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a life sentence looms for u.s. army private bradley manning after a judge upholds a charge that he ate of the enemy glass of my documents a washington faces an uphill struggle in its war on whistleblowers. russian anti-corruption blogger ali sina vali sentenced to five years in jail for embezzlement but can walk free pending appeal after prosecutors asked for his temporary release and a surprise move. and of the eight you puts a dampener on israel's settlement expansion plans new cooperation guidelines make the occupied territories knowledgeable for future funding.
this is r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital i'm marina joshie welcome to the program. now prospects are looking bleak for the u.s. military whistleblower bradley manning a judge has refused to drop the charge against him aiding the enemy that means the army private who turned over thousands of classified documents to wiki leaks could spend the rest of us live behind bars was no chance of parole has been following the case it is the most serious charge of the private first class faces so that means he still faces the possibility of life without parole now the court took a look at the testimony and evidence we've heard so far throughout this case and found that there is enough evidence to move forward with this charge this charge of aiding the enemy prosecution has cited manning's job as an intelligence analyst they say that as an intelligence analysts he should have known that by leaking
these documents to the empty secret secrecy website wiki leaks that al qaeda osama bin laden and al qaeda affiliates were going to see this information and now the defense has insisted and has maintained that bradley manning and no way intended to aid the enemy they say that he is a whistleblower and that he leaked these documents in an effort to expose wrongdoing to spark a public debate what is going on in the wars abroad diplomatically really what the truth is right now trial is wrapping up just a matter of time now before we will hear closing arguments and ultimately it will be one person the judge in this case that will deliver the verdict. an attorney who is a member of the bradley manning support network believes washington is cracking down not only on whistleblowers but also on press freedom. this is a very abusive charge appropriate charge and it's very unusual a really raises the stakes are for was the blowers especially in the national
security arena because in the enemy in the past has meant that you had to have the intent to a the end of the not just the knowledge that you could be in the and that's a very big difference normally this kind of in the enemy would means on really becoming a traitor and and working with the enemy of the united states not somebody releasing material to the media and not just a risk to whistleblowers it's a risk to the media to journalists to reporters now reporter writes a story. criticizing the media or point points out of the military or points out some faults in the military some mistakes of the making in this ng the enemy and so i think it's a really raises lots of questions not just for whistleblowers but for journalists in the twenty first century when we're also connected by the internet anything that's written on a blog i can be perceived as a in the enemy so there's
a great risk for freedom of speech and freedom of press for the future. and bradley manning is not the only whistleblower feeling the pressure from the u.s. government the latest is of course a former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden who blew the lid on america's secret surveillance activities and is currently stranded in the transit zone of a moscow airport as poor as the two cases are part of a wider movement for transparency that may be impossible for washington to stop the u.s. government's relentless crackdown on whistleblowers this sort of designed to scare the whistleblowers of the future but we see that bradley manning's fate is not scared edward snowden for example so despite the crackdown whistleblowers keep coming forward with revelations about the government's wrongdoings as they see them so the u.s. government decided that punishment is perhaps not enough in the wake of bradley manning's leaks the government came up with the so-called inside a flight program under which government employees with clearances are basically instructed to. judge their colleagues speech and behavior and determine whether
they might might become a whistleblower you can imagine how many baseless and discriminatory investigations the program could trigger critics argue that the obama administration is using mccarthy methods to go after whistleblowers on top of that you have journalists who sources in the government have dried up the justice department has shown that to track down an on off the rice source they can see quickly seized during this communications records as was the case with a.p. germany's so about this new era of whistleblowers we spoke with them for nix who's been writing extensively on the bradley manning case take a listen you know for forgetting to leave and we don't see how to walk out of the rand corporation with our school documents all of an adult's own room for seventy two hours and so there's a documents on a lot of bradley manning underground and they're not loaded here. you know presumably did something similar just wanting to you delete documents and with it
