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today's news around the week's top stories here and i'll see you case rests in the assad government of allegations of a chemical attack in syria damascus falls western intervention would inflame being tired preacher. returns guardian newspaper reveals it was pressured by london into destroying dave's home the notorious n.s.a. eavesdropping obtained from edward snowden. on bradley manning up you will swell presidential pardon and he's such a five year sentence for revealing us to move crimes of the mainstream media in a frenzy over the whistleblowers gender identity.
the latest news on the week's top stories we're watching the weekly on out he was me welcome to the program. barack obama and david cameron have threatened syria's government would have serious response from the authorities in damascus gassed hundreds of people on wednesday meanwhile assad's ministration has warned against a u.s. led and french are saying the move would solve the middle east ablaze here told us the latest reports coming from the country are casting doubts over the allegations against the syrian regime so in state television is reporting that syrian soldiers entered a number of tunnels that had been used by rebel fighters in damascus and they they found in thousand shells the remnants of chemical agents what we do know is that the shells had marked on them made in saudi arabia and of course saudi arabia has long been a critic of the syrian president bashar assad the soldiers started coughing they
started suffocating and immediately ambulances had to be same to the scene to actually assist these soldiers now all this comes as the united states starts moving its naval ships in the mediterranean closer to the syrian coast the indications on the ground are that the first wave of preparations for any kind of military intervention inside syria are underway and that the u.s. and in particular the navy is just waiting for the green light what we've heard from a bomber is that he is mulling over the situation he says that it needs to be fought over seriously he needs to be aware enos in terms of making this decision but that any kind of military attack inside syria would be both costly and deadly the word he used was difficult the defense department has been tasked with giving a bomber all the latest facts on the ground u n investigators are inside syria they've been there now for a week there live last sunday they're investigating at least
a dozen other reports of chemical usage of the damascus government has pledged to give full support to the u.n. investigators in trying to reach the area where this latest alleged. chemical attack took place but it took place in rebel held areas so really it's not really up to the damascus regime to ensure maximum cooperation but they have said that they will do their best to ensure that there is a safe passage for the investigators we're seeing quite a lot of chips come into place here paula you talk about the military posturing on the part of washington with a fourth warship heading to the region as well. warning of a serious consequence or says retaliation to syria when it comes to this alleged chemical attack but that's just it that was in it i mean it's allegations and it's speculation at this point well this is a very important point all the indications and all the allegations are essentially speculation we have real names of video and still photographs that have been posted to you tube all of them purport to show chemical attacks carried out in syria but
none of this footage can be verified the damascus regime is increasingly being accused of carrying out chemical weaponry and there is no evidence no evidence whatsoever to suggest this the pressure on the syrian government of course is increasing and here we've heard from the french foreign minister he has said that all evidence points to damascus earlier there was a united nations security council meeting and following the meeting the french deflation to use force if indeed these allegations against the damascus regime were proven to be true the syrian government however has warned against foreign intervention and there is a lot of concern and pressure on those in the international community who might be moving in that direction. and while the u.n. inspections have yet to determine whether chemicals have been he's done he used them medical charity events are some french it claims that more than three thousand patients was near a toxic symptoms have been treated in the capital area hospitals which three
hundred and fifty five have died and gathered alice professor of international law at georgetown university says the results of the u.n. third could leave the obama administration red faced if it is going to turn out to be the rebels who are using these weapons these poisonous material that the u.s. would be embarrassed because it could be allies of the u.s. opposition to the u.s. one more thing claiming that these are people who are seeking democracy and rule of law and fighting corruption and whatever in syria and this is the purpose of that he can change the u.s. would like to do approve or would like and some of its allies that it is the regime who has done this but this has not been independently proven very fired and without any defendant very few occasions i think if we would take all what the
u.s. president has said does not indicate that military action is imminent. and we've been following this latest escalation of the syrian crisis online log onto r.t. dot com five days and extensive analysis that. this week the british newspaper which spilled the beans on the n.s.a. and was in turn forced to destroy materials provided by edward snowden came clear on why it's gabe in to government pressure the guardian editors said london threatened threatened legal action to stop the paper from reporting the sensitive leaks all together so they agreed to destroy the original data which have enough of those already been copied auntie's to. use our new son now with stein to return the documents to the unnamed government official to the newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies it isn't we were faced effectively with an
ultimatum from the british government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroy it they would be a law in recent months the guardian newspaper has come to be known as the paper that's been exposing secret material from a trove of information passed on to work by former contractor of the national security agency edward snowden but in recent days the editor of the newspaper is also published size the what of god on a behind closed doors here how security officials had ended up in the basement of their offices overseeing the destruction of hard drives and computers which contained the very information the paper has been exposing a bizarre turn of events salary richards says that came all the way up from the prime minister's office once it was obvious that they would be going to law. i would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting and i was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting we would simply do not from london the twenty first century possibility in
