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german intelligence is accused of using america's new tourist surveillance program to its advantage that's just. washington snooping activities. german chancellor merkel faces stiff questions over just how involved germany was in the n.s.a. prism spying program. epidemic of birth defects and. depleted uranium in a report from. the health becoming increasingly visible. britain's prime minister of. extremism among the syrian rebels is appears indication yet. to go for full scale deliveries. of power.
in. twenty four hours a day a german magazine claims that intelligence services have been making active use of the us national security agency secret spying program that's raised questions over chancellor merkel's early a condemnation of washington's surveillance tactics. reports 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 news magazine that well they were far more involved than she let on that indeed in fact they quote in the dish 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 operated one of the main parts of the the expansive spying program it'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. 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. 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 and one german m.e.p. when 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 merkel's response was bugging is not what friends do she also condemned what she called cold water takes only my colleague and to form a spoke with beatrix dog an election candidate for the alternative for germany
party who said the chancellor's statements don't stand up to scrutiny i don't have any reason to 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 german 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 because it has come out and said that its cooperation with the us 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. a business minister fredrik was asked specifically
this question he couldn't even mention we couldn't even name the the terrorist attack who have 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 around 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 security to everyone this is what we don't believe the u.s. has expressed its concern over it would snowden's bid for tempers saddam in russia moscow is expected to grant that request and says the lack of an extradition treaty
with washington makes handing him over impossible what he's going to come on explains remember when journalist asked president putin about washington's request to extradite edward snowden he said quote russia is not going to extradite anyone no one ever extradite anyone to us russian officials were asked to expand on the extradition situation between russia and the uighurs and the officer porsche's prosecutor general responded by saying that the u.s. does not cooperate with russia on the extradition of cornell's take a listen. the united states systematically refuses to hand people over to russia for prosecution including those accused of serious offenses so we have plenty of examples of such behavior around twenty cases in the last ten years we've been denied the extradition of killers outlaws and people implicated in corruption in washington cites the lack of an extradition treaty which they themselves are not willing to conclude now one of the names on that list of russia's extradition
requests that the u.s. has not acted upon is you yourself a lot of a well known name in washington he is wanted in russia for terrorism he has a lot of was the right hand of the internationally recognized chechen terrorists. a quick word minder higher for what's in one thousand nine hundred ninety five. when his gang attacked the city of boobs on office 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. also as he gained power in the region shuttle bus i have stated his objective to have all muslim regions in russia break away from the country it was a call to start a war on all fronts and almost long with him was ill yes a lot of among some of us i have other crimes there was the hostage crisis at the moscow theater nord-ost in two thousand and two one hundred thirty people died there so the right hand of this monster a lot of arrives in the west 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 decision of a boston court to grant a lot of asylum after all the u.s. had by then recognized sire of this a lot of his boss as a terrorist but nothing came out of that appeal federal authorities later withdrew their opposition to granting in 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 extraditions between the u.s. and russia instead there is a history of request ignored or requests the night the egyptian army is standing by needs decision to overthrew the president faces a great backlash from morsy supporters who stormed his square resulting in deadly clashes report on the situation unfolding in the heart of the capital shortly.
