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all the hawks that we all love watching. this is international breaking news this hour. the united states to reduce its diplomatic staff in russia after the senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new round of sanctions. other news we're covering this human rights watch claims an iraqi army division previously trained by the united states has carried out extrajudicial killings in mosul. the two architects of the cia's post nine eleven torture program could be set to go on trial in the u.s. we speak exclusively to. one of the.
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friday the twenty eighth of july it's now two pm here in moscow welcome to the program the big story here this hour russia has told the united states to cut the number of diplomatic staff that it has in the country by the first of september the move follows the approval of a new anti russian sanctions bill by the senate in washington has the details. the what i did here is interesting russia authors to limit u.s. diplomatic staff in russia in effectively what they're saying is well we have four hundred fifty five people over there we want to make sure that you have exactly the same number over here and the key wording also if you look through the statement as well as tit for tat effectively it's a retaliation this is how many people that you have over over there in the u.s.
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we want to ensure that you have exactly the same numbers here and it's not just in moscow as well if you look across the whole of russia looking at you catherine berg about the last hour and also in terms of storage as well and compounds and that's a key word that we've heard about before as well because of the compounds in america and that also comes up in the statement as well effectively russia has looked at some of the wording here that's true in the sanctions bill key words are coming through their illegal holdings the fact that these a diplomatic buildings and therefore they're subject to certain laws and conventions and therefore this movie is has not at all gone down well and we heard from president putin yesterday is a press conference and he was effectively saying russia has been patient over she said the compounds and the situation the bubbling sanctions issue and basically they lost patience and now it's time to react to the news of these sanctions are completely illegal they go against international law and the rules of the world trade organization we're being very patient and very reserved but at some point we will have to respond we can't endlessly tolerate aggressive behavior towards our country these actions can be perceived as aggravation and i would even say
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exceptional cynicism or has some of those words an aggression and cynicism and also looking at the sanctions while russia is concerned about the economic situation and also as we've been mentioning before about the implications not just for russia but also third parties as well so the ramifications of this not just russian but global . well many now see president trump is in a tough position either he's got to take a hard line on the kremlin or he's going to let down his party and go against the will of congress let's get some thoughts now from political writer and journalist dan blaze broke down welcome back to r.t. international russia said that it would have to respond if the senate went through with any of this the details of it though does it surprise you in any way. what does the pushback from moscow get ideas from from moscow you mean they are surprised me. no it's a welcome development and i hope it marks the beginning of a concerted push back against the increased u.s.
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aggression towards russia and all of russia's allies that we've seen under the trumpet ministration far from ushering in an era of u.s. isolationism or an end to u.s. militarism as some of trump's more naive supporters were hoping i see in that trumpet ministration has has seen ramped up aggression and hostility to every one of russia's allies it's seen in scene the open targeting of pro-government forces in syria something which even a bomber never stoop to has seen in korea the tearing up of the reproach more with iran and paving the way for more belligerent attitude us attitude towards iran it's seen the increased naval and circumvent of china and in each case frankly the russian response has been minimal so i hope this marks an end to this as as the russians themselves said in their statement endless tolerance of u.s. hostility and aggression and i hope the vote in congress last night demonstrates once and for all that the russians will get nothing from trump other than increased
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isolation and encirclement themselves and especially if they do not massively increase their pushback against us a u.s. aggression which they have been as as they noted have a to. inexplicably tolerant of that so you don't know who is this a change in approach so you don't think it's slightly jumping the gun because after all president from hasn't signed any of this yet he could sort of veto is it or is it a recognition that his hands largely been forced by the overwhelming view of congress . well the vote in congress was four hundred nineteen votes to three now to override a presidential veto the congress only needs a two thirds majority so undoubtedly if he does veto it it will be that veto will be overturned by a two thirds majority in congress without a shadow of a doubt so but you know that really where trump personal attitude whether he's sincere in his attempts to build a reproach more of russia or not is really immaterial because what actually we have
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seen whether he's being pushed into positions and his policies are being dictated by forces beyond his control or whether he's actually very manipulatively stringing russia or along with the promise of some kind of improve relations that will never materialize in order to love them into tolerating increased aggression against russia's allies is really immaterial what his personal desires are in his own head because the policy is going to remain the same and if russia doesn't recognize that amount of concerted push back about against that very soon it's going to see is every one of its allies potentially taken out and its own economy further sabotage and destroy destroyed by by the u.s. because really this goes back to syria the defeat of u.s. regime change in syria led to a split in the u.s. ruling class some thought that the outcome of that means that we have to do that they have to destroy russia so this incapable of lending assistance to its allies
