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hungry for the full story we've got it for. the biggest issues get a human voice face to face with the news makers. russia hosts afghanistan and pakistan to discuss battling the drugs coming from central asia with the afghan war seen as the major cause of instability takes you
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to one of the crucial battle fronts in the war against narco terrorism. classes are held every day despite the time of year and weather conditions right now it's extremely hot here but as you can see the troops are fully dressed in their uniforms still have to get used to it since this is what they'll have to wear on the job after six months trained soldiers are sent to guard the border while new cos troops arrive continuing the cycle. of. moscow police on high alert as investigations suggest russia's number one terrorist suspect and the man behind the march is a moscow metro bombings could be responsible for tuesday's a car bomb blast in southern russia that injured thirty. i started to look at american history and politics and realize that my whole life i have been lied to. as the us accept more illegal immigrants than all other countries combined hundreds of u.s.
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nationals that choose to renounce their citizenship disillusioned with the american dream. broadcasting live from our central studios in moscow this is our team where it is six o'clock in the morning i'm john thomas now let's take a look at your top stories the present. it's of afghanistan pakistan and to stand our in the russian resort of sochi for a top level meeting to discuss fighting narco terrorism in central asia afghanistan is the source for ninety percent of the world's heroin supply president dmitri medvedev has been leading talks on how to stabilize the troubled region he has also held separate bilateral meetings with the three guest heads of state that he reports. providing security and fighting drug trafficking these were the two topics
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which took a front seat during today's summit in sochi where the route to this is not going to be easy russia afghanistan pakistan and the cheekiest on a well aware of the challenges they will meet some in the world wonder whether success is even possible and if so whether all countries of the international community are committed to achieve it by bringing the four nations together russia shows its commitment to support a peaceful stable and prosperous afghanistan and stability in the whole region probably drug threat is a common problem in the region i've already had a chance to discuss it with the presidents of afghanistan and pakistan and the counter to this tranche should be a joint effort of afghanistan nor russia nor any other country is able to tackle it on their own with as i've already said this is a joint problem and we should combat it jointly while this summit we choose the second in a row is of course a significant achievement of the four countries and it will take
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a long way towards strengthening economic regional ties providing jobs all of which are critical for the people of these countries russia is ready to align resources behind peaceful goals of of ghana stand just recently russia signed to all of the last fortune of again assistance debt and overall was twelve billion dollars all this is done because for russia central asia is a traditional sphere of interest and it has always been sensitive to stability which the afghan conflict is causing currently it's drug trafficking and islamic radicalism which are the main security threats opium comes all the way into russia and further into europe through to jake is done because no visas are required to travel from to trick is done to russia and this is why the drug floods and easily through the open door so tightening security all. these border was one of the main topics discussed today i t z corpuscle not want to see for himself what
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challenges the people who are providing security on the border on the tribal border between afghanistan and to a facing every day turning a boy into a soldier is a tough task but getting him ready to go to one of the most tricky borders in central asia is even more difficult. work i don't know if the other people don't don't go out and that's why at this training center in done there is no time for games when it comes to dealing with going to stand the center of the global heroin trade. classes are held every day despite the time of year and weather conditions right now it's extremely hot here but as you can see the troops are fully dressed in their uniforms have to get used to it since this is what they'll have to wear on the job after six months trained soldiers are sent to guard the border while new conscripts arrive continuing the cycle stone's border with afghanistan stretches twelve hundred kilometers around seven hundred fifty miles border guards are being
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trained by the russian federal security service under a deal signed back in two thousand and four the use of different weapons physical education combat deck ticks and survival techniques are all poured over the course . terrorism drug and arms smuggling and human traffic have put this region in the global spotlight that's why there are currently over twenty international organizations including the u.n. in the work into g. can stand alone. afghanistan produces over ninety percent of all people in the world according to the united nations the death toll from opiates in the two countries is five times more than all the needle soldiers who died in afghanistan since two thousand and one but according to the sheet abdulla an independent analyst and the author of dozens of articles amount to the flow of do. he's unlikely to stop no matter how strong and in demand that water well you know this
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problem may have various technical solutions but it will never be fully solved while there is fighting in afghanistan and the global demand for opiates. afghan opium production has grown by a third since the us led invasion it's thought the billion dollar business brings more money than all foreign investments put together that's why it's unlikely even the most advanced water control system possible would solve the problem completely business is simply too good you got this kind of r g g just on middle east expert james denzel of thinks afghanistan should be a focus for strong cooperation between russia and the u.s. especially on the drugs issue. i think russia are a strange thing strengthening its presence in the world in the last few years and i think it's interesting that afghanistan a country which for ten years during the one nine hundred eighty s. was a source of conflict between the two powers is now a source of potential cooperation between moscow and washington they both have
