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the only. evidence of a chemical attack in syria is found but no proof the government was behind it says the u.n. envoy to the country as western powers ready for strike. washington says it has enough evidence against us and waves away comparisons with iraq you look at how the us paved the way for previous military campaigns. secretary in violence claims dozens more lives in iraq in a series of bomb attacks in baghdad are the going price of the u.s. led liberation from saddam hussein. and multiculturalism fails a stress test in the u.k. with an anti muslim lobby blocking the expansion of islam calling it violent and incompatible with today's britain.
is seven pm in moscow you're watching our team with. the u.n. arab league envoy to syria lakhdar brahimi says there is evidence suggesting that some kind of chemical substance was used in an attack near damascus a week ago but sad there is no proof that the government is responsible but such an assault in itself could be enough for the u.s. and its allies to launch a military offensive against a war torn country the spy warnings from russia and the u.n. r.t. shaun thomas reports. boxcar brahimi who is the u.n. envoy and of the arab league envoy on the situation in syria spoke in geneva on wednesday saying that any military action in the world should be carried out only with the u.n. security council's sanction as stipulated by international law very clear and
direct in his message he did say that evidence suggests that some chemical substance was used to killing hundreds in syria but that they did not on the ground examine any proof that shows that it was of the syrian government behind those chemical weapons attacks and of course one thing that has been reiterated time and again is that this team that is in syria from the u.n. there to determine if chemical weapons were used but not assign blame it certainly has been a very busy week in the united states with the meant momentum shifting towards the idea of a military intervention obama has made at least eighty eight phone calls to world leaders about the subject of syria two of those have been to david cameron the prime minister of the u.k. . they he has looked at evidence and he's looked at ways that the military can respond to chuck hagel who is the secretary of defense for the united states has said that the military is ready and the pentagon is that ready to react as soon as obama gives the order for some sort of an intervention but jay carney who is the
spokesperson for the white house had a press conference and outlined very clearly what the united states position is let's listen to what he had to say the deliberations that are taking place now in the options that are being considered by the president and his national security team are not around the question of whether or not chemical weapons were used in syria on a significant scale causing mass death and injury it is not around the question of whether or not the syrian regime is responsible it's around the question of what is the appropriate response to this clear violation of international norms now the russian side of things there has been a phone call between sergey lavrov the. foreign minister here in russia and john kerry in the united states in that phone conversation that lavrov rejected the position that it was the assad regime pointing to the fact that there is evidence that suggests it could have been the rebels who themselves used chemical weapons in the attack he says that the u.s. and other countries should be doing everything that they can to facilitate the u.n.
investigation rather than trying to hinder it and push their own agenda he's also alarmed at different nations attempts to destabilize. the peace process and the diplomatic solution and specifically referring to the geneva two talks that were being pushed by the u.s. and by the by the russian government jointly now has also gone on to say that the only solution to the crisis in syria is a diplomatic solution through negotiation and that's where russia stands at this point in time. britain is expected to push for a resolution sanctioning the use of force against syria the u.n. security council later on wednesday the draft document also puts the blame for the alleged chemical attack on the us and regime earlier britain's national security council agreed that the use of chemical weapons was unacceptable and the world should not stand by artie's laura smith brings more on london's possible response. prime minister david cameron is making some very carefully weighed statements on the one hand he says no decision has yet been taken whether to get involved but on
the other hand he says it's very clear that it is the assad regime that is to blame for using chemical weapons according to him he reckons that he's got clear evidence that it that it was the regime the government that used chemical weapons so in response to that he has convened a meeting of the national security council here in london on wednesday following that on thursday and he's will meet in parliament they've been recalled from the summer holiday and they will be given a chance to vote to discuss and to vote on what they think should be done also downing street is saying that the u.s. and the u.k. won't necessarily be balanced by what the u.n. inspectors are saying and also britain's made clear that it would consider going ahead without a u.n. resolution foreign minister william hague says that the use of chemical weapons contravenes international law and its own account so that is reason enough to go into syria downing street has confirmed that british forces all ramping up in
preparation for a possible military strike in line with that we've heard reports from cyprus which has a u.k. base that's about one hundred miles from the coast of syria so very close ideally positioned people there are saying that walk lanes a military transporters have started to arrive well interestingly we haven't heard anything from the european union as a whole but from called for a reaction of force against the use of chemical weapons and said that the u.n. security council could be bypassed under certain circumstances turkey obviously a key regional player agrees with that the rest of the european countries slightly less gung ho about it germany says that intervention is needed if the use of chemical weapons is proven but it isn't keen to go ahead without a u.n. mandate similarly italy and norway would not be keen to go ahead without a u.n. mandate but in the region the arab league thinks that it was made this attack that it's not happy to to intervene in any way but it remains to be seen how much
this effort can be led by britain the u.s. and france and it looks like it's seriously ramping up. well iran is warning that of its ally syria has attacked the media through tribune against israel will follow and the israeli government has reportedly ordered the limit of a call up of a reservist to face a potential strike as from moscow's position political analyst tells us there will be no military response to foreign intervention in syria russia has already made it clear that it's not going to stop the western intervention military where north in nineteen sixty seven when russia stopped they israeli offensive against syria by a threat of use of force but russia certainly vote tried to stop the intervention diplomatically and i would say morally because it's quite clear to anyone watching even western television that the western leaders on north completely sincere in
their statements about these chemical attack the british prime minister or john kerry don't sound very convincing when they see that they were so devastated by these pictures or boys and children in fact television included western television has been showing pictures of children killed or maimed by western interventions for years and these people were never devastated by these images so it's a kind of selective empathy that is not very convincing washington london's push for military intervention has taken its toll on the financial world the threats have spurred oil and gold prices while investors have rushed to pull their money from stock markets artist kitty pilgrim looks at how the rhetoric has affected the world economy from say on foreign yet own syria to global fund to damage is already being done gold is what people usually turn to in these uncertain times not
