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coming up on r t tensions between washington and tehran as the donald trump is expected to decertify the iran nuclear deal. and the road to recovery in las vegas more than a week after a gunman opened fire on a concert authorities are still searching for his motive. then thousands of people take to the streets in barcelona but this time they're rallying against independence from spain the story later in the show.
it's monday october ninth four pm here in washington d.c. i'm ashley banks and you're watching our america we began today at the white house where president trump is expected to decertify the iran nuclear deal by october fifteenth although european allies have agreed iran has complied with the terms of the deal the trump administration believes it's not in the united states' national security interest to remain in the agreement germany's chief diplomat has stressed what the drawing from the nuclear deal with iran would hinder the chances of resolving the korean crisis he says once the deal is broken is unlikely to agree to any other international deals concerning its nuclear program this comes as trump tries to convince the world of iran's bad intentions are to correspond to jacqueline booga explains i believe they're funding north korea i believe they're trading with north korea i believe they're doing things with north korea that it's . totally inappropriate in terms is' iran is teaming up with another arch enemy of
the united states but hey there's no challenge that trump can't overcome i think that the president is the one that's keeping the world from chaos the truth is this coming week dahlan trump is expected to take a major step to question the game changing nuclear deal reached with tehran that's despite the fact that iran has been playing by the rules the u.n. nuclear agency the e.u. and the trumpet ministration itself have all confirmed the country is playing ball and sticking to the agreement washington has been trying for months to confuse the matter by adding a bit of double speak we agreed on the fact that iran is it started. if you're dealing with a nuclear deal is that if. you are ready for agreements. the spirit there is agreement you are not living there. but that attempts left
a couple of questions hanging in the air how do you determine if the spirit of the deal is being violated and is that reason enough to back out so unsurprisingly that approach wasn't quite cutting it and perhaps that's why trump's latest strategy involved adding another international troublemaker p.n. yang to the mix it's obvious that trump wants to discredit iran by making false accusations when it with regard to north korea trumps accusations have no basis the united states gives or sells hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons to regimes like saudi arabia and the united arab emirates whereas juran of defense spending is but a fraction of these countries is very small in comparison and if he does decertify the agreement basically it will show the international community that the united states is an untrustworthy country and it's not a country that you can negotiate with. the aggressive rhetoric between north korea
and the white house has put the possibility of nuclear war on everyone's minds and with no solution to that in sight we are know also facing the possible consequences of dismantling the nuclear deal with the iranian on friday trip met with top military officials reportedly addressing the agreement and left everyone uncomfortable with an impromptu and rather ominous message. what. the world is perplexed by what that could possibly mean but we think we have a pretty good idea storm donald is already making landfall batten down the hatches joining me now to continue this conversation is where true lockman professor little course is a ology at university of melbourne the sunni thank you so much for joining us richard first i want to start with trump is expected to do certify a deal to curb iran's nuclear program this will give congress sixty days to decide whether to impose sanctions now what do you think will come out of this. well i
think if the first congress won't go ahead and impose sanctions that are two reasons one is that some members of congress think that they can actually get iran to renegotiate the deal even though iran won't do that and indeed no country you know laterally changes the terms of an international agreement to make it less favorable and the other factor is that even though the u.s. foreign policy establishment in congress really sees iran is important opponent in the middle east they're worried about u.s. credibility and they're really afraid the by this action and more generally trump is going to destroy the u.s. his ability to make agreements and to have allies around the world so i think that at least for a while will restrain them as we know does certifying the deal isn't the only thing on the table is also expected to deem iran's most powerful security force the
islamic revolutionary guards corps as a terrorist organization first or can you tell us who this group is and why do you think trump wants to declare the group a terrorist organization. well the group is one of the key units of the iranian military and one that has been active in devising and supporting radical movements throughout the middle east the advantage of declaring a terrorist organization is that all sorts of sanctions apply not just directly from the us but it then imposes legal problems for any other government or any corporation anywhere in the world of dealing with the guard and so that would place new pressure on them all right now so iran's foreign ministry they've come out saying quote where i hope fall that the u.s. does not make this pretty dick mistake if they do iran's reaction would be firm
