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russian capital as firefighters push on with their battle against the country's run from wildfire. on the sixty fifth anniversary of america's atomic attack on the japanese city of nagasaki the a bombs to refute the legacy is still felt by its victims. just as campaigners claim women convicted of killing their violent partners in california are having their parole hopes dashed by the political ambitions of state governors. kevin i would say pm here in moscow now straight to the top story this hour from art. the area affected by wildfires in russia has reduced by two ferd's in a week but the relentless flames have devoured entire villages and towns in the past even more than three thousand people without homes the record heat wave in
central areas triggered blazes across more than twenty regions and the still high level of alert in moscow's neighboring marriage and wildfires there of cause noxious smog to return to the capital or for a few days of clear skies he's a country of looks at the consequences of the disaster. this summer as wildfires differ from those in previous years the disaster was not only widespread but highly visible especially in the capital a blanket of smoke covered moscow for several weeks so too did it envelop the country's economy. the situation is very severe as about a quarter of all grain fields in the country have dried up as a result of the drought unfortunately many firms are now on the verge of bankruptcy the government has already agreed to provide financial help to agricultural producers who were faced with hard times the government responded by banning wheat
exporter until the end of the year it sent world grain prices to their highest for two years the danger is that given we have been through two thousand and seven two thousand and eight and we saw we prices precede rises in other prices of commodities the danger is that financial markets start to anticipate price growth in other commodities and that's actually what causes a more general food price spike the short term the facts of the wildfires have been quickly reflected in the price tags of some essential food and while customers can already feel how much thinner their wallets have become this summer the long term effects of the catastrophe are still to be cost it. over fifty people died in the fires while the death rate in other small shrouded regions has doubled. but at its height in moscow alone some seven hundred people were dying each day the long term effect on the health of ah this want to be known for years when you have forest fires not only do you have the smog but you've also got carbon monoxide and you've
got small particles which are unjust and alarms and cause problems breathing the country's ecological lungs are badly damaged to eight hundred thousand hectares of forest fire in an area the size of cypress it will yes they can be planted but it will take time for them to grow it will take several decades to make up for this loss we've lost the lungs of the moscow region i mean the woods contributing to air purification and oxygen production which is a considerable blow against the environment of the metropolis. what took decades to grow has been obliterated in one long hot summer now russians are wondering whether the unusually high temperatures are just a freak of nature or if the herald a time when most won't be just known for its freezing winters but for its scorching summers as while you sit in the crush of r r t. the man drafted in to defeat
russians wildfires is amends with more than one hundred sixty thousand firefighters army personnel and volunteers out isn't this in our joint one of the emergency teams in the week operating above the skies above one of the worst affected regions . 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 port an 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
. other day and. if you want to drop over the past. service like. the same down below our first. flight. ready and they're all fighting. hard. as you can see helicopters are also working to put out these flames it was quite a ride we took the my guys said one of the world's major and that'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 an end and he's in our way our team. resign retire. soon we'll look at whether the u.s. can really stick to its deadline to get out of iraq huntly say the promise of more to appease people at home rather than a fair assessment of whether iraq is ready to go it alone. this week saw the sixty fifth anniversary of america's atomic bombing of the japanese city of nagasaki. over thirty countries attended a ceremony on monday to remember the eighty thousand victims of the attack which happened in the closing days of world war two when nine hundred forty five explosion happened three days after the united states devastated another japanese city have a ship with the world's first nuclear bomb strike but as our t. sean thomas reports now the effects of the tragedy
a still being felt today. sixty five years ago sumi taro taniguchi was enjoying a simple morning bicycle ride when in a tragic instant his life was changed forever. i was thrown to the ground and i stood in piecing sound i thought i had been killed but i encouraged myself not to die that it was important to go on living. that first noticed his bicycle had been twisted and bent out of shape but as he started to move he began to realize the severity of his own condition right up there. on my left arm and shoulder all my skin was dripping off and i had severe burns on my body. eleven year old yoshi kawi was at home with his twin brother just two kilometers from the blast center on that fateful morning. at eleven o two i saw the four flights and drove to the floor to cover my hand eyes and ears
there was a wave in our entire house crashed over us. go and his brothers crawled from the rubble and went into the city to look for their father who worked at the mitsubishi munitions plant close to the heart of the explosion on their way they found countless charred bodies and a terrifying scene. while crossing the river we were drawn to a woman who was walking with what looked like a wide belt or cloth trailing behind her but when we took a closer look it was her intestines coming out of her stomach there was nothing we could do. this is the hyper center of the bomb which means sixty five years ago it exploded five hundred meters above this exact spot and the people who suffered that horrific event well their stories are truly amazing but what they didn't know back then and just as disturbing is the long term effects of that radiation the effect is continuing. cutting her. that is sixty five years.
