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oneto bay faces a rising tide of opposition as the facility marks twelve years of scandal and scrutiny. it's very easy to end one ton of right you release the man that you're not prosecuting but the white house is on swades saying due process is a luxury you can do without keeping these men behind bars. it's hard to tell right now exactly what will be done here doing this mission worry for it from inside one time a bay on the future of one of the world's most maligned prisons. block party visit to yemen to hold land of more than half of the remaining inmates will look into plans to build one time a base successor there and how detainees relatives view the situation. a publicly funded paradise british taxpayers are surprised to learn they forked out more than
ten million pounds in the last four years to support a small island community in the pacific. moscow's migrant dilemma and r.t.e. group follows the plight of undocumented workers and witnesses a police raid at a time of heightened tensions over the capital shadow labor force. this is our day coming to live from moscow with me marina josh welcome to the program now three dozen of america's most respected former generals and admirals have joined calls for going tom a bay prison to be closed down the military facility itself has just reached the twelve year mark having survived torture scandals hunger strikes and global scrutiny are just necessary if you're going to brings us her final report from guantanamo.
when it comes to this prison the numbers speak for themselves since being set up after the attacks of nine eleven a total of seven hundred seventy nine hundred have been held at guantanamo today one hundred sixty four people remain over half of them have been long cleared for release but remain locked up a total of six people is currently under trial alleged prisoners of war brought here since two thousand and two removed from the battlefield of america's ever expanding war on terror it's both the policy of the u.s. not to hold anyone longer than necessary but we also know that whenever we release someone we assume a richness over a period of more than a decade the majority of detainees held here have been set free and if the men of guantanamo are really these superhuman monsters you know the worst of the worst are quote dick cheney. they would have been really. most of those still kept locked up
have not been charged and are being held indefinitely what sort of a black hole of a limbo a weak system where the president of the united states simply refuses to say the innocent but u.s. officials say the law of war remains behind this barbed wire the idea that in a war when you capture folks you as the capturing authority are permitted to hold people during the duration of hostilities. when hostilities and or if there's no longer any purpose legitimate purpose to to hold them then they must be released a tiny problem the war on terror has no geographic borders with men once held here repeat treated to a wide array of countries. who are only specific to guantanamo you can't even you couldn't even the case on the u.s. mainland because it would be unconstitutional and illegal the war on terror also has no end in sight and national security is a popular excuse to simply ignore the law. this by the rhetoric really isn't about
national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be released and that can't be true after being locked up the legal process if any moves at a glacial pace in two thousand and twelve five detainees were transferred to had completed their military commission sentence two were court ordered released. detainees been repatriated and one was a suicide over the years countless detainee claims of mistreatment and abuse dozens of suicide attempts mass hunger strikes lost patience and hope just this year the majority of the prison population refused to eat for six months street only to be force fed the. mandate that we have is being able to provide adequate nutrition to preserve life washington has appointed a new envoy to close a camp that is a dark spot on america's image this comes after a mass hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some
have dubbed the gulag of our times even if close to it seems. to mean a state in u.s. history forever it's very easy to end one ton of. you release the men that you're not prosecuting. and as you said only six men are being prosecuted right now the military prosecutor has made clear that he intends to prosecute a few more but he's also made clear that it won't be more than a few more the record on a promise to close the notorious facility on day one of his presidency he's now in his second term it's only a president who can do it and the idea that it's you know that it's congress's fault is just not correct it is the president the top holding these men in detention some president has to come in and this. it's hard to tell right now exactly how long we'll be down here doing this mission.
and stacy churkin at archie guantanamo bay cuba. and more than half the prisoners still add one time or are yemeni nationals the arab country is considering building a new facility to receive inmates after their release leading to to be dubbed guantanamo to our office just returned from yemen where she met relatives of the detainees and shared her experiences with bill dot. it's difficult to stay positive about these detainees coming home when you've been waiting us long as over a decade as was the case with some of the families who we've met now yemen is in a specific different situation for a variety of reasons than other countries more than half of the remaining detainees many citizens fifty six of them have been cleared for release to get sent back from guantanamo not a single one has come home and in fact the last citizen to return to the country came home in a body bag and twenty twelve and that is the fate that some of the families that we met with worry could be in store for or for some of their loved ones one of the
fathers that we met said that his son told them everything was going well and then basically found out through news reports that his son was participating in quite ill from the hunger strike which we have covered here at our interest me enough there were reports of a similar detention center being set up in yemen do you read into that right so basically they get a government has been pushing for years now for a so-called rehabilitation facility which would basically take these detainees help them adjust to society and make sure that they don't rejoin with terrorist networks which is the main concern of the united states what we're learning now is that the united states and yemen actually had secret talks in rome about this proposed facility but there's very little details that have emerged and the issue really boils down to trust and money yemen has tried to use this as a political issue to get more funding from the united states in the past so the u.s. isn't necessarily willing to foot the bill actually the funding issue something that we spoke to about with yemen's human rights minister his cost of money we want.
