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if you. will. their word soon speaks out about washington's alleged witch hunt on whistleblowers as we queue leaks releases the first footage of him in more than two months. activists stage a global march against monsanto and hundreds of cities across the world with thousands of rallying against what they say are the dangers of genetically modified food and its biggest producer. as budget bickering in the u.s. brings the country closer to default the federal government shutdown stop millions from getting vital services including this cancer patient. the matter of life or death it's not a matter of convenience or just to hear taishan we need to treat. three
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am in moscow i'm at present good to have you with us here on r t our top story footage of edward snowden being honored for his contribution to integrity in intelligence work has emerged courtesy of wiki leaks and his first public appearance since august when he was granted asylum in russia the former n.s.a. contractor was presented with a sam adams prize from a group at the from the u.s. at the event snowden spoke about washington's alleged persecution of fellow whistleblowers lucy catherine off reports. the n.s.a. whistleblower was very passionate in talking about the problem of government surveillance in the united states now he said the issue wasn't with any specific spying program rather the relationship between the state and the american people a relationship which he described as increasingly coming into conflict with democratic values snowden also lashed out at the prosecution of whistleblowers accusing the government of what he called effectively misplaced priorities because
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of this morning's you know relationship to god where we don't know exactly. just on the last. minute. lie to the bombs. but they will stop the. person. holding the snowden maybe as remarks at a ceremony right here in moscow at an undisclosed location where he was given the sam adams of war for integrity in intelligence now that award was presented to him by a group of prominent american was the blowers and former government officials they joined our t.v. for an in-depth studio discussion on thursday this is of course the first time that the warden a world has been able to catch a glimpse of mr snowden since he got asylum here in russia the last time we saw him was at the sheremetyevo airport transit zone back in july and while snowden himself may be safe and sound there have been questions about the fate of those who have worked with them and of course that is
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a worry that's been expressed by wiki leaks founder julian assange on more police in terms of prison people at risk. journalists sarah harrison as we know the guardian newspaper was rated grills part of the time for nine hours and the formal investigation before the terrorism investigation has started up so there you have it julian a songe describing a difficult political climate for whistleblowers and those who helped them it's not a man himself meanwhile we are told at least has no regrets about what he did and believes that it was the right decision. all of the activists who presented snowden with the sand adams award have leaked secrets themselves in the past that after being among the few who have met snowden in person in the past couple of months they gave r.t. a glimpse into his life during their visit to the traveler earlier this week explaining how his example may encourage more people to volley when his footsteps you can watch the full panel discussion on our you tube channel. activists around
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the world rallying as part of a day of protest event anger against biotech company monsanto demonstrators claim genetically modified crops produced by the company could be harmful to humans even resulting in death they also accuse the multi-national firm of aggressive lobbying influencing the food and safety research and monopolizing industry from australia over to europe hundreds of cities across the world have seen more than sixty countries saw demonstrations in the u.s. thousands joined marches some of which are still underway artes and use in that way reports from washington. many cities across the u.s. took part in this second organize march against the agricultural giant monsanto protesters rallying against the company's use of genetically modified organisms and trying to raise awareness about its corporate practices some protesters told us that even though the government is shut down monsanto lobbyists are hard at work here in washington many concerts by actually came up to activists while we were
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standing there holding anti g.m.o. signs and asked what is the g.m.o. so awareness is very low in terms of what exactly genetically modified foods are let alone the dangers they cause in the capital the protests began with activist going into large grocery stores and retailers trying to ways raise awareness about the controversial in fact just size which affect the nervous system and have been repeatedly linked to. well the demonstration then made its way to the white house all sorts of activists students even young children our farmers caterers chefs the real wide range of people there are a lot of veterans actually showed up to talk about the dangers of g m o's just outside the white house they then began to march made their way through the i.m.f. world bank and eventually to monsanto offices here in washington d.c. now other cities across the u.s. los angeles portland denver orlando just to name
