tv [untitled] November 22, 2013 12:00pm-12:31pm EST
ukraine's opposition is fanning the flames of discontent unhappy with the government's move to. integration. president putin meanwhile denies allegations it was russia that blackmailed ukraine into giving up its planned trade pact instead claiming it's europe that's been applying the pressure we get expert opinion from london surely. london rules it's ok to sell weapons to go despite their poor human rights records. cracking down on the. washington consider slapping on a price for protest driven by america's all powerful oil lobby.
live from our studio central moscow this is r.t. with the twenty four hours a day the ukrainian opposition is baring its teeth threatening president viktor yanukovych with impeachment and vowing to bring tens of thousands of people onto the streets by the weekend all that after the government suspended work towards a free trade deal with the e.u. and some protests are already taking place artie's alexy reports. indeed some part of the ukrainian society have had a very bitter reaction to the news that the country would not be signing the e.u.'s or sation deal next week protests have been taking place all over ukraine since last night you are now witnessing one of them a key of central independence square the place where the orange revolution started exactly nine years ago when literally this whole space behind me was filled with people several hundred thousand here in any case we understand that the protesters they planning to stage their rallies at least until sunday when the country will
officially mark the anniversary of the orange revolution that's when we expect more than seventy thousand people to hit the streets so this is one part of the greater society infuriated by unocal which is decision the other party which also includes prominent political analysts and speakers in the political sphere they have been saying that ukraine by not signing this agreement may have in fact dodged a bullet some of these statements some of these comments and emotions i've compiled in my report let's have a look at that two months ago it was touted as a done deal on thursday ukraine's government all but completely ruled out that an association agreement with the e.u. would be signed next week instead regarding trade ties with russia and c.i.s. was made the priority. some stage of ascending to the top when the weather is unfavorable. the one hundred eighty degree turn around comes after months of openly voiced concerns that ukraine's economy would simply collapse if it formed a free trade zone with the e.u.
which in turn promised no compensations on potential losses think it is a lucky escape really because i think that this deal was bad news for the ukraine it would be like somebody today go back in time to nine hundred twelve and buying a ticket for the titanic it would have been a national suicide for the ukrainian government to sign this just a few days before the move moody's downgraded ukraine's economic index to a preview fourth level that led the government to openly admitting that they already ailing economy was not ready for a leap of faith. we haven't gotten the clear signal from our european neighbors that the losses which we have suffered in the last four months will be compensated by entry new markets and european markets will need to hold the work of a dozen of our enterprises but our country can't afford firing tens of thousands of workers. reporting from kiev in ukraine. who's blackmailing president vladimir putin is address recent allegations that russia forced ukraine into the u. turn. in petersburg and she's been listening to what the russian leader had to say
turkish prime minister erdogan is here meeting with president putin they had a joint press conference where the ukraine issued actually did come up in one of the questions mr putin was actually asked about allegations that came out in reports earlier on friday suggesting that the ukrainian president had spoken to his counterpart his lithuanian counterpart in a phone call in a which he brought moscow pressure on the ukraine to scrap plans for participation in this trade pact here's a mr putin responded to a question about that let's take a listen. i don't know what the ukrainian president was talking about with his lithuanian counterpart maybe we should ask our american friends about it but so far they haven't told us anything now he was of course joking but what he was referencing there is the u.s. national security agency spy scandal where the agency had been accused of wiretapping the phone calls of various e.u.
