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great nationality reporting from sweden. the u.s. has declassified nearly six hundred pages of private conversations between former american and russian presidents bill clinton and boris yeltsin took place between one thousand nine hundred three and one thousand nine hundred nine when yeltsin left office election collusion nato expansion and the future russian president vladimir putin were among the many topics they discussed our correspondent comments now that we are at rock bottom in terms of relations between russia and the us it's bad now we pine for what they were back when presidents could talk frankly joke laugh heck even collude for elections bill for my election campaign i urgently need for russia alone of two point five billion dollars i'll check on this with the i.m.f. and with some of our friends and see what can be done those were the days when you
could funnel billions to get your pals reelected real friendship right there clinton even helped yeltsin with a heart operation their wives now in the yeltsin and hillary clinton visited each other shopped together unfortunately it wasn't very equal friendship nine hundred ninety six the united states was strong russia was in its knees crime corruption stagnation it seemed to get the rule or end of every deal it remains a mistake for nato to move eastward nuclear in conventional arms cannot move eastward into new members to the borders of russia. i've told you no one is talking about a massive all out accelerated expansion two years later nearly a dozen european states were invited to join nato the czech republic hungry poland bulgaria is still with latvia lithuania romania slovakia slovenia
so yeltsin tried everything he even begged them to let us have a verbal gentleman's agreement we would not write it down in the statement that no former soviet republics would enter nato i cannot sign any agreement without such language especially ukraine consider what a terrible message it would be were still organized against russia but there's a line across which we won't go pleading didn't work so we'll turn tried warnings. russia will pull out of the agreement and consider it now and void i know what a terrible problem this is for you but i can't make the specific commitment you're asking for not even complaints could get through. you are conducting naval maneuvers near crimea it is as if we are training people in cuba how would you feel it's unacceptable to us the spite of all that they remained friends even joke
together three months of the pre-election races taken its toll i feel somewhat tired i saw the picture of you dancing with the girls in the band and you looked wonderful i'm disappointed that no one sets up events like that for me in my campaign they were frank so frank in fact that there generals would get a little nervous they discussed ditching their nuclear briefcases what if we were to agree giving up having to have our finger next to the button all the time perhaps we could agree that it's not necessary for us to carry that chima down chick well i'll have to think about this all we carry of course are the codes in the secure phone yes you and i are the only leaders you have to do this mr president given the responsibility of your office and president yeltsin's it makes more sense for the two of you to have these devices with you at all times it was simpler in those days the world was younger and no one knew what the future held
for example would the united states pull out the viewer up. the u.s. is not in europe europe should be the business of europeans russia is half european and half asian so you want asia to sure sure bill eventually will have to agree on all of this i don't think the europeans would like this very much not all but i'm a european moscow is in europe and i like it you can take all the other states and provide security to them i would take europe and provide them security well not i russia will bill i'm serious give your up to europe itself europe never felt as close to russia as it does now good days good friends and then yeltsin just up then left leaving behind a successor that clinton was sure he'd get along with shortly you will have a meeting with mr putin i would like to tell you about him so you will know what kind of man he is he is a solid man who is kept well abreast of various subjects under his purview and he
can easily have good relations and contact with people who are his partners who will win the election boots and of course he's a democrat and he knows the west he's very smart he's tough he has an internal ramrods and he will when you do business together strange to think that most of the issues problems they discussed in those days are still the main themes of today nato expansion and encroachment european security trade and loans what's changed is that russia's grown up turns out it's much harder being friends when you're more equal. telling giant amazon is in the firing line over working conditions for its american staff but one senator has a plan to balance things up without so much more american back desire to international.
