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today on research or. variation of myth his jealous of obama and explains why moscow is pouring cash into ukraine the russian president faces hours of questions from journalists over the country's domestic and foreign policy. ride and trudge to london rejects any you offered to fund food banks despite hundreds of thousands of people in britain not getting enough to eat. and amnesty international says hardline seaward rebels have a stylist a new form of tyranny in forcing a reign of terror with secret prisons where children as young as eight allegedly tortured.
international news live from moscow you're watching our senior national with me you national all of us thanks for joining us. president vladimir putin has been bombarded by more than four hours of questions now at his annual news conference the some tricks journalists have pushed him on so thought include developments in ukraine the new adopted honesty for prisoners in russia as well as the sustained strain ties between moscow and washington joining me now live is on north from moscow hi there you go or so some tough questions have been asked so far please tell us more the president has been speaking for around four hours now and we know that over thirteen hundred journalists or are taking part in this media conference and we took the liberty of taking some of the more grueling subjects touched upon
so for ukraine it was one of the issues mentioned in many questions voiced by journalists the country has had a rough in the past few weeks with the mass protests taking place there both in favor of and against moving closer with the e.u. moscow is giving fifteen billion dollars and according to the president that primarily is being done to help the country cope with severe economic problems which is also it's also going through right now and the president also added he doesn't see integration with the as the main core of the current wave of protests. those who are pushing forward the idea of signing an association agreement with the european union these people would governing ukraine not so long ago in new york was a foreign minister also headed the parliament to a shank is a former prime minister you shankill was ukraine's president why didn't they sign these papers when they were in power no one was standing in their way they could
have gone ahead and sign it and then we no problem today i have little doubt it's the current protests are about moving closer to the e.u. it's an internal political struggle and signing or not signing this document is. asked a pretext. edward snowden was also talked about the former n.s.a. contractor scores of controversial documents on the surveillance activities across the world he was given temporary asylum in russia and his exact whereabouts are still unknown due to security reasons the president did say that they never let personally although he said he admires him as a character who definitely has made an impact on the world mr putin also commented on his relationship with barack obama and on the tactics used by u.s. security services. machine your sister to know that we all now after snowden's leaks and america was shocked to learn her telephone had been wired to atoms thirty different. apps so don't worry though she knew what iraq has relations with the
u.s. after leaks. you want to know how my feel about mr obama after snowden's leaks i feel jealous i feel jealous because he can do these things and get off scot free still there is nothing to be happy about but on the other hand there's no reason to be frustrated however tough the criticism against the us may be all these measures have always been aimed at tackling terrorism but there must be some clear rules and certain agreements including those of ethics. now authorities are currently working on a mass amnesty which should affect up to twenty five thousand people including members of pussy riot and the arctic thirty the may benefit from it as well arctic thirty of course peace activists were arrested in russia's north are being charged with hooliganism and the president also commented about the organization itself saying here the miers everyone who works to protect the environment but he doesn't
agree with the tactics used by this particular organization. and their ship it entered our exclusive economic zone was not responding and they tried to scale the platform after an attempt to stop the second boat started ramming our old guard is that a civil discussion about protecting the environment. it's just self p.r. or an attempt at blackmail racketeering or someone's order to disturb our work on developing resources to ensure they serve as a lesson and unite us along with greenpeace into an effort to minimize environmental risks instead of just making a fuss. of course these are only a few subjects that we brought to you right now there are much more issues touched upon so far during this conference including diplomatic breakthroughs and protecting traditional values and so on of course we will continue listening to the
president's answers and to well find out he had for mr putin will be able to beat his own record for hours and forty minutes which he set back in two thousand and eight. fly from moscow thank you very much for that day to appreciate it. and joining me now live for more analysis is john laughlin director of studies at the institute of democracy and cooperation in paris mr locke and welcome to r.t. very nice to talk to you again so do you think that the president putin was quite convincing saying that day is not against moscow's rather kiev's association with europe because we know that he was quite clear he made it quite clear that moscow sees kiev as its a key trade partner what do you think i think the point he was trying to make was that he would have had no objection to the trade agreement. if it had only been a trade agreement and if it had been meet mutually beneficial to ukraine and to
europe i think it's obvious at least from the way that european leaders were talking about this agreement that they understood it as primarily due political strike against russia it's very clear that that was their intention and in that sense mr putin is not convincing when you says that russia was not against it in other words what he meant was that if it had just been a technical arrangement between the european union ukraine that obviously russia would have had no. actions to it however when we looked at the details of the text in terms of the effect it would have had on ukraine itself and when one of bubble looked at the rhetoric that was emanating from brussels and washington when ukraine failed to sign it became clear that it was very much directed against russia and that it was not good ukrainian people so in that sense he was saying i do think russia's move to invest fifteen billion dollars into ukraine's economy is just
