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you're watching t.v. tonight no resolution protesters in kiev pledge to continue besieging the government to the end despite the opposition losing a no confidence vote. stand with the vast majority of the ukrainians who want to see this future for their country western diplomats way too urging lawmakers to listen to demands for euro integration also. remaining in police cautious villages struggle against an american oil company that fracking for shale gas close to their homes. and lives militias are on the receiving end of public fieri over the government's failure to bring security all stability to the oil rich country.
watching around the world very good evening to you from me kevin owen if you just joined us is just past eleven pm here in moscow this is r.t. international our top story protesters here in kiev as you see over my shoulder there partially blocking the government building that's the most recent scene today opposition m.p.'s are also disrupting parliament's work by blocking the rostrum to nokia is not the only seen a protest thousands showed up for a rival rally one of ukraine's industrial hubs over towards the east this time in support of the government these crowds are venting their frustration with the opposition for turning their capital as they saw it into a battlefield or this amid increasing interference from abroad as a really good wish the reports now. we stand with the vast majority of ukrainians who want to see this future for their country and we urge the ukrainian government
to listen to the voices of its people who want to live in freedom and opportunity and prosperity and the elected representatives of the ukrainian people made their choice deciding against giving the government a no confidence slap down for the defeated opposition it was back to the streets if the democratic process won't force the government out let the protesters do their dirty work blockading official buildings paralyzing give with protests while in the west calls of encouragement the supporters of your integration must remain firm and seize the momentum of the protest this is the only way they can get you know coach to make concessions one neighbor in particular seems to be paying especially close attention to events in ukraine but the european union needs you and you need the european union and if you needed you will be with your opponent has always regarded ukraine as its backyard it has i would say neo imperialist designs on ukraine what
some powers may be hoping for is a repeat of the events of two thousand and four when the country stood still for months in support of the western backed viktor yushchenko but things have changed over the years the orange revolution worked because people didn't know what it was about at the time. nine years later things are a bit more clear all the promises that were made then have been repeatedly broken the crowds in key of are clearly disillusioned and a bitterly divided parliament has a tough task in building bridges a job made all the more difficult by western nations fueling what could become another revolution and the demise of a democratically elected government in kiev in a close call r.t. . and shoulder here in the latest show of european support for ukraine's opposition the german foreign minister there is as a writer for. in kiev for a pre-planned european security meeting on thursday a get a vest of well i was even pictured tearing independence square alongside opposition
leader and former heavyweight boxing champion fatality klitschko there they are together these photos were treated by the german foreign office may well russia's top diplomat sergei lavrov commented on foreign leaders getting vocal on ukraine's crisis after meeting nato secretary general is there such a move the putting in with accusing we consider the events in ukraine an internal matter i'm counting on ukrainian politicians to bring the situation into a constitutional process and we're asking that no one interferes with this ongoing crisis. the executive director the wrong paul institute for peace prosperity says he has been seeing a pattern of provocation throughout the two weeks of public dissent here the u.s. and the e.u. talk a lot about european values and western values but is it a western value to allow a foreign country to come in and influence politics on the streets of course it's not see a pattern here of escalation in provocation i think really the protesters on the ground they had a very large public provocation
a few nights ago and they were using chains and tractors the question now i think is will the protesters ratchet up looking for a government overreaction so that they can get some new energy into their protests you know what's funny the u.s. has counseled. non-violence but what would happen if i'm here in washington what would happen if someone drove a tractor and tried to drive it into the white house lawn you're going to tell me that there wouldn't be violence against the one hundred thousand people trying to break into the white house jeffrey summers is an associate professor of political economy and public policy tell me what you know integration would bring to both ukraine and the e.u. . it may appear attractive to the protesters but i don't think in the long run it's going to serve the ukrainian people well to become part of an enlarged european union which is by the way on a very kind of strong and we'll liberal trajectory so in other words the social model that people are looking at when they think about the european union is one
which is being euthanized as we speak but people don't see that. what a great market would be for you if you crane comes closer to it but of course there's also going to be the millions who want to go and work out west is the ready for that the people certainly are not i think that. when you hear about you hear about from anyone who wants to. benefit tourists is that cold dry right and you'll see a massive number of people of course that will constitute a veritable precariat people who will live a very kind of precarious existence in very low wage service sector jobs and while that may do these guys get from the east of europe where they grow everything from construction or working in restaurants service type jobs anywhere where the standards are not as strong in terms of labor protections and fortunately labor can
