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tv   Sophie Co  RT  February 9, 2018 2:30pm-3:01pm EST

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but the decision when that came through it would have been viewed very much as a decision on the mind of the i.o.c. or thirty and also very much put a spoke in the wheel of water their investigation at the mining also the credibility of the mclaren report cost a decision she streamlet disappointing and surprising for. the i.o.c. we would never have expected these these a decision of the church and the need for reform. in though the interludes structural failure because a lot was thought sparks reported out of original cast rolling which effectively upheld the principle of innocent until proven guilty saying that there was insufficient evidence that those russian athletes had been doping this was the original cast in twenty eight cases the evidence collected was found to be insufficient to establish that's an anti-doping rule violation was committed yet
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it's concerned it's been such an emotional roller coaster of ours and for these athletes the real saw grafter months weeks years of preparation they had this glimmer of hope last week with the cast the solution that they could go to the games represent their flag their country there have them at cetera now though that's been overturned there are still legal routes appeals they could go down but of course the opening ceremony has now just finished the games are about to begin whatever legal options are available they simply won't have time now to budge them here's some reactions from those athletes many of whom were hoping to even make a debut at their first winter olympics i was hoping that cas would rule in our favor right now i don't know what to do i'm disappointed but of course i won't give up on sport i've still got a lot ahead of me i will compete and win medals for my country. until the very end we were hoping the decision would go in our favor now i feel sadness and sorrow but i would. in competition i can if i have enough strength in the opportunity to
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compete in the next olympics i will prepare for them. i have no words. sports columnist alan moore gave us his reaction to the cast decision it's no longer sports your husband sports for a long time it really comes down to the fact that the i.o.c. put their necks on the line by not going as hard as some people would have liked the people want to control the olympic movement and was of course as well they did these are not the u.k. idea of being u.s. underdog and they want to take control of the whole. money train but they want to grow your to rule however. it is political to a large degree because if we say the g.o.c. are playing politics they want to keep control so they have to be seen to be very very strong yes mind you these athletes have never tested positive as me that they haven't doped however there are some who would not have dogs but they've been
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tarred with a brush that is completely wrong and feeds into this kind of geopolitical narrative that russia is bad or good let's beat them we'll stick. around seven hundred fifty thousand children have almost no access to medical care in the water on iraqi city of mosul as according to the un's children's rights body unicef and estimated seventy four million dollars is needed to rebuild health facilities seven months after the euphoria that greeted the liberation of mosul from islamic state the iraqi cities struggling to get back on its feet. i. know you're not mature enough thank.
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the number of. health care centers or hospitals is very limited the extent of the damage has affected it i was there in one of the health centers the other day the one family came in with their baby is a two month old baby they wanted a vaccinated there was vaccine there was everything there and starts who are seeing over one hundred children a day were able to vaccinate this child but those families have to walk far i also saw the baby unit there were nine incubate has six of which which were filled with premature babies who would not have survived unless those incubate as with their it's a wide area wide level of levels of devastation families have to walk enormous distances to be able to get the health care what we're saying is that the cumulative health
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care that is required of any child anywhere else in the world is not available yet in mosul and more than half a year since its liberation the city remains true and with corpses and warning you may find the following scenes disturbing the condition of many of the bodies is making it difficult to confirm the identity most of the victims appear to be civilians women children and elderly people didn't stop calling on the government to do something unicef representative in iraq peter hawkins said the situation in those still is worrying. i think what we need to understand is the extent of the problem this is a massive city mosul city probably faced one of the biggest urban warfare since world war two and. two point two million to two point four million people affected it's an enormous challenge for everybody to try and clear everything up and get the
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people working again. three giants of social media have been grilled by a panel of u.k. lawmakers over allegations of russian interference on their platforms during the braggs it vote but there's been little if anything to back up those allegations be looked at all advertisements with any connection to russia and we found no evidence of our services being used to interfere in the referendum a very small number of suspected research agency linked accounts forty nine such accounts were active during the campaign which represents less than not point five percent of the total number of accounts that these are very low level things until we complete this investigation we won't know but what we haven't had is. information that's enabled us to target on a particular page or a particular phenomenon despite all their commitment enthusiasm and hard work spanning over a period of really several months when this inquiry kick started it seems like the
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u.k. parliamentary committee that's trying to find out the truth about a russian any brecht that meddling they seem to be really hitting a brick wall this week they travelled all the way to washington thousand all thousands of miles presumably having spent thousands of pounds to get there and what they ended up with while questioning the executives of twitter you tube and facebook was just a frustration it seems and that was thick in the atmosphere investigative journalism for instance as it led to suggestion that there are lots of campaigns going to have it looks like you. haven't looked at you that's the thing you haven't looked there's a common thread going on. like you just well it seems who did look with twitter and what they said they found was that there were only forty nine accounts connected to russia during the time of the brics it referendum again i'm no mathematician so correct me if i'm wrong perhaps but it seems that there's this is really nothing to
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write home about given that twitter has hundreds of millions of accounts and despite the chair of this committee damian collins saying that his quote instinct tells him that the number should be higher that did not turn out to be the case so despite this ghost chasing continuing and the committee keeping asking the executives to look harder it seems no fruitful results so far much of the media has seemingly been hungry for a scandal which the russian investigation is failing to provide because some of these headlines this one says twitter has finally conceded that russian accounts try to influence briggs's and only a few small words of the boss makes plain the stories about a few dozen accounts the same with the times headline which admits the existence of so called russia trolls but the first paragraph then reveals there were only forty nine such as suspicious accounts one more example here you need to look even deeper
