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and i mean really. to us. the u.s. defense secretary says our forces are on standby to unleash cruise missiles against syria while reports suggest for a slice could take place as soon as there is a. washington waves away comparisons with iraq with officials assuming that hans mistakes won't be repeated but as we report such promises it can't be hard can be hard to keep. as floodwaters in russia as up are you sure no signs of receding one of the region's main cities that insists hope has made made dabs. and a clash of cultures in the u.k. as tensions ratchet up between vocal muslim groups and there is who question the place of islam in britain.
live from moscow in this is are to you with me on with say and american military offensive against syria could start as soon as thursday and missiles already pointing at around fifty targets according to u.s. media reports citing senior officials that are from a president obama is all that's needed to for the bombing campaign to start artie's some thomas has the details. well it certainly has been a busy week in the united states as they've been preparing trying to gather international support and information as to what and how they could respond we're hearing that they could respond with a three day missile strike aimed at sending a message to bashar al assad not at toppling his regime or crippling his military but specifically just to send a message this was reported to n.b.c. news by top u.s.
military officials now we're expecting to hear from u.s. secretary of state john kerry today to present more information and evidence linking the assad regime that to these alleged chemical attacks that happened last week. in the go to area east of damascus so far the united states says that they have little doubt that it was assad's regime that carried out the attack but they have not been able to present their case or make a convincing public case about exactly how they know this information we're supposed to hear a little bit more on that today now the white house has not commented at all on whether they're going to seek a u.n. mandate they refuse to answer those questions but defense secretary chuck hagel says they are willing and ready to go at president obama's command all he has to do is give the order we also know that the navy the united states navy has moved some of their warships into the area to be on standby as well obama and his top aides have made at least eighty eight phone calls to world leaders to discuss the
situation in syria two of those phone calls to one of his arguably closest allies u.k. prime minister david cameron we know that the u.k. has recalled the parliament on thursday so that they can discuss the situation in syria and to take a vote cameron said that the world could not stand idly by after seeing appalling scenes of death and suffering you go also reports that the u.k.'s air base in cyprus just one hundred miles from the coast of syria there is a build up of military there so. witnesses are saying now in france francois says that they are ready to punish those who took the decision to gas the innocent in syria so it seems that france is ready to be on board saudi arabia says that immediate action should be taken against assad and turkey has announced this week that they are willing to join any military coalition against assad regardless of
whether there is a u.n. mandate or not but there is a little bit of a drawback the arab league which is a big player in the region they do blame the syrian government and bashar al assad for using chemical weapons against his people but they will not back a strike at this point against the regime or russia basically they've been maintaining a cautious attitude at this point it should be mentioned that russia has a vacuum waited citizens from the area basically for their own safety as this momentum is gathering towards a military retaliation. and kerry have spoken sergey lavrov the foreign minister of russia has rejected john kerry's position that it was damascus that carried out the attacks he is urged the united states to wait for the results of that u.n. investigation the u.n. investigative team is supposed to begin country for another six days at least and one thing lavrov is concerned about is the failure of the geneva two dialogue
conferences that the united states and russia have been working on jointly and so right now also the deputy prime minister dmitry rogozin was a little bit more direct a little bit more harsh he said that the west behaves towards the islamic world like a monkey with a grenade so it's safe to say russia not happy with this movement towards a military retaliation at least until the united nations gets their job done and they can look at the evidence in a legal and more methodical manner. we spoke to you case independence party leader nigel farage about britain's apparent eagerness to get tangled up in syria's civil war he believes the government hasn't thought this one through i would just say this you know number one can we please actually find out the that it was a sad to use those weapons it's probable that it was but please can we find out. i was everybody else that moral outrage on its own is not
a good enough reason to get involved in a war that could have unforseen consequences but i have to say that ever since tony blair's time starting off with we seem to go in for foreign wars with alarming regularity often having no really clear objectives or any idea how we're going to withdraw because to prove that point you know we've now been in afghanistan for longer than the first and second world wars i did up together my view is that what we've done in afghanistan and iraq in fact for many decades whatever britain's got involved in the middle east we tend to have made things worse not better and the horrible wheaties ghastly though some of the crimes of the that are being committed there is nothing the british military can do my view to make things better for the us is insisting that this time around to there will be it will be nothing like iraq all serbia or even libya washington is confident that when it comes to syria the
