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what we're seeing right now and what is happening around our media isn't comparable and much less powerful than argue with us and u.k. counterparts i don't even know what to call it they're flipping everything upside down. we're going to mirror any action we take and we will take action fast as soon as we see any steps being taken to restrict our media outlets the witchhunt as the russian foreign ministry spokeswoman describes it spiraled last month when the justice department demanded that america register under the cold war era foreign agents act russia says the move hindu's our work in america and will have quote serious legal consequences and as the pressure grows our team has also been pulled from you tube's premium advertising list in america with no notice in response moscow has now said it's not ruling out countermeasures against us media outlets working here in russia and with a foreign agent deadline now passed and r.t. america is still not registering washington's next move remains to be seen daniel
hawkins reports from valdai. putin was very clear that any move to restrict such press freedoms would result in very much negative media environment this is all part of what he also described as a wave of anti russian you styria anti russian campaigning and rhetoric in the united states which really began in earnest towards the end of last year the start of this year when hillary clinton lost the presidential election to donald trump and has continued to this day with attempts by government officials by media to find any links to russia wherever possible in any controversial american issue evidence of russian hacking russian meddling interference operations by intelligence services etc he also added that u.s. actions against russian diplomats and russian diplomatic facilities across the united states was the result of a build up of problems issues between the two states. it's the us who put up with
this some precedent and russian campaign which was not provoked by anything someone lost the elections to mr trump and russia was blamed for this than the. russian hysteria and now any failure will be connected to us it wasn't all negative however putin did believe that such problems are resolved in the long run and it's forums such as the valdai were here today that provided an opportunity to discuss debate and share ideas about how exactly to go forward in constructive dialogue to resolve these issues as opposed to engage in hostile wrapping up of rhetoric and threats on both sides we discuss the issue with a number of experts they believe that the campaign against russian media contradicts the very idea of democracy that the u.s. itself to be promoting. so it does seem that the american people are completely unable to think for themselves or that our team of their company other media companies or some have somehow become the dominant media in america i mean that's
just the first of all not true and it's also it is not very likely our most fundamental principle is the freedom of press which says that as press you have the right to share information without explaining yourself to anybody and that is a fundamental constitutional freedom on which this country was founded the idea of going against that in this kind of really petty bureaucratic way is absolutely something that we oppose during the first cold war the us would always claim complain that countries were jamming the voice of america right and they said that's not fair they should be able to hear the voice of america well then why can't we hear our tea are splitting it in a serious political social and really spiritual crisis in the united states right now the hatred of rushes in the d.n.a. of the american people so it's easy to blame them for trial for racism for police killings or whatever. the u.s. goes the u.n. nikki haley appears to be following the trend of guest just mentioned the envoy
russia for alleged meddling of a twenty sixteen election and i.q. zation being made in the us for almost a year now but it's never been supported by any concrete evidence but haley went even further alleging the kremlin was engaged in a war against a number of countries one country can come interfere in another country's elections that is warfare it really is because you're making sure that the democracy shifts from what the people want to giving out that less information and we didn't just see here you can look at france and you can look at other countries they are doing this everywhere this is their new weapon of choice why are americans anti russian and why have we done the sanctions well don't interfere in our elections and we won't be anti russian nikki haley is not alone in foreign accusations of russia with one of the loudest critics being the very post new claims she lost the election due to russian meddling.
in germany members of parliament have been asked by russia. and france that crowns campaign was hit by a massive cyber attack just before their presidential election. you know the evidence that russia has one hundred two emails since the civil war that is not possible to see it's obviously a stated goal was to a criminal group it really can be anyone. still the simplicity of the technical part can make us think it's just a simple. who created it and so this person can be in any country with any kind of
motivation. maybe you've even seen the ads and london underground one russian state funded propaganda distort bragging watch our t.v. and find out who we are planning to attack. the fact is they're also opening a new scottish bureau. all she wants to do is continue to blame other people and continue to cast doubt and she choose russia causing discord in the united states but really in the speech that she gave recently she actually cast the most discord by saying that it's everybody else's fault and the government failed in its russia's fault that she lost and nobody is even claiming that russia cast votes for people in america is made the decisions that they made so i think with hillary clinton brain up europe that was her attempt to say i'm not just blaming russia it's isn't just baseless they've done it else.