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 link this to the use of depleted uranium in military as swords in flew to earth mutations to fourteen times more common than in hiroshima after the second world war or do you see coming over explored the turtle health cost of the war in the city of najaf. one 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 this the were no hook the noose around out to his office in the 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 the americans are gone but with suffering from the consequences. spiralling numbers of birth defects and high miscarriage rates have also been recorded in fallujah 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 the law than previously known dr sundin's and saif is one of the few scientists who's been documenting
cancer and birth defects here and she says is in the midst of a growing health catastrophe. after the iraq war rates of cancer leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically in one job the areas affected by fighting so the biggest increases we believe it's because of weapons like depleted uranium and hospitals here cancer is more common than the flu. depleted uranium or d. you 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 enemy 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 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 buried two other children one severely deformed the other with a hole in her spine like many of the couples in this city they're simply too afraid to have another baby and they're left feeling totally abandoned no one cares about what's happening to the other families in this area even our own government doesn't do anything to help what can we do because our fate is
a fate that many and not just suffer in silence. count what 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 for this accounting of our team not just iraq. and dr chris chris busby he's been one of the most outspoken scientists researching the impact of depleted uranium he told r.t. what he learned after visiting from egypt we went to flu and we found the levels of concern about formation and cancer and we looked at the parents of the children with congenital malformation and we did analysis of the head to see what was inside the head that might be geno toxic might be the sort of thing that can cause congenital malformation and the only thing that we found was you radium we found your brain even the hair of the mothers of the children with congenital
malformation is now that we know that you are a new ms you know toxic that it causes these these levels of genetic damage and because of that it also causes cancer so you can work slowly back from that towards your brain you know the only the only source of uranium was the use by the american forces the american led forces of uranium weapons not only depleted uranium weapons but as we later found slightly enriched uranium weapons which we believe they were using in order to cover their tracks so i think we have more or less proved these facts. were as a result of the use during the two wars of uranium and the particles that the uranium weapons produced. in iraq at least five hundred prisoners have broken out of two high security jails near baghdad sunni militants stormed the compound killing dozens of guards and police in a series of bomb and mortar attacks escapees include several senior al qaeda members who were facing execution televisa tankers also died in the raids which
followed a surge in sectarian violence across the country has claimed five hundred lives since the start of july. the british government appears to be rethinking its stance on the syrian rebels we've got details and analysis all that just ahead along with other stories of the life here 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 during this time washington continues to fight wars abroad and he has a nation building is america becoming a third world country. is he.
mission free accreditation three kinds for charges free. arrangement free. free. free. download free blog cloning video for your media project a free media dog r t dot com. britain's prime minister has signaled a change of heart on weapons supplies to the syrian rebels david cameron says he still backing position groups fighting against the government but admits that these groups include in his words a lot of bad guys. has the details from london. this is did come
on the back of recent the warnings from move 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 it's probably the question of will the u.k. actually arm this is the answer in a number of different ways and mostly in varying degrees of maybe and most likely so now with see the better david cameron has really taken a significant decline down in terms of rhetoric in an interview with the b.b.c. the more you centrally said that we fully support 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 were cameron had pointed out and 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 not extension of the e.u.'s arms embargo to syria in order to have more options in terms of action and just this month the foreign secretary william hague said that there has been 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 about that idea of arming syrian rebels drawing criticism from a top a syrian rebel commander in fact of betrayal and here we have a shadow foreign secretary douglas alexander commenting on a kind of contradiction in rhetoric coming from of the leaders of the government saying that this confirms that confusion 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. 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 less said anomaly for equipment so will this be the last final position of the u.k. considering the number of times that rhetoric has changed for have perhaps the best a gauge for that will be how all of this translates on the ground in syria and earlier i spoke about britain stands on supplies to syria with the deputy leader of the u.k. independence party paul nuttall and he told me britain should avoid any involvement in the conflict probably not over cameron has is that he seems to be out of kilter with the rest of his old parliamentary party he would get a majority in the house of commons these rebels and you know he's certainly out of kilter with the british people let's not forget we've got our fingers badly burned in iraq with how the long war in afghanistan there is no appetite amongst the
