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it is great. exclusive video from syria's dear it's all our correspondent takes you to the heart of the decisive battle for the country's future amid claims that some forces are exploiting the games plus. catalonia protests as pressure mounts on the government for trying to quash sunday's independence referendum while the region's president turns on the egg you . capitalizing on the career crisis the japanese prime minister moves for a snap election as his handling of the situation sees his ratings and saw we look at the stakes in shinzo up
a gamble. i know from in the team here r.t. headquarters in moscow is calling the world news update this hour right now eleven am on thursday first for you syria's ambassador to the u.n. is accusing the united states of trying to take credit for the operation to retake the city of david saw for myself the u.s. coalition and rebel militias they support halted their operation in iraq which was a stronghold of eisel and through their forces behind trying to push the syrian army out of dairies or as if the americans were competing with the syrian government over control of derrius or instead of fighting ice and rock. the remaining terrorists endured so we're now surrounded by both the syrian army and the u.s. backed kurdish forces our correspondent more in the city. the siege may
have been lifted but it's not over yet isis holds out in parts of that as sort of not for long. day and night battles rage around the city that you harvests are throwing everything they have into the fight . every day there is combat heavy weapons from range although trying to infiltrate in the middle of the night. with suicide vests and car bombs the battle goes on every day but the tables have turned it is isis now that is surrounded and slowly being squeezed out whereas a syrian artillery position overlooking the industrial city the industrial corridor of there is order for supporting troops that are staging the offensive down there an offensive that began earlier this morning with. air strikes but the battle is
said to be fear with isis giving no quarter from here syrian spotters watch for isis fighters from above this is why height is so important in war better vantage and better. and this range you can't really miss a lot with hillary. he gets a verified and confirmed in real time it was at this exact spot his nest that a russian lieutenant general advised syrian offices fifteen minutes before his death he was killed several days ago by an isis shell just a few hundred meters from here. isis fired back as we filmed shells began falling all around.
we ran but the syrian batteries kept firing. the city of durham will be liberated in a week at the most and will free some of the suburbs to. the cost will undoubtedly be high it's a challenging battleground from dense urban areas to lush river banks and even trenches. the euphrates is both a blessing and a curse isis still uses the waterways to move men into arms and even launch surprise attacks. this bunker is manned during the nights because the tower across the river belongs to eisele for three long years captain he bring in the squad has bled and died in the trenches along the euphrates their sacrifice not enough to break the long stalemate that's now everything changed now they're winning.
from their resort or syria. but after three years of terrorist siege many people india and so are in desperate need of medical help this is the only hospital in the city if it's working and as you can see it's riddled with bullet holes. right now it's just all seven doctors and is overwhelmed by patients medical supplies are also in short supply mohammed is one of the patients there he was wounded in terrorist shelling his father was killed in the same attack. we spoke exclusively to syria's foreign minister who says this is the final chapter of the crisis in his country he also shared his thoughts on the future relationship between the syrian government and the u.s. backed kurdish forces. iraq. over the last three months the syrian army and its allies have managed to liberate more than fifty five percent of syrian territory that's why they say that the main fighting in syria is coming to an end
and that we are writing the last chapter in the history of the crisis when we're done with eisel we can sit down at the negotiating table with their kurdish brothers and agree on the terms of our future relationship i always see every reasonable person must learn from the past in the past the united states always turned its back on itself ice that's why i hope that our kurdish brothers will learn from that. with just days to go before catalonia has planned independence referendum hundreds of students gathered in the regional capital barcelona against attempts by the spanish government to block the vote. i. i they turned out again to vent their frustration at leaders in madrid who have ruled sunday's vote illegal but it's not stopping activists putting up posters and banners in support of the referendum. this is
a fight for both the right of two to vote on a referendum of self-determination but also it's a fight over. being able to say they would like that spanish authorities have already arrested fourteen regional officials and seized up to ten million ballot papers as well as banners advertising the referendum the official campaign website also been blocked and madrid is increasing its presence in catalonia by sending extra police and the planning to take over a polling station. but not all catalans are in favor of breaking away from spain some think madrid's in the right. if you're just full of it people here will support your side of people so you can see it was not believe it but that didn't get me killed your case is cynthia you fight it piece by piece wish you to start thinking that it really that if. you never get the go you are no justice in that little bit little bit responsible how much they make me look short little fishy oh
well the latest poll suggests that forty one percent of catalogs are in favor of breaking away from spain while forty nine are against despite the clampdown catalans are determined that the vote will go ahead on sunday. you know the elites every day i see new people here ready for action and i don't see anything i see people wearing it out whether their votes will happen or not what will happen is i haven't met anyone who would say they're going to stay at home because they're scared to go outside i see now how the movement has been evolving for the last four years right here i've never seen anything like this before. we know that there is values police. bad day the downside the. different kinds of people that i really really do them to make him released or ready to move through the years that there. be lead.
