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in the ukrainian capital as protesters stormed police lines and capture administrative buildings hundreds of thousands are on the streets demanding the country's leadership resigned over the shelving of a trade deal with the e.u. . also the top headlines of the week despite general praise for an historic deal on iran's nuclear program president obama is attacked by hawks in washington who. let off the hook. dependence movement it's a manifesto to much acclaim that critics say the text is heavy. and light on facts .
on the back of the past seven days top stories and the latest developments this is the weekly on r.t. international so breaking news this hour as many as one hundred policemen have been injured in the ukrainian capital several arrests were made after protesters used tear gas and threw stones breaking into the city council building and trying to storm the presidential administration hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are on the streets despite a month long ban on rallies in the center of kiev lottie's. is there so tell us what is happening where you are. well it's safe to say that tensions have died down a little bit and there's fewer people right now at the central square of kiev than at the beginning of the protests but we're still talking at least one hundred thousand protesters several of the government buildings are now being cordoned off by the protesters they have set up steel fences around these buildings not lenny not letting anyone inside we also do know that protesters have taken over the city
administration building and now it's basically open to everyone they kicked all the officials out and now everyone can enter this building several hours ago the administration of president of ukraine building was a looking like a battlefield with thousands of protesters attempting to assault a building and tempting to get inside the even used a bulldozer to get into the building and just a short while ago i went there and saw the situation with my own eyes. the ministration of president building the ukraine is now under siege this is the only free divide between the riot police which are here in hundreds and and the protesting mob just a few hours ago this place looked like a battlefield with rocks being thrown at the police and even a bulldozer which the protesters used to break the police lines as we can see they have failed the police have reinforced themselves with several more hundred people they are here right now it's a bit hard to talk right now here because of the gas it's still pretty much felt in
here we see rocks everywhere on the ground these are small fires like these but around here there are several more hundreds of these rocks which were used to throw at the police one of them more than a hundred of them are now have been hospitalized and the situation is still very very tense here. see these protests started because of that shelving of the deal between ukraine and the e.u. is that still what a protest is a wrangling about or is there more to it. you know we can say that the protest has essentially. changed its focus during the week the people were protesting against the government and the president's decision not to sign a free trade zone agreement with the european union now it's more about the rage of the people against the government the president believing that they were the ones who dispersed a peaceful protest on friday night when several hundred protesters were violently pushed from the central square by the police this is the main shift of the of the
protest at the moment. the whole week they've been protesting against the government says not to sign the erode station deal despite that many economists and people in power are saying that this deal could have harmed ukraine economically still this was not something on the minds of the people and they were protesting against it the whole week but now essentially the protest is different and judging by the fact that the steel fences have been set up in the city it's really unlikely that the protests will die down any time soon alexey thank you very much indeed for that live update from kiev well with kiev now a battleground seems less discuss what is its stake with william and bell geo political analyst and author of full spectrum dominance william which there he is he's got many many protesters saying they want him to sign that deal with the e.u. he's saying that will come with economic damage for the country what are his choices now what do his options. well first of all i think it's quite right about the economic damage but the special association with the european union this was
a washington agenda and has been for more than six years the e.u. simply at hacking is a proxy for washington to essentially strip ukraine from russia and we can isolate russia the more so the stakes the geopolitical stakes are huge and as the police the ukrainian police made it called last a blunder the same way that militant milosevic made it back in the slavia and the same blunder that bashar al assad made at the onset of the protests in syria and that is to react with state violence because that is exactly what the opposition was hoping and praying for that they would lose their cool and give it a red flag. the protesters to come out and muss and that's precisely what's happened so i think it is necessary to ask you that surely isn't there a genuine belief that the e.u. is better for ukraine is otherwise i would say hundred thousand of them protesting
right now why are they wrong well there's a genuine belief of many children in santa clause but that's a nice had a clause exists the. quite seriously the protesters people get on the streets out of emotion not out of recent logic in most cases in tahrir square in egypt the emotion was freedom democracy and that was manipulated by the backers of the muslim brotherhood morsi and at all to bring the brotherhood into power and discard the least legitimate student democratic protests. the i suspect that the same networks that created the orange revolution back in two thousand and three four and that is the national endowment for democracy freedom house various. front organizations of us speak of are one are quite active in this protest and the . trying to steer it and build it in a very professional guided way enough to kind of color revolution if you will mark
