don't buy dog. one of the afternoon moscow time in the headlines nato leaders gather in the u.k. today to celebrate their military alliance his 70th anniversary but while some hail its success. relevance these days. the most successful lines in the history. in the. head of the trumpet ministration threaten one member nation with crippling tirades possibly making the event even more they want to target french goods over attacks by power companies a correspondent. 2 people are killed 'd in the democratic republic of congo demonstrations against the u.n.
mission they continue to protest is demanding that peacekeepers withdraw after they failed to protect civilians from. their welcome to the program live from the r.t. world news center here moscow's choose day 30 december. for the 30 minute update 1st then they were talking about. leaders of the member states a gathering in the u.k. to celebrate the military alliance is 70th anniversary we asked people 1st off in london though what they considered to be greatest achievements of. people what they think are the main 3 achievements of mates. in terms of achievements no i don't know what i have no idea any advantage of me.
actually i honestly don't know anything about it i saw the 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 ok not terribly scientific poll but nonetheless at 70 there are still some signs of life in nato but the greatest danger to the alliance though is not from russia or china but from within the organization itself is the thought that kiran explains more. happy birthday nato that's 70 years of strategic economic and security stability especially if you ask them yourself nato is the most successful alliance in history that all those strive to join showing the historic suspects of no 2 on the liberal nato and it does been the most successful alliance in the history and the reason why nato is the most successful launch of these 3 is that we have been able to change in the world is changing but not everyone is in
a party mood the thing is the alliance members just don't get along as well as they used to. the advent of donald trump s 13 least which stopped the dynamics nato is obsolete it covers the soviet union which is no longer in existence this led to questions over whether the alliance can even survive donald trump perhaps in an effort to mollify him nato has announced a new spending projections and a new formula which will spread the costs of the alliance in central budget between its members a move that might prevent any more embarrassing trump tirades aimed at his nato partners the relationship with nato has been very good the relationship with the secretary general's been outstanding i said it was obsolete it's no longer absolutely 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 brain dead while questioning the validity of article 5
of its founding treaty that is the commitment to collective security. of the defense critic 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. term. he 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 the 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 but it cannot expect solidarity with its nato allies if it continues to carry out military operations in
syria response only up the ante so. i'm talking to france's president emanuel macron also say that nato 1st of all have your own brain death checked. as for the u.k.'s boris johnson well there's a lot of us are 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 lips trembled giving a glowing endorsement could be catastrophic donald trump is coming to terms very shortly he offered his support for you and indeed for michael ignatieff for rush on this radio station is that welcome what he what we don't do traditionally as as loving 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
needs a purpose and result russia as an enemy they have no real 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 accuse russia to be an aggressor so they have a reason of existing and they will continue to buy arms billions of dollars and this is not the very good contribution to peace in the. because rick sanchez us his guess about the cover of purpose of it and if it is really obsolete these days. 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 eventually got 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 which are 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 1990 s. think so today it's been as a list of from a standpoint of being a naturalized american and having read the founding fathers warning you can't 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 but i would classify as that's what i was trying to say france and turkey could theoretically mountie 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 where did that word of the destruction went or where 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 themself and said why don't you get is it going to be are you going to tell you who it was but one of the european european nato haq said if we did that the nato would be like the un just a talk shop it could take action by which they meant military action although
listen to what you just said you're saying it doesn't work if we don't have enemies exactly what if we had agreed to have 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 could change by the way russia could be s.o.b.'s at one time like of the 1950 s. but not so much now. but better why don't you have a system that allows that ability i guess because because whose interest does that serve and all these all these are the military companies and these bureaucrats who have the nice cool rice balls at the expense of their taxpayers because there is a threat out there is a bear in the woods. so if the u.s. president heads to the u.k. now for this nato summit what does ministration threaten to impose huge tariffs at the same time on french goods another story coming up including cheese and champagne among other things this get across that i was all bloody in paris a show that just look at the news was see it's been reported u.s. president donald trump's accuse his french counterpart of being nasty is saying
