but. a british newspaper claims that it is phoned a russian spy operating in the embassy in moscow but washington intel agencies insist it's really. also ahead. i. saw. the capitol against the. coalition assaults on the port city which dozens. also coming up in the program and national geographic admits went too far with a caption on the photo of a dying polar bear that blame. the photographers say that it wasn't the message they wanted to gather. up the story.
twenty four hour news live from the russian capital welcome to our international i mean you know o'neill a russian mole inside the u.s. embassy in moscow it's stuff britain's guardian newspaper has been reveling in scope but also not how it seems. explains everybody loves a spy drama mystery suspense and a russian. my name is evelyn.
this guardian story had every ingredient for a thriller recipe the u.s. secret service as quite clearly stems from the very name is one of the most enigmatic agencies of the u.s. government its main function is to protect the lives of u.s. presidents ministers the top political brass and that is where the russians according to the guardian planted a mall the russian spy had been working under texted in the heart of the american embassy in moscow for more than a decade she had plenty of time to gather intelligence without supervision bustles said the guardian's head of investigations that claims she was operational for a whole decade in that time through the agency's internet in e-mail systems she had access to all kinds of highly classified stuff including the shared jewels of the president and vice president all of that according to the guardian the woman fed to the physic be russia's key security agency before being let go last year over
security concerns they had lined the narrative the details looked spectacular in the scoop which was even projected to link to a spy ploy in washington d.c. itself or activities of stealing and sharing information could shed more light on how the russians were able to hack the twenty sixteen presidential election office of the d.n.c. except the secret service was. unimpressed by the reporting and not out of shame or embarrassment but because of the facts according to the media release within the agency the woman in question held the position of a foreign service national these employees have their duties outlined very strictly as by default the secret service views every one of them surprises as potential spies the woman's responsibilities were limited to things like translation cultural guidance administrative support and i don't mean to offend anybody here but this.
sounds more like the job description of a tourist guide rather than a spy a material employee and i wish i could say the guardian did not know all these things when publishing the article but they did prior to the guardian publishing their article the u.s. secret service provided their editor with their official statement clearly refuting in found information despite all this the article was published as is after all everybody loves a spy drama but some plots a better be saved hollywood script. ok let's dive a little bit deeper into this and get reaction live with journalist john white john good to have you back on the show as a newsman yourself what do you make of the guardian story. well it's a giant nothing burger doesn't mean in the age of reason if this individual did russian national was spying as an employee you within the us embassy in moscow and
had been for a number of years this would be nothing peculiar after all this is for intelligence agencies exist to do under would be a case of a successful russian intelligence and penetrated the us embassy and an embarrassment for the americans medic and intelligence agencies spy on foreign countries and the n.a.c. it came to late had been tapping the phone of angle america german chancellor for a number of years and an operation that was said to have been patently sanctioned by then us president barack obama and that's a us our i we are led to believe saw in an age of reason this would be nothing peculiar to toll if that was true but of course we don't live in an age of reason do we live in an age of unreason unreasoning bordering on and sanity when it comes to the russophobia and anti russia fever that has a western political establishment and its media corps and its grip we had and we had expected to believe that russia is responsible for everything that's gone wrong
within the mainstream with its elections that don't go the way that the elites expect or want them to go or whether it's perhaps even claim it change it wouldn't surprise me if there's no becomes. a phenomenon that's placed at the door of most school what's your thoughts on the use of all name sources by reporters in today's news climate. this is a very sure the reporting in this is the epitome of fake news because without naming sources then we can make anything up they want and expect people to believe them and this is a narrative that's been spun over the last few years when it comes to russia when it comes to trying win in the twenty sixteen us presidential elections sparking a year and a half long investigation yet to produce one. center of concrete evidence in support of the allegations when it comes to the foam of the role of russian nationals in england using toxic substances for russia's blamed even before the
investigation is begun and so part of this hysteria that's been put up by a western political and media establishment that is unable to or refuses to understand why the dystopia that the preside over and have benefited from at home and abroad is club saying. i will say good investigative journalism does rely on often on name contacts but is the practice being overused you know you have a sense that readers or viewers will get skeptical if they decreasing lee know exactly where or who information is coming from. well it's acceptable and send pieces of course but it relies on trust between a news organization and the readers and that trust no longer exists we just hair the other day the b.b.c. radio four to deprogram b.b.c. radio is flagship news program has lost eight hundred thousand listeners in
