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Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi is a political satire and interview programme broadcast from the heart of London that exposes the hypocrisy of world powers with comedy and high-profile guests.
|1||VideoUkraine says Crimea vote 'great farce'||Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov has described Crimea's referendum as a "great farce" after results showed that an overwhelming majority voted in favor of separation from the country.Speaking in parliament Turchynov slammed "the continued aggression in Crimea that Russia is trying to conceal with this great farce that they call a referendum and that will never be recognized either by Ukraine or by the civilized world."The interim president also called on the deputies to approve the mobilization of troops.Some 95.7 percent of voters in Crimea voted in the recent referendum to join Russia, officials said.Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels that Europe "should send the strongest possible signals to Russia, a signal trying to ensure that they (the Russians) understand the seriousness of the situation."EU foreign ministers will meet to agree on "targeted" sanctions against Russia or Ukraine's pro-Russia leaders that could include an asset freeze and visa bans.British Foreign Secretary William Hague also denounced the referendum as a "mockery of proper democratic practice."US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Crimea's secession from Ukraine to join Russia "would never be recognized" by Washington.KQ/HSN||3 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoObama renews sanctions against Iran||US President Barack Obama has formally renewed the so-called National Emergency Act with respect to Iran.The act keeps sanctions against the Islamic Republic in place for at least one more year.Since 1995, American presidents have annually extended the anti-Iran sanctions.The latest anti-Iran move comes after Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council � the United States, Russia, China, France and the UK - plus Germany secured an interim deal on Tehran's nuclear energy program in November 2013.The agreement was seen as part of Iran's confidence building measures to resolve more than a decade-long standoff with the West.KQ/HSN||27 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoKerry warns Russia on Ukraine Crimea||US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Moscow that any attempts to annex the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea to Russia will close the door to diplomacy.Kerry told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the telephone on Saturday that Crimea is part of Ukraine and Moscow should avoid military buildup there."The secretary underscored US readiness to work with partners and allies to facilitate direct dialogue between Ukraine and Russia," said a US State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to talk to the media."At the same time, he made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia, would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint," the official said.On Thursday, the parliament of Crimea voted to split from Ukraine and become part of Russia, calling a referendum in 10 days to validate its decision.KQ/MAM||13 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoGlobal warming may cost USD 2 trillion||The cost of global warming may approach two trillion dollars by the end of this century, according to a draft UN report.The report, published by Japanese newspaper the Yomiuri Shimbun in February, showed that the world's crop production will drop by two percent every decade, causing USD1.45 trillion of economic damage by the end of this century.If global temperatures rise by 2.5 degrees due to rainfall patterns shift and droughts, the world's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will then fall by 0.2 percent to two percent, the UN draft report added.It also warned that global warming could lead to rising sea levels, forcing millions of people to migrate from coastal areas, mostly in East, South and Southeast Asia.KQ/HSN||8 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoUS drones, killer robots in sky||Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi is a political satire program broadcast from the heart of London that exposes the hypocrisy of world powers with comedy and high-profile guests. In this edition of the show we look at the issue of US assassination drone strikes.Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia are major countries where the United States carries out killer drone attacks.Human Rights Watch says the killer drone strikes in Yemen have led to the death of civilians over the past years in a blatant violation of international law.According to the Washington-based New America Foundation, the drone attacks in Yemen almost tripled in 2012. Washington claims the drones target "militants," but international human rights groups say the facts on the ground indicate that civilians are frequently killed in the airstrikes. KQ/HSN||27 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoNew Iran nuclear talks in Vienna||Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi is a political satire program broadcast from the heart of London that exposes the hypocrisy of world powers with comedy and high-profile guests. Interview with Elon Musk, about why welfare is terrible, unless it is for really rich people; Iran nuclear talks; French colonial tax; the era of the gilded age internet is upon us, and that is really going to mess up democracy; Darwin festival; OECD forecasts since the financial crisis; Bank failure in Europe; is it time for Robin Hood to rise again? Oxfam thinks so; Phone hacking trial and GCHQ�These and much more are all reviewed in this edition of Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi.||20 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoObama's NSA reforms||Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi is a political satire program broadcast from the heart of London that exposes the hypocrisy of world powers with comedy and high-profile guests. Interview with Tony Abbott, about destroying Australia and drowning refugees; Obama's NSA reforms don't really comfort anyone; low wages in the US; Al-Qaeda and ISIL; The Sochi 2014 winter Olympics; Europe loses �120 billion a year to corruption�These and much more are all reviewed in this edition of Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi.||13 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|