tv News Weekly RT October 6, 2013 12:00am-12:30am EDT
the. moscow prepares to greek's the olympic torch a spectacular ceremony in red square will set the flame off on an epic journey across the twenty fourteen a winter games host country. other stories that shape this week a u.s. government shutdown and a looming the fold threaten to severely damage the country's economy and send shivers down the spine of international lenders. and the netherlands demands that russia stop the prosecution of greenpeace activists for piracy while moscow insists the activists attempt to scale an oil rig was pose a threat to the crew and the environment. this
is r.t. coming to life from the russian capital i'm marina joshie and welcome to the program now moscow is poised for the arrival of the olympic torch for the twenty fourteen winter games the flame is due to arrive in the red square from athens for ceremony that will kick start the russian leg of their record breaking relay now we'll bring you more on this from correspondent who be joining us later from central moscow to tell us all about the welcoming ceremony that's planned for the olympic torch do stay with us for that in the meantime though let's turn to other stories that we're following for you here on r.t. and the u.s. house of representatives has approved back pay for the eight hundred thousand
federal workers laid off due to the government shutdown wanted. so over there is no signed however of a budget deal between the democrats and the republicans over raising the country's debt ceiling to avoid a default and that's causing severe damage to the u.s. economy asked him it suggests that workers are losing nearly a billion dollars in wages weekly while the economy is being stripped of three hundred million dollars a day alice believe the toll could be as much as fifty five billion dollars which would be almost equal to damage caused by hurricanes katrina and sandy economist max wolf says the dispute is sending shock waves across the world the truth here is what the federal government the united states congress and the white house have exhibited rather aggressively over the last several weeks and including through the shutdown is that there's literally nothing the u.s. government can't and won't do for unclear reasons to sending whatever shock waves
they feel like sending into the u.s. and global economies i can't imagine a recipe that would undermine confidence in the dollar of the u.s. or particularly the u.s. government faster or more effectively than what we see on every news channel in the world every day for a week and counting we're already starting to see hundreds of thousands of people get a involuntary unpaid vacation those hundreds of thousands of people are going out to dinner they're not going to the dry cleaner that are buying a new car or have trouble making house payments are going to have trouble making mortgage payments and rents and all the rest and we know the money they didn't get today and tomorrow and the next day is money that they're not spending now and if they get paid later it will still be damaging to the economy as some of america's cutting edge programs have also been disrupted by the shutdown considered to be non-essential most u.s. space agency staff have been sent home george abbey who used to oversee the international space station for nasa told us repercussions are likely to fall.
there are missions that are coming up in say four or five or six months fairly critical motions or imagines that robotic rights are going to the planets they have launch windows that have to be maintained and if the workers are furloughed that work and being done and so there is going to be an effect on the line and i was the director of the johnson space center and we were flying the space shuttle and of course flying missions to time so we had to maintain a schedule so i managed to keep the work orders. working and we kept our word going on in the johnson space center and the kennedy space center in florida and we didn't really have an impact but this time with about ninety seven percent of the workforce at the johnson space center laid off there will be an impact down the line but it's not the first time washington is holding its service workers hostage over a political discord in fact shutdowns are quite familiar to the american public in
less than four decades there's been eighteen of them in some cases several times a year london based market strategist mike ingram told us washington will be looking for another thrill even when the current crisis is averted. makes them look like idiots quite frankly. i think previously detailed to the government just about managed to avoid a shutdown two and a half years ago and at that point in time credit agency standard poor's downgraded u.s. debt from its aaa status and one of the reasons they gave was they said all that you know that this country is becoming ungovernable there's no visibility on what your fiscal policy is with politicians are just playing with fire a year after year and here we are again two thousand and thirteen in the same situation and i would have to say that even once the deal is finally thrashed out this time around and one was to actually happen we're probably going to be in the same sort of situation next year and nearly seventeen trillion dollars make the
u.s. a dagger too big to fail france's long managing director of an investment company warns that if the u.s. dollar plummets following the government shutdown a number of world economies are going down with it. if you as the show and the us dollar flaws shall be china but you know mostly because that is holding off on the change. and the same problem goes. and also you'll carry countries that whole huge amounts of us as says so even though maybe in twenty years time time maybe over to america but right now you are still with the major currency reserve currency across the world and so if anything happened to you as is is going to cause chaos. across the globe china has more than one trillion us dollars so the risk of them and then if the us government for any reason failed to
repay a child in china's finances to be in that deep hole it is something that nobody wants to see. what your government must now shutdown until congress funds or give. you what you need to live from moscow now let's go back to work the top story here and that's the welcoming ceremony for the olympic flame that's due to arrive in moscow today well the flame is due to arrive to red square and we can get all the very latest from our correspondent who is following the story for diana hello to you there wolf course we're waiting with bated breath for as this flame to arrive here in the russian capital we've seen a spectacular ceremony in athens so do tell us what's in store here in moscow for this olympic flame good morning marina so when it arrives at the airport there in
