tv News Weekly RT July 30, 2017 9:00am-9:30am EDT
right now in venezuela. change the constitution. protests throughout the. international but first for you a breaking development that we learned about just over an hour ago now that a young journalist working with arabic channel in syria has been killed by shelling from islamic state we can get more details now from correspondent. if you've been able to establish about this. all. trying to liberate the which is where they are making their way. when the day
resort when they came under attack from isis and he was killed by the shells there he actually been working with r.t. since the end of april he was an active member of the of the journalism team there covering the bottles of ice around holmes interviewing people family members there victims of both shelling and civilian casualties of coalition airstrikes as well. very chilling actually he made a facebook post he was active on social media and this was the facebook post that appeared on his page just hours before we learned of his death just a very brief post saying all gods very very shouldn't very poignant knowing what happened to him just hours later what makes the list perhaps even more tragic is he was only twenty two years old he was studying in the university of damascus in the faculty of media and journalism i believe you can take a look at some of his work in fact some of his last work now as well before his
a conflict zone the cameraman he was with we can confirm did survive the attack he's currently in a hospital in homs province and while on his condition obviously as soon as we know a tragic waste of a young life there and also it's very much we've got it's family right now but they're going to have kids thanks very much for that. next new round of sanctions is just a signature away as u.s. congress waits for president trump to put pen to paper the senate passed the bill on thursday washington says they're in response to what they call russian aggression in syria and ukraine and for alleged meddling in the u.s. election but this kind of opens been finding out might be much more behind the initiative. the sanctions bill that was passed it targets many parts of russia's economy it targets mining targets finance and russia metal manufacturing but one part of the bill that was specifically singled out was the energy sector of russia's economy the bill penalizes any company that cooperates with russia's.
pipeline projects it's about sending a message to russia to hold mr putin accountable for his actions we will take tough action against russia the bill is targeting the construction of a key natural gas pipeline into europe citing what it calls detrimental impact on european energy security furthermore in the same paragraph the bill talks about exporting more of america's resources in order to create american jobs strengthen u.s. allies and strengthen u.s. foreign policy now that all agrees with a key component of u.s. energy strategy america's global dominance in energy policy. is not just a vital element of u.s. economic policy but it's also a vital element of u.s. foreign policy and one of the most important actions we can take is to use our massive shale gas resources to begin shipping liquefied natural gas overseas
so there you have it but what does selling gas to europe have to do with protecting the sanctity of america's voting machines the point is has got to do anything with the political sphere with the frozen conflict in the ukraine though with syria and it actually hasn't got anything to do also with an interference with russia as the u.s. elections this has to do with the approach of the u.s. administration to make deals to get their economy going and so this is very commitment rather than political u.s. leaders say that they don't like russia for all kinds of reasons but one thing they don't mention is that russia is a key exporter of oil and natural gas competing with the big monopolists america's european allies are now crying foul saying that the usa is interfering with their energy policies with these sanctions the u.s. bill could have unintended unilateral effects that impact the e.u.'s energy security interests america first kind of mean that europe's interests come last at
this point russia accounts for thirty eight percent of the european union's natural gas while the usa only accounts for two percent of the e.u. is natural gas imports you can bet some slick wall street syndicates would like to reverse that lineup so when you hear this explanation of the sanctions the mere fact that russia tried to affect our elections this stunning breach of all right as a sovereign nation decades of unchecked russian aggression whether it be in the ukraine in the crimea in syria don't forget about this one we must continue to focus on how we get our gas here in the united states our natural gas to europe to our allies so they're not so dependent on russia. e.u. leaders have reacted angrily to washington's proposed new sanctions and its attempt to free europe from its reliance on russian gas they say their economic interests of being ignored germany's even warned the u.s.