john mccain and his republican cohorts like the bush family and others they will break cozy with ken lay who financed the bush campaign so the bush presidency and when they got caught committing massive fraud on the same scale as a savings a long crisis the machinery was already in place thanks to john mccain is a bag man for wall street for decades yeah to bail those guys out and make them whole at the expense of democracy slash economy of the united states which is disintegrating. in a world of big partisan. and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that made stream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door. and shouting past each
other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely watching the hawks. international and passenger jet overshot the runway in khan fire in southern russia in the early hours of saturday leaving eighteen people injured including three children the boeing plane operated by air airlines was unable to land for more than half an hour due to adverse weather conditions at sochi airport when it finally touchdown the plane skidded off the runway and into a riverbed r.t.c. was done off is in such a with details a modification of a boeing seven three seven alterative by you it's a major russian airline mostly focusing on domestic flights will it make to
a landing attempt here in the airports over sochi the first one was a. anthony hampered by the strong winds as you see it is all nice and sunny right now but if there was a vicious thunderstorm here downpour of rain and lightning bolts were going off literally every few seconds so the landing conditions were nowhere near good or perfect in that sense on the second attempt when the aircraft finally did touch the landing strip that was when things didn't go where they should have to basically the aircraft rolled past the end of the runway the pilots couldn't bring it to a stop one of the short of it plunged into a river caught fire on one of the engines or one of the wings of the left wing is reported to have been completely burnt down now it is somewhat of a miracle i should say that there were no casualties when it comes to the people on board of the plane and there was one death of though and that is one of the
airports workers apparently the man was one of the first responders on the scene of the crash and he was trying to help people get out of the burning plane and the word is his heart just couldn't really take it apparently he died of a heart attack on sight so what is happening now of course the investigators are looking into what caused the would cause the tragedy with the tragedy was at the whether or was there a human factor involved too also with the russian transportation authority will be investigating looking into how the airline is operating and how the airports here in salt use operating but so far of course the most important thing is that nobody on board of that plane died. well there is now a call for webber retail giant amazon to be taxed to make up for low wages and poor working conditions of its staff in the united states senator bernie sanders says some employees at the nine hundred billion dollars firm are paid so little that
they qualify for food stamps or he's american reports. the story of the american leftist movement bernie sanders is at war with amazon the world's largest online retailer accusing the company of not treating its workers sparely it is too important to take a look at the power and influence that the answer is that all over this country amazon employees pay wages so low that they are having a real hard time getting bar they are forced to pay and upon pacs play upon the programs and you know who pays for those programs you do this isn't just empty rhetoric either sanders announced that he'd be introducing legislation that would require these big corporations to cover all federal benefits their employees receive from the government like food stamps and public housing if they can't pay them a living wage he's also encouraging amazon employees to speak out one former employee claims she was forced to work with an injured foot it was like a something there was a loud crack i really feel there's an injury
a little we don't seize your footsteps anything just goes to it just so the surgeon supplied you through fish your shift it's either finish your shift. cliff face time one time however amazon c.e.o. jeff bezos presented himself as an employer who truly cared about his employees and the environment they were working at i'm very proud of the culture that we have with him so if you're giving great customer experience. there's the only way to do that is with happy people and now amazon has issued a response to sandra's criticism something that doesn't happen very often urging employees to write to the senator and prove him wrong senator sanders continues to make inaccurate and misleading accusations against amazon we are encouraging all employees to take senator sanders up on his request and respond with their actual experience some did respond positively to the senator's tweets but that didn't
change his mind he called on amazon to publish info on the number of employees it hires along without. really wages and benefits amazon says its median salary in the us is just over thirty four thousand dollars around what jeff bezos makes every ten seconds now imagine how much money he's made in the time i've taken to report this story. on to syria now where the russian defense ministry says a terrorist attack on the ancient city of palmira has been forded it comes on the back of the u.s. secretary of state accusing russian president assad of escalating the syrian conflict he described plans to liberate italy but province from extremists as an assault by pompei also said civilians there would bear the brunt of the offensive against terror groups are to spoke to the syrian foreign and foreign minister about the fight against joe harvests in his country. first of all the international community should recognize that. is
a syrian territory and this syrian government must regain full control of it secondly as president assad said our priorities live by that peacefully which we prefer or use in the military thirdly it is clear that. is listed as a terrorist organization by the united nations to protect. have opened and humanitarian corridor it has been open for two weeks and we have already received hundreds so families on these bases and i can say that if military action is considered necessary it will be only. that those groups who are in favor of a settlement deal should voice their position and me their commitments in terms of for reconciliation. it has been a haven for rebels and their families evacuated from areas retaken by the
government almost three million people currently live in the province and the tense situation there has led to the west and russia exchanging strong rhetoric after the u.s. and its european allies warned syria against using chemical weapons in italy. and syrian armed forces have no chemical weapons and no plans to use them because there is no military necessity for it is not enough to the russians to assert that the syrians have chemical weapons sensible people will not be used militarily useless means to draw the fire of three powerful countries upon themselves the russians are claiming and this one another group stockpiling chemical weapons and planning an attack and you know i think that's more false flag type reporting talking to doesn't seem that way before when you try to put the blame they try to put the onus on other groups and we don't buy into that. the chemical weapons probation which is . prepaid she's aimed at keeping al nusra that we believe these egotistical
unilateral political games counterproductive. when best to give it journalist work strolling says western nations don't want to see the highly trained foreign terrorists in syria returning to their home countries elements within the united states and nato for that matter want to prolong the conflict they basically want the syrian government to let the terrorists stay and it look province we can just imagine what might pompei a would say if there were thousands of terrorists in oregon and washington states in the united states they wouldn't have any patience at all for that the situation is complicated right now it's difficult because there are thousands of foreign fighters there these are trained terrorists with a lot of battle experience and they've been supported by the west they've been supported by the gulf by including including turkey turkey and none of the countries that have supported the terrorists want them to come back to their own their own countries of course and it's kind of hypocritical for my pump pale to
criticize syria for trying to expel terrorists from its own its own territory. and it doesn't for me i'll be back with more news in about thirty four minutes stay with us you're watching international. but politicians do something to. put themselves on the line they get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president. or some want to press. you to go on to be press this is what before three in the morning can't be good.
