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you know what's really happening to the global economy with my extremes are the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines. we're watching live from the russian capital here you. promises to. not stop selling arms to syria weapons will still reach opposition groups from abroad. and russia is out of luck any un resolution which doesn't rule out military intervention. to the east as she tries to convince china not to write off the e.u. . is also support for an oil embargo against iran calling on china to influence to persuade iran to abandon any atomic weapons ambitions. and
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egypt mourns over seventy football fans killed in post clashes rushed onto the pitch in the seaside city of port after the home team egypt's top club setting off . an investigation into the tragedy is underway amid claims that police just stood by and watched. the senior editor of new statesman magazine. he tells us here at sea that finding a solution to the crisis in syria won't be easy and it won't be seen as legitimate without a u.n. resolution that's right now. today i'm talking to mehdi has his the senior political editor for the new statesman magazine where the me talking about the violence that's going on in syria at the moment and also the developing situation in iran that he has and thank you very
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much for talking to me today now we've seen observers being sent into syria who seem to have done nothing to stop the violence in fact the death toll has risen from twenty to thirty people that day how good do you think the observers are implementing their mandate i did a very good given to one of the leaders of the mission where originally went in was a sudanese general who's been accused of carrying out war crimes and ethnic cleansing a doll for which slightly hobbled both the legitimacy of the mission and the trust of a lot of syrian opposition groups and in the arab league mission since then the saudi arabians have complained about the mission they've pulled out their observer they're pulling out their a bus and i mean the arab league has really been all over the place from syria on the one hand it's condemned syria it was praised for the first time condemning to further our own nation and putting the resolution in a few months ago since the mission has been criticized for among other things the personnel it's deployed and its inability to stop the violence i think the real issue is that the syrians need to allow in a much much more neutral a much more wide ranging a much more forceful international observer mission if they've got nothing to hide
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if it's if they're genuinely not killing innocent people what are they got on it and what about sanctions the u.k. recently proposed tougher sanctions on syria things like travel bans asset freezes what effect if any do you think that have it to friends have told you to the sanctions are more on the fence over sanctions given the experience we have with iraq for over a decade of sanctions which cause more suffering to the people than to the saddam regime i support sanctions targeting those regime members targeted against people who are indicted for human rights violations or war crimes fine if they squeeze the country itself and the people who've done nothing wrong and i think that's a mistake i think we have to think much more creatively about syria i'm not one of those who support military action in syria isn't libya it won't be easy. illegitimate without a u.n. resolution and more and more innocent people will die than have already died but that doesn't mean you just turn a blind eye to the violence that's going on more than five thousand people have died according to the un's own figures and our side is about it clearly is not backing down you look at some of his interviews you know he's not as bonkers as colonel gadhafi but he says some pretty crazy things about how it's nothing to do
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with me not my orders these are all rebels everyone who's dying and let's talk about the opposition for a little bit there catesby three some distinct blocks that the free syrian army has a kind of external opposition that's been through in the streets do you think they'll be able to form any kind of case well that's one of the objections a lot of people are having against any kind of external military action which is where is the legitimacy in libya you had a opposition movement which despite being consisting of different groups secular religious et cetera indigenous those outside the country they did for a you noted opposition for the purposes of getting rid of gadhafi and they controlled territory that's what prompted the intervention to begin with in syria they don't control any territory they don't control any cities or towns and there is this division between the external opposition figures like the leader of the syrian national council is based in paris and those who are on the on the streets who have said again and again to western reporters to human rights groups that we don't want military intervention we are opposed to both syrian president were
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opposed to the assad regime and were opposed to western intervention we saw what happened in iraq and the syrians what's interesting about the syrians is that they saw up close and personal the effects of western intervention iraq because hundreds of thousands of iraqi refugees fled into syria they know the consequences of a kind of ill will time to build for top heavy handed western intervention which just exacerbates the violence and the free syrian army as far as you can see what are they fighting for does it look like genuine democracy there's a huge debate about the f.s.a. and how much first of all how many defections there are going on because they claim to be getting dozens and dozens of defective every day every week from syrian armed forces and yet all the independent observers not just the assad regime but its apologists said well. it's a trickle and they're exaggerated there are strengths in order to again justify western intervention if you look at the history of western interventions so-called humanitarian interventions you always see there's an equivalent to the f.s.a. on the ground whether in libya which you go back to kosovo the k.l.a. which also said you know give us the guns give us the support and we'll do the
