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free. free. free broadcast video for your media project free media r.t. dot com. new year's day the u.s. is still stuck on the edge of a cliff but only hours left before a tough mix of tax hikes and spending cuts hits americans. to gators begin ruling out possible causes for the deadly plane crash of the moscow. correspondent outlines the tragedies step by step. from the rest of middle eastern arab world to europe's money roller coaster the russian public getting more political vocal some of the major events that shaped twenty twelve.
watching kerry just welcome to the program. trying to pull us back from the brink over the fiscal cliff couldn't get much closer to the wire in a few hours time americans will be hit hard by billions of dollars of tax hikes and spending cuts which will automatically come into effect on tuesday but republicans and democrats just can't agree on how to avert it and time is rapidly running out washington correspondent. the u.s. congress created this cliff situation when they failed to agree on a budget that would help the country reduce its deficit and its you monger's debt and what they did was what they usually do they put off those important decisions until a certain deadline that deadline is now so they came up with this scary word cliff to create lots of drama around what should be the ordinary maybe somewhat boring working process of any congress or parliament that is to agree on
a budget the need to deadlines so the cliff which actually describes the mode in which the congress is working their inability to make decisions until the very very last minute the cliff that u.s. lawmakers have artificially created could become very real for the american people the vast majority of them over one thousand government programs would be cut it would hit the unemployed very hard stop getting unemployment benefits there would be other automatic cuts and tax hikes that would mostly affect those who are financially insecure but everyone knows even if the lawmakers don't meet the january first deadline they can pass measures retroactively and at the end of the day they will decide something but congress seems to love the drama of the whole cliff situation they have all the attention in the world and literally the whole world the media of course help them hype it up and with the countdown they started two months ago and while politicians here are enjoying all that attention turning
last minute trick scoring political points the hype around the scary word cliff is already hurting the economy experts say it's affecting business and consumer confidence if wall street is any indicator stocks have been falling for a fifth straight day on friday they called it a fiscal cliff slide other markets are reaching signals of certainty coming from the u.s. oil prices have soared in the asian markets ahead of a last minute effort in washington to read. a deal on fiscal cliff that's what you read in the news so this whole charade in washington could have implications on many levels and the fiscal cliff which some call a product of u.s. lawmakers imagination could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. while congress has trouble sorting out a deal to prevent americans slipping into a tax black hole some agreements just seem to breeze through this time the growth from what awake news explains now work in the united states of america this is
where we govern by crisis we don't have representatives in washington d.c. we have political prostitutes that will go before a camera and say that anything that they have to say is you keep this massive government rolling and you can make social interest influence in washington d.c. or that when the cameras are on you know if they're on the red team they're going out there saying it's the welfare folks as well it's the people on food stamps or the people in extended unemployment benefits if they're on the blue team they're coming out and trying to get their base fired up that it's all about their corporate interests and this is why we can't come up with you but is an enemy when the cameras are off and it's time to pass a trillion dollar nearly trillion dollar defense bill they have no problem whatsoever coming to coming together and holding hands or put that kind of a deal together i think ultimately the hammer is going to fall on the people of this country it is called austerity nobody in washington d.c. wants to own up to that austerity but eventually it's coming to this country. crash
investigators have ruled out of the condition of the runway as a course person had these deadly plane tragedy at one of moscow's busiest airports the redwings plane skidded off the runway and plowed into the embankment of a major highway five people who were on board have died while the other three are still fighting for their lives are here for national looks now at how the disaster unfolded. the twenty ninth of december the last working day of two thousand and twelve in russia all pms businesses closed offices forgotten until the next few families friends employees jump into their cars and escape the busy capital the keys could highway head to the west of mosco region where most of the luxuries they've been country houses are located traffic jams a common with a song of the day and the song of the year with want to lock the road is almost empty with.
