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war on shale gas is around the world unite against the drilling tech be known as fracking urging the governments not to sacrifice the environment for the sake of short term profits. while the clashes break out between protesters and police in italy as a new round of budget cuts cause angry crowds to gather on the capital streets in a few minutes to go live to rome for the latest on the cost of the economic crisis . with syria locked in a deadly tug of war between the government and opposition forces r.t. gets access to a rebel stronghold. plus america tacitly greenlights aid to pakistan while its own drone program there is on the radar of the u.n. calls to brady and it can shoot.
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good morning if you just joined us my name is kevin zero in this is r t international just after one am now here in moscow our top story the world's marking for a day an international protest uniting all activists who want to put an end to shale gas extraction frack to visit as they're called are urging their governments to stand up to the oil and gas lobby there's been plenty of action so far let's take a look around the world in new york activists in the streets demanding that authorities change their ways of thinking about the environment on the other side of the atlantic spanish activists have been campaigning for renewable energy sources environmentalist have also gathered in belgium and ireland to hoping to bring about change and the group called young friends of the earth gathered in london to send a message to the people in charge to stop and think about the younger generation but as artist laura smith reports next britain's nonetheless putting fracking on
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fast track. it's going to make household energy bills she says it will create loads of job c. and uses will pay you if you do it in your area u.k. prime minister david cameron has got behind for king in a big way almost evangelical in his drive to sell it to the british people north and south it's a tough 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 drilling but to money and they now vowed to move back to wherever. the prepping energy goes next.
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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 an environmental impact showing campaign is talk of gas and dangerous chemicals leaking out from underground contaminated water. to air quality and even quakes. and they've been seen here in the u.k. record by drilling who 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 fracking 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. or those. rallies over the past week have resulted in clashes with police and several arrests in the
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province of new brunswick schools used pepper spray and used to force. hundreds of protesters they retaliated with petrol bombs at least forty people have been arrested. so why exactly are the environmentalists so concerned about this particular form of oil and gas extraction it seems that they say at least they've got good reason most take a look at news of all the engine is not surprisingly need to drill deep down into the shell rock formation then they inject water to crack them open to extract the oil and gas that to run a well you need chemicals combined with sand and millions of gallons of water but much of it with traces of radioactive substances seeps them back to the surface for the potential to get into lakes and rivers not to mention too that the fluids can contaminate the soil and that's another of the issues were in the environmentalists combined too with the fact that highly potent greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere causing air pollution earlier my colleague minute joshie talked to environmental campaigner vanessa vine who says fracking is moved beyond the point of regulation now. i'm here in solidarity with the people in so-called new
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brunswick the big 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 i'm 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
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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. so what if a fracking site was right in your neighborhood what would you think well seventy four percent of europeans say they'd certainly be concerned meantime in one village in romania locals are getting a c. a say in whether the u.s. or giant chevron can prospect for shell gas while under their homes there's going
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to be a referendum in late november for now the company's suspended drilling for the time being following the mass protest both on the site out of the capital bucharest. him at the people standing up to the corporation u.s. soldier at chevron. government saying to start exploratory drilling for shale gas in the area protesters from. recy with the local villages in opposition to the deal now have it in him is this one up of lots they didn't come to us to be 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 brace 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
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and the local people who want to open their doors to fracking locals in this remote region of remaining i have been saddled with an on going to guest u.s. energy giant chevron is due to begin drilling for shale gas. agriculture is our lives become could grow in our soil for sure. because we've seen what they have done in other places when they grew up many residents here fear that the process of fracking could release chemicals into the soil and contaminate the water. i'm so afraid of this kind of guess exploitation people see they will be big problems for our animals because the wood will be affected and this woman the food for the 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 to us oil giant chevron and the
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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 too real. this. feeling of puking because they didn't ask. we didn't matter to them the sense of betrayal is acknowledged by most protest as chevron were forced to leave the area last week unable 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 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
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can something that's less than reassuring for the growing number of people gathering here result was not when we hope to stop them even if it means paying with our lives if you want to send the army we will die if it is faded for us to die so let it be called who won't give up until the outflow frankly in romania or loike a r t s d romania a little bit of people power an auctioneer against the big companies as the day rolls on what's about just after five here we new yorkers protest still happening around the world you keep track of it we've got the radar go and you can see there the country taking part in road r.t. dot com is the place to keep track of it all on what is rocking the. right. next in rome
