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argy dot com is launching a special project to mark the appalling scale of violence in iraq. we want you to know. it's very easy to end one ton of them. you release the man that you're not prosecuting but one ton about still nonstop twelve years as a terror of jail with the white house still failing to get it closed once and for all parties reports from inside one of the world's most maligned prisons on the future it may face. a tax haven on the take britain spends millions of pounds to prop up their rocky outcrop while taxpayers at home are in the dark about who gets it and why also this hour. on the arrest in the outskirts of moscow police have been something down along with illegal immigration every friday they go on rays of accommodation places of world looking for illegal immigrants it's friday
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morning and we go in with the police one of those rights. watching our t.v. live from our moscow studios where it's just after five pm i'm lindsey france thanks for joining me. they held key positions in the world's biggest military and they want one ton of my prison closed thirty eight of the united states' most respected retired generals and admirals want the senate to take immediate steps despite pressure and promises the jail still reached its twelfth anniversary punctuated by torture and hunger strikes along the way and it's final report from the detention center looks at why and what its future may hold.
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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 quote dick cheney. they would have been women. most of those still kept locked up have not been charged and are being held indefinitely what sort of a black hole of the system where the president of the united states simply refuses
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to say the innocent but u.s. officials say the law of war remains behind this barbed wire the idea is 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. the spite 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
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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 hold just this year the majority of the prison population refused to eat for six months straight 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 remain a state in u.s. history forever it's very easy to end one ton of. you release the men that you're
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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 direct obama promised 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 the 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 guantanamo bay cuba. more than half of guantanamo prisoners
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are jiminy nationals and for them release from the prison may not mean the end of their misfortunes the u.s. and yemen are discussing plans to build a new center to house inmates after their release and it's already been labeled the guantanamo and were to our correspondent lucy caffein office just returned from yemen where she met relatives of some of the detainees and shared her experiences with dell dot. it's difficult to stay positive about these detainees coming home when you've been waiting as 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 are get 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
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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 r.t. it's interesting enough there were reports of a similar detention center being set up in yemen do you read into the right so basically to get any 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 a belt with yemen's human rights minister his cost of money we want. to
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integrate into society to. give. the i'm sure that they have this feeling. toward the yemeni government because they have the feeling that we neglected them since a long long time and just briefly it's not perhaps that guantanamo could actually be closed i absolutely would not read into about it at all. u.s. officials the key concern isn't the difficulty of reintegrating these former detainees into society it's the concern that these detainees will reintegrate into al qaeda networks and it's not a completely not valid one we have to remember that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula was founded by former guantanamo detainee 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. that r.t. dot com watch our full series on life inside guantanamo as well as more interviews with former prisoners and in-depth coverage of the international pressure to close
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the facility. russia has the world's second largest migrant population in search of a better life the majority come to the capital here in moscow but worryingly high numbers of them stay in the city illegally a concern for the authorities and the locals paul scott has the details. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russian. allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant nationalistic riots that followed the issue is firmly in the spotlight. camera crews 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 the president of the russian federation of migrants getting prodded permission to film it soon became clear our presence was not welcome. you russian do i have to repeat myself. with the fence we eventually set up our interview away from the market.
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i think they may have suspected some illegal activities of course and when you have thousands of migrants some of them may not have. it's. the exact number of migrants in moscow it's 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. the young rest on the outskirts of moscow police have been camping 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 papal walk.
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you know where do 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 to correct. the room one hundred eighty thousand work permits are grown to each according to mohammad this figure is far too low. to address it so you need to conduct a survey as to how many migrant workers. 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 twenty four percent of the legally issues creating a vast black market for cheap labor markets some key to keep out of the spotlight let's go to. moscow. and later on in the program opium on the up there's been a dramatic surge in production in afghanistan this year with almost
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a decade a fruitless international efforts to stop the drugs spread. there's a war on for a piece of the mud pie yes the government is doling out some maggot infested pieces of mud pie benefits and the person 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. we speak your language. news programs and documentaries the spanish.
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what matters to you. a little to. keep these stories. here. for a visit. welcome back you're watching our to live from our studios in moscow where it's just five fifteen pm nearly there i'm going to france thanks for joining me in britain you're never far from feeling a tap on the shoulder from the tax man but not everywhere under her majesty's jurisdiction gets forced to fund the crimes coffers in fact can be quite the opposite tess are cilia knows just such a place have you ever heard of pitcairn. ok now. not ever heard of pitcairn. island or you.
