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european and u.s. diplomats stand side by side with ukraine's opposition while russia's foreign minister calls their reaction to the protests to syria. to guantanamo prisoners repatriated to a jury against their will fear of persecution and further in prison after being refused permission to reunite with their families that now live in different countries. gambling reforms fall flat in the u.k. despite deep concerns about addiction to banning machines and high street bookmakers shops. closed just growing and. that's what i look for more probably. we hear the story of a man who lost his home job and family due to the odds machines.
this is our senior national coming to you live from moscow i'm marina josh and welcome to the program our european and u.s. officials are voicing their strong support for ukraine's opposition some were even spot of the tanning the anti-government rallies in kiev the top diplomats are in the ukrainian capital for security summit not related to the ongoing protests or days are in english is in kiev for us him bringing us more well you know you are at the demonstrations in key of right in the center of all the events there but looks like it's not only have to have been attending the rallies tell us more. absolutely well usually there is plenty of people out here at night but yesterday
we had the square literally teaming not just for the ukrainian protesters but also where the western politicians are one of their own particular victoria nuland who has paid a visit to the tent city that was set up here by the protesters essentially expressing the u.s. support for the for the ukrainian opposition and for the protesters as well she's also held close talks with viktor klitschko who seems to be the darling not just with the ukrainian protesters but also with the western dignitaries who are here in kiev among others that we have seen among the protesters on the square were foreign ministers from sweden germany and the netherlands when asked about why they are here they claimed that it was just simply out of curiosity to see how what they called it democratic process in the country was going well we. hope that the talks with europe will bring you under a new president essentially hinting at the ultimate goal of that the of the
ukrainian protest and that is the. current government and the president to step down and for the early presidential elections to take place the interests of western politicians and what is essentially ukrainian domestic affairs has drawn sharp criticism from russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov who said that this type of reaction is simply inadequate. due to the recent statements that have been voiced today on ukraine i consider for the. especially the hysterics that some european countries are going into the after ukraine used. and decided of this moment in time not to sign an agreement with the agreement but the experts i'm a government found not profitable you can see. at the same time there have been. in support of current president victor he knew caused it but so we haven't seen any of western politicians attending those
protests and in fact there are some people who are saying that this is simply unthinkable a protest in ukraine are hardly different from those happening in european countries such as spain portugal or greece but you do not see western politicians coming there and talking with the opposition's leaders because if that wasn't the case indeed that would be essentially a political scandal. criteria i think as much for bringing us this update live from the ukrainian capital kiev very english go there. a crane in court has given the protesters in kiev five days to stop blocking government buildings and to leave those they have seized meanwhile opposition leaders have disrupted the work of the country's parliament demanding a snap presidential election the violent dispersal of protesters last weekend has sparked more discontent in kiev were activists are rallying against a special police unit that's been accused of using excessive force we spoke to geo
political analyst has william randolph and he believes it's likely the violence that erupted was bankrolled from outside the country. i haven't ports from ukrainian ordinary citizens that the contact with the students and the unemployed are being paid something like twenty to thirty euros a day by who knows whom we can only speculate to come in to kiev and make a show of force and then the fact that victoria nuland of all people one of the most outrageous neoconservatives of the bush era the former us ambassador to nato comes and encourages the ukrainian people to demonstrate for freedom and join in the european union this is obviously an ally we've got more on the situation in kiev including how extremist movements may be using the young going unrest for their own benefit so had to our website r.t. dot com for the full story.
