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use the access to opportunity. sunday's news and the stories that shape the week ukraine's capital braces for a million man into government march with western politicians lending their support to the demonstrations. against the odds protesters from armenia village managed to fend off a major u.s. oil company that's exploring for shale gas near their home. across the globe mourned the death of nelson mandela we'll look at how the anti-apartheid leader's image has changed over the years. and actual swedish relationship it's been revealed a scant and even country has been helping america's spy on russia's leadership.
visit r.t. international coming to you live from the russian capital. come to the program ukraine's opposition is calling for a million people to join anti-government for protests in kiev on sunday for a rally that's feared to further heightened tension in the capital opposition the years also say they will not talk to authorities unless the government steps down protests have gripped for more than two weeks now with a new revolutionary mood fueled by the support of some western politicians now reports the only way in is not the only one neighbor seeing anti-government anger on that street but for some reason cleaves independence square has captured the minds of politicians from europe and the west we have seen a veritable parade of them to hear the running out was with the opposition leaders and even sometimes it would take to the day to speak for the crowds and yet few
seem to have made the pass to hear it from both sides from the country's leaders and their supporters. from an assistant u.s. secretary of state we stand with the people of ukraine who see their future in europe and want to bring their country back to economic health and unity to former polish president the supporters of euro integration must remain firm and seize the momentum of the protest this is the only way they can get you know coach to make concessions and current members of the european parliament we suffer all civil society and democratic opposition in its claim to have possibility for the nation to express its will and forty's which means every election what began as a pro e.u. push descended into an out and out attack on the leadership the usual buzzwords of democracy justice and the will of the people were interspersed with not so subtle calls for a president because going to college to admit has been beaten this is clear where
appearances mean john affairs arsalan conscious and they're not even hiding more so this is something that's should be unacceptable. about mike stanton widely seen as a clear breach of diplomatic conduct it also raised questions in moscow. but i can imagine how our german partners would have felt if russia's foreign minister decided to attend a rally that was being held against german room i don't think they would consider it a friendly step out of a meeting with opposition members is one thing you know for taking part in rallies that's interference and domestic a fat commission of the private mission early in the week the government survived a no confidence vote in the ukrainian parliament was to be. defeated by the great process opposition m.p.'s went home to block the stage and stalling parliament. outside protest leaders called on people to take over as many civic offices as possible what should have been
a public debate on the pros and cons of the e.u. friendship has descended into a foreign fueled. to boost in opposition to the different axe to grind. go r t. as anti-government protests in the ukrainian capital grow so do the rallies in support of blocking the trade deal with the e.u. thousands of pro-government activists descended on the capital in towns across the east of the country to make their voices heard recent polls suggest ukraine sharply divided on the issue of e.u. integration with more than seventy percent of people in the west of the country favoring the deal while the pro e.u. mood is shared by less than thirty percent of people in the east a prominent foreign affairs analyst dr subject which says in the unlikely case of revolution people in the east will not sit idly by if there is a pro e.u. . orange revolution there would be
a pro customs union pro russian counter-revolution so it would be the path to the civil war because let's face it in. the east they know that the package they would of course they will never join the e.u. itself they would lose customs privileges in russia very industrial goods which are still being exported to russia in increasing quantities would certainly become thirty five percent more expensive which would price them out of the market and the saying i doubt very much that e.u. countries will suddenly express an interest in buying ukrainian industrial goods so even if the reason attempt at the violent overthrow of the government there would be there finitely a very sizeable counterforce ready to come onto the streets it is no longer two thousand and four when no one was willing to risk their skin for for.