moscow russian bikers will accompany the torch all the way from the airport to the red square where the russian president will launch the olympic torch relay asked to thirty three years the olympic flame will be back at the russian. square of course for every single person carrying the torch and it will change. across russia it will be as special moment we caught up with the leader of russian bikers. you saw what is the last time dylan william was in russia was a long term view and we don't know when the next time will be that it's all right to just take the night going to can avoid the olympic games is a very honorable mission. the torch arrives in the biggest country in the world some of the flame will go through eighty three russian regions and two thousand and nine hundred towns and settlements before it arrives to its final
destination in the city of sochi to the brand new olympic stadium on the black sea resort to write in time for the opening ceremony of the twenty second winter olympic games that will be on february the second but before it gets there will see the torch climb all the way up mt elbrus the highest peak in europe will see that dive to the bottom of the russian led by call the oldest the deepest late in the world will even watch it blast off to space onboard the russian soyuz rocket and as the head of russia's own olympic delegation prime minister meets because it will shed light on a lot of what russia has to offer take a listen. but i see because of. your note it was a very important event first of all for russia's in the nation and for its regions it is a chance to show their own culture traditions and investment opportunities. and of course for the world for its time to lay aside all differences and to celebrate sports a big event for us reporters as well i mean
a little break from reporting on all the heart breaking things that happen every day for you yes indeed guy absolutely well there is going to be a breathtaking journey had for this olympic torch as will be following it's really across the country of course for now though we're waiting for it to arrive in the russian capital moscow thank you so much for keeping us across that was going to count reporting from central moscow and we'll be bringing you of course every stage of the torch is journey today as well as of course a spectacular scenery in red square as guy now told us about a do stay with us for that if you can. now there is a new twist in the blame game over the deadly chemical attack near the syrian capital in august russian diplomatic sources have suggested this week data saudi backed terror group was behind the assault which aimed to provoke foreign intervention in the conflict in japan a news editor james corbat says it's no surprise foreign players are havel involved
in what's widely seen as solely a civil war. mistaken assumption that's often purveyed in the media that what's happening in syria is some sort of civil war it is some sort of internal conflict and a lot of the narrative has been framed around that that frame but i think it's fundamentally false to assert that i think we have to understand what's happening in syria as the planned result of a nearly decade long intervention foreign funded foreign armed foreign supplied foreign trained intervention in syria that has been arming and training syrian opposition groups on the record documented lee back to the bush administration as far back as two thousand and six they were starting to fund and train the opposition forces in syria so we have to understand that this is not some sort of spontaneous uprising and that as a result there are many different outside forces including the united states including the saudis the qataris and others who are fight funding and financing their own fighters to go into this conflict and many of them are motivated for
different reasons and are there for different opportunities and some are motivated as mercenaries others are motivated by jihad jihad and via the chance of establishing an islamic state but just because they are all have the same end goal of overthrowing the assad government does not mean that they're there for the same leads and coming out for the sour the victim or the victor egyptian authorities continue their crackdown on the muslim brotherhood by the islamist movement appears to grow only stronger as a result plus. how we debate while growing struggles to keep the lights on athens authorities plan to build a new mosque and pay for it from the local budget we'll look at how this idea was man among the citizens hit with the years of a stare at this and more after the break here on our team. that alliance has filed a lawsuit against russia with the international maritime court claiming that
attention of twenty a greenpeace activist and two journalist was unlawful the activists were detained after. they attempted to scale a russian oil rig last month they were arrested on board the dutch registered ship the arctic sunrise and face fifteen years in prison on piracy charges russia says it was acting within international law and repeatedly requested the vessel to hold its activities meanwhile greenpeace supporters staged vigils across the globe protesting the actions of authorities and authorities insist their actions posed a danger to the crew and environment a former greenpeace leader patrick moore believes the activists should have found a better way to get their message across. you can't expect to have people allow you to continue to storm their oil rigs oil rigs are a very serious operation with really big safety issues and you start scaling the rig and then people have to come and try to get you off it puts them in danger and
so i can certainly understand why they were apprehended and finally towed away from the site the other thing that's quite ironic is greenpeace is using a diesel powered ship to. occupy a loyal rig and so they you would they needed oil to get there if they had sailed there or rode there in a boat maybe it would make more sense i do tend to agree with president putin that they are not pirates it's that it's pretty obvious i think they their intentions were not to loot the rig or anything like that but they're still putting people in danger and it is a serious situation it's my understanding that this is the first oil platform that is done zines specifically to withstand ice the intention is to make it a safer way of extracting oil now police in washington d.c. will launch an investigation into the use of deadly force by officers who shot and armed woman marion kerry was killed on tuesday following a high speed chase through the heart of the u.s.
