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they want india is losing tons of surplus crops to pool storage as people in the country go hungry. and al qaida is big combat the terrorist group is reporting the owner of cruising spree spurred on by the planned u.s. troop withdrawal from iraq. a very warm welcome to you this is live from moscow with me and i said it on the russian capital is falling asleep reading more freely is the dense smoke a noxious fumes that have been tormenting moscow a few days have lifted officials say some wildfires are now under control but many are still raging because of the record breaking heat wave that he's now he is in the badly hit region of three of them about two hundred kilometers in southeast of
. this is how it all starts with a small flame that can quickly and golf the entire forest making this a very fierce battle for emergencies workers and volunteers. one of the biggest operations in fighting these fires happened from the air jordan airport in the resign region one of the worst hit by these fires and the emergency services has invited our two to come along for a ride on this ill seventy six. the . water line they make and. if you want to drop over the past. service it's like.
the same down below our first. line. ready and it's like you. are. right it. is. beautiful. as you can see helicopters are also working to put out these flames it was quite a ride we took the my guys said this is one of the worst case regions and it's in fact why prime minister vladimir putin chose to come here to fly on one of those planes we just flew on and see the process himself of course it's not only authorities and volunteers trying to contain these flames ordinary people citizens are doing what they can to help gathering whatever items they can food water clothes to help those who have lost everything and we're terribly hoping that this
crisis will soon come to. when and and if the now way are to resign return. well it's not only russians that are helping those affected by the five people from other countries are sending aid and don't some even want to help battle the blaze this is ours he's discovered when she met up with a british former fireman. this is a man whose sense of duty knows no national borders a retired firefighter daniel collier saw the reports of the forest blazes raging in russia and felt compelled to offer his help so he wrote to prime minister putin i want to offer to volunteer to assist in firefighting operations and you win the russian federation and i'm available on request as a personal offer to your country with that in mind daniel prepares for action he says he's ready to go to the airport the moment he receives word his help is welcome. to retire from the.
people. because of the problems with. people from all around the world offering to join the fight against the force of nature volunteers from spoke area france are among more than one hundred sixty thousand people now estimated to be battling the blazes daniel started his career in rural fire fighting and says that's prepared him well for tackling the type of blazes sweeping through russia. sorry for. a lot of a lot of. military age. in terms of the foreigners are occurring in russia a moment in the world. we would spend money you know we hear some of times and hope some of today we're just trying to forge the one way that we.
wish to do for a break and of words good trench down below the pain to stop we have for spreading underneath the ground even though daniel retired two years ago he says in his mind he's still on the front line no matter where you are in the world before for you showing. there is help show you more of. the ship. russia. pointless all the person has to be. the people that. the paramedics the four forces to come in and do their job daniel clearly is packed and ready to go the only thing stopping him flying to russia is red tape coleus says if russia temporarily suspended the visa regime for emergency workers he and hundreds like him would flood to russia to quash the flames you are
at it r.t. essex. and it's drowned in russia has the government to introduce the export ban on wheat that whole cultural ministry says this year's harvest is up to sixty one i mean we're just off to me domestically here for to stake. for the country stop exporting again after the harvest because the rail or with the world of third largest wheat exporter last year global prices for the grain went are being elsewhere. from food and agricultural quiet asian nations says the decision made by the russian government is the best solution. i sincerely hope that it is still not a case where we will have a grain shortage but there is certainly a very severe situation in terms of supply and the drought has been extremely severe and the production shortfalls are far more far more than i anticipated as early as three weeks ago therefore it is understandable that the restrictions of on
exports is a one way to compact domestic food inflation especially the price of bread wheat mostly is useful and i think this is what the government at the end decided to do i'm not sure that there were that many of the options perhaps they could have also considered taxing exports or perhaps do a good deal in knowing gradual terms but you know in situations like this as the. you know governments tend to go for the most secure of the measures which is the total ban there had been a very extraordinary action to the ban in russia and the prices. rose very sharply if you are glad that they have calmed down a little bit the market is actually taking into consideration of inventors that are available in other countries in particular in north america so they even invent results and we believe that globally this year's global supply and demand for wheat although a bit tighter than we had anticipated it still is very much manageable and we can
