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new pictures emerged capturing the dramatic shootout between the boston marathon bombing suspects and police investigators. the surviving suspect says the attack was inspired by the u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan. feels the pinch with financial troubles the military budgets of its european allies the u.s. is struggling with a disproportional responsibility to fund the blocks defenses. and here we are following the ongoing hunger strike in guantanamo bay prison which is dragging into its third month now that the u.s. is sending more medics there. the inmates are refusing food.
thank you very much for joining us here on our. live in moscow with your world wide news america's wars in iraq and afghanistan motivated the worst attack on u.s. soil in more than a decade now that's what the surviving suspect in the boston marathon bombings has told investigators. also claimed he and his brother acted alone in carrying out the twin blasts. has more from boston. as the nineteen year old boston bombing suspect dzhokhar to her naiads condition improves from serious to fair he's beginning to reveal information to investigators from what we're hearing on the ground according to official search has said that the motive behind the two bombings that took place on monday april fifteenth for the wars you what the u.s. has been fighting in iraq and afghanistan according to officials are now it has
also said that him and his brother were self radhika lies he allegedly says that the two brothers were not involved and were not in contact with any foreign extremist groups and that they learned everything themselves by basically going online and learning how to build build the bombs through the internet he has also said that his older brother to milan started i have who was twenty six years old at the time of the bombings is according to joe hart the mastermind behind the attacks that they carried out now here in boston right now obviously as this investigation continues the barricades of the area that was cordoned off at the finishing line of the boston marathon are being removed we know that the eight year old victim of the bombings has been laid to rest here on tuesday and earlier boston hospitals also announced that the number of people injured well has risen up from over one
hundred seventy five to two hundred and sixty people now as this information comes in in terms of joe hart being able to share more of course we have to remind our viewers that he is that he has been charged with the use of weapons of mass destruction as well as militias destruction of property resulting in death and what this means is that the hearts are now have is now faced with a death penalty or any number of years behind bars including being imprisoned for life he's also faced with a fine of two hundred fifty thousand u.s. dollars and obviously he's being treated. is a federal criminal right now although there was talk earlier about the possibility of trying him in a military tribunal but the white house has revoked this option it's also important to mention that of course the f.b.i. now is being grilled about their knowledge of the older brother tamerlan star night of traveling to russia back in two thousand and twelve because of course according
to our knowledge russian officials advised the united states to look into his identity to see whether or not he could possibly be involved with any kind of extremist radical groups and the f.b.i. back then two years ago deemed him not dangerous and freedom and of course has been receiving major criticism here in boston and throughout the united states with people saying that possibly maybe this attack could have been prevented we're continuing reporting from the ground as this story develops and especially if you're going to party boston massachusetts i know u.s. officials meantime have traveled to darkest on the interview the suspects parents and gathering information about time or elian's visit there and twenty twelve meanwhile a local resident was able to capture the dramatic shootout between the two boston bombing suspects and police. used another pressure cooker bomb similar to the devices the death netted during the marathon police at the time a line was being handcuffed to
a younger brother run him over while fleeing from the scene that was eventually found hiding in a boat in a residential neighborhood after a wide scale manhunt for the founder of independent media also why do we use charlie mcgrath thinks washington simply creating enemies because of the way it conducts its war on terror. radicalizing the world seems to be what we're really good at right now getting people angry at this nation certainly seems to be a valid argument that is going to be brought before a simple we've been waging a war on terror for over a decade we've destabilized how many countries and we're killing how many nationals that have nothing. to do it terrorism whatsoever and we're doing it for reasons that the american people been lied to overrate weapons of mass destruction and so on so can this lead to people becoming hostile towards the west how can it not in fact the columbia law school's human rights institute six months ago came out the report showing a that obama is expedition we increased the number of drone strikes since he's been president ninety eight percent of the casualties and drone strikes are civilian so
