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tensions run high in central kiev as thousands protest against the ukrainian president's decision to definitively reject an association agreement with the e.u. . tens of thousands are still protesting in ukrainian capital and hundreds of riot policemen are on the ground as well creating simmering tension. i began to have some serious philosophical reservations about what the fed was doing and i decided to apologize to america as the black friday shopping kicks off in the us we look at where the wild buying spree of the federal reserve has led to the american economy five years after it started. the government just comes in and fires massive amounts of tear gas to punish citizens for expressing dissent later this hour we'll talk to activists who are trying to prevent the rain from getting its hands on more to gas
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to use in its brutal crackdown on the opposition our top stories this hour. this is r t international live from moscow with the twenty four hours a day. police have been deployed on independence square in the ukrainian capital where thousands have been besieging the parliament building day and night demonstrators are angry that the country's president refused to sign in the satiation deal with the e.u. during an eastern bloc summit. in cannes several hundred riot policemen arrived on the scene and created some tension they were here to literally cordon off the street just to not let the people out on the street and now the traffic has been suspended and people are protesting not only on the square but on the adjoining streets as well the biggest question right now. sleeze how long this protest will
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last where they will result in any brawls and clashes we've already seen some pushing and shoving between the protesters and the police i even saw with my own eyes a smoke bomb detonated in front of the riot police but that is this far as it went so far nobody excludes that it might result in violence that might result in clashes in roles and also now the question is who will be leading these protests because the opposition leaders still not here probably there on the way back from vilnius where they also discussed the future of the euro association deal with the european politicians live pictures from kiev here and you can see massive crowds around the parliament building and earlier i spoke to a member of the u.k. independence party who believes that some of these people really don't know what they are running full that we have to compare the two process it being elsewhere in the european union where you have to look at the protest being in greece riots burning the european union flag and i think i think these people who are protesting
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propaganda i think the propaganda machine of the european union has still to down to these protesters actually really knew what was involved in joining the european union and actually what it meant for that country i think would see a whole different thing out. so there was no agreement in vilnius when leaders failed in to persuade ukraine's leaders that its future lies closer to europe even despite some last minute pressure is. reports. if a moment of un power allowed access ukrainian president viktor yana coverts comes face to face with e.u. leaders for the first time since stalling on an historic trade deal the whole thing caught on camera it's clear that kiev decision to hold proceedings has rankled e.u. leaders who are in years of negotiations now to cultivate says the financial deal of alpha isn't large enough to prevent damage to ukraine's flailing economy the
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e.u. senses outside influence the fact that we have a strategic partnership with russia does not mean it to be and we are dealing with another country we cannot accept any kind of party involvement the times of limited sovereignty out over in europe yet oh so where does this leave the situation ukraine's proposals for trilateral talks with russia were rejected by the e.u. or brussels finances may not allow them to increase the offer to kiev causing stalemate so a you depart to vilnius contemplating what might have been despite courting president they simply seemed unable to offer him a deal that was tempting enough pull scott's altie vilnius lithuania the president of the european commission once again blame moscow for sinking the deal but one financial analyst we spoke to believes europe is just trying to divert attention from its own weaknesses. if the european union's leaders whether individually or
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collectively started melting to their shortcomings there'd be no end of problems wouldn't there i mean look at the european union massive run can employment throughout the course of the union we've got things like fifty percent plus of youth on employment in several mediterranean countries they have a euro currency project which is a fiasco built on sand by the sort of deluded technocrats who believe that they know the best thing for all people and therefore realistically the only thing the european union can try to do is keep blame storming anybody russia who cares because ultimately the european union that started and has rendered wonderful supranational tred project is ultimately falling apart at the seams because it has become itself a crumbling soviet style empire which in many cases replicates some of the more
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ridiculous facets of the old soviet union. staying with the u.s. the holiday shopping season has kicked off in america with some retailers breaking tradition by pushing their opening hours into thanksgiving night instead of waiting for the official start of what has become known as black friday and it's been exactly five years since the u.s. federal reserve began its own unprecedented shopping spree but back in two thousand and eight it unveiled the largest stimulus package in u.s. history let's just see how it all panned out where banks were handing out just too many mortgages and as financial troubles plagued borrowers people simply couldn't repay the debt the u.s. federal reserve launched a massive program of bond purchases printing more cash and buying bad loans well by pouring more money into the banks they intended to help the average american by driving down the cost of credit so that more people could survive the financial meltdown but it turned out to be
