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olympic torch relay. on. a global frack attack ground around the world unite against shale drilling demanding the authorities open their eyes to the risks of the dangerous technology . in the eye of the storm r t reports on the syrian christian village of mali and meets the rebel fighters who have surrounded it also. never heard of serco should weigh in on the ground yet wrong its british services cost is involved in the country's day to day needs but has some big questions to answer over failure and fraud claims.
coming to you live from moscow with me marina josh welcome to the program saturday as global frag down day an international protests uniting activists worldwide demanding a ban on shale gas drilling frak to this as they are known one the earth already see here the truth about the risks of the technology although british leaders are smitten with the fuel the prime minister being a vigorous advocate of the risky technique for amyt smith laura smith reports. it's going to make household energy bills cheap he says it will create loads of job c. infused we'll pay you if you let us do it in your area u.k. prime minister david cameron has got behind working in a big way evangelical in his drive to the british people north and south it's a tough sell if he's found out from environmental groups cool people worried about
the countryside being called wind down the u.k. in bold. locals and campaign is barricaded to propose during the two months and they now vowed to move back to wherever. the rocking energy goes next. and they've got the experience of americans to back them up one hundred times more fracking well yeah in the us than in the whole of europe and environmental impacts all showing campaign and talk gas and dangerous chemicals leaking out from underground contaminated water just. to add quality and even quakes to cracking and they've been seen here in the u.k. record by really who the government decided that didn't just deploy
a ban on the technique according to cameron it would be a big mistake to rule fracking out on environmental grounds in the choice between boosting the economy and saving the environment the british prime minister has come down on the side of the economy. misreporting there and over in canada demonstrations held over the past week resulted in clashes with police and arrests around a hundred officers struggle to control crowds of hundreds and they use pepper spray on protesters who responded with petrol bombs demonstrators blocked roads and set the cars on fire at least forty people were arrested. so what's thought to be so dangerous about fracking and do the benefits of creating jobs and fuel outweigh the risks here's how it works so the companies need to drill deep down about a kilometer into shale rock formations and inject water to crack them and extract
oil and gas to run a well you need millions of gallons of water combined with sand and counted coals and much of this water loaded with cancer causing radioactive substances returns to the surface and get into lakes and rivers not to mention the poisonous food can contaminate the ground and then comes air pollution as highly potent greenhouse gases are released in the atmosphere but the drilling firms are doing everything they can to prove that people shouldn't fear fracking as activists and really worth explains the oil and gas industry has spent millions of dollars trying to educate the general public through advertising to believe that fracking for every last drop of oil and gas is good for us and likewise they've spent tons of money both through lobbying and campaign contributions to try to convince elected officials at the highest level is who i think are being lobbied to believe that this is and this is something that they should be behind and they often use what we
call green washing to make it seem like you know natural gas just that warm alone is cleaner when in fact this is the multinational oil and gas industry and there are basic motivation is to generate profit for their shareholders and they will do that regardless of what their costs are to local communities who are affected by this process and a larger cost to all of us through what could be a long term threats to our drinking water as well as catastrophic climate change. now what is a fracking so i was right in your neighborhood let's take a look at the site vote so seventy four percent of europeans say that certainly be concerned now in a village in romania locals get to decide whether they want the u.s. energy john chevron to explore shale gas under their homes well there is a referendum next month for now the company has halted drilling following mass protests both on the site and in the remaining capitol the boy go mad those
fighting the energy giant. locals in this remote region of remaining i have been saddled with an i'm going to guest u.s. and the giant chevron is due to begin drilling for shale gas those opal agriculture is our lives come to grow in our soil for sure all will die because we've seen them in the you know what they have done in other places where. many residents here fear that the process of fracking could release chemicals into the soil and contaminate the water. of the guys i'm so afraid of these kind of guess exploitation people see they will be big problems for our animals the wood will be affected and this sort of the food for animals and for us and our children as well we have children and grandchildren what should we do these locals and environmentalist have been camped out here braving the elements in order to stand up so u.s. oil giant chevron and the armenian government which has given them the green light