be exploited so we've seen this already you know we know about the famed polish plumber of course in the united kingdom or people coming from. the u.k. and ireland. i would say that those experiences have been very bad for those people and i would also say that ukraine of course is suffering from a demographic crisis already very low birth rates so what happens when you have all these people of childbearing age. fracking is more and more making enemies around the world the anger stems from the fuel extraction techniques potentially norma's environmental dangers the latest anti fracking rallies indeed have taken place in romania and northern england polly boyko reports next that it's a tough struggle to for the locals and the activists. fracking and protests seem to be synonymous certainly in my experience of covering these stories there hasn't
been an area where locals haven't been opposed to this technology taking place on their doorstep and there's just been a crackdown we've heard reports from romania where police have forcibly removed local villages from where energy giant chevron was supposed to start test drilling well i can tell you i can believe that that crackdown was brutal and i can tell you it would have to be because i was in that village and i was covering that story when those protesters were forming a human chain around that site and they said to me that they would fight to the death to avoid this fracking taking place. to stop them even if it means playing with our lives you want to send the army he will die who won't give up until the. rumanian start the big issue in the u.k. as well people here on to new to at the moment we've got protests taking place in
greater manchester where a company called i gas is supposed to start exploratory drilling and we know that protesters there have been trying to block roads in order to avoid trucks from arriving at the test site and this is just one particular test well but this company is supposed to be. opening a wells and they're supposed to have more. drilling sites because the north west of england is full of shale gas its reserves could last the u.k. in terms of energy supply for up to six years and i've been covering these fracking stories we've had protests in sussex as well. on the test sites and i personally spoke to a man in lancashire last year who showed me a crack on his wall from earthquakes that had taken place near blackpool that would have fracking taking place there so there is
a sense that if companies are investing money into exploratory drilling it's going to lead to fracking. spoke to british. but she's from the green party she thinks europe's divided over fracking with a great deal of pressure from big business there's certainly a big disagreement there are countries which are a very much in favor of moving ahead with maximum extraction of shale gas they see this as a way of maybe securing more of their own energy supply rather than perhaps relying on something whether it's russia or brando or wherever there are others that have a de facto moratorium on this that are not going to go ahead countries such as as france so there is a real difference of opinion but i think that across the european union we really need to be deciding what are the criteria that we need here particularly from the environmental perspective there's a lot of big business pressure there's certainly a lot of people that are saying look there are jobs in the us we're saying well look there are jobs in a lot of other things as jobs in renewable energy jobs in energy efficiency there
are jobs in new technologies so you know we don't necessarily have to go down this route he's also causing a stir across the atlantic to the u.s. state of texas was shaken by several earthquakes last week with some scientists pointing the finger at dozens of shale gas drilling wells in the area going to church account went to find out about the locals concerns. we're in a town called them ten in texas guess wells are everywhere here they're hard to mix there are two hundred and seventy three gas wells just in this town fracking is responsible for the gas boom in the west but people here fear that they're going to be the ones paying for that. i'm very worried when they start packing will have to leave because of the diesel fumes more than anything else has already had two heart attacks from it and they tell us it is an environmental basically coming from the
actual whales. we do believe it's coming from fracking you know their gas industry holds a lot of weight with the government that is frightening but when you see here your friends and family being polluted you see people getting sick around you you have to keep moving further and you have to keep gathering you have to keep speaking out because you know it's right while energy giants are rubbing their hands into suppression of gigantic profits many here are increasingly fearful about the water that they drink about the air that they briefed about the land that their house is standing on and they don't trust the government assessment of the damage from fracking because they say the oil and gas industry will make sure that no conclusive study comes out and even if it does come out they believe the industry will make sure that it doesn't become a basis for effective regulations in denton texas i'm going to shut down or to. discover
a bit more about how fracking works why people don't want. to you know call for more updates on the way from syria libya and beyond often short break. well the. science technology innovation is developed from around russia we. covered. the ukraine deeply divided kid sovereign decision to walk away from an association agreement with brussels has resulted in an explosion of street protests and violence some western pundits have even called for the overthrow of ukraine's current political order it would seem those who alternately watch the orange revolution are bent on giving it a second try. dramas the.
