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[000:00:00;00] a year has passed since joe biden became us president, and as he rounds out a troubled year, he sums up some of the positive work he has done. western media ramp up rhetoric over russia was supposedly planning to invade ukraine. it's a claim that moscow has consistently denied when a prime minister, a spending his time trying to convince the great british public that he got really stupid wrong with silly, irresponsible, and unfit for the job. those are just some of the accusations launched against british prime minister boards. johnson in parliament, after he apparently tried to feign ignorance about the cloud encoded rolls of with
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opposing party. and the former guantanamo detainees who is released without being charged is taking legal action against the u. k. government to restore his british passport after the case against him collapse. they issued my passport eventually after 8 years of waiting and then took it away 3 weeks later, this is all connected to the initial imprisonment in guantanamo that hasn't gone away. the harassment continues over these past 2 decades with our broadcast fee, our director of studios in moscow. this is our international. i'm john thomas. certainly glad to have you with us. now a year has passed since joe biden became us president, but despite rising inflation, a drop in the polls and problems related to the pandemic, he has stayed relatively positive with midterm elections later this year. he claims it to be doing better than any other president haven't been able to get some of
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these big legislative. i'm john real big was bigger than any president who's ever gotten the 1st. but currently, mr. president. right, we can cross. i've now to caleb, who is in the states, follow this forest. caleb, what are the main takeaways from jo biden's address? sure, well joe biden updated the country on the situation and essentially tried to defend the job he's been doing over the course of the last year. he talked about the economic situation. he talked about the availability of coven tests and how the country is dealing with the cova situation. when he opened up for questions, he was basically confronted by a reporter who wondered if he had over promised, in what he would deliver as president. and this is how that exchange went. did you over promised to be american public? what you could achieve in your 1st year in office and how do you plan to course correct, going forward. i used to, to not just look, i didn't know or promise in,
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but i have probably up perform when anybody felt what happened. paul show that americans are largely upset about the inflation, the economic situation, and the, the situation surrounding cobra 19 and the availability of coven tests. and the rise in cases of coven biden seems to maintain that he has made a great deal of progress, that everything is changing, and the country is getting better. overall. we have me enormous progress. you mentioned the number of deaths from proven well was not 3 times. not long ago. it's coming down, everything's changing, is getting better. now, biden, and said that if there is an escalation of the situation in ukraine, that he will essentially impose dramatic sanctions on russia. russia will not be able to conduct transactions with the us dollar. serious, serious sanctions against russia are apparently on the table. but it's been pointed
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out that these sanctions would also have a negative impact on the u. s. economy, not simply on russia. now, the united states apparently is talking of increasing its military presence in eastern europe in the advance of some kind of armed conflict between russia and ukraine. here's what joe biden said when taking a question from reporters about russia and ukraine. it is going to be a disaster for russia. if they further grade you invade, you create and that our allies and partners are ready to impose severe cost and significant harm on russia in the russian economy. well, because she's never seen saints is like the ones i promised will be imposed. now there's been a dramatic shift in voter registration. united states with 14 percent increase in the number of voters registered as republicans and things don't look good for joe biden. and the lead up to the november mid term elections where members of congress will be elected. at this point,
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democrats have some very serious concerns and even members of biden's own party, the democratic party are starting to somewhat distance himself from him. however, biden use this address, marking the one year anniversary of his presidency to try to defend his record and argue that things are getting better despite the perception of most americans that it's otherwise. all right, are to kill up and they're in the united states for us. we know that if anything else comes from it, you'll stay across it for us. thanks for that. for more, we are now joined to live by richard becker activist. at the answer coalition, anti war move, and thank you very much for being with us here in our t international. so we're in the middle of one of the most difficult years in american history like buying claims to be the bigger president. best so far more than anyone else if you will, when it comes to passing legislation, how can he see this as a positive year given the negative poll ratings? well, i can only see it that way. high wind. i wish he did. busy and he did
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a lot of it in the press conference. i mean the, the main legislation that he was trying to get through, which was the so called go back better had a lot of the central things in it. there could have benefit in working people poor people in the united states. but he chose a course of negotiating and meeting over and over and over again with mansion, joe mentioned. and instead of reaching out to the public and trying to invoke popular support for the legislation, instead just repeatedly are carried out these meetings, but lead to nowhere. and with management finally said, i'm not going to vote for anything that you're proposing. and you know, so we have this situation, so he's trying to today to prove somehow can people that he's succeeded. and in fact,
