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medical victims human rights activists accuse pharmaceutical johnson of using the people of india as full of foot drug tests often without consent. overseas intervention duty big documents on israel's code but attempts at shaping the u.s.
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media agenda and policies in the middle east. the truth is it's fifty years since two dogs from the soviet union became the first living things to survive space travel paving the way for future exploration. and also a trip to russia's first seaport and a little hot spot close up to him because it's the northern city of. light from a studio here in central moscow twenty four hours a day this is. the world's pharmaceutical john stand accused of using people in india as guinea pigs for their new medical products sometimes even without their consent and human rights groups say those who do know what's happening often don't get a full explanation of the dangers they face statistics from india's health ministry
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showed the number of deaths linked to clinical trials have risen over the last few years during the first six months of this year nearly five hundred died more than the combined total for two thousand and seven and two thousand and eight. investigates. india government run hospitals provide low cost treatment to the poor but there are increasing claims that being made guinea pigs in drug trials for western pharma companies without their knowledge here at the. hospital in indoor the north has been taking pills for the last six months on the advice of his doctor he suspects he's being experimented upon it may be good to me i had a pain in my abdomen they did all sorts of tests and gave me all sorts of pills to have in the morning afternoon and night but i haven't got any better. or a cap but they can test any medication they like on me. allegations have surfaced in the media that the hospital conducts illegal drug trials on patients police are
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investigating the complaint the hospital officials say any trials are being conducted in accordance with government guidelines india is fast becoming a global hot spot for testing new drugs with two million people estimated to be taking part in clinical trials without their consent but in this year drug trials are increasing here because they cost just one sixth of what they do in the west the regulatory system here is comparatively corrupt inform the companies can easily register patients and begin trials in developed countries it would take six months to register five patients whereas in india in the same time they conduct trials on two thousand people. giving informed consent to be part of an experiment is the golden rule of all clinical trials but many patients here sign on the dotted line without understanding the nature and the consequences of what's being administered to them. are americans are treating indians as guinea pigs the patients being
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used for trials are illiterate and pool they don't even know details of the drug or that it is a drug trial this is unethical to root. without proper consent without. taking part in a drugs trial it is both an infant and a legal. patient sometimes sign up out of desperation to them experimental health is better than none at all but agreed to let her child be treated with a new drug which she's been told will bring his fever down. to cheat an interest free happy with it. there are regulations in place to monitor drug trials including setting up takes communities and hospitals to ensure patient safety but these are often used by doctors to simply rubber stamp trials so. the ethics committee has the important responsibility of money touring drug trials but it's
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a very ad hoc system that is misused for instance a medical institute in foreign women by gives permission for a drug trial in cities like indoor pulp all enjoyable tour how can you use permission from an ethical committee of another institute in another city just to find drug trials in an institute here. with over one thousand three hundred drug trials currently being conducted in india this industry is already said to be worth one billion dollars yet it's clear that the laws against unethical trials are not working and the government will have to come up with other ways to stop the country's poor from being enticed into medical experiments that could potentially have serious side effects got unseeing r.t. india. we've got plenty coming your way including. a long awaited departure we speak to an anti war activist about the american pullout from iraq. they came they sowed now theater inspectors leave
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after spending four days in russia to determine the nation's by to host the world cup details ahead. the first files declassified in america have revealed convert public relations and lobbying activities of his. in the us and national archives made the documents public funding a senate investigation they suggest is read has been trying to shape media coverage of issues in regards important you can download the funds from the website of the institute for signature middle eastern policy going to have smith who's the director of that institute in washington explains what's been uncovered. these files are from a sealed senate investigation which was the result of the senate foreign relations committee as the u.s. department of justice looking into groups that brought thirty six million dollars into the u.s. to plant stories in the us media and promote israeli foreign policy objectives in the united states they're extremely relevant because they revealed for example of
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vast effort to divert us attention from the israeli dimona nuclear weapons facility by saying it was merely a research center they carefully tracked how that story was playing in the us media and they also were using outlets such as the atlantic magazine funneling fifty thousand dollars into that magazine in a major effort to disrupt the u.s. peace proposal which would have involved bringing some palestinian refugees and allowing them to return to their homes and properties in israel it's extremely important for people to see this media influence and the mechanics of it because over the passage of time this is only gotten worse they have successfully built a campaign financing system in the united states that's extremely effective at pushing israeli objectives by withholding or dispersing campaign funding to u.s.
