tv [untitled] February 23, 2011 10:00pm-10:30pm EST
italy fears of a tidal wave of immigrants fleeing the turmoil in north africa could inundate the country as the rest of europe gets ready to foot the refugee bill. as greeks fight back against all stirred sea measures it comes on fears that billions of dollars in aid is going to the middle east at the expense of europeans the details of me coming up. and hiv patients in ukraine blame corruption and mismanagement for delays in getting lifesaving drugs. six am in moscow good to have you with us here on r t we start tonight in italy
where rome has been raising the alarm about the potential influx of up to three hundred. thousand libyans with the country in the throes of a possible civil war italy has demanded the e.u. share the burden of the so-called exodus stemming from the an arrest in north africa thousands of tunisians have already fled italy's southernmost point lampedusa close european shore to the troubled region that's where r t z or piskun of joins us with more. we don't call them to do so they get into europe for nothing you see a tiny italian island in the mediterranean is located just around eighty 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 ruled populated mostly by fishermen and holiday makers who just recently the peace was disturbed after the recent revolution in tunisia in just two weeks the island became flooded with refugees many spend their entire days do some
wandering around town there have already been reports of thirst and vandalism and several have been arrested we've been talking to the locals and some of them are even afraid to come out on the streets when it's dark it takes around three days to seel 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 town 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
initially designed to house just around eight hundred fifty people while. 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 you've got to skim off r t one italy. libyan leader colonel moammar 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 nine days a revolt the demonstrators have taken over the eastern part of the country thousands of foreigners are rushing to leave with chaos reported at the main airport and un security council's demanded an end to the violence while the arab league has suspended libya the us and e.u.
are considering sanctions against the country for gadhafi as bloody crackdown on protesters three hundred people reported killed but the italian foreign minister says the real death toll could stand at more than a thousand. madi darrius. research associate from the center of research on globalization this has gadhafi is claiming to power in trying to rally support across his country. it's true to say from what i've heard from libya from my sources there. death he had a meeting with three of the major tribes in the south he's made them promises i'm sure. promises and he's also promised democracy much like. he's promised democratic reform and these tribes seem to be siding with him right now those are three out of five tribes that are known right now to be colonel gadhafi sides. in regards to his time being up well matthew
the deputy chief of staff india. armed forces in libya had. he made statements that sounded like he defected earlier but he's also said that 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 that his time is up 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 so it is showing support for them and at the same time we see military support for the in the form of hardware. it's come to light the u.k. has been selling military equipment to libya but since the arrest london's been calling for democracy condemning qaddafi's actions professor of middle east policy
studies dr rosemary hollis tells us britain's been exploiting its lucrative relationship with libya and is now glad to see gadhafi regime under threat. i think the british went a little too far in getting cozy with gadhafi and they discovered too that cost that he drives a very hard bargain and he's not incapable of punishing those who don't do what he wants he's saying it about migration he said three days ago that he was going to withdraw all cooperation on migration across the mediterranean he said many things to the british clearly indicating that if the kind of cooperation that he wants from the british is not full of coming then there will be consequences for british contract so it's been a difficult relationship in some ways they may be glad to see the back of it. the first stage of the evacuation of russians from turbulent libya libya has successfully ended with over three hundred people brought safely to moscow all
describe the situation in the arab country as a nightmare they say that on their way to board the aircraft they had to fight through huge crowds of desperate libyans having to flee scores of russian workers who remain trapped at a railway construction site on the libyan coast they're reportedly surrounded by an angry mob attempting to loot the building russia's emergencies ministry has set a ferry to pick up the workers. and interview with r.t. edward luttwak a writer and u.s. military strategist says the people of north africa may want democracy but he believes the foundations for it are far from said. democracy is not some day you come by in a show it takes centuries of development to go to democracy for example the united states went into iraq remove saddam hussein. and what happened is not that the iraqis became the regions will. sweet they remain do they are believed to be called visions. democracy in.