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to dig actual numbers out of a lengthy article radio host john korn told is the russia investigation is searching for a ghost. this is a farce these employees went all the way to washington to question to the honest on how the internet works they could've got them on a skype call a question it's fossick oh i wish a waste of my taxpayers' money on it so very very annoying it's a joke they had said and almost trying to root cool fashion firing questions at you and one of the waiting to listen to the answers you know well i don't think the british public care they know why people voted for let's just get over it and accept democracy pressures of the so called geek economy have led one taxi driver in america to take his own life more details on that story after this short break.
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most people think just stand out in this business you need to be the first one on top of the story or the person with the loudest voice or the biggest read. truth to stand losing business you just the dance the right questions. the right answer. question. when else so seem wrong but. just don't. let me. get to seep out this day comes after. and it gets me because betrayal.
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when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. right the old combat human rights watch has accused iraqi kurdish security forces of mass executions of suspected islamic state fighters back in august the report claims the killings took place near the city of city of near the town of zuma when a power and mass grave site has been found the iraqi kurdish government denies the accusations claiming the bodies belong to i still fighters killed in battle with kurdish forces we discuss the findings with it's all first in iraq researcher for human rights watch bulky swill. since september we've been looking for an eyewitness who can testify to the fact that the men were captured they were captured alive and later they were killed by critics the curity forces be
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a leash and and what we found two weeks ago is the actual great site and now we know where the bodies. were after it was held and where the bodies were then very what was in the report that we've been seized today we include excessive material including photos videos satellite imagery of the straight sites as well as footage of my face that we ourselves the celts the coalition demands that the quick one which will cover eventually demonstrate that they're taking the furiously in that they're holding those commanders in place is that all it's really contingent on the international community make a very strong on this matter and make sure that this is an exception. a taxi driver in new york has committed suicide outside city hall he left a note on facebook accusing politicians of failing to protect his industry and saying services such as buddha has financially ruined him he's kind of moping the
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port. douglas shifter took his own life after parking his car in front of new york city hall it wasn't hard for police investigators to figure out why the for his suicide intended to draw attention to the ordeal that he and other professional drivers go through he posted this on facebook. i want one hundred to one hundred twenty consecutive hours almost every week for the past fourteen plus years there are over one hundred thousand of us suffering daily now is the new slavery i hope with the public sacrifice i make now some attention to the plight of the dry uses and the people will be done to save them and it will not have been in vain shifter had been driving cabs in a limo sense the nine hundred eighty s. however in recent years it's become a far harder job with far less pay at the time of his death he was facing severe
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financial troubles as well as clinical depression he blames city hall for ruining his industry for years he had been writing articles for black car news a blog for drivers his articles pointed toward some of the hard hitting truths about the vehicles for hire industry he cared about other people and cared about the industry that he worked and. i met him he had sent a letter to the editor a bunch of years ago and it was an angry tune and he said some things that i thought made sense so i invited him to write for me and he did that for a few years and generally his content was you know to help the industry you know all the people that were struggling the way he was struggling he wanted them to know to help them now shifter wasn't alone he's one of three drivers in the last three months to take his own life taxing union officials say that hoover and other mobile app services have made a once well paying industry into
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a massive long hours low pay and economic insecurity now at this point in light of his death regulators are stepping up to help ease the problem. we understand to many of our licensees have been under tremendous pressure due to this onslaught of competition from this patch services the despair felt so deeply by mr shifter has become a topic of daily debate and concern for us and while we lacked the jurisdiction to limited licensing of drivers or vehicles we are tackling the issue of driver earnings protections this year economic analysts have talked about a gig economy where workers don't have regular jobs with regular paychecks and hours but instead work here and there with irregular service and irregular pay back in two thousand and thirteen there were forty seven thousand vehicles for hire in new york city now that number exceeds one hundred thousand and the regular pay has dropped from eighty eight thousand to sixty nine thousand the business model which
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is to bring as many drivers on as possible. has ended up backfiring and so now the pie is spinning sliced into too many pieces and makes it difficult for all the drivers to earn a living. with legendary rock band queen recently honored with a lifetime achievement award of the latest grammys artie's afshin rattansi spoke to brian may who also happens to have a ph d. in astrophysics you can watch their full discussion which ranges from the influence of music and science on our lives to fake news and the latest episode of going underground on saturday here's a quick preview for you to see the one of the major issues facing humanity is fake news from wall street yes or no i think because you know as a as a i know you want to be a political nazi which world leaders but which will. be one of the things he is full of people there for the wrong reasons that's my sense in that i spend a lot of time lobbying in our own parliament in england and i have to say as so
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many people are there for reasons that you don't want to know. and it's hard to find people who actually have. mission to make the world a better place and look after. people and rather than look after themselves i mean i hate to be critical but i do think the whole system encourages the wrong kind of people because it's because people who want power and make money for the themselves and their friends you know i would love to see it all shaken up. or the back of the top of the hour with all the latest headlines.
