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a declaration of war that tells syrian officials have described the latest israeli air strike military research center near damascus was pummeled with rockets overnight the arab league has condemned the strike demanding action from the u.n. while the u.k. calls for an end to the arms embargo and the opposition saying peace in the region is now under threat. and in bahrain a quarter sentenced thirty one protesters to fifteen years in jail for throwing four bombs during the regime riots last year the top stories this hour. with a look back at the past seven days top stories and the latest developments this is
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the weekly on t.v. syria says israel has effectively declared war after its planes bombed targets in damascus the second airstrikes in as many days syria's state media says israeli rockets targeted a military research center on the outskirts of the capital video footage an eyewitness account suggests the attacks hit weapons dumps triggering large explosions serious as a number of people were killed amid widespread destruction the arab league has condemned the strikes and demanded the u.n. security council act to stop any more. t.v. station run by lebanon's hezbollah militant group showed images of what it claimed was the site of an israeli air strike in syria this unverified footage was reportedly taken at the site of a military research facility in general after the attack but the center itself appears not to been hit the strike apparently left a major road filled with daybreak and shell casings middle east correspondent has
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more. tension on the ground is increasing and increasing by the hour the syrian information minister. said after a special cabinet meeting that syria will not accept a breach of its sovereignty all of its security and that all options were on the table syrian officials say that they've turned syrian artillery also to face towards israel the syrian deputy foreign minister finds a law that said the alleged israeli attack on syria is addictive ration of war now i'll make that has said that syria will retaliate against israel in its own time and in its own way meanwhile iran which has a defense agreement with syria says it will respond to alleged israeli airstrikes on sunday morning and it's also urging neighboring countries to stand up to israeli aggression we haven't heard anything so far from the israeli government the israeli military also continues to refuse to either confirm or deny the reports that are detect syria in the early hours of sunday morning israel however has declared the
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north of this country a no fly zone to the civilian flights this is a precaution that's also a way of defusing the situation and for allowing it to be allowed in for the defense missile system to be put into place the iron dome is being deployed in the north of israel it's aimed at protecting northern israeli cities from short range missiles that could be fired from either levanon also. the mayor of haifa which is israel's largest city in the north is also taking steps to potentially increase the level of readiness of the city's citizens meanwhile the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu held an emergency security cabinet meeting that meeting adjourned without any statements in fact the only statement we've heard from the israeli prime minister was after his weekly cabinet meeting on sunday morning and he did not comment on the strikes the only thing he said was reiterating his commitment to israel security they were earlier that a senior and named israeli official conversion confirmed that tel aviv was
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responsible for sunday's strikes that would be the third strike inside syria that israel has carried out since january this year. egypt has condemned the israeli air strikes in syria with the arab league also demanding action from the un security council the league says there has been a dangerous violation of an arab state sovereignty article two of the united nations charter it bans the use of force against the territorial integrity of any state the u.s. white house spokesman meanwhile has said that obama feels israel is justified in its concerns over the threat from hezbollah but he's got a card in washington and london told us more about the reaction coming from the u.k. and the u.s. . the u.k. foreign secretary has said that this latest israeli air strike is making the case stronger for lifting the e.u. arms embargo on the syrian opposition according to william hague this recent
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escalation of the conflict shows that there's a real risk that the violence could spread outside of syria and into the wider middle east of course this isn't the first time that the u.k. has called for an end to this e.u. arms embargo in fact it's become somewhat of a regular occurrence this is just the latest reason that they're citing for providing extra assistance to the syrian opposition and we know that germany has to provide extra weapons to provide weapons to the syrian opposition we also know that yes the united nations have big reservations about it they say that flooding the region can only create more violence underscores many international observers have been keen to point out that arming the syrian rebels could have some very dangerous consequences for the wider region and for israel of course as well a lot of people are still very wary of what took place the new libya the libyan scenario when weapons flooded out from one gadhafi is army and into mali
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and algeria into neighboring countries there's still a lot of problems to do with that so it's a lot of countries are very fearful about making that mistake again guyon so you know are there any indicators that the you are about israel's attacks in advance the u.s. and israel according to both governments work very closely in terms of intelligence gathering so it is difficult to believe that washington didn't know anything about israel's plans to bomb damascus the question that is very much unclear at this point is whether the strikes were really about has a lot whether it was an intervention into the civil war in syria the sources in the u.s. government on the officially called for him destroyed just as they did. days ago when said they were targeting weapons headed for hezbollah in lebanon the meskins sees it differently they see the strikes as an attempt to boost the morale as they say of the rebels whether or not the strikes were actually intended as an
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intervention into the syrian civil war they may affect it anyway there is another concern the strikes are based on some secret information and also the weapons heading somewhere you can tell will be of no washington have officially confirmed anything and many worry that we're stepping into the spirit gray area worse right against another country can be carried out in absolute secrecy strikes come days after the u.s. defense secretary said washington is rethinking its position on or mean the rebels the defense secretary did also say he personally has not decided whether he would be wise to provide weapons to the rebels he said the administration is looking at a range of options at the moment as you can see there is nothing definitive in the administration's remarks at this stage but put together the events of this week which now include the israeli strikes may have created a certain momentum and this kind of momentum could actually bolster the forces on the ground and result in more violence in
