the spanish prime minister rejects media claims of kremlin meddling in catalonia this independence referendum. to use force to register as a foreign agent in america some pressure from the u.s. just as the. u.s. homeland security admits it has no evidence against. the spot banning the russian software from government computers over cyber spying claims. global news twenty four seven live from moscow this is our. welcome to the program now we go first to spain where the country's prime minister has said there is no
evidence the russian government interfered in independence referendum that's the spite numerous allegations in the media and this looks into the story. as if we haven't seen enough attempts recently to try to drag russia and certain events unraveling in the west lately we've seen attempts to try to implicate russian activity even in the catchline crisis despite this year's long standoff between barcelona and madrid really newspaper headlines from around the world have seen more excitement about potential russian meddling yet again for instance a big spanish newspaper el pais certainly seem to have dedicated lots of attention to russia despite this being obviously a national crisis we've seen also this week in brussels some spanish officials trying to talk to their e.u. partners on this topic discussed the possibility of russia have been carried out some kind of decent destabilisation activity when it comes to the cattle are
a friend him and the events that are rivaled afterwards however we have seen high ranking officials such as the high representative of the you for foreign affairs federico marini as well as nato secretary general even not comment on these issues following those meetings and of course the spanish prime minister himself marianna raho i said that there is no proof i have no data which can be used as evidence on the involvement of the russian government nothing well we've heard similar message come from the spanish foreign minister as well so now with these high profile comments being made by spanish politicians hopefully this topic will have exhausted itself and speed will be able to move forward in actually solving the biggest crisis to touch this nation in a generation i mean while britain's prime minister has joined the bandwagon she focused heavily on russia in a twenty minute speech mentioning the country eight times. you would imagine to be
more important in the u.k. came up just once. chief among those today of course is russia but it is russia's actions. russia's illegal annexation of crimea so i have a very simple message for russia because we know there's a strong and prosperous russia russia has the reach and the responsibility russia can russia does not to secure the best possible brics it. comes on the back of a tough week for domestically tourism a continues to be hounded by m.p.'s over bricks at negotiations which seemingly yet to yield any real positive results for the u.k. so much so in fact that the e.u. chief negotiator says he won't rule out a no deal scenario that's meaning brics at talks could ultimately collapse entirely and russia's also building on mrs may with rumors that forty m.p.'s are preparing a letter of no confidence that number is just short of the total needed to force
a new leadership election within her conservative party will discuss the issue with political commentator and he believes she focused on russia to distract attention away from issues with bricks and. mortar but she chose instead to focus on the issues with russia you haven't got much you need. the european union and the u.k. are both preparing for a no deal on what we can see you know if you can crashing out to the european union and european economic area on the all which will massively impact the economy and i think that. britain is in a place where it itself is quite large and i think that you know talking about russia at this moment in time perhaps is a usual deflection for the prime minister to do to the point. or to facing months of pressure from washington to america has now been forced to register as a foreign agent in the united states who has more on what the consequences could be
as a result for the child. just think about it r.t. america is now officially a foreign agent in the us eighty years after far came into being our us branch registered under the foreign agents registration act which dates back to the times before the second world war back then the purpose was to make sure that no minds of u.s. citizens are influenced by organizations funded by nazi germany whatever was the purpose of the u.s. department of justice in the twenty first century they said at deadline for r.t. america r.t. america chose to meet that deadline because nobody wants to be in trouble with u.s. law enforcement so let's just take a look at some of the things that our u.s. branch could now be obliged to do all the time for example that is attaching a public disclaimer to every piece of information that gets sent out or filing a copy or a version of it to the u.s.
