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the u.s. gets a new secretary of state as democrat john kerry wins overwhelming senate approval we'll look at his record in foreign policy decision making and whether there's likely to be any change on key issues. ongoing protests and deadly clashes are pushing it towards the brink of collapse the country's military chief makes his first statement since the turmoil began a week ago as a curfew failed to keep the demonstrators off the streets. and deep rooted divisions northern ireland marks the anniversary of so-called bloody sunday which sparked nationalist tensions still echoing today.
this is r.t. coming to you live from moscow i'm marina josh welcome to the program. the u.s. senate has overwhelmingly approved president obama's nomination of john kerry as the next secretary of state the sixty nine year old democrat will succeed hillary clinton taking over washington's diplomacy and the deepening turmoil in the middle east raging conflicts in africa and complicated relations with russia are he's going to look to kerry's past foreign policy decisions and what it might signal about the future. the evolution of john kerry's views has been quite remarkable so remarkable that it's hard to pin where exactly he standing on a number of issues he built his career on the reputation of a name to war advocate a vietnam veteran himself he was very vocal as a spokesman of the vietnam veterans against the war back in the seventies then in the eighty's he challenge to the reagan administration's policies on central
america in one thousand nine hundred one he voted against the u.s. involvement in the first gulf war but later over the years john kerry has morphed into a pretty much mainstream politician with a record which casts a shadow on the antiwar image that he's been trying to build for himself in two thousand and two he voted to authorize the iraq invasion and since then he has made a slew of conflicting statements which might have cost him the election in two thousand and four when he was running as the antiwar candidate so while criticizing george w. bush for the war in iraq in two thousand and four in august of that year when asked if he would still of gone to war knowing saddam hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction john kerry said yes i would have voted for the authority i believe it was the right authority for a president to have in september that year in direct contradiction to that statement john kerry said we should not have gone to war knowing the information that we know today. these are just some of his other conflicting statements for
example on supplemental funding for the troops back in two thousand and three it was an eighty seven billion dollars bill in september that year he was for it in a cold war he voted against it it was at that time when he said i actually did vote for it before i voted against it a phrase which kind of stuck with john kerry on patriot act again he was for it before he was against it on israel's unilateral construction of a security fence he called it a barrier to peace at one time but less than a year later he reversed himself calling the fence a legitimate act of self defense. now as far as he is present views which he shared during his confirmation hearing last week on he said although the u.s. favors diplomacy but washington will act to prevent iran from getting the nuclear weapon whether the preventive action could be in war he did not clarify that he was cautious speaking about syria and that caution is reflective of the white house
becoming seemingly more aware of the challenges there and the threats behind a military intervention but it's worth noting that he may ask if there were any conditions under which you would support u.s. or nato led airstrikes on the syrian military john kerry said quote unquote sure but before that in march he also said bombing syria would not be the right thing to do so it's not necessarily a flip flop but you could see that he's actions and views can go either way during the confirmation hearing we've heard john kerry pretty much channel the new message that the obama administration is trying to convey and that is in president obama's own words we're not treating from the hips and his nomination of chuck hagel who is known to have been against a strike on iran for example could be part of that message so secretary of state john kerry now channels that we are not going to rush into action message but he's record shows when that tide turns and that tide can turn very quickly and the drums of war start beating loud and clear again john kerry would probably jump on that.
and earlier we spoke to brian director of an independent media deep dish t.v. who shared his view on how kerry's appointment is likely to affect key international issues. if you look at american policy in the last twenty years even in the last since bush obama what is really change trey's first strike wars in afghanistan and yemen and pakistan and now they're positioning so-called missiles to fence on the turkish russian border which is essentially a first rate weapon targeted in the sasa nations intensified under obama and its assertion of his right to order the killing of american citizens anywhere in the world is kerry going to stand up an international forums and say no that's wrong we can't do that i don't think so neither did hillary clinton. was little change expected in washington's foreign policy some u.s.
