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disarming the skeptics weapons experts are poised to say new targets for the destruction of syria's chemical arsenal as the country pledges to accelerate the process if required. justice rolled into one in a few minutes we take you want to tour of the lucrative world of u.s. private prisons when you incarcerate people for the purpose of generating corporate profit you have a built in incentive to incarcerate as many people as you can for as long as possible morality and ethics aside business is booming for america's prison corporations is the number of inmates hits new hinds and covering their tracks the british conservative party is accused of trying to bury evidence a broken promise is the speeches made before the party came to power a removed from its website.
and i welcome it's good to have you company you're watching our take. getting rid of syria's chemical weapons appears to be pushing ahead at a rapid pace that's despite widespread skepticism that declaring and destroying its stockpiles would be possible in the middle of a civil war and the government in damascus is even willing to speed up the process as artie's poor slayer explains. today is the deadline for the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to go up destruction deadlines for syria's chemical arsenal so far damascus has made all deadlines in its destruction program with the latest being the first of november when it had to destroyed all equipment used for the mixing of production of poison gases and nerve agents damascus says it remains committed. to meeting these deadlines on our part we are ready to do whatever it
takes to commit ourselves to these deadlines but experts see we can do it sooner we are ready to do it i was recently in damascus where none of the foreign experts that overseeing the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program would speak on camera other ventra say that they were extremely satisfied with the progress that was being made and that damascus was cooperating fully we have made a commitment and syria as well known for respecting its commitments this is not a commitment to the security council this is not a commitment to. do this is a commitment also to our russian friends and one of the debates right now is way to actually destroy syria's chemical weapons which are estimated at around a thousand tons possible sites including albania france and belgium to be chemical
weapons or become a heavy burden on syria especially for the presence of militant groups in its soil that might want to use such weapons or could even juice a disaster bring this rumbling member to the final deadline for syria destroying its entire stockpile of chemical weapons is the middle of next year policy r.t. television so let's have a recap of where things stand at the moment damascus has so far revealed where all its chemical weapons are located although it is worth mentioning not all of the sites have been visited yet because of the fighting however they have managed to meet the november target for destroying all toxic arms production equipment. but if you take a look at this map you will see what the inspectors are up against these are the major stockpile sites with some in areas close to where heavy fighting is breaking out so that makes their job a lot more difficult now despite hopes that the process can kick start peace talks the opposition showing no willingness to compromise as artie's raef an option or
explains i've been to syria many times including held rebel held territories and i've seen that the opposition is very much divided and sometimes fractions that are fighting president bashar assad in syria are not doing connected to each other they don't even know about each other so it's like even if we're hearing from one fraction but. now already it doesn't necessarily mean unfortunately that all their position all the forces are now ready for dialogue the syrian opposition has repeatedly rejected any dialogue with the syrian current authorities with president assad personally saying that they will never talk to him and they will never come back to dialogue. to he goes and things easily determine the president of syria still so it is quite a deadlock right now this is why it's quite difficult at this time to talk about any peace between the warring sides and to see the latest footage from syria's
conflict zones a visit in motion section at our web site. the conservative party u.k. has purged its official web site apparently hoping to clean up its online images removed a whole section of pledges made before the party came to power the opposition has labeled the move an attempt to brush broken promises under the carpet artie's party boy reports was going away so you could very well become time in simply saying bag something you said or a promise was made. i certainly have this is how long you take is concerned the federal government apparently after it was revealed that the a personal jury when site had several days again raised all of this speech is made for the best for the conservative cause he was elected into power back in two thousand and ten its race especially is that in the run up to the next general