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fighting and in a in afghanistan you have the northern alliance and actually it turns out that these groups tend not to have as much legitimacy as they claim and be not to have as much military strength as they claim and the free syrian army is accused of killing people itself isn't it do we have any idea of sort of the number of casualties well again without wanting to overdo the composer did libya and syria one of the things you see when you do support rebel groups sometimes unsavory groups you know my enemy's enemy is my friend you support people who are perhaps not the greatest defenders or advocates of human rights themselves in afghanistan we supported all sorts of unsavory warlords and still do in libya the opposition groups and the national transition council there in libya was accused by human rights watch during the conflict of carrying out all sorts of killings and abuses of prisoners which still haven't been resolved to properly accounted for do we then want to lurch into a syrian conflict where again we are ignorant of what's going on on the ground we're not experts on who these people are what these groups started for and the f.s.a. of course if you consist of defecting soldiers from an all me that's carried out human rights abuses that
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a lot of those defectors will be part of those human rights abuses that's just the horrible reality of the world we live in and in terms of the actual people do you see a link between the libyan islamists and stays on the ground in syria well there's been reports about as you know well as with all these conflicts you know they're gray and they're murky that libya does live as groups fighting in libya finished fighting in libya have transferred over to help some of the syrian opposition groups and do you see an external move towards intervention since the new year my position is changing and i can imagine a scenario where we are where nato is asked or the british government american governors asked to enforce a no fly zone to enforce some kind of safety corridor all look which which would be would be ostensible they were protecting the rights all well. good but would push us into all sorts of areas of the middle east we don't want to be involved in because syria for example is a much bigger player in the israel arab conflict it's a much bigger country and tougher to overcome and beat militarily for took us out long to beat libya how long did it take us to syria how far do you think syria is
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already essentially a battlefield between iran and the west the israelis have been clear for many years that if you can pull syria out of orbit you will weaken iran which they consider to be the number one enemy of the number one menace in the neighborhood the number one threat to israel's strategic interests so if you can get syria away from iran either through a diplomatic deal which they tried for many years all through regime change which seems to be the direction of travel mel that would definitely weaken iran and all roads in the middle east right now or do seem to lead back to tehran and saudi arabia's relationship with iran is increasingly hostile and it says iran is supporting create this protesting shiite minority how do you think that saudi arabia's own position is brazenly one sided brazenly self-serving and hypocritical here you have saudi arabia having pulled its ambassador out of damascus having complained about the arab league on the ground of its human rights observations well first of all the saudi arabians have their own human rights abuses to deal with at home their own oppressive regime but if you if you take the arab spring the
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saudis are throwing their weight behind the syrian opposition to assad and yet have done their utmost best to stop the arab spring to stop the revolts and all of the other countries in egypt in battering where saudi troops went in to better are still in barry suppressing protests in bahrain and yet in syria they're supporting the opposition if that's not one side of this i don't know what is and that shows you that saudi arabia is only interested nothing to do with human rights or democracy of course not how could it be interested in such issues it's about trying to deal with iran that we know from wiki leaks that the saudi king told the american government cut the head of the snake a deal with the snake that is iran in his view and iran has been threatening recently to block the straits of hormuz which of course we know is the main export gulf oil. do you think the political consequences of that could be deeply and genuinely worried about what will happen if the iranian chop the strait of hormuz as they promised i think you'll have a situation where we start sleepwalking into war on both sides where there are extremists on both sides who want a conflict who would love
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a conflict because it would serve their purposes in the west there are people who want to take out iran both for america's national interest so-called and of course for the israelis and in iran there are hardliners who see that the islamic revolution is failing to receive the green movement popular who are seeing lots of people protesting in the region and see a foreign war seeing who see the idea of being under attack as a way of uniting the country so they're hardliners on both sides and i think the people in the middle have to be careful that we don't allow the hardliners to kind of allow us to sleep welcome to war where they shut the straits of hormuz and the americans who i suspect don't want to go to war not an election year forced to come in in order to secure the oil and to protect the israelis if israel were to attack iran as well which is the sixty four thousand dollar question you mentioned that this is of course an election year in the u.s. do you think that the u.s. is likely to wait until the election is over when in doing so it could i'm going to israel by not acting sooner well that's the interesting question i think of their own free will i don't think they do want to go to war think obama is running on a campaign of trying to energize his base saying we're the guys who when did iraq
