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u.n. calls for an investigation in syria saying there's no confirmation of chemical weapons use as rebel fighters claim hundreds of on the outskirts of damascus. when you say no to the government. they have the ability to take everything to the owner of lava bit e-mail service. shut down his company off there was a real whistleblower edward snowden had used in the. us bradley manning's lawyer will appeal for a presidential pardon for the whistleblower who's been sentenced to thirty five years for revealing us was.
a very good morning to you from all of us here in moscow where just off the on real research global news today. the u.n. security council says an investigation is needed into allegations of a deadly chemical attack in syria the opposition there is accusing assad's forces of gassing hundreds of people need to mask on wednesday but the syrian government claims the allegations are a diversion timed to coincide with the visit of a u.n. chemical weapons team details now from new york correspondent a marine important. deputy secretary general john allen was also on hand at the closed door security council consultations he said that there is no confirmation of the use of chemical weapons and he says that this needs to be underlined meanwhile britain's foreign minister william hague said that the alleged attacks should be an eye opener for all those. who support assad his comments leave no options open to
the fact that had opposition or terrorist group could be responsible for the alleged use of chemical weapons now it may be no coincidence that the syrian opposition is making these allegations latest allegations against the syrian government just a few days after a team of u.n. inspectors arrived in damascus to examine previous suspected cases of chemical weapon use in the war torn country meanwhile officials from the russian foreign ministry say that reports by quote biased regional media unquote about the alleged chemical weapon use near damascus might be a provocation planned in advance russian foreign ministry saving its sources said that a homemade rocket carrying unidentified chemical substances may have been launched from an area controlled by the opposition now the incident reportedly took place on territory surrounding the syrian capital although the region on the outskirts of
damascus is known for its opposition inclinations and has been the site of past clashes between government forces and the rebels experts say. affiliate has had a long time presence there and the area has faced sustained military pressure for months now brought backers of the director of the un she was a coalition he says the very timing of these allegations cost a huge question mark. completely root ludicrous that the syrian government would use chemical weapons at the very moment that the un is a launching its investigation about chemical weapons and especially since the syrian government has its advantage but none of it matters what really matters is what the intention is of the white house in their or their friends in london in terms of escalating their own intervention i think the big goal of the those who carry out this stage provocation is to disrupt any sort of negotiations that could
lead to a positive outcome for the existing syrian government meaning that the forces of the civil war had not succeeded in this lodging the assad government that's their plan because they know without western intervention without escalated foreign intervention there is no possible way they can succeed on the syrian battlefield they don't have the popular support in syria and they don't have the military wherewithal to defeat the syrian government are still to come on the program here on r.t. while the main goal for many in egypt's revolution was to see the former president hosni mubarak behind bars as we reported just a bit later that leader could actually be walking free within hours our correspondent explains why. the museum here on. became evident but before my n.s.a. contractor edward snowden used email provider lava bit the surface fell under massive scrutiny the u.s. federal authorities demanded the tone over information about its customers but its
owner took the decision to shut down the company saying he would rather do that than perpetrate what he called a crime against the american people by cooperating with the government. leveson explains my colleague what specifically motivated him to make this decision. if i had continued to operate i felt like it would have put me in a ethically compromising position. in other words the service no longer would have been what i intended it to be which was a secure and private method of communication for americans so you posted a message on line saying that you were in an impossible situation that either you would quote do you hear become complicit in crimes against the american people or walk away from a decade of your hard work what do you think you would have faced if you didn't shut down the service when you say no to the government. they have the ability to take everything they have the ability to take your business take your money and
take your freedom and the really isn't all that much you can do about it. so i was looking at the very real possibility of an impossible debt and possibly being put in jail and still not being able to tell people why i was even in jail you wrote on the line that without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent that you would advise people users against trusting a company that has physical ties to the us why is that all of the major providers here in the us. have provided. our government with real time access to the private information of their users and they don't really have a choice about it and they don't really have the ability to tell anybody about it. so the fact is if you trust your data to
a company even if they they haven't already been approached. and been required to provide access the simple fact is they could be in the future. ok staying with whistleblowers here and bradley manning's lawyer says that he will appeal for a presidential pardon after the man responsible for a massive revelation of u.s. war crimes was sentenced to thirty five years behind bars of course the prosecution actually wanted manning jailed for sixty years but the judge at his court martial refused to hand down the maximum term details here to answer his guy in a church you can. bradley manning supporters who gathered at the white house this evening say he sent bruce is unjust and unfair after all many who committed murder got away with less than thirty five years bradley manning has received a prison sentence that was ten years longer than the period of time after which many of the documents you released would have been automatically be classified bradley manning and his defense are submitting a request for
