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country blocks the way to information freedom. media stuff on our t.v. . watching r.t. tonight from jail cells in cambodia and sweden to a solitary confinement in denmark a founder of the pirate bay website continues his battle against the authorities in a case with powerful corporate interests at play. and power signal a rethink in their support for syria's rebel movement apparently acknowledging that the fall of assad could boost extremists such as those implicated in a recent massacre outside damascus got live comment on that coming up this hour. a new year approaching and a new start for thousands of russian prisoners who will be freed under a game changing amnesty law that has just passed parliament is good news than for the punk protest band pussy riot as well as the greenpeace activists the rest of did not arctic drilling protests. and ukraine's multi-billion dollar deals with
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russia draw cries of treason from kiev is the most radical opposition leader who accuses president got a code which of porn in national assets for a chance to fix the budget. we're going to bring for me kevin and if you just joined this it's the live from r.t. h.q. in moscow just after nine pm here now our top story this neither a killer nor a terrorist but an online activist of alleged hacking but yet these being held in conditions worse than those of mass murderers one of the founders of pirate bay is in tangled in a complex legal battle accused by denmark of stealing millions of personal id numbers peter all of the reports. banged up abroad since he was arrested in august twenty twelve pirate bay found
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a goat for its walk home vog seen the inside of jail cells in cambodia sweden and now solitary confinement in denmark it's just terrible as his mother to see that he is being treated like in this way like as if he were a terrorist hard criminal or violent criminal of some kind acquitted on computer hacking charges by the appeals court in sweden he now has to wait and see what he'll be charged with in denmark due to the intricacies of danish law there's no way forgot for it to know how long he'll have to stay in solitary if it was you know a decision or warrant that was made by a judge i was i was able to tell him you know for two weeks and then we we can go and see the judge but now because it's a decision made by the prison service i'm not able to tell him if there is i can't give him an a deadline whatever case is brought against got fred for now he spends
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twenty three hours a day locked in a cell by himself and the thing that upset him most didn't me as well worse at the worse until now to have his books in his cell even scandinavia is most notorious mass murderer anders breivik has access to reading material as he serves his sentence in norway for the slaying of seventy seven people those involved in online activism sometimes called hacktivism fear a witch hunt the treatment of graph. shows that the governments are scared of on an act or worse than they do which they've tried to get help to worse for everything they think which might be illegal even if they are revealing crimes support for godfrey it is coming in from all across the world the likes of julian assange the activist collective anonymous of throwing their weight behind the campaign to get better treatment for a man they claim is be. perfect you did because of his online activism on twitter
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using the hash tag an account got for its online alias his supporters flooded the social media site some accusing the danish authorities not knowing what they doing in the case just see somebody does something online online means bad they agree can't control it but they don't really seem to get what they are actually accusing him of for his family his mother is allowed an hour long visit once a week for which she has to make a thirteen hundred kilometer round trip it's immoral i would say and i don't think the danish people understand what's going on in that person's saw tom denies the accusations of illegal online activity and the longer he waits for prosecutors to put together their case the more he becomes the face of online activism peter all over r.t. germany. vinge is founder of the swedish pirate party thinks the daily show thought
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his are acting independently in this case we can observe that throughout this entire ordeal starting with the raid against the pirate bay on may thirty first twenty six a number of rights violations some more egregious than others have been committed and it's very hard to escape the feeling that governments are seeking to make an example out of god for it's far too rogue and known as on a carter just to be scare others that might challenge the status quo and be frankly please the united states which kind of disgusts me to be honest i would certainly agree that he is a victim but somebody is to make an example out of him because he embarrassed hollywood. well the pressure first started to mount against pirate bay back in two thousand and six when the file sharing website got on the wrong side of hollywood