by. a castle on presidents accusing the european commission of turning its back on his region's right to vote. i was going to i think you will have earned the right to be heard this is something that has not happened up to now this is something the european commission has been deaf to they will not be able to continue ignoring this issue of catalans voice their anger at madrid journalists have been trying to pin down who to get it if you had a media briefing this week r.t. spoke to one of the reporters who was there. now all you have a double stand out in freedom of expression whilst found that four thousand key gaddy and in other strand out for that only you condemn it when they shut down cambodia daily but you stay silent when a member states starts playing with freedom of expression stay shut private websites if they start arresting jewelries how can you say this is cause you do shit all that we don't have anything to say i mean this is freedom of expression
anything else that we're going to help you with today. it's an internal constitutional problem according to the e.u. and the house to be sold in the frame or called internal over there for legal order of being the problem is that this is true until until when certain issues arise like this in the last few days the issue of freedom of expression which is not only an internal constitutional issue and screen it's clearly in your p.o.v. why do you which is if you want to. do tional or not all the spineless school situation or that it's. nato has admitted that an airstrike in afghanistan has resulted in civilian casualties the u.s. strike was called to suppress a terrorist attack on kabul airport on wednesday but the taliban and ice all
claimed the attack which came just hours after the arrival of the pentagon and nato chiefs to the country i didn't certain that that they were targeting defense secretary. aircraft but his plane however was not hit in a statement he made a lead a resolute support mission and said that the us conducted the air strike to suppress the attack but one of the missiles had a tragic wave malfunction causing several casualties and not explaining any further the afghan crisis response unit two two two responded quickly to confront the attackers and the assault u.s. forces acting in support conducted an airstrike tragically one of the michel's malfunctioned causing several casualties officials express regrets for the civilian casualties and said that to investigation into the now function was underway but this isn't the first time that nato has had to admit civilian casualties in afghanistan their actions seemed justified when nato led forces were just trying to
foil an attack on the pentagon and u.s. defense chiefs but the irony is that the same military officials are now accusing the militants of putting civilians at risk blaming the islamist group for operating in civilian populated areas to attack. a civilian airport is a criminal act is a terrorist act it's designed to go after generally innocent people to make some sort of statement and it's just a classic definition of what the taliban are up to right now it is what it is but it's also the region why we band together and we don't we don't question what we're doing here. robin i mean for me american campaign group just foreign policy told us washington should not shift the blame when it strikes homs of millions well i think the first key thing here is that under international law the responsibility to protect civilians from the use of u.s. military force belongs to the u.s. military and the u.s. government and no one else it's not the responsibility of the taliban to protect
civilians from us use of military force it's the responsibility united states so i think it's shameful that the u.s. military is trying to deflect responsibility to some other party for the u.s. military action and sadly this is a pattern for the u.s. and its allies the same thing we're seeing with saudi arabia and yemen and saudi arabia blames everybody else for civilian casualties caused by saudi arabia. in a surprise move the japanese prime minister's dissolve parliament paving the way for a snap election next month they want to capitalize on his high approval ratings to get a mandate for tougher defense policies towards north korea than holkins next looks at the power play and whether it will pay off. a rise in popularity and opposition in disarray and a sinister forward threat looming on the horizon a perfect recipe for calling an early election which is exactly what prime minister
shinzo has announced. an update on your trip by calling an election i am seeking a public mandate for the government's handling of north korean issues. the korean crisis could be a blessing in disguise for accusations of corruption and cronyism as well as unpopular policies knocked his ratings over the summer fall into lows of around thirty percent according to some polls but with rising regional tensions his popularity is already back at fifty percent now if he's reelected are we would become japan's longest serving prime minister and this could allow him to make a historic change the country's pacifist constitution discarding article nine which completely without says all military action supporters say this would simply legitimize japan's army and right to self-defense but critics would open the floodgates to participating in full blown foreign conflicts and i'm a diplomatic strains with china and military tensions with pyongyang japan has
already stepped up shows of military force holding joint drills with the united states and south korea as well as the prying new was shipped the most significant deployments in seventy years. or so is even more cooperation with the united states . and america because it's very willing to take risks in confronting. doing so could be a move just to. interest a region but public resistance to the increased militarization has been strong. you see. the protesters are the only opposition faces to go. judical has already formed a new party of hope to challenge the government in a personal standoff with. that just while we are facing
a crisis with north korea is it ok to create a vacuum in politics of course not however prime minister ahmed has already decided to use the premier's exclusive right to dissolve the lower house and call elections . she says right wing right wing so the two of the see through. so opposed to each other no we can think of these majority for no seem certain he will win the election and strengthen his mind that so confident in fact he's promised to resign if he doesn't the last time a leader took such a gamble just to strengthen the majority well we all know how that ended the big gamble. as election results show a hung parliament parliamentary majority. that is no majority at all bold move could be a historic moment for japan or a spectacular fail for the prime minister but one thing they might all want to
consider is it pre election promises or the actual candidates themselves that when voters hearts and minds there's a lesson for all prospective politicians after the break. with this manufactured consensus stick to the public will. when the ruling classes protect themselves. with the famous merry go round certainly the one percent. like an old middle of the room sick.