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in the future others which perhaps the trump team more represents believe that you know we better to buy russian acquiescence for any future acts of aggression but actually what the trumpet ministration represents is both of these policies working in tandem the aggression has increased sanctions have increased and at the same time trump has very cleverly managed to prevent much in the way of a russian pushback against this so i hope i hope this will now change because the russians will get nothing out of trump and really history has shown in twenty eleven russia acquiesce to the invasion of libya by nato and what was. it's pay what was its reward for the nato countries was an attack on a coup in ukraine right on russia's border and massive sanctions regime in one nine hundred ninety one russia acquiesced at the security council to the attack on iraq under gorbachev and what was its payback of the most destructive neo liberal structure adjustment program in history leading to a huge reduction in life expectancy. of nato right up to russia's borders so russia
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is never awarded for collaborating with the us and i think the last night's vote in congress really makes this absolutely clear russia's increasing anger at all this america's use of sanctions is is palpable that it seems to be getting angrier and angrier so where does this leave future cooperation on on the big issues things like trying to solve syria cyber crime the war on terror the things that the big players in the world ought to be on the same page. well they ought to be perhaps in an ideal world but the reality is that the us us nuclear world order the us led western led new world order depends on a permanent war against the global south and russia has been us a thorn in the side of that of that war we was revealed soon after nine eleven. there was a list of seven countries the us wanted to conduct regime change on seven independent states within the strategically important middle east and north africa region and
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iran is next on on the list so. you know that and that's the number one priority in trump's team have been absolutely clear about this they've said look we're not really too interested in fighting isis the number one priority for us is destroying iran so you know that in an ideal world sure you'd have this war the wonderful collaboration on the big issues of the day and not just defeating terrorism but dealing with climate change dealing with. you know the global inequality and so on and so forth poverty but the reality is the u.s. prime interest of the u.s. state is destroying the independent states of the global south and that's where they're at and there's not going to be and russia has to decide is it going to cooperate and collaborate with that in the hope of some lifting of sanctions that will never happen or is it going to actually stand firm and defend its allies as it has done have it ok for now brooke i really appreciate the thoughts on this thanks for joining us on the program. well there are also fears in the e.u.
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that the proposed u.s. sanctions would hit european companies germany's economy ministers criticize the u.s. over the planned she says that washington has abandoned shed position on anti russia sanctions and even suggested counter measures a lot more between asking people in new york how they'd feel about having sanctions imposed on them. the economic minister of germany is saying you want to put sanctions counter sanctions on a country in coordination with the world trade organization. russia maybe the u.s. . the u.s. then its way and i probably in the states on the united states all you know well and how do you feel about that i faked that our trade policies under the present current administration has got a right i can't believe it could be president that you're trying to protect themselves with trouble being president you've got to expect a lot of crazy things not good but we have to stand out it's not good for us and
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it's not good for the world we think that we can exist by ourselves we can the world is a much bigger place now with becoming less and less important it's a trade war a trade war between us and the jar and the germans us and the rest of the world it saves a lot of people i think voted for mr trump. because he was hoping not to keep our continual adventures in foreign countries to reduce the wars and what we're having here is just we're creating more of a worse situation in were and we're needing our european partners as well and we're basically we've got a congress imposing their own foreign policy without regard to impacts on europe nor really the considerations on the ultimate objectives of of mr president trump as well. i to other news now a troubling new report from human rights watch claims that iraqi soldiers have
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executed dozens of prisoners in mosul the rights group says those killed were suspected members of his logic state that hadn't face trial international observers cited in the reports described what they saw in the city. a group of iraqi soldiers the naked men down an alleyway to which they heard multiple gunshots. through the doorway of a damaged house the bodies of a number of naked men lying in the doorway they said one of the dead men was lying with his hands behind his back and appeared to have been handcuffed and there was a rooper around his legs to sixteenth division soldiers the school said one observe and shoot the seven head of the soldiers said was an american female isis sniper whom the hard to care protected it was not clear whether they did compensated her life to death this is one of a series of reports that human rights watch has issued on the final weeks of the battle in mosul against isis and in these reports what we have seen is numerous
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extrajudicial killings by iraqi forces of men that they say were linked to isis without any judge without any trial simply executing them on the battlefield really all the iraqi forces that are involved in this fight against isis have been committing rampant abuses including war crimes we have yet to see a single incident be properly x. investigated by the iraqis or any commanders to be held accountable the report claims that the executions were carried out by one iraqi unit that played a significant role in the liberation of mosul that unit had received american training and assistance while fighting eisel in twenty fifteen israel from human rights watch again says that it's unclear whether the iraqi troops are still being supported by washington. the u.s. has publicly for a long time publicized the work that it's done in training the iraqi military
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sixteen's division centcom on its own website has press releases up highlighting the training and support that the us has given to this specific division now we as human rights watch do not know if support to the sixteenth division is ongoing but we have not seen anything things to suggest that that support ended in the recent past. of torture and killing allegedly carried out by the iraqi army has previously been documented by a camera man embedded with one of the units he claims to have filmed abuse and extrajudicial executions some of which he said also recorded by the officers themselves. spoke to the cameraman back in june but please be warm but there are some disturbing scenes coming up in this report. i understand the dark background is intended to conceal the way you watch how serious is the threat to your life after you made these revelations about all this torture and wrongdoing in iraq.