in or out of a person there's a secrecy and a person who in this these two sources are bound to collide it's interesting poll show that the majority of americans think of edward snowden as a whistle blower not a traitor whereas the majority of americans think bradley manning is a traitor to a certain extent the public support for this or that whistleblower depends on the subject of their revelations bradley manning revealed the u.s. governments were crimes abroad perhaps not surprisingly many generates more sympathy abroad than at home but one can argue that americans are more sympathetic to snowden because his revelations are about their rights their civil liberties so they care more when it's some iraqis rights they apparently care less. now the high profile trial of ali sina vonnie a russian and take a russian blogger who's been convicted for embezzlement has taken an unexpected twist prosecutors who earlier succeeded in having him sentenced to five years in jail are now asking that the volley be released pending appeal that move came as
crowds of his supporters gathered to demonstrate against the verdict artie's entered farmer brings us the details. several thousand of these protesters and supporters turned out on the streets of moscow they claim that the trial was politically motivated organizers say the up to seven thousand people police say the figure was nearer three thousand they had originally intended to demonstrate on the national square but they did not have official permission to do this so the police prevented them from doing so and as a result crowds did gather on its perimeter near the kremlin and also near the state duma there were about one hundred arrests although the police do say the bulk of those were because people were obstructing the highway during the busy rush hour period now these things are also repeated incent petersburg but it is wrong to say this was a picture that was painted across russia it is fair to say in the valley does have
huge support on social networking sites this is where he gained his faith as an anti corruption blogger and indeed gained a big name during the mass protests that took place two years ago after the parliamentary elections but a poll does show that only ten percent of russians were actually following this case and it's also worth noting that although he's a figurehead for the opposition he's not actually an official leader of any party and in fact he was banned from the a block of party because of his extreme nationalistic having said all that there are also demonstrations in the small town of kid all of that is about a thousand kilometers northwest of moscow and that's where his trial was heard and that will also be the scene and focus of attention this morning because it is actually handcuffed and detained after his conviction but his defense now say that itself was against the law because he should be allowed to be free until very pale against his conviction is heard within the next ten days so we're hearing will be
held to decide whether he should be released at least temporarily. is conveyed. has drawn instant criticism from western governments washington can down the ruling as suppression of civil society in russia was that opinion largely acco by e.u. officials however british legal expert and blogger alexander mercurius has been following that a volley trial told us that outsiders are jumping to conclusions without looking at the details of the case as far as i can see. the charge is made out the facts were set out please and this can absolve you just given an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses to respond to the evidence and i think if you look at the evidence and i think a lot of the people who question the fairness of the trial have not to hear that but i think you can look at the entrance you would decide that he was probably convicted well that's exactly what one gets to see the feelie people who have
already made up their minds before the case even started and before the trial even started simply following their own opinions which they formed in advance of the crown prosecution service here takes the view that in the case of theft which is what this basically is of. property worth more than one hundred twenty five thousand pounds the first time offender who pleads guilty it's between three and six years five years is exactly in line with that you know while london based russia analysts mark macaulay says that for many in the west and around the trial is just a pretext to criticize the kremlin. if something like this comes up it's very easy then to take a stick to the russian state of the russian government and say that they're behaving like the communists they haven't read improved they haven't really moved to democracy rule of goal liberal market economy and so on so therefore there's
a there's a prejudice there's a lovely. in the west which under russian to the anyway that russia could never come to this is presumably by showing that the law is not to play that the contract is really comfortable and that person is observed the democracy is in fact practice and so this is a long long hard road and we've got more analysis and opinion on the issue on our website our team dot com also there live updates on the best pictures from the protests against the verdict and from inside the courtroom don't forget to check out our correspondents twitter feeds for all the latest on this and the other stories we cover here in r.t. . right see. first street. and i think you're. on our reporters but. instead. i.
