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thank. god for. britain's intelligence chief the ones of the country is facing its grave this terror threat from al qaeda affiliates are citing thousands of islamic extremists living in the u.k. . president obama says there will be no negotiations or with his opponents until the shutdown is over and the debt ceiling is raised with america's costly political impasse now in its ninth day. and the enemy of my enemy is my friend unlikely allies israel and saudi arabia reportedly team up to take on syria and iran. we are from the russian capital this is our it is just gone pasta eleven pm
midnight here with me to say let's take a look at our top story thousands of islamic extremists living in the u.k. could attack at will that's the warning from the country's security chief sharing his fears in his free speech since taking over m i five andrew parker also admitted that a u.k. intelligence services were not perfect. listened in. the specific leak named al qaida and its affiliated groups in pakistan and yemen as being the most direct and immediate threat to the u.k. and he had referred to the groups that had successfully been able to smuggle some explosives onto planes in the last four years and also raising in the a conflict in syria he echoed the same concerns of several other european governments have been expressing with regard to individuals who had gone over to syria to fight and that had been coming back to the country that he raised the point that there are some sunni extremist groups in the syria who are aspiring to attack western
a country's now having given these warnings he also defended the need for intelligence services to be employing the kind of vast surveillance that they've already had of course this is one this side of the story the other side being the recent public backlash we've seen on the activities of the intelligence services let's get more insight on this whole story the new warnings from the gym brad from stop the war coalition thanks very much for joining us what do you make of the statements of the m i five achieved i mean why issue the warnings now if we look at the terrorism act for example that's already in place this is never really last priority with this government there are certain things that he said that have some logic and there are certain things that he said the on the face of it have no logic clearly there are people from this country who go to syria and. there's some possibility that they may cause some problem coming back here because they will and to come back at that that has a certain logic those people keep fighting in syria coming back what about the british extremists who maybe have been involved in attacks elsewhere and they have
to bolster this idea of the war on terror as a coherent thing where the threat is coming from about their authorities nothing to do with what the british government does it comes from out there and that remains they have to present the thing that way we are justified in what we do because of the threat that already exists rather than that we are creating the threats. president obama is refusing to have budget talks with the republicans until congress and the government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling and it's just over a week before the u.s. runs out of cash and its ability to borrow money putting the nation in front of a very real risk of default rampant my has the details in new york i ninety a government shutdown with a credit default looming in the wings washington's failure to so far agree on a budget or how to pay its bills has given an entirely new meaning to american exceptionalism hundreds of thousands of americans are losing paychecks and social benefits because u.s. officials elected to lead this country are engaged in
a bitter fiscal deadlock on tuesday president barack obama said he would be willing to negotiate on budget issues only after republicans agreed to reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit without preconditions republicans meanwhile are insisting on deficit reduction talks as a condition for raising the federal debt by october seventeenth members of the party have demanded also that obama's health care be delayed or defunded in return for approving funds to end the government shutdown of president obama warned the public that an economic shutdown the first in history would be dramatically worse than the current reckless government shutdown and while washington's temper tantrum remains on full display economist max wolf says the world is watching with all and growing less impressed with the economic and political experiment otherwise known as the united states i do think we will see the debt ceiling get resolved however with each day where the dysfunction is more obvious more out of control and larger
it becomes harder to have faith tomorrow it becomes harder for the markets it becomes harder for americans it becomes harder for the population of the world to have faith in brand america government america and people begin to unfortunate and unpleasant and unflattering questions about america's future now china which owns a reported one point. three trillion dollars of u.s. government debt recently reminded washington that the clock is ticking and urged u.s. lawmakers not to repeat the mistake of two thousand and eleven that's when the debate over raising the u.s. debt ceiling led to america's credit rating downgraded and japan's finance minister also recently said a failure by the u.s. to quickly resolve its political deadlock over government finances could damage the global economy in the meantime the u.s. government shutdown has reportedly delayed trade talks between washington and brussels it has also forced president obama to skip asia pacific economic cooperation meeting this week ceding valuable ground to china reporting from new
york r.t. . anxiety over washington's inability to solve its political messes engulfing nations around the globe with many countries a risk in the commies being compromised by close ties to the u.s. meanwhile both democrats and republicans are refusing to capitulate costing americans hundreds of millions of dollars every day let's take a look how political impasse is worked in other places where lawmakers couldn't agree on a budget area had a shutdown once in one nine hundred seventy five after all the budgetary squabbles of the queen and stepped in and fired everyone knew they had new elections and no such problem has occurred assumes and when congress failed to pass a budget in brazil about seven years ago it was no big deal at home with just some limits to salaries and current expenses in israel if they don't get a budget by the simba thirty first deadline they automatically revert to the one from the previous year but the united states democracy has no such mechanism to
resolve the deadlock for now an american political commentator noam chomsky explains how it evolved. it's a perception in the history of parliamentary democracy and it's interesting to see which. there have been significant economic changes in the past generation where the economy struck. with one of the first. specifically your liberal programs and having the same kind of perspective it was. a. direct will to a very narrow sector increasing inequality it was an immediate effect on politics that the. power begets more concentrated political power goes as well. but now elections are almost boy should simply talk about. both political parties and to the right.