a year that's huge and the guardian newspaper another mainstream newspaper shedding readership exponentially because no one believes what they're being told because for the last few years the there's been a huge jewish juncture between what the are presenting as the news as fact and what people can see and experience in themselves all they have to do to understand the model to live in is say their daughter look at the number the number of homeless who are appearing on the streets the rising need for food banks the rising number of people being plunged into the arms of destitution that's all people need to do so there's a massive gulf between the lived experience of the public and what they're being presented with the news life from edinburgh journalists john white john thanks a lot. thousands of yemenis have turned up in the capital in protest that ongoing saudi led coalition airstrikes it was prompted by
a deadly raid which killed dozens in the main port city of whole data saudi arabia denies carrying out air strikes in the area at the time instead blaming the attack on rebels please be warned the video you're about to see those contain graphic images yemeni officials say twenty eight people were killed around seventy injured . a local t.v. station has reported that fifty two are dead at least one hundred. strikes hit near the city's main hospital health ministry is clear and who it thinks is the brain. the health ministry strongly condemns the crime of targeting the hospital in the fishermen's market in. bruce full responsibility because the united nations and its organizations and the international community have remained silent in the freeze of the aggression from the american israeli the coalition and its allies and their crimes for more than two thousand two hundred twenty days ago and. that well the
saudi led coalition has been to war with the rebels since march twenty fifth when it sided with the government and joined the civil conflict since the intervention the u.n. sees the situation in yemen has become the world's worst humanitarian crisis but aid organizations are struggling. from the red cross told us earlier. are you going to use to research and is there anything that could be described as consistent i think. in terms of. all of the you and the international community if they don't. see that in many.
they were interested if they didn't. do that's true that if. you're going to use to reason. with saudi arabia and the us have enjoyed wide military cooperation both under the obama administration's washington provides riyadh with billions of dollars worth of planes tanks and other military equipment but the united states u.n. ambassador seems to perceive the latest that on civilians as a new development despite the same scenario having played out for years. we had the saudi led coalition had airstrikes today against a fish market and a hospital in who data that may have caused dozens of casualties we've hit a new day now in yemen.
and we've had a new sense of urgency and. that if this is what started to happen so those are at risk infrastructure is at risk for nikki haley it just occurred today which is unfortunate because the united states is actually supplying. a lot of the logistics and the intelligence for the saudis and you don't hear too much criticism he should have been out there months ago condemning what the the humanitarian catastrophe that's occurring in yemen. you just you just cannot be nice about this any longer or or just overlook it because it's gone on for too long and too many people have been have been killed and you wonder and you have to ask yourself the question what's the point. the health ministry says one palestinian has been killed and over one hundred others
injured in the latest great march of return protests near the border with israel the ministry added that ninety of those injured were wounded by israeli life in all these really defense forces estimate the number of what they call violent rioters at eight. friday so the nineteen great march of return really since they began in march it comes as hamas and israel reportedly consider a deal brokered by egypt and protests along the border let's go live now to dr saeed namir who is a political science professor birzeit university in the west bank welcome to the program israel was wrongly condemned for previously using live. palestinians are these protests the gal's the health ministry says it's happening again why is the i.d.f. continuing to use such ammunition. as a matter of fact the israeli are using the life i mention all over the place not only
whenever it's comes to the palestinians a confrontation usually they use the life emotion most of the times sometimes they use the rubber bullets but mainly they are using the life i mean mission because they want to stop what's going on in gaza for the last at least three months of the great marsh overturn and also they want to stop the kites which is. the balloons that carries arsenal again across the border which started the israel state of st bernard fires and also people are constantly running up the fences and those kind of protests are organized by hamas studies what israel say well first of all it's not organized by hamas it's organized by a lot of busting in factions all of palestinian factions and it is representing the palestinian will go to the borders and to to clean the right of return to their
