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the shutdown shock u.s. federal hold may cost the world's biggest economy as much as hurricane katrina did this according to experts who are warning of losses in the billions. on criminal charges following a public wave of fury over the killing of an anti fascist musician. and behind the scenes of syrian diplomacy talks exclusively to russia's ambassador to the u.n. . about the prospects of resolving the stalemate.
a very good morning to you from all of us here are. your top world headlines for this hour. america's federal shutdown is beginning to take its toll the world's largest economy has already lost around three hundred million dollars on the first day the u.s. government seized operating it's estimated the loss will only accelerate with no sign of lawmakers resulting the budget crisis. this from new york. day two of the us government shutdown is underway and experts say for every hour that washington remains power lies it will become increasingly painful for american citizens and the nation's economy to the shutdown erupted after the republican controlled house of representatives failed to come to an agreement with the democratic led senate on passing the federal budget the core issue obama's affordable care act known as obamacare a group of republicans refused to fund the government and possible unless the
president's health care plan was dismantled or defunded and as the government overseeing the world's largest economy and military remains closed for business experts say the global reputation of the world's superpower may suffer the worst damage there's literally nothing the u.s. government can't and won't do for unclear reasons sending whatever shock waves they feel like sending into the u.s. and global economies i can't imagine a recipe that would undermine confidence in the dollar of the u.s. or particularly the u.s. government faster or more effectively than what we see on every news channel in the world every day for a week and countdown the last government shutdown in one thousand nine hundred ninety six under president bill clinton lasted twenty one days and white house officials say cost the country some two billion dollars now this shutdown will not end until president obama and congress agree on a budget but a bigger worry is that if washington remains polarized the u.s.
may be on the brink of defaulting because in a few weeks another battle over the debt ceiling will begin reporting from new york . party. now u.s. politicians are set to meet again to try and bring the government back on track in the meantime though americans themselves are getting increasingly stressed by the situation liz wahl found out how washington is feeling the pain. it's really frustrating for the american people and for myself to see you know our government be so inefficient local businesses say they're getting worried we depend on the government here especially for this business and we have a lot of agencies around here so we're just going to turn a little quiet around here he is among the businesses offering special shutdown deals we don't know with the purchase of a donor with a government id the postal tourism is at a standstill with iconic landmarks shut down most of the places. for business are closed today all thousands of people come to d.c.
each year to visit the monuments and museums but today at many of these places like here at the natural history museum they're greeted with a sign like this one announcing that they're closed this family traveled from arizona to do some sightseeing we drove our kids' friends over in arizona thousands of miles across the country hoping to. you know show them the national treasures and teach them a little bit a little bit about american history and show how great this country is instead we're learning about government the world war two memorial was closed to visiting veterans until members of congress came to help break the barrier among them congresswoman michele bachmann maybe eight to twelve of us members one member had a scissor cut the tape and then we just asked corded veterans bachmann blames the democrats for the shutdown we haven't even gotten return calls most of the time
from the president or from harry reid even the last one the last bill said will fully fund the government by which you sit down with us so we can hire an out some concerns that we have harry reid said not to that you just take our way or no way but many others point their finger out the republicans they're the ones who put the obamacare bill into the funding bill that has no business being there the hope now is that a deal comes through. so everyone can get back to business as usual in washington liz wahl r t. now the u.s. government shutdown is sending shock waves across the globe stoking worries and fears in europe asia i'd australia a financial expert patrick young he explained to my colleague bill dodd that when squabbles in congress end up suspending the government of the world's biggest economy it's a pretty bad sign for investors this is just another example of how difficult it is to trust the american government machine but ultimately what do we want to see as
investors well we like to see leadership and that's one of the problems we have at the moment unfortunately mr obama seems to be occupying the white house but he doesn't give us any confidence that he's actually leading the united states of america ultimately right now investors aren't taking any for their knee jerk action but of course what we're warming up to is going to be another couple of weeks' time somewhere between i think the seventeenth and the twentieth of october where actually the american government is going to reach the point where it has to go and borrow more money and the problem with that is it's been drinking vodka like an alcoholic for forty or fifty years and the bar tab needs to be paid but in the meantime they're hoping to get some more credit there's a lot of overreaction here isn't that this this crisis may not last very long and of course the u.s. economy is showing signs of recovery so it's not looking that bad for the future is it. oh gosh you know it's very important to understand where we are in this perspective and that is of course that in the little bubble which is the washington
