Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hard work & daily bread: 'We paid our workers to smile' 4/1/2012

Le Pain Quotidien is a well-known brand in London, Brussels and New York, but running the premium bakery in Russia presents an unparalleled challenge. Yet NX Bakery Group has succeeded against the odds. The company, which operates several bakery brands, has a turnover of $2 million a month. From finding local ingredients for their pastry to hedging against the unpredictable Russian weather,

Gangs & Punishment: London breeds fear culture 4/1/2012

Curbing gang violence is now one of the top priorities for Britain's leaders. But, for some, the effort will be in vain unless the government tackles an underlying culture of fear, as Laura Smith reports from London.

'Ron Paul is great, but won't win the ultimate vote' 4/1/2012

The U.S. presidential campaign is now underway in earnest, with the first contest to determine a single Republican nominee having taken place in the state of Iowa. In a tight finish, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the caucuses by just eight votes, narrowly edging out social conservative Rick Santorum. In third place is anti-war advocate Ron Paul. Iowa's polls are largely seen as setting the tone for the nomination race, by weeding out candidates. The eventual Republican nominee will be up against Democrat President Barack Obama in November's election. Former congressional aide and diplomat, Joel Rubin, believes it's Ron Paul who stands out from the rest, but is unlikely to get enough support from his fellow Republicans.

Escobar: US, Iran... 2012 will be hardcore 4/1/2012

ran has been holding naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz since December 23, and has threatened to close the key oil supply route if new US sanctions hit its exports. It later backed down. However, in an escalating war of words, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said that closure of the Strait would not be tolerated.

Pepe Escobar, Asia Times correspondent told RT the year 2012 would be a hardcore one, mainly because of the US-Iran tensions.

Expectations Fail: 'Obama misinterpreted his mandate' 4/1/2012

Having been elected on a wave of hope four years ago, Barack Obama now faces a significant drop in popularity among disillusioned Democrats.

Back then, a historic campaign turned US politics into a pop culture phenomenon. The Democratic candidate achieved unprecedented support, international fame and a record-breaking US $650 million in donations. Thousands of New Yorkers celebrated the victory, clutching an enormous American flag hand-sewn by Obama supporters.

Медведев: "Все у нас получится! С Новым годом!" 1/1/2012

Новогоднее обращение президента Медведева.

Митинг "За честные выборы" в Москве на пр. Сахарова 24/12/2011

На второй митинг «За честные выборы» на проспект Сахарова в Москве пришло, как и ожидалось, еще больше участников, чем 10 декабря на Болотную площадь. По данным ГУВД, проспект посетили не менее 29 тыс. человек, по данным организаторов -- до 120 тыс. Многие дают примерную оценку в 50-80 тыс.

Власть не выполнила требования, выдвинутые на Болотной, констатировали выступающие, протесты должны продолжаться. Следующий митинг назначен на февраль 2012 года.

All eyes on Iowa caucus: Will Ron Paul win? 3/1/2012

The Iowa Caucus is now underway. According to several media outlets the winning spot is up for grabs. Many Americans believe the candidate that wins Iowa wins the nomination. The top three candidates that have emerged in the GOP are Romney, Paul and Santorum. One of the three are guaranteed to win tonight. Minister Derrick Grayson, a Ron Paul supporter, joins us to share why he believes Ron Paul will come out victorious.

2012: NDAA, SOPA and 40,000 other oppressive laws take effect 3/1/2012

It's the new year and the US government has passed 40,000 new laws to ring in 2012. One of the most controversial laws that President Obama signed is the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation allows for the indefinite detention and torture of someone suspected of being a member of al-Qaeda, including US citizens. Many Americans are concerned that their civil liberties are deteriorating and are giving up on their own government. George Hemminger, founder of Survive and Thrive TV, gives us his take on NDAA and SOPA.

Pepe Escobar: In 2012 US engages in new Cold War 3/1/2012

Iran has fired a test missile today in the Strait of Hormuz. This continues to add strain to the relationship between Iran and the US. A few months ago the International Atomic Energy Agency accused Iran of gathering materials to build a nuclear warhead. In retaliation the US has implemented sanctions against Iran and many claim a war against the two countries is brewing. Pepe Escobar, a correspondent for Asia Times, joins us to see what the new year will bring.

Iowa caucus: Angry Americans hit the panic button 3/1/2012

The Iowa Caucus is just hours away. For many, this is the first real gauge on who could potentially make it to the White House. The top three candidates that have emerged in the GOP are Romney, Paul and Santorum. Could Mitt Romney, the current front-runner, pull off a win in Iowa or will Ron Paul pull off an upset? Demetri Kofinas, senior producer for Capital Account, joins us to see who could take Iowa.

