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a christmas screeching with a message you'd never expect edward snowden addresses t.v. viewers in britain too much spying could damage the way the next generation thinks but this still time for a computer. ethnic killings mass graves and thousands dead across the country violence and sounds to ask of some question whether there is more to the rest no than just an internal conflict. with the outcry against drone warfare being heard across the world travels for a region in pakistan where the unmanned strikes have become a deadly every day reality. happy bailout exit leaves people there wondering whether the end justifies the me. i couldn't do anything at all i think i was this desk and i had no way i wish to speak to some of those
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trying to keep a roof over their heads is the bank's push to repossess homes from struggling families. it's eleven pm december the twenty fifth here in moscow i'm kevin i mean this is the international free merry christmas if you're celebrating it right now course from all of us here and indeed christmas comes but once a year so for those of you in britain evening who cozied up in front of your t.v.'s to watch the queen's christmas speech earlier it probably comes as no surprise that it isn't the only message on the box an alternative address was delivered by a man who believes there's no reason to stick to the rules of his story. christmas day here in the u.k. is a sacred tradition it's all about the christmas turkey the family gathering and of course getting around the telly to watch the queen's speech with your family this
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year the queen was wishing brits a merry christmas she spoke about the birth of her grandson about the year's achievements bought channel for airing an alternative christmas message from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden who of course revealed the extent of mass government surveillance programs in the u.s. the u.k. and other western countries and he was speaking today all about privacy he said that george orwell's one thousand nine hundred eighty four was the real fairy tale compared to the reality that we're living with right now and he said that children born nowadays are really going to grow up with no concept of privacy whatsoever that all their thoughts are going to be recorded and analyzed which is pretty somber stuff for christmas day but he did end on a positive note saying that together the public can work for a better balance to end mass surveillance and the to remind governments that really
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if they want to know what the public is thinking they should ask and it's cheaper than spying so the christmas message from channel four this alternative message has become somewhat of a tradition in itself it's been delivered in the past by the former iranian president ahmadinejad's by nine eleven survivors from new york by brigitte bardot margin lisa simpson and the idea behind it is really to provoke thought and to get people to question the status quo that little bit more channel four said that they chose edward snowden for this christmas message because of the extent of the revelations that he has brought to the public this year and the questions that he's raised around democratic society so they're going to be hoping that they will have not just fear as towards quest. getting that status quo that little bit more by having edward snowden talk to them about privacy today. the u.n.
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sending of more troops notices almost doubling the number of peacekeepers the for the pows to the country's been engulfed to deadly violence which the u.n. says has already claimed thousands of lives. as the details the u.n. says that investigators discovered a mass graves in the rebel held city of then two with fourteen bodies at one site twenty bodies at a nearby site but the possibility of there being either even a third site now tens of thousands of people have fled the country amid fighting between rebels that are supporting former vice president riek machar and president salva kiir forces you have to remember that south sudan is a young country and a civil war is what initially caused its breakaway from the north you know the united states campaign for it some experts believe that washington's enthusiasm for south sudan's are tanami had less to do with humanitarian issues and more to do
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about the south sudanese oil reserves now the irony right now is that no matter which way you slice it the international community has another crisis on its hands that may be costly and complicated the country's top u.n. humanitarian official said the death toll from the past ten days has surpassed one thousand but added that there's no official firm counts it may be more it may be less nobody knows what we do know is that the violence is spreading and spreading quickly. report neither and meantime washington sent marines the one of africa to help evacuate its citizens from south sudan the u.s. has been a gauge of the region says the nineteen seventies of when or joined chevron discovered oil washington was also one of the biggest champions of south sudan's recent independence to sports of all for the story gerald horn he was mediating the sudanese civil war back in the one nine hundred eighty s. that explains why the u.s. wanted another country on the world map now. united states was basically the
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midwife for south sudanese independence united states and its real world posed to the khartoum base of government not least because it would seem as being anti israel and was perceived as being pro california not only that but there is oil in sudan and the oil is in the south and it's pumped out through going to war and then there's the china question the chinese state oil company is deeply invested in south sudan and for whaling the chinese was also seen as a tool through which could be accomplished through independence a session for south sudan chevron felt that it would be in their best interest if south sudan works a seat because it would be easier to exploit the oil in a divided country as opposed to a united country that was a major reason driving the split do the math we're talking about hundreds of thousands of barrels produced in south sudan and with oil let's say roughly at one
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hundred dollars a barrel you can see that this is a pretty penny. still to come to a close friend of the ukrainian opposition is no longer welcome in the country the report on wife from a georgian president mikheil saakashvili ended up on a no entry list and who else will be cheering protestors on in kiev in the near future to bust the fukushima catastrophe still huge shadow over the region with now fears that fresh fish from the seas around the plant the two contaminated doing. as we prepare to say farewell to twenty thirty nazis looking back at events that made the headlines this past year. these labels a big salad hammer braving the elements in order to stand down so u.s. oil giants chevron. this comes after a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the cool. apartheid's.
