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but the main headlines of the week this is the weekly with me rule research police in new york a violently dispersed and wall street rally arresting more than seven hundred people after a dramatic showdown on brooklyn bridge thousands join the movement dubbed occupy wall street and protest against what they call corporate domination and as i explained the action of police is likely to bring more anger to the streets of the big apple. this clash and confrontation between and why he did the new york city police department and thousands of protesters took place on the brooklyn bridge the police showed up and basically cornered off both sides of the brooklyn bridge and started to move in on the protesters to make arrests that's when things got ugly to say the least the protesters were were banging drums and chanting the whole world
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was watching police moved in they were having wagons brought to the scene and things mary is a call and this is just the most recent incident that is taking place in new york in the past two weeks last week and we saw demonstrators that nice than the nice five police officers police officers using adding to our address demonstrators that have been camped out on wall street now these protesters have been demonstrating for about two weeks this is a group occupy wall street a group of americans that have called on all those that are frustrated over the u.s. economy over the fact that people are losing their jobs people can't get their jobs people are struggling to find money to make ends meet and these americans are now saying this is their their american spring and there are they are planning to stay down there through the end of the year and i can tell you this week by week this
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group of demonstrators that you know call themselves occupy wall street this group is getting bigger and bigger there's no doubt about that. reporting right now let's get some more details on this now and speak live to james corbett editor all the independent news website the colbert report dot com thanks for joining us today so police brutality angry protesters we've we've gotten used to seeing this during the arab spring but now new york i mean how far could the correlation go do you think. well the parallels are obvious but but it does remain to be seen whether whether this will be transformative in the same way that the arab spring was and i think i think all protest movements like this tend to start off as a form of political theater and it remains a question of whether it can transition into something more meaningful and and often it doesn't tend to do that but as we see now of course these protests are not just taking place on wall street but are now starting to spread across the country which is a sign that there really is something going on here that will start to spread even
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further and and that's the type of situation that that could lead to an american spring as it's being dubbed now but the question really in terms of whether this will be a transformative movement or will still remain at the stage of political theater is whether there can be a coordinated message sent through these protests or whether it really is just sort of a coordinated bunch of people who have a wide variety of grievances of course we are seeing the minor effects of an avalanche effect spreading across north america at the moment we've just heard reports of more unrest in boston as well up in the northeast coast mention moments ago the issue of political theater and also politically sensitive time in washington what do you think is going through the minds of the top people there surely perhaps other republicans could use this to square off with president obama saying you say he has the unrest the economic woes your presidency your your time is failing. i think certainly this will be turned into a form of political infighting as well but i think what's probably more interesting and more important and potentially transformative about this movement is the fact
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that they didn't locate this on washington or at least not of originally it wasn't occupy d.c. it was occupy wall street which i think shows that the idea of it that the people are looking past the political theater that's taking place in washington towards the real praxis of political power which is located in the heart of the american empire on wall street and in the finance capital not in the where the where the politicians are wrangling about about austerity measures and that sort of thing because i think people are becoming more and more aware through the ron paul presidential campaign and other others the sorts of memes that earth travelling through society right now that that the real heart of the empire is in is in the finances and i think that that's something that makes this political movement somewhat different and sets it apart and we see that now being on being carried out in things like the federal reserve protest in chicago so so there is a chance for this i think to become a truly transformative movement centering on the idea of the private banking system
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in america although many analysts say it. just embed with the big money players whether it's the banks whether it's the energy extraction agencies whether it's the telecommunications or the defense industries but so what you are seeing the police react rather strongly out there. what could the consequences be if they think that people could react in a slightly more aggressive manner. i think see that there there could be that possibility of escalation at this moment i would say that the momentum and probably the p.r. win is on the protester side because no one likes to see big the police going in and breaking up a peaceful protest movements like that and especially now that we're getting reports that the protesters were actually lured on to the bridge and then trapped so so it's very interesting to watch how this will play out and i think at this point as i say the protestors are probably winning in the p.r. game but i'm but again i think there is that there is a much larger political movement at stake here and it really does remain to be seen whether there can be some sort of work needed action on. the federal reserve in the
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privately owned banking central banking system of the united states if we if we look back over this past year many many months indeed the eurozone has been struggling and many of us members of course led us one hour to threaten just to blow out the bottom of the entire year as our neighborhood is out of greece potentially facing a bankruptcy in eight days had to fold billions of euros of loans and all the while tens of thousands of people protesting as these austerity measures a cost on upon them from the governments a sponge on by the creditors the main banks many people calling in the eurozone particularly in greece for a total deconstruction and a reconstruction of the ruling financial sector is that what is needed in the united states of america. i think that the it's quite obvious by this point that the monetary system itself needs reform but i think if we leave that in the hands of the regulators and the people who have been in charge of the system they're really just going to try to consolidate more power for themselves so we see that for example playing out in the euro zone by the european central bank arguing for