secrets are likely to remain hidden overseas later on we analyzed the investigation into cia prisons in fall and it's been going on for five years and has had little assistance from america we try to shed some light on the issue just a few minutes. the mean time ongoing turmoil on the streets of egypt threatens to push the country towards collapse that stark warning came from the defense minister as violent protests show no sign of or lanting as a government demonstrators continue to defy president morsi is curfew clashing with police and troops in cities along the suez canal protesters also seem undeterred by a new law granting the military power to arrest thousands have been forcefully calling for an end to the rule of the islamist leader mohamed morsi the muslim brotherhood or we now blaming them for hijacking and betraying the revolution however ahmed the key co-founder of the council of trustees of the revolution in egypt says and then the chaos the military's role should not be underestimated. the
surface of the patient of what's happening definitely there are groups who are willing to sabotage anything and try to embarrass the government specifically morsi and the military. on the surface however there are deeper into the positions of what's going on some of the nation goes is that the military council or the military is behind all of this so that we can have. in the grip over this intensify their presence militarily over there probably be don't want to see an economic development of this specific strategic area because it would mean handover to civilian oversight of the canard rather than military oversight of the cannot according to the new constitution there's something called the national defense council this council in most countries and previously had the. an advisory stature right now it has more of an executive stature and it has more military members on
this board of billions which numbers of civilians including the commander in chief the president which means they can force the president to take certain decisions which we have just seen in the past couple of days when they have the commander in chief see that he will declare martial law or emergency emergency law in those specific areas the chaos in egypt is also the focus of today's cross talk here in r.t. where people of grills his gas over what went wrong in the country that spearheaded the arab spring and that's coming your way in just a couple of hours. what's employ in the egyptian revolution if it's even a revolution anymore part of the problem with the egyptian revolution is that turned into a form of a spectator sport where outside there is get to have their saying i mean i shouldn't be saying that i'm a spectator external observer is well but to the extent that it's kind of
interfering with this process and unfortunately that form of intervention is egging one side or the other you can also look other than western countries are there all of the countries are playing in supporting certain parties within egypt now when it comes to international intervention or opinions it's the same the international scene is just looking at egypt and trying to secure its interests and i mean the u.s. for example hold still supporting morsi just like it did more borrowing and i feel that at this moment it's just. you know speculation like and things are happening on the ground that they need to catch up on. and leave.
it a national diplomatic efforts to and the bloodshed in syria appear exhausted u.n. peace envoy lakhdar brahimi telling the u.n. the country is being destroyed he says without compromise between the government and opposition the whole region will be pushed into an extremely bad situation meanwhile evidence of one of the conflicts biggest massacres has been discovered we find the following food extremely disturbing well scores of bodies of young man have been found on the bank of the river in syria's northern city of aleppo activists reported there were at least seventy one and while rebels put the number at over one hundred most had their hands tied behind their backs with gunshot wounds to the head at the moment there is no information on who carried out the killings editor in chief of the online intelligence and geo politics blog power of folly says militant groups fighting in syria are targeting civilians. it is rather the forces have been trained to. the
existing government of syria which is the government of us and they are really here i mean there. must be hidden nation of the possible silence we have to divide these situations between there's certainly a rebellion of it started getting the good jeev provinces faction egg against the likes of the motor city and then these three groups. that organize the end of the jihad of the salafi. ideologies and religious beliefs that are destroying basically the society and the country if i suffer fools will care for c.e.o. of brady and assume a tradition for of syria which would be even worse catastrophe for the syrians first of all but also for all the neighboring countries and some of the great
