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today's top story center review of the week twelve billion euros in aid are coming to the rescue of greece's economy while violent protest against a group harsh new cod's shook the country. wanted for crimes against humanity as the international criminal court issues and arrest warrant for the copies the son of the libyan leader lashes out at the decision exclusively telling r t the court is corrupt. a u.s. captain of a gaza flotilla ship is arrested by greek authorities after several vessels were seized in court following what activists believe is pressure from israel and the us . a mass walk out of public sector workers hit schools airports and job centers across the u.k. as people protested against their pensions being slashed. this
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is r t coming to you live from moscow i'm marina joshie welcome to the program where we take a look at the top stories of the week greece has erupted into some of the worst civil unrest it's seen this week s. thousands of angry protesters flooded the streets of athens the eurozone has agreed to stand a lifeline. into the economically cripple country but people raged against tough new cuts and tax hikes which were needed to secure a second handout faced with twenty eight billion euros worth of lost staring measures protesters gathered in front of the parliament building they threw stones at police smashed windows and set fire to property police responded with tear gas and stun grenades dozens from both sides were injured while many demonstrators were detained the e.u. and the international monetary fund are preparing to release an extra twelve billion euros in the next two weeks without the money greece will default on its loans within days but financial journalist demetri coffey no says the greek
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government has simply bought itself a stay of execution. i think the people here pretty much given up on the three hundred members of parliament that reside in the in the part of the building across the street from the constitution square i think the only real option for them right now for the protesters and for the greek people is if some sort of political option or movement develops out of a society out of the ranks of ordinary people who are intelligent or capable who come from universities who have some idea of what the country needs according to scholars here in greece for constitutional scholars and former members of the government they claim that the measure completely unconstitutional the first place because you need one hundred eighty members of parliament to pass this sort of legislation first of all second of all they can pass whatever they like but if the people don't agree to it and the people are not willing to sit down and take it it doesn't really matter what they pass and that's what we're seeing here right now what you're looking to have happen is you're going to see a fall of this government at some point i said if things go it really of the violence is a really big issue because if if the violence if this results in casualties not
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just massive injuries then that's going to that's going to lead to a collapse of this government will that mean that the next government will come in and actually do something productive maybe maybe not but then the governor will have to fall to i don't see the people in this country lying down one of the things that is circulating around here is a video that shows police not just police brutality but there's a lot of that but also police working with provocateurs a. and for markets or to be escorted into a safe location that they were communicating with and relaying information from there's a report that the head of the pharmaceutical national pharmaceutical situation here in greece is going to be filing a lawsuit along with other people against the government for use of illegal substances because these weren't just this was just tear gas there were other chemicals and including us fixating agents and that's why you see a lot of people here i saw them myself and a lot of people other people saw them passing out not being able to breathe people inside the metro station not being able to breathe the hospital for that reason people are very angry here and a very upset and they understand what's going on and understand these measures are
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not going to help them and their future. despite the violent protest e.u. officials have welcomed the greek a stare any measure saying the move will help a country get back into a path of recovery sarah firth has been finding out many greeks believe the plans are to rescue the banks not the people. on the streets of athens the voices of discontent a growing louder. it's a war we did not create this so we're not going to pay for this we want to become. a squeeze continues the fight against economic ruin second day in. an attempt to prevent greece from its previous lame attainments that the greek people will be feeling a penny. of this buyout money actually comes into the greek economy it all goes out. most about those on save the banks and prevent a large scale financial crisis for the people the price is simply too high they see
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their income don't going down they see taxis taxis taxis and nothing else their money does not go to very early a year a struggling against hostile stares he messes with men the government now faces an electorate it pays to know the bailouts what people here have been saying is that the free. the european central bank and the e.u. the grapes that financed the initial bailout sixteen of one hundred ten billion a year when they'll start looking at ways of continuing to pay money towards greece i merely come to a plan b. if and when it comes to the troika many people now in greece simply don't want to help them out since it's being born as a self interest they try. to get as much as they. show to get out the they're going to get all of the state.