that nato is brain dead even went further but didn't say too much more than to say he could see france breaking off from nato at some point in the future noticed nation why a party out which is going to be a nato meeting today around the table with the american and french representatives there is no at least. yes absolutely that comes amidst new tensions between the u.s. and the french administration this time over the digital tax this is something we've talked about many times before this is a tax that was imposed by france on the big. digital services joins so this is google this is amazon facebook and apple basically digital service giants tech joint more than 750000000 euros worldwide and 25000000 euros of that is here in france now as a result of that front said we're going to place a 3 percent levy on these companies we want our slice of the pie which is really i
read to the americans now they've threatened today that they will now be looking at imposing new taxes on french products in retaliation these taxes could be worth up to $2400000000.00 u.s. dollars will cover things such as champagne luxury goods such as time bikes and even the very famous french cheese with the suggestion that some of those products could be taxed by up to 100 percent making them more than double the doubling the price for u.s. consumers who want to pick them up this comes after the office of the u.s. trade representation described the so-called gaffa tax this digital tax as being discriminatory now donald trump has been speaking ahead of that nato meeting and he said the frogs won't take advantage under his watch. brands puts
a terrorist on our companies again these are companies that are against you know they were against me if i read the papers correctly i don't know why they were against me but they were going to be this supposed to be very powerful you know one so maybe they're not so her but there are companies i don't want to bridge tertian american companies if they're going to be taxed it's going to be. taxed. well for france's part they say you know it's unfair that these companies choose to put the headquarters in new low tax european countries and then don't pay tax elsewhere and that's why they decide. to put this 3 percent levy in fact amazon has already passed on that levy to its consumers here in france charging them 3 percent more for their business fees now meanwhile the french finance minister has hit back at these latest threats of more taxes by the u.s. administration saying they're simply unacceptable.
this is unacceptable behavior by the united states towards one of its main allies france and europe in general in case of new american sanctions the european union would be ready to respond. you know adding to the mix of the tensions that we're seeing between the u.s. and french administrations including over the year a new nuclear deal and of course the fact that the u.s. is recently pulled out of the paris climate agreement to force this meeting between those 2 countries as well as the other mix of the other tensions if this meeting means that there is unlikely to be any champagne corks popping as they celebrate this momentous anniversary literally been talking a london as you approach to go on. to make you some quite scathing remarks about what he thinks of. the french. he said it was nasty and disrespectful his comments he made about nato being brain dead we'll bring us more on that later i'm
sure. in paris in the meantime just like you know as well. probably we call it from brazil in argentina restored still around a 1000000 levies against them over their currency devaluation we'll tell you why is what's behind it but later in the program. at schools around the world next 2 people have been killed and several injured as a u.n. demonstrations continue in the democratic republic of congo. what you see here is protesters marching towards u.n. h.q. in east the country demanding they withdraw from the city they're accusing the peacekeepers of failing to protect civilians or rebel. we want different military units in our country we no longer want all those soldiers who have been here for a long time exactly sure their mission is to restore peace and to accompany the government forces but the population in the territory of benny has been mourning
for at least 5 years there has not been a satisfactory reaction from moscow meantime the head of the u.n. mission says the escalating unrest as make it increasingly difficult for it to fulfill its duties. where this keep guard we know that we assume and accept because we have no other option than to do our work and to try to mitigate their tax against this event population the protest added last week of peacekeepers and government forces were unable to prevent a deadly attack by the militant group the ally democratic forces the colleagues army launched operations against them back in october in response the rebels carried out massacres apparently to try to discourage civilians from helping the military.
as the un's largest peacekeeping mission there over 16000 military personnel in that region the organizations operated in the democratic republic of congo in fact for the past 20 years and its stated top priority there is to protect civilians from armed groups morris carney from the friends of congo spoke to us about it he believes the problem is much bigger though than a failed u.n. 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 congolese 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 you know the
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. of which the congolese people are. watching out international high from us to you at home as well much more transparency groups saying that u.s. tech giants have been routinely evading taxes to a huge amount we take a look at the intricate scheme that's been exposed that when the after this break.