of countermeasures here's one reason why europe's leaders so unhappy about all this the sanctions could impact on the north stream to pipeline that's a major project between european companies and russia's energy sector firms from germany austria france the netherlands have agreed to invest almost five billion euros that it around half of the projects total cost once completed it should provide northern europe with russian gas according to reports multinational businesses in the energy sector the likes of b.p. and exxon mobil have been lobbying against the new measures in the u.s. congress so to have big manufacturers like boeing and ford more on that now from peter oliver. all of the potential impact that these sanctions could have on both the the business and energy sectors here in europe that has e.u. officials hot under the collar there are potentially huge fines for e.u. businesses that would enter into energy projects with russia many of those blue chip european companies of course are heavily involved there what we've heard from
the german foreign ministry is them saying that it can't be accepted that the industrial policy of another nation be passed off as sanctions while the german government spokesperson also came out saying that industry can't be targeted and if there will be a response if the sanctions or when the sanctions go through it's not just the germans though the french foreign ministry issued a statement saying that well they believe that the sanctions impacted upon the rights of private individuals as well as corporate entities to an extent that they believe may go beyond international law the austrian chancellor christine care he posted online he said that politics and business should not be mixing when it comes to making decisions like this it's not excluded that they also follow that they also follow their economic interests. we don't complain about that unless
it does not affect our own interests but right now it really affects our own interest negatively impact of do you plan sanctions notice a very negative form. especially for the energy sector because under sanctions under the threat of strings and especially energy pipeline exports from russia so what options remain for the european union when these sanctions or if these sanctions come into being the european union could decide to impose sanctions of their own on the united states now this could take the form of e.u. banks suspending u.s. companies ability to take out short term loans but let's be realistic this would be a nuclear option. russia's patience is also away and president putin says that moscow cannot tolerate offensive actions anymore so when 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 we can't endlessly tolerate aggressive behavior towards our country these actions can be perceived as aggravation and i would even say exceptional cynicism. moscow's already had back the u.s. to reduce the number of diplomatic stuff that it has in russia it's estimated that between two and seven hundred people will be sent home or fired but the american embassy hasn't given an exact figure as yet moscow says the number of staff must be cut to four hundred fifty five which is the same amount that it has in the u.s. russia has also said that two diplomatic properties used by washington will be seen next month it will take back a warehouse in the south of moscow and a riverside retreat in one of the capital's parks which was used by staff members for leisure activities and get togethers. at yet nine is that this is a response to the unlawful actions v us and most importantly to the anti russian
mayhem in the us congress the rest of the setting the turn on capitol hill and we're not ruling out any steps to bring them to their senses this bill is a tool of intimidation for the entire world it's a consequence of our own willingness to follow america's political course the u.s. secretary of state to explain the thinking behind the sanctions bill he says russia should take steps to improve its ties with the u.s. and hope sanctions won't be needed in the future the russian embassy in the u.s. says it's puzzled by rex tillerson his comment on the sanctions we got some expert opinion on that. it's not the most logical thing to say we want to improve relations therefore we are imposing sanctions next to listen to his statement was trying to be diplomatic and less from the impact and be less insulting to russia than the he might otherwise have been for that i think that's why you have a logical statement explaining these sanctions to which was not really any sensible justification at all we think about american foreign policy from like one nine
hundred forty five forward it's tough to find many great examples of what we've accomplished so what the american force and foreign policy it's stablish meant expected what they're trying to do you know i think it's time for a total and complete overhaul of how we conduct our international business. next rights groups and international observers have accused iraqi soldiers of executing dozens of suspected terrorists without trial the claims come just weeks after a lengthy battle to drive islamic state out of the city of mosul. two international observers who were group of iraqi soldiers who identified themselves as members of the sixteenth division the true naked men down an alleyway to which they had multiple gunshots they saw through the door of the 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 on his back and appeared to be in handcuffed and there was a rope around his legs. to sixteenth division soldiers the school to one observer
and showed the severed head to the soldiers said was an american female i says sniper whom they had to capture seated it was not clear whether the campuses who were alive or after her death all the iraqi forces that are involved in this fight against isis has been committing rampant abuses including war crimes and unfortunately in the face of all of these abuses by many different units and many different elements of the iraqi military structure we have yet to see a thing the incident be properly x. investigated by the iraqis or any commanders to be held accountable the human rights watch report claims the executions were carried out by the sixteenth division of the iraqi army unit the played a significant role in the liberation of mosul it's been trained by the u.s. military since twenty fifteen and international observers say there's no indication that the supporters stopped. after numerous calls from international organizations the u.s.