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is an undeclared global battlefield which in yemen is just one of the front lines. was. well the focus is on the tribal zones of yemen and pakistan people there are going to be hoping the new year brings a big rest but after nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes despite repeated claims from the white house that these anti terrorist attacks and pinpoint you know civilian death toll seems to suggest otherwise in fact in the latest incident of the seventeen people killed in a rural wedding ceremony in yemen. reports next the normal human price of america's war. the locals call it death in the skies in pakistan's northwest tribal region an american drone as seen from the ground it's become the weapon of choice
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in the u.s. war on terror and this is the damage it can wreak under president obama more than three hundred such strikes on pakistani soil against alleged al qaeda and taliban suspects. but ordinary civilians also pay a price this man is one of them i mean was on his way to work at a mine you're his village when a drone struck the area he lost his leg in the attack three other miners who were with them lost their lives we live in constant fear of another strike we are simple villagers who are stuck in a war that we didn't ask for it's a hopeless feeling death is above our heads all the time. although the attack took place three years ago i mean new laws says the pain is still severe the sight of his injuries upsets his four children meanwhile depression anxiety and lingering fear have pushed him to take up tranquilizer pills. in the americans should be able
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to tell an ordinary person from a taliban leader they should know who they're killing what did we do to deserve this. this isn't my. drone arctic it's a question echoed by now dar who lost part of his hearing his short term memory and nearly his foot on. the drone shockwave was so intense that it threw us outside far from the place where we were sleeping after several minutes there was another strike and it killed many more people attorneys out of bar has sued both the u.s. and pakistan on behalf of the civilian victims he says they're the voiceless people of the zeerust on isolated by geography and politics by simply call it a concentration camp that you have build a wall of. military and militants and behind that wall you keeping more than eight hundred thousand people who are not allowed to come out and no one from the rest of the country is allowed to go in and that's a kind of tree which u.s. is using to use and test its drone program in many ways the epicenter of the cia's
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highly classified drone program is a black hole on the map a region of pakistan off limits to outsiders especially westerners now evidence of the drone strikes is almost impossible to get but these four smuggled to islam about from the tribal areas there are believed to be fragments of actual hellfire missiles retrieved from a war zone most americans never get to see fragments collected by nor a local journalist who spent years documenting the civilian toll of drones especially on children just images of the living and the dead for nor its personal . enemies. whenever my three year old daughter hears a plane she runs inside and won't sleep that night the children here have been traumatized by the drones the sound of a door banging shut is enough to terrify them. and that fear can turn to anger a new generation radicalized by the war by carrying out drone strikes killing
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innocent people who are not part of the conflict you are just widening the conflict you're giving a reason to people who were not part of the conflict to become part of the conflict . of course this is make me hate the americans we're angry and want revenge they've destroyed our lives my parents my wife my children we all see america as our worst enemy now while promising to rein in their use the white house says drones are both legal and effect at this point all this on. us. when translated by defense that's cold comfort for the victims lucy caffein of pakistan or drones have been praised by the obama administration is a surgical weapon allowing them to take out terrorist leaders and save the lives of
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american soldiers but drone campaign are no mere believes the efficiency of the u.s. and man strikes is questionable to say the least. we're seeing actual legislative bands coming out of countries where drone strikes actually happen the yemeni parliament has asked for a ban on drone strikes the pakistani national assembly passed asked for about on drone strikes when we hear about the drone strike that happened in pakistan that did end up getting the second commander in chief of the taliban in pakistan and you know you see everyone saying well you know the drone program is great this happened but we also have to keep in mind that he's been proclaimed killed at least four different times by drone strikes prior to this one so who died in those drone strikes that happened before this one that finally worked i think those are the questions that we need to ask when we think retrospectively about the many times the drones have supposedly killed people the war on terror has become a heavy burden for civilians of the countries where it's waged
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a corresponding went to yemen strikes repeated deadly toll each year what so special report in the next hour forget about it. very soon with a story about the alarming rise of the number of homeless families and i'm kevin though in this is up to the national. place. click. click. click. click click.