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exactly the same issues there whether it's drug trafficking or islamic radicalism so i find it almost incredible to think that the americans say that countering narcotics in afghanistan isn't part of its mission if we look at the the size of the amount of money that drugs bring in this country over a billion dollars and the taliban are estimated to to accrue some three hundred million dollars of that year which makes up some forty to sixty percent of their annual income according to nato figures so if they're fighting the taliban the taliban are largely reliant upon money from this drugs trade so it would seem to be a total no brainer to suggest the americans try to cut off this funny bear in mind that although the farmers in afghanistan are reliant in large areas on growing the poppy it's not simply a matter as what was used in vietnam sort of using chemical weapons against these fields there are many ways to sort of approach a counter-narcotics strategy but it would seem that destroying people's fields is the most blunt and the easiest way to lose any form of hearts and minds you might
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have in afghanistan continue with that story now brian becker director of the antiwar answer coalition in washington thinks the sochi meeting is a sign that the four countries are trying to reassert their regional influence over that of the u.s. in the area. since the dissolution the breakup of the soviet union in one thousand nine hundred one the american government saw south and central asia and especially the former soviet republics in that region as a new piece of real estate a possibility for an expansion of an american empire of an american sphere of influence of course the resources natural gas and oil which are rich in that region are a vital interest for american corporations and the u.s. government and the pentagon see these areas as a place to stage new u.s. military installations u.s. military bases so we saw the meeting today as an attempt by these countries to reassert their sovereignty their control their independence from the american
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military occupation in afghanistan but an interest by the united states to dominate the region which predates the afghanistan war i think we all know now that the occupation by hundreds of thousands or more than one hundred thousand foreign soldiers in afghanistan is in fact a catalyst for the insurgency for the armed insurgency in afghanistan and probably throughout the region the american military and american corporations have no constructive role to play in south central asia what you see happening today russia afghanistan pakistan stand a meeting together and working together independently of western imperial forces is clearly a better path to take. now we invite you to stay with us because there's lots more to come this hour israel forces faces a public anger after its army officer post pictures of herself posing with bound palestinian detainees which human rights activists call just the tip of an iceberg
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. now police in moscow have been put on a high state of alert over fears a car bomb in russia's north caucuses could signal more attacks on the capital a chechen militant leader linked to al qaeda is suspected of being behind the blast in the town of picher gorski which injured around thirty people investigators also know who owned the car which was packed with explosives outside a city center cafe the man's whereabouts are unknown at this time although he's been included in the list of possible suspects meanwhile doctors in moscow are treating four people who were the most severely injured in the blast up to twenty five people remain in hospitals n.p.r. of course from where our correspondent. reports. red ribbons divide the lives of people in p.r. to course the street full of cafes packed with visitors turned into militants target only police and residents get through the cordon it was the backyard of lianas schork that militants used for
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a parking lot luckily she wasn't and signed by her friend wallace she still trembles as recalls the story of survival. my shop is near the site of the explosion i don't have the words to express how i feel i've just been there was mostly class no the glass has literally turned to dust it's a miracle a shop assistant is and i have seen her in hospital she's covered in blood and in shock she says when the blast shark she ran out of the shop and lost consciousness and right on the tram line up to forty kilos of explosives left thirty injured and a huge hole is now where a cafe once wars they could they was parked just over there and. you can actually see this car if you take a closer look it is claimed that it's belongs to local art the guy was an dandified but hasn't been found yet they have been also other reports saying that the car was still only
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a couple of days before an explosion but we haven't received any confirmation of this so far thanks to drive a little one is back on the streets the day after the bombing in this business street is one of his regular routes he was looking for a parking place when the blast smashed windows but left his car untouched watch what i found a place near the tram and there was a blue mist it was so big that i thought it exploded when a car was pushed away i understood it was a terror attack tram windows were smashed in although the road is blocked live on it isn't afraid to drive around town he says is his job but some doing surely bonds optimism they've started packing up their things saying they want to move away and leave the horrific sight behind. r t a human rights group says that photos posted on facebook of a female former israeli military officer posing with handcuffed and blindfolded palestinian prisoners are just the tip of the iceberg the group breaking the
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silence even went as far as publishing photos of other soldiers in front of palestinian prisoners to back their allegation the phenomenon is widespread the israeli army had said that the incident was a one off and promised to investigate palestinian officials say the incident reflects a mentality of pride in humiliating palestinians who is frank and follower of the public committee against torture in israel says the jewish state's army wax discipline and physiological training. these incidents are not isolated these incidents are part of a of a trend or part of a ongoing situation in which particular in the case of palestinian detainees are seen as objects are seen as tools either for entertainment to pose with them and that's and that's only part of the problem and the major problem is that is that detainees particularly when they are handcuffed when they're
