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chiffon evening. base so slim a dolphin my fair haired jen. with . this extraordinary deal between the united kingdom and saudi arabia in which ronald reagan wanted to sell the saudis billions and billions dollars worth of equipment but these radio stopped it and congress wouldn't approve it because they feared the saudis would strengthen israel. handed the deal is there effectively to his political soulmate. un seen nothing yet was. very effective after.
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the saudi arms. deal we really started to stumble on a central feature of british politics over the last thirty years. has been at the heart of many of the great events of the past. i was always pleased to see him when i was prime minister because he brought me extraordinary insight. she considers saudi arabia as this strong friend and would be willing to support the king then with whatever became the me and the discussion from there on everything else was. he explained to mrs thatcher this was a deal with saudi arabia and therefore things were done differently. he
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wanted forty three billion pounds worth of weaponry that was six billion pounds in commission. the fos majority of most people understand is bribes. we'll continue to work together against the terrorists who threaten the way of life of us to this. one day i started writing and it was a man to look at it coming i'm actually he said i've been working for a travel company and we had a kind of slush fund we used to distribute to saudis and other arabs when they came to britain for be all to help the path of arms deal so. i did tell the sex workers stories that when saudi military officers would come along he would present them with canteens of cut through that was something that they light another thing they liked was girls so he would take about the town and
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get them girls. to be honest it seemed like quite small beer payments made some of them from rather on as manic activity is aiming chips to talks about cooldowns that sort of thing there's only two things that count in business my friend money and sex the rest you can write as much as you like is absolute garbage you can measure weapon beautiful the president secretary. because the more destructive look you the secretary the you want to have you're talking about. and that is sometimes all that is you need. to use an escort agency cold war kids because of the specialties of the chief of staff of the army like blowing bits of them. and. we had their secretary of the embassy come and review the photos she said i want this one i want this one i with
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this one that when this one i had the girls i arrived one day before and i said girls i know you will be paid handsomely for this but do me a favor if you get any people thought that is relevant please bring your cross because i could use it in for each interesting information i will give over two thousand euro bonus so would sixty grand i signed the contract with three million so it wasn't ideal. m m i phone rang again. it was another whistleblower and he said you have no idea what it is that you're getting into here. and he said this slush fund is much much bigger than you realize our job was to look after the really high level people those who used to come to england who were being bribed essentially by be a people of the level of the head of the saudi air force who was a royal prince or. we would fly the two of us angelica's and they would buy cars dresses and it wasn't shopping like you would i would think in the end when they
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gather together all the shopping we would charge an entire jumbo jet to fly it all back to saudi arabia it was in the attempt to try and trace through the bank accounts who the ultimate beneficiaries saw that the case became really very serious is the trail appeared to lead towards senior members of society royal family. the most outrageous example was that maybe a no order to smooth the way with prince bandar at one point made him a present of a huge commercial airliner all of his very. which he promptly have painted in the gray and silver colors of the dallas cowboys who were his favorite american team i used to fly around in that quite cheerfully. case stented on establishing the ultimate beneficiary of exceptionally knowledge amounts of money paid by big sherry space for consultancy said the scenes.
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where there's evidence that mark fashioned this is that your son got twelve million in cash for his work as a fixer. and. this is started out a little. this is who. know what it is a really beautiful open source don't know if you want to sell on the market and you're looking probably about three thousand five hundred euros and why you keep it in the house because it was all her and you can do that legally. yes and no but you know more or less you care as long as it's in the house. it is oh sure the cut of the neighbor. a good mother yes money i don't mind paying bribes to politicians spite of the deal think about politicians is
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a very much like prostitutes but only more expensive. poll of these is it dated by the whims of the arms industry politicians are nothing more than sales reps by their friends to have as much power as a middle ranking executive in walton martin ident of the day they do with the tolls . when an executive goes to bribe a foreign official he says to himself look i've taken a lot of risk to take this five million dollars that i'm paying to the prime minister of x.y.z. who makes an arrangement with prime minister of x.y.z. . i'll hand over the five million but you take half of that five million and you send it to the following bank account in churchill and wilshere in the floor. the first time an executive does that and he collects two point five million dollars he says wow this is
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a good business to be and within moments of that realization he is no no longer in the business of selling airplanes he's in the business of selling bribes and he is now scouring the world for somebody to find to bribe. its. head to feel. they can. chew through it. i. had to. see what it. is out it says. i play. each child to clean. each kid from the city. on foot by. mall. i t's.
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with. them in the phone rang again. this was somebody who said you have no idea what you're getting into he said this whole be a thing is much much bigger