well to discuss the situation in ukraine and prospects for its future development i don't joined in the studio by a political analyst of the words russia dmitry babich meter think of so much for joining me in the studio to discuss this well first off let's talk about what to happen in ukraine today i mean do you believe that the opposition will gather one million people to protest well they can gather a lot of people because it's just very clear that part of the ukrainian oligarchs finance and support this action because imagine voting million people coming mostly from the c.t.'s mostly from the west that requires a lot of money that requires a lot of logistics effort so it's clear. you know what i got support that the question is how aggressive these people are going to be exactly because last week remember a smaller protest and in violence so should we fear the repetition today in your opinion what maybe not today but in the next few days also because actually it
became clear that the western media is ready to excuse anything and the ukrainian media you know the liberal ukrainian media and even part of the russian media did not condemn the so-called protesters who attacked for example of the presidential administration now they demand the release of people who were put in jail for one or two months for doing that in france or in america if anyone attacked the presidential administration that person would have been in jail for many years not for two months when we see i mean. in the ukraine in the violence was blamed on instigators there we see sides pointing fingers at each other but who stands to gain from from it all i mean would anyone really gain anything from provocations in this particular scenario that we haven't you agree well it's quite clear that part of the opposition namely the big three you know the three opposition leaders people like klitschko or yatsenyuk and taxable they think that they're very close to power
that's why please notice they don't talk about. tymoshenko at these ratings anymore why because to washington would be just one more to feed in case they seize power ok well so now let's take a look at you know the sort of domestic situation there and look at different angles of the political struggle new crane. looking at the situation to massacre and we can also ignore the external factors and specifically the e.u. in your opinion what role does a plane all of this well it's quite clear that you use directly involved in these protests when we have the foreign minister of joining me in the speak over the hearing in parliament you know are the european politicians taking part in radius i think it's unprecedented it never happened but the big question is how does that all jive with the e.u. policies i mean beginning from two thousand and eight when the e.u. started the so-called eastern partnership you know trying to arrest several
contrasts out of the russian sphere of influence and to get them closer to the u two point five billion euros has been spent on all of this and where are the results this is the huge question this is the reason why so many people protest you know these two point five billion euros are not spent on unemployment in spain or on the poor people in greece they were spent actually on making propaganda on ukraine instead of them whole nice of the e.u. years and how bad russia's and their policy didn't work ok well you don't really will see people divided here in the east of the country on the west of the country let's not talk about what drives them what motivates them to protests you know earlier we just heard from our correspondent in a report from our correspondent victoria nuland this is the secretary of state said that people of the ukraine need to return to canonic health and unity or she obviously meant this agreement with the e.u. but how is this possible when the european union is mired now in economic crisis
this is the first. and ukraine returned to economic health and unity when it was never economically healthy and it was never completely united and the other question is you know there are people who go to their squares some of them are motivated by their hatred for russia some of them are motivated by actually by me it's because this is one of the huge myths that the e.u. exploits people think i mean a lot of ukrainians think that they're moving to europe their credit existed thirty years ago you know a really a fluent police you know with democracy and everything unfortunately more than e.u. is not about democracy it's not about economic prosperity and it's not even about freedom of movement for ukraine it's then i'm going to get the visa free regime ok so clearly europe is a different place now but finally before we let you go dmitri i just want to ask you one more question what seems to be the way out of this i mean we see the situation still meeting with the sides not wanting to negotiate with each other
especially the opposition saying that they will not negotiate with the other party involved unless the president steps down or the government i should say steps down but the only way forward is dialogue a dialogue between the two parts of the ukrainian society and also dialogue between the e.u. ukraine and russia unfortunately it's the e.u. who refused to have dialogue with russia and with ukraine they say that they want you know quote is just listen to them and sign that agreement that you know already refused to sign ritter thank you so much for sharing your views with us here and that was a political analyst of the voice of russia dmitry babich. and later today r.t. also looks into the economic troubles ukraine faces in addition to the political crisis in venture capital at g.m.t. . we're residence over tiny village now in ensuring rumania of managed to stop a u.s. oil giant exploring for shale gas near where they live at least for the moment the
demonstrators are now refusing to leave a drilling site despite having police presence saying the car a virtual extraction method could permanently damage the environment has the details. in a remote part of romania a day of rage and fury. protesters stormed a work site operated by chevron and the police responded with full force those who didn't leave willingly were dragged away so you can see. in what country we are living the police forces are behaving like a private protection company thought of so wrong. so what the people here want to know is who will protect them from big business. this is one of the poorest corners of the european union but it's believed to sit on top of large reserves of valuable natural gas it's the sort of place that's
changed a little over the centuries horse drawn carts are still a common mode of transportation and most of the residents still live off the land land which could soon be pumped full of toxic fluid in order to get the fuel underneath it's a simple everyday action to drive water out of the well for the villagers here and put in just this is really what's at the heart of the matter the environment and the water for them it's not so much about fighting chevron as it is about protecting both their lives and livelihoods. am i here is i have been working on the land it is the only live a time now during the day jus isn't your typical sort of protester a farmer all her life she and her husband were also some of the first villa. to speak out against chevron's plans to drill for natural gas in their community. we've heard horror stories water supplies being polluted forests no longer being
green we don't want to risk everything for this company to make a profit. without you know what that was all about it would be a wonderful idea. chevron says it's committed to working with the local community to drill without damaging the environment it and says that it is abiding by all safety rules but that's not reassuring for farmers like facility but. they could completely destroy us we just want to protect what's important i want her in our land. and that's what they've done for more than a month's no braving the cold villagers set up makeshift tents across from the company's drilling site chevron did temporarily suspend its operations but last week the camp was raided by the police. i was punched in the face it was humiliating romanian but the police treated us like criminals in fact michael boy so no doubt. we tied ourselves together to form a human chain across the ruled out of the police officers came out just like
grooves they were kicking ass and beating us with their bouncers i was kicked here there was another religious reason hospital now because of how hard they had in the stomach but it was. and on saturday more violence began as a peaceful demonstration was broken up by force. another arrest the protests started them and but demonstrators continued to get taken away in this car in some ways it's a case of david versus goliath a tiny romanian village fighting to get an energy giant chevron off of its land but despite the arrests despite the protests and despite the clash as the chevron trucks are already here and the work looks set to go on reporting and put in just romania for r.t.e. i'm lucy catherine. for tasks or staring down fans in the shiraz fracking side and scuffles with police you can see all our pictures from the scene online at our dot com.