capitol police went after her and she tried to ram her car through barricades at the white house details now from our chief sam sachs. we're learning more about the suspect who led police on a high speed chase through washington d.c. her name is miriam carey thirty four years old from connecticut reportedly suffering from mental illnesses including postpartum depression she was recently laid off from her job as a dental hygienist she tried to gain access to a secure area near the white house here in washington d.c. just really a block away from the studio here she was confronted by police she did a three point turn striking a police officer and sped off to the u.s. capitol where she was again confronted by police shots rang out she alluded police again where she drove another few blocks near senate office buildings the car was then crashed and police opened fire killing her only then realised killing her in front of her one year old child it's worth noting she was completely unarmed the only shots fired during this entire incident were from the police and some people
are saying this could have been a misunderstanding if you know this area around d.c. there's constantly drills going on there security checkpoints going on. you know it's hard to drive around and figure out and if someone made a wrong turn and were confronted by police someone who might have a history of mental illness could get confused and drive off it's tragic that it would end in someone's death will be investigations into this i mean we're talking about the two most secure locations probably in the plain of the u.s. capitol the white house which might be why police were quick to jump to lethal force but a lot of people be saying you know why he why didn't police try and shoot out the tires when they had the vehicle cornered why wasn't another police car brought in to further box in the the suspect vehicle and once the suspects car was immobilised the third time why was she just shot dead and really on a week to week basis unfortunately in the united states where we're hearing stories of police shooting unarmed people who they perceive as
a threat and weren't so this is just another tragic instance of that unfortunately here in the nation's capitol. well you can see how the chase unfolded throughout central washington by taking a look at this map starting at the white house the suspect. starting at the white house the suspect advances all the way to you the capitol building coming under a police fire pursuit and about three kilometers away from the white house where the driver was killed brian becker director of the answer coalition against war and racism says the u.s. police are too quick to reach for the gun there's five or six police officers just inches away from her head with guns drawn and that's when she starts to plead she runs from them she's running away and they start opening fire and they keep shooting and finally when she's when her car is immobilized she's riddled with bullets why the police now terry gainer who is the sergeant of arms of the u.s.
senate formally the chief of capitol police he said there was no possibility at all that she could have gotten access to the capitol grounds because there are so many barricades so if her car is disabled and the police chief or the sergeant at arms says there's no possible way for her car to pose a danger to congress why then did they open fire i mean it's because they shoot first ask questions later the police in washington and around the country have a license to kill they know there's never a prosecution and as we saw in congress the congress members just cheered they cheered over this slaughter and it really was the slaughter of an unarmed black woman in front of her baby. and we've got plenty of news line for you including coming over for a bite to artie dot com to learn how one russian family reacted when a bear crashed into their house for some warm soup. last hour and devotions action has stunning food from a moscow international light festival which is expected to attract over three
million people these stories and more are available online. at the. muslim brotherhood protests are expected in egypt today on a major military holiday as a country remains highly volatile three months since the ousting of the islamist president mohamed morsi deadly clashes rocked the capital this week as riot police dispersed brotherhood protesters in cairo killing four people it was part of a government crackdown on the organization which saw its activities banned last week but as belcher reports the pressure only helps build cohesion within the group
. egyptian security forces stormed to cairo incumbents for ousted muslim brotherhood president mohamed morsi back in august tents are torn down over six hundred people are killed a month on brotherhood activists like mr. say they have been driven underground. i have started to hide my identity every day i shave my beard i have a second phone number that has to be changed and show it's not tracked now i can live in my apartment i moved from one place to another life has become very difficult for over a month this was the site of one of cairo's main pro morsi citizens after august body dispersal by security forces it's become just a busy street since that day for many missing by their activists like mr furze they say they aren't able to attend rallies and their leaders are in jail or in hiding with last week's court order banning them as a brotherhood many fear this crackdown will just get worse. egyptian human rights organizations say the military led government is being too harsh. all of the
activities of the muslim brotherhood. and it's. related to the muslim brotherhood this is a week of course so that as a collective punishment restrictions. muslim brotherhood or anything but supporters of the interim government say there is documented evidence the brotherhood uses violence so silencing its membership they say is necessary to ensure stability and the transition to democracy to hang with them it was three in the thirtieth of june revolution which was the second wave of the twenty fifth of january revolution muslim brotherhood killed a lot of egyptians they had no problems killing innocent people they proved they were to push egypt into civil war morsi supporters maintain they are being prevented from peacefully protesting the brotherhood's newspaper was also shut down its website announced this week they had to move operations to london juta the
