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egypt's tahrir square is once again filled with voices of discontent as thousands disillusioned with the outcome of the revolution protest against the current group as we'll get live expert opinion on this very shortly here in r.t. . the clashes between the regime protesters and police in bahrain finally get the attention of the international community as demonstrators threaten days of rage to coincide with a formula one grand prix. also reporting this hour french candidates embrace the euro skepticism to win hearts and minds of a presidential poll which could reshape the political landscape. and china turns its growing my towards the arctic as beijing's bid for the vast untapped resources a lot of the nations bordering the region our top stories this hour.
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on the screen online around the world this is r.t. life here in moscow in egypt up to one hundred thousand demonstrators have again in cold caro's town here square to protest against the ruling military council be run involve supporters from opposite ends of the political spectrum with secular activists rubbing shoulders with islamists joined in a common cause well for more on this and the wider picture in egypt let's talk to jake wood he's the president of the future of freedom foundation well every year since egypt's revolution brought a barracks regime is this the start of another uprising all just a continuation of last year. but that's a fascinating question in and it's it's difficult to know where this thing's going to come out. but the whole situation is very intriguing near that you've got this
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military dictatorship that has been in power for some three decades it runs hotels it runs commercial enterprises it has been accustomed to be in the governing force in egypt and so now you've got and they obviously thought that by giving up and bury people would be happy but now you've got the protesters who have figured out that a genuine democracy does not entail military rule because the military dictatorships taking the position that as long as they let people get elected everything will be fine assuming of course that the military is the ultimate power the protesters are saying wait a minute that's not a genuine democracy a genuine democracy is where the people who are in charge not the military so obviously things are moving true toward a collusion here the military doesn't want to give up its privileged position in in society the protesters want a genuine democratic system where this thing is headed to impossible to know but it
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looks like toward collusion interesting to see that we are seeing very different groups gathered in the center of cairo today including as i said at the start islamists and also liberal and leftist forces always in effect then seeing the country uniting here i think so because people are realizing that even though they have their differences is to what kind of democratic system they want what who they want in power as the president in the parliament and so forth they're all realizing that in order to have this genuine democratic system whoever wins you've got to make the military subordinate to that civilian authority until they have a common interest you can use that military remains in force all of them looks so you want to see really is that a reality bearing in mind what you just said about the military do you think this is exactly what foreign backers want it wasn't the democratic future for egypt well that really happening. well you know that's difficult to say because you look at the u.s. that the u.s.
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is playing a role in this they've been fund funding this military dictatorship for thirty years to the tune of billions and billions of dollars in fact just recently the u.s. government said one point three billion dollars to this military dictatorship knowing it's a military dictatorship knowing that it doesn't intend to relinquish power and that that comes in the form of armaments and comes in form of money they've been training the military dictatorship don't forget that the u.s. even used it to try to facilities as one of their rendition markers and so you've got this complex force taking place there you've got the military dictatorship funded by the u.s. doesn't want to relinquish power you've got a whole way of protesters out there with diverse interests that are you know i mean say we want a genuine democracy in this country so it's a fascinating player forces but it will take in place a genuine democracy it doesn't just happen overnight does it but we've got to recognize the fact there have been liberal changes there in the country like the
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parliamentary election preparations for drafting a new constitution and of course the upcoming presidential vote very soon now not surely protest as though they need to show more patience because we've all seen a democracy evolving away not normal because that's all nonsense as long as the military is in charge and permitting these elections to take place then it's not really genuine democracy at all it's just a sham it's a pretense but the question is who is ultimately going to control the rate there were a new power here and the military is making it very clear that this isn't just a temporary transition to civilian rule they've made it very clear we are here to stay we are the ultimate power we will permit elections could be to be had but under our ultimate control we maintain the ultimate power in this society how is that a genuine democracy the protesters are realizing it's not really good to talk to
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you interesting to hear your thoughts jacob old bugger president of the future of freedom foundation thank you very much indeed for your time here in a few blocks. the roar of full one engines of bahrain this weekend will be mixed with the angry voices of anti regime activists there promising days of rage after a year of arab spring coat protests police have thought to gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrations and clashes ahead of sunday's grand prix but as artie's in english to reports unlike libya and syria this uprising has been off the radar. it took a car fire ahead of a major sporting event for the world to notice the flames of discord engulfing a small island nation in the persian gulf but remains suffocating in the smoke of an ongoing struggle between protesters and police demonstrations have been happening behind for more than a year now protesters say this is the longest lasting revolt in the arab spring but so far the only result from them has been an increase in violence on all sides
