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god think he's a compel the legendary environmentalist actor, whose role is malcolm tucker, personified tony blair's iraq war era spin and arguably war on the cards again, nearly 30 years after nature destruction of socialist yugoslavia, we speak to the man who implemented the 1995 new liberal date, an agreement that divided bosnians from serbs and croats as one of the poorest countries to one to join. the u. mosmyer faces another hard winter. all the same or coming up in today's going on the ground. but 1st, today's the birthday of edward monet's credited with creating modern public relations critics of a bar, a strong and government here overseeing plans for new oil, gas and coal exploration of the cop $26.00. believe that spin is winning the war of information. and one actor who has experience playing spin doctors is peak about the, the environmentalist known for roles in the thick of it, linked via armando a, a new cheat of iep and succession, has also played dr. who and the thinker in the suicide squad, he joins me now from land. peter, welcome to
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a going underground. i don't know whether it is something from the a cynicism in some of the, or the pieces you being in. obviously the think of it comes to mind that amongst the cop to any 6 are great speeches that were heard the coverage of the summit on the environment. as a little a little known fact about an oil and gas field being explored in shetland that you were concerned about her. yes, i think cop 26, you know, it didn't many remarkable things but me and i felt it was a bit of a discipline and a little bit of a p r opportunity for an awful lot of governments to say that they were doing the right thing i think it's a great danger that just claiming to be on the side of a big aware of climate change is not the same as actually, you know, creating gender and policy that makes a difference. so i,
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we have to be very careful to keep the pressure up and say, sorry, peter, but we had a lot dba. and on who i think we both know as john gama, from decades ago, who is on the main climate group advising the government. who immediately said this is not an issue, the boards, johnson or the government to get involved in. we have democracy here. that's why a decision over coal in cumbria or all the camber oil fields early. we should just wait and see what happens rather than oppose it to vociferously and say, the government must do something now about shutting the at the very idea of fossil fuel exploration down amidst the possible climate. calamity without presupposes a trusted gum. witcher, i'm afraid, doesn't really exist and mamma, and i can't see how bars johnson can claim to be a climate change leader. ah, when he allows raw sewage to be ported to the southern rivers to which is,
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you know, we can be very quick and i'm afraid i, you know, i did watch in the loop for that great. felt me hurt in the other day. and it seems a bit like that, but you know that there was a sudden you turn about the raw sewage. you know, the thing is, i, you know, i'm not a politician. i played martin taco, who was a very sharp and clever spin doctor who is very fast talking and fragrant things are that's not who i am. i i'm, i've decided to become vocal about this because i'm a parent and now a grandparent. i'm really concerned about what we're leaving behind for, for food, for the, for my own kids government us do not seem to be taking this seriously enough. i mean, the candle oil filled is you know, oil is that is one of the key things that we've got to stop using. so how come this
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government be trusted? terms of climate credentials when it is creating, we're going to be flooded with more of the very thing that we have to avoid, you know, and what they're doing really is they are creating an environment where the u. k. is the best place for o producing corporations to come to i mean, the tax laws, the invite, the economic environment here is very welcoming to or purchasing corporations. and they've said that themselves giving it's the 1st time that there's mean a crisis of political crisis like this, where people are actually injuring their own children by their decision making normally would be about keeping elites where they want to be and giving their children rich and successful whereas this will obviously hurt their own children, the people making the decisions if they go the way that you fit. i don't, i don't know. i mean, it reveals a sort of cryptogenic lack of imagination or
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a credit plan adherence to the idea of profit. that's all that's important to us. all of that is all that our government does is to, to make sure that that money keeps floating in. i mean, we've seen with the coven crisis, how governments can respond to a global crisis in a very powerful and bowl. and bold kind of way, and that's the way they have to respond to this. you know, it's not enough just to to, to make that possible reboot us happy. or is it that elite feel the money aspect is more important just as with cove. it, as we know here in this country, as regards contracts, the immediate reaction so, so the critics of the government here is they wanted to make money out of the coven than damage. similarly, the environmental aspect here is, let's make some money out of a carbon offsets carbon trading comes this,
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or i think it is all about money. ultimately, i think that is the most powerful force. and also, i can't help thinking that we are, you know, constantly being defied it, you know, that seems to be a constant process going on of, of having us all squabble among each other. about other issue, you know, culture was whatever it might be. when i fight as this major crisis, that needs to be addressed fully and should be placed at the center of government policy. ah, but i can't help thinking that you know, that the more people are camped apart. the more that this profiteering can go on. i want to say amazing facts about the response to, to, to, to the climate crisis is that it has, it's happened because of people. i mean, the only reason way here talking about the only reason that is,