to start exploratory drilling and not feel dave but that without any public consultation the sense of betrayal is echoed by most protesters chevron were forced to leave the area last week on able to get past the locals human chain around the site but it's only a matter of time before they retire and when they come with guests they don't have any future because the children are present the future the old people in the village told us that they can die but they say it's important for us to have a future chevron told our sea that they have all the required permits to begin drilling and plan to return to the site and begin fracking safely assume as they can something that's less than reassuring for the growing number of people gathering here result was a local one up we hope to stop them even if it means paying with our lives if they want to send the army we will die if it is species for us to die so let it be who won't give up until the old frankly rumania poike
a party. romania and in france which has recently upheld the ban on fracking authorities have been accused by oil companies of sacrificing access to a major source of vanity but geo political commentator and former oil field executive anna crane thinks it makes no sense to sacrifice the environment in the name of profits and job creation well i think the thing that should be put above everything else is protection of the water supply because if we don't have access to fresh water then basically we're talking about the potential end of life so as for the job said as for the gas i mean to some extent you know what price the end of an ecology or the end of life on earth is we know it in fact it's a government. industry driven agenda and of course what we're seeing all around the world is people reacting against this because the reality is that everywhere in the world where this process has been put into use it has resulted in the
contamination of the water of soil and of the air on air and online will be following the day of protests against fracking as against seem around the globe stay with r.t. that. in syria at least sixteen government soldiers have been killed in a suicide blast near damascus believed to have been the work of the militant al nasra front other syrian rebel factions are appealing for more money and western military aid to fight there is. one of the few journalists who has been reporting from syria and has spoken to members of the free syrian army inside rebel held territory. we cross the syrian lebanese border every day many times
a boy and her son is a soldier for the free syrian army muffled the hard lot of us for we take injured people to lebanon hospitals we get ammunition from there we bring mojahedin in and out if fighters want to go to see their families our cell is a safe haven. our cell is a mostly sunni lebanese village on the syrian border along this road which appeared here in the first days of the conflict in two thousand and eleven it's possible to reach all of syria's main battlefields bring in weapons or militants and many have done in those two and a half years. damascus has repeatedly called on foreign nations to stop supporting what it calls terrorists in syria but when these calls apparently ignored taken the capital remains the ultimate to go for all the forces find in crested and assad in addition to that. the security belt that the regime created around damascus is huge and to targeted we need many fighters in advanced weapons and to be honest we don't
have those kinds of weapons but what we can do is watch operations here and there to relieve the pressure on the regime last month's attack on the village of malala here in the southwest of the country could be part of that strategy this ancient mostly christian settlement lies in a valley surrounded by mountains on the way from homs to damascus it's loyal to the syrian authorities but surrounded by f.s.a. held villages it is practically the only obstacle to venton fighters from two large syrian battlegrounds uniting but in more than a month of clashes between a islamists and opposition fighters on one side and governmental forces on the other dozens were killed according to government sources and the siege continued while we feel and at the scene what you can see over there is a village we can see actually the village itself of what we can see is hotels a fear that the militants have been holding for weeks now so right now we are on
the other side of the clashes. but from here to the hotel is territory held by the rebels after safai hotel it's the regime this is the highway to damascus but we cannot reach it because of my own lula. the fighters seized control of the heights around the village while we were filming it was still held by them. as was the case you see the prices hundreds of thousands of tourists used just take a look at there is no shortage of these days does this to me this is where you see these trees that house that. the soldiers of the syrian army when we were in mali alongside the army there were snipers in these very caves in the mountains around the village stopping us from getting out when i was stuck here in this corner and we're now trying to get out of here. but while f.s.a.