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more power rather than less power because because they need more power to him to further consolidate the europe of the eurozone into a coherent whole that's the argument that they're trying to use and i think what these protest movements indicate is a is an acknowledgment on the people's part that that that can't be allowed to continue because if it does then just more and more of these types of things will continue to happen is the power coalesces into fewer and fewer. hans and as you mentioned before of course the wall street and the washington are almost indistinguishable at this point in so far as the political power is being wielded by wall street so so i think this does represent the people's realisation that that that that relationship and that nexus is is the real enemy and and that in and of itself i think makes this a different type of protest movements than we've seen in recent years james covert editor of the independent news website colbert report dot com thank you you're welcome. twenty four people have been arrested in boston this after the protest spread there as well you can check out the pictures on our web site thousands have
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been rallying at the bank of america's main office of the company's repossession policies that are turning people out onto the streets i log on to our dot com to stay on top of this story. the week's headlines in russia have been dominated by the planned reshuffle of the putin medvedev tandem the sudden departure of the finance minister and prompted an unexpected interview from the president as he clarified his decision not to run for the office again but as. reports the pre-election period in russia may still hold even more surprises. i think this week's headlines have been that if hooten hooten that the news of the drops was brought up polemic switch russia hasn't seen for quite some time while some criticised others applauded the tandems deal and the kings of photo shop rolled out some of their best work yet with the general mood being that the deal had been done long ago but it was an exciting for just
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a few days until the first rich shuffles in the corridors of power began. if you think your views on russia's economic agenda differ from mine as president if you can resign. my opinions do differ from yours but only take such a decision after i've talked to the prime minister has been the most successful still you can talk to whoever you want including the prime minister but as long as i'm the president i make these decisions. the surprise right now between the president and putin's longtime ally i don't see could rent left many questioning is there a split in the tandem at the solution is the situation with mr cooder it is a matter of discipline in government service we are a presidential republic not a problem entry point so it implements the president's policy if you don't agree you should step down meanwhile many read it not as a sign of a split but of
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a new maturity in russia's democracy i almost far more slayer wish for thing carol on the part i was out point out these people probably remember the times for the whole world myself and there was a rift in the port of beirut which ultimately was one of the reasons for the collapse of your society and i remember before coming to power there gave an interview where he basically said that russia will not survive another conflict inside the elites the big news of putin yet again running for president brought up so many questions that make treatment that it had to meet. t.v. hat's to cross the t.'s and dot. to know that people trust me as president and that my approval ratings point. also know the prime minister putin undoubtedly remain the most popular politician in our country and his rating is even higher. the election campaign has just started. the simple question what
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if our people rejected. him well who happened to these decisions by the convention these decisions are merely the party's recommendation to vote for those people that's all the choice is made by the people and these are not me a word to top saluki true any politician of any political. election but many questions are still in the air like why would a politician like nixon advantage of his approval rating is still so high in russia not seek reelection and look move the face of the e.u. cabinet of ministers look like on to him should he become pm immediately after the united russia congress many rejoiced in the fact that the country's top political queen is finally over and they can go about their usual business but this week has shown that when it comes to the chess game and politics there are many more moves to be made before the final makeup of the new government is no it's to do that
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shilpa r t. well if you want to see the end if you're the president for the russian media in full well you have to do is log on right now to our website dot com still ahead for you on the program here this is the weekly. strife the first state the future of palestine it's cloudy with a shadow of an us hanging over exhibit at the u.n. security council. resolution eight months after the toppling of president hosni mubarak. they were fighting so hard to reach. on tuesday britain greece tightened its belt even further to please its creditors the country's government approved a new property tax the move received an angry response from greeks are already burdened by austerity measures meanwhile the decision on another portion of the e.u. rescue package is still being delayed international inspectors are in athens assessing
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whether greece deserves a cash injection the last chance for the country to avoid a looming default but if. the public remains convinced that their relentless austerity policy is only making things worse. greece has been the place the child of the year. with. the country looks to get that much needed cash injection for the health condition here in greece the people say the price that is being made to pay simply too high earning that. is deadline day for the first to be hit with the greek government special tax one of the measures they this in place to try to secure the next tranche of money the country needs to bankruptcy the extra tax which is about another three percent for people. supposed to help plug some of the massive deficit in the budget nothing more than
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a year's salary cuts and rises in living costs people have already at breaking point the last two years. erica is from the opposition me title pay he tells me how the expanded rapidly in recent months as more people hit that financial wall before. thousands and dozens of. people's desperation has become increasingly evident on the streets of greece the violence is repeatedly play can out between riot place protest as she sticks to even more clashes parliament and feted in yet another all star team in the fall of any property tax where
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organizing or. to put out there are. just for political reasons and critics do not need. many people in greece now question just here it is the thing control unfortunately very very a leaders in europe are the bankers. there. is mr. banker. again and again and again are the. taxpayers in the euro zone despite germany having baited positively to expand the size and power of the european pan out fund already critics are questioning whether that will be enough insights now turn to the many challenges. still face if the problem will move from. european countries then to german banks. even germany.