stories others refuse to. face is changing the world. so picture. from around the globe. to me. i'll be watching on t.v. in syria a group of kidnapped christian nuns have reportedly been relocated by the mist rebel captors the women were abducted when opposition fighters stormed the ton of it's mostly populated by christians who was seen by the rebels as backers of the syrian government damascus has appealed for international efforts to free the captives now mother agnes is a nun from syria she's been in contact with the rebel officials to try to resolve the situation. now. we've had some contradictory statements the leaders of the free
syrian army deny involvement in the incident and have condemned it they say it might have been carried out by extremist groups but others say the autonomy's fighters from homes could have been responsible and that the allegedly took the ones to protect them from government forces this is what the free syrian army told me over the phone they say they will send someone to check up on them once and provide video footage to prove they're all right. across in libya and the militia rage is spreading a mob of protesters in the town of dernier reportedly driven out an armed group of islam miss the libyans are furious the lack of government control which is allowed militias to run rampant throughout the country is tailor news will tell you but more about it not least of all they've got problems in the east as we've been reporting they've their former self proclaimed autonomy and control more than half of libya's oil supplies crucially in fact the embattled authorities in tripoli have given now a ten day deadline to stand down the crisis has already seen the export of crude from the country plummet to just ten percent of previous levels and is no longer
even able to satisfy its own domestic needs for oil producing just half of what's required meanwhile corruption is booming too conversely the country's tumble to being among the world's worst for that an estimated seventeen hundred armed groups have led to a nationwide security crisis that we're witnessing at the moment and authorities have been able to take control of the country's arms supplies to most of that setting up in the arms of the militias let's bring in defense consultant more in roof is joining us now on the line hi there to thanks for taking time to be with us again tonight nice to see you reports are coming in that authorities in tripoli a vote at the base all legislation on islamic sharia law been talking about tonight what ramifications at this early stage do you think what rove occasions could that have. well it's extremely disturbing and dangerous if they implement this remember the revolutionary moamar gaddafi warns about this sort of steps being taken by people especially in benghazi and now it seems the strong hold over the
government or the so-called government in tripoli and they're imposing their their version of. our laws on the country which a libya was a secular state mostly and it was surrounded by secular state if you remember tunisia and egypt who are mostly secular and this has a very dangerous effect in the region if it if it does go forward could it not though maybe help unite the country the time of crisis especially saying you know there is a looming civil war there well a civil war is already in effect but it won't unite the country this will divide the country the libyans have been used to forty two years of secularists rule or secularist manner of living in the country and most of them subscribe to that so these are very few and far between. groups that are trying to impose this only because there aren't had they not been armed they would not have been listened to
at all let's talk for a minute about what's happening in the snow tripoli as we've been saying is given the separatists in least ten days to hand over those oil fields what if they refuse could tripoli for the military assault at this time and not at all these these are just saber rattling without any sabers in the armory they can't do anything about it there's been giving the the militias a lot of. deadlines to meet and the militias have been ignoring them largely remember it's a government in name only so that they can't do anything about it but i think for for effect on the international media front the. process as a government that has effect in the country but doesn't. know they can't do anything about it so what future for the products of these all fields of the separatists want to start exporting or know of their own needs could they even maybe give europe a better deal than tripoli's offering a wooden europe touchett well they already selling it on the black market they are
european companies or black marketeers who are buying this oil already and it's leaving the port of bank guards the daily so they're filling up ships and remember this is the same effect in iraq where they claim that the meters were broken so they can succumb for how much oil left the country so that they are black marketeers buying up this oil and selling it on to whoever buys it but that's already happening so no change there and what chance that about the western countries that helped topple gadhafi in the first place now stepping in with major financial support to help sort this out well they're training the troops i believe in both gary at the moment but this is the barn door you know it's closing the barn door after the horses have bolted it's won't have much of an effect the militias are too powerful the too well armed and there won't be any changes it's civil war
in effect the secular is against the muslim brotherhood. subscribing militias who want to impose their own version of strict islamic law. there won't be any changes. in security for a long time to come to my roof and burn in the u.k. thank you. thank you and while this plays out libya is indigenous tribal groups are largely being left to fend for themselves being targeted spire militias for having previously supported colonel gadhafi and his day paul asli reports next on the plight of one embattled minority there. this dirt track was once a building site teeming with foreign construction workers now it's home to forgotten victims of the revolution the people of to wear two years ago after the revolution rebel groups expelled them from their homes accusing them of supporting president gadhafi two month long siege of misrata to work there is now a ghost town the only living things straight animals and the odd militia men the
