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the war on shale protesters around the world unite against the drilling technique known as fracking urging their governments not to sacrifice the environment for the sake of short term profits. and with syria locked in a deadly tug of war between the government and opposition forces our team gets access to your rebel stronghold. ever heard of serco shook the roadway. on the ground you know it's a blue chip government services company that few britons have ever heard on which is being investigated for massive fraud and mismanagement.
seven pm in moscow you're watching r t with me marina josh. global fred down days on saturday marks a worldwide protest uniting all activists who want to put an end to shale gas extraction for activists as they are called are urging their governments to stand up to the oil and gas lobby however in britain the authorities see things very differently the prime minister has become a vigorous advocate of the risky technique as laura smith now reports. it's going to make household energy bills she says it will create loads of job c. infuses we'll pay you if you let us do it in your area u.k. prime minister david cameron has got behind forking in a big way evangelical in his drive to the british people north and south it's a tough sell as he's found out from environmental groups and local people worried
about the countryside being hauled off and down the u.k. . local campaign is barricaded to propose joining but to money and they now vowed to move back to wherever. the wrecking 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 is gas and dangerous chemicals leaking out from underground contaminated water it's. more the sea and even quakes linked to. and they've been seen here in the u.k. . bored by drilling. but the government decided that didn't just deploy
a ban on the technique according to cameron it would be a big mistake to rule being out on environmental grounds in the choice between boosting the economy and saving the environment the british prime minister has come down firmly on the side of the economy. meanwhile own were in canada rallies over the past week have resulted in clashes with police and several arrests in the new brunswick province riot squads used pepper spray. baton to force back a crowd of hundreds of protesters who were tailgated with natural bonds demonstrators blocked roads and set cars in the fire at least forty people were arrested. so why exactly are environmentalist so concerned about this particular form of oil and gas production well here's how it works let's take a look so the engineers need to drill deep down about a kilometer into shale rock formations and inject water to crack them open and
extract oil and gas to run a well you need millions of gallons of water combined with sand and callicles and much of this water loaded with radioactive substances seeps back to the surface with the potential to get into lakes and rivers not to mention the poisonous fluids can contaminate the soil and then comes air pollution is highly potent greenhouse gases are released in the atmosphere well earlier i talked to environmental campaigner vanessa viner says fracking has moved beyond the point of regulation. i'm here in solidarity with the people in so-called new brunswick to make more people who are being accused of being violent throwing molotov cocktails as possible there's an unprovoked element there we don't know with the people in romania today yesterday who are being cleared from the roads the farmers by the police with the people in my community i live four miles from borkum i've had to jump over a fence to get out of the way of the police it has been absolutely appalling the
way our police force who are supposed to protect life and property are being made by our government to force through corporate eco side we're not fringe environmental nutters eco freaks we are a regular person who lives nearby who has looked at the uninvested research and i do not trust this it is not a bridging feel we should have kicked our addiction to fossil fuels decades ago now a few solar panels and wind few wind turbines won't sort it because we've continued to get fossil fuels out of the ground with increasingly dangerous techniques we have two groups here environmentalist on the one side and politicians on the other but how can you reconcile these two groups i mean can they meet each other halfway somehow know not if they want to go ahead with the extreme fossil fuel industry it is unregulated will the uninvested experts and those who used to be in the industry who have turned around and now whistleblowing are saying this cannot be regulated
it's not environmentalist it's regular people it's native people on the ground it's people in rural pennsylvania rural australia upper middle class middle middle england it's people across the world remaining in france germany are saying no because they're looking at the truth not what this short term political ambition and industry corporate interest is trying to force on us well whatever fracking side was right in your neighborhood. guess what so seventy four percent of europeans say that certainly be concerned and and one village and romania locals are getting a say in whether the us oil majors chevron can prospect for shale gas under their homes and there is going to be a referendum in late november for now though the company has a span of drilling following mass protests both on the site and in the capital bucharest are. those standing up to the oil giant u.s. chevron. government saying explore treats really for shale gas in the area
protesters from. our city with the local villages in opposition to the deal was an enormous political threats they didn't come to us to explain what they want to do or how it will affect us that's why we're protesting. is dangerous because they will poison our water and we won't be able to farm anymore and raise our animals and if we can't do this what are we supposed to do. maybe and government says they need to embrace shale gas in order to achieve energy independence but that's something that local villages here say that they don't want to pay for with their safety here's my report on the bustle waging between chevron and the local people that just want to open their doors to fracking locals in this remote region of remaining i have been saddled with an ongoing guest us and the giant chevron is due to begin drilling for shell gas those opal agriculture is our
