tv [untitled] January 7, 2013 10:00am-10:30am EST
before in the roots of syria's internal conflict. become part of the war on the government's attempts to solve the crisis rejected by the west. war of words over the falklands the rhetoric between argentina and. as david cameron says he is ready to fight for the islands could there be a repeat of the. freedom security ring hollow suicide epidemic sweeps through the u.s. military more troops and veterans are now taking their own lives.
well it's seven pm on monday here in moscow this is the life with me rover sushi it's a pleasure to have you with us today. but critical and detached from reality that's how a peace plan proposed by the syrian president was described in washington and in london and while syria's key opposition group which enjoys the overwhelming support of western states has a once again called for immediate regime change in a rare t.v. address to the nation president assad offered a political roadmap to ending almost two years of bloody civil conflict and the proposal includes dialogue a constitutional referendum and calls on outside powers to stop funding what he
described as terrorism in syria political analyst marcus papadopoulos believes there are elements within the syrian opposition that will continue fighting despite any concessions from the government it's very important to make this clear in particular to western audiences who are unfortunately not read the full picture when it comes to syria the u. sri syrian army is a leaf or cocktail or various groups including many islamist groups and many groups linked to al qaida and the free free syrian army is of course backed by certain countries in the west and certain countries in the region and the free syrian army has been responsible for sure heinous terrorist acts in the last couple of peace in syria but ultimately it's got to be america turkey saudi arabia qatar they've got to stop supporting the militants people who are ideologically speaking the same people who talked about the terrible attacks in new york washington london madrid
and bali. don't ask ourselves constantly insisted that what's taking place in syria is not a genuine revolution but a bunch of mercenaries fueling unrest. takes a closer look at how the standoff is attracting combatants from far beyond the country's borders. she keeps her son's room exactly the way he left it last spring his clothes and art supplies are the only reminders she has of twenty one year old son. sami told his mother he was going to a conference in libya he wouldn't stay more than one week to ten days he went in for the whole week that he stayed there he called home every day he called in the twenty second of march and said he's coming back to tunisia but never arrived at the beginning of april i got a skype call telling me my son was captured on the border as he was crossing from turkey to syria in a group of fighters. further proof came with the syrian t.v. report in which sami was featured among the captured rebel fighters he talked about
coming from tunisia to fight for the syrian people still explanation wasn't enough to ease the minds of his parents if anything it made matters worse these simply can't understand how intimidating man transformed into a jihadist noticing when they do have some coups. a year ago sami began praying and i was very happy because i'm a muslim and i thought it was a good thing. maybe after that he started going to a mosque and heard something that made me go off to syria official reports claim some four hundred out of the five thousand mosques in tunisia are controlled by radical islamists who call their followers to take part in jihad in foreign countries the exact number of tunisians fighting in syria or libya or rock is not known but the families and friends of those who went off to fight in a foreign land are saying that even one death is already one too many especially
for those who are fighting a foreign leader in a different country the government says that they're watching the situation closely but relatives of those who have died are not convinced they believe that the government's silence is as good as a green light for the impressionable youngsters. it's known that for the last ten years most terrorist groups have tunisians in their midst the officials know about these things but don't say anything these fighters went to libya then they went to syria by way of turkey we're talking about more than one hundred tunisians already killed in fighting in syria. this statement is supported by united nations human rights investigators this report published at the end of two thousand and twelve more of an increasing number of fighters pouring into syria investigator said people from at least twenty nine different countries are fighting alongside syrian rebels most of them are sunni's hailing from neighboring countries but some have
come to syria from this far away as america and europe they get called in for supposedly higher purpose but once they're on the ground the situation proves far more mundane. it's impossible for any arab combat some fighting in syria to get treated whoever gets injured dies i dare them to bring me a single arab who got injured and treated in the field hospital any we are being treated as cannon fodder we have the grease used to abrogate that using syrian blood for the messiah he got to see despite such warnings many young men in tunisia still choose to go abroad to battle infidels in the name of allah it only goes go r.t. in tunisia. and i mean while in egypt ruling in god's name reportedly doesn't come cheap the muslim brotherhood is accused of riding to power on washington's handouts and using the money to incite violence and protests just a bit later here on the program we hear from one of the lawyers that brought those charges to bear. plus the head of internet giant google is visiting north korea