decisive and crushing and the u.s. should bear all its consequences how do you imagine iran what retaliate well i think they're going to be fairly restrained because they see an opening to maintain this agreement with the europeans and they see that the europeans are not going to go along with that so they don't want to do anything that provides going to they would turn of the europeans toward the united states but at the same time they're all sorts of more subtle ways they can put pressure on the u.s. by supporting groups in syria in yemen that can and of course in iraq they can place pressure on u.s. troops there so they have ways of exposing american troops to attacks without directly attacking a german diplomat said withdrawing from the nuclear deal if the u.s. were to withdraw from the nuclear deal with iran it could hinder their chances of
resolving the korean crisis would you agree with that. absolutely that if the u.s. withdraws from the steel no country in the world is going to want to make any sort of deal with the united states because when you have a deal you have to make concessions another country like north korea would make concessions and then months or years later the u.s. could just pull out of the deal and north korea would be worse off than if there'd been no deal at all so you know this would certainly destroy the u.s. credibility and make it difficult for a long time and perhaps ever for the u.s. to negotiate treaties in the world richard i want to read you a tweet from a trumpet says presidents and their administrations have been talking to north korea for twenty five years agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn't worked agreements violated before the ink was dry making fools of us negotiator sorry but only one thing will work and referencing north korea
do you think trump knows what to do in the situation well i think you has no idea he certainly doesn't have the intelligence your base of knowledge and he's not willing to make the effort to learn enough about policy to come up with a response so the people who could develop a response are the generals and they certainly don't want to start a war with north korea we have about forty seconds left trump has said being nice to kim hasn't worked at dinner and work for obama and it's not going to work and now obviously he's been taunting can by calling him a rocket man do you think that trump is actually making matters worse of course he's making them worse and you know there have been agreements if bill clinton for all of his faults was able to make an agreement with north korea that. stop they're developing a nuclear weapons for years and that agreement would have held if it hadn't been
for george w. bush to sabotage and we have to remember that bush talked about an axis of evil so he made the same point that trump is making now those false charge that there are some links between iran and north korea or director we're going to have to leave it there thank you so much for your and say that was our attorney lockman professor of political sociology at the university of alva nice uni thank you so much good to talk with you. over now to the turkish embassy in washington d.c. word has suspended a visa service says and it tests for tat response to the u.s. the statement from the turkish embassy says quote we have suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at all turkish diplomatic facilities and the us the statement was issued just hours after the u.s. suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at all u.s. diplomatic facilities and turkey the escalation in diplomatic tensions between
washington and cora as due in part to the arrest of an employee of the us general consulate and instead bill earlier in the week one car authorities claim is connected to a failed twenty sixteen military coup a professor of international relations at encourages middle east technical university says things that may continue to escalate it is very important event for both first time in the history we have for as jewish some tension will increase because the americans. if you want to follow in this case and probably in the coming days there will be some other measures from both sides it is not a good thing for. members is not good for a strategic and. united states of america but latest developments will affect of both countries but the implications of the cooling will create more difficulties
for turkey in the future. here in washington d.c. the state department approved the possible sale love terminal high altitude area defense missiles to saudi arabia for an estimated fifteen billion dollars on friday that's according to the pentagon approval of this deal opens the way for saudi arabia to purchase forty fourth that launchers along with three hundred sixty enter scepter missiles sixteen fire control and communications mobile tactical station group and seven radars additionally prop generators electrical power units trailers communications equipment american government contractor support services and construction services for facilities are included at the document says the sale would improve the security of a friendly country and support the long term security of saudi arabia in the face of iranian threats. coming up on our t.v.
