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so we have an r.t. america the u.s. house of representatives is set to unveil a new sanctions bill focused on russia and iran within the latest bill and why president trump might not be on board coming up. meanwhile russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov has confirmed a joint center to monitor the cease fire in syria that's been agreed with the u.s. and jordan but washington doesn't seem quite so sure. and the u.s. led coalition in mosul fires back at amnesty international call in their reports are responsible and denying any violation of international law in their fight against isis those stories and more coming up right now.
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it's wednesday july twelfth four pm in washington d.c. i'm going to sweets and you're watching our america in june the senate overwhelmingly passed a new set of sanctions against iran and now the bill has stalled in the house the reason for the new proposed legislation is set to limit the president's ability to lift sanctions on any crime country which would be only done through congress all this is how lawmakers are trying to ensure that doesn't let any sanctions on russia which in fact dominate the supposedly anti iranian bill artie's left here looks at the history of the u.s. or russian sanctions the sanctions part of u.s. russia relations has a long history and rocked going back to the very start of the cold war when the nine hundred forty nine export control act was imposed forbidding all just about all trade with the soviet union and its european allies this so. of sanctions
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lasted for almost half a century and even led to some people in the reagan administration firmly believing that they actually played a key role in bringing u.s.s.r. down but sanction free relations between washington and moscow were short lived a number of russian entities were part of bill clinton's anti uranian sanctions list basically prohibiting u.s. companies to deal with those russian ones which sold weapons to iran now fast forward through relatively calm at least on the sanctions front two thousand and in two thousand and ten a bomb even lifted restrictions on russian companies selling arms to iran but in two thousand and twelve the magness key act happened effectively banning eighteen russian individuals from entering the united states those washington believed were responsible for the death of a lawyer said a game of needs a russian prison needs to reportedly investigated tax fraud by russian officials in moscow now russia retaliated with a banned persons list of its own and deal yakovlev law on top of it our slowing u.s. adoptions of russian children the low was named after
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a russian thought who died in two thousand and eight of a heart stroke following neglect by his adoptive american father but the biggest set of sanctions obviously came amid the twenty fourteen ukrainian crisis and since then it has been updated several times it involves three band of individuals the freezing of assets prohibiting business with a number of companies in defense and energy sectors as well as stopping u.s. companies from doing any commercial activity in crimea economists and analysts have been trying hard to pull three years to determine whether those rather limited sanctions that have any effect on russia at all if anything it's the e.u. sanctions and council sanctions from moscow against european states which probably had a more significant effect as russia had been doing much more business with the europe not the united states but now those in the capitol hill are gunning for more in june a bill described as countering iran's destabilize. to these active twenty seventeen
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was overwhelmingly passed by the senate but don't be fooled it's not really about iran as russia occupies the entire huge part two of the bill with calls on more restrictions for all the possible reasons written into it and tucked into the bill is this provision basically forcing the president united states to consult the congress if he wants to lift any sanctions or even more specifically alter the trade relations with russia now this bill is stalled that the house the trumps administration vocally opposing it not the sanctions part but in the part which it says it would limit the president's flexibility to apply the sanctions to war and it's still unclear whether trump would veto that bill which would you know in the long run limit his abilities in other circumstances he's claim may have been seen as legitimate but don't forget we are now living in russia russia russia world let's hear a shift to r.t. reporting from washington d.c. . a russian cyber security firm is the latest target of us clinton protocol
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tensions between the united states and russia the u.s. general services administration reportedly deleted russia's kaz pearcey lab from two lists of government contractors side a need to quote ensure integrity and security the company's press service says quote by all appearances the lab happened to be dragged into a geo political fights were each side is trying to use the company as a pawn in its game well that's according to the news agency a spokeswoman from the g.s.a. says the company was banished quote after careful consideration to preserve the integrity and security of u.s. government system networks and to discuss these things further i'm joined now by daniel cole of a lesser of international human rights at the university of pittsburgh school of law and author of the plot to scapegoat russia how the cia and the deep state have conspired to vilify. we're so glad you could join us daniel thank you
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now it's interesting because you were recently visiting iran and we're curious to hear what you think regarding these things sions against both iran and russia there are still some disagreements between the president and congress when dealing with specifics iran is working to boost their oil production ahead of the proposed sanction extension and when it comes to russia these sanctions are penalize in the country for election interference that you know still hasn't been proven what do you. yes why i'm against the sanctions both against russia and iran. as i understand in the case of russia that the ukrainian sanctions is hurt their economy by about one point five percent per year which means it's having an effect on ordinary people i can say the truth the same is true in iran there's a lot of bitterness in iran about the sanctions and in particular about the nuclear