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that is out there is in the media is because ordinary people i'm just said, you know, this is a problem that has to be dealt with. and i don't speak, you know, as an activist or as a protest or an and fella to and to speak as a regular parent, regular parent. but i'm sure maybe you didn't see the classic so called mainstream media to have a package on this. i'm not sure about the chef, the one, but certainly the colon cumbria, they interviewed people obviously very hard hit by the city of london crash and the people on the margins of society. some of them being saying, or look, a oil gas, coal, we need those jobs and you know, it's more complicated than you are. you think. and i know that you've been someone who rejecting the idea that actually jobs come out of your ideas about the environment. then i think this is all, this is all part of and it's about what i'm saying about a lack of imagination. you know, on the, on the side of government, of course, you,
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your fossil fuel workers are responsible for climate change. you know, their livelihoods are a state or a whole communities that are dependent upon fossil fuels for their existence. we have to be on campus and we have to figure out a way in which those communities and those people who make their livelihood from that business can be looked after. whether it's in and retraining or finding some kind of subsistence and some other kind of way. we've got to embrace this whole thing. i can't come up with ideas to do that. i don't know what to do, but we've got to stop to say it's either profit or climate. so much of the change in perception about the environment is come from the arch, let alone scientists obviously battling with, as we now know from, i don't know wiki leaks, papers that there's been deliberate attempts to stop the public understanding about environmental threats. now why do you think, do you think you've one doing the,
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the artists and writers and scientists of one against that or other people spinning against against the environment today? no, it's not, it's, it's, it's, it's not her a, when a loose situation other than we're facing catastrophic climate faster. you know that that is the illusion that the battery of the wind is to, to make sure that we can maintain, you know, global warming 1.5 cent. greg. the idea that is artistic people and people on the edge of society versus i call of global elite or, or corporations. you know, the, maybe some truth in that ah, but it doesn't really help. you know, i don't see why you can't be, you know, at why you can't be part of a corporation and also worry about your future. but we had,
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we had jonathan porridge on a previously an advisor to prince charles. and he said very clearly that when he was working at b, p e now realizes there was a lot of green green wash as, as, as we color. i mean it, i mean mark rilen was on the show. he said that made shakespearean ac. then he said to the, he was leaving the r a c at that time because of the sponsorship by a fossil fuel companies. i mean, it, some people out there going to think specially some young people. and maybe maybe they what you in the role as malcolm dug that it's impossible to beat the kinder spin that. gov 26 is a great success that the politicians know what they're doing and have confidence in them and the camber oil field. this is just a stop gap and later it can be decommission no and anything is possible. anything is possible. you know, all we have to do is to listen sensibly to the truth. decide what is right and
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pursue it and also come together to do that. you know, it's, this is not a done deal. you know, we can, we can face this if we get together and pursue it, you know, actively and passionately. i mean, i'm not sure whether you saw about how power stations here and are using bio mass and what they say is the plan, the tree in the developing world. and that has been expose, that tree will be a little sapling that there is to go later. and how she was more sorry. she was a little, i'm sure there is an awful lot of spin like that, you know, and it takes, it takes a lot of effort to, to, to friggin the all i want to pretty soon she and find out what the truth is. i don't know how valuable that i as time spent doing that i i think it's right to be suspicious. i think it's right to distrust corporations. i
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think it's right to. unfortunately, i think it's right to distrust the government, which i feel really sad about saying, but i think that's where we are. and that's just, that's just the way it and we have to get together and move forward and continue this fight. we want to close with call 20 says and this of media coverage of is as well, you know, das match down with for the time period. so let's move on to another story and we'll come back to this next year. you know, it's an ongoing day to day. our fight that has to be waged. and i don't know whether whether you can tell me this because you mean there's so many other things . i know you have the new album, suicide squad, your in famous re internationally. all these different things, but if you were the advisor to boris johnson and you were trying to sell it to the country, this camber oil field. what your view is, watch out for his words, to be suspicious of them. as the government obviously does try and sell us the
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option of more fossil fuel have to call $26.00 every word. unfortunately. no, and i don't sit up for comic effect. you know, there's people always ask me, you know, what, what martin tucker feel about this, or what would i, would he respond to this? i would not waste my comedic jeans in trying to come up with a muffle excuses. i just don't believe them anything that they say and that's a tragic place to be. it's not funny. i can't make it funny. i wish i could. well, i hope you come on later in the next time and talk was he creates a soon and war maybe with a well the thank you so much. so, but after the break, the e. u. guaranteeing peace in europe since 945. think a game 30 years after the war,