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you know. it's not just. the european union countries with past measures failing to have the facts in this political leaders continue to struggle to convince the public. still hangs in the balance that these protests. continue many people have the greece is a country now at risk of having not any a financial but a democratic deficit as well sir. outside the parliament building in athens. the week's main headlines mean featured today on the weekly here on r.t. egypt's ruling military council has given in to the demands of protesters and political parties and agreed now to make changes to the election law there were fears the current rules could enable supporters of ousted president mubarak to come
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back to power in november's parliamentary elections another solution comes after friday's massive protests thousand strong career square in an attempt to reclaim the revolution demanding a transfer of power to civilian rule and an end to emergency law and he said i went to cairo herself to see what else is driving people back onto the streets. because we knew that change had come to egypt a new chapter of freedom and democracy don't judge a book by its cover when reading post mubarak egypt it's between the lines where you'll find the new chapter hasn't been published ended or slightly revised we still have the supreme council of the on poor says those. who have been. in any sense gearing this country towards democracy barak may be gone but his policies are not that hosni mubarak's case is ongoing at this tribe you know new
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figures from human rights watch claims more civilians have been forced to face military trials last six months some twelve thousand and during the entire thirty year rule of mubarak average civilians are giving five to you know seven years in prison a lot of torture that has occurred since. has come into power. actor ali so badly doesn't clown around when it comes to the supreme council or scaf he has taken part in protests since day one but i still have scars from being detained . much worse he said very long they told me to. they had to stick it hardly for months after that i was shocked with a stun gun beaten with a baton ahead least only because i'm well known now most of that's leave the country for thirty years according to if i have to seek asylum but all stay fight
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for freedom like mubarak skaf gets the supported needs to rule egypt from abroad. that we get from the us that one point five billion a year the easier to see is from from the usa. most of it entirely goes. to the supreme court to the to the army you know the scout and while the west coast history books will change for the better the arab spring is a massive opportunity to spread peace prosperity democracy egypt sions are left reading the writing on the wall in many areas it's the same as before going to some areas it's getting more worse and he's now a r t congress. now the libyan city of sirte is punching deeper into a humanitarian crisis the battle for one of gadhafi is few remaining strongholds shows at this point no signs of abating on saturday revolutionary forces claim they
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had completely surrounded the colonel's hometown and that is loyalist forces were being slowly forced out meanwhile thousands are fleeing the besieged town driven from their homes by fierce fighting and a lack of vital supplies aid agencies say those injured and trapped are in desperate need of medical help of people dying in the main hospital because of oxygen and fuel shortages and she will activist brian becker says that nato has declared mission to protect civilians is now more questionable than ever. clearly they're not protecting civilians when they're bombing cities that are considered to be pro khadafi when they're killing people not because they've done something wrong but because their own political beliefs are contrary to what nato wants. in terms of the kind of government they want for libya so i think that they need to be brought to justice i think though unless there's a very strong international movement for human rights in this instance i think it's unlikely they will be brought to court but the goal of the nato powers is to carry
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out regime change so that the khadafy government is gone once and forever and that there will be a new government that will not necessarily be more democratic or more humane but will be an ally or i would say in fact a proxy a client perhaps a puppet of western powers in this country that has the largest oil reserves in all of africa the ninth largest oil reserves in the world. to syria and other countries still suffering and total conflict but this week western countries did drop calls for immediate sanctions on the syrian regime it follows criticism from russia which says negotiations of the way. that we do not support that is being pushed through by western countries because this is the most of the things to do with the libyan experience foreign minister. criticized proposed a sanction saying they lacked strategic perspective a recap of how things unfolded in the united nations on the web so i don't know.