passengers come out of the car to see what the sound was a big stack to see anything but not this. just minutes before that and similar to all for what number ninety six i think is when the little i've told you was in from the czech republic the plane touches down but can stall three to one with the runways they had but still the airline is moving too fast that fear is true at that moment very slightly nose already they will not make it the jets reaches the end of the runway runs into the fans but still continues moving it finally sold off overrunning the asteroid by four hundred meters the plane breaks into three parts and tail is lying over the whole year the road people can easily see its number or a fix for four seven the middle pod just bog misses away the cockpit already
partially damaged after the crash with a science falls right at the edge of the highway it's a miracle indeed the road is empty at that time this is a ten lane highway the wreckage is only on one of the lanes traffic continues on at least three here even after the tragedy is passing by slowing down to see what happens to lowe's and michelin call streets while on the roads a very road they usually drive every friday and everybody sings as that moment was eve i'd have call minutes earlier or was eve i'd have been on that airplane people come out of their cars and try to help out those in the cockpit how ready that. weather conditions technical failure and pilot error are among the investigators main causes of the incident was most likely a combination of reasons behind the fatal crash however a plane hitting
a busy highway. in one of europe's biggest cities could have lived much more devastating trail of destruction there wasn't enough log for everyone on that saturday evening. party more school region. for expert opinion on what may have caused the crash as well as details about the plane you can head to r.t. dot com. the end of year in britain also means ploughing through tax return forms before the penalty deadline many people though are already being penalized in the pocket simply boil asking for help in filling out the forms it's not is pretty going. your annual tax return a process that many adults find utterly daunting and perplexing luckily for the british public the tax man has a whole array of telephone helplines to help and advise people on how to fill in the piles of forms needed for it getting through to someone might be a bit of
a problem though britain is spending watchdog says that last year some twenty million phone calls went on our by the government tax office and of those lucky enough to get through between the months of april and september over six million people had to wait for over ten minutes just to get an answer from someone and i've decided to give him revenue and customs premium priced phone line a call to find out how long it would take me to get through to them. i've spent over three and a half minutes waiting for someone to pick up the phone. last year customer spent an estimated thirty three million pounds in call charges just waiting to get through to somebody at the tax department experiencing what critics call a shameful level of service him revenue and customs have released a statement saying that they've lowered the cost of calls to one of their premium
phone lines the most popular one they also say that they're aware that they weren't able to deliver the standard of service that they're committed to in the past however they're now answering over ninety percent of the calls that are made to them but ultimately critics say that it's the complicated u.k. tax code that spans over seventeen thousand pages that british citizens find it so hard to get their head around and it's the telephone providers that are responsible for the helplines that it catching in all the tax confusion. well with the new year just around the corner for us here in moscow we prepared a special farewell to twenty twelve on r.t. this special with live broadcasts from several countries as well as spectacular images of the festivities and some food costs of what to expect in twenty thirteen that's to come before midnight most of that stuff we recap the major events out give you after the break.
so how much does it take to get into russian politics how many hours of hard work and how many patriotic deeds does it take to become one of the people who make the decisions in the world's largest country well i'll tell you how much it takes exactly seven point five million euros russia's federal investigative committee has a stablish that allegedly hey of constantine should show of from fair russia and the commies prospectively promised for a fee to get a businessman on to their party's electoral lists giving him a spot in the lower house of the duma the investigators have forwarded the state duma an official request to strip the two m.p.'s of their parliamentary immunity and you're darn right they better street have their parliamentary immunity stripped i mean what's worse than government corruption some people in the government being so corrupt they can actually sell the government itself to someone for
a fee so positions in parliament corruption on this high of a level needs to be punished severely breaking rocks in siberia or worse sounds pretty good to me tolerating flagrant corruption does not a great civilization make but that's just my opinion. he survived atrocities. to make a cycle decision. he has changed his life and the world around him. by giving up. hope. and love to so many children. nikolai the american worker on our teeth.
