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one of the bay faces a rising tide of opposition as the facility marks twelve years of scandal and scrutiny it's very easy to end once upon a right you release the man that you're not prosecuted. by the white house is unswayed saying due process is a luxury can do without keeping these man behind bars it's hard to tell right now exactly how one will be down here doing this mission were you bored from inside one tom obey on the future of one of the world's most malign prisons. plus our t.v. visit to yemen the homeland of more than half of the remaining inmates we focus on plans to build guantanamo bay successor there and how detainees relatives view the situation. a publicly funded paradise british
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taxpayers are surprised to learn they forked out more than ten million pounds in the last four years to support a small island community in the pacific. and moscow's migrant dilemma and our t.v. crew follows the plight of undocumented workers and witnesses a police raid at a time of heightened tensions over the capital's shadow labor force. this is r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital marina joshie welcome to the program. three dozen of america's most respected former generals and admirals have joined calls for going tobe a prison to be closed down the military facility itself has just turned twelve years old having survived torture scandals hunger strikes and global scrutiny are
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jesus is he going to brings us her final report from going to animal. 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 detainee have been held at guantanamo today one hundred sixty four people remain. 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
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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 system where the president of the united states simply refuses to say the innocent but u.s. officials say the law of war brings 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 then 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
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has no end in sight and national security is a popular excuse to simply ignore the law. the spike the rhetoric really isn't about national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be released and 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
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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 it 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 barack 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 president has to come in and this. it's hard to tell right now exactly how long we'll be down here doing this mission.
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and stacie churkin at guantanamo bay cuba. but more than half of prisoners still have one time are yemeni nationals the arab country is considering building a new facility to receive inmates after their release leading to to be dubbed guantanamo to lose a coffin of has just returned from yemen were 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 awaiting us 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
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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. is interesting enough there were reports of a similar detention center being set up in yemen do you read into that right so basically given the 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 boils 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 put the bill actually the funding issue something that
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we spoke to about with yemen's human rights minister his cost of money we want. to him to get. to. the element. i'm sure that they have this feeling any. yemeni government because they have the feeling that we neglected them since a long long time and just briefly it's perhaps that guantanamo could actually be closed i absolutely would not read into about it at all where u.s. official. the key concern isn't the difficulty of reintegrating these former detainees in society it's the concern that these detainees will reintegrate into al qaeda networks and it's not a completely not valid when we have to remember that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula was founded by former guantanamo detainees so it's 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 this idea. online we've got
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interviews with former guantanamo inmates and in-depth coverage on the international pressure facing the facility had to come for that. also in a program afghanistan's drug disaster reaches a whole new level two thousand and thirteen see the new president of surgeon opium cultivation after a decade of failed international efforts to tackle the problem. and a massive arms deal looms in cairo as egypt looks to russia to fill the gap left by washington's decision to cut military aid. some serve and say it's a tiny tropical paradise in the south pacific and home to just over fifty people and all the residents of the tax they get tens of thousands of pounds per person each year straight from the pockets of british taxpayers are still reports on where all that money is going. have you ever heard of care. ok not.