d.c. and the cop all politicians love to try and make a drama thing that they possibly can we're seeing this incredibly amazing entrenched standoff and you know what's really happening is actually ultimately while obviously there are problems for those million people who aren't getting paid at the moment and indeed the eight hundred thousand who ultimately have been furloughed for the time being actually what we have here at this period between what looks like frankly a few needy teenagers but instead they're the government of the united states of america becoming over something in their backyard of which we really shouldn't need to have an argument whatsoever and with the u.s. government shutdown continuing now into its second day of the alarms all wringing over its negative affects piling up on america first of all let's address the issue of the loss in federal wages essential services are continuing to operate but with their pay delayed however there are an estimated eight hundred thousand to workers
who have been stood down and won't receive their paychecks also let's not forget about the soaring business uncertainty in the depressing confidence of consumers and money lost by federal workers on unpaid leave alone roughly amounts to about a billion a week but moody's analysts say if the shutdown continues for a month it will cost about fifty five million dollars which was roughly the damage caused by hurricane katrina charley mcgrath the founder of the wide awake news portal believes the u.s. lawmakers are completely disconnected from the nation. this is united states of america the richest country in the world we have forty nine million people who are living in poverty forty eight million of them are on food stamps now the last government shutdown ninety five ninety six where you sit in it it under a trillion dollars in sovereign debt to be we sit at seventeen trillion dollars in sovereign debt you know twenty million people unemployed is there a disconnect that is an absolute understatement in a washington d.c. i truly believe does not understand what the average person in this country is
going through most people even in the mainstream are starting to understand it's not that washington d.c. does not serve the people that elected them and sent them there in most cases it's not saying all five hundred thirty five members of congress are out to get their constituency but it sure seems like the people that stay there for decades at a time they control legislation that decide what's to be talked about on the floor of the congress or on the floor of the senate you know these people are there so long it's obvious that they're special interest driven you know they're there to make sure that the crowd when the tax dollars for the special interest that help fund them and keep them in the position of power and nasa is one of the essential services affected by the government shutdown which now leaves it grounded on its fifty fifth anniversary and ninety seven percent of nasa employees have a day off today but they're in no mood to celebrate and we spoke to tom jones a former nasa astronaut. i experience the same thing myself back the last time we had a government shutdown in one thousand nine hundred five and i was an astronaut and
i was told i was an essential part of the agency so i did report to work during those days but it is frustrating because everyone has deadlines everyone has a schedule to keep and be told to just mark time and lose this time and makes everyone feel that they are there or not they're not able to do their job. you can always head over to our web site for more on the story of online team constantly updating a minute by minute news line of america's federal shutdown just follow it. what your government shutdown until congress funds it again. all right thanks for joining us here on our today for senior members of greece's far right golden dawn padi have appeared in court on charges of criminal activity
come down on the political group was spotted by public anger over the killing of an anti fascist musician last month carried out by a member of golden dawn. reports from athens. while the crackdown against golden dawn continues to pay scimitar heavy police presence and paste in the party have appeared in court here in athens charged of being part of a criminal organization a total of six have been arrested along with its leader the cost me can lower your costs and that followed police making a direct link between the party and the death of an anti fascist rapper while that action did quell a wave of public come arrest following that death it has also produced a backlash from golden dawn and also from their supporters one of whom spoke to r.t. anonymously. i intend to court to show my support for the golden dawn m.p.'s it's unfair of the government to level these charges that the party and it will backfire we demand
a rise because at the moment we don't have the golden dawn will continue and it will remain strong the party is the ideology not its people well you have to remember that despite all these events golden dawn still remains the third biggest political party increase it has eighteen elected m.p.'s and getting rid of them will not be easy it is against the law to ban any political party here in greece and even if you did put the politicians in jail they would still remain pays what's more golden dawn is now threatening to remove all of its politicians from parliament and that would trigger by elections and perhaps destabilize an already fragile coalition and in turn could jeopardize greece's chances of securing more european bailout money but the country already waiting to hear if it will receive the latest tranche of e.u. i.m.f. money worth one billion euros andrey farmer from athens. still to come for you just a bit later in the program here on. fighting to survive
a report on how farmers in setting up patrol groups in their own attempt to combat metal think it's in the region stealing their equipment. muslim brotherhood. government of being too harsh and of pushing the country. political deadlock. over the pledge it was a little hard to take a little. longer here a plug in that sack would make their lives. a little. a little. a little.