i'm interested always in the waters and the. question. for man are sitting in a car when the fifth gets shot in the head. all four different versions of what happened one of them is on the death row there's no way he could have done it there's no possible way because the list did not shoot around a corner. guys are this is the kaiser report the show that goes further there's a you know it's now like a week later after senator john mccain has passed away and i think it's time now to
review some of the stories that were set in motion some of the major macro economic events that started. from his time when he first came to power back and you know after he was a release from prisoner of war camp in one nine hundred seventy three from vietnam up till today when he was first in office early in the eighty's we had the keating five so i want to remind people about that and how that still has impact today because the keating five were five u.s. senators accused of corruption in one nine hundred eighty nine igniting a major political scandals part of the larger savings and loan crisis of the late one nine hundred eighty s. and early one nine hundred ninety s. now senator john mccain was one of the five senators he was the only republican the others were all democrats. senator john mccain was ultimately cleared but the fact
is that he apparently well he did meet with a federal home loan bank board the f.h.a. l b b in the night in one thousand nine hundred seven to intervene on behalf of charles keating who at that time was the largest of the savings and loans banks and was clearly very corrupt and in fact had basically encourage a lot of his pensioner and older people depositors they had convinced them to buy all these bonds and put those bonds into the parent company of lincoln savings and they lost hundreds of millions alternately but he went to his very good friend senator john mccain went to. him and he also by the way paid for him to go on many vacations john mccain and his wife and this guy charles keating basically convince them to go talk to the regulators and get them off their back so it was only until he successfully got them off their back for two years and the bank then collapsed two years later and almost took down the us economy in the global economy but this
is the sort of pattern that we see around the world no kidding five in the savings and loan crisis very well of course i was working on wall street at the time and here's the most amazing thing about the us though a crisis of that period is that in response to that crisis and this was when people were gaming the system of federal deposit insurance to steal money essentially the response by lawmakers was to make that particular type of crime that was illegal in over fifteen hundred people went to jail bankers went to jail as a result of the inquiry that was after the savings and loan crisis they changed the laws so that that type of lawbreaking was made legal and it set the stage for the two thousand and eight subprime crisis sub prime crisis of two thousand and eight was a repeat of the savings and loan crisis people ask how come nobody want to jail because after the savings and loan crisis from the one nine hundred eighty nine period the laws were changed to make that particular type of fraud legal essentially yes the
lincoln savings and loans crisis was one of seven hundred forty seven s n l's that collapsed it cost in total it cost one hundred sixty point one billion dollars of that one hundred twenty four point six billion was paid by the u.s. taxpayer and then the economy did go into recession in one thousand nine hundred ninety one but here's another phrase another quote that could be straight from what donald trump said when he was just a candidate trump keating was hit with a one point one billion dollar fraud and racketeering action filed against him by the regulators. in talking to reporters in april keating said quote one question among many raised in recent weeks had to do with whether my financial support in any way influenced several political figures to take up my cause i want to say in the most forceful way i can i certainly hope so. right another legacy of the
s.t.l. crisis was the beginning of the american oligarch class because remember of the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of busted banks those assets were put into the resolution trust corporation and then held by the government over a period of time and sold off sold off for pennies on the dollar to the likes of people like ron perlman who got that all tax free and developed into a you know billionaire and others who fed at the trough of the s. and l. fraud became the really the basis for the american oligarch class that's still was us today and plundering the economy john mccain was cleared by a senate investigation of course many in the media then said well can you really can you have senators investigate themselves that was all senators being tried most of them were three of them dropped out and no longer were senators after they didn't run in the next election but john mccain so according to the article after nine hundred ninety nine the only member of the keating five remaining in the u.s. senate was john mccain who had an easier time gaining reelection in one thousand
nine hundred two then he anticipated he survived the political scandal in part by becoming friendly with the political press so he became the bag man for wall street and he saw the two thousand and eight subprime crisis most famously you saw the enron collapse and john mccain and his republican cohorts like the bush family and others were very cozy with ken lay who financed the bush campaigns of the bush presidency and when they got caught committing massive fraud on the same scale as a savings and loan crisis the machinery was already in place thanks to john mccain . who's a bag man for wall street for decades yeah to bail those guys out and make them whole at the expense of the democracy slash economy of the united states which is disintegrating but again i want to repeat that sentence because i really think it's quite shocking because it was quite shocking after his death the uniform her the like. assessment by the u.s.