mark two for ukraine and hopefully the government starts responding a little bit more intelligent the police chief has a head of national police has. died for the excessive use of force and violence but it is going to take much more than that and what i did what do you make of the fact that to european and have been seen talking to opposition members here actually in kiev is that in effect may be that in stirring up trouble and perhaps a long march in an attack on a country sovereignty i should actually be doing that right now know what the speaker of the lithuanian parliament about others and she made a blatant intervention in the internal affairs of a sovereign state to you crane several days ago and you know hailing the european union membership for ukraine and cetera so that this is a major push by the west by nato essentially or right to to create chaos in ukraine and weaken the ties with russia shows a very briefly where does that put a view russia ties now because both are very important trading partners they've got
a lot to lose here haven't they when they do and i go back to my initial statement this is not the e.u. as e.u. this is washington acting through the cat's paw of the european union through political networks in brussels and so forth and cameron oman's government in france to a limited extent because of germans are much more sensitive about good relations with moscow but. this is a geo political agenda it's much bigger than ukraine it's much bigger than that tens or hundreds of thousands of protesters on the street but i think. this perhaps have to prevail in this situation and rationally discuss what's at stake and that is that if there was police violence they should be punished for it and that the population should realize ukraine has a huge. proper i know from ukrainian friends with with the state corruption with business corruption on all levels they should begin addressing that as well but
it's not going to happen because the opposition comes back in there is corrupt just as the people in the now is just different different left out aggression versus right handed. when in fact very much of a critic of thought well i'm a political analyst and author full spectrum dominance live here on r.t. thank you very much indeed. well here's why the ukrainian government is under pressure now of thousands of protesters as well as the opposition in parliament want to move the country towards europe but the government thinks that is premature saying brussels isn't offering perks such as membership and the privileges that most europeans enjoy and there's a belief that life closer to europe would be cheaper but the government warns the deal would actually damage the economy for little in return well the opposition still insists that kiev should resist pressure from moscow but close economic ties with russia including a free trade zone are a shared landscape a business landscape and increase exports aim to pull the states together well for
more now. he's international relations lecturer at the moscow state university joining us live here marc so what i'm saying this is more of a geo political issues this is in effect an international conflict over ukraine or is it more of an internal ukrainian conflict deciding which side they're going to go east or west well i think it's actually both i would this is certainly the european union i wouldn't necessarily say the united states acting through them but certainly the united states has its interests seeking to strip russia away from. the ukraine away from russia as they claim make a civilizational choice something that the ukraine government has resisted that they don't want to make a choice they want to maintain good relations with both and have preferable trade relations with both of meanwhile the euro created ukrainian people themselves are extremely divided almost along geographical lines the western ukraine which prefers
european integration and the south and the east russian speaking largely russian ethnic which would prefer a closer ties with russia so any attempts to describe what's going on in kiev as the ukrainian people is really a little facetious it is a certain. segment of the ukrainian population and indeed there have been reports you can watch the videos of hundreds of buses cars convoys of protesters flooding the capital coming in from the western ukraine but the e.u. clearly sees ukraine is a big prize it's a massive country isn't it but it is bankrupt and yet it's still going to try and persuade key have to change its mind even the president you know which is said that he may review the situation later this year do you think perhaps we could see a deal being signed up despite the political pressures on the other coverage of the moment well certainly. as well as representing his constituencies in the east and
south also more importantly represents the donbass oligarchy which would like to integrate and legitimize their wealth through european financial institutions. however the problem is that the european union itself is bankrupt as we have seen with the economic and austerity crisis through the last two or three years throughout the european union making it very hard for them to deliver a package that could save the ukraine's economy in fact the i.m.f. conditionality they're pushing all the ukraine would certainly push ukraine into a depression that could last ten fifteen or more years this is a radical neo liberal shock therapy battery's that is that the european association agreement and the i.m.f. conditionality asked. but even european politicians have been seen in kiev talking to opposition members and indeed a politician or a waltz or
a polish politician accusing russia of putting a lot of pressure on the ukrainians of course russia is accusing you of blackmail what finally all the implications all the relations between russia and the e.u. they do need each other don't they i mean the e.u. is one of the biggest trading partners or at least biggest trading. for russia well reportedly one of these e.u. politicians himself is the vice president sitting vice president of the european parliament and the fact that they are essentially on the ground in kiev cheer leading the protesters on calling for a revolution in the country this is a tantamount to the regime change that has been called for in german newspapers earlier today this is a most agree just violation of the united nations charter and international law a violation of the sovereignty and the not interference in the domestic affairs of other states and i think russia cannot take that the whole world community cannot take this agree just act like very good to hear your thoughts marc thank you for
joining us live there from central moscow moxon about international relations electra at moscow state university thank you thank you. this is the weekly on r.t. international more news coming up after a short break break including how antigovernment protests continue unabated in bahrain stay with us for that if you can.