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across europe municipalities are taking their water supply back from private companies to me to people this is the simple song alone even some company elsewhere they invite private companies to take over the utilities many. of us you guys who got. us by been this is. more you. brought up locals are ready to stand up for the basic human rights of access to water it's about water but it's also over much more than water it's about to hurt and the redistribution of our west works. downwards we want all. very few now to speak paying more attention to. the north korea nuclear issue i personally believe the us coming can come up just lucian's but i think the us has been paying too much attention for military
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hello and welcome to talk where all things are considered peter a little the pentagon recently released its new nuclear posture review its critics are stunned not only the use of nuclear weapons is now more thinkable but also the threshold for their use has been lowered dr strangelove would be proud is the world facing another game arms race. across talking the nuclear posture review i'm joined by my guest michael o'hanlon in washington he's a senior fellow at the brookings institution also in washington we have kevin camps he is a radioactive waste specialist beyond nucular and in london we cross to add real because he is a foreign affairs consultant and analyst all right gentlemen crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want i always appreciate kevin let me
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go to you first in washington you know i read the report quite thoroughly i was quite stunned as i said in the in the introduction i'll reach of my three takeaways here the report exaggerates exaggerates perceived threats to the u.s. number two it fuses conventional and nuclear war and pushes for the development of nuclear weapons i mean that's quite stunning if you look at the history of arms control and by the way it's going to cost about one point three trillion dollars what were your takeaways from the report kevin in washington. well i think your title for the show is very apt i mean dan ellsberg in his new book the doomsday machine confessions of a nuclear war planner said at the time that dr strangelove was released in the theaters in the early one nine hundred sixty s. that it was nonfiction so here we go again we're going to do this all over again a new arms race and that figure of a trillion three that's probably an underestimate anything that the pentagon touches anything that the department of defense or department of energy touches the
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cost escalation factor should be referred to as going nuclear they often go over budget over schedule so what could we do with a trillion three in this country in the next thirty years infrastructure repairs paying off the national debt these are the kinds of things education social welfare that need to be taken care of well who is not a new arm who know who knows that actually maybe in more in the in the national interest than the national security even this new program we're going to go to michael michael you wrote an article for usa today trump's plan for nuclear weapons makes sense make your case real quick. well first of all it makes some sense i agree with kevin's concern about the money and in my article i did criticize the across the board modernization agenda which by the way is not new to president president obama intended more or less the same thing. and so and so in that regard i would like to see us prioritize things that we need for safety and reliability versus things that we need just to modernize the entire force that the nuclear
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weapons do need to be safe and reliable and i think we need to be twenty one bomber as well because we can we can use that for conventional warfare of the kind we see in the middle east for example but i don't think we need to modernize the i.c.b.m. like as much as the pentagon believes and i don't think we need as much new capacity for nuclear warhead production so just to be clear the usa today gave a more robust sounding title that i personally believe my my view is more mixed on the review there are some aspects to it i agree with others that i think are excessive it really london i mean i when reading the report of the you know we always say you know you don't think the unthinkable but this is thinking the unthinkable in actually making it possible when i'm saying first use of nuclear weapons under conditions against countries that do not have those kinds of weapons i mean that is really amazing ok and they throw in the cyber think ok so why one year ago russia you know was tampering with the utility company in new
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england is the president united states post this press a button then and then you find out just a fabricated fake story i mean i find this a trigger and this in this is what the nightmare of the nuclear age was all about is that who's got their their thumb on the button here i mean so somebody's taxes impress structure and you use nuclear weapons is that rational go ahead. russian. my opinion it is a precedent that there's a person and where for the very first star in the americas explicitly is the. trying to block my ass and saying that it will use a nuclear response to. attacks it is a precedent so when you look at the language how you know it is created the structure i mean in the sense of. you know what sort of threats america has obviously it is exaggerating the nuclear power cup abilities of of