election that someone simply trying to get this elite button on their part of any promises remember that time that david cameron pledged not to reorganize the n.h.s. well the speech is no longer on their website and it could be because after being elected the government to went on to preside over one of the largest three organizations in n.h.s. history there was also that time that david cameron promise not to cut child benefits after which the coalition scrapped the welfare payment for higher earners and froze it for the rest of u.k. families and i want to klia another thing that's now much harder to locate on the net is a quote of david cameron saying that the internet is democratizing the world's information try searching that on the tory party website rather than just removing it from the conservative site they've tried to remove it from the internet archive when he became prime minister one of the first promises he made was this the most open government and it's pretty clear that's not the case the irony is that the
speech is deletion is simply fueling public interest in them the official line from conservative h.q. is that they have revamping their website for a new digital era just starting a new chapter. polly boyd artsy london so to come this hour seeing isn't quite believing iran holds the expansion of its nuclear program but it is still struggling to gain the trust of western powers with the us pushing for new sanctions despite ongoing talks also trapped and professional footballers union plans a trip to catch. to support a french player he's been barred from returning home over a legal tangle. now if you're someone or if you are looking for somewhere to invest and aren't too bothered about the moral implications private jails could be an option the number of inmates being held in them has swelled and that's giving private shareholders bumper profits but is artie's marina portnoy explains there is
a huge conflict of interests. corrections corporation of america is the hilton of the private prison industry a multibillion dollar business that's getting rich off punishment we are c.c.a. the more people locked up behind bars and the longer they stay there the more money c.c.a. makes last year the company banked a reported one point seven billion dollars they are fully aware of the reality was that they need massive are stories from in order to stay in business they need excessive sentences for nonviolent crime so yes they push for legislation that will sure more and more people are in their stories with more than to put millions people currently incarcerated the united states chomps china russia and the rest of the world in the number of prisoners doing time about half of those in u.s. jails are in for nonviolent offenses since one nine hundred ninety america's private prison population has increased sixteen hundred percent the war on drugs
mandatory sentencing and a broken immigration policy have forced more people into prison c.c.a. has roughly ninety thousand prison beds in twenty states jesse lava from the watchdog group beyond bars says many of the companies contracts guarantee occupancy lock up quotas basically say if you're a private person and you have a contract with say or a local government you have a guaranteed number of people in your car go down with it doesn't matter taxpayers are still on the hook and the government is still on the hook for filling up your prisons. in the land of the free it is hard to expect the prison population to decrease as long as corporations continue profiting by keeping people locked up reporting from new york marina puerto nile are to. alex friedman managing editor of prisoner legal news dot org spent
a decade behind bars in both private and public jails and he explained to us why. he believes privatizing prisons is such a bad idea serve six years at a privately operated prison is part of the ironic that i spent incarcerated and my experience is privately operated prison pretty much is what led me on to a career if you will fighting against the private prison industry it is a very drastic experience and people come out of prison generally worse than they went in to get the isolation due to the the lack of resources and rehabilitation programs of them and what that means of course is that when they get out they are more likely to minors to recidivate and come back and that benefits no one except for companies like c.c.a. because if you profit from incarceration then the more people you have locked up the more money you commit. also the associate director of the human rights defense center where he's campaigning against prison corporations that he says are driven
only by profit the people really benefiting from prison privatization are not the public it's not the prisoners it's not the states that contract with these companies necessarily rather corporate executives and the shareholders who own stock when you incarcerate for the purpose of generating corporate profit you have a built in incentive to incarcerate as many people as you can for as long as possible because that's how the the market system works the companies have faced considerable criticism for lobbying governments in immigration and tension officials and other government officials for basically more contracts and to put more people in prison. well recently our teens who are the most infamous of us prisons kuantan and i want to see can again unique access to the military facility into a series of reports are all on our website providing a glimpse into life under censorship and indefinite melt down. coming up in the