i speak with could pick co-founder benjamin about the role violence plays in american life stay with us. i think the average viewer just after watching a couple segments understands that we're telling stories there are critics can't tell when you know why because their advertisers won't let them. in order to create change you have to be honest you have to tell the truth parties able to do that every story is built on going after the back story to what's really happening out there to the american public what's happening when a corporation makes a pharmaceutical chills people when a company in the environmental business ins up polluting a river that causes cancer and other illnesses they put all the health risk all the
dangers out to the american public those are stories that we tell every week and you know what they're working. and was vegas the shooting stopped of the sirens die down and now the long road to recovery gets the response portion of this horrible incident this is all about recovery now and we need to get that messaging out about recovery is going to be a very very long process but we want to work as hard and as focused as we can on it and help the people that are in need for recovering from this and heal together as a community. while survivors and victims recover more information about stephen paddocks past comes to light product suited cosmopolitan hotels and resorts back in
two thousand and twelve according to the las vegas district court for those proceedings it turns out paddock was a major spender at las vegas casinos often enjoying a cop stays in the city's hotels that and his prescription for vallium he had since at least twenty twelve vallium itself has been known to cause side effects including irritability and anger however relevant that information is authorities are still left looking for why. as americans continue to mourn the wives lost in las vegas people and yemen will be marking the one year anniversary of a tragedy that took the lives of over one hundred forty people who were not at a concert but at a funeral to discuss this further we are now joined by a day a benjamin co-founder of code pink who just wrote the article from a concert in las vegas to a funeral and mammon we must stop mass murder thank you so much for joining us today i want to start with you describe the mass casualties inflicted in las vegas
as a crime against humanity and describe the bombing of the funeral home in yemen by a close u.s. ally saudi arabia as a war crime how are the two type of violence is comparable we should be mourning everybody who is being killed by a mass murder and certainly when it's a lone wolf as in the case of las vegas it's a hard thing to pin down but when you know that your government is in the case of the united states is involved in mass murder and it's happening almost on a daily basis in yemen killing thousands of people without the american people speaking out against it and certainly no moments of silence for all those innocent lives that are lost i think it's important to relate that to and to call on americans to be responsible for the actions of our governments over receive you
right that the trouble ministration has increased a weapon sales and logistical support to the saudis and yemen despite growing recognition that the weapons the u.s. sells are being used as a lawful way of the subject the u.s. to war crimes charges as well. yes certainly if you just look at. the incident last year in the funeral home this was in broad daylight in the capital city of sanaa and this was a funeral as funerals are in yemen that are open to the public that was filled with civilians this is definitely not a target that is sanctioned by any law of war so that when in itself is a war crime but there are so many other examples where the saudis are intentionally bombing infrastructure that affects the millions like water systems and like health clinics and hospitals and certainly war crimes as well but unfortunately there is
no accountability not to the saudis not for their allies like the immoralities and not for the united states were it not for the u.s. refueling these planes in the air and according to the pentagon's own fics figures the united states has refueled ninety thousand saudi planes involved in these airstrike that's about ten a day there is no accountability for how the u.s. is instrumental in fact absolutely critical for of these saudi led bombings that have been responsible for numerous war crimes my dad can you talk about recent developments in congress that attempt to curb the u.s. on sales to saudi arabia. we saw the beginning of this in the last years of the obama administration coming very close to stopping a round of precision guided munitions to saudi arabia but it did not pass
and then obama came in and his first foreign trip was to saudi arabia where he. gloated about a new one hundred billion dollar a round of deals for u.s. weapons that were being sold to saudi arabia finally now some members of congress are saying enough is enough there's no way that this can be seen as part of the nine eleven authorizations for attacking people who were responsible for the nine eleven attacks this fighting in yemen has nothing to do with that so there are and there is a bipartisan resolution now a resolution number eighty one that is designed to use the war perez act to say that congress must must either outrightly support this war or must call on the administration to stop it and there we have about a minute left to yemen also happens to be in the grip of a devastating cholera epidemic that may be the worst ever on record doesn't
