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it is a pleasure to have you with us here on this saturday. with your top headlines live from moscow the syrian government has denied a u.s. claims it's resort it's a chemical weapons describing american accusations as quote a. and washington is weighing in on a no fly zone over syria and gearing up for. militias that. claimed it had evidence of the use of illegal agents by damascus. the white house says it's the session to arm syrian rebels is based on intelligence that the assad government has used chemical weapons the mask denies the allegations washington cites its own intelligence community as well as french and british intelligence a u.s. official who declined to be identified told the media here that according to a cia report the u.s. has acquired blood urine and hair samples from two syrian rebels one dead and one
wounded and according to this cia report those two rebels were exposed to nerve agent sarin brian becker he is here with me today to talk about thank you what the administration tries to present as definitive evidence that the assad government has used chemical weapons we don't know much about the evidence that they have but this report about two rebels do you think that could be enough for the cia to come up with definitive conclusions well no the evidence is dubious it's very scant in fact but it's really not about the evidence it's not even about weapons of mass destruction is not about sarah nerve gas there's been an acknowledgement in washington that if you want to take this country to war either by bombing another country or intervening or occupying raise the specter of weapons of mass destruction and that's the ticket in order to get massive media coverage justifying an escalation and that's what's going on there's been
a decision taken by the white house to escalate this is just a red herring not a red line the phrase that we often hear in washington these days is we need to tip the balance seen the other direction meaning in the direction of the rebels but behind that technical sounding phrase tipping the balance is a lot of killing that would have to be done to achieve that goal right to what lengths do you think the u.s. is ready to go to achieve a desired outcome in syria tipping the balance is just a euphemism and in fact bizarre and ridiculous the fact of the matter is this civil war which is taking ninety three to. thousand lives according to the united nations was fueled by outside forces got their turkey saudi arabia who are they are the proxies or allies of the united states and britain and france nato powers they've been funneling arms into syria creating the conditions for civil war in fact promoting civil war i would say they have a lot of blood on their hands senator mccain is a very active supporter of of an aggressive u.s. intervention in syria and he's everywhere now on all news channels applauding the
administration's decision to arm the rebels in one of the interviews he suggested that he'd talk all the way to extremists taking over syria because they would not be allied with iran and it's not just him who constantly mentions he ran in the context of these discussions how much of this is about in your opinion well john mccain's comments are very interesting but not unusual if you look back the last thirty years the united states has made the my enemy's enemy is my friend the theme of its foreign policy that armed osama bin laden in the mujahideen against the afghan government because it was a socialist government and aligned with the soviet union mccain is a cheerleader for war but what is the real goal yes iran is the target iran ultimately because of its alliance with syria its alliance with hezbollah in lebanon ultimately the u.s. wants to destroy its. weaken hezbollah and finally destroy the islamic republic of iran not because it wants a more democratic iran but because it wants
a puppet government or proxy like they used to have when they have the shah. the fear is that the message that the rebels will receive with the weapons is not go sit down and talk the message will be go fight and kill which kind of kills the chances of a political solution doesn't it brian becker anti-war activist in washington i'm going to check in. and while the u.s. and its allies claim they have chemical clues against president assad a news and reports on the ground suggests quite the opposite score has more on why some think it's actually the weapons who've been spreading and legal agents on the battlefield. so what exactly do we know about the use of chemical weapons in syria while the country is believed to have one of the largest stockpiles in the world with some estimates putting it at one thousand tons in september two thousand and twelve the country's then foreign ministry spokesman said government forces would never use the weapons against the syrian people but the recent u.n. report confirming chemical weapons have been used raises more questions than
answers as to who's the guilty party and more finger pointing and allegations continue there's increasing evidence that the rebels do have access to a chemical arsenal only last month turkish media reported twelve members of syria's al-qaeda linked al nusra front had been arrested in turkey with unknown chemicals found during the raids meanwhile the free syrian army leader recently confirmed that the number of army generals defecting to the opposition had dropped because they were being asked on to stay on infiltrate the government forces to help secure the chemical weapons stockpile all of this of course comes hot on the heels of government advances the northern town of qusayr recently once again coming under government control that poses the question why president assad would choose now to antagonize the u.s. by crossing that so-called red line when conventional warfare appears to be swinging the war once again in his favor and that moscow which has had a chance to study washington's findings has not found them convincing as some
