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the shutdown shock roughly three hundred million dollars. u.s. federal. m.p.'s from greece's far right golden dawn caught on criminal charges. over the killing of an. exclusive.
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international news headlines it's. a pleasure to have you with us today. 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 stopped operating it's been estimated the loss will only accelerate with no sign of lawmakers resolving the budget crisis and more on 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 democrat led senate on passing the federal budget the core issue obama's affordable
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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 count down 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
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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 . r.t. . 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 in washington with more results he's less wall. 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's among the businesses offering special shutdown deals we don't know with the purchase of a donor with a government id because till tourism is at a standstill with iconic landmarks shut down most of the places. for
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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 them how great this country is instead we're learning about government the world war two memorial was closed off 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 ask or did. bachmann blames the democrats
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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 bought it would you sit down with us so we can iron out some concerns that we have harry reid said not to do 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 would 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. we talk about the widespread reverberations of the u.s. government shutdown is just sending shock waves across the globe stoking worries and fears in europe asia even australia and financial expert patrick young he spoke to my colleague bill dog explaining that when squabbles in congress end up suspending the government of the world's biggest economy it's a bad sign for investors this is just another example of how difficult it is to
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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
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perspective and that is of course that in the little bubble which is washington d.c. and the cough the poll politicians love to try and make a drama thing that they possibly can we're seeing this incredibly amazing entrenched found off 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 between what looks like frankly a few needy tain agers but instead they're the government of the united states of america big 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 the alarms are ringing over its negative effects piling up on america for example let's give you some of the losses in federal wages here on r.t. essential services continuing to operate but with their pay delayed however there
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are an estimated eight hundred thousand workers who have been stood down and won't receive their paychecks anytime soon and let's not forget about soaring business uncertainty in the depressing confidence of consumers and for the money lost by federal workers on unpaid leave alone roughly amounts to one billion a week but moody's analysts say if the shutdown continues for a month it will cost about fifty five billion dollars that's roughly the losses caused by hurricanes katrina and sunday excluding property damage charlie mcgrath the founder of the wide awake news he believes u.s. lawmakers are completely out of touch with 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 today we sit at seventeen trillion dollars in sovereign debt you know twenty million people unemployed is there
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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 in 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 gets 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 they crowd in the tax dollars for the special interests that help fund them and keep them in the position of power and not one of the essential services affected by the government shutdown which now leaves it grounded on his fifty fifth anniversary and ninety seven percent of its employees have a day off today but they're probably in the mood to celebrate and we spoke to tom
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jones a former nasa astronaut. i experienced the same thing myself back the last time we had a government shutdown in one thousand nine hundred five and i was an astronaut 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 is has deadlines everyone has a schedule to keep and 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. they can head to our web site for more on the story online team constantly updating a minute by minute news line of america's federal shutdown easy to follow click away dot com. watch more government shutdown until congress funds or give. or let's shift gears to athens now where four senior members of greece's far right
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golden dawn party have appeared in court on charges of criminal activity a clampdown on the political group was sparked by the killing of an fascist musician last month allegedly carried out by a member of golden dawn reporting from athens. well the crackdown against golden dawn continues pay scimitar heavy police presence and paste from 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 mikail only of course 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 unrest following that day it has also produced a backlash from golden dawn and also from their supporters one of whom spoke to r.t. anonymously. to show my support for the golden dawn. it's
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unfair of the government to have all these charges and it will backfire we demand 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 in greece is 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 and pays what's more golden dawn is now threatening to remove all of its politicians from the 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 with 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. it's
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good to have you with us today lots more news to come for you a bit later in the program including fighting to survive we report our farmers in portugal setting up patrol groups on their own time to combat in the region. but. kind of widening crackdown on egypt's muslim brotherhood as islamists accuse the government of being too harsh and a pushing the country only deeper into political deadlock. is the united states an exceptional country the indispensable nation proponents of this idea claim the us is a force for good in the world and has the right even an obligation to act unilaterally when necessary critics charge american exceptionalism is dangerous to the us and the world as well as a cover for global domination and empire. choose your language. week
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not far off from people of ellen crosstalk for the meantime next on here in r.t. an advance team of u.n. inspectors have kicked off their mission in syria writing in damascus to oversee the elimination of the country's chemical stockpiles though the experts have a very tough task ahead to try and find and 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 it's after all the poison gas attack outside damascus of a deadline to destroy all facilities is the first of november that many find that timeline a bit too ambitious it is the narrowest window that any u.n. team has had to face in any nation but russia's ambassador to the world body. he told r.t. the challenging time frame will work if indeed all sides take part. this is a difficult schedule but i think there is reason to believe that this is
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a realistic schedule provided there is cooperation from the syrian government which we see as the year and also provided there is required cooperation from various opposition groups one important element of this resolution twenty one eighteen is that it makes demands and not only on the government of syria but also on what is the 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. i know that was just a preview of our exclusive interview with russia's ambassador to the u.n. and the full version of a double for you on friday. program. of
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course but we're online all the time you can always find out what our web team has lined up for you in this hour in particular the one story including. political activists want the russian president to get a nobel prize for his role in resolving the syrian chemical weapons crisis. makes an historic find molecules containing. sixteen moons it's the first time they've ever been detected outside.