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this is the weekly here and. violence flared up again this week around cause of northern border as nato troops attempted to dismantle the roadblock several serbs were wounded amid claims the alliance for allied forces rather used live ammunition local serbs have barricaded the road to disputed checkpoints that albanian seized with the help of k. four troops. has the story from kosovo. in some parts of the world this work he wrote would probably be part of an extreme safari told in kosovo it is now a quite extensive. ever since july the border dispute many lives have been dependent on this godforsaken grable road through the mountains now this is the only way that belgrade can use to deliver food and petrol to the tens of thousands of serbs living in northern kosovo the course of the serbs have been very gating the road since july in response to the police checkpoints which enforced the trade embargo
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between belgrade and on tuesday the situation turned critical again clashes between the barricading serbs and the k four troops led to multiple injuries on both sides ok for blame the starting the violence but. a father of two saw it differently. we were standing by the barricade when the soldiers started shouting and shooting at us i didn't know what they were shooting with so i got scared and started running away and i was hit on the shoulder and it turned out to be a perforated my lungs nato forces also claimed they used only rubber bullets and tear gas against the protesting mall but this was quickly rejected by doctors. fueling speculation as to who started. seven men in heavy condition gunshot wounds fractures and bruises all those wounds were caused by
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a regular bullet which we extracted from their bodies. pointed their weapons at the journalists and issued. for anyone trying to penetrate it they've totally and openly stepped out of their u.i. mandate and they're really really now just like thirty nine hundred ninety nine during the bombing when there were the air force for the albanian separatists. there infantry belgrade has reacted with indignation and halted negotiations with course. until the dispute is resolved meanwhile gay for refuses to comment on their actions and bulldozed the border barricades the border is open now to share of trucks blocking a breach just sweep just a way to destroy suggest this battle is far from over better is like this one are scattered all across northern kosovo and they pretty much reflect the mood of the local serbs it seems they would never give in and accept the fact that they're living in a self-proclaimed state and in this book melting pot nobody knows where this
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standoff will go and the war by the troops or become yet another frozen territorial dispute let's. see reporting from kosovo. well alexi is bringing out constant updates on this developing story from cause of our you can head over to his twitter feed to get the latest from him on this ongoing border dispute having a look at a tweet in one of the latest ones he says the crew just filmed a serbian wedding on the barricades the ceremony being used to show staying on their land and not going anywhere else. a special admissions committee for the u.n. security council has held its first meeting over the bid by palestinians for statehood it was put forward for consideration this week with a review period expected to take several weeks a total of nine out of fifteen votes in the security council are needed to push the application through as long as no veto is used at this stage analysts believe
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america will try to storm the process u.s. lawmakers have already blocked two hundred million dollars in aid to the palestinian authority allegedly as a quote collective punishment for the bid israel has yet again come under fire from much of the world community after approving more settlements on occupied palestinian territory palestinian leader mahmoud abbas has told the arabic that he's concerned the u.s. will pressure the u.n. security council members to vote against the bid and the full interview is coming up on monday. we knew in advance and we would. that washington will use its veto during the voting in its career that the u.s. as the dominant power wants to extend its support to israel but what concerns us most is that the u.s. wants to force all the countries that took part in the general assembly because it's more like in particular the members of the u.n. security council to vote against palestinian membership in the u.n.
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this is the key concern for us all the member states all the security council have the right to use as i would put it misuse their rights of course such a decision will be regrettable. monday here on r t f n are you all watching the weekly back with more headlines from the possible days here on r t in just a moment. of
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welcome back this is all it's a lot from moscow but headlines of the week and the arab spring echoes in america. u.s. police use force to disperse the wall street protesters arresting more than seven hundred taking part in a rally that's quickly gaining momentum all up and down the east coast and across the country. also in the week's top stories are president and. his decision not to run for a second citing of lot of. popularity at home his comments come in a surprise interview that stood up debate all about the country's political. standoff threatening to turn into an armed conflict on serbia's border with northern cause of a nato is attempts to dismantle roadblocks near a disputed checkpoint several people. and.


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