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what the 1st year of this administration has been has been crisis after crisis. and those crisis not been south and is promising the possibility of new hostilities with russia you bring up russia. let's to get to that for a 2nd. why does barton appear to be trying to ramp up the pressure on russia at the specific moment? i mean, you talked about the problems at home, he talks about the problems with mentioned, could this be a smoke sprint? smoke screen for those types of issues at home so that people don't focus on those as much? well, i think that that is part of the idea. i think the other part of the idea here is that the u. s. has moved and nato almost double the number of countries in nato over the last 30 years since the fall and soviet union. and at the same time, is trying to divert attention from the problem. as you suggested by depicting russia as the aggressor. it's not
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a russia that's moving westward to surround the united states is that they can possibly do that or western europe. and i guess, i think one thing that's important to note in this presentation is he talked about, well, if maybe there was a minor incursion and reporter question to me about that later. but i think with that showed and what is answer shown later on in response to that issue is that there is not unity among the nato countries. and the impact of imposing a ban on dollar transactions by russia, which he suggested would potentially catastrophic contracts on the european economy and the world economy as well as the russian economy. so i think he let the cat out of the bag that the so called unity of nato is not really there not to mention for me personally as an american living in russia. but let's talk about some of those initiatives at home. do you think he's gonna have to give up some of his ideas?
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let's talk for example, for the voting rights and affordable health care bills. so that he can focus on other areas. i mean, there's always a little bit of a swing when it comes to mid term elections, but it seems like right now he doesn't have unity abroad. he doesn't have unity in his home policies. what's going to give up? well, already it appears and if you listen to his words carefully today that is giving up on a lot and giving up and thinking that the voting rights bill will pass instead. and again, i say that instead of seeking to bring about public pressure, public opinion manifested and said massive demonstrations in washington, d. c. not only biden, but the democrats in general, including the progressive wing, didn't go that way. and instead they're, they're, they're ending up in one year after the beginning of the bio presidency
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with very, very key elements of what their program that they were advancing was i not going to be achieved and voting rights fill as an all likelihood not passing. today, i mean, i think that's a certainty, but also either been great losses. i mean that people would be earned income tax credit, families with children. if many of them this is this is vital income and it's gone. so, you know, it's not only that they haven't been those advances, there's been losses. i've mentioned that typically there's a swing towards the party that's not in power during the mid terms. but recent polls right now, they seem to suggest that the dams are in severe trouble, bigger swing, possibly than what we saw in 199991. when the republicans really swept everything or the democrats in trouble, what their chances in the upcoming terms, well,
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of course they are. i think there is a way to go, and many things could happen between now and then. but by all indications, what the, what the republicans have been doing in these 900 states is to make it more difficult for people to vote. and when you make it more difficult for people to vote, and evidently that means the impact is greatest. point people, low income people, people who, you know, they the fact that we have elections on tuesdays in the united states. i mean, that's a work day for people. why, why don't the elections on sunday, but they are what they are and what the restrictions and voting. and there are many, many restrictions, and many attempts to turn decisions on the outcome of elections in different states and localities over to election officials and to, to elect officials who will go along with, say, trump,
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that makes the situation for them because even more questionable and more unlikely that they will, they will succeed in november. now richard, you wanna circle back to something you brought up and kind of go to as much as we can. in our remaining time. in his post conference, joe barton stated, nato today is as united as ever you mentioned, not so much. talk to me a little bit about that. how accurate is this claim? well, he himself admitted when he was question later in the press conference about a statement he made earlier about, well maybe if there was a minor incursion, the us, when you go all out on the sanctions and then there was a plan or whatever is minor incursions where does that mean and what he's talking about? and his response as well. and he was very hesitant to speak, but then they said, well, we have to maintain the unity of nato. and in other words,
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the unity of nato would be in question. if there was this all out assault on russia because there's going to him, and he also admitted that that will have that will have consequences for europe. consequences for the united states. and in regard to europe, it were particularly have consequences for the poor countries of europe. the ones that have been brought more recently into nato as part of the strategy of surrounding russia. all right, richard becker, you seem to have your finger on the pulse of these difficult situations. thanks for helping us reprimanded here at our international. thank you. our western media are stepping up their attacks on moscow, trumpeting what the kremlin calls, unsubstantiated warnings of rushes, imminent invasion of ukraine. the russian government has strenuously denied any move towards the conflict, but has laid out red lines against nato's eastward expansion towards its borders.