leaders on a more serious note however mr putin lashed out at the european union suggesting that it's the e.u. in fact that's blackmailing and pressuring ukraine in regards to this deal let's take a listen. when i have just found out yesterday that ukraine has suspended not cancelled but suspended negotiations with the e.u. he wants to review everything. from the e.u. to ukraine all the way up to organizing mass protests this is pressure on sticking with the ukraine and the european union mr putin had actually referenced turkey is a longstanding bid for membership in the european union which hasn't been successful to date fifty year process he said he turned to to mr erdogan and jokingly basically said that he wanted to get mr erdogan input on this since the country had tried for so long to enter the european union mr aragon had entered that yes this is a fifty year old request and he wanted to answer with his own request asking for
a russian to take sharky into the shanghai organization for quite. heartening that's of course the six party. cooperation agency that russia is a part of with several other countries essentially making a statement about turkey as an inability so far to join the e.u. and to talk more on where you crane finds itself after putting the brakes on integration i'm joined live by patrick young is executive director of t.v. advisors there in london patrick president putin the said blackmailing ukraine rather than russia what do you make of it all. well it has to be said that overall the european union have been very very keen to see ukraine indulge in a lot of political and liberalizing measures that happened to suit the viewpoints of a large number of e.u. politicians i mean for example this whole ongoing issue of the jailing of the political opposition leader mrs to. the rights and wrongs of the act or buried
somewhere in the ukrainian court records but as far as the european union are concerned they wanted to see her freed therefore there has been very significant political pressure coming from the e.u. will for time while russia has noted the overall a vast amount of trade with ukraine is already done with russia why would the e.u. want to get a partnership with a country that's virtually bankrupt. well here we have of course the peccadilloes of the european union remember the european union is an organization that seems to have almost as many presidents as it has stormtroopers at the moment the national presidency that's the presidency that's held for every six months by a country is lithuania what is lithuania interested in clearly they're deeply concerned about what's going to go on in the general political basis from the baltics and their of their bikes they never russia in kaliningrad they're obviously
incredibly close a neighbor to ukraine at the same point in time therefore they are deeply concerned about their sphere of influence this has been frankly a valid t. project of the lithuanian presidency which was never going to carry through because that january of next year we're going to see the presidency being taken over by greece greece with all its economic woes how they even heard of the ukrainian economy probably not despite the problems going on in the european economy many ukrainians really do see it as an attraction to eventually join the e.u. otherwise they wouldn't be out there protesting in the streets they've got a point having there are many benefits to be had for the ordinary ukrainian. oh look i mean there are many benefits to be had from the european union the ability to travel safely securely in the shang and passport zone over multiple borders the opportunity to be part of an absolutely huge free trade zone it's a fantastic idea but the problem we really have is that already the european union
model has been deeply compromised by the addition of countries that weren't ready such as bold garia and rumania the european union itself really has to concentrate on its own internal economic problems ukrainians should absolutely look towards the idea of being an open capitalist competitive economy in order to deliver the sort of prosperity that the people are currently lacking but the difficulty is you can't enter into a free trade zone when one party is affectively hopping around indebted with their arms tied behind their back and the other is a huge economic powerhouse centered around germany live from our london studios patrick great to talk to you patrick young executive director of d.v. advisors thanks a lot. russia granted bail to twenty nine out of the thirty greenpeace activists arrested during september's oil rig protest that's not enough for the international maritime tribunal which demands they all be let out of the country immediately
along with their ship we've got to live expert analysis coming up for you very soon here on our feet on that. first report from british m.p.'s has concluded that saudi arabia's notoriously bad human rights record is no reason to stop sending billions of dollars in weapons to the kingdom campaigners of accuse the government of pandering to despotic regimes in return for profit or smith has more on the controversy of the report. it points out the ethical dilemma of the u.k. having this close relationship with bahrain and saudi arabia who obviously have such poor human rights records but it is the most important thing is that the government finds new ways of selling that relationship to the public essentially explaining its approach to the british public and not necessarily doing anything about those concerns and issues so for example the committee says that there's there are concerns about juggling human rights with these lucrative trade deals.
recognizes that saudi arabia's role as a key purchaser of arms from the u.k. is quote controversial but it says it all balance there's no point in ending that relationship it wouldn't have any purpose at all now the campaign against the arms trade is not impressed with that excuses the foreign affairs committee is providing cover basically for the government as it says it continues to pander to despicable regimes in the service of arms contracts particularly for the arms manufacturer so basically what this report is doing is recognizing the hypocrisy but not doing anything about it it's representative of the campaign against arms trade told us why exactly the group believes the report is misguided. there is a wrong attitude by the british government because it is they're always saying we've got to understand the saudis we've got up to them with to try to understand
their point of view we will have influence over them if we take the extra steps. if we try to foster good relations we say that that's just the wrong way around you should put human rights human rights the saudis human rights so expect trip workers in saudi arabia and of course in bahrain as well they should be at the center of the u.k. government policy it shouldn't be about selling arms it should be about supporting human rights and that's the problem with this report human rights takes very much a second place to commercial interests and particularly to the interests of the big arms companies. to come here in our to the global media turns its cameras on every once again that's a mixed hopes for a breakthrough deal of iran's atomic ambitions as key talks and for a third day with world leaders trying to overcome major stumbling blocks. to remove the mayor of one israeli city has extreme views of buffeting the status quo and