welcome back you're watching r.t. . it's already twenty thirteen in some parts of the world including one of russia's at nine time zones celebrations are in full swing in russia's far east with the rest of the country catching up in the coming hours when the world gradually welcomes in the new year we look now at the events which twenty twelve will be remembered. route. by our quick fix things that have gone to trial has reached its and along with the nine member calendar. but it looked more like this year a decade of war is a. good
year for a new. well we're still here and when it comes down to it the world not only didn't end but very little changed in twenty twelve we have the same challenges facing the globe the same conflicts preventing peace the same policies hampering solutions and many of the same people in power as we come into twenty thirteen so what will twenty twelve be remembered for let's take a look back. at some in gaza their world did end when israel launched a short but deadly campaign in response to rockets fired by hamas after one of their leaders was assassinated the u.s. solidly backed israel but critics claim the use of disproportionate force has become too common a practice for the israeli defense force journalists also being targeted and
children becoming casualties it has the same policy if you like as the united states with regard to class or damage that it's happy to injure dozens of palestinian men women and children as long as they can kill one person who money to help fire a rocket into israel certainly after a cease fire palestine celebrated gaining u.n. nonmember status but it's still a long way from statehood as is the region from a peaceful two state solution between israel and palestine this while conflict continues to rage in neighboring syria you know that russia trying to possibly stay running is country. he has to go assad must go. about demands and predictions that syria's president would fall in twenty twelve when unfulfilled he sat down for an exclusive interview with r.t. well into the year insisting he would not give up as the push for regime change
continued in terror reigned in his country i'm not popular than me but with the with what's going on the country i'm sick and i mean. i made in syria and i have to revisit him basically. everything from civil war to sectarian fighting to terrorism to genocide syria stay the center of a media war through out twenty twelve with unconfirmed atrocities on both sides haunting the web and only one side taking the brunt of the blame for assad is crazy he's a brutal dictator reese killing his own people this is the same narrative that we heard about gadhafi. but we didn't hear much about libya in two thousand and twelve on most networks or from western officials not until the aftermath of regime change there and the terror that ensued went too far u.s. ambassador and embassy staff were killed in benghazi in september the most significant event two thousand and twelve is the failure of nato to follow up on its on its libya momentum to create
a forced regime change through proxy. mercenaries in syria and the fact that russia and china and iran stood firm on. the entire time table that nato at that in mind iran this destabilization. and now the entire arab spring scenario is. it's not disintegrate it's becoming a nightmare one that spread to western allies in the region like bahrain where mass protest arrest and even death haven't provoked much global media coverage or any push for democracy. instead provocations like the film the innocence of a muslim made headlines and incited outrage across the arab world funded in the u.s. and considered highly offensive to islam the movie didn't go over well in states now run by islamist after post revolution polls in egypt and tunisia. u.s.
embassies were left in shambles as flags burned and freedom of speech was back on the debate table tonight the film was banned in some countries like russia and defended by others like the states as a protected rights of expression a right not awarded to whistleblowers like julian assange and who had a busy year and. he was granted political asylum by ecuador after being released on bail while the awaiting a british court's decision on his extradition to sweden for most of twenty twelve assan to remain under house arrest but still managed to find a way to leak and change the world tomorrow his groundbreaking exclusive interview show premiered on our teens and time sat down with guests shunned by the mainstream media like has the last house on the throne lucky and internet freedom on his visit to the site for months the future of the internet i think it's no journalist with the salt in the world working today has not used
a wiki leaks cable whether it be at the lowest level of covering their local health center to the idea of schools legit cation let alone geo politics still many journalists slammed the songes work on r t and he continues to be a man the west and mainstream media love to hate while he remains holed up at the ecuadorian embassy in london fearing u.k. officials will grab him the moment he steps outside. the. protests ripped across europe in two thousand and twelve as the euro crisis worsened leaving many no choice but to go out onto the streets so many people are becoming desperate people of god. think angrier and angrier spain had millions on the street at a time demanding the government stop cuts and demos continued in greece who got a forty four billion euro bailout masses were met with heavy handed policing in most countries across the e.u. which was awarded
a nobel peace prize in twenty trials. they all tamil late if there are too many protests won't be to be able to afford the policemen on the streets and therefore we could actually end up not so much with a violent reaction from government but there's actually a danger of an arcade because government itself may break down but it is. not the case in the us where the occupy movement lost momentum of this year corporate backed media and authorities managed to dull demonstrations demanding economic equality and responsibility is one of a party there you know you wait for occupy to expand from its needs and from that. you know usually derided by the elites as a bunch of anarchist story igor students who know how to sing better to do it is to organize themselves politically something the group is promising and twenty thirteen with some predicting the old ws movement might have better luck in europe . russia saw protests this year leading up to and after vladimir putin was elected