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with more, here's our teeth don quarter. over the past several months, hysteria surrounding up reported russian invasion of ukraine has spread across the west, like wild fire and to top it all off a number of media outlets. specifically, cnn are continuing to show reports proport accusing russia, basically of provoking the conflict in don boss. russia is preparing what's known as a false flag operation to create a pretext for another invasion of ukraine in the view of american intelligence. that could be an impending attack of some kind on the current territory, move up from the crimea and join all his territory up. so your buffer zone is bigger. one level up from that annex the whole of the coastline, and cut ukraine off from the black sea. now, as you can see there, cnn even gave us a geography lesson claiming to prove why russia was intending to invade ukraine, apparently. but to be fair, though not everyone in the western media was failed to see this double double
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standard of accusing russia of some sort of aggression while actually nato was arming a hostile government right on its doorstep. imagine if mexico fell under the direct military control of china, we would see that as a threat. of course. well, that's how russia views nato control of ukraine. why wouldn't they? these accusations of m and an eminent invasion by russia. ukraine have been going around for several months now and time and time again. moscow has repeated that it is not planning any saw, any sort of invasion and that having its own troops within its own territory is not a threat to anyone. we stress once again, russia is not going to attack in the practice of moving troops on our own soil is a sovereign right. we call for an end to the stereo. so is not to pile on tensions around the darkness problem. and most importantly, not to push hot has in key of towards new provocations. and it's also important to note that moscow has made it clear that it's trying to find a diplomatic solution to the de escalation of the conflict and ukraine rushes made
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a number of proposals for security guarantees between itself and nato to prevent the further eastern expansion of the western military alliance, but unfortunately, washington has shot down those proposals as what they called nonstarter negotiating points. so there still is a lot of work to be done in the sphere of diplomacy here. what's interesting is that just on wednesday, the u. s. secretary of state, anthony blink and touched down in ukraine for talks for, to quote, deter russia from further aggression. and at the very same time and entire shipment of n law anti tank missile systems from the u. k also touched down in the ukraine, so that might not seem like a very diplomatic move, but london says there are only intended for defensive purposes. i can today confirmed to the house that in light of the increasingly threatening behavior from russia. and in addition to our current support, the u. k is providing a new security assistance package to increase ukraine's defensive capabilities. we have taken the decision to supply ukraine with light anti armor defensive weapon
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systems. now the u. k says that these weapons are for defensive purposes, but it can't exactly control what he does with these weapons once it's in its own hands. right. and we're also seeing ukraine becoming much more dependent on western governments, both for armaments and military training. back in 2021. the u. s. also supplied with a large array of javelle and anti tank weapon systems. the pentagon recently confirmed that u. s. military advisors will be staying in ukraine and they have also been reports that ukrainian special forces are actually being trained to fight the russian military on us soil. that's something that was unprecedented. and this is all, while nato countries are actually reinforcing their military positions right. against the border of russia. so if you look at the overall picture, doesn't exactly seem like rushes. the aggressor here, i guess we spoke to said the moves by the west. we're bound to backfire. is very understandable, but i must go, might be frustrated by the development say,
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the recent, i think the very act of pointing out that having a west and military alliance that companies basically all countries except russia is the stabilizer, is always been stabilizing the expansion of nato. in the 990002, thousands has not been helpful to building trust and, and we do need to be pressing a reset button to coordinate fries. unfortunately, nato members have seen much more focus and emphasis on, on nato, and on military preparations, rather than the common cooperative security mechanisms that are crucial to your future. those things, there's course, that isn't going to be a russian invasion. this is a sauce concocted. i said nothing in the united kingdom, you have a government in deep trouble and very unpopular. you have the same with joe biden. joe biden is plumbing debts, one popularity,