russia's very much being felt in in earnest the billion up forty dollars an ounce just over the last two days alone. oil prices are surging to their highest level since twenty eleven that's over concerns that are american and british an attack on syria will bring about a serious consequences and threaten global surprise now the middle east as a whole accounts for over a third of all oil production and holds even more reserves leaving bank associate general has said that a u.s. led attack on syria could see the price of oil spiked to one hundred and fifty dollars per barrel such a level could have a disastrous impact on the global economy ready challenge by storing growth that going recessions as well are sanctions have also severely restricted or like spots from syria already so the economic situation there could get even worse as the
violence continues our stock markets are witnessing a sell off to the markets in the middle east leading the cash exodus neighboring turkey has also taken an economic beating us stocks plunge the reef even more worryingly this is all happening before the attack has even gone so most likely more bad news if it doesn't go ahead. well this time washington claims it's sure as it has crossed the red line and that it has undeniable evidence the syrian regime was behind the chemical attack by ten years ago it also claimed it had evidence saddam hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction in iraq though that later turned out to be falls is going to shoot down look so that means the white house has been using to pave the way for its military interventions. before everything with 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 washington makes its case for intervention material i will present you comes from a variety of sources some are u.s. sources and some are 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 on the way saddam hussein and his regime are busy doing. we possibly can to ensure that instructors. 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 nato troops throughout yugoslavia was a provocation an excuse to start bombing runway is not a document that an angelic could have accepted years later we see diplomacy brushed off again in syria even as the u.n.
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 care like in iraq where the intervention was followed by a decade of care for those wondering what awaits american politicians found to have light no weapons over there. should be under here. going to check on r.t.e. washington d.c. for me is the opium diplomat and an expert on the middle east mohamad haasan says
syria will not be broken down by washington's war tactics. united a says just invents in order to achieve it is objective it has invented the most destruction weapon we have seen that in the security council that it is the former state department head the general colin powell of how he lied to the whole international community and it's a shame on him again and african origin president who is leading that country and everybody hoped that it is the change will be but he is becoming even worse than bush and he's using of global tactics in order to talk and destroy the syrian people and the syrian government this is a pretext for the invasion and they are planning out of frustration because the success of the syrian government have achieved on the ground we have seen this in only iraq and what they have did and we are killing the iraqi people and bringing the destruction to that country but here in syria the syrian people are united
under their leadership under the president of bashar assad and as he saw it he said two days ago the president of syria when he gave an interview to the russian television he searched syria i will never be a colony of anybody in syria i will resist and will be a southern country. meanwhile american lawmakers argue it's up to them to decide whether the u.s. should strike syria peter labelling his guests discuss the political standoff between congress and white house and you can watch the full version in about fifty minutes time but here's a little of what to expect. u.s. military that 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 to advocate 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
well and he doesn't need congress because little fish unless you get the western media to invoke western media it's all going for so that people know who to blame when there's a war. and to another country now that has witnessed u.s. military intervention in iraq it's still suffering from a spiral of violence and terrorist attacks that continues to claim thousands of lives every year on wednesday a series of coordinated bomb attacks in the country's capital killed more than seventy people and left dozens injured restaurants markets and car parks in predominantly shiite areas were targeted by the attackers violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year with a sunni minority protest began as the shiite led government sent take a look at the tragic figures of sectarian strife. twenty ten so over four thousand people killed while the elections came with no clear winner leaving the country with no leadership slight increase in twenty eleven was the u.s.
troops pulling out of iraq by the end of the year comes a spike in deaths over the next twelve months with secretary in violence sparking fears of a possibility of full scale civil war but this year the religiously driven attacks between shia and sunni skyrocket further claiming almost five thousand lives in eight months was july being the deadliest month since two thousand and eight well i'll be back with more news shortly after the break. technology innovation. developments around russia. the future covered. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something
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mohamad sent to several long the mosques the incident adds up to a wave of offensive asked towards british muslims by parts of society desperate to keep the u.k. as long free tests are silly as strike a balance. my name is gavin baby and i'm the lawyer behind the freedom foundation we still. that is we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial them a summer further two as the mosque buster objections raised by locals pertaining to mosques and clude traffic congestion on the part general noise and disturbance which does concern people on the first one was the loss of the retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is deeper than that islamic doctrine there's a wrong doctrine now exactly it's called for retiring the sure if
a company was passing death sentences if a synagogue was blessing armies to commit acts of war would immediately that has to be stopped when you have a man who is soon ideologically opposed knows little about islamic faith even if what he is suggesting that he doesn't give credence to some of those views really but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment on the muslim myself and. speaking to muslims across print and the. number of 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 a project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions that the spotlight once again on why. this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion. i think is poor me to to the failure within multiculturalism most simply become the symbol perfect for this. is all it is a recent you gov poll compared answers given by respondents an event for two thousand and twelve and may two thousand and 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 in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue both make a clash of cultures and less likely to us or so your r.t.
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the great life lived against the odds. hello and welcome to cost for all things considered on peter lavelle from the fog of war to the drums of war washington and its western regional allies are again agitating for a senseless conflict in the middle east this time against syria again it's all about weapons of mass destruction an echo of the catastrophe called iraq western military intervention in syria only make things worse. to cross talk the war in syria i'm joined by he has an a bell in damascus he's
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 associate 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 his 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.