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prosecution if they are not held accountable. responsible. the week's top stories in the diplomatic standoff over syria's chemical weapons. at the u.n. and apparently. the nation's leaders hope for progress in stalled. peace activists. trying to. face charges of. the. crackdown on the country's golden dawn party. the group led to mass
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protest. you're watching. with me. well this week's u.n. general assembly gathering was marked by some major diplomatic breakthroughs. first agreement on syria since the start of the conflict that historic phone call open the prospects for real progress in the international concern about iran's nuclear ambitions and he sonali reports now on. hope for diplomacy progress on two fronts at the united nations a new tone in policy towards iraq and a security council resolution on chemical weapons in syria the european union we've
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been hearing increasingly often the argument that the threat or use of force which is directly precipitated by the un charter might be the most efficient way to solve international problems the united states of america is prepared to use all elements of our power including military force to secure. our core interests of the rich but rare consensus at the u.n. emerged after years of deadlock over how to deal with the syrian crisis the un security council unanimously passed a resolution to secure and eliminate syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons according to the geneva agreement put forward by russia and the u.s. the mandate outlines a legally binding compliance but no threat of automatic sanctions or military action i think it shows there were turning towards a diplomatic solution at least on the issue of chemical weapons but the other issue that is still remained outstanding is what will happen outside of the issue of chemical weapons will the conversely be pursued by the united states or will they
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continue to find as they have the opposition an arm the opposition of silicate that happening and trying to deepen the conflict over there were sided another way it's a u.s. policy that iran's new president says has no place in the region his debut at the u.n. this week star hassan rouhani reach out but also defend tehran from political attacks iran is an anchor of stability in unstable region the iranian threat is imaginary and is used as an excuse for the misdeeds of others iran poses absolutely no threat to the world or the region ronnie made it clear that iran does not want nuclear weapons and that it wants peace but also to be treated as an equal the rainy and u.s. officials praised high level meetings that took place on the sidelines of the general assembly and the country's president spoke over the phone for the first time in over three decades but what would it take for a would be photo op to become a new u.s. approach towards iran but as has our very tied there his hands are tied that there
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are people and lobby groups in the united states that do not want to see the united states and iran after thirty four years of demonizing the country to have relations the u.s. is in a tough spot it has to keep from north. relation of the middle east and now the alienation of the arab muslims in general against the us is mostly due to the commitment and the double standard the us shows in its relations with israel obama said to meet with israeli prime minister netanyahu on monday in washington now is the real test will the u.s. be able to move forward with diplomacy in the middle east both with iran and syria the first week at the u.n. general assembly has opened the door to rethink a failed policy the question is will the obama administration shot it the first chance they get reporting from new york and east anally r.t. or a u.n.
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resolution on syria stresses that all parties in the conflict need to comply with the disarmament and nonproliferation requirements author and historian gerald hones says ensuring the rebels cooperate with the most challenging task that's the weakness of this peace process recall the just a few days ago the so-called rebels officially with the more extremist faction basically saying that the less extremist factions to somehow be purged in expelled the extremists faction of course is spearheaded by the al nusra front close to al qaida keep in mind as well that some of the so-called chemical facilities in syria or under the jurisdiction of rebel forces if the rebel forces are not part of this process it's unclear to me how it can be resolved that is to say how can chemical weapons be destroyed not the least how can these chemical weapons be found if the
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rebels are not part of the process. meanwhile u.n. inspectors back in syria to investigate allegations of several more chemical attacks that previous mission resulted in reports confirming the use of sarin gas and was twenty first made to mask this in some countries accuse the assad regime of carrying out a political analyst shall mean the one who scrutinized the report believes there are a holes which need patching up during the current u.n. mission first thing we have to know is that this was a very rushed investigation there was. very little access available in total the u.n. investigation team was in. for seven and a half hours two hours and which is the west who talks and five and a half hours in time runs amok which is a nice. so there was very little time and the other problem with this investigation one of the weaknesses according to chemical weapons expert who i quote in my
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article is that the medical team that they met with whether first responders witnesses doctors nurses they were all pre-selected by one or two pro opposition doctors so this was a you know questionable exercise from the start if you couldn't have access randoms . you need in which to conduct a full and thorough investigation what was the point i think what's important here is that the u.n. now as a result of all these holes in its original report needs to address these and ensure for itself that it has the proper access and time to investigate other areas of alleged chemical weapons attacks. president rouhani of iran received a mixed welcome entire on his return for making headlines at the u.n. general assembly in new york dozens of his opponents chanting anti-american slogans