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my family received many threats from the especially from captain mourners are he wrote to my father on facebook he said they would come and night and kill them if they can contact me because i was in hiding of course i understand that my life is in danger you spent a lot of time embedded with iraqi forces and i know i spent some time in mosul i know how hard it was to you know get in touch and embed yourself with iraqi forces in the specially difficult to gain their trust but what was your position within the emergency response division. and how do we work together every day we all slept together i spent more time with them than with my family i thought they were heroes they were so brave fighting on the frontlines every day but then i saw the other side the torture the raping the killing first they didn't want me to film the torture and other bad stuff but eventually they relented and gave me permission how did you feel when you first witness these torches scenes and how did you feel as
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time went on and as they got more brutal and violent and fatal. at first it didn't register during the second week i went home and my relatives asked me what was wrong with me after that it all changed it affected me my psychology i kept thinking about the torture of those people and their suffering it got worse worse and. after five weeks it became so horrible that i decided to publish everything. i know it was unbearable but i made myself continue to film because i knew it was important he tortured people and killed them over and over. as i remember it happened on december twelfth katz an insurgent hider came back and started to show us a video we saw how sergeant hyder started to shoot he shot a man six nine times then we heard the voice accounts no more tighter stop to say no i want to talk to him then he shot the man three times himself. another
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photographer recalled to be devastated city and its residents during the battle for mosul after the city was liberated. in the last couple days we witnessed there was really this this tremendous push to just just crush the remaining fighters who were very deeply entrenched i guess in the city there's this vast tunnel network i guess that is sort of existed for thousands of years you know dating back to mesopotamia but the spiders have also dug in their own tunnel network system underground in mosul and there was just this you know it was a very aggressive push by both the iraqi forces and the coalition to just pretty much annihilate their remaining fighters kind of at you know i will result in being kind of heavy civilian cost i think that what you know what the mainstream media sort of sort of does they try to they try to generalize you know the conflict in what's happening they try to package it into these very easily accessible headlines
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you know like most liberated and so you know you read that headline and you think oh you know the battle is over you know the operations are over and you know everything must be tied up and tidy but that's just not the case so i guess that that was one of the biggest shocks to me was that you know there's this this narrative that you know the fight is over and you know it wasn't the case at all and the scale of destruction in mosul is just you know it's an unimaginable hell the city is littered with i.d.'s and. you know unexploded ordinance from you know from airstrikes and it's just going to take you know decades to rebuild this city. in jerusalem could once again be the flashpoint for violence between palestinians and the authorities in israel it's among on headline news after the break. the idea that dropping bombs brings peace to the chicken hawks forcing you to fight the battle. for new thoughts for the tell you that gossip and public life.
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tell you. that we all know what. if we take for instance the size large enough to destroy a city say forty meters or so of the million or so asteroids out there we have discovered perhaps a percent or so of that ten thousand of them. so in other words that means that ninety nine percent of them are undiscovered so you should expect that the great majority of asteroids are very close to the earth was a surprise. a
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lot again to military psychologist regarded as the architects of the cia's enhanced interrogation program will discover on friday whether they'll stand trial over their participation in acts of torture bruce jessen and james mitchell created and personally tested torture methods forming a company that profited from the program that techniques were used on suspected terrorists held at secret cia prisons following nine eleven but a twenty fourteen torture report released by a senate select committee found that some of those who were subjected to the brutal interrogations had not even been involved with extremist activities. the all.
