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with inmates his guards try to isolate detainees in solitary cells. diplomatic spat moscow blacklisting eighteen american officials for alleged human rights violations a move in response to washington banning a number of russians on the so-called magnitsky. or capital east mo and as well as prepared to vote for a new president with the polls opening later sunday r.t. taking a look at whether people will go for a more socialist revolution or favor the free market. and israel accused of mistreating palestinian youngsters held in jails after a teenager with u.s. citizenship was detained makes allegations of abuse. or am in moscow i match reza good having you with us here on r t our top story
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inmates at the guantanamo bay detention center clash with guards during an attempt to end the two month long hunger strike their officers tried to forcibly remove detainees from the communal living quarters and put them in individual cells non-lethal rounds were fired at prisoners as they resisted with improvised weapons guy and he has more. this was apparently a pre-dawn operation that took place hours after the delegates of the international committee of the red cross left the island left guantanamo a statement released by the u.s. military says the guards at guantanamo have fired four rounds at prisoners from non-lethal weapons they say the detainees covered surveillance cameras windows and partitions to prevent the guards from observing them during the ongoing hunger strike the guards allegedly clashed with the detainees which military officials say led them to move the captives from communal to single cells the military says the detainees used improvised weapons to resist the transfer they say that's when the guards started shooting at the captives as if now we have one side of the story
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that of the u.s. military very soon we'll hear from the lawyers of the detainees and what they have to say that is of course if they have by now managed to get in touch with their clients it's not clear if having moved them to single cells prison officials have also not imposed other restrictions on the prisoners to we don't know that guantanamo prisoners have been starving for more than two months now trying to bring public attention to their plight because they sense the administration would rather forget about them the state department closed the office that was working to transfer the remaining captives half of them have been cleared for release their attorneys are saying that the president has been doing all possible to stop the hunger strike they've been force feeding the strikers they were claims that they brought down the temperature in the cells to make it harder to endure the strike and now we hear that they put them in solitary confinement and shots of being fired moscow's drawing up a list of americans that it's banned from entering russia eighteen people suspected
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of having links to torture or illegal arrests and even the abduction of russian citizens the move is a direct response to washington so-called magnitsky list preventing some russians from entering the states my colleague spoke with artie's medina coaching over about the standoff. russia has fired back but ultimately who's on the list and why did russia feel the need to publish it the first place right well and well it is really an exchange of a list of people that both countries suspect of violating human rights now fast the u.s. came up with the so-called mckinney's he listed that was a published late on friday and that it was russia's turn really and it responded with a similar measure here but if we take a closer look at russia's list and it consists of two parts here the fast one is devoted to those people responsible for human rights violations at one time a detention facility and then there is a second part and there it is devoted to those people responsible for numerous
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human rights violations of those russian citizens abroad well you talk about these two lists let's address a slightly smaller one is now being known as the guantanamo bay lift it's got four officials on it here we are here's one of them here david addington no formally of the george w. bush administration he was supposed to oversee various methods of torture going on in guantanamo bay join you also the george w. bush administration he actually wrote some memos on methods of torture including sleep deprivation and of course the information waterboarding and using the word and for most let's go to geoffrey miller here this man oversaw one ton of obeying cuba but also the infamous abu ghraib prison in iraq of course that had full amounts of scandals coming from that prison geoffrey robinson as well here's a man who was supposed to monitor human rights abuses one taught him obey but all that was really triggered by the u.s. move and my colleague and this they situated in the new york now tells us what was really behind this whole situation and what glad to these contra measures the obama
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administration has released a list of russians to be blacklisted under the so-called magnitsky act despite moscow's calls not to put such a list together in the first place let alone publish it the list includes eighty nine. including sixteen judges and investigators in the united states accused of human rights abuses linked directly to the money case these individuals will be forbidden from getting a u.s. visa as well as have their assets frozen so get magnitsky was a russian lawyer who was arrested for tax evasion in two thousand and eight he died a year later while still in pretrial detention at the age of thirty seven since then the u.s. has eagerly been exploiting the circumstances of his death which president putin said was a tragedy moscow one washington that its handling of the case was a domestic issue for russia and russia alone and that the americans must not interfere responding to the so-called magnitsky list russia's prime minister dmitry in the fears of said the u.s. has the right to bar anyone from entering its territory by simply denying them
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a visa so the purpose of this additional ban is unclear except for its symbolism russia's concerns that the release of the document comes at a bad time apart from putting out a strain on u.s. russian relations it comes ahead of the visit of the u.s. national security advisor to moscow on monday well what moscow is really mostly for straight about is that all these russians on the list had never been under any investigation and it was never prove that they had links with human rights abuses but non the last washington still without proving any of their guilt labels human rights violators. under pressure from the members of the united states there's been a serious blow to relations and mutual trust between russia and the united states and we had to respond and react to the proportionality. here that we are internal affairs but you know one of the points i find very curious is the fact that all these lists there are no high ranking officials but from what i understand that
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could all change you're absolutely right here and now these lists are the shirt for a longer extended list both countries presides now there are reports that. the u.s. secret list that has not been published yet even includes the name of the chechen leader runs on could there of and russia in response says that it has its own extended version of the list so as you can see well a lot of a symmetrical moves here a lot of a tit for some might say but apart from just the the law being that these so-called black lists between moscow and washington and washington and moscow the two biggest boys on the block have also been trying to create laws that ultimately compound each other exactly well fast the u.s. introduced the new skill law and than it was followed by russia introducing a law that among other things banned u.s. citizens from adopting russian children and that adoption ban came after