lives lewisham can grow in our store over here almost die because we've seen the mill you know they have done in other places those limits. many residents here fear that the process of fracking could release chemicals into the soil and contaminate the water right here at the expense of deficit i'm so as a result of this kind of guess exploitation you will see they will be big problems for our ambles group the wood and we are going to grow and this sort of animals and summarized as well we have children and grandchildren as we should be do these locals and environmentalist have been camped out here braving the elements in order to stand up to us oil giant chevron and the remaining government which has given them the green light to start exploratory drilling and not feel david that without any public consultation problem. gives you just people and two real true. feeling of puking
because they didn't ask us we didn't matter to them the sense of betrayal is echoed by most protest as 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 when you know they can guess they don't have any future because the children 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 us see 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 head result was not when we hope to stop them even if it means paying with our lives and if they want to send the army we will die if it is speeded for us to die so let it be called who won't give up until the outflow frankly in
romania poike a oxy pretty gestae romania our own r t dot com were providing regular updates on the day of protests against fracking as a gay momentum around the globe dozens of countries are taking parts of with thousands of people taken to assure us across north america and europe as well as in africa and australia so more brutal all as opinions from experts and activists are still to come here are insisting that us. a suicide bombing has claimed the lives of sixteen syrian soldiers near damascus and it's being blamed on a qaida affiliated militants you know while other opposition factions have been pleading with the west for military and financial aid are just more international
as one of the few journalists who has been reporting from syria and she spoke to members of the free syrian army inside rebel territory rebel held territory. i know usually we cross the syrian lebanese border every day many times of what has son is a soldier for the free syrian army nothing just done this for we take injured people to lebanon hospitals we get i mean issued from there we bring mojahedin in and out if i just 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 go for all the forces fighting president assad in addition to that has authority 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 modeler 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 homes 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. in more than a month of clashes between 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 that at the scene what you can see over there is little a village we can see actually the villages south of what we can see is the hotel saffir 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 patients using the crisis hundreds of thousands it's just used just take a look at this this will these days does this to me this is where you see these trees that house them our soldiers all 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 of whom 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. 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 come but fighters haydon in the mountains and militants helpless in the face of government tanks a two or three and. the country's at a deadly impasse is neither side prepared to blink first marty's morea for national reports from fragmenting syrian rebel held territories. syria on the rebel group. too. and news just in here on artsy from belgium the sonne at least ten people have been reported dad when a small plane crashed near the village of marsh of a lead in southern belgium where we bring you more details of this incident as we gather here in our team and coming up america's a man killing machines are on their way here as a senior u.n. official urges washington to review and the rain and its drone program stay with us for that and more stories here another.
the. economic down in the final. days. and the rest because i. believe if we. welcome back this is our duty america's deadly drone strikes are essentially above the law and must become transparent and accountable that's according to the u.n. special property. or on human rights and counterterrorism washington has so far refused to disclose details on where its unmanned aerial strikes occur and how many civilians are killed journalist and former pakistani air force officer sultan of holly says drone warfare is playing into the hands of terrorists the united states potentially is hiding fact it has not come clean and i hope that the united nations which has not only done its all but its head above the said this
general was only a month back and he made it clear that the use of the drones fortification is totally contravention to international law has suffered for probably most in the region because not only because of terrorism but because of terrorism bid which became enhanced or into the drone strikes and previous which. have been accused of actually providing a tacit approval i'm not sure whether that is true or not but the fact remains that do draw backs have caused collateral damage and the collector of that image and has given a mock rise to the number of terrorist because they have been able to recruit some of the genitives of the people who have been slain in these attacks in the centrally and that is how the terrorism in pakistan has played. senior afghan officials including tribal elders say they'll vote next month on what were all u.s.