evidence is unquestionable just like it was when saddam was accused of hiding weapons of mass destruction he's always going to judge again on america's record of missteps military. before every other west intervention in the last fifteen years there was a hype of lies misinformation and discrepancies but every time washington would present its case for war as the ultimate truth leading people to believe that waging war was the only way to peace as the us is preparing an attack on syria striking similarities can be found in how lawson can makes its case for intervention material i will present to you comes from a variety of sources some are u.s. sources and some of those of other countries we have additional information about this attack and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners and we will provide that information in the days ahead some of the sources are technical such as intercepted telephone conversations and photos taken by
satellites what have we learned about the actual proof the white house claims it has on syria's use of chemical weapons it will for u.s. official is telling me that this intelligence assessment contains forensic evidence that actual chemical attack took place as well as some intercepted communications among syrian forces that suggest the regime was responsible a separate sources also telling c.n.n.'s john king that the report contains some satellite images of activity at potentially chemical weapons depots back in two thousand and three in the run up to the iraq war the media also diligently repeated what the white house said we know that iraq and al qaeda have had high level contacts that go back a decade we've learned that iraq has trained al qaeda members in bomb making. and poisonous. and deadly gases before the u.s.
step to tame washington's claims that the government which was about to be attacked did not cooperate thus this crediting any u.n. investigation that was underway saddam hussein and his regime are busy doing. we possibly can to ensure that inspectors. finding absolutely nothing. well they found nothing because there was nothing but it was an argument that couldn't be heard through the deafening sound of war drums iraq is not the only example when the u.s. effectively rendered a diplomatic solution obsolete the serbian leaders on the other hand refused even to discuss key elements of the peace agreement before the us started a two month long bombing campaign of the former yugoslavia the us love government had accepted proposals for the near independence of kosovo within the republic of serbia as well as an international peacekeeping force in kosovo but the agreement that nato put forward had a clause that they could not accept in the words of former secretary of state henry
kissinger the text which called on serbia to admit need to troops throughout yugoslavia was a provocation an excuse to start bombing runway is not a document that an angelic serb could have accepted years later we see diplomacy brushed off again in syria even as the un team is working on the ground at every turn the syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the un investigation washington has bypassed the u.n. both in the case of the former yugoslavia and that of iraq in libya the us and its allies have effectively carried out a regime change although the un mandate was to protect civilians we came we saw he died. because we acted quickly a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided but for many libyans a humanitarian catastrophe has just started as the nation plunges deeper into chaos and tear like in iraq where the intervention was followed by
a decade of terror for those wondering what awaits american politicians found to have light no weapons over there. should be under here. to check on r.t.e. washington d.c. . u.s. officials though say a direct hits on chemical weapons storage sites would be too dangerous so instead they want to cripple assad's forces capable of delivering the warheads such damage to the military would give a huge boost to the rebels who have recently been losing ground artie's can do to actually read tons and says this is all playing into the hands of the terrorist groups the national security council of britain is meeting because david cameron the prime minister. foreshortened is a holiday it's interesting that national security council was set up in twenty ten to talk about national security of this country britain and most of that was about al qaida that may be less concept and britain and the united states are now validly
supporting al-qaeda linked groups if anything one would see in a normal scenario that countries should come to the aid of the assad government against. al-qaeda linked brigades that certainly call it the u.n. weapons inspector a few months ago said were responsible for chemical attacks american lawmakers are say they should have the last word when it comes to u.s. strikes in syria not the president the political standoff brewing in washington is being addressed and cross talk of the full version of the program is coming up later this hour. the u.s. military but supposed to be deployed for u.s. interests and it's supposed to be approved by congress congress has the constitutional authority to declare war not the president of the white house and if congress had advocated its constitutional authority there we wouldn't be so close to the precipice and that's a huge problem you know just the other day speaker boehner spokesperson said you know the speaker made it clear that he wants congress to be can be in consultation
