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across the u.s. attempts to shed light on the desperate hunger strike among one town may detainees takes on the wider scope. predicted to tumble down the path of greece's bailout price tag doubles in just weeks burd by an illicit flight of money despite the island's financial quarantining. qatar is splashing the cash abroad buying billions of dollars in the gyptian government bonds and investing in europe real estate and what's being seen as a bid to buy international influence. and a brand new spaceport from scratch the hotels on the moon we tell you about russia's space agenda as the country marks fifty two years since yuri gagarin's manned flight into orbit it's.
nice to have you company watching r.t. come to life from the sky. from east coast to west more than two dozen u.s. cities have seen protests against america's infamous jail for terror suspects activists demanded the closure of guantanamo and try to draw attention to the mass hunger strike against far reaching mistreatment their artie's marina portnoy 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 they're calling on the obama did administration to immediately address 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 not say what sparked this ongoing hunger strike according to a 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 our 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 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 they're not
being tried 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. or cindy who is a lawyer for one of the guantanamo detainees tell us that her attempts to get the u.s. government more involved in solving the crisis at the prison. it's interesting we wrote a letter to secretary hagel. regarding the hunger strike and our concerns
moyers about the health of this team and we got a response from william leaps out on half secretary hagel which indicated to us that the. u.s. is going to continue to do the humane thing that we need to live and it seems that what they humane is you or someone you in their nostrils and the fact the international red cross now or also appears condemning or cd this could be a turning point if you can force feed the men. you either take other measures to keep them alive then you have to at this point provide them the respect the process or respect their religion in respect the qur'an searches taksin about what it is that is going to end the strike keep them alive. well artie has been keeping a close eye on the hunger strike the most since the day began we've been gathering
opinions and lawyers and human rights activists and they are all lined up for you in a special section at our dot com. averting the fall to rescuing cyprus is back on top of the e.u. used to do list and will be tackled at a meeting of the blocks finance ministers on friday there was green with revelations that nicosia will need billions more than originally thought still partly under financial quarantine it's now up to the island's authorities to come up with thirteen billion euros which is twice as much as just a few weeks ago officially the rise is g to delays in getting a bailout deal but there's speculation that billions leaked down from shuttered banks both illegally and through loopholes may be the least of the worries though for the e.u. in comparison to the present that has been set is artie's tests are similar.
it dominated headlines for much of two weeks a year is a nation on the brink of bankruptcy the banks were closed cash rationed and capital controls put in place cyprus of those 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 deposits 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 of minds from protesters for the past few days it's just a few meters from parliament which is just over here but the bills are good voices did little to change the inevitable painful outcome for the country the general view being communicated from here in brussels is that the 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 user nations but not everyone is convinced the president
has been set up and unless you've been hiding 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 know might repeat a crisis of the going to see what happened in cyprus and we're going to pull their money and that could 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 the posits below one hundred thousand euros are sacred but a separate example has already sewn seeds of fear i would be trying to single cent i have from europe because the present has been set in motion i'm afraid that this will happen in greece afraid not for my future but for my children's future are not known i hope it won't happen here but with you authorities we have it's absolutely
possible but some argue that the final decision on cyprus may not have been all that letting banks fail which by the way was fundamentally good decision if you have losses i think it's fair to the people on the thousand who have opposed to their money who have gained a lot more than people who send their money to other banks in other places of europe. that these people who have taken the risk are 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 a 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 must fall for cypriots they now know all too well how hard it is when it's your dominoes
turn to fall does our sylvia our t. brussels. well five years on from virtual bankruptcy iceland is quickly becoming the northern hemisphere is coming back king the island nation's banking sector collapse spectacularly in two thousand and eight the taxpayer is making it clear they weren't about to pick up the tab you can of looks now where that leaves 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 be up at the time it meant every citizen would have to pay one hundred euros per month for the next 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 of 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 end the case
went to an international court now the after court found that iceland was in the right not iceland was not responsible for this amount and refused to claim. 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 mertz son equal in europe but that proved false relationship if you don't. normalize. international investors are coming back to that country. thanks i've stabilized quite a lot the only thing to add here is sure there's lots of information on this story in blogs and social networks what you want to find it in mainstream media why
perhaps to avoid giving ideas to anyone else under pressure alarm bells ringing at the white house is the pentagon warns north korea may have nuclear missiles meanwhile american warships the korean peninsula with president obama calling for an end to north korea's bellicosity we hear about what's driving the standoff in a few minutes time. that's a media right only. ten seconds to curdle through space towards russia. with the. of a nuclear. free