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i mean their property and they are going to get almost everything. below it certainly can that's a high cost cuts in public spending raising taxes and then the question of privatization program that would mean the sales many great public assets one of the reasons that everybody is so determined to keep greece in the euro is so that the banks don't have to take a serious hit on their phone to be lending policies was almost as if there's a little on the holy alarm of politicians and bankers versus ordinary people it's a fight that the people say they're not prepared to. sort of stand on athens. as greeks cry out against the toughest parity measures it's the germans who are going to bear the brunt of bailing them out lawyer marcus kerber says the greek rescue package is a result of the fear of contagion and puts athens creditors every asc people
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believe the greek crisis might create a contagion to other more developed economies politicians are afraid of people who are very very hungry for the dissolution of the first to allow greece to have a very generous credit here a credit to a sovereign country means that as long. southern country has windows has a paycheck to credit all people have been creditors will remain at risk so we are in a very very dangerous phase of european monetary policy if you appeal institutional policy because we have stayed away straight away from the powerful institutional unarmed diverted which is laid down in the treated and overnight a non the ninth and tenth of may under the french influence the european economic. community and in particular the european monetary union has been redesigned without any vote by the populations have consented to giving up the money amongst those the
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germans and that will and very bitterly i fear. that was the way marcus kerber talking about what the greek bailout means for the wider zone on monday the international criminal court issued an arrest warrant for libya's colonel qadhafi accusing him of crimes against humanity the hague has grounds to believe he ordered attacks on civilians during the beginning of levy's undressed with score assad to have been killed the african union said it will not cooperate with the tribunals demand in an exclusive interview with r t colonel gadhafi son saif al islam who is also under the court's arrest warrant says international justice is nothing more than a sham the score. is a beacon of court come on the accuse me of killing people you know the sentence against. the capital punishment so they decided to kill. and did kill
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my brother and destroyed my house so this is me to excuse you so no you are talking about me that a month ago you said to kill me. after me every day you are trying to find me and to get me over there my brother. number two just to tell you that the supreme court under the table they are trying to negotiate with us a deal to have this the weave ticket of the court what does it mean that means it is controlled by those countries. which attack us every day is just to put. political pressure that. you can see the full interview with saif al islam about twenty minutes time here in r t or you can find find it on our website r.t. dot com. many libyans feel the criminal court is just a cover for nato tamps to kill colonel gadhafi saying it's the alliance's members
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who should be held to account for the bombing campaign and often investigated the consequences of the continuing airstrikes which are said to be directed only at military targets. the road from the capital tripoli to brag is lined with the aftermath of war towns abandoned as the population fled the balkan and. this is what's left of the civilian airport in the. home to one of the country's key goal of a whiner the last plane to go from this runway just hours before it was hate. to say so it's hardly hating the targets of military value well call say these telecommunications tower some fifteen minutes west of the town of. choice in a tiger woods this is a safe two strikes and they've also accidentally burned two cars and killed two civilians since and there is no t.v. in this area as we can see the phone lot has also been disrupted. there is no water
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and no. what used to be happen this man says has become. what was home now susan familiar. with the b.b.b. i have nine children and i send them all to my relatives abroad i don't want them to see their mother and says you condition. from the small pool not far from bragg even gas used to flow to europe. we used to produce fuel to send it to them you know see they destroy it all this is terrible and ridiculous at the same time the closer you get to the frontline the more you feel it you can hear the war and you can even read it on. jobs just before the bombs or i. base runs has as you can see the reason sign here in arabic but nato is here to leave it here in force and i'll fly zone over the country to protect civilians on the other side there is another sign also in arabic saying that nato can attack any place at
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any time. this any time happened three times of a several hours while we were filming regulators major all parties where the front line lies dividing the country into two parts into to swirl one side is going to put one flashpoint between the rebels and gadhafi forces it's a very important point as to to quote case gets in a firm hand on this town would mean taking control over the country's economy all facilities seem to be a red target that nato bombs never land on while it looks like the civilian population can hardly skate. they were like my family not just going to the shop to buy some foods and this happened six of them died i couldn't believe it and this used to be a restaurant for all companies staff where friends gathered after work. we were eating with my colleagues then there was a boom we knew what that was we tried to help those trapped in the helicopters came
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in and started to shoot at us. those stories are repeated reagan save our program i live. in the food they know it so every minute of every day every day when being a big kid our civilians lived another with this country this is from libya well those voices become more and more frequent is the sound of exploding bombs and warplanes the drones that. cheaply. moscow has raised concern over france supplying weapons to libyan rebels and over ambiguous interpretations of the un security council resolution on libya france's admission is the first time a nato member has owned up to air lifting arms to the country since the beginning of the campaign russia has also criticized what it calls the double standards being applied to the situation unfolding in syria and yemen as opposed to adopting