program ukraine finds itself in a tight spot is the u. threatens to pour cold water on its membership ambitions while they say there's no way the country can become a golden star on the belief anytime soon also on the way scale centerra ate away at iraq we get some expert opinion on why death seems to be so commonplace ten years after the u.s. led invasion. arab nationalism from one end of the middle east to the other was the desire on the part of the bath party many arabs proposed this the national cohesion was not there and we're seeing that again in syria we're seeing that in iraq we're seeing that the fragmentation of these these movements these rebel movements are leading to the breakup rather than the unification of the arab world at least i never meant
a two state solution that's a three state solution you can't get hamas and fatah to work together let me say how what change could take place on expectedly. prime minister netanyahu has been very bellicose about it starting a war with iran and the start of a war would probably bring on the israelis. wealthy british style. markets why not. find out what's really happening to the blue. economy reports on. again now iran has stopped expanding its nuclear facility since the standard harney became president three months ago that's confirmed in
a new report from the international atomic energy agency released during negotiations on iran's nuclear program however the us congress pushing for a new sanctions against iran the news doesn't necessarily mean progress in the talks are. reports. right now negotiations with iran on a nuclear deal or at this very fragile stage with one big component missing trust iranians don't trust the u.s. they've been duped before washington doesn't trust iran when they say they're developing nuclear technology for civilian use and are not trying to build a bomb the u.n. nuclear watchdog just released the report saying in the last three months in one has not expanded its nuclear facilities it also said there were one has also not began operating any new generation centrifuges that quote no major components had been installed at all reacted. this could be perceived as
a confidence building step that you want is taking to move forward with a deal on its nuclear program the talks with six world powers in geneva last week did not produce an agreement as we know but there is another round of talks coming up next week and this new report by the i.a.e.a. may play a role but will also play a role is what's happening here in washington and the u.s. congress wants to pass a new round of sanctions president obama has urged congress not to do that he said if the u.s. is serious about using diplomacy to prevent iran from developing nuclear weapons there is no need to add new sanctions on top of sanctions already in place. so congress can potentially undermine any chance there is for a deal as well as entrenched the iranians in this view that whatever they do washington is not going to lift the sanctions and is not going to recognize their right to develop a nuclear program for civilian use in washington i'm going to check out meanwhile israel seems to be using all its powers of persuasion in washington to push for new
sanctions on iran a reporter who's an investigative journalist and historian on u.s. national security policy believes their lobbying will make that happen i don't think the president's statement or speech at this point is going to hold off the members of congress who are determined to go ahead with this move i think the house is more likely to be responsive to israel's urgings on this and most likely to go ahead with with sanctions this is the track record that both the majority of the senate majority the house have compiled in recent years which is to say that they have been responsive whenever a pack the lobbying organization devoted to israel's interests has put forward legislation. but nuclear weapons can still serve peaceful purposes is a story on our website shows there we've got the details on the so-called megatons
to megawatts agreement under which russia's old warheads have been converted into a power plant fuel for the us and not so transparent after all j.p. morgan retreats into a shell of secrecy after canceling it share your twitter q. and a session over some thorny questions on its multinational banking activity also online nato is building a brand new headquarters at the cost of a billion dollars despite deep military spending cuts in member states you can read more about these stories at r.t. dot com. a series of attacks targeting shiite muslims in iraq has killed at least forty one people during the religious festival of assura a suicide bomber blew himself up in the city northeast of baghdad leaving more than thirty dead earlier twin blasts in the city of west said to the southeast of the capital ripped through a festival precession killing nine antiwar activists richard becker says the u.s.
policy of putting certain religious groups first has given fertile ground to violence. from now q nine hundred thousand through there was a kind of violence inside the country. gender drive us. out of us shows. certain national groups around others and work behind and i'm going to war. what we're seeing is that the u.s. and some of their allies bring the same worth trying to bring a new government. who are radical as well as the other parts of the middle east.
