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well it's hard to say just how fundamental the changes will be. these are revolts and not revolutions yet people's mindsets are revolutionary they want change they're fed up with these a revolt until the structures in place change it won't be considered revolutions in order for democratic position to occur people need to elect their officials right now we're not seeing that we're seeing the status quo in egypt the military state nothing's changed it's a formal change because the more barak was a part of the military the military hosni mubarak one of the united states and its allies are pleading we had their backs what they're doing right now is something that we should call creating a town or discourse counter discourse is when you have a party in governance and in opposition to detroit both sides now i'm not saying that the protests are genuine the protests are absolutely genuine an organic but the fact is that the united states is trying to put its own opposition figures into
position to see cleaves the wise men in egypt which are unelected individuals billionaires people who were it part of the status for part of the regime in fact who did nothing for mubarak who is in power. the president of the arab lawyers association and britain said the protests across the region were ignited by a hatred of too much western involvement in domestic policies certainly the unifying factor that is that all of them have had enough of an awful dictatorship the governments that have all been so subservient to the west that this goes against the will of the people in that region generally speaking the interest of the national interest of the west is contradictory to the national interest of that region that up countries have a problem with israel they have a problem with the americans they have a problem with capitalism and this is going to this is a unifying factor. now although the u.s.
is showing its support for the revolts one middle east expert believes the wave of demonstrations could come back to haunt america once so we definitely do have the peoples of different countries on burien of the round definitely of the rack of libya of yemen of egypt seated who really want to have change now the other aspect that i think that we have to be very careful about is that this will be and i think it is probably being either micromanaged and control even and probably is going to be used to favor the interests of certain global power structures float out the united states would like to see regime change in iran but at the same time they would like to see no regime change in bahrain and in egypt they probably knew that regime change was on the way because of the age of hosni mubarak and well iraq is another problem altogether so i think that we have a generalized situation which the united states is for the state department finding very difficult to control further weaken leaks revelations are casting
a shadow on the image of unity that nato is struggling hard to project instead of being an alliance of equals it turns out to be increasingly controlled by the u.s. with washington dictating both that stance and agenda and that's artie's got that he has above all reports it even goes as far as america snooping on its own nato allies. cat among the pigeons whistle blower strikes again this time at the very heart of nato according to documents published by two european newspapers a u.s. mole was planted right in the office of the alliance's secretary-general several of the cables revealed by wiki leaks indicate america is trying to control nato from within reporting confidential information back to washington this point of view is supported by some of the documents allegedly sent by u.s. diplomat jeff rafter. when under spog rasmussen was looking for closer ties with the collective security treaty organization made up of former soviet states the us
was quick to veto the idea after a private dialogue with the u.s. representative to nato rasmussen took all mention of the two organizations growing closer out of his address to the alliance in two thousand and nine but why would the us try to pressure its allies. as one of nato is key players the u.s. tries to prevent the alliance from growing too close to the russia in the former soviet bloc because the region is of strategic interest to america they of course would prefer to build exclusive bilateral relationships strong ties between two military organizations such as nato and the c.s.t. it is not in u.s. interests. this is an odds with the image of the alliance tries to project a strong union where every opinion matters night zero is a group dominated by the united states of america that in fact it's not an alliance of tool in the sense of being sovereign states. it's
a bogus alliance people in the street understand that washington is calling the shots so. left right left right and we march so this is this is what is happening and in reality that is what people know da. humans published so far haven't exactly uncovered anything groundbreaking but if every member in nato is supposedly equal it has raised questions over whether the u.s. really trusts the alliance at all. r.t. . here with our team and plenty more ahead this hour including a look into three years of kossovo self declared independence from serbia but it's still not the breakaway region any closer to recognition by the majority of the year when a member states instead it's brought call supposed leaders closer to prosecution. cross the threat of a bashing in belo groups as president lukashenko once again the strong winds the
country's opposition we ask what his latest message signals about the country's future. are the e.u. was launching an aid mission to help it lee deal with a wave of immigrants from north africa more than five thousand arrived there from tunisia alone during the past week and officials agree the situation is out of control when it comes as europe's multiculturalism debate intensifies the leaders of major nations lining up to admit it's not working but even so one outspoken critic from austria has gone off trial for speaking out against religious groups or does it got that he had reports. of just a night is that enough for a european citizen peacefully debating islam with a muslim is nothing unusual in a multicultural country like the instrument but it's a topic not always discussed in such gentle fashion but i do not to burn the koran about your read. my studying what islam is. learning how to.
