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german intelligence is accused of using america's notorious surveillance program to its advantage that's just weeks after condemned washington's snooping activities. german chancellor angela merkel faces stiff questions over just how involved germany was in the n.s.a. prism spying program. an epidemic of birth defects and cancer in iraq is blamed on the u.s. led coalition's use of depleted uranium in military assaults we report from. the health cost is becoming increasingly visible. and britain's prime minister admits there is too much extremism among the syrian rebels is clearest indication yet that london is unwilling to go for full scale deliveries will be asking what's behind the apparent u. turn.
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studio center in sco this is r.t. with the twenty four hours a day. german magazine claims that intelligence services have been making active use of the us national security agency secret spying program that's raise questions over chancellor merkel's earlier condemnation of washington's surveillance tactics peter all of the reports now from. german chancellor angela merkel had to rigidly said that she only found out of the extent of the united states's spying programs through the media and it now comes out thanks to n.s.a. internal documents that have been reported by dish big news magazine that well they were far more involved than she let on that indeed in fact they quote in the dish
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legal article the internal memos that say that there was a willingness to take risks and pursue new opportunities for cooperation with the u.s. that was shown by the german authorities they also were talking about the head of the b n d germany's foreign security service that he showed an eagerness and a desire to cooperate turns out that germany actually separated one of the main parts of the the expansive spying program that's called x. keyscore program that basically anybody who they were looking into they could find out exactly what was being searched online by that particular person and it's estimated around five hundred million. connections were being monitored every month by the spying program here in germany alone so it was quite an extensive program this news comes out is quite embarrassing time for german chancellor angela merkel there's an election coming up in september the involvement of germany in the n.s.a.
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spying program is being used extensively by the opposition mrs merkel was saying before she either didn't know what her own security services were doing or that perhaps she has misled the german people in germany it seems far more involved in the n.s.a. spying program than perhaps they were let on before. the original classified documents released by american whistleblower on the run edward snowden showed that the united states had been closely monitoring europeans especially germans where one german m.e.p. one as far as comparing the practice to the stars he is germany's. infamous secret police the justice minister said the reports were too alarming to be ignored and i'm glad merkel's response was bugging is not what friends do she also condemned what she called cold war tactics lonely my colleague to form a split would be a trick dog and election candidate for the alternative for germany policy you said the chancellor statements don't stand up to scrutiny i don't have any reason to
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believe her everything she said so far has been a lie what we have discovered now is that the germans all are also using american technology for spying on the gym of people so it makes absolutely no sense to say that they did know that there was some spying going on mentioning it we shouldn't call it's buying but monitoring on every single citizen i don't thing that eighty million people are monitored by anybody and the german government does not know it no i don't believe the chancellor becoming has come out and said that his cooperation with u.s. intelligence did help prevent a major terrorist attack in germany in two thousand and seven so do you not think that will certainly sway people in germany to think well perhaps we do need something like this. when the when the federal minister for interior. business minister frederick was asked specifically this question he
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couldn't even mention we couldn't even name the terroristic attack who had been prevented and then he later on he said well it was a terror terroristic attack we're going to very early stage so i mean what is a terroristic a tech in a very early stage so they haven't shown any evidence for what they what they're doing and this is why i can't believe them anything and you know monitoring eighty million people round the clock seven days a week twenty four hours a day and declaring this war on terror i think that's ridiculous and this is what people starts to understand that monitoring everybody without any reason has nothing to do with the with giving city security to everyone this is what we don't believe. the u.s. has expressed his concern over the fugitive whistleblower edward snowden has been fought for temporary asylum in russia moscow is expected to grant that request and
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says the a lack of an extradition treaty with washington makes handing him over impossible what he's going to run explains journalist asked president putin what about washington's request to extradite edward snowden he said and i quote here russia is not going to extradite anyone no one ever extradite anyone to russia russian officials were asked to expand on the extradition situation between russia and the u.s. the office of russia's prosecutor general responded by saying that the u.s. does not cooperate with russia on the extradition of criminals is that in the past ten years russia has made at least twenty extradition requests that were either ignored or denied take a listen and with each skilled cause or the united states systematically refuses to hand people over to russia for prosecution including those accused of serious offenses you know we have plenty of examples of such behavior around twenty cases in the last ten years we've been denied the extradition of killers because of outlaws and people implicated in corruption in washington so it's the lack of an