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a string of child abuse this cases by u.s. foster parents however non the less russia was still highly criticized for the adoption ban the you asked if it's russia does not give a chance for a better live to so many children but what's so interesting here is that rory do you know which are the countries that never ratified the most important document pro-tax children rice across the globe the u.n. convention on the rights of her child over what i understand why do you know the almost the entire united nations signed off and ratified this document but there were two left of to write two countries somalia and the united states somalia and the united states and in a culture about thank you for some more perspective on this i'm joined by professor stephen cohen a russian studies and history expert new york university thanks very much for
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joining us here on r t so to what extent do you think this tit for tat exchange will affect relations between moscow and washington. it's already effected relations it's created a very bad atmosphere political atmosphere in washington with the mcnair ski act you now have institutionalized by an act of congress. a kind of prejudicial russia that is going to continue it won't be possible to end the ski act in moscow it's made the russian political class in which president putin operates even more any in there would be more resentful toward american policy and the list that been published this week it really did begin some people here are saying well it's very moderate only names on it we don't know who's and he was on the secret list goes on on the american side for sure. but groups in both countries even though that it tapped it began in the united states with the magnitsky both sides are now going to
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use this mall for over a little purposes will be groups in the united states very angry and he putin groups you know want many names on this list will lobby congress for that even in the so and there and the american forces in the russian political class there will match the person the person so for anyone who cares about american russian relations thanks to the cooperative relationship is necessary or broken the national security and russia's national security this is a very bad about it and i was speaking of that russian political class alexei pushkov the head of the foreign affairs committee in the russian duma made a reference to the obama administration having to deal through russia russia russia phobic lawmakers especially on the in the g.o.p. in order to in order to work on relations with moscow and washington and deal with those lawmakers the magnitsky act was inserted into the repeal of the jackson
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vatican amendment and in that context do you think this was a raso phobia among congress just in a general sense that that had to have the magnitsky list tied with the jackson vatican moment or do you think there is maybe a more nuanced approach to this and that each of those things has to be seen sort of in its own context. i don't think there's any nuance here at all i think that the magnitsky act and moscow's reaction which was predictable are evidence that we are are there already in a new cold war or on the verge of. the act by congress was of course provoked by russophobia forces in the united states congress of the self is not russia for we it's just uninformed it knows almost nothing about russia most members of congress have no understanding of their national affairs or national security and when loftiest repression i'm on the majority members of
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congress and this was a bipartisan act the so called liberal democrats progressive people supporting the magnitsky act as much as did reactionary riyadh republicans you end up with a bill like this it's not about russia photo it's about it's about a lack of knowledge it's a bad thing we legislature passed laws on subjects they know almost nothing about now it's true that the longer the white house did not want the magnitsky act but he didn't lose its powers or its leadership to stop it and so that's what you call a combination of a no nothing congress and a lack of leadership from the white house and a prime minister in the russian prime minister dmitry medvedev said despite this latest spot there is still room for cooperation with washington do you think that this means the exchange is something of a sideshow or do you think that it really is a stumbling block. well i already said it's changed and poison the atmosphere it's
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going to make it harder for example. president obama to make concessions on let's say missile defense to president clinton because there is this attitude with russia doesn't deserve any concessions and i'm guessing that it president putin would like to modify his position on european missile defense and i mention that because it's on the table at the moment it's an important issue that there will be forces in the russian political philosophy that the world owes its problem isis to the united states so it's not a side show. now you have said that leaders of both countries are not in control of this decline overall in relations how so and how do you think that they can turn things around now when i've already explained the bet obama did not want the magnitsky act it was imposed on him by the american congress and by a congress that included his own political party the democratic party the situation with about president putin i think is more nuanced and i'm less certain about it
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but in the run up for example to the ban that the duma the russian parliament and. adopted against american adoption of russian orphans there is no evidence until that thing got political life in the duma that putin's favor. in the polls that he didn't veto but remember that won't before them that did ski as they were deep misgivings in russia about american adoptions. there were too many abused russian kids in america and too many deaths of russian orphans adopted in america but there were some girls remember that the kremlin signed with the white house in agreement i think it was in will venner of last year two thousand and twelve that russia would be given inspection rights visitation rights to the homes that adopted russian dorf and orphans in the states they were not given that
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obama's answer was i'm very sorry i can't enforce the treaty i signed with you because orphans are a matter of states' rights the fifty american states not the federal government regulate as well the criminal very aim was i didn't obama tell them the quote in that before he signed this treaty but you might also ask since russia has a lot of international lawyers who are they didn't study american laws they would have known what the russian anger about what seemed to be the obama. industry sions only willingness to honor the treaty bring russian officials are right to check that russian orphans adopted here were ok bad fans that do that and that was independent of the magnitsky act the league. was a pretext would go that bill but you see how and event like the magnitsky act will make other things worse things that are already out there that might not get worse now they will get worse. all right stephen f.
