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six months of starvation in one town of the guard say the hunger strike is on the wane but desperate for is a nurse dig in despite repeated force feeding an invasive body searches. tough times for the ukase youth will look at the plight of jobless young brits two years after a violent riots rocked london and other parts of the country. and russia's top court cuts the prison term for former oil tycoon may know how to cost people walk free in a year's time. it is three pm in the russian capital you're watching r t with me marina joshie
welcome to the program well it's now half a year since one tunnel most prisoners began their hunger strike the u.s. military says the starvation protest is waning because inmates have been eating after dusk as is tradition in the holy month of ramadan the prisoners are protesting indefinite detention without charge and fair treatment and un special rapporteur for a torture try to find out about their conditions firsthand but only got a limit a tour of the facility. unfortunately i was not allowed to visit. the town of obey at least not in the terms that i have to apply under the rules that i subject to i did get invited by the pentagon but on conditions that i couldn't accept because the conditions was that i would see only the parts of the prison that they wanted to show me and specifically that i could not have individual meetings with within maids they claim that they can only give me the
same terms that they give a united states and i just dados for example or that they give giorno this or other visitors but i am just for the united nations special reports on torture and the terms of visits to detention centers but i apply have been approved by the human rights council so i'm not asking the united states to give me any preferential treatment but i also cannot give the united states preferential treatment i. want tom obey is already a world's most expensive prison but new data from the u.s. defense department shows the bill is running even higher than previously thought the facility opened in two thousand and two and its overall price tag will top five billion dollars by next year keeping one hundred sixty six inmates housed at the prison it means u.s. taxpayers are picking up a tab of over a million dollars every single day one time a baby is located in cuba so the u.s.
has to spend plenty of cash on shipping food materials and flying in personnel well here's how the total tab breaks down for this year with a big share of the spending allocated to prison staff and security guards and other a large chunk of taxpayer funding goes to maintaining a high security war court keeping the prison running meanwhile seems to serve as a recruitment tool for terrorists worldwide and that's what the senior counterterrorism counsel for human rights watch told us. the problem we have with one tunnel that as long as it remains open as long as the u.s. engages in this eleven years plus regime if you go to tension then terrorists will continue to have a very powerful tool for recruitment in order to say to disaffected matter throughout the affected regions look at what the united states is doing to your brothers look at what the united states claimed it would stop doing because of course the manning want tom on people around the world you know that president obama pledged to close guantanamo was in one year taking office that was four and
a half years ago and there's no closure and there's a very simple way to close it down and that is either prosecute people for whom there's sufficient evidence of crimes in which in a courts like the u.s. federal boards and release the others that has always been the way to close guantanamo. the prisoners began refusing food because they are being detained without charge and were more humane treatment the u.n. has come to their defense to and here's a statement it released back in may well then the u.n. said that holding prisoners without charge is a violation of international law and also cruel inhuman and degrading treatment the force feeding of guantanamo inmates has also drawn in their anger saying such procedures are unjustified and should not be used against anyone who's voluntarily decided to go on a food protest but these painful procedures and invasive body searches are still part of the daily routine for manny of the prisoners and here's our washington correspondent. every day in guantanamo it's groundhog day whether
you're a guard or a prisoner that's how one officer described life and get mail every day's the same as the last and there is no escape for many inmates it's a painful routine routine that includes regular searches and force feeding twice a day for those who are on hunger strike the latest account from the prison comes from a british resident named trucker armor he's been held for eleven years of good will never charged with any crime shuckers been on hunger strike since january has also refused to leave his cell he writes i have said what i want to do just sit there for a week doing nothing just sitting it's about as nonviolent non-problematic protest as you could imagine but they won't let me do it so the forcible cell expression teen carries him out of the cell his hands and feet in shackles to a special place where they perform a search a pet down which shakur armor and other inmates call the good moments sarge they flip me over for the surge mostly it's just an assault sometimes
a sexual assault we call it the get my message they carry me like a second potatoes which is really painful for me. guantanamo officials actually responded to our inquiry about allegations by saying we don't comment on any detainee allegations made through their defense attorneys regardless of how ridiculous and absurd the allegations might be by saying this guantanamo officials may be suggesting the trucker's allegations are ridiculous and absurd could be but nonetheless has a history of torture and abuse which washington has tried to cover up by hiding behind state secrets privilege if you listen to the officials you're led to believe life would get more was not so bad the inmates can watch cable t.v. their welfare and force feeding is not as bad as it sounds no matter what the u.n. says after all they use a lubricant to shove the feeding tube down the detainees nostrils to make sure the detainees don't resist of course they struck them to
a chair on the receiving end that is on the detainees and it's of course a completely different story they report pain humiliation and despair that's their routine in washington i'm going to check them. president obama still hasn't closed guantanamo bay despite promising to do so several times since his first election campaign back in two thousand and eight argues political commentator sam sacks told breaking the set why he thinks the prisons still open i think the most pressing question when it comes to guantanamo right now is you know twelve years on all the rhetoric that we've heard from the obama administration all this talk for years now that it needs to be closed you know what's keeping this facility open certainly there's a lot of blame to put on the obama administration but we also have to go back and look at the bush administration because this was created under the bush administration in two thousand and two it was created in dick cheney openly says this they wanted to put a facility off u.s. soil so that they can get around certain rights that these detainees would have if