and he doesn't need congress because the western media western media. people know who to blame when there's a war. not a waters in russia's far east. keep one of the regions maybe a business have submerged for the next month according to local officials residents of. keeping their fingers crossed hoping the manmade dams protecting the city don't overflow and that the dilute continues to slowly recede paul scott says that the waters at the sea. well up until now it been a remote rural areas that had been worst affected by these flood waters but as you can see now the waters are beginning to encroach on to the city of how about. twenty yards behind the camera is a residential area and some residents are being evacuated as we speak in deciding to go to the temporary accommodation centers that have been set up by the first
thing you notice about the city actually is the amount of hills that there are meaning that it's communities and streets in the ones that are most at risk of being worst affected communities and areas like this one and there's a surprising number of residents although many are going to the accommodation centers in their hundreds there are still those who are resolutely staying with their properties and deciding not to leave now. my family has been evacuated from my home but i decided to stay today the electric power supply has resumed pumps are working and there's no water in the stairwell any more water evaporates in the pavements become visible so we're still living here those that stay on those that go basically those who have their properties ruined attention is slowly turning to the future and what happens when this water subsides when it receives and the extent of the damage is revealed when the authorities have said that they will give compensation of up to one hundred thousand rubles people whose properties have been damaged the compensation will range from fifty to one hundred thousand rubles
depending on the severity of the damage now russia's emergency services minister is also heading to this region imminently choose day to assess not only the damage but also the work of the emergency services in terms of evacuations on the building all that building if that are continuing apace twenty four hours a day around the clock to prevent this situation reaching the parts of the city. artie's pulse called reporting there from the mitts off of the worst floods to hit the region in more than a century and there's plenty more to come here at r.t. including an interview with a man whose goal is to stop mosques being built in the u.k. that's after the break.
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they're still watching r.t. for more international news in the u.k. police have launched a probe into who is responsible for sending a cd with pornographic images and pictures of the prophet mohammed to several months in london it's just the latest in a chain of provocative acts that have heightened tensions between muslims and other parts of british society artists as a silly a word to find out what it will take to bridge the religious delight. my name is gavin baby and i'm the lawyer behind freedom foundation we still. we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial man a somewhere further to the mosque buster objections raised by locals pertaining to mosques include traffic congestion on the general noise and disturbance which does
concern people on the first one was the loss of a retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is deeper than that islamic doctrine it is a violent doctrine now vacuous conferee touring the shore if a catholic church was passing death sentences if a synagogue was blessing armies to commit acts of war would immediately. when you have a man who is soon ideologically opposed knows little about these numbers faith even if what he is suggesting that it doesn't give credence to some of those views really in terms of traffic congestion impacting the local area if people have those objections to really genuinely feel that it's going to create an impact raise them but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment on the muslim myself and and and speaking to muslims across print and the
you know the people feeling vulnerable because the they do feel as if the muslim community is being picked on we have had instances where a local mosque had just thrown into it last year after a decade of dispute the new and council rejected an application for a so-called mega mosque the site of which is just down the road over here it would have accommodated up to ten thousand worshippers the group that had campaigned against it called themselves mega mosque. no thanks and some muslim groups have also opposed to project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions but the spotlight once again on why this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion we see i think is poor little to the failure within multiculturalism people become invested in a very particular notion that britain is characterized by first of all
a white christian dominant culture which historically is certainly true but may be less the case today most simply become the symbol i think for this greater things on the table a recent you gov poll compared answers given by respondents in november two thousand and twelve and may twenty thirteen and showed an increase in the number of people who agree that there will be a clash of civilizations between british muslims and native white britons we really need a more frank and open and detailed discussion about what islam is about what britishness is and about how we manage social change and evolution in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept in britain which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue both make a clash of cultures any less likely just or so your r.t. london. on our website a russian business magnate has been
