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visit. the government. they have the ability. to the. president for the. thirty five years. and the u.n. calls for an investigation in syria. of chemical weapons use. hundreds of.
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very warm welcome to you today it seems it's not only whistleblowers now being steamrolled by exposed to governments but also those who. just days ago london police detained the partner of the guardian reporter who's been publishing edward snowden's revelations. his computers and his discs in the process and this while the u.s. based email provider has gone permanently offline. shut down the service after it was demanded information about its customers revelations of edward snowden himself . didn't want to perpetrate what he called a crime against the american people by cooperating with the u.s. government. talked to him about his decision. if i had continued to operate
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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 you here 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 there really isn't all that much you can do about it. i was looking. of an impossible debt and possibly being put in jail and still not being able to tell people why i was even
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in jail you wrote on the line that without congressional action or 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. so the n.s.a. illegally intercepted tens of thousands of personal e-mails every year and that's
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according to declassified documents from a u.s. court and the violations took place between two thousand and eight and two thousand and eleven but the seized e-mails had nothing to do with terrorism all that of national security according to the court this data gathering violated the fourth amendment of the us constitution which bans on reasonable searches and seizures these latest revelations come hot on the heels of a series of exposé is regarding the n.s.a. with most of the leaks coming from edward snowden and earlier this month iraq obama promised an independent and transparent probe into the conduct of the notorious surveillance agency. all right let's stay with the issue of whistleblowers now bradley manning's lawyer says 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 to be locked behind bars for sixty years but the judge of his court martial refused to hand down the maximum term details now from marty's
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guy in a chicken. bradley manning supporters who gathered at the white house this evening say he sent bruce is unjust and unfair after all many were 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 the friends are submitting a request for a pardon the president of the united states has the power to pardon him and you see many people here wearing t. shirts and carrying banners that say part in bradley in his request for the president's pardon bradley manning prompt about the post nine eleven age the age of the war on terror saying in the efforts to meet the risks 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
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the sentence at least he is 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 parole there is hardly any chance president obama will pardon him really especially in the current environment of the government's crackdown on whistleblowers 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 under the right to me have never left iraq the iraqi 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 opening files president obama would have not announced a review of n.s.a. surveillance programs if you weren't for edward snowden is that whether or not that
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review is just a. it is a question worth asking of course but still we wouldn't be even having those conversations if it weren't for the us and the supporters of bradley manning saying what's at stake here is not just manning shooter 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 out. on a potential is one of the activists who's been complaining in support of bradley manning he says the u.s. government has 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 how to change them prosecuted more whistle
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blows than 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 danger they warned us about untruths about reality that people in power don't want us to know whistleblowers are essential to them all. and now that manning has been sentenced what ramifications could there be we want to know what you think please get involved to r.t. dot com right now we are putting out our on going world wide policy how you're voting for this hour from the web site and still though for this hour we should say the brand new numbers come in the majority saying that whistleblowers will continue to emerge they will not be scared off by this they were down to sixteen percent here saying actually this will but they'll be
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a backlash and even more leaks will be coming out with or even more whistleblowers now getting involved down to the yellow orange thirteen percent saying well the sentence should be reduced perhaps after a public outcry and the bare minimum saying actually it will work with the sentencing here any potential whistleblowers will end up being too afraid to come forward with any information they may have gauging your pulse on this ongoing story here are the live poll waiting for you right now at r.t. dot com. right to see. first street. and i would think that you're. in. the end.
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or not the united nations security council says an investigation is needed into allegations of a deadly chemical attack in syria meanwhile the french foreign minister has threatened quote action over the alleged attack should the security council fail to act the opposition there is accusing us our forces of gassing hundreds of people on wednesday and the allegations have been refuted by the syrian government so the details now from our new york correspondent marina portnoy deputy secretary general john allison 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 may be no
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coincidence that the syrian opposition is making these allegations latest allegations against the syrian government just a few days after i 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 an identified chemical substances may have been launched from an area controlled by the opposition now the incident reportedly took place on its territory surrounding the syrian capital 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 an al qaeda affiliate
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has had a long time presence there and the area has faced sustained military pressure for months. brian becker is the director of the anti war coalition he says the very timing of these allegations well they raise a lot of questions completely root ludicrous that the syrian government would use chemical weapons at the very moment that the u.n. 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 their friends in london in terms of escalating their own intervention and i think the big goal of the of those who carry out the stage provocation is to disrupt any sort of negotiations that could lead to a positive outcome for the existing syrian government meaning the forces of the civil war had not succeeded in this lodging the assad government that's their plan
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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 where with all to defeat the syrian government. meanwhile the code sobering fleeing the ongoing violence in northern syria according to the u.n. more than thirty five thousand refugees have entered iraq since last thursday and the kurdish minority has been enduring heavy. groups jihadist forces have been taking advantage of the ongoing civil war to try to gain control of parts of north east and syria. are still to come on the program who were naughty while the main goal for many in egypt's revolution was to see former president hosni mubarak behind bars as a reporter. could be walking free. to explain why in just a few minutes. but with no idea. even if you will get paid
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for it the situation for a million brits zero. details on that on the rest of the world's top headlines for this. to situate. him. no. comment on your. security on the job. thank you. when you question the press for a change. be ready for. freedom of speach. today
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. these are the. last one of the. hosni mubarak that was the key driving force of the two thousand and eleven revolution but 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. the freed from jail later today he will have. in court within just