capitol hill israeli hardline is indescribable shakes in the gulf states but just some of those who are angry looks at the political battles the white house faces to make this agreement stick today that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world. and flying in the face of president obama what was cute in the geneva. last night in small is sort of i mean. it's a story in state. it's not new a safer place in an environment where israel as well as many u.s. lawmakers don't think that iran should develop nuclear technology at all the obama administration had to engage in diplomatic acrobatics to both acknowledge iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy and not acknowledge it at the same time we approach these negotiations with a basic understanding of iran like any nation should be able to access peaceful
nuclear energy but because of its record of violating its obligations iran must accept strict limitations on its nuclear program that make it impossible to develop a nuclear weapon the scope and role of iran's enrichment as is set forth in the language within this document says that iran's peaceful nuclear program is subject to a negotiation. and to mutual agreement despite the officials attempts to appease the hawks punches are flying it looks like we've tacitly agreed that they will be enriching for commercial purposes down the road so i think you're going to see on capitol hill again a bipartisan effort to try to make sure that this is not the final agreement another senator marco rubio call the deal quote a blow to our allies in the region who are already concerned about america's commitment to their security and i think a lot of people both in the middle east and on capitol hill are very concerned that
this interim deal becomes the new norm opponents of the deal in washington and abroad are already working not too late it's of by the six month trial the obama administration is walking on eggshells before congress israel and its allies in the call as it's trying to convey a carefully worded message which is you cannot threaten war all the time in washington i'm going to. act in this kind of accuses been you know who have will mongering and believes it could end with israel becoming isolated iran has made clear they have no desire to develop nuclear weapons whatsoever they have no desire to develop nuclear weapons but yet they get this fear mongering this talk of you know this these words coming out of netanyahu they're very frightening and people of the world want peace they want they want cooperation between countries they don't want to hostility and war and if netanyahu continues to be committed to this aggression to this hostility he's going to going to be further isolated around the
world because what he wants is diametrically opposed to what the people the world are striving for at this time. authorities in bahrain have again been heavily criticized by human rights defenders amnesty international lashed out at the government for keeping the most prominent opposition leader in jail bill rashad has most of his two year term and is eligible for release but there is no sign he will be let out another leader of the european bahraini organization for human rights has been locked up after the fall of the defamation complaint against an official government newspaper and his wife asma darwish joins me live now so i understand that you've just written an open letter to the u.n. high commissioner for human rights does this mean you've actually failed to prove your husband's innocence through the official bahraini channels i'll give you the. iranian channels ignore that my husband is innocent and he is just defending human rights and he is exposing them by any right is by the government of
rage so there is no use of yes i have tried it company it with the police station with. we have also sent a letter is obviously letters from there you have it and you are in isolation for human rights in the ministry of interior. but norris plant has been nearly created so yes i am getting in touch with n.g.o.s around the world and also. to the united nations do you expect any positive responses from all of those organizations or contacting do you think they're going to help. actually yes i am hoping because at the end they are finding humor right if they are not going to apply it doubles. at the great power to the arm of. the united states of america we can add more tomorrow we are getting started official letter s.
