the trump administration congress to permanently reauthorize a suspended mass surveillance program prompting an outcry from rights groups. the u.s. issues a warrant to seize an iranian oil tanker off to supreme court ordered its release earlier this week the vessel was impounded by british royal marines in the mediterranean last month. the family of a young girl blocked from joining one of germany's most famed boys' choirs sues for gender discrimination the case is thrown out by a court in berlin. lower if you tuning in to us this weekend welcome to r.t. international on call in bray of moscow with this hour's news update. reaching
a domestic surveillance program could be back on the state side the trump administration is calling on lawmakers to permanently reauthorize the national security agency to use it the request was made in a letter sent to congress on thursday signed by the now former national intelligence director dan coats additionally his appeal also revealed that the controversial call detail records program had actually been suspended after collecting more information than was legally allowed the spying program falls under a section of the usa freedom act which is set to expire this coming december and reports the trump white house is speaking up about a high profile n.s.a. program that allows the recording of americans phone calls and personal messages dan coats the outgoing director of national intelligence is urging congress to reauthorize the law before it expires at the end of the year now dan coats has confirmed that the n.s.a. has put the program on hold our. ever he says it's necessary to have the ability to
get the program going again if needed as technology changes our adversaries trade craft and communications habits will continue to evolve and adapt in light of these dynamic environment the administration supports reauthorization of this provision as well a coalition of privacy and civil liberties advocates sent a letter of their own to the u.s. house judiciary committee and said of renewing the program they called for meaningful surveillance reform the government's implementation of the program further demonstrates both the privacy threats posed by the program and its lack of efficacy it is highly concerning that it took almost 3 years to detect the fact that the n.s.a. was collecting records even beyond the broad authorization provided under the program the n.s.a. should not be permitted to resume this program now the freedom act gives the n.s.a. the ability to build a network with the telecommunications companies to record the phone calls and
personal messages not just of the suspects but of anyone that they are in contact with. and voted to allow it to proceed for debate i will vote against that it is better than the usa patriot act but it doesn't go forward off in my mind in protecting all civil liberties we find that we're spending resources for no benefit in terms of public safety and a real cost in terms of freedom and liberty and this is why i voted against the freedom act when they said it would fix the problems inherent. the patriot act just
stop spying on innocent americans instead of trying to make it legal. when the freedom act came down it was a way to try to ease americans and say you know we're going to make sure we work out the kinks but i think americans know better than that because and that's what dan coats is saying here is that anything the n.s.a. and sometimes the n.s.a. just gets surveillance information that's just hundreds of pages of nothing and they've actually come out saying that it doesn't really help resolve or solve any terrorism or investigate terrorism activities so because of this so now they can send out or they can decimate that disseminate that information out to the cia to other players to the f.b.i. and to people who might not have the knowledge of who really is a threat which is going to put a lot of americans at risk certainly these privacy violations so yes you're allowed to surveil you're allowed to keep your country safe from terrorism from these kinds of acts but at the rate that it infringes on the privacy rights of people who have absolutely no known ties to terrorism that's where it gets a little bit tricky. the u.s.
justice department says shoot a warrant calling for the seizure of an iranian oil supertanker released by gibraltar on thursday the document says that the ship the oil it's carrying a nearly $1000000.00 in cash is subject to forfeiture for violating u.s. sanctions on iran the war and also cites bank fraud money laundering and terrorism related statutes and alleges additionally that iran's revolutionary guards on lawfully attempted to make use of the united states financial system to support this it's shipments of oil to syria earlier iran's top diplomat sharply criticized the u.s. for attempting to block thursday's release of the ship which was 1st seized by british royal marines off the coast of people to last month. having field to accomplish its objectives through its economic terrorism including depriving cancer patients of medicine the us attempted to abuse the legal system to steal or property on the high seas this piracy attempt is indicative of trumpet ministrations contempt for the law. having performed small maneuvers on friday the vessel remains. stationed in as waters as the captain reportedly no longer wants to
keep command of the ship gibraltar's chief minister says the detention was lifted after the british overseas territory received a formal written assurances from iran that it would not ship all to syria in violation of a huge sanctions. the grace one is therefore now released from detention under the sanctions act by operational law on the 30th of august i received assurances from the republic of iran that if released the destination of the grace one would not be an entity that is subject to european union sanctions i welcome that assurance of the iranian authorities deny that the grace one was ever shipping all to syria in breach of e.u. sanctions 2 weeks after the vessel was impounded though iran seized a british flag tanker in the strait of hormuz claiming that it had violated international law the us then later announced its intention to create a naval coalition to combat so named iranian aggression in the straight middle east analyst cover after c.r.b. thinks the united states may have overplayed its hand with its british ally. very
skeptical that the u.k. and gibraltar officials will heed the call by the u.s. car meant to continuing pounding the tank here and you know despite the legal fire thought it is a safe bet that given the fact that iran is also holding a british tank this is part of a quid pro quo whereby the release of the iranian tank will be followed shortly immediate future by the release of the british tank held by iran we know that. garmin and their boys john saw that as well as those in gibraltar are. you know annoyed by this lingering crisis and they want to wash their hands off of it and the u.s. is trying every trick in the book to linger this crisis and to keep you as part of this so called time. escort for the oil tankers passes through the