even take care of the disastrous emergencies currently under currently in pakistan so the inventor is or not i mean russia is drawing down an inventor is it will be some more here and but in general terms we are in much better situation than for example in two thousand and seven and eighty should be chief you'll recall we had a global food crisis and i think that the russian solution given the situation not just with the grains but also be defiant and all the uncertainties surrounding it really left the government of doubt much other choice and it is understandable. while russia is suffering a grain shorties because of the intense heat wave in india millions of people are going hungry for different reason currency investigates why stocks of rice and wheat of failing to reach those who most need it. india is home to work quarter of the world's starving people and one third of its malnourished children here in the
village of dollars poured in eastern india had nothing to give us four days yes a valid and hungry child cries all the time there is no food to feed here how can you survive like this to keep this child quite a just me to drink water yet the government has recorded amounts of surplus stocks fifty nine million tons of wheat and rice it does have a huge public distribution system that provides free food to families below the poverty line but corruption and complex bureaucracy means the poorest of the poor often don't make it on the list. of my we are poor people desperate for food to eat our children go to sleep hungry names a lot on the government's poverty list and we didn't get any food going from the government will can we do ultimately we would have no choice but to commit suicide . with people starving the recent images of piles of wheat rotting at a storage facility erupted into a major political issue in the state of punjab it was discovered forty nine
thousand tons of food green had perished despite if so you're taking precautions there is every likelihood as we have in our household there are no where you are boarding or couple because like me who. can spin on the table. if you see a pun but only reserve is the degree in which we handle. losses. abundance i'm standing in one of the largest food storage depos in the capital new delhi impermanent where houses such as this would fix roofs the grain is safe but when grain a stored temporary like this with just a plastic cover to keep out the rain it can last only one year and with the government keeping seventeen million tons of wheat and rice stored like this because it simply doesn't have enough permanent warehouses you can see the sky. the problem experts say about ten million tonnes enough to feed hundred forty million people for a month has been through at least one monsoon and is at risk of rotting if this
green were released instead it could help those most in need but distributing it will cost one billion dollars and the government cannot afford to add to its food subsidy that doesn't come as good news for his family who depend on the handouts. we cannot afford to buy rice for our family whatever food grain the government has is allowing to run its warehouses the ration cards the issue don't reach the actual poor whatever race is distributed to the local dealer for us is instead sold by him in the open market. with global wheat prices rising due to the drought in russia if india loses its wheat stocks to poor storage this could fuel the price surge and that would hit the poor they need india the hardest car and seeing r t. well russia's president to tropical heat may have brought a poor haul base but it's also bearing fruit the room where the house lead to
a proliferation of peaches lemons and oranges in the central russians. are several months earlier than expected so often the city's greenhouses say it's time to choose about produce crops in this part of the world locals more use potatoes and small sayings of making things in lemon straight from the tree. over to iraq to u.s. backed militia leaders instead al qaida is trying to bribe members of the group to return to the terrorist organization some officials in iraq it is making a big comeback paul please use the power of. stability of the war torn country the us paid necessary support of tons of iraq and force on the side of the coalition forces but now at the end it is offering to pay the role once the americans leave while the journalists who broke the story told my colleague could be at the top of
this militia group that this defects. the sons of iraq were a group who were credited with helping stop the violent insurgency throughout two thousand and six two thousand and seven that's been hired ever since by the americans people who are a cornerstone of the future security for this country however as the americans prepare to leave paranoid responsibility in managing the sons of iraq program to the iraqi government iraqi government's commitment to the potomac predominantly sunni sons of iraq group has not been a stroll in over recent months it's a very sharp sprite of attacks against sons of iraq i mean it is a militia and we're seeing some very disturbing reports recently about the offering more money to today than they would be receiving by the government and indeed some of those approaches being. successful so we're told yesterday we spoke to one. sons