british people to get involved in the middle east and certainly not arm rebels who read many people in britain consider to have serious links to al-qaeda the exact same people who murdered a drummer lee rigby but thousands of innocent people are dying isn't this an humanitarian crisis something's got to be done isn't it look i mean this is the problem that you have is what comes next and i'm not saying assad is a good guy but look at syria prior to all this starting it was pretty much a peaceful place who are these so-called rebels at the cia you're telling those that are linked to al qaeda and the best fighters are linked to al qaeda the iraqi government has informed those that a large number of al qaeda have spread all over the border from northern iraq into syria to fight on behalf of these rebels and look the proof is in the posing a lot of the areas that these rebels hold are now flying the black flag of al qaeda quite frankly we should have nothing to do with this whatsoever. foreign ministers are agreed to blacklist the armed wing of the lebanese group hezbollah as
a terrorist organization that follows allegations that the group was behind last his attack on a bus carrying israelis in bulgaria and concerns over his boss a port for government forces in syria but dr franklin lamb who is an international lawyer and political analyst says the decision as a p.r. move that will lead to genuine action they're still going to allow dialogue with his ballance political department just after military wing well that's nothing new how many european countries there's been talking to the ball a military wing very secret they don't talk to anybody the other thing is that the e.u. . is are kind of like the big government of lebanon but that raises 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 thousand 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 give up our sure raises any more 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 hezbollah which is a fundamental resistance organization and relies on the support from the people and not the europeans. never naughty dog koln you can find out how vulnerable gadget uses a become in terms of data security could be poised to get control of up to seven hundred fifty million mobile phones around the world but out his knowledge we explained online. new revelations on the fukushima
nuclear disaster according to a japanese newspaper the number of liquidators suffering from radiation poisoning has been underestimated eleven times. the minute trip for three of egypt's president mohamed morsi is dragging the country further into on rest and instability thousands of his supporters have attempted to storm curry's town his square where morsy demonstrators have been gathering for weeks clashes between opposing crowds led to at least one death and many injuries the army intervened to break the fighting deploying vehicles around the square despite the turmoil the interim government is pressing ahead in the egypt's constitution the muslim brotherhood and its supporters refused to recognize the panel tossed it drove to the door and morsi family has lashed out at the army accusing it of kidnapping the. noughties so you should not equate help with morsi some to find out what went wrong and his father was in power what chances egypt has
for pete's. harmony lost his rule democratic. crissy have both the ruling regime and an opposition but the case of forces taking on a certain. something unprecedented this is sort of a sure sign of the military takeover with all due respect there is no doubt morsi has a lot of supporters but in a very short period of time an overwhelming majority turns against him it's not about the military it's the people in a democracy such political differences and confrontations are normally settle through. actions rather than attack us is there any true democracy where an army commander discounts the will of the people. as the president who is actually a crime committed by the egyptian military. is that conversation in full right here on r.t.
in just over two hours from now once an idyllic holiday resort just a short drive from london j. week has become one of britain's most deprived areas and the government relentlessly pushing ahead with its a steady program locals are starting to feel desperate as. reports. golden sands beach front property and just a stone's throw from london wish you were here we have been really completely forgotten a lot of people are enough to enjoy you because that's the last place to go there's no work for everybody and i think this is going to continue for at least twenty years what could fix the problems of today with money has been ranked at the bottom of the government's poverty index for england and wales for three years running it's a national embarrassment and. doing something about it we're trying to get into. the country where you think in the end i don't think it's the third party polls in the whole of you it. was once
a proud holiday location for london's burgeoning middle class says the town was thought up as a holiday resort for city dwellers back in the one nine hundred twenty s. these are all meant to be summer houses but because rents were so cheap people started living here all year round it's in a flood risk zone which resulted in the government never investing any money into the area some parts of the town lacked tarmac roads street lighting or even pavements some of the locals say the cheap rent and precarious location has attracted vulnerable families and social problems for free we got drunk e.c.u. which we really don't want. a junkie up to surprise or something because throat and then it all gets blown out poor forty percent of residents are either disabled or have a health condition that makes it impossible to work which might be just as well seeing as there are no jobs going in the town the last few shops that were hit have
been boarded up unemployment is rife in the town in fact sixty two percent of the people that live heads append on welfare payments there isn't the work you say so if they've been used to just get enough of a moaning and sitting around that's all they're doing according to one local counsellor it's west me. does idleness that's brought on jay wicks to mind is whatever problems we've got down there i think it's politically all of them to blame for whatever party they are it's something that's they've let happen it's a dumping ground at the end of the day we've been the most deprived area now for three years not one penny of we've got to come in and help it and with the government counting pennies in austerity britain many say that finale the chances of the town's redevelopment of washing away with the time had. artsy j. wick sands essex. but that would need to mean wolf in just over half an hour from now in the meantime cross-talk is next in debating the challenges facing us
democracy don't go away this is o.t. in this. i talk with you and 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 played a stupid video game just 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 ball concussions and black eyes and in the end 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 that 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.