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a rally against his least twenty fourteen budget's turn violent with scuffles breaking out between protests and police clashes began when demonstrators started throwing eggs and firecrackers at the finance ministry at least fifteen people have been arrested several wounded as a result of his can off syndrome with the latest hi there we go what's the situation now on the streets the course of things calmed down a bit. well things have calmed down now but what we're getting from local media is that at some point during this mass protests rally which has been taking place throughout the last two days really in central role of group of young a radical protesters started throwing eggs at the finance ministry and also with the with bottles sticks and these so-called thunder flashes or paper bombs as they're called here at the police who are providing security at the protest rally as a result several policemen were injured and we understand that arrests have also been
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made now labor unions and other organizers of the rally have already condemned this attack saying that it only diverted attention from the real economic problems and as far as well are stand as soon as some of the activists heard the explosions from these thunder flashes they actually tried to stop the attackers themselves ok so the more reasonable side of the people protesting there what's the problem particularly them. these rallies like i said they've been going on for the past two days now and they are aims to protest against austerity measures and the heavy economic problems. italy is only going through according to different figures from fifty thousand to seventy thousand people took part in this event different types of workers many brought their families along and children so easy in general a peaceful rally and they are protesting against high taxes extremely high youth
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unemployment and also one of the other sort of points of this protest was against plans to build a high speed train line between italy and france since they say that it's going to be its construction is going to be harmful both to the environment and is going to be a threat to the health of the locals living in that area the feeling about the future economic outlook. for a long time there's a huge amount of political unrest at the top that. a lot of bickering is it because the locals are kind of tired out little wall. well of course the bill locals are a very tired of. absolutely correctly said this political. and also the extremely heavy economic problems italy is going through the worst recession since the second world war youth unemployment is standing at just over forty percent. have been caused by the release.
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state budget which critics say doesn't really solve any problem it does support the . salaries of. workers. the high taxes are staying the same and so many many of the locals are really unhappy with the way this government is trying to deal with these economic problems and what we're seeing here now really reminds us that italy is still in la in the same line with other e.u. states like greece and portugal and actually for instance in portugal thousands have also taken to the streets also earlier on saturday also protesting against austerity measures so this is really not only a local situation here but this is what is happening really in the whole. european union is a good use of britain but it's still tough in the south isn't it in southern europe ok. thanks for. the suicide bombings
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claimed the lives of sixteen syrian soldiers near damascus it's being blamed on al qaeda affiliated militants time other opposition factions have been pleading with the west for military and financial aid. as one of the few journalist who's been reporting from syria spoke to members of the free syrian army inside rebel held territory. we cross the syrian lebanese border every day many times a blue eyed her son is a soldier for the free syrian army not for just how far you are in this for we take injured people to lebanon hospitals we get ammunition from there we bring mojahedin in and out if i just want to go to see their families our cell is a safe haven at the middle of our soul 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
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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 with these calls apparently ignored taking the capital remains the ultimate go for all the forces fighting president assad noted all of. the security bill 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 my lower 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 preventing fighters from two large syrian battlegrounds uniting. but in more than
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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 filmed at the scene what you can see over there is 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. 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. the fighters seized control of the heights around the village while we were filming it was still held by them. how is this really makes you think the crisis hundreds of thousands of tourists used to just take
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a look at this this will these days does this do leases where using these caves that house them hides from 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 have mount an f.s.a. fighter was injured in the newer he says they need more money and american military aid washington has conceded 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
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tomahawks on hold it didn't please everyone. saying 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 this. was army forces struggling to come but fighters haydon in the mountains and militants helpless in the face of government tanks artillery and at the nation the country's at a deadly impasse is neither side prepared to blink first marty's morea financial reports from fragmented syrian rebel held territories. syria on rebel group. coming up just over a minute away from live opinion why the u.s. has started pouring cash into pakistan.
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according to the behind numbers we have more than two thousand political prisoners i'm behind right now of course if you look at the system what the bahamian government is trying to do is they're trying to label many of these prisoners as terrorists. first rate. and i think. would. be an.
