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we're clearly not the safest. one town in my bay faces a rising tide of opposition is the facility marks twelve years of scandal and scrutiny it's very easy to end one ton about. the release. and you're not prosecuted but the white house is unswayed saying due process is a luxury can do with detaining these men. it's hard to tell right now exactly how long will be down here in this mission we were poor from inside. on the future of one of the world's most maligned prisons plus. a visit yemen the homeland of more than half the remaining inmates we focus on plans to build guantanamo bay successor there and high detainees relatives view the situation. and publicly
funded paradise british taxpayers are surprised for more than ten million pounds in the last four years to support a small island community in the pacific. hello there welcome the watching our team with make. three dozen of america's most respected former generals and admirals have joined calls for guantanamo bay prison to be closed down the military facility itself is just turned twelve years old having survived torture scandals hunger strikes and global scrutiny artes and brings us her final report from guantanamo.
when it comes to this prison the numbers speak for themselves since being set up after the attacks of nine eleven a total of seven hundred seventy nine hundred have been held at guantanamo today one hundred sixty four people remain over half of them have been long cleared for release but remain locked up a total of six people is currently under trial alleged prisoners of war brought here since two thousand and two removed from the battlefield of america's ever expanding war on terror it's both the policy of the u.s. not to hold anyone longer than necessary but we also know that whenever we release someone we assume a richness over a period of more than a decade the majority of detainees held here have been set free and if the men of guantanamo are really these superhuman monsters you know the worst of the worst are quote dick cheney. they would have been really. most of those still kept locked up have not been charged and are being held indefinitely what sort of a black hole of the weak system where the president of the united states simply
refuses to say the innocent but u.s. officials say the law of war remains behind this barbed wire the idea that in a war when you capture folks you as the capturing authority are permitted to hold people during the duration of hostilities. when hostilities and or if there's no longer any purpose legitimate purpose to to hold them and they must be released a tiny problem the war on terror has no geographic borders with men once held here repeat treated to a wide array of countries. who are only specific to guantanamo you can't even you couldn't even the case on the u.s. mainland because it would be unconstitutional and illegal the war on terror also has no end in sight and national security is a popular excuse to simply ignore the law. this by the rhetoric really isn't about national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be
released that can't be true after being locked up the legal process if any moves at a glacial pace in two thousand and twelve five detainees were transferred to had completed their military commission sentence two were court ordered released. detainees been repatriated and one was a suicide over the years countless detainee claims of mistreatment and abuse dozens of suicide attempts mass hunger strikes lost patience and hope just this year the majority of the prison population refused to eat for six months street only to be force fed the. mandate that we have is being able to provide adequate nutrition to preserve life washington has appointed a new envoy to close a camp that is a dark spot on america's image this comes after a mass hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times even if close seems. to mean a stage in u.s.
history forever it's very easy to end one ton of right you release the men that you're not prosecuting. and as you said only six men are being prosecuted right now the military prosecutor has made clear that he intends to prosecute a few more but he's also made clear that it won't be more than a few more direct obama promised to close the notorious facility on day one of his presidency he's now in his second term it's only a president can do it and the idea that it's you know that it's congress's fault is just not correct it is the president the top holding these men in detention some the president has to come in and this. it's hard to tell right now exactly how long will be down here doing this mission. the s. and stacy church artsy guantanamo bay cuba well more than half the prisoners to let
guantanamo a yemeni nationals in the arab countries considering building a new facility to receive inmates after their release leaving it to be dubbed. to easily see caffein of his just returned from yemen and where she met relatives of the detainees and shared her experiences with bill dot. it's difficult to stay positive about these detainees coming home when you've been waiting as long as over a decade as was the case with some of the families who we've met now yemen is in a specific different situation for a variety of reasons than other countries more than half of the remaining detainees are yemeni citizens fifty six of them have been cleared for release to get sent back from guantanamo not a single one has come home and in fact the last citizen to return to the country came home in a body bag and twenty twelve and that is the fate that some of the families that we met with worry could be in store for or for some of their loved ones one of the fathers that we met said that his son told them everything was going well and then
basically found out through news reports that his son was participating in quite ill from the hunger strike which we have covered here at r.t. interesting enough there were reports of a similar detention center being set up in yemen do you read into it right so basically they get a government has been pushing for years now for a so-called rehabilitation facility which would basically take these detainees help them adjust to society and make sure that they don't rejoin with terrorist networks which is the main concern of the united states what we're learning now is that the united states and yemen actually had secret talks in rome about this proposed facility but there's very little details that have emerged and the issue really down to trust and money yemen has tried to use this as a political issue to get more funding from the united states in the past so the u.s. isn't necessarily willing to foot the bill actually the funding issue something that we spoke to. the m. and a human rights minister discourse of money we want. to integrate into society to. give element in this society i'm sure that they have.