that interview coming your way in about ten minutes here on r t so stick with us afterwards greece is battling a fresh wave of protests against austerity measures that will see cuts in spending and taxes and hikes in taxes this comes as the e.u. and us are seeking ways to help conflicts stricken north africa and the middle east many europeans say western governments should be helping their own citizens first we have more on this from artie's daniel bushell in brussels. well the nationwide strike has basically brought greece to its knees hundreds of thousands downed tools across the country in the first major labor protests there of twenty eleven mostly use in fact through bombs and drawbacks at riot police who responded with tear gas
and it was the tear gas actually covered the city center which. which forced many peaceful demonstrators to actually use side streets and avoid the avoid the city center peaceful demonstrators were forced out of the city center by police. chanting don't to be the rich fight back are rising use paving stones in front of the central bank another group of use went on to the parliament and said they wouldn't leave until the socialist government in greece changed its austerity measures which had been forced upon it by the european union but in fact is proven false popular with the greek population one officer was attacked his uniform caught fire and there were casualties on both sides there are also casualties among the demonstrators and it leaves you e.u. citizens saying that they don't want billions to be sent to uncertain regimes new regimes in the middle east north africa while back home they're not being provided
with the services the benefits that are being caught on the streets behind me today arab immigrants are calling for the states to do much much more if i use force to force out dictators like gaddafi but if you talk to the pass' by watching the demonstrations they were saying that they need help themselves the number of unemployed is rising and they pointed for example to a number of beggars young able bodied people on the on the streets you can find the most main streets of brussels here. basically with culture pop pleading for money something that you wouldn't expect to see in western europe and. of how bad the situation is and these e.u. leaders are saying that they support these new democratic regimes but today the interior ministers of the southern states which are just across the mediterranean from north africa where a lot of the violence is happening they met countries like italy spain cyprus from
all to. find ways to stem the flow of of these desperate migrants who are trying to get across the water to or to safety from the violence in north africa so on the one hand the e.u. leaders are talking about supporting these new regimes but they're not really ready to deal with the consequences more on this for our correspondent laura meant in the battle for hearts and minds in the middle east a new front has opened up influential voices from the heart of europe to washington are urging western politicians to take advantage of our rest by pumping involves sums of money in eight 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 i don't with i'll give it a brother many of those that i think we should be close to on that level i mean obviously they did serve some money for helping to democracy but we need to be the
captain or force frizzy should probably try to look at what's going on home first before you try and have that they can try and sort themselves out reading at this moment in our country's going through these big cuts and that money i think could be used for our own ben it's the aid package being proposed by e.u. and us leaders is potentially debate 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 aid. 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 would stop hurting developing nations and that that would
be the better way of securing a long term perspective parity for countries that are these emerging democracies instead europe in the us 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 throughout the world i think the middle east needs our help 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 world this place we live in but it may not be as simple as that unlike europe after the second world war egypt and tunisia our own rule toward their developing economies going through revolution and it's very unclear at this point who is going to end up in charge and who would
take receipt of any aid package that the government's made extensive attempts to build relations build up regimes which are now being destroyed by religions whether we're looking at it over the years to egypt so what we're looking out it's a big deal tony blair was shaking hands on just a few years ago in libya with gadhafi so we need to be really careful particularly when we don't know what the full route for the final government in these areas will be that we don't wind up with resources when in rome 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 type spasmodically west. it's just 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 access to help build democracy others say it's the wrong help potentially going to the wrong people at the wrong title for
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ukrainians are resorting to risky medication changes just to stay alive. ever since you and i learned she was h i v positive her life has been and nightmare and the last few months have made matters even worse a local aid 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 dre also infected with a deadly virus. they told me that i have to give my pills adult ones to andre 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 late last years several ukrainian regents reported a shortage of immune strengthening drugs used by hiv positive patients experts point the finger at the country's health ministry all of them that have 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 wait this whole system of buying drugs by tender is corrupt through and through. following this delay in 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 i knew that when i bought it has got used to one drug we replace it with another it took wires and other 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 of virus else to 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. officials say for the present the supply crisis has been dealt with. for now all regions have received the required medication the only drugs which are still on their way to children's pills 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 halting supplies and roundabout that sign they are expecting another shortage of anti-viral medicine you know hopes she and her son will be able to make it through all of this once more. see reporting from key if and should costs ukraine. out of suspected militants has been destroyed in russia's north caucasus republic of covering the no ball carrier it's part of a major anti terror effort in the region special forces are still searching for