powers that have been trying to deal with syria so far. so i have for you here in r.t. israel become the first state at the un human rights council preview meeting after claiming the body is biased over its settlement policy in the occupied territories and shortly after the break. victims multiply here each day. it's very profitable to invest in colombia. so the it is a very high return on investment. which is good knowing that he has said that either working in this area for thirty years you cannot always have to pay the armed groups that they needed that is not a manager's or change their name and strategy but just tell the same murderous. high ranking suspects give no comment are you upset about that mr president go soon
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welcome back to watching r.t. live from moscow now the go in time record trying five nine eleven suspects has granted to the fans lawyers limited access to see a secret section of the u.s. detention camp it's one of dozens of issues being ironed out during pretrial hearings the fans lawyers have also asked the judge to publicly disclose classified details about so-called cia black sites were they claim their clients were tortured meanwhile the five year long probe into one such jail in poland continues and as
our teams are in english now reports whatever the outcome could be swept under the carpet. guantanamo may hold all the headlines but all the interested it means people are moving their focus elsewhere so-called black sites secret prisons were established by the cia during its well publicized war on terror unlike the cause however these secret facilities were never publicly discussed by the authorities the us claimed they could hold prisoners outside the us because then they wouldn't be subject to the geneva conventions and to international law and humanitarian law reports suggest such prisons were in existence from two thousand and two basically not long after the events of nine eleven the u.s. government denied the existence of these prisons until two thousand and six now the only country in europe which has acknowledged the presence of a secret cia facility on its territory is lithuania and if you were to look at it you will you will see something almost a deliberate site except for the imposing fences surrounding it likewise
a suspected secret prison in poland is believed to be located here apparently in one of the most beautiful parts in the country according to various reports mostly from journalists or human rights organizations so-called high value detainees were flown in by the cia for interrogation at these polish facilities. i managed to get records from the airport in germany where it's clear that they have learned an aircraft used by the cia very important evidence because until then everyone denied these landings and reported different destinations of these flights to europe controlled however just like their american counterparts the authorities in warsaw have been extremely frugal with the details and investigation into the secret prisons has been dragging on for almost five years now but what is on earth during its course remains unknown one man who has been charged with involvement is poland's former chief of intelligence and security is big news to miss costy this
first high profile official of any nation to be prosecuted over the issue polish investigators have only one response to all questions concerning their investigation all the information has been classified as it involves state secrets which of course they're not allowed to divulge on top of that since the case directly involves u.s. officials one would imagine warsaw and washington working very closely together and yet people who are privy to the investigation say this is definitely not the case the united states or thirty. anyway in fact i can say obstructed the investigation. in my absolutely bad. article three. mutual legal assistance treaty between poland and the united states. they've refused to produce any information requested by the prosecutor therefore the extent of the investigations progress just like any information about the
torture of prisoners regarding who wants where when and how all of it remains a mystery and the investigation is rumored to conclude next month by the looks of it whatever its outcome may also be a state secrets and swept under the carpet. well there are more revelations about poland's connection with cia prisons at r.t. dot com we've got the story of whether the investigation into america's shady actions in poland is driving a wedge between warsaw and washington. we've got the story of how google's tracking policies and service for users online habits me earn the web giant a lawsuit from millions of u.k. citizens.