so that it true that the. radiation is affecting human bodies for sixty five years . has had continuous surgeries throughout his life to remove tumors on his back caused by the radiation now he declares that the war did not end in one thousand nine hundred five but rather the effects continue to this day and even though. he wasn't as severely injured initially as an adult he has endured liver disease and two types of cancer attributed to the mom as well as the psychological damage of the event. the atomic bomb was extremely cruel america should never having dropped the bombs and human beings on the tests in new mexico should have. the end of nuclear weapons once the power of these weapons was known. but having experienced the wrath of the world's most devastating weapon these two survivors have one shared message sit ins. people use the word deterrent but i do not believe that
human beings can co-exist with nuclear arsenals a reason why the a bombs survivors of hiroshima and nagasaki are pushing for peace and complete global nuclear disarmament sean thomas r t nagasaki japan. thursday marked a decade since the kursk nuclear submarine tragedy in which one hundred eighteen people were killed on moral services were held throughout russia families of the crew members and three commanders through this into the barren sea at the site of the disaster which happened during the naval war exercises efficient investigation concluded that a torpedo exploded inside one of the boats launches leading to a chain reaction of better nations it remains the worst naval tragedy in russia's post soviet history. united states says it's sticking to its target to end all combat operations in iraq by the end of august and to withdraw most all of its troops by the end of next year right now there are more than sixty thousand u.s.
troops in iraq but that number is expected to drop to fifty thousand the next few weeks whether rox top military officials are warning that the presence of american troops might be needed for up to a decade more until the country's security forces are ready to fully take over veteran investigative journalist john pilger told r.t. that america will not pull out of iraq that easily. this announcement by a bomber. would be the end of the combat mission next year is nonsense and that's another example of the of the media simply taking at face value something they're told by authority in fact there's going to be something like ninety four bases left and sixty thousand troops and of so called that is an increase in the number of mercenaries they call them contractors so far from getting out there was a great expression by
a great irish investigative journalist called claude coburn never believe anything until it's officially denied we should apply to all statements like that. john pilger on r.t. meanwhile in afghanistan the u. commander of the coalition forces there has admitted that the twenty eleven target date to start withdrawing troops is not binding u.s. general david petraeus says troops will only be pulled out if as he put it conditions permit the security situation continues to deteriorate there despite the heavy military presence for u.s. troops july was the deadliest month since the campaign began almost nine years ago what's more a u.n. report says civilian casualties rose by twenty five percent in the first half of twenty ten compared the same period last year and the number of children who were killed soared by more than a half united states says it will deploy another thirty thousand soldiers by the end of the year. in a few minutes why india has banned their class structure and it's proving hard to
castoff cultural schools where food is prepared by people seem to be from a lower order go to report on. moscow's announced that it will launch iran's first nuclear power plant next week the russian nuclear agency this building a pushchair facility will start loading the reactor few on august twenty first is likely to go fully online a few weeks later but under strict monitoring by the u.n. nuclear watchdog russia will help run the station supply fuel and remove the wait for reprocessing un recently impose strict sanctions against iran to make it abandon she reigning enrichment program but russia says western fears that the plants can make to help at least make a nuclear bomb are groundless. you cannot use nuclear power plants. but that will mean. you get bogged down just because you're right that you see. is true there are. people that double trouble.