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but notice level before except the donald trump. so a fun distraction, say by that name, war mongering is always something which politicians turn to and which generally they can, they can rely on their media to, to deflect and take up. so we're seeing this doesn't phobic war mongering propaganda. largely i think is a distraction from the internal weakness of these key western government. ah, british prime minister boys johnson faces an escalating backlash on accusations. he hosted boozy parties during a cold with lockdown. even some of his own party members took part in grilling him in parliament and insisting he resigned opposition. m. p. 's lead the onslaught to speak when a prime minister is spending his time trying to convince the great british public that he's actually stupid, rather than disowning
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a time that he go now. this week was supposed to be open ation. see big dog. i as quickly become operation dogs. don't know why can the u. k. government find billions of pounds for property or some fraudsters, but they can't find compassion. why it's so hard for this prime minister to it meant that he made the bills so he should notable. yeah. and he should fall intervals while forest johnson is face tough as prime minister's question since he was elected. and it also comes the day after he claims that a downing street policy and alleged one was in fact a work event. and that he wasn't born that he was breaking any rules well near. no one is buying that in the house of commons today as dozens of m. p 's including some back bench tories have said his time is up and he needs to go. and that argument was spearheaded by the leader of the opposition, the prime minister,
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the conservative party of showed themselves incapable of offering the leadership with government this country. just while we were sitting out plans to keep bills down, the was planning parties while we were sitting out plans to save jokes in the steel industry. he was, he was trying to save just one job. yeah. he's own doesn't, the country is up so much better than the other. i don't believe continuing to offer series of questions which, you know, will be fully addressed by. he's wasting, he's wasting your time. he's wasting people's time. this is because he continues to be completely irrelevant to be delivered while they do that and we, we vaccinated. well, they've isolated, mister speaker. well, of course kissed alma hasn't gotten off scot free either. as in the heights as a pandemic, he too was photographed eating and drinking in a constituency office in darville, though he is refusing to apologize,
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saying there's nothing wrong with having a drink with your dinner and says, this is boris johnson's attempt to sort of shift the focus away from his own political scandal, which of course are, as johnson really is embroiled in, obviously this comes as pressure is mounting on the prime minister to resign. but he can also be forced out as well by members of parliament. in fact, 20 tory m p 's, they all met up just yesterday to discuss the future of boris johnson and several now have publicly come forward to submit these letters. all they vote of no confidence in boris johnson. although in an official capacity, the 1922 committee needs 54 letters to trigger a leadership contest. now, rumor has it. there are plenty plenty more. in fact, an official poll it sophomore a pool pole of the public suggest the one in 6 people want to see this vote of no confidence come. however, in an attempt to distract from all of this forest, johnson chose to day to announce new cove. it measures,
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in fact he is ditching all covered restrictions including mandatory phase mos, including the vaccine certificates. and of course are working from home guidance from next week. on monday, we reduced the isolation period to find full days with to negative tests, and that will soon come a time where we can remove the legal requirement to so closely together just as we don't place legal obligations on people who i. so if they have a clue, well, that hasn't gone down to well with the public has back in 2020. when boris johnson was displaying covered symptoms minutes before he actually tested positive, he actually was refusing to even isolate. but that isn't even the worst news of the day in a monumental move. what we saw minutes for full premises questions this afternoon. christian wake, but a former torri m. p, actually decided to defect to the labor party. but let's see how all this goes and how it all unraveled. over the next few days. of course,