a gesture of good will. no it's not just a gesture of goodwill it is an extremely important geopolitical event this failure by europe to it to bring ukraine into its orbit is a massive failure for europe it's a massive failure economically and geopolitically and ideologically we all know that the european union was prepared to stump up something like six hundred million dollars for ukraine but mr putin got out his check book and wrote out a sum for fifteen billion dollars which is twenty five times the amount of money that european union was presenting you know money talks however i don't see it purely as a cynical move goodwill can achieve a lot in politics in other words i think it probably was inspired by goodwill i think they're genuinely is a sense that ukraine ukrainians and russians are brother peoples in a very real meaning of the word. but clearly it is a gesture inspired by geopolitical interests as well as by genuine goodwill. and
very briefly if you can injuring his career in a session of mr putin was asked why a ukraine's opposition politicians actually hadn't signed those association papers when they were in power not so long ago kenyatta that well technically of course those papers were not on the table then because they were not drawn up until after the orange coalition fell apart and after the party of the regions came to power in ukraine but his point is and sergey lavrov has made this point very well as as well is quite simply that these agreements presented for signature would have been catastrophic for the ukrainian economy so by asking this question rhetorical question because it is basically saying or implying that the ukrainian leadership even under this is to machine go realized that they were being sold a pup that they were being sold an agreement which would have had devastating effects on their economy and that's the point which he is trying to make. their
afterthought is a institute of democracy and cooperation in paris mr lawson thank you very much. but in the three phases over ukraine's opposition a book saw a nationalist. the expert on minister they chewed on kiev's independence square but can they preserve that unity after the protests over a goat on novices coming out. and version is being accused of pushing ideology before common sense that's off to london down the ten down the easy to find food despite having more than half a million minds that are growing that are godly hungry looks at why. just a stone's throw from the seat of government in westminster is something that's becoming a more and more common sight in the u.k.
this building's used as a food bank handing out emergency supplies to families so poor they can't afford to eat as the cost of living rises the number of people turning to food banks increases with its funding tighter all the time but nevertheless the government has turned down a potential twenty two million pounds in funding for food aid why because the money comes from the european union britain we've caught i government with a very anti european ideology appears to be more keen to. warn europe to get credit for something than to get money which can how fate hungry people are if you are starving you need some food and you cry to die and this government's refusal to provide the carriage is literally taking food out to the merits of how great the european aid for the most deprived fund amounts to two and a half billion pounds but the position britain's taken means the country will
receive just two point nine million and instead of using that for food aid as intended it's expected the government will spend it on helping unemployed people find work all well and good to say critics but there are people who need survival basics now and this money is meant for them my colleague ali boyko has been to meet one of the unlucky many on. google. i was having to go to somebody else to and help me so. i'm just sick on top of diabetes he has a heart condition and emphysema as part of the benefits shake up andrew's disability living allowance was taken away because the government deemed him fit to walk living on his partner's wage alone has pushed their budget over the brink over
the past eighteen months they've had to turn to their local food bank six times it's humiliating at first. to go. to somebody else. to say please can you help me and need some food the stereotype of who goes hungry is changing rising inflation and energy prices coupled with stagnant wages means that incomes in many working households kaante even cover the essentials this is the food bank that andrew had to turn to after he told his local doctor that he couldn't afford to eat now it says here that hunger isn't just a third world problem and the figures confirm it this year between the months of april and december half a million people had to turn to food banks for emergency supplies that's almost double the figure from last year this winter the british red cross started collecting food aid to help the u.k.'s hungry for the first time since the second world war as
a humanitarian organization we were more or more concerned about people suffering from food poverty with and also says that we were seeing more and more people presenting with the issues around food and not enough to eat we have made cuts too deep too far and they are now having very very serious social consequences but at the moment things show every side of continuing to get worse not getting better in time we get a tour of andrew's local food bank we see volunteers delivering bags as well as clients turning up for emergency supplies when asked not to film the customers because of their distressing circumstances there is a sense that if feels like it's starting to move back to. off to war situation where there is a big divide coming in those that have. more and those that don't have much less food banks used to serve
a tiny minority there's now one in every area that mainstream and for many of those struggling to make ends meet the only lifeline left is charity where some are going still for. amount of. oxy london this is all saying to national and to more news coming up after a fire break. i wonder if we can add democracy at least be expansionist democracy of the kind us dollars by george w. bush to that least a few tolkien ideologies on par with communism on par with nazis long par with militant really gents you know the ideologies that can also make to lead to an increase in violence i think the problem is the idea that by military force you could be property of a government create a state of anarchy and hope that democracy would spontaneously but also.