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a country where it's already devastating israel has closed part of its space to civilian aircraft following those strikes on syria but as you talk of the low income support of pepe escobar told me a little earlier the attacks have really planned be off to the u.s. and other nations failed to accomplish their mission in syria. if anybody believes that any saying israel does in the middle east it does not go so the americans later you know group back to play in the garden go back to kindergarten it doesn't work like this in the real world they did it because they were concerted with the obama administration which is in a bind at the moment they cannot intervene directly in syria they know that the support for the so-called rebels all the different strands of the rebs is going nowhere because their elected retreating instead of advent sing so israel with this provocation they're willing for a response either from syria either from hezbollah all or better yet from the point of view of the obama administration and israel from iran so if iran and syria don't
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do anything for the moment they just wait this will be seen as it is just a provocation but if there is you know the slightest bit of a response from either syria or iran that's the perfect brick text for what you need shock and awe against syria just how dangerous is this situation now is this really a sign of what everybody be worried about is the sparking of a regional conflict just briefly. yes absolutely and in fact this proves among other things how desperate this so-called coalition of the willy us brits france saudi arabia qatar and turkey are with what's going on inside syria they were expecting about our government to collapse in a few months it's over two years it's still in place there are no major defections you know they still control the business classes in damascus in aleppo it's still there it could fight for a long time and they want a quick resolution so they use israel as
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a proxy it's the perfect foil you know and they can blame israel in fact the arabs the arab league which nowadays is a manics of the other blaming israel saudi arabia is into it as well because the u.s. the saudis that israel is they are actually arming the rebels as well they see that it's going nowhere ok let's activate plan b. let's start bombing syria and see if they respond well early in my colleague spoke to me at all and he's a correspondent for israel's haaretz newspaper and he believes the airstrike is justified as a preemptive attack to ensure the nation's security. this is part of the israeli policy which you can describe. but do not announce don't let the syrian regime transfer surface to surface missiles and surface to be so stupid as bala but don't brag about it so while the reason no official confirmation you can take it almost as face value when you hear the us side confirm it officially what about the
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legality of israel bombing syria like this without even a un mandate i mean how do you expect the international community to react to this well the israeli and syrian governments have been paying a fragile cease fire for the last forty years however next door in lebanon on the lebanese government does not control hezbollah and has well i want to take these arms from syria and position them with eleven and while you may say that flying over a lebanese space is not exactly according to international law this is nick peeking and while there are many reasons on other aspects to be critical of israeli policy he does seem that this time around he's white balance he's only trying to prevent and preempt. conflict so i'm sure you talk about the israeli airstrike massive
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explosions you call this a balanced reaction to unconfirmed reports that the syrian officials are moving surface to air missiles to hezbollah which they are denying at the time you call it balanced ok let me clarify first of all the reason of course and regrettably so a massacre going on in syria has gone on for the last two years with many thousands of people being killed others perhaps in the hundreds of thousands being uprooted and now being refused use across the border and what is really striking to prevent. this is perhaps a minor price to pay. in order not to pay the bigger prize of killing and be have which will be read by another lebanon war. well let's see what you have to say about what is happening in syria what do you think is the
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agenda behind those strikes on syria by israel that's a question we're posing on our home page at r.t. dot com on the online poll here the results so far well the majority forty four percent believe that israel is simply carrying out west and plans to support the opposition in syria thirty four percent believe this is simply an undeclared war on . regime fifteen percent believe this is a way of israel telling the u.s. and the rest of the world that it's not only prepared to attack syria but also perhaps a military attack on iran and seven percent believe this is a way israel defending itself from those threats from hezbollah that's what you think so far the good here from the dot com well as you were activists jim brann says israel won't face any repercussions from the international community due to america's influence in the u.n. security council. any intervention of that kind this is going to make the
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situation worse as well as being a violate basic violation of international law which clearly israel strike today and the previous ones have been as well but william hague is justifying his favorite method of intervention which is arming the one side in the in the fight on the basis that israel is pursuing its favorite method of intervening which is bombing and it's completely unacceptable syria will be very careful in the west because i think it's probably an israeli provocation anyway it may well be that israel is trying to get syria to retaliate or it's trying to provoke hizbullah into retaliating and remember that israel has a very serious score to settle with a smaller because twice once in the year two thousand and once in the year two thousand and six hizbullah inflicted a very serious defeat on israel so israel certainly wants to get this ball or be united states has vetoed i think forty four united nations security council
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resolutions concerning israel when they get anywhere near. cramping israel's ability to carry out the strikes that we've seen lately so at the end of the day i'm sure that the united states would simply veto any u.n. security council resolution with teeth and in a way you can say that perhaps some of these voices in the region know that perfectly well we're also closely monitoring developments in the region online at r t v dot com this is the weekly here at r.t. to find out why dozens of bahraini protesters got fifteen year jail terms so after the short break stay with us.
