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age at the meeting of the world's twenty biggest economies ati's daniel bushell is in the east where the protests to centered. the protesters say they're capturing the spirits of all the protests around the world or they will achieve their goals without violence it's really do you know it's in the occupy wall street movement in the states as well as the anti new road movement in europe there are people of come here to ball across the world not just for the likes of greece and spain which are particularly suffering from the debt crisis now but also places like canada are speaking to people from the middle east who say they're all disenchanted with the way that capitalism is going the more attention is being paid by our leaders to the bankers and finance years older than to the people themselves there's organizations here like leading trade unions officially the green pieces another body this here around fifteen thousand say protesters have come here to these we've spoken to some of them here's what they have to say i'm here because i won't get eighty people.
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because we don't trust in all these matters. due to. the fact that a few people are just a few people that money in the world are just. running everything running all the people all the governors of states of this world that decided they own the world and they control what it should be we believe the people have their word should have their words not something to say to the scenes that she quite chaotic i mean bros around here of been looked down and shot off to even local residents who needed badges to come in there's been a very heavy handed approach from the police or on soyuz streets here in reserve ready to to really fight back if the protesters get violent but there's been no sign of that there's been a very peaceful march from protesters across the town of nice of course they've been blocked from going to cannes where the g twenty summit itself will take place but really there's been
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a contrast between the reaction of the police with the helicopters overhead and the police sirens going all around the. the preschool mulches just want to get their message across. daniel bushell reporting there and protests around g. twenty meetings are nothing new but james mead way from the new economics foundation told me earlier that this year demonstrators have a good chance of making their voice heard i think there's a chance the pressure on the g twenty will start to improve if not quite overwhelming but very very substantial that's pressure from all quarters all of the leaders meeting today know the go back to their countries when the summit is over and and see populations increasingly discontented with the way they've been running the world in the way the crisis is being handled up until now i think what you're seeing in nic's is a reflection of that of course all the security precautions you know indicate just how little injury to the city this group really hurts the should not be a case of the world's leaders have to be behind a great big steel fence is for the police out and all the rest of it if they
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enjoyed legitimacy of the people they claim to represent so yes there is a huge amount of pressure on them and there is also i think the potential for change. but later in the program here on r t we look at what awaits the eurozone rescue efforts after greece's prime minister stuns european leaders by calling for a national referendum on whether greeks want to be bailed out of their debt. changing of the guard brings bad news for the pentagon is the current us president elect battles to keep a u.s. air force out of his country saying its presence there is putting them at risk. those stories still to come but first israel has reportedly given approval for its military to take any action necessary to stop rockets coming from gaza after dozens were fired over the last week could reportedly include a ground operation political blogger larry derfner has told me that the attacks on israel come from minority groups out of hamas is control. there's not that much happening there aren't that many missiles or rockets falling in israel at all
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relatively speaking there's not that much happening in gaza. but the main thing is the people who are firing these missiles from gaza are not calm us which is in control or relative or let's say the by default in control of gaza it's a relatively marginal group called islamic jihad jihad cannot fight israel unless unless commerce felt that an israeli invasion were imminent commerce so far has never gone that far to say commerce itself will hold to a cease fire relative cease fire commerce so far has not stopped these smaller groups from prior firing these rockets doesn't do that and end with i don't see it doing that unless it was afraid of an imminent invasion. a human rights group says the number of revenge killings by revolutionary forces in libya is escalating sharply the watchdog claims and t.c. fall it is a terrorizing displaced residents of the coastal town of to work for supporting the regime and one of the authors of the report fred abrahams from human rights watch
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believes that nato countries must do more to strengthen democratic forces there in the bia. well in some places the violence is quite bad the town we looked out in was called and the militias from the neighboring town of misrata are terrorizing the people of to where they accuse them of having fought for qaddafi of having committed atrocities. in his name and you know the problem here is that the militias are not under the control of the political authorities the civilian authorities and that's the big challenge for libya going forward is bringing the many militias under a unified civilian command and that will help solve this problem there is definitely a trend to say we did the right thing meaning nato governments they want to say that this was a successful operation so there is a tendency to downplay the conflicts and the tensions now but at the same time