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blindfolded face physical violence to face humiliation face psychological violence on the part of israeli soldiers after they're arrested there is something fundamentally lacking in the training of israeli soldiers there are different factors that force people to go to go into the army took the army has as a career so in terms of the average intelligence or the average a capability capacity mental capacity i think that they are all perfectly capable of making moral judgments the problem is that there is not enough i think not enough human rights training in the army to explain and to make it clear what is allowed and what is not allowed and then there's not enough accountability soldiers are not held accountable the number of soldiers who are actually prosecuted for violence is so minuscule palestinians are afraid to file complaints because they're one they're fraid of retribution and they know that there will not be sufficient prosecutions the united states leads the world in the number of legal immigrants it
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except every year for most new citizens life in america means better opportunities but a growing number seven hundred last year have renounced their u.s. citizenship he's laura and asked one former patriot why he did it. ken o'keefe grew up an american in a nation that he believed was the greatest in the world a bastion of freedom and democracy in order to protect those ideals he joined the marine corps and went to fight for his country in the gulf war and that's when the american dream became a nightmare i was punished for speaking out about something that my superiors were doing. my life became extremely difficult upon my return with a different perspective i started to look at american history and politics and realized that my whole life i had been lied to. i believed in those ideals you know i believed him when i found out that these ideals were really the way america was
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presenting itself in the world and it became clear to me at some point that i would run errands citizenship and renounce it he did o'keefe applied to the state department to stop being american claim political asylum in holland and burned his u.s. passport o'keefe knows that not everyone will agree with what he's done some maintain he could have exerted more pressure from inside the system but however they choose to do it middle east commentator alan hart says americans must do something i have a love hate relationship with america on one level americans are the most uninformed misinformed dumbest gullible people on the face of god's earth that's the bad news deep down they're also the most idealistic so i say and americans didn't mind me saying if they were properly informed about the causes and effects of things in the middle east. they could become engaged to make their
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democracy work it hasn't always been this way at the end of the second world war the us was leading the world both economically and morally but according to carol turner from the stop the war coalition it steadily eroded that goodwill because it's failing to give. it's ethically now attorneys it's increasingly forced back to using its military power to impose its will can o'keefe is committed to changing that sense since giving up his u.s. citizenship has made it his mission to oppose u.s. military action wherever he can he was on board one of the goals abound aid ships raided by israeli come on days in may and following that he was branded a terrorist by israel ken o'keefe now an irish citizen giving up his country wasn't an easy decision and he insists it wasn't one borne out of hatred you know i realized at a certain point that citizenship was
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a social contract and i didn't agree to the charms of the contract obligations you have rights and you have obligations among the obligations is paying taxes those taxes are being used to commit mass murder i don't agree to that a lot of people misinterpret renounce your citizenship or hate america case at all i have a deep love for the american people and i wish that the ideal of america became a reality until that dream becomes a reality o'keefe and others like him will be staying away from the land of the free and the home of the brave you were at it. in his first major interview poland's a new president bronislaw komorowski said he wants to improve relations with russia and has invited president medvedev to visit warsaw. kocinski from the center for european policy studies says the move is part of a new geo political triangle involving russia poland and germany. the relations between poland and russia doing proved we have moved away from the so-called cold
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war situation into more working correlations where both poles and russians do recognize the importance of one another and for example there is a new emerging triangle between poland and germany and russia working closely to forming some sort of core group in the street in closer e.u. russia relations. experts from poland are in moscow to continue investigations into april's plane crash which killed the country's president and ninety other senior officials and relatives the delegation had been travelling to a ceremony to mark the seventy years since the massacre of thousands of poles by the soviet secret police that get in the atrocity had been a major historical stumbling block in bilateral relations but april's crash brought the two nations closer but as political analyst and says there are many other areas of common interest beyond a difficult and sad history my personal feeling is that the small and crush will be
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a topic discussed for years to come especially if it's not and if the investigations attended by the end of this year but there are surely more global issues and this is first of all the economy because the economy area where the blue sides have most for their mutual benefit and of course the different debates over history which has been discussed recently and will continue to be poland's grievances toward russia too deep to be swept aside with the models so surely it will have we'll see a lot of incidents very unpleasant for both sides. and now for some other news stories making headlines around the world at least eight hundred schoolchildren have been killed after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed a school in northern india rescuers are still searching for ten missing aged between six and thirteen and two teachers buried under the debris the state of utah has been hit hard by heavy rains causing devastation in the region mountain areas