where there are some voices of the american public that actually are saying the they're sick of it they don't want to read it anymore they don't want to see anymore headlines of russia when they know there has to be other things going on in the world. lawmakers are once again at odds over the country's role in syria in a debate in the house of lords questions were raised over funding of the so-called syrian opposition and what exactly taxpayers' money is really being used to pay for if the government give two hundred million groups and only fourteen or four year didn't quite catch which it was was for political support what on earth was the rush for the forty million this specifically in terms of political support other examples for example thirty nine million has been spent on roads i will of course look right to the noble lord in terms of specific breakdown but it's very much about the system the coalition the syrian opposition to actually stand on its feet and why does her majesty's government not recognize that it is not going anywhere
does my noble friend really think that british taxpayers want fourteen million pounds spent on supporting so-called opposition surely that would be better spent on fuel poverty will eventually government change their priorities from providing that massive financial support to opposition groups which are not moderate and make every effort to achieve the lifting of sanctions. or caroline cox raised the issue of the u.k.'s spending in syria in the british parliament calling for greater transparency she actually traveled to syria herself to get a better understanding of the conflict there but she says the british government not too keen on getting that side of her story. we got some amazing figures something like two hundred million a year and the government said it's going to moderate opposition but our concern is that there really is not believed to be any moderate opposition and tool to be very concerned it's actually going to islamist related groups and that it may be
prolonging the war would be putting down more questions to ask the government to give more explicit and detailed information precisely how much is going where it's going and i would rather british government was doing more to keep would positive proposals to help the syrian people and particularly the lifting of sanctions i. i got a lot of aggression after a visit to syria we did meet president has said i do not in any way condone some of the very serious things he has done but i want to listen to the syrian people the british government was not pleased with me because they tried to prevent me from going they tried to tell me how dangerous it was well i spent a lot of my life working with people who are suffering from war and depression and persecution and i used my vote in the house of lords to try to be a voice for these voices are not heard a top e.u. human rights official also found himself in the line of fire after visiting syria and was forced to resign in the wake of the trip earlier this year our government
joined russian lawmakers during a visit to damascus where he met with president bashar al assad e.u. officials however took issue with a rendezvous he since quit europe's main human rights watchdog research he doesn't regret taking the trip adol. but that this process of him was to up when i saw him the way i saw a lot over a short period of time i only spent twenty four hours there but i noticed a strong russian influence on the country and i saw that russia was very serious about fighting international terrorism and i saw other countries including turkey and those in the u.s. led international coalition are also making considerable efforts to put an end to what's causing the majority of europe's problems terrorism the influx of refugees and migration most of which are rooted in syria seeing that i realize that much closer cooperation between the countries combating terrorism is needed as i've said before some parliaments would prefer to return to the cold war but times have
changed i've always considered russia to be a european country and that europe is inconceivable without russia and vice versa although some didn't like it i did what i wanted and if i had a chance to go back in time i would have done everything just the same as i include and it would have even travel to syria in other and of course. the u.s. our state department says the al nasra terrorist group now known as terry and al sharm unit has chemical weapons in syria russia's defense ministry has reacted to the statement saying it's the first admission of its sought after years of allegations that only the us government carries out chemical attacks in syria. tactics of isis hyatt's to here and other violent extremist groups include the use of suicide bombers kidnapping small and have iams improvised explosive devices and chemical weapons they have targeted major city senses in damascus aleppo how mama dollar homes it lip and dare is old province has. more details on this now
a. joining us live a good to see you what is the significance of this admission by the u.s. of all the groups for money known as al nusra using chemical weapons in syria. laurie good morning while the statement by the u.s. state department that you mentioned was actually a travel warning by the u.s. government and when the russian ministry of defense is reacting to what is basically an update of a u.s. state department travel warning there must be a good reason for that and of course there is a good reason for that what is in that update is it appears to be the first ever an indication by washington heart of the official level that the group right now known as hi ya to hurry or are shut up formerly known as to bottom nuestra also known as al qaida in syria is not only in possession of chemical weapons but also actively
using chemical weapons or there is potential of the use of chemical weapons by that group in syria and that is what russia the russian government has been going on for a long time in that travel warning americans are referring to the tip it east of the terrier shop in the province and according to the russian army spokesperson the fact of only one chemical attack in that province was established by the international community and that is when the tragedy took the lives of eight hundred people and back then the americans were absolutely sure that it was the syrian government to blame for that attack. yesterday morning. we awoke to pictures to children of beautiful little babies being carried in the arms of desperate parents these heinous actions
by the assad regime. cannot be tolerated. we remember what these words resulted in that was the american army launching strikes against a syrian military base which was in a different province but still that caused mess collation of tensions in syria and also a serious will will more serious difficulties in relations between washington and moscow i now remember april stargate was calling multiple times on into all the international community to send investigators there that is something that nobody bothered to do and this is also the case with many other allegations against jim hahn a new straw and the syrian rebels when it comes to other allegations in instances of chemical attacks in syria. on her you're going to lose some of the
end. it is all. still many stories coming your way on the program today including believe it or not shakespeare's play with a warning label that came with more than four hundred years after they were we'll explain why after the break. of the game this. economy is. good business to run this country business. it's not business as usual it's business like it's never.