from european but they are going i say she is or he writes to the embassy as you have european embassies in bahrain as well about the embassy in the united states of america and was about to the case of. the national has condemned bahrain over its decision to to keep or this man still in jail that was eligible for release do you think that sort of criticism from the nash amnesty international will have any impact in the influence whatsoever you can on the world knows that mr neville veges and and he is a peaceful and human rights defender he always calls for peaceful movements and he has a great influence in on i'm back range movements sense it started in two thousand and eleven and even before amnesty international and other organizations as well as e.p.o. which are has been pressuring the bahraini government to release and but there is no call from bahrain's the government to respond. to or
these letters being sent or calls or join to statements or whatsoever that the government the are united in their organizations you used to communicate with the world and with the bahraini government and just briefly what about your organization then do you do you funny very frustrating is your organization really achieving anything is it having any say on what happens in terms of human rights there in the country. actually we're getting a lot of reports i use that a lot of violations are taking the battery and being for myself as being based in bahrain we're getting a lot of violations and so many end of the people are being put in jail for these. you know urges and they are facing defeated trial young people. eighteen years old as well as woman. as they know how our church is being in jail is
a long time ago and she did not do anything except defending you and i am standing up for the people and therefore their rights. thank you very much asma darwish from the european bahraini organization for human rights life here in r.t. thanks for talking to us. and it's been a critical week for scotland in the long lead up to the vote on independence late next year leader of excitement a weighty documents laying out what he labeled a mission statement for the nation's future cilia looks at the key points put forward by the pro independence movement. should scotland be an independent country it's a six word question that requires a simple yes or no but breaking a three hundred year old doing it could hardly be simple and the scots are not taking it lightly as it stands only about thirty percent of scots say they will vote for independence a figure those in the yes camp hope to increase by presenting that much anticipated white paper which a scottish national party says has the answers to all the questions about
independence but prime minister david cameron and those belonging to the cabin says that independence is laden with risks and problems with warnings on just about everything taxes and debt the no camp suggests deeper a steady and higher taxes e.u. membership london says scotland could forget about it the trident nuclear program david cameron claims getting rid of it is a bad idea in case of a north korean nuclear attack and there might even be roaming charges of mobile phones if the split happens at the list goes on it's a project fear by the yes camp and they accuse the government of scare mongering scots into voting no and they'd sist the white paper will prove that independence would bring about a jobs boom and a thriving economy concerns that resonate with voters this white paper answers some six hundred fifty questions and the details here really are two main categories here one those that will be negotiated during the transition period and another of
those will be made if an independent scottish government is formed they promise indeed a lot of breaking down of all the policies they want to pursue let's listen to a bit of what they said we would call a halt to damaging. many people into poverty abolish the bedroom tax and ensure that the incomes of the lowest paid keep peace with the course of living the main crux of the matter here is that many critics are pointing out asking if this white paper is going to be presenting the poor because a lot of the premises presented requires another party in the go. a shit what if the part of the bag of england that the british government or even e.u. member states in terms of e.u. membership what if they don't agree to what alex salmond has been proposing but he said that he is confident everything that's contained in six hundred seventy pages will be addressing every single question if anything this white paper is going to be a springboard for even more debates in the months to come. that's a city of l. it's a quick look at some other stories making headlines around the world this hour
a passenger train is crashed traveling with the tracks in the bronx area of new york killing four people more than sixty others are reported injured with twelve in a critical condition firefighters and emergency workers are still at the scene and the area has been cool and all. hundreds of people have brought it outside the gates of kerry university smashing up a police car before setting it on fire and demonstrating against the death of a student on thursday who reportedly died during clashes with security forces two of those from the same engineering faculty were killed last month when demonstrations turned violent. mourners would be in the team in just over half an hour from now in the meantime the story of an all me veteran who in his late forty's realized that he could no longer live in a man's body. i
hate to be a doubter but i really think the olympics have lost all meaning in the past when there was the cold war it was like a battle between two ideologies taking place in the abstract and the one nine hundred thirty six olympics nazi pseudo science their self proclaimed superiority was put on trial for the whole world to see and it's right the olympics having the majority of the countries on earth participating there are now horribly horribly bland one could argue that they have become a great way for countries to show off their ex used to build up some infrastructure by i think this is a big misconception let's look back to the two thousand lympics and beijing yes china is really develop in the last twenty years but the deal it picks really teach us anything about this country with a radically different political system or anything about their ancient culture or the way they think of the way they live no nothing at all all we saw were some flags and some pandas that rather unique stadium which was mostly the work of a swiss company yeah i have to say i think the olympic flame is kind of burnt out over the years although i have to admit that saying. the torch in the space was kind of neat i think that when and if the world ever becomes an ideological battle
ground again and then the olympics will become worth watching but for now it's just generic sports from generic countries a generic stadiums but that's just my opinion. there's one thing that i still can't understand what you mean i don't want to ruin your good mood but i have this one question what are you doing this all for. listen to me you had everything respect authority you gave them all up and decided to go your way but what for.
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