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chemical weapons are reportedly found in the possession of syrian militants arrested in turkey as concern grows the rebels may use the nerve agent to create a pretext for foreign military intervention. crowds of protesters descending germany's financial hub frankfurt to block europe's central bank which they say is helpless in the crisis and it's only causing more data misery. the hunger strike ad one time of a bay prison shows no sign of ending despite president obama's promise to speed up its closure r.t. talks to the father of a detainee about how his son's condition has deteriorated.
creeping out of the russian capital you're watching r t marina josh welcome to the program suspected syria militants have reportedly been detained in turkey where the cylinder of highly poisonous sarin gas found in their possession those arrested are believed to be members of the al qaida linked allness refund earlier this month u.n. investigators voiced suspicions and nerve agent was being used by opposition fighters moscow is concerned the use of chemical weapons could prompt foreign military intervention in syria argues middle east correspondent paula sleazier has the details. the group was seized in southern turkey and that is according to local media reports the media are also saying that they carried a two kilogram seven day with the nerve agent sarin britain the united states and france in the past have said that they believe it is a sad however that is using chemical weapons but they haven't been able to prove to
produce any kind of evidence to prove this and the other hand we have them here what we're seeing is fighters from the almost for fund allied with the syrian rebels caught with the seven nerve agent guest is important also to for intel to remind our viewers that the united nations in the past enormous and independent investigation and that did conclude that there are signs that the rebels have been using this seran nerve agent not damascus is supporters of an investigation but not one that will lead to an iraqi type of sonora the use of chemical weapons is bad and under international law when there are concerns that any kind of suggestions or any kind of proof of the use will trigger international intervention russia's foreign minister says the case must be investigated and warned against political games getting in the way of the truth. when you look at the foot of the piers we've warned repeatedly of provocations connected with chemical weapons we've also insisted on investigations into any case related to their possible use including
the incident reportedly took place near aleppo we're very disappointed that because of political games the un has failed to act on this we expect our turkish colleagues to quickly provide a full report on this latest case this issue ation is too serious for those who constantly talk about the chemical weapons problem to keep playing games around it each and every incident needs to be investigated and reports of sarin gas found in rebels possession seems to be falling on deaf ears in the west author and historian gerald horne told us earlier not even the threat of chemical weapon use and shake it support for the syrian opposition. if the syrian government had been caught with seven guess we would have her work from washington london and paris but of course this should not come as a surprise to any he's been paying attention we know that the internationally respected simple sort of ponce basically made
a similar discovery and revelation on behalf united nations just weeks ago which then was refuted by the white house we also know that in recent days senator john mccain of arizona interim syria illegally and news reports indicate that he consulted with the white house before entering syria this is a very dangerous turn of events it's clear that there are those in washington who would like to intervene in syria on behalf of the rebels which is quite curious since al nusra front which has been designated as a terrorist organization by washington is at the tip of the spear of the opposition against president of the saud. meanwhile here is main opposition group the syrian national coalition says it will not participate in the international peace conference proposed by russia and the u.s. the group side it has to rein of forces fighting alongside this year in military as a reason for rejecting the meeting this has reports emerged that a u.s. and a british citizen have been killed in syria while fighting for the rebels are going
off takes a look now at the syrian opposition and those who might be armed on its behalf since britain and france blocked attempts to extend the u.n. bargo on supplying arms to the syrian rebels there have been growing fears that the weapons could end up in the wrong hands and this is why the syrian opposition is made up of many divided and often competing factions and currently there is no force that can represent it as a whole the. pull the national coalition for syrian revolutionary and opposition forces the supreme military council the free syrian army the international coordination committee the job of the brigade and many more and i'd like to point out that only the n c c's says it's open to dialogue with the authorities while all the others have officially proclaimed their goal is to topple the regime the only difference being how extreme their approaches are and here is where these two rebel groups stand out. is officially recognized as a terror organization by the u.s.