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more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to corporations rule the day.
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continues or not to a court in bahrain is sentenced thirty one protesters to fifteen years in prison each they're all aged between sixteen and thirty four and have been found guilty of carrying out for bomb attacks during the government protests which engulfed the kingdom last year whatever the lawyers claims his client was tortured until he gave a false confession the motor has been widely criticized for its violent suppression of protests rallies or is usually cut off as more this group of thirty one protesters as you said is aged roughly between sixteen and thirty four so you can imagine for the sixteen year olds this is an incredibly have the sentence they all come from island in the northwest part of the country which has been the hotbed of protests that have rocked bahrain since early twenty that led then now these protesters have been sentenced on a range of charges including for example setting a car on fire protesting possession of petrol bombs and also attempted murder this
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is according to the lawyers but the protesters denied these charges to say that they're innocent and they in fact claim that they were coerced into confessing in order to get these charges now the background to all of this is these escalating protests that we've seen in bahrain that as i mentioned began in two thousand and eleven basically where you have this ongoing unrest with the majority of shiites in the country demonstrating and demanding a greater voice in the political system that has been ruled by the sunni monarchy ruled in many ways with an iron fist these protesters allege and so what began as peaceful gatherings people taking to the streets to protest has really transformed into what we've seen in many cases a brutal crackdowns by the police with tear gas being used mass arrests of protesters in fact one of the most best known cases of people when the regime essentially backing down and some of the protesters with the case of the bill were job he was actually interviewed here on our t.v. by julian our song and in august twenty twelve he was actually sent. three years in jail for participating in one of these protests so
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a lot of human rights activists say that this is a untenable situation that these these people are really stepping out to demand democracy but they've really been met with an iron fist so of course we continue to washy how this situation develops but it's quite possible that the sentence sentencing at the start of one protesters could spark fresh arrest in that country . and geo political analyst eric draitser told me earlier that bahrain's u.s. ties means it's able to deal with the uprising in any way it sees fit but the people of bahrain have been ruled by one single family of a minority in the country so if you're talking about the vast majority of that country having lived in a state of disenfranchisement for their entire lives and they see and remember that bahrain was in many ways the the kernel at the very beginning of the arab spring and the struggle that has continued in bahrain since that early part of two
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thousand and eleven gets no attention in the western media primarily because as i and many people listening already know bahrain is a client of saudi arabia which is a client of the united states bahrain houses the u.s. fifth fleet bahrain is central to the u.s. imperial plans for the region and for that reason the democracy upsurge in bahrain has been marginalized while the the fraudulent uprising in syria has been glorified this illustrates the hypocrisy of the united states and the hypocrisy of its policy in the region. this week workers around the world joined a day of protests against unemployment poor salaries and violations of their rights and number may day rallies in particular made headlines in turkey there was violence with police resorting to gas and water cannons against angry crowds at least twenty eight were injured and dozens were arrested and these are pictures here from barcelona in spain where the rally was also marred by clashes with police
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thousands took to the streets there in the country protesting against austerity and unemployment which is at record highs and may day protests has marched in athens as well all part of a twenty four hour walkout following the recent cutback of fifteen thousand public sector jobs and it comes as e.u. faces the prospect of another year of recession and job losses that's according to latest forecasts now these are the three countries with the highest unemployment rates in the eurozone you can see greece there over twenty seven percent of the workforce is out of a job at the moment one in spain one in every four is unemployed and portugal's rate is not far behind on seventeen and a half percent ortiz tesler has looked into help people across europe are dealing with skyrocketing unemployment and found out that leaving their country is a popular choice. the unemployment rate in the years old has recently reached a record twelve percent of for those aged twenty five and below in countries like
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spain and greece that number is as high as more than fifty percent with very little signs of any economic improvement now for those who are looking for a job that search is no longer just about trying to find work many are now trying to leave their home countries. like niccolo wriggles a biology graduate from italy now working initial quality in brussels and the situation in italy was actually awful because the only thing i was able to get is a really short contract for like free mouth for six months with absolutely no possibility of growing out in an industry or in the laboratory anything most most of them were totally unpaid because you can't really think of your future he says it wasn't a walk in the park in beijing either as many companies require a working knowledge of both french and dutch a barrier that may be hard to overcome but perhaps still more attractive for some