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deal you know they feel that they held up their bargain with the nuclear deal they actually poured concrete into their nuclear facilities destroying them meanwhile the sanctions were never lifted against them as promised. for example medical sanctions were supposed to have been lifted and yet those are still effectively in place you know which again affect ordinary iranians and. and frankly i don't see the justification for it in either case as you know given my book. the plot to scapegoat russia i don't buy the theory that russia somehow interfered in the us elections and the case of iran i mean how are they destabilizing the middle east they're actually an enemy of isis and. they were just attacked by isis in their parliament you might recall. i don't see them as the enemy in fact
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iran's one of the more stable countries in the middle east and it seems to me that the us is hell bent on themselves destabilizing every country in the middle east and think you were invited to speak at the university of tehran earlier this month about human rights as an instrument of military intervention and it's interesting because at the same time the m.e. k. within paris holding a rally with more than eighty thousand people so can you give us a little perspective about this group and also that meeting yes absolutely so first of all the m.e. k. was a designated terrorist group by the united states from one thousand nine hundred seventy two thousand and twelve according to the u.s. state department it killed thousands of people in iran folks in iran estimated around seventeen thousand people they strangely fought on saddam hussein side in the iran iraq war against iran they themselves were part of the
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taking of the u.s. embassy in one thousand nine hundred seventy nine in support of the taking of the hostages again this is a group that is quite nefarious that is again in the words of our own state department a cult and yet they were having an open conference in paris which was addressed by a number of american luminaries including john bolton and it just seems very odd. that we in a we claim somehow iran is a sponsor of international terrorism meanwhile. you know you have very prominent americans fraternizing with the enemy kay and there was a time when the us was directly supporting the m.e. k. against iran. and so you know i just see this incredible disconnect between the reality of the situation and what the us is trying to do to iran and in the region in general and you mentioned that you went on a tour of what used to be the civic torture center so can you explain what the
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survivor was than what you witnessed while you're on that tour yes and first of all i asked for this tour it wasn't that people suggested it i knew about the sock this sock was created by the central intelligence agency it was created after the cia overthrew the democratically elected president mohamed moses decks are you prime minister in one nine hundred fifty three because he wanted to nationalize iran's oil industry for the benefit of iranians the u.s. installed the shaw otherwise known as a king and created the socket a very brutal security agency in order to keep the shawn power which they were able to do til the revolution of one nine hundred seventy nine so what i saw it's now a museum is the sock prison in torture center where they tortured in prison and in some cases killed hundreds and hundreds of people the walls are lined with
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photographs of those who went through the center again some survived others didn't but all were mistreated and tortured including by the way all know the current supreme leader of iran you know which gives you a little. perspective on why the iranians may have some issues with the united states because we through violent means kept a king a monarchy in power in that country from one nine hundred fifty three to know. nine hundred seventy nine with that said i do want to mention that i've never been treated kinder for. the iranians are common people and they love americans which is quite interesting given the situation yeah i was really curious i mean you were looking at all of that as an american so you were actually received pretty well over there. absolutely you know and i find this throughout the world but in particular in iran they don't see many americans it's hard to travel there while it's lawful to travel there you can't use credit cards or a.t.m.
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cards so you can imagine how difficult it is as a practical matter to be there. they were happy to see americans i stopped a lot of people on the street to take photos people would offer me food i can't say how kind these people are it's actually a very western country a lot of people know english. i was very touched by it and of course is i'm seeing these people's i'm seeing their beautiful country their beautiful antiquities you know i'm afraid for them i'm afraid that a war may be coming you know and i know you alluded to disrupt them quickly i ran out of time but there's a lot of criticism of the iran nuclear deer deal here in the u.s. from both sides especially among conservatives some said that it certainly was not going to stop iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon but what was the local perspective and that you know you mentioned a few things earlier yes so first of all they feel like they they held up their part of the bargain first of all their position has always been that they were never intending to create nuclear weapons in fact the supreme leader the ayatollah
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has said that nuclear weapons are against the islamic faith but nonetheless they went ahead and destroyed the nuclear enrichment facilities they had which they claimed and i think is true they were using wanted to use for electricity they destroyed them and meanwhile the sanctions remain so it in fact is us that haven't . held that part of the bargain and again people are very bitter about it they wonder why this was agreed to when they have seen no benefit out of it and alcoholic professor and author we're out of time unfortunately always a pleasure to have you thank you so much thank you thank you very much well coming up on our t.v. are the russian gauge pro distracting congress from the job that they were elected to do anyway. most americans thanks tell that story coming up right after this short break.