one part of the state the business already speaks while all those rumbles on hundreds of thousands of people on unpaid leave because of the government shutdown but officials have made an exception for some federal workers then mall on the mountains breaking the set which is on line. eight hundred thousand federal employees have been lingering without a national parks monuments restored and graveyards all closed what is camp drum circles ordered and kindergartners plainly both looking for there is one group of federal employees deemed so much white all to this country that they have been ordered back to work now you probably think i'm talking about working safety inspectors considering how ninety one percent of imported seafood isn't being checked and the fact that three miners have already died since the shutdown because of lack of oversight on the job but no i'm talking about the industry that this
government favors the most defense says secretary of defense chuck hagel recently ordered. most of its three hundred fifty thousand civilian defense contractors back to work citing that they are so critical to protecting national security they have got to keep the military industrial complex move and keep them happy after all war is what's funny in this economy am i right. the house of representatives has in the last hour unanimously agreed to restore payments to the families of fallen soldiers the shutdown had put the funding on jeopardy which covers ongoing expenses for the relatives of slain war heroes and even their funeral costs the nation's largest war veterans organization said it was disgusted that the partisan bickering that threatened the help given to those to
deserve it most the veterans affairs secretary issued a warning that millions would see their benefits halted if the stalemate wasn't resolved in the coming weeks. we keeping a close eye on developments on capitol hill ahead to our team updates and expert analysis. of. the big changes to the challenges facing the arctic sunrise crude off to new details emerge in the investigation over the dutch vessel involved in all swans greenpeace protest lizzie france has the details investigators found drugs and including poppy straws and what is reportedly morphine along with dual purpose devices this was discovered on the arctic sunrise when investigators did a search of the vessel according to the investigative committee this means the thirty people that currently face piracy charges could face even more charges and of course that means facing. tougher jail sentences if convicted for its part green
feet greenpeace says it's very skeptical about this information drugs are very strongly prohibited. in its entire organization and so of course it sees no reason any of these activists would have brought that sort of paraphernalia on board also it's wondering if you believe morphine and dual purpose devices that the investigators are talking about is in the morphine and devices that the doctor at the on the on board doctor would keep in in the cabinet thirty people do remain behind bars despite repeated appeals by various lawyers to secure their release so this of course all kicked off back in september when the arctic sunrise was essentially the staging area for the activists who then launched their motorboats drove the boats up to the russian oil rig on the pecera sea and attempted to scale the oil rig that's when the security forces came out according to russia's foreign ministry from august two thousand and twelve the arctic sunrise undertook actions that violated russian law just months later in december two
thousand and twelve the dutch failed to respond to notifications from russia's ministry of transport about those provocations. and as late as august two thousand and thirteen a russian representative warned the dutch foreign ministry that it is unlawful to be operating the arctic sunrise in the northern sea route the netherlands which has two citizens involved in this debacle has launched legal action against russia to secure the release of the activists so this will be an international court so this will definitely not be going away any time soon and we will of course be keeping a very close eye as events unfold. there's already a different drama playing for than the length of the country's foreign ministry has apologized to moscow for its police beating up a russian diplomat recently in moscow demanded an explanation soon after the incident happened on sunday russia's embassy in the netherlands a says of the dutch police officers accused dimitri barden of mistreating his children the diplomat
reportedly opened a door to a group of security officers who said his wife was in a car accident they then broke into the official's house and apparently attacked him with a weapon in front of his children before briefly detaining him president putin described this salt as a blatant violation of the vienna convention. still to come on r g one child for the evil eye it may look like a bird of prey but it is actually a high tech spine device that can fly one hundred meters above the target without detection we go bird spotting in just a few minutes. what would.