soldiers can hold their opponents they seem unable to make their own advances abu have mount an f.s.a. fighter was injured in an order he says they need more money and american military aid washington has considered a limited assault on syrian military bases over august's chemical attack. if they strike with just ten rockets the regime of bashar al assad will fall by itself. but america changed track after moscow pushed washington to agree on a peaceful way forward pulled its warships spec from mediterranean and put its tomahawks on hold it didn't please everyone. but seeing us all of them are liars the americans the arabs all of them i don't know how i can express it better and we're not hoping for anything from them. with army forces struggling to combat fighters haydon in the mountains and militants helpless in the face of government
tanks a to agree and. the country's at a deadly impasse is neither side prepared to blink first. marti's maria financial reports from fragmenting syrian rebel held territories. syria on level. one are. as a family is killed in an afghan taliban attack on an international residence complex we talk to a candidate for next year's presidential election who explains to us what he things is behind the increase in insurgent attacks and that's had here on our team also. decades long around over who is using all the water boiling point in the southern us were three states are a lot in a legal battle the details are coming up. and
they were the first time i saw fox and i think a muzzle pops came into being after i left leave the united states to live abroad and i first saw that i dislike what is this is opinion t.v. there are no facts at all it's just opinion i'm a person i was really shocked at what would happen to my country because there's no news in this there's news station you know if you if you click around or you go through all of the major news websites i agree i mean it tends to be the same story to a certain a certain level or degree and not much new information and clearly you know fox is business model there you know that it's not a secret is to. carry a conservative or republican agenda and their major goal if you watch their show is to really make sure obama doesn't succeed as a democrat so it's a business model they made a decision. welcome
back this is our team transport health care prisons school services in the u.k. there is one firm with a finger in all those pies but few members of the public know much about it even though it's accused of shoddy performance and even overcharging taxpayers for work as are silly investigates the suspicions about serco. for bicycles for rent to health services prisons speed cameras ambulances and even the government's work programme for the jobless chances are they're operated by global private companies that you may have never even heard of have you ever heard of the companies. should know better about. have you ever heard of the confiscate
the company. never had never heard of. and on the ground you know one of the biggest companies providing public service is a thanks to outsource government contractors a company called serco operating various services for the transport for london electronic tagging a presence for the ministry of justice and some out of hours general practice services for the national health service now these are just full of areas of the company operates and the company is currently making headlines as is being investigated for fraud mismanagement of the long list of complaints on the quality of the service it provides are they competent to have their expertise. they really effectively manage the service and i think. it's becoming clear that. for its part has said that the situation is being dealt with we will embed quickly and effectively any changes needed into the way we do business and we expect to
emerge stronger as a result that practices. publicity two different things the u.k. government is set to continue on its massive outsourcing drive the n.h.s. or the health service for instance isn't working on its single big it's a contract to date inviting bids valued between seven hundred million and one point one billion pounds one of the reasons that these public markets often well is because the pace and scale of reform is causing significant problems in the rush to develop this market is avoidable areas. often been made and design in this site and what we would the government is to slow down and pick from mistakes and correct them out of the system before another mistake grabs the headline but there doesn't seem to be any slowing down on the part of the government and for those in the private sector it's simply business as usual just sort of still you are.
those voices in your had might just be real scientists say they're not only a step closer to eavesdropping on our thoughts but that their discovery might allow our minds to be manipulated find out who could soon reign in our brains at our tea dot com. the monster bushfires that are ravaging solve these are shrill you right now we've got a gallery of dramatic images showing just how terrifying the blazes are for stricken households. a family of six has been killed in the latest surge of violence in afghanistan as the country's government comes under pressure to make peace with the taliban four children were among the victims want to taliban suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives while leaving an international compound east of kabul a nato convoy said to have been the target foreign forces and diplomatic missions seen a surge in insurgent attacks as
a country braces itself or nato troops withdraw in twenty forty one presidential candidates for the next year's election told us that for government control is to blame. i'm afraid the increase. has been very very evident in the past few months mr karzai is not living in afghanistan that will be remembered as a stable afghanistan and afghanistan but our government has public support a government that has been able to attack bigger problems the people are suffering from which is poverty lack of jobs corruption lack of rule of law there some some achievements but these achievements of not been because of this government these a few achievements have been because of the mass inertia of the presence of the international community and the global push towards freedom of speech women's rights or some technological advances in the communication area or in the in the
media these are not government made achievements achievements that were here because of the presence of the international community this government has not produced anything that is sustainable or tangible and around the world now for some other top stories the u.n. is urging washington to release more data about its drone strikes the organizations the latest reports says at least four hundred fifty civilians have been killed in pakistan afghanistan and yemen and unmanned aerial attacks since two thousand and four a figure that has been downplayed by the u.s. the u.n. wants an investigation to provide accurate casualty figures. as a torture activists have subjected themselves to feeding through a nasal tube outside of the people's court in washington d.c. in protest at the indefinite detention of inmates and going to be one has spanned more than three months on a water only fast in solidarity with the prisoners who remain on
a hunger strike over one hundred detainees started refusing food and fabulously over their mistreatment was dozens having since been subjected to force feeding by u.s. authorities. athens has seen another a large protest against greece's far right golden dawn party the gathering was a mess commemorating the killing of an anti-fascist rapper his murder was confessed of by a golden dawn member the organization's leader denies the group was in any way connected to the attack but the stabbing said the greek government's on a why crackdown against the party. hostage drama and paris were an armed man to four people captive at a bank the french matter who's in his forty's demanded that the state provide social housing for him and he's disabled son after police around of the building a man who was eventually persuaded to surrender after two hours and no one was harmed. in the u.s.