well this eliminates. any responsibility because the supply of fuel should nuclear bomb once for all the lifetime down big the spent fuel back to the process of the russian aria. two russian military commanders face getting the sack for failing to quickly stop a massive brawl among soldiers it happened at an army base in the moscow region came to light after footage of the fight was posted on the internet this week the violence lasted for about half an hour it was only stopped when officers fired shots into the air three soldiers face prison if guilty of starting the fighting the russian army is currently undergoing an ambitious reform which was called for by president medvedev sure he took office. american woman women jailed for murdering their abusive partners face life behind bars their parole kept at bay for what seems to be political ends rather than ensuring justice campaigners argue the
prisoners killed only through fear of their own lives because christine for example explains next state governors are keeping them under lock and key to secure future votes. meet norma khun pm when i first came here my son wasn't even a year old and i think that he. kind of sees me and the other women that he's met here at the visiting room he kind of sees like women that have. gone through a lot and ended up standing on our feet now forty years old she's been behind bars since one thousand nine hundred ninety two convicted of killing her abusive boyfriend during a violent attack one of many in their relationship this is somebody who doesn't belong behind bars somebody who made a terrible mistake and readily admits that she made a terrible mistake by picking up the gun in the first place in two thousand and nine she was found to be suitable for parole by the california parole board that decision was overturned by california governor arnold schwarzenegger
a reality shared by many women here at the california institution for women in los angeles most have long histories of abuse from the person for whom they are convicted of killing a down the road the university of southern california law school has taken up the cause of many of these women in a program called the post conviction justice project professor michael brennan is one of the founders our clients for the most part have committed a single serious crime in their life and that's a crime that they're serving their sentence for and they are represented by law students like andy martin i'm representing maris or garcia who was at the age of thirteen trafficked into the united states and sold to a man who for six years physically emotionally and sexually abused her garcia was forced at gunpoint to help that man drag and bury the body of the man he had shot then convicted of aiding and abetting so far she has served seventeen years in
march she too was deemed suitable for parole the parole process is really the beginning of a long legal battle for the convicted it's not the end of the. story it turns out it's not even the end of this chapter parole for both garcia and could be and was just reversed by california governor arnold schwarzenegger of the four thousand cases that go before the board each year just about seventeen percent are found suitable for parole and of those governors force a nigger has overturned more than sixty percent previous governor reversed ninety percent so why why this obsession with incarceration because most governors in california certainly at some point in their career feel that they may have a possibility of running for president they're concerned about granting parole to inmates who might go out and commit a serious crime but many of these women's records show they would not be
a danger to society that they were young and scared for their lives or for the lives of their children. yeah. ok those are the number we. heard there on the way about if you're on the one. end of the line for many is here. in prison for life despite their sentence you can't turn parole boy if sentences into. what we call l.-wop sentences life without possibility of parole simply because. victims rights groups or others think that if you've been convicted of murder you should never be paroled a broken system chance is given then taken away and still hope the system will change for campian that she'll be reunited with her son it will work
out in the end if if you really truly love somebody like the way that i love him i want him to be the. yes like even if i have to stay here forever i just want him to be. the best in los angeles christine for is now r.t. . check out our home page or t.v. or com for our stories twenty four seven updated around the clock for your future not my culture are you my want to know more about billionaire belt tightening and stamford bridge find out while roman abramovich is giving his chelsea players the blues right about parity keeping bonuses on the bench also online follow the oscar winning director of titanic and advertising come from russia to take the plunge of the world's deepest freshwater lake and we get all find out about the dot com.