russian officials even went as far as to say the way the u.s. is promoting its version of chemical arms used in syria is a throwback to his tactics towards iraq. if you look on the side of what they're doing we have no reliable confirmation the asset government used chemical weapons because the us national security council that made this announcement cites intelligence reports the problem is that one time the bush administration also cited intelligence to prove to the entire world that saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction rid of them as we all know this became the basis for aggression against iraq and for iraq's occupation but no weapons were found there neither nuclear or bacterial nor chemical weapons in syria so how can we trust these empty phrases after iraq it's completely impossible but this is part of the us political line aimed at toppling the asset government yesterday in the new book the delegate and i d back a trip pathway an honorary research fellow at the university of her hometown and he
believes the u.s. leadership sunny using the war in syria to divert people's attention from problems at home. it helps obama as it helps the president. in france and prime minister cameron here in britain all three of us have very serious domestic problems economic problems social unrest et cetera et cetera and when he is facing serious domestic problems then it is already moved through today is this. all threats to national security and into being abroad and try to do unite the population or at least pacify. domestic opposition. this is ati as activists in the u.k. it's the banks that are actually in that. box of
a coming up here in the program protests held ahead of the g eight summit in northern ireland saying the crisis has only made the rich even richer and worse and the social. and deadly chemistry louisiana twin blasts of chemical plants raise speculation the state's neglecting safety expert opinion on that is just ahead for you. the names of all doctors who treated protesters injured in clashes with police as part of a health ministry probe prominence over the other ones government is claiming that medics acted illegally by giving aid to demonstrators in istanbul's taksim square doctors allege a crackdown they have vowed not to cooperate. this report from istanbul. medical professionals have been out on taksim square and gezi park since day one helping out those who have been injured in clashes with police and just those who
have needed medical attention while camping out here in the park for almost two weeks at this point but the problem is now they're under fire from the turkish government and that is largely the reason why we're standing here and not inside the medical tent itself because the people who are working there all of the medical professionals all of them working in other hospitals and clinics all over istanbul and practically all over turkey at this point they are doing so they're working here rather illegally they're doing so without the permit from the ministry of health and just recently information has come to the surface which says the minister of health care has issued several letters of warning so to speak to the doctors who are working here they have numerous questions to the medical professionals as to how many people where the helping who are those people what kind of injuries have been occurring basically a lot of questions all of which need to be documented and forwarded to the ministry of health if this isn't done so the ministry of health says it will suspend the doctors are medical professionals licenses so this is why the people inside these
tents and inside gezi park do not want their faces on camera their representative has agreed to talk to us and told us exactly what is happening in the gezi park. recently we were inspected by the ministry of health he said that what we are doing here is wrong that there could be no punishment for those who are helping people there is no such religion or more of the can discriminate against those who made a big mistake by dispersing the crowds and now they should think twice before making any decisions doctors are not the only ones who have come under fire from the turkish government in recent weeks just the beginning of this week more than fifty lawyers have been arrested in their connection with the protests rather they were arrested for protesting outside of taksim square not too far away from here expressing their opposition to the fact that the mass beatings and brutal force was used by. stumbled police in dispersing the protesters again on tuesday and just to give you an idea more than eleven hundred people just from the gezi park alone have
turned for medical attention in the gezi park after tuesday's clashes with police the lawyers were expressing their discontent with the situation the country and with the brutal force used by police and now it's on the people that we have spoken to are saying that the turkish government has already cracked down on journalists essentially stifling freedom of speech and of media in the country they have also put their thumb down on the lawyers and now it looks like they're after a medical professionals so there's sort of a joke going around the gezi park because they're trying to figure out which profession will come under fire from prime minister erdogan after this in istanbul going to go r t. so elections in iran and protests ahead of the g eight summit which are some of the
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all here on. reporting from the world talks about seventy odd p. interviews intriguing stories for you to. see in trying. to find out more visit our big. dog call. from moscow it's all tea before we get to iran's elections so let's cover this now a new bill last has rocked another chemical plant in louisiana at least one person killed eight injured at this point and a similar explosion on thursday at one of the hundreds of facilities in the state that claimed two lives and wounded around one hundred caleb maupin from the workers world party and the international action center you believe safety has been neglected for profits. louisiana is what's called a right to work state in the united states right to work being you know euphemism
