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fears of violence and overcrowding run wild in italy as the government braces itself for an influx of immigrants from arab countries in turmoil. renewed clashes rock fans as greeks protest against all stirred see measures becomes as billions of dollars of aid go to the middle east at the expense of europeans show me the new bushel for all the details. plus ukraine is hit with accusations of corruption and mismanagement has h i v positive patients the health ministry for delays in the supply of lifesaving drugs. this is o.t. with you twenty four hours
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a day midnight in moscow and ten pm in italy where rome has been raising the alarm about the potential influx of up to three hundred thousand libyans with a country in the throes of a possible civil war it's only has demanded the e.u. share the burden of the so-called exodus stemming from the unrest in north africa thousands of tunisians of already flooded easily southernmost point of lampedusa the closest european shore to the troubled region even to skin all of is there with more. they don't call them to do so they get into europe for nothing you see this tiny italian island in the mediterranean is located just around eighteen miles off the coast of north africa and over the past decade many refugees came here looking for a better life and world leaders sent to other european countries nevertheless this place still managed to remain a peaceful isolated world populated mostly by fishermen and holiday makers but just recently the peace was disturbed after the recent revolution in tunisia in just two
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weeks the island became flooded with refugees many spend their entire days this wandering around town there have already been reports of an vandalism and several have been arrested we've been talking to the locals and some of them or you know afraid to come out on the streets when it's dark it takes around three days to seal from tunisia to lampedusa and these are some of the actual boats used by the refugees to get here and you can see they're not really that big so it's really hard to believe that sometimes up to three hundred people can cram on each one and actually not all of them even make it to the island some get lost out there in the open sea and some sink dozens of refugees have already died this is the center where many of the refugees are being house you can see it's like a separate itself they're being given out food and water and clothes and the necessary medical assistance as well all on the state money the problem is it was
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initially designed to house just around eight hundred fifty people while it had to receive in reality much more than that and another problem is it's really hard to identify all these people and official say that some of them could be criminals or even terrorists with violent protests continuing both in northern africa and in the middle east italy has already warned a new bigger wave of refugees. can flood not only this tiny island but the entire continent is going off. italy. well libyan leader colonel gadhafi is fighting to retain control of the capital as he's faced with more defections from his own regime much of tripoli is currently deserted with reports of uprisings in nearby towns in the nine days of revolt demonstrations have taken over the eastern part of the country thousands of foreigners are rushing to leave with chaos reported at the main airport the u.n. security council has demanded an end to the violence while the arab league has
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suspended libya the u.s. and e.u. considering sanctions against the country for colonel gadhafi bloody crackdown on protesters three hundred people have been reported killed but the tone in foreign minister says that the real death toll could stand more than a thousand when i'm not joined by nothing wrong he's a research associate from the center of research on globalization to discuss this further thanks so much once again for joining us here on our team now there have been several top level defections in libya and the army in bengazi say they are now with the protesters so is get back these time up do you think. from what i've heard from libya from my sources there. he had a meeting with the major tribes in the south and they she's made them promise i'm sure. promises and he's also promised don't walk kristie much like mobarak.