it's been fifty civilians killed for every one so-called high value target that's being killed but the notion we want peace with the rest of the world well that's all we're that's all talk when the cameras are on and the cameras are on the drones why and people die. and what exactly separates an act of terror from any other type of violent attack is the question peter lavelle opposed to his guests on cross talk of course in the wake of the boston bombings a quick preview for you right now. why is possible terrorism but aurora sandy hook tucson in columbine not the muslim community in america today in fact is asking the same very question that why are some things labeled terrorism worse is another which is not but more importantly the discussion that is going on in the dinner tables on the dinner tables these days among muslim families is that why is it that always a non muslim when somebody goes to sandy hook that they are all of it insane but
when a muslim commits an act of terrorism that they're all is perfectly fine psychologically i completely disagree the definition of terrorism that we had here to certainly in north america is three forward first it should involve a non-state actor that is an individual or a group secondly that targeting the violence should be directed against civilians some kind of a civilian target and third third should be some kind of a political aim. it's the very last point that last part of the definition which separates the boston attack from the other ones which you just mentioned. you can watch for the full edition of crosstalk here on r t in about an hour and twenty five minutes from now. for the meantime as our european countries wrestle
with their budget deficits and slash their military spending it's becoming harder for nato to stay afloat and the alliances top officer has slammed the e.u. allies for quote getting a free ride with the u.s. and washington left to bear the burden of the defense finances now crisis hit nato states have already chopped more than forty five billion dollars from the alliance's treasury are the equivalent of germany's entire military budget and the number of european troops in the u.s. led blockers also plummeted from two point five million in two thousand down to one point eight six million for now and while the u.s. is also trimming its military costs it share of the budget has still risen to seventy five percent of the total as artie's testor are silly reports from brussels concerns over nato's viability continue to grow. the nato secretary general anders fogh rasmussen had actually come out and warned its partners against the danger of more defense spending cuts as we've already seen especially from its european
partners so this opinion was also echoed by the former u.s. defense secretary robert gates he said that if this trend does continue that the alliance could be in danger of moving into what he called a collective military irrelevance so there's the question of whether nato will actually still be relevant given the decrease in its capabilities and there are signals coming from the u.s. that they are not keen on continuing the kind of partnership with this sort of inequality and also looking at the u.s. his own budget costs as well as its shift in priority especially after we've heard that pivot to asia so they have their own concerns so they're questioning the kind of the new line of kind of partnership that they have especially with european countries moving forward they're also facing some lack of enthusiasm from the european members of just germany for instance was very eager to contribute to any military operation so again. the nato secretary general has come out saying that
the capability of nato will be impacted and there is a question of critics on the actual relevance of that the alliance seeing it that there's not much enthusiasm from its members to contribute or to to give more into into the alliance moving forward well the defense budgets have been steadily declining across the nato alliance. to one point six percent last year with few allies meeting the goals of spending two percent of g.d.p. on defense. the organization was created to counter the soviet union with soviet union long gone it has to keep easy over the years nato has gone from being a defense organization to becoming an offensive force with a missions that go far beyond north america and europe they refer to those ambitions as out of area operations which have included of ghana's stand in libya now part of nato the very powerful part which includes the u.s. the u.k. and france pretty much see those out of area operations as the future of the
organization but the zest and enthusiasm to go global doesn't sync well with all twenty eight members of the alliance who know they will have to foot the bill the lack of consensus showed when germany by far europe's strongest nation refused to provide resources for nato bombings two years ago back then nato has gone beyond its un mandate which was to protect civilians it has effectively created a power vacuum in which all kinds of extremists have flourished since then not to mention the destruction of the country's infrastructure but it was not just the un mandate with nato has gone beyond its own core principle of the organization which is to stick to protecting its members the long war in of staying has made europe question the alliances mission there time and time again even now as nato forces prepared to withdraw many feared that what they are leaving behind is a security vacuum with promises that of aid that may never be fulfilled as the u.s.