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we're the guys we're going to bring troops home from afghanistan we're the guys who took a backseat in libya didn't put boots on the ground the idea that you would then kick off a conflict with iran but not as one american general put it you know if you loved iraq if you liked a rock in afghanistan you love iraq i mean it would be a major conflict and i think if you listen to for example defense secretary panetta saying recently that actually an attack on iran would have unintended consequences would be a backlash against american troops in the region clearly he's not keen on it and yet if the israelis were to strike iran and iran were to strike back then the americans will be drawn in whether they like it or not because they can't abandon israel because of others or for strategic purposes they certainly can about israel or election in we're in very shaky economic times globally at the main. but what no one seems to be talking about is what's the economic consequences of a war with iran would be in an age where we are facing a double dip recession possibly another great depression where oil prices are already so high we could see an attack on iran pushing oil prices above one hundred
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fifty dollars a barrel some of the sights even a record high above two hundred dollars a barrel which really would tick the entire world economy not just ours but the asians the chinese back into a major major recession major. and i think people kind of turned a blind eye to this and only recently with the radio threatening to block the strait of hormuz which i think the third of the we'll see board oil passes three people start to go away to what the hell is going to happen to all prices and i think that's a factor the american government's raising as well perhaps less of an israeli government's reasoning that he has very much thank you. i am. shot four times. syria as a boy. should
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be allowed to the polls. are now. you know the bullet comes out here and this makes it go bang and if what you hear is going to. that's all the training. and. hopefully we will never use the weapons for self defense but we should be put. they are the sole class in saline seizure assemblers. seventeen students s h a m one a seven floors to a lot of. feet.
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free media. headlines. any un resolution which. is also. support for an oil embargo against iran. influence to.
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egypt's top club. investigation into the tragedy is underway. so any more on that story with the next with the sports. this is sports a plenty ahead over the next ten minutes including the stories in the greek. tragedy on the field more than seventy pounds are killed following a football match invasion in egypt. end of an era trainer angelo dundee known for his work in the corner of mohammad ali and other boxing icons possibly age ninety. dreams are
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teammates one of russia's big medal hopes for the soft she will surely make it. three days of national mourning have been announced in egypt after scores of people lost their lives to the top five football match on wednesday violence flaring up in the game between. when supporters some partly armed with knives ran onto the pitch the visiting team were chased into the changing room with players kicked and punched as they fled officials say the death toll of seventy plus could rise even further with more than two hundred injured the violence at football matches in egypt has been on the increase ever since political unrest swept the country you're buying egypt's deputy health minister has described it as the biggest disaster in the country's history. the boxing world is mourning the loss of one of its all time legends renowned trainer. dying at the age of ninety following a storied career overseeing the greats all of the sport than di perhaps most well
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known for his association with muhammad ali none was in his corner for all but two of his fights the pair were reunited one last time during allie seventieth birthday last month sugar ray leonard and george foreman the other icons who benefited from the presence the philadelphia if it was treated for a blood clot in hospital shortly before his death simply a massive loss to boxing and indeed sport in general. what would have been the richest clash in boxing is off the table for now the money picky oh and floyd mayweather jr clash on the ropes after w.p.a. lites middleweight champion miguel cotto has announced a weathers next opponent on may the fifth pretty boy floyd is true to serving eighty seven days in jail for domestic violence starting june first wanted his archrival before the state american me whether who turns thirty five in figuring calling the filipino miss octon on for not scheduling a budget and while puerto rican aims to end mayweather john beaton run of forty two
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wins pocky zero is staying active as well w b o likes welterweight title holder timothy bradley jr most likely his next point. let's move to basketball be your only top sixteen stage runic some extend their lead at the top of group g. thanks to a home victory over italian side a seven the hosts taking the bull by the horns right from the all finishing the open border twenty twelve in front unix continuing to press in the second doubling their advantage to sixteen points by the time and return mccown top scoring for the us is sixteen in this two pointer to make it forty two twenty two midway through the third period because on team relaxing a little late on but e.a. seven would never come close. fifty nine forty four the final score. meanwhile in c.s.k. moscow is group b. a lumpia cos registered their freshman at the top sixteen the greek seeing off on