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a un resolution condemning crackdowns on protesters in syria fearing such a mandate could escalate even more violence foreign minister sergei lavrov said the continuing turmoil in the two countries is being treated in completely different ways. with many have been criticizing russia and china's position on the un security council's resolution on syria for the fact that we consider such a resolution in appropriate i'll give you a simple example the situation in yemen is no easier than in syria there's a difficult civil war going on there but nobody's going to the u.n. security council to try and stop it it's still ahead here in our team no man's land french finance minister christine lagarde steps into the global economies temple as the first woman ever to have the international monetary fund. and we find out whether edge of could yet again become a boiling pot in the middle east as thousands take to the streets accusing the interim government of a lack of change. the captain of
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a gaza aid ship. been arrested by greek authorities after trying to leave port without permission several ships with activists and humanitarian aid for the blockade of palestinian territory were stopped in the port of parameter athens on friday campaigners claim greece is working under the orders of israel and the us the flotilla is drawing parallels to the gaza bound convoy that was stormed by israeli marines last year and resulted in the deaths of nine people and r.t. correspondent is on board one of the ships that's been seized she says people are still determined to carry on with their mission despite greece's actions. the need now are not the flotilla will not give up there are twelve members of the european and other national parliaments among the free gaza activists and they're trying to pull strings to close the governments to influence greece's decision to block the ships in its harbors employees from the freedom flotilla are saying the greek government actions are unlawful because the ships cannot be prohibited from you're
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going to gaza and they should not be restrained from leaving free to me i've seen every part of the ship and there are no weapons or anything that could be used as weapons the people who participate in the free gaza flotilla a harmless most elderly many are over sixty and even seventy. all those are to your spine the kevorkian who's on board one of the ships stopped by greek authorities from sailing to gaza. on thursday the u.k. partly came to hold the more than half of all state schools forced to close and disruption brought to air and ground transport hundreds of thousands of civil servants took to the streets against the government's plans to slash their pensions and increase the retirement age for anna to follow the action down tools up with industrial action and autumn of discontent starts here this time it's the public sector workers walking out on happy with the planned reform of their pensions which
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they say will see them paying a lot more and getting a lot less. paid. i'm well familiar it's not easy to be back if it can see what it takes to survive the changes that make it a pension or very necessary to face a way to address it so i think we do need to make cutbacks in things i think. tried and tried to teach it ranges by so much as it is to these people do a huge variety of key work from teaches and lecturers to air traffic controllers and coast guards unisons the u.k.'s biggest public sector trade union deputy chief bulb apple a says his one point three million members already a prolonged industrial action and we're almost a war footing and we've got thirty million paying such as. we've got a strategy work but i must stress that's not what we want to do we want to talk to
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the government and negotiate a sensible package nor the ridiculous package of their proposal at the moment that package involves raising the retirement age from sixty to sixty six raising pension contributions by workers. and having payouts based on average career earnings rather than final fallacy the unions admit public support is fundamental the government's very unlikely to change its mind about reforms if the public at large doesn't back the unions but that's by no means a short public sector workers do already get very generous pensions and the cost of those pensions is very much under the carpet and the burden falls on to the next generation the grid is absolutely essential that public sector pensions are reformed than even after they are reformed public sector workers will get far better pensions and less private sector workers the unions want to apply enough pressure to force the government to change its mind and it's no stranger to you
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turns it was hell bent on reforming the health service too until it decided to take longer to think about it causing friction in the coalition the government is doing this to reduce a current fifty billion dollar pension bill but it may be cutting off its nose to spite its face the wider issue here according to the new u.k. pension fund are you did it make you pay for the made public that to work it no don't think that pension is what while it made me stop contributing to that if there was a widespread withdrawal pension funds would collapse and that would leave u.k. p.-l. of the very shores of investment just what it means that more than ever your avatar to be loved. christine lagarde has become the first woman at the helm of one of the world's most powerful financial organizations but the new i.m.f. chief isn't shying away from putting the heavy burden of the earth's problems on her shoulders down as more on the implications of the appointment for the global
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economy. christine lagarde appointment keeps the european at the head of the world's top lender keeping the long held tradition intact and in a debt crisis having one of its own chairing the international monetary fund could be more important than ever for europe saying that's mine. intimate knowledge of those mechanisms. of the european community and the eurozone of its many leaders can help the guard's main competitor was augustine carstens from mexico who argued her point mind would only adds to the perception of i.m.f. bias there could be some conflict of interest i mean the team goes a bit they know their main borel's institution will be europe so we'll have a situation where they will roll or stormin eighteen to create thirty institutional emerging economies the engine of global growth in recent years are vastly under
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represented in the organization with the u.s. and europe holding half of the votes and veto power and always suggest i.m.f. bias has had a negative effect on the world's economy they would use their monopoly over credit . to force certain policies. and countries in policies there were not in their national interest the i.m.f. lends money monitors the global economy and in theory at least prevents crises its credibility has been shattered by the financial collapse in the investor connally's which it definitely did not spot they missed the two big or biggest asset bubbles in the history of the world i think they didn't want to go against all their friends on wall street and others that were making a fortune at the time some experts see the intimacy between the i.m.f. and u.s. corporations as a matter of concern all of the big decisions that the i.m.f.
