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well for the future. technology innovation is development around. exactly how. unless it is implemented by all sides. of the cold war. it's the latest developments in the role of the former prime minister yulia timoshenko.
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interview show. tuesday interviews the new president. fifteen minutes from now we talk to chris hedges he's a veteran u.s. war correspondent. he thinks washington is heading when it comes to its domestic. policies our special interview next. chris hedges is an american author journalist former war correspondent and respected expert on middle east politics the pulitzer prize winner is also a man who is suing the us president and secretary of defense will be talking about that and a range of other issues as mr hedges joins me now for a one on one interview thank you very much for sitting down with r.t. sure we have seen
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a lot of violence and instability over the past couple of years the arab spring foreign intervention in libya uncontrollable debt problems and riots in the u.s. and throughout europe threats of a global recession how do you think these political and economic crises feed off of one another and keep the momentum going well it's all the same crisis which is the collapse of globalization it doesn't work anymore and it manifests itself through the rise of commodity prices forty seven million americans live in poverty they're not spending half of their income on food but they're now spending about thirty five percent. when you see a rise in gasoline prices. which are going up words in the united states and in oil projections will continue to rise up words above four dollars a gallon maybe five dollars a gallon so we have created a kind of global oligarchy elite which is super national it owes no loyalty to any particular country it has reduced the working class within the united states within
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the developing world. to a level of almost subsistence existence it tells workers that they have to be competitive on a global marketplace which means they have to be competitive with sweatshop workers in bangladesh or prison labor in china so it's a reconfiguration by corporations of a global economy where the working and and beleaguered middle class are. increasingly caught in a vise in which there is no escape the system of globalization of unfettered unregulated corporate capitalism doesn't work for the ordinary citizen and that if we are seen ignite popular protests and i think that's the main reason why occupy wall street began in new york emplaced not just the nation but the world what does the occupy movement lack to become a real politic factor in the us and throughout the world i mean the other thing
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about the occupy movement is that it had the right target which is wall street at this point washington is an appendage of wall street wall street is where power lies both economic and political and so it it it was a powerful movement because it articulated these two truths. you know the idea of the one percent the economic inequality coupled with a targeting of where actual power lies the occupy movement has now felt the full wrath of the state there encampments have been physically eradicated without question they have been heavily infiltrated the power of the occupy movement was that it spoke for the mainstream and the states goal is to sever the occupy movement from the mainstream so the occupy movement has got to build walls it's got to develop a kind of self-discipline it's got to set standards which do not allow internal movements within the occupy organization to sever itself from the mainstream of the
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threat of the occupy movement and zuccotti park and you were there was that on weekends you had mothers from new jersey with their kids with strollers this terrified state so the occupy movement they have to form agreements by which they can operate and the second thing is that they have to begin to organize around very specific issues i think if the occupy movement organizes around raising the minimum wage from seven dollars twenty five cents an hour which is the federal minimum wage to ten. dollars an hour it can galvanize around an issue seventy percent of americans by the way support a rise of the minimum wage in order to keep labor with it it has to latch on to issues such as the raising the minimum wage that will bring labor out into the street and keep the main stream keep it as the kind of vanguard movement of the mainstream whether it can do that or not i don't know we'll have to see what role do you see for u.s. banks and u.s. corporations how else if not through them can the economy get overcovered well
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the not only are we not in a recovery i mean the the banks are playing some very dirty game the fact that we've not regulated the banks the fact that we've bailed out firms like goldman sachs and are in essence lending them free money what's the big zero one percent interest or something means they're all back to the speculative games and that's what they are games they don't produce anything they bet against things i mean one of the reasons the price of petrol is rising is because they're buying up futures and hoarding them which is what they do with commodity prices you know basic staples of food rice and everything else and we are headed for another implosion and some of our most respected financial reporters gretchen morgenson and others at the new york times are smoking around saying this we've done nothing to curb them we have permitted the largest transference of wealth upwards in american history the looting of the u.s. treasury or the tragedy is that the government when the banks were on its knees