margy dot com is launching a special project to mark the appalling scale of violence in iraq. we want you to know. now the international football is sending a delegation to cats are to negotiate on behalf of a stranded french national say here but only has been barred from leaving the gulf state for over a year now over a legal dispute with his base club he tried to sue the club over its failure to pay him and now his employer is refusing to grant him an exit visa unless he drops the charges fever has already said it can't intervene in the case and he has written to former world cup twenty twenty two ambassadors in the dan and pep guardiola asking them to fight his cause andrew or started from the football is union told us just
how desperate the french player is. we understand that he's also had to act in this matter and that includes the fact that he sold off most of his possessions that he will be evicted from his home in a matter of days and there fool we have offered through our hardship fun here a fifth of the opportunity for him at the very least while we help to try and resolve this situation that he at least has some way to live to stay in a hotel or whatever the case by be for him his wife and his two daughters says we are also very mindful of the fact that he is a very fragile mental state right now it's a precarious situation with it deeply concerns and so we are asking for the international football community to unite supportive pro with being at the highest levels of government and within football authorities this is already gone right to the top here bellamy and today himself has written begging for help this is just one player but it's one of sixty thousand we represent around the world and we want
him released that we release now. ukraine has found itself between a rock and a hard place with its efforts to integrate with the e.u. alienating its key economic partner russia and europe's not making life easy for ukraine the european parliament is pressuring kiev over an association agreement a first step towards joining the bloc saying the deal will be delayed for several years unless conditions are met one of those is that the government allowed jailed former prime minister yulia timoshenko to leave the country for medical treatment but even if you crane does make concessions there's no guarantee it can become many new member that's according to lean forward a former member of the e.u. foreign affairs committee. well i mean the situation in the e.u. is a bit of a mess because frankly with the lisbon changes the european parliament will have to approve any deal and it's very clear that there would be no majority in the european parliament for any deal in the current circumstances so the alternative is
if you want the ukraine breaks down or this is put off into the into the middle future at best but there are people in. eastern europe who would like to see a growth towards ukraine that they see the european union as christendom if you want it's a christian community and would prefer moving to with ukraine raffling turkey which is why if you want to go on turkey's membership down as well i suspect the reality is at least in the next quarter century you neither would join a quick look now at some other news the number of people killed by the typhoon that ravaged the philippines last week has risen to two thousand three hundred military planes in the u.s. aircraft carrier have arrived with food and emergency supplies but crippled infrastructure and looting are hampering the relief effort the storm is thought to be the strongest of the country since records began. a gas pipeline explosion in
a polish village has left two people dead and at least. thirteen injured with dozens of homes destroyed the blast reportedly took place during work to modernize the pipeline authorities say the existing pipe may have been damaged but an official investigation has been launched to determine the cause the cia is secretly amassing vast troves of data on private money transfers carried out by firms including western union that information come from anonymous u.s. government officials who disclosed the scheme to the media the program focusing on transactions outside the us was authorized by the post nine eleven patriot act with the aim of tracking terrorist financing but was the same law used to justify mass surveillance by america's national security agency. a recent attack on a prominent member of moscow's as a big journey community has reignited ethnic tensions and disputes over migration russia has the world's second largest migrant population but
a worryingly high number of them are in the country illegally scott try to get to the heart of the problem. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russia. allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant and the nationalistic riots that followed the issue is firmly in the spotlight and an r.t. 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 the president of the russian federation of migrants despite getting private mission to film it soon became clear our 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 and when you have thousands of my bread some of them may not have work permits or
residence permits. the exact number of migrants in moscow is hard to calculate the 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 under arrest in the outskirts of moscow police have been clamping down on illegal immigration every friday they go. 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 step i was last day to just about an hour and so far police have rounded up thirty five individuals who don't have the correct type of walk. around
one hundred eighty thousand work permits are granted each year according to mohammed this figure is far too low. to address it so you need to conduct a survey as to how many migrant worker a small school needs if it means a million workers you should issue a million work part of it's not a mere hundred thousand. it's believed around three million migrants are working in moscow twenty 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 scott. moscow here with r.t. this morning more news from me in about half an hour's time next though it's crosstalk.
you know i love these rare moments where i actually have 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 and beef and jim o's being produced why does this ban 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 a hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you but dude weed is better for you than beer and that's the legal man and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balanced 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 well they lobby better but that's just my opinion. you know. the truth. is. hello and welcome to cross talk where all things are considered i'm peter lavelle ninety five years ago this week the first world war in europe came to an end the continent exhausted itself millions dead economies broken and empires destroyed but
before this horrific conflict was over western powers had already decided the fate of arab lands still under autumn in control a new colonial project was started and we live with this oh president street to this day. to cross talk legacies in the middle east i'm joined by my guest joshua landis a norman he is the director of the center of middle east studies at the university of oklahoma in new york we have andy martin he's an independent foreign policy and intelligence analyst and in london we cross to charlie wolf he is a writer broadcaster and political commentator right gentlemen cross-talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i very much encourage joshua and i go to you first in norman oklahoma it was ninety five years ago the maps were drawn what's the legacy the most important legacy in your mind ninety five years later well i think that we are seeing the birth of nations in the middle east.