and on thursday the world lost nelson mandela a leader who followed racism and inequality and became an international symbol of freedom and justice are just fall asleep looks at the legacy of the man to build a new south africa and being decades of a part a in the country he's the man who pulled a troubled and divided land back from the brink of civil war the man who after twenty seven tough years behind bars walks free from prison in his heart was not to avenge. his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation but in the last three decades the world tirelessly polished the image of nelson mandela and image recognized around the world only coca-cola is better known better men who struggle for racial equality again south africa's ruling white minority had a dark side the world has conveniently forgotten about now someone that i've been
leader of a struggle. a radical. someone. embraced violence and as a necessary political instrument at a particular juncture in our history this house was the secret headquarters of the african national congress it was here in the early sixty's that mandela and his comrades launched the armed struggle it was also here that most of them were arrested put on trial and sentenced to life in prison south african journalist chris bishop believes the one nine hundred sixty four trial that saw mandela and his comrades sentenced to life helped turn the world in their favor during the trial. these gentlemen who were on trial the rivonia trial as they went from being the accused of being people on in the dark as slowly transformed they became the benjamin franklin's of africa they became the freedom fighters they
began the man of principle who is standing up merely for the rights of others and it's only to turn world opinion around from a vile terrorist to one of the greatest freedom fighters to have ever walked the earth the story of nelson mandela is remarkable a man who stood up for the rights of people everywhere but also a familiar tale of governments putting a garland of flowers around your neck one day and a rope the next point to r.t. johannesburg south africa. where you are here national i will be back with more stories in just a few moments don't go away. do you think that you as a representative of the. gazan government and government in general could achieve dad easing off live for the palestinian people through the way they
communicate through the way the present themselves to do want to communique need we need respectful of from older kind of governments good to recognize this government which recollected a from the people actually. presented it from the palestinian people themselves respect our choices respect our what i would believe someone needs our rights.
welcome back you're watching our to international arena joshing sweden has been a key provider of spy data on the russian leadership to the us apart from targeting high profile political figures the country's also been engaged in industrial espionage against russia and you company's accusations come from swish t.v. citing documents leaked by edward snowden in a recent program called mission investigate its chief editor told r.t. what they discovered. we have revealed that. the very close relationship between the swedish defense radio authority f.r.a. and american counterpart n.s.a. and according to the documents. f.r.a. have spied spying on the russian leadership and they are passing this information on to n.s.a.