homes which was a land which was taken from them in one hundred forty. other hand better students have nothing what do you mean by israeli have if sixteen if there are thirty five and they have tanks they have. everything and they have kites this is absolutely unmatch just tell me it's three men what your thoughts are not egypt has proposed a deal between israel and hamas previous attempts you well know have failed but there does appear to be at least some optimism this time around what has to happen on both sides for the latest attempt to succeed. well apparently the. option of trying to eat and a comprehensive kind of deal between the best authority hamas and the israelis at the same time in one hand. is a consolidation of between gaza and west bank and bring back the better scene of
a key to gaza and that would ensure the security at least in the border and will end the marshes and will end or so the kites and everything that what i wanted. to have to give some concessions regarding you know the seeds regarding the goods that are not out to get into gaza for all these kind of things and we are not today we are waiting to hear really did it is of this deal of this these so far we didn't have any and it is only the just. some lines from here and what comes in the news in the news yet but let is if the border crossing israel from a surreal and egypt the improvement of living conditions it's showing as good on paper if it comes to fruition could this be a lasting peace they wanted to start for five years could you first see this
happening. well first of all this is not peace this is only just seas of israeli atrocities against the palestinians and. making the siege around a little bit easier on the people but this is not peace by the end of the day our question. bank is not about more food or a little bit of opening of the borders but the other it's a political one and this is not being addressed and we don't want to end up by you know easy. this was the this is the peace process between the palestinian and israeli that's not the man in the first place thank you so much for coming on the program and sharing your thoughts political scientist professor dr saeed namir fun because right university in the west bank.
in an unprecedented ruling a british judge has recognized an islamic faith more in just being legal under u.k. law the case was brought by a muslim woman who wanted to divorce her a strange husband the couple were married to other traditional muslim wedding ceremony also known as nicole twenty years ago but it was regarded as a religious ceremony and there for not a civil marriage on the u.k. law the husband has blocked divorce proceedings invoking shari'a law under which a union can only be dissolved by a council of muslim leaders but such councils have no legal jurisdiction in the u.k. jacqueline bouvier discussed this morning with a muslim rights campaigner a british politics commentator. how significant do you think this ruling is in terms of how britain regards religious weddings and the marriage there after it is essentially the first time that the british courts or legal system has essentially
recognized a parallel legal system nearly shari'a law it does set a precedent with perhaps establishing what the bindery serang that should be so i view this as troubling misguided and potentially very disturbing for the future the judge was talking about recognizing it as a void marriage under english common law which is not exactly the same as shari'ah although this might might be similar yes in fact to clean made that point that this is not about recognizing a shari'a law it's about recognizing and implementing what is seen as a marriage or avoid marriage and english common law not shari'a law in actual fact it's good everything to do with it couldn't be more clear and you being ingenuous by suggesting it's somehow completely divorced from islam it's everything to do with shari'a law as it's on her stood in this united kingdom and we cannot have i'm sure you'd agree with me there is no place for parallel legal systems within the
u.k. with the years over the centuries english law has improved to the level where it's very very similar to the general aims and objectives of sharia anyway so. a marriage under english common law is very similar to marriage under serial or anywhere in syria has certain guidelines certain rights and one to responsibilities for a husband and wife or people who are you know showing the world that there has been whoa and likewise english common law does as well someone to suggest that should real or in its full manifestation has any compare ability to british law is a little cross i believe this judge has set a precedent which does carry consequences those consequences seemed it tell of the it is law. to particular crawl and switch it doesn't deserve above any other fee if and those married on her islam of the whole was her the opportunity to get the rights was this judge has no veil there and by simply having a civil
a civil certainly look if you want to get my daughter shari'a law that's one thing but birdbrain but it isn't does not provide you with legal status under british law and this judge has given them a backstop i think that's rule well to be fair the woman in this case she was arguing that she did ask for the civil ceremony and that her husband refused to go forward with it that her father had also asked for it and it just was not an option for just the same if she asked for a divorce and he would not give it to her so someone if we could go to you again what do you think this means for other women who are an unhappy marriage just possibly that they might also try and take this route the rights that women i mean did men have in this scenario are the exact same rights that they would have under the english common law so when you look at things for example the division of assets and so forth if there is an asset which is truly shared like the marital home or a car or something that worked together then regardless of if then my read on not.