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a few held similar demonstrations also up in canada and vancouver british columbia there was quite a large turnout for their march against monsanto organizers say this is just the beginning that momentum is going to pick up and they will continue their fight against the g.m.o. giant monsanto reporting from washington and you so now we are. monsanto has been defending its products saying the food it makes is the only way to feed the world's growing population and also maintain that many people already consume g.m. foods with no ill effects or more importantly it takes a look. in the land of supersize approximately eighty five percent of all processed foods contain genetically modified organisms g.m.o. is an acronym that owns its notoriety largely to the agriculture giant monsanto a multinational billion dollar corporation generating global criticism revolving around the safety of its products and growing a monopoly over the world's food supply they are able to patent the genetically
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modified foods with a very strong patent for farmers can only be fifty years from monsanto each year and they can't save the seat researchers have documented dozens of health risks associated with the consumption of a modified foods and the majority of americans have campaigned for g.m.o. foods to be labeled just like these organic fruits are labeled but so far the will of the people has been silenced by the money of monsanto according to open secrets dot org the companies spent nearly six million dollars last year lobbying federal lawmakers and food regulators to payoff came this year with the passing of the so-called monsanto protection act a bill that gives the biotech companies immunity from lawsuits pertaining to the production and sale of genetically modified seeds the new reality of the world is that chemical companies are feeding us and our families now sort of black already to the table rather than farm to table and in an effort to widen its power and
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profit the agriculture giant has recently purchased a corporation which sells climate data to farmers the price tag of nine hundred thirty million dollars of wasn't a problem for monsanto which grossed a reported thirteen point five billion dollars in revenue last year but decades before g.m.o. is and fears about modified foods came along monsanto was already in the business it helped bring pesticides agent orange and terminator seeds to the market agent orange was used by the you. military during the vietnam war where it's estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands of people its effects are still being felt today vietnam says some half a million children have suffered birth defects due to herbicide monsanto's current practices have ignited protests around the globe. millions are taking to the streets demanding that big food comes clean by either illegally genetically
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engineered products or not selling them at all. new york. calling o'neil from the center for food safety engineer as his giant corporations like monsanto pressured governments to get their products to the market. these marches are raising awareness about the issue and bringing awareness not only about monsanto and its influence in agriculture but also other chemical companies that have become major agribusiness influences on capitol hill i think you we see an overwhelming influence in governments and and that really has to do with money that these are major chemical companies the top i mean fifty three percent over fifty three percent of seeds are owned by just a handful of these major agribusiness chemical companies so they exert tremendous influence in politics and have millions upon millions of dollars to spend to ensure
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that their products yet spread through reviews and also to ensure that consumers are not informed about what the products they are eating so for instance not labeling genetically engineered foods we've got the latest updates on the global action against monsanto online at r t dot com or is also more opinion and analysis well still ahead for you this hour panic attacks we look at the claims made by politicians a series of deadly civil wars left the country without critical food and water supplies plus. a new book published in the u.k. naming the worst places in the country and the number one choice of where you don't want to be if you're in britain all that and more after a short break. wealthy british style it's time to.
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twelve minutes past the hour now the u.s. treasury secretary is sound the alarm that america might run out of cash in a few days while republicans and democrats continue to battle over spending the conversation seen the government shut down and said almost a million people on an unpaid vacation and put vital federal programs on hold or he spoke with a cancer patient whose trial with the national institutes of health i was one of the people affected by the standoff michelle langbehn explain what the shutdown means to people like her lives are at stake two hundred people are trying to get into trials at an age each week and each week passes that's another two hundred that are turned away at this time and it's a matter of life or death it's not a matter of inconvenience or just an irritation for us we need this treatment but show was diagnosed with sarcoma a rare type of cancer after nine months of chemotherapy she applied for the additional treatment at the end i age but she and hundreds of others were turned
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away when the government shutdown happened we asked her what she'd like to say to the politicians whose bickering set off the deadlock. i have heard a couple of instances where they find that this is just that the game between them and it's a matter of winning and i'd like to say that it's not a matter of win or lose i mean it's a please listen to the people and know that it's affecting so many that are in need of help. plenty more for you a click away at our t. dot com including not alone after all the discovery of a water heavy asteroid reinforcing scientists believe that there might be more habitable worlds beyond our solar system that story online plus this dramatic video . of the good news luckily that driver managed to escape before the train smashed into his truck and drive it along the tracks check out that full video and find out what exactly