they were on u.s. soil and also the bush administration committed torture to get a lot of this information a lot of the time here so here we are twelve years later president obama is afraid that if you release of these people they might commit some terrorist act in the future really that's not a way to govern out of fear the rest of these detainees are people who the government feels that they have a strong case against that they've done something wrong but none of the evidence they've gathered is permissible in court so they can't exactly hold them to this normal trial so instead they're just leaving them there indefinitely it's poor planning was shortsighted planning to create this facility and there was just fear that's keeping it open. now plenty more and she is covered in breaking the set today and a full edition is here in twenty minutes time and we've been monitoring that guantanamo hunger strike since it started at the beginning of february and we've chronicled it all on our website our get a column has the go on time with
a timeline for you and we've got all the latest updates there plus a firsthand prisoner accounts reaction and expert analysis of what's going on evidence or years facility. right to see. the first part. and i would think that you're. on our reporters. in. the. two years since the violent riots rocked london and other cities and towns across the u.k. and britain's youth still feels left behind was the government pressing on with cuts thousands of young people are falling into long term joblessness what's more
the seeds were sown long before the end rest in two thousand and eleven youth unemployment has been rising steadily since two thousand and two the figure has almost doubled in the past nine years and currently stands at almost a million meaning that one in five brits aged sixteen and twenty four doesn't have jobs and the number of those not studying is also on the rise according to the universities and colleges admissions services applications from english students are their lowest in the past four years this as the tuition fees have tripled in twenty twelfth artist sara first met a young brit a two part of the riots two years ago to find out if anything's changed. everyone. wanted to. know what it was i mean charlie at his council house it's been almost two years since his arrest and imprisonment as a result of his participation in the london riots he received a six month sentence for theft but to charlie the impact of his actions have lasted
far longer you would think that. you know where. those things. how does it make you feel knowing your. whole world often of your parents it's a big one. i would never. kill these one of these he would have been dumped in the aftermath of the rioting with the barrel you also probably courtney met with many young people he got caught up in the violence and her new book seeks to bunk what she says is an isolating and stigmatising title i tell you start where you have to talk to deliberately because i knew it was a phrase that gets used by politicians and by the media to describe well often to
describe young people in general which is just complete misnomer very unfair and i'm just i mean almost one hundred percent of the time the motivations behind the riots were complex the basic economics play a key part of the rich poor divide freeman the moment and the poor are kind of being and the thing that you know that being left behind that was a phrase i heard in my research a lot you know we're being left behind and so i think it might be the start of something more i don't think the problems of going away they haven't gone away then we're going to be more more trouble until the things start to get result was that started the riots largely. tributed to the shooting and killing by police of a man named mark duggan here in the london borough of tottenham two years on and friends and family is still awaiting an inquest expected in mid september but as they wait but on thursday many questions still remain over the ensuing violent some putting it down to mindless criminality others to deep rooted social problem that
many feel will have not been dealt with indeed youth unemployment in the cave remains that crisis levels are never going to join in because i was so drunk i think that nothing good for me i did and. still in a constant close to home troops i'm still looking for work so often i'm in the same sort of boat as i was before winter. apart from with a criminal record. at the time of the riots the prime minister described the behavior of people like charlie as mindless criminality pure and simple you often need to. listen to us more because we live in the last basically in the slums we haven't got nothing so they need to sort of listen to us and. of course and maybe what we need or what we want not necessarily what we want what
we need and what might help us if they become who is in front of you right now what would you say to him that you think people need right now to help you serve more you've crops and more maybe more funding to do things he says he's going to do this and that to help people. when we're going to be given buses or through our winds i hope you know there's all this talk about this and there's no. semen on the heart of. i see london vampi for tony i am aware of the unrest was sparked in two thousand and eleven has accused the government of burying the report on the riots more than half of the panel of the recommendations haven't been addressed at all in its final response which was supposed to outline the efforts to tackle the causes of protest london's former senior policy adviser on equality says westminster has learned no lessons from the unrest two years ago the government is one of the most competent pokes wall governments we've seen in british political
history. ted and the running to decide and being glorious ineffective fadia i don't meet the needs of the community all the conditions that give rise to the two thousand two thousand and eleven. disturbances have been simply exacerbated made more acute and there is a bigger group of people now expected so i think the likelihood of a repetition of the kind of scene as we saw two thousand and eleven is almost inevitable given the government's role to failure to respond to the needs and issues. the calls these are the least of the two thousand and eleven disturbances and when using polluting the reduced sentence of the jailed oil tycoon we know how to kosky coming up after the break. interview.