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eggs and shoes and his car their anger was triggered by the historic phone conversation between on the and obama the first direct talks between u.s. and iranian leaders for three decades well after the cold president obama voiced hopes of progress in the tyrone's atomic ambitions and said that serious obstacles remain norman solomon from the institute for public accuracy says there's also sickles can be overcome if hard liners and both countries aren't allowed to dictate policy to the u.s. government is under great pressure from the hawks in washington many of whom why the united states to either attack or wake a nod towards israel launching an attack on iran within the next year or so the role of the us i think is now to see what's possible diplomatically and i think it's a combination you know it takes two to dance and ronnie and obama are beginning to
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doubt that that was not possible under argument in a job it was not possible or would not be possible under president romney or president mccain for instance i think that is the very important factor the combination and it's a matter of timing. but it will be very important for the grassroots leaders as well as the powerful in both iran and the united states to keep this on course so that the hardliners in each country don't gain the upper hand. we have a much more analysis on the signs of a thaw in iran the u.s. relations as well as predictions for future nuclear talks on our website. aid to greenpeace campaigners face a hearing later today just days after a court ordered that twenty two other activists should be held in custody for two months all are accused of being part of an attempt to stay in an oil platform
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endangering the environment and the lives of workers what is your person off looks at why they were protesting what the future holds for the polar region. the pictures that stormed international media greenpeace activists trying to climb onto a floating platform in russia's north arrested by coast guards. shot all thirty activists from eighteen countries were detained and are now awaiting whether they will be officially charged greenpeace claims their actions were peaceful but the authorities say they could have endangered not only the lives of the rig's workers with the environment itself. it's obvious they are not pirates but they tried to storm the platform and these people violated international law by coming dangerously close to the president's common scheme and an international arctic conference organized by russia or here in city huts the only city in the world located exactly on the arctic circle line where the presidents of russia
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finland iceland other officials along with around four hundred experts have gathered and the arctic environment is what this forum is all about as average temperatures warm up and the arctic is opening up new opportunities for trade routes and energy projects moscow says only companies with experience working in the tough region and enough funds to do it properly and without harming major must be allowed access and cleaning up the heritage of the cold war era is another issue amanda military bases equipment and piles of barrels with fuel i know a map the arctic binary assessment program has been involved in that that russia has really been working on its own to try to claim we have a ways to go and they're not alone there are places around the planet or similar things that happen when people didn't recognize it. as something they did had long term negative consequences for the environment the arctic nations seem to be on the same beach and looking after the north wall is
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a responsibility they must carry together so that the mistakes of the past aren't repeated especially when their every move is under such intense scrutiny you've got this going off in the arctic circle. to greece where authorities have made a move against the far right golden dawn party its leader along with a number of senior officials and other members have been arrested in connection with the murder of a prominent anti fascist rapper two weeks ago rigidly golden dawn activists in the killing saw thousands join protests across the country golden dawn is the third most popular party in greece in twenty twelve parliamentary elections it won eighteen seats out of three hundred rapidly gaining support among some of the country's youth my colleague sean thomas discussed their rise with nazis there's a couple of. this was the largest show of public anger over the killing of public's physis the thirty four year old hip hop artist an anti-fascist activist the man who killed him is believed to be a supporter of the far right golden dawn party of this is a group the currently controls eight hundred seats in parliament it's been
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described as neo fascist. largely for its campaign of intimidation against immigrants whom it blames for some of the economic woes affecting greece right now now while problems was not the first person to die at the hands of neo nazis in greece he was the first non migrant to do so and this has sparked outrage all across the country with all similar protests similar scenes last week in the early hours of this wednesday thousands of greeks marched in a largely peaceful protest they marched towards the offices of golden dawn which were secluded essentially protected by the police a group of a small group of protesters who had their faces covered in the ring helmets have broken off started hurling petrol bombs a lot of anger over this murder that still fresh in people's minds so throughout europe pushing lots of rhetoric nationalist movements but in greece in particular how much clout is this new or not see this new fascist movement growing how much. basically protection do they have well quite a bit especially in contrast to other european countries now golden dawn isn't just