for a third time as president but not nearly as big as what we saw at the end of twenty young lavin i think the demonstrations in russia what motivated by prostration the demonstrators had the care political goal which was to discredit the the reputation of president putin or even to russia knowing that those plans could be continued russian were going to win the election they had no choice they had no possibility of beating them in an election so they tried to their strategy was instead to discredit the east in the eyes of the west just before putin's inauguration protests in central moscow turned violent for the first time in three. an opposition movement began to rally against the arrests were made in both protesters and police reported injuries several demonstrators face court hearings on charges of inciting mass public disorder and a dozen more trials will carry on in the new year with the opposition claiming this is all part of
a kremlin clamp down on their movement but putin's reelection and protest didn't get nearly as much attention as this. meeting with the riots rock riot on the altar of christ the savior and the scandal that followed made world headlines took over the blog a sphere and had celebrities like madonna defending them for the russian orthodox church was outraged. there is no defense in this case it's simple p.r. ploy on cooking up on ali fi they're working towards the brand in order to capitalize on it in the future and it's worked some of the groups girls got two years in jail for the stunt which was criticized by the west as too harsh the story made in the headlines for weeks on end leaving little room for stories like this. thank you very much the way u.s. presidential candidate jill stein and her running mate arrested for protesting outside a debate for top party only candidates obama and romney the american system is
designed to eliminate political opposition like some of the you know dictatorships that we criticize the debate makes a mockery of our democracy despite being on the ballot in a not states to technically win stine and other candidates were not allowed to debate and got almost no coverage in the lead up to elections on us networks instead third party candidates only chance to debate live on television here was from artie's washington studio i think our founding fathers would be spinning if in their graves if they could see this. in line with homes and. actions obama won the election but his work is cut out for along with other world leaders for the year to come a rough economy growing discontent and conflicts either standing still or raging wild and he's now a party. what's
gripped to your attention most in r.t. this year post a tweet with hash tag r.t. recall in your message we look forward to it hearing your thoughts and reading some of them out of new coverage as we approach midnight in moscow also online if you're right britain's got to doctors are being told to take a taste of their own. on our website now to many medics are piling on the pounds. to set an example by having gastric bands and ditching junk food. while the counters are slashed off the british medics menu. over that king of the carbs the french fry both belgium and france are invention but i don't see who is most convincing.
one hundred thousand more people could die in syria over the next year if the government and the opposition don't start talking a chilling prediction came from the un's international peace envoy lakhdar brahimi also warned that the country would become a failed state ruled by warlords and this diplomacy is given a chance is proposed peace plan involves forming a transitional government based on agreement between the authorities and the rebels the opposition is dismissing the initiative saying a cease fire will join any talks and this president goes well ali mohamed a member of the syria dialogue. these the rebels position is being instigated from abroad. which is why dialogue between all syrians birth as we see the superpowers in the world through the pressure of the opposition. mean more and more arms or. the opposition have
a big arsenal. we have gone there for a long while and it's been the after the and it's i think you really are coming from the border of. live and the borders with jordan are slightly open as well and it's obvious that the international powers that with the power words are interested. in smuggling. in boxes like turkey or some part of the love and i believe that is the job for them. more international news for you this is a series of explosions in iraq have killed at least ten people and wounded more than forty others seven members of the same family were killed in the largest explosion in the town of south of baghdad two more died in here although called police there say the attack was aimed at shia muslims in the town of lost has also been reported in cook in the kurdish held area to the north of the country.
u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has been admitted to hospital after a blood clot was found during a medical exam to spend the next couple of days being treated for the condition which is thought to be almost by concussion she suffered not long ago and she felt at home the sixty five year old is due to end her tenure of america's chief diplomat next year. opposition activists in bahrain have lashed out at the seven year prison terms for police officers convicted of beating a protester to death last year campaign is insist it was torture and that the court was too lenient antigovernment demonstrations in bahrain started only twenty definitely and at least sixty people have since died in clashes. well coming up next we meet turned orthodox priest who built a whole village for his adopted children seventy of them and some special report in a few minutes time.
looking at some dogs you simply do not believe they can speak and goodness how they can wrong oh oh it's an international sled dog race with those driving the dogs. coming from as far away as a strand in canada and the us they come to russia and everybody is so very friendly they welcomed me with open arms and the scenery is so beautiful it's very much like alaska and so i felt at home the first blood dog was brought here from us trailer and now must have come to this remote ration village to take part in the race it's not surprising they love it this trail are amazing. but even more amazing is the story of how racing first started here at all it wasn't the tough mushers of
sled dog racing who set the trail ablaze but a nun and for all friends who brought their idea to life five years ago mother pressed care of a bill to dog kennel in the village kids from the local all when it came around to take care of the dogs and one day they state their life might seem extreme to some the boys wake up at six to feed the dogs before school in the evening they spend up to three hours training their four legged friends but smother her scare also encourages her kids to become depth hands on the computer and internet the boys regularly update their website and they're in touch with their business mother twenty four seven on the phone itself. but children are the most important thing my only interests not play any role anymore and regardless of whether parsky has hoskins win the race or not she hopes the competition will take place in the village next year.