is pivoting to asia there's talk among nato members about a wide of partnership like to get japan and australia more involved both up already made significant contributions to nato and not just those countries so with the organization growing there is another concern that nato may eventually be tempted to present itself as the whole of the international community when it's not and it may set grounds for lateral actions in the future ignoring the broader international community the president is there nato bombings of yugoslavia in the one nine hundred ninety s. some believe that campaign contributed to the. mindset that led to the war in iraq the kind of mindset that the international community the you when can be bypassed at the will of one or two a powerful countries in washington i'm going to check out. nato has been trying to review its military spending amid biting austerity by introducing its smart defense strategy last year it's based on pooling and sharing when partners are supposed to
decide what they want to specialize in along with targeted spending on areas of common interest there let's talk more about now with a whole gardner the head of international politics of the american university in paris and there he is good to see you today sir thank you for joining us here on r.t. the small defense project supposed to tackle money issues that nato may be facing has it been effective. well it's it's that it's just a pool resources because of the fact that the europeans are so cutting so drastically and by the way so are the american beginning to cut in europe and europeans only spend about twenty one twenty five percent of nato's overall defense so the idea is the full resources but the there's a lot of problems in that and you have to come to an agreement as to which resources should be american and which resort area which of european in the past and then you go back to the war in iraq in the one nine hundred ninety s. the problem was intelligence satellites europeans didn't have it the americans did
that gave them control when so the europeans were in the gulf their own area and satellite for example so finding areas to cool resources that everybody agrees is already problematic but we have them so yeah me too when you talk about it being problematic to pool resources i mean there are many that would say already that many parts of the e.u. the european allies struggling with biting austerity measures about hops they have more important things to put that money towards the end than foreign wars around the world well certainly and that's the political side you can't even if you pull resources and have them and you don't engage them as germany didn't engage them in libya you have a problem but let me just give an example even in the initial war in afghanistan in two thousand and one united states went in alone with out even though it was backed by nato article five security guarantee though our nato allies came together to support the america in afghanistan there was not done as a nato operation and it initially nato only came into two thousand and three so this idea of a of nato of the europeans holding their own weight in nato was already lost back
in the afghan war in two thousand and one and the situation as your reporter said before is only growing worse in the presence now that more of us i mean sunny there are many that say an agree upon the nato was launched as an anticommunist to block an end with the enemy now long gone oh what is it what is the future of nato do you think. well i disagree with that assessment because nato was created for several reasons one of which was the prevent the rise of fascism again in other words keeping germany down during the cold war was one of nato as a primary goals and that by the way the soviet union agreed with so you had a mix of. agreement and disagreement yes nato was the contain russia but it was also to keep germany down and it could also be argued it was the keep the french have to prevent germany from rising again so there are there are a lot of contradictions there and i disagree of the simplistic view that the nato was created only against a soviet union communism but what does that mean for the future it means actually we have to revive the elements of cooperation that nato actually had during the
cold war and find new elements with with russia the founders of containment paul. and george tenet both were against nato enlargement they were for bringing russia into a larger income because i'm sorry well you've been advocate you've been advocating for russia's integration into into might i was activities i mean how do you foresee that playing out well i see it now is the beginning of it because the united states is giving up on the four things of missile defense and that to me is a signal that we're not aiming these missile missile defenses but russia of course they were deployed against iran and the fourth phase though could potentially be used at least in the russian view against moscow so the idea there is that we begin first step is to begin missile defense agreements finding ways to jointly engage missile defense that will bring all sorts of cooperation as i'm very upper levels of military and the documents that trickle down into cooperation on the group on
the ground is in various hotspots around the world and i hold gotten ahead of international politics in the american university of paris thank you very much for joining us here on today thank you i think well i still have few i hear on t.v. that a hunger for freedom the hunger strike which began in february now involves humph. all the detainees held there and also ahead for you here on out see activists in the u.k. declare a war on killer robots which could independently decide who to kill breaching the moral and ethical boundary which critics say should never be crossed just around the corner.
thank you for joining us here on our. show the u.s. is sending more medics to tend to the rising number of hunger striking detainees at guantanamo bay officials say more than half of the one hundred sixty six captives there have now joined in the hunger strike protest sixteen detainees are being force fed to prevent death from his. of ation six are in a military hospital in a critical condition and lawyers have said the total number of hunger strikers has been much higher all along at a protest at the spot by alleged mistreatment by prison guards and some detainees increasingly desperate because they are being held indefinitely without charge a law professor jonathan hafetz says the crisis won't end until the demands of the captives and that. the hunger strikes as military officials themselves have acknowledge are triggered at the bottom by the system of indefinite detention and the prolonged and about you know course aeration without trial of individuals and it's not surprising that the u.s.