it's also known for its links to al qaeda and for being among the most highly trained rebel forces currently on the ground in syria and the pharo brigade perhaps just as notorious after one of its leading commanders was shown eating the body parts of a dead syrian soldier on video but despite warnings raised by international human rights groups including the international human rights watch the rebels have been receiving weapons for some time now according to western media reports the rebels have received one hundred sixty planeloads of arms shipments from jordan saudi arabia quarter via turkey and then with a cargo smuggled across the border here with syria but no matter which rebel group or the arms may be destined for it's also why we recognize that they usually end up in the hands of the best trained and most radical brigades and we've got more on
the developments and around syria on our website also there are some interesting opinions in our op ed section one of the latest entries compares the waves of regime changes in the arab world with the plot of an agatha christie novel all that and more on r.t. dot com. angry crowds have occupied the e.u.'s main financial institutions in frankfurt two for task against your handling of the crisis demonstration is expected to draw thousands throughout the day with people accusing the european central bank and others for the pave the measures which have caused misery across the continent are just pure all over reports from germany's financial. we are hearing from organizers of blocky pike twenty thirteen other around three thousand demonstrators are out and about all around the city of frankfurt frankfurt is europe's major financial hole opened the home to the european central bank which is being one of those organizations which the demonstrators taking part here have been voicing their anger against because they
are of course part of the troika something that has very much upset a lot of people in europe there the the troika is the these three main lenders for those countries in severe debt it's made up of the european central bank the european union and the international monetary fund and those protesters who've come here say that well they're punishing the people of europe for mistakes made by bankers and politicians now to talk a little bit more about what's been going on what is going on here in frankfurt i'm joined by saul troupe of yes he's one of the prophets of insights from the group he did not horse so thanks so much why are people coming out of there i'm here while we're here because we know that european central bank is one of the main institutions together with the international monetary found of the european commission of not only me to manage the european crisis the economy crashes we're facing now but for use in the crisis to implement a long band that had nearly what i den down. at this at privatisation public
services weakening labor laws through their so-called austerity measures and what form of the protests taking place in the going on throughout the city today is a civil disobedience act would have blocked all the entrances of the european central bank to avoid that they people that this was in the e.c.b. will work today the want to make the point that we know the role of the e.c.b. and no we don't want to be the ones you know working in a way he's sold to will this forming that not us thanks very much for talking to me demonstrations continuing throughout friday here in frankfurt says block your party protesters block entrance to the european central bank to show their anger at what they see as the mismanagement of europe's financial institutions. and the on the rest and on top of the ears financial woes they are still count three as who are not deterred by the blocks problems like serbia and while some members have been accused of hiding their budget shortfalls when they joined serbia's president has
admitted in an interview with r.t. that the country's troubles are far worse than europe could ever imagine because serbia is not in the same situation as the i'd say that somebody you countries haven't been on it's enough they don't overspend and send fake budget reports to that part this many europeans were spoiled by their governments the e.u. exploited the whole world to provide a better life and huge welfare benefits for its citizens but now the break in is over in june is a time to customs and a time to gather them you may enjoy a free ride for a while but one day you'll have to pay and now unemployed e.u. citizens are at a loss how come they no longer have an extra seven or eight hundred euros at hand how come there are no more social benefits free of charge accommodation electricity or natural gas or the situation in serbia is different it would take a long time before the e.u. degenerated into the poverty that we were in the moment.