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scenes from the capital barely more than a passing similarity to the pictures out of the embattled syrian city of homs but the two cities enjoyed a very different level of attention. politicians and the media stayed surprisingly silent considering their stance on other middle eastern revolutions they were all but silent when the bahraini revolution was crushed last year there are all but silent about the human rights abuses in bahrain itself and the formula one race has just focused attention on that society and when the media does turn to behind they seem to do more harm than good foreign media coverage of the also you always use the framework of the sheer forces against such. as they don't understand that this actually helps the government subsidy was the whole phrase serious such as the opposition says hundreds have been wounded in standoff with police and many
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sacked from their jobs or arrested for taking part in mass protests but unlike in syria and libya no one has called for foreign intervention. problems put before the international human rights council european and second american countries were enthusiastic about exploring this issue but the us prefer to leave it to the independent commission created here by the government and it did bring back several iranian human rights defenders who were in exile when the real one speeds out of town much of the media and the world's attention is likely to follow in go rain it goes. on our website l.t. dot com we're asking for your opinion on why protests in bahrain aren't seen by the mainstream media as part of the arab spring here's how the votes look so far will scream we can see that most voters think that the regime change in bahrain is not in western interests about a tense due to a lack of media coverage five percent think clashes in the country considered
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religiously motivated and we can see that the moment a time majority say it's because the protests are comparatively bloodless. the leadership of the rebel free syrian army is calling for foreign military intervention in their country even without u.n. backing now says the u.s. president said it's reviewing and playing its pleasures but it may be necessary to protect the syrian people secure state hillary clinton claimed turkey may seek nato support in dealing with damascus off the gun fire fighting spilled across the border last week forty six out of porto went to the syrian city of daraa where the unrest is thought to have started to ask people if they have any. they call it because of the syrian revolution when a group of schoolkids was arrested in daraa last spring for painting and they're feeding protests to stick to the streets for days on end. the syrian
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military responded by rolling in its tanks even a year later the chief security officer in daraa is unapologetic demonstrators were backed by a gunman shooting at civilians and of course their intention was to put the blame on the government in those kids the rebels give them a few food and leave them read those things up. but even among supporters it's not a view shared by everyone to protest in daraa and in seeing crackdown by the military to the turning point for syria and in hindsight some syrian officials now wish they handled a different plane. philip. we made a mistake when back in the days we didn't give a chance to syria based peaceful opposition to express itself more freely some of them truly care about the nation now we have to deal with the armed rebels the council in its stand ball and then you have religious sects like the southeast or the muslim brothers. because nellie's no longer bound to speak here and mergence
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a lot lifted the syrian authorities are now trying to get the media on their side they've allowed to move foreign journalists into the country stipulated by the annan plan and eager to show the world what they call the real picture. but the goal of tell the realities on the ground put their own spin on any p.r. effort. as the news of un monitors and foreign journalists spread around. weapons intensified tacks on the army units forcing syrian officials to abandon this sweet talk and her journal is back onto the bus is the government. the terrorist groups using any occasion any visit beach international monitors or borders to force the army to respond. by their subs government inability to find the right balance between freedom and security may have allowed this conflict to take off many analysts believe that learning how to do it is also
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crucial for its resolution president assad has has long spoken about reforms he's been a popular president for most syrians for a long time because of his you know so-called reform i think this protests in syria actually. happened because you know there are people within the syrian regime who don't really want to reform their the hardliners so so this actually helped sort of you know the reform minded members of the regime in government. you know their reformers and a lot were quickly if you. into their fries india is still one of the most turbulent cities in syria despite checkpoints all around the cease fire is breached on an almost daily basis and here people are just there's a great to talk as there freight to go. protest in daraa had been called this part of the big night of the syrian flame which over the past year a scourge that
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a sizable part of this country and about from syrian officials may now have regrets over their way point was handled that's not nearly enough to extinguish the fire that's what car thieves syria live from moscow this is all to do with the twenty four hours a day still ahead in the program this hour. these train tracks of one of the few successful parts of a project to try to bring transport to the russian far north but further down the line the project having cost fountains of lives explored the grip of the past and one of the full of this reaches of russia are close up series also. from the north to the week on a horror we expect strong company results push well into the black often in different stores because it's news in ten minutes. all that still to come for you but first france heads to the polls on sunday and investors are hanging on the result desperate to know how the outcome will affect the e.u.