any. yemeni government because they have the feeling that we neglected them since a long long time and just briefly it's not perhaps it could actually be closed i absolutely would not read into about it at all for us official. the key concern isn't the difficulty of reintegrating these former detainees into society it's the concern that these detainees will reintegrate into al qaeda networks and it's not a completely not valid one we have to remember there are in the arabian peninsula was founded by former guantanamo detainee is certainly a valid concern this is going to be such a long way off i mean if we waited this long for it to close unfortunately i don't think it's going to be sped up just because of the. online we've got interviews with former guantanamo inmates and in-depth coverage on the international pressure facing the facilities they do head to r.t. dot com for more on that and later in the program afghanistan's drug disaster
reaches a whole new level twenty thirteen season on precedented if you opium cultivation after a decade of failed international efforts to tackle the problem. also a shadow work force are to look at why illegal illegal migrant labor in russia is becoming such a divisive issue. sun surf and sand it's a tiny tropical paradise in the pacific and home to just over fifty people and although residents of the pitcairn islands pay no tax they get tens of thousands of pounds per person each year straight from the pockets of the british taxpayers test riseley reports now on where all that money is going. you ever heard of care. ok no. not ever heard of pick karen. pick an island. i think in the pacific so what.
do you know that part of your taxes go to that island. have you ever heard of pitcairn. if you've never heard of pitcairn and you're an e.u. citizen it might be well worth knowing for that's where part of your taxes are going. to karen is one of britain's overseas territories a small island in the south pacific with a total population of about fifty people now locals don't pay taxes of the island's main source of income include tourism and postage stamps but it's still heavily reliant on british and e.u. eight well let's break down the numbers here in the ninth european development fund or e.t.f. received two million euros in aid allocated for infrastructure building in the tempi v.f.p. it can receive two point four million that's a total of four point four million in thirteen years about six thousand eight hundred euros per person per year but that's not all earlier this year it emerged
that the u.k. had sent about ten million pounds over four years proponents of development aid richer a fee importance of maintaining quote solidarity and peace in developing nations and the european commission has indicated its attention to strengthen the focus of the e.t.f. on the world's poorest countries but details are scarce on how that assessment of allocation will be done but critics in the e.u. and particularly in the u.k. have long been voicing their disapproval on the government's money management which is essentially protecting what's given to others while slashing budgets for those at home now a two thousand and twelve you gov survey says that fifty four percent of the british public think that the british government should not be giving very much overseas eight. regardless of what public opinion surveys say for now the status quo remains in place reporting from london i'm tesser cilia. and online we are reporting on the great lengths some european countries are going to at the moment
just to put money in their coffers most of for example is just a week away from selling off in our schools for a whopping six hundred fifty thousand euros the. opium farmers in afghanistan are expecting a record harvest this year bringing huge profits for warlords and heroin traffickers poppy production continues to spread at a staggering pace with some grow is claiming government officials are taking a cut from the lucrative business for as you can see here opium cultivation has spiked by more than a third in twenty in according to the latest u.n. report that's despite international efforts to curb it with the yields up by several thousand tons afghanistan share in the global supply of illicit opiates is likely to hit ninety percent by the end of the shear and it's easy to see why farmers give in to the temptation to grow illegal crops with the profits warning that too often those from traditional agriculture in the impoverished and water or
nation are am investigates the problem. opium production has increased forty times in afghanistan since nato started its war on terror in two thousand and one and now the drug money goes to fund terror and god knows what else not to mention of course thousands of lives taken by heroin consumption every year what expect more drugs coming out of afghanistan because the value of opium is so much higher than any other crop available to afghan farmers that afghans are not planning on giving up on poppies anytime soon even though the tribal leaders in the afghan government publicly denounce opium production according to afghan farmers they still managed to tax them for that and this is what one farmer said government officials grow opium themselves and if they don't grow it themselves they rent out their land to farmers to grow it if the officials don't care about the law there is no reason for us to respect it that's according to this farmer for more than
