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so the place that some. of our minds. eavesdropping on allies the latest n.s.a. leaks shows the agency has been a monitoring the german chancellor's cell phone for over a decade adding fuel to europe's frustration over u.s. surveillance practices also this week. on the recall being thrown onto the window then suddenly finding myself on the street and in a panic party talks to survivors of the suicide blast that hit a crowd of boss in the russian city of volgograd. america's unmanned killing machines draw condemnation from amnesty international and human rights watch to conclude that drone strikes in pakistan and yemen should be classed as war crimes. damn. the syrian government submits its plan to destroy its
chemical weapons to the hague while nineteen opposition groups refused to tan a long awaited peace conference in geneva. six pm in the russian capital you're watching r.t. with me marina joshie welcome to the program the german chancellor has been a target of u.s. surveillance for over a decade according to a leak and it's a document obtained by german media follows earlier reports of american spies tapping the phones of dozens of world leaders and a phone call to president obama merkel said the monitoring would be a breach of trust if confirmed she also said that spying among friends does not work obama reportedly claimed to have had no for knowledge of such practices however germany's. newspaper goes as far as suggesting he actually encouraged the
bugging of merkel's phone leaked documents now show that her number was on the nics watch list since two thousand and two three years before she became chancellor former french prime minister deming divil pound says he never expected american surveillance to go this far. we knew that. some practices were existed but the search and overall system. came as a surprise for everybody in fact what we are seeing today is credible privileges of the us administration over the control of the world system we knew that the us were controlling the financial system through the banking dominance of some big banks through the dollar currency reserve currency but controlling internet controlling the information you know well this is it privilege and monopoly if we are going to follow up in the same direction then confrontation might be to look to
. e.u. leaders are demanding explanations from washington france and germany are pushing for a new deal on transatlantic surveillance angered over the reports that analysts say has been tracking the phone calls of thirty five world leaders and the e.u. statement of war and a lack of trust could harm its partnership with washington and germany is also teaming up with brazil to push for a un resolution restraining u.s. surveillance sascha us from are the new american foundation think tank says the spy scandal is dealing a huge blow to america's image. this is. created a massive reputational crisis for the united states the entire populace is now in essence on edge about what is the united states government doing what is the n.s.a. doing what is being surveilled and so in essence what we're saying is everyone's a suspect everyone is being surveilled and this is probably not just france and germany and mexico and brazil this is probably globally certainly we've lost
a lot of credibility as an ethical internet steward the mastic shock waves are being felt as well thousands rallied in washington d.c. on saturday venting their anger against the n.s.a. and demanding reforms of federal surveillance laws the protests was billed as the largest demonstration in american history are just going to count was there. thousands of people gathered here on the anniversary of the signing of the patriot act twelve years ago they believe that was the day when in the name of fighting terror their rights have been taken away from them they believe that the tradeoff between security and privacy is a false one people here say that they're tired of lies that the government has been telling to cover up their mass spying after all just a year ago the director of national intelligence james clapper said no when asked whether the n.s.a. was collecting data on millions of americans edward snowden's revelations of course
confirmed that was a lie and the latest i've heard was that just within a month the n.s.a. spied on more than one hundred and twenty four billion phone calls worldwide that means that every single person on earth is facing the risk of being caught up in the n.s.a. dragnet and the person edward snowden thanks to whom this protest is happening is now holed up in russia because here in the states he would sure be in jail by now people at this rally dows of people in fact demand a meaningful surveillance a long way for him they came with a petition signed by more than five hundred thousand people demanding congress investigate the n.s.a. spying programs through the senate judiciary and intelligence committees planned hearings on those programs so they want to make sure that their voices are heard actually one of the main messages of this rally is watch the watchers but the question is is there really possible because so far any light that's been shed on
the watchers was through whistleblowers in washington i'm going to check on. now how to r.t. dot com for more details and updates on the battle for privacy as well as x. bird analysis on the n.s.a. leaks and the outcry there triggering. powerful suicide blast rocked russia's southern city of volgograd on monday six people were killed and dozens more injured when the bomb went off in a packed bus artie's lindsey france retrace the events of that day october twenty first started just like any other monday here and people woke up with places to go and things to get done heavily using bus stations just like this. but for several people needing bus number twenty nine they could never have foreseen how quickly their lives would change when they took that ride. the route ran without incident from morning till afternoon it's a one person got on board thirty year old lie you see all about that is when things