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he's promised democratic reform tribes seem to be siding with and right now three out of five tribes that are known right now to be colonel gadhafi site. in regards to his time being out well. deputy chief of staff. he made statements that sounded like he defected earlier but he's also. he's against a civil war and possible international intervention and american influence in his country he's actually stopped the people in his city from going to tripoli and that his city is forty kilometers from the libyan capital and he stopped them so it's too soon to say whether gadhafi will leave immediately but i think in the long term it is time you mentioned the u.s. influence that which was referred to you and i spoke during the the crisis when it
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really came to a head in egypt and you were talking about the u.s. influence and bad in egypt i always say seeing something similar from the u.s. there in libya do you think. we are there is definitely u.s. influence in libya right now it's not the same as egypt but there is u.s. influence i've been i've been informed that american military hardware has appeared overnight in libya this includes f. sixteen fighters and those of you who know about the libyan military might know there have been transactions between the u.s. and libya for military hardware but nothing like f. sixteen s the libyan military is made out of mirages and makes the air force that is still there and there's also american armored vehicles on the ground trucks from what i've heard as well as apache helicopters so yes the united states is very much involved and like the case of egypt is politically hedging its bets as well it is supporting. opposition officials i won't say the opposition because the opposition
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and people in an opposition movement are two different things you can have opposition to a dictator but that doesn't mean that you're not this issue. is showing support for them and at the same time we see military support for the in the form of hardware. i'd like to also add that italian pilot i've been told that italian pilots are also manning a libyan fighter aircraft. let's look at the wider picture many say that there is a domino effect occurring across the middle east and indeed north africa do you think the rest will go even beyond north africa and the middle east to other countries well it seems that there are certain parties and people like that. almost daily basis and they're talking about all this occur in china russia dress rehearsal we see the united states is very eager for this to occur. in persian the
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official language if you are at it without revolt you don't hear anything about countries like bahrain so yes i would say that there is. there is the possibility that this escalating go beyond the term we can use for this is called. destruction manufactured destruction you want to use this. well very interesting to hear what you have to say. a research associate from the center research on globalization joining us there in ottawa up thanks very much indeed for your analysis and your time thank you. well the first stage of the evacuation of russians from turbulent libya successfully ended with over three hundred people brought safely to moscow will describe the situation in the country as a nightmare they say that on their way to board aircraft they had to fly through huge crowds of desperate libyans attempting to flee schools a russian workers remain trapped at a railway construction site on the libyan coast and they're reportedly surrounded
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by an angry mob that's attempting to loot the building russia's emergencies ministry has sent a ferry to pick up the workers. greece is battling a fresh wave of protests against austerity measures that will see cuts in spending and a hike in taxes it comes as the e.u. and the u.s. are seeking ways to help conflicts stricken with africa and the middle east but many europeans say western governments should be helping out their own citizens first correspondent daniel bush. brings us the latest on greece and the state of europe's economy. all the elements of a perfect storm for many citizens here in the u.s. the worst possible time to be pumping cash into uncertain regimes what with the economic tensions and the economic problems here in the e.u. at the moment not only in the soft underbelly of europe as we've been seeing in reports this hour but it's richest states as well greece is paralyzed at the moment with a nationwide strike hundreds of thousands of workers have left the job to protest
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as the recession there goes from bad to worse and more than one in three young people there are a unemployed at the moment interior ministers of southern e.u. states like italy and spain are meeting to find a way to stop the desperate migrants from north africa the middle east who are trying to come to the sure trying to battle and floor find a way of managing is something. called the chancellor of germany is giving a speech today to say that the financial problems of many of those southern e.u. states will not spread to germany on the one hundred shoring but on the island of concern the very fact that she has to be saying this speech in the strongest economy around fifty meters as i was coming to the office today there is a protest from our arab immigrants calling on the e.u. used to do much much more to help the new democratic regimes in the new democratic
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supporters in the middle east and north africa will speak to the residents and citizens of the world and they will tell you now is not the time as the country battles and the e.u. as a whole battle's one of the worst economic crises ever seen now is not the time to be pumping cash to uncertain regimes more now on this from along the correspondent nor am it in the battle for hearts and minds in the middle east a new front. opened up influential voices from the heart of europe to washington are urging western politicians to take advantage of our rest by pumping in fast sums of money in aid to show the newly liberated people of the region that democracy does carry rewards but it's cash that many europeans don't feel they have regular search over with i'll give it a broader one of those that i think we should be close to on the football i mean obviously they did so if someone needs our help to do what you say but we need to
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be the captain or arse frizzy should probably try to look after us but on a whole first before you strike the make intransigence also reading at this moment our country is going through these big cuts and that money i think could be used for. the aid package being proposed by e.u. and us leaders is potentially the biggest since the end of the second world war it's being dubbed the new marshall plan after the money that america gave to europe after the war to help rebuild a decimated economy and create jobs but robert oulds from the british group says we should be concentrating on trade not eight countries such as egypt and tunisia and other countries developing nations are hurts their agricultural policies are damaged as a result of the european union's policies we need to have trade policies which stop hurting the third world which stop hurting developing nations and that that will be
