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if. we set the flame off on an epic journey across the twenty fourteen winter games host country. and other stories that shape this week here in r.t.e. a u.s. government shutdown and a looming default threaten to severely damage the country's economy and send shivers down the spine of international lenders. the netherlands demands that russia stop the prosecution of greenpeace activists for piracy while moscow insists the activist tam to scale an oil rig posed a threat to the crew and the environment.
if any on the russian capital you're watching r t with memory welcome to the program. moscow is poised for the arrival of the olympic torch for the twenty fourteen winter games the flame is due in red square from athens for a ceremony that will kick start the russian leg of the record breaking really are just going to reports on how moscow plans to welcome the torch. thirty three years ago was the last time russia hosted the olympics it was the last time when the olympic torch was on the red square me to be pretty sure it was not accompanied by bikers from the airport all the way to the red square and that's exactly what we're going to see some day when the flame of lies in moscow itself from the hands of we we've been dressed like an olympic goddess into the hands of russian men in leather jackets on roaring motorcycles so maybe
a touch of spice to the classic ceremony. the last time dylan picked william was in russia was a long term do and we don't know when the next time will be that it's all right here so the fact that we night we are going to can avoid the olympic flame is a very honorable mission before the olympic torch makes its final destination sochi it will go through eighty three russian regions and two thousand nine hundred towns and settlements will see it climb all the way up mt elbrus the highest peak in europe will see dive to the bottom of the russian lake by called the oldest in the deepest lake in the world will even watch the olympic torch blast off to space on board the russian so used rocket that torch will do a lot of things it hasn't done before and as many work in russia hope it will shed light on what the country has to offer but if. you want it is a very important event first of all for russia's in the nation and for its regions it is a chance to show their own culture traditions and investment opportunities dylan
big torch really will grab the attention of the whole world through the mass media it is an important factor in the cultural social and economic development of the russian regions. of course for every single person who will carry the torch it will be a very special moment and it will change thousands thousands i think about fourteen thousand hands and russia before it arrives to the brain new olympic stadium right in time for the opening ceremony of the twenty second olympic winter games on february the seventh in sochi. and we'll be bringing you every stage of the torch is journey today as well as of course the spectacular ceremony in the red square stay with us for that if you can. see a little bit torch is on its big journey to structure. one hundred twenty three days. through two thousand nine hundred towns and cities of russia. really
fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand to live. in a record setting trip by land air and sea and others face. olympic torch. national coverage on a. the u.s. house of representatives has approved back pay for the eight hundred thousand federal workers laid off due to the government shutdown once it's over well there is no sign a waiver of a budget deal between the democrats and the republicans over raising the country's debt ceiling to avoid a default and that's causing severe damage to the u.s. economy asked mr jeffs workers are losing nearly a billion dollars in wages weekly while the economy is being stripped of three hundred million dollars a day alice believe the total could be as much as fifty five billion dollars which would be almost equal to damage caused by hurricanes katrina and sandy economist
max rob wolf says the dispute is sending shock waves across the world. the truth here is what the federal government the united states congress and the white house have exhibited rather aggressively over the last several weeks including through the shutdown is that 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 and 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 counting we're already starting to see hundreds of thousands of people get an involuntary unpaid vacation those hundreds of thousands of people are going out to dinner they're not going to the dry cleaner but up buying a new car going to have trouble making house payments are going to have trouble making mortgage payments and rents and all the rest and we know the money they didn't get today and tomorrow and the next day is money that they're not spending now even if they get paid later it will still be damaging to the economy and some
americans coming out of programs have also been disrupted by the shutdown considered to be nonessential most u.s. space agency staff have been sent home george abbey who used to oversee the international space station for nasa told us repercussions are likely to follow their missions that are coming up in say four or five or six months fairly critical motions are immersions that robotic rights that are going to the planets. launch windows that have to be maintained and if the workers are working and being done so there is going to be an effect on the one where i was the director of the johnson space center and we were flying the space shuttle and of course flying missions to time so we had to maintain a schedule so i managed to keep the workforce. working and we kept our word going on in there to johnson trade center and the kennedy space center in florida and we