to integrate them into society to. give element in this is the i'm sure that they have. any order here the yemeni government because they have the feeling that we neglected them since a long long time and just briefly it's not perhaps it could actually be closed i absolutely would not read into about it at all for us official. the key concern isn't the difficulty of reintegrating these former detainees and society it's the concern that these detainees will reintegrate into al qaeda networks and it's not a completely not valid when we have to remember that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula was founded by former guantanamo detainees so it's certainly a valid concern this is going to be such a long way off i mean if we waited this long for it to close unfortunately i don't think it's going to be sped up just because of this idea. online we've gone interviews with former guantanamo inmates and in-depth coverage on the international pressure facing the facilities i have to r.t.
to calm that i'm more and going out in the program again to see and drug addiction reaches a whole new level this year has seen an unprecedented surge and opium cultivation after a decade of failed international efforts to tackle the problem. massive arms deal looms in cairo as egypt looks to russia to fill the gap left by washington's decision to cut military a. surf sun and sand it's a tiny tropical paradise in the south pacific and home to just over fifty people and all the residents of the current island spain attacks they get tens of thousands of pounds per person each year straight from the pockets of british taxpayers are just as are still reports on where all that money is going. have you ever heard of pitcairn. ok no. not ever heard of pitcairn. island. i think in the pacific so why.
do you know that part of your taxes go to that island. have you ever heard of pitcairn. if you've never heard of pitcairn and you're an e.u. citizen it might be well worth knowing for that's where part of your taxes are going. to karen is one of britain's overseas territories a small island in the south pacific with a total population of about fifty people now locals don't pay taxes and the island's main source of income include tourism and postage stamps but it's still heavily reliant on british and e.u. eight well let's break down the numbers here in the ninth european development fund or e.t.f. care received two million euros in aid allocated for infrastructure building in the tempi v.f.p. it can receive two point four million that's a total of four point four million in thirteen years about six thousand eight hundred euros per person per year but that's not all earlier this year it emerged
that the u.k. had sent about ten million pounds over four years proponents of development aid richer a fee importance of maintaining quote solidarity and peace in developing nations and the european commission has indicated its attention to strengthen the focus of the e.t.f. on the world's poorest countries but details are scarce on how that assessment of allocation will be done but critics in the e.u. and particularly in the u.k. have long been voicing their disapproval on the government's money management which is essentially protecting what's given to others while slashing budgets for those at home now a two thousand and twelve you gov survey says that fifty four percent of the british public think that the british government should not be giving very much overseas aid. regardless of what public opinion surveys say for now the status quo remains in place reporting from london i'm tess are cilia. and
online and we're reporting on the great lengths some european countries are going to just to put money in their coffers malta is just a week away from selling off passports for a whopping six hundred fifty thousand euros each. russian officials are pushing for tougher checks on foreign workers and they want to and the influx of illegal workers from other former soviet republics are scott takes a look at why a long running tangent on the issue are now bubbling to the surface. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russia back of allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant and the nationalistic riots that followed the issue is firmly in the spotlight and an arty camera crew has found out just how sensitive the topic is we went to a market on the outskirts of moscow to try and film an interview with mohamed magick the president of the russian federation of migrants despite getting private mission to film it soon became clear
a presence was not welcome. you russian do i have to repeat myself the site ends with the fence we eventually set up our interview away from the market. i think they may have suspected some illegal activities of course when you have thousands of migrants some of them may not have work permits or residence permits. the exact number of migrants in moscow is hard to calculate but best estimates put the figure around one quarter of the population and according to official statistics one in five murders one into rapes and one in three robberies a carried out by migrants the authorities are keen to be seen to be tackling the problem as we found out before our meeting with mohammed. since the un rest in the outskirts of moscow police have been chomping down on illegal immigration every friday they go on a range of accommodation places of looking for illegal immigrants it's friday morning and we're going with the police one of those raids and it didn't take long
for the police to get down to business demanding people's paperwork. you know where do i leave where do you leave. now the raid on the outskirts of moscow in the stuff i was last did to just about an hour and so far police have rounded up thirty five individuals who don't have the correct type of war. room one hundred eighty thousand work permits are granted each year according to mohammad this figure is far too low. to address it you need to conduct a survey as to how many migrant workers more school needs if it needs a million workers you should issue a million work permits not a mere hundred thousand. it's believed around three million migrants are working in moscow ninety four percent of them illegally this is creating a vast black market for cheap labor market there's some looking to keep out of the spotlight let's go to. moscow what you have to live from moscow and more news after
this break including a controversial u.s. draft a trade deal out of ghana stands ever growing heroin trade. there's a war on for a piece of the mud pie yes the government is tolling out some maggot infested pieces of mud pie benefit slop and the present voters are beating each other up trying to grab a slice or two and if that fails then they try to deprive their neighbor of his unfair piece of the mud pie but while tax revolt austerity riots capture the public's imagination in secret back rooms in europe america trade deals are currently being negotiated which will impose a so-called investor state upon us all.