a pardon the president of united states has the power to pardon him and you see many people fear wearing t. shirts and carrying banners that say part in bradley in his request for the president's pardon bradley manning popped out the post nine eleven age the age of the war on terror saying in the efforts to meet the wrists the u.s. has forgotten its humanity but will he manage to outweigh the desire of the government to make an example out of bradley manning to discourage future whistleblowers bradley manning also has supporters who were somewhat relieved by the sentence of piskies not going to spend the rest of his life in prison as prosecutors wanted his lawyer said in ten years bradley manning will get a chance to be released on pool there is hardly any chance president obama will pardon him will be especially in the current environment of the government's crackdown on with the growers and environment where you have the new whistleblower edward snowden someone who was not discouraged by the crackdown so the government
definitely doesn't want more people following suit as far as public support is concerned bradley manning has probably gained more support in the wake of edward snowden revelations more and more people are starting to realize that the government will always be trying to sweep controversial issues on the u.s. may have never left. the rocky government granted them immunity from prosecution or something that the obama administration was trying to negotiate around the same time bradley manning leaked all those are opening files president obama would have not announced a review of n.s.a. surveillance programs if you weren't for edward snowden and whether or not that review is just the same. gesture is a question worth asking of course but still we wouldn't be even having those conversations if it weren't for the supporters of bradley manning saying what's at stake here is not just a nanny but also the future of journalism and the public's right to be informed on the actions that their government is taking on their behalf in washington i'm going
to check on. peter tatchell as one of the activists who's been campaigning in support of bradley manning he says the u.s. government has alternately declared an all out war on whistleblowers. it is quite extraordinary that bradley manning has got thirty five years for telling the truth and exposing us war crimes lies and cover ups while the people who committed these criminal acts have walked away scot free they have never ever been prosecuted it is a notable fact that president obama has chased and prosecuted moved whistle blows but even right wing republicans like richard nixon and ronald reagan is a pretty damning indictment of president obama and his democratic administration whistleblowers are not criminals they are the canaries in the mine who warned us about the danger they warned us about untruths about the reality that people in
power don't want us to know whistleblowers are essential to them or. are still to come here on r t imagine having a job with no idea when your work or even if you'll get paid for it that is the situation for a million brits employed on so-called zero hours contracts will bring you details on the rest of the world's top headlines in just. the interview.
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former dictator hosni mubarak was the key driving force of the two thousand and eleven revolution after being sentenced to life in prison for ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising and a successful retrial appeal that followed when barack could actually be freed from jail later today he will however be back in court within days for further proceedings and let's get some more details on this without cesar belcher. century the clock is being turned right back to two thousand and eleven before he started any of these trials so it's almost like he'd never been sentenced in the first place because he's already been in detention for several he is now can't keep them in before he's actually sentenced now with he has been in jail obviously because there been other charges against him knew of charges in regards to corruption now that he's been acquitted if they're used there's no reason to keep him in jail however he still have forty eight hours max for the prosecutor to basically appeal the decision to release him if they decide that he should be released and he will remain in jail almost see you know how long though keep him as the trial goes
forward the reaction in the streets is being brought largely makes people here a kind of reeling from the situation in the last few days been basically in the bloodiest weeks in egyptian modern history in the fighting between mostly supporters and security forces who will get by down the front of hosni mubarak could be free to the same time is almost too much for some revolutionaries here he is speaking to me have told me that what was the point of coming out of the streets two years ago what has been the point of fighting for justice and freedom and bread in the last two and a half years is the very person they started fighting against is to be walking free we will see what happens as his trial is start to restart again on the twenty fifth of august at the same time as many other leading muslim brotherhood figures will also stand trial and somewhat ironic that these two that figure is it because it basically to be facing trial at the same time but largely on the streets people are pretty upset that this much hated figure could be seen to be walking home in twenty four hours. cairo based award winning journalist that you thought she says the
situation in egypt has become so bad that the surprising news on mubarak's possible release has actually been pushed to the sidelines. you have the president elected president in january but is there a case against him and what is going to be released it's kind of everything's been over the news of his possible release was just a kind of cherry on top for when so much has happened so many people down. i brought a conceded into the background little for a lot of people when you think pro-choice the death of the protestors in eighteen days and then you compare the fact that grigory number two to three died in one day last week it kind of puts things in perspective for a lot of egyptians. order on the. web seems always are loading up plenty of stories to the website and we've already seen russians unexpectedly encountering tanks boats even fighter jets in their everyday lives but have a look at this their experience maybe now is scored by what these beachgoers
kaliningrad look at that monster see how they are a serene someday they were suddenly disturbed by the roaring engines of this heavenly. home for you right now. also loaded up there as washington's drone program keeps flexing its wings over more and more countries airforce commanders now find themselves short of star able to pilot the soaring those details online for your right. to see. first street. and i would think that your. orders. martin will join us shortly but for now a growing army of employees in the u.k.