of iraq leader who said that one hundred of his members have not turned up for the last two months to pick up salaries he says that can only mean one thing that they're now being paid by the enemy so if you're not going to be good news for washington d.c. and capitol hill that. saddam hussein's former deputy has accused president obama of quote leaving iraq to the wolves saying u.s. troops should stay now given the troop pullout at the end of this month surely it's not the right time for the americans to leave. but there are remarkable words from saddam hussein's chief to be calling for the americans to be starting he said there was a massive mistake made to come here to invade in the first place but to leave iraq like this would indeed in his words be feeding the countries of the world. nothing is stable here there is a security vacuum and there is no stability in the near future at all there is a vicious political stalemate and the few tenets that this is science he is built
on the army perhaps the police force in a couple of other things like that which could potentially create the country secure in the future certainly not ready to do so now so his words were a direct challenge to the white house which is that the job is done and that the institutions are ready to take over including the army and. the foundations of the new iraq have been laid if you look around the country there are many people who would dispute that. we are seeing a slow steady uptick in violence on a daily weekly and monthly basis and we have seen so for the last five months the mood on the streets is not good this is a sense of dread as the americans prepare to disappear and i think that they will have to mount a pretty strong case as to why their position that the job is done should be believed. well the commander of a russian military base not house here says most cases deploying the s. three hundred as offenses did that protect the public space and ground forces
georgia protested the new saying it may further intensify tension in the region but up close it insists the deployment is the defense purposes only and was made on the existing minutes the call for action with russia i think that it means in a political analyst from the assessment says it will step which is the question. of the russian military bases deployed. i think it's quite logical system. to be deployed to protect russian military to protect their own population it wasn't drawn to the war it was georgia in the river gmo saakashvili. and also. again stepparents here the system was designed brought so much to me is. it's not all that many in spain hold to russia mation old. friends. are
experts in the world but it's probably one the. defense systems deployed worldwide. stories making headlines around the world and will force them. many areas could see be submerged causing thousands to feces and villages this flood moved his head to the south and east of the country. history has now killed fifteen hundred people and affected more than fourteen million the u.n. has been with an appeal to raise nearly half a billion dollars it says it's needed provided mergence the aid for the troubled country. muslims around the world are celebrating the start of the holy month of ramadan the israeli army is relaxing some of its treats border rules make it easier for palestinians to visit their israeli relations the soldiers have been briefed on
how to show respect during the false to those operating in the west bank and been told to avoid eating or drinking and smoking in public conflicts explaining the laws as significance of the holiday how they can hunted to the troops. a government commission has begun investigating alleged atrocities committed in the last years of the sri lankan civil war the panel stalls work and make claims that it lacks credibility and the un is looking into the need for an international inquiry where human rights groups say between six and thirty thousand civilians were killed at the end of the twenty five conflicts. skydivers have attempted to break the european ref all for the most one formation one hundred four participants trained for two days before jumping out of five planes in the skies over poland well they weren't successful with time but will try again to break the record which stands at
ninety nine in the week. what is the best way for the u.s. to get house for iraq and more change to the bomber bring to his country's foreign policy in just a few moments to veteran journalist john pilger who shared his views of america's past and present. today i'm in london speaking to jonah hill just veteran journalist of the documentary right here who started his career chairing the vietnam war john paul
just thanks very much for talking to r.t. now let's talk about morton media in general first if you don't mind recently the web site wiki leaks published tens of thousands of documents relating to the afghanistan war what do you think that is the biggest impacts that modern technology has had journalism well i think the wiki leaks expose is. look like they might change journalism altogether if not changed at all. because what we could leaks is wrong is what journalists should have done. you know here is the dreadful litany. of of disaster and killing in afghanistan and i'm in iraq. and i don't think we've. gotten a sense certainly we got a sense of the disaster but i don't think we've got a sense of the real. political disaster the