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in a recently released national poll for the center for american political studies at harvard university found a deep contradiction between the russian obsession by democratic party elites and voters the survey reveals a majority of voters believe the russia investigations are causing the traffic ministration to lose focus on key issues or this includes health care immigration the budget deficit and jobs more than two thirds of registered voters think the investigation into president trump and russia are hurting the country while sixty two percent of respondents believe there is no evidence of collusion between president trump and the russians finally sixty two percent of respondents say the russian investigation will not end at the impeachment of trump will ultimately lead to the end of the inquiry into russia. at russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov has confirmed a joint center to monitor the cease fire in syria has been agreed with by the u.s.
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and jordan in his words run contrary to what's been said by washington and with the state department claiming the matter is still being discussed. like to talk a lot going to the world. this lady could not dislike we're not acquainted and get out ahead i think of some of the negotiations that are under way under the house things work at the state department sums up who has access to what information but the documents signed in amman by russia america jordan and the provides for the creation of just such a sound system that is all still being worked out nobody should get ahead of themselves before they keep abreast of the latest developments so some helpful for diplomats maybe a joint center on syria was one of the several matters agreed by putin and trump during their first encounter on the sidelines of the g twenty summit last week however less than a week later it seems as some of the u.s. administration are losing and there was the asm as artie's jacqueline explains the
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highly anticipated biological meeting between donald trump and lot of your putin at the g. twenty summit and with high hopes that the two countries could finally leave all the bad blood behind and see a new stage in relations after the two presidents met in homburg tillerson came out saying that they had great chemistry they discussed cyber security and the cease fire in syria and were really ready to move forward putin and did discuss that joint cybersecurity unit but trump has since backtracked on that with a post on twitter after the idea was widely attacked here in washington and about that cease fire in syria the most important achievement reached by the u.s. and russia in conjunction with jordan moscow has already outlined what role in the suspension of hostilities they will play but america has yet to be clarified and recent reports show that the pentagon was left completely out of the process we reached out to the pentagon. to see if they could shed some light on the plan and they in turn said that the state department was the head agency and referred us to
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them but they also have yet to come up with a solid strategy in terms of who is doing what when where or how some of those details are still being worked out is there a level of urgency in working that up because it seems like if you don't have a monitoring organ of course meant back it is a ceasefire. even if it's sort of incentivize people to break it to those monitors will be i don't know at this point i know we have folks in the region i know that our special envoy to syria is actively engaged in these conversations so i anticipate we'll get that information in the in the near future so we're seeing again one step forward two steps back on what's becoming the usual u.s. approach to working with russia. and is the international has released a report which accuses the u.s. led coalition and iraqi forces of violating international law during the fight against the islamic states in mosul a coalition spokesperson has called the report ever sponsible that critics say the amount of force used in iraq's second city caused nothing less than
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a civilian catastrophe are to alex the hell of it is interact with more so alex there's been a lot of precedence when it comes to mozilla and how the u.s. led coalition and iraqi forces handled the nine month battle the amnesty international report adds to the debate so what's the latest. of the debate you know how many times we have to go through this with the western led forces time and time again we hear about war crimes abroad breaking of international law be it the balkans be it libya be it iraq be it syria right now international law is broken it's like impunity and nobody cares but let's not dwell in the past let's stick to what's happening here let's stick to mosul we remember most old back in the day it was a city of two point five million people one point five million under isis isis had six thousand fighters there back in october nine months later the asli they got their butts kicked but the fact of the matter is it took a whole lot of civilian casualties to get there as you know the media was practically banned from mosul so we will never really know the real story of what happened there but pictures you know that you say they they speak
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a thousand words and if you think there's one point five million people minus seven hundred thousand displaced in an area like this then it is very disturbing because you know there's a lot of people who have died but let's go to break down to what amnesty international said and here's a quote from them then you see according to amnesty international the iraqi government and u.s. led coalition forces appear to have committed repeated violations of international humanitarian law some which amounts to war crimes well you know what the coalition that they have mouthpiece as well and they're going to say what they feel about this a here's a british army b. german general ripper jones well according. to him it strikes me as being written by people who have no understanding of the brutality of warfare this is talking about the amnesty report but we should be absolutely clear who was deliberately killing civilians does that wasn't the tone that we heard from the west when they were talking about aleppo the brutality of war that it was something completely