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are made by the u.s. treasury department then you had of the i.m.f. is more than familiar with the u.s. corporate world for years she worked at a major american law firm representing the interests of big business and is a member of the u.s. poland defense industry working group divest the interests of a v.a. ssion giants like boeing and lockheed martin helping them to seal multibillion dollar deals that you are seeing here of the. christine legarde the best fit for the job so did several emerging markets including russia and china but she faces the difficult task of appearing independent despite her past and will struggle not to cement even further the perception that the i.m.f. exists only for the benefit of its creditors i'm gonna check our reporting from washington r.t. . egypt's fragile interim leadership is facing the strain with renewed violence on the streets this week officials have ordered a probe into clashes in cairo which left more than a thousand people injured after recent protests riot police used tear gas to
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disperse demonstrators who pelted officers with stones and firebombs. the unrest began over the slow pace of prosecution for senior officials and police officers accused of brutality during a mass uprising fabric activists are also calling for this limitation of reforms the manager in the revolt that toppled president mubarak journalist actually returns he says the current leadership is ignoring people's demands. the government such as it is has not responded to the concerns of the people there are strikes at the suez canal transportation workers people being killed again on the streets of cairo not a peep out of the corporate media and meanwhile we have william burns in cairo talking with mr time tally the provisional head at the moment of the government and even the trial of the interior minister who is hated so much on the interior minister and also mubarak has been adjourned people are not getting what they thought they were getting when they toppled hosni mubarak we must remember that joe
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biden and hillary clinton didn't want also mubarak to go that's was the mubarak and his cronies so many of them are retaining power but it's a very dangerous situation and we mustn't forget what's crucial here for me as a national. outlook is this is going to hell that's where trade goes through and it is the most populous country arab country in the arab world and we're not hearing anything about it in the corporate news it's as if that revolutions done and dusted in the egyptian people have. if you've missed something we're covering on the air you can always catch it online here's a taste of what's there for you right now at or to a man of this trail he gets live behind bars after murdering his two year old daughter to get back at his ex partner but before stabbing the child to death he announced his intention on facebook. to get a round up of the action from this year's moscow international film festival where a spanish movie snatch the top prize for all the glitz and glamour log on to our. american military god a new boss this week as
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a former cia chief leon panetta was sworn in as secretary of defense after almost five years in the pentagon robert gates has retired leaving his successor with three wars and an ever expanding military budget retired u.s. army general steven anderson believes the new person in charge couldn't do any worse managing the finances well i don't think we're going to see any major changes in pentagon policies i'm hoping though that he will do something about the tremendous energy expenditure is that the united states army is expand the iraq and afghanistan we have a tremendously inefficient base over there and we need to do something about it i'm hoping that it will bring about some of the money should be used in united states to to work domestic programs i mean we're essentially bankrupt elements of that of our nation in order to win this war in iraq and afghanistan from what my point is that we should be expending energy there but what smarter than we are if you understand the relationship between energy efficiency and military effectiveness
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then you can see we can win the war and we can actually actually save a lot of money and i'm hoping that secretary panetta will do something about that my point is that there is a very simple easy pragmatic approach and that is essentially insulating our structures in iraq and afghanistan and we can save billions we're presently spending about twenty billion dollars a year simply dirty dish thing inefficient structures in our combat zone well i think that americans should be outraged they were not doing more better energy consumer energy missed our way. well it was for mains that a financial quagmire whether it's economy paralyzed prices rising in the value of the local ruble plummeting hard currency has all but disappeared from the country as well as most important goods now the belorussian government is hoping for e several billion dollar bailout from the i.m.f. that would depend on deep economic reforms being in place that threatens the regime's hold on power many have been showing their discontent at the government's
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policies stadium silent protest on the streets of the capital more than one hundred are thought to have been detained. now let's take a look at some other stories from around the world in thailand as the polls show the opposition party is on course for a majority victory in the country's general election the party is headed by the sister of ousted prime minister the elections hope to and the country's long running political crisis violent protests have repeatedly shaken thailand since the former government was toppled in a military coup in two thousand and six. that has balls chief has ruled the arrest of four senior members of his group suspected of the assassination of former lebanese premier afic hariri instead has son the. special tribunal investigating the death should be asking questions of israel he also rejected each and every accusation by the un based court saying the charges were an attack on these movement was killed along with twenty two others in february two thousand and five
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in the route that a huge bomb exploded as his motorcade passed by. eleven people including young children have until the mexico after tropical storm arlene drenched the country with heavy rains most of victims died after being buried alive in their homes by mudslides or drowning in powerful streams the atlantic season's first probable storm came ashore over mexico central gulf coast early on thursday almost three hundred thousand have been left homeless or otherwise affected by the severe weather. shortly reminder of our we stop story stay with us here in r.t. . thank. you.


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