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lets take this timeline through it was then taken down for several days when swedish police raided the headquarters of the government started it was time to take action fast forward two years later the founders of pirate bay were charged and eventually sentenced to a year in prison for me encouraging copyright violations so far so lost his appeal or was arrested in cambodia last year then extradited to sweden but finally ended up back in denmark as a suspect in a separate case. next the syrian president is the lesser of two evils that seems to be the message from western powers to the rebels that the latest so-called friends of syria meeting the apparent u. turn was prompted by the rise of al qaida and other extremist groups there which may gain the upper hand if bashar al assad's government falls in the latest incident two dozens of innocent people reportedly killed and tortured when radicals raided the town of address damascus artie's arabic sister channel brings us this report. terror still fills the hearts of those who witnessed the militants entering
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the town of daraa they saw panicked disoriented people running for their lives and they ran themselves they will never forget the despair in the eyes of those who were forced to stay behind we have no reliable way to communicate with the people trapped inside address but officials are saying the atrocities against the civilian population are continuing people are being butchered and even burned alive and every bit of news coming out of the town is dealing a new blow to those whose families are still being held by the militants everyone working for the local authorities was to be killed regardless of their religion argue nomination they were all taken to be killed they took everyone even those who supported neither the government nor the rebels they were all either tortured killed or used as human shields the things being done in a drawer unthinkable they're slaughtering children and throwing them out of windows and no one's doing anything about it because the syrian authorities say they have evidence confirming that massacres have taken place and address the dad taqiyya and
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many other areas which remain under the control of the armed opposition that the situation in syria has now deteriorated to the point that international norms of combat are no longer being observed it. is an industrial town with a lot of the president's working both in the private sector and for government badge and sees horrifying crying as have been committed in this town houses who are set on fire with people trapped inside. the syrian army which is a position just outside the town that continues to carry out surgical strikes as part of their effort to liberate address which is now the only hope of the families waiting for news of their loved ones inside the town. well as soon as reports of the massacre started to appear we got in touch with some problems even rights groups to try to get some more details. as more of what they told us. the fact is that syria is so deep in crisis that the international
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community is essentially unable to do anything it cannot even verify various mixed and partial reports that are coming from the war zone and this is what we see happening currently with the reports that we are receiving from both address and aleppo what we are being told is that in aleppo the military launched an air strike on where both held positions according to local activists at least one hundred people have been killed including some twenty eight children now the chaos in the country has led to the rise of extremist militant groups among the rebels and it is now essentially the extremists who are leading the way among the anti aside ranks now many both inside syria and the international community have been sounding the alarm bells from the beginning that this is what will happen but only now are others particularly in the international community starting to see what is going on in the ground middle east coast want to pull its leader that will talk more about
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how the rise of jihad his forces could have for the worse an approach to syria wallace talked to a british m.p. khaled mahmud joining us on the line how they're coping so much to be with us i mean is it really a case of one of a better word better the devil you know than the one you don't we're hearing now media reports citing syria's moderate opposition is saying we're getting the feeling there from the west that the west would an american would sooner have a place rather than the jihadist extremist side of it if he goes. well i think this is the predicament that all of us have been in for a long time right from the very start there was the infiltration of the extremists coming into syria because that was the next arena of play once iraq it quietened down and they understand it's quite bad so they started right from the start and i've been saying this certainly to our government in the u.k. . there were people starting to drift from the u.k.