strait of hormuz and they will says worries that once this crisis between iran and the u.k. is resolved then the u.k. will pull out and yours will be a coalition 1. 9 year old german girl has been told by a bird in court that she can join the country's most prestigious boys' choir breaking down the case and the debate is triggered saskia taylor. nobody likes rejection and no one wants to hear that not good enough but it seems for one family in germany no just isn't option picture a 9 year old girl who just wanted to sing her mother says she's got the voice of an angel and that the best place in the city for her training is the bilin state and cathedral choir set up in the 15th century it's one of the oldest and most renowned choirs in the country and it's pretty much just got 2 rules you have to be over 5 to addition check and you've got to be
a male ha undeterred though the god apply twice and was rejected both times but try try try again that time lucky she got called back for an all dition before the door was once again slammed in her face but the choir is adamant agendas got nothing to do with the acoustic pattern of a choir is part of its artistic freedom the rejection was not predominantly about her gender and she would have been successful had her voice matched the desired sound characteristics of a boys' choir out unsurprisingly of the decision struck a wrong chord with the girl's mother who is now taking the choir to court over gender inequality she says she's got a letter from the dean of belinda unify us to the arts which the choir is affiliated to and which it's written that aggarwal never sing in a boys' choir also argue that as an institution receiving state funds rejecting female singers contravenes germany's gender discrimination laws now many have
weighed in on the side of the choir saying that mixing it would bring an end to its traditional sound nobody has said girls can sing as well but the tumble is different and judging that should be left to the musicians and musicologists anyone who wants to misunderstood gender equality here is a cultural essence this standoff between gender equality and autistic freedom isn't exactly new music professionals and academics alike have been debating the. anatomical differences of boys' and girls' voices for years saying the former has a purity of the latin just can't attain and just last year the famous british soprano signal leslie garrett called out all boys choirs for being stuck in the past backward looking traditionalist argue that there is an exclusive purity in the boy's voice but i think that's just nonsense it's an excuse to hang on male privilege and perpetuate a dominant male gender stereotype and male power but not ready to dump the carrot secure in his choir rolled out
a very diplomatic aren't we recognise different tasks to contribute in the tower female singers make to the choral scene here at cambridge we're especially proud to follow mixed voice choir kings voices which was formed 20 years ago precisely to give women students the opportunity to sing choral music in the chapel we all know parents will do anything for that children but trying to shake up an institution that hasn't changed over half a millennia now but dedication. u.s. congresswoman who said she was planning to visit her grandmother in the west bank has stated that she will no longer be making the trip that's despite israel granting rashida telling of a visa on humanitarian grounds overturning an earlier decision to deny her entry the democratic party representative whose declared repeated support for the controversial boycott israel do this to say about a fight for palestinian right. but never mind only they're talking about 17.
normal little or no need to. worry. israel's original decision to ban rashida to leave as well as representative no mob came shortly after president trump tweeted that the parachute not be given entry israel that reiterated that foreigners who publicly call for a boycott of the country will be stopped from coming in and the government's treatment of the 2 american muslim nor makers though has provoked reaction in washington. israel doesn't advance its case as a toller in democracy or and they vary in a u.s. ally by barring elected members of congress from a visit in because of their political views i strongly condemn this decision by the israeli government which undermines the ability for our 2 allied countries to have the frank open and it times difficult discussions that we must have in order to ensure israel remains secure and democratic nation israel's are now love and treaty congresswoman and omar is beneath the dignity of the great state of israel was
worth noting that critics of israel can also face penalties within the united states itself the anti boycott act which was passed 2 years ago allows states to cut ties with contractors who support sanctions against the country it was designed to combat the b.d.'s of the boycott divestment and sanctions group which targets israel over its building of settlements in the palestinian territories and critics of that legislation though argued that it violates the u.s. constitution which states that political boycotts are protected by the 1st amendment we call for thoughts of you go politician. i think it is a double standard but actually what is interesting about this is that the fact that there is sort of this retaliation is hunnish meant for individuals businesses that are joining the boycott. buying. every american were allowed or in any or all or all politically with issues that i think
you. really also elements in our own us that. although it's not. hong kong now where the 11th consecutive weekend of demonstrations is taking place and police and protesters faced off earlier in one of the city's busiest shopping districts rallies were held both in support and in opposition to the authorities of the chinese semi autonomous territory the months of the pro-democracy protests originally called for the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill but they've since adopted a much broader set of demands that include the resignation of hong kong leader kerry lamb democratic elections and an inquiry into alleged police brutality concerns are growing though that the ongoing campaign is putting the city's of special status in jeopardy risking intervention from china. meanwhile the lead actress in disney's upcoming remake of the movie is facing a backlash for her style and some hong kong protests.
