telling america in the headlines this hour it makes the leaders gather in the u.k. to celebrate the military alliance his 70th anniversary but decades on the wrist some don't recognize the significance of the balkan see. probably. the most successful lines in just. 2 people killed in the democratic republic of congo demonstrations against the u.n. mission there continue protesters are demanding that peacekeepers withdraw after they failed to protect civilians from rebels. surprise for brazil and argentina president trump restores steel and medium tirades against them over their currency devaluations more details ahead.
good morning welcome to the program life the off you will do center here in moscow this tuesday the 3rd of december is kevin owen here with a 30 minute live update and 1st this morning it's landmark day for nato leaders of the member states are gathering in the u.k. to celebrate the military alliance is 70th anniversary we asked people in london and what they consider greatest achievement to be. people what they think are the main 3 achievements of nato. and we're going to have no expense for here but. in terms of achievements know very little i don't know what it's about having no idea of any advantage of nato but you know i honestly don't know anything about any sort of flags the other day and only my husband recognized what it was poor it's a good question but let me think
a little bit. so one is probably yeah to be honest i don't have i don't have even one well anyway president trumps already in the u.k. some are expecting a showdown the us leaders been critical of nato recently was calling it obsolete but it's not the only problem the alliance is facing as nicky explains next this morning. how the best day nato that 70 years of strategic economic and security stability especially if you ask them yourself nato is the most successful alliance in history that strive to join showing the historic suspects of nato already problem nato and they'd has been the most successful alliance in the history and the reason why nato is the most successful launch and history is that we have been able to change in the world is changing but not everyone is in a policy moot the thing is the alliance members just don't get along as well as
they used to. the advent of donald trump has certainly switched up the dynamics nato is obsolete it covers the soviet union which is no longer in existence this led to questions over whether the alliance can even survived on the trump perhaps in an effort to mollify him nato has announced a new spending projections on any formula which will spread the costs of the alliance in central budget between its members on the issues that might prevent any more embarrassing trunk tirades aimed at his nato partners the relations. ship with nato has been very good relationship with the secretary general's been outstanding i said it was obsolete it's no longer absolute but the truth is he's not the only potential party pooper. in october this year president emmanuel mccrone of france stole the spotlight when he dubbed nato strategically braindead while questioning the validity of article 5 of its founding treaty that is the commitment
to collective security. nato is a collective defense alliance against who and what is organizing who is our common enemy what are our common issues these are questions that deserve clarification but this idea is quite similar to the one expressed by another dissatisfied nato member turkey. turkey has not received the kind of robust support it expected from nato in recent years meanwhile turkey's president appeared to demonstrate his true feelings towards the alliance when he chose to spend money on russian defense systems rather than american so not exactly the model that nato member but despite these similar complaints about nato tensions have escalated between turkey and france in recent weeks with mccracken warning turkey that it cannot expect solidarity with its nato allies if it continues to carry out military operations in syria response 7 only up the ante so. i'm talking to
france's president emmanuel macron and also say that nato 1st of all have your own brain death checked. as for the u.k.'s boris johnson well there's not a verse or a gathering could not have come at a worse time. for boris is clearly invested in maintaining the special relationship with the us he knows that a loose lipped trouble giving a glowing endorsement could be catastrophic donald trump is coming to terms with the shortly. he offered his support for you and indeed my colleague nigel for rush on this radio station is that welcome what he what we don't do traditionally as big as not being allies and friends what we do traditionally is is get involved in each other's election campaign he did when nato was forms the common goal was clear to stand against the u.s.s.r. but i think that once held the alliance together is now the missing piece nato is the only platform where north america and europe can address strategic issues
together issues like the fight against terrorism. how to deal with a more assertive russia. nato needs a purpose and without russia as an enemy they have no he had purpose so it is propaganda to have russia as an aggressor and this is a good reason to buy a lot of. rocket bases and so on and so on most probably they will continue to russia to be an aggressor so they have a reason of existing and they would continue to buy arms billions of dollars and this is not the very good contribution to peace in the. americas rick sanchez asked his guests about the current purpose of nato then and if it really is obsolete.