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extradition treaty which they themselves are not willing to conclusions and now one name on that list of russia's extradition requests that the u.s. never acted upon is ileus a lot of he's wanted in russia as a terrorist alias of metaphors the right hand of the internationally recognized chechen terrorists now quick reminder of who was in one thousand nine hundred five shuttle bus i have and his gang attack to the city of blue john of his and took up to one thousand eight hundred residents of that city hostage in a hospital including one hundred fifty children at least one hundred forty people died as a result of that attack also as he gained power in the region i have stated his objective to have all muslims in russia break away from the country it was a call to start a war on all fronts and all along with him was the stock market. functional bus i have other crimes that was the hostage crisis at the moscow theater and all of those in two thousand and two one hundred thirty people died there so the right hand of this monster a lot of
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a rise in the girl was somewhere around two thousand and three settles down in boston and receives political asylum despite russia's requests to treat him as a criminal and send him back to russia at the beginning u.s. federal authorities appealed the boston course decision to grant a lot of asylum after all the u.s. had by then recognized. it was boss as it carries them but nothing came out of that appeal federal of the leader withdrew their opposition to granting the us a lot of asylum after a number of political heavyweights in the u.s. tuned in to support the chechen militant so according to russian officials there is no history of extradition between the u.s. and russia instead there is a history of requests ignored and requests the night the e.u. decides to put the armed wing of hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist shortly we delve into the possible motives behind the move and investigate what it will mean
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for both europe and the middle east. that's still to come but first more than a decade on from the u.s. led invasion of iraq the country seeing an abnormally high rate of birth defects health experts this to the use of depleted uranium in military assaults in fallujah mutations of fourteen times more common than in hiroshima after the second world war auntie's you see covered over explored the terrible cost of the war in the city of najaf. hundred sixty kilometers south of baghdad the sacred shiite city is known for its holy shrines and is surrounded by one of the largest cemeteries in the world some of the heaviest fighting of the iraq war took place amid these graves its legacy still haunts the residents it was born with severe birth defects he's only eight months old but the doctors don't expect him to live past his first birthday. i felt these are you were not hurt the news i ran out
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to his office and then to a taxi. but for his mother layla there's no escaping the reality her son has a nervous system disorder and his muscles are slowly wasting away. it's a recurring nightmare for leila and her husband three of their children were also born with congenital deformity as none of them survived and while they don't have proof they believe the radioactive ammunition used by american forces during the war is to blame the rule isn't over yet if they're americans are gone but with suffering from the consequences of spiraling numbers of birth defects and high miscarriage rates have also been recorded in fallujah and basra where american and british forces used heavy munitions at the start of the war but our visit to knowledge off revealed that the phenomenon may be far more widespread in iraq than
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previously known doctor sundin's and saif is one of the few scientists who's been documenting cancer and birth defects here and she says as in the midst of a growing health catastrophe. after the iraq war rates of cancer leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically none of the areas affected by fighting so the biggest increases we believe it's because of the legal weapon sled depleted uranium and hospitals here cancer is more common than the flu. depleted uranium or d u cuts through armor like a hot knife through butter more than four hundred tons of it is estimated to have been used in the two iraq wars the vast majority by u.s. forces the pentagon did not respond to our request for comment but the military generally denies any link between exposure and cancer or birth defects it also says do you weapons are only used to penetrate anomie tanks but a new report funded by the norwegian government found that was used against civilian targets in populated areas including not jobs in two thousand and three it
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notes a lack of transparency by coalition forces over the use of depleted uranium but describes one incident in najaf where a bradley armored fighting vehicle fired three hundred five d.-u. rounds in a single engagement. the heavy fighting may be over but in nearly every street we visited in this neighborhood multiple cases of cancer and children with deformities no one knows what's making people here sick the families want answers and they want help. of is old enough for school but have to be cared for as if he's a toddler he can't walk he can't speak he can't even go to the bathroom on his own use of brother is healthy but the family has birdied two other children one severely deformed the other with a hole in her spine like many of the couples in this city are simply too afraid to have another baby and they're left feeling totally abandoned no one cares about what's happening to all of the other families in this area even our own government
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doesn't do anything to help what can we do because our fate is a fate that many and not just suffer in silence. countless the rockies lost their lives in the decade since the u.s. led invasion all across the country their memories are honored in cemeteries like this one the dead may be the most visible reminder of the human cost of the war but if the living victims of that war's toxic like to see who are still paying the price this accountant of our team iraq. well earlier lucy explained to my colleague why it is still so difficult to gauge the full extent of the problems plaguing the region. we've heard about the. the the birth defect story coming out of fallujah for example because there's been several t.v. pieces and print reports talking about and showing in fact we here in our t. have showed the birth defects in the city of fallujah when we were completely