the international maritime tribunal is demanding russia freeze the thirty greenpeace activists and their ship to ten in september for trying to scale an oil rig twenty nine of them have already been granted most of them released with just one. is to buy let's say with. it's been a roller coaster ride for the thirty activists who were arrested for trying to scale a russian oil rig in the arctic now the thirty that's twenty eight of them were
greenpeace activists and two of them who are journalists to where charged with piracy for trying to scale that arctic while rageh the russian authorities said they put everybody on that oil rig in danger as well as themselves and other charges of piracy were later reduced to holligan ism charges which carry up to a seven year maximum sentence at this point they will move from merman's good to st petersburg there was an early in november where they'd be able to get diplomatic help as well as be near to their families with this environmental case has certainly caused a rift between russia as well as the netherlands of the arctic sunrise vessel which the activists were on board was a flying the dutch flag now at this point what we do know is that the hague international maritime has been ours to take a look at the case forcing russia to release the thirty activists and we know that the activists who have been released on bail will not be able to be in petersburg
they'll have to stay there as they have no legal papers to move around the country or leave the country feel are protesting at a fracking signed while it will set you back five thousand dollars if new u.s. legislation becomes law the page of protest to courtesy of the oil lobby has already been passed by the house of representatives but that's just half of it is art is going to teach con reports. decided first amendment does not apply when oil and gas industries are concerned they passed a bill this week that imposes a five thousand dollars fee for anyone wishing to file an official protest against the proposed drilling project there are protests going on across the nation against hydraulic fracking for instance there have been over a thousand documented cases of water contamination so people are naturally concerned but the same bill that establishes a fine for protesting against drilling would also allow for automatic approval of on shore drilling permits so the house of representatives is doing a huge favors to all powerful oil and gas industries they did not just pass one
legislation they passed another builders week that would put more authority of hydraulic fracking in the hands of states that way the department of interior would have no authority over whether companies disclose what chemicals they use in the fracking fluid whether water from franked wells is polluted or whether anyone can request public hearings regarding fracking permits permit applications needless to say that the fracking industry's contributions into congressional campaigns have quadrupled since two thousand and four these two bills still have to pass the democratic controlled senate even if they pass president obama has indicated he would veto the legislation should he get that far but will he actually do it. europe however has elected to go in the opposite direction when it comes to the fuel aside from forcing fracking companies to fire damage reports your accounts are looking at more ways to regulate the industry so why is there so much ill will towards fracking or to understand you've got to know how it works well first off
a hole is drilled deep into the earth a cocktail of water and toxins and then pumped in to literally dissolve rocks and release gas molecules and that's where the trouble begins dangerous toxins some of which are radioactive often contaminate local water supplies and up to seventy percent of fracking fluids also seep into the soil around the bore that's remaining and has had for decades above ground the process releases vast quantities of greenhouse gases that are all but impossible to keep in check. the world's political elite have descended on geneva amid cautious hopes a deal can be reached with iran over its uranium enrichment program optimism about the potential agreement is an evenly divided between the six countries participating in the talks which have now entered their third day of his politico has the details. you know the top diplomat catherine ashton has said that her
talks with her raney and counterpart gerard zarif have been going well the chemistry between them is good and we've had similar note of optimism from russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov the same time we know that a number of stumbling blocks remain here at these talks it's become apparent over the past two days iran has been willing to commit to allow inspectors from the international atomic agency into the country they've agreed to a vast swathes of the conditions set out for them by the e.u. and the u.s. but there seem to be getting much in return for that we know that the u.s. and the e.u. aren't offering to ease sanctions particularly significant me or indeed immediately if a deal is struck the way things stand at the moment sanctions would only be east slightly and off to six months so iran's wanting to see a bit of leeway on that said to be they want to see an easing of some of the very severe sanctions against that oil trade and their banking sector moreover at the
moment we're talking about potentially hammering out a deal about easing sanctions but over in the us we've got hardliners in congress talking about piling on even more sanctions on iran when as we've been reporting the international maritime tribunals is demanding russia release thirty activists from greenpeace and also release the ship well to discuss this legal wrangle. and associate professor at the scandinavian institute of maritime law joining us live from. so this international tribunal for maritime law it's demanding that russia releases the ship and all of these activists does this mean that russia has to abide by this it actually has to do this. yes tribunal today has ruled out that russia has to release their arctic sunrise
ship and the crew the activists on board then this means that they have to be released not just from the imprisonment but they also have to be allowed to leave the territory of the russian federation and to return to their homes however the tribunal importantly ruled that the netherlands has first. financial security before the vessel and the crew can be released by russia and will is how the man will willy nilly russia allow the start up north will russia or allow this is it going to happen then. well it is difficult to predict of course how russian authorities will react ever my prognosis is that it is common practice that the vessel and the crew is released once the financial security is supposed that we know that russia has so far ignored the proceedings at the tribunal.