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not ever heard of pitcairn. island or you. think of the pacific so why. 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. on as one of britain's so overseas territories a small island in the south pacific with a total population of about fifty people now locals don't pay taxes on the islands 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 eight allocated for infrastructure building in the
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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 the importance of maintaining quote solidarity and peace in developing nations of 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 and allocation will be done but critics in the e.u.'s 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 aid. regardless of what public opinion surveys say for now the status quo
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remains in place reporting from london i'm tess or sylvia. and i why we're pouring on the great lengths some european countries are going to just to put money in their coffers mulder is just a week away from selling off passports for a whopping six hundred fifty thousand euros each. russian officials are pushing for tougher checks and foreign workers they want to and the influx of illegal workers from other former soviet republics takes a look at why long running tensions on the issue are now bubbling to the surface. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russian. allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant a 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
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a market on the outskirts of moscow to try and film an interview with mohamed the president of the russian federation of migrants by getting private mission to film it soon became clear a presence was not well. you russian though i have to repeat myself. with the friends we have in chile set up our interview away from the market. yes i think they may have suspected some illegal activities of course and when you have thousands of migrant 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 one into rapes and one in three robberies a carried out by migrants your thirty's are keen to be seen to be tackling the problem as we found out before our meeting with mohammed. since the young. arrest in the outskirts of moscow police have been clamping down on illegal immigration
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every friday they go on a range of accommodation places of looking for illegal immigrants it's friday morning we go in with the police on one of those rights and it didn't take long for the police to get down to business demanding people's people want. to. know where do i leave. where do you leave. on the outskirts of moscow in the stuff i was last did to just about an hour and so far police have rounded up thirty five individuals who don't have the correct type of. room one hundred eighty thousand work permits are granted each year according to mohammed this figure is far too low. to address it so 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 part of it's not a mere hundred thousand. it's believed around three million migrants are working in moscow ninety four percent of them illegally is creating
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a vast black market for cheap labor market there's some looking to keep out of the spotlight let's go to. moscow and money is right after the break including in controversial u.s. draft a trade deal afghanistan's ever growing heroin trade distinctness. if you. got no opportunity. to start to construct your current. cue don't want to be in bed. don't want to meet gangsters you don't want to be drug dealers they don't want that blow you know the time that a kid came be we came to see. you just meet her there i was and i was in the hood and with a very very wrong. but i said all about that.
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i don't want to die i just really do not want to die young young a. comeback this is our team now russia and egypt are on the verge of a major arms deal expected to be worth billions of dollars moscow's foreign and defense ministers are in cairo hoping to bring his new life into military relationship that had been largely dormant for decades has more on this. this is the highest level delegation of official russian officials to come to egypt in the
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last few days and top of the agenda arms deal between russia and egypt's according to those close to the russian defense ministry wants to get its hold hands on some two billion dollars worth of russian weaponry including fighter jets helicopters and defense systems we don't have any details yet of what might be in this arms deal but if it goes through this could be the largest deal between egypt and russia in four decades with some agreement that egypt might be wanting to get as much as four billion dollars worth of weapons what we don't we don't know the details of this deal however egypt's foreign minister nabil fahmy did tell our channel a few days ago that this deal was definitely on the tables on the table so we're going to have to see what the details are in the coming days it's a very difficult deal to broker in this politically charged environment as it doesn't involve america now america's been given one point three billion dollars of military aid to egypt since the one nine hundred seventy nine piece of agreement which involves israel they withheld some of the aid back in october pending
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progress on human rights here in egypt this journey generals quite suits considerably aid packages extremely important egypt and more importantly to america it has allowed them to have significant control over what egypt is allowed to purchase in terms of weapons which egypt cursing up to russia this could seriously upset america and hinder relations between the two also egypt doesn't have any money at the moment the economic situation here is particularly dire after two and a half years of political turmoil following the january twenty five revolution they may look to saudi to fund these arms deal but it's not sure yet whether that's actually going to happen what this is showing however is egypt is russia's influence over the region russia is definitely looking to cozy up to egypt as the influence of america wanes so it's still very important even though we're not entirely sure what's going to happen with this. has become the face of the u.s. president shaky health care reforms and how is the emotional scars to prove. a cyber bullying over her own one and role in promoting obamacare reaches fever pitch