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stunned by is the fact that this is happening in many more cities that have been previously reported including knowledge of where we visited when we showed our filming her and i on the ground in the city literally every single residential street that we've visited in several neighborhoods we found multiple cases of families who had children who were ill families who had lost children had to burry children families who had many relatives who were suffering from cancer and while these people can't necessarily prove that it was depleted uranium or are the causes of these diseases this is something that they say has risen dramatically in the years since the invasion how widespread is it i mean how far across the country the problem is that nobody knows exactly and that's because there haven't been large scale studies done we haven't seen a big teams of international doctors for example going in and sort of looking at different cities comparing the number of birth defect cases between the different cities there really simply are no reliable statistics for birth defects in iraq and
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so nobody can really say exactly how big this problem is and the big problem with with the iraqi government as well one of the surprising things that we found in speaking to the doctors on the ground is they say that they reportedly have been discarded or discouraged by the government from talking out openly about this to the press in fact the biologist that we had spoken to who was researching the issue in the city not to give us the interview in the privacy of her home on the roof there instead of in her laboratory she said that there is an active sort of push by the government perhaps not to embarrass the coalition forces not to really talk about this issue which we were really quite surprised by we tried to visit the hospital in najaf that was dealing with. some of the victims some of the deformed birth defect children they didn't let us come in they didn't let us film in fact they didn't even let us do interviews with the governor with the families or the doctors working there at all the iraqi officials certainly had not put in the resources that they could be we spoke to families and our jeff was that they've
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gone to local officials you know they've asked for help they were essentially told tales said by you know it's a really sad story let's get more on this now from adrian since he's from the russells tribunals it's a group that campaigns against foreign occupations so what is the long term health impact of depleted uranium and what can be done for future generations there in iraq. i mean. billions of war. in iraq you know. human rights. and human rights. i mean last move. i mean you have an awful sarah living alluded to the fact it was so difficult to get statistics that almost
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eluded to fact there's been a major cover up on the extent of just how serious the problem is t.g. thing has been a cover up that have been uncovered since the ninety's already the iraqis themselves have done some research because there were alarming rises in cancer rates in the. depleted uranium use you know extensively in basra. you know why was it used to explain why. an army used to play to drink very hard metal it's very. it goes through the. but when it goes through the tanks you know it spreads sort of smoke and particles. which are very very fortunate in fact and if they could if they were children. they could damage d.n.a. now they have been researching private researches recently left
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over two thousand and eleven the last one when they examined the hair of. people from fallujah you know they found that there is not only depleted uranium enriched uranium. that have been new weapons you say ok so you said earlier that this is a human rights violation does this constitute a war crime. of course it's a war crime i mean. if you are not there i will explain you know there is a cover up the previous speaker has said there is a cover up. about the use of all these weaponry it's not only you raining but it could be a mixture of all the chemicals that have been you know white phosphorus. or minium calcium a stroke and so on so it could be a combination of all those things we don't know because they don't examine and the w.h.o. is covering up the issue in the ninety's they didn't want to.
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do research on the use of depleted uranium because they said this is you forty in did not know the make energy agent right so while we're getting more very identity from authorities over this why aren't we hearing more about this now well because there are you know there are birth defects you know the cancer rates have risen spectacularly you know there have been just i can give you figures but i have to read them because i don't know them by heart but in. include you for instance. you know that there was a period will be read in leukemia and increase in female breast cancer and significant increases in living and brain tumors in adult right now it's a case of texting. while smoke increases in childhood in those aged zero to
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fourteen were particularly marked that there is there have been a change in the virtue x. rate you know meaning that less boys born then girls which is normal and it's even worse than you know shimon or so something must have gone wrong so now there are clearly clearly the statistics speaking for themselves i just want to ask you finally ten years on now how would you assess the situation in the country would it be better to keep saddam in power just briefly. sat down with the legal head of state. iraq. you know and a founding member of the united nations the war was illegal so i mean. if they want to pay a fine for we have to think they're going to be so out of date they have to do something and you know there would be that there is a petition now going out. for a w.h.o.
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study to be published because there is there is no w.h.o. study. that has been undertaken. here and it would be published in january and now we are july and it has not yet been published well what. i'm sorry we're running out of time out telling the world about this thank you very much indeed for sharing your thoughts on this and what you know about it doc agencies from the anti occupation movement the brussels thanks for being on the stand thank you very much now the british government changes its stance on the syrian rebels we've got details on live analysis on that for you just ahead not in moscow. many americans still have the almost cult like belief that america is the greatest nation on earth for the past thirty years the us has been in decline relative to other countries here during this time washington continues to fight wars abroad and
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engages in nation building is america becoming a third world country. to eat. i'm. sure.