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insult to the u.s. has recently approved one point six billion dollars in military economic aid to pakistan this could signal a full than in the relationship between the two countries that solid after unauthorized raid in twenty eleven by america that resulted in the killing of osama bin laden much publicized it was a deal comes off the u.n. release data collected by pakistani officials say that in the last decade u.s. drone strikes killed over four hundred civilians in the region to get more perspective on this go live to antiwar activist richard becker hi there richard this report says there is no specific reason for the timing of the decision to release this new cache but do you think they are strictly true. well i think that we witnessed a charade in the relations between the u.s. and pakistan for for many many years where the u.s.
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carries out these blatant violations of international law. murder from the air the drones. and the government pretends to object the money keeps flowing and the charade keeps keep just keeps going on the reality is that the united states views pakistan as another asset in its strategy its asian strategy of surrounding china and plays this this game carries out this relationship with both india and pakistan although they are you know. in some form of hostility toward each other at any given time and. the united states has really been given a blank check by various pakistani governments to carry out the drone attacks and at the same time object and at the same time keep receiving the aid. in any kind of
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way this latest tranche of money to appease the pakistani authorities full the you know the failing over the continued killings of civilians by drone strikes. well i'm not sure if it's to appease them or if it's to sustain them because the governments the diary government before and not the present government are not very popular governments and really despised by large parts of the population and in fact pakistan has long been dependent on us a tens of billions of dollars of u.s. military aid have flowed into the country and have sustained the military which is of course very powerful inside the pakistani political establishment why is that being so little transparency over the years about how much money flows into america in pakistan well there's been
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numerous governments military governments military dictatorships the killing of the execution of civilian rivals. an unsavory government the pakistani government the political system that is that exists and of course it's an unsavory government i believe in washington as well and together they wanted the skies what they're really doing the actions that they're really carrying out which are not in the interest of the people of pakistan or afghanistan or of the united states for that matter are in the interest of empire and those who collaborate with the center of power in washington partly this. finance is to boost counterterrorism operations on the ground is the main they'll be less drone strikes as a result will not you think. well it's very very hard to say it's very hard to
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say where the money goes once it arrives who actually gets the money who benefits from it and of course we know that the pakistani military is itself tied to many of the groups inside the country and inside afghanistan it's a complex of relationships that is very untransparent as you mentioned earlier region one which again which is designed to carry out the interest of washington culture which have probably got to leave it there richard becker antiwar activist in los angeles thank you. a much lighter note now a couple of seconds sunny but we got online we ask who rules the road in germany this isn't too serious this story please to say a self-proclaimed told police he did he was pulled over speeding even produced a driver's license issued himself it has a stake if i'm putting more facts but the self-styled want to get out of congress well and just have a quick plug for a website under his new weapon in its war against illegal immigration reform go
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tens of thousands of people have received text messages tell them to leave the u.k. but to some of the cypriots. from big illegal just a couple of the many stories and very stories you caught on by. thanks for being with us we appreciate company one twenty six am here in moscow up next the self-confessed economic hitman tells us he mounted a rich countries under the boom with the latest edition of breaking the set and watching. 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 out to every
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adult citizen 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 majority of people going into early retirement and not working at all and sort of like how they tell people not to feed the bears at parks because then the bears lose their instincts and will go hunt because getting a sandwich thrown at them is a lot easier i mean why go to the f. . 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 eliminate executive pay to being twelve times higher than that of the lowest paid employee although this plan is 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 inequality also if the bosses
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salary is tied to the employees that a lot of people be getting raises very soon this one to twelve pay ratio is much better than the free swiss francs and it gets my seal of approval but that's just my opinion. ladies and gentlemen welcome to everyone's favorite game show revolted that door today. and security million dollar question is who's going to replace
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general tone as head of the d h s folks the stakes are high it's a position that oversees two hundred forty thousand employees including fema ice the t.s.a. and the coast guard so who is the lucky winner johnny looks give the audience some clues is a physics old male who is that informally pretty in the pentagon and he's friends of barry zero has also helped lay the groundwork for ending don't ask don't tell news so far not to mention he's actually said america's war on terror should come to an end and he even believes one of our country's top priority should be restructuring the u.s. immigration system. lots of good stuff here folks but wait there's more what's behind closed door number two here's a hint it's full of skeletons first starters he actually had that destiny to say that staunch pacifist m.l.k. would have supported us wars in iraq and afghanistan.


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