a shelter on the day played. welcome back this is our joint entailed former oil tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky is set to walk free earlier than expected after an appeal hearing at russia's supreme court argues medina caution of a was there. russia's supreme court has used by two months the prison terms for that of course he and his business partner plucked only now the rule of the court was to rule whether their second conviction for money laundering and basil and should be a left it now the defense team often called had a coffee demand did their thing that they were convicted on charges that were in valid right from the start and while leaving the court building the lawyers said that they would appeal this decision that i post he was not present at this court
hearing he spoke boy video link from the prison colony and he was due to be released in october two thousand and fourteen but now he will walk free a year from now and he is business partner just several months earlier in may two thousand and fourteen and also earlier this month the european court off human rights which has criticised the trials they held against both businessman for a number of times that now still reject claims that there are cases where politically lots of ages we have a political ski was a rest of back in two thousand and three two years later he was convicted to tax evasion and while still serving his sentence he was convicted down for the second time and last year the courts reduce his sentence to eleven years. well former u.s. servicemen are switching sides to join the bad guys online we report on how more and more are working for mexico's drug cartels as hitmen and trainers and the f.b.i.
says their recruitment is set to increase. and it's revealed the boston bombing suspect tamerlan turn i have have been reading white supremacist literature or before the attacks get a story at r.t. dot com. while american whistleblower edward snowden's father has received an invitation to join his son in russia from the lawyer and telling katrina who's been helping intelligence fugitive meanwhile of venezuela's foreign minister a claim snowden's revelations confirmed what his country suspected long ago here's what ellie is how are exclusively told spanish town. when the woman declared we had always strongly suspected the us was carrying out surveillance across the world america excuses its snooping activities by saying it's based on legislation and congress gave its approval along with the supreme court of the government to simply put it into effect but there are a lot of ethical questions as to how this program is being implemented in regard to society in this case the rights of u.s.
citizens are being abused and besides we also see that the program involves other nations who are not obliged to abide by american laws and this is what makes it all very serious. on the nearly three hundred people have been convicted of plotting to overthrow the turkish government the verdict in a five year long landmark trial saw the head of alarm a lawyer is an academic's and journalist get a long prison terms some of them jailed for life thousands joined in the protests against the verdict and clashed with police slamming the trial as a witch hunt at a national relations professor mark almond from bill clinton's university says the turkish government fears a military power grab similar to what happened in egypt. on the one hand you have the charge that there's a deep state military intelligence especially against the prime minister but the prime minister's supporters certainly seem to feel that there's a deep plot against them organized forces not just in the last few months we've seen this dramatic shift in the middle east which is why i think they feel
particularly vulnerable muslim brothers in egypt who they see very much as just a party. pushed out of power they feel that the americans and europeans are tolerated that i think you might encourage him to go home circle tonight party circles they fear that although this particular case got going some years ago now before it for what they perceive as the secularist military alliance against them could have endorsement from outside. look at some other stories from around the world and police have used water cannon to disperse a protest against a new security bill in the chilean capital legislation aims to introduce harsher penalties for demonstrators who attack police peaceful demonstrations would be targeted to if they cause disorder in public places chile has been a scene to frequent student protests most of them are peaceful but small groups of people have been known to try and attack police with rocks and petrol bombs. three people have been shot dad at a town council meeting in pennsylvania the united states and our man blasted
through the wall of a municipal building and opened fire witnesses say a local official then tackled the man before shooting him with his own gun elise have confirmed the suspects arrest but have declined any further comments are. and here is food taliban fires in afghanistan stocking the area following a deadly firefight with security forces over twenty officers and up to seventy six militants were killed on friday an ambush on a police convoy by the taliban insist only five of their fires died and that over eighty government soldiers lost their lives it's the latest incident in a string of violence brewing in the region since american led nato forces. toppled the taliban regime. afaik ridiculous and downright bizarre are some of the words they used to describe food rich from the dashboard mounted cameras and russians cars the dash cams catch everything from driving offenses to meteorites