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mistreatment and indefinite detention in addition the number of hunger strikers who are being force fed has reached a new high with thirty six now subjected to a procedure condemn by the un as torture the number of those in hospital has also increased r t talked to the father of a guantanamo prisoner also had kuwaiti detainees in guantanamo committee he described his son's condition after almost four months on hunger strike. my son been there for eleven years without having justice and he is there. without committing any crime and no charges again it's against him it is very difficult for him to tell me what's going on there because there is a surveillance on the it is the district shoes for all the detainees not to talk about the conditions inside the camp but i can tell by the way he looks he
was so skinny this is the first time for him to put some glasses on his eyes. looks he looks horrible. he could not concentrate while he's talking to me. i have sometimes to repeat simple sentences to him. too old to three times just to bring his attention so he could understand what i am saying he has i lack of nutrition it affected his body his thinking his brain it which is really really we are very concerned very concerned about his life and british labor m.p. jeremy corbyn says the words coming from washington and guantanamo should finally
be replaced with action. what we need is transparency is the right of visiting the right of representation either release the prisoners or put them on trial it is simply not right that prisoners should be held indefinitely without charge or trial president obama first interaction was going to close down guantanamo bay he said is now in its second election campaign and here we are five years later it's still an open running he claims of his administration claim that it can't get it passed the house in the senate in the u.s. and that's the problem i find it quite extraordinary that a major power not near a flight of the international law in this way and i think you have to juggle our efforts to get one time down and the rule international being asserted the legacy of two thousand and one and guantanamo come back. and the extraordinary rendition process is something that's going to live for a very long time international law has been seriously undermined by britain and the
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now for many of the famed impassibility of the u.k.'s justice system stands as a shining example but as a country grieves for a soldier lee rigby hacked to death with a cleaver in broad daylight britain continues to allow dangerous individuals to make a home there are as the details. he says he's murdered up to four hundred people with a machete and his native kenya killed police and taken part in female genital mutilation but a court ruled that twenty seven year old. is free to stay in the u.k. he arrived illegally back in two thousand and three but when the home office trying to deport him he appealed and an immigration tribunals that suffers from schizophrenia and had made up the atrocities he was granted leave to remain in the u.k. because he's at risk of committing suicide if he returns to kenya you would think
this is. a problem if you look at the european convention of human rights it is possible for him to stay here because. of this. we've seen. he's going to be. and that's the problem john. potentially dangerous individual that the home office of tried and failed to deport jordanian terrorist suspect abu qatada has avoided extradition for over a decade as lawyers argue it's against his human rights to return to jordan where he could face torture not all the countries signed up to the european convention on human rights choose to follow it the french and italian governments deport dangerous individuals first and then hear their appeals i think one of the problems we have this country. is. we don't seem to want to fight.
for the problem. all this problem is bigger. in the. streets. people but it did happen. to death in broad daylight by two men. wielding meat cleavers the murders shook the country the suspects had been known for morrissey's and questions have been asked about whether or not the police could have done more to prevent the mind and yes a week later we learned that a mentally unstable man who claims to have killed hundreds of people gets to stay in the u.k. the ruling once again raises questions about who safety the british immigration judges are protecting. in london. and in other news making headlines across the world police in turkey have raided a house or camp in istanbul were demonstrators were protecting one of the city's
central cars from being demolished the incident happened during a third consecutive night of protests plans to build a shopping arcade at the spot caused outrage among activist opposition leaders have already voiced their support for the rally saying they will help dob development there. wildfires continue to rage in california forcing almost a thousand people to be evacuated from the area the latest blaze started in the los angeles national forest and quickly spread to cover two point five square kilometers amid high temperatures and gusting winds and now threatens dozens of homes and power lines. reports have surfaced that a chechen man was unarmed when he was killed by the f.b.i. in his florida home he was being interviewed over his alleged links with the main suspect in the boston bombings earlier authorities issued conflicting accounts of what happened with one claiming it were him to dodge attacked agents with
