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britain prepares to designate swathes of its pristine countryside for energy exploration including fracking overriding protests from entire communities that have stood up against drilling. if you can't get into your home. to drink it as a fracking link to earthquakes weren't bad enough we meet the texans living in the shadow of a shallow well drinking water have started to burn they don't want the world to know that it really is this bad they don't want it in official darkness. also the syrian army moved in to clear the damascus suburb of our draft from extremists who according to locals launched a religious nonsmoker beheading adults and children and wiping out entire families . was ukraine's opposition fears our european block watch as the
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president comes to russia for a loan and a better gas deal after the e.u. turns down his plea for eight. zero. zero zero lead from moscow you're watching r t international with me and he so now it's good to have you with us this tuesday let's get straight to our top story a new energy boom may be coming to the british countryside although so far it's had a far from warm welcome the ground works being laid to open up vast tracts of land for oil exploration including shell gas fracking even though entire communities are raising up rising up against the practice the government seems to have made up its mind as laura smith reports what still says in bold couldn't sussex where locals that campaign is barricaded. yes drilling site but two months that's continued in
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soul food with demonstrators blocking roads to stop drilling equipment big deliberate but it's full steam ahead for fracking ministers are preparing to identify thousands of square miles for exploration across the country but the announcements likely to add more fuel to the fire of the protest movement an enormous amount of water involved in sort of what you do is you blast the rocks with water and chemicals people are concerned about the waste they're concerned about the noise here in the u.k. though the government so keen to get locals on board but it offering up front payments of one hundred thousand pounds per well even if no gas is produced but campaigners look unlikely to sell their countryside even at that price the founder of frack free sussex in southern england tells us that the gas extraction
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process simply cannot be made safe it is an inherently on regulated will process say fracking is an oxymoron it is simply not possible it's such a human arrogance to say that we can legislate for the vagaries of subterranean geology what i have learned from the people i now know personally in pennsylvania and australia has made me very scared as a mother of someone of a child or someone who lives four miles from a fracking well in a country that already has sixty percent plus potentially licensed for this eco cycle nightmare this technology cannot be regulated they're making all kinds of you euphemistic excuses about oh it's not to do with the fracking it's to do with poor operations it pollutes drinking water it pollutes there it is widely proven to trigger seismic activity both nearby and far. so what's down the road for britain if a fracking revolution takes hold well look no further than texas the shale gas drilling capital of the world their property prices are taking near wow's real rank smell
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stress for miles and even earthquakes have been linked to fracking and that's not all that's going into camp now explains the local government in texas tells us the believes that the water from his well water that he can set on fire is safe to drink and to use in his home. you can hear it in here. thank you but steve has the assessment of other experts who say he's well is it ticking bomb in his backyard loaded with methane and other contaminants why the starkly different assessments steve claims that a fracking operation nearby contaminated his well and that texas energy authorities are shielding the gas company. they don't want the world to know that it really is this bad they don't want it in official documents it could be that the fracking allowed gas from lower formations into the aquifer and subsequently into steve
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lipski as well the gas company denies the claim the lipski is sued the range resources corp but the firm counter sued and won in cause and effect evidence a ground water is incredibly difficult to prove my do you sell us our is an engineer who worked with the federal environmental protection agency is not surprised that the state oil and gas regulator sided with the gas corporation conceit that the rights it seen come in survival from oil and gas production issues should be putting in charge of also regulating the protection of groundwater from going down swells and there's any parent. conflict of interest that determined to fight for his home father of three steve has been shipping fresh water from the city on trucks at
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a cost of five hundred dollars a month but the family now faces another blow from the fracking corporation a four point two million dollar lawsuit for defamation steve lipski is dream house and it's a beautiful property has become his nightmare several of his neighbors apparently have the same problem but they're reluctant to speak out after they saw how the gas company went after mr lipski they shouldn't expect much help from washington either so why do you sell us our says the environmental protection agency has not put nearly enough resources into studying the effects that fracking has on groundwater but that didn't stop the p.a. from coming up with a report in favor of the practice phillipe skis were advised to vent the gas constantly to keep it from accumulating under their property as their neighboring gas wells continues to frack is alive thousand feet deep we're pretty much standing around on top of the one hundred years from now when somebody dies
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because there's some timing on the border and they're able to trace it to this frack him and we've got the horse's head who cares invest in a few loss of feed for now it seems that the authorities at all levels are so fired up on fracking potential profits that households like steve leave his family are left to fight alone to get a healthy environment in their homes. gotta check out our team parker county texas . people got the latest on the locals an activist struggling against big energy interests are to dot com with an online report on campaigners in the u.s. warning of catastrophe after the coast guard offer to use rivers to ship toxic fracking waste. the syrian army has reportedly liberated key districts in the city of which has it seems witnessed atrocities described as the most barbaric since the war started almost three years ago local residents have
