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today's news on the week's top stories here on r t hold up in a moscow airport for three weeks former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden speaks to human rights activists it's as big as for asylum a still up in the. russian reveals evidence that syrian rebels were responsible for the deadly use of chemical weapons in the conflict zone as moscow slams western claims to the contrary. but egypt is deposed president on spying and ruining the economy as we report on what impact the political crisis is having on the country's free falling finances.
you are just in time for the weekly here on r t with me will receive a share live from moscow thank you for sharing your sunday with us here. this week saw a little change to the plight of edward snowden the whistleblower remains in the transit zone of moscow's sheremetyevo airport however he did manage to talk to representatives of human rights organizations and replaced his bid for refuge here in russia meanwhile guardian journalist glenn greenwald who's been breaking the news about the n.s.a. snooping he claims snowden holds information which would be america's worst nightmare if revealed let's bring in our teams are going to go on this right now joining us live here on this sunday morning arena good to see you so edward snowden a good job a good salary what is it that happened that changed him so much well he pretty much explained it during his meeting with human rights activists in moscow's sheremetyevo airport which incidentally was the first time in almost three weeks that we have even heard from edward snowden until now it was all it was all
guesswork where is he what is he doing and what is his next step well the meeting took place during which edward snowden has pretty much described his situation how he was living and what drove him to where he is right now. a little over one month ago a. family home in paradise and i lived in great comfort. i also had the capability without any warrant of law to search for c.s. and read your communications anyone's communications at any time there is the power to change people's speeds it is also a serious violation of the war. the former the former n.s.a. and cia contractor it has been on the run essentially from u.s. authorities for three weeks following his following his interview with the guardian's glenn greenwald in may of this year and they had the interview is the first part of the interview was published in may and the second part just came out
in which edward snowden has explained his motivation for actually breaking his silence and leaking the information that he was prepared to. increasingly was exposed to true information that had not been propagandized in the media. that we were actually involved in misleading the public and misleading all the public's not just the american public in order to create a certain mindset in the global consciousness and i was actually a victim of that i grew up with the understanding that the world i lived in was one where people enjoyed a sort of freedom to communicate with each other and the privacy without it being monitored without being measured or analyzed or or or sort of judged by these three shadowy figures or systems i think a lot of people of my generation anybody who grew up with the internet that was their understanding. well of course now the united states has unleashed a full out manhunt for edward snowden which is peculiar considering that everybody
seems to know where he is but still the u.s. cannot get their hands on it on him even though not for the lack of trying definitely even went as far as we're seeing some european governments to to forcefully land a flight we believe in president just a couple of weeks of back because there has been some information wrongful of course that snowden was hiding on the believe in president's plane. certainly we've we've heard that you know there are three latin american countries who have been cautiously open to edward snowden but ultimately what it comes down to is that you still stuck here in moscow why why is that well you have to understand that snowden's passport has been unaltered by u.s. authorities so obviously he can't really get anywhere without having proper documents on him so this occasion for asylum in russia which by the way russian authorities say they haven't received he has seems to be the only real way out at least to have some sort of documents on him which could either help him either stay
in moscow or which seems to be the plan to head on over to one of the three latin american countries be that in israel i believe or whichever country else he may think off which will be willing to take him in of course you also have to understand it's the weekend so there's still hasn't been any information that his formal request has been received by russian authorities so we have to wait probably until monday or tuesday to see how that situation is going to progress or we're going to go there live in front of the kremlin thank you. well meanwhile washington has a slam to russia for for providing a so-called a propaganda platform for the fugitive whistleblower whether it's failed to explain just exactly what moscow has done wrong. we are disappointed that russian officials and agencies facilitated this meeting today by allowing these activists and representatives into the moscow airports transit zone to meet with mr snowden despite the government's declarations of russian's neutrality with respect to mr
snowden sorry you're disappointed that they let someone into their own airport i don't know that well that they facilitated this event of course why because this gave a forum. that you should have before there's a for you forfeited his right to freedom of speech as well met miss mr snowden as we've talked about let me just say this because i think it's important he's not a whistleblower he's not human rights activists he's wanted on a series of serious criminal charges brought in these certain eastern district of virginia in the united states i'm sorry but i didn't realize people wanted on charges forfeited their right to speak to free speech. well one of snowden's our latest leaks particularly highlights microsoft the company has allegedly installed a backdoor access to its services exclusively for government surveillance mcgovern a retired cia officer he believes internet and telecom giants are not at all
