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country. is. another top story from the week on the sixty fifth anniversary of america's atomic attack on the japanese city of nagasaki the. legacy is still felt by its victims today. justice campaign is claim women convicted of killing the violent partners in california having the parole hopes dashed by the political ambitions of state governments we report. well i'm kevin and it's one of the. straight to our top story the area affected by wildfires in russia has reduced by two thirds in a week but nonetheless the relentless flames have devoured entire villages and towns in their path even more than three thousand people without homes the record
heat wave in central areas triggered blazes across more than twenty regions in the still a high level of moscow's neighboring reserve regions wildfires there of course noxious more want to return back to the capital after just a few days and clear skies his occurs when a group looks at the consequences of this 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 farms are now on the verge of bankruptcy the government has already agreed to provide financial help to agricultural producers who are faced with hard times the government responded by banning wheat
exports until the end of the year it sounded 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 feared price spike the short term the facts of the wildfires have been quickly reflected in the price tags of some essential foods 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 a. other smoke shrouded regions has doubled at its height in moscow alone some seven hundred people were dying each day the long term effect on the health of our 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 in just today and alarms and cause problems breathing the country's ecological lungs are badly damaged to eight hundred thousand hectares a forest fire 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 moscow won't be just known for its freezing winters but for its scorching summers as while you sit in the church of r r t more scale. the man
drafted in to defeat russia's wildfires has been immense with more than one hundred sixty thousand firefighters army personnel and volunteers at his innocent oh i joined one of the emergency teams operating the skies above one of the worst affected regions in the week. 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 team to come along for a ride and it ill seventy six. a at. the end of the order and they've gone and
that's something that they. only want to drive over the past week. or service lines like mine at the same time down below our first. flights the plane ready and they all fly to the market. part. as you can see helicopters are also working to put out these flames it was quite a ride we took the my guys that this is one of the world's kate major and so 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't help gathering whatever items they can food water clothes
to help those who have lost everything and were terribly hoping that this crisis will soon come to an end and he said now way our teeth design reached. just a bit later this hour we'll look for the u.s. . can really stick to its deadline to get out of iraq panelists say the promise is more of a piece of 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 the ceremony on monday to remember the eighty thousand victims of the attack which happened in the closing days of world war two in one thousand nine hundred five the explosion happened three days after the united states devastated another japanese city hiroshima with the world's first nuclear bomb strike results you sean thomas reports now the effects of the tragedy 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. at 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. 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 force of flights and give 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 you had. 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 just as disturbing is the long term effects of that radiation the effect is continuing. cutting her life that is sixty five years 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 bomb as well as the psychological damage of the event. the atomic bomb was extremely cruel america should never have dropped the bombs and human beings the tests in new mexico should have be. 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. that people use the word deterrent but i do not
believe that human beings can co-exist with nuclear arsenals a reason why the a bomb survivors of hiroshima and nagasaki are pushing for peace and complete global nuclear disarmament sean thomas r. t. nagasaki japan thursday march decade since the course a nuclear submarine tragedy in which one hundred eighteen people were killed but more oil services were held throughout russia families of the crew members and freed commanders through free this into the barents sea which is where the disaster happened during naval war exercises the official investigation concluded that a torpedo exploded inside one of the boats launches leading to a chain reaction of detonations it remains the worst naval tragedy in russia's post soviet history. on the way why air travel why not leave you feeling is free is a bird soon find out why libya vis a passenger's airplane privies thing is a risk plans for in-flight c.c.t.v. . before that the united states says it's sticking to its target to end all combat
operations in iraq by the end of august and to withdraw almost all 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 of the next few weeks however rags top military officials warn 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 obama. would 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 for something they're told by authority in fact there's going to be something like ninety four bases left and sixty thousand troops and 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. meanwhile in afghanistan the new commander of the coalition forces the method of the twenty eleven target date to start withdrawing troops is not binding us general david petraeus says the troops will only be pulled out if as he puts it conditions permit the security situation continues to deteriorate 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 that civilian casualties rose by twenty five percent in the first half of twenty ten compared to the same period last year the number of children who were killed sauber more than half the united states says it will deploy another thirty
thousand soldiers by the end of the year. in a few minutes why india's discriminatory class structure is proving hard to cast off as parents all children schools were foods prepared by people seem to be from a lower order of. liberty campaigners say plans to put security cameras inside aircraft from a passenger's feel spied on not secure the e.u. wants them installed to prevent terrorist attacks but it's angering those who say it's an aerial assault on people's privacy artie's laura and that report. all for a week in the sun but if the european union project goes ahead these people could have their conversations and movements monitored while they're flying the plan has a lawman civil liberties campaigners who fear further growth in the surveillance state but at passengers are divided yelling as bad this kid is like a private person no you wouldn't i don't know this i mean is