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told r.t. that adults and children were tortured and beheaded by a battalion of islamic rebels who tried to seize control of the area some estimates put the number of civilians killed at around two hundred a crew from marty's arabic channel is there. when dawn was breaking over our drug news or a front in the army of islam gave a signal for the fighters to a time they came in hundreds making use of bad weather and the element of surprise over government forces you to say you are after fierce fighting with the syrian army the rebel factions achieve their objectives with the city soon falling into the hands of those who the residents of the city have dubbed the decapitated years . how their friend of mine told me that he claims he was insane in order to save his life and avoid the militants they believe your story and let him go you also see his job really have been emotionally scarred from the savage they have seen on the road between their house and the places where the choir is gathered people's
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heads were chopped off and the bodies thrown all over the road. slaughter everywhere the eldest was only twenty years old he was slaughtered they were all children i saw them with my own eyes they killed fourteen people with a machete i don't know if these people were alawite i don't know why they were slaughtered they grab them by their heads and food and slaughter them like sheep of the. an industrial town is inhabited by thousands of workers and their families were all trapped when the fire surrounded the town a few details of what happened there are still uncertain you know we've only had leaks about massacres that have been described as the most gruesome since the start of the syrian crisis sealants told us that the workers are not to break all legs and burn during the first hours of attack or the whole families were massacred we do not have an exact estimation of the number because we were unable to get into the town but the number is high that the woman in your position from the syrian
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army commanders in the region decided to besieged the town and protect civilians by isolating them from areas where fighting is ongoing a move seems necessary by the military whose operation is not expected to be an easy one. to tell. r.t. . it's believe the cold blooded assault in our drive was carried out by the al qaeda linked job hot i'll never throw up and members of the newly formed islamic crunch and the united states which supports the syrian rebels is apparently now forging ties with this new radical group and may even meet its representatives later this week jonathan steele who's an international affairs columnist for the guardian newspaper now joins us live for more analysis thanks so much for talking to us what do you think the u.s. and the islamic front want to talk about. well i think first of all it's important to say the islamic front is not the same as the job for people who are accused of
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these massacres that you just reported nor are they linked to al-qaeda they are islamists obviously they are military but they represent the less extreme less radical side of the people on the ground who are fighting against the assad government i think the americans for a long time have been hesitant about this whole idea of new peace talks in geneva. in the few months ago they became committed to them and so obviously they feel that they want to be sure that when the take talks take place next month that if they break which is unfortunately quite likely the blame for that is not put on the opposition on the american supported opposition but the dude would be put on the government and so i think the americans are trying to say to the to the islamic front this new group that's been formed you know to go to geneva or if you don't go to geneva at least don't announce those opposition people who go just keep quiet let's see whether the syrian government itself undermines geneva i think that's the
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message the americans will be giving moscow is against establishing any kind of dialogue with extremists is that a position that's realistic now with with radicals becoming more and more increasingly powerful and forming such groups like the islamic. well i mean if you're going to have negotiations. you're trying to achieve a political end to the war and even a ceasefire or the other way around a cease fire and then a political resolution of the war and that obviously means the five people have to be brought into it there's no point in talking just to the political people if the fire. agreement is something we can support so you have to go by the diplomatic bullet we're going to talk to the armed opposition and we're yet to see whether the government people are willing to do that. it's really important that both sides now recognize that there should be a political settlement and that means talking to the people with guns as long as
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they have a summit. there could be common ground if not just jihadi fundamentalists who want to slaughter everybody who is not only agrees with the interpretation of islam and obviously it's impossible but that is not the majority view i think the majority view among the sunnis of syria is that there should be a negotiated settlement they don't many of them like the infiltration that's happened in the last year or two just just briefly you said that you you will have to talk to people with guns how do you differentiate between these groups there's so many of them in the midst of this civil war how do you choose who to talk to and who is an extremist. well i think that's a very good question and that's the trouble that the americans are having because that's why they have been sort of reluctant to commit to geneva because they could see that it would be embarrassing if opposition people came along so they've been desperately trying to get your position to agree to come and delegation that's the first thing somebody who can be the spokesperson for that delegation and then to
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come up with some kind of political platform looks at least credible so that as i say if the talks fail the opposition be very what they're now trying to do is they're going to have speeches on january twenty second. near geneva the other end of the lake and that will have the foreign minister sergei lavrov and john kerry and so on and then the actual syrian t.v. as the two teams from the government side of the opposition side will meet two days later in geneva. last very sorry to interrupt you thank you so much for your analysis. not so far ok well the people's battle to protect their privacy has dealt america's national security agency a constitutional slap down in a landmark ruling the judge agrees that basic liberties were breached with the secretive data gathering ahead we'll hear what choices the government now. and
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germany is rushing towards the nuclear towards nuclear off switch but it could be a case of too much too fast that's households find themselves out of pocket. we tried to tell you we warned you so the government is not publishing well we have been reporting on this show that they have to buy scheme will cause more than one hundred percent guaranteed outcome a crash in the real estate market and people will be underwater negative equity and the banks will need another bailout and the wealth and income disparity will increase yet again. the interview.