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politicians so there is a high the greed of control that's in place but firm for your average american it's almost completely hidden. those responsible for tuesday's car bombing in southern russia will be found and should they attempt to resist arrest killed well that's the message of the russian president to travel to the blast hit city. after discussing security measures with the local authorities admit it visited victims of the blast fifteen of the thirty people injured in the terror attack remain in local hospitals the russian leader has pledged to provide additional medical equipment wherever it's needed. the last u.s. combat brigade has left iraq two weeks ahead of their planned withdrawal at the end of the month but a fifty thousand strong american military contingent will remain in the country for support and training until the end of twenty and never have the power to use their weapons in self defense or at the request of the iraqi government over seven years
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of being in iraq more than four thousand u.s. soldiers have died according to the pentagon let's get more on this with michael arad he's from the democracy village antiwar group in london thanks very much indeed for joining us so are you satisfied then that the americans are leaving iraq . no i don't think they are leaving essence what i said to these happening is they're going to stay there for at least twenty years that's the length of time the oil contracts have been signed. the fifty thousand troops that are there is also a big number because it's actually about one hundred thousand private contractors there that number is likely to increase so i don't see any change really for the iraqi people but this is an unsettled country still struggling to form a government surely it is far too early for a foreign military contingent to leave the situation which is clearly unstable and it would be irresponsible with no. as i say they're not actually leaving what they're doing is they're rebranding the occupation and instead of calling it combat operations they're going to call it stability operations it's not it's not
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a mass exodus at all but that was why they are still concerned but that is why they're there you know as you say they're not leaving but i'm saying of course they must stay because even the iraqi military have said they are not ready to control the situation to situation on their own they do need help from foreign forces. well some might call it help but i see foreign forces killing innocent civilians and the numbers are increasing again five hundred thirty innocent civilians killed last month alone that's more than one in afghanistan and at the moment all we're hearing about is afghanistan but look at the permanent military bases there really rack i mean they've spent so much money that it's really unlikely they're going to move this i think ninety four permanent bases there look at the american embassy the u.s. embassy in iraq in baghdad is now the size of the vatican city i mean that's a huge investment there's no way they're going to be leaving that so you don't see then that the iraqi people will be able to return to a normal life despite the fact we've seen combat troops being taken out and still
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some troops remaining there to support to support the iraqi military government you don't see that normal life could carry on though as a result of that no normal life will be resumed for another ten thousand years until the depleted uranium is has disappeared from the environment. between now and then life is just going to be one big struggle for the iraqi population and it's a really sad tale. one of course. those troops that are withdrawing from iraq will probably go to be deployed in afghanistan although we've seen that president obama has actually kept his promise about the drop of combat troops from iraq what do you reckon about afghanistan do you think we'll see a withdrawal there. not again you just need to look at where the permanent military bases have been built and where the money's been spent you can actually do a dot to dot on the map. there with the result in line is exactly what the pipeline route is going to be. some of these iraqi troops some of these u.s. troops in iraq will probably be redeployed into yemen as well which is another undeclared war that the u.s.
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is beginning so between yemen. afghanistan pakistan and iraq this is this is just permanent war this is what they've been talking about for the last ten years or so as an all antiwar group you're really into a lost cause our egos nobody's actually listening to we are a lost cause but that's not a reason to give up yet. there's obviously kind of people who really holding out a lot of hope for the peace movement globally and i think it does need to ramp itself up somewhat we do need to. get more numbers of people willing to do things like democracy village willing to put their careers their lives on the line just temporarily while we make our point what just briefly you're there in london the new government what just over one hundred days old do you think you'll gain any momentum you'll be listened to told by the new government there in the u.k. just briefly as an antiwar group. i don't think so we were forcibly evicted from parliament square a few weeks ago. at the request of boris johnson and the high court what we were doing there was completely lawful that was there was no illegal activity no
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unlawful activity going on the square. peaceful protest is supposed to be allowed and democracy is obviously not in the u.k. at the moment or ready very good to hear what you have to say thanks very much indeed for joining us live there in london from the democracy village antiwar group there in the british capital thanks very much indeed. russia's chances of holding the twenty eighteen or twenty twenty two football world cup are now in the hands of fee for inspectors who visit to the country. has been following the progress and reports now from moscow's. russia waits to see if its bid was strong enough to woo the inspectors now for four days the committee toured russia and four of the thirteen cities slated to host the world cup games in those cities include say petersburg moscow comes on and sochi which is poised to be the host of the winter twenty fourteen olympic games and they did all this to make sure the russian is in