a highly digital and connected world the revelation by rusbridger it came just a day after the detention of david uganda partner of the guardian journalist. glenn greenwald the journalist who had broken the story of snowden's leaks and the same materials miranda was detained under the u.k. still has a lot and was held in question for nine hours at heathrow airport it caused an outcry among politicians and journalists and even david anderson the independent reviewer of terrorism laws who demanded an explanation prompting the u.k. home office to go on the offensive the government and the police have it juicy to protect the public and on national security those who oppose this sort of action need to think about what's their condoning if they want to protect the public to tell the public what it is they're protecting them from a generalized statement about terrorism in general doesn't really do the trick you've got to be able to say well the information he's got would endangered the
public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for it no such reasons have been advanced we ran this new tension as well as the destruction of computers and the guardian's basement has one of britain's most respected newspapers in the spotlight the story teller has become the story this is a very damaging moment actually for britain's reputation for free speech is being laid bare the way that the british state is very prepared to use terrorism legislation to use accusations of terrorism in order to shut down what looks to be journalistic practice healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following his revelations especially considering that the press appears to be at stake the business of reporting securely and having competent full sources is becoming difficult in these documents there is the stated ambition to scoop up everything and store it all to the internet this is the language that's being used internally
jesser cilia r.t. london. meanwhile convicts of the u.s. whistleblower bradley manning hope hans purple washington's will crimes to wiki leaks is now seeking a politician from the white house manning was sentenced to thirty five years in jail this week for the biggest leak of military data in history and dress to barack obama the whistleblower strive to pay the patriot act and to protect be very liberties america's hold dear but the mainstream media has launched a fresh smear campaign against him as if he's going to check out reports bradley manning sentence of thirty five years behind bars has said on and president of punishments threshold for whistleblowers bradley manning should be walking the streets and being treated for who is a whistle blower who exposed war crimes in iraq afghanistan secret war in yemen and the other corruption of the governments the us supported bradley manning supporters gathered outside the white house to call for the president to pardon the whistleblower the supporters of bradley manning say what's at stake here is not
just manning the trip 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 manning's defense team has submitted a request for a pardon but there seems to be little chance that it will be granted that the government's ongoing crackdown on whistleblowers under the current administration and unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is viewed as being tantamount to aiding the enemy. the government wide crackdown on whistleblowers in the extension of this crackdown to journalists threatens to stifle the flow of information that is vital to our public but the media in the us has largely failed to stand up for bradley manning government officials and t.v. pundits all but convicted the whistleblower even before any trial took place who cares whether the army killed some innocent people or not over in iraq you know we don't want to we don't want to be
a part of that we it's very uncomfortable so it's a complex issue and it's uncomfortable. americans generally will pull back from a lot of the media to fill the gap and protrude bradley manning as a traitor manning's own personality has grabbed more headlines than the shoes that he uncovered and the day after sentencing many six became the main story who is healthy this week bradley manning announced that he wants to spend the rest of his life as a female and asked to be referred to as chelsea manning one of the defense psychiatry at trial testified that manning has narcissistic tendencies and i wonder if there's anything to that in the sense that she's announcing this in this very big public way no i think this is really trying to let people have the answer that they wanted she never really wanted this to be public to begin with and when the information came out you need to understand that she gave it to her in a limo in a very private setting in
a one on one chat never expecting this to be public now that it is unfortunate you have to deal with it in a public manner chelsea manning's attorney also said his client never wanted personal issues to become the main story and overshadow the debate that the whistleblower wanted to start through the leaks in washington i'm going to. while they're on sirius has been campaigning in support of bradley manning and he says the u.s. government has declared 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 howards to prosecutors more whistle blows than even right republicans like richard nixon and ronald reagan that 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 central to the war. and coming up here on our break coping with disaster to survive. the entire house is completely submerged and it's clear looking around is going to take a lot of time money and effort before this place returns to normal. sounds just how bad things have become for those living in the far eastern states here as emergency crews remain on high alert and made warnings there why stop the record flooding is yet to. last even a thousand pound dead canal falls brits into selling their houses the details just
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alter the spanish find out more visit actuality. dot com. this is also a coming to life from moscow welcome back to the weekly disastrous flooding in russia's far east has a faction been lying to her as of more eighty five thousand people as water levels keep on rising emergency crews are working around the clock to fortify the city of the box that was to hit the area right now his post called has been that almost two weeks and also filed this report. well this is marina a resident of bolshoi risky island and is marina's house water waist high
the entire ground floor resembling a cesspit rather than a home now it's only when you enter the properties that you see the extent of the damage that these floodwaters have caused now despite knowing as best attempts to try and keep many of her treasured possessions out of the water it was simply in vain the entire house is completely submerged and it's clear looking around that is going to take a lot of time money and effort before this place returns to normal. marina is one of hundreds in this region to have been evacuated in recent days by russia's emergency services she can't take everything with her and doesn't know when she'll be able to return for now she'll stay with friends or move here they. have been crying all week we've lost all our property and that's after we've renovated it hung new wallpaper up place new carpets. although some hardy souls remain
predominantly this village is like a ghost town but despite the chaos there are resilient attempts to carry on as normal the shop remains open although when we visited business was slider. many of those evacuated from their homes and up in temporary accommodation centers in schools and sports holes for thirty's and volunteers providing supplies such as food drinking water and medicine that some rest bite for those who have lost everything just get the polish that's good that aid is going to come there is good they do have there but you need to stay here they just patel te's greet the treat us like the children although the situation in the how about ask region remains critical for the west is hope the worst is over in the region attention is now turning to the cleanup operation just that the situation is changing and we are going to regroup our forces people now come from the neighboring