open sky full on r.t. . wealthy british style. market. come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike's culture the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines. kaiser reports. welcome back qatar is expanding its financial presence abroad by buying up foreign assets with tens of billions of dollars struggling european and arab economies may welcome the investment some experts question whether it's about good business or building up global influence his belt true where qatar's money is. as egypt's
president mohamed morsi is struggling to mend the egyptian economy it's and i can 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 khatami foreign minister said last week they would also consider becoming one of the major suppliers to egypt at sickly as they have the third largest natural gas resin reserves in the world as the battle rages 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 in their interests outside of egypt and the arab world building a global empire they have reportedly been invested in many countries including the
u.k. the u.s. 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 india 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 year a fund to underdeveloped areas all fronts including the notorious suburbs which house key french muslim communities this guitar officials say is all part of a global strategy to ensure that investment revenues exceed that of oil and gas by twenty thirty particularly as their reserves are looking to run out in the next hundred years however many fear this aggressive expansion of its economic presence
abroad is in fact consuls a deliberate move. increase their political influence abroad in addition to possibly exporting its own particular conservative brand of islam as its investments increase 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 believes car czar is trying to shield a lack of democracy within his own borders by claiming to support it abroad what qatar is doing is using its vast wealth actually to pursue a political agenda and this is the boring it that because in the middle east. played a leading role in trying to undermine and bring down regimes in the region it's claiming to be a great supporter of the arab spring a lot of democracy but there's a real disconnect here because qatar itself is only a democracy people criticise syria and say well you have the same ruling family for forty years we have the same ruling 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. in venezuela campaigning has officially wrapped up with mass rallies ahead of sunday's presidential election hundreds of thousands marched in the capital caracas in support of the interim leader nicolas maduro while the opposition rallied in the north of the country is the political successor to the late leader hugo chavez who died from cancer last month today on r.t. you will hear from american musician and prominent activist technique he believes it's important that the chavez legacy lives on. he's not god you know to me he's somebody who is in
a position of power who decided to troll the united states infinitely and very well in fact. really made his case in front of. the rest of the world and said a lot of things that they probably thought but didn't want to ruin their relationship with their foster daddy here to be able to say. washington's trying to downplay 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's 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. 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 perhaps are ones only deterrent against united states and nato posturing nature warfare of course iraq afghanistan because libya and libya will hang in 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 w m d the united states is ramping up its military facilities in east asia and obviously for seeing that china will become a superpower and all the time kim jong un has repeatedly said and he said one month
ago we don't want war we want to talk we just think of it the other way around north korea with what he knew was nuclear capable still planes just beside the united states we had previously killed twenty percent of united states population. but we can see what i can draw in north korea is afraid of united states. barbarism as it has been historically against our country. there is more coverage and analysis of what is happening in the region at r.t. dot com and while you're there and tell us what you think is driving the tensions in the cories in our poll so far a solid harf of you believe the u.s. plan to keep asia on its toes by all the activity in the koreas at the moment then it's eighteen percent of you who believe it's a question of brinkmanship by all sides a further eighteen percent believe that kim jong un is attempting to boost his own power base at home and then fourteen percent of you believe that north korea is
actually trying to secure more aid from south korea as a result of this tension when you can change those figures or are you do you have to do is go to r.t. dot com and cast your backs. my. rusher is celebrating cosmonaut extended today marking the first manned flight into orbit by your a good guardian back in one thousand nine hundred sixty one and after fifty two years the country still has a big space agenda from building a space port from scratch to reviving the program the details now from. this now 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 taiga forest in the russian far east this is the construction site of russia's brand new spaceport the 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 drum 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 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's real 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 the these space ships will be launched from here from the russian far east. well those at the forefront of a space missions have been getting some top level congratulations from president vladimir putin while visiting the cosmodrome in russia's far east he promised the new space port will make the job of the screen easier. and if you want to track russia's space history you have to do is check out the gallery on our website pioneering moments caught on camera at r.t. dot com more space adventures to come as we visit the russian community stunned by a massive meteor that crashed near the city of chelyabinsk in february that's in a couple of minutes.
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 us 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 and 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 bailout that were spent you see the money is there it just gets wasted if the money stops getting thrown away and start getting spent a well planned infrastructure then the infrastructure will start paying for itself rock'n infrastructure creates wealth so don't fear the infrastructure cliff just stop wasting money or allowed politicians to waste money and everything will turn out to be just fine but that's just my opinion. the truth both.
times the strength of the atomic bomb dropped on hiroshima took place in the sky above the cities and towns of the blast wave smashed windows undestroyed groups of buildings. it was followed by a downpour. meteorite people. several people did but no one was killed as a result of this cosmic attack. done yet not yet.