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didn't step in instead of for instance creating taking ten billion dollars. over one hundred billion dollars in creating regional banks capitalizing those banks leveraging them ten to one loaning you know refinancing mortgages i mean there were all sorts of ways we could use this kind of money constructively we handed it off to a criminal class and speaking of government where in the u.s. currently in an election year republican candidates are now battling one another for the opportunity to oppose for iraq obama come november however skeptics view both parties as more similar than different because we've seen military invasions corporate bailouts and breaks for the wealthiest under both democrats and republicans so how can a new political force start to grow in america if it's sort of that the same type of cycle every four years well that's the problem and it's gotten worse because
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after citizens united in two thousand and ten with the creation of these super pacs and obama broke a campaign promise by. reaching out to a super pac of his own i mean in a way he has no choice because this money rules and it has a pernicious effect not only on elections but on the process of legislation because if you are an elected official and you do anything. that angers corporate lobbyists and corporate power then you know that the weight of that super pac will sweep you out of office and not only that but that when you are under attack you won't have a super pac to appeal to so it is essentially destroyed i mean it's all political theater i mean look at what the republican base is what's it about colonies according to newt gingrich and when thirteen thousand people live on the moon they can apply to be a state you know. the fact is the personal narratives and personal opinions of
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political candidates do not matter there is no way to vote in this country against the interests of goldman sachs obama is a more appealing political candidate because he's saying but power i mean look the obama administration has carried out the policies of the george w. bush administration whether in terms of wall street imperial projects a failure to address the suffering of the working class address the long term unemployment crisis we have cities now filing for bankruptcy states that are talking about filing for bankruptcy and the federal government is doing nothing except squandering four trillion dollars on wars that we're going to lose we're losing and handing money over to a class on wall street that is complicitous in a centrally hollowing the country out from the inside you are plaintiffs in the case are suing us president barack obama and secretary of defense leon panetta over the national defense authorization act from what i read ten. other activists have
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now joined you in that last what do you what do you realistically aiming for well clearly unconstitutional i mean i don't think you need to be a legal scholar figure out what you don't but it was still signed into law yes it was and. at the lower level there are certainly judges unfortunately we may not have been handed one but there are judges that i think. would find the courage to rule that the problem is that if it got to the supreme court given the composition of the court it seems very likely that we would not win. however i think it does raise public consciousness it creates an awareness of this law. it gives us a focal point by which we can carry out public demonstrations to oppose the law so it's an effort but i don't think we're naive about about the corruption within the judiciary the us claims to promote democracy within america and throughout the
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world when it comes to syria the us is calling essentially for regime change sovereign state the us says that syrians deserve democratic transition but when you mention countries like iraq afghanistan and libya shouldn't the u.s. and in some ways learn some lessons before trying to teach more countries about well let's imagine how this so those in the middle east where we were mubarak's great supporter. you know that i don't think anyone in the muslim world thinks that we care much about human rights or democracy we have since the first gulf war planted military bases some the size of small cities i think there is at this point absolutely no credibility i'm talking about within the middle east when the united states claims that it would like to bring liberty or democracy to syria.
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that said the assad regime and i was there under saddam is a pretty repugnant and horrible regime my feeling on syria and i'm not on the ground and as a reporter you know i i think that finally for one to make those kinds of judgments have to be on the ground but my feeling is that everything should be pushed through to create some kind of a cease fire because in cities like cities like homes at this point aside from the murderous. showing everything else you really have a situation will can't eat there's no water and and so rather than pass a resolution that calls for a removal or resolution. that you know calls for intervention or anything else i would rather see them work more incrementally if that doesn't happen do you think there's any chance of european military intervention i don't think so i think the us is so overextended and i think that the situation in syria is so messy there
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is you know there's no real formal opposition. you know it's a sort of a mess and they just went through this in libya. months and months. hard time believing they do it again in syria we'll have to leave it right there mr head just thank you for your time and for speaking with r.t. thanks. so much or is that so much given it is a huge decision on the mark when a little over a year ago the arab awakening started in quickly inspired millions in north africa and the middle east what is the current state of this. joining me on a journey to the heart of the problem to a place is hidden from the tourists are you going to meet some real crime insiders although they may not be the usual news makers you see on t.v.