we ask an expert with a pyongyang is ready to drop its social and economic file. when other argentina has told the british prime minister to rein in his colonial ambitions and concentrate on his country's internal problems the hardline response follows a warning from david cameron that the u.k. would fight to keep control of the falkland islands and the two nations fought a war of the territory back in one nine hundred eighty two. more. here with our says question in an interview whether britain would fight to keep the falkland islands and prime minister david cameron saying of course we would say he made his position there extremely clear if an attempt was made by argentina to retake the falkland islands that military treats would be the fly by birth and so absolutely very clear on that very strong rhetoric coming from the prime minister is that issuing this comes on the back of argentina as
a president remaking leaves accusations that the falkland islands was stolen from argentina by britain i think she called it a nineteenth century colonialism and i think some concern for people here today that you know this is something that's very much focused on in the course of the interview this was some of the strongest statements of course perhaps a discharging a little bit some of the other very important issues that are happening on a national level at the moment here in the country we've got the cuts to travel that they're coming in this week it's cheese day that i'll go to the house of commons as a very important issues here at home at the moment of course a lot of people say we're talking about fighting a war somewhere else when when actually was fighting our own battles through in the country on the remote screen nearly thirty years as we saw the end of the focus war it definitely has a very strong resonance with people here in britain that we seeing this this old me kick off again as i said if i have very strong comments from the president in argentina is also of course commenting much more recent argument again because it's
been discovered that there are large oil reserves of course i think that's really going to play a big part in seeing this contest over the islands to tween britain and argentina really heating up again it doesn't look like it's going away. he's a certified threat there and as david cameron loses popularity at home some analysts say there were new debate over the falkland islands could be used to just distract attention from issues the government is failing to address today to cameron it's a great issue that it's come up again because the economy here is in dire straits and austerity is really biting people are very unhappy with what he's doing and so i see david cameron is very much hoping. that we're so they'll bring back the memories of nine hundred eighty two and the people's attentions here from the very popular things that he's doing at home put this issue to come up now out is very timely because the government is well down in the opinion polls the government is
really unpopular i can't recall him becoming so on populous so quickly and so i think that he will want to keep this in the news headlines he's why he's reacting in such a sort of strong way. watching are to live from moscow in a flag dispute in northern ireland causes fresh loyalist violence coming up here on the program there are few quiet nights in belfast anymore as the city is plagued with rioting over a decision not to fly the union flag of a city hall. now to well known americans the former governor of new mexico bill richardson and google chief eric schmidt have both flown into north korea and the visit has drawn criticism from washington which is looking to penalize pyongyang over its recent rockets tests i mean while a german newspaper claims north korea's been inviting german economists the to the secretive country to pave the way for foreign investment over the west zone
sanctions on pyongyang are the main stumbling block in front of economic development that's according to dr ruediger frank from the university of vienna. the big problem is actually. the receiver busters it is the reluctance of western investors that actually goes with your career. investment environment is not the cure although the state has been trying a lot still be to have reports of investors who have difficulties with the red tape and also changing attitude of the government you know about investors especially chinese investors who have left the country and frustration the biggest problem i think for us the worst that's all over western sanctions this very easy actually it's almost impossible not to while it and essentially if north korea because almost anything is dual use the procedures will be checking whether you are not while lifting sanctions or very complicated very costly and there's also
a great deal of unknown to insecurity about what the actual rules are and my freshman is that this is keeping away best and. now escaping oppressive taxes austerity and finger wagging government movie stars you're not supposed to celebrates his new citizenship well others of his countrymen look at least as well more on that in just a few minutes or not say. a nation of three critique asian three. more charges free. range month free. free. to tide free. download free broadcast quality video for your media projects and free media don darty dot com.
well. science technology innovation all the latest developments from around russia we've done the future and covered. news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. operations are all. good if you could join us here on our to today on rory sushi in moscow already hard pressed fighting off a belligerent taliban and a resurgent al qaeda the u.s.
