tv Headline News RT May 23, 2013 2:00am-2:30am EDT
good morning to you from everybody here at the moscow is now a just after ten in the morning here in the russian capital. with from around the world a deadly attack that took place in broad daylight in southeast london has already caused a backlash hundreds of far right protesters flooded the streets right near the scene of the killing clashed with police and they were chanting anti muslim slogans and accusing the british authorities of allowing the attack that's considered an act of terrorism believed to be motivated by radical islam thought to be an off duty soldier was hacked to death by two assailants with meat cleavers. reports from the british. well a deep sense of shock amongst the community here in south east london where that horrific crime took place we've heard gruesome eyewitness accounts of the men who
are alleged to have. the victim to death we've seen the video merging already information now from one of those videos that appears to show one of the alleged attackers had said what do you think they'll buy on the. street. that. probably. different. from the store. that. sold them. but. now the man he died there are unconfirmed reports that he was serving soldier and indeed this crime taking place next to the growing fences of the army barracks said this area has strong links to the british armed forces certainly the picture being painted is one of
a perceived terrorist incidents certainly the response that we've seen from the government has also indicated that that is how they're dealing with it at the moment we'll have more information is thought when the prime minister is going to be meeting with the government's emergency response caber he'll be briefed on the intelligence that they have here in south east london these things small gatherings of the english defense league they've responded to this attack they said that they were going to give a response to what they perceived to be an islamist attack really huge police operation underway here the moment one of the chief officers that i spoke to had said that they have huge numbers of police deployed to the sara and he told me they're very keen obviously to avoid a situation happening like we saw in two thousand and. and eleven we've had some sporadic incidents that we've been responding to pretty much since early evening to section sixty authority that was put in place at five past nine section sixty is
a power for the police to use certain stop and search powers without the need for an individual justification of those at the end of the stop and search at that time by and large if the a very well handled fairly the police calling for calm as the investigation is ongoing of course want to surf reporting that of a brutal killing a shaken the u.k. sparking fears of terrorism returning to the capital artie's pretty boy looks at what could lie behind the attack and its broader implications for the country. prime minister david cameron said that this is a most appalling crime and that there are strong indications that it was a terrorist incident that the u.k. would never call in the face of terrorism he has cut short a trip to paris he was there with law and he's going to be chairing a cobra and emergency government committee meetings one of those meetings is already taken place in the decision was taken to increase security outside other
army barracks or in and around london the incident has been met by horror from politicians from all sides of the political spectrum people are very shocked that this is taken place but if indeed it is confirmed as a as an act of terror carried out by islamic extremists well then it's a brutal act that is very unprecedented for the u.k. it presents a new reality for the british government and a new problem to face really because this wasn't a plot it wasn't a sophisticated bomb plot like the ones we've seen for oiled in recent years it wasn't anything like the july seventh bombings with the buses this is a brutal and very basic attack in the middle of a london street in broad daylight outside of a primary school the likely motivation for this brutal killing is looks to be some people are speculating on british involvement or broadly know that the british
army has been involved in conflicts in libya in afghanistan and iraq and william hague also the british foreign minister has recently been calling on the syrian rebels and britain has been heavily involved and actively campaigning to arm the syrian rebels and they've been helping them in providing support in other way in other ways and we also know that is a mess have threatened actually a number of times to behead a british soldier in retaliation for military involvement in afghanistan iraq and libya and in fact six years ago the group of british. stanley's based in birmingham were convicted of plotting such an attack but today it looks like that attack may have taken place it's not confirmed yet but that's what a lot of people are talking about and it's already causing a number of commentators to make the link between british involvement and this sort of what looks to be like a homegrown terrorist attack we've had the british m.p.
george galloway saying today to quote this sickening atrocity is exactly what we're paying the same kind of people to do in syria so in the view of some it's british involvement aboard that's increasing the danger for the british people at home. with the attack that we've seen course one of political reporting right there and there are two contributor afshin rattansi hear echoes the view shared by polly linking the london attacks to atrocities committed by rebel forces in syria. it is true that david cameron and hate are at the forefront along with francois hollande in paris trying to support the rebels that are going to death christians muslims people of no faith at all in syria perhaps people would have seen how alike the events in woolwich were to the hacking we saw in the in the streets of that it was homes because of course that kind of attack was occurring as been occurring
all over syria except as i said the british government is supporting the people with the machetes i have to say. when i first heard about this at two o'clock our time and that it was a machete and it was involving knives and then of course the inevitable there were islamists or there was some connection to islam one had to think was the machete being supplied by william egg in no way will they change their foreign policy if any if anything they won't change their foreign policy they will react completely wrongly just as they did after seven seven invent new m i five operations to infiltrate muslim communities create more untag in islam and inspire more events if the past is anything to go by more tragic terrible violence like the ones we saw today and will it and here it ought to be we've also got our some reaction from across the atlantic brian becker from the anti war on so coalition he believes such violence could have been predicted ever since the u.k.