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a do no f.a. is of turkey at home eighty three sixty five. list top scoring for the host he had eighteen points perfect c.s.k. meanwhile took one turnstile to. n.b.a. basketball our indiana were sharp and shooting in the pick of wednesday night's action the pacers scoring more than one hundred points for the second time this season against minnesota a tied a fur during the opening two quarters in the hapless although the visitors would start pulling away late in the third danny granger sweeping the heights with thirty six points including this long range effort to make it six the fifty any shoot you're in favor of the pacers ranger then got himself involved in an altercation kevin love with the officials moments the calm things i'll avoid what could have been a messy alter cation granger later having several crucial points of indiana run a one night a ninety nine takes it all the way it's the biggest game on the american sporting
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calendar is just around the corner the forty sixth edition of the n.f.l. super bowl kicks off on sunday i remain off the two thousand and seven title game between the new england patriots on the new york giants and was underdogs new york he came away victorious and not one ruining ewing in some big season in the process the teams looked more evenly matched this year with the giants also able to boast of a high powered off in snow days do your calls rooting a few players from the championship winning defense and they can't wait to get stuck in again. we are excited about dimona football. does a staunch off with a bit we were ready to get back to help. to win a game on sunday and a lot of us we should have played today but here we go. till sunday to be a first but make still to do when you're ready for the. new england's tom brady still refuses to watch the tape of that seventeen fourteen loss to the giants four
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years ago he's raring to go but one of the pats main offensive weapons is a dud rob gronkowski is of the best ever season for a tight end to date is nursing an uncle sprain but this fitness being tested on a daily basis from coast he's never won at all before but brady has three times in fact but the california he's hungry for more. we're not playing in this game it sucks to turn on the t.v. these days because you know there's so much every channel you turn on is talking about this game of the players in this game and as a as a competitor you want to be here you need to be here and this is this is why we work so hard you know over the years high school and college and and even the pros who prepare for games like this now a somewhat surprising fact is that russia has never want to live big gold in women's figure skating male athletes from the country have tasted success on numerous occasions and with two years to go until the soul she went to games hope is high the double can finally be achieved artie's robert downey meets the reason
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why. ladies singles this is the only discipline in which an olympic gold medal has eluded such a big figure skating nation like russia added insult nicholas is one of the few overing major hope for the moment anticipated ladies graeme in the sport first of all in sochi twenty four teams at the age of fifteen so to get a fairly claimed the russian domestic title three times having easily won the world junior championships in twenty eleven allows relief she has already proved destroy all to win she's a fighter and this is something you cannot teach that's given by god she's one of those who can compete and can achieve top results and that's a fact that will put it in yet a bradley wish i was for it when my mom took me to skating school nearby just to test my capability for skating with professional coaches all the kids around
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started crying when they fell down but as soon and kept moving forward step by step and the coaches knew that my mother inside was strongly recommend that you make her continue and that's how i started figure skating was. according to the international skating union is rankings so because he's currently the world's number seventeen but has plenty of time to fine tune her skills with a coach five term year search champion median of a there is a lot. have you seen that's come on you should have completed that element every single till is destined to play stuff a goodish and often downs at the first ever use winter olympics in israel but in general sort nicole was edged away for teaming another russian hopeful it is evident that the mission that i believe in be at the russian championships in innsbruck the outcomes opposite they always get compared to each other they can.
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pete against each other and that's ok it's just like they've been inclusion courageous really good in rivalry which only gave a boost to russian men's figure skating as for the girls only time will tell who's better they're both still growing because it was we have a good relationship i would say we're friends at these olympics an ins brick willock together in the same apartment but when it comes to the ice rink it gets tough which is do battle for survival. there is still a lot to be done for a billion or so to go to fulfill her huge potential like one thing has always been there in her mind a mentality you know which i like to see chances and i always take the risks of doing things which are difficult for me sometimes i mean i don't do well during warm up and my coach tells me to leave some complicated elements out of my program but i always dear to do them i think to myself i'm strong arms through that i can
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do. this what nobody can teach and so to go has it. figured you know i think. less and with football where that one hundred twenty seven days left until the start of euro twenty twelve an excitement to tell you what is building steadily across those countries take a look at this the ukrainian city of tire casey which isn't in fact hosting any games but it's dedicated its annual ice festival to the tournament which takes place in ukraine and poland this summer the gala it features several sculptures including famous footballing trophies and players football fever most certainly in the are there. and you can see this is a gathering vego zone every year they stand it's related to euro twenty twelve the fame is for the cups heroes and everything related to the upcoming tony mint. stuff and that is all your sport for the world weather is coming up in just
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