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from challenging its budget discipline to leaving the e.u. altogether criticizing the union has been a trump card for all the candidates. reports. it hasn't been the perfect marriage but they agreed where it mattered most of the time. a tandem seen as key in e.u. decision making. that france is relationships with berlin and brussels have hit a rough patch the french election if you look at the campaign in france i think because on the right side there is mrs le pen this is the plan once we reintroduce her for the french franc the french currency course mr awad wants to renegotiate the the the treaty on the fiscal compact incumbent nicolas sarkozy is no exception pledging to freeze france's e.u. funding and bringing back border controls over in the left corner. who roundly rejects europe's budget belt tightening pact people are an easy with the fact that
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they or from tribute to the failed policies in other parts of the union then people don't really understand why is it there's more and more legislation coming in from the european level in member states have to adjust for the mostly pro europe french public it's about jobs and social security just as brussels and birth women want tough cutbacks. and that doesn't rest easy with voters who gave a resounding no to giving the e.u. machine even more power seven years ago even though it's been a perfect tool to offload questionable policies. criticizing europe can be a convenient scapegoat because it appeals to people who do not like the functioning of europe and it can divert responsibility if something goes wrong it's not the fault of the government or nicolas sarkozy it's the fault of europe it's easy to lay into this place where e.u. plans are half a billion spent a final report that's really gotten under the skin of french voters is quite
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another what's more these promises of all get heard before regardless of who gets. what everything really changed between paris and brussels. the big question is now europe for what europe for hoover europe for the banker of. europe for trade your old. business oh his it a europe of cities and a europe of social rights and the rest of the continents watching too knowing that whoever its next partner is a honeymoon phase is out of the question just are still here archie brussels. with the future shrouded in uncertainty the i.m.f. chief has set a goal to protect the world from europe christine legarde wants to erect a four hundred billion dollar financial rule around the block a plan however is eighty billion dollars short of hopes that the fast growing countries known as the brics group will plug the whole brazil russia china india
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and south africa and ready to lend a helping hand but only for a bigger say over the international bank meeting today in washington ministers from the group of twenty industrialized nations will focus on that funding political analyst christopher hill says the i.m.f. won't be able to help europe without the brics which shows global power is shifting to the u.s. and not really to pay some money so there is a very bad situation with the i.m.f. it's not only good negotiation position and it's a number one chance in fact the brics one thing is very clear with a bigger say in this institution very clearly there is no incentive for the brics nations to you know give their good money and kick it out the window as europe has done in the past we are here in geale politics there is it trend up a change in parameters try to mental changes and that is very clear in there it means in fact the euro zone is going down other countries other systems
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like brics are going up and brics was a very well it is to start building their own system to be independent of these countries who inject obviously not easily come back to serious policies to a solid sustainable work. just a reminder right now at r.t. dot com website all our stories there for in case you missed anything here on screen and there's plenty more to. landing a plane or texting on your mobile apparently an australian pilot thought the latter was far more urgent for these distractions turned into disaster at r.t. com. also looks around the clock night sweeps rush hour with libraries and bookstores staying open all night long check out the events planned for bookworms that r.t. dot com. china's geo political ambitions are seeing it enter the fight for the vast
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energy resources of the arctic on a visit to europe the country's prime minister is expected to look for backing from nordic states for beijing's bid to gain a foothold in the icy region as a first step the world's biggest energy consumer is seeking permanent observer status on the block to council currently consists of eight countries with stakes in the arctic the shrinking of the polar ice cap which makes the region the vast mineral resources more accessible have stirred up the territorial disputes and got to gang chen research fellow at the east asian institute says beijing has a real chance of getting a slice by using its economic might. chinese rising rising very quickly also politically and economically sore some of the western countries are actually sure they're cautious there's the last try and that's why you saw the actually hesitant to give china this kind of status in the uk because of the interest of china while us always diplomatic skills to try to gain more support from from the not it can do
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so which are more friendly because. in this region another problem another you susan i tried i was the us is it an army each game a softball it's current to me but where is this you know crisis specially if for example i certainly i think china will use more wells to. gain their support in the region. time not update you on other news from around the world this will make for good flight has crashed just before touchdown it is. seven three seven which now from karate was carrying one hundred twenty seven people all of whom were believed to be dead rescue crews are currently the crash site which is to say the aircraft quite far in their poor weather conditions are being blamed for the crash with one exposure believing the plane was struck by lightning. authorities have decided to keep relating to the trial of norwegian mass