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the better way of securing a long term parity for countries that are these emerging democracies instead of europe in the u.s. are talking about handing over billions of dollars to the middle eastern mediterranean to countries torn apart by revolution and unrest and despite the opposition in the u.k. there are also some who believe it's the duty of developed countries to help those in trouble. we're lucky to have a democracy. democracy. i think of it restates our hope it's going to. question transition that's the moment. to despise our problems are told we can't just close up we have to look at the words this place we live it but it may not be as simple as that unlike europe after the second world war egypt and tunisia our own tool toward developing economies going through revolution and
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it's very unclear at this point who is going to end up in charge and who would take receipt of any aid package the government's made extensive attempts to build relations build up regimes which now being destroyed by the revolutions whether we're looking at over the years to egypt or what we're looking at its big deal tony blair was shaking hands on just a few years ago in libya was gadhafi so we need to be really careful particularly when we don't know what the road for the final government things there is will be that we don't wind up with resources when we have the right one so if the muslim brotherhood takes over in egypt do we want them to be taking over with institutions which we've built up with western taxpayers money westminster has been the scene of ugly demonstrations against government proposals to cut funds to some of the u.k.'s most vital services while some undoubtedly believe it would be a sad day when western countries refused to help build democracy others say it's
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the wrong help potentially going to the wrong people at the wrong title for a cash strapped europe your average forty. suspected militants has been destroyed in russia's north caucasus republic of korea it's part of a major effort in the region special forces are still searching for suspected militants who opened fire on law enforcers overnight the same group is suspected of attacking tourists last weekend when two moscow men stopped a mini. bus heading for a ski resort on mt elbrus three tours were killed and two others injured. ukraine's health ministry is under fire for failing to provide hiv sufferers with vital life prolonging drugs supply cuts are being blamed on government corruption and the country's europe's worst aids epidemic and as artie's alexian a chef he reports many hiv positive ukrainians are resorting to risky medication changes just to keep themselves alive ever since you learned the learned she was a child positive her life has been a nightmare and the last few months have made matters even worse
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a local aids center which had been providing iliana with medication told her that they no longer had even a logical serum for her three year old son andree also infected with a deadly virus. they told me that i have to give my pills adult ones two hundred and that i have to split each peel into three how can i split it into exactly three parts and how do i know if his body will accept these people late last year several ukrainian regions reported a shortage of immune strengthening drugs used by hiv positive patients experts point the finger at the country's health ministry for the benefit of official say this happened because the bidding for the purchase of drugs happened too late not in the summer but in the winter they received funding to eat this whole system of buying drugs by tender is corrupt through and through. following this delay in
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supplies some hiv patients have had to alter their treatment and find alternative medication doctors say they have no choice but such changes can pose a grave danger. that when a boy has got used to one drug we replace it with another it acquires another adaptation period we never know whether a patient's body will accept a new drug if it doesn't then they can be different outcomes from a rapid growth all virus else too early and even imminent death. experts say ukraine which has one of the highest hiv spread rates in europe can hardly afford to take such risks to graze health ministry reports of at least one hundred thousand h.r.t. for the people in the country however experts say this number is diminished and the real amount of the infected may go to three hundred and fifty thousand people. official say for the present the supply crisis has been dealt with. for now all
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regions have received their required medication the only drugs which are still on their way to children's bills between a stand there will be delivered within a few days but doctors say within six months the hiv positive may feel the damaging effects of the recent halt in supplies and ran the bug out sign they are expecting and now the shortage of anti-viral medicine you know hopes she and her son will be able to make it through all of this once more. r.t. reporting from kiev. ukraine. and some other international news in brief this hour in our world update and rescuers a new zealand's christ church are continuing to try to pull survivors from the rubble following choose those devastating earthquake seventy five people so far confirmed dead but nearly three hundred remain missing a national state of emergency has been declared as hundreds of rescue workers including foreign teams have rushed to the city the trauma was the country's deadliest natural disaster in nearly a century. at least ten soldiers have been killed in fighting between the forces of
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the two political rivals in ivory coast some reports of just the real figure could be as high as forty the violence for some of the heaviest since the country's disputed presidential election nearly three months ago the fighting was concentrated in the stronghold of daraa internationally recognized as the winner of last year's poll incumbent president laurent gbagbo who has ruled the country since two thousand and two continues to refuse to resign alleging voter fraud. well let's get more insight into the continuing unrest across the arab world and his recent article published in the wall street journal ed what a look back writer and u.s. military strategist said that the removal of egypt's hosni mubarak would lead to either anarchy all islamists coming to power spoke to him to get more insight and that's in our interview next stay with us.
