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the state where you can buy private enterprise is crazy. and presidential to progress on syria's chemical disarmament. to discuss the elimination of. the conflict and the prospects to end it. iran freezes the expansion of its nuclear program according to the un atomic watchdog the u.s. lawmakers are still mulling further sanctions against iran we report on the divide between the white house and capitol hill also. today and it's hard to tell right now exactly how long we'll be down here doing this mission easy to promise but hard to deliver the closure of guantanamo is as elusive as ever as it is up twelve years as a terror a jail reports from. future it may face and.
beyond rest in the outskirts of moscow police have been. illegal immigration every friday they go of accommodation places of looking for illegal immigrants it's friday morning we go in with the police one of those rights. from a studio central moscow this is r.t. with international news and comment russia's president has praised the cooperation between syrian authorities and the chemical weapons watchdog in a phone conversation with the syrian leader putin became the first head of a un security council member state to personally talk to bashar assad. who is reported from the water own country several times earlier explain the
significance of the phone call. this is very significant in terms of of course from russia and from the u.n. security council to show support for all the mission that the syrian authorities are now undertaking to end the crisis in the country and mostly focused on the chemical arsenal of syria the demolition of the chemical weapons of syria but also another important topic was geneva two peace talks that despite some skepticism is considered by many as important as. the we saw peacefully the fact of crisis in syria as they say it takes two to tango and this is where the main obstacle in solving the syrian crisis lies and has been lined since the beginning since the conflict started because syrian opposition has repeatedly rejected any dialogue with the syrian current authorities with president assad personally saying that they will never talk to him and they will never come
back to dialogue. to he goes and. bashar assad the determent president off. it is quite. bad. so we actually heard some opposition factions saying that they are now ready to syria many times including held rebel held territories and i've seen that the opposition is very much divided and sometimes fractions that are fighting president bashar assad in syria are not doing connected to each other they don't even know about the child is so it's like even if we're hearing from one fraction but. now ready it doesn't necessarily mean unfortunately that all their position all the forces are now ready for dialogue and this is why it's quite difficult at this time to talk about any peace between the warring sides. there's been no development in iran's
nuclear facilities in the last three months that's according to a new report by the un's atomic watchdog their conclusion comes ahead of a fresh round of talks between tehran and six world powers and just as the u.s. congress considers further sanctions against iran he's marina portnoy has the details of the i.a.e.a. report. the international atomic energy agency says that for the past three months iran has halted expansion of its nuclear facilities the u.n. atomic watchdog released a report finding that only four new year rhenium centrifuges were operating at the rons plant and no additional machines for facilities u.n. officials also said that iran has not begun operating any new generation i r two centrifuges and that no major components had been installed at the reactor being built. now why is this such a major development because many many members of the international community were
worried that the reactor. site could provide iran with tony i'm an alternative to uranium for nuclear weapons this is the first report being released since president hassan rouhani took off took office in august but it certainly can be considered positive confidence building measure by tehran especially before the next round of talks between iran and world powers continue in geneva next week u.s. president barack obama has been taking precautionary measures by asking congress to hold off on more sanctions against iran while world powers are negotiating and continuing to try to hammer out a deal president obama says if the u.s. is serious about using diplomacy to prevent iran from developing nuclear weapons that there is no need to add new sanctions on top of the ones already in place that have crippled iran's economy however the u.s.