a knife or his father however finds the allegations hard to believe. from the photograph that was sent to me it's evident he was shot six times to the body and wants to the head at the back of the head it looks like a finishing shot of an assassination to me it looks as if they came to his house like bandits and shot him in cold blood from the photos his house looked like it had been robbed he was questioned for eight hours without witnesses or a lawyer no one can tell for sure what happened there until there is an official investigation the agents say my son attacked them but there were several armed and well trained men even if he lost his temper and became violent they could have restrained him or wounded shoot him in the leg or the arm or the shoulder but what happened was murder complete with a finishing shot maybe my son knew something the police didn't want to come out and they killed him to keep him silent. now the f.b.i. says an internal investigation into the incident would take months to complete his
marina portnoy looks at where the bureau currently stands on the issue. but that time of the shooting up to half a dozen law enforcement officials including two massachusetts state police troopers and an f.b.i. agent from the agency's boston division were present at the florida condo which was not far from universal studios but the f.b.i. has provided you details after the shooting saying that the matter is being investigated by a specific f.b.i. review team and the f.b.i. may not finish its probe for several months now the f.b.i. meanwhile has been under enormous scrutiny for missing several warnings about tomorrow on the biggest warnings coming from a russian intelligence officials years ago indicating that may have links to extremist groups the f.b.i. for whatever reasons did not follow up and probed the matter to the fullest extent
and that some would say led to the execution of the boston marathon double bombings and now we have this development unfolding where our man that was shot and killed by f.b.i. agents turns out according to the washington post to have been on the arm so clearly the f.b.i. is going to have a lot of questions to answer in the coming days with these new developments on this story coming up after the break argy talks to the serbian president thomas off on his country's. and tough compromises demanded by brussels in exchange for membership. the civilized world produces more food than it needs. well people die of hunger in other countries. millions of victims every year. we're
a meal is the most of the treasure. is flood or droughts to blame. that it was a bad year without a train. we couldn't plods anything but the one who would it all but there was great hunger. it was a good help comes too late and without good intentions. charity diplomacy and business want to take. a. clue.
and thank you for talking to us it's been eight years since you took office looking back what have you managed to achieve during those first twelve months and how do you assess your work in general. in the world and it was a productive year for me and the serbian government for example we've successfully reduced crime we've also been trying to find a solution to the issue of serbs in kosovo a solution that would rest on two principles first serbs should be able to live there in peace and second serbia will never recognize the independence of kosovo furthermore we want albanians to stop expropriating land and for serbs to stay where they are i think we've made great progress unfortunately our economy is extremely weak and it will be a long time before we'll see any real improvement a budget relies on consumption not production and this is one area where the government hasn't been able to make any significant headway i hope that the date to start membership negotiations with the european union will be announced soon that
will be a sign of best ability and send a positive signal to foreign investors that would help us repair service economy you know so that's a lot of it is the visits of delegations from serbia to russia have become more frequent lately but the talks have been held behind closed doors what is russia's response to service closer ties to the e.u. and those complicated compromises that serbia has to make with us because of serbia will never have as close and as strong relations with the west as russia does cooperation with russia doesn't mean we have turned away from the u. cooperation with the e.u. doesn't mean we've turned away from russia moscow has never told serbia directly or indirectly that it shouldn't cooperate with the e.u. russia wants the serbian government to do whatever it takes to improve the living standards about people we leaning towards europe simply because of a geographic location we're in the heart of the. surrounded by e.u. countries that's why european standards are the benchmark for us becoming an e.u.