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a bigger win for wall street than for the taxpayer report i met one of those behind the fed's experiment now sees it as a big mistake. black friday the day after thanksgiving is america's busiest shopping day of the year millions standing in lines for hours or even days before stampeding into stores to snag door buster deals oddly enough the first reserve bank has also used this pseudo holiday to launch its own on precedented spending spree otherwise known as want to teach it easy two thousand the financial crisis the fed began buying up massive bonds to drive down the cost of credit and experiment pitched at helping main street as the program marks its five year anniversary the former fed official who helped spearhead the quantitative easing is publicly apologizing to all americans for the role he played his name is andrew who sar and he joins me now andrew what is so bad about quantitative
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easing that you felt you had to publicly apologize to the entire country i believe we have a very big wakeup call with the financial crisis five years ago we had a we realize we have this economy that was over we were lying on wall street where the banks had become too big and too too concentrated for the larger economy and what i feel quality quantitative easing all to me is done to reinforce. that structure in the u.s. economy and a lot of the benefits of q.e. have ultimately gone to the banks rather to to to main street america so if we see that over the course of five years those that have benefited from q e have been the richest people in the united states of the richest companies the richest banks in the majority of americans are not benefiting from this and why is still continuing the problem is. the fed at this point is the only one doing something and so it
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feels like it keeps on having to do something to help mild the argument is what it's doing is it not only helping but it may actually be hurting far for much about the u.s. economy and economists max fraud wolf i spoke to a lady he says the economic recovery in the u.s. is still. economy is still the economy missing seventy eight million jobs by the most conservative of possible estimates we said here with over seven percent unemployment five years into the downturn we've had absolutely no wage growth in the united states which means that ninety two to ninety three percent of americans who are working haven't seen their paychecks go up in many years now and i foresee for the brands are more expensive gas is more expensive food is more expensive so we have a general public here the bottom eighty percent of which has been left behind the workers that's the problem here is that the financial industry all this borrowed money is just a coping mechanism if the economy relies and people need to buy more than they can
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afford they borrow the difference the real economic problem is that people need to do and choose to buy more than they can afford solve the problem or you have a periodic coping mechanism to introduce their new problems and eventually blow up themselves that's unfortunately very much the story of the u.s. of the u.k. model the first wave of anti fracking theory has gripped texas which is being struck by a series of small earthquakes some scientists blame the drilling for the tremors which caused no casualties but still left locals quite literally shaken with the latest three point six magnitude quake was the strongest in years and fueled panic among some texan communities the state has seen a massive boom in fracking operations as all of the gas corporations seek to tap into the most lucrative deposits well earlier we spoke with local resident rebecca williams who says the complaints about alleged fracking related damage to her property being ignored by officials. when we walk out for thirty thousand chemical . and could not figure out where the chemical to come in. and then we started to
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have an earthquake the earthquake concrete the stronger and the three point one i tried to get up and run down in my half but simply for bad for a few things i couldn't even run increasing want to believe in fairy. proportion pre-print. crap brick around here the room there was. actually pouring the tram parts around. and on the ceiling and the miranda on the front porch it is in my driveway i reported that sheriff's department connection and a report to the media that nobody had any damage and no one to listen george bothers and activists you campaigns against fracking in the u.k. and he says the process is difficult to combat because of powerful backers in london as the problem starts imagining and they try and stop holding these
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companies to account what they'll find is like in both can for instance a separate company called bulk and was set up so that those massive legal liabilities that might emerge in the future actually impossible to link to the parent company called where the results is that isn't managed by lord browne who is a member of the u.k. government and not just a member of the u.k. government advising on energy and member of the u.k. government he gets to appoint people in every single other government department so when we look at the problem of fracking we see not just this in mind threat to our local environment and to driving climate change wider but we also see that the wider problem of how it is that these very powerful economic interests essentially dominating what should be democratic politics. still ahead on r.t.e. international peacekeepers patrol the streets of britain. people are angry because it's a very small area very densely populated and people as you can see so terrace houses
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people living on top of each other with the flow of immigrants into the country locals take matters into their own hands to try and bridge the divide the full story just a few minutes away. ukraine a country divided it's government's decision not to pursue integration with the european union and for russia as western politicians and media in an uproar brussels feel snubbed while moscow has a wait and see approach as ukrainian politics is anything but stable the so-called struggle for ukraine is far from over. if you're thinking about an alcoholic drink associated with russia it's probably not going to be one that springs into your head but they've been making it here on the black sea coast for more than two thousand years and there's an industry which really can compete with the best the rest of the world has to offer i've come to