a line and you keep pushing and pushing it with like the regulations and i think it's so prevalent already. with this expected you watch t.v. you watch t.v. you'll be surveilled and be surveilled and hear there's a more in me but nothing to hide so i wouldn't worry me personally. the e.u. project is aimed at tackling terrorism by analyzing the way passengers behave in a bid to isolate potential bombers or hijackers when they're already on board at the moment surveillance on planes is mainly limited to a c.c.t.v. camera near the cockpit britons are the most watched people in the world with more c.c.t.v. cameras per capita than any other nation there are cameras on motorways in train stations and at ports and it's here at the university of raising that the new in-flight surveillance system is being developed it won't just include cameras they'll also be microphones and special systems for monitoring unusual behavior
behavior the system will eventually be able to pick up include sweating moving around the cabin in an erratic way and repeated visits to the toilet dr james ferryman insists it will distinguish between potential terrorists a nervous flyer is now one way we do that is to look very carefully at the types of cues that we take so for example someone may be acting nervously were anxiously sweating in our solution because it doesn't say anything it could be just as flyer but it could be a terrorist but we only know that when we combine this information with other sources of information that come to places. a lot to think of it as not big brother watching you but big brother looking after you not everyone sees it that way campaigners say prissy is one of the litmus tests for democracy and mass surveillance erodes it enormously treats. and that completely contradicts the main tenants of the democratic model which is that everyone is innocent and to
be guilty continuing surveillance mass surveillance video communications whatever the many ways that seem to just be creeping fall completely goes against that we are all democracies apart from the civil rights issues many question the efficacy of an on board system if the terrorist isn't course at the airports they say by the time the planes thirty thousand feet up is it is already too late nor and that r t london. mosque has announced that it will launch iran's first nuclear power plant next week the russian nuclear agency that's building a pushchair facility will start loading the reactor with fuel on august twenty first and is likely to go for the on line 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 waste from reprocessing the u.n. recently impose strict sanctions against iran to make it
a bandage to rein in the richmond program but russia says western fears that this plant can help make a nuclear bomb a groundless. you cannot any use nuclear power plant. but that the. nuclear bomb plant is just it's great that you see there is still there there are. people that double double is restricted to a man but was this immense became our. new responsibility because the supplier with nuclear fuel should nuclear bob once for all the life i am down build big response to back the process of the russian area. american women who've been jailed for murdering their abusive partners are apparently being denied parole because of political ambitions rather than serving justice campaigners argue the prisoners killed only through fear for their own lives but his art is christine
for results found that state governors are keeping them under lock and key to secure future votes. meet norma 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 you know still 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 a 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 they are represented by law students like andy martin i'm representing their sole 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 with 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 fourteen egger has overturned more than sixty percent previous governors 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. 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. i. remember we. were promised to be 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. the rights groups or others think 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 best like even if i have to stay here forever i just want him to be. the best in los angeles christine for south r.t. . if you could comment on the story got some thoughts about it it's on our home page like all the others that we show you it's running twenty four hours a day this discussion but by each one of us don't you think if you fancy what the stories online tonight might interest you billionaire belt tightening at stamford bridge here in sports. you can read while romano but i'm over it she's apparently giving us chelsea players the blues by keeping bonuses on the bench also online you can follow oscar winning director of titanic and avatar as it comes to russia to take the plunge of the world's deepest freshwater lake baikal details on how he got on at r.t. dot com.
this is the r.t. news channel from moscow the terms to bring equality to india by eliminating the centuries old hindu caste system of proving tough to enforce discrimination through the hereditary social class structure is being banned for more than fifty years now because of his care and singh explains deep rooted sentiments still hold fast. it's a problem that's been simmering but now so only davey sees it's fast reaching boiling point she's a newly appointed cook in this primary school and john import here to prepare the government funded midday meal but despite sony's best intentions some of the students turn their noses up at many creations because she's a doll it or untouchable in traditional hindu society only upper caste cooks.
community minos. now and some upper caste children don't want to eat food made by me their parents consider the food polluted by my time 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 meet every working day in the largest school lunch program in the world but when the education ministry decided to send it cooks to get schools where the majority of pupils are upper caste hindus many found it too 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 cost 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 a moment 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 mate touched by somebody from a lower caste that's why we moved our child from this government school and packed him into private activists say this kind of reaction demonstrates the difficulty in eradicating 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 loved we know caste people are treated like at the upper castes or just about they tell us stay on one side wash the utensils 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 unseeing r.t. but now let me bring up the three top will do stories in brief now the u.n. secretary general ban ki moon called for international aid to be stepped up during his visit to flood ravaged pakistan it's the country's worst natural disaster with an estimated sixteen hundred people dead survivors face starvation an illness now is emergency crews are still struggling to reach the worst affected areas at least one case of cholera has been confirmed the catastrophe has left around twenty million people. flags were flown at half mast across china on sunday on a day of national mourning for the twelve hundred victims of last weekend's
landslides more than five hundred still missing after the massive avalanches of the rocks all public intertainment were suspended rescuers are working to still try to find those trapped and of the debris and to try to prevent further flooding. trucks plowed into spectators at a night rally in southern california it killed eight people twelve others were injured with some airlifted to hospital the driver had to flee the crash site when the crowd turned against him it's thought he lost control of his vehicle after mistiming a jump at the start of the race the annual california two hundred event and thousands. watched dune buggy stock cars leap different obstacles. in a few minutes here in our t. we show you the beautiful rivers unique plants and wildlife in the north of seti a national nature reserve that's coming up here on this channel live from moscow. which.