concerned about breaking the law. what's happened here is the u.s. companies have become joined in a way with the united states government in such a way that you have the cooperation of the government the media and the congress and judiciary all pretty much joining in a complicit attempt to circumvent the constitution of the united states there is zero concern on the part of the communications companies to violate the law they know that they'll be protected even it if it's as post facto so skype of course is where we're communicating might readings to the n.s.a. people who are watching us by simulcast i just learned from this latest revelation that not only can they intercept our voice but they share images so hello to all the n.s.a. monitors out there there is i one small company that's me now making headlines for the opposite reason
a utah based internet provider has been rebuffed thing the government in shielding uses data from the snooping i'm according to kevin owen caught up with the founder of x. mission peter rushed down. we have had situations where people inside the attorney general's office of slandered my business and said that we're supporting criminals we absolutely do not support criminals we just ask for a proper warrant and that seems to be too much to ask most of the time or the other issue is that we saw with the n.s.a. . exposure that google and microsoft and apple and others who are supposedly cooperating. they're probably charging for that privilege so they're making a financial decision to open their networks for inspection by the n.s.a. and it's not worth it to me to do that i don't want to live in a surveillance of society and i'd rather stick by what our constitution says that we're protected by we surely i guess the big internet giants are got less to lose that big business is they've got less to favor of night yeah absolutely and but
it's funny because i've got more to lose i mean i couldn't fight a protracted court battle but i'm willing to do it i'm willing to go to jail to protect my customers from being wholesale the monitor i find it surprising that a company with the resources of google. isn't more circumspect about the information they're giving away and what they're selling it begs the question how long this has been going all that doesn't it of course a lot of may be familiar with that i think it's just come out now with snowden and his revelations is that what you think of him i think he's a hero and i think he's doing the right thing i think it's shameful that he's being treated like a criminal for standing up and reporting what i believe are illegal acts by our government people shouldn't be treated under the espionage act is the obama administration has done so many times to people standing up and believing that what is going on is wrong otherwise we have no recourse to turn our government around.
it's just one in ten minutes past the hour here in moscow this is the weekly you see russia has slammed the u.s. and its allies it was earlier this week what moscow called quote producing maximum obligations with minimum credibility and this regarding the use of chemical weapons in syria and western powers that claim that bashar assad's regime used nerve gas on civilians back in march but russia revealed that it conducted its own investigation into the incident and discovered the syrian opposition was in fact responsible for the atrocity which killed twenty six russia's u.n. envoy added that western claims to the contrary appeared to be aimed at hampering an independent investigation into the chemical attack i write here is how with the tally churkin substantiated russia's findings. the results of the analysis clearly indicate that the ordinance used in cell was not industrially manufactured and was filled with sudden of the site in technical specifications proof that it was not in
the us to really manufactured either the project island vault is not is standard one for chemical use therefore there is evidence you want to believe that it was the armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons. meanwhile infighting among the syrian opposition escalated dramatically this week after radical islamist militants shot dead a top rebel army commander fresh clashes have since been reported among the anti assad factions and the surge of al-qaeda linked activity has led the u.s. and its allies to think twice about sending arms to regulate to the conflict zone a british m.p. george galloway he says the syrian people don't want to be ruled by islamists. countries that were in the vanguard of trying to arm these maniacs as the london mayor boris johnson described them are now having to think again it's not just the wheels are coming off heads are coming off heads of bishops and priests and people are being mobbed by these maniacs including the commanders of the so-called free
syrian army which is the quote unquote moderate part of the syrian opposition that western countries have been blowing hundreds of millions of dollars into i suspect it's partly about money control of these stolen syrian oil reserves that are being harvested in rebel held territory it's partly about ideology the notion that these people want to bring democracy to syria is laughable the kind of democracy they have in mind is the democracy of al-qaeda al-qaeda brought to parts of afghanistan and the vast majority of syrian people absolutely reject that kind of future. life from moscow this is more of the week's top headlines and after a very short break. this
journey is not about seeing the world. it's a mission that i could to myself the project will succeed if i stay in the same place all the time. i've been travelling around the world for twenty days so far in all the time i haven't spent any money at all the main idea of the project is that the uk has painted people's portraits in return for some goods. that yes we have to get used to each other i think is a little disappointed about the bus a thing because we're still spending a lot of money i mean if i spend it he shouldn't worry about that right now i don't think so goes a great artist but i don't think he's a con man and if you don't like the painting you just don't give anything.