is stepping up its operations because it's either it doesn't want you know it doesn't want individuals to die at one time or because it's going to again i think you know throw into into light the real power to start relief the real problems that want to animal the way forward though is to you know is to end the system of indefinite detention to repatriate individuals who. are not going to be charged with crimes and of the few that are going to be charged should be put up for court and given a trial that's the that's the only way forward that's the only long term solution to the problem otherwise we're going to continue to see hunger strikes. again ad and things will continue to happen unless the u.s. puts. puts these measures into place at this point it's just it's just politics that are politics and a lack of political courage a lack of commitment to principles. and our online team working twenty four hours
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sure his innocence will be proven to the court meanwhile his lores have large an objection to the judge accusing him of taking the side of the prosecution the objection was denied along with their appeals to reschedule the hearing and to send the case back to the prosecutor's office and they've been saying they're not being given enough time to properly go through all the documents and that the case itself was put together with the various irregularities but exactly a week ago the defense did manage to reschedule the hearing and they've openly said that. tactic to deal with a stall and attract as much media attention as possible and in that sense they have been quite successful similar as exactly a week ago that courtroom spanked with journalists in no one is one of the most controversial opposition bloggers in the country he became widely known due to his online anti corruption projects he's a few years critic of the kremlin and became one of the leaders of the opposition
during last year's mass protest he's also known for his a linked for his linked to russian nationalists and the authorities are accusing him of organizing a criminal scheme to stuart and a half a million dollars worth of timber from a state company allegedly back in two thousand and nine when he was the aide to the local governor in cuba of found guilty he may be looking at up to ten years behind bars of what and his supporters. are denying all the accusations and are saying that this is purely political. and into the arts he will doubt that we go now starting with five people killed and one child injured when a man without a shooting rampage and manchester illinois police managed to detain the suspect after a twelve mile chase and schools in the area have been put in a state of lockdown. in dhaka bangladesh around one hundred people were killed when an eight story building collapsed on the police and volunteers are still working to find victims under the rubble current numbers at this hour say at least seven
hundred were injured reports say two thousand people were in the building when it came down only the ground floor survived. and clashes between security forces and armed protesters in iraq have left fifteen dead on wednesday and the attacks reportedly came in revenge for choose days deadly raid on a protest camp near cook or twelve people were killed iraqi officials have met to discuss the incident according to the iraqi parliament speaker the military's actions in court of cook were quote a flagrant violation of the constitution. within the next twenty to thirty years a fully autonomous weapon deployed on the battlefield could confuse a young girl with an ice cream for a soldier with a gun and that's what campaigners in britain claim the clearing war on so-called killer robots activists say the lethally are machine should be banned before they're ever used in warfare. so perhaps not the most usual sight on
the streets of london but this guy here is actually carrying quite an important message he said for the launch of the stop the killer robots campaigns including activists impression converged in london to launch the campaign calling for a preemptive ban on fully autonomous weapons let's tell us more about this i'm joined by steve for a human rights watch the thank you very much for joining us what is a killer able this guy's a killer obviously but what's it all about this friendly robot that is not armed killer robots are fully autonomous weapons are future systems that will operate without human control this is the scary part you're taking the human out of the loop allow the robots the machines to make decisions about what to target on the battlefield and when to pull the trigger no human involvement and of this is gaining a lot of interest this is obviously what you want people taking out the message what information do you want to get out there what do we not know about because a lot of people say this is advancing technology and it's all good we're not
against technology we're not against robotics we're not against the movement towards greater autonomy in robots what we want to stop are our systems killing systems that have full autonomy where you take the human out of the loop always in every case what has to be the fundamental principle is that a human must always be meaningfully involved in the control over decisions to launch weapons and to fire it might all sound a bit hollywood but it's not as far off as you might think many campaign is fearless science fiction like arms race is already quietly getting underway with developers standing to make huge amounts for really creative deals it is like this big dog throwing blocks of concrete cause concern little public debates yet being had about the implications of the development of this type of technology people think of fully autonomous weapons they think of the terminator they thinking. i
think like this guy if you're saying that you know what it looks like you know the hall is more likely to be a small time or a time. i mean the developments are the the dark of us the research wing of the pentagon the courser for instance us a research platform for this and a seven and a half ton six we can read it is quite an extraordinary piece of technology they also have a project which is called developed an autonomous submarine that can go over submarines that cynthia's to testing and then the planes in there as well it's not negative robots that kind of would fold over in a bottle and this is being launched in london how big a road c.-k. have to play in comparison to say the u.s. instead leading the way with this well we've got to be a systems is on their second one we've got the something cold with us that's going to be tested. this year destry a spent a year and a half behind development but that's an affiliate homocentric continental combat aircraft but when it comes to fully autonomous weapons we're not there yet but
there is all getting through the ban say that the more time this allows the possum the moment a this cloud into developing this type of technology a place three miles from find. all its reality. london and up next to the untold stories of the militants in the news you had dealt this is not. to least be to language. programs and documentaries in arabic it's all here on. reporting from the world talks about six of the yard p. interviews intriguing story for you. in troy arabic to find out more visit don't vote.