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earlier this month one hundred eighty five people died after heavy downpours swept through the indian part of the. public sector workers in south africa have gone on strike for higher wages and housing allowances payments the country wide protests began on wednesday giving south african children a day off school as more than two hundred thousand teachers attended meetings strikers have objected the government offered. seventy percent pay raise is without a seven percent pay raise and want more the last public sector strike in south africa took place in two thousand and seven and last month. extreme weather conditions this summer have been causing chaos and disaster for millions across the world floods have devastated pakistan while russia has endured an unprecedented heat wave so what's behind such weather and is it linked to global warming artie's talked to renowned russian physicist alexander ginsburg who says
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the only force to blame is mother nature herself. dr going to thank you so much for talking to us now these conspiracy theories that have recently flooded the internet about how there's a geophysical weapon that somebody is testing that is causing all of these problems
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they are icelandic volcano. floods in pakistan the heat in russia is that true. so it's an interesting question that comes up at least every few years five years ago when hurricane katrina struck the u.s. sure there was a lot of noise perhaps more of it in the western hemisphere than in europe in russia but people started saying that katrina was the result of russian jew physical weapon tests and that nothing would have happened if it wasn't for the evil empire which meant to the former soviet union and wouldn't a russia this year since europe russia pakistan and china to a degree have all been affected by disasters this in se asia in hungary whistleblowers came up with a different theory they are saying these disasters are results of retaliation from the u.s. that perhaps the u.s. wanted to strike pakistan and accidently hit russia and europe. in any case my answer to your question is no the amount of energy we are able to exert is far too
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small to affect energy streams in the atmosphere and the oceans are so as to use those streams as a weapon so then what is causing all this climatic chaos the volcano in iceland the more heat in russia floods in pakistan what is the cause behind all of these things that. where did this summer disasters in russia and europe and pakistan come from well they didn't really come from anywhere situations like this develop in the atmosphere once every few years we call them blocking situation. they're characterized by a cycle and the clone pair of equal strength facing one another and the cyclon is a massive air spinning one way and producing to standing streams of air in summer and winter this gives a clear sky it also makes the sun is hotter now when we have a pack insisting of a strong circular and a strong anti circular and that pair can become very stable this pair will sustain
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itself until it gets tired. we'd have to either wait for that or for autumn to come so that the strong and the cycle would run out of the solar energy it is sustained by. my point is that there is nothing extraordinary about what we are seeing this summer from the meteorological point of view the only thing that is out of the ordinary is how strong the anti cycling in the cycling are. so to the people who would say that. those conditions are a result of global warming would you say that they are mistaken or that they are correct in their new little neither this nor that and there are solid grounds for that sidelines in europe and the cyclons in russia are not direct consequences of global warming it's a regular phenomenon. but as i mentioned before the situation is lasting too. if the temperature difference decreases the force which could get cyclons and anti
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cyclons apart and eliminate the blocking decreases as well so in this respect i can't insist that it's a direct consequence of global manmade warming but as we see it resolution of such booking situations becomes more and more complicated than that do you think that the kyoto protocol actually helps with curbing greenhouse gas emissions and should everybody sign it like countries that have so far refused to sign it for example do they need to it doesn't actually help us and we've thought that dealing. but it all as we are doing something to nature which nature itself has not been doing before we have to fight it therefore all the efforts to cut greenhouse emissions to fight there's a time zation to growth forests emanating greenhouse effect and so on very much welcome. on the other hand sometimes excessively enthusiastic green activists and
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other ecologists shout from the rooftops that nuclear energy must not be used as well as solar energy and wind energy because infrasound affect animals and fossil fuels are simply out of the question. but they all flying to conferences and drive to conferences and sit in their offices not in villages and they fight against all these factors there was a summit in copenhagen that didn't produce any particular results what this showed us is that we need to step up our efforts it showed us that climate problems should be discussed at summits copenhagen was the first port internet sense. global warming. it's been said so many times it's been blamed for all kinds of different things and then recently there were some russian hackers who broke into email correspondence between some european scientists that actually said that there is no global warming so is there or isn't there but i would say that of one of the
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world centers of meteorology and climate science is in great britain it's the most ancient greek meteorology service that's one thing another thing is that over the past five or ten years or maybe more the country which has been most concerned about global warming is great britain in the summer of two thousand and four i was present at and one of the organizers of a meeting between tony blair's counselor david king and under a larry one of two distinguished councillors of two distinguished leaders one of them was arguing that there was no global warming while the other was saying it exists and that it is manmade all this is political climatology both points of view there is global warming because temperatures have risen over the past one hundred fifty years of observations and over the past decade they have been increasing quicker than during the first one hundred years of observations it is a fact we cannot deny.


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