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to syria to fight the war and so no sort of you know you believe washington in london there is slowly now becoming. there is a mind shift that it's better that assad stays in place. i think so and i think what they're thinking of is the fact you know this whole thing started off with a strange policy that we had of we thought we could have regime change and that didn't work because the people who coming in to make the changes the whole thing was started off in syria by the muslim brotherhood and if that starts off in that fashion then you know where it's going to end up and unfortunately we didn't we and our homes foreign secretary went to europe trying to lift the ban on on arms to syria supply to syria very soon they realized that that was the be possible looking at the people that were on the ground and therefore they're backed out of that and
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ever since then the tried different maneuvers and haven't quite effectively work including a vote in the commons on trying to get action with the americans. in syria where it is not that fellow fell on deaf ears and you've already only passed seven you raise concerns the british fighters fighting alongside the opposition they're worried would become radicalized being radicalized your fears are coming true yeah . unfortunately yes they are and only about a month ago six weeks ago i've had two young men from my constituency who went to join. i have a very distraught family mother particularly who wants a son to come back twenty year old son who was recruited in birmingham to go out there and fight and so far lost contact with the don't know what exactly is happening out there with britain and the us of course stop the rebels in syria's
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north because of the rise of extremism there is not a move in the right direction you think well i think what we need to do is to get all parties to sit down and have negotiated settlement in syria this carnage and bloodshed can't be sponsored by anybody unfortunately there were people who were sponsoring this. the rebel side and therefore the government was doing it as well and so what we need to do is to step back from it get the people to sit around a table and come to some sort of an agreement to stop this horrific atrocities that are going on and on all sides and will washington this proposed meeting between washington maybe and the radical islamic front happen will that be a step forward to a negotiated settlement if they start talking or would it be a bad move. i think that would be difficult move you know if there was one radical organization you could deal with a lot might be
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a possibility but there isn't and we know this from past experience that is not possible to have sort of dialogue with any particular individual who casts the islamic front is a grouping of a number of these radical of these radical groups so i guess it would be a start wouldn't hear. it would be a start but i'm not sure how far to go i think what we need to do is we need to look at trying to get a proper resolve through the syria support group that's there trying to get them around the tables to talk to people not the external people but the internal people of syria whichever side they're on get them sit together and start to do something that actually get towards a bit of a settlement and then we can start to move and. try to develop that khaled lovely thank you very much crime of murder labor and pay from britain thank you ever so much. washington's appetite for surveillance has gone too far according to the bosses of america's tech giants we talk about that soon we are scarred google and
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apple really rooting for change or just desperate to appease angry customers for the few minutes of the british prime minister hails the place up gotta stand mission is a success even as violent attacks continue and opium farming booming across the country some of the microscope to after the break. largest consumer of the season i see it with me in the country is the federal government to simply say the property of the united states government. is the united states privilege and it was done public has to realize it can't just by. you know just throw it away there's a problem for instance belongs to the united states environmental protection agency and i found this on a dump site here this is a computer it's not wasted on the producers of these little i think should be able to collect these i believe that this should be responsible for their products from
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cradle to grave. paid off to mexico part of mental health property will sell to america incorporated it also belongs to the washington metro area transit authority properties of a dentist aids pay trend and trademark office. trade deals that ukraine struck during recent talks here in moscow may bring some respite then to the country's economy but not to the anti-government protesters of course in kiev even though the issue that troubles their most a possible customs union with russia apparently wasn't even touched upon at that
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meeting yesterday but called going to joshie discuss the deals on the likely impact with artie's venture capital host katie pilbeam. the end of the day it came down to a practical economic decision craned simply can't afford the e.u. deal at the moment and russia gave a fairly good terms its talk about that then so we've got the bond purchases which are fifteen billion in total added to that is the gas discount as well so in combination that would equal twenty billion dollars it's just that the problem at the moment is that their performances are dwindling and that's a real problem because at the moment borrowing costs are really escalating and that's where the risk of defaulting on your debt comes in and it was thought that they accepted the e.u. deal or not this deal that russia has now put on the table they may have defaulted in less than six months which is quite telling you asked about the e.u. deal so this unique approach we know he famously called it