is biggest spoiler right now is its ally israel let's remember that israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and pro israel groups have been lobbying for more punitive measures to be piled against iran now according to reports a deal was nearly reached last week we've been reporting about. and according to russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov he said that there was no joint proposal but there was a u.s. proposal that everyone including iran agreed on but then there were last minute amendments so the deal did not go through now france is being blamed for stalling and putting in those last minute amendments so we have to wait and see if the world powers. a consensus with iran on its disputed nuclear program which of course would ease international sanctions against iran and allow iran to proceed with this nuclear program which it says is being used for peaceful purposes made a point that will early historian investigative journalist gareth porter told me
about the roots of the friction between the white house and capitol hill over iraq i don't think the president's statement or speech at this point is going to hold off the members of congress who are determined to go ahead with this move but the question is whether they will be able to muster a majority in the senate i think the house is more likely to be responsive to israel's urgings on this and most likely to go ahead with with sanctions but i think the senate may possibly constitute a road block to go in your head with a much harsher sanctions this is this is the track record that both the majority of the senate majority of the house have compiled in recent years which is to say that they have been responsive whenever a perk of the lobbying organization devoted to israel's interests has put forward legislation the majorities in both houses of congress have been responsive
so i think that definitely has to be the working assumption for this week. they held key positions in the world's biggest military and they want guantanamo prison closed thirty eight of the united states' most respected retired generals and admirals want the senate to take immediate steps despite pressure and promises the jail still reached its twelfth anniversary punctuated by torture and hunger strikes along the way where almost eight hundred inmates have gone through guantanamo but only seven have been tried and convicted washington says the rest are too dangerous to release but analysts say the evidence against them is speculative and as for the hot potato in getting it closed while both congress and the president blame each other even though barack obama has full authority to shut it down and then there's the cost which is tripled in just five months according to estimates keeping one inmate costs around two and a half million dollars
a year now that's roughly one hundred times more than the average mainland prisoner when i started checking the now reports on the detention centers future. when it comes to this prison the numbers speak for themselves since being set up after the attacks of nine eleven a total of seven hundred seventy nine detainee's have been held at guantanamo today one hundred sixty four people remain over half of them have been long cleared for release but remain locked up a total of six people is currently under trial alleged prisoners of war brought here since two thousand and two removed from the battlefield of america's ever expanding war on terror it's both the policy of the u.s. not to hold anyone longer than necessary but we also know that whenever we release someone we assume a richness over a period of more than a decade the majority of detainees held here have been set free and if the men of
guantanamo are really these superhuman monsters you know the worst of the worst are quote dick cheney. they would have been really. most of those still kept locked up have not been charged and are being held indefinitely what sort of a black hole of the system where the president of the united states simply refuses to say the innocent but u.s. officials say the law of war remains behind this barbed wire the idea that in a war when you capture folks you as the capturing authority are permitted to hold people during the duration of hostilities. when hostilities and or if there's no longer any purpose legitimate purpose to to hold them then they must be released a tiny problem the war on terror has no geographic borders with men once held here repeat treated to a wide array of countries. who are only specific to guantanamo you can't even you
couldn't even the case on the u.s. mainland because it would be unconstitutional and illegal the war on terror also has no end in sight and national security is a popular excuse to simply ignore the law. this by the rhetoric really isn't about national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be released that can't be true after being locked up the legal process if any moves at a glacial pace in two thousand and twelve five detainees were transferred to had completed their military commission sentence two were court ordered released. detainees been repatriated and one was a suicide over the years countless detainee claims of mistreatment and abuse dozens of suicide attempts mass hunger strikes lost patience and hope just this year the majority of the prison population refused to eat for six months straight only to be force fed the. mandate that we have is being able to provide
adequate nutrition to preserve life washington has appointed a new envoy to close a camp that is a dark spot on america's image this comes after a mass hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times even if close to it seems. to mean a state in u.s. history forever it's very easy to end one ton of right you release the men that you're not prosecuting. and as you said only six men are being prosecuted right now the military prosecutor has made clear that he intends to prosecute a few more but he's also made clear that it won't be more than a few more the record on a promise to close the notorious facility on day one of his presidency he's now in his second term it's only a president who can do it and the idea that it's you know that it's congress's fault is just not correct it is the president the top holding these men in detention some president has to come in and this. it's hard
to tell right now exactly how long will be down here doing this mission. and artsy guantanamo bay cuba. and a daughter called me can watch our full series on life inside guantanamo as well as more interviews with former prisoners and in-depth coverage of the international pressure to close the facility down. this is all to live here moscow with the twenty four hours a day in a couple of minutes from now the professional footballer prevented from leaving cata for over a year we'll tell you why. the recent between iran and the united states may potentially put to rest one of the most toxic and one sees in modern geopolitics
when planning a trip to cattle you should consider sorting out your exit visa before you go for a footballer has been held virtually captive by the authorities in qatar for more than a year unable to see his wife and daughters that's because he tried to sue his club for not getting paid now as i hear the ballooning is being prevented from leaving the country unless he drops the charges against his hardball employer he says it was completely unexpected. when i went to the tribunals i never imagined that i wouldn't be able to leave the country i didn't think they would block me my wife is depressed and she can't work i thought of going on hunger strike but my lawyers told me not to they already hurt me and a hunger strike would only hurt my wife and kids just enough is enough. the international federation of professional footballers is campaigning for his release andrew or thirty from the group i spoke to