suspected militants who opened fire on law enforcement overnight the same group is suspected of attacking tourists last weekend when two masked gunmen stopped a minibus headed for a ski resort on mount elbrus three tourists were killed two others injured. turn some other stories making headlines across the globe rescuers in new zealand's price church are continuing to try pulling survivors from the rubble following tuesday's devastating earthquake seventy five people so far confirmed dead but nearly three hundred remain missing the national state of emergency has been declared as hundreds of rescue workers including foreign teams have rushed to the city the tremor was the country's deadliest natural disaster in nearly a century. at least ten soldiers have been killed in fighting between the forces of two political rivals in ivory coast some reports suggest the real figure could be as high as forty by a lens with some of the heaviest seen since the country's disputed presidential election nearly three months ago it was concentrated in the stronghold of all
assane a lot internationally recognized as the winner of last year's poll incumbent president laurent gbagbo who has ruled the country since two thousand and two were uses to step down alleging voter fraud. and u.s. military says fifteen somali pirates detained after killing four americans could face trial in the u.s. the victims a married couple and their two friends had been hijacked on their yacht off the coast of oman while attempting to sail around the world u.s. military said it had been trailing the vessel and trying to negotiate with the pirates but on tuesday they stormed the boat after hearing gunfire three of the hostages were found dead the fourth later died from her wounds. for more on the continuing on a rustic. the arab world in a recent article published in the wall street journal edward luttwak a writer and u.s. military strategist said the removal of egypt's leader hosni mubarak but either lead to anarchy or islamics coming to power spoke with him to get more insight the interview coming up next.
right now well. nobody's pulling in the strange because this is a crowd action. the popular action it's not the revolution it's not the coup it's not some clever colonel who takes three. partners this is a real popular insurrection which is people are living under a government for one. and twenty. years and one day. because of something happening in this case of you know it didn't happen in egypt it happened to me one person was pushed around. there was a crowd and they overthrew the media so this is the true popular uprising quite a special event but also very interesting to observe how the united states turned their back on mubarak quite sure why quickly because they were allied for thirty
years but the american government is always in a state of embarrassment when its friends are not democratic so the united states. has always to manage a contradiction on the one hand we are normal american people we like friends and we don't like any on the other we also want democracy we talk to say so well you become a friend states you are not your difficult question because the americans always talk about the markets so it's always been about the americans of course on the one hand mubarak is a friend on the other he's a dick and so once the people go around the rule is this if you open fire you lose their words so long as you don't shoot the americans can be heard from once you tell the police to shoot that's it be rainy and shoot the crowd the syrians can
shoot the crowd but if america is your patron you can watch also if you look at what's going on right now starting from tunis it's a chain reaction of social like you said popular popular uprising and they do not dictate or ship they do not want to know what they want to moccasin yet they do not have a leader who to follow no you don't need the leader to have a democracy but you do need to have respect for political rights could there be islamization instead of democratization is quite possible islamization i mean if i look at these levees is retreating in iraq because they have islamic government if you go to the. i have two people entering and drinking whiskey not because they like the story just to give it to the gov so islam is ation is increasing in egypt when this preacher this fanatic guy
went to cairo one million people can do this because at this stage of the. religion is much more meaningful democracy and to have democracy have to have real respect for human rights and personal individual rights but let me tell you the middle east lost its importance already with the cold war and it's even less important 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 nothing there's nothing going on. this is you're talking about countries that don't really produce anything they don't invent anything they don't develop. they're not you know some of them have or that's. the center of world politics is
completely different to that do i understand correctly that you believe here are most likely to suffer the most out of this wave of. europe is yet like of course i already know already started last week my prediction in the wall street journal is they paid the price if you read the article first boats arriving from tunisia people just want to enter italy they the boats arrive in these islands they have like lampedusa. the. first in the article the be refugees because you have desired the upheaval tourism industry that so right away. people have no money so they need to immigrate here and this is a big problem for europe illegal immigration coming in and of course from a business point of view egypt did much more business with europe the united states united states was providing strategic support money weapons to egypt but the
business is the fuel europeans go on holiday to show other say you know if there is a government in egypt you can forget about going to the beach and some say all right thank you very much for the thank you. press. and this is printed on the price of healthy eating. meat to test these types of allergenicity immune response lower nutrition for environmental contamination don't you feel like. some consider the experiment in human treatment . significant differences between the g.m. g.m. .