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a humiliating and said it was a sum of six hundred ten million euros that was offered in order to receive that money they would also have to enforce harsh spending cars also gas increases as well so at the end of the day it was an economic decision basically i mean people would be bearing the brunt of it all in case the e.u. . struck would agree which could marry me if you think about it lead to more protests in the future and that was a concern as well but there are still going on. people are not happy at all but i can tell you that investors are happy about that so i can tell you the overriding fact is short they're going to be getting three billion in three days now the point is the e.u. deal would have had long term benefits no one's arguing that but what we are saying is the ukraine economy could have defaulted in getting their. kitty pilgrim there will despite the economic benefits the agreement with moscow being branded as treasonous by one of the most outspoken protesters in kiev the head of the
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nationalist parties for border is present in a covert pawn the country's assets to win concessions from russia here at his lectures esky then takes a closer look at who is leading the opposition movement in ukraine. an offer of support for ukraine z. u.s. durations was not enough to persuade one of the country's opposition leaders to book drop shoulders with the german foreign minister during his surprise appearance at the protests in kiev mr western valley is openly gay and they have to book sponsors for border has made its position on homosexuals quite clear attacking gay parades the most we want to build a country based on harmony and social justice we're being dragged into homosexual values by the western states and we will not allow advance but homosexuals and people of different races are clearly not only books biggest foes. any treaty with russia is not worth the paper it was signed oh. dear he looks forward cannot make
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up the core of the protest movement but there are clearly it's loudest voices and it's actions as well as words and assault of the city hall and scuffles around it ten days ago they told the lenin statue in kiev and event described as the fall of the tyrant by the party and reckless vandalism by many others this is a crack in the pavement where the toppled lenin monument literally lost its head and if you walk around the pedestal of what used to be the monument to the former soviet leader we can see some graffiti over here first one here says yellow card which you're next and the one at the bottom says glory to the insurgent army of the 1940's in ukraine which some in this country believe to be freedom fighters who fought for independence while many others described as nazi collaborators on top of that and no militant field commanders believe were spotted at my done a man who fought as a mercenary in church now creation and south of setia in all cases against the russians. until the end of my days i will kill russians jews that got me and it's
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british reporter brian flynn who had a first hand glance at the militarized right wing forces in ukraine and of the euro twenty twelve football championship he went undercover into their training camp these are people very serious about what they do they train physically to back it up with violence and i watched while they they followed live weapons and the presence of such people on the broadcasting crowd seems to cause no concern among european officials walking on the same square. which is rather extraordinary isn't it to see somebody that the united states has banned from entering the country on the same platform for mccain to see somebody who has been by and by that i say friend who semitic statements for denying the holocaust who supporters actually in the streets of kiev still do make anti-semitic as well as anti russian. gestures and translocations it does signify that the west and politicians are quite happy to use nationalist forces when it suits them that lack of reaction is particularly
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bewildering given many european statements about ukraine's right wing factions in the past and the burning over ukrainian football ground for now it's slogans in the stance so if you create does make it into the e.u. some day it will be interesting to see how people with such different values sit at the same negotiating table. let's see reporting from key of ukraine. india receiving tomorrow morning of reprisals over the arrest of one of his top diplomats in the united states to view on a couple gaddy was strip searched and kept in a cell with drug addicts she was allegedly detained and allegedly incorrectly detained for filling in their housekeepers immigration papers wrongly and also underpaying at a professor. tells us there's an underlying hypocrisy in the arrest yet though. the diplomat to know was actually humiliated she was strip searched in hand and
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handcuffed and this was you know this is this this was where we are and usually incident and there has been a pouring of anger in india and the indians have retaliated against american diplomats in new delhi by withdrawing some of the villagers by the moving the security barricades from around the u.s. embassy in new delhi and warning of further actions against u.s. diplomats pieced in india this is the kind of hypocrisy that we see in the united states that they apply a one standard for their own diplomats were posted overseas and they apply a different standard for foreign diplomats who are based in the united states outrage in india has been searched a lot of members of parliament i did mining action this a broken action by in other words the asking part of presence of the big story today a far reaching out misty bill that could pardon tens of thousands of people it's been passed in russia's parliament not only would the measure give offenders a clean start but it would also put an end to some of the country's most