Moscow Out: Best of 2011 3/1/2012

2011 has brought many exciting events to Russian and International cultural calendars. On this week's special Moscow Out program, RT's Martyn Andrews and the team will be looking over some highlights of the past year -- the best bits from their episodes produced over the past 12 months. From the opening of the Bolshoi to daring stunts caught on film. If you didn't catch these exciting moments during the year, then don't miss our festive-themed "recap".

Moscow Out: Christmas Preparations 22/12/2011

Santa Claus is coming to town! On this week's Moscow Out edition, Martyn Andrews and his crew take a look at the final preparations for Christmas in the Russian capital. We go shopping for a "Yolka" (fir tree) and explore the festive wonderland of GUM department store, located next to Red Square. From the Nutcracker at the Bolshoi to New Year's Eve parties -- we bring you our selection of activities and eat Christmas dinner in style at one of Moscow's new high rise hangouts.

Russia's ups and downs in 2011: RT's round-up 3/1/2012

Aired on Dec 30, 2011. From cosmic failures to constitutional changes, RT looks at the events that shaped the year in Russia.

Green Revolution: RT sums up Russia's eco-initiatives 2/1/2012

An information flow is shaping the future of the environmental movement in Russia. For many grass-roots leaders, it is no longer about just staging protests, but rather about making a positive difference. From recycling initiatives to eco-houses, Muscovites are celebrating a year of progress.

Barman's Blooper: When RT mixologist thinks cam's not working 1/1/2012

Craving more New Year fun? Follow the behind-the-scenes adventures of RT's extravagant mixologist Beck Narzi -- the man full of tipsy humor and dizzying style.

Capital Account: Paul C. Roberts, "Ron Paul has his hands full trying to restore the Constitution"

The Iowa caucuses are tonight. Iowans will head to the polls to cast their first votes in the US primary season. The horse race is really underway here, but what real options do the American people have? What choice can they make that will have a positive effect on their financial future, not to mention their constitutional rights and civil liberties? It doesn't look to us like there is any leader who can unify the country. Obama had the political currency and the skill to do that 3 years ago, but he squandered it. So where does that put the rest of us now exactly? Feels kind of like the Twilight Zone, and we will bring in former assistant treasury secretary Paul Craig Roberts to tell us what he thinks. And speaking of the twilight zone, let's talk a bit about Iran. After all, it is center stage once again as the candidates look to out gun each other. Iran has threatened to act if the US navy moves an aircraft carrier into the gulf. This as New US and EU sanctions target the Islamic Republic. What doe this mean for Oil prices for you and I and is the US sabre rattling worth the cost? Well, again, we will speak to Paul Craig Roberts, an assistant treasury secretary under the Reagan Administration for answers to that questions. And lastly, with millions of dollars being spent by the GOP candidates and other groups in Iowa on TV ads, maybe we should all just fund one big ad, like the famous "daisy ad" which propelled Lyndon Johnson to the presidency in 1964 off the back nuclear war? Demetri Kofinas and Lauren Lyster debate this at the end of our show.

Word of the Day: Bystander Effect

he bystander effect or Genovese syndrome is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where individuals do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present. The probability of help has in the past been thought to be inversely related to the number of bystanders; in other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. The mere presence of other bystanders greatly decreases intervention. This happens because as the number of bystanders increases, any given bystander is less likely to interpret the incident as a problem, and less likely to assume responsibility for taking action. Of course these are statistics and may not fully represent actual occurrences, as there are percentages of error in any poll or statistic. We wonder if the American people are really bystanders in a political system that is on autopilot as it destroys our constitution, our economy, and our bill of rights. Has Barack Obama just let the criminals in our society loose to return and loot the crime scene some more as the rest of us look, placidly, upon the devastation?

Capital Account Viewer Feedback Special for Max Keiser (12/29/11)

The Capital Account team will be off for the week of December 26th -- 30th. During this time, we will be airing "best-of" episodes from all of our past shows, as well as special viewer feedback segments that have never before aired. In this episode, Lauren takes questions/comments in response to our November interview with Max Keiser on financial apartheid, gold, SDRs, and Germany 4.0. If you are a regular watcher of the show, you may be pleased to find that your questions and comments are also addressed in this video or in future ones.

Capital Account Viewer Feedback Special for Jim Rickards (12/28/11)

The Capital Account team will be off for the week of December 26th -- 30th. During this time, we will be airing "best-of" episodes from all of our past shows, as well as special viewer feedback segments that have never before aired. In this episode, Lauren takes questions/comments in response to our last Jim Rickards interview on dollar swap lines, financial repression, deficit spending, easy money and more! If you are a regular watcher of the show, you may be pleased to find that your questions and comments are also addressed in this video or in future ones.