department of justice within forty eight hours of transmission and i'll tell you that it will take a long time to adjust to the still reality and even to figure out whether it is possible in the first place does that mean that every tweet that gets posted bartie america requires a disclaimer does our channel in the u.s. now have to send all its tweets to the u.s. department of justice many experts have argued that in the twenty first century with the current social media output which is normal for all news organizations it is simply impossible although this cracked out on r.t. america has been ignored largely by those who you would expect to speak on the issues with freedom of speech and didn't go completely unnoticed take the committee to protect journalists that's a new york based ngo they were very critical of the ultimatum said by the u.s. department of justice and here's bits of their statement compelling to register
under far as a bad idea we're on comfortable. with governments deciding what constitutes journalism or propaganda and you may well argue that the us authorities are applying double standards here take china as. america that is operating in the us without any issues then the us version of al-jazeera was there for a few years all perfectly fine and i won't be lying if i say that here at r.t. we are waiting for more critical reaction both from individuals and geos when it comes to russia's retaliation it is still work in progress the lawmakers are working on it but we just heard. the russian foreign minister once again say that steps and response will be taken. measures mean adequate measures you may come up with difference and president already sent our reaction will be swift and strong so let's be patient the question now is which media outlets will be affected by this
retaliation previously russian official said that it could be american based media or media organizations that are directly funded by the us government think voice of america or the lifes of c.n.n. the video channel that is operating in russia called current time and also radio free europe slash radio liberty dow here's something important in order for these news outlets to become foreign agents in this country russia's old legislation requires amendments and currently the m.p.'s are sorting this out we also heard from the vice speaker for the duma he says that according to the drafted amendment news agencies will not be touched but if a news organization is not a news agency but it's from any other country not only the u.s. or if it gets funding from abroad it may find itself on the list of foreign agents in russia. other pressure on r.t. began after u.s. intelligence claimed our channel was an instrument for meddling and manipulation in
america back in september the justice department demanded we register as a foreign agent tech giants then began blocking our adverts on google you tube and twitter they did that ahead of the testimony in congress that despite having no previous problems with r.t. lists we've spoken to believe the measures against r.t. america amount to a deflection tactic and an unwillingness to acknowledge domestic problems we've also discussed the issue with former u.k. m.p. george galloway and virginia stale virginia state senator richard black. well i think that it makes a mockery of brief speech in the united states we go around lecturing the world about how they need to have freedom of the press and freedom of speech and yet here we are are cracking down on free speech i think it's important to remember that the objective of doing this to r.t. news is not to block information from going to russian citizens it
is to block the truth from reaching the american public in the united states so it absolutely makes a mockery of free speech well it's dark and dangerous path and we don't know how follow the path will not go. as branding of journalists as agents and that's very dangerous of course for the safety of journalists in many hotspots and difficult parts of the world the more difficult they try to make it the more popular r.t. is becoming people where as a kind of badge maybe i should jaya i'm a foreign it just might become trendy it might well backfire on the witch on doors the the people who are doing the best to destroy the veni freedom of speech and expression they claim to stand for. now
a two month u.s. probe into the russian sub kaspersky lapis failed to produce any evidence of cyber spying homeland security official jeanette's man for testified to congress on a recent decision to ban the from us soft government computer. are you aware of any breaches to our national security that have been through suit by the cast brewski products so we're still working through the process to identify i've heard that phrase several times a day working through the process that you have sufficient going to answer so it's not conclusive at this time you don't know whether or not systems have been breached by kids bruschi products you had we do not currently have evidence that conclusive evidence that they have been breached the earlier the us department of homeland security ordered federal civilian agencies to identify cast perske software on their computers and remove it that was on the grounds of an alleged
cyber espionage threat softer the company was accused of leaking classified information to russian secret services their risk that the russian government by their action i had sown or in collaboration with conspiracy could capitalize on access provided by kostecki products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates u.s. national security. has denied these allegations in a statement the moscow based company said it has never helped any government with cyber espionage efforts it went on to say that kaspersky is a cyber security firm with no involvement in politics now the story actually goes even further just last week we can reveal that the cia has created a hostile special hostile program that actually imitates caste perske software according to wiki leaks it implants a virus on the user's computer and then sends information back to the cia itself defense and foreign affairs analyst gregory copely gave us his take on the
allegations against the firm. they're making these judgments and taking these actions based on moral issues syria rather than on detail the evidence there's no question that the allegations were prompted by an anti russian mysteria in the us media and in the left wing circles of the us political machinery there's. almost a rabid it's a logical view within the media and leftist circles in the united states that russia must be to blame for something so they will keep making these allegations so they'll keep making this because it does distract from other issues which which they should be paying more attention to in the united states who will see. how the u.s. defense secretary james mattis has said america will not withdraw from syria even after the total defeat of islamic state in hours when it comes ahead of u.n. backed peace talks on the future of the war torn country while syria continues to
insist that washington's intervention is illegal matters claims it is justified the u.n. said the isis basically we can go after isis and we're there to take them out but that doesn't mean we just walk away and let isis to put back around now the united nations charter recognizes only two justification for the use of military force in a foreign country they have very clear the furthest having the permission of the security council the second is self-defense and response to mind his comments the syrian government has again said it sees america's presence as hostile the presence of american forces in syria without syrian government consent is aggression and a violation of syrian sovereignty and the un charter we are only interviewed military analysts that come our he told us the u.s. presence in syria has no legal basis. terms of american intervention in syria it needs legitimate backing by the syrian government it does not have so as far as
international law goes it's a clear violation i think also it's a reflection of u.s. frustration. less locked out of the syrian war they don't have much influence over the end game and by staying in they want to be some kind of spoiler or at least some kind of minor player towards the war in syria i think syria can complain to the united nations that within their right they will have a legal charter as well so this is a this is an international game going on the syrian government's illegitimate government as recognized by the u.n. they are within their right to complain and indeed take the u.s. to court over this people in yemen have been voicing their anger over a saudi led blockade we'll have that story more for you still to come.