a little early he says the fringe player is now desperate we understand that he's also had to act in this matter and that includes the fact that he sold off sessions that he will be evicted from his home in a matter of days and therefore we have offered through our hardship fun here if procure opportunity for him at the very least while we help to try and resolve this situation that he at least has some way to live to stay you know hotel or whatever the case by be for him his wife and his two daughters we are also very mindful of the fact that he has a very fragile mental state right now it's a precarious situation we deeply concerns and so we are asking for the international football community to unite support fifth probe we've been at the highest levels of government and within football authorities this is already gone right to the top side here bellamy today himself has written begging for help this is just one player but it's one of sixty thousand we represent around the world and
we want him released and we are released now. russia has the world's second largest migrant population in search of a better life the majority come to the capital moscow but worryingly high numbers of them stay in the city illegally concern for the authorities and the locals pool scots has the details. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russia back of allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant and the nationalistic riots that followed the issue is firmly in the spotlight and an arty camera crew has found out just how sensitive the topic is we went to a market on the outskirts of moscow to try and film an interview with mohamed the president of the russian federation of migrants despite getting prive commission to film it soon became clear our presence was not welcome. you russian do i have to repeat myself the site with the fence we eventually set up our interview away from the market. years i think they may have suspected some illegal activities to of
course when you have thousands of migrants some of them may not have work permits or residence permits so the exact number of migrants in moscow is hard to calculate the best estimates put the figure around one quarter of the population and according to official statistics one in five murders wanting to rapes and one in three robberies a carried out by migrants your thirty's or came to be seen to be tackling the problem as we found out before our meeting with mohammed. since the under arrest in the outskirts of moscow police have been clamping down on illegal immigration every friday they go on a range of accommodation places of looking for illegal immigrants it's friday morning we go in with the police on one of those raids and it didn't take long for the police to get down to business demanding people's paypal want. to. know where do i leave. where do you leave. the raid on the outskirts of
moscow in the last day to just about an hour and so far police have rounded up thirty five individuals who don't have the correct paperwork. around one hundred eighty thousand work permits are granted each year according to mohammed this figure is far too low. to address it so you need to conduct a survey as to how many migrant worker a small school needs if it needs a million workers you should issue a million work permits not a mere hundred thousand. it's believed around three million migrants are working in moscow ninety four percent of the. issues creating a vast black market for cheap labor market is some key to keep out of the spotlight let's go to. moscow. the pope is taking on the godfather in a corruption crusade but one investigated the pontiff could be in danger as he tries to clean up the catholic church that story right now at r.t. dot com. even though nato member countries have been watching the pennies we tell
you how the alliance is still managed to find a spare billion dollars to build a new headquarters. three attacks targeting shiite worshipers in eastern iraq of left at least forty one people dead the blast took place during events to mark a short of the most important day in the shiite muslim calendar more than seven thousand people have been killed by insurgents in the country this year a political refugee from saddam hussein's regime has told us that iraq is suffering the consequences of america's divide and conquer policy used during its occupation . the united states wanted to separate all the iraqi forces and to play on sectarian divisions and sneak divisions exasperating the natural differences. clashes but there is also this presence of the terrorist organizations which which
is. fear of conflict between these political organizations and groups represented within the government. is not only iraq feeling the legacy of united states interfering there's been bumper crops for afghanistan's farmers but that's bad news opium cultivation has hit record numbers meaning huge profits for local warlords and hundreds more lives destroyed by the drug well the latest u.n. report says poppy production has risen in some regions by more than the third this year generating thousands of tons of opium annually afghanistan provides ninety percent of the drugs total global production now for the farmers it's a lifeline only realistic chance for their families to earn a living wage traditional i would culture just doesn't pay in the war ravaged state . well guarded you can now look to the roots of the problem. opium production has increased forty times in afghanistan since nato started its
war on terror in two thousand and one and now the drug money goes to fund terror and god knows what else not to mention of course thousands of lives taken by heroin consumption every year but expect more drugs coming out of afghanistan because the value of opium is so much higher than any other crop available to afghan farmers that afghans are not planning on giving up on poppies anytime soon even though the tribal leaders in the afghan government publicly denounce opium production according to afghan farmers they still manage to tax them for that and this is what one former. government officials grow opium themselves and if they don't grow it themselves they rent out their land to farmers who grow it if the officials don't care about the law there is no reason for us to respect it that's according to this farmer for more than a decade nato and the us of course of the government that it had put in place in kabul every fuse to impose a clear ban on poppy growing possibly thinking such
a ban would turn more people against the u.s. but here's how u.s. officials explain it this is just trying to eradicate property and go pm it's also trying to give people an alternative mechanism to live and to feed their families but there is so much money behind narcotics that even with alternative ways to make a living it's very difficult to imagine that such massive drug production will stop unless there is a clear cut down on it in washington i'm going to check on. noticeable news from around the world in a world update the deaths in the philippines from time to have risen again of the four thousand four hundred u.n. figures confirmed by government agency despite a president in aid from neighboring countries many victims remain cut off from food and water supplies as many as eleven million people have been affected by what are the worst storms recorded which hit the city of tacloban last week. and
natural gas pipeline has exploded in texas no injuries are reported but a community has been evacuated to safety in case of further blasts it's pretty much isolated the town of milford emergency crews are shut off the gas and are waiting for the fire to burn itself out local media say the fire began after workers punctured the pipeline well in britain your never far from feeling a tap on the shoulder from the tax man but not everywhere under her majesty's jurisdiction gets forced to fund the crown's coffers in fact it can be quite the opposite to cecilia know such a place. have you ever heard of care. ok now. not ever heard of picked karen. to pick an island. i think in the pacific so why. do you know that part of your taxes go to that island . have you ever heard of care. if you've never heard of pitcairn and you're an e.u.