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we have a different brain. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not happy. if. you guys stick to the jokes i will handle that i'm. i. quarter past the hour here in the russian capital it's r t this morning in advanced team of u.n. inspectors have kicked off their mission in syria arriving in damascus to oversee the elimination of the country's chemical stockpiles the experts have a tough task ahead to try and find in destroy about a thousand tons of toxic arms in a country that still at war the u.n. security council approved the mission last week as part of a syrian chemical disarmament resolution is after all poison gas attack outside
damascus the deadline to destroy all facilities is november the first of many find a timeline too ambitious it is the narrowest window that the u.n. team has faced in any nation of russia's ambassador to the world body. he told r.t. the narrow timeframe that will work if all sides do take. this is a difficult schedule but i think there is reason to believe that this is a realistic schedule provided there is cooperation from the syrian government which we see is lir and also provided there is required cooperation from various opposition groups one important element of resolution twenty one eighteen is that it makes demands and not only on the government of syria but also on but is a position groups there must also play their part it will create a political momentum which will allow us to move. from an agreement on chemical
weapons in syria to an agreement on a political settlement of the crisis in that country and convening the geneva two conference. and that was just a preview of our exclusive interview with russia's ambassador to the un the full version available for you on friday in our sophie. we're also online for you all the time you can find out what i'll grab for you this hour including a peace prize for. politicians scientists and activists want the russian president to get a nobel prize for his role in resolving of the syrian chemical weapons crisis. and historic find plastic molecules have been detected on the moon of. the first time they've ever been discovered outside of.
egypt of violence erupted at a rally by islamist supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsy as they gathered in cairo's tahrir square for the first time in over two months i mean all egypt's military chief has called for a speedy political transition for the muslim brotherhood is accusing the army of escalating a crackdown on their activities saying it will only drive the country into deeper crisis true reports now from cairo. egyptian security forces stormed to cairo incumbents for ousted muslim brotherhood president mohamed morsi back in august tents are torn down over six hundred people are killed a month on brotherhood activists like mr. say they have been driven underground. i have started to hide my identity every day i shave my beard i have a second phone number that has to be changed so it's not tracked now i can live in my apartment if i move from one place to another life has become very difficult for
over a month this was the site of one of cairo's main pro morsy sit ins after august body dispersal by security forces it's become just a busy street since that day for many missing but their activists like mr fair they say they aren't able to attend rallies and their leaders are in jail or in hiding with last week's court order banning members of brotherhood many fear this crackdown will just get worse. egyptian human rights organizations say the military led government is being too harsh. all the activities of the muslim brotherhood. and it's. related to the muslim brotherhood this is a week of course so that as a collective punishment restriction. muslim brotherhood or anything but supporters of the interim government say there is documented evidence the brotherhood uses violence so silencing its membership they say is necessary to ensure stability and
the transition to democracy to hang with them and was free in the thirtieth of june revolution which was the second wave of the twenty fifth of january revolution muslim brotherhood killed a lot of egyptians they had no problems killing innocent people they proved they were to push egypt into civil war morsi supporters maintain they are being prevented from peacefully protesting the brotherhood's newspaper was also shut down its website announced this week they had to move operations to london due to the escalating crackdown. rather than stifling the meat meant. to be say it makes them more determined than ever to tension. a big crisis. start with brazil or a peaceful future protest that bob and the police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowds in rio de janeiro a latin american country undergoing an educational crisis the shortage of teachers estimated at three hundred thousand and overcrowded. and the government in brazil
since june with demands for more public spending on schools public health and transportation in response president dilma rousseff has since approved a law that would reserve seventy five percent of oil profits for education for the measures failed to appease the protesters. and the three miners who are being killed after a gas leak caused an explosion in a mine in eastern germany four others were rescued after being trapped inside the powerful blast occurred in a seven hundred metre deep following in a controlled detonation the mines managers said that while carbon dioxide leaks are an everyday occurrence this time it happened to an extent they were not expecting. a new u.n. report says that torture and ill treatment often lead to death very widespread in libyan jails the means of abuse are said to be the most frequent way to get confessions right after arrest and during the first days of interrogation around