continue support for the ongoing saudi bombing of the yemen make the us complex said and what the un has described as a massive humanitarian catastrophe. well yes and i think we should look at the civilian casualties not as the ten thousand that's often talked about but in the hundreds of thousands when you think of all the people particularly children who have been dying from malnutrition and from colorado that is directly related to the war so yes it's a terrible catastrophic situation some have described as biblical proportions and we must do something to end the war in yemen and one way to do that is to stop the sale of u.s. weapons to saudi arabia thank you so much madame for your time today a benjamin co-founder of code pink thanks again. thank you and spain hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of barcelona on sunday to back spanish unity and to denounce the catalan government's push for independence there only
comes amid speculation that cantle lonely and president may proclaim the region and dependent state and an address to the regional parliament on tuesday parties anastasio turkey is in barcelona. was. was. was was was you see was a feature of their reach was. but the ninety percent of those who came out to vote in favor waving spain goodbye and absorber first also expects promises to be kept for the over eight hundred people injured on the day of the referendum the question of could it all have been for nothing is now live it was
meanwhile madrid has made it clear it won't budge spain's prime minister mariano rajoy says he's not ruling anything out including suspending the region's autonomy and has vowed to take any measures necessary to prevent catalonia as independence we're going to prevent independence from occurring that is why i can tell you with absolute frankness that it will not happen with me about him on nobody it seems wrong to me not because he thinks so but because in a democracy the president must protect the people's right to choose our goal was to do as little damage as possible what happened was due to stubbornness and holding a referendum when they knew it was absolutely illegal it was very irresponsible of those who made the decision to go go go and when the last year or more i think the government has behaved very severely and agree. democrats of cats land citizens is about to for europe is a battle for european values and we have to win the national populism against
european values and i doubt that it would. european i don't think so because europe should give us more support it doesn't seem to me that there's a battle going on between his government and you who does not say anything that makes sense he does not listen he does not try to hold a dialogue and i do not understand why he is still in his post if he was receptive and humane person he would resign from behind these walls of the castle on parliament that the next big steps for the region are expected to come from carlos pushed a month promised action towards independence within forty eight hours of official referendum results but has avoided specifics since this week all eyes will be on what happens here next while dad does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash r t america also check out our website r.t. dot com for america you can also follow me on twitter at actually banks underscore r t and don't forget to question why. for
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erik wemple is a media blogger for the washington post and apparently part of his job is to make sure no one in the media ever says anything nice about president trump ever that's evident in a recent post he wrote entitled pitch perfect c.n.n. scrambles to glorify las vegas speech just the wording in the headline itself is already pretty biased and sensationalized in the piece when bill takes issue with the fact that c.n.n. did not bash the speech the president gave after the horrific mass shooting in las vegas his first sentence starts out there was nothing glorious about president trump's short speech and then from there he ripped c.n.n. for praising trump's speech even though they never called it glorious ever no one did when bill is the only one who used the word glorious to hear what c.n.n.'s john king did say was that the president's speech was pitch perfect and that it showed the president wanted to unify the country despite the polarized environment we live in and his piece for the post wendell says that trump alone is to bear the blame
for this polarized environment when people can't even see the completely transparent fact that the piece he was writing at that very second contributes to the polarized environment couldn't see that but his pretty bitterness. the president did sheets for politics nor did he inject them at all into his remarks so harlow too had nice things to say about trump's little speech and when paul just could not stand for that he also criticized more c.n.n. contributors for calling the president's remarks pitch perfect two then when bill goes on to conclude that there is obviously a cable news malady at play here where c.n.n. use the speech as an opportunity to render a positive judgment on
a man who is patently un fit to discharge the duties of his office i mean this is really how much anger he spat at c.n.n. for saying well trump actually gave a nice speech with no politics and that's what the country needed at the moment it enraged when full but c.n.n. praised trump clearly even though he ends the article literally admitting that trump did in fact give a decent speed listen i have no fan of c.n.n. that's for sure but. still if you're going to. do talk for the tell you that
the gossip the public. off the bad guys and tell me you are not cool enough to buy their product. of a hard drive along the border. what politicians do something to. put themselves on the line. to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president i'm sure. will somehow want to be. that the two going to be prosperous like them before three in the morning can't be good. i'm interested always in the waters of my house.
for decades the american middle class has been railroaded by washington politics. big money corporate interests that's drowned out a lot of voices that's how it is in the news pulse or in this country now that's where i come in. i mean it still on our t. america i'll make sure you don't get railroaded if you'll get the straight talk in the straight news. questionable.