and they're ragging up the hits on you tube our disney friends takes a look if it wasn't for this we would never have seen this the eleven thousand ton meteor that impacted tell you have been sick in february the video was breathtaking to world asked when did russia become the authority on the so called dash cam george fetch macof says we have russian roads to thank there so bad that proving he isn't negligent in a crash can be tough without one two weeks ago i. was in the accident it wasn't my fault it was just a problem with the road and. record from my best can only prove. me to say that it's not my fault that it's not just the roads it's also scams like this one people throwing themselves at cars to collect injury money it's a known fact that while driving down the road in rush hour you never know what
might sail past you it could be about a tank. a fighter jet. or even a passenger plane crashing into a highway it's never dull. and it's very often hilarious mostly because it's happening to someone else like this video. i don't like why well in the video we hear it. yeah when the guy said oh. yeah people love russia nonchalance when faced with calamity all seriousness aside just think of all of the comedy missing from the internet oppression dash cams are made illegal because what makes it so uniquely russian isn't just what's happening on this side of the dashboard but the reaction inside the car that when we're going to hear what the sound. i want to learn the russian word for holding.
the. in fact the russian reaction seemed so laid back it's beyond parodies on russian television according to automotive journalist alexander pickle nko these little cameras are now a part of the culture judging by the survey that we conducted of the forty million drivers in this country every ninth one thousand video recorder cording to legal experts were slang cannot have any lawmaker wants to pass legislation preventing provocative video from being posted online whether for privacy or decency he is going to have a tough hill to climb legally or to stick in the last guy with dash cameras issue after the city is irrelevant because the document events and public areas so if you find a dash cam video of yourself being laughed at on the news after an epic evening out you may just have to turn the other cheek because at this point your collateral damage in moscow lindsey france our team. on just
a few minutes we're breaking the sound why the president obama still hasn't closed guantanamo. while revolutions in the middle east sure get a great deal of coverage what you don't mix a lot of sense revolutions or exciting t.v. peaceful protests or nice but footage of molotov cocktails flying and crazed crowds of local middle easterners really grab attention so there's a logical natural reason why some protest movements get a lot of coverage in the mainstream media well others kind of adult please forgive me for being conspiratorial but there is one revolution going down which does have all the exciting visuals of the arab spring but just doesn't get any of the mainstream coverage in fact unarmed people in this country recently stormed the
parliament trapping ministers and lawmakers with that they held them down for eight hours demanding the government reside until police with shields smash their way through creating a narrow corridor through which the officials could escape now that sounds like exciting and visual news but why did you hear about it all over the mainstream press that's because it didn't happen in libya or egypt or any other exotic country but in good old boag area right in the e.u. where u.s. and e.u. interests are best served by the status quo being maintained there is no need to hype up an intervention or kinetic action in bulgaria the only time you ever hear about the need for a crackdown in bulgaria is when a government there actually started working in bulgaria own interests and not the us use desires but the ashes my opinion. if you live on one hundred thirty. three bucks
a month for food i should try it because you know how bad the left side but. i mean . i know that i was really not. very. worst we're going to go right out of the. well because you never seen anything like. what's good folks welcome to breaking the set if you're wondering where abby martin is today don't worry i'll be right back here on monday she's just away on assignment but for now i want to talk about an interesting trend in several states across the country places like north carolina wisconsin and minnesota that have
been revamping and introducing new legislation that largely largely caters to a single political party what we're seeing is a growing trend of a single party that controls the executive and legislative offices in any given state in fact there are currently thirty seven states where one party controls the majority vote and that's up from one thousand nine hundred states just a decade ago according to the milwaukee journal sentinel and you know this could explain why we're seeing a growing number of protests against extreme legislation on a state level in take for instance the recent abortion bill in texas or the voter laws in other states but really i think there's a failure to address the real elephant in the room gerrymandering it seems that with every new election cycle new lines are being drawn in every state that looks more like a five year old coloring book than a state map and it's really becoming a systemic problem to see once a district has been redrawn to favor a specific political party that party almost always wins which brings us back to this disturbing trend we see today unbound.