took a tragic turn anastasio the very honorable it was on her way home from classes at the university laughing and talking with the other students crucially it was in the middle of the bus which say trade life was the roof of our shoes when the blast hid everything around me when flying and from that moment i don't remember anything on the recall being thrown onto her window then suddenly finding myself on the street and in a panic i realised something had happened to my hands i was covered in blood. it was right here at about two pm local time that a blast ripped through bus twenty nine filled with about forty people first responders thought it was perhaps a malfunction of the bus fuel systems but aside from the shop they fell to ask themselves if this was a gas explosion what was the fire. in that that was the same rock was that because everybody in the blast was touching their faces and heads asking what happened what happened there was a lot of blood on them and
a lot of flesh everywhere i was very afraid i got out of my car and i saw the head lying there i mean my friend took a young boy and his father to the hospital the remnant of an explosive device told the tale shrapnel t.n.t. and a grenade the accident site became a crime scene while r.c.l. over a jihadist from the republic of dagestan became the central focus of the investigation and then the story took another twist the attack wasn't meant for volgograd at all as the oliver had apparently taken a detour. she had purchased a ticket to moscow and boarded an intercity boss the pass through volgograd when the bus was almost at the city limits see all of our god oh and went back to downtown volgograd right now investigators are trying to find out whether this move had been planned in advance or are over altered the plan along the way looking for a place packed with as many people as possible also under suspicion are three men
believed to have helped in the plot to attack the russian capital two from dagestan wanted for twin terror attacks there in two thousand and twelve were said to be waiting for her in moscow on his way there was a see all of us husband dmitri sokol of an ethnic russian convert to islam missing since two thousand and twelve some reports suggest the couple had an argument shortly before the attack which may have caused a last minute change in her deadly plans authorities will be keen to find her husband in the hope he may have the answers lindsey france r.t. in volgograd while america's ongoing on manned aerial strikes in pakistan and yemen should be regarded as war crimes according to reports released by the human rights group amnesty international well that's despite the u.s. government's attempts to play down the civilian death toll from its drone campaign now let's take a look at some of the numbers here well it all began in two thousand and four under
the bush administration that number of drone victims soared dramatically in two thousand and six when almost a hundred people were killed another escalation came in two thousand and eight with seventy five lives lost and the toll in two thousand and nine reached one hundred sixty two the year barack obama took office at a record number of strikes from unmanned jets were recorded over the next twelve months that's one hundred twenty two and the drone war continues well the obama administration is responsible for about ninety percent of all the strikes carried out. since two thousand and four almost a thousand civilians have been killed including up to two hundred children according to some asked and that's the total number of drone fatalities in the region tops three thousand are just losing confidence looks into the latest report from amnesty international. the predator drone remotely controlled and heavily armed it's the weapon of choice in the cia's under cleared war in pakistan that's
where the u.s. is believed to have launched more than three hundred strikes since two thousand and four the target suspected taliban and al qaeda militants the white house says better drones then boots on the ground and justifies the covert program as both affective and legal america does not take strikes to punish individuals we act against terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat to the american people not so according to amnesty international in a damning new report the human rights group warns u.s. drone strikes could amount to war crimes documents recent killings in pakistan's northwest tribal areas and the lack of transparency surrounding drones this is a secret program in fact in our case we've found at least in some cases they've clearly killed civilians and some of these cases might be war crimes that really concerns us one such case is that of sixty eight year old man nama bibi killed by a u.s. drone last october she was picking vegetables with her grandchildren when that
attacks took place a double strike the children miraculously survived. first it was so then i heard that. the first hit and the second hit my cousin. but her grandmother's body was pulverized these missile fragments are all that remain of amnesty documents other such cases but its main point the need for transparency and accountability the u.s. must explain why these people have been killed people who are clearly civilians must provide justice to these people compensation it must investigate those were sponsored for those killings now in a separate report a u.n. investigation looked at thirty three drone strikes around the world not just in pakistan that violated international humanitarian law and also resulted. in the hundreds of civilian casualties that report also calling for more transparency and accountability from the united states reporting from moscow i'm lucy catherine of.
and news just seen here on r.t. at least eighteen people have been killed by a roadside bomb in afghanistan's gandi province near the capital kabul most of the victims were women and children on their way to a wedding celebration it's unclear who carried out the attack at this point and the taliban has reportedly denied any involvement will bring you more on this as we get it. and coming up here in our team the refugees who are getting a cold reception you europe hundreds of mine brits who managed to flee their troubled home once find that europe's increasingly tough asylum policies leave them little choice but to live on the charades. they're doing whatever they want in syria these days and even the obama administration can do nothing to rein the saudis in and i think the sad answer is
that the united states doesn't have the power that it wants. it doesn't have the leverage that it wants tries to work through allies through international organizations and occasionally on its own and deal with the court of public opinion that the best of america. there is a lot in the toolbox right now they're not many tools live. news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations rule the day.