a whisked into custody in belarus something he was invited to the capital by the country's prime minister he now faces ten years in prison reportedly for breaking his fertilisers company's partnership with a baton rouge state for him head to r.t. dot com for the details. and blowing in the wind the tropical storm eyelashes the mexican east coast are forcing residents inside their homes and schools to close you can find the video on our website. leading a plane makers are gathering just outside moscow for one of the world's top. twenty thirteen here's one of the highlights of the exhibition the t. thirty jet fighter jet is exceptional in terms of speed and agility and has we love
the first cause of interest ever since it was unveiled at the last measure in twenty levon the jets development was closely watched by yes all over the world despite races that were being kept under wraps it's capable of reaching twice the speed of sound and voiding radio detection requires only a short runway for takeoff however the t fifty doesn't come cheap it at a cost of just first see million dollars is the price tag and there's plenty more to see at the show with around eight thousand firms are from more than forty countries participating and it's not just the latest military technology civilian aid cross builders are also showing off their crowning achievement in terms of speed and passenger comfort that there is even a prototype of space ship on display if you're interested in that now the organizers hope to beat the max twenty eleven record away ten billion dollars worth
of contracts were signed and one race of the deals have been struck they are sure will open to the general public with some breathtaking performances by aerobatics from russia as well as abroad argy is there for years about the week to keep you posted on the max. my. time for look at some more news around the world japan has raised the threat level at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant to serious incident which is level three out of seven on the international scale the decision was taken after
consultation with the u.n. nuclear watchdog the main danger comes from a massive leak of contaminated water three hundred tons some of which may have reached the pacific this is a grave us warning about fukushima since the twenty eleven s quake and tsunami that caused the meltdown of three reactors the. series of bombings across the iraqi capital baghdad has left at these twenty nine people dead and over eighty wounded at the worst hit was a district in the northwest of the city where several explosions killed five people and wounded nearly thirty sunni muslim extremists have been stepping up attacks across the country since the start of the year july it was iraq's deadliest month since two thousand and eight with about a thousand fatalities. two people have been reportedly been shot dead in egypt as military forces disperse a pro mostly rally south of the capital eight more were injured when soldiers broke
up a brawl between supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsi and some local residents in front of a mosque military officials insist that no protesters were fired but medical sources report that all of the did an injured died of gunshot wounds egypt has been under a state of emergency for months now after hundreds were killed in fighting following the ousting of president morsi and the protests that followed. the u.s. state of california where firefighters firefighters have contained twenty percent of the wildfires which continue to sweep through similar national park according to reports the blaze has urged closer to a large reservoir provides most of san francisco's water supply the flames have also damaged hydroelectric plants force in the city to switch to other power sources more than three thousand five hundred firefighters are battling to control the blaze which has been raging for eleven days now. well some fool i see to
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military intervention in syria. only make things worse. to cross not the war in syria i'm joined by you as an adult in damascus he is a syrian academic with the syrian foreign press in washington we have michael shank he is the director of foreign policy at the friends comedian national legislation and a professor at george mason university and in new york we cross to ed he is a year or so shit editor at reason twenty four seventh's having cross talk rules and i think that means you can jump in anytime you want michael in watching if i go to you first secretary kerry is absolutely convinced the assad regime has used chemical weapons against its people he doesn't give any proof but he's absolutely convinced and now we have the drumbeat to war i think i saw this movie and it has a very bad ending you know what i mean yes certainly we did the same in iraq we undermined u.n. inspectors there we're doing the same in syria we actually called on the inspectors
in syria to abort their mission certainly paving the way for an easier strike on our end so we don't kill any u.n. inspectors but it's it's a little spurious to say that we have the evidence when the inspectors actually don't have the evidence so yeah we're seeing echoes like you mentioned in the intro this is a replay on iraq and how do you account for all of this because it sounds like a complete sham. well it's just it sounds like they're going to they're going to damascus even though they maybe they don't want to so it's interesting to see it's kind of like who's who's leading this you know because you look at american intervention in syria and it isn't really there's no really american strategic interests there so you know is this going to be a repeat of libya where it's kind of the europeans leading us along and congress isn't going to do anything about it we know that already and so that kind of leaves it leaves the president's foreign policy in with anyway and it's kind of is it's another thing that's like we're not engaging but we're interviewing you know so it's not a.