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in our discussions with them of some of these governments they're taking them very seriously because they know that this will cause problems in the future they want them addressed now trying to support the more open minded and democratic minded forces within the new authorities and move libya in the right direction so there is concern and i think that the governments are nervous about this these tensions their revenge and they're trying to take steps to to quell it american troops maybe pulling out of iraq but they're staying in the gulf region kuwait is top of the list of countries likely to take them in that's according to the pentagon he said stability in the middle east is a priority jason ditz news editor and antiwar dot com told me earlier that redeployment is a way to control the whole region. it sounds like. the united states is determined to keep forces in the region and poised to launch attacks into iraq whether the
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iraqi government agrees to it or not kuwait is a likely place for keeping a lot of these troops they've been talking quite a while about the decision to put massive amounts of combat troops into kuwait much like they had before the two thousand and three invasion secretary of state hillary clinton said this was proof of an ongoing commitment to the future of the region but in reality it's an ongoing commitment to try to interfere in the region in which the us track record is far from stellar. the newly elected president it could have a stern is found to shop the u.s. air force base in his country saying it poses a threat to his own nation's security america's least for the nasa facility now looks unlikely to be renewed off the twenty fourteen when the current agreement expires on his accent a boycott explains this news came hardly as a surprise because the presence of servicemen in kurdistan is a highly charged political issue and every president had to address it in one form
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or another the mass arab race is a fairly large facility that it was opened in kurdistan in two thousand and one to support use military operations in afghanistan it represents the shortest and the most efficient route to deliver weapons and military personnel to kabul it was initially named after a new york firefighter who was killed in this attack of eleven attacks later than he was changed but it's still colloquially referred to as the gateway to haven't because most of the u.s. servicemen who passed through the nasa air base are on their way to combat in afghanistan now according to the current agreement billy's all of the of these air base costs american taxpayers around two hundred million u.s. dollars and the current agreement iran still meet two thousand and fourteen when you could present. back a time by of who won last sunday's elections with almost sixty percent of the vote sad that his government is going to. the existing agreement but that they have no
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intention of diluting release of the base beyond two thousand and fourteen he said that the presence of foreign troops in kurdistan does not serve the country's national interest and may actually compromise the country's security in fact he said that could just andaz not want to be a target for a tourist trikes calming from the anime of the united states back in two thousand and six man was killed by one of the ears servicemen at the checkpoint to base down there were rumors that american pilots are dumping air fuel on the villages to chase into the air base so many people would like americans to go a few years ago russia seemed to me go all shade and reach an agreement with the kurds authorities on the closure of the base and the problem and even passed a bill authorizing the fiction of the base but damn the decision was served first
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whether or not the decision will be implemented this time around is yet to be seen . and you can check out his twitter feed for the latest updates on that story and see there on screen in one of the latest tweets says the u.s. military uniform is rushing off the shelves of markets across the cutting its capital in reaction to the likely closure of the. base. and there's probably more from. twitter and also from other correspondents some of these general twitter feed . french president nicolas sarkozy has called an emergency meeting with key ministers to discuss the potential fallout from the greek crisis and also discuss the situation with the german chancellor angela merkel comes off to greece's pm stoned to european leaders by calling a national referendum on the latest deal more financial advisors wealth management says the biggest fear for the european economy and the possible snowball effect. the european way of dealing with things is to fudge things that patch things up and
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to try and sustain things and delay dealing with the fundamental issues in my view the best the best option for the greeks is to default of course there is much bigger financial consequences for the for the rest of europe and for the rest of the world if that happens the big fear here is the snowball effect effectively great defaults then you have to look at who actually owns the debt and that's principally owned by other sovereigns by the e.u. and by by the banks and pension funds and the consequences of that is that it would make the financial system the banking system much less stable and the worry is of the snowball effect the banks and then other european sovereigns and whether that would then lead to further defaults on a number of sovereign defaults at the same time and how many banks would be affected as well we always welcome your opinion of course on our stories don't