escalating crackdown. but rather than stifling the movement mr found his fellow activists say it makes them more determined than ever the tension he pushing egypt that's a big a crisis. for cairo and later today it's on a boy closes down was one of egypt's best known movie stars to talk about the dramatic situation in a country here's a quick preview if you think that getting rid of mohamed morsi and in this way is acceptable why would one piece supporters try to do a similar thing i mean they can turn to the streets next year they are not they have the right to you do not for example you do not come and open a job for the columns to clean the office and you come tomorrow morning find him made himself the general manager and if you don't like it because you that's not democracy when you defend your political movement or political ideology through
holding guns and pointing them. army officers and soldiers and policemen then you know you are no longer have a political case you have a criminal case. against military forces have conducted two separate operations in somalia and libya targeting senior terrorist leaders later today. in the somalian town a u.s. navy seals stormed a villa. militant group the terrorist cell was behind a deadly attack on an everybody shopping mall last month that took sixty seven lives the raid appears to have failed as troops withdrew after coming under fire
and did not capture their target. and another operation was carried out in the libyan capital tripoli the american military has seized libby a senior al qaeda figure wanted for his alleged role in the nine hundred ninety eight u.s. embassy bombings in kenya and tanzania and he has been on washington's most wanted list since two thousand and one and new york court indicted him for his part in planning the attacks on us will now be brought to america for trial. and time not to look at some other stories from around the world some five hundred pro british loyalists have taken to the streets of belfast in northern ireland in defiance of an official ban protesters tried to complete their july twelfth orange order parade was a blog by local authorities a ban on the july march through areas separating loyalist and nationalist communities resulted in five nights of clashes and dozens of injured policemen.
to spain now where hundreds have rallied for an anti-corruption demonstration in madrid people voiced their anger over the ruling party's use of public money to repay debts incurred by private banks task has also called for the nation's prime minister mariano rajoy to step down recent figures show the unemployment rate in the country has topped twenty six percent and. plans for the construction of a new mosque in athens have brought city residents to boiling point with a country going through waves of austerity measures the project is supposed to be funded from the taxpayers' pockets as are going off reports it's not something the greeks are eager to put up with. the evening prayer one of the five daily spiritual rituals for muslims worldwide some prefer to do it at home others it is at a mosque. this one looks more or less ordinary from.
which makes it stand out from the rest in other parts of the globe this is a literally another ground mosque set up inside the garage of an apartment building things and every day muslims from nearby neighborhoods come here to pray while in total there are around one hundred twenty of similar unofficial mosques all across the city it's hard to tell the difference between an official an illegal but the maisha facilities are the local muslim communities only choice there is simply no official mosque in athens we're talking about thousands of people that hold the great passport. to this country but know it's the time of their players greece is among the main points of entry for migrants to the e.u. and it's estimated around three hundred thousand muslims live in athens alone. so for the first time since gaining independence from the ottoman empire in the eighteenth century greek authorities are planning to build a mosque in the capital but as it turns out many of the crisis hit
a traditional orthodox christian nation are not happy with the idea the mosques price tag is one million euro plans to be paid from the state budget. this money should be given to poor people pensioners who are starving in our collection trash in the streets so they can eat the government should give the one million euro's to these people and not build mosques for the turks to be again i've done even then we have debts and then there are thousands of unemployed sick poor starving people it's like telling me to build a house without even having money to eat can this happen no it can't be clearly it's only a drop in the ocean for many greeks who once again dove into wave of nationwide strikes against fresh austerity measures. and while the government redirects anyone happy with the mosques construction to the courts it seems that stories like this a reminder that the financial crisis isn't only about cash but it's exposing the most sensitive social problems that for many are becoming too expensive to tolerate
. greeks. and coming up katie pilbeam has this week's business highlights in her show and her capital. after decades of prosecuting a cold work in poxy war against iran can watch them change its behavior many in washington have dismissed obama's old branch out of hand many in iran are just as mistrustful is this quest for peace a fool's errand. the olympic torch is on its epic journey to such. one hundred twenty three days. through two thousand nine hundred two cities of russia. really by fourteen thousand people
or sixty five thousand killing. in a record setting trip by land air sea and others face. a limp a torch relay special coverage on our. satellite that walk inside the capsule i'm going to believe is all the time so i thank you feel company this week the u.s. government. now you know hey guys we paid our bills as a budget. so just as the u.s. economy was beginning to say the size of our recovery money is just to buy into a wall well a ceiling anyway so that the health of the biggest most powerful economy in the wallet managed to get itself into such a mess well not sneeze all to.