population scattered across the country in telecom at a refugee camp run by the aid humanitarian organization is home to one thousand five hundred of them that's around three hundred families the to work in say they're constantly under threat. the camp is not protected militias make problems for us they killed people here they arrested people here who did nothing malicious come and say we are going to we're go and take three or four people how miss into him was the victim of such an attack on october twelfth my sons were at home and militia from misrata came they stormed the house and took three people i don't know what happened with one of them we're not at risk from mobile attacks people complain they live little better than animals there's a lack of clean water or sanitation most families as many as eight or nine people are cramped in single rooms. we are building
a room because the one we have is not enough for the whole family where seven and as you know we have young and old children and we cannot stay in a single room its allegations from the past that prevent them from attending home. misrata does not want us to return until there is a law that compensates them they say that there are women who are raped by two we are go they want to investigate us and apply justice they are asking the libyan government not to allow us back until those guilty go to tribunals and are sentenced the refugees at the camp believe they are being collectively punished for the crimes of a few. we are sure some people did bad things we are not all guilty for that people from too we are good have met with people from misrata to solve the problem we apologize to the families of misrata the medium's were good but there is no answer from their side. for now the displaced to work and can only hope and pray
that one day they can return to the foreman lives police here on t.v. . many british households are wondering how they're going to stay warm this winter after being hit with massive energy price rises just as the cold begins to bite that's on top of thousands of u.k. families trapped below the poverty line and able to heat their homes even with the promise of government help to answer a city report. it's that time of year again when temperatures drop and to bill soar as the heating comes on. oh my goodness here we are protesting saying that it was i like them to the choice between eating or heating they're angry at the price increases of the energy companies and the government's lack of action to helping those who are most vulnerable not to mention the comment from downing street that for those who can't afford to pay the bills they just simply put on an extra job well. this very same
engine for as you can wrap the p.c. in the wing itself isn't the same thing leave early keeling and his wife frieda keep the heating on for only two hours during the day and five hours at night i do worry running particularly to me then obviously. freedom will have to meet all the costs on our own it's affecting every family in this country and this is britain two thousand and thirteen. it's terrible depending on the provider the hike said to take effect this winter could be as high as ten percent with excess wood to deaths in england and wales rising by a third to thirty one thousand compared with the previous year six big utility companies are controlling the markets and not deciding when to put up prices whether that's above the rate of inflation or not is another question the big six blamed a rise in wholesale costs but industry regulator off jam said costs rose by less
than two percent profits meanwhile have gone up by seventy five percent in the last year alone but if you're going to see if you any go to that's what we're trying to see to do to play out really. the pressure. and there's a double whammy the national grid war that energy reserves are dangerously low the risk of blackouts this winter will be higher than it's been for almost a decade but the more pressing problem for many remains simply getting through this winter how many of the. cabinet truly live on the almost sort of money that the we get doesn't make any difference to david cameron or anyone else if those tests are cilia r t london more coming to come one of the big stories of the month an even closer look at ukraine's public unrest what's behind it people of all here is here with crossed all right after this quick break.
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with brussels has resulted. an explosion of street protests and violence some western pundits have even called for the overthrow of ukraine's current political order it would seem those who ultimately lost the orange revolution are bent on giving it a second try. to cross out the crisis in ukraine i'm joined by my guest alexander make your wrists in london he is a writer on legal affairs and an analyst in brussels we have gone to how he is the director of the european center of the carnegie endowment for international peace and in moscow we cross to mark slowly he is a senior lecturer in research or at moscow state university or gentlemen cross-talk rules in effect i mean you can jump in anytime you want if i can go to you in brussels the ukrainian government survived a vote of no confidence today but at the same time there are voices in the european union and some prominent newspapers as well as some prominent european union
officials are saying that the government now in ukraine is illegitimate which is rather strange isn't it because two weeks ago they were negotiations with it so are we experiencing a second orange revolution in ukraine a lot who are going to turn into a second orange revolution. and of course it's likely thirdly as you say to talk about non-legitimate government that's very clear but it also has not been entirely probably run the thirteen by the ukrainian government of course to abandon a walkout from the agreement as you said earlier. in the and the signal of the ukrainian government was one that was of course the flight report from the outside but was also based on very very you know reading in terms of its own survival the leads that are standing behind the government and have come to the conclusion that they cannot make the leap of faith thought the west nile their business model would be in danger so they try to continue the equidistance game that there's been trying
to play between the west and russia and that. the decision that mr geller covered has been taken and that's where we stand at the moment and what the dynamic on the ground and going to turn out like whether it's going to be a mobilizing kind of effect again of nine years ago or i really don't know at the very volatile situation i wish that the ukrainian government will be playing a slightly smarter with the demonstrators that's for sure ok alexander would you like to weigh in there i mean we heard outside influence i suppose that means russia anything that goes wrong in ukraine is obviously russia's fault i mean that's a default line for ukrainian politics but it certainly is and it's what the europeans have been saying for the ever since this decision was made now i've actually read the association agreement and i have to say i'm not really convinced of that my own view is that it is far too ambitious document it requires the ukraine essentially to convert to all the rules.