U.S. President Obama is pushing forward plans to double the country’s exports in the next five years. The move, that could generate two million jobs, comes amid hopes that the country is finally pulling out of the depths of recession. But with the number of Americans facing poverty at a 50-year high, millions are still fighting for survival. RT’s Lauren Lyster reports.
One of the outcomes of Tunisia’s revolution has been a clear increase in media freedoms. The La Presse newspaper in Tunis has a new editor and a new outlook. The paper that tended to carry the president’s picture on the front of each edition is now focused on reporting that is free of fear. Books once banned are now on display publicly, and radio stations host call-in shows where people are free to air their views. From Tunis, Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.
“Freeway” Ricky Ross, a former US street legend, who as a drug dealer was once responsible for flooding California’s streets with most of its hard drugs, spoke with RT about his activism against drugs. After making up to US$2 million a day and then spending 20 years in prison, Ross started from scratch and is now trying to make a difference by keeping kids from following into his footsteps.
Ross comments on dealing drugs in Los Angeles, the CIA-Contra connection, rapper Rick Ross, race, Communism, Afghanistan, journalist Gary Webb, the media, the poor state of his education, and hip-hop music.
“You know, I don’t care if you don’t learn nothing else in school, but learn how to become a critical thinker. Learn how to decide what is right and what is wrong for you.” -“Freeway” Ricky Ross
From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange.
Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing top members, such as Assange, new Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version - Openleaks.org!
Where is the secretive organization heading? Stronger than ever, or broken by the US? Who is Assange: champion of freedom, spy or rapist? What are his objectives? What are the consequences for the internet?
YouTube: With apocalyptic prophecies circulating on the web and disaster movies selling out at the box office, many people are buying into the belief that the end of the world is around the corner. For some pessimists this is a depressing thought. But one Russian inventor says there’s no need to be afraid. He’s working on a capsule that can withstand any natural disaster, terror attack or catastrophe.
YouTube: Space - the final frontier - could soon turn into a tourist hotspot. And it’s nothing to do with the International Space Station. A Russian firm’s promising to launch the world’s first orbital hotel.