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pro e.u. protesters in ukraine are holding their breath as president you know coal which comes to russia seeking better gas prices and alone for his country's elling a commie the opposition suspect is planning a secret deal that would block potential european association reports despite everything that's been happening in ukraine for the past few weeks here still has been trying to sit on two chairs at the same time either leaning more towards the
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e.u. who are leaning more towards russia but to the protesters are stored there and they're closely watching in fact they said that there are further actions will largely depend on the outcome of this meeting in moscow. while despite these promises not to do so it is feared it would end up as an end in the european union that president. is discussing the loans and gas prices were also discussed the customs union it's interesting is that the street protesters have actually passed the so-called resolution in him from doing so which is which has been greeted with a mixed reaction since there is a ban not a demand in itself but on the other ahead. of me is in bad shape brussels did you read the rights to financially compensating that we forms that demands for the king of well there is speculation that moscow may be looking at giving crean
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multi-billion dollar and slashing gas prices which clearly isn't it with applause in the west my colleague. took a closer look at the e.u. leaders rhetoric. from the threat of sanctions if he goes to moscow and afterwards as well. might be interesting to. bring good clones in general it would not be open anymore for some great news to all put it where assuming all the. ability this government of ukraine has clearly discredited itself in terms of economic help from the e.u. the reaction of europe's officials to the events of last month in ukraine has indeed made to reach cocktail they've effectively play ping pong with ukraine's expectations some have expressed uncertainty about any future dialogue with. we're lacking a decision by ukraine's leader in a situation when ukraine's president says the offer is not good for his country we
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need to take a break and think it over while others signaled there was still whole political statements on twitter are not the best way to resolve the matter the best signal we could make is to tell you krane that our doors are still open for it. all this more explained the change from the sweet talk of many european leaders before the vilnius summit in november where president which had refused to sign the euro so she asian deal the offer of signing the most ambitious agreement the european union has ever offered to a nonmember state is still on the table we should always respect ukraine's suffering decisions but the tone rapidly changed once you reach the proposed compensation for signing the deal was not enough it's a blackmailer all for politicians who try to my out of president yanukovych and i don't trust rankle and of course it's connected so with the they are present connect that with the interests of those core wants to get some benefits from your
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crying joining the deep and comprehensive free trade area we think european union the money is still the main sticking point ukraine needs billions the e.u. offers millions and both sides refused to budge in their demands amidst this continuing standoff both geopolitically and on the streets of kiev which is going to moscow with a fifteen billion dollar loan from russia all regular to be the likely result of this trip despite harsh rhetoric coming from here on has been insisting that ukraine will not step down from the euro association pa however the protesting crowd behind the barricades already made it clear that every step of ukraine's president and moscow will be closely watched alexy russia. reporting from kiev in ukraine.
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in other news a federal judge in america has made it clear he thinks the n.s.a. secret gathering of personal data was unconstitutional the government can now either appeal or delete all the data gathered on the five plaintiffs who filed the case can say owns a security online messaging service and moved his company to avoid u.s. intelligence prying eyes he thinks there's absolutely no reason for such blanket surveillance. it's not a strong argument compared to the right of people to have privacy in their papers from unwarranted searches so what's what's basically happening the argument the government's making is that the method data that they're collecting which is all the information about the phone calls who called who at what time how long the call was all that information they think that's fair game that they should be able to grab as much of that as possible most people who who look at this you know from a situation like a normal person would say it's just like wiretapping the reality is this they don't
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need to do a dragnet on everybody if they really care about terrorists i mean most people would say yeah if there is a suspicion or a reason for people to be surveilled like this go to a judge get a warrant we'll cooperate everybody i know in this business would cooperate with a legal warranted search but when you go on a fishing expedition to catch every fish in the ocean and then throw ninety nine point nine nine nine percent of them back in the water that's that's not good edward snowden who triggered the chain reaction of n.s.a. spying revelations reacted swiftly saying he always knew the agency's programs had no chance against a constitutional challenge he said that was his main reason for blowing the whistle to let the public know how they were monitored twenty four seven the senior white house reporter for politico dot com believes the courts are also taking the people side. in the past these kinds of lawsuits failed because the courts and ultimately the supreme court concluded that it was too speculative that the individuals who were suing could really show that there was
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a high likelihood that their communications had been tracked or intercepted that's why the supreme court threw out a case like this a couple of years ago but in the wake of the snowden disclosures there are now documents public records and declassified information about how this program works that indicate that virtually every american is affected by it. if they use a telephone at any point to receive a call or make a call it's very likely some information about that call is being retained by the government provide yours so the judge essentially that here the background has basically changed and that individuals who sue over this now do have standing to pursue their suit. germany is taking steps to turn the lights out on nuclear energy as fast as possible the fukushima disaster sparked the rush takes that which the government hopes to complete in an under in under a decade but it won't be cheap it's thought that the weaning of the country off