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cohen professor of russian studies and history at new york university thanks for your time good relations with moscow important to washington but the obama administration having trouble dealing with russell phobic lawmakers as we've mentioned in that interview that the analysis as we've said of alexei pushkov head of the russian duma foreign affairs committee the irony of all of this is that to my mind president obama has become hostage to this list has become hostage to the anti russian elements in the u.s. congress because basically obama needs a cooperation with russia can is a cooperation on korea it is a collaboration on iran on so many other regional and global issues now conies corporation if he wants to make progress in the cuts. nuclear armaments and so on but by having signed this law is like shooting oneself in the leg so i don't really see the rational for this from the point of view of obama administration which
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claims to be an administration that is paying attention to multilateralism to international partnerships well i can say that by having enlarged the list the obama administration is definitely narrowing very much of the of possibilities for such a partnership was russia. turning to some of the day's other top stories israel under scrutiny from human rights groups over the alleged mistreatment of palestinian youngsters in custody issues been brought to the fore offer a palestinian american teenager claimed he was abused during an interrogation fourteen year old mohammad holic spent already more than a week in a military jail accused of throwing stones at i.d.f. troops the boy's lawyer rando hobby tells r t that the case is representative of israel's abusive treatment of young prisoners. as being held in all thought a military prison which is just outside of ramallah they have had limited access to mohamed senses arrest his father has not seen him except in the few minutes during
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his court proceedings but we do know from what he has told us in the court that he has been. potentially abused in the prison he has told us that he has been slapped in the prison his braces are broken off and we are very concerned that he is being mistreated while under interrogation and in the prison we have heard several cases from other children as well forced confession. very harsh interrogation where they are denied access to their families and lawyers and they are coerced into confessing under harsh conditions for example we have had children who have told us that they've been threatened with sexual abuse with not being allowed to go back to school and so forth in the case of mohammad specifically. his father was at the police station and he heard his father's voice in the interrogators told him just confess now and we will let you go home with their father and so this poor child who has no idea what's going on ended up confessing to something just because he
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was told he would be able to go home after this his tara geisha was actually extended for a further two days because he is a delicious it is then he has much more attention for this case but the fact of the matter is that seven hundred palestinian children are arrested every year and they face the same conditions that mohamed faces as well. stay with us here on our team plenty more to come as the retrial of egypt's former president takes a surprising twist leader mohamed morsi finding himself under mounting pressure over a sharp rise in sectarian violence stay with us. technology innovation all the developments from around russia we. covered.
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international in the very heart of moscow.