those immediately though shall we leave that may be. hard to see who should do it. for your party is it the. shoes that no one is there still would to guess that you deserve answers from. politics. about. if you're a free. education free. three. three . three. three. three blogs video for your media project free media oh don carty dot com. i. welcome back you're watching r.t. for more international news with the conflict in syria iraq and the stability of
the entire middle east old regional alliances are being broken and new ones forged in their place to unlikely friends israel and saudi arabia don't even have diplomatic relations but have now apparently managed to find common ground plus their reports on the country's united front against the syrian government and its closest ally iran. there's an unexpected union forming right now in the region between israel and saudi arabia unexpected because on the one hand while the two shape common rivals in egypt and syria saudi arabia particularly recently has been pouring millions of dollars of aid into palestinian projects both in gaza and in the west bank the potential impact of such an unlikely union cannot be overestimated israel brings to the party excellent propaganda skills saudi arabia on the other hand is able to tap into vast reservoirs of petro dollars israel to has unparalleled influence over american foreign policy and the results of these
two countries working together is shaping international responses no doubt about it rumors reports about. corporation secret meetings started to appear following the second lebanon war two thousand and six. when it became clear the iran is to become a major player here in our immediate region but also. in the gulf but this cooperation between israel and saudi arabia is problematic because saudi arabia gives so much support to the palestinians just recently it gave some ten million dollars to enrich the united nations relief and works agency for palestinian refugees this is in addition to an extra two hundred million dollars that was donated to palestinian infrastructure projects one such project is unlawful in gaza
where homes are being rebuilt for palestinians whose lives were destroyed during the last israeli war the result is that on the one hand you can see them. cooperate with these and when it comes to iran on the other hand they had close contacts with hamas on the one hand they initiated there are a peace initiative. on the world to support him directly in a car or. this is the ambiguity you can find in the. saudi policy many are asking the question whether israel is in shooting itself in the foot by forming an alliance with a country that supports its enemies r.t. east jerusalem despite their differences israel and saudi arabia share views on key regional issues both countries one regime change in syria with saudi arabia strongly backing the rebels both nations also see iran as their main geo political rival and want to neutralize the slow make states and the israelis and saudis are
united in the backing of the military government in egypt which has taken a strong stance against islamists meanwhile the united states could now find it more difficult to exert its influence on the region according to investigative journalism robert perry. you have this building up of mutual interest between these two very significant powers in the middle east so it raises the question of whether this very significant although unlikely or a sort of fairly unusual odd couple relationship between saudi arabia and israel might present might create a new superpower in the in the middle east if saudi arabia and israel could figure out a way to work together you would have you could have israel providing it's very tremendous sophisticated political operations involving both the israel lobby back in the united states it's supposed to get a propaganda technique with what the saudis have which is bast amounts of money
united states would might find this problematic in that while while both saudi arabia and israel are american allies if the two of them or to collaborate more formally on some of these issues like syria for instance or around or egypt that could put the united states in a position of not being able to work its will with quite the freedom that it's had in the past. based on a world stage with more news from the middle east to achieve more to bourne's i have had an israeli army post on the golan heights wounding a soldier according to the military and they were apparently launched from syrian territory israel says it returned fire the golan heights have been under israeli occupation since one nine hundred sixty seven fire from the civil war in syria has occasionally spilled into the area interests and months. six work is that the focus shimon nuclear plant in japan have been exposed to radiation off to one of the them
mistakenly removed a pipe connected to a water treatment system several tons of contaminated water spilled as a result but with contained within the treatment facility it's a latest at a string of areas that the crippled plant which suffered triple meltdowns after the earthquake. you know me two years ago implication was operated has been lambasted for failing to control radioactive water leaks. a roadside bomb has killed eight people in iraq the explosion hit a truck carrying workers south of baghdad the bloodshed in the country wrecked by terrorist attacks has reached a level not seen since two thousand and eight more than two hundred iraqis have died from blasts and shootings this month alone. and the vote comes under way in azerbaijan where people have been choosing their president early results put longtime leader him way ahead of his of rivals on a whopping eighty five percent he's been are so confident of securing
a third term that he didn't even run any election campaign in the early have a family has had a virtually unbroken control in the country for over forty years. the birds may be watching you and know it's not paranoia a spanish manufacturer has come up with a new surveillance drone disguised as a bird which even mimics its flight pattern so far as reports on how several countries are militaries are lining up or for that if force. is it a bird is it a plane well actually if you guessed. you'd be almost right this is one of the newest trains on the market is this company maxim's defense unit x l this behind the creation of this unmanned aerial vehicle o u a v but this is a drone with a difference it's been designed to look like a native birds it was already in operation as a bird strike avoidance system but like say that they want to expand its uses as
a surveillance drone they could also eight firefighters all be used in drug trafficking operations the drone known as shepard mill was showcased at this year's international in london the average price is one hundred thousand euros and giving a whole new meaning to bird's eye view the company claim it's so well camouflaged compared to standard. the fly about thousand meters and texted this train can fly just one hundred meters above the enemy without being seen in fact in the sky. which this is thing. one of the front of the other at the bottom. in real time information to the ground station to decide what to do or formation to. go or simply.