didn't really have an impact but. with about ninety seven percent of the workforce that's the johnson space center laid off there will be an approach. but it's not the first time washington is holding its service workers hostage over a political discord in fact shutdowns are quite familiar to american public and less than four decades there's been eighteen of them in some cases several times a year one of the base market strategist mike ingram told us washington will be looking for another thrill even when the current crisis is averted makes them look like idiots quite frankly i mean as you think previously detailed the government just about managed to avoid a shutdown two and a half years ago and at that point in time credit agency standard pulls daryn graded u.s. debt from its aaa status and one of the reasons they gave was they said all that you know that this country is becoming ungovernable there's no visibility on what your fiscal policy is with the politicians you're just playing with
a year after year and here we are again two thousand and thirteen in the same situation i would have to say that even once but this time around and one was to actually happen we're probably going to be in the same sort of situation next year on the nearly seventeen trillion dollars make the us a debtor too big to fail france's lou managing director of an investment warns that if the u.s. dollar plummets following the government shutdown and the number of world economies are going down with it. if you as a chef and the u.s. i love flaws shall be china but you know most need because that is holding off on me to change the shape and the same problem goes. and also you'll carry the countries that hold huge amounts of us on a as says so even though maybe in twenty years time time may be over to america but
right now. it would be a major currency reserve currency and for us the world and so if anything happened to you as is is going to cause chaos. across the globe china holds more than one trillion us dollars so the risk of them and then if the us government for any reason failed to repay a child in china's finances to be in that deep hole it is something that nobody wants to see. much more government must now shut down until congress funds are going. and there's a new twist in a game in the blame game over the deadly chemical attack near the syrian capital in august russian diplomatic sources have suggested this week that a saudi backed terror group was behind the assault which aimed to provoke foreign invent intervention in the conflict and a pattern is that of her james corbat says it's no surprise foreign players are
heavily involved in what's widely seen as so we civil war. mistaken assumption that's often purveyed in the media that what's happening in syria is some sort of civil war as some sort of internal conflict and a lot of the narrative has been framed around that that frame but i think it's fundamentally false to assert that i think we have to understand what's happening in syria as the planned result of a nearly decade long intervention foreign funded foreign armed foreign supplied foreign trained intervention in syria that has been arming and training syrian opposition groups on the record documented lee back to the bush administration as far back as two thousand and six they were starting to fund and train the opposition forces in syria so we have to understand that this is not some sort of spontaneous uprising and that as a result there are many different outside forces including the united states including the saudis the qataris and others who are fight funding and financing their own fighters to go into this conflict and many of them are motivated for
different reasons and are there for different opportunities and some are motivated as mercenaries others are motivated by jihad jihad and the chance of establishing an islamic state but just because they all have the same end goal of overthrowing the assad government does not mean that they're there for the same needs and coming after a sour the victim or the victor egyptian authorities continue their crackdown on the muslim brotherhood but the elements movement appears to grow only stronger as a result. and the killing of an armed a woman this week by police in washington comes under scrutiny as manic claim the use of deadly force was unnecessary and this is more just to have for you. to look at bay they know as we get from syria these days you know people chap a topping up. in taft in business travel
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welcome back here with our t. now the never once has a filed a lawsuit against russia with international maritime court claiming that attention of twenty eight greenpeace activists and two journalists was unlawful the activists were detained after the attempted to scale a russian oil rig last month they were arrested on board the dutch registered ship the arctic sunrise and face fifteen years in prison on piracy charges russia says it was acting with then international law and repeatedly requested the vessel to hold its activities meanwhile greenpeace supporters staged vigils across the globe protesting the actions of authorities authorities insist their actions posed a danger to the crew and environment a former greenpeace leader patrick moore believes the activists should have found a better way to get their message across. you can't expect to have people
allow you to continue to storm their oil rigs oil rigs are a very serious operation with really big safety issues and you start scaling the rig and then people have to come and try to get you off it puts them in danger and so i can certainly understand why they were apprehended and finally towed away from the site the other thing that's quite ironic is greenpeace is using a diesel powered ship to. occupy a loyal rig and so they use they needed oil to get there if they had sailed there or rode there in a boat maybe it would make more sense i do tend to agree with president putin that they are not pirates. it's pretty obvious i think their intentions were not to loot the rig or anything like that but they're still putting people in danger and it is a serious situation it's my understanding that this is the first oil platform that is done zines specifically to withstand the intention is to make it