am. now the european union has cut off funding to disputed israeli occupied territories in the west bank and jerusalem that's part of the e.u. pressure on israel to keep inside its original borders before their expansion in one nine hundred sixty seven the decision will affect more than half a million of settlers and caused an angry reaction from tel aviv but europe says it's merely formalize a position that had been stated many times before our disposal here in our reports . the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is furious with this new european union directive and a number of leading israeli officials have called it an earthquake what it states is that in any future agreements between israel and the european union the needs to be an exclusion clause referring to settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem
now i'm standing in the israeli settlement of our real behind me is the university that was founded thirty one years ago and which today has a student population of fourteen thousand degrees that awarded here are recognized by the israeli higher council for education but this latest move by the european union is bad news not only for settlements like this one but also for universities like the one you see behind me what it states is that they needs to be a pretty bishan on all grants scholarships prizes and money that is awarded and unless there is this exclusion cause now it is estimated that this will affect some forty percent of israeli institute. corporations and banks that have in direct ties with the settlements palestinians and their allies
for resumption of peace talks with the palestinians policy r.t. in the ariel settlement west bank. peace activists up and hammer believes this is a first step in an effort to push israel to give up its expansion ambitions i hope that what we just saw coming from europe will be and now there is a way to pressure the israeli government into making very clear to these very public that their world is supporting israel but their world will not so-called days when the accumulation in the west bank and israel has to find their way to stop the occupation in the west bank otherwise we will find out said the fighting would most sanction and even maybe a boycott about the against israel that i'm against but this is maybe so i think that today most israelis understand the need. to restart the negotiation and to
find a solution to the conflict i hope to together with the american pressure and the european pressure there will be some kind of result and we will see the restart of the negotiations in the next couple of days. so i have for you this hour authorities in belfast block a global loyalist march a week after a celebration parade turned into day as long while in clashes with police. as muslims across the world marked the holy month of ramadan and celebrations in iraq the sand into bloodshed we are taking a look at what's behind the violence later in the program. zesty what happened there i don't know but a woman got killed. here's lakers when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about
polygraph results you get innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were taking they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. the.
welcome back you're watching our team iraq spiraling violence has continued unabated during the first week of the holy month of ram it down. leaving almost one hundred seventy people dead in a string of attacks suicide bombings and shootings have made the first week of ramadan the deadliest since two thousand and seven no one has claimed responsibility for manny of the attacks but sunni insurgents often supported by al qaeda are believed to be behind the assaults that target mostly shia areas across iran pennsic tarion violence throughout iraq claimed over three hundred lives in july alone mideast expert michael o'brien believes the insurgency is just a consequence of the u.s. occupation. we created the civil war that really were up to seven and now we've got a shiite government the shiites want to run the show the show and the soon as
you're going. well not so fast you know we were in charge all these years we like being in charge but they're outnumbered so it's it's a mix of religion. and. religious religious parties in power in iraq right now and it's a it's a it's a terrible situation but we had a very big role in creating it by totally dismantling all of the security infrastructure of the country and then essentially walk away and when saddam was in power he kept the lid on everything. else take a look at some other stories from around the world egyptian capital has seen yet another mass rally by the borders of the ousted president mohamed morsi denouncing the newly formed government the rally in cairo followed a televised speech given by interim president adly mansour the said the reason there were throw the muslim brotherhood cannot be reversed more protests are expected to sweep the country with egypt's military already issuing
a stern warning against as long as factions seeking to stir up the unrest. spain's largest cities have been hit by a wave of overnight protests in madrid police clashed with. asters and several were injured on both sides tensions also flared up in barcelona angry crowds demanded that prime minister mariano rajoy step down following accusations that here is sieved secret cash payments from a slush fund in two thousand and eleven the allegations come at a time of public frustration over soaring unemployment and severe austerity cuts. police in the u.k. have launched an investigation after one of the two man accused of fatally stabbing soldier lee rigby outside the wood barracks in may was attacked in prison several officers where reportedly called in to help after him i go out of illogical began acting violently and was injured during the subsequent brawl in the prisons high
security wing i have a lodger and his accomplice are expected to stand trial on november the teen in a case that triggered outrage and a series of protests across britain. and staying with the u.k. more than six hundred people many of them pensioners have died due to a heat wave over the last nine days officials issued a level three alert after scorching temperatures on wednesday reaching thirty two degrees celsius and two thousand and three extreme heat that affected large parts of europe caused the deaths of two thousand british citizens while washington is considering whether to use military force in syria and that was revealed by u.s. army general joining a senate testimony who said the options for military intervention are already on the table that syria faces the prospect of terrorist forces gaining overwhelming control over the country's north reportedly plans to create its own state near the