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happened there and. the news today. these are the images. from the streets of canada. operations rule the day. the marathon day of negotiations on afghan security has left u.s. secretary of state kerry with little to celebrate so far saying only a partial deal was struck on just how many u.s. troops will stay in the country after the nato pullout next year washington wants to take the lead in running counter terror missions after two thousand and fourteen as well as keeping leases around bases around the country lawrence freeman from executive intelligence review says given the checkered history with the states may
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be more likely to move closer to its asian neighbors. president karzai is going to be review office so he will not be the president in two thousand and fourteen he wants a agreement from the united states that they will defend afghanistan from an attack of about kate from pakistan after we have been in afghanistan been a force and we've left the country in no better shape there's no pounds the for the future of afghanistan right now the country actually increased the growth of its poppy opium production during the period of the occupation by the west and therefore you have even more drug infested economy than you had with before the invasion started so there's been no positive build in the future as i'm saying with lyingly leadership in afghanistan aligning itself with the chinese silk road
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corridor of economic development that includes the countries that i was on india at least it's not the state and this would be a different approach a different geometry to the current policies that have dominated afghanistan for the last dozen years. tax the u.s. has done a lot to boost surveillance and increase security artie's abby martin says the policies don't necessarily make people feel safe and a risk fueling paranoia about terrorists around every corner that issue and breaking a set full program at three am in g.m.t. take a look. and recent light from d.c. to orlando hosted what can only be described as a terrorist. take a look at how they figured it out. crewmembers say that shortly after takeoff a group of four quote middle eastern men caused a commotion the witnesses claim one of the men ran from his seat in coach toward the flight deck door he made
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a hard left and entered the forward bathroom quote for a considerable length of time you know the reason stories like this even gain traction in the first place is because of the fear of the other or by that i mean anyone who remotely looks brown and to prove my point it just so happens that i have acquired some rare footage of what really went down on that flight. yeah i think you get the idea. of. turning to syria where two mortar shells hit the capital damascus killing an eight year old girl and wounding eleven others the blast hit just three hundred meters from the hotel where chemical weapons inspectors are staying international team overseeing the disarmament of the country's toxic weapons arsenal meanwhile some
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politicians claim the syrian people face not just civil war but critical water and food shortages or he's paula so here want to see for yourself what life is like in the syrian capital. now that we have been able to make progress on the chemical weapons issue we should not forget we also needed to make progress on the humanitarian issue a warning echoing throughout many corridors of power in the west is on track to be . the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the twenty first century and this is building into one of the great humanitarian crisis on the face of the planet. no this is not true we hardly know we're all liars we don't care what they say outside here as you can see we have no trouble in this bakery in downtown damascus tens of thousands of traditional floats are churned out each day the machines work sixteen hours a day six days
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a week shorter yet we have extra quantities enough for another fifteen days. while in this public market and the thousands like it across syria shoppers and management tell us in two years they've never been any shortages in this morning rice and sugar they're always available you never have a shortage of them in our warehouses aromas. i said madani recently arrived in the country and was shocked to find that local stores of food i thought that there would be nothing nothing at all everywhere in the supermarkets and nothing to eat and that's when i was really very agreeably surprised there is a lot of everything fruits. vegetables. ok the reality is that most people here are going about their daily routine far removed from the hardships depicted in the foreign press but when it comes to shortages there is one that is crippling the economy queues like this are
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commonplace at gas stations around the country caused by sanctions imposed by the united states and the european union ironically the very countries that are calling for humanitarian intervention. the syrian people need a solution not the governments or the media who are trying to use everything we have even the small things like bread to justify their own objectives the fight for syria is far from over and the psychological war the battle of perceptions of reality is likely to be forged for as long if not longer than the sides who have taken up arms against each other. damascus and it's take a look at some other stories making global headlines in barcelona thousands rallied against independence for catalonia time to coincide with spain's national day festivities marchers chanted slogans against separation from madrid a move overwhelmingly supported by the cattle and population are demonstrations were also staged by far right parties that were met by left wing opponents.