member is not important in itself a primary goal is to catch up with the developed european countries and if we succeed the lives of our people will definitely improve earlier our relations with the west boils down to serbia doing what the west says but i refuse to go along with such an approach and then drafted a platform which served as the basis for a major very solution in the status of kosovo serbs serbia had to face new conditions regularly being placed on it now we've set out own conditions you must have seen how the talks in brussels went it's no longer easy to twist serbia around their fingers we're ready for discussion provided that everything is in compliance with international norms and that's sort of years of attack along with the e.u. now and it crisis what does serve expect from joining doesn't the situation in spain greece and portugal scare you. to post orders. well there's no obvious difference is not in the same situation as the you might say
that somebody you countries haven't been honest enough they overspend and send fake budget reports to their partners many europeans were spoilt by their governments the e.u. exploited the whole world to provide a better life and huge welfare benefits for its citizens but now the reckoning is overdue there's a time to customs and a time to gather them you may enjoy a free ride for a while but one day you'll have to pay and now an employee you citizens are at a loss how come they no longer have an extra seven or eight hundred euros at hand how come there are no more social benefits free of charge accommodation electricity or natural gas the situation in serbia is different it would take a long time before the e.u. degenerated into the poverty that we're in at the moment we don't really care about relations inside the e.u. what we're looking for is new joint projects partners that could help or center new markets. and those who are eager to invest our economy. there are seven million
people in serbia and it's pretty easy for us to overcome the crisis because we've always been a hard working nation there's been little growth over the last fourteen years but it's not the e.u. that is to blame it's us we chose a government that couldn't care less about serbians in the future all it did was please the strongest in the land a small nation can be just as strong as a big one as long as it's united serbians a great people and i'm sure that serbia will benefit from its cooperation with the e.u. for years i was euro skeptic there are even more reasons to be one now and say why do we need europe now that it's in crisis you know when in fact they are our neighbors they have the best science and technology and that's where we obviously belong. to the nose and you know that the serbian government always puts a strong focus on so basic session to the e.u. what if it doesn't happen is there a plan b. . you saw
a little boy some more right now we're not part of the over the last year i've been able to restore a lot of friendships with those who view serbia as a successor to yugoslavia i mean the arab world asia africa latin america and others they were very keen to revive our elations we do have a plan b. we enjoy excellent cooperation with russia which heavily invests into serbia we're also partners with china latin america the united arab emirates other countries of the arab world in israel joining the e.u. isn't a question of life and death rather it's a question of a better life because of that if i basically say no no school is an alternative plan for so because it provides investment and loans and i don't see this is an alternative these two blessings are not mutually exclusive. do you mean that said he has no need to choose between east and west. and you know to the vision he couldn't serbia will never choose between east and west it wants to be part of both
this idea is nothing new it was suggested by the serbian socialists two centuries ago yes we are a slavic off the docks country but we've bordered by western europe and while that might not feel like our natural environment we have to deal with it of course we have longstanding friends with whom we share a common past a common language and religion but it won't do any good for serbia to look in one direction only sadly enough serbia russian relations have never been truly sincere because there were always people who thought they might be harmful to serbia i think that those who want us to look in only one direction don't have the interests of serbia at heart you could. say that they also must part isn't what if let's go back to the course of the talks in brussels why didn't i put in is said to have talked to you during this talks what did he tell you did he back the agreement. that a missile has gone. we spent a lot of time discussing the current situation possible scenarios and steps that
serbia might take president putin has never interfered in our internal affairs both he and the russian government are ready to help serbia but serbia is alone in this battle and fortunately when the talks started serbia decided to talk with dino within the e.u. framework and never asked for someone to stand up for its interests that's why quite often these days serbia has to face several opponents alone the representatives from the e.u. and christina often share the same stance sometimes they will bring documents to the table which they clearly druther together so we're left in the minority but if anyone thought that to join the e.u. we'd be willing to make concessions or that it was just a question of time before we changed our minds that sorely mistaken will not do with the previous government did as for russia it will support any stance that serbia takes russia has made it very clear that it will never recognize an independent kosovo. that means a lot to us it's one thing to be the only country that refuses to recognize
a crossover were meant to be but it's a totally different thing when you are supported by other powerful countries that haven't recognized you that those involved include first and foremost russia and of course we also sought to resolve the issue of kosovo at the un security council when the last russian troops were pulling out of kosovo i was in the opposition and i realize that we have only nato troops to rely on in terms of security i still regret that a lot because i believe that things would have been totally different if russian forces as they unfortunately this is only wishful thinking so serbia has to work with nato the only military power that can ensure the security of serbs and other non albanian ethnicities in kosovo will introduce a provision into our agreement under which nato is to prevent any military intervention from pristina in the area populated by serbs at least over the next ten years. he said and closer than happy with the brussels deal but the