the behind the the human disaster in afghanistan that's what we could leaks of this has given us. i think it says to journalists. separate us separate yourselves from the world of authority and start becoming independent it's an extraordinary moment what about the internet in general do you think in terms of names subclassing more traditional media like newspapers and document chains yes i do and i mean it shouldn't subvert them but it is and is doing that which really should compliment them. because you know into my own journalistic habits change radically i used to get up in the morning and read all the newspapers now i go to my computer and log wrong. because that's where the that's where there's truth telling that kind of journalism. i think the
agenda comes through in so much so-called mainstream journalism is something that we can do without now on the and the internet is certainly subverted that you have had a very long career in journalism do you think the world is a better place now than it was when he started yes look things. improve progress is made. in spite of. the imposition of unaccountable power. on our lives. i think socially in the way that people leave their lives and make their own arrangements in my lifetime and. there's been no norma's amount of progress that there is also an enormous amount of regression we live in
an imperial age again. i mean that's quite extraordinary we have a technological version of what it was in the nineteenth century with great powers vying for strategic place in the world resources in the world we live in an age of what they call in washington perpetual war and i'm quoting general petraeus permanent war i mean that's not progress that's regression and that we have to deal with and staying on that point what do you think is the best and most painless way for the u.s. and its allies to get out of iraq and afghanistan as so many critics have been calling for get out just get out. i mean this this announcement by obama. to be the end
of the combat mission next year is nonsense and that's another example of the of the media simply taking a face value something that told by authority in fact there's going to be something like ninety four bases left and sixty thousand troops and the surge so-called that is an increase in the number of mercenaries they call them contractors so far from getting out it's consolidating its position in iraq and that's what people really should understand. there's a great expression by a great irish investigative journalist called claude coburn never believe anything until it's officially denied we should apply that to all statements like that and what about the time since barack obama's been in power do you think that there has been a paradigm shift in america's foreign policy since the bush administration no. absolutely
not those brain. think we can put aside the word paradigm the paradigm has been showing since nineteen forty five american foreign policy runs in a straight line goes up goes to sideways goes down a little bit but basically that line runs that trajectory runs in. direction and what are bombers is simply pick up all the policies of bush and pursue them i mean for example for the first time in u.s. presidential history and hasn't happened before a president has taken the entire defense department. bureaucracy and the secretary of state for defense from a previous administration discredited so we have basically robert gates the same generals. running american foreign policy with a lot of help from people of like mind. another war has really
begun in pakistan. also in yemen and somalia with our interests in africa. bombers in has accelerated bush's policy talk to me about america's increasingly complicated relationship with iran that are now they've refused to rule out sanctions and that's talk of minute checks and what do you think this is a nation to iran's nuclear program iran. doesn't threaten anybody it doesn't have a nuclear bomb if you look through all the international atomic agency reports of the last seventy is they saying basically the same thing constantly. with iran in the in the midst of this iran wrote to the iranian government wrote to. the
american administration and put a series of proposals they didn't even get a reply. was. under the shah iran was a pillar of the american network the american empire if you like in the middle east that was swept away and nine hundred seventy nine when there was an islamic revolution and it has been american foreign policy to get that back. now at the same time israel which is part of the american. israeli and american base that was a part of american foreign policy. has tried to provoke the united states into or tackling iran it has absolutely nothing to do with so-called nuclear weapons the the the the nuclear power in the middle east is the force biggest military power in the world and that's israel that has something like five hundred thermo
this is. wrong so it's more for you me is the small wall seem to be retreating but they're all still does the blazes to. the volunteers are helping fight the flames and provide fun it's all suppliers to those affected. stops and we explored to ensure his domestic needs the wildfires in the draggled pointing a jolt and global poised is meanwhile.