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followed by multiple protests across the u.s. attempts to shed light on the desperate hunger strike among guantanamo detainees takes on a wider scale. so i presume predicted to tumble down the path of greece is it by lack price tag doubles in just weeks spurred by an illicit flight of money despite the ardennes financial quarantine. qatar is rushing the cash abroad buying billions of dollars in egyptian government homes and investing in your real estate what's being seen as a bid to buy international influence. and spaceport from scratch the hotels on the moon we tell you about russia's space agenda as the country marks fifty two years since hugo and first manned flight albeit.
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i welcome you with arts a life from moscow now from east coast to west more than two dozen u.s. cities have seen protests against america's infamous jail for terrorist suspects activists demanded the closure of guantanamo and try to draw attention to the mass hunger strike against far reaching mistreatment there. is in new york where one of the rallies has been taking place. times square is considered one of the best places in the us to advertise a product or message for our brands and that is why civil rights attorneys human rights groups and many activists and protesters are out in the streets of times square right now to raise awareness about the hunger strike taking place at the guantanamo bay detention center and it is clearly garnering a lot of attention to what those are saying that have been turning out on the streets as they're calling on the obama to administration to immediately address
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the ongoing hunger strike that began in early february at the island prison according to attorneys representing the detainees there they say more than a hundred men are participating in this hunger strike they say it began when when the detainees there say that the u.s. officials mishandled that their korans during a cell search and that's what sparked this ongoing hunger strike according to the u.s. u.s. military officials they say only forty one men have been on a hunger strike and at least alleged that are being force fed they say nobody's lives are in danger but that is not what lawyers are telling are take a listen i saw men who have dramatically lost weight the people that i met with had lost over thirty and forty pounds what they told me is about men who are too weak to come out of the prison they told me of men who are skeletal that's the word they
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used who are near death who are so weak they can't move they told me about pressure tactics right now within the camp by the authorities to try to break the strike things like withholding the delivery of clean drinking water these are people who have been refusing food for over sixty days they need water to survive or they will die and they talked about tactics like the withholding of bottled water to drink and being. forced to drink from the sinks in their cells which are attached to trial it's now this new york rally is part of a nationwide day of action to close guantanamo and end indefinite detention protests are also taking place in over twenty six cities including chicago l.a. and washington d.c. i think that anything to show mamma or the government that this is wrong and that people don't support it is a good thing i don't think is a legitimate. vehicle for for for trying these people i mean because
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it is a problem last week organizations including the center for constitutional rights amnesty international and the united nations called on washington to immediately shut down the guantanamo detention center at the u.n. secure minorites chief released a statement saying that america's failure to close the controversial prison and release detainees is a violation of international law currently there are one hundred sixty six prisoners being held at the island prison and at least eighty six have been cleared for release reporting from new york marina r.t. cindy who is a lawyer for one of the guantanamo detainees told us that her attempts to get the u.s. government more involved in solving the crisis at the prison have got nowhere. it's interesting we wrote a letter to the secretary people. regarding hunger strike and are concerned as
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more hear about it and we got a response from william leeds our secretary of legal. only created to us that. us is going to do the main thing that we need to. and it seems that what we know has to mean. somewhere in the. international credit. for us this could be a turning point for speed the man. you either take other measures. then. we provide them the respect the process of respect their homelands and respect the correct answer to talk to them about what it is it's me and the right.
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lot so he has been keeping a close eye on the hunger strike at guantanamo since the day began we've been gathering opinion from lawyers and human rights activists and they are all lined up for you in a special section. called. the fold rescuing cyprus is back on the top of the to do list that will be tackled at a meeting of the blocks finance ministers on friday the mood always grim with revelations that nicosia will need billions more than originally thought still partly under financial quarantine it's now up to the aryans authorities to come up with thirteen billion euros which is twice as much as just a few weeks ago officially rises to to delay using getting a bailout deal but the speculation that billions leaked out from shuttered banks both illegally and through loopholes may be the least of the worries that a comparison to the precedent that's been set is artist.