are being left in financial limbo by the firms increasingly using the controversial employment tactic of zero hours contracts and the sad reality for the staff working under these conditions that means they could end up penniless despite spending every waking hour on the job for a book or investigates. you have a job but you don't know when you'll work or if you'll be paid that's the reality for a million brits employed on zero hours contracts donald says admitted that it employs ninety percent of its u.k. workforce in this way stuff are expected to be ready for work in the mornings in case best summoned by their bosses they also have the right to refuse shifts crucially though there's no guaranteed minimum set of working hours per week hence the zero in the title of this man in his twenty's is almost zero hours contract with a well known restaurant chain every morning he waits for the call telling him whether
or not he'll have work really in charge as it were you working there to be able to . make that much profit this week so actually we're trying to stuff as we can you guys can all be cut and we'll just do and three stuff this week is completely and for the government has promised to investigate the controversial employment amidst concerns that leaving an increasing number of brits in financial limbo with few rights low pay and no stability or no guarantee of other jobs or wasn't making enough money to pay the rent was falling behind the number of zero hours contracts and top during the recession some economists forecasts that employers will return to hiring workers on better terms when the economy recovers the trade unions buying it in recent months and years we have start to see a growth of say roust contracts particularly amongst public sector workers no longer are these small groups of workers who are employed on temporary employment
now in some sights is this type of employment relationship is becoming the norm macdonald sports direct dominoes and even buckingham palace as employers they've been accused of exploiting people desperate for any kind of work is part of the race to drive down the terms and conditions the pay. i don't portray big businesses use in the history measures and the government economic crisis as an excuse to use these contracts but business representatives say that the financial crisis is forcing companies to use zero hours contracts there's people that criticize your contract you've got to recognise the impact that that would have on unemployment levels it's actually the flexibility that. wasn't available to employers i don't think it would be acting is the kind of employment stabilizer we're seeing it work out the terms of these contracts may see the bosses but many of the young people on them say that while they're on the zero hours
they've got zero chance of any financial stability in their own no i think they should so i think they should shouldn't be less extreme than they are because it was it doesn't happen that you don't have zero hours and you can sort of expect that at some point you may do. artsy london. and if he's coming here live from moscow that's russia's ministry of emergencies says the flood situation in some areas of the country's far east is now slowly stabilising still though the main worry is the city of. where the water levels are expected to reach eight metres this weekend so far five thousand people have already been affected most who were who's the director almost seventeen kilometers of temporary embankment ten of them situated in help out of the floods have been described as the worst in a century with many thousands of hectares of farmland swarmed already the estimates are coming in they're looking at about more than sixty million dollars worth of damage may have been done the high water levels are simply caused by heavy
downpours and early july but they're not expected to start receding until next month. they are in the world out there we go right now some of the global headlines for you and for you lumber now the protesters have been blockading highways for a third day in various regions locking horns with police thousands of students. farm workers and truckers took to the streets of the capital bogota to demand better working conditions higher wages and free education rallies were part of nationwide protests and though the largest anti government demonstrations seen in decades. a blast has ripped through a train station in northwestern pakistan killing at least two people and wounding more than a dozen the bomb exploded near the ticket counter destroying the entire waiting area and investigations underway into who carried out the attack while emergency services search for survivors who could still be trapped under the debris. now