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at least five people killed after a psycho in a filing made of landfall in eastern india bearing winds in excess of two hundred kilometers per hour so far orissa state hardest hit where huge waves swamp whole villages rescue workers and soldiers are on standby but the full extent of the damage only likely to be clear after sunrise hundreds of thousands have so far been forced to flee their homes. in iraq at least fourteen people killed thirty wounded when a car blew up and some are a city civilians made up most of the casualties many of them gathered at an overcrowded shopping center still unclear who was behind the attack iraq has been struggling with a record spike in violence that's claimed more than five thousand lives since the start of the. at least seven people dead in the east chinese city port city of new beau when a three hundred ton tanker exploded initially the vessel caught fire during repairs
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mostly because of hot work like welding or cutting the tankard already been removed from the river and workers at the scene tackling the slick that emerged after the blast investigation is currently underway tower bridge buckingham palace st paul's cathedral all of them couldn't save linda london from being named britain's worst town that's according to at least a tongue in cheek book identifying the u.k.'s fifty least desirable locations the authors of the book about the reasons why the capital fared so badly. it's interesting the dreary day newsy day here in london typical for you the weather which may be the perfect day for me to tell you that nothing has been facing the worst area in the u.k. to live in despite the fact that within a mile radius from here it houses the parliament westminster abbey the london eye and other really famous landmarks it's
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a book called cracked pounds return which named the fifty worst places to be in the u.k. as an adult to london i didn't really understand this because they said of london being the worst place but luckily i'm told since he had to explain that to me with an umbrella and his copious pratt's how to tell them you love it i mean i can think of ten worst places just off the top of my head what your criteria are all kinds of criteria i think one of the things that people writing about a lot is the daily grind it so hard in london getting all that the northern lights have your on but i mean you have no use jammed into someone else's all hours of the time expense the fact that it costs so much to to buy property or is in fact impossible for most people to buy property in the center of london is be hollowed out a union as can afford to stay there not even professionals like doctors can and there's also a lot of anger with london going from the rest of the country had the banking crisis which is all centered around london and then we're told that subsequently the
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recession is over and there's growth but only london really seems to be getting the benefits and is sticking up another housing bubble it's primarily it's a book that people read in the toilet and it's made to make them laugh but it does it doesn't seem to provoke to mind. people thinking about the times and the way we treat them and the way we live and hopefully start a conversation quite serious conversation it's certainly easy to see on a day like today why london might not be everyone's idea of paradise because because it's the capital city it gets inside and out is it is from the outside say it's incredibly expensive to visit the child. one system isn't very reliable and people are very relieved it might just be possible for london to pick up its behavior in the next ten years and become no flights or full kaiser report coming your way next stay with us here on our team.
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you know it's getting old trying to beat the war drums to invade iran i think the let's invade iran talk has been going on since i was in college to keep the saber rattling rolling israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu declared in front of the un that iran is building nuclear weapons that could hit new york in three to four years no he said new york obviously he is trying to spook a certain country with nuclear destruction the delegates from namibia were probably unmoved sadly this time netanyahu failed to bring a funny cartoon bomb picture with him like in his two thousand and twelve un speech in which he also warned the world about the threat of a nuclear iran you know i might be more optimistic about israel accusing other countries of being nuclear threats if they had a better track record themselves although israel is
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a bit candid with their arsenal according to a b.b.c. article the federation of american scientists believes that israel's arsenal has grown to about two hundred nukes based on their surveillance of ever expanding facilities inside the country also let's not forget that israel has plenty of ways to deliver those two hundred nuclear bombs if the need be so my question is why should we automatically trust israel with a lot of nuclear weapons but not iran is it because they're bureaucrats where european suits and shave i don't know it just seems to me that disarm countries are better advocates for nuclear disarmament but that's just my opinion. right on the sea. first trip. and i think you're. on our reporters. in.
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the the in. welcome to the kaiser report. is or you know recently the prime minister here in the u.k. david cameron claimed the profits were not a dirty word i have news for you dave profit is the even a word now with any objective meaning anyway thanks to accounting fraud it's whatever some shimada with a bean counter want to debate and so so you do have all these units of accounting fraud let's call them profits then what stacy exactly max because we hear all the time profits are up profits are down profits are up profits are down and nothing ever seems to change in the real economy this first headline year the profits profit profits have been booming in america reaching the highest proportion of
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g.d.p. since the second world war given such boy into conditions you might imagine that businesses are investing like crazy to take advantage of all those great opportunities correct no they're not max because instead businesses are handing cash back to shareholders a tactic once reserved for executives who had run out of ideas in two thousand and eleven the value of america's share buybacks was equal to two point seven percent of g.d.p. in britain the figure was three point one percent. well you bring up a couple points there the the important point here is that when the corporations report on their profits that is a number that is delivered to them by one of the big four accounting agencies to report as their profit but what we've discovered is that these big for accounting agencies like the banks on wall street like the hedge funds like the rating agencies are also committing massive fraud and they simply cooked the books on the
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mandate of the c.e.o. who wants to report numbers that they feel are the best in terms of how to affect stock price except jack welch of general electric very famously was a book cook or every single quarter they reported this earnings number that was cooked by whoever they're counting was at the time and of course you'll have big four big four left of the accounting agencies are used to be the big seven in the big eight excedrin but they've all been systematically closed down for accounting fraud now we've got four left they're all involved in accounting fraud and i'm sure that pretty soon to be only three left well the article on the economist is looking at a new book and it's called the road to recovery how and why economic policy must change is by andrew smithers an economist and he knows that in the early one nine hundred seventy s. american companies invested fifteen times as much cash as they distributed to shareholders in real.

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