border with turkey forcing rival rebel groups out journalist new quark believes the syrian opposition will use the al qaida threat in a desperate bid to secure western intervention. it's interesting isn't it when president assad was warning about al qaeda in syria from twenty eleven all of which he was dismissed by the west and scaremongering etc he was saying that al qaeda was coming to her in syria and now we're hearing this from the f.s.a. so it's interesting isn't it that those of those who did want this were half were dismissed as sort of apologists for a sad apologist for the syrian government now the west has put a wake up to what's really going on and that i think having said that it's very important to understand the f.s.a. strategy. is very keen to get western intervention i think they're now change their strategy and they send look al qaeda are going to take and unless we do they don't help us the f.s.a. have lost or basically and i think now they're lost and say look you've got to help us out and to try to put the trends of the good guys the moderate rebels but they're not a place the terrible crimes it's a terrible terrorist atrocities so it's i think it's
a kind of faux division to say that there are bad rebels and good records the fact is elections are due in syria next year twenty fourteen there's no teacher anybody to be using violence now to achieve little change in syria democratic elections are available to people so i think the f.s.a. this is a sort of desperate last chance for the really good situation in syria has been under the spotlight in our genes debate cross starting to watch the full show later today at seven thirty g.m.t. here's a preview. if you are a sides group. on the other side the russians iranians it would be better to get this to a bargaining table stop arming the rebels so that side would continue maybe getting that momentum on the battlefield and feel as though he is in control enough to come to the talks if he is in control of those talks and there are no perfect preconditions for him to go. that is you know that would be there the best scenario on that side but the united states wants to see him go so i mean
it is a huge mess you know it's all from your point of view why should it have to be all about just one. that's ridiculous it's got a lot and how this one way to look at this piece or perhaps one way to look at this perhaps one way to look at this is not to look at syrians as assad's people of the opposition's people as outsiders it is just for a moment look at all syrians if the stalemate continues what we call the stalemate of this war is frozen between two sides what happens as more syrians die so to place the emphasis on assad's exist is to prolong this war. we. in northern ireland authorities have denied permission for a unionist for a to be held in belfast due to recent street riots the orange order was to march
along a route separating the rival loyalist and nationalist communities are the center for of have the details but first there's a city of less willing to pay the bill so long as it's then very much divided along sectarian lines with loyalist and republican communities living right next to each other and in times of tension is the. violence to break out as we've seen in recent days but away from that night i'm writing and it's a completely different story so we've come to gain a different perspective on what's happening in belfast. the titanic's and the odyssey arena and the waterfront welcome to moe's in belfast but as well as taking in the sights along the more glamorous was a front regeneration area because it is a rule say given a guided tour through northern ireland's past troubles at the tool to avoid certain
parts of the normal to rate bringing us sharply back to the here and now to the belfast that in the days following the twelfth of july or enjoyed a unionist parade was once again being plagued by scenes of violence these tourists a financial remain unafraid i first came here in one thousand nine hundred one and of the time it was a very difficult period because i remember it was the time of the hunger strikers so we used to going to town and we were checked so now to see that there is this peace process in northern ireland and that there things have changed so much and benefits has become such an attractive place to be seen i think it is i mustn't be the elected you know it was the right thing might be highly likely like the impact is far reaching is estimated to last years writing a big issue with how many days the union flag can fly coast businesses in belfast
millions in the trade this time around the riots sparked by a decision not to let loyalists great pass the nationalist area with the arrival of the former us government peace envoy richard haass to chair all party talks here it's take that a new route can be stated to keep the peace process progressing every year that we . this time of year. crisis mode and that's what you know it's very welcome develop the drugs are agreed to. old party talks and look at some of the very thorny issues that of. the peace building here for a number of years that's a day looks like. the past nothing country by the parades commission and the parade yet moves the potential for another great series.
and when we come back it's our report police tactics. you want is something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions to their products only the original brand of creators of the drugs can the court's decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for what was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of dermal burns all over her body and of course after winning the case mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just a ruling about one drug but ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent
of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use a copycat made in mexico to blow your neighbors off well that's ok. because it's a generic copy no no sane person would allow generic drug producers to have no liability for their product but that's just my opinion. to speak to a language that. will use programs and documentaries in arabic it's all here on. reporting from the we'll talk to folks that v.o.i.p. interviews intriguing stories for you to. see then try.
to find out more visit our big don't know it's called. the video might be shocking but it's simply a ploy used by us police offices. filming with their own cameras they inform this woman called dalia that husbands just being killed they want to gauge her reactions as they suspect she may have hired a hitman to murder a spouse. will try to cut. back. with a camera. in fact no killing has taken place and the police have made up the story to try and confuse duniya what they want is a confession and a few hours later she will be charged with attempted murder in this case it was the crossing.