three neighboring states are struggling to divide supplies from one shared river a battle that's been going on for decades the blame each other for using too much water was wall looks at their dispute. for over two decades three states have been in a bitter battle over water now the fight has reached a boiling point there's certainly an issue about whether there's enough water for everybody georgia alabama and florida all have a stake in the apalachicola chattahoochee flynn's river system it's the source of drinking water fishing business and recreation or i'm standing right now i am and georgia just on the other side of this river that's alabama now the water is flowing down south into the state of florida and with all three states having a stake in this river it's leading to a war over water early october florida filed a lawsuit against georgia in the supreme court the sunshine state charged its
northern neighbor with using too much water florida says georgia's water consumption is drying out business for oyster farmers oysters need a healthy mix of fresh and salt water to thrive so who is sucking up the most water many blame out lana the city is growing and so is its third for water. is population growth this combe this climate change is coming we're starting to stretch our water resources particularly periods of drought but outside florida experts keeping an eye on the water level of the chattahoochee river say it's not all atlanta's fault but that there's all a lot of climate change strands we believe see less rainfall in the last ten years and that certainly affects the flow into apalachicola and there's a lot of other variables that if you know the oysters other than just bridge waters the neighboring states have been fighting over their rivers resources for over twenty years one lawsuit after another there's been no solution that clinches
everyone's thirst it's not very often that the come to. a. consensus around something that both people have some give and taking on the you there win or lose usually in court you think of the cost of twenty three years of litigation and these years and then the federal agencies that are involved it's enormous for the most part the river is regulated by the army corps of engineers if florida gets its way the corps would force outlander to cut back on its water consumption and divvy up the water among the three states but some that have a stake in the river still hold out hope that the dispute can be settled outside the courts i would hope that within the next five years to three states can get to the table and bring rose aleutian to live in columbus georgia liz wahl r.t.
. well since the us managed to avert default at the last minute there's a chance to turn over a financial new leaf preparer to have your hopes down for a better system later on our team next kaiser gets locked and loaded to take on the rating agencies praed it is created spontaneously from nothing and that the spontaneous credit creation from nothing not even a fractional reserve but zero reserve then becomes the collateral for even more credit creation and you create this global daisy chain of credit that has no collateral whatsoever but is nevertheless used by the top one percent to acquire assets who happen to be going up in value as long as they keep creating phony credit and again this is all tied to rating agencies being able to say look here's a steaming pile of dog poop and we're going to give this a aaa rating and then say using that as collateral to go to the bank and borrow twenty million dollars to buy a chateau or to borrow half a billion dollars to buy
a company is if they're willing to say that this steaming pile of dog poo is aaa rated security that i'm going to borrow against then so be it that's the new papacy in the post code. because world the vatican pope of goldman sachs and j.p. morgan says they deem this crap to be to replace the collateral with the security. that's coming out and a closer look at gun control in the us and a small county in kentucky where a firearms are part of everyday life. you
know as i look more and more into it i find that there were a lot of myths and exaggerations about what happened in russia during the soviet era however one really bad rumor seems to be true if you were an outspoken advocate against the soviet status quo then you could be considered insane and be locked away until the psychiatrist convinced you that khrushchev was brilliant scary stuff but sadly famous grammy award winning singer lauryn hill might be living the life of a soviet does that right now she was convicted of failing to pay five hundred thousand dollars in taxes but strangely according to the international business times she was ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling because she believes in conspiracy theories related to the music industry who wrote in her own tumblr account that the music industry is manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex this is a strong accusation from hill but is actually irrelevant if it is true or not you see punishments are supposed to fit the crime and the crime of tax evasion should not have a punishment of mandatory counseling or is more paranoid types like me like to call it reprogramming oh they are usually trivial this celebrity case actually sets
a dangerous legal precedent but that's just my opinion. it's a quick fix for a long and increasingly intoxicating addiction the u.s. may have avoided the fault but it keeps dragging the world into an ever deeper debt home is it still possible to break this vicious cycle. of world. science technology innovation all the latest developments from around russia we've got the future covered.
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