a decade nato and the us of course of the government that it had put in place in kabul every fuse to impose a clear ban on poppy growing possibly thinking such a ban would turn more people against the u.s. but here's how u.s. officials explain it this isn't just trying to rally cheap property and opium it's also trying to give people an alternative mechanism to live and to feed their families but there is so much money behind narcotics that even with alternative ways to make a living it's very difficult to imagine that such massive drug production will stop unless there is a clear cut down on it in washington i'm going to check on. well the director of russia's agency ficta even office says the international community as a large share of responsibility for the drug disaster gripping afghanistan. the international community approved the use of military force to oust the taliban from
afghanistan but at the end of the day we have seen a forty four old increase in production the. world powers to crisp on stability for afghanistan and now this country is supplying the rest of the planet with its most destructive drug afghan heroin has killed more than a million people in the past decade full i think we should all be concerned about that. former afghan m.p. died sultanzoy says opium production is bound to rise further when nato forces withdraw when they leave in large numbers and very few are left for training nicely the cultivation will increase that trafficking will increase their western nations. did not come to afghanistan to address this issue of drugs as afghans i am fully aware that the international community has a mandate was not to address the drug issue in afghanistan it was terrorism but
unfortunately it did not recognize the relation of drug cultivation trafficking and terrorism and they should have recognized it much earlier and they should have. put them together and they should have addressed it in a joint effort or today's edition of breaking the set looks at america's impact on the drugs trade in afghanistan his text. and guess what guys the taliban had banned it almost completely eradicated opium afghanistan shortly before the us invaded some of these headlines the corp money was even lauding the taliban success fast forward to today the harvest this may result in five thousand five hundred metric tons of opium forty nine percent higher than last year wow that's a lot of heroin and a lot of money being made someone's got to be reaping the spoils which brings us back to war which is always been about two things resources and control.
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. hello again let's start with that migration story because russian officials are pushing for tougher checks on foreign workers and they want to ensure that incomers have all the necessary papers and to limit the time they can stay in the country artie's paul scott takes a look at the statistics and perceptions on moscow's foreign labor force. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russian manye gaucher back over allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant and the nationalistic riots that followed the issue is firmly in the spotlight and an r.t. camera crew has found out just how sensitive the topic is we went to
a market on the outskirts of moscow to try and film an interview with mohamed magick the president of the russian federation of migrants despite getting prive commission to film it soon became clear a presence was not welcome. you russian though i have to repeat myself the site ends with the fence we eventually set up our interview away from the market. yes i think they may have suspected some illegal activities to of course when you have thousands of migrants some of them may not have work permits or a residence permit. the exact number of migrants in moscow is hard to calculate the best estimates put the figure around one quarter of the population and according to official statistics one in five murders wanting to rapes and one in three robberies a carried out by migrants your thirty's a cane to be seen to be tackling the problem as we found out before our meeting with mohammed. the arm rest in the outskirts of moscow police have been clamping
down on illegal immigration every friday they go on a range of accommodation places of looking for illegal immigrants it's friday morning and we're going with the police on one of those ranks and it didn't take long for the police to get down to business demanding people's paypal. you. know where do you leave. where do you leave. the raid on the outskirts of moscow in the stuff i was last just about an hour and so far police have rounded up thirty five individuals who don't have the correct paperwork. around one hundred eighty thousand work permits are granted each year according to mohammed this figure is far too low. to address it you need to conduct a survey as to how many migrant workers more scrutiny if it means a million workers you should issue a million work permits not a mere hundred thousand. it's believed around three million migrants are working in
moscow twenty four percent of the illegally issues creating a vast black market for cheap labor markets some key to keep out of the sport not go to. moscow. she's become the face of the u.s. president shaky health care reforms and has the emotional scars to prove it is cyber bullying over her or wanted role in promoting a bar macare reaches fever pitch you can read about here in the story online also there pope francis is cost the attorney in matthew one investigator says and could be in danger if he pursues his vatican crackdown on church corruption that is that r.t. dot com. wiki leaks has published part of the draft of a u.s. brokered international trade deal whose exact wording has been kept secret for years the trans-pacific partnership agreement or. expected to encompass eleven nations representing about forty percent of the world's g.d.p.