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murderer private sixty years until twenty seventy two countries believe documents and video hearings could be harmful to the public because many killed seventy seven people in the bomb and come attack last year but later they beat in the world the rhetoric surrounding killing spree. we take all those extremist so yes we accept. minority of all i'm saying is that there is a minority if you want to use the minority there's a minority of people who exist within the muslim community who are extremists who don't believe in the democratic values we don't believe in previous full coexistence and tolerance but we must not do is tanisha whole faith system all the communities based on the actions over a small number of minority extremists that exist in all ok and i really want to get rachel here is likely to go through and i'm clear time are very very rachael go ahead and isn't that exactly what we're trying to do with breivik right now is to
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paint all the right wing people who have moderate points of view about immigration and and cultural integration with the same brush saying that this kind of rhetoric is responsible for his actions. crosstalk coming your way at a later period r.-t. time now to head off to one of russia's remotest corners in the arctic. efforts and continued for decades to introduce an efficient transport system in the harsh conditions and crushing cold artie's turn button troubles where is were those attempts left behind the shadow of death and destruction. making tracks through the tundra part of this region's name means in the local language
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the end of the earth. in central parts of russia if you want to go somewhere you just get in a car and go here it's impossible you have to wait for the river to gore or take a plane supports for bridges have to be driven dozens of meters deep and the roots foundations pack down repeatedly to stop it collapsing back into the trondra this giant project is an attempt to bring transport to the land but the end of the earth but it's not the first time and previous attempts of left a shadow over the whole region started in one nine hundred forty nine tens of thousands of prisoners toiled in summer heat and cold and stalin's dream of a trans polar railway line conditions were brutal and thousands were worked and starved to death or shot by their captors but. they did people away to refusing to work even a couple of words about stalin to give us our prisoners and sent us here to watch
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over them building this railway had we refused he would have shot us as well in one nine hundred fifty three the project was abandoned built without any proper heavy equipment the unfinished track and embankments quickly subsided back into the tundra all that's left now are a few bridges rotting barrack buildings and the long shadow of this corner of the gulag empire this bridge is part of stalin's infamous road of death but since this project and so many others have failed to put permanent roads here in the russian arctic some of the only people to see these side historical monuments are scenes of off road drivers give gary and his companions try to penetrate some of the furthest reaches of this vast tundra landscape they've seen abandoned villages pull a mountain. peaks and even a settlement that had never been reached by wheeled vehicles and they were good you could you can use them once you arrived in this area you begin to see the world in
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a very different way these places are damned good with enormous gas and oil reserves discovered in the far north the commitment has been made to put huge money and resources towards a grodin rail building this time but there's a lot of work ahead for russia's arctic fields any fixing vast isolation. just turned twenty five minutes past the hour in russian capital that is next with the business update and daniel russia's markets they've ended on a holy traders got that friday feeling after a difficult week the finance ministers pledged to cut russia's boring has pushed the most six to close the week over fifteen hundred points thanks to rising oil prices the country can borrow less crude sawed off the german business confidence index rose unexpectedly sent the country's biggest golf to its best clothes for a month russia's top was bored by science is privatization will happen this year
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called join us but goes reportedly selling a four hundred million dollar bond at seven and three quarter percent russia is a safer investment than france whose cost over two percent to ensure traders don't like the front runner for sunday's election francois along there is his pledge that seventy five percent top rate of tax in russia is thirteen percent whoever wins the presidency faces poisoned chalice experts with france's involved costs russia by contrast have very little head. frances is by far the worst performing of the big three indices with the ducks and the holy week over tropic bond auctions in italy spain and france good figures in new york general electric and microsoft profit before course the euro is clawing back some of this week's losses of if you bond auctions in spain italy and france will have more room for listed firms joining markets in moscow all that next hour bill daniel thanks a lot for that update see a bit later here on our team now in a few minutes from now we're going or intell in the latest edition of moscow and
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