military is now facing a new battle that of a battle against suicides almost five hundred american troops and veterans killed themselves last year that's dwarfing the number that actually died in action is gone h. which account reports on this i thought about doing tonight. another feel good moral boosting speech on against the us president has the leverage many of those trying to convince the american people that the war was worth it when you're missing a birthday or you're missing a soccer game or or when you're missing an anniversary and those of us back home are able to enjoy it because you know when soldiers come back home they miss much selves once you go into combat you know once you once you spent a year and an environment you are not the same person team kenny came back severely
wounded from a tour in afghanistan two years ago having spent ten months in combat the vehicle on which he was a goner was blown up nine times when i got crushed by p.t.s.d. i mean. i was suicidal you know i mean but i'm married with four kids and i just couldn't find a way to kill myself and some kind of accident that my family wouldn't have to suffer he was able to step back from the brink but many of his fellow servicemen were not so fortunate. more american soldiers committed suicide last year than were killed in active service in afghanistan staggering statistics that's almost want to day when. i think. i can't anymore. but like i was going to. say don't remember back. to the. normal society. officials in washington seem to be trying to present afghanistan as
a success story while for those coming home it looks anything but that they do. they're gonna pay or credits or to speak they take really you're in. for the mainstream media in the u.s. with their everything military their questioning of the cause of the war usually comes down to this sort of makes you the most proud about what you've done here a mindset this testily perpetuated that the ends justify the means while those ends are often identified in abstract terms like freedom and security what have we done we've got quite a bit i mean honestly the afghan people even from when i was a ploy in iraq and all three during the invasion you could see the iraqi people and the afghan people starting to do stuff on their own having more freedoms and stuff like that stuff like that also includes almost twenty thousand afghan civilian deaths and drug production which has gone through the roof since coalition troops
have been in the country accounts like this never make it to mainstream airwaves everyone that we blame for nine eleven is dead or in jail. there is no justification for this war. there's no reason that our brothers and sisters should die in the sand there is no reason that their children should go to sleep every night terrified of the next drone strike or the next move kicking down their door neither do major u.s. news channels dwell on the subject of the afghans overwhelming desire to see american troops out of their country instead another success. story on t.v. if there was another war the war on terror continues because somewhere else would you start out with without a doubt yes these are painting spinal soldiers mother who was petrified her son would be deployed he never was and she counters here caught up with her and inspired. her reflections on those who have returned. physically or emotionally reflections that clash with the mindset that human suffering should be
the price you have to pay for calls in washington i'm going to check out and a lot of this hour here on. cross talk debating just how justify the criticism of america's foreign policy years and how the very policy shapes and molds our world. i don't think any nation has the right to force any system on another nation in america of course to me makes a practice of it institutionalize forcing its ways on other nations and international law is very clear on this just mindless cliches but i mean they're just silly aren't they i mean i want to conversation here because if if we're just going if we're going to speak in cliches we're not going to get anywhere first of all historically this is just in front of the founding fathers be very much in democracy no democracy involved of course but this idea that somehow america imposing its values across the world is the norm that's not true.
hard we're not for off from the world update here and now hundreds of protesters from belfast threw bricks and bottles at police and a fourth consecutive night of protests it was all over a decision to fly the british flag on city hall only on designate. and has been witnessing the loyalist violence for more than two months now i guess and walsh from the christian science monitor says there are deeper social reasons and the flag decision was merely a catalyst but most of us traditionally throughout its history been a predominantly protestant and unionist city and the latest census results show that's not really the case any longer it's not slightly republican nationalist a majority or we were fair and the decision itself to fly the flag only on
seventeen designated daisy or taken on december third. reflects this change and that seems to be what's troubling loyalists rather than the flag itself because in fact flying the flag on designated day simply brings it into line with other british government and civic buildings. ok. here in moscow christians have been celebrating christmas the world over you can catch a glimpse of all the color and sparklers millions gathered to celebrate or you can get a much closer look at the right there on our website r t v dot com. there's something a bit fishy about this auction lot in japan is the most expensive in the world sold for a record one point eight million dollars. thanks
for joining us here on our. from one scandal to another egypt's muslim brotherhood is now accused of taking more than a billion dollars from the u.s. to pursue its quest for power a paper trail of under the table transactions has led a group of gyptian lawyers to file charges against the government and. who lodged the complaint believes the alleged us payments were all about preserving interests . which part of this money been beneficial for both the american side for the muslim brotherhood while they in turn promised to secure american interests in egypt namely a u.s.