know your name is elizabeth subject to child has been on trial in a vienna court on charges of making what is described as a hate speech against islam a left wing all strand magazine recorded and published a speech at one of his seminars lending who are in court i have nothing against people who want to practice their faith. but i would like them to do this in the privacy of their own homes your ideas she says are nothing new and when europe's political elites express them they are not. prosecuted for the same view multiculturalism has failed this is nothing new and my group and i have been saying this for years now all of a sudden. and others come out of hiding and agree with us i don't know why but elizabeth wolfe opponents say she crossed the line here a speech is outraged not only the muslim community but also made. it's not
a matter of free speech that i can spread hatred about large groups of society now we have to respect individuals in our society and we have to ask them to integrate and we have to help them to integrate yet european leaders such as german chancellor angela merkel french president nicolas sarkozy and british prime minister david cameron say mostly culturalism in europe isn't working there are huge muslim communities but frequently such as in all strata they leave in their own areas a physical sign of non integration there is this should sit in vienna is known as the little people here speak their native language they prepare their national dishes and wear the clothes which they are used to and this is exactly what elizabeth subaverage wall found here a fellow like sounds taking a stance against self segregation at top which was once taboo is now at the top of
the european political agenda with multiculturalism now open to multi criticism from some of the continent's most influential political leaders we've yet to see how their views might fully influence debate on the ground and the future shape of europe exiting the arch over our team from vienna. danish writer and columnist nick says it's the politicians a lot of action that's led to europe's immigration crisis. it's the fault of the government's not facing the facts standing up to reality standing up to the social phenomena popping up throughout europe in sweden and denmark as well you can you can't blame a whole. group of people for not doing this or that but you can you can blame the politicians for not dealing with the problems not not turning them into. can be criticized and and be paid out there too much multiculturalist.
being represented in the public sphere and now we've gone even further to practice legislation against hate speech against the defamation and limiting the free speech and in the soul which is european we have to start opening up to criticism and start forming a new policy the united states as a country all but founded by immigrants but its cultural mix and diversity are often no match when it comes to trying to very racial hatred well it or today we report on how white supremacy still on deep within society and hear some of what to expect. are. going.
well or rally. where you know. them. but very little damming the way. they are the key to our problem are already. called civil has marked three years since it unilaterally declared independence from serbia well most un member states including russia don't recognize it as a separate nation although its sovereignty is backed by the u.s. and several dozen other countries the anniversary was marred by a recent council of europe report alleging that costs of osa leaders including the current prime minister were involved in crimes during the war of one thousand nine hundred ninety nine they include executions abductions and organ trafficking claims which serbia wants the u.n. security council to investigate marco gases from the british serbian alliance for
peace says the u.s. and the e.u. did not look into it earlier because their roles in what happened could have emerged. the key thing is we go back to those eleven years to when so it was being bombed when people were being butchered on bridges in schools and hospitals and rowing stations where people were being killed in the name of supposedly good albanian leadership that needed protecting with its population those crimes that were committed a great service at that time was so huge that to admit that in fact the reality was that the albanians the u.s. was sponsoring at the time were indeed. women and slavers and villains in a variety of different kinds would be to delegitimize one's own propaganda operations so they couldn't go back from their original claims without admitting that they'd be lying all along particularly nine hundred ninety nine and that would have meant those who bombed serbia were culpable in criminal terms for that bombing
i should answer before an international court so of course it would be very difficult for them to say actually yes we are indeed wrong we were wrong we supported the wrong side and. that was the one step too far for them because he was to be nobody charged with the task of actually investigating technologies findings so it will require a brave brave the security council and the commission security council one that wants the truth to actually appear and i have my doubts whether that will appear out of the security council the president of delarue says threatening the opposition with being quote bashed in the head unless it stops destabilizing the country alexander lukashenko is warning comes just days after the first person involved in last year's mass protest in mix was sentenced to four years in jail for thousands of opposition activists took to the capital streets as polls close in the country's presidential election in december over six hundred protesters were arrested and more than twenty face trial including several presidential candidates