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it dominated headlines for much of two weeks a euro zone nation on the brink of bankruptcy the banks were closed cash rationed and capital controls put in place cyprus of blows heavy losses which could rise to up to sixty percent on wealthier depositors in order to clinch a ten billion euro e.u. i.m.f. bailout last month it had however initially planned to would reduce a levy on the posits of less than one hundred thousand euros supposedly protected by state guarantees before backtracking in the face of widespread protests this has been a meeting away from protesters for the past few days it's just a few meters from parliament which is just over here but the bills and the voices did little to change the inevitable painful outcome for the country the general view being communicated from here in brussels is that a cyprus is unique and the measures imposed on the country as part of that bailout package will not be used as a template for other troubled euro zone nations but not everyone is convinced the
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pressure has been set and unless you've been hard under a rock if you're in a country like savina for example or any of the other one of those countries that might get into a crisis you don't repeat a crisis of the going to see what happened to cyprus and are going to pull their money and that cause a vicious circle in fact a new e.u. law is already being drawn up where first shareholders would take a hit if a bank fails and then possibly unprotected investments and deposits case in point is cyprus officials insist that deposits below one hundred thousand euros are sacred but a separate example has already sown seeds of fear i would be trying to single cent i have from europe because the president has been said in the good words and i'm afraid that this will happen in greece afraid not for my future but for my children's future. not know i hope it won't happen but with you authorities we have
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it's absolutely possible but some argue that the final decision was cyprus may not have been all that lead in banks fail which by the way was fundamentally good decision if you have losses i think it's fair to the people of all the thousands who have opposed to their money who have gained a lot more than people who send their money to other banks and all the places of europe. that these people were taking the risk also now taking the losses and after all that said and done some say what's more problematic is the inevitability of another cyprus debacle if the underlying problem of unsustainable public and trade deficits are not tackled at the core europe and america are bleeding to death and they're not doing anything about it they must go bust so unless they turn around there's no sign they're going to then the dominoes mushroom for cypriots they now
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know all too well how hard it is when it's your dominoes turn to fall does our sylvia our team brussels. or five years on from virtual bankruptcy iceland is quickly becoming the northern hemisphere come back. nation's banking sector clamp spectacularly in two thousand and eight with taxpayers making it clear they were going to back to pick up the tab you could piece kind of looks at where that's left the country half a decade on. though not a member of the eurozone or the european union for years iceland was considered the most effective from the liberal free market economy in europe that was until its bankruptcy in two thousand and eight foreign debt spiked banks closed down and the national currency plummeted the walled bank european union and the international monetary fund also known as the troika demanded that iceland pay up at the time it meant every citizen would have to pay one hundred euros per month for the next
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fifteen years to cover the debt of private bankers nationwide protests erupted sounds familiar except unlike in cyprus greece portugal and others these protests made iceland's president reject the troika's demands and the trio went while threatening isolation and sanctions even raising comparisons with cuba which rekick stood its ground at a nationwide referendum and around ninety percent voted not to be the debt in fact they went even further starting criminal investigations into why so much money was old even jailed some of the country's top bankers and while they were added ordinary citizens rewrote the constitution which now obliges the government to keep all work in the public eye unless it's a matter of national security of course now for more earlier i spoke to a professor of political science and one of the people who took part in the revision of iceland. the european union was shouldn't. be icelandic state the icelandic taxpayers were responsible for that of private banks in the case
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to an international court now the after court found iceland was in the right i'm stunned was not responsible for this immense and refused the claims of the sun to put its roots very hard initially forced about the current relations between iceland and the rest of europe are you guys still friends they claim that iceland basically be flushed down the toilet and would not be able to. sort of a young merged son equal in europe but that ties proved to force us iceland's relationship with you would have been the outside world normalized and international investors are coming back to the country and things have stabilized quite a lot the only thing to add here is sure there is lots of information on this story in blogs and social networks but you won't find it in mainstream media why perhaps
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to avoid giving ideas to anyone else under pressure. now the white house says the pentagon mourns north korea's austins may include nuclear missile. american warships steam the korean peninsula president obama calling for an end to north korea's bellicosity we hear about what's driving the standoff in a few minutes time.