a more region before planes arrive here every day but now water levels in some parts of this region have already beaten records that have stood for more than one hundred and twenty years that's of six hundred and forty two centimeters and the fear is that as the rains continue that could push the eight meter barrier causing even more devastation and destruction to people's lives and homes the military and emergency services continue to work around the clock to reinforce how about i ask concern the defenses could be bridged by water that at the moment shows no signs of receding i'm with flood levels not expected to eight until mid september the true extent of the damage is yet to reveal itself and it could be some time yet before the full picture emerges postcards. about oscar. on air and on line twenty four seven here is what we're covering at all to dot com for you right now it's called friendly support of the controversial cyber currency gather in
berlin find out how that went down. sounding straight to the streets in bahrain demanding democratic reforms will go the footage plus the time line will go in popular protest all down just a click away to talk. egypt's former president hosni mubarak is back in court today his being retried on charges of complicity in the killing of almost nine hundred protesters during the two thousand to eleven uprising he was released from prison this thursday and put under house arrest after an appeal against his attention release was seen by many in the nation as a rollback on the train trip that flowed from the arab spring summer egyptian politicians even say it could escalate tension even further there have been nonstop protest and bloodshed in the country since july when the army toppled the country's first democratically elected president mohamed morsi pro-democracy activist allen muhammad believes the interim military backed government is full of mubarak supporters and has now swept all set aside to free their x.
box from prison. it comes at all no surprise that mubarak was released at the end of the day it was sisi and the military junta releasing their boss and it's the judges the corrupt judges are releasing the one person and the the head of the state that people went out on the twenty fifth of january reproducing to talk to what we're seeing now is not only the return of the mubarak regime it's actually the return of head of our country and as well egyptians went out on the twenty fifth of january revolution we wanted a free country and we wanted the judiciary to actually be that that represents the people not the world and it was appointed by mubarak it comes as no surprise at all that those who oppose where appointed by mubarak are the ones that actually got him released from prison. some of the today's international news in brief now in the yemeni capital sana'a last has ripped through
a bass carrying our force posture now more than twenty people have been wounded although confusion over the number of dead has reports ranging from one to twelve it's all the explosion was caused by a bomb blunder that side the vehicle and when told was the boss was transporting workers to their base the authorities in the arab regions poorest state are battling tribal militias who often target the nation's military. thousands of people have rounded the council of tunisia calling for the resignation of the islamist led government a coalition of opposition parties staged the mass protests demanding new elections were held demonstrators say they're tired by the inability of the authorities to maintain security and restore the economy going and rest which erupted in july was followed by the assassination of a left wing opposition politician. a state of emergency has been declared in the u.s. state of california after
a raging wildfire swept into yosemite national park the blaze doubled in size overnight and for the city of san francisco to shut down some power lines they want fires have also led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from a nearby town officials report that only five percent of the blaze has been contained so far. i mean layoffs and the welfare cuts a growing number of britons are being left in financial limbo by their employer as more and double farmers are adopting the controversial toxic of zero hour contracts leaving their style with the possibility of ending up penalize despite spending every waking hour at work while she's going to boycott this report. 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 mcdonald's 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 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 of your own destiny as it were while you're working there to be able to. make that much profit this week so actually we're trying to do as minimum 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. no guarantee of other jobs i wasn't making enough money to pay the rent was falling behind the number of zero hours contracts and topic 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 see around contracts particularly amongst public sector workers no longer are these small groups of workers who are employed on temporary employment now in some sites is this type of abusive employed ship is becoming the norm macdonald sports direct dominoes and even buckingham palace zero hours employ is 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 of all working people on a fortune a big business is using the history measures in the government economic crisis as an excuse to use these contracts but business representatives say that the financial quo. he says forcing companies to use zero hours contracts there's people that criticize here as contracts have got to recognize the impact that that would
have on unemployment levels is there as contraction 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 contracts may see the bosses but many of the young people on them say that while they're on zero hour as they've got zero chance of any financial stability i think that they're wrong and no i think they should i think they should shouldn't any 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. see london. coming out right after the break if technology happened.
they say geopolitics is a lot like a schoolyard and what 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 date just to show you how much your feelings are hurt let's not mistake this canceled 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 of 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 storm debacle but this group. stubbing just comes across as silly passing something like a new jackson verda commandment yeah that is how you could show 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. hello and welcome to technology or bates on today's show we learn how to cook the silly brown i'd like hot my food water. our design classic still has room for improvements. on how to recycle tires and improve roads in one fell swoop. but first we're all familiar with the lengthy security procedures to airports where we recently found out that the technology that keeps us all safe can also be used to put a smile on a girl's face. and check diamonds
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