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the destroy yugoslavia. we investigate you and me to intervention of the warnings of another war in the balkans. all of them are coming up about. do you have going on the ground with her room and i drink, shaped with there's things we dared to ask in
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a wrong oh, just don't hold the world yet to see how it is the because the african and engagement equals the trail. when so many find themselves worlds apart, we choose to look for common ground. ah, welcome back. nearly half of young people in bosnia. i think he of emigrating according to the un. could it be because war is on the cards for the balkans nearly 3 decades after the near liberal u. s. broke dayton agreement that split up bosnian serbs and the croats of bosnia. joining me now from vienna, as ambassador wolfgang petrocelli for my representative of bosnia and herzegovina,
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who after nature bombardment implemented dayton. ambassador, thanks so much for coming on, you know, circle mainstream media. doesn't talk about countries that nato bomb the years afterwards. i don't know libya and we just had remembered sunday the other day and i don't think many people understand. oh, well we'll one started in bosnia. why are the crow absent subs? some of them threatening to boycott, bosnian elections next year, which would have to go into the history of a cross. and the serbs were both on the side of the big themes and the perpetrators. and this kind of situation was replayed, so to speak, in the walls of the 1990 as wow. and it's still very much a part of the gene, so to speak, very much, deeply ingrained in the collective memory of the people there. this, in my opinion, has not been fully appreciated, also, not fully appreciated when in 9095 american leadership for the war,
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which was actually a civil war with a war of aggression was stopped in the so called aiden or courts. yeah, the dayton accords of course have come to be seen as highly controversial. some even maintaining the whole war was planned by people like richard holbrook, to privatize and destroy state owned enterprises. in the former yugoslavia. looking back on the agreement that you implemented, what do you make up of dayton economically and geopolitically and what it's done to the region. why? first of all, data was basically to stop the war. i do not believe there were a lot of economic interests on the part of the west involved in all of this. it was really more this kind of unipolar moment in the broader global history.
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the, the so called victory over the soviet union. by the way, study the americans, which kind of also created a certain hebrews which means that the west thought that it could somehow construct a piece by basically splitting up with in boston and had to gov enough with ethnic communities. i what i see is basically too much emphasis was put on the ethnic aspect clearly and imagine national mighty ethnic country. it is important to appreciate that ethnic part. but unless there is a governance around which kind of, you know, which, which kind of out of balance is said, the ethnic component doesn't work. and the dayton accords, and this is my basic criticism, criticism is actually to stop the war under any circumstances, but not to provide
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a blueprint or a peaceful, a future of bosnia and have 2nd, i'll get to those ethnic rivalries, osama j, i the identity politics of the 2nd, but you just said dayton not much about the economics. well, some people would say classes at the forefront to create tensions between different identities. after all, i mean you were implementing it. you knew the dating under richard holbrooke, the person who some people blame for this. reverend, it's a massacre some might say. and you know that some people say that you don't believe that your implementation of dayton and the destruction of the health services and so on contributed to what is now one of the poorest countries in europe. no, i'm my own a very personal experience. also with richard holbrooke, who of course had a big ego, but basically was not really interested in any fine tuning off the situation there
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at the time. the united states was in such a position of dictating or convincing her every other partner in the west as well. as in russia, just remember that the situation with russia was such because rational. russia was in dire straits that basically russia somehow played along in or this, it was, it was the russian foreign minister ivanov, at a time, was embarked also in the dayton accords. but who simply did not really have and big a word in all of this as did the europeans. let's get to that because as you say back then, i mean, the life expectancy falling after world bank, the happenings in russia killed millions, arguably in, in russia. but here in britain, a foreign minister was asked recently behind all this, the current tensions lies rusher. unless we do something very dramatic. this was the question us in parliament of the foreign minister said the hand of russia is at
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play is pu tim, behind what is going on right now? the troubles in bosnia, of course, building has a very important role to play in the world. politics also in the balkans are traditional ties between the orthodox ward in the balkans and moscow. but on the other hand, i mean just let's face it in the economic side, more than 70 percent of the interaction, economic business or trade interaction between the balkans and the european union. is it taking place? so there is only a small rest lead left for moscow or, of course, also china who is the new, the new kid on in the town. that's something which is which we need to factor in. it is a much more mighty polar world now. and so therefore, a new policy really needs to take place. i personally believe that em relatively