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in venezuela voting in the country's presidential election is set to kick off later sunday the snap election triggered by the death of who go chavez last month and will determine the course of one of the world's most oil rich nations a short bitter presidential campaigns been marred by allegations of conspiracies assassination plots and even mysterious omens let's take a look at both candidates and their odds of winning with artie's tessera syria in caracas. important elections for the venezuelan people certainly snap elections after the death of this about a month ago it has been a short campaign for everyone who has been unfolding there are two top contenders in these elections on the one hand you have a nicolas maduro he's the acting interim president of the country he was the vice president during that chavez's time and on the other hand you have become this happened run against us and options in october two thousand and twelve and he's a rival was talking about bringing change to the country now there's been a lot of name calling during this campaign period you have
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a little accusing us of being at the prince of the bourgeoisie not representing the poor calling him capricious some of the other hand she's accusing me of being a liar or using this as a body to run a political campaign now however they did touch both of them tough on the issue of tackling crime in the country this is a top concern of the citizens here they want to see the crime level addressed and brought down a small as a government bureaucracy and inefficiencies there are those who work staunchest supporters very loyal to everything that this is stood for the so-called socialist revolution big want to continue this and some of them out of this loyalty will vote for nicolas maduro on the other hand you have those people who have been blaming the government for a lot of the problems of the country not least a lot of these two which is why you want to see what they say is a bit of stagnation in terms of the way business is going in the country and they say they will vote for the best so many are watching these elections closely not
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least of which is the united states and has had strained relations so with the country during the time of lugo chavez but for everyone else who is observing and want to know what happens next the question they want to answer really is what stuff is that is really going to take in the hands of somebody other than who wrote this. will be closely following the election in venezuela bringing you the latest developments in the battle between us along with analysis and extra opinion on what future the country could be face. retrial former egyptian president hosni mubarak's taken a surprising turn the presiding judge has recused himself from the case until now be referred to a different court the walkout met by angry shouts and demands for mubarak to be put to death mubarak was earlier sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to kill protesters during two thousand and eleven the revolution that ousted him from power a retrial ordered after he appealed the verdict since then egypt's transition to democracy has proven to be a rocky one with
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a new president morsi facing public rage over a lack of promised reforms and a worsening economic situation. in london hundreds of opponents of the late margaret thatcher had been celebrating her death chanting ding dong the witch is dead the wizard of oz song said to enter the national music charts even as it's become an anthem for the former prime minister strongest opponents this raising the question of whether b.b.c. radio should be allowed to play the song as many find it offensive and inappropriate firth has more from london. well a large police presence in the center of london today to try and discourage any violence at the protest of a taking place in trafalgar square say anti faction demonstrators have been gathering there to try and we enact the poll tax riots of one thousand nine hundred ninety two there were some scuffles breaking out along the police lines in the protest is a few of the attention certainly getting
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a little bit whipped up some of the chanting the ding dong the witch is dead which has become sort of the unofficial anthem among detractors so much so that it's twisted up into the charts and it's expected that it will make it into the top five if not even possibly number one as a lot of those people have been buying that and it's been pushed up into the charts i think a lot of criticism as well that because obviously we saw the huge response from the politicians this week we had the m.p.'s we cool to parliament a lot of control to see around that at the expense of that's a patron to lady thatcher and a controversial polarizing figure lady such is in death exactly as we saw in life creating these tensions that we've seen and it certainly is going to look like this will play out now into next week ahead of that funeral. turning now to some other stories making headlines across the globe thousands gathered in the portuguese
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capital lisbon to protest against the government's austerity measures demonstrators blamed authorities for mishandling the country's economic problems unemployment and low wages been suing a harsh austerity plan as part of a seventy eight billion euro bailout agreed with the. palestinian president mahmoud abbas has accepted the resignation of prime minister fayyad the two politicians reportedly came head to head over exactly the limits of the prime minister's powers according to local media abbas asked the former premier to remain in his post until a successor can be made if i had was appointed after hamas won the two thousand and seven elections in gaza. well people dream of exploring space but if you're russian some time space explorers you coming up after the break r.t. visits the urals a region that was stunned earlier this year when it was struck by a massive media your stay with us for more on that.
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you know i always try to stay clear of falling into the trap of fake outrage on this program people love to come on t.v. and be angry over this and angry over that just to fill air time but trust me sing obama signing into law with that wacky lobster like way he has of writing the bill marked the month santa protection act well it does not put a smile on my face that's for sure not only does this bill effectively bar federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of g.m.o. seeds and crops no matter what the health concerns are according to ib times but the bill was also written by senator roy blunt who's gotten sixty four thousand dollars for his political campaign paid from the g o giant monsanto itself. so that's what it costs to allow companies to possibly poison millions if not all americans with risky and proven g.m.o.
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technology sixty four thousand dollars that's not even enough to buy a decent house sixty four thousand dollars is chump change well citizens of america now you know how much your lives are worth in washington but that's just my opinion . i. find. the good international airport in the very heart of moscow security code ritual
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posts. see. the sleepy. kids who. are. the first to both listen to them. when they get a little chill as you. just reminded. russia . should deal with. the breaking news the sound falls or the story of the coming out of some other western front so right now i think lee incredible the sky full of fire and brimstone about a hundred thousand tons washingtonians.


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