it is not yet the final decision on the merits of the case so russian authorities should consider that the fact that they release the vessel against the security post it does not mean that. except that their actions in the barents sea were not lawful under the convention on the law of the sea shore it is yet to be seen whether or short if the troy doesn't go ahead does it mean then that these people will get away even after it appears that they have actually breached maritime law why should they be pardoned at this stage even without a trial. well russia has so far not yet received the final ruling on the question whether it has jurisdiction to institute the criminal proceedings to impose criminal sanctions for. this
action in the barents sea this yet remains to be seen how ever it is obliged to release now people. allow them to return to their countries are opposed to cover thank you very much indeed associate professor of the scandinavian institute of maritime law there in oslo thank you for being with us live in r.t. . the mayor of the israeli city of nazareth illit was recently voted back into power on a promise to keep the city jewish and limit the growth of the arab population and this in a diverse electorate of jews christians and arabs as r.t. policy in a report she's refusing to back down. what my goal is to have as few arabs as possible blunt direct and a virtually racist shit from a shop or ninety five percent of males think the same but only five percent will say it to the media i'm sorry i'm the only one who does so by have to stay true to
what i believe should one capsule has never shied away from controversy the mayor of nazareth elite is known for building neighborhoods for jewish citizens only banning christmas trees from schools and boasting that he stopped the arab population in the city from growing among his friends he counts prime minister benjamin netanyahu and now he's just been reelected for another term in office you notice that israel is first a jewish state and then a democracy the same goes for nazareth illit anyone can live here if they think there will ever be a church or mosque they can keep on dreaming but nazareth elite is in fact an ethnically mixed city one in five of its residents is arab it borders the biblical and much larger nazareth often called the arab capital of israel. arabs from nazareth and other villages come here to get away from their crowded areas and improve their living standards. stay we was born here he's been trying to get an arab school bus in the city but it's not going to happen on this mayor's watch in
this country when they get to the power they think if they go extreme right they will. go far if he becomes more racist then he will have more people to vote for him to claim make cheviot finkelstein angry she supports cap so and says their desire to live in a jewish city is what the country's founding fathers in visaged go wild and he is what is keeping me here because i know that if it wasn't for him we would lose our home this is without a doubt a war of existence recent municipal elections or gap so reelected with fifty two percent of votes his. posters promise to jewish city forever get says election campaign was soaked with racist undertones which many fear are now dangerously close to entry in israeli political mainstream the most disturbing aspect he takes pride in this in a way
a microcosm of israel the city's battle to preserve its jewish identity is infused with history religion and discrimination depending which side you're on policy r.t. now as with the elite northern israel. but to bring it up to date for the moment with the news team with morphine just over half an hour after the break abby martin looks at the likely consequences of the growing drone race breaking the set. in which negotiations only a week ago the prospect of a deal with around ten to lies and then the french by the role of spoiler to the great delight of israel nonetheless negotiations continue much is made of the technical side of the talks in fact this is a side show but these negotiations are really about is the issue of trust.
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the u.s. there's another nuclear problem that this government just can't solve the storage of nuclear waste is the department of energy is supposed to have a program in place to manage and store radioactive waste which is why the d.o.d.'s collecting fees from nuclear power plant operators in the tune of twenty seven billion dollars over the past few years but in two thousand and ten obama decided to abandon plans or develop the yucca mountain nuclear waste depository in the bathtub leaving us with no long term storage site so what did the twenty seven billion dollars in clean up fund end up being used for that turns out absolutely nothing that's right for decades this money is just been sitting there collecting interest while doing zero zero to dispose of the nuclear waste for the nation's one hundred different commercial reactors and this tuesday a federal appeals court ordered the government to stop collecting this new quake feat considering how it's not being used for anything in response to the ruling general counsel for the nuclear energy institute said quote today's decision
confirms that the federal government cannot continue to defy congress explicit direction implement a viable program to manage reactor fuel from america's power plants that it's not often that i agree with the nuclear energy institute but their right to this problem isn't just going to go away in fact it's going to last generations not only is this nuclear waste problem something we need to deal with now but the hazards associated with this technology is just not worth the risk of advancing nuclear energy anywhere in the world if you join me let's break the sack. the discipline look it was terrible and they are looking very hard to take under the delusion. that he ever had sex with the target they're looking to the police.
to little little. little. little little little little look look look. look. after more than twelve years of military occupation the u.s. and afghanistan have finally come to terms for a tentative bilateral security agreement that will stop the role of troops in the country until two thousand and twenty four secretary of state john kerry and afghan president hamid karzai reached the accord on the heels of the loya jirga or afghanistan's grand assembly however just today as i said that he would the latest signing the agreement until after the presidential elections on april twenty fourth team and that these negotiations and one point of contention has been the number of criminal incidents which afghan civilians have been executed via night.