corporate media that he was this great hero and only a great hero and can't say anything negative about it he survived the political scandal in part by becoming friendly with the political press so he continued that all the way for the next twenty thirty years where he would have the press come to his house and he was a good guy he makes great hotdogs he has a great barbecue how can you possibly think anything negative about him we see the same thing on the financial corporate media here they're good friends with jamie dimon they're good friends with lloyd blankfein how can you be hard on these guys because they're good guys they invite you out to their home in the hamptons they are so charming they're great hosts how can you possibly really go too hard on them like john mccain you should have done that and you could see that in the interviews that charles that chris hayes gives for eric holder versus our interview with eric holder eric holder was just recently interviewed on chris hayes a show and it was
a softball question after softball question he tried to do one of two little hard questions but quickly backed off when eric holder didn't give him a great answer oh i need to know about john mccain is that warren beatty was appalled or ok so here's a guy who is friendly with the press who's a media bore another word that starts a w. john mccain who at his own funeral is playing hollywood games by having warren beatty as a pall bearer i mean i would have loved to have been the call to warren from his agent like warren we got a job laurie and apparently there they were very very old friends good for. sure the other interesting thing was that john mccain's lawyer at the time was john dowd who then became trump's lawyer there all is actually there were a few people that were involved back then in the s. and l. crisis getting all these senators and everybody absolved the powerful people who did not go to prison at that time they had these lawyers that are still in power
now but also the other legacy of john mccain is he was he was a war hawk despite what the media might have said they call it heroism and a great patriot and many people in the world might consider it a war hawk ism so i went to see like it does work obviously america is very powerful they have a huge army our dollar since one nine hundred seventy three by the way when the you know john mccain returned to america from a prisoner of war camp which was a horrific experience and he was horribly tortured but he returned in march of one nine hundred seventy three right about the time that. basically we had the petrodollar beginning of the petrodollar so we after forty years we have a lot of hubris and a lot of war hawks and neo cons demand that we use that as a weapon so the dollar has been weaponized and that's the likes of john mccain and all the neo cons around him that we lead to this headline here from c n b c that anti dollar awakening could be ruder and sooner than most economists predict the
united states is currently waging economic warfare against one tenth of the world's countries with cumulative population of nearly two billion people a combined gross domestic product of more than fifteen trillion dollars these include russia iran venezuela cuba and zimbabwe man maher the democratic republic of congo north korea and others on which washington has imposed sanctions over the years but also countries like china pakistan and turkey which are not under full sanctions but rather targets of other punitive economic measures. the dollar is news stream. in a war it's a been weaponized and weaponized and the empire that is the us is expanded and controlled through the world's dependence on dollars to survive and that's to post world war two order that's the the legacy of the bretton woods agreement and this is what countries are now fighting to to get out of this constraint out of this
choke hold of the dollar but it's a classic set up a first they came for the communist and i didn't say anything because blah blah blah so here they first they came for cuba and i didn't say anything because i wasn't communist are our country wasn't communist then they came for venezuela then they came for iran and then they are starting to use that weapon that power that hubris the emperor the empire gets less and less happy that you might betray them in any way so this is what we're at the point now where you know the u.s. has decided again to impose sanctions on iran and europe you better abide or we're going to sanction you like you know those big icebergs break away from the arctic or the antarctic and they float away it's like the rest the world is breaking away from the u.s. dollar it's been frozen under the yoke of u.s. dollar germany and now it's breaking up we're going into and i have coined this
phrase neo mercantilist you know i was the first to call this and he would just like i was the first to measure because in the twenty eleven i'm the first to mention the american toll ism in twenty seventeen and twenty eighteen we're going back to nineteenth century global economies again so i want to say that this is the sort of neo con hubris stick sort of what is called patriotism by some after john mccain stephan all the bits where he's for him but some could say it's called imperialism from the outside they might see it as very aggressive a neo con like and and are we here in christ report have warned of this but this is c.n.n. b.b.c. saying it and we've never. even put that into context of just how much of the world economy is under sanctions by the us because from a us perspective each one of the economic entities is targeted for good reason be it human rights violations terrorism crime nuclear trade corruption or in the case of china unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft but in recent
months it seems that america's unwavering commitment to fight all of the world's scorches has brought all of those governments and the wealthy individuals who support them to a critical mass joining forces to create a parallel financial system which would be out of reach of america's long arm should they succeed the impact on america's global posture would be transformational absolutely and this is what they're on the cusp of a post u.s. dollar germany world and this is in transition right now and this is makes these very exciting days that's what i'm saying is like john mccain yes he was a patriot is a great patriot fight fight yeah we're actually sizing our power but you can only exercise your power responsibly otherwise it comes back to john mccain lit the fuse on the death of the dollar yes especially and now his passing is coincidental with the dollars passing essentially in the same twenty four month period john mccain.