repelled the codes to cook up north woods now the strategic oil rich city had been under the control of the kurdish forces since the fall of saddam hussein that was of course back in two thousand and three the government operation in the city began after the kurds independence referendum in september which was declared illegal by iraq's prime minister iraqi government explained that the move was to impose security despite previous u.s. claims and support of the kurds washington is now talking about a unified iraq with federal elections looming in baghdad. so america and explains the controversy. ever since the invasion of iraq in the early two thousand internal politics of the country has been of great importance to us especially when it comes to the region and the u.s. has now found itself in a tight spot over its alliance with the kurds but the kurds were once a top u.s. ally i think we need to arm and train and equip their. help the kurdish government
. and their strong starch allies we should be using we should be giving the kurdish region to be the best leaders really proving to be the. standings. or to the kurds or to the peshmerga who are on the front lines fighting us and now u.s. trained government troops are clashing with kurdish forces and the pentagon is trying to downplay the conflict this all comes at a pivotal time for iraqis. right after september independence referendum which the u.s. has shown no sign of supporting we hope for a unified iraq to annihilate isis and certainly a unified iraq to push back on iran so if the us has named ron as the second greatest threat after i saw so countering iran could very well be the driving force behind the us abandoning its support kurds i don't want to use the word betrayal
but we definitely feel the united states has been negligent iraq's upcoming election set for april two thousand eight hundred may become a make or break moment for the us and could possibly affect its objectives in the region april's election is a choice between the vice president the leaking all to describe the suddenly into the us and iran and the current president a body is that odds with what you have here the moment you have a prime minister in iraq who is supported by the americans the previous prime minister who is waiting in the wings which is the extreme part which is very close to the iranians and the united states made it clear to the kurdish leadership before their friend last. september that they wished to delay the refer to the middle east after iraqi election in next spring so if the us seeks to resolve these problems of kurdish resistance washington will be forced to choose between two allies that's apparently not the kurds samir khan washington d.c. . students at cambridge university are being warned over the plays of shakespeare
in case of potential distress some of the worst contained sexual scenes and violence. takes a closer look at why the body is now causing concern so many centuries later. ok to me from their worse than killing last and tumble me into some loathsome pit whenever my hands i may behold my body do this and be a charitable murderer so should i rode my sweet sons of their fee no let them satisfy their lost on the that's a snippet from shakespeare is a first tragedy titus andronicus the play features graphic violence gang rape and fourteen murders and now certain english lecturers at cambridge university are putting special warnings on their time tables when they're going to be covering
potentially distressing topics like these they're going to have to have a lot of disclaimers with the works of shakespeare though some of his plays can be very gory they feature things like incest rape murder and suicide they also happen to have kept people talking about thorny issues like close relations race relations and anti semitism for centuries i want to know what the people visiting the famous shakespeare globe theatre in london have to say about the warnings i think. demis down the students or you're not mature enough for smart enough to be able to handle this without a warning. being good enough for them. if you're reading literature you should expect to have some surprises you expect to be shocked to see or simulate that particular student i think the problem
with the world these days is that there's just so much focus on being offended by everything that people are just so scared of what they can actually say or do cambridge university has told me that any warnings that they put out are the initiative of individual professes and that it's not a policy adopted by the english department as a whole. by the way when the globe says to stage tied to some johnny three years ago several people fainted from the graphic violence including one of the thesis reviewing the show that very same critics still gave the production an exceptional review art isn't always comfortable the most challenging arts can be anything bods and now there are growing concerns not just in academic circles that modern students are being too morally called old if they can't handle the content in classic literature how are they going to cope with life in general the professors
who issued the warning have been criticized over the artistic director of the cambridge shakespeare festival so students shouldn't study literature if they're not aware his work to try some violence same morning it seems could be applied not just to shakespeare's works. sikes bats is nancy to death and i bet the corpse is so deformed that the person who identifies a body is so scared by the experience that they're led away in a straight jacket. on. your new court sullen people's devil tough child and.
his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm unrestored dawson scarred with the numerable puncture marks finally thrust the shot point home press down the tiny piston. it is out international thanks for sharing your friday with us here on the program we are back in about thirty minutes. if you like to see if you. feel the. issue of there's only. you will eat means you can.
so we have received this information and we agree with some of the issues raised in the report there was some others who don't agree with me but i can tell it clearly we have never had a state sponsor system in russia which is the primary accusation in the report we have never had any institutional conspiracy. i. am lindsey francis has been broadcasting around the world from washington d.c. tonight spanish stocks take a dive as the government there says as it sets activate article one fifty five for the first time in history to exert control over the region of catalonia also china has blocked social media apps such as the encrypted messenger program whatsapp and
it comes just as the communist party's nineteenth congress kicks off in beijing we bring you update on the proceedings there and your wife my system can now be interrupted and your information read and manipulated using a tool called my guest explains how it works and what you can do stand by us start right now. i. mean there's light after tensions were renewed over the spanish region of catalonia as embattled bid for independence by midmorning the benchmark ibex thirty five index led point seven eight percent to ten thousand one hundred ninety four spain's government is set to trigger article one fifty five which would take away catalonia as local powers after its.