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fact ready to host a world cup game now on thursday here airport the lead investigator along with the minister met with the press before the thief inspectors left town and prime minister putin promised that all available all funds would be available and that all projects would be done on time believed and specter said that he was very impressed by what he called an excellent trip and that he said that russia's bid committee was very forthcoming and gave them all the information that they would need to make a fair decision now football is russia's number one sport and fun fans feel pretty good about its chances of being able to host a world cup including a legendary soviet goalie. and we have successfully staged events that proves we can host this world cup we've already held the games in the champions league final which everyone was happy with and the fact that we won the bid for the sochi
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olympics also proves that we are able to host the exports of. the fisa heads to the u.k. and the usa before going to zurich to make its by our decision december second when they say every dog has its day and for two dogs in the soviet union then launched. literally to international fame office intrigue. became the first living creatures to circle the earth and come back alive they prove that humans were able to exist in outer space and pave the way for the first manned mission eight months later. but it makes little sense to. watch just one bad. became the first ever human in our space one of the first things he said upon his return was i don't know if the first space or the last before manned space yielded to man's best friend at least fifty seven dogs were sent into orbit by the soviet union arguably one of the most famous travelers were too much for whitey and
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a little arrow fifty years ago after months of strenuous training they and a bunch of mice rats flies plants and a rabbit boarded sputnik five all. the most important criteria was the dog's size there was only that much space aboard the spacecraft also dogs are much better at tolerating cold temperatures but it wasn't every dog that was acceptable their character their physical condition all that was taken into account. he worked with the soviet space program for decades he remembers bell can say ok as they really were under different names. the dogs got named by our lab assistance on the girl's name these two dogs and mark they liked the sound of those names but then our boss found out and he was not impressed he criticised us for giving these dogs foreign and politically incorrect names so we changed them and that's how they became famous. still continued on the ground she had
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six pups one of which was presented by the then soviet leader nikita khrushchev to j.f.k.'s daughter caroline and international room and believed to be true or fluffy and another kennedy called charlie they in turn had puppies which the u.s. . jokingly referred to as pop nicks a man's best friend became not only a link between two friendlies of the cold war dogs were also the guarantee scientists needed to safely send a man following in their pop prince. the news no nobody knew you see whether a living organism could survive in space how a body would react to those conditions which is why bill constraints were the first giant leap for mankind you could see that belka was more agitated and that the dogs worry times uncomfortable but they made it safely home and scientists knew that it was man's turn to reach for the stars. during stamps calendars became the
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subject of tales and news reports fifty years after their flight their trip fascinates young and old alike and the museum where they are displayed is proud to tell their story again and again catherine as our of our r.t.e. nasca. well now we continue our close up series we bring into focus russia's diverse regions including some fairly hard to reach places parties team gets an in-depth and personal insight on the everyday life of local people and the history of the country. and today were in the northwest of russia in the region the country's first seaport in the seventeenth century recognizes a regional capital it now has everything from ship building to diamonds we sent to syria to explore. where now with the north of russia and the girls region
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a region which has a coastline on three arctic seas now because of its location it was extremely important in the seventeenth century as russia's first and only seaport as well as its first sea route to the west now this region became extremely wealthy because of that sea trade and monasteries were very much involved in the business in trading salt and water and it was also here that the first arctic expeditions were outfitted as seen off however once it was found at sea trade was made from here to st petersburg at a hyundai also lost its importance now today of hundreds may no longer hold the titles it once did but it is still home to a glorious history as well as thriving streets in shipbuilding and lumber as well as a budding diamond industry take a look thanks to its waterways is known as the gateway to the arctic but this wasn't always the case in the one nine hundred twenty s. it was called the national hard currency shop as its rich timber and paper pulp industries yielded the lion's share of the treasury's hard currency earnings it's
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a controversial part of its past these industries flourished thanks to tens of thousands of prison inmates forced to work at the north during stalin's time but on hunger else did make a more positive and lasting mark in history when peter the great founder of russia's first shipyard here and it became the motherland of the country's fleet our crew visited a ship repair plant in the region which has also recently started making vessels the facility was set up in the one nine hundred fifty s. especially for repairing and retooling soviet ships and submarines in the ninety's or whenever the suv it government radically cut the number of defense contracts and the plants output phone they had no choice but to diversify and went into diamond cutting. where you know dining putting was one of the alternatives the idea of cutting rough diamonds in the direct sunidhi of the diamond field looked attractive . that diamond field is the law manasseh of mine named after the local scientists
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and poet. back in the seventeenth century he said that there were diamonds in the region but the gems weren't found until much later this period opened in one nine hundred eighty two and the first diamond was extracted just five years ago not an easy task in a water rich region the field is located smack in the middle of a marshland and it rivers and springs engineers had to build an eight kilometer long command to divert the water flow. i don't know of any other diamond fields where the extraction conditions are so complicated their work is like looking for needles in a haystack in every truckload of rocks only two or three diamonds can be found but they're no ordinary diamonds. deposits produced transparent barely colored gemstones here we find intensely colored diamonds green yellow even pink and blue. this side right here is one hundred metres deep and it produces about