first embraced america's military actions abroad. this was a disgusting attack a terrible assault a murderous attack one that people are sickened by throughout the u.k. and all over the world but when we look into the broader context we have to i would say no to particular things one is there is an escalating cycle of violence that is predictable and was predicted the british along with the british meaning the british government not the people. joined george w. bush in the invasion of iraq support the war in afghanistan were principles and demanding the bombing of libya along with the united states and france and nato are arming the same rebels in syria so the british colonial past and its current legacy of intervention in war is undoubtedly a factor the other thing though that we have to think about is will this lead to
the targeting of immigrant populations black populations muslim populations for a new round of universal type demonization or criminalization and that's something we have to also be on the lookout for and be against and we've got much more on the story including our many will pictures and videos and live updates from london on our website of course don't go. these are. it's. i want to.
now witnessing its worst outbreak of violence in years hundreds of youths mostly. through the city suburbs and for rest of the violence has shocked the country famous for its immigration policies and very generous welfare system. see the fourth night of violence here in stockholm wednesday had been relatively quiet we've seen community leaders out on the streets trying to stop young people from rioting from setting fire to cars and other things as you can see promotes going on just behind me once they've gone in for the evening it seems because of the people have started setting for more fires we've seen stones thrown it at the police at journalists as well and this is all continuing from what we've seen start on sunday here in stocco now it's being claimed this was all started following a police shooting of a sixty nine year old man he was killed by police officers and is
a parliament apparently holding a machete while he was slain by police that started the first night of violence not continued throughout the week here in stock and i talking to community leaders they say that one of the reasons for this is being down to unemployment here in these particular areas i'm in the suburb of who speak which is not too far from the center of stock obviously one of the worst hit areas by violence in recent nights. they say let's although sweden's unemployment figures are actually below the e.u. average when you look at youth unemployment we're talking about the under twenty five's nearly a quarter of the swedish population are out of work and if you look at the people who are taking part in the violence that we've seen they are all very very young people in the that's one of the reasons why on wednesday evening it seemed like things were under control when we saw parents. religious leaders out on the streets
it seems that once they have gone to bed then the trouble has started again as violence continues to rock the swedish city. sweden has for years been accepting immigrants who fail to integrate and are only there to get money for nothing and that's the view of swedish journalists in critical. the problem is not from the government or from the swedish people the last twenty years or so we have we have seen so many immigrants coming to sweden bedmate really doesn't like sweden they don't want to integrate they don't want to live in this society where you know working pain taxes and so on the people that come here now they come here because they know that sweden will give them money for nothing they don't have to work they don't have to pay taxes they can just stay here and get a lot of money and that is you know really the problem and the police could do so much they have told the public that they mean to do as little as possible but they
could go in there they could use you know water cannons they could do. not letting people out in the streets at night there are so many things they could do within the law but they don't do it. so i had to run the program on auti the west is ready for all the steps necessary to support the syrian opposition local friends of syria group program troops leave the battlefield. of a transitional government's not formed the country will ultimately destroy itself. the body of a missing man discovered near a former u.s. military base links the us to brutal interrogation methods on the disappearance of .
this is with me just a moment on the world update but for now president obama has a years old promise to close the guantanamo bay prison might finally get reenergized in a major counterterrorism address that is jus later on thursday the u.s. leader is expected to announce the transfer of detainee use from the war on terror a facility that it will be sped up and this comes as more than one hundred prisoners have been on hunger strike for now more than three and a half months all in protest over their indefinite detention. and has more on this sunday what else to expect from the forthcoming speech. we have a major national security speech coming up and we have a word trickling down from the administration through various news outlets that the president is going to announce the resumption of transfers of some guantanamo
detainees now these sources say that in the speech we're probably not going to hear details as to when these transfers will start happening but we will presumably hear about the administration's plans to lift the ban on sending detainees to yemen the yemenis are the largest single group of prisoners at guantanamo bay and you have saudi and afghan nationals there as well as others there one hundred sixty six detainees now held at guantanamo it is six have been cleared who would be including fifty six who are from yemen after years of inaction injustice and indifference and after more than three months of starvation the detainees have finally got the president's attention last week the president said he was going to remain u.s. to close the prison something that he probably promised to do four years ago the hunger strike certainly served as a push for these statements but one would argue it said that the detainees had to subject themselves to so much physical suffering to be heard after all this march and by then the hunger strike had already started critics argue that all this time
the administration had the tools to release many of these men especially those who've been cleared for release but it seems that the fear is that even those who had nothing done nothing wrong and who were wrongfully captured after all they've been through at guantanamo all the humiliation they've seen the u.s. may have created enemies there so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not do in the future now apart from going tunnel which the administration always pointed out it inherited from the previous administration the president is going to talk about his own counterterrorism strategy his seat. drone wars this wednesday the u.s. attorney general for the first time officially confirmed that u.s. drone strikes killed four american citizens including the sixteen year old son of anwar like he in yemen there was no mentioning of other countries citizens killed