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meet some of the people growing the greats and to see if i can find out the secret to the perfect. the most well known human rights activists in bahrain nabil version has served three quarters of his two year prison term and is now legally eligible for release he was detained last year in july for organizing and taking part in illegal gatherings this comes as a group of british and american rights lawyers take legal action to prevent a south korean firms supplying the bahraini authorities with over one point six million rounds of tear gas bill maher's act from bahrain watch believes that ending
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the turmoil is not possible when so many human rights defenders are being imprisoned. the government will release him if and only if there is significant pressure from behind allies meaning the united states of the united kingdom. in absence of that pressure i think the government will still trying to come in prison in line with their campaign of you know trying to prevent any sort of dissent or create any sort of safe space for dissent we saw a deal the videos of nighttime bombardments of villages in behind with tear gas these are areas where there's no protests whatsoever going on the government just comes in and fires massive amounts of tear gas to punish citizens for expressing dissent or protests so we're not seeing the use of tear gas and behind to discourse of violent rioters as much as we're seeing it to punish as a weapon of collective punishment we've seen the government try to hold the so-called national dialogue with the opposition but you can't really have this dialogue writers there's so many political prisoners and representatives of the
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opposition the major players of the opposition and present the grand mufti of saudi arabia wants to protect the people from evil although in his eyes that means preventing women from getting behind the wheel of a car at online to find out more on this. plus a fully equipped cannabis factory in the u.k. one could design as a shelter from nuclear strikes will be taken down by police now but you couldn't read all about it at all to. the. right. search string. and i would think that you're. on a reporter's twitter. instagram. and . another extremely disturbing video from syria has his phone line and emma to clip posted by the
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syrian observatory for human rights that led. the show's hardline islamist militants publicly executing members of a rival rebel group over the footage we're about to play could be independently verified and it is of a graphic nature the kneeling men are believed to be from a moderate islamist group it's claimed they're being shot dead by members of the islamic state of iraq and levant it's an al qaeda affiliate operating in the region the terrorist cells been pushing for more control in rebel held areas in syria against more moderate opposition factions talk to him alou she is a political analyst and a professor at these arts and a university and a man says the root of the cause is that other regional players have no interest in peace. they do not hold any respect for human life and not all political opponents of anything even if they were against the syrian regime would become an enemy to these groups so basically we are talking about
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a medieval mindset here and i doubt even in medieval times that we've had something like this this is something that probably harks back to the stone age and some people in the area do not want to see a political settlement in syria and this is very crucial to understanding the behavior of these groups this kind of escalation against other opposition groups especially if they have said they are going to geneva two so really the people to talk to here is not these groups but the people behind them namely some saudis. who are supporting these groups that are clear and that are clear because they are opposed to the geneva two. there is political fallout in washington after anonymous u.s. officials revealed the cia had secretly recruited some al qaeda members held at guantanamo bay the double agents with an allegedly set free and allowed to wreak infiltrate
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the ranks of terrorists. well former pentagon security analyst michael maloof says the revelations work is a smear campaign for the detainees still trapped at guantanamo. there are displaced people they. no longer have any citizenship anywhere and certainly they cannot come back in the united states and their families their families are probably going to be under watch and scrutiny it's a very problematic situation for the individuals involved especially if there was nothing nothing no charges against them in the first place they're basically people without a country now. now some other international news this hour the streets of egypt a burning again for me to try to protest in several different parts of egypt's capital current security forces are using tear gas with crowds of responding with stones demonstrations for days of similar walkouts in defiance of
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a new law which bans gatherings without government approval recent multiple arrests of activists including teenage girls about it fuel to public anger over the military's grip on. the u.s. military commander has called the afghan president to apologize for a recent drone strike which washington admits killed and wounded civilians a child was among those who died the death sparked outrage from afghanistan's government came during crunch talks on the security pact it would outline the terms of america's military presence in the country beyond twenty fourteen. hundreds of protesters stormed the army headquarters in thailand's capital bangkok during the largest civil unrest in years of history has demanded the removal of the prime minister who had recently survived a no confidence vote last few days crowds of the seats several ministerial buildings and cut the power to the police headquarters prime minister is widely seen as a puppet of a brother who is a tycoon convicted for corruption. funneling