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nuclear and onto renewables could come with a two hundred fifty billion euro price tag let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of green energy on like fossil fuels these sources of power don't run out and have a low environmental impact but when term binds and solar panels are expensive to install and take a long time to pay off that means higher household bills and also some green energy sources are dependent on weather and you don't get enough wind or sun every day so far at least they produce only small amounts of power compared to conventional sources like cheese peter all of our reports now on the cost of germany's transition. disagreeing with germany's no to nuclear has become it to boot topic in a country that has set itself up as the world leader in renewable energy of can and it for all their lives germans have been told that nuclear energy is bad but that idea has now filled up their brains so that there is no space left for any other thoughts on the race for renewables like wind and solar it's been financed by
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rising electricity bills for consumers in twenty twelve the cost paid by households was three point six euros cents per kilowatt hour now it stands at five point five cents adding about one hundred eighty five euro to the average yearly bill that seeing the emergence of groups who want an end to the wind and solar switchover and the return to nuclear that is not really is on those who have money who are the target audience of these green energy can pay everyone else gets left behind despite the ability of nuclear power stations like this one to generate large amounts of electricity relatively cheaply no matter what the weather conditions the pro nuclear side of the debate in germany have struggled to get their voice heard the experts say part of the problem is that people are worryingly naive about the real issues of generating power. only know is that electricity comes out of the
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wall in their house they don't know what it takes to keep a stable power grid to do that you need big power stations nuclear coal or gas the twenty eleven fukushima disaster prompted germany to ramp up the shutdown of nuclear power stations which is being carried out with a neo religious zeal that. this whole movement is like an eco religion you commit a sin creates an evil and as with other religions this leads to the end of the world this attitude to energy makes me angry so as prices rise more fossil fuel power stations are having to be built it. take up the slack for when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine leaving germany's green revolution coated in coal dust peter all of a germany. coming up our documentary on the twists and turns in the life of a boxer fighting for dignity.
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they're calling obama's happy smiling sophie photo with the danish and british prime ministers at the mandela funeral an international incident but before we rail on obama for doing something stupid a funeral we need to clear one thing up the washington post says that this action occurred at the memorial service after the funeral is over and trust me after about three hours of serious lectures at a conference or some sort of super long waiting most of us will just be banging our heads against the wall out of boredom and i've probably checked my email about seven times obama's place know i said most of us but the president isn't supposed to be like most of us because he represents all of us it's one thing when you're fourteen and too stupid to realize that sophie photos at the wake after grampa's funeral is
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a bad idea but it's another thing entirely when one of the most photographed and powerful people on the planet takes a selfie at the memorial service of someone he claims to respect although i might sound annoyed this sophie is pretty much irrelevant this is just a big error of etiquette there are plenty of real concrete things with real consequences to be bad at obama over like our being religious wacko rebels in syria or signing into law the n.b.a. i wish with all my heart that we only had to be angry with obama over some minor etiquette errors but sadly they're just a drop in the obama bucket but that's just my opinion. welcome to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser the despicable human scum jang is dead
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the uncle of kim was shown no mercy after he allegedly drove the economy into an uncontrollable catastrophe and perpetrated thrice cursed acts of treachery by failing to clap enthusiastically for a supreme leader arranged nephew dear leader kim jong un had also shown no mercy no remorse no pity when he had his ex-girlfriend and her girl band mates machine gunned down after they sang some music which annoyed him. i know what you're thinking you're thinking that kim jong un is looking increasingly like an american high school student snarky bad music loving chubby. who doesn't hesitate to machine gun down his friends family or passer bys just because why the frick mom but those chubby little mass murdering high school students in the america look a lot like these so-called adults who also run the economy isn't this true isn't this true stacey well yes i like the reason that kim jong un gave for executing his
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uncle is that he calls the uncontrollable catastrophe of the economy and you see that in our own western economies. it's not the leaders of the countries that are to blame it's all the other the people are they have austerity inflicted upon them they're sent to gulags of of work camps at tesco for free for example but the other thing that is very similar here that we see over in north korea is this airbrushing from history because jang has been airbrushed out of all the public documents the state documents of north korea so let's look at this first headline from the u.k. where we see some airbrushing happening government hides risks of controversial help to buy scheme ministers are refusing to publish the government's own risk assessment into its flagship housing policy it emerged last night triggering suspicions that they are trying to cover up official warnings that the scheme will endanger the british economy yeah i tweeted about this i said ha ha ha you limey plugs.


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