eight thousand prisoners are held behind bars without any trial all on suspicion of having fought the ousted leader moammar gadhafi and the un's investigation is showing that at least twenty seven people have been tortured to death in the prisons eleven of them in this year alone of being done by military as the trial in the eight month civil war. local farmers in portugal are taking up arms they've set up a patrol to stop the eves from stealing their equipment the problem of metal theft is not new it was getting worse and it's forming a squeeze me forcing the farmers to take matters into their own hands so reports. thank meet the farmer militia a rural community fighting for its survival these local portuguese farmers struggling to protect their learnt from metal. we've already had so much storm and it's almost time to harvest the crops. again so we decided to start
to protect our property after all everyone who takes part in the patrols to keep calm to only use their weapon if the field is a risk to call the police first we set out with them on a patrol despite new laws pulls in last year to try to deal with the growing problem of thirty say arrests for metal that have increased to an average for a day compared to just a few cases each month a couple of years ago this policy become so incensed that the lack of progress with catching the things that they've essentially taken the law into their own hands and have gone out on patrols some of them carrying what the farmers don't want us to film them with their weapons although they tell us all the guns are licensed they know the patrols skirting on the edge of legality. the thieves have been targeting the farmers metal irrigation taps used to water crops the tops them selves not
worth the huge amounts but when stolen. so the phone has been telling us that around six hundred of these irrigation taps are being stolen at a cost of a hundred thousand euros and if you just take a look he told us when these caps were stolen all the water came gushing out on to the learned in front of it and you can see the damage that has been done as european countries did in and out of recession global demand for the metals has remained high making stolen cables the metal a world wide world. market. this large metal recycling company tells us the black market trade in metal is beaming copper will fetch a thief around four to five year a pick ely in iron about three year overkill they say these typically targeting
smaller scrap yards were less likely to ask questions and it's an industry that's incredibly hard to regulate a lot but as with all laws so it's possible to get around them. a new law was passed just last year granting police more powers and tightening industry requirements these countermeasures include the implementation of a cashless system meaning for sales of more than fifty year scrapyards should be required to write a check despite the new measures being introduced metal thirty cost the states the estimated twenty million euros last year. metal theft is a growing problem in lots of countries in europe since the crisis we're hoping the new measures will be effective part it will take time for them to take effect. but until the problems force under control pharma militia val to continue fighting back against the growing wave of metal that. surface r.t.
portugal. thank you so much for joining us here on r t today i'm researcher and moscow are back with the entire news team and half an hour next i'll be martin looking at the crisis on capitol hill with breaking the sad. old. science technology innovations told in these developments from around russia we've got the future covered.
what's going on we're going to break in the. latter days of bickering or do nothing congress is a sighted to do nothing about the government shutdown so here we are for the first time in seventeen years capitol hill effectively closed for business but don't worry the n.s.a. is still spying on you in the military style drone bombing our overall national parks are closed and services like flu monitoring by the centers for disease control are shut down until further notice to top it off eight hundred thousand other federal government employees are out of work with no pay and definitely and one of the lawmakers who caused the shutdown. i'll tell you all we did are you are both are just a moment you are both paid one hundred seventy four thousand dollars a year that's your salary would you be prepared to add some kind of a rider on. an amendment onto a continuing resolution that would take you out of the essential services category and stop payment on your paychecks in order to get a continuing resolution through would you go away yes or no you yes are now ready
to see if you will where you are in the oil paint job and your paycheck yes of course lawmakers don't have to give up their cushy salary for the mess they created . hundreds of thousands of average americans have to take a hit pissed off at the idea of politicians shutting themselves down and leaving us to foot the bill yeah me too it's great to see. the. it was a. very hard to tell. you that had sex with her but there's no. way that.