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for the culture of a dictator of europe with if there was. a lot of pictures of the role that is to be took about two. decades since saddam hussein's regime collapsed in iraq we speak to the u.s. soldier who carried out the symbolic toppling of the dictator's statue. but still feels remote with escalating sectarian violence and fighting for resorts says we report from cuckoo one of iraq's most dangerous places where people live in constant fear of attacks. wiki leaks publishes over a million u.s. diplomatic cables from the kissinger era whistleblower judy nisar and his latest project to open up global geopolitics.
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welcome you watching r.t. we've made andrey far. back is marking ten years since the overthrow of saddam hussein when baghdad fell to the u.s. led invasion a decade on and the country remains unstable more than two hundred civilians have been killed and over eight hundred wounded in the past month alone a situation that many a tribute to america's presence in the country after a massive loss of life and no weapons of mass destruction found was it all worth it artie's marina portnoy spoke to one man who had very different hopes on the day iraq's leader was toppled. exactly ten years ago a u.s. marine from new york city made international headlines for his actions in baghdad edward chen tied a large noose around a massive statue of saddam hussein wrapped the face of that statue of an american flag before that monument was eventually toppled right now i am joined by mr chan for a one on one conversation on thank you for speaking with archie today oh you're welcome
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ten years have passed since that that that moment where you essentially became a symbol for the u.s. occupation and invasion in iraq you were twenty three at the time when you climb that statue what you know about the iraq war now that you didn't know that all army what i know about those is not ten years longer than expected. they're still struggling to. rebuild their country to have a stable government are your feelings different now than they were ten years ago in terms of your intentions the motivation of the personal. the room. you know we knew we were going to war in two thousand and three i did i thought. it was a very forward busy masters which is already. solved you know i'd like to believe that you know. more to want to blunt the region. before
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murtha troops. there in a saddam hussein. regime really knows for our market the market speaking of american interests that american democracy. why not statue of saddam hussein and wrap the face of the statue in an american flag looking back on your actions do you think it was the propre thing to do us as a foreigner coming in invading a country climbing the statue of a man who was the leader of that country and wrapping the face an american flag. maybe. no iraqi civilians want to see that as a simple walk. you know but you know my reasons are the reason why we didn't know it was for us we would have been in iraq for. over a month. and the fire got to baghdad and we were hoping that it would be the market under the rule of law to go home to a family that was or isn't going to us who have seen america fly for so long the
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reason we do just to show any kind of something want to push on a country is just a way to spur the moment what you know about us foreign policy now that we didn't know that we're now going to be told she will happens because times are hard they're sucking on the tallest man who has just come out some of the republicans were going to war. to you know be able to control the oil without a region of course not just going to come out and and how many people are going to sign up to risk their lives as akeley exactly but you know what it was you know we're the most sorry here we do what we're told and. we hold you know this you know this right says i mean you know it's we're going to last word there you know we're going to follow on or fund bravely you know to the present the country and reform but he thinks the war was for him i personally think it was for. us to you know how good a foothold there it's in with he was
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a region you know i don't believe. you tell me that it was for you to love isn't that mass destruction souls lives lost as does not work that we have seen all in all today there was still no weapons to be found is it is it worth it just for the u.s. to to have a foothold in the region as it were of all those lives you don't know who weren't there was to. free a country of a dictator yes but that if there was a reason that there's a lot of dictators and a rule that has to be taken out to hope that i would it was one of the reason i look for the right reason is because the how can i not. loses now we're just. at work thank you very much for your time. another iraq war veteran emily aides told r.t. that washington's main reasons for getting into the conflict with financial my job
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i was actually i was a public affairs specialist in the military that's their name for a journalist my role was to basically make the war sound really wonderful to those of us who are fighting it to keep morale up or so i knew that saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction because i had been involving the news coming out of that and following the reports and i knew it wasn't you know really about liberation as soon as i saw the huge mess that we made of the infrastructure in iraq and the fact that still to this day corporations that received these j enormous contracts to rebuild iraq's infrastructure still haven't done that and they don't even know where the money has gone i believe that the war affectively with steroid because big oil especially american oil. has really ever really been the main picture. well the stability promised by nato forces is nowhere to be seen