for being that workers are not allowed to form a closed shop contracts and so there's a hostile union legislation that makes it very difficult for workers to organize and to form unions so as a result of that it's much more likely that that the working conditions in such factories where that are non-unionized in states where there is a culture of anti-union politics it's much more likely that they would they would have these kinds of accidents that really you know industries organize to make profits for a small group of people and the needs of the workers are last in the lives of the workers in their safety is last in the financial calculation the infrastructure of the united states is largely it's largely lacking and it's falling apart in many places. now activists in london insist it's time the traditional relations between the banks and the public change is the institutions are now in debt to them just ahead of next week's g. eight summit in northern ireland protesters staged
a rally against financial inequality correspondent pony boy picked up the story. and here sarah he campaigned as an environmentalist have gathered here in what they call the penthouse suite of global capitalism otherwise known as canary wharf london's business district home to a number of banks such as j.p. morgan and barclays now it's an event called they owe us and are they in the title is aimed squarely at g eight leaders who are set to meet for the start of the g eight summit hosted by britain in northern ireland on monday protesters gathered here come from a number of different organizations but they all say that they're concerned with one thing and that's the concentration of wealth and power that the g eight summit represents so next week at the g eight david cameron is going to be saying that he's saving the world he's come out with all these great policies that make things better for you know that's just not true he's making decisions and all those leads in fact making decisions today when the interests of the financial institutions of
these large corporations and the interests of normal people the banks out so. quoted to me if we've got the banks out i mean is there a debt to us you know we're going to say this simple stuff earlier this week anti capitalist protesters clashed with riot police in central london and around sixty arrests were made one word on the lips of many of the protesters are expected to today's inequality while this business district is home to a number of investment banks several of the guarded territory norm one of london's poorest areas where four out of ten children live in poverty so with further government spending cuts on the way protesters and pointing the finger of blame at the banks and the politicians reporting from canary wharf in london i'm fully boyko for r.t. and r.t. is coming here live from moscow as washington's gargantuan surveillance web is exposed to have a taste for the oriya coming up here on our t.v. report on new leaks indicating a massive and concentrated u.s.
surveillance network aimed against potentially hundreds of millions of chinese businesses and severely. the young israeli band who was willing to go to jail for his beliefs finally released after spending six months behind bars for refusing to serve in an army but he calls an occupying force that's just. where iran has been voting in for a new president early results giving a strong lead to the most moderate. clerics in the polling stations closed five hours later than shows you will see to the sheer number of voters turning out election officials saying seventy five percent turnout and security though was high jury the polling to avoid a repeat of street protests in two thousand and nine when the opposition accused the government of vote rigging of the election brings to an end of. the second and final. time as president was marked by the tightening of u.s.
sanctions imposed over iran's nuclear program. flynt and hillary mann leverett former national security council and state department officials they believe neither side in the heat in the dispute will ever give in. there's a constraint in washington not not in terror on that at this point many of the saying sions have been written into u.s. law all and president obama even if iran did everything the us wants it to do on the nuclear issue he's not able to lift many of the sanctions now and less he also is able to certify that congress that iran is cut off all ties to groups that the us government insists on calling terrorist organizations and is basically become a secular liberal state obama and the united states are now him then on sanctions and so even if iran offered up some concessions which is hillary said i don't think it's going to do it's not really clear iran would get much in return
a new round of u.s. sanctions are coming into order on july first how do you see the next leader handling this long standing issue each of the candidates that have been put before the iranian public each of them has expressed concern about the sanctions each of them has expressed real concern about the economy and as such has come up with various plans to address the economic points on iran's agenda whoever is the next president is going to put the economy very close to the top of their list and to addressing the sanctions but it would be a mistake to believe that the next president even if it is someone that would be more to washington's liking that next president is going to make any substantially different concessions on the nuclear issue chip it appears washington to ease the sanctions. website.