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a fringe group that has eighteen members in parliament out of three hundred it's on its way to becoming the third largest political force in greece the question is of course whether this merger even though the group does say that it has it disavows any ties to the murder the question is whether the political fall out of the public outrage is going to result in a decrease for support for the group and we have seen some public polls showing that it's gone down but at the same time the group doesn't joy very wide support among certain neighborhoods in greece and this is really been a correlation with the rise of the economic crisis there a number that greece has been in recession for six consecutive years in a row we have employment nearly nearing thirty percent two out of three young people out of work and one of the things that we found at least when speaking to political experts is they said that basically when. people really don't have much to hold on to economically it's not unusual to see people turning to more radical ideas and while there are some hard core supporters of golden dawn who might have
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ideas that are very much out of line with the mainstream old and on really trying to solve sell itself to the public as anti-establishment as being able to do things when the government may not be able to and that's what we really heard from certainly but that's where there is a lot of support for it people felt like it was an alternative and that they really couldn't trust the government to provide certain services for them and therefore trying to this group. that is on the casm here sees a specialist in greek politics spoke to my colleague kevin irwin he believes the more the government tries to suppress golden dawn the more it may flourish so far as the position of the m.p.'s for whom arrest warrants have been issued is concerned by the fact that they will be on trial in under arrest they will not lose their status as members of the greek parliament or so seems to be the case if you try and close something and you drive it underground it thrives conversely. that is correct and i am personally against for golden dawn precisely for the reason you
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outlined in your question it seems that the greek authorities are not entirely clear about what to do so far. not banning golden dawn because they want to avoid a situation whereby the movement of the organisation rather goes on the ground and becomes a more frightening force in greek politics at the same time however they're arresting its members and they're going for something like a defacto without a proper legal. or greece is not the only country where far right parties are gaining support the polls are just so all across the european union support is growing rapidly these days all of the reports from austria were right leaning parties are expected to do well in today's parliamentary elections. the political right is on the right you see in europe and it's drawing some surprising support a lot of people from the working class blue collar workers lower educated people
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are voting for the extreme right of the radical right because of the policies they put forward like immigration and european integration corruption i guess apologises to massage so these are the topics that are now days important for those people voting for the radical right across europe there's a time that's turning right ukip is being talked about as the legitimate third party in britain while alternative for germany just missed out on a place in the bundestag norway's conservative government came to power with tough immigration promises and in sweden and finland there's also been gains here in australia euro skeptic right wing parties are gaining support from people who feel that the main issues important to them arms being addressed they're not care less and we should all feel the need to slow down immigration i have nothing against foreigners but enough is enough. yeah e.u. is saying where the money should go to like an all kind poor country is on its of
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their own country and they're used to wouldn't be like john dictate everything. else it used to be their own party's interest spruced and the e.u. second us now it's only you it's to them if you want and i'm not the freedom party of austria have made significant gains in the polls heading into sunday's election. its critics call it xenophobia its leader begs to differ being out of australia i don't hate foreignness. even so the party adopted a different campaign tactic that it had done in previous elections their issue hidden in the message about religious values and a sense of. talking about love your neighbors which is a very catholic way of talking about issues but of course the hidden message behind us that this is against islam or against muslims also flying the anti you roofline
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is stroke canadian billionaire frank straw you come dems the single currency is the road to rack and ruin. we need to stop creating debt every housewife knows that if she spends more money than she earns all parameters most of europe's recent elections have been nail biters for politicians desperate to keep their jobs amid limping economies all street is different it's doing relatively fine what's happening here is brussels persistence with bailouts and encroachments on sovereignty is given the right to come didn't sing the road to beat them with peace or all of it on t.v. . the latter heading into a break now but still to come on people on the remote island in the south atlantic the british government is squeezing the life out of the community forcing them from their homes plus. the flame for the sochi winter olympics prepares to set off
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free. pretty free. free. free. free. free. free. for your media project free media r.t. dot com. welcome back now as one of the last outposts of the british empire ascension island in the south atlantic is still said to be suffering the effects of colonialism u.k. stands accused of a victim families of lived it for over a century let's take a look and ascension islands a tiny spot on the world but here it is now and it's home to many a thousand people many of whom may now have to leave reportedly to make way for an american military base. where many british citizens will not be allowed to stay
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after retirement or if they're unemployed eighteen the case best similarity is the expulsion of inhabitants from diego garcia island part of britain's indian ocean territory we are and was forcefully depopulated in the one nine hundred seventy s. also to make way for a military base while living on ascension on and now say that similar to diego garcia nothing to squeeze in the life out of their homes or smith reports the tiny island in the mid atlantic made of volcanic rock and covered in pigeon guano but to eight hundred people. but now the story of attention island has all the hallmarks of being another diego garcia the british owned indian ocean islands whose inhabitants were forced to leave to make way for a u.s. base by having lived there for generation a lot of good memories. it's