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different if it was the russians and syrians doing it but now it's you know it's different it's the brutality of war that the west has to endure so obviously again look at the pictures here to see how many of the cities destroyed virtually destroyed and just break it down that eight hundred year old mosque where al baghdadi who the russians ended up killing where he spoke and you know the little bit of friction around what exactly happened there was that isis that blew it up they denied it when you never hear about isis denying blowing up something but was it the u.s. led coalition was it iraqis it doesn't really matter the breakdown is according to amnesty international and like i say these numbers are numbers that will never really know they say about five thousand civilians died we know that about two thousand isis fighters died now five thousand civilians dead in a mess like that it seems like a pretty low number some reports are saying that thousands were buried alive from the relentless bombing that was happening by the u.s. led coalition many war crimes committed by the iraqi soldiers sectarian violence is
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something that we've seen there over and over again in iraq so what we're hearing i mean i get a bottom line is the media wasn't there we don't know what really went down band band so why would somebody ban it if this was a clean war that they're talking about that there nothing really went down that there were no war crimes committed here we know that's probably far from the truth and it just seems that if our sides there that's excusable then and even with the defeat of isis and those over here that the u.s. has no plans of leaving iraq anytime soon so what can you tell us about that according to a top u.s. general that's in that fray there mr town said he he's basically saying that you know the u.s. has to stick around and iraq that. he's want them to stick around for whatever may happen next now we've heard stories about isis two point zero building up someplace in iraq or be it syria sort of a reject of what we know as isis could up and we saw al qaida basically factions of it turn into isis but this iraqi army that everybody's patting on the back of they
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should be able to take care of business by themselves if this is true but again the states want to stay there and they're also there's there is a good chance of sick terry environments of other sorts that what she is there is a lot of cities there we have the kurds who want their own territory will the u.s. be able to help manage that knowing that the kurds are buddies that one day the next day they're the enemy it's going to be very tricky balancing act and it most likely won't come down to an army stopping things from happening it will have to be a political solution and we know how that often goes in the middle east i think helmets and trying to for us thank you thank you and that does it for now for more on the stories we covered getting it seemed dotcoms last r.t. america also check out our website r.t. dot com for its class america you can follow me on twitter akhmetov as tweets i see them are. what holds an institution to. put themselves on the line. they did accept the overture. so when you want to express. some want to be rich. it's
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a great. it's like the. three of them be that. interested in the. question. no one used the term fake news back in two thousand and twelve but fake news was still around then. and a new settlement in a lawsuit over a story by a.b.c. news kind of proves that it was the infamous pink slime story in two thousand and twelve a.b.c. news did a series of reports on a south dakota meat producer in which they referred to the company's big products as pink slime and actual term for a specific beef at it if everyone went crazy over it because it's such
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a catchy term pink slime so the meat producers reputation was completely smeared they had to shut her three plants and lay off a bunch of people all because diane sawyer said pink slime on a.b.c. news but it turns out some of soyuz facts were fake it was fake news in other words so the meat producers sued for billions of dollars that was back in september of two thousand and twelve way before people were using the term fake news the pink slime trial has been ongoing with lots of lawyers making lots of arguments a.b.c.'s lawyers have been presenting a million different arguments and trying to weasel out of their false reporting saying that when they said pink slime they weren't referring to a specific food additive they were just saying it as a description like an opinion this was actually one of their big arguments they plan to use to get out of paying the meat producer billions of dollars cut to now
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almost five long years later just now jurors finally heard the deposition of diane sawyer and in it she said that pink slime was a true description and that she thought the producers who wrote her script were using actual facts this goes against a.b.c.'s planned defense that they would use the term more like an opinion instead of effect and gosh wouldn't you know it just like that a.b.c. has announced it reached a settlement with the meat producer for an undisclosed amount as in they caved in admitted they shilled fake news so that they wouldn't be found guilty in a court of law well they didn't actually admit it they had. their news division issue a statement that was total legally is garbage the kind of statement that contains lots of words but doesn't actually say anybody the worst kind of language so a.b.c. refused to admit they peddled fake news and they probably never will admit it but the fact that they settled right after sawyer is damning deposition and then issued
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this incredibly lame legal ease kind of makes it look like they knew they were caught faking it back in two thousand and twelve either way settling out of court to keep their fake news hidden is pretty slimy indeed. you know what no expediential street looks like. it's would be analyzed to keep the bottom. line with me like i got. with three. pieces.
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