a safer way of extracting oil my colleague bill dodd spoke to benny with had of greenpeace an arctic campaign and he says it's the gas from oil platform that poses a threat to the fragile environment. greenpeace's spent a lot of time in russia talking to the office or at least talking to gazprom about the specific risks that this rig platform posed at every stage we've been ignored we've written letters we've sat down in conferences said you shouldn't do this time and time and time again we think completely ignored this problem for me is about to start drilling they're about to start the pumps working this platform has been cobbled together from decommissioned oil rigs that rusting in a mound shipyard for nearly two decades we haven't published a full oil spill response plans but isn't it reckless to storm an oil rig with all those safety issues at stake. when i think we did not storm the platform we tried to put
a team of two climbers up the side of it to protest that what gazprom were doing and the threat that this region that the platform itself poses to the arctic region are people who are very well trained we have exposed climate at no point was there any danger of anything happening to the platform. police in washington d.c. will launch an investigation into the use of deadly force by officers who shot an unarmed woman marion kerry was killed on tuesday following a high speed chase through the heart of the u.s. capitol police went after her as she tried to ram her chorus through barricades at the white house details now from our g. sam sachs. we're learning more about the suspect who led police on a high speed chase through washington d.c. her name is miriam carey thirty four years old from connecticut reportedly suffering from mental illnesses including postpartum depression she was recently laid off from her job as a dental hygienist she tried to gain access to a secure area near the white house here in washington d.c. just really a block away from the studio here she was confronted by police she did
a three point turn striking a police officer and sped off to the u.s. capitol where she was again confronted by police shots rang out she alluded police again where she drove another few blocks near senate office buildings the car was then crashed and police opened fire killing her only then realized killing her in front of her one year old child it's worth noting she was completely unarmed the only shots fired during this entire incident were from the police and some people are saying this could have been a misunderstanding if you know this area around d.c. there's constantly drills going on there security checkpoints going on. you know it's hard to drive around and figure out if someone made a wrong turn and were confronted by police someone who might have a history of mental illness could get confused and drive off it's tragic that it would end in someone's death will be investigations into this i mean we're talking about the two most secure locations probably in the plain of the u.s. capitol the white house which might be why police were quick to jump to lethal
force but a lot of people be saying you know why he why didn't police try and shoot out the tires when they had the vehicle cornered why wasn't another police car brought in to further box in the suspect's vehicle and once the suspects car was immobilised the third time why was she just shot dead and really on a week to week basis unfortunately in the united states where we're hearing stories of police shooting unarmed people who they perceive as a threat and weren't so this is just another tragic instance of that unfortunately here in the nation's capital while. the chase unfolded throughout central washington by taking a look at this map well starting at the white house the suspect advances all the way to the capitol building coming under police fire and the pursuit and about three kilometers away from the white house where the driver was killed brian becker director of the answer coalition against war and racism says the u.s.
police are too quick to reach for the gun there's five or six police officers just inches away from her head with guns drawn and that's when she starts to mislead she runs from them she's running away and they start opening fire and they keep shooting and finally when she was when her car is immobilized she's riddled with bullets why would please now terry gainer who is the sergeant of arms of the u.s. senate formally the chief of capitol police he said there was no possibility at all that she could have gotten access to the capitol grounds because there are so many barricades so if her car is disabled and the police chief or the sergeant at arms says there's no possible way for her car to pose a danger to congress why then did they open fire i mean it's because they shoot first ask questions later the police in washington and around the country have a license to kill they know there's never a prosecution and as we saw in congress the congress members just cheered they cheered over the slaughter and it really was the slaughter of an unarmed black
woman in front of her baby muslim brotherhood protests are expected in egypt today on a major military holiday now as a country remains highly volatile three months since the ousting of the islamist president mohamed morsi deadly clashes rocked the capital this week as riot police dispersed brotherhood protesters in cairo killing four people it was part of the government crackdown on the organization which saw its activities banned last week but as belcher reports the pressure only helps build cohesion within the group. 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. 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 morsi citizens after august body dispersal by security forces it's become just a busy street since that day for many missing by their 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. related to the muslim brotherhood this is a week of course so that as a collective punishment restrictions. muslim brotherhood also will not point 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 handle the ministry 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 movement's mr arthur and his fellow activists say it makes them more determined than ever potentially pushing egypt further towards a bigger crisis. true for r.t. cairo. and in about five minutes exxon a boy goes is down with the gyptian movie star and outspoken activists of the twenty levin revolution to talk about the dramatic situation in the country here's a quick preview of worlds apart. if you thing that getting rid of mohamed morsy in