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are this good to have you with us here in cairo we go. up to today a rally by islamist supporters of egypt's ousted president mohamed morsi as they gathered in cairo's tahrir square for the first time in over two months meanwhile egypt's military chief has called for a speedy political transition but the muslim brotherhood is accusing the army of an escalating crackdown on their activities saying it will only drive the country into a deeper crisis true has this report from cairo. egyptian security forces stormed to cairo incumbents for ousted muslim brotherhood president
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mohamed morsi back in august tents are torn down over six hundred people are killed a month on brotherhood activists like mr tepe say they have been driven underground so. i have started to hide my identity every day i shave my beard i have a second phone number that has to be changed to show it's not tracked now i can't live in my apartment 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 there are activists like mr furze 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 them as a brotherhood many fear this crackdown will just get worse. egyptian human rights organizations say the military led government is being too harsh. all of the activities of the muslim brotherhood. and its fusions or.
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related to the muslim brotherhood this is a week of course so that as a collective punishment restrictions. for muslim brotherhood also will not lead to 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. there rather than stifling the movements and his fellow activists say it makes them more determined than ever the tension pushing egypt
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it's a big crisis. well the time here on our program on r.t. and to libya we go regarding a u.n. report that says the cold cure and ill treatment of leading to death are widespread in libyan jails and 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 about eight thousand prisoners are held behind bars currently without any trial all on suspicion of having fought for the ousted leader moammar gadhafi the un's investigation is showing that at least twenty seven people have been tortured to death in the prisons eleven of them this year alone all by militias triumphed in the eight months of war. and the u.s. has expelled three venezuelan diplomats from its territory just a day after caracas booted out the same number of american officials from its country but has been
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a leader nicolas maduro accused the envoys of plotting to sabotage the economy of the u.s. embassy denied the allegations and fearing an assassination attempt my daughter last week canceled his speech at the u.n. headquarters in new york and diplomatic spots there are nothing really new for venezuela in america they both have been without him bassett is in each other's capitals since two thousand and ten. a peaceful protest in brazil turned violent after police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowds in rio de janeiro a latin american country is undergoing an educational crisis with a shortage of teachers estimated about three hundred thousand massively overcrowded classrooms and the government rallies have been rocking brazil since june with demands for more public spending on schools public health and transportation though in response president dilma rousseff has since approved a law that would resume. seventy five percent of oil profits for education about measure so far has failed to apiece the protesters. and three miners have been
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killed after a gas leak caused an explosion in a salt mine in eastern germany four others were rescued after being trapped inside a powerful blast occurred in a seven hundred metre deep shark following an earlier controlled detonation in the mines managers said that while carbon dioxide leaks are an everyday occurrence this time it happened to an extent they were not expected. to portugal where local farmers are taking up arms they set up a patrol to stop stealing their equipment and the problem of metal theft is nothing new but it's getting worse and it's forcing the portuguese farmers to take matters into their own hands. meet the militia a rural community fighting for its survival these local portuguese farmers to protect their land from metal. we've already had so much stolen
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it's almost time to harvest the crops and we can't risk. again so we decided to start to protect our property told everyone who takes part in the patrols to keep calm to only use their weapon if the field is a risk and to call the police first we set out with the patrol despite new laws pulls in last year to try to deal with the growing problem authorities say of arrests the methods that have increased to the average full day compared to just a few cases each month a couple of years ago these bonuses become so. right with that they've essentially taken the law into their own hands and they've gone out on patrols some of them carrying what the farmers want to film them with their weapons. they tell us all the guns are licensed they know the patrols the skirting on the edge of
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legality. the thieves have been targeting the farmers metal irrigation taps used to water crops on the tops and selves not worth this huge amount but when stolen. will sort of pass. 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 pap's 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 the metals has remained high making stolen cables a metal a worldwide growth 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
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a pick kilo in iron about three year over they say these typically targeting smaller scrap yards are less likely to ask questions and it's an industry that's incredibly hard to regulate a lot but as with all also 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 to sales of more than fifty euros scrapyards should be required to write a check despite the new measures being introduced metal thirty cost the states an estimated twenty million euros last year. metal first is a growing problem in lots of countries in europe since the crisis we're hoping the new measures will be effective part of it will take time for them to take effect. but until the problem is both under control pharma militia val to continue fighting
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back against the growing wave of metal that. r.t. portugal. and i'm stepping aside the people of al cross talk interests are. wealthy british scientists are. sometimes the tireless. 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 tune into kinds
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idea claim the u.s. is a force for good in the world and has the right even an obligation to act unilaterally when necessary critics charge american exceptionalism is dangerous to the us. and the world as well as a cover for global domination and empire. to cross-talk american exceptionalism i'm joined by rodney shakespeare in london he is the co-founder of the global justice movement in phoenix we have david burchell he is a former deputy assistant secretary of state and in moscow we cross to mark's lowballed a he's a senior lecturer in researcher at moscow state university right gentlemen cross-talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i encourage it rodney if i go to you first in london do you like the term american exceptionalism and is that a good thing or a bad thing. when it's not. the year is is a great just for the. exceptional it spends forty.


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