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in places like cool attacks and bombings have increased in the oil rich city center of ethnic and political tension over resources in the disputed area many iraqis say they still feel unsafe and the country freed from saddam's dictatorship as a couple of reporters. the iraq war is supposed to be over but these pictures tell a different story chaos and confusion the aftermath of yet another deadly blast here in kirkuk. this oil which city has been described as a fault line a symbol for the country's most intractable woes escalating violence the conflict among ethnic and religious groups and the fight over iraq's resources getting there was our first challenge a group of kurdish soldiers had agreed to take us in both baghdad and the kurds lay
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claim to cure kook and are sparring over control aside from the danger those entering from the kurdish side need special permission to get past the iraqi checkpoints we didn't have it. roadblocks and concrete barriers define the new iraq checkpoints like this one are a dominant feature of life and they are everywhere aside from the household they're also frequent target of attacks for us it was a blatant visual reminder of a country still very much at war. inside your kook we drive quickly to avoid danger we're told to look out for black b.m.w. apparently they've become a favorite for iraq's insurgents who didn't pick the best day to come to roadside bombs exploded here earlier that morning around the same time that baghdad was rocked by a series of deadly blasts but it has been a flashpoint for years now and in the city center it's clear that life doesn't stop just because of the threats we were expecting empty streets but people continued to go about their business as normal vendors seemed busy families did their shopping
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the beneath the surface there are scars today kirkuk continues to be an incredibly dangerous place for thinking about it after the city without the help of a military escort residents here say that attacks that happened at any time in any place in fact it's not really safe to stay here for too long so let's get inside. we need car want to his family there kurds who say they're happy that saddam is gone but their fear of political repression has been replaced by fear of the unknown. we don't know who the enemy is or woman next bomb will go off but it's a daily for years we've gotten used to it you know i do small things to feel safer like driving with all the car windows down and that way if there's a blast at least the glass won't hurt us. such precautions didn't help sixty year old fellow mahmoud who says that a decade of war has ruined iraq he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in a bomb blast went off injuring his leg for him daily life has become
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a painful struggle. i guess what benefit did the work bring democracy only explosions shootings and kidnappings people should feel free to go out and come back safely where is that i can leave but there's no guarantee i'll come back alive but sergeant you. know it's not about the sectarian differences unfortunately it's book the black the oil and behind this oil is the hidden interests of politicians pawns in a political game playing with their livelihoods and lives for conflicts not of their own making the iraqis we met didn't hate their neighbors or care about who controls the oil just like fall they simply want the peace of mind of knowing they can go out and return to their loved ones alive to seek out r.t. kirkuk iraq. the us attempted to rebuild iraq following the two thousand and three invasion spending billions of dollars in various reconstruction projects medical
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worker dr basie says that while america is invested heavily into iraq it's intentional use of dangerous weapons has left severe lasting effects across the country. it's clear that though the u.s. spoke of their help provided to iraq after the invasion notably reconstruction education and investments their so-called help resulted in the use of weapons banned by article fifty three of the geneva convention it prohibits any kind of weapon which if used where there is war can affect the areas environment climate and water resources things that occurred in one nine hundred ninety one and then in two thousand and three are true catastrophe that all types of munitions were used including dispenser weapons bosphorus ammunitions depleted uranium and chemical weapons all these types of weapons were used intentionally and on a mass scale in iraq this testing out of weapons had disastrous effects in terms of
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environmental contamination not to be compared even with hiroshima. this is by no means an exaggeration this is not my opinion you can look up human rights watch and world health organization reports on the internet radiological monitoring held on the international level points out radioactive contamination of southern central and even northern areas of iraq and despite repeated calls and all the reports published by iraqi scientists the u.s. turned a blind eye on the issue. now wiki leaks is rolling out more revelations when we come back. judy you know. a glimpse into america's foreign policy a few years past. ten
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years ago. was overtaken. ten years of political infighting terrorism and economic decay. arise. april ninth. mission. critical three. three. three. three. three. three