critics have already dubbed the scheme and he consumer they say the league makes it clear that it's tailor made for major corporations allowing them to strengthen their monopoly control over sectors from i.t. to pharmaceutical goods recently almost two hundred u.s. lawmakers resisted pressure to fast track the agreement and that puts the deal in real danger according to a lawyer from the public citizen consumer advocacy group. it's an outrageous secretive process and this is going to significantly increase the pressure not only the congressional move but the fact that for the first time countries proposals are exposed in the united states is visibly isolated it is clearly lost the debate and is simply trying to bully and pressure countries by hook or by crook into lining up with big pharma hollywood anywhere the united states can get that agreement but it's really not looking very good for those proposals and another train deal being hammered out by the us and you could see individual corporations lifted to the
status of nation states financial guru max kaiser says that would lead you to my some highly controversial business activity. so they pass a law to give chevron the ability to go to. the amazonian jungle go to a country like ecuador who they have committed of ecological hall of cost and committed wholesale murder like we haven't seen in fifty or sixty years and then go to the victim's families and say we know we killed your mom we know we killed your son but you always fifty thousand dollars because we got to play are bought and we don't get out of the drug label god is going to do a lot. and you can see the full episode later today the white house is urging congress not to impose new sanctions on iran saying they could damage progress in ongoing international nuclear talks however washington has gone ahead with its annual renewal of what's called
a state of emergency against terror and the el sanctions still stand and america's ally israel seems to be putting all its lobbying power is into hitting iran with new restrictions but middle east political analyst side thinks that further measures would harm u.s. interests brownness provides a golden opportunity for. the global community to come around the table and iron out an agreement about introducing new sanctions at the same time they're inviting for that in the goetia nation says quote contra productive and may road the confidence of. to continue the negotiations and the only thing iran is trying to achieve is kind of for a go commission by five plus one about legal enrichment and to having rights for. nuclear technology. some international news in brief now in
thailand protests against a political amnesty bill are gathering pace with thousands flooding the streets of the capital gang called critics say the legislate. she would allow i understood prime minister tank the jail sentence for corruption i'm return from exile the legislation was rejected by the senate on monday but could be put forward again by the lower house in six months time opposition parties have called for demonstrations to continue to demand the government resign. eighty eight supposed leader mahmoud morsi has accused the military backed government of treason and warned the country cannot recover if his islamic party isn't put back in power he made the comments from prison through his lawyer and it's the most significant statement the former president has made on egypt's current crisis since he was detained at the beginning of july to make more sense to you to go on trial in january on charges of inciting by that it's time to tame the palestinian
negotiators has pulled out of pace talks with israel sizing a lack of progress since they regime didn't you lie at the head of the delegation says the decision by television to continue settlement expansion rendered through the negotiations meaningless officials from both sides admit they failed to find common ground in the last few months. with r.t. at the moment next firsthand accounts from those who survived the blockade of leningrad during world war two. you know i love these rare moments where action of something fairly sounds positive to share with you the f.d.a. is working to ban partially hydrogenated oils which are the leading source of trans
fats and foods and possibly the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks per year across the usa according to f.d.a. commissioner margaret hamburg as you know i would like the chemicals in my food kept to a minimum but the thing is the people at the f.d.a. are surely aware of all the hormones and beef and jim o's being produced why does this band have such a very narrow narrow focus in fact when you look at all the things that americans consume smoke use that to swear health some get the violent band hammer while others are completely tolerated if you ever talk to a hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you. dude weed is better for you than beer and that's legal man and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balance position isn't really a good idea well the country could go the libertarian route at let it be everything be legal let people make their own choices or do what i think would be much much better actually really bad all the things that are destructive to our health both of these paths have positive and negative effects but they are a lot better than our current plan of bands some harmful things for some reason and
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