two detainees from the natori is going tama bay detention center have been sent home till jury against their will one of them was hoping to be reunited with his family living in bosnia while the other wanted to return to canada or luxembourg were he once lived and worked they both fear prosecution of further imprisonment in their home country as artie's in association with in our reports. at a glacial pace us officials attempt to move forward with the limbo known as guantanamo with endless excuses and a web of bureaucracy allegedly getting in the way of just closing the place down in the latest attempt to take baby steps to figure out what to do with its detainees the u.s. has transferred two prisoners to their home country of algeria out of one hundred sixty four the majority of whom have long been cleared for transfer or release this sort of repeater you should was involuntary and took place despite the detainees pleas to not have this happen as the feared mistreatment or torture upon their return home the lawyers of the two men. and some have described the move as
political expedience callous since the prisoners had made it clear they fear of persecution back at home while countries in europe had been willing to accept them the pentagon has stated however that humane treatment assurances had been made prior to this move this is the first transfer since two other men were sent to algeria willingly in august this year notoriously standard guantanamo neither of the men transferred were ever charged with any crime during the entire decade be spent behind bars at the scandalous detention camp the old syrian natives were brought there back in two thousand and two and taken to camp x.-ray which we've actually visited when reporting from guantanamo it's an area where some prisoners have been once controversially interrogated with no one actually held there today the number of detainees at guantanamo is now at one hundred sixty two fifteen prisoners continue to be on hunger strike years. the president down on day one of
his presidency and efficient and clear plan to close guantanamo yet to be put in place and they said you're going to r.t. new york their release of the detainees has brought the number of prisoners in guantanamo to one hundred sixty to eighty four of those still behind bars have already been cleared for release among the others just twenty are to face trial by military court five of them accused of involvement in the nine eleven attacks on america the rest can be vasa cuba but are considered to be too dangerous to be released robert kirshner lawyer of one of the going time of prisoners of back till jury a says he's very concerned about what awaits his client he was opposed to going to algeria he wanted to go to a european country so that he could be reunited with his family he's been separated from his wife and daughters for twelve years now we're concerned that he's essentially going to be dumped on the street as other prisoners have been who had no connection with algeria the second issue for mr ben sayah is the fact that he
lives he grew up in a very rural part of algeria part in the south southwestern area of the country and he is genuinely concerned that there will be fundamentalist islam assist interests there who will assume that he supports them because he was sent to guantanamo and that they'll target him for some kind of violence when they learn that he actually does not have any sympathy with them it's our understanding the white house wants to be able to say look we've released all the algerians that we can it's the only country that's been certified we can't get anyone else out of guantanamo unless you loosen the statute for us so unfortunately these men were detained by mistake held because we wouldn't acknowledge our mistakes and now they're being sent to a place that they don't want to go in order to serve domestic political purposes. world's grieving the death of south african anti-apartheid icon nelson mandela to take a closer look at his legacy and how he overturned world opinion making the transition
from being branded a terrorist to becoming a one of the greatest freedom fighters in history. sounds of fast food and retail workers in the u.s. staged a national strike on thursday calling for an increase to the minimum wage president obama pledged to push for higher salaries in the industry back in february but critics say little has been done since arches way to board i was at the protest in new york. what began here in new york city one year ago with just two hundred employees has exploded into arguably the biggest wave of protest in the history of america's fast food industry thousands of fast food employees in more than one hundred cities throughout this country have walked off the job thursday demanding an increase in minimum wage and the right to unionize now this movement is being spearheaded by an organization called fast food forward and the fast food workers
that have joined the strike work at meijer restaurants like wendy's mcdonald's burger king and k.f.c. now while fast food remains a two hundred billion dollar industry the median wage for the service workers like the cooks and the cashiers in the group nationwide is just eight dollars and ninety four cents an hour here in new york city it's even worse with the minimum wage being seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour now because of the low wages and many of the employees if not most employed at fast food restaurants are living in poverty i don't know five and by the grace of god i am. i am in a shelter trying to get out of there and i can do it because i don't get paid that much some struggling you know and that's why i'm here as one of these we will four million dollars yeah so for right to take you to a family where the single people nest america with and i believe all fall there's
invision a country not full cooperation before the working man and by now they're making way too much money for us to be treated like this and where the one will give them the money that they were the one earns and then if they are not earning them because they're the one who takes the money home to make matters worse this problem is only growing load we need to jobs have accounted for the bulk of new jobs added during the so-called u.s. . swerd carbery in addition to retail at fast food are among the fastest growing sectors in the u.s. economy now what these protesters are demanding is that minimum wage be raised between dollars an hour so far only one city in washington state has met those demands this crowd around me they're doing so to fight for a basic a decent living wage an opportunity to just step one foot into the worlds of the so-called american dream reporting from new york marina arctic still to come on the
program the high price of easy money. is this person's kuwait's gamble with the number of high street betting shops having exploded in recent years we're taking a look at one machine this cool thing he's concerned among campaign is on whether or not high street busting shelves a living up to the promise is the socially responsible behavior and more how betting machines are proving irresistible to both gamblers and bookmakers in just a few minutes here in our team. the continuing inconsistent rise of china be the clearing restricted fly zones or a critical view on the subject of buying u.s. dollar debt in fact it would appear china is tearing a page from washington's playbook to make rules to feed its geopolitical interest.