reports they jails are operated by one of the faces rebel groups the islamic state in iraq and they live and its practices and laws are so harsh but amnesty international has equated it to a reign of terror smoking behavior deemed on to islamic can lead to lengthy sentences at these detention centers and even was but as one sees again a church account reports washington's commitment to the rebels in syria means it's willing to talk to even the most hard line groups washington says it's willing to negotiate with the so-called islamic front in syria just days after the front kicked the western backed supreme military council out of their headquarters and seized their warehouses to do we can engage these on a front of course because they're not designated to give anything yet the islamic front includes groups that are demanding a hard line shari'a state could be a strategic mistake if the us administration or europe or their allies would be
engaging in a partnership and a partnership meaning they would be collaborating with organizations that are the hardest and have not committed to become moderates or recognize the fact that if they come to power or part of power they will recognize human rights that did not happen while washington is revaluate ing whom to support in the fight against assad all qaeda linked groups have made significant gains in the north of syria where they've pushed out. other rebel forces in the name of allah the gracious and merciful. when you're firing rockets it's all over fires and with these strikes are only a drop in the ocean the lines of these lawmakers state are fulfilling their own from iraq to lebanon uses less forces are better trained and better armed some of them got their training fighting against the u.s. in afghanistan in the one nine hundred eighty s. when the u.s. was arming the anti soviet mujahideen in those days some got their experience and their arms fighting against the u.s.
in iraq much more recently washington says the islamic front that it is willing to negotiate with does not include designated terrorist groups like job at all and the so-called islamic state of iraq can live on but on the ground in syria there are so many different groups that the labels could be relevant residents of the town of audra near damascus can't name the exact rebel group that executed over eighty civilians there including children earlier this week. the u.s. has supported the syrian opposition on the premise that washington would be able to discern different shades of extremists they would figure out which ones are less extreme but even the report that there was no battle over the warehouses between the islamic front and the western backed supreme military council is one indicator of how blurred those lines are and how flawed is the assumption that one can distinguish with certainty between those groups in washington i'm going to shut down our team. so where are these radicals coming from the answer is from almost
everywhere even the most secular european states have identified their citizens fighting in syria also and on behalf of radical rebels and that's really started to worry e.u. officials who know that those islamists will come back home one day on of the next and the concerns. the number of europeans heading to syria to fight in the country's going civil war is currently topping the counter terrorism agenda speaking at a meeting of security officials in brussels the belgian interior minister says as many as two thousand citizens may be involved in the conflict his french counterpart saying well those numbers are on the increase that statement reiterate findings by the international center for the study of radicalization there were a group based out of king's college in london they suggest that since april of this year the number of europeans going to syria to fight increased three fold
the other findings suggest that up to eleven thousand foreign is from as many as seventy different countries may have taken part in the conflict at some point eighteen percent of those coming from western europe the majority of that eighty percent from britain and from france but also a contingent from right here in germany in fact in the german state of the interior minister has been proposing a nationwide campaign to try and tackle radicalize satiate this is after a study that found that jihadist recruiters were using universities to try and recruit potential fights is this is all adding to the reason why why the issue of europeans heading to syria to fight is topping. the counterterrorism agenda because well the leaders of european countries don't know what will happen when these people return home and will they return home radicalized as potential home grown
terrorists. ukraine's president says wow they can change they accept the best parts of a customs union with russia that's one prevent a potential association deal with the european if he checked makes again accomplished as the ninety billion dollar deals have recently signed in muska posts no obstacle to dealing with. and his he has been confirmed by european officials their position care base far from convinced its leaders have condensed the agreements with russia using them to fuel further precious in the ukrainian capital but as our seas alexei here shows care of course there's no guarantee the unity of the different groups are rallying side by side will hold forever. he used to deliver hammer punches in the boxing ring and now he's given up his world champions belt to succeed in politics but old habits die hard but the ticklish call likes to use boxing language even in his politics his party's name is
the ukrainian democratic alliance for reforms which abbreviates to the ward which translates as a punch. my gentle and big the eunuch to a boxing match he's now my personal opponent. hearing the status of a living sports legend in ukraine klitschko made a rapid rise in politics with your sporting making it into parliament last year when known as a politician of relatively mild views he raised many eyebrows once really provoked a major brawl by directing the ngo fired up protestors at security officers during a rally. ukraine cannot be controlled like one controls the situation in the boxing ring the chaos is too big in the country now i like klitschko but you can't use force to change ukraine. another card in the opposition pack is our see needs a new axe foreign minister relatively young but experienced in politics he took the