citizen it might be well worth knowing for that's where part of your taxes are go a. bit kiran is one of britain's overseas territories a small island in the south pacific with a total population of about fifty people now locals don't pay taxes and the island's main source of income include tourism and postage stamps but it's still heavily reliant on british and e.u. eight well let's break down the numbers here in the ninth european development fund or e.t.f. received two million euros in aid allocated for infrastructure building in the tempi v.f.p. it can receive two point four million that's a total of four point four million in thirteen years about six thousand eight hundred euros per person per year but that's not all earlier this year it emerged that the u.k. had sent about ten million pounds over four years proponents of development aid the importance of maintaining quote solidarity and peace in developing nations and the european commission has indicated its attention to strengthen the focus of the
e.t.f. on the world's poorest countries but details are scarce on how that assessment of the allocation will be done but critics in the e.u. and particularly in the u.k. have long been voicing their disapproval on the government's money management which is essentially protecting what's given to others while slashing budgets for those at home now a two thousand and twelve you gov survey says that fifty four percent of the british public think that the british government should not be giving very much overseas aid. regardless of what public opinion surveys say for now the status quo remains in place reporting from london i'm tess or cilia. more news in half an hour from now on the meantime worlds apart looks at israel's role in the possible nuclear deal with iran.
you know i love these rare moments where action of something totally sounds positive to share with you the f.d.a. is working to ban partially hydrogenated oils which are the leading source of trance fats and foods and possibly the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks per year across the usa according to f.d.a. commissioner margaret hamburg as you know i would like the chemicals in my food kept to a minimum but the thing is the people at the f.d.a. are surely aware of all the hormones and beef and jim o's being produced why does the span have such a very narrow narrow focus in fact when you look at all the things that americans consume smoke use that to swear health some get the violent band hammer while others are completely tolerated if you ever talk to hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you but dude weed is better for you than beer and that's the eagle man and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balanced position isn't really a good idea well the country could go the libertarian route and let it be everything be legal let people make their own choices or do what i think would be
much much better actually really ban all the things that are destructive to our health both of these paths have positive and negative effects but they are a lot better than our current plan of ban some harmful things for some reason and allow other harmful things because well they lobby better but that's just my opinion. come on the welcome to well of the party the reason rapprochement between iran and the united states may potentially put to rest one of the most toxic and it is in morning to you up. politics a possibility that would arguably benefit many peace loving nations. but not israel a country that seems to be increasingly cost of living under what it calls and
that's a standstill strat why is the spectral floor sweeter than the chance of peace while to discuss that i'm now joined by ron and bergman an israeli investigative journalist mr bergman thank you very much for your time thank you for inviting me there is a very old ancient jewish proverb about a bad piece being better than a good war but it seems that for israel the state of bad peace has become so familiar so comfortable that these really leadership simply can't afford to lose iran as an anime they seem to be very bad on keeping this animosity going why is that. every time an israeli is invited to be interviewed outside of israel it is usually assumed as if he is representing the stance of the country's government so let me start and say i'm not representing benjamin ateneo i will try maybe to reflect what is considered to be the mindset of the israelis and
absolutely in leadership to your question. i'm not sure that the israeli leadership is so keen to have iran as an enemy. if you are trying to maybe to him to israelis looking israel is looking for enemies even in places where there aren't any what i'm thinking is that israel to some extent is the sort of a post traumatic country popular saw by the post traumatic nation and nation suffered from holocaust suffered from a world that we don't listen to the words of the nazi regime and now is so anxious that the world will hear what the iranian leadership has said about the about israel what they call the how are you near the zionist entity and the leadership in iran including mr rouhani some years ago including mainly the supreme leader.