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live from moscow labor m.p.'s in the u.k. have failed to convince ministers to restrict stakes and prizes in betting machines installed in bookmakers shops the six odds terminals in which were at this pub billions of pounds have been dubbed crack cocaine on the high street artie's era for reports on the high stakes diction. they're the high risk high stakes gaming machines this in the u.k. betting industry more than a billion pounds each year for. the short fix of. a machine. and to comply. to one hundred every twenty seconds this is a twenty second repeat cycle every twenty seconds. three hundred pounds my children my wife my job my self-esteem.
ok. the government's two thousand and five gambling act limited the number of high street betting shops are allowed to have to four machines now more recently in response to both public and political concern the association of british bookmakers has released a voluntary code of conduct aimed at encouraging socially responsible behavior but we've seen evidence of among some leading. everyone seems to be playing strictly by the rules inside this labrat says a glass petition it enables the store to carry not full but eight for the machines which are the ones. that you. are. in a statement about the store. this shop was
a concept shop and there are no plans to open any further shops of this kind. in terms of. a completely responsible ex army major just in ase well how devastating the effects of a gambling addiction can be a last point was the day when. my mom my dad and my little brother who's actually taller than me came and just said that we've got to get you out of here. and those just crying in. that's when i lost all my pride and i was completely humiliated but it's great because that was the day. well i realized my recovery justin's written a book about his experience and is helping others on their raids to recovery but
with scant research into the effects of these machines and as the industry seeks to maximize profit campaign is warning that not taking action eva is one gamble person cold to food to take. on the london on r.t. dot com adoption swap allegations prompts russian authorities to take action we intend to look at evidence that russian children have been trafficked online now and america and the full story is in our website plus. the future is almost here don't be surprised if you come across a robot instead of a sales man in a shop it's just google's latest high tech idea all these stories are just a click away on our t. dot com. the world's mourning the death of nelson mandela south africa's first black president who will lead the country out of decades of apartheid mandela died at the age of ninety five at his home in john is burke following
a long illness reacting to the news of his death world leaders have praised him as a giant for justice and a hero of our time crowds took to the streets and john his work to grieve and delves death and celebrate his legacy announcing the news the country's president jacob zuma said his nation has lost its greatest son after a memorial service expected to draw a tens of thousands of mourners when dallas body will be flown to his home village and he will be interred on his family's state according to his wishes. looks at the legacy of the iconic leader. he's the man who pulled a troubled and divided land back from the brink of civil war the man who after twenty seven tough years behind bars walks free from prison in his heart was not to avenge or i think that. his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation but in the last three decades the world tightest he published the image of nelson mandela an image recognized around the world only coca-cola is bishan own but
a man whose struggle for racial equality against south africa's ruling white minority had a dark side the world has conveniently forgotten about nelson mandela the need of a struggle. a radical. someone. embraced violence and as a necessary political instrument at a particular juncture in our history this house was the secret headquarters of the african national congress it was here in the early sixty's that mandela and his comrades launched the armed struggle it was also here that most of them were wasted put on trial and sentenced to life in prison at what was known as the rivonia trial in one thousand nine hundred sixty four mandela and ten of his colleagues faced the death penalty for sabotage nelson mandela was called a terrorist because he took up arms against their party government. governments lie
to support the government they claim legitimacy the west had big investments gold mines industry the sea transport links to the east the cape route was very important they supported the apartheid government any opponent was therefore a terrorist it's don't fall apart it would have lasted as long as it did if the world community hadn't closed ranks behind the white government but its prime minister margaret thatcher denounced mandela as a terrorist and years later she welcomed mandela to downing street. washington also did a one hundred eighty degree turn although it was only in two thousand and eight that it was moved all references to mandela and his colleagues as terrorists from its database mandela was not alone in world leaders who endured a love hate relationship at the hands of the west darlings of the west one moment villains the next libya's moammar gadhafi egypt's hosni mubarak to name but a few south african journalist chris bishop believes the one nine hundred sixty