campaign is in germany they have found a rather unorthodox way to go green arguing that part can actually be less harmful than tobacco and alcohol they have literally planted the seeds of an alternative opinion all over the place the story. it's high time for a change in the law say activists in the university town the. scene a novel form of protest springing up is around a thousand marijuana plants were added to the leafy city this autonomous group wanted to raise awareness and to get publicity for their cause which was legalization of marijuana and they just wanted people to stumble over the plants was just something that you would find on your way to work or on your way across town despite an active program of weeding out the weed by authorities it isn't hard to find a spot where the surreptitious seeds have sprouted. in fact what we can find here
is that very plant and you can find them in all sorts of random places like this one those behind the planting who call themselves a few autonomous flower children also held an online photo contest to gather pictures of the best birds which the police told me is very handy when it comes to tracking down that pesky plants. we first got wind of it when someone saw this online contest this is a very big and a very green city the best way for us to find them was to look for landmarks in the pictures many have planned this stunt is a bit of student high jinks towards the end of the academic year however this could be the start of something far bigger say those in the legal profession i think that this. is an act of civil disobedience should be a starting point for a much wider discussion on legalizing all kinds of drugs are not doing it i am not . made up my mind to it but we should have this discussion supporters of the
activists believe that used responsibly cannabis could be far less dangerous than things like alcohol and tobacco many people think that you can actually consume it . and assume as you have that a responsible approach towards consumption then it should not be a problem to legalize that supplying the drug carries a prison sentence in germany so far no one connected with the raising of this crop has faced any legal action due to the your ability of the plant meaning it can grow just about anywhere don't expect these pots pioneers to give up their campaign any time soon peter all of their arty get in germany. i'm going to step aside to abby martin she's got her trusty sledgehammer ready for the program breaking the set in just a moment. they
say geo politics is a lot like a schoolyard and while obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stone incident sounds kind of amateur that is the kind of stuff the girl you did when you're sixteen would do cancel a date just to show you how much your feelings are hurt let's not mistake the cancelled meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total rejection of any form of discussion with another country which really sent a bold and possibly dangerous political message but obama did was more like a minor annoyance he knows that he will talk to putin again in the near future i mean how are they not going to talk in the next g. eight summit what is he just going to have to hide behind merkel the whole time and hope it works out or ducked behind the shrimp cocktail whatever here's
a russian accent one could argue that to appease republicans he had to do something to look strong after the student but this grandstanding just comes across as silly passing something like a new jackson verda commandment yeah that is how you could shows people that you're really mad even if your anger is irrational because stone pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. you live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous bad luck i got so. i mean. i think that i'm seeing the same thing really messed up. in the all very
silly. it's. worse for the little things the white house or the. radio guy for a minute. i want to quote for about fifteen years you've never seen anything like this i'm told. hey guys welcome to breaking the set i'm abby martin and environment where real investigative journalism is in serious decline it's important to recognize those who go to great lengths to uncover the uncomfortable truths and that's why jeremy scahill is and work is so crucial is the same journalist who blew open blackwater's criminal. and now he's delving into even more dangerous territory to expose the scope of u.s. covert wars with his new book an upcoming documentary film called dirty wars take
a look. it's hard to say when the story began greetings from kabul afghanistan this was supposed to be the frontline in the war on terror listening to the military but i knew i was missing the story there was another war in the shadows. and i prayed. to see the two men in the guest house for the first people could. have been another of them you saw the u.s. forces take the bullets out of the body. were these men that stormed into those homes and why would they go to such horrifying likes to cover up their actions so to talk about the evolution of u.s. foreign policy in the mindset that the world is a battlefield i was joined earlier for an in-depth interview with investigative journalist and author of blackwater and dirty wars jeremy scahill. so here are some on the street at the u.s. that war they call they say no obama and of the war's hundred on the troops but your book and film dirty wars clearly show.