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hesitate to log on to r.t. dot com to see what you think lies behind the greek prime minister surprise decision to hold a referendum on the e.u. is hard bargain rescue plan and let's see harvard look so far and screen where we see the turn which to be thirty six percent think that the greek prime minister has made a wise step to let the population have their say thirty percent believe the move is just pure populism to quell protests nineteen percent think the decision is a knife in the back and we can see there that fifteen percent so far so that is looking for a pathway to honorable retirement your reactions at r.t. dot com. this halloween saw the f.b.i. tell its own ghost story it released surveillance footage of and chapman and other alleged russian sleeper agents uncovered in two thousand and ten the agency says the videos show a spy ring at work peter all of a report from moscow. perhaps spookiest overall is that this footage doesn't
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contain any actual spooks there was no charges of espionage leveled against the ten people who were arrested in the united states in june of last year instead they pled guilty to conspiracy to act as agents of the foreign governments now this these videos are to be released coping ghost stories course released on halloween something which did raise a few eyebrows however the f.b.i. . this is just purely coincidental now the footage shows members of this alleged spy ring. doing such things as shopping in macy's and using laptops in popular branches of book stores the f.b.i. saying that operation ghost story sends a clear message to any foreign spice wanting to operate in the united states over critics have suggested this the release of these documents is something of the publicity stunt piece of it reporting their international atomic energy agency
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investigators say they've discovered a secret nuclear plant in north western syria its claim the complex has a similar design to enrichment plant when we get our feet trying to build in libya where there is apparently no evidence of nuclear production at the site which is currently used as a cotton spinning plant but today would help and a british antiwar activists have been telling me that it's the same old story that we saw with iraq. we go again the main pretext for invading and bombarding iraq were weapons of mass destruction inspectors went into iraq for years on strong i'm told one of the tasks was unfair to identifying defense installations in iraq entered and making sure the positions were known. my second thought is. if syria still holds on this lands the golan has by all accounts
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a large nuclear armory which is ironic we should be talking about syria when the israeli nuclear armory has never been inspected. and the information war against syria stop funding and supplying weapons to the armed gangs claiming to be the opposition and lift sanctions against president assad's regime will resolve the demands put forward by damascus in exchange for implementing the changes suggested by the arab league international body is urged the regime to hold farms and stop with the opposition parties to syria has this report. the protests the government crackdowns and violence have continued to play parts of syria the capital damascus is still largely sheltered from but beneath the calm many will remind you that in syria walls most certainly have ears the more but at the country's intelligence service has political clout in syria that's hardly
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state secret and says the unrest began in march protestors have accused them of violent interrogations for a little bit before i was chased and arrested by security forces in a very tiny cell to be beat me severely damaging my back and be electrocuted and be accused of sort of receiving money for taking to the streets they said were agents of america and israel after forty eight hours of detention and torture it took all my money and belongings and threw me out into the street so. soon corey is a lawyer who deals with detention cases she says the influence of the security police extends even into the court room. we have three authorities in the country the legal authority billet just lights up and the executive but it is the security police who make the real decisions the court judge for their decision and i feel sorry for the judge because he is not independent. good he believes this constant state of fear is thanks to decades of living under the emergency law in place since one thousand nine hundred sixty three in two thousand and eleven assad repealed it
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to appease anti regime protesters this man who has worked for the more but after twenty seven years sustained gunshot wounds in what he says was an ambush by a group of terrorists. i asked him about people's fear of the mob but art and accusations that they are behind the violence detentions and torture. this is the wrong idea we're protecting our people but the terrorists shoot civilians and shoot us and then accuse security forces of doing such things accusations that we. also wrong if this person has political activity without any intention of harming the country and he is free to do this and no one will chase him but if he has links with terrorists and works against the country naturally he will be brought to justice we pose the same questions to the deputy foreign minister you know depends on the people who talk to you if you ask me. a different view i have never ever been asked by the security or anybody for something which i am doing
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those who fear are either people who take part in illegal activities or carry arms or put themselves in suspicious where's all this right here is a very open and colorful flights at syria but when it comes to talking about security services like anywhere to try to buy entry but here their presence is so widely felt that it's not quite possible to determine just what local feel is normal or what is if. and when twenty percent of the population is rumored to be in the intelligence service it's no wonder many prefer to keep their voices down in the light of day but within a crowd that fear is temporarily forgotten. yes i'll take to the streets again and again i'll raise my voice and i'll fear nothing and no one will one freedom of expression but we get nothing only bashar al assad and his security and enjoy that as for us we are nothing why is that was. our team.