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we're waiting for the investigation led by to brian. in fact, some may say that bars jones is indeed hiding behind those conclusions. could they be the final? now in the coffin, will some say, politically speaking, bars, johnson is already a dead man walking was we just heard there. johnson is now scrapping lockdown restrictions, despite a disturbing rise and co deaths with $359.00 reported in the last 24 hours alone. now a fellow at the bow group thinks tank. think like, excuse me, says that the move won't help the increasing unpopular p. m. i think johnson came out swinging today in an attempt to go on the offensive and when backs and public supports. and he used the repeating of random forest measures to try regains and public support. i don't think that will suede public opinion. i think they've been lied to too many times. and some honesty at this stage could probably of been
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a good saying and maybe regain some national trust. i think if the have the honesty sort of mich wholeheartedly, that he was wrong. wrong insurance goes from the issue. i think he may have regained some rules. one doesn't have to wait for the results of commission fusing the restrictions maybe to cover from, from the main story, which is that there's a lack of confidence in him, and it's not going to do any good with the friendship or rebelling former guantanamo detainees was a bag, who spent nearly 3 years in the infamous us prison without being charged, is now taking legal action for the u. k. to restore his passport. beg, a british, pakistani had been initially detained 2 decades ago on allegations of involvement in terrorist activities and was released from guantanamo in 2005. he was detained again by u. k. police a decade later, but the case against him collapsed. he applied for a passport in 2001, 900 and even received one in september, 2021, but was revoked just 4 weeks later,
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beg believes his passport troubles are connected to his previous imprisonment at guantanamo. the passport was when i received it, i was overjoyed, i, i tweeted out that i'm finally be able to travel. and then within 3 weeks i was i received a letter. an ironically this letter i received showed a great deal of incompetence. was actually primarily the cover letter was addressed to a person who'd been convicted in the north of england for passport fraud. and it was dated 2017. nonetheless, the letter sort of rece regurgitate and reiterated the reason why my passport has been revoked. back in 2013, it was, they said, based upon a trip that i did to, to turkey at the syria. again, i was in investigation investigating the role of the british government in working with various regime. i have no doubt in my mind that this has to do withholding the british government to account the fact that they issued my passport eventually off the 8 years of waiting and then took it away 3 weeks later with absolutely no
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explanation at all shows. 2 things to me, one is a great deal of incompetence, and to is just vindictive vindictiveness that has lost over 20 years. this is, this is all connected to the initial imprisonment in guantanamo that hasn't gone away be the harassment continues over these past 2 decades. and this is evidently a part of that beg, was held at guantanamo for quite a while under almost $600.00 days of which were spent in solitary confinement. he said he and other detainees faced what the u. s. brands enhanced interrogation and called the conditions their quote, taurus, here's a short history of the 2 decades of the notorious prison camp that continues to hold inmates today.
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ah. was him beg, continues to say that his previous incarceration at guantanamo is continuing to disrupt his life today. i do believe that the my,
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my passport has been revoked initially back and when i came back from controlling him or because primary for evidence that came out of guantanamo the former guantanamo prisoners, that i have documented and worked with all around the world. clearly, i think the majority, if not all of them are actually put on some kind of a list of the united states that, that has stopped them or prevents them from opening bank accounts. it stops them from travelling properly harassing them. so the, essentially the, the imprisonment of guantanamo may end when you're freed. but the, the connection to guantanamo and the targeting and disruption of your life does not end. this episode for me is one of the proofs of that though there are others. that is, for me, this hour i will be back in about 30 minutes is another full and freshly new says our international. glad that with
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