four hundred kilometers wide. on the website right now. taking a new twist revelations of potentially wholesale industrial espionage by washington the same system that spies on millions of americans is alleged to be stealing the communications of countless chinese i mean building outside capitol hill but even
protesting the surveillance is proving to be a challenge. lieutenant michael battle of the united states tell the police certainly you are demonstrating without a permit you want to leave and you love the cool of this movie that is what we are entitled to move to was you right there what do you think about it to check groups that were not more than twenty people in either group because apparently more than twenty people in the country are angry you can't have a demonstration without a permit so we're going to hamil over into the park maybe we'll just have themselves a moving press conference we're supposed to have the ability to congregate to address grievances to our government this is the one of the biggest scandals ever and we're not allowed to do that what does that say protesters here voiced their support for edward snowden the man who admitted to being the source of leaking classified documents to the guardian he exposed widespread government surveillance being conducted by the n.s.a. i mean these revelations protesters here voiced their concern about unchecked
government powers i think these discussions about snowden are really a distraction what we need to be focusing on isn't whether or not what he did was lawful it's whether or not what the agency did was lawful what we do or don't do as a society about this massive accumulation of power through the control room for mais information about people's personal lives as well as there simply was information gathered on every detail and what chronic gadget with american it was while protesters here celebrate snowden's actions calling him a whistleblower some calling him a hero government officials have condemned his actions including some members of congress snowden is believed to be in hong kong right now. here at the capital r t. now a military service is compulsory in israel but the occupation of the west bank is forcing many young citizens to question whether they should refuse to serve some
choosing to go to prison instead and then him blank is one of those objectives he was released earlier this month off to serving almost half a year in jail for refusing to pick up a gun and join the army and this story to azziz paula sleep now. there should be some way out not like this just going to prison david blanks son spent a hundred and seventy eight days behind bars he broke his radio record for the number of times he was rearrested and triage by law every israeli citizen woman and man has to serve in the i.d.f. this is the place where once you receive your point patzer come to register ready to serve out your two two three year draft. a ton blank came here ten times but only to tell him he's not willing to join. were supposed to be inducted into the army in november. since. he went there and refused to serve and then he was sentenced to ten days i think at the time and since then he is released from prison
who. goes back and again refuses to serve blanks crime refusing to be part of what he calls an occupying army the army does not acknowledge this kind of objection not even as a conscientious one and so if. recruit comes to the army and says i refuse the they will be tried and then when they go out of prison if this keeps on refusing they will be tried again and again in theory the number of times an object can be tried is endless ask more oil rothmann after spending a little less than a month in prison for fusing to serve he spoke to an army psychologist and was declared mentally unfit for service as a way to prevent further time i felt like my statement had been made and i had said what i needed to say and wanted to move on whereas not i think really really wants
to continue going through this until at some point the military recognizes his right to refuse and i have so much respect for him the idea of trying to be interviewed by our t. that same test this written statement it says exceptions to military draft i'll grant you due to health related issues religious we. place of residence and more civilians who do not receive exemption from the i.d.f. but will feign from following the law face the consequences of their actions this holds true in the case of nathan blank as well as a matter of conscience everyone has to make this isn't like this for himself. so i can't judge what he feels i think the general question of the occupation is is a serious concern for many people in this country and he's just taking it to its logical and the idea of trying to use blank as a warning to others considering following in his footsteps but his refusal to serve put the army in a delicate position by now releasing him they risk setting
a precedent but keeping him under lock and key was also threatening to turn his private protest into a public relations debacle policy r.t.e. television. thank you for joining us your thoughts here today i'm researcher in moscow just a moment i'll be martin breaking the set. six san diego residents were thrown off of an airplane not for what they said but how they said it because they said it in another language russian in fact a paranoid and cowardly steward on the plane told them that they had to clear out just for speaking another language to be here yes of some group of people were to commit a terrorist act then speaking in a foreign language would be
a good tactic i can't deny that and for those who come to america better get on the ball and learn to speak english adequately but there is a problem about fifty million tourists visit america every year according to the u.s. department of commerce and trust me not all of them are canadians if the u.s. is going to have millions of tourists arriving in traveling by air then don't be surprised when they speak their own languages if you're going to throw foreigners off of airplanes just for speaking their native languages then you're going to have to basically throw people off of half of the planes flying over the united states but that's just my opinion. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks
a month for food i should try it because you know how bad the left side. i mean. as i've said. really nice. and we're all very socially. at. worst you are going to go right out to the. radio guy for a minute. what we're about to give you've never seen anything like this i'm told. well welcome to break it is said i meant all right below so today's the birthday of one of the world's most well known revolutionaries and they're still give out all those born to well off family as a young man should travel across latin america where he was exposed to the realities of.