reins of former prime minister yulia timoshenko sparty when she was put in prison gets a new has been vocally advocating her release. in order to release the prison. guard bill to. check the government to support the ban on the president's ability though not everyone is buying it should do a shank a walk free his days at the summit of the greats politics will be numbered there are even some real connection. to michelle because when he's with tension cohen you shan't go that was always that tension that was always that simmering that undercurrent which frequently exploded into a right intimacy moved there between the two sides with yes and yet this very little prospect that that would be any debts and in fact is everyone at least when he'd be worse and last but not least i looked at a new book the leader of the nationalists who about the movement gays migrants jews and particularly russians have been in his crosshairs all along he wants to
surrender us ukrainians to servitude to eternal slavery under moscow. supports your integration for ukraine but many say his values are incompatible with the european ones the western powers think well anything will work if the if we can work with them together and elements and you radicals are ok i think it's a dangerous game i think it's basically represents interference into ukraine's affairs the european union is actually prepared to raise the stakes or cry in the european countries on the fringes and basically risking a sort of a civil war in this riding the tide of you know my down and the troika of ukraine's opposition looks like a solid unit but appearances can be deceptive when the storm settles and the twenty fifteen presidential election draws closer the lack of a clear opposition front runner could play into the nickel which is hands and these three men would hardly miss a chance to grab at each other's throats to be their one alexy russia ski r.t.
reporting from t.v. if in ukraine. and some breaking news on are alive right now after presentations q. and a session and we go live to rome he go over to. breaking news always comes unexpected and this is exactly the case right now the media conference already and did and after that the president was surrounded by journalists and they asked him about that of course related to the mass amnesty that's currently under way it should affect up to twenty five thousand people but because of that of course it was not expected to be included in this pardon and according to the president the former tycoon had asks for a pardon officially and the president said that the man has already served over ten years behind bars and he is looking at actually signing that on this document.
and also why there you go thank you very much a for the time date of course wack. keeping a very close eye on this developing story and it will be talking about later on throughout the day today on international and coming out for you right now talking global politics because it was at hand. the parliament of yemen has put forward a motion to ban drone attacks in the country the motion is now waiting approval by the president and it's probably impossible to enforce unless they could build a really big net or something is a bit strange that now after years of drone strikes in their country the parliament just wakes up to the fact their systems are getting blown up from the sky that we fear yemen doesn't have a ton of cash and i could see how having the well equipped and funded u.s.
military to take care of the al qaeda problem for them for free could be really entice and i mean it must be scary to be a politician with lots of power hungry terrorists about this would be the first time in history that a stronger foreign power for a weaker states battles for them but the problem is that according to the huffington post a former u.s. state department official in yemen says that every year drone attacks create eight from forty to sixty new terrorists why they create terrorists because according to the human rights watch seventy percent of the people killed by drones in yemen are civilians you know if the yemeni government is really free from washington's grasp and really wants to deal with their al qaeda problem they'll have better luck doing it themselves or the good old rifles and bayonets pointed at the right targets but that's just my opinion. on the money with the business of russia.
hello and welcome to worlds apart if you just watch the news bulletin on i.t.v. you'd probably be surprised to hear that we may be leaving in one of the most peaceful areas in our species' history and here this is exactly what the one of the world's leading intellectual beliefs professor steven pinker laid out his argument in his two thousand and eleven book the better angels of our nature and he joins me now on the walls apart professor pincus thank you very much for being on the show it's a great honor for me so thanks for having me now we're recording this program on a monday just a few hours after the news broke about four harbord buildings being evacuated to
due to a possible bomb threat and so far no explosives have been found but i wonder if you could update us on what is happening on campus. not much as far as i can tell there most of the activity is from journalists there's a helicopter flying overhead there are television trucks everywhere i see reporters on several corners but nothing has actually happened in any harvard building according to the latest report that i got on my e-mail and i also know that some of the final exams have been scheduled for today i wonder if i don't know some student who may be falling behind on his studies do you think however students are capable of something like that off using a bomb scare as a way to get out of the final exams. are almost certain that that is not the who who called in the hoax i might be wrong but my guess is that it's some go by.