clearly we can't with oh if you're going to. choose the consensus. choose. the great. choose the stories that you. choose. to. welcome back you're watching r.t. now russian agents are on the verge of a major arms deal expected to be worth billions of dollars moscow's foreign and a fancy ministers are in cairo hoping to breathe new life into military relationship that had been largely dormant for decades or just built through has more on this. this is the highest level delegation of official russian officials to come to egypt in the last few days and top of the agenda arms deal between russia
and egypt's according to those close to the russian defense ministry wants to get its hold hands on some two billion dollars worth of russian weaponry including fighter jets helicopters and defense systems we don't have any details yet of what might be in this arms deal but if it goes through this could be the largest deal between egypt and russia in four decades with some room of the egypt might be wanting to get as much as four billion dollars worth of weapons what we don't we don't know the details of this deal however egypt's foreign minister nabil fahmy did tell our channel a few days ago that this deal was definitely on the tables on the table so we're going to have to see what the details are in the coming days it's a very difficult deal to broker in this politically charged environment as it doesn't involve america now america's been given one point three billion dollars of military aid to egypt since the one nine hundred seventy nine piece of agreement which involves israel they withheld aid back in october pending progress on human rights here in egypt this. general is quite suits considerably as that aid package
is extremely important to egypt and more importantly to america it has allowed them to have significant control over what egypt is allowed to purchase in terms of weapons with egypt cozying up to russia this could seriously upset america and hinder relations between the two also egypt doesn't have any money at the moment economic situation here is particularly dire off the two and a half years of political turmoil following the january twenty five revolution they may look to saudi to fund these arms deal but it's not sure yet whether that's actually going to happen what this is showing however is egypt is russia's influence over the region russia is definitely looking to cozy up to egypt as the influence of america wanes so it's still very important even though we're not entirely sure what's going to happen with this deal. well she's become the face of the u.s. president shaking house care reforms as emotional scars of cyber boiling over her and wanted role in promoting obamacare reaches a fever pitch you can go online for all the details and pope francis
has crossed chalion mafia one investigator says and could be in danger as he pursues is greg down church corruption that too is an r.t. dot com. now opium farmers in afghanistan are expecting a record harvest is here bringing huge profits for warlords and heroin traffickers poppy production continues to spread at a staggering pace with some growers claiming government officials are taking a cut from the lucrative business oh so take a look at this map here opium cultivation as you can see has spiked by more than a third in twenty thirteen according to the latest u.n. report and that's despite international efforts to curb it with yields up by several thousand tons of galveston and share in the global supply of illicit opiates is likely to hit ninety percent by the end of us here and it's easy to see why farmers give in to the temptation to grow illegal crops with the profits
dwarfing those from traditional agriculture are just going to investigate the problem. opium production has increased forty times in afghanistan since nato started its war on terror in two thousand and one and now the drug money goes to fund terror and god knows what else not to mention of course thousands of lives taken by heroin consumption every year but expect more drugs coming out of afghanistan because the value of opium is so much higher than any other crop available to afghan farmers that afghans are not planning on giving up on poppies anytime soon even though the tribal leaders in the afghan government publicly denounce opium production according to afghan farmers they still manage to packs them for that and this is what one former. government officials grow opium themselves and if they don't grow it themselves they rent out their land to farmers who grow it if the officials don't care about the law there is no reason for us to respect it that's according to this farmer for more than
a decade nato and the us of course of the government that it had put in place in kabul every fuse to impose a clear ban on poppy growing possibly thinking such a ban would turn more people against the u.s. but here's how u.s. officials explain it does in just trying to eradicate property and opium it's also trying to give people an alternative mechanism to live and to feed their families but there is so much money behind narcotics that even with alternative ways to make a living it's very difficult to imagine that such massive drug production will stop unless there is a clear cut then on it in washington i'm going to check on. while it's course live now to kabul to talk to you he's the head of the u.n. drug control agency to ghana stana neighboring countries thank you so much mr mayor for joining us here and to discuss the situation as i understand you are in of ghana stan so what more can you tell us about the situation on the ground.