in this way is acceptable why would one peace supporter is try to do a similar thing i mean they can turn into the streets next year they are not they have the right to you do not for example you do not. open a job for him. to clean the office and you come to morrow morning find him made himself the general manager and if you don't like it because you that's not democracy when you defend your political movement or political ideology through holding guns and pointing them. at the army officers and soldiers and policemen then you know you are no longer have a political case you have a criminal case. u.s. military forces have conducted two raids abroad in somalia and libya targeting
senior terrorist leaders in the somalia. u.s. navy seals stormed a villa the leader of the al shabaab militant group the terrorist cell was behind the deadly attack on iraq the shopping mall last month that took sixty seven lives the rate appears to have failed as troops withdrew after coming under fire and did not capture their target. and another operation was carried out in the libyan capital tripoli the american military has seized on a selly be a senior al qaeda figure wanted for his alleged role in the nine hundred ninety eight u.s. embassy bombings in kenya and tanzania he has been on washington's most wanted list since two thousand when a new york court indicted him for he's part of planning the attacks. will now be brought to america for trial. we had a quick look now at some of the stories making headlines around the world four
soldiers from the nato led coalition have been killed by insurgents in afghanistan and the other was shot down by a security guard in what is believed to be an insider attack the incidents follow a nato air strike on saturday that reportedly killed four civilians. some five hundred pro british loyalists have taken to the streets of belfast in northern ireland in fines of an official ban protesters try to complete their july twelfth orange order parade dallas blog by local authorities the ban on a july march through area separating loyalist and nationalist communities resulted in five nights of clashes and dozens of injured policeman. to spain now where hundreds have rallied for an anti-corruption demonstration and people voiced their anger over the ruling party's use of public money to repay debts incurred by private banks protesters also call for the nation's prime minister
mariano rajoy just to down recent figures show the unemployment rate in the country has topped twenty six percent. and up next worlds apart with its unavoidable. recently the ministry of internal affairs of russia declared that they're going to drastically increase operations in and around the moscow subway system with a major emphasis on illegal immigration there's an odd paradox when people talk about dealing with illegal immigration in terms of what the police should do people want the police to deal with it but any means of trying to actually do anything are generally taboo any form of asking people to see ideas viewed as an invasion of privacy or racial profiling well i don't know how exactly anyone can prove they are or aren't a citizen without id and if you're looking for people who are afforded us different now how can you go about looking for illegals without looking for people who are
different profiling if you were looking for a criminal of slavic origin in uganda with the police be wrong to stop me due to standing out from the crowd i don't think so that's not racial profiling it is just common sense obviously it is best to fight the causes of illegal immigration rather than asking for. i d. in moscow so boys but they have to do something so i guess id checks are here to stay but there's a big difference between looking at someone's passport and doing stop and frisk or involuntary blood and urine tests that is what immigration control goes over the line but pressure just my opinion. alone of welcome to worlds apart and a half years ago egypt and much of the arab world where going through dramatic
changes that even the most creative screenwriter couldn't imagine hopes were high the future sin bride and the happy ending simply didn't reach what happened to those trains well to discuss that i'm now joined by a prominent egyptian actor and activist. mr frank if i really appreciate your being on the show thank you very much thank you thank you very much for inviting me now i remember that back in two thousand and eleven you spent days on tougher square alongside other protesters calling for president hosni mubarak to step down and eventually thanks to your efforts and the efforts of thousands of other dedicated patronymic activists he eventually deve and in one of the interviews you gave back then you said that that made you feel very proud of the egyptian people i wonder if you still hold on to that pride are you proud of what is happening in your country now yes i'm definitely proud that we went down two thousand and eleven to.
two number of the wrong things that were happening in our country and when they happened again we just took to the streets again very quickly and very effectively because three days instead of weight. the second time so i'm still broke but i remember that one of the main slogans the you could hear on tucker square back down of was brad freedom and human dignity and if you take those as as a yardstick of. success or progress the picture is not really bright because your economy is much worse than it used to be more people have been arrested or killed since the ouster of mubarak than prior to that and when it comes to human rights and human dignity the progress is very limited to say the least so isn't egypt pretty much back to where it was big.