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small problem, like in bosnia where i'm not convinced that war is imminent. on the contrary, i think people are fed up with the conflict. i think they're russia as well as china and the west europe in particular, should step in and step up to it and say, okay, let's try and resolve this in order to build it and re build confidence between russia and, and europe. in particular, i would say it's the europeans who are a place that and they should become more active, be on the one hand more by remaining principles, the principal, but it goes to for the basic values that we believed in. but on the other hand, be pragmatic. and tried to approach a moscow in order to try and find a compromise in, in the balkans, in bosnia, in particular, except that as you know,
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the basis keep it increasing on russia borders. the warships are written in the united states. he's getting of an era that china and bohemia, as far as we know, expresses the desire to join the european union. do you think they should? i mean, the, as you said, chinese investment china, the superpower, the century should be joining the shang, i cooperation organization instead of the european union. well, i don't, i don't think so. i think geography is really that matters in this case. and i think the russians realize it realizes that this can never be a part that bargains can ever be part of the russian sphere, so to speak. it is simply part and parcel of europe. and my in my opinion, what really needs to be done is to try and see the long picture in the short run. of course there is drama, high drama and catastrophe looming economically and above all, as you said in your introduction, demographically. this is the biggest problem,
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people are basically being boss and i had to covina in before the war. and even after the war, when i was there, there were about 4000000 bosnians from all 3 ethnic communities. now dia, down to 2600000 level because of the serbs have lost traumatically from 1200000 280-0000. so this is actually the problem that the host boston is for contact with, but also europe, i think good some people in the global south listen to this will think, hang on a minute though. i mean, we can see cold war tensions on the better is poland border, but why should there be any trust with nations in the united states given their involvement in bombing causing refugees. that migration, as we know from libby iraq, afghanistan, syria, the list, the list goes on at all. how can they be any honest brokers in this region? and as we know historically, as we started with this is the powder keg that kicked off. well, one clearly
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a european union is in a, it's in dire straits. in many ways it's an identity crisis, so to speak. who are we to europeans, what do we want to. busy deliver from our nation states to the super national level of the european union. what is actually, what are actually the borders of europe? i think this is what i should even say, historic conflict between russia and the rest of europe. so that is actually the question which need to be clarified and this you need to be need to be done in the intellectual way, of course, historians and all of that, but also primarily politicians. and there i think, to come down to the level of talking with each other, exchanging what is my national interest speaking as smith to put in or russia and what is the national so called national interest of europe. and i think
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a compromise is possible. whereas the barton's is one park, i think the real dividing line goes through ukraine. so therefore, i think to start out in bosnia and to find a solution to give in a little bit from all sides, will be a very important 1st step in new car confidence. ok, well just finally then, and as you say, china, the big investor that iran, a big investor there now as well. let alone russian investment. why are there $600.00 european union troops in bosnia, what, and what are they doing? we haven't even had a chance to talk about the continuing legacy of the cerebral each a issue and whether the united states of britain have been involved in it, or whether it was the subs. all of that stuff will have to talk another time about why are the 600 troops in bozeman? well, i think it is that the security issues very high up on the agenda for the people.
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they do not trust so much. their own politicians, that's the big problem. so they're forwarded me. your appearance have stepped in european union and like the united states is not a power of institution or a power, so to speak. you know, the europeans, european union is driven by bringing in the rule of law and human rights and all the stuff. and this i believe is important when, when do you for is day we 6 and the troops? of course, these are almost next negligible. i think the more important part is natal natal has now basically circle it is now encircling a boston and tactical up in the member states or from pressure to serena, of course. and, and now monte ranch on, i think this is the more important power factor there. and also of course,
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as you see it as a factor of security. so i think in, instead of focusing so much on nato and on this kind of military solution, both capitals, moscow and brussels, well advised to look for non military compromise institutions. master, thank you. and that's after the show will be back on wednesday $26.00. he has to the day a cia map of a date and divided yugoslavia was placed at the u. s. library of congress until then. keep in touch with my social media and let us know if you think nato would risk another war in europe. with
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