you're a diplomat you've had a lot of experience in this field what is it that nato either must do today to stay viable or does do we even need it anymore you know it's a bureaucracy in search of a mission i was right in 2016 when he said it was obsolete and so afraid was the establishment that he meant what he said on the very day he was inaugurated and they tried to ram through the addition of a new country montenegro thankfully they got it through because it turned out they didn't have to worry about intentions once he filled his administration with a bunch of bushies and retreads of the heritage foundation they've simply adopted of the policies we've had the last few decades and somehow turned into nato as obsolete into let's make nato great again we'll just strong on these countries to pay more for their defense against nobody in particular you think you know has in fact outlived its usefulness i thought so in 1909 and i think so today it's been as a loser from a standpoint of being a naturalized american and having read the founding fathers warning against seem to
angling alliances i mean what is this but in entangling alliances it's our own foreign policy that did reason nato is being kept around by the foreign policy hawks in washington is not because it's necessary for the actual military operations and nato itself doesn't really contribute a whole hell of a lot there are very few countries with the notable exception i want to say france and turkey but it would put it in as if this is not a good idea for the united states and its very close allies to have an association a military cannot close our eyes that's what i was trying to say france and turkey could theoretically mount independent military operations everybody else is just a hanger on and they're just window dressing for us military operations but the are literally like roman exactly erisa want to do what i've been hearing go bad what word the word of the launch window or what that is what it seems to be a dismissive alliance and $991.00 when the soviet union and the warsaw pact would out of business nato should have as well as why didn't they let russia in i mean that literally that time i've read on many occasions booed himself and said why don't you get is
a. if you are you're going to tell you who it was but one of the european european nato hacks said if we did that the nato would be like the un just a talk shop it couldn't take action by which they meant military action all the way to listen to what you just said if you're saying it doesn't work if we don't have enemies exactly what if we had great had the ability to inflict military force and i dare to say aggression in places like serbia and libya whatever we want to using nato as a platform but enemies can change by the way russia can be s.o.b.'s at one time like of the 1950 s. but not so much now right but better why don't you have a system that allows that ability i guess because because whose interest is that serve and all these all these are they that these these military companies and these bureaucrats who have the nice will rice balls at the expense of their taxpayers because there is a threat out there is a bear in the woods. people are being killed and several inches and instead of demonstrations continue in the democratic republic of congo.
the protest is much towards a u.n. h.q. in the east of the country demanding he withdrew from the city there they accuse the peacekeepers of failing to protect civilians from rebel attacks. we want different military units in our country we no longer want all those soldiers who have been here for a long time soon their mission is to restore peace and to accompany the government forces with the population and the territory of benny has been mourning for at least 5 years there has not been a satisfactory reaction from monusco. the protests started last week after peacekeepers and government forces were unable to prevent a deadly attack by the militant group the allied democratic forces. operations against them. in response rebels curry's. from helping the military.
as the u.s. largest peacekeeping mission there over 16000 military personnel in the region there the organizations operated in the democratic republic of congo for the past 20 years and its stated top priority is to protect civilians from armed groups morris carney from the friends of congo believes that the problem is much bigger than a failed un mission. the context in which the instability is taking place in eastern congo is one of 20 years of invasions wars of aggression sponsoring of militia groups in the east of the congo plundering of. minerals by congo's
neighbors over one and uganda in particular and that time during that aggression unfortunately has been backed by the members of the international community the united states and the united kingdom i'm so there's a whole chain. starting from local to international where there's been a lack of accountability where there's been a lack of justice where there has been impunity so a comprehensive approach is is needed now a question of assuring that the u.n. troops are doing their mission and taking their mission properly but there is an international system in place that. of which the congolese people are. going to restore tariffs on
brazilian and argentinean steel and many of the claims the country's currency devaluations of harmed american agriculture and therefore he's hitting back. really. take a look at what happened. thank you thank you very. much. and i gave them a big break going. to get that right. very hard. very hard their economy is not comparable with ours it's many times bigger i don't see this as retaliate i'm going to call him so that he doesn't penalize us our economy basically comes from commodities it's what we've got there was no sign given to our government to the brazilian government or to the public sector that there would be a change in the deal with the united states. well i've seen some reaction there
these tires come as a surprise according to the government in argentina they were exempt from the 25 percent steel and 10 percent of a 1000000 tires last year both countries affected say they want to get the real reason for this tax hike now the u.s. is one of the biggest customers for brazilian steel of the tires could hit both badly meantime the economic and political situation in brazil and argentina is unstable even without u.s. tyrus last year both repeatedly gripped by anti-government protests. biggest i.m.f. loan the confetti economic crisis well over brazil people have been protesting against the president's financial reforms and cuts to education we asked our guests what trumps motivation could be the. trump believes that when a currency its value goes down role too to the relative to the dollar he thinks that this is something that's been done by the regime deliberately to gain some kind of trade advantage this is completely untrue nobody really likes tariffs my