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and you can go online for all the details. and pope francis has crossed the mafia one investigator says and q.b. in danger as he pursues his vatican crackdown on church corruption that to. now 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 power with some growers claiming government officials are taking a cut from the lucrative business well as you can see here opium cultivation a spike by more than a third in twenty thirty according to the latest u.n. report and that's to spider international efforts to curb it with the yields by several thousand tons of ghana stand share in the global supply of illicit opiates
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is likely to hit ninety percent by the end of this year and it's easy to see why farmers give in to the temptation to grow illegal crops with the profits dwarfing those from traditional agriculture and the impoverished and war torn nation are just going to 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 but 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 manage to peck's them for that and this is what one farmer said government officials grow
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opium themselves and if they don't grow it themselves they rent out their land to farmers who 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 does in just trying to eradicate property and the 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 ban on it in washington i'm going to check on. now today's edition of breaking the south looks at america's impact on the drug trade in afghanistan and
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here's what to expect. and guess what guys the taliban had banned it almost completely eradicated opium afghanistan shortly before the us invaded some of these headlines the corporate 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 to her when 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. we give excess published part of the draft of a u.s. brokered international trade deal whose exact wording has been kept secret for years the transpacific partnership agreement or t.v. is expected to pass eleven nations representing about forty percent of the world's g.d.p. critics have already dubbed the scheme anti-consumer they say the leaked excerpt
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makes it clear that it's tailor made for major corporations allowing them to strengthen their monopoly control over sectors from pharmaceutical goods recently almost two hundred u.s. lawmakers resisted pressure to fastrack 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 become gresh will move but the fact that for the first time countries proposals are 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. now i know there are trade deal being hammered out by the us and the e.u. could see individual corporations lifted to the status of nation states are just
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financial guru max geyser says that would legitimize some highly controversial business activities. so they pass a law to the brown the ability to go down to the amazonian jungle go to a country like ecuador who they've committed of ecological whole 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 a pig because you've got to pay your bill on it we don't bare bones there job level god is going to up. international talks aimed at ending the long running standoff over iran's nuclear program stalled last week due to last minute amendments to a u.s. proposed deal that's according to russia's foreign minister the white house is now urging congress not to impose new sanctions on iran saying they could hold back
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progress in the negotiations however washington has renewed what's called a state of emergency against iran and left the old sanctions in place america's k.o.i. in the region israel seems to be putting all its lobbying powers into hitting iran was new penalties by the middle east political analysts thinks that further measures would harm u.s. interest. brahmins provides a golden opportunity for. the global community to come around the table and announced an agreement about introducing new sanctions at the same time they do invite you for that negotiations is quite contradictory and may a road to confidence of really needs. to continue the negotiations and the only thing iran is trying to achieve ease kind of for a go commission by five plus one about. enrichment and to having rights for. nuclear technology. some other stories from around the world
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twin blasts have ripped through a religious procession in eastern iraq killing nine people and wounding more than thirty in the attack happened in the city of west said during festivities marking a sure of the most important day in the shiite muslim calendar ten people were killed in four explosions yesterday all of them aimed at shii gatherings. in thailand protest against a political amnesty bill are gathering pace with thousands flooding the streets of the capital bangkok critics say the legislation would allow ousted prime minister thaksin shinawatra to dodge a jail sentence for corruption and return from exile legislation was rejected by the senate on monday but to 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. a team of palestinian negotiators has pulled
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out of keys talks with israel siding a lack of progress since they resumed in july the head of the delegation says the decision by tel of if to continue settlement expansion randoms further negotiations meaningless officials from both sides admit they failed to find common ground in the last few months. you have to date up next firsthand accounts from those who survived the blockade of letting grad 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 trance fats and foods and possibly the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks
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per year across the usa according to f.d.a. commissioner margaret hamburg as you know i have 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 hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you but dude weed is better for you than beer and that's the eagle man and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balanced position is a really good idea well the country could go the libertarian route and let it be everything be legal let people make their own choices or do what i think would be much much better actually really ban 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 ban some harmful things for some reason and a lot other harmful things because well they lobby better but that's just my
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opinion. odd. the fish in the. economic ups and downs in the find out all belong to the london new york sang i and the rest because i was doing the ac will be everything we can all say the mood oh the in. my dear dear diary i am so happy. this is been the best summer of my life.


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