sudden delegation insists that was the most bad grade could get at this time why is it so important to solve this matter now do you think make going to wait and get a better deal. time is not on the side of serbs in kosovo it's on the side of the albanians who enjoy overwhelming support of the serbian population in kosovo is declining they've been living in these terrible conditions for thirteen years we have to convince them that this is the only possible solution at the moment my idea is to form a serbian autonomy that would be totally independent from prishtina they'd have an independent budget take care of their own security they'd have a serbian nor enforcement serbian courts education and health care if we recognise kosovo's unique status and find a way to include it in that constitution they would then we would ask pristina to recognise a uni. that is the serbian community to recognize its right to function independently
of it's a defacto situation in northern kosovo right now but it's not legalised on us or if you want to texas and we fear that it any moment albanians supported by nato another forces may gain control over northern kosovo the countries that have recognized kosovo so appreciating that has the right to control the northern territory the agreement signed in brussels will help us to legalize serbian autonomy and the course of o. will no longer be able to exercise its control over northern kosovo and over four serbian communities in the south i believe we can achieve this and the serbs in kosovo realise that. because they don't want the credit that this doesn't mean that serb a has lost because someone that existed before the borning was in one thousand nine hundred nine for good or evil or the. severe this is a very complicated question serbia will never lose kosovo but on the other hand i'm not the president in prishtina this is painful but unfortunately there's nothing i
can do about it i would certainly be willing to recognize the course of this independence if you get autonomy in the not no no no. we can't be that selfish actually only a third of serbs who live in kosovo are in the north and the other two thirds live in the south and nobody has ever cared about them the international community or even russia is unaware of the serbs who live in the south of kosovo i always think of all the kosovo serbs and i try to ensure they get equal rights the issue of serbs in the north of the republic is just brazenly cut off from that of the serbs living in the south and the question remains open and we can either leave them to the mercy of the of the thirty's machina or make the move to the north this is a very complicated issue you can't simply swap the north or east from recognition of course of those independence producers who wrote that in my view serbia should never recognize kosovo we should discuss this situation with our friends all over
the world i had to write letters to the presidents of all countries which had not recognized kosovo's independence and when the agreement was signed in brussels i had to explain to them that this didn't mean that we recognized kosovo's independence and that time albanians along with their western allies began pressuring those states saying look serbia has recognized kosovo and social heracles women that we have numerous difficulties and a lot of work to do in regard of this matter several days ago i visited turkey and spoke openly to a turkish friends i said you've recognized kosovo's independence you even hard to be the first to do so so right now you should stop insisting that other muslim countries do the saying this isn't a nice thing to do this would impact of relations was serbia cooperates with both of those who have and who haven't recognized kosovo's independence but we don't want our friends who have taken this step to try and expand the list we don't want
kosovo to use it in this state has been with the un general assembly. where we spoke a year again moscow you told me you would respect the will of the people when deciding on course of a status higher considering. the address random on this issue thus the most loyal to him but we first have to pick the right time for a friend and decide what exactly we should us the people thank you very much oh thank you. distraction is one thing the media does very well we all tend to focus on one space issue of the moment and ignore the rest jill those are definitely worth the media attention but let's not ignore the fact that the food people eat around the world
is an attack from multiple fronts antibiotics are often overused and cattle which can and eventually sadly will lead to anti biotics resistant bacteria evolving animals are also injected with various hormones which can make their way into our stomachs and speaking of mysterious things getting into our body pretty much any crops that you we are doused with all sorts of pesticides and sit on top of powerful fertilizers which can affect bodies of water far beyond the fence of the farm obviously technology has been and should be used in farming so we all don't starve i get why pesticides exist and why they start giving diseased animals antibiotics but there comes a point where out putting a lot of poisonous food will kill you just as dead is slowly starving will there is a healthy middle ground out there somewhere but if we only worry about just the g m o's and only win that battle then we'll still be eating food loaded with bad stuff just other bad stuff but that's just my opinion.
other countries. millions of victims every year. where a meal is the most value traded. was. is flawed or drops to blame. going to fall is a bad year without a train. we couldn't plods anything but the one who would it all there was great hunger. always a good help comes too late and without good intentions. charity diplomacy and business gone up to. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so for lengthly you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else and you hear or see some other part of it and realized everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big