for more analysis of what's going on in belarus we can now talk to the key and off editor in chief of russia in global affairs magazine that is certain account of we're hearing mr ricocheting calls threats coming as unrest is sweeping through the middle east now how relevant is the timing is the russian president in secure freight at the same could happen in his country. yes and no of course no one out of the return rules across the world can league nor what is going on in the middle east at the same time i don't think that missile question is really afraid to. spillover effect to belarus actually what he said yesterday he did many times before so since he came to power in ninety four he used to blame west for everything sometimes he is to blame russia now it's quite interesting that he blames both sides but this is his style ok well he says that the current
opposition in belarus is weak even calling them impotent or how would you assess the state have a look at rivals. so fortunately it's true because position below us is not not not serious enough to. really challenge his rule and actually the election results which of course was falsified by you in the in case a fair and free election i'm afraid of the question of who would win not as much but he he would do it at the same time it's quite strange that he blames the position for being so much important but. why in this case a side show huge repression so it seems that the question because steele is quite nervous about any kind of. allowed activities in belarus so it's an evil and so opposition as we look i think is normal ok well
given what's happening there the e.u. has recently responded with sanctions to. post-election crackdown on the opposition but this was the same tactic used in two thousand and six so are sanctions proving to be a blunt tool in trying to get change. exactly sanctions after two thousand and six actually i remember saying much earlier in the ninety's when the question has not a huge standoff with western countries so destructive doesn't work and some people in the inside the european union used to refer to their. politics which doesn't produce desired results at the same time europeans are offended by look at shan could because he they expected people in europe of eastern europe expected. to have a deal with him but it didn't warrant saw. sanctions or rather symbolic
so there are noise konami. pressure on the question yet unlike united states by the way we should be imposed just economic sanctions the european union preferred to be just political ok you are saying that the sanctions don't work and you're also saying the opposition is weakened bellary so what chance do we see of democracy ever winning in that country. in the short term perspective i don't see a big chance for that because position is weak and of course the position is heavily heavily damaged by a recent wave of repressions at the same time i don't believe that in the middle of europe. heart. of the retire in the rule can last for for a long time saw in a couple of years time. situation availability will change thank you very much for your. editor in chief of russia in global affairs magazine thank you. now
a unique admission replicating a return trip to mars reached an important milestone this week friday marked the middle of the eighteen month long virtual journey when two crew members carried out a second walk on a martian surface. all the three rushes to hear a p.s. at a chinese volunteer or taking part of mars five hundred simulated landing on the red planet last week they've already spent eight months in a set of windowless tombs and their only outside contact are delayed conversations with mission control and e-mails to their families all scientists are studying the psychological effects of a long deep space voyage the third virtual walk should happen on tuesday and that it's a nine month journey home with a shell from the european space agency explains what they hope to learn. we have to assume. this is. from russia. from china
doing their second walk and you see a simulated martian surface which is no more than forty square meters and what we see of the two when the space suits which are produced close to what we would expect for real martian martian mission. were doing is collecting soil samples and preparing them to bring this. is made if the cord which of course would not be there will be on the real mars and the core supplies to the to us to know its. electricity and also with air and of course in the real martian mission that all would be in the big pick the nodes carry on there. they are doing very well so. everybody was really surprised that everything is going to go everything one of the reasons for that it's. really very interesting go. simulating the