well the situation on the ground this obviously very worrying since two thousand than we have in a snow for the third time in a row. cultivation roads leading into thousand and thirteen to an absolute record of to the nine thousand acres of opium. this fits within the why the elicit economy which seems to be on the boom here in afghanistan and that combined with the contraction in the licit economy does not bode well for the future of afghanistan but who or what would you blame for such a staggering scale of drug production in afghanistan in your opinion who is to blame then i mean let's not start a finger pointing because there is an international shared responsibility here if then leave we expect the afghan government to do a lot more than what we have witnessed so far on the opium cultivation but the wider region and the international community at large have a stake in this problematics then forgets that the total opiates profits mates
globally sixty eight billion us dollars less than ten percent remains in of so we need to take up always share of the responsibilities and then we study lived closer what has happened then there is a kind of a paradox on one hand we see that within the continent cutting institutions we have made tangible progress more is being seized the minister of course the cortex has policies set demands adoption services have increased as well but i was like yes yes when you look at the overall addiction rates how would you describe in general it's you know if you see an increase how would you describe the actions of the government the very delicate government exactly now the question also is how would you describe the governmental effort to tackle the problem. well the issue is that so far because the cortex has been considered as well the marginal issue salutes in an insular management in the continent putting institutions
another of course is a big mistake that is something which we need to correct no it cannot be left to go to the critics institutions only we need to make sure that the development agencies that security actors that everybody plays a role in this and it's not only to flee we need to provide for all to fly lists for the farmers but it's not only this we need to stop the impunity defragmentation and this illicit economy which los people to to grow and go to pay top you in a way which remains and punished today. and what in your opinion could be done to perhaps reverse the statistics there or somehow derail this. what seems to be an unstoppable process very briefly if you can. it is not in a stoppable issue we can stop with the remedies unknown but we need to have the political will of all involved to meet to make is to happen as long as the security and development aid agencies are ready to get involved in going to caltex because
they don't consider it as being their business then we will continue with this evil and we need to make sure that all involved get involved and that we get a comprehensive framework together and integrated famers we can not talk about an opium farmer any longer we talk about the afghan farmers and i've done farmer grows different groups and among them opium if you don't have an integrated agriculture policy dealing with the illicit groups as well then we are bound to fail as well in the future so we need to correct the situation though as soon as feasible. all right mr ali mayor thank you so much for talking to me here on r.t.m. discussing the situation and afghanistan regarding your drug production and by having r t a clash of afaik scented knowledge and breaking the set with abby martin .
you know i love these rare moments where action of something fairly sounds positive to share with you the f.d.a. is working to ban partially hydrogenated oils which are the leading source of trance fats and foods and possibly the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks per year across the usa according to f.d.a. commissioner margaret hamburg as you know i would like the chemicals in my food kept to a minimum but the thing is the people at the f.d.a. are surely aware of all the hormones in beef and jim o's being produced why does the span of such a very narrow narrow focus in fact when you look at all the things that americans consume smoke use that to swear health some get the violent band hammer while others are completely tolerated if you ever talk to a hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you but dude weed is better for you than beer and that's the eagle man and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balance position isn't really a good idea well the country could go the libertarian route and let it be
everything be legal let people make their own choices or do what i think would be much much better actually really ban all the things that are destructive to our health both of these paths have positive and negative effects but they are a lot better than our current plan of ban some harmful things for some reason and a lot other harmful things because while they lobby better but that's just my opinion. dramas that can be ignored. stories or there is still a few states in those. places changing the rules rights now. to pictures of days you know on to from around the globe.
look to. me. the the. what's going on guys i'm abby martin and this is a break in the set you guys i have something really serious to talk to you about the mark of the beast yes it's here well maybe not in the biblical sense but what i have to show you is some crazy see google's patent in the first electronic neck tattoo that's right the web giant planets the other are the roads everything from smart phones to gaming devices and here's what might look like an all hands free option to make phone calls or listen to music without your phones may sound appealing to some this technology could easily be transformed for more sinister purposes according to the patent cyber tattoo could even be used as a lie detector and the about this with everyone so worried about hacking and spine
in the wake of the n.s.a. revelations who's to say that a digital tattoo capable of monitoring vital signs can be hacked as well so is this the future people volunteering to be consumers slaves proudly displaying their google bar codes on their next god i hope not. the. it's a. very hard to take a. look. at you that are back with the terror threat there.
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