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the international airport in the very heart of moscow. welcome back is expanding its financial presence abroad buying up sets with tens of billions of dollars struggling europe
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a in an hour because it means my welcome investment some experts question whether it's a good business or building up global influence is bell true and where money is guy . as egypt's president mohamed morsi is struggling to mend the egyptian economy it's on i can't tell one of the richest countries in the world has said that it will buy three billion dollars worth of education government bonds much needed help at a critical time egypt is also suffering from a natural gas shortage at the moment causing blackouts across the capital the qatari foreign minister said last week that they would also consider becoming one of the major suppliers to egypt but sickly as they have the third largest natural gas resin reserves in the world at the bottom ranges in syria the qatari government is also saying they will support the rebels they have given one hundred million dollars to the notch then the syrian national coalition is saying they want the rebels to be armed however they extend that and their interests outside of egypt
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and the arab world building a global empire they have reportedly been invested in many countries including the u.k. the us france singapore malaysia iraq just to name a few in dition qatar has been diversifying its areas of interest and investing in many sectors including the media fashion petrochemicals and indeed and indeed financial institutions however the real push off for the super wealthy but tiny emirates appears to be front surprisingly they have a favored real estate in the french riviera as well as paris buying up several casinos now it is not just luxury property but they are investing in they have apparently a gifted three hundred million euro a fund to underdeveloped areas all fronts including the notorious suburbs which house key french muslim communities this guitar a officials say is all part of a global strategy to ensure that investment revenues exceed that of oil and gas by twenty thirty the tickler as their reserves are looking to run out in the next
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hundred years however many fear this aggressive expansion of its economic presence abroad is in fact concent deliberate move. increase political influence abroad in decision to possibly exporting its own particular conservative brand of islam as its investments are increasing year on year it is yet to be seen what power this tiny yet super wealthy emirates will wield in the future. while international affairs journalist neil clark police cars are is trying to shield the lack of democracy within its own borders by claiming to support it abroad. what qatar is doing is it's using its vast wealth actually to pursue a political agenda and this is the boring state it because in the middle east. played a leading role in trying to undermine and bring down regimes in the region. which claim to be a great supporter of the arab spring a lot of democracy with israel disconnected because qatar itself is only
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a democracy people criticise syria and say well you have the same ruling family for forty years we have the same hooting family guitar hero but hundred fifty years and what qatar is trying to pursue is a critical agenda which is put pushing a sort of form of islam around the region its own sort of agenda and this is the worrying thing because there's no democratic mandate for this and i think we see this quite clearly in syria where qatar has been one of the most prominent countries in offering support to the rebels and the islamist groups there. the u.s. government's been left red faced over a black flood admitting that the oil spill that target the arkansas or town is much bigger than they originally said it was the photos and all the details are online also they're. calling the row online currency active regulators reaches taking a big hit in value so find out why investors are sticking with the financial phenomenon at r.t. dot com. washington is trying to downplay
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a classified but mistakenly publicized report which states that north korea already has nuclear capable missiles but the report sanctioned by the pentagon brings into question the reliability of any such weapons north korea's missile forces have also been observed to be increasingly active these past few weeks u.s. south korean and japanese warships in turn have surrounded the north territorial waters president obama had earlier personally called on pyongyang to end its bellicosity but r.t. contributor afshin rattansi says the reclusive state has good reason to beef up its security. john kerry the united states government. is spreading all this fear and we must remember that it was united states who sought to bring stealth fighters in guam just destroying the six party talks and also just remember the context of the united states in the fifty's killed twenty percent of korea's population twenty first century has proven time and time again that nuclear weapons
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perhaps are ones only deterrent against united states and nato posturing major war of course iraq afghanistan because libya and libya will hang in the imaginations of many developing world leaders because it proved because it was good after he got rid of his nuclear weapon program people are going to want wm the united states is ramping up its military facilities in east asia and obviously still seeing that china will become a superpower and all the time kim jong un has repeatedly said he said one month ago we do want war we want to talk we just think of it the other way around with north korea with with was nuclear capable still planes just beside the united states who previously killed twenty percent of united states population. we can see why the drug world. is afraid of the united states. barbarism as it has been historically against our country. and this more coverage an analysis of
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what's happening in the region at r.t. dot com and while you're there tell us what you think is driving tensions in the cories in our poll so far a solid half of you think that it's all part of washington's strategy to keep asia on its toes a further twenty percent of their fifth fleet all factions involved playing a dangerous gain high stakes game of brinkmanship slightly fewer think that. desire to build a strong powerhouse at home could be behind the tensions and just a fraction say it's all part of an effort by pyongyang to demand aid from south korea any way you can change those numbers or you have to do is put your votes on the r.t. dot com.