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crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want. there's a media leave us so we leave to be. either seen push a security or your party physical. or shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all politics only the mark to live. again you crave is bad thirty six foreigners including former georgian president mikheil saakashvili from entering the country those declared persona non grata are suspected of working with ukrainian opposition to destabilize the situation in the
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country during the ongoing anti-government protests there. has got more. well the most prominent person on the list is obviously former georgian president mikheil saakashvili a well known supporter of the so-called color revolutions he's already visited the independence square ones in december there are allegedly another twenty nine georgians on the list among them is a man who is on the international wanted list for being behind the unrest that broke out during the protests in may two thousand and twelve in moscow besides georgians there are some european union and u.s. citizens who have been banned and treat crain a ukrainian parliament member who initiated this move said that all these foreigners have been working with the opposition to destabilize the situation in the country however from what we know there aren't any high profile european or even american politicians whom we saw so many times in the end of independence
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square in kiev and to name just some of them it's victoria nuland the u.s. deputy secretary of state who visited the protests twice and even hundred out some cookies to the protesters as a sign of support the e.u. diplomatic chief catherine ashton who helped talks both with the government and the opposition and even the u.s. hawks senator john mccain who is well known for supporting regime changes he was he had been to key of the so-called orange revolution a decade ago he was active during the arab spring in egypt and libya and he even let his support to the syrian rebels so far there is no evidence that any of them made it to the blacklist of visitors in ukraine and although the ukrainian authorities say the entry ban is temporary it seems to be already working as
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several people have been turned down at the border. cover stories online on healthy food and not for the employees certainly enough to go home we've got a story of donald's is pushing its workers to choose a salad instead of a burger. received good also dot com we'll tell you how an iconic heavy metal band plans to use data from a legal song damaged to fill the concert venues make your own mind up but always plenty of stories to have vigor eight to thoughts at r.t. dot com. the irish banks may have money to shake off the burden of an e.u. bailout but at what price to the man on the street homeless organizations their estimate that sixteen families lose their homes every month in the capital dublin and as artie's tesser a seller points out next thousands more are still battling the banks to keep their homes to into the new year. most people remember the celtic tiger with this sense of knowing callie economic boom time for the mid ninety's up until two thousand and
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seven that went bust in no small way the young for the structure behind me would have been the offices of the anglo irish bank one of the struggling banks i was effectively nationalized it was a stark reminder of the property boston the ensuing banking crisis and the painful austerity that continues to today and for some irish families though there is also a daily reminder the threat or reality of losing their homes we had a mortgage was very high on the value the property was falling below the mortgage so i ended up with a cash offer five hundred passengers in two thousand and eleven and i was delighted with the bank's refused to accept the offer because it wasn't more which was eight hundred i climb with arrears so instead they prefer to me of course. repossessed the house while arlo may have officially exited its bailout it's still mired in debt and the end of september almost one in five home loans worth a total of twenty five billion euros were still not being fully repaid homeless
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organization focus arland estimates that sixteen families lose their homes each month in the capital the banks have had a catastrophic effect on data activity that aren't on business to paralyze the entire nation they have failed to deal with the mortgage crisis but coming up a creative solutions we can measure how much the bailout has cost us in monetary terms we have never evaluation how much this is cost us in the motional and mental health terms i could barely push. one foot in front of the other because i just i just i couldn't sleep nights i couldn't think about things i get up at school run i mean and then go back to bed again and you know i couldn't do anything at all or think i was this dish. i had no way out a new law was passed in december which would automatically discharge a person from bankruptcy after three years as opposed to the current twelve year term personal insolvency arrangements can also be made for those with mortgages and other debt with this perhaps there's
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a glimmer of hope for people like julia i hope it will bankrupt christmas. you know it's bad luck and the reason why i'm hoping to be back of christmas is that i can start again that we become what i was before does or so you're r.t.e. are aligned. couple stories in brief tonight egypt's military backed government sufficiently declared the muslim brotherhood now a terrorist organization that move could lead them to harsher punishment for members of the group and those financing it hundreds of brotherhood activists have been arrested for the ousting of president morsi in july egypt officials have accused the group of them behind tuesday's deadly bomb attack that targeted a police h.q. in the city of monsoor a. hundreds of opposition supporters of clashed with police in thailand as they try to enter a registration center for upcoming elections you polls will call for february after weeks of anti-government protests demanding the prime minister step down the country's main opposition party promised more protests and said it would boycott the elections which the ruling party is widely predicted to win. the iraqi capital
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baghdad has been hit by twin blasts killing as many as thirty seven people injuring scores more explosions targeted an outdoor market this time going to churches worshippers believe the christmas service we spoke to the president of the arab lawyers association in the u.k. he believes the iraqi government's too preoccupied with an internal power struggle right now to deal with the ongoing sectarian strife. so you have money to use the new dictator in iraq and you have other politicians who want to remove him so that they can stay in place and what is there is what's called the politics of the process which is really a sham it is not a real political process because you cannot have a political process when you are losing something like twenty thirty people a day this is a civil war the fault of the end of the day must lie with the government because the government any government anywhere has a duty to protect the people has a duty to protect the society has a duty to make the life of the ordinary people tolerable at least and this is what
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this government is failing. well over nine thousand people have lost their lives in violence in iraq this year is the deadliest in the country since two thousand and eight together with the investigative group iraq body count we launched a project to track all the deaths and attacks that ravage the country and if you want to see that information it's very sobering said r.t. dot com.