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edward luttwak thank you very much for being with us today who do you think pulled the rug from under mubarak and pulling the strings right now well spoiling the strings nobody's pulling in the strings because this is a crowd action crowd this is the popular insurrection it's not the revolution it's
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not the coup it's not some clever colonel who takes three tanks and takes two powers this is a real popular insurrection which is people are living under a government for one and ten and twenty and thirty years and one day they all get out because of an incident something happened in this case of as you know it didn't happen in egypt it happened in tunisia one person was pushed around burnt themselves there was a crowd and they overthrew to me so this is the true popular uprising quite a special event there was some very interesting to observe how the united states turned their back on mubarak quite sure i quickly because they were allied for thirty years yes i know but the american government is always in a state of embarrassment when its friends are not democratic so the united
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states. has always to manage a contradiction on the one hand we are normal american people we'd like friends and we don't like any on the other we also want democracy we talk about corsi so when you become a friend states you're not you're in a difficult situation because the americans always told them you want. so it's always been about the americans of course on the one hand barack is a friend on the other is that they think so once the people go around the rule is this if you open fire. there is so long as you don't shoot the americans can be heard from once you tell the police to shoot the rainy and shoot the crowd the syrians shoot the crowd but if america is your patron you can watch well only this month in wall street journal if mubarak leaves now the result is likely to be in an
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article or islamist egypt or some of both until another dictatorship emerges is still second to that yes actually yes i do i do and the reason is that democracy is not something you come by in a show it takes centuries of development to go to democracy for example united states went into iraq remove saddam hussein. and what happened is not that the iraqis became so sweet they remain true they are so therefore it took a moment of difficulty to form a. religious but. a democracy. powerful working. you cannot create you cannot jump ahead i believe the. conditions don't allow democracy yet you. on the other hand the united states cannot be supplying weapons to. people you cannot
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do it politically is not possible but the. us president you cannot do congress with the money also if you look at what's going on right now starting from tunis it's a chain reaction of like you said a popular popular uprising and. do not dictate or shape the. not wanting. they want to. have a leader who to follow no you don't need a leader to have a democracy but you do need to have respect for political rights could there be islamization instead of democratization here is quite possible islamization i mean if i look at these numbers asian is retreating in iraq because they have islamic government if you go to today have to people in tehran and drinking whiskey not because they like the street just to give it to the god so islam is ation is increasing in egypt when this preacher this fanatic.
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went to cairo one million people came to this because at this stage of the. religion is much more meaningful democracy. to have democracy have to have real respect for human rights and personal individual but let me tell you the middle east lost its appeal already with. anything even less importantly it generates a lot of headlines but the real politics now is in the pacific and it is china and china that's where world politics is it's not the middle east is just pictures television pictures of people shouting what is this what's going on there there's nothing going on. this is you're talking about countries that don't we do produce and they don't invent anything they don't develop. they're not you know some of
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them have or that's. the center of world politics is completely different today do i understand correctly that you believe europe is most likely to suffer the most out of this wave of unrest. in europe is yet like of course i already know already started last week my prediction in the wall street. they paid the price if you read the article first boats are arriving from tunisia people just one. day the boats you know arrive in these islands they have like. the islands first. called to be refugees because you have disorder. tourism industry. so right away people have no money. immigrate here and this is a big problem for europe illegal immigration coming in and of course from a business point of view in egypt much more business with europe the united states
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and providing strategic support not only this trip but the business of the europeans go on holiday. and you know if there's an islamist government in egypt you can forget about going to the beach. thank you very much thank you. marc.


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