four trial that saw mandela and his comrades sentenced to life helped turn the world in their favor during the trial. the gentleman who are on trial the rivonia trial as they went from being the accused of being people on in the dark as transformed they became the benjamin franklin's of africa became the freedom fighters that began the man of principle who is standing up merely for the rights of others and it's turned world opinion around from a vile terrorist to one of the greatest freedom fighters to have ever walked the earth the story of nelson mandela is remarkable a man who stood up for the rights of people everywhere but also a familiar tale of governments putting a garland of flowers around your neck one day and a rope the next point of r.t. johannesburg south africa and more reaction to the death of nelson mandela our
opinions and analysis of his legacy even had our website r.t. dot com. french president francois hollande says paris will take immediate military action against the escalation of sectarian violence in the central african republic earlier a un security council resolution authorizing french troops to join an african peacekeeping force fresh clashes between local militias in the capital bangui have killed over one hundred people muslim rebels have seized power in march are fighting with christians who support the ousted president this is sparked fears that the conflict could expand into a full blown civil war hundreds of french troops are already deployed in the republic and neighboring states of a new mizuki were added to a pan african newswire says that improving the security situation in the country is not france's main goal there i do not believe that france has the capability of normalizing the central situation inside the central african republic. is only pursuing its own national interests it's also competing with the role of the united
states on the african continent the u.s. has intervened extensively over the last several years in africa. there is the united states africa command in africa. as well does not want to be left out of this new scramble for africa people have to keep in mind that the central african republic has a very important strategic resources such as goal diamonds in your radium which are essential to the overall international economic system so this is part of the ongoing imperialist rivalry between fourth and nine a states for control of post-colonial africa. now some more stories making global headlines this hour in northern somalia suicide bombers killed nine people in an attack on to pickup
trucks carrying members of a maritime police unit thirty seven officers were also injured in the attack no group has said they carried out these sold but al-shabaab is thought to be the number one suspect after being pushed from their strongholds the al qaeda linked insurgents have been trying to gain control of the north of the country. northwestern europe is being battered by severe weather two people have been killed and sauza is moved to safety as the worst tidal surge in sixty years sweeps down the british coast and around one hundred thousand homes are left without power in scotland and environment agency spokesman says that six thousand properties in england and wales could be flooded. hundreds have protested in islam about against american drone strikes in pakistan the rally was staged by the rican soft party led by a former cricket star in one column and strangers chanted anti-u.s. lovins and demanded an immediate end to all drone attacks strikes are deeply
unpopular in pakistan but american officials say they are crucial in the fight against terror. next chinese ambition and the potential to reshape the global landscape as a focus of people or else. we often see the middle east as a place of constant turmoil of revolution but people in thailand seem to be very fired up as well masses of protesters are force a government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such ministry is the time equivalent of the american f.b.i. which has been accused of killing around ninety people in a crackdown on those who support ousted prime minister taksin shinawatra who is the brother of the current leader while people are crying out for democracy with accusations of violence against protesters so where is barack obama john kerry the
mainstream media i mean whatever sort of group of rebels protestors are i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or bomb their country back into the stone age like in libya serbia iraq some protests explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria where there have also been storming of buildings less than a month ago i might be conspiracy theorist but the selective coverage and slipped of concern for some humans rights and off the rights of others well it smells a bit fishy to me but that's just my opinion. if you come back. now with. six. hundred people from the sun. i think there is no difference between the kind of.
wealthy british style. market. scandal. find out what's really happening to the global economy because a report on. these. below in welcome across all things considered i'm people of the continuing and consistent rise of china to be declaring restrictive fly zones for a critical view on the subject of buying u.s. dollar debt beijing is sending signals it will be respected and will act as any great power in today's world in fact it would appear china is tearing
a page from washington's playbook it too will make rules to fit its geo political interests. to cross-talk china's geopolitical interests i'm joined by my guest john feffer in washington he is an author and co-director of foreign policy in focus at the institute for policy studies and in london we crossed to martin mccauley he is a specialist on international affairs at the university of london thank you gentlemen for joining me crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i very much encourage it martin if i can go to you first we've been saying the american pivot to asia at least it's been now. lost a lot of energy and over the last few weeks it's a little bit more focused with biden visiting the region and we have the chinese with their new restrictive arizona and travel routes what step is this in the new battle for the pacific in your mind.