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. but leaders. leaves keep this inside g. to koori the room. to close then each. make to feel. civilization notice their absence. but is there life outside
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civilization possible. top stories this hour of t.v. ceasefire under assault pressed terror attacks in syria claim more lies as the un warns of powerless to oversee a peace plan unless it's implemented by all sides the government then the opposition of blaming each other for orchestrating the latest book. kid of accuses the emir of harking back to the cold war as brussels moves to boycott the euro twenty four championship in the crane it's the latest developments in the row over the handling of former prime minister yulia timoshenko the serving time for abusing power. in the founder of wiki leaks prepares to take center stage once again as the host of his very are going to be show right here on r.t. on tuesday june of us only to be the new president of chile is here where arab
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spring football speaking. for those stories in full with me in fifteen minutes from now the meantime pool's here with the latest action from the world of sport. thank you very much for the welcome to the sports headlines it was coming up on his way the russian football federation. that dick advocaat has to step down as manager of the national side following this summer's european championship. game maria sharapova wald number one victoria azarenka on the stoop all claim to claim her first title of two thousand and twelve. and the waiting game there's drama at the way in his russian middleweight champion to me please pay it all to put his crown on the line and most. of us the russian football union have confirmed to all
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say that manager dick advocaat is to stand down after this summer's european championships he's decided to reject an option for a further two years on his contract although he's refused to say why he's meeting earlier i spoke to our correspondent richard vanpool late and asked if he was surprised by the news. a bit surprised not surprised to be honest i mean he's always on a two plus two contract a four year contract but he had the option of leaving his post after the european championships and to be honest i don't think the russian football union they wanted an answer before the euro two thousand and twelve championships got underway because it didn't want to be in a similar situation to farms where they didn't keep on a long contract. because on the free basically to speak to any team he wishes to you even if france gets a fine or so really don't want to try and get a decision before the tournament started actually said he hasn't he's not going to reveal the reasons for leaving his post at the moment he's going to do at a later date probably after the two thousand and twelve finals but he's done actually very well with the russian team and i mean he took over from conceding
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when a very low ebb that failed to qualify of the world cup in two thousand and ten and he really took them to the euro two thousand and twelve finals but minimum of fuss if they do get a new train over seventy we're going to return to russia to piece the difference it's been mooted and the prices are potential. future coach especially with the world cup in russia in two thousand and eighteen in mind getting a young russian coach to try and build them up towards those. meanwhile england are set to name their new manager in the next couple of days west brom boss roy hodgson is having talks with the english football association about becoming the permanent successor to fabio capello the f.a. deciding the sixty four year old is the man to make the three lines into euro two thousand and twelve they were granted permission to speak to the former liverpool and into milan boss by his current employers west brom on sunday hodgson has previous international experience as manager of finland in switzerland and is having talks with bosses with an announcement expected within forty eight hours it
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was widely thought that the job would be offered to top the boss harry redknapp said so far you are the man approached by the f.a. you. know it's no problem i mean you know. the base is a great guy so i've got a great job we have. fantastic players and every great we played it was the world. no problems or so i'm very lucky to be working at such a good club it's tottenham and very fortunate meanwhile manchester city in manchester united go head to head in around ten minutes time in the biggest game of the season in england the dobie match will go a long way to deciding who will be crowned premier league champions no doubt already electric stadium so alex ferguson's side have a three point cushion from their rivals but should cheney's man win that better goal difference could prove crucial in the title run in city welcome back to friend maker richards who missed their last win over walls with
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a knee injury fall apart from long term absentees united have a fully fit squad to choose from. if he can happen but it's not being as they're saying i think that they have more chance than that because they're. it should be mine in the end after we should play you guys new cast that will be a cover game and after it would be instead united would play as swansea sound and in that for them would be too easy game. now tennis where maria sharapova has lifted her first title of the year beating world number one victoria azarenka claimed they stood guard the russian looking much sharper than in the previous two finals this loss to atlanta they swear. droppers precise groundstrokes insistence on the german clay helping the twenty five year old to take the order and set six one who had only lost once this season heading into the clash was also