expectation is the president doesn't like them either and he's hoping that they will be very short in duration that they're he'll get brazil and argentina. protect their currencies and that he can reverse course remove the tariffs trampas ideologically in philosophically committed to terrorists who thinks they're good for the country and can rebuild american manufacturing and america culture the president. is going to say friends. currencies against their friends he feels like their currency is unreasonably devalued and that brazil and argentina can take steps to prop up the steel tariffs and the u.s. and aluminum tariffs and not helped the steel or aluminum industry in the u.s. at all in fact it's hurt many many other industries that really rely on steel and aluminum. in the space there is
a short term pressure put on them that causes them to respond in a way that's fair that equates things levels the playing field for american consumers and american farmers then everything's great. russian athletes are on tenterhooks said of a decision by the world anti-doping agency on new sanctions proposed against the country moscow could face a 4 year a limpet ban and be stripped of the right to host major international events including its part in next year's euro football championships of the anti-doping agency found alleged tampering with key lab data earlier this year what it was finally given access to the data in question held in a moscow lab the move came as part of the conditions for the reinstatement of russia's anti open agency the country's athletes were banned you may recall in 2015 when competing under the national flag with some athletes stripped of their medals while the accused russia of a massive state run doping program to cheat at the london sochi olympics now is
just mentioned it suspects russia of manipulating lab data the international committee has recommended the toughest measures against alleged perpetrators but it also went on to stress too it opposes a blanket ban of athletes and there's all responsibility with russian authorities if you want to find out more about this long running controversial story i can tell you we've got a feature length special report here on r.t. looking into the controversy. thought the whole doping in russia thing was over for get it russian outlets eligibility for the international competitions is at stake this includes events like the to kill him pics and the fee for world cup in qatar to point out the still shaky truth. and. the allegations against trinity goff and many other russian olympic athletes were based on the testimony of just one person that person played
a key role in the doping scandal which unfolded after the games in sochi and it seems he also has a hand in what's happening now when for let's say it but what do they still call going in. but i thought if we're not. in 2015 rushing to fled to the united states taking a copy of the database with it to use it as proof of tampering with doping test results since stand what it has had a copy of database in its possession the whistleblowers database as they call it that was the copy what i wanted to compare with the database kept in moscow at the anti-doping lab when looking at the 2 versions want to experts raise the alarm and once again russian support face the threat of total isolation. what that the world order. in the.
new model. when want to compare the 2 diabetes is rochon cops and the one from moscow identified 298 russian athletes who samples raised suspicion it sounds ominous but what exactly does it mean in russia's database the digit one it peers next to the names of 298. but against only $29.00 in the moscow database. he's not shutting down and you believe this might be a state nearly there not on some. little boy. involved. and they didn't. go i actually thought of boy and on the tour i knew center of moscow school but i thought it could have been a book and probably i did a couple of.
its failings to. its online back here after the break this morning look at nato track record on civilian casualties in afghanistan after 2 killed in a drone strike in the break. you know world of big. law and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that made stream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door on the back and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the
middle for the troops the time is now we're watching closely watching the hawks. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy to confront a shouldn't let it be an arms race based on off and spearing dramatic development the only really i'm going to resist i. i'll see how that strategy will be successful very critical. to sit. in. 2 civilians including a woman who just given birth of reportedly been killed in a u.s. drone strike in afghanistan missiles targeted
a car carrying 3 taliban militants who were traveling with the noncombatants the u.s. military has confirmed the strike we are aware of the allegations of civilian casualties and working with local authorities to determine the veracity of these claims the number of afghan civilians killed as a result of aerial strikes this year has been the highest in a decade according to u.n. data from january to september almost 900 civilians were either killed or injured nato led coalition airstrikes account for 3 quarters of the civilian casualties chris 9 am from the stop the war coalition told us all such operations must be halted he says a peace negotiations can start. well i mean the strategy that has been pursued in afghanistan really since the very beginning in 2001 has been a complete disaster it's an 18 year war that is actually appears to be getting worse now we've reached the highest level of civilian casualties for probably
a decade this year in afghanistan these kind of attacks need to stop they need to win for there to be a negotiated solution which is so desperately needed for the people in afghanistan who suffered so many years of war and not just from the west but the previous wars a 3035 years of permanent warfare has absolutely devastated the country and it needs to end really for there to be any kind of progress any kind of possible solution for the people of afghanistan. silicon valley tech giants appears of aggressively avoided paying $100000000000.00 in taxes according to a new report by transparency group caleb maupin investigates the propagated scheme of dodging levees that a hollywood movie ocean's 11 for trey's cutting wheelers and dealers which is supposed to walk out of there with $150000000.00 in cash. yeah.