we got access to these documents thanks to edward snowden so for we have don't have any details more than the documents are mentioning. they're talking about. intelligence they're talking about classic intelligence and they also mentioning cables the spokesman of f.r.a. didn't give any comments but. when axed asked about being. seen as a leading partner that's the way they spell it in these documents for a is a leading partner to n.s.a. then he says ok that's flattering he ses so that's the only comment we have received so far with sweden strategic location in the baltic the country has always been the anti of america's national security agency and according to investigative journalist duncan campbell. sweden always had a lot of
a covert intelligence relationship with where security in the years of cold war. very being turned secretly in to the club of the big far east in which they are for the goodies to give to their prime minister in return for betraying we receive and secure off all of their neighbors and money for ever and citizens sweden was the largest collaborator in europe with the internet i think program run by the fried rice group are being respecting countries. so it does so because of its kind of direct access to the baltic then it's no surprise that you see it few and they say we want back as well as everything else they can take from st. despite public criticism some governments protect their spying programs as something essential and earlier this week the attitude of britain's guardian newspaper face questioning by m.p.'s who believe that the publishing of snowden's revelations put
a dand in national security journalist glenn moody believes it's all part of a public flogging campaign it's there to because it's actually for internal consumption it's really for the united kingdom and they've cameron is trying to demonstrate that he's the strong man that he's tough on terrorism that he's not going to let journalists you know tell him what to do and therefore he's coming out with these statements which for the rest of the world thinks pretty crazy because everyone is saying from president obama downwards that we should have this debate about what are the limits of surveillance and what kind of oversight should we have and is really only david cameron and the u.k. government that's saying we shouldn't do that. and as we reported on line the n.s.a.'s appetite for private data seems only to be growing as tentacles of u.s. intelligence continue to entwine the world after it successfully launches a new surveillance satellite with a logo speaking for itself. joining a sundry means holed up in ecuador's london embassy the world famous whistleblower
marks his thirty years ban in virtual detention in the u.k. not have even been charged fine all the details at r.t. dot com. right to see. first strike. and i would think that you're. on our reporters would. be. welcome back you're watching r.t. international iceland's alive and kicking the country's economy has rebounded after the recession which struck hard five years ago where the state's training its own path to financial well being one set of trying to save its bankrupt banks the government allowed them go to the wall for leadership then decided to reject
a last deposit repayment scheme swayed by protesters who said the plan was unfair instead i every household in the country will now have twenty four thousand euros yet written off their mortgage banking zagat was accused of causing the crisis in the first place are also being pursued by the state professor viner economics rodney shakespeare believes that iceland is setting a remarkable example. you must rely on your own national bank for your own uses for your own will economy and for the spreading and if you don't do that you'll be trapped into debt in the same way that what you got greece you've got iceland but you've got every country in the world is being tracked into increasing debt and all that happens is that they increase the levels of the debt and smash the populations down we need to revolt against this global financial
system and in its own way iceland is setting a reasonable example thank you iceland now the international monetary fine has criticised the icelandic government's decision to let the banks go broke and international investors and compensated energy group traveled to two of the biggest lenders the u.k. and germany to find out what people there think. that is great yeah. but just to get rid of your debt was perfect because then obviously you could spend that money on something else that said he was helpless families just total that source a chunk of money that would make a difference which people well i think would be best for the country one reason the economy. is the public that just goes up and i don't think the country can afford it it would be very great to you everyone could. think about this i think it's a good thing we used to have laws in germany where you could this be something as a home owner you know what that's it think about it and this is ok if you didn't
get this i think for individual people it would be good news but not for the country would know where the money comes from for such gifts and i say look at some of the stories from around the world around one hundred supporters of the far right party of germany have protested against asylum shelters for refugees in leipsic the march was set to and to new york one of the sanders recently opened in the city but riot police stopped him before they reached the facility the rally was met by anti-fascist activists chanting slogans about refugees being welcomed in the country. more french troops will be sanded to the central african republic to confront the rising wave of sectarian violence they are reinforcement comes after the one authorized the military operation to stop the bloodshed over the last few days nearly four hundred people have been killed in balance between christian militias loyal to the ousted president and muslim rebels who control the country.
up next it's world apart world apart with time boyko and she speaks to israel a spokeswoman a palestinian government in gaza i'm going. ukraine is in a tough spot right now trying to figure out whether to join the e.u. or the arrangements custom union it would be nice if they would you know maybe allow the populace to vote for their future via referendum but sadly it looks like the politicians will be making the historic decision i can see why some people want to look west and some people want to look east but i don't understand why so-called ukrainian nationalists want so desperately to join the e.u. first off any nationalist groups in the e.u. are automatically demonised as right wing extremists and in the politically correct west patriotism is pretty much
a dirty word generally nationalist like their culture and the people who are part of it but if you look at migration trends within the e.u. we see that the slavic part of it is flooding western europe looking for work i have many relatives from the slavic part of the e.u. and almost all of them have to work abroad and might sound nice to be able to work in europe but the reality is that ukrainians will probably be paid even less than bulgarians rumanians to clean toilets in london ukrainian nationalists don't have to like russia or join the customs union or join any bloc of countries but advocating a future for themselves the e.u. seems absolutely backwards at least to me but that's just my opinion.
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