thank you for joining us here on our show in moscow israel was behind the recent explosions at the key syrian port of attack that's according to statements made by three anonymous u.s. officials the pre-dawn blasts allegedly targeted a russian made antiship missile battery which syria received now some two years ago let's go live to our middle east correspondent for the latest on this supporter good morning to you from moscow can you bring us up to date here what else do we know about this strike. well as you say american officials speaking anonymously have revealed that explosions reported at a key syrian port some nine days ago were likely the result of an israeli air
strike now the allegations refer to pre dawn explosions in the city of latakia and they allegedly target russian made and he ship missiles not missile betty was supplied by russia to the syrian armed forces back in two thousand and eleven the russian naval base in tacos is also a round eighty kilometers from here what we're hearing from the syrian observatory for human rights is that fighter jets were seen in the skies around the city of haifa which lies east of latakia now several troops were reportedly killed and wounded in the explosions the syrian rebels do acknowledge to quote them that foreign forces destroyed these as vans and missiles and they hinted that is what might have been behind the attack the spokesperson for the free syrian army said that the attack was either by an air raid or long range missiles fired from boats in the mediterranean what we're hearing now according to iranian media however is
that syrian officials have denied reports that israel was behind this attack so far the israeli government has declined to comment all confirm over future allegations that it is responsible for these attacks but however if these reports are true this attack would mark the fourth is waiting to strike on syria within the past six months for you talk about of force strike in syria over the past six months can you can you take us because back a bit then and give us more details about israel's involvement in the syrian conflict so far. well in may israel launched two is strikes on the syrian territory one of those strikes was thought to be on the country's scientific studies and research center which was previously attacked by the israeli air force back in january the other attack which took. on may the targeted surface to surface missiles provided by iran and was targeted to damascus international airport
israel has not gone on record to claim responsibility for any of these attacks at the same time tel aviv has made it clear that the country is prepared to go into syria if it means preventing hizbollah or other militant groups from obtaining additional what it calls sophisticated weaponry is what we're fearing here today red line israel does consider advanced missile systems such as the systems at your current to be a threat to vital infrastructure on the country's coast including its gas reserves and its power stations so the facts seem to point towards an israeli is fight but as i say no confirmation from the israeli side not that we're expecting to get it anyway our party's policy here in tel aviv thank you. are shifting gears now and putting the focus on egypt where the interim government has begun investigating the ouster of president mohamed morsi for spying ruling the economy and inciting violence in the military's clampdown on the muslim brotherhood
begun soon after morsi was toppled at the start of the month with its top members are arrested and islamist t.v. networks being shut down their huge crowds are being out in cairo all week some demanding morsi is reinstatement of his celebrating the fact that he's gone on monday fifty seven people were killed in clashes between the army and the deposed president's supporters and what the brotherhood called a massacre by all thora g.'s of washington's urged the government to release that opposed leader what is done whether it considers military the military takeover being that of a coup or senior advisor to the muslim brotherhood again how the else how does it is much more on the critical about the respect. every human being does something wrong and certainly every government does a lot of things wrong but that's not an excuse for a military coup and i can see how many people are making that excuse that it's ok to have a military coup similar to what the idiocy that we've heard from some of the world leaders and other western leaders that all military coups are a new form of bringing about democracy this is a new level of intellectual low this is not acceptable now this is the twenty first
century political scenes are governed by politicians by democratic means if you want to bring down a government you go to the ballot box and don't go brushing up to the military because you failed as a political leader or you feel that a political party id end of a date easy to collect all of people that are angry at one thing it's very difficult when you ask them to make a choice with responsibility because then they have to man up to the policies that are they asking for you got turned down the street on t.v. running a government swearing in a nose to the ministry of defense political prisoners in jail close down of the major parties in the media channels that are anti the coup and killing of protests in the street while more do you need is the classical ingredients of any military coup. in the meantime egypt's interim government has vowed to get the country back on track planning a new constitution and the parliamentary vote that will be in about six months from now are the backbone of the country's economy tourism it's showing little prospects of recovery and with a deadly street battles across the nation doing a little for its image is kyra correspondent bill trufant the report. behind me is
the egyptian museum one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of the country is the first port of call for many tourists coming off the plane here in downtown cairo however it isn't empty this is a scene this been seen across the country in all the most popular tourist destinations putting a week of political turmoil after the ouster of mohamed morsi egypt's tourists and history which makes up eleven percent of the country's economy has taken a massive beating since the tiny with a defined revolution particularly as terrorists are becoming increasingly scarce in the last week we've seen massive nationwide demonstrations funded by clashes between rival groups and on sunday fifty people were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of the deposed president early even money to pay the terrorists won't come to egypt in the future that bin travel warnings are being issued by embassies including the u.s. embassy actually sent most spend on emergency stop crime after a u.s. citizen was stopped last week in these bloody clashes made to international tour operators that are becoming can also come so that tourist to buy orcas and