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welcome back to the program crowds have been marching through the streets of yemen's capital denouncing the saudi led blockade of the country last week riyadh and its allies shut down all land and sea access to yemen saudi warplanes have been bombing the country since march twenty fifteen supposedly to support the yemeni government against shia rebels and the war has already claimed thousands of lives and left much of the country in ruins on monday saudi arabia agreed to ease the blockade under pressure from the united nations and human rights groups. all human rights watch just for one group was dismissed they called it a cruel fiction the group explain that the ports that riyadh will reopen are not enough to provide essential supplies of food and medicine saudi arabia says it will continue with the partial blockade until it's convinced there is no flow of weapons
from iran going to who the rebels are conflict in yemen is widely seen of course as a proxy war between saudi arabia and iran. looks at whether the current cold war between the region's two most powerful countries could lead to full scale conflict . the rivalry between middle east powerhouses saudi arabia and iran is nothing new yet it's becoming ever more tense with fears growing of a full blown war a missile launched by yemeni rebels directed earlier this month has already got the saudis talking about direct aggression and war the coalition's commom considers this a blatant acts of military aggression by the iranian regime and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the kingdom of saudi arabia jordan you know the mite's imposition of these islamic republic people more powerful than you have been able to do anything against the iranian people you are not strong enough to do that wherever we look in the region conflicts can often be boiled down to saudi arabia and iran countering each other by proxy the saudi military campaign against the who
is the rebels in yemen backed by iran saudi backing of sunni rebel groups in syria while iran's supports the assad government both of those conflicts are exactly panning out well for saudi arabia so how would they fare in a direct conflict with iran let's break it down. looking at a global military strength rating the two countries aren't far apart on the list with iran at twenty first and saudi arabia taking the twenty fourth position. and all riyadh aviation outstrips tehran's iran wins out when it comes to tanks and naval assets by a long run. it's probably no surprise that the saudi kingdom has a massive defense budget coming in at over fifty six billion dorf in the islamic republic's six billion and change. but when it comes to male power iran has significantly more citizens fit for service and the event of war you have
a very rash ruler in saudi arabia talking about the crown prince well. you know he's just about ready to do. so if you look at what happened with the lebanese prime minister. it was basically forced to resign. and that gives you just didn't indicate of the how far will have been some man is willing to go but i personally would be very very surprised if saudi arabia lost the war on iraq i would completely rule out iran launching a war on saudi arabia it started arabia had. guarantees or chance of winning i think it would go ahead with the war but i think saudi arabia believes it doesn't have a chance of winning a war against iran the rhetoric might be at a boiling point at the moment i mean at this point according to documents acquired by usa today if you have a history of depression drug and alcohol abuse bipolar disorder or even
a self mutilation you can apply for a waiver and join the u.s. military the decision was primarily creased availability of medical records and other dates and which is now more readily available these records allow army officials to better document applicant medical histories what's more important if you look at the reasons is that the army is having trouble recruiting new soldiers the number of waivers for marijuana use have increased as well chief of staff mark milley says that the army should be between five hundred forty thousand and five hundred fifty thousand but at this point it's only four hundred seventy six thousand active duty personnel people just aren't signing up many of today's youth . are. not inclined to want to leave their family and friends they don't want to leave their relatives family and friends they opposed them joining the military service it was kind of sad to find out for me being a prior soldier that the american public when we did the research they thought of the army as the lower left hand quadrant in the join the army because we had
nothing else to do lowering the standards of recruitment makes sense but it does present some problems in two thousand and five the standards were lowered for similar reasons and as a result the level of basic education among troops dramatically decreased by two thousand and seven about thirty percent of america's fighting men and women did not have a high school diploma in two thousand and twelve the standards and restrictions went up but now once again there's a shortage of people in uniform so once again the rules are changing a lot of the standards have been changing adjusted we've relaxed the standards too much in my opinion we have recruited very heavily in the volunteer force what i would call the lower middle class and the lower class in our societies that are not wealthy in that there is a fact the wall into your memory. is very expensive to. educate to train and so on incursion in movement into the middle east the way we did in depth
against interrupt that took a heavy toll one room. the other states boast of having the most powerful military in the world but if you look at how far they're willing to go in lowering the standards of who can be recruited it seems there are fewer americans that want to be part of it it will mop and artsy new york. you can use a school teacher has been suspended off to praising his students joshua sutcliffe math teacher and russian if it is class by saying well done go but that upset among people who identify as male now the teacher insists he apologised straight away and says. it was clearly an accident the student in question. came in did very well and then i said well then girls started really well and i was met with a fierce rebuttal. and i sincerely apologize.