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half a million carats worth of diamonds each year now this is just the beginning because they plan to go deeper into the earth or the soil is richer and where there's a lot more of that precious stone many women called their best friend. but before anyone could even see a single sparkle a long process has to be gone through. and what you get are real gems jewelers as well as women from all over the world called it i hung girls today is still an important industrial and commercial region here in russia and if you do see foreigners in the city more often than not they're here on business there are a number of foreign companies based in. now i'll come a long way from being just a seaport and it will continue to reshape itself as more industries develop in this region. brings up to that in a moment business which is coming up after
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a short break stay with us for that. for the feel we've got. the biggest issues get voice face to face with the news makers. much brighter future. from. t.v. . and i welcome to the business program hey aussie russia's economy has rebounded
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considerably since the beginning of the year there's a reason for when the industrial output has raised doubts about the strength of recovery the jobs in hate have been paltry to blame all the problems run deep. the volume of russian industrial output declined a sizeable ten percent in july compared with june which in turn saw a contraction from the previous month although much smaller just half a percent economist worry that a further decline in august which would be a third successive drop would suggest this ignorant of the economy is slowly falling back into recession we do expect that that kind of a russian economy is likely to a slow considerably in the second half of these yeah so i guess the saadat of the manufacture of production as part of the in life that that. would have meant that they would pay something that's rather cover it was not because of the feeling low base effect was i think i just bottles resist the occupation of investment demand
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or the reversal of the fiscal stimulus the weak demand for russian made goods can partly be attributed to the increase in the value of the ruble since the beginning of the year this is made products for export more expensive while handing foreign goods sold here a price advantage moreover economists warn that any sickness in manufacturing could start to infect other parts of the economy banks see that the growth rates are not that strong they might be more reluctant to give out loans so this growth in lending that we started to see a couple of months ago it could be under. this. stagnation . in france of course. and this is i think the bigger concern because then potentially you can have a vicious circle whereby slower growth leads to slower landing bursts and turn leads to slower growth as well clearly russia is not an island unto itself its
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prospects are heavily tied to the wider global economy and if its biggest customers in europe continue to grow more quickly than expected as the recent data indicates then there is little prospect of the wider russian economy suffering a double dip recession even if industrial. temporarily store my copy of change of business. plans a new report from agents b.c. banks says russia won't return pre-crisis growth rates in the near future the author of that report alexander morales of chief economist for the c.i.s. region explains why first of all there are already a science fair to scrap an industrial production. was clearly yes that is publication of the investment picks investment data also going to invite direction but there are more fundamental factors that would not allow the russian economy to grow as fast as before i want to listen in the past of a key drivers russian economic growth was a very prominent tries and strong rise in the commodity prices. is number one and
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secondly it was a storm in floor pepitone into the russian economy through russian companies born before those investments russian assets is. now looking forward to people prosperous so for slow global economic growth we should not rely on capital inflows it will be happening of course bazza not over the top of the pops as far as what the process is also volatile is not as benign as before probably if you see some our price rises for all prices will not be as high as before for so the fundamental factors which are used to drive hiking on the growth and the possible moby walk in many more. russia's markets closed in the red delta a volatile and day oil raised earlier policies of the u.s. jobless claims rose more than expected last week during concern about the pace of the global recovery fertilize the company or economy with among the biggest leaders in the life that is in the news all the talk on the pulse of the merger with the
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unit. now low trading volumes are contributing to the volatility on the markets david buick a big part this explains. this is all good studies very very worst in europe the volumes in all markets around you're absolutely right and frankly as such as are in london frankfurt and paris are running around like headless chickens responding to good and bad news as it so falls out really we are in. neutral mode at the moment because we've had. this is really boy the. rush is worst drought in fifty years could force the country to become a grain importer last year russia was the third largest exporter in the wild but now we have to buy up to five million tons by the end of next year and it seems the current harvest will be even worse than expected sizing government figures the analysis groups overcalling says the grain crop we down at least
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a third on last year were not exceed sixty two million tons this is well below russia's annual domestic consumption of seventy five million tons city is feeling the pinch of the cost of grain went up forty five percent in august and is now stop buying any further supplies and prices stabilize its latest update for you now but you can always find more stories on our website.


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