it's a painful anniversary for the u.k.'s of marks forty one years since british soldiers shot on armed protesters in northern ireland fourteen people were killed in what's became known as bloody sunday which stirred up nationalist tension for years to come as our reports divisions still remain. so far i am still there walking the pavements when i can to drink in the smell sound and smiles of the street and sharing joy and pride and progress and pain this is the story of life living and working in a loyalist community that was such a narrative of violence and dysfunctional relationship every level of that community politically in the community leaders as well as in their homes and their families written by a former youth worker harriet long's writing struck
a chord with many trying to make sense of the recent rioting on the surface and the latest trouble was with the decision to limit the number of days the union flag would fly from belfast city hall in northern ireland and the flag has an important political and cultural meaning a reminder for loyalists that the province is part of the day but also that it must remain say the catholics though a reminder of a less equal past youth worker mark davies tells me that despite this new young generation having been brought up in peace times social issues have made it easy to fall back on old narrative. they are generation. who have grown up in peace times but that doesn't mean that the tensions on the issues are deep seated within their families or within this community having gone away with the reason rising political divisions to have once again become apparent we have to also asked
to unionist party p and you pay for their action of distributing forty thousand leaflet to inflame the situation to whip up tension in loyalist areas very emotive language the leaflets and is referring to by no means a cause of the riots but only example of the war of words. many feel contributed to an already volatile situation. with this yes a lot of the student said that there is a responsibility that the d.v.d. had contributed to what we've seen play out on the street no one. but we. do you think that's a no we asked the question. the. advance of the vote to contact the alliance party them to change their mind it's very difficult to tell
the child not to hit somebody when they may be in their community their leaders are using violence to keep control and but that politicians and maybe aren't using violence but they're using violence it's all they're using with our own help for we've come having returned to northern ireland for the time being wasted now in agreement that the peace process here needs to evolve he must go in seeking so when those are the political level there were many things needed now is a solution that works at a grassroots level here amongst the community who got things to the ha that's of followings so. at another the national news this hour presidents of the body and towns of galilee to have hunted down during his illness who recently lost control of the city's following to relief operation by french and amalia military troops locals also attacked businesses allegedly linked to rebel
fighters international forces say breast isn't over yet with britain laying out its plans of sand more than three hundred military personnel to the region. at least four people have died and thousands more were forced to flee their homes in australia after having floods hit new south wales and queensland military personnel have been sent to the region to help deal with the aftermath as trail ian so. our weather conditions are constant threat to the region and more than thirty people die during floods twenty five in. myanmar has lifted a ban on public gatherings which has been in place for over two decades the law was imposed by the military john to the to power in one thousand nine hundred eight and prohibited gatherings of more than five people the ban which many claim was unconstitutional was widely used during break of protests in recent years upon taking office in two thousand and eleven president saying pave the course towards
political reform including revoking strict censorship. israel's become the first country to shun the un human rights council scrutiny session saying the body has a strong bias against it last year the jewish state claimed it will no longer cooperate with the watchdog after an investigation into its settlements in the west bank. takes a closer look at israel's fencing off policy. if you were allowed to invest your money into israel's construction companies those supplying materials for defensive walls you would have probably made to have to profit government decisions suggest they will never run out of business. we intend to erect a fence along the golan heights we know that on the other side of our border with syria today the syrian army has moved away and in its place global jihad forces have moved in therefore we will defend this border against both infiltration and terrorism. that would make
a third defensive wall in less than twenty years along with the one in jerusalem and on the border with egypt barriers with lebanon and jordan are also being discussed all have the same just difficult security reasons israel built a concrete wall in the west bank more than a decade ago to protect itself from palestinian terrorism years on not only it is still dividing the land and the people but the opinions as well supporters of the defensive barrier pointed to a decreased number of attacks while its opponents say that its existence in the first place is creating more grounds for instability political rights and michael believes the west bank barrier may have been a temporary solution years ago but it's no longer proving effective just as the march braced friends with the sea knight peninsula that eventually failed to keep out african migrants if building another turns israel into a fortress for shafiq he says then it will be a medieval one. holds in the war so if someone is really.
to. decision of the government show the craziness or the crazy philosophy which is behind it to create a normality for our children grandchildren. on the fortress completely surrounded by fans we are going back to the. with this philosophy of creating the war the war building business may seem profitable to some but financial experts say constructing these barriers consumes a sizeable chunk of the defense budget as well as suffocating regional development was and which is part of the palestinian state but of that. it was excluded by the wall and now it is became. almost a get to some of. what part of the. various sources
of his generals on the war. and it is also very much. to their business. environment the fence at the border with egypt can be excused for being an international border the golan heights on the other hand is only a cease fire line left from the israeli syrian warfare so not only it would not protect israel from any kind of mordant weapon attack but just like the wall in the west bank it could become another more humans to the indefinite occupation of territory conquered by force. r.t. reporting from israel. and i'll be back with more news and about thirty minutes time meanwhile stay with us for our report fragile people starting shortly here on our team.