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a few days to further proceedings. true explains how his release as you can become possible. 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 of their use there's no reason to keep him in jail however he still have forty 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 they'll keep him as that retrial goes forward the reaction on the streets is being wrought largely makes people here are 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 morsy supporters and security forces who will get by down the front of hosni mubarak could be free
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to the same time is almost too much for some revolutionaries here who's speaking to me have told me that what was the point of coming out 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 and i we spoke to cover a post award winning journalist. who says the situation in egypt has become so bad that the rather surprising news on mubarak's possible release has actually been pushed to the sidelines. you have president democratically elected president but i did a case against him and one it's going to be released it's kind of everything's been flipped over possible release was just
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a kind of cherry on top for everyone so much has happened so many people died that mubarak has faded into the background is a little for a lot of people when you things for which the death of the protestors in eighteen days and then you compare the fact that grigory number who just died in one day last week it kind of puts things in perspective for a lot of egyptians and i do bear in mind that every hour on the web seems always uploading the latest stories to our website for example have a look at this footage we've seen russians encounter tanks even by fighter jets in their everyday lives but this is something new. grad beachgoers they're shocked to say the least by this heavily hope this suddenly comes up on the beach right there brilliant footage at r.t. dot com for you right now. also there for you at this hour as washington's drone program keeps flexing its wings over more and more countries air force commanders now finding themselves are short of stuff we were able to pilot the fleet those
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details also on the website this hour. are on the program here the meantime a growing army of employees in the u.k. are being left in financial limbo this by firms increasingly using the controversial employment tactic of zero hours contracts the sad reality for the staff working under these conditions means they could end up penniless despite spending every waking hour at a job reports. 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 has 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 the summoned by their boss says they also have the right to refuse shifts crucially though there's no guaranteed minimum set of working hours per week hence the zero and that's why this man in his twenty's is almost zero hours contract with
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a well known restaurant chain every morning he waits for the call telling him whether or not he'll have work really in charge of your own destiny 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 it on three stuff this week is a complete 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 pay and no stability or no guarantee of other jobs i wasn't making enough money to pay the rent was falling behind the number of zero hours contract top during the recession some economists forecast 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. particularly among public sector workers no longer are these small
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groups of workers who are employed on temporary employment now in some sights is this type of abuse of employment of his 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. working people fortunately big business is using the is there a measures in 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 recognize 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 but terms of these
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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 i think they should shouldn't be less extreme than they are because it was it doesn't happen that you don't have many zero hours and you can sort of expect that at some point you may to. see london and artie's coming to life from moscow russia's ministry of emergencies says the flood situation in some areas of the country is far east now are slowly stabilizing still though the main worry is the city of. where the water levels are expected to reach eight meters this weekend so far five thousand people have already been affected emergency workers over erected almost seventeen kilometers of temporary and ten of them in. floods have been described as the worst in a century with many thousands of hectares of farmland swamped so far estimated
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price tag of at least sixty million dollars worth of damage has been done at the high water levels are simply caused by heavy downpours in early july and they're not expected to start receding until early next month. so let's get into the antiwar now to thailand we go where a court has convicted two iranians of taking part in a failed bomb plot allegedly targeting israeli diplomats of a television but used to iran of terror activities the men were. ever charged with terrorism offenses and they were found guilty of possessing explosives among other counts and one received a life sentence while the other fifteen years in prison or the attempt was exposed last year after an accidental blast destroyed a villa in the type capital where the pair were staying iran has denied all allegations of any involvement. and to colombia where protesters have been blockading highways for a third day in various regions locking horns with police thousands of students farmers and truckers took to the streets of the capital bogota to demand better
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working conditions higher wages and free education the rallies are part of nationwide protests and the largest anti government demonstrations to be seen in decades. and the staff at japan's crippled fukushima atomic power plant are inspecting three hundred tanks amid concerns that a highly radioactive water used to a cooling systems could be escaping the alert follows a recent huge leak from one of the. plants operator has revealed that hundreds of tons of contaminated water had drained out and now could be in the pacific it's being seen as the most serious accident of fukushima since the tsunami and earthquake causing the meltdowns that happened of course in march twenty year levon . now kind of this campaign is in a german town a founder rather on orthodox way to go green they argue that can be actually much less harmful than tobacco and alcohol so they've gone around various german towns
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planting the seeds. of went on a fact finding mission. it's high time for a change in the law say activists in the university town of getting seen a novel form of protests springing up as 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 our 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
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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 the pesky plants and 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 picture. 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 fun a less dangerous than things like alcohol and tobacco many people think that you
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can actually consume it. i'm simply. and as soon as you have that a responsible approach to its 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 the crop has faced any legal action due to the your ability of the plants meaning it can grow just about anywhere don't expect these parts piety is to give up their campaign any time soon peter all of them get sick in germany so it's been lovely having you with us on the program here and see today i'm wrong just a moment on the global issues of the world really coming into a focus debate with worlds apart in just a moment. they
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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 stoughton 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 her feelings are hurt let's not mistake this cancel 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 buckle 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
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passing something like a new jackson varick amendment yeah that is how you could shows people that you're really mad even if you're. or is irrational because still pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to worlds apart these really palestinian conflict has long been pro-trade as the root cause of all problems in the middle east but the something against palestinians is brutal enough.

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