troops will be allowed to play in the country the nato led combat mission will be wrapped up by the out of twenty four team but the u.s. wants to keep some boots on the ground a draft bilateral pact between washington and kabul could give american troops immunity from local laws but that part of the deals being heavily contested in afghanistan and as most foreign forces prepare to withdraw they'll be turning their backs on a resurgent taliban six civilians were killed in the group's latest assault when militants targeted an international convoy and friday you have down government is now under increasing pressure to strike a peace deal with insurgents presidential elections will be held in april and we asked one candidate why the outgoing karzai administration seems unable to contain the violence. 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 that people are suffering from which is poverty lack of jobs corruption lack of rule of law there may be some 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 area these are not a government made achievements that were here because of the presence of the international community this government has not produced anything that is sustainable or tangible. now over rules of the road in germany while the self-proclaimed king told police he did when he was pulled over for speeding he
even produced a driving license issued himself as head of state you'll find plenty more facts about the self-styled monarch at r.t. dot com. also on our web site london's new weapon in its war against illegal migration tens of thousands of people have received text messages telling them to leave the u.k. but it turns out some of the recipients are far from being illegal migrants. that's involved in operating britain's health care schools transport and other services is accused of massive fraud amas management for such a large company with its fingers in so many pies is hardly known by anyone in the country as our. finds out. for bicycles for rent a health services prison 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 what about to serve. have you ever heard of the compass group the compass be. never had never heard of serco. eroei and on the ground you know one of the biggest companies providing public services at things to outsource government contracts is a company called a circle operating various services for the transport for london electronic tagging of presidents for the ministry of justice and some out of ours general practice services for the national health service now these are just around the pool of areas that the company operates at and the company is currently making headlines as is being investigated for fraud mismanagement a long list of complaints on the quality of the service it provides are they competent to have their own. to. come come they really effectively manage the service and i think. it's becoming clear that. serco 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 the practices. publicity of 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 a 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 service markets often fall is because the pace and scale of reform is causing significant problems in the rush to develop public service market is avoidable errors have often been made and design and oversight and what we would the government is to slow down learn quickly 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. now as it was some of the stories from around the world and a car bomb has struck an army intelligence building in the city of a smile the one hundred thirty kilometers east of cairo according to security officials six people were wounded in the attack however a conflicting report by a local media says one person was killed and ten injured several buildings within the army compound are believed to have collapsed and there are have also been reports of another car bomb near the complex that failed to explode. a suicide bomber has killed thirteen people and injured many others in a town in central somalia the explosion went off in a restaurant popular with the opium and somali troops the jihad is a group al-shabaab which is spearheading an insurgency in the area has said it carried out the attack the terrorist network was also behind last month's deadly
small siege in neighboring kenya. the crew of a u.s. ship has been charged in india with illegal possession of weapons and entering the country's territorial waters without authorisation crew members and an international team of twenty five security guards were arrested on friday at the southern india port that's after they failed to produce documents allowing the transportation of weapons and he has been sensitive about the presence of armed guards and merchant vessels sends a tie in marines shot to fisherman dead last year. french president francois hollande has announced that the roma schoolgirl who is the deportation sparked a massive public outcry is allowed to return to france but was out her family students blocked entrances to schools and held marches in paris at some verbs in support of the fifteen year old girl and she was attained by police and send back
to cost of a with her family because officials said they have been denied asylum friends the incident prompted calls for the french interior minister to resign. around fifteen thousand people have rallied in central roma ganz the twenty fourteen budget on a veil by italy's government earlier this week being based on a stereo has become the focus of discontent italian civil servants including transport staff went on strike on friday causing disruption in rome and across the country. well you're up to date and up next a self-confessed economic hit men tells abby martin how rich countries plunder the poor and breaking set.
switzerland will soon vote if they should start giving out thousands of dollars in cash to every adult citizen in the country you heard me right there's a grassroots campaign that is trying to get the government to give to every adult says a two thousand five hundred swiss francs approximately two thousand eight hundred dollars per month the motivation for the project is that many in switzerland fear that the financial crisis has caused wealth inequality to skyrocket you know i'm not an expert at swiss culture so maybe people there are different but if they gave out thousands of free dollars per month anywhere i've lived you would see the mud. short of people going into early retirement and not working at all it's sort of like how they tell people not to feed the bears at parks because then the bears lose their instincts and will to hunt because getting a sandwich thrown at them is a lot easier i mean why go to the effort of odd thing when the sandwich just magically appears handouts often creates law according to reuters some people are proposing a much better law for switzerland limiting executive pay to being twelve times
higher than that of the lowest paid employee although this point isn't making headlines it seems like a much better idea because it doesn't to motivate people to be productive and yet it would create almost utopia like levels of wealth equality also if the bosses salary is tied to the employees that a lot of people be getting raises very soon this one to twelve p. ratio is much better than the free swiss francs and it gets my seal of approval but that's just my opinion. time to reset this sucker of the global financial system is. time to rebuild something better something less corrupt perhaps in fact this really architecting in the global financial system is happening right now as i speak these words doesn't matter whether you like it or not it is happening why the research former french prime minister dominique de villepin the reason they said the u.s. has used its three phenomenal privilege is to put the financial stability of the
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