i also support the hong kong police you can attack me now what is shame for hong kong. i was happy when decent studios in now say they're making a new molon movie she was my childhood hero it is disappointing to see the actress who plays her does not empathize with the protesters in hong kong they're fighting for their homeland like milan. disappointed at wall dismay kompany for selecting and leading actress that supports police brutality and corruption and she completely destroyed good image definitely will not seen one live next movie. called how telling death you have to be to support police brutality when you just from the currents are supposed to stand against oppression is rule for pound sand.
hong kong and china are my birthplace and my home i love my country and my home. i really hope that hong kong returns to peace soon. here we have someone who is standing up for herself you know she's a chinese american and i think she probably knows a lot more about what is happening over there in hong kong then most of us do here in the u.s. or really other places like europe and she's taking a stance to support war for snit i think it's very important that we take notice of that these are not peaceful protests these are not people that are having a positive message to get an answer to what they want they're using violence they're using force and she's saying you know what about close to that. and i support the law enforcement that's going ahead in trying to restore peace so i
think that she's a good illustration really of the character she's playing that character will why this is really something she should be celebrated for not criticized for here without the international the world's biggest telecom equipment maker is being accused of helping african nations spy on apartments we're going to take you through that among other stories after the break.
join me every thursday on the alex salmond show and i'll be speaking to guests of the world of politics sports business i'm showbusiness i'll see you then. welcome back u.s. democratic presidential hopeful but he sound this has been forced to clarify comments he made about the washington post on monday the vermont senator who was
accused of peddling conspiracy theories by suggesting that the paper's editorial position reflects the interests of its odor the billionaire amazon founder jeff bezos before you jump into this is on the phone call you're watching what you do absolutely. doesn't work what i think is in media in general there is a framework you go through for the washington post office on c.n.n. for its. anybody you know how much amazon hated. the united what about all the time and then i wonder why the war treatment home which is owned by jumping through on time i thought of that right because we got article about i don't know where senator sanders is a member of a large club of politicians of every ideology who complain about their coverage contrary to the conspiracy theory that senator seems to favor jeff bezos allows our
newsroom to operate with full independence as our reporters and editors can attest a buddy sounders has long been a vocal critic of corporate media arguing that they misrepresent his views and ultimately act in the interests of the elite. the working families that should not have to subsidize the wealthiest people jeff bezos made 11000000000 dollars last year they didn't pay a nickel in federal income taxes wealthy people should stop paying their fair share of tax cuts out of. bernie sanders makes like skin crawl and i can't even identify for you what exactly it is but i see him as sort of a pro woman candidate or he could seriously bashers billionaires flaming
rich wealthy but many of the problems that many americans most americans suffer masons is richest man the world works and just the course is you know. because he's threatening the class interests and work on him or trying to keep him through what you like to present you to be my mom's and it will go forward between their last and. it's definitely an obstacle because they have moms and concerns and make it. almost all americans the influence all markets think about who clearly has a discreet distance from the work you do that because. he's going to use his supporters and the them already to get the nomination he can beat you if you gets the general election but there is washing clothes on the heels of the other stuff this review would be great to off the group would think would look at all but i just don't have a clue independents and even some republicans he would have to. send is up there
for the media who are against him and against the would be quite. the media i think the trend both candidates. and african spy scandal has thrust the chinese tech giant wall way back into the headline. and so after allegations were published in the wall street journal the newspaper alleges that while by technicians in at least 2 cases personally helped african governments snoop on their political opponents uganda zambia allegedly enlisted the company's assistance for wiretapping conversations cracking through encrypted communications and conducting surveillance while they denied the accusations claiming its never engaged in hacking activities is part of an interview given to r.t. on the issue we refute it quite vociferously again it just feels like it's one of those stories that come up now and again go to completely verify it it sounds like even other companies that have been cited in terms of involvement have made it very clear they don't even have contracts in. one of the countries involved
so it looks like the story is unfortunately really just fake knees and we have to suffer with the you know what ways can only the world's 2nd largest producer of small phones and has been in the spotlight spotlight in recent months over its large scale investment in developing 5 g. mobile technology in may the u.s. put restrictions on the company citing national security concerns after washington accused of spying on governments for beijing which while i also vehemently denies strategy vice president andrew williamson again told us security is a top priority. it's a private company owned by its employees as i say there's about $100000.00 shareholders and to me as someone that's come to this company i think it's extraordinary the benefits of running an organization like that because people don't necessarily just pick up their paycheck at the end of the week of the end of the month they have a real vested interest in the commercial success you really have to check
everything assume nothing. and trust almost nobody and that's that's a process in the system that we stick to and work with many of our partners around the world on that basis. as protesters have been back out in paris this saturday as you have the riot police it's the 40th weekend in a row of protests which of some skirmishes between police and demonstrators security was hyperlink here areas of central paris and warnings given to residents and commuters originally remember the protests call for a reversal of fuel tax hikes since grown to grow the public grievances against president crimes. i was looking for moscow so far this weekend your next update from us is in just over 35 minutes from now i hope to see them.
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