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of the going back home i read it in two thousand and twelve. and the person percentage of young people who every greats from italy grow up by thirty forty percent in two thousand and twelve i read john know what will be into tools and information and it's not just citizens feed the kids foreigners would come to europe to see new opportunities started the real business is building their lives to now will suit change their minds threads yana this meant leaving greece and david all the way back to their native ecuador and while von cygnus was the initial reason for the move she has no regrets about making that decision the sixth time he had also help him and many for. is this side to leave greece and move to countries like germany and switzerland but the greeks who stayed behind are saying that the situation is really difficult there when for instance servicemen he used
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to get one and a half thousand euros are now paid just nine hundred m. our place has been open for two years and there is still new i believe we have very good prospects for the future and this is something she says just isn't possible here right yeah it's a trend if you look at the figures in countries like ireland some people argue that a whole generation has left and perhaps for good you know. i don't think so. there are stay here for the same day or so since our team process. the face of british politics appears to be changing with some unexpected results coming out of the local elections this week the n.t.e.u. anti establishment u.k. independence party picked up a quarter of the votes propelling it from the margins into a real force let's take a look ukip gained one hundred thirty nine new local councillors and that's up
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from just eight the labor party they finished two hundred ninety one seats up and the two coalition parties were badly hit we can see there the liberal democrats losing one hundred twenty four seats the conservatives the tories down three hundred thirty five seats now they're left to contemplate how to get their frustrated voters back from ukip prime minister david cameron is now planning to focus on the main issues of you kids program even membership and immigration in his speech outlining the government's legislative plans or to eat i asked the deputy leader of the u.k. independence party paul nuttall if he felt the conservative party was about to wrestle the initiative away. david cameron is committed to the european union we know that because he said if that is it our friends and he will campaign to stay in and if you're members of the european union you can't control your own borders so we have a problem in this country where we have twenty two percent youth unemployment a million kids in britain who are going to weigh every day and what about open our
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borders all to twenty nine million remaining in a bulgarians when restrictions fall on january first income earners are permitted that is not a good can do about that so quite frankly we're not worried that he's going to park his tank on are because he simply can't we will take a seat in the house of commons if not two seats before the general election in two thousand and fifty if we continue on our trajectory in byelection zameen we are finishing seconds and a lot of buy elections now particularly in the north of england and i think that we can eventually take a seat in a byelection but let's not forget that a big elections next year the european elections take place in june two thousand and fifteen these at elections that we will win i genuinely believe we will send more any peace that's a brochure than any other party and then in two thousand and fifteen ukip will be standing in every single constituency and we will be putting up a good fight if we enter the election on double digits ahead of the liberal democrats we have leadership debates in this country and nigel farage will be on
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those leadership debates and he would wipe the floor with clegg cameron. well the two brings up to date for the moment the news team in just over half an hour with more for you the meantime we take a dangerous tour of mexico's to california rife with drug cartel war and daily shootings that's after the break. a famous american political figure ron paul has decided to create his own liberty oriented home schooling curriculum at ron paul curriculum back to give parents not turn of the standard public education you know when i was a kid homeschooling was only for like the kids of wacko's and cultus if you met
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someone who was homeschooled you always look at them with some sort of suspicion like what's with that kid with what's with his parents i mean who would home school their kids well let's look at it this way who would grow their own food when american supermarkets are stocked with pure healthy and natural food the problem is that food in stores is now loaded up with all sorts of mystery chemicals and g m o's and it makes perfect sense that nowadays people are in droves starting to grow their own food and this logic applies to education too when public education becomes so dismal it is perfectly logical and reasonable to try to educate your kids yourself the no child left behind program did a fine job of making the american education system lower the bar down to the very basement of the lowest common denominator i mean if you think there should be more in a high school graduates had besides reading writing and arithmetic that homeschooling might be for you as art sports and music and science programs all across the nation to the lack of funding is ron paul's libertarian curriculum what's best for your kids i can't say but it's definitely worth taking
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a look at other alternatives given the d. minus quality of public education nowadays but that's just my opinion. who. on earth of this vehicle was peck's because usually all policemen undergo control there are police officers that are connected to illegal activities.

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