oh but the silver screen seems to put out done by real life in the silicon valley 6 amazon netflix apple google microsoft and facebook have a combined market capitalization value of roughly $4.00 trillion dollars they are worth more than the $1000.00 companies listed on the london stock exchange these companies have a special knack for not paying taxes according to the fair tax mark community group they seem to have avoided paying roughly 100 $1000000000.00 worth of taxes around the world now how exactly did they pull this off let's look at the details now the report says that amazon paid only $3400000000.00 in taxes this last decade while they made a revenue of roughly $960500000000.00 and made profits of roughly $26800000000.00 fair tax mark said this means amazon's effective tax
rate was 12.7 percent while the standard tax rate for american businesses was 35 percent for most of that period amazon has gotten a lot of heat from u.s. politicians over tax issues both trump and the democrats seem to disapprove i have nothing against amazon but no company pulling in billions of dollars of profits should pay a little tykes right than to send teaches we need to reward work not just wealth you know which i was on paid in taxes last they are owned by the wealthiest guy in the world paid 0 in federal income taxes that's insane i have stated my concerns with amazon long before the election unlike others they paid little or no taxes to state and local governments using our postal system as their delivery boy causing tremendous loss to the us and putting many thousands of retailers out of business so out of the big 6 dodge the tax man well 4 steps step one they create. access
terms that are so complex even the watchdogs can't understand the stepstool they shift their revenue and profits to different countries and tax savings step 3 they take advantage of existing legislation and step 4 they sit back and enjoy themselves how the taxes they aren't paying could cover the expenses of quite a few things for example trumps a border wall with mexico could be built 4 times over one could and malnutrition around the world and send roughly $750000.00 students to college small businesses pay something like 25 percent tax rate on their on their profits you know when they're making barely anything compared to these multi-billion dollar companies that are paying sometimes you know 10 percent of their profits towards taxes so highlight it definitely became clear you know there's a different system for these very large companies it could be a whole lot more progressive but sadly i think
a situation like this could even be used to increase the taxes small business owners so i think it's typical but. sadly that's kind of how the tax codes operate and why you think is a bigger question like why is that work this way. quick footnote to the story for us and said that the report suggestions are wrong and that the company had a 24 percent effective tax rate on profits from 2010 to $80.00 further he claims its profit margins are low and that results in a low tax rate said. this bulleted so far this tuesday things we want to know is mortality dot com always more no social media it's 27 a half minutes on the button past 10 o'clock moscow time i'm kevin wishing you great thing.
greetings and salutations well we made it through voc watchers we made it through to the other side of capitalism's greatest calendar day of the year the one and only black friday and boy oh boy oh boy oh boy was it a doozy with all the receipts counted on line sales once again dominated the day with consumers spending over $7000000000.00 dollars 7 on this year's black friday b.-o. smartphones tablets and computers tech crunch reports that according to analytics from adobe consumers spent 7400000000 online yesterday buying goods online the
figures were up by 1200000000 from the previous black friday in 2018 but as we sit in the warm glow of us capitalisms favorite day of the year things are things are not as warm and cheery as they see me here in corporate in the corporate states of america you see a new report out of cornell law school has found that since way back in the year 1990 yes 1990 the year kevin mccallister was left at home for christmas we have sway back then 63 percent of the production and non-supervisory jobs created over the past 30 years have been in low wage and low our positions and that in the past 3 decades the us economy has become increasingly dependent on jobs that offer fewer hours of work at lower relative wages my friends the the these are the jobs like the $15000000.00 leisure and hospitality non-management jobs that pay maybe 0 out of $360.00 a week or one of the 13500000 retail jobs that bring home an average of $500.00
a week. those are some real living wages my friends especially when the average rent for a $1.00 to $2.00 bedroom apartment in 2018 was anywhere from 121200 you know 121200 dollars a month. but but all our politicians tell us is that the u.s. economy is strong blah blah blah wall street is doing great blah blah blah blah blah just trust those the economy is better than ever blah blah blah blah blah and it's that economic white noise that has all of us watching all this. to. get the. real that would. lead to the bottom. of the day like you that i got. was that we. would. be.