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think of the pacific so what. 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 go a. bit as 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 on the islands 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. give 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
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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 to proponents of development aid reiterate the importance of maintaining quote solidarity and peace in developing nations said 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. well 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 the british based
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tax payers alliance told us about what it calls reckless spending i think taxpayers do get angry when they see the money being wasted in the context of the form of international development they look people don't object to helping people overseas know what was happening in the philippines over the last few days you've seen the british public are the most generous and they are generous but they don't expect the government to be confiscating more and more of their money and spending it on their behalf they'd rather spend that money on their own causes and in the ways that they themselves would like to see that spend and so when you do see vast amounts of taxpayers' money going overseas often in some cases for instance the countries which have their own aid programs to other countries it strikes british taxpayers as very old indeed. the pope is taking on the godfather in a corruption crusade one investigator warns that the pontiff could be in danger as
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he tries to clean up the catholic church that story is r.t. dot com plus. even though nato member countries have been watching the pennies we'll tell you how the alliance has still managed to find a spare billion dollars to build a new headquarters. in the market like. this if you. are happy with us here on our team today i roll researcher. it's been a fertile year for afghanistan's farmers but unfortunately that's bad news opium
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cultivation has hit record numbers meaning huge profits for local warlords and hundreds more lives destroyed by the drug now the latest u.n. report says the poppy production has spiked in some regions by more than a third just this year with thousands of tons of opium annually afghanistan provides ninety percent of the drugs total global production for the farmers it's an economic lifeline the only realistic chance for their families to earn a living wage traditional agriculture just doesn't pay in the war ravaged state now artie's guyana chicana looks at the roots of this huge 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
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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 peck's them for them and this is what one farmer said 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 poppy and the opium it's also trying to give people an alternative mechanism to live and to feed their families
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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 down on it in washington i'm going to check on. now america's impact on the drug trade in afghanistan and who is profiting from it came up in today's breaking the set here on our. not only of oil companies and private military contractors made a killing off the occupation big pharma which collectively lobbies over two hundred fifty million dollars annually to congress needs opium late text. manufacture drugs for this pill happy nation don't forget about the begging trillions in black market sales are being funneled through banks and this money is got to come out clean on the other side. the whereabouts of one of the jailed pussy riot punk band members has finally been
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established after weeks of uncertainty now dead in a coma turned up in a hospital in siberia where she was transferred from a penal colony different sources cited various reasons for her being hospitalized from health complications following her hunger strike to her requiring standard medical quarantine after being transferred to another prison. and another pussy riot member were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after staging a performance at moscow's christ the savior cathedral she is serving a two year sentence and is due for release next march. now for some more news from around the world three attacks targeting shiite worshipers in eastern iraq have left at least forty one people dead suicide bomber struck a crowd in the diyala province killing thirty two and wounding more than sixty in a wasit city seemingly coordinated blast ripped through a religious procession killing nine the attacks struck during festivities marking
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the most important day in the shiite muslim calendar. typhoon haiyan is now known to have claimed over two thousand three hundred lives in the philippines significantly less than previously thought despite unprecedented aid from neighboring countries many victims remain cut off from food and water as many as eleven million people may have been affected by one of the worst ever storms recorded which hit the city of tacloban last week. meanwhile police have fired tear gas at a procession commemorating assure a day in bahrain images of the toxic gas circulating in the air have emerged on social media the security forces also reportedly used shotguns to disperse the crowd the crackdown apparently began after religious events were joined by anti-government protesters. a long awaited nuclear deal with iran could have been struck last week it was in for the last minute amendments to the u.s.
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proposal that tehran had already agreed to the details on why the latest round of talks brought no results came from russia's foreign minister. as all sides acquaint themselves with the amendments there is a danger a there's a danger the negotiations could be further de railed if washington imposes new sanctions on iran the obama administration has warned congress against such a move saying new penalties would jeopardize a peaceful revolution resolution on iran's nuclear crisis middle east political analysts aid ali. explains why. provides a golden opportunity for the global community to come around the table and announce an agreement about introducing new sanctions at the same time the inviting for that in the goetia nations is quote contra productive and may erode the confidence of the really it's. to continue the negotiations and the only thing iran is trying to
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achieve is kind of for ignition by five plus one about legal enrichment and to having rights for peaceful nuclear technology. up next max and stacey look at how new trade agreements are handing power over to corporate monopolies. you know i love these rare moments where action of something at least sounds positive to share with you the f.d.a. is working to ban partially hydrogenated oils which are the leading source of trans fats and foods and possibly the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks per year across the usa according to f.d.a.
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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 and beef and gitmo is being produced why does the span have 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 hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you but dude we does 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.
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the idea that heads of government think they can talk free field to the food for those of you risk of being intercepted whether by agents is a bit of a state or you can buy for private enterprise and it's crazy. my max kaiser welcome to the kaiser report. there's a war on for a piece of the mud pie yes the government is doling out some maggot infested pieces of mud pie benefits slop and the peasant 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
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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 divorced and immune to the wants the needs the demands of these pesky mud pie eating boat loving citizen peasants the new investor state is technically infallible for a few us their ego mud pie right now feels the investor state has done anything wrong here quaint little nation state get sued and try in a tribunals in which the investor state always wins you've got a problem with the. you can make a complaint to the listed customer service line of this investor state it sounds
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like pay pal yes or google ever have a problem with google there is no phone number or email address to contact them well that's this new investor state before that though we're going to look at some of the dregs of the whole nation state and the benefits they often handed out before we all went bankrupt but we see in france over the past few weeks there's been lots of riots and revolts and also said protests going on and this is over the last of that mud pie situation portal set on fire traffic blocked as french eco tax protest continues there's been an eco tax which is actually passed under nicolas sarkozy and is supposed to be imposed from january twenty fourth teen but over the past few weeks have been huge protests mostly down in brittany by farmers and lorry drivers who don't have to pay this eco tax on their heavy vehicles so our law and francois hollande has backed down of course and he's deferred and suspended the eco
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tax until the summer of two thousand and fourteen well a group of employees of eco move the company that won the contract to collect the tax have written an open letter complaining that the taxes suspension has left them without work they say that fifty nine trainees who have been promised full time contracts have been laid off and about twenty have not had their short term contracts renewed and accuse the government of quote giving in to people who threaten to smash up official buildings well of course in france they don't call them up do they call them. to diminish. the phone. you know what. here's a situation we should on the show many times of the bull market in bonds has been going on for thirty years and it you know within the last twelve.


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