first wark on the mars and what we can see you know is that the two are going to take a break in this special chairs because each of the space you would see is a board thirty five kilogram. also if you would expect a real mission on earth. could expect to return the fifteen minutes to those who would have to take a small break at the major points here is that they're really over everybody of them is really focused on their toes and that's the main reason why this is so real and so close to reality. over across that story online at r.t. dot com but there's always plenty of news blogs and analysis for you and let's take you through some of what's there right now found in the seatbelts russia is developing an atomic power train which could take passengers further and faster than ever before also. harry potter cast a spell over millions of fast but it's this craven israel that's drawing the crowds
find out why teenagers are flocking to this harry potter's resting place in israel . the u.s. defense budget is going under the knife as the country seeks to slash the national debt from a staggering fourteen trillion dollars the proposed budget is almost forty billion dollars less than last time well even though it's still a balance to almost half of all global military spending defense analyst laura kong he told us that america's approach to spending on its off forces can't last forever . the defense budget is it's actually higher now than it was at the peak level of spending during the cold war we're spending more on defense than they are spending during the war in vietnam as well and defense spending in the country is actually
doubled since two thousand and one so really i think we need to do a better job of matching our resources and our priorities i think since two thousand and one in this country we've sort of gotten into the mindset of buy everything do everything in a sense we've decided that if we can spend enough money we can sort of in a way address every threat that's out there we can buy perfect security and that's just not realistic actually secretary gates was testify in front of the house armed services committee and he was asked about this very idea you know how much money do we really need to spend for all these security needs and he said listen you know there's no money money that you can spend that can actually take our risk down to zero and that's just it's an illusory concept so we need to do a better job as i said of matching our resources and our priorities and at this moment time with the difficult economic situation in the u.s. we really just can't afford to increase the pentagon budget year after year as we
have been doing over the last decade. and terrorist operation has been introduced in parts of russia's southern republic of. it follows a series of incidents this weekend police defuse a car bomb containing the equivalent of seventy kilos of t.n.t. at a hotel in the ski resort of their school a few hours earlier a cable tower at a nearby ski lift was blown up although luckily no one was hurt but before that two masked men opened fire on a tourist minibus further north killing three. areas in the volatile border and police are looking for a connection with islamist terrorists operating in the region. and now an update on some of today's world headlines two german journalists have been released by you brought after more than four months in custody they're now safely back in berlin iran accused of acted against national security and legally entering the country it's sentence them to twenty months in prison but then reduce that defines the
germans were arrested after interviewing the son of a woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. thousands have rallied in thailand's capital to remember those who died in violent anti-government protests there last spring the red shirt demonstrators are also demanding the release of their leaders who have been imprisoned since last may well up to thirty thousand people took part in the rally which is the fourth this year the protesters insist thailand's current government is non-democratic saying it won the last election only with army backing. well i'll be back with the headlight shortly do stay with us for that.
much stronger or a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines kaiser reports. a quick recap of the week's top stories on our team in the middle east says a violent protest spurred by an oppressed in egypt tunisia but experts warn it's too early to talk of regime change militaries remain in charge. deals a blow to nato as new cables reveal washington spies on its own allies to influence the walks policies. also the u.s. looks to slash its defense budget but with post cut military spending still equaling almost half the global total see it as just a drop in the ocean. at its touchdown during the longest ever space simulation
experiment the mock mission to mars has now reached halfway. or russia and the european union have joined forces to fight the massive flow of drugs from afghanistan as a top e.u. official visited moscow on monday for talks well next we hear how the international effort is going so far with the u.n. bat whose job it is to tackle the problem stay with us. i'm here talking to mr u.t. federal to he's the head of the u.n. office for drugs and crime russia has long been trying to get drug production included on the list of international security threats ms tippett also thank you very much for talking to us now the u.s. seems to have been hampering those efforts to get struck production on to this list of international threats why do you think that is think as a matter of fact refuse included everybody considers.
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