unemployment problem the every stooge the industrialization problem suicide rates are going through the roof this is a more europe wide problem of course the tyranny of austerity and mass unemployment is driving people crazy and i think that these events the seaside events that receding there are events are reflection of that now have a right wing party that is appealing to disaffected. people who are no longer any hope and secure in the future and no longer have any hope of a job and feel that they're being marginalized so the far right are there to exploit people to dispair. and despair is the common feeling among many in crisis hit europe including italians the number of people receiving food there has. just an economic downturn is taking a greater told and previously feared are those details all of them on the web site r t dot com and a state of the art technology proved to be
a complete disaster for the latest multi-million euro spanish submarine can even dive under the way streets of folds in its construction. are turning our attention now to that of syria a group of western and arab countries have urged hezbollah and iran fighters to immediately pull out from the minutes reaction in syria all amid fears the conflict there is becoming radicalized and everything in jordan the so-called friends of syria alliance said that it's ready to take quote all the steps necessary until the transitional government is formed america's top diplomat john kerry warned the bloc will continue its push as long as bashar assad holds on to the power he added that without such transitional negotiations syria will see even more violence and destruction those statements contradict earlier messages. speaking at a press conference in amman the u.s. state secretary john kerry said and i quote if syrian president bashar al assad was
not prepared to discuss a political solution to end syria's civil war the united states and others would consider increasing support for his opponents and of quote that along with increasing initiatives across the atlantic to arm the syrian rebels something again reiterated by the u.s. senate commission on tuesday is creating a feeling of uncertainty whether a peaceful solution to the syrian conflict would be found any time soon the latest statement by john kerry seems questionable especially after the meeting in moscow less than two weeks ago when john kerry and russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and the russian president vladimir putin agreed to hold an intern. conference by the end of this month to have both the syrian government and the syrian opposition at the same negotiation table and back then sergey lavrov told john kerry that he saw clear signs coming from the syrian government that they were willing to take part in this negotiation while nothing like that nothing of the same sort was
coming from the opposition this stance was reached rated again by the russian foreign minister during his meeting with the deputy foreign minister of syria today in a moscow we are waiting for a reaction from the russian foreign ministry on the latest statement by john kerry and we know that the russian foreign minister and the u.s. states actually had a conversation over the phone today about the peace conference which is due to be held by the end of this month but the biggest question in the light of the statement by john kerry in amman is whether this peace conference would be held at all by let's get some other global news for you in brief time for the r.t. world update and shifting to pakistan for a bomb planted on a rickshaw was detonated near a security vehicle killed at least twelve people including ten security officers and twenty others were wounded explosion at this point no one has claimed responsibility though it is thought it may have been carried out by local belloc insurgents who have longed for the government for so full. of
a huge tornado in oklahoma ripped through nearly thirteen thousand homes and it's claimed it could be about two billion dollars worth of damage and its highest category the storm destroyed the suburban town of moore oklahoma city on monday and the disaster has claimed upwards of fifty plus lives thousands of people have fled the area and now are left as homeless. a body of an afghan man whose feet had been cut off has been discovered near a former american special forces base in the country and the man who disappeared last november was later seen in a video being tortured by an afghan american identified as a riot kandahar the chief interpreter for u.s. special forces or region kabul claims kandahar he was also in charge of a so-called death squad affiliated with the u.s. special forces investigators accuse the death squad of torturing and killing at least seventeen people that washington denies any link middle east expert said baik
believes it's hard to call anyone to account when torture is being used on all sides. even if he no longer works for them i think the question should be raised is what kind of people are they hiring you know if they hired this guy in the first place what kind of checks were carried out to the sanity of this case and i don't think that seventeen people are going to go missing because of the work of one person i think that you know maybe to special forces were involved in those disappearances let's look at background a base where people were picked up take to background tortured and been taken to going to more billions of people listed in background and then were handed over to the pakistanis or anybody else and also for example in abu ghraib we saw those pictures that were released and that showed torture of victims so for the afghans to the afghan government to accuse the americans of torture isn't far fetched and it's actually quite conceivable we've also heard from what were turns every turned from iraq for example or have said that they were routinely killed people so you
know if you look through america's history and the history of the military it's not inconceivable that they would torture and kill people. ok i'm back in half an hour's time with more world headlines including more details on the machete attack in london for now though breaking the set of abby martin just around the corner with. well see british scientists some time to write.
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live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food because you know how fabulous bad luck. i mean. i know that i'm sitting seems really really messed up. in there all very solid personally apologize and second. worst shurtleff a long flight out superman to a radio guy and for the tale of minestrone click cause they all want to close for a politician because you've never seen anything like this i'm told. it's up guys and i did martin rock in a break in a set so i've got a packed show for you guys today but first let me highlight a couple headlines that aren't quite getting the attention they deserve for one the fight to hold former guatemalan dictator to be accountable for war crimes is far from over see recently mourned was convicted by water.