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controversial criminal cases to what he's in corpus can offer ports. it's the twentieth anniversary of russia's constitution and this is a good way to celebrate this amnesty as plans to in fact up to twenty five thousand people including goals have already been convicted of crimes those charged and currently under investigation which means members of the punk band which currently are serving time in jail but there are lawyers say that they could be freed before the end of this year so they could get to greet the new year's with their families since one of the crimes that they were found guilty of was hooliganism and that does fall under this amnesty also the so-called arctic thirty the group of greenpeace activists who were arrested in the russian north and are charged with hooliganism they were released from jail on bail but should see under this amnesty all charges dropped against them as well and it also is expected to affect some of the protesters were arrested during a mass protest rally in moscow on the witness square which ended with it clashes
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with however we do know that this draft is not factoring those found guilty of serious crimes so that of course is very likely to be released from jail sooner then his sentence will end now do more of the lower house of parliament has passed that and the amnesty should come into force before the end of this week. well the scope of the amnesty sweeping as you go mentioned the only nonviolent crime is a relatively short sentences are going to be it aims low to provide relief for the more vulnerable members of society pregnant women pensioners the disabled now those the bill could become law as early as tomorrow in the point of it is probably to strengthen trust between the state and its people. we should accomplish not so the british prime minister described the work of his country's troops to afghanistan a year before the taken out of the country but his comments to be ridiculed by critics who point to rampant terrorist violence drug cultivation and human rights
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abuses iraq war veteran michael prisoner told us the phrase hides a decade of futile conflict mission accomplished was used by cameron because you know politicians don't really say hey you know that wildly unpopular war that we sent you and your children to die and whose legs over a decade well we messed up and it was all of which they're not going to say mission accomplished by cameron it means that we died for years in a colonial exercise that was a total bloodsoaked disaster due to the arrogance of rich politician who thought they could dominate the land and resources of poor people in afghanistan using the blood of working class people from the united states and from the u.k. for chairman to assert that there has been so called progress against the insurgency there is an absolute fantasy. and yet another indication the camera's victory speech was premature a taliban attack on a nato base in eastern afghanistan where three insurgents and one afghan policeman
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dead it's the second such assault on the base which is a vital checkpoint on the border with pakistan. the bosses the world's top tech firms have to say the white house urging president obama to rein in washington's global surveillance program google yahoo apple and many others have suffered severe reputational damage since it emerges they were all in one way or another complicit in n.s.a. spying but former cia officer ray mcgovern thinks this is all just a p.r. stunt. i think the internet executives are crying crocodile tears they've made a lot of money out of encipher in their their establishment and then a permitting the united states government to get trapdoors behind it they're losing business that's the name of the game for them and so yes they'd like to have a sensible rules that make it easier for them to do business particularly overseas but it's long since time for them to speak out about
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a violation of the fourth amendment. the n.s.a. has to make all individual privacy a thing of the past at least that's what the journalist who first released edward snowden's data leaks at all to see totems a dress to the e.u. inquiry amount to which he says politicians are refusing to budge until they themselves are affected also lying to the oklahoma environmental activists facing up to a decade behind bars for a protest of the police mistook the glitter on them for a chemical weapon accuse them of a terrorist hoax storyline i'd also a hitch from the international space station being reported to supply troops a put on hold right now until the astronauts fix a recently fried coolant system and what we don't know about that we've got the latest on line. and into a break shortly but after that we look at the achievements of garnets economy and whether it's really brought change to the people of that in the next news and just over.
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i wonder if we can add democracy at least partially democracy of the kind us dollars by george w. bush to the aptly stuff utopian ideologies on par with communism on par with nazis long parley and militant really gents you know the ideologies. that's going to make lead to an increase in violence i think the problem is the idea that by military force you to decapitate a government create a state of anarchy and hope that democracy would spontaneously last. six true interesting. strategic mission to try. and under
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cover team of journalists trying to release which leaves documents about how the united states is trying to. made me more pro-american they encounter fear ignorance and pressure. the country blocks the way to information freedom. media style.


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