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not for them. you know when you see them you got this because they are enjoying the. islanders accuse the british government of. operating families who have been there for more than a century ten years ago it all so different person was promising democratic institutions for the island a legal right to live and to own property it wanted a viable community that but today the population's already decreased by a quarter with communities replaced by contract workers were tired or unemployed people over eighteen had to leave and the similarities with diego garcia and the dominant feature on the island is you guessed it an american base heavily used during president obama's recent trip to africa there are also satellites and submarine tracking stations and one of those now infamous listening posts run by g
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c h q the british government now conveniently insists ascension has no indigenous population and many residents believe they intend to evacuate the island completely and abandon it to the americans far from the dreams of a permanent home they had a decade ago. they'll be reduced to paul in the special relationship. lindsay's family comes from leon and he says he's outraged citizens can be forced out on the whim of the u.s. military. i have been there several times and as i say most most people on ascension out of our sense of indian origin in my family seven years ago i was born there there is a very very strong sense that ascension out of his being one might almost say starve to death and there is a precarious kind of political representation there is the absence of guaranteed property rights or indeed a very much property rights after all people are born they have people to live
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their entire working lives their people do wish to retire there but cannot do so may not do so it's not that they said this it is this is because once we think there's any serious doubt because of pressure from the american base which is largely intelligence related and it is a serious question to be asked about why on british territory british citizens living there these are full british passport holders of why these people are being treated like this for the sake of a station with a base which is almost certain you might know more of the details of this in fact engaged in the activities that have been such a huge global story in terms of spying on pretty much everyone but that is happening on british not an american and a british population there is being mistreated. a couple of other world headlines for you now in the. governments has agreed to resign the foreign pressure from the set of resistant decision follows political deadlock and nationwide protests by the
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july killing of an opposition leader a suspected islamic militants a country that was the birthplace of the arab spring will now be provisional government until new elections can be held. hundreds of people are taking to the streets from anti monocle rallies ranting pro-republican slogans of protesters at the royal palace square which was blocked off by police recent months until monocle sentiment has been on the rise of physicians of lavish spending by the royals at a time of severe public spending cuts and record unemployment. oh in just a few hours time in pick torch for the sochi winter games will be let in greece is a limpia parties and your father witnessed the final preparations for the spectacular ceremony. actually watching a rehearsal for sunday's ceremony here after limpia the birthplace of the lympics team and how are you guys in two years ago and this ancient cycle actually herald the start of the next billion picture match because the little fly g twenty
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fourteen movie leaked and it will get its prefects least we can see here practicing what they would do on sunday night at least marriage law if you two should be first to watch barry who by tradition is always the greek and he will then hand nancy the russian torch bearer who on this occasion will be ice hockey star alexander ovechkin he which apparently has been released by the washington capitals we can barely see carrying out its owner actually watch then go on a seven day tool of greece before ending up in ashton's next weekend would then be taken to moscow for the russian leg to relay. and you can watch the live broadcast of the then pick top slotting ceremony hereabouts here to nine hundred g.m.t. up ahead takes an in-depth look at the daily struggles of full inmates at a prison. i
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bet anyone who lives in the united states knows a few people who are just dismal geography a certain small percentage of the country just can't get it the can of those above us but how important is knowing geography anyways what one author on the washington post blogs recently wrote that no one geography really doesn't matter that much he was writing in response to the game where is damascus which challenges people to find syria's capital on a blank map he said that whether americans can find secure on a map doesn't affect the wisdom of a punitive strike meant to uphold international norms against the use of chemical weapons and often disasters draw our attention to places we had never heard of before like pearl harbor or columbine or syria but let's look at this way i don't exactly know where persons kidneys are or how exactly they work so by all normal
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logic that means i'm not qualified to have an opinion about whether we should remove john doe's kidneys my opinion doesn't count because i am kidney ignorant so if you know so little about syria that you can't even find it on a map then you are more likely to believe from a guy in a suit on t.v. that there must be an intervention to save the people there you have no idea who they are or why they are suffering or how to save them but crushed out of that intervention sounds nice knowing at least where a country is on the map is the first step in building informed opinion but that's just my opinion. yes. it's. worse when.


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