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broken video for your media project free media r t v dot com. welcome back being in school in the ecuadorian embassy i've been nine months hasn't stopped using a song just whistle blowing mission he's unveiled what's called project on the wiki leaks website containing over one point seven million u.s. diplomatic cables from the one nine hundred seventy s. . what is in the documents which is which was the most significant geopolitical publication ever. they've released a massive new database of u.s. diplomatic cables that date back to the one nine hundred seventy s. so this was a time when henry kissinger was u.s. secretary of secretary of state and a lot of the cables are either two or from him now judy and a son says that although the documents are all kinds of material what wiki leaks
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have done is they've made it very user friendly so it's a big database you can actually go in and you can search through these cables we can weeks of even made an interactive map that sites how many times each country is mentioned in these cables practically every single country in the world is in there now according to julian assange the us administration can't be trusted with controlling its own history so he's had to come along and do this controls the president controls and he controls the past controls the future and that is because it's a vital role that history place in deciding our interpretation of what is happening in the world the period of the one nine hundred seventy s. in diplomacy is referred to as the big bang this is when the international order came to be the most incriminating cables are likely to be the ones that reveal the relationships that the u.s.
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administration had with some very dictatorial regimes back in the one nine hundred seventy s. we've got franco's spain in a chaise chile the jointer ruled greece they're all known to have committed appalling crimes with the support of the american administration and perhaps the most illustrative quotation within this huge release of cables comes from henry kissinger himself now he's quoted as saying the illegal we do immediately the unconstitutional takes a little longer in a conversation with a turkish from a separate official now so many critics that's one line that will. speaks volumes about us foreign policy and we've already seen reports actually that site wiki leaks saying that the vatican may have collaborated with the us in supporting the pinochet coup in chile which we all know saw a very bloody regime come to power there is already a scandal in india over the release of the new cables as the late prime minister
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rajiv gandhi may have been a middleman for a swedish company trying to sell weapons to india there are also unconfirmed reports that cables are going to reveal that under cia orders the swedish secret police was spying on its left leaning citizens these reports are yet to be confirmed and there is another very big scandal where there are unconfirmed reports that unreleased cables are going to reveal that call built the current foreign minister for sweden was in fact an informer just cia from the nineteen seventies for many people the way in which they revealed the giufà let's see of us foreign policy will be very illustrative of the way that u.s. foreign policy may be functioning today so on the outside we've got a lot of talk about human rights and democracy but behind closed doors and in these
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private cables it looks to be like a much more complicated and often darker situation. and i can tell you that sweden's foreign minister is denying reports linking him to the cia saying they are part of a smear campaign which will quickly fall apart and since it was declassified the data gathered in project k. used to be virtually inaccessible hidden between secrecy and complexities genius describe it thanks to wiki leaks it is now easily available is an example of how to go to their web page click on public library of u.s. diplomacy and then just put in what you wanting to search for we're going to stick in the word chile see what comes up and there are thousands of documents relating to washington's role in chile in politics in the mid one nine hundred seventy s. you can refine that search now for the most secretive documents go to notice no distribution that's what that stands for and up things come up like arms sales military assistance and also training. all sorts of stuff you can search for on
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here including simple stuff like by date or by subject even the state department that is involved so there is plenty to get stuck into. wiki leaks spokesman kristinn hrafnsson told kevin zero in how the u.s. should be thankful for the great job that they've done. because it is dedicated to bringing historical records to the public attention when there is an attempt to keep them hidden although these documents have been declassified excuse dreamy difficult to approach them and assess them in their current format only in the national archives so what we did was to gather together with help and and publish them in a searchable database a very robust database and merge them with the two hundred fifty thousand a u.s. diplomatic cables that we published under the cable gates and it's extremely important to have results in public domain chris what kind of response from expect from washington as you said these are not strictly speaking classified anymore but