being tested by the spanish military but experts say that they're already in the senate to several other countries armed forces the drone is currently not available for civilian purchase expel told r.t. the beauty his boots the bird but by the end of the year they hope to sign two important contracts. although they won't disclose with whom and he joined campaign is a concerned this is yet another development that could make it harder to know when and how well thirty's keeping their eye on you served r.t. . on a website myself stories the show did on the part of commuter train but no witnesses a passenger in california pulls out his gun toys with a don't shoot the students in the head and swiftly disembarks what
a pretty no one saw it because they were graced with their phones and tablets that disturbing stories that are teed up tom. and might there be some light at the end of the tunnel for julian assange she was not a lover epidurals a london embassy for almost a year and a hard to find them ere lie he is now asking the international criminal court for help. in an increasingly crowded u.k. it's rush hour for the countries at cemeteries graveyards are rapidly running out of space and are predicted to be for within the next few decades so the authorities have come with a controversial idea to simply reuse them lower smith reports on how even that may not solve the problem. as the saying goes nothing is certain but death and taxes and while u.k. government's very good at collecting tax it's not so good at providing for its citizens inevitable to molly's because on this small island with sauced running out
of space to bury the dead according to a recent study of recounts almost hall said burial space in their areas would run out in the next twenty years and a quarter said they only had ten years left and it's no surprise them confined to london cemeteries like this one and several rural councils already say they're full meaning people will have to go elsewhere for that final resting place and all that despite the fact that already seventy four percent of people all cremated symmetries and not sustainable when their food a local authority has some difficult decisions to mike does it build another symmetry. capital cost and then of course it's gone now the symmetry to mind increased my costs so there's a pressure to increase. an over the a solution would be to open more cemeteries but the limited amount of space means that's just a holding tactic you could force people to be cremated also not workable which only
leaves a very emotive option reusing graves by digging up any remains and then taking deeper to make space for more burials and the disturbance of human remains without lawful authority at the moment is an offense in the ministry of justice won't give a loss and it's to create a new barrier spice although they'll give a lawson's to clear a churchyard and perhaps build a supermarket or a car park which seems a little bit old. at the moment reusing grace is only allowed in london cemeteries and although it's an issue that affects literally everyone. it's not exactly a vote when i say typically governments just avoids talking about it but experts say those in power must come up with a workable plan on burials rather than just burying their own heads in the sand. up next to greenpeace's tactics
a limp a torch relay. on our. hello and welcome to crossfire all things are considered i'm peter lavelle activism politics and a cold place and a whole lot of media publicity what is greenpeace all about today is it is smog and promoting both for a brave environmentalist group opinions vary and at the very center of the debate surrounding organizations such as greenpeace is the question whether they have the right to operate outside the law. to cross a greenpeace i'm joined by alexander my curse in london he is
a writer on legal affairs and an analyst and a washstand we cross to marc morano he is the publisher of climate depot and a former staffer of the u.s. senate environment and public works committee all right gentlemen crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime on alexander if i go to you first in london i was reading the daily mail a couple of days ago and i had an article about greenpeace and russia and the arctic oil platform and i must say that the article was what rather pro greenpeace and very anti russia and then i read the seventy or so comments at the end of the article. and my goodness the article was very much out of touch with whoever wrote the article and the editorial line of that publication a lot of people thought that greenpeace has gone too far it's a publicity stunt they made sure there were so many different kinds of nationalities on that operation to get maximum media effect what do you think about this i mean because greenpeace is doing this for.