of again how it might not be donald trump himself but his election promises that one favor among voters and elections in the southern state of alabama trumps candidate lost while the one who adopted the trump slogan make america great again one column open takes a look at how the regional vote reflects on trump and his ideology the republican primary in alabama might seem like a local issue but here's why it should have been bigger that the candidates so
first you've got luther strange she is the establishment republican a former lobbyist for big business on capitol hill is got the support of his party including funding but he lost to fringe candidate more more echo donald trump's stance on immigration as well as his montra america first and he believes that u.s. president barack obama was not a legal u.s. citizen sounds an awful lot like trump did during the two thousand and sixteen presidential campaign well twenty seventeen trump sitting in the oval office put his backing behind the establishment candidate instead of luther strange knows the true shores of america's strength its god its family and its country. and trump's decision didn't sit well with some of his more outspoken supporters. support judge roy moore judge moore is going to defend our interests with the same still spied that he defended those ten commandments so now that ray moore has won
donald trump is backtracking getting rid of his tweets in support of luther strange and he's doing something that's even more rare for the commander in chief it knitting that he might have been wrong and i'll be honest i might have made a mistake the people who supported trump are still looking for these things to be carried out and i think when they a large did roar and more they just rode away dramatically rejected the establishment candidate even though he was endorsed by by donald trump is quite clear that roy moore he's a kind of guy who will stay and will stand up to this corrupted stablish movement in the u.s. senate and. hopefully bring about some good training trump took office ready to put america first again it any cost and now he's softening his stance in order to appease the establishment but the real question is are his supporters ready to do
the same thing hey look mop and art see new york. now people and corporations have rights of course so is it time for nature to follow suit environmental groups in the us assuming the authorities on behalf of the colorado river demanding that it be granted personhood so that it can be better protected the colorado flows from the rocky mountains down to the gulf of california but it's considered one of the most endangered by the american rivers conservation group and provides drinking water to one in ten americans and demands outstripping supply that's raising fears that it could run dry now the environmentalists group deep green resistance of fighting for the rivers rights they say it's not able to defend itself to insure its own existence so they filed a lawsuit to hold the state of colorado accountable for violating these rights although the case has sparked a bizarre debate about whether the river should be recognized as a corporation or a person. the river itself is given right so you could actually go into court on
behalf of the river like we as a guardian of the river or fiduciary of the river currently you can't go into court and argue that until it's too late giving rights to nature and to the colorado river would elevate that status and make it possible to go into court and actually do things that would help preserve and restore and allow the river to exist in florida let me think absurd can i go now we've done. i mean it's ridiculous i believe in protecting the environment i'm a huge protect of the environment but but in order to put you know put people and rivers and mountains on the same moral level to me is so lacking of decency it's unbelievable so i think the whole idea the whole notion is totally absurd corporations have rights in this country and they have more rights than human communities do nature has just as many rights as corporations colorado river you
know should have a right to exist florists naturally evolve regenerate and be restored and currently as that is it does not and colorado river is in serious trouble what is a corporation a corporation is basically a bunch of people who come together to form a corporation that protects their interests so the government had to find a way to give them certain protections that those people who hold a corporation would otherwise not have the same cannot be said for a river for a mountain for a tree and it's a misunderstanding of why a corporation is given personhood is because protecting the rights of the people who own that company look at colorado as well as a business and nothing else why that should use for now we'll be back to you again in just over thirty five minutes this is the international thanks for watching.
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parts the kurdish language has many proverbs to describe the people's national aspirations but the one that was cited a lot during last weekend's independence referendum was this better at casa owned a jointly owned cow how close have the iraqi kurds calm to being. able to discuss that i'm now joined by brandon a professor of political science at the university of pennsylvania who is now joining us from our belts dr levy it's great to talk to you again thank you very much for your time thank you it's a pleasure to be here now independence referendum always controversial and they always raise the question of their international legitimacy how likely is to kurdish vote to be recognized as the new political reality in your view i think. political reality is already sinking into lots of countries the question of
ultimate recognition will be much slower we know that many countries are claiming that this referendum was on lawful and unconstitutional that's untrue kurdistan's laws are recognized by iraq's constitution since one thousand nine hundred one and those laws allow the kurdistan national assembly or parliament to conduct referendums and elections the iraqi federal government has no exclusive jurisdiction over referendums so this referendum was lawful unconstitutional even though of course the federal iraqi government says otherwise it's not just the federal iraqi government allowed protestations from odd their regional governments of a sizeable kurdish minorities but what surprised me the most was the sound wide reaction both from russia and from the united states both have expressed concern but not as was rightly as one may have expected how telling is does diplomatic. i think it's
very important i think that the initial statement by the u.s. state department was largely backward looking though it recognized the historical relationship between the kurdish people in the united states the american position before the referendum was one which said the time is not right the implication of that was that there was some correct time and i think the american state department is adjusting to reality i think the russian government is also being prudent and cautious and both russia and the united states have wider interests the u.s. has an interest in preventing the complete meltdown of its iraq policy russia has a strong interest in consolidating the games it made in backing the syrian government so the two superpowers have a significant interest in seeing a stable outcome to this development and recognizing it as a reality the kurdish.