welcome back you're watching r.t. a recent surge in my grandad's has spread alarm through the european union hundreds of people have drowned in the mediterranean this month alone trying to reach say shores in overcrowded boats and you can see here the main routes taken by the asylum seekers many of them come from countries gripped by long running conflict including syria but some reach europe through italy is southern islands others make it to spain or france which are top destinations for refugees along with germany and the united kingdom are just be all over met some of those who made it to berlin . we have feed we are not anymore we have feeling we all want to be jobless homeless and thousands of kilometers from home this is the reality for refugees who were forced to flee violence in libya twenty eleven there is no option not even
allowed to work in germany since i've been to germany i just slip and it's what i do they arrived in europe through its early however the italian authorities told them they couldn't stay and sent them packing with five hundred euros and give me some money i should go bank and collect the money i have the right to go anywhere what i want to go soy just to leave it like yeah to live it to live because it is a disaster on the european law it's really shouldn't have done last it's the responsibility of the member state where refugees arrive to look after them by sending these refugees away left them in a difficult legal predicament my document is getting next friday and the five hundred euros finish can go but i can't i can't even go back to italy to renew even my document why did you fall far for over a year more than five hundred from all over sub-saharan africa being packed into
this camp in the german capital i don't. know how you think that if they'd been working in libya when colonel gadhafi was toppled a new nato backed war the documents these people have gives them access to basic medical care and nothing else mentions it in now in berlin and it's up to germany to find a solution to their problems we're trying to get them residents grammont so for now there is no long term solution they have no right to work no right to social housing and a force to live on handouts there's a feeling in the camp that e.u. members who took part in the twenty eleven action against libya have a responsibility to help i see this is the problem of order to appear you do because that's it lol. that you. are just. because you had to do what you do is germany decides what to do they get ready for a second winter in
a city park these people came here because they were fleeing violence but in running for their lives they found themselves stuck in limbo here in the e.u. peter all of a see. a new shelter for asylum seekers sparked unrest in berlin this week right wing activists launching a protest against the facility which was set up in august and are working for either by rival groups clashes broke out in police made twenty and arrest. the cryptocurrency bitcoins battle for mainstream acceptance is gaining momentum a first aberration you know wowing customers turn their bitcoins into hard cash is about to be launched in canada for all the details had to our website r t. plus their profits may be skyrocketing but they're managing to steer clear of the tax man find out what tools the richest corporations in the u.s. are using on our website. the syrian government
has submitted its plan to destroy its chemical weapons meeting an international imposed deadline however a peace halfords in the country have been dealt back nineteen opposition groups are refusing to take part in a long awaited geneva conference which was supposed to bring all sides to the negotiating table for a pattern got official michael maloof says the rebels including extremist factions have been emboldened by continuing western support. the united states cannot be caught in the position of giving arms to the moderate so-called moderates when in fact most of those weapons would go to the opposition they just take them away in the out the extremists already control about eight seven of the eleven palestinian camps already in in in syria and they're using them as a base of operations and they're intimidating the moderates and the moderates of course are can't can't stand up against the more extreme elements and
they just don't have the capability in the fight in the fighting fighting power to do that. the curtain is about to come down on our main house really is decade long rule it's people in georgia are heading to the polls to decide who will be their next president with twenty three names on the ballot and experts predict a run up go between three candidates meanwhile temperatures are running high at the polls with one of the front runners accusing prime minister of britain iran issuing of violating campaign rules alice say the country is moving closer to parliamentary democracy with keep power is being handed to the prime minister's office but is still far for overcoming political instability artie's maria for national looks into saakashvili as kind of virtual legacy. they are among the maze determined detractors all judges i would go in president.