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so news can internet. the role of russia's diplomatic corps and reaching deals with a round in syria this year's received special recognition from president putin deputy foreign minister sergei coffee has been awarded the order of merit of the fatherland of the kremlin he was moscow's chief negotiator during tough nuclear talks with iran and has been working closely with the syrian government and the opposition to try to make peace talks in geneva a reality almost three years after the fukushima nuclear tragedy it's still casting a huge shadow over the japanese seafood industry local fishermen say they're doing their best to keep contaminated fish from the consumers' table they do discard most of their cats nonetheless artie's lecture is just going to see how safe it really is. work doesn't stop in the port of saumur despite being just a few kilometers from areas still ravaged by the twenty eleven tsunami and still contaminated by radiation seafood of all shapes and sizes lands here several times
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a day not only fish has traditionally been the integral part of the japanese culture but also one of its prized acts boards last year alone the exporting companies pocketed more than two billion u.s. dollars however there are serious concerns now this particular catch was made in the waters of the bush team on nuclear power station after it became known that he drawling system at the fukushima nuclear power plant was severely radiated fears grew that the contamination could be spreading into the pacific. in the bottle sediment as in the paul and the rebirth system so we can find a very very high concentration of the right. fish factories around the fukushima prefecture now have to take radiation measurements but despite lab workers assuring us the fish was free of any harmful particles. were taken samples from every cage we make and if we ever find even the slightest trace of radiation will destroy the
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whole catch so far there has been none of this species safe and even the nuclear plant operator tepco is standing firm that the nearby waters are clear of radiation this edition is pretty much on the control we've built fans it's not polluted ground where there's a leak into the ocean we were surprised to learn that most of the seafood we saw at the port of soma will never make it to the shelves of fish markets or restaurant tables. most of the fish caught within the thirty kilometer radius is thrown into the garbage because it is radiated and tepco is paying local fishermen for it so they're happy and keep silent some of it though makes it to stores but only locally seafood firms here are under threat and there are five perfecter is possibly affected by contamination in the sea accounting for almost forty thousand tonnes of fish per year but things may get even worse as the third anniversary of the fukushima disaster approaches south korea has become the first country to bear in
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japanese fish and seafood imports and. reporting from japan. really watching around the world thanks for being without international i'm kevin though in the next news just over half an hour's time off from the break that is culture with people about his latest to make show cost. these labels big chunks out hammer braving the elements in order to stand on a u.s. oil giant chevron. this comes after
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a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which yemen is just one of the front lines. that at. least. is a. hello and welcome across the uk where all things are considered i'm peter all about the phrase international community is often bandied about in western media as if its
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meaning was clearly understood by all in fact when western politicians and media invoke the phrase international community it almost all. always reflects the thinking and agenda of washington and its closest allies around the world used in this manner the international community is in fact a very small minority. to cross-talk the term international community i'm joined by my guest george samuel in new york he is a fellow of the global policy institute of london metropolitan university and in tampa we cross to ruff is a day he is a political scientist and president of the international american council right gentlemen cross-talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want i very much encourage it if i go to you in tampa when you hear the term the international community when politicians and evoke invoke it when western media says the international community says this or represents what it was that mean to you that's a great question peter i think you hear
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a lot the politician usually throughout the term international community and it's really varies depends on the context that you're using it but from my perspective the concept international community community is really too elastic to define it but for the sake of i think our discussion and our debate there are two main you can say definitions for the international community which are used the classical one international community includes all sovereign states all nation states independent entities and they were relatively with equal power now that's again debatable and open to question the more contemporary i think definition of international community which i use in my contacts is not only the inclusion of the. sovereign states across the world but also the inclusion of non-governmental organization.


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