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he's continued here in altie britain's prime minister signalled a change of heart on weapons supplies to the syrian rebels david cameron says he's still backing opposition groups fighting against the government but admits that these groups include in his words a lot of bad guys let's go live now to london where all to test has more on this to how come it's taken david cameron so long to realise that the syrian rebels are in fact dangerous. well as far as the latest statement of david cameron regarding those so-called bad guys as he said as well as not arming the syrian rebels this is did come on the back of recent to warnings from military officials here saying that doing so could have brought britain in an all out war not to mention the reluctance of some members of his own party as well as that is probably the question of will the u.k. actually arm or not this is been answered in a number of different ways and is mostly in varying degrees of maybe and most likely so now with sina that of david cameron has really taken
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a significant decline down in terms of rhetoric in an interview with the b.b.c. three more years centrally said that he fully supports still the opposition however again said that the groups included quote unquote a lot of bad guys it's interesting to see how the rhetoric has changed throughout this conflict let's go back to the early days of the conflict back in two thousand and eleven work cameron have pointed out and have put to put pressure on the assad regime that he had called on the international community to quote unquote and gauge the opposition and still maintaining a strong tone a year after that he continued calling on allies to help the opposition and essentially push the idea of a syria without assad now this year there was a bit of a toning down he did say we must think carefully before any course of action is taken bearing in mind that this statement was made after the u.k. and along with france had strongly pushed for the non extension of the e.u.'s arms embargo to syria in order to have more options in terms of action and a just this month the foreign secretary william hague had said that there has been
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no decision to send arms to the syrian opposition but nothing has yet been ruled out he said this a day after cameron had signaled abandoning that idea of arming syrian rebels drawing criticism from atop a syrian rebel commander in fact of betrayal and here we have a shadow foreign secretary douglas alexander commenting on the kind of contradiction in rhetoric coming from of the leaders of the government saying that this confirms the confusion it still surrounding the government's approach to syria . and then we arrive at the very latest statement of david cameron essentially calling the situation in syria a stalemate and again acknowledging the existence of bad guys as well as extremist factions which he said the u.k. should have nothing to do with it so he made it clear that the u.k. will not be intervening by supplying weapons although he also indicated that it could still a set anomaly for equipment so will this be the last final position of the u.k. considering the number of times that rhetoric has changed perhaps perhaps the best a gauge for that will be how all of this translates on the ground in syria to say
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live in london thanks very much indeed for that. now e.u. foreign ministers have agreed to put the armed wing of the lebanese group hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist the u.k. and the netherlands insisted on sanctions citing evidence the group was behind last year's attack on a bus carrying israelis in vogue area european leaders are also concerned by hezbollah's role in the syrian conflict where it's been helping the army in fighting the rebels but to franklin lamb he's an international lawyer and political analyst he sees the decision as a p.r. move that won't lead to genuine action they're still going to. they're still going to allow dialogue with hezbollah as political department just not a military way well that's nothing new how many european countries has been talking to his bottom military wing their very secret they don't talk to anybody the other thing is that the e.u. has pledged that it's not going to affect the government of lebanon but that raises
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very interesting questions for among others lawyers you've got the hezbollah now that they dominate what the cabinet and also the legislature and the executive branch it would take a bite talian of lawyers to figure out the language and how you draw the line what did the e.u. do did they declare lebanon a terrorist are weighing because of the connection has bhalo supports the military we've seen that in the last several months does that mean that the lebanese army now is a terrorist organization and the americans and the others won't get on by you know sure races anymore i mean it raises lots of questions i think what we're going to see is a european do nothing i don't think it's going to have any impact on on his ball which is a fundamental resistance organization and if relies on the support from the people and not the europeans when he's within
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a team in half an hour from now up next crosstalk debates the challenges facing us democracy they go way o.t. in moscow. i've talked many times about the absurd things going on all around us like kids being thrown out of school because they had a gun that shoots bubbles or various people getting punished for their tweets and facebook posts it's all really abstract it's hard to truly get angry over until you see the results or playing a stupid video game. justin carter sarcastically said to someone who called him crazy oh yeah i'm real messed up in the head i'm going to go shoot a bunch of kids at school l.o.l. j.k. and for this bit of sarcasm he spent quite some time awaiting trial in a texas prison not only that according to his father he was being attacked brutally on many occasions leading to both to pull concussions and black eyes and in the end
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he had to be thrown into solitary confinement for his own good you see this is the ugly reality of those who fought the bad side of political correctness you know i don't talk about these stories just for fun the main thing i'd like to say is that it wasn't for some anonymous coward in canada turning him into the authorities for doing absolutely nothing this young man would not have to live with the memory and possible injuries from numerous assaults to the anonymous canadian who turned him in i sarcastically wish you a horrible fate but you probably get me arrested for it so just say that it's people like you who allow tyranny to exist but that's just my opinion. please.

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