the world of politics sports business i'm showbusiness i'll see you then. i get. mentioned this earlier on with picking it up again donald trump is going to restore on brazilian an argentinean steel and mini and he claims the country's currency devaluations of holland american agriculture and therefore he's getting back. well. really get out. there. that you. like. the big break are very. good that very. very. very very
are their economy is not comparable with ours it's many times bigger i don't see this as retaliation 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 but there would be a change in the deal with the united states ok some official reaction there but it seems these tariffs come as a surprise according fissioning to the government in argentina they were exempt from the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs last year both countries affected say they want to get to the real reason for this tax hike the u.s. is one of the biggest customers for brazilian steel in the towers could hit both badly meantime the economic and political situation in both countries brazil and argentina is unstable even without these later she left us terrorists last year both repeatedly antigovernment protests and argentinians play in the world because
i left alone for the country's economic crisis when right now well over brazil people been protesting against the president's financial reforms and cuts to education we are still guess what trumps motivation right now could be when those tariffs. trump believes that when a currency its value goes down relative to the relative to the dollar he thinks that this is something that's being done by the regime deliberately to gain some kind of trade advantage this is completely untrue nobody really likes tariffs my expectation is that the president doesn't like them either and he's hoping that they will be very short in duration that. that he'll get brazil and argentina to protect their currencies and that he can reverse course and remove the tariffs trump is ideologically into the stuff he committed to terrorists who thinks they're good for the country and can rebuild american manufacturing and american guy the
president. is going to say friends. currencies against other friends and he feels like the 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 relate to rely on steel and aluminum in the u.s. if 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. so the cavalli tech giants appears have been aggressively avoiding paying $100000000000.00 in taxes according to
a new report by transparency group kellam open exit investigates the complicated scheme of building levees now the hollywood movie ocean's 11 for trey's coming wheelers and dealers which is supposed to walk out of it with $150000000.00 in cash . yeah. oh but the silver screen seems a bit 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 to. taxes according to the fair tax mark community group they seem to have avoided paying roughly $100000000000.00 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 26.8 $1000000000.00 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 year 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 tax systems that are so complex even the watchdogs can't understand the step 2 they shift their revenue and profits to different countries and tax havens step 3 they take advantage of existing legislation and step before they sit back and enjoy themselves now the taxes they aren't paying could cover the expenses of quite a few things for example trumps border wall with mexico could be built 4 times over one. and malnutrition around the world and send out 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 difference 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 i think is a bigger question like why is that work this way for them to story briefly amazon so the reports suggestions are wrong and that the company had a 24 percent effective tax rate on profits from 2010 to $18.00 further it claims its profit margins are low and that not 3 results therefore in a lower tax rate. so far this tuesday you didn't see it for the afternoon calling breath of that same today is going to line up for you more stateside she does boom
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this is broadcast around the world and covering all aspects of our global economy in the 21st century and i'm christiane washington has what's coming up today the u.s. and china continue to trade flows as tensions ramp up i'm in negotiations. on a mcadams is on hand today to break down how the situation in hong kong has had an impact on the talks and the new trade front that the trump administration has opened up plus those which as the w t o appellate body may fall into disfunction even next month should be here the urgency of the giving a cio reforms needed to be undertaken immediately the w t o has come under fire from groups across the political spectrum for decades but just what exactly is the role of the organization and how do they affect trade
across nations lori wallach of public citizens global trade watch joins the show to bring us up to speed on the moves of the mysterious giant we have this and so much more today so let's dive right in. there are effectively. 13 days left for china and the u.s. to nail down the details of a phase one deal in order to avoid yet another escalation in the trade war that has already cost consumers and companies millions of dollars in lost productivity u.s. president donald trump has threatened another wave of terrorist by december 15th that will hit for the 1st time the supply chain of the consumer goods if a resolution is not met while merely a few weeks ago we had messaging of a phase one being close to done but now the optimism seems to be premature the u.s. in true trump fashion of exerting maximum pressure and utilizing leverage to try to get what he wants has now played the hong kong card and signed off on the legislation rather than folding this.