air force base in the province of. dealing with. thirties permissible for funding it before it had even come to power is not we also believe that the brotherhood runs tasked with provoking public unrest and violence and protests for my active member who quit the brotherhood of such groups who carried out operations for the muslim brotherhood benefit. right into the we go or some other headlines for you in brief this hour we'll start with bahrain where the highest appeals court has upheld long jail sentences for thirteen activists they were put behind bars for taking part in massive demonstrations in favor of greater rights for the ruling monarchy put down the protests with the help of troops from neighboring arab states more than sixty people killed and thousands jailed in the last two years of nationwide protests. and to iraq where protesters have been
wounded by security forces as they took part in a rally against the prime minister nouri al maliki troops fired into the air to disperse the crowd and several thousand people have demonstrated in a number of sunni strongholds in recent weeks threatening the fragile balance between religious groups in the country. five men accused of raping a young student who later died in hospital appeared in a new delhi court judge was forced to order for media al gore the courtroom after a shouting and angry scenes delayed the pretrial hearings for the rape sparked protests all across india. thousands of health workers in spain's capital madrid have come out to show their anger at cuts to the health care system they were rallying against regional plans to privatized several hospitals and nearly thirty health centers much of the country is reeling from budget cuts and unemployment rate of almost twenty five percent. now it's hard to depart and spent
his first day as a russian citizen touring his new homeland and flaunting his. freshly stand passport much to the french leaders are dubbed a traitor at home he's far from the only wealthy french person to flee the country over exorbitant new taxes and want to destinations they've been heading for is that of russia. let's look at the taxes and that's the question at hand right now if you look at russia at the current laws we have a flat tax rate here of thirteen percent in fact france and germany they both have complicated tax codes if you look at france forty one percent right now up to forty one percent in germany up to forty five percent as opposed to russia's thirteen percent but if this new law comes into effect in france that. mark for france goes up to seventy five percent of that when it comes to the global meltdown that we've been seeing for years particularly twenty twelve was not a good year for the eurozone if a much of the world indeed but somehow russia managed to avoid the global economic
crisis and that is certainly the case in fact it is one of the brics countries which means it is one of the emerging markets in the world but if you look at what's been happening around europe in fact in the past year we've been seeing austerity protests we've been seeing people come into the streets who are looking for jobs and in fact the unemployment rate's if you look at greece twenty six percent if you look at the e.u. in general the average there eleven percent you look at the unemployment rate in russia only six point four percent the united nations is actually taking a moment to appraise russia's immigration policies that what's what's that about well certainly if you look at the numbers the most recent numbers in fact show that russia is the second most desirable country for immigrants to come to only second to the united states in fact in fact it can be a little bit confusing because people look at the numbers about moscow being one of the most expensive cities for ex-pats to live with that's for ex-pats and it is true things here it is a big city it can be expensive but if you look at average cost of food it's cheaper
than the rest of europe much cheaper to live here for gas prices as well i think that the real reason people come here is that you get two christmases and you get two new years and you get lots of presents as well are likely to build audience here in half an hour's time for the meantime though after just a short break it's people who fell across took. you know how sometimes you see a story and it seems so for lengthly you think you understand it and then you
glimpse something else and you hear or see some other part of it and realized everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture. wealthy british scientists i'm told so that's what i'm trying to find. markets why not scandal. find out what's really happening to the global economy in the kinds of reports on r.g.p. . to least be cool language such. as programs and documentaries in arabic it's all here on the t.v. reporting from the world's hot spots the v.o.i.p. interviews intriguing story to tell you. listen try.
only. and welcome to crossfire peter lavelle what do we mean when we use the term the west is that geographic an historical or more of an outlook and a state of mind many around the world have an ambivalent attitude towards the west indeed the west remains relatively rich but it is also associated with arrogance and violence. to cross talk what we mean by the term the west i'm joined by stephen lemmon in chicago he is a blogger author and radio host for the progressive radio network in washington we have david markel he's a former deputy assistant second.