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michael koreans who worked with one of the psychologists had devised a program to help u.s. servicemen withstand torture he says his work on syria as it's known was used by one of the men to develop new and more brutal torture techniques. the resistance to interrogation program we don't actually use the word torture in the training however there are torture techniques that are used to certain levels during the training this is all part of a program that's called sere s e r e survival evasion resistance to interrogation and escape so what we were doing were protecting those operators those people on strategic reconnaissance flights doing operational work of around the world to collect intelligence and also those that were operational and working in counter terrorism how to resist enemy interrogations and those techniques were educated to fill a very precise and were not used to hurt or harm the students and every student had
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a stop code a code that they could use at any time to have all activity stopped so again torture in the mind of a student is different from being tortured for days and days and weeks which is what we're hearing about the bush she torture program all of the activities that went on by the cia were grossly beyond anything at the circe school standards for my opinion please understand that i retired from the u.s. air force in one nine hundred ninety one only in two thousand and six or two thousand and seven did i even have an inkling that these people that i haven't seen for dozens of years were doing this roger aldridge bruce jessen and jim mitchell were the people behind the torture program it was the people that i worked with for several years that had taken and reverse engineer. the harsh part. and turned it into the e i t s the enhanced interrogation program. brutal techniques lawyers for the two psychologists in questions say their clients are
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innocents and should be viewed like the suppliers of poison gas to the nazis were that is simply doing business in line with contractual agreement one former cia analyst and whistleblower told us that the men received eighty one million dollars for their work. the reason why mitchell and jessen were put in charge of this this terrible this important program was because the cia simply had no experience in this kind of thing nobody in the cia was trained in interrogation that's an f.b.i. job but the cia wanted to be the organization that did it themselves and it's because the cia blamed itself for the nine eleven attacks well because they had nobody internally who could do these interrogations they decided to hire mitchell and jessen at a cost of eighty one million dollars to come in and teach the cia how to torture people at the end of the day mitchell and jessen were the ones who flew out to the secret prison site overseas and actually carried out the torture themselves we know
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from the senate torture report for example that it was mitchell and jessen who were personally torturing these prisoners there was no discussion of ethics there was no discussion of morality and once the memo was signed by the president there was no discussion of legality it was it was as though the cia was just winging it they were taking it one day at a time they didn't care if they were breaking rules they didn't care if they were violating the laws they didn't care about professional ethics when vice president dick cheney said that we were going to turn to the dark side they meant it they meant that the cia was going to go overseas and it was going to kill or capture everybody that it encountered and then just deal with the fallout later that's why guantanamo was created. next in a move likely to inflame tensions in the rest of city police in jerusalem of preventing men under the age of fifty from entering the temple mount also known as a romal sharif for friday prayers pulis lee reports from jerusalem. the situation
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here in west allen would a neighborhood of arab east jerusalem is extremely tense this has been a flashpoint of violence in the past and police are bought in additional reinforcements there are heavy security barriers they've closed a lot of the roads into the old city and also have secured their checkpoints between east jerusalem and the west bank even more now the police have also threatened that they are expecting casualties today indeed if violence explodes and there has been violence here in the past on a thursday night dozens of palestinians were injured when clashes broke out at the last a mosque several were arrested by the israeli police particularly after group of youngsters climbed onto the mosque and flew the palestinian flag from there at the same time we are hearing that more than a hundred people have been injured the number of palestinians who've been killed in the last two weeks of violence has now climbed to six after eight youngster who was
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shot in the head succumb to his wounds overnight there have been three israelis who have been killed so what we're looking at really is two weeks of violence and hope that the situation will come under control soon but certainly the mood on the ground extremely tense particularly today as many palestinian groups call for a day of rage. that's the news for now join me again in just over half an hour for more analysis and reaction to russia's diplomatic retaliation against the prospect of yet more u.s. sanctions. thank you. thank you thank you. oh oh oh oh. oh oh oh oh.
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for many particularly his critics a trumpet ministration is nothing less than chaos on steroids for some who know the president this is merely business as usual for him is this a winning strategy for the president america and the world. sorry used to be a professional hockey player who won a stanley cup the moment the girl who was living the dream but he sits in a dark side. the time i was fourteen to sixteen i was raped the hundred fifty times by a coal mine i was mawson in a dark room and so you know every time i close my eyes i can sleep after many years of silence he speaks up and unites with other things so you are going from toronto
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to. walk and walk and victor walk is to create awareness and promote healing around the subject child sexual abuse this type of behavior is absolutely acceptable because of the senses that are the down to the justice system. greetings and salutations. hark watchers it appears we have got the makings of what could end up being a fantastic political thriller that would make even tom clancy himself jealous it involves accusations of exploration d.n.c. hacking political corruption and our old friend b. a representative out of florida and former d.n.c. chair the one the only you know are you a lover debbie wassermann scholz yes she's back but this time it's not to attack
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her. sandor blame the russians once again for the dumpster fire that was hillary clinton's campaign no this time she's back in the headlines for her rather bizarre ride or die style loyalty towards a former capitol hill staffer and i.t. experts in iran are one who was arrested on monday while attempting to leave the united states for pakistan charged with bank fraud one was arraigned on tuesday pleading not guilty to one count of bank fraud he was officially fired from his position as an information technology staffer for wasserman schultz that same day was being in depressing for him but our story doesn't end there you see a juan was allegedly a very naughty naughty naughty naughty naughty little congressional staffer because it isn't just bank fraud he was under investigation for know he along with his wife two brothers best friend and who knows who else are also on.

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