led coalition is now urging iraq to investigate claims of war crimes committed by its military. there have been consistent reporting of the legend laws of armed conflict violations recently any violation of the law of armed conflict is unacceptable and should be in investigated in a transparent parent manner we meet routinely with our partner forces to advise them on the expectations for throwing transparent investigations and accountability for anyone found responsible for abuses and public disclosure findings and actions taken we spoke to a number of experts who appeared to be very skeptical of the calls by america for an investigation it's not even cynical to suggest that just because this division iraqi division were trained by the u.s. military that they wouldn't have done this we have to remember the u.s. torture after the during the two thousand two thousand and three invasion. bag ram and abu ghraib. and i think all of those techniques. taught to the
standing army that was created after the after the u.s. invasion looking at what we know so far as can be very difficult to specifically accuse any of those american soldiers fool for training iraqi soldiers specifically in the craft of torture but i think it paints a very poor picture it puts the americans. under a very poor lights in iraq generally and we've you know what are they doing there exactly i mean this sort of euphemistic term advisor i think the the miss has been busted and one exactly what those voices do in iraq torture and killings allegedly carried out by the iraqi army have previously been documented by a camera man who is embedded with one of the units should warn you though that we're about to show you scenes of graphic violence. arkady claims to have filmed abuse and extrajudicial executions some of which he said were also recorded by the officers themselves last month artie's more i guess spoke to him again there are
some disturbing images coming out. and. dark background is intended to conceal the way you walk how serious is the threat to your life after you made these revelations about all this torture and wrongdoing in iraq. my family received many threats from the especially from canton mourners are she wrote to my father on facebook he said they would come and night and kill them of course i understand that my life is in danger what was your position with the emergency response division and how can we work together every day we all slept together i spent more time with them than with my family 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 him permission and then. 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 and worse and after five weeks it became so horrible that i decided to publish everything. it was unbearable but i made myself continue to film because they knew it was important to torture people and kill them over and over you're watching the weekly from up of the biggest stories from the past seven days we've got some of today's news for you next venezuelans are voting right now in a controversial poll to reshape the constitution it's infuriated the opposition and led to deadly violence this week where across that after the break. make it is read it is that if a seed or a seed you. so that you can be this is
right now in venezuela a key constitutional votes taking place and it's pitting the president squarely against the opposition government opponents are calling for yet more protests as voters cast their ballots despite a ban on street demonstrations which in the last week alone i thought to have killed at least five people the polls opened a couple of hours ago with queues already forming up voting stations the final turnouts likely to be crucial as the opposition's call for a boy called earlier president maduro was one of the first to cost his ballot but fix the system with the country in the economic doldrums and experiencing a political deadlock president maduro has called on venezuelans to elect a new. baldie it will be tossed with rewriting the current constitution over five hundred representatives will be chosen from various groups across society however the opposition believes that the president is just trying to extend his own powers and is undermining democracy here's a look at how the country's crisis has worsened in recent months.
i. managed to speak to the venezuelan president for an exclusive interview and he told us that the opposition's tactics are alienating many people. you never always want to know this you're trying your trip if you're not having the opposition has been saying the same thing for eighteen years they used to say about hugo chavez i know about me for the last four years for there is no other way to resolve
a conflict in our country than through democratic means. your three and a half weeks starting in may and the opposition to engage in a direct dialogue and join the national constitutional assembly but they refused since then the only thing the opposition has been doing is taking more steps backwards right now the situation is dire they face political isolation get out on that they're leaning towards the far right and they've trapped in cells in this strategy of local acts of violence restricting the movement of people in the very districts that voted for them the opposition is losing the support of the venezuelan people voted for them in the past we also spoke to an opposition activist he claims there were duro is riding roughshod over venezuela's democracy. now there were has been undermining democracy i was listening to his interview saying that a way to change democracy in minutes was there from the through this new constitution
that he wants to write it is very clear as we have seen in the past that the opposition won clear and save elections about two years ago where they won the majority in the parliament so there is no reason for him to write a new constitution when he writes another constitution he kicks out the opposition from power and he continues to do what he wants besides the fact that the national guard has been killing people in the streets i mean with the international community cannot just sit around and wait for him to do all these take all these actions against his people the majority of the people have a different opinion what's going on in the country the betting on what social sector they belong to. jerusalem has endured a turbulent week of violence palestinian protesters clashed with israeli police over new security measures at the holy site of temple mount which is also known as her shareef hundreds of protesters were injured and several were killed in the unrest israeli authorities cordoned off the area following
a deadly shooting there which left two officers dead and another wounded metal detectors and video cameras were installed sparking outrage across the muslim community has the story. i'm standing here in front of the dome of the rock which has been the scene of violent clashes for the past two weeks we are hearing that more than 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 israeli police reinforcements particularly around the old city many of the arab east jerusalem neighborhoods were closed off and at the same time glow plugs in and out of the west bank will reinforce we're hearing from the israeli security officials that they will see a harsh response to anyone who throws rocks or stones at this way the police israel says it will remove metal to take. has put up after two security guards were killed two fridays ago but the palestinian president mahmoud abbas says this is not enough and he insists it is well with tunes to the way the status quo was before that
incident the latest measures are that only people over the age of fifty to come and pray here i'm talking specifically men women of all ages are allowed some of the entrances to the mosque are still closed because of these measures the mood on the ground is still tense there is a lot of frustration amongst palestinians that i've been talking to some have even said that if israel doesn't remove these last remaining restrictions they will be a third intifada or a food palestinian uprising but outside the temple mount compound the mood is jubilant people have been throwing sweets and chocolate saying that this battle for al aqsa has been won by the palestinians. jerusalem this is our main news a young freelance journalist working for artie's arabic channel has been killed in syria twenty two year old died in an attack in homs province where your next update in just over half an hour.
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