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unable to take her opponent in the second break in the belorussian before holding sorrow for six one six four victory a great time for a few upwards of. the second slam of the year the french open the getting at the end. not the boxing where rushing to make two pair or gates putting his w b r middleweight title on the line here in moscow on tuesday night there was a bit of pre-fight drama during the weigh in on monday only just made the cut weighing in a fraction under the middleweight limit however his opponent japan's nobody hero ishida initially failed to meet the weight of the fight in jeopardy but if she'd managed to sweat off the extra kilos in the given two hour time limit and set a combination of confusion over the time and use of his own scales before hand what a drag. it was a miscommunication i got the way in time confused i also used my own scales before but she is not a big problem very. well i sincerely hope the fight will be dynamic and spectacular
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simply because i've heard ishida is here to win and do everything to achieve this he's not going to duck all run so i'm looking forward to an exciting fight which will go we'll see in the ring. but was still well ahead of the big fight artie's robert downey and managed to catch up with pirogue in order to find out exactly what makes him tick. boxing's middleweight vision the sweet sport of the sport well why there is a move like light weights and points like heavy weights russia is number one in this class is me deep iraq the winning w bill chandler is styling combining fearsome punching power with old school intelligence just one of the numerous reasons the general played it has been really what is it for years now. sometimes i do things to disturb my opponent in the ring to confuse him with him but i don't have a plan it happens spontaneously the crowd loves such things and at the same time my
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opponent loses confidence because he can't get me sometimes i try small boxing tricks like raising one hand and punching with the other professional boxing is not only a sport now it's a spectacle a performance which needs to be a great show too not just a boxing match. mentality getting one's head right is also an essential part of the game iraq particularly adept in this regard both in and out of the ring . i prefer isolation out of a fight i need to be on my own with my coaches without phone calls or any type of communication i focus on building up my energy even when i'm not training i'm thinking of boxing rehearsing in my mind. i believe there should be anger inside of you some positive anger you're able to control or not driven by it and i never get driven by a crowd ging for a knockout when i feel the opponent is still dangerous the thirty one year old's
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attitude to boxing is no less than his skills there are class implicit in the chance to face the cream of his class that desire government not by love fame or money but by the sport itself. there's nothing wrong with winning tight. it's great and reflects your achievements and skills it builds confidence but when you get a title you realise it's not the most important thing they come and go although some hold on to that title is just to earn more money i never worried about earning money through boxing i just enjoy it and because of that it will grow as a sportsman and as a person. he can reach an ounce of this world level i really soon is becoming twice as good as he is now and terms of dedication and intensive training so that to him was going to huge potential including great physical characteristics
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watching this still plenty of room to develop in the ring in doing still need to get over his every chance to pull in the footsteps of course to do the only russian to be crowned undisputed boxing champ band of the world it would take a brave person to bet against him. r.t. . yes it should be an interesting fight later on tuesday now finally but weather was unable to stop the four hardy in the brave this weekend as hundreds took part in an annual mud race in the u.k. this is the traditional mold and race in six high winds and driving rain prevented the traditional crossing of the river for safety reasons however hundreds of competitors still took part in raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes the one day of the version of the event has been taking place since one thousand nine hundred seventy three but some estimates say the race was first run as far back as the tenth century although this looks like one occasion where it really is the taking part. and rather them than may that's
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all the sport for now more later here in twenty four hour weather is next. well for the. science technology innovation all the instrumental minutes from around russia we've got the future covered. more news today violence is once again flared up the film these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. china corporations are on the day .
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