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china obviously this whole report is aimed at russia you shouldn't be. other way it is aimed at russia is from the very beginning and we should know even though that many proppants of donald trump were. supportive with him saying that he's the man who is facing obstacles in the white house he's trying to you know the deep state or whatever no he's the man in the house he's the man who is over there and even though that you know the whole american system is broken it is a fact that it is you know disproportionate it is this proportionate how can you use the language of this sort of language i mean you know threats you know to the vital interests of the united states its partners and allies vital vital interests
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but what are these threats ok you know what are the threats kevin you know i mean one of the other things are you know it's it's really quite shocking is that using . this smaller weapons in their in their capacity to destroy i mean but if you're on the receiving end of even let's say it's a nuclear weapon half the strength of quarter of the strength of hiroshima but if you're on the receiving end of it you're not going to say well how should we respond because it was twenty five percent of the the the grade that hit nagasaki you don't you know one thinks that way no one thinks that way if you're. attacked with a nuclear weapon you are going to respond and you're going to throw everything you've got because that's an ex the stench will threaten what are these people in the pentagon thinking and i want to talk about this guy keith payne about his article not in one nine hundred eighty i'll ask michael about that i'm sorry go ahead kevin well george shultz just days ago said a nuclear weapon is a nuclear weapon so thresholds being crossed i mean i look at the report called
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nuclear famine by international physicians for the prevention of nuclear war a nobel peace prize winner that said if just one hundred nagasaki sized bombs were exchanged let's say between india and pakistan that was the case study it would cause a nuclear winter that would starve two billion human beings so these are not games to be played with abolition is where it's at the nobel peace prize last december went to the international campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the have the survivors of the only explicit use of nuclear weapons in warfare from hiroshima and nagasaki we had better abolish these weapons before they abolished us kennedy said that in sixty two kissinger said that ten years ago in an op ed to the wall street journal we are living on borrowed time ok michael again we have to remind our viewers that under international law you first use of nuclear weapons is illegal ok unfortunately that wasn't even mentioned in the report ok i can point
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out one of the people apparently from what my research is kevin payne president of the national institute for public policy he was one of the drafters of this report and in one thousand nine hundred think was in foreign affairs he was to talking about winning in a winnable nucular war and i would like to quote a quote here where it could be limited to casualties could be limited to quote approximately twenty million people quote a level compatible with national survival in recovery when in the world is this guy doing with this report. well secretary jim mattis the guy who ultimately authored it and let me explain what i think his thinking was i understand by the way i agree with a lot of the criticisms we're hearing here about where the state of play is between the nuclear superpowers today it feels like it's a throwback it's very regrettable this is where we are but there is a sense and with apologies to russian friends there is a sense that russia has been really throwing its weight around in the nuclear domain violating the i.n.f. treaty i know we could debate whether that's true or not but i'm telling you the
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perception from the pentagon violating the i.n.f. treaty having some new concepts like escalate to deescalate whereby russia would use a few nuclear weapons early in a war and try to prevent. force that is you know you know michael that is and this is an area that is. the scenario those are scenarios coming out of the pentagon i can tell you russia of policy on use of nuclear weapons is very very clear we had russia's foreign minister come out and i will quote him entirely defensive scenarios and i'll give him there are three of them in response to an act of aggression against russia and or against our allies if nucular other types of mass destruction weapons are used and also third with the use of conventional arms but only in case our state's very existence would be in danger so i don't care what the pentagon says in its report that is russia's policy ok sorry to interrupt is going to look it's ridiculous because the most recent international international
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institute of strategic saw these think based in london. published the assessment of this review saying they don't think russia is stupid to use the nuclear weapons so i don't know what. pentagon is having business or is trying to put trade or implemented and you know persuade the public opinion you know the russians or the people who are running russia you know the barbarians the madman who are trying to subdue the whole world in fact is the way around ok michael i interrupted you and you continue please. well we do see russian military exercises that envision early use of nuclear weapons we do see here is really how we actually in retaliation and escalation let's be clear about that that is.


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