attempts to bring equality to india by eliminating the centuries old hindu caste system proving tough to enforce discrimination through the have voted three social class structure has been banned more than fifty years now but as currency explains deep rooted sentiments still hold fast. it's a problem that's been simmering but now suddenly davey sees it's fast reaching boiling point she's a newly appointed cook in this primary school and joining board here to prepare the government funded midday meal but despite sony's best intentions some of the students turn their noses up many creations because she's a doll it or untouchable in traditional hindu society only upper caste cooks. community minos. are now in some upper class children don't want to trued me by me
their parents consider the food polluted by my touch what can i do i'm here to make lunch in the school and treat the children here just like my own kids one hundred twenty million children across india receive a me every working day in the largest school lunch program in the world but when the education ministry decided to send the it cooks to get its schools where the majority of pupils are upper caste hindus many found hard to swallow. the media a meal can entice poor parents to send their children to school the kids look forward to it but there are some parents who don't want their children to eat food made by low caste people have removed their children from here and also threaten us as well. meet the same family a member of the upper caste raj board community they refused to allow their ten year old son but amman and to continue studying in a school which they felt didn't respect their customs and pulled him out
immediately. we are upper caste we believe strongly in the caste system we cannot eat food made touched by somebody from a lower caste that's why we moved our child from this government school and picked him into private activist said this kind of reaction demonstrates the difficulty in a ready getting the caste system discrimination on the basis. of caste is illegal in india but the practice is still entrenched in rural areas where the kind of work you do who you can eat with is largely divided along class lines. and a much we know caste people are treated like the upper castes or just about they tell us stay on one side wash the utensils think that anything to humiliate us they want to surround mainland and never rise up. the government says legal action will be taken against villagers who are poor cooks in schools the earlier this is done
the better after all this attempt to get children of all castes to eat together irrespective of who's made the food is a small but important step in the country's journey to bridge social divisions got and seeing r.t. but not so international news headlines in brief the u.n. secretary general says he's never seen a disaster as bad as the flooding in pakistan but ki-moon visited the country on sunday and called for international aid to be urgently stepped up an estimated sixteen hundred have died and twenty million homeless survivors face starvation and illness as emergency crews struggled reach the worst affected areas at least one case of congress been confirmed. the chief minister of indian controlled kashmir has escaped injury on independence day celebration when a policeman threw a pair of shoes at him the man was quickly by bodyguards security was tight across the kashmir valley for the national holiday which separatists color black day meanwhile protesters clashed with police in the capital demonstrating against
indian rule in the past two months violence has claimed more than fifty lives. off road trucks plowed into into spectators at a rally in southern california killing eight people twelve others were injured some i left at the hospital the driver had to flee the crash site when the crowd turned against him it's thought he lost control of the vehicle after mistiming a jump at the start of a race the annual california two hundred event attracts thousands to watch star cars leap different obstacles. plans to build a mosque near ground zero in new york were never going to get a universal welcome online talk show host laurie how often it's now asked people in the city whether it's fueling anti islamic sentiment. islamophobia is that the new anti-communism this week let's talk about that i suppose there are some parallels to sort of hatred of foreigners hatred of others.
it's a it's a big complex because communism was sort of a government system and islam is more religion but i think you can kind of make some parallels but i think people get scared of a whole culture i think just because so much is on the news and it's scary and it's just it's just bombarded every single day it's like i almost actually i quit like listening to the news if the media that's their job they have to have be. the stories that are going to draw people to watch annette and what are you going to look for things when you're scared out of our small percentage of. that's tainted for the rest because i'm sure the very good people so we all know this right but still a lot of people are very fearful of the religion in general why do you think that it is because the impact you know it's the way you're approach what religious background are you christian so if there is some christians that are going around bombing people how would you feel about it but i wouldn't mind kate just the same
you know and i wouldn't feel if i got a group. under that banner when i could understand why they were doing about why do people do that so many people they blame the whole group when a small amount to it i don't know maybe that's the nature i don't. get a little bit scared of one thing and then you you know scared of the rest if whole sticks you use horses so it doesn't help when you've got a couple of bad seeds that obviously expose the worst so do you think that was the same case in the fifty's with anti-communism you know it's funny because now if you look back where we are in today. it really is even more scary than you know that when you probably are in the moment because of looking back you wonder how could these people actually be taking the city think will do the same and twenty years from now not everyone will look back back and say why are we scared no matter how you feel personally the bottom line is that with our the anti islam event as of
late it's believed is there that at least first islamophobia it's very. this is artsy from moscow in the next the european union project end of tackling terrorism the human rights activists in the u.k. they say a plan to monitor airline passengers on board planes is another step closer to a surveillance state leaving them with no privacy even as they try to relax for their holiday that's to come and say next hour. close though before birth of a few minutes we'll look at china's global role in the twenty first century that's next and for this sunday evening from our team moscow.