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one in three persons are in serious danger of losing the roof over their heads the u.k.'s leading homelessness charity shelter says that's the number of people who don't have enough money to keep their houses for more than a month if they lose their job some families with children most at risk expects. the statistics laid out here. a worrying picture about so many britons who have either little or absolutely no savings for a rainy day and of course the very worrying and dangerous implication here is the potential increase in homelessness that this could result in we've seen over rosters mean welfare cuts come in this april they're slowly being rolled out the controversial bedroom tax is among them but very sadly the number of homeless people was rising in britain even before the cuts came in we traveled up to
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birmingham recently in order to film a story about homelessness there and what really struck me was the number of very ordinary hard working people that had ended up on the streets after having a receiver that heads so joining me to talk about this today is andrew sarris from a charity called rhythm of life international andrew is it really that then the line between having a very is over your head and winding up homeless on the streets. i think your most about two to three months away from losing your house the mortgage companies want their house back if you knew there's a lot of people know coming to our charity rhythms of life food banks we know going to be homeless for it shortly. hardly any money in the banks little bit of food that's for expensive now the food is going to expensive i found myself in a similar situation many years ago that particular time there weren't many people help in this either. having business expanding the business and having maybe
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modestly large property. and myself the interest rising through the roof could you talk about eighteen percent interest at the time if one thing goes everything goes there's nothing held back there's no difference your two you can different if the council homeowner or private homeowner if you can pay the money that you do see you end up on the street and a lot of people nowadays or at the moment are raising concerns. over this raft of new welfare cuts that are coming in saying that this could lead to a potential increase in homelessness do you anticipate such an increase over the course of the year we don't just anticipate it. we see it at the moment people are coming in and they've lost their homes already because of the cuts because they lost even the flats they were renting. where women are pregnant we have kids who are the single mothers with the children who come to us for food at the moment and put vice to say that look we've lost is what do we where do we go from here and
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what do you do would you tell a young mother would you tell the young couple with children to say look i'm sorry but this is the best we can do for you you can only refer them to some or they have it as we've just heard where the welfare cuts are really just being rolled out a lot of campaigners and charities anticipate a very sad increase in the number of homeless people in the u.k. now russia is celebrating cosmonaut it stated a marking the first manned flight into orbit by europe guarin nine hundred sixty one and fifty two years later the country still has big a big space agenda from building a spaceport from scratch to reviving the moon program all the details now from. this snow only looks like a pit dug in the middle of nowhere but in just two years time this will become one of russia's top priority facilities tucked away deep in the tiger forest in the russian far east this is the construction site of russia's brand new spaceport the
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us and the vicious project worth ten billion dollars it will become the main and the sole launching pad of all russia's manned space ships starting from the year twenty eighteen but the first test launches are expected to start in just two years time and will replace in many ways the baikonur cosmodrome which certainly belongs to kazakhstan and the geographic location of the draw me is much more convenient. baikonur it's understood that when a space ships to take off some parts disconnect from the vessels and fall into the ground in this case they will not be falling into the ground or more likely be falling into the ocean of course there will be some disadvantages when the cosmodrome is finished is completed but for instance the transportation off of rockets from the more school region to the far east will take twice as longer than it was to the baikonur in many ways even the construction even the idea of building
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this drum in the russian far east is already a major breakthrough for the russian space industry but probably the most crucial significance of this brand new cosmodrome is that it will take an integral part in russia's lunar program almost half a century since soviet union lost its race to conquer the moon russia is really willing to relaunch the lunar program we understand that by the year twenty thirty a manned space ship will fly to the moon circle its orbit and possibly even choose a site for building an observatory on the lunar surface which may soon be followed by other facilities like helium five mining shafts and even possibly possibly hotels if the scientists find the lunar surface. inhabitable by humans so definitely an interesting spin to that story but of course we have to wait until the year twenty thirty to see whether russia's lunar program can be successful but we know for sure that these space ships will be launched from here from the russian
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far east. of the forefront of today's space missions have been getting some top level congratulations from president vladimir putin visiting distortion cosmodrome in russia's far east he promised the new space port will make the job of the i.s.a.'s crews easier. now if you want to track russia's space history check out the gallery on our website pioneering moments caught on camera at our dot com. and it makes people of his cross told guess that america's chief diplomats middle east visit can do anything to speed up peace between israel and palestine as.
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with oil pipes bursting in arkansas people across the usa start to realize that they are moving towards what the atlantic calls the infrastructure cliff in short america's infrastructure starting to get a bit old and according to infrastructure port org the u.s. needs about three point six trillion dollars of infrastructure spending by twenty twenty to turn things around the site sponsored by the american society of civil engineers gave all aspects of american infrastructure like bridges and drinking water and schools cetera some pretty bad great except for solid waste removal for some reason in their opinion everything in the usa is going to crap except for america's ability to throw solid crap away i'm not trying to sit here and scare you there is nothing to fear this is a big challenge but it is a very possible one to accomplish according to cost of war dot org the last ten years of war of cost about three point one trillion dollars just cutting wars in half by fifty percent could put a huge dent in the infrastructure spending and what about all those billions in.


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