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a world update this hour china has sent fighter jets to routinely put. all its newly declared air defense zone over disputed islands in the east china sea this comes after japan and south korea all held their own military flights over the air in a challenge to beijing the dispute threatens to overshadow u.s. vice president joe biden's trip to the region next week washington maintains a robust military presence in the region trying to contain china's running clout. u.k. is no doubt almost two hundred thousand roma immigrants looking for jobs and cash many british are angry because they believe few of the newcomers are ready to adapt to the rules of their new home or to report on how some locals have made an unconventional step to deal with the matter. repping up against the cold this team is setting off on one of their regular nightly migrant patrols organized by the pakistan community association their beat is this small neighborhood in sheffield in the north of england known as paige all the trying to save
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a community tensions here i don't know there are tensions in the area and people are angry because it's a very small area very densely populated and people as you can see so terrace houses people living on top of each other it doesn't take us long to see what some members of the local community is so concerned about even on a monday night in winter large groups of roma men congregated on this small high street obviously saw a. cd so look around this mess you sensed a noise that night most of the roma here from the back here and they're eager to tell us that they don't want to cause any trouble for my friend you know my school work here people who speak you know so if you have to meet horrible you know looking for a drop you know problem here five thousand and nine pm curfew has been put in place here under sixteen can't see the police thanks coming back here so they have what sort of significant presence in the area similar support a presence here from eight o'clock in the flame right the way through until then
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it's a very difficult thing to police the situation has gained national attention with some voicing concerns of a repeat of the race riots that blighted the north of the country to stave a decade ago it didn't concern me that it was going to happen what concerns me was how that would make very much population and the longstanding population feel that they're living in an area where tensions of perhaps not so hard either that might happen like all east citizens of roma have the right to move freely throughout the european union but so one of the most persecuted ethnic minority groups in europe the migrant patrol at. trying to aid integration here but with restrictions being removed next year allowing bold garion then rumanians to enter the u.k. sparking wide public concern it won't just be the patrol keeping a careful watch on what plays out on the streets of this small local community so
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r.t. reporting from sheffield in the north of england as the olympic torch continues its journey from the highest highs to the lowest depths those preparing to complete it soar to twenty fourteen and getting themselves in shape for the winter games and the city is working hard to make sure it's already. reports from the centerpiece of the black sea resort. i'm standing inside of the fish a limb pig a stadium which will host the opening as well as the closing ceremonies for the olympic and paralympic of twenty four teams this is going to be the home of the olympic torch now president vladimir putin for the stadium itself which is why do you need it is a shaped like a seashell and to myself that is be a black sea and to my left is the mountainous cluster where all the beautiful alpine ski resorts are being prepared for the athletes as well as the spectators are what's also quite unique about the stadium is the fact that it is made out of
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glass so while you're when it's sunny the sun is reflected up on it and you can really see why it was chosen to be the host stadium for the olympics and of course there will be no sporting activities happening here because it is kept for the opening and closing ceremonies and after the olympics it will be used for twenty eight feet for the world cup so we're here everything is almost ready and we're just waiting for the final nails and balls to be put in on the fish a stadium and of course our present body which has already stemmed russia ready to host the world in sochi come twenty fourteen. more news for in just over half an hour from now here in our two international in the meantime ukraine's rejection of it is up for debate in crosstalk find out what lies behind the decision just ahead .
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i hate to be a downer but i really think the olympics of last operating in the past when there was the cold war it was like a battle between two ideologies taking place in the abstract. and the nine hundred thirty six olympics nazi pseudo science their self-proclaimed superiority was put on trial for the whole world to see and it's right the olympics having the majority of the countries on earth participating there now horribly horribly bland one could argue that they have become a great way for countries to show off their ex used to build up some infrastructure by think this is a big misconception let's look back to two thousand a lympics in beijing yet china is really develop in the last twenty years but the olympics really teach us anything about this country with a radically different political system or anything about their ancient culture or the way they think of the way they live no nothing at all all we saw were some
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flags and some pandas that rather unique stadium which was mostly the work of a swiss company yeah i hate to say i think the olympic flame is kind of burnt out over the years although i have to admit that saying the torch in the space was kind of neat i think that when and if the world ever becomes an ideological battle ground again and then the olympics will become worth watching but for now it's just generic sports from generic countries a generic stadiums but that's just my opinion. this is the place that has been consecrated to god for almost a thousand of years people came here twenty some years ago to reestablish mastic life on this island. and people feel the love of christ working. people so you can. come and something happens on this island that makes them return to it again and again they say the
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to have you with us here today. hello and welcome to crossfire all things are considered i'm peter lavelle ukraine a country divided its government's decision not to pursue integration with the european union. as western politicians and media in an uproar feel snubbed while moscow has a wait and see approach as ukrainian politics is anything but stable the so-called struggle for ukraine is far from over.


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