september during the fiscal time i will continue to do through this this is a free like but the work place has most kids however local tour operators and souvenir shops and we don't have international backing spare to plug the gaps be fooled one month. we need to see from the boy the mail list them five percent and then we see if he did that somebody placed those and you fees or if you choose you know most will keep the peace the people thank you very much thank you. so people are fearing ments as those supporters of the previous leader mohamed morsy remain in a sit in and refuse to go home in various parts of the country that are going to see further clashes but those like shoki working in the tourist industry they feed this means tourists are going to continue to be scared from coming to egypt and actually the future of egypt's tourism is going. even. now i'm just
a click away at dot com right now the deadly bus crash horror through the lens of a dash this video coming here shows how saturday's horrific accident could have claimed even more than the eighteen lives it did if not for the steering skills of passing driver who's. also in line for you right now or jubilation in southern china the authorities are scrap an ambitious nuclear project after a shoot to protest find out how much this respect of public opinion will cost the chinese government right now. here on the program this is a loyalist riots in north belfast have continued for the second night in a row prompting the deployment of hundreds of additional police at the march by the pro british orange order spiraled into unrest after the traditional route was shortened to keep it from passing through a sectarian flashpoint. has more on this. but she's still got some i think
here on the second evening but on a much much smaller scale than we saw last night no the situation looks bad but the numbers are significantly smaller and the laws police operation trying to quell the tensions of the starting of course will be for the police in forcing that controversial decision by the phrase mission they didn't reach for the twelfth of july parades and not for large scale anger on the streets of belfast here again tonight as you can see we've had a full full thing right they still have some petrol bombs the last number of police officers dealing with this operation of course we've seen these extra numbers of mutilated offices. in scotland as well with being here as this thing northern ireland police force but i think that's the problem the last couple of nights really highlighted some of the big concerns that still needs to be addressed and it's going to make it even more important in the coming weeks with the plans for
the ballpark to talk to take place in this situation the questions still remain the cultural expressions of our people most of these questions to leave it at how you calm the situation and along. the ready addressing some of the issues surface. now the u.k. government's fair trading regulator has unleashed a crackdown on funds offering short term loans at exorbitant rates of interest of despite the demand to clean up their act the often dubbed vulture agents won't be forced to fix the damage they've inflicted on people this story was his party boy. louise and her husband were bankrupt when she took out her first payday loan she couldn't afford to pay it back sometimes they would call up and so do you want to sew your jewelry do you want to. take up or take out another day
learned that one and have very more money and they still call it slow louise's to loans of two hundred fifty pounds each ended up costing over two thousand pounds the financial pressure meant that louise's two sons had to relocate to live with their birth father once things psycho wrong it just seemed to continue forever and it's still like that now even though it's been. eight months after we've paid them off when we're still going it tough last year stretched budgets meant that britons took out two billion pounds worth of short term loans it's a burgeoning industry but it's taken hold leaving government regulation to catch up you know it doesn't matter how careful you are with money sometimes you pay just one stretch far enough but there are remarkably few rules that govern how payday lenders operate customers are going to refuse to credit by banks and here exhausted
every other means of securing a loan can simply apply online and most are approved within moments which means they can get their hands on the cash within minutes they're in problem is paying it back payday lenders can charge any rate of interest they like often up to five thousand percent the industry's been accused of bullying borrowers into taking out multiple loans lending money to drunk individuals people with mental health issues and even children the office of fair trading has told the u.k.'s fifty biggest lenders to stop handing out loans irresponsibly couple. between the director of thirty six i think it's due to a combination of reduced income. and financial shocks do you think government needs to come forward with a rigorous plan in order to better protect trialist from payday loans one guy is the u.k.'s largest payday loans company is new head of public affairs used to be an
advisor to david cameron leading to accusations that the company is lobbying its interests with the government longer reportedly paid for meetings with conservative ministers they paid a in excess of opposing ponies to about fifteen minutes with somebody from government. that's not right you're using your employees were told you have money and because they want money for their relation with these companies no government money for nothing they are wanting something in return on the train of return we're wanting is for people to back off and to be free up to this double they have backed off quite well so far councils up and down the country have blocked access to payday loan websites from computers in libraries and public buildings to stop constituents being tempted by instant cash that will plunge them into debt it's hard because without. petrol do you think you're going to pay it back in ten days well you want so you hope.
when it comes to that you have got. next month but many struggling britons despite being warned are still finding the instant cash all too tempting. r.t. london. well thanks so much for joining us here on our team today i'm sure in moscow next after a very short break we're following a man who's traveling around the world he does so without spending a single dollar and saw for the break. many in latin america are furious with the forced grounding of bolivia's president evo morales is playing in austria and even twelve nations in latin america are
coming together to discuss the consequences of the event the plane was forced to the ground while flying over the e.u. because it was believed that that sneaky snowden was hiding on board trying to get to asylum in bolivia and beyond some might say that this is no big deal so president of some contras since he had a delayed flight for a few hours they have been man plus you've got to get that still guy at all costs right well one is delayed flight is another man's imperial skyjacking you see the countries of latin america have a common history as being on the bad end of brutal western european imperialism and when the president of a former colony could just be abducted at the will of the you would have his plane searched it sure makes you feel like you're still under the lash of foreign control doesn't it to any of you think for a moment that any e.u. officials who are so willing to groan morales would dare to do the same thing air force one i don't think so morose clearly was treated like some sort of second class president and despite this insult they didn't even catch so to.