even under the english common law led to manchuria obviously they have an enticement to both have an entire term to that thing presidents can lead to all kinds of situations and in this case what we're seeing is a parallel law being legitimized in the u.k. i repeat should we in courts how likely is in the united kingdom. national geographic has admitted that they quote went too far linking a starving polar bear with climate change saying there's no way to know for certain why the bird was dying. national geographic went too far in drawing a definitive connection between climate change and a particular starving polar bear there is no way to know for certain why this bear was on the verge of death or polly pocket looks now at how simply changing the caption opened a whole new angle on the story. you might remember these heart wrenching pictures of a starving polar bear looking for food national geographic ran them back in twenty
seventeen with a big caption claiming that this is what climate change looks like the images went viral the photographers estimate over two billion people saw them on you tube alone the video got one point five million views and it also became one of the most of you to videos on national geographic's websites but it turns out that the photographers original caption didn't make an explicit link to climate change they posted the videos saying that this is what starvation looks like but when national geographic picked up the material to publish it skewed the narrative and it was. you're. this is one bear it's not a once off is it's i mean i miss the expectation as climate change continues that
this kind of image is going to be amplified again and again but that viral success troubled the photographers it was not the message they intended for viewers the mission was a success but there was a problem we have lost control of the narrative we were perhaps naïve the picture went viral and people took literally. well now national geographic has been forced to admit that it went too far in linking the dying bat to climate change and that there's no way of telling exactly why the stricken bear was on the verge of death so i've come to london zoo to speak to the animal lovers head to find out if they feel like their sympathies have been manipulated by the media. i think it's very well because so you think that really the cause is climate change exactly that's where the global. your sources say for you the magazine simply took what everybody would have thought about these images and said it yes i
wouldn't necessarily. thing do you feel like it's one of those situations where the media sometimes kind of manipulates you know the other that it definitely oh it to them that is i mean we know that happens we know that there is manipulation this picture is very very powerful impacts when you see it but once you have the impression on them it's very difficult to change your mind or to get focus again on this new problem that i feel like because a lot of other pictures as well although i says no it is not there's not any way for them to get it anyway so it probably has something to do climate change so yeah climate change is clearly a serious issue that weighs heavily on the minds of many people but the question is whether it should mandate serious reporting. all the photographers haven't explained why he waited until now before speaking out but some biologist were
already skeptical about the claims that the on the mall was suffering because of climate change saying that this was a more likely reason for the birds condition. are our new stories for noise but next it's a story i've been waiting for the legacy of hiroshima seventy three years old is discussed with a survivor of nuclear weapons disarmament activists and sophie and co don't miss it . join me every thursday on the alex salmond show and i'll be speaking to us from the world of politics or business i'm show business i'll see you then.
sophia and kill him sophie shevardnadze the wall has looked its destruction in the eyes seventy three years ago one american nuclear bombs were dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki today can humanity count to gather and prevent the catastrophe from ever happening again i ask nuclear weapons to saddam and activist hiroshima bombing survivor. one bomb one blast and the whole cities leveled in seconds living fire and radiation in its wake the atomic bombing of hiroshima in one thousand nine hundred five still serves as a reminder of the horrors of war especially one coming from the survivors of the explosion what was it like to live through a nuclear attack can the stories of i wouldn't change the way we see nuclear
weapons today and will humanity ever be a good of them. so that's gus thurlow survivor of the nuclear bombing of hiroshima welcome it's really great to have you with us. you where and hiroshima in august of forty five when their nuclear bomb was dropped on the city when now we know that a nuclear bomb kills not only at the moment of explosion but for many years after you worked for hour from epicenter of the explosion were you exposed to radiation did it make itself known later anybody in the city or exposed to yet. contaminated and a different degree of seriousness some people were killed the mediately
some people survived but they started developing symptoms like loss of hair internal bleeding bleeding from the gum. fever those things practically all the people who were in the city or who entered in the city to this the dime people what they too became contaminated so we all shared the common symptoms for some time yet i lost my hair and bleeding internal bleeding bleeding from the gum. tree. those things i regret that someone pointed you out of the burning building and you crawled out what happened then how did you find your family that's correct how many of them survived how did you find.