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you kind of collated them all together to make them easier to get hold of is washington talk uncertain about any of this well i haven't heard of any response from the authorities here in washington of course they should be very pleased that we are doing the job that they should be doing themselves so maybe you should apply for some funds and continue mission work from the us government and they should actually focus on one tension of supporting over a concert of continuing that is unprecedented and relentless attempt to prosecute julian assigns and all the members of that we can use team. and you can keep across we can reach truth seeking mission dot com that we explain why during the song she considers project the most significant geopolitical publication that has ever existed and you can also join our online discussion plus the cost of fighting for transparency we've gone going online coverage of the struggle of the military with bradley manning he faces twenty years jailed for trying to get
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anytime anywhere. watching on t.v. a quick look now it's other international news north korea is warning foreigners to evacuate from neighboring south korea in case war breaks out the latest escalation of threats from the country japan meanwhile has deployed patriot missiles around tokyo as a precaution against possible north korean ballistic missile tests the u.s. military pride. in the region causing pyongyang to step up its own rhetoric and what's building into one of the worst crises in the area since the korean war in one thousand nine hundred fifty three. elsewhere a sixty year old man has gone on a deadly shooting rampage in a village just south of the serbian capital all of his thirteen victims were neighbors and relatives and one was a young child the suspect then attempted to shoot himself and his wife they are now
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both in hospital belgrade police say the man had no prior criminal record and that the motive for the killings is unclear. syria has rejected the u.n. secretary general as chemical weapons probe team which is awaiting deployment in cyprus it was initially invited by syria to investigate the march nineteenth attack near aleppo banking means reported suggestion of a supplementary nation wide probe has brought the mission to a stark hold syria's foreign ministry says it's too similar to the un backed iraqi nuclear weapons accusation which concluded with the notorious american led invasion . u.s. officials have begun notifying the lawyers of hunger striking prisoners in guantanamo bay their clients are being force fed inmates at the notorious u.s. prison have been refusing food for over two months now putting their lives at risk in a defined protest officials say forty one inmates are involved but their lawyers insist
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it's over three times that number hunger strike began after detainees qur'an and personal items were apparently mishandled fascisms dark role in world history is doing little to hold back a new generation of black shirts in italy the governments try to hand out radical elements but the far right still managing to draw support from economically embattled italians nationwide that really explains. this is the house of italy's modern day thatch just an imposing building in rome it stood empty until ten years ago members of the ca's a pound movement barged through the doors put up their flag and became squatters after a decade of fruitless attempts neither the police nor the country's judicial system have managed to push the fascist movement out if anything members of cars abound say they are growing ever stronger. when fascism is mentioned and stirs memory and conjures images of a bleak past this is
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a scene that comes to mind is mostly me world war two but one of a fascist initially refused to have any association with the macabre parts. she's more or less foremost fascism as a way to govern the economy and the country so we cannot be responsible for what was happening some seventeen years ago i can't judge events of the past since i wasn't alive back then so i can't be judged for things but on that it happened that far back. recent research by the open society foundation looked more closely at members of cars abound their results showed that unlike similar going to zation elsewhere in europe most supporters of the movement cite the economy corruption and unemployment as the main reasons for joining the party because of on the moment organ of the main idea italy's sovereignty we're against pan-european tendencies we're against a dictatorial europe because for example because we don't want the production of italian girls to move to other countries historians aren't surprised by such
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developments yet some believe the trend isn't as worrying or as widespread as some would like to believe. as a historian i can say such movements gain popularity during a crisis but i want to say because the pound is incredibly their percentage during the elections was not even one percent but today's low numbers aren't discouraging the movement's leaders. most italians secretly support their goals and share their ideals but they're simply too afraid to voice such views turn into social there's been a growing interest in the last few years as a far right party and we didn't get many votes during the election but we now have a chance to make t.v. appearances so more people can find out about our ideas and what we have to offer on. the far right resurgence of a country with a troubling fascist history it's now up to italy's political leaders to ask whether
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they are the ones pushing people towards extremist ideas not out of rebellion or ignorance but out of desperation in. rome. my working as a low paid cleaner shouldn't be a life or death issue but it is just that for the palestinian women we are about to follow next as they make their way to their jobs in jerusalem.
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