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with syria now at the epicenter of the arab spring we talk to author and historian william and donald what or who he thinks could be behind the uprisings in the middle east and north africa that special interview coming up next i'll be back with some of our main news stories in ten minutes from now. today we're talking to him and all the author of several books among them are gods
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of money wall street and the death of american century and he is also a political risk consultant so we're going to discuss several more several of the most burning our political and economic issues in the world today mr engel thank you very much for joining us to be here to start off basically a never never before has the world faced so many economic and political problems all at the same time would you say that these conflicts which we're seeing today in terms of here in the dollar situation and what's happening in northern africa and in the middle east do these conflicts feed off each other are they somehow related or not particularly what i see all these conflicts the decision to libya. the crisis with the dollar crisis with the american economy and the conduct of american foreign policy in the last period. is all part of a breakdown of an entire super power structure that was built up after be end of
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the world war two and nobody in washington wants to admit just as nobody in britain a hundred years ago wanted to admit that the british empire was in terminal decline all of this is related to the attempt to keep this sole superpower not only intact but to spread its influence over the rest of the planet and that. not surprisingly much of the world is not too eager to see that so what you say that what's happening in the middle in the middle east or northern africa right now is basically an attempt on the behalf of the united states to keep its came up very much so the. plan was first announced by george w. bush when he was president just after the invasion of iraq in two thousand and three at a g eight meeting and it was called the greater middle east project and that project they they published a map of what they had in mind was the control and the. democratization as they
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call it of the entire islamic world from afghanistan pakistan down through iran syria. the persian gulf area the oil producing states there and across north africa all the way to morocco. and the events the so-called arab spring had been planned years back and the instigators of those so-called spontaneous protests these twitter revolts in cairo and tunisia and so forth over the last months have all been. organized seducing some of the people leaders of the protests have been trained in belgrade in serbia by old poor activists financed by the u.s. state department. this thing has state department and u.s. intelligence all over it. and why why are they doing this well two things in my view one. there is vast wealth in the hands of the
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leading circles in the arab world vast wealth sovereign wealth funds of countries like kuwait. and other countries but also just the resources and one of the agendas is to introduce as was done in the soviet union after nine hundred ninety one with the collapse of the soviet union the agenda of i.m.f. privatization free market economy and so forth so that western banks and financial agencies and corporations could come in and take the plunder the second agenda is militarily in places such as libya or south sudan the so-called republic of south sudan to militarize those oil sources that are directly strategic to china's future economic growth so this is all about controlling eurasia something zbigniew brzezinski talked about it back in one thousand nine hundred seven in his famous book the grand chess game. and controlling especially russia
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and china and any potential cohesion of the eurasian countries economically and politically but as a result of. the so-called arab spring what can we honestly say that middle east and. northern african countries which have gone through with the changes have they really become more democratic gyptian tunisian friends of mine say that it's just the opposite the economy is in far worse shape libya had the highest living standard in all of africa before the bombing of nato today the country is in ruins because of those bombings not because of could offer. the economy of egypt is in dire straits the military remains in control they were in the military high command of egypt was sitting in the pentagon when the revolts kicked off and waited for a signal from the pentagon when to return and take control of those events so while the instigators of the conflicts will turn seem to be you know the united states
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and maybe some of the european powers that you know look at libya will they be able to restore normality in these countries or is it not even in their interest i don't think they give a moment's thought to normality or normalization i think what their concern is especially the pentagon is military control the next step will be in this so-called transitional national council in libya is to have that puppet government give nato permanent basing rights inside libya something they never had before under gadhafi sudan some of the things defenseless unless they have nato forces in there the african is coordinating this the pentagon's africa command which is. interestingly enough created just after trying as two thousand and six africa diplomacy were forty heads of african nations were invited to beijing and enormous deals were signed with the chinese companies for oil exploration to build hospitals give soft loans everything the i.m.f. didn't do in africa in the last thirty years the chinese began doing and that had
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enormous results for china thank you very much for your time. wealthy british scientists some time to. market why not. come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines kaiser reports. a very warm welcome to you this is your news today protesters on hold since they
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have. been canceling the chance to say to get the status of the human experiment. to see this right. good sense of political economy and it's all changed things in this financial template. to maintain a confidence in markets and. the. recession looks to be missions close to collapsing in some plain clothes humph. fails whipple a banks again field level i think is the us crisis. in the business in athens the i.m.f. . just programs increase the total economy.
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from moscow this is r t top stories this hour focus on people locked finance the message of thousands of protesters on the french riviera as it prepares to host the world's top leaders at the g. twenty summit. from one crisis to another the arab league reportedly persuade syria to end the crackdown on protesters just as u.n. investigators found a secret nuclear facility in the country. troops at the ready israel considers a ground campaign against gaza following an escalation in rocket attacks over the last week. that's it from me today my colleague sean thomas will be here in us in half an hour as the news continues in the meantime next keyser explains why he thinks market speculators should bear the brunt of the blame for the world's financial turmoil because report is next here on r.t. .


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