can fix them seem to be drawing. them so i can see in fixing the problem so why do they have the stomach. fixing the problem. lord 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 maybe this time it should be more like a retreat where they talk about how they can get along and less about the economy
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well the economy is important but better than the economy would follow if they got everything else straightened out i think remember what you want the world leaders to solve the bottom line and let's just hope they can set aside their differences so they can work collectively for change. resident next week as a part of the whirlwind runs the show all year round where we're headed next surprisingly it's because of antarctica it's a big climate that is wildlife is booming at the south pole or to sean thomas the penguins and sea lions the call is uncompromising place. john 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
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really unique position under the plane for for a long time as a colony and it means that if you're starting from tiny creatures up to seals and penguins is unique you can never find it anywhere else only here. but extreme temperatures and start conditions mean that you won't find any polar bears down here so we don't have any tricycle animals like polar bears or 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 converts tiny target so 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 part we've got a tremendous range of seals and four different types of seals you can expect to see six if you're lucky the penguins to three of the brushed open which you expect to
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see in the peninsula but a most trips we're lucky to see up to six different species that the writer then starts. and one of the main areas of study down here on this continent is the environment to make sure that they can learn. we are seeing it of the adelie penguins which are the most abundant species in the antarctic and true ice loving species they are declining in the antarctic peninsula seriously and may disappear from 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 i can see. turn isn't what you do in the future to prevent such a rapid change in the environment there's a very big message in there's nowhere on the planet changes for us to talk about it is one of three sites which has the fastest growing increase in average weather to
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clean winter temperatures bays western siberia alaska i mean tactically each of which is warming five terms for us to believe in the plan leaving many to wonder what is to become of the animals they call this place home in antarctica sean thomas r t. well shows put together all mini series of reports for you from antarctica coming up over the next few weeks you can catch them as well online. sean's blogs also online as well so you know about his experiences on the continent if you want to catch that online you can make sure to check it out in a moment. more than a month. in one of the most extreme environments on the planet this is antarctica and people have to be aware that they are far away from civilization sean thomas discovers what makes antarctica so special detracted from the wildlife in antarctica isabelle's if you live in the front of. the
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expedition to the bottom of the earth. expeditions and adventures of a different kind now talking about eating in zero gravity this time isn't station i guess that few of us will ever experience so that's why we sent for you to meet american astronauts ahead of his mission to the international space station next week to find out all about the challenges of life life in orbit of which there are about here there are many. we're here in the countryside part of star city because 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 lucky enough to be here with mike fossum he's been on shuttle missions twice and this is his first rocket mission up to the i assess we'll be talking a bit about some of the every day life up on
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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 work on earth gravity helps things go where you want them to go. and they're flushed away with water in 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 fry and the brain you can wash your hair completely close and get a little soapy water on your hair and then scrub it up in the water didn't fall down on your clothing it just sticks to your head and you must gently if you've got a lot of energy then you have droplets of water in a big pattern spring around your head what happens if some of those things break how do you cope with that when you're working on equipment and you start picking it apart and you take out all the little screws well you can't just sort of mana on the workbench a foot away so you have to hold them down in some way and that ends up being
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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 because it's right around your feet someplace up there it can go in any direction my first space shuttle mission where i lost my fork we each have our eating kit i lost my fork on the second day of the mission but. 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 but i'm came floating out from some corner and what about the food it's not the challenge of food it's a lot like camping food most of the u.s. food is pretty dry so you add water and let it sit for a bit and it rehydrate and become something you recognize like vegetables or fresh potatoes or shrimp cocktail and regular bread has crumbs you finish eating a sandwich on earth and on your plate you have these crumbs in space they don't go to the plate they go into the air and so they're there in your nose and your eyes
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are in the air conditioning filters and so we don't use regular bread much we use tortillas. fifty things about living in space you know when you lose actually a lot more about that as well as life from the ice in a space long section on a website on t.v. don't calm while you're there these stories may interest you as well at night so beloved maybe but islamophobia in the us is very much alive we saw the sign that was behind the hostilities to a lot of clicks in the comments tonight on our website. and from russia with love blacksmiths from the urals were so impressed by the royal wedding in the u.k. he's made the newlyweds a special gift to find out exactly what it is about but it's a new cut short of a best video of the minute you tell as well. he.
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it's. the official allocation. i pod touch from the. video. feeds. on the. well it seems like the year so much talk about doomsday still hasn't occurred as you can see i'm still here and if you were going to talk about me the twenty first was declared to be the world by one religious group in the us or by the calculations of mr howell campaign the eighty nine year old founder of the
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group a huge earthquake should have started at six pm local time quite watched which locally was talking about quite sure but they. should have traveled around the world well it's well past six pm here in moscow of course it's one thirty five am thankfully also well here but to be absolutely sure i guess we need to wait until six in california that's what about four hours away and nothing happens then we can relax until december twenty twelfth when you ask well can tell you that's when the end of the world will come according to the ancient mayan calendar this is keep our fingers crossed for field care less cautiously look ahead than just for half an hour tell you what's coming here on out see in the next thirty minutes we explore how corrupt businesses created one of the world's worst manmade ecological disasters in the u.s. state of louisiana after a short break and a recap of our top stories but as kevin oh and thank you for being with r.t. .
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it's going to collapse nature's steps by making way for the talks or guster if you look around and see the solar. obviously they're probably your most well lost income to speak road systems to great numbers that's true. and yet billions of dollars oil and gas state. real baby drill. one inch from there to plug some stuff in one of my frustration to consider potential areas for development in south atlantic and the gulf of mexico. and . look.
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