they follow me how selfishly every way to leave him in no doubt of where they stand . circus really was the once popular leader of the rose revolution the first color revolutions which saw power change in post soviet republics. in the last days of his near ten year presidency even former allies on the attack. after his successes started building an authoritarian regime the media was attacked one million people fled one quarter of the population went through the penal system they were either arrested or interrogated in two thousand and seven police used tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters one thousand cycles shrill is government to resign. in two thousand and eleven they did it again. people were afraid to express or even have their opinion if they faced injustice
they failed to report it as it could affect their families. his brother used to run the state old it over. and claims he was tortured in jail when he took his case to the human rights cauldron strasberg told nikki says he too was arrested over a fabricated case becoming another record nies to political prisoner. i got eight and a half years if it wasn't for new premie ivanishvili i wouldn't have got out in just one week i saw they took out four dead bodies from jail they said those young men died from diseases but that's nonsense days before last october's parliamentary election videos showing yun inmates being humiliated and beaten became the last straw for the georgian people selfishness party lost but this georgian media veteran says the public you for rio a circus will is defeat is tempered by how much the people had already lost
individually and. promoted georgian people astelin to the nation with history and we started to live in it we started moving away from our soviet past or be our no other p.r. genius he managed to convince then tile world and under the flag of democracy we got fascists as george's electorate votes for many here it's less about welcome in the future but saying goodbye to their past the law prevents macao circa shrilly from running for president again now has a mission is life far away from politics in the wine business but the public seems in no mood to simply let him fade into the background there is a strong desire here in georgia for circus really to be broad justice and it seems his detractors want to stop until that thirst is quite just there if not now r.t. tbilisi georgia. and now as take a look at some other stories from around the world a series of car blasts across the rocky capital have killed at least fifty four
people in one of the dozens of war most of the bombs were planted inside parked cars and hit predominantly shiite muslim districts the deadliest explosions were in the city of mosul killing twelve people iraq is in the midst of its worst ethnic bloodshed in years almost a thousand people died in violence across the country last month alone. an apartment in brooklyn became a scene of carnage when five people were left dead after a stabbing attack the identities of the victims four children and a thirty seven year old woman have not been released one suspect has been arrested . in madrid thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against a european court ruling in favor of the box separatist movement the european court of human rights has said that spain cannot stand prison terms for the armed groups members on tuesday a female member of atta who have been jailed for her role in twenty three murders walked free the spanish government has accepted the court's decision but warned
that more than one hundred terrorists could be released because of it. i'm next here in our thoughts on a boy who talks to a former u.s. envoy to saudi arabia about whether the team allies relationship is starting to crumble worlds apart thanks. it seems like politicians can get away with anything nowadays but not all of them the former mayor of failed detroit has been sentenced to twenty years in prison after being found guilty of committing record tiering conspiracy fraud extortion and tax crimes while the mayor the prosecutors say he funneled millions of dollars to himself and family members all while detroit moved headstrong towards the bankrupt state it is in today this is big news not because some mayor took bribes
but because he got punished the judge who could fix him stated why this is such an important case she said at the very least a significant sentence will send a message that this kind of conduct will not be tolerated yes sending a message you see corrupt officials are usually cowards and they do what they do because they feel they can get away with it when you start to put the fear of god into them they start to behave much better so the question is will the mainstream media grab the story and really use the conviction of detroit's former mayor is an example probably not but it would really help the country if they would but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to well that's part of the fallacy of relationship has long been
not only one of the most consequential but also one of the most secretive that's two decades of behind the scenes deals the saudis have. now me that displeasure over the american public is this a change of mood s. lop on the reast or final major cracks in the alliance well to discuss that amount joined by robert jordan a former u.s. ambassador to the kingdom and that's there in jordan it's a great honor to have you on the show thank you very much for having me now i know that you were appointed to the ambassadorship by george w. bush taking up your post almost immediately after september eleventh attacks arguably one of the most critical times in the relationship between the two countries and i remember back down or dinner americans were quite mistrustful of the saudis and probably that mistrust was mutual bad despised dad to add that very critical very difficult time officials rarely allowed this negativity to show in public speeches and policy pronouncements was that just added cat or are
you indeed have no major disagreements that could be sort of swept under the rug well right after nine eleven we had to reestablish trust between the two countries and their leadership we weren't clear whose side the saudis were on initially and it took a while to work through that i have to give credit to the saudis for having helped us deal with that we ultimately ended up sharing intelligence cooperating very will in the war on terror but at the same time there were there was a background of great of happiness with the american position on the israeli palestinian conflict so as we went into early two thousand. the president invited crown prince abdullah to come to his ranch in crawford texas. and this was a very significant invitation but crown prince abdullah was very reluctant to come because the intifada was in full force yasser arafat was being held captive by
the israelis at his compound in ramallah so you crown prince abdullah was very reluctant to come he finally decided to come and brought with him a videotape to show the president the violence that was being perpetrated by the israelis on the palestinian civilians i was actually at that meeting in crawford and was very close to the situation and so if you look at it from that context the soddy unhappiness with the american position on israel has been going on for quite a number of years while our ambassador in jordan as he just sat there relationship has never been particularly easy but i think there was always a signal code if affix to a code that was broken just a couple of days ago when saudi arabia very publicly refused the security council see if they see that it's been logging for for almost three years and on top of that one of the countries.