i then found out six weeks later that i was going to be under investigation for a missed gendering within the community and initially for one day that transpired to be two days and then three days and then it's now been six days where i've been sat in a in an office not being able to teach my math lessons. also told us he believes he was the one being singled out by the school for his own religious beliefs i think i've been bullied really for you know for who i am within the school setting up a bible club and then it being shut down with an iron fist really having so many people coming along to the bible club and being interested in the bible i feel like i've been discriminated against within the community and i think that's a trend. nationwide is that christians are able to. live out their faith in a professional setting. the incident is a pretty big talking point right now of britain as to whether the school is hollow
to a sensitive issue that needs careful handling or everybody's just overreacting. this particular teacher accidentally missed gender by calling a trans boy pupil a girl it was not intentional he hadn't meant to cause offense so i think that his suspension is disproportionate i think that the school should obviously point out to him that he made a mistake which of course he doesn't recognize and then get his assurance that it won't happen again i think that is the end of the matter is absolutely stupid he called the girls girls because he thought it was a class of girls made an honest mistake and apologized that should have been the end of the matter this whole transgender agenda he's getting much much too much influence in the british media and embrace society there are very small minority i
feel sorry for anyone who thinks they are trapped in the wrong body they should be treated with respect and tolerance but where is the tolerance for this man he's a christian but of course you're not allowed to be a christian anymore are you in modern britain and say that he's done anything wrong actual and the majority of people in the u.k. i'm sure will agree with me. keep up with the long use it on facebook twitter also all mobile app of course all programs continue but all to this break for now i'm back with you in half an hour. i'm not.
looking. they call me a useful idiot i'm useful idiot you called me a useful idiot useful idiot useful idiots were expressing my opinions on t.v. there's two things missed doing it behind his record is a simple strategy we attack persons instead of talking about what's next why stop me from getting this close to the white house i'm with a group code pink why not ban the color pink one ostrich be on the right i should be sent to the town one because i'm
a traitor break me on the we'll put up with my lifetime of this sort of nonsense you don't scare me and i'll continue to voice my opinion i'll continue to speak out i'm in good company i'm in good company you going with me you want to do this because we're free thinkers. presuming africa is going to be a powerhouse i think it's going to be the twenty first century winner in the crypto world because they're already on the mobile phone already exchanging and dealing on currencies they're already light years ahead of america europe india africa baby that's one thing about moving to africa i want to be part of the revolution in africa.
hello and welcome to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm peter lavelle according to the department of justice the channel you're watching now is an agent of before and even hostile power all the while to deal with he refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws we may have broken but something else is in play critics warn r.t. is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression. cross talking foreign agents i'm joined by my guess we straight ahead in washington he's an investigative journalist and co-host of faultlines on radio sputnik in salt lake city we have rocky anderson he is a civil rights lawyer former mayor of salt lake city and the two thousand and twelve nominee of the justice party for president and in london we crossed him
marcus papadopoulos he's the editor of politics first magazine all right gentlemen crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want they always appreciate i always go to the person they got up early as for this program that means it's you rocky in salt lake city you know it's a long way away from moscow you know and looking in my introduction you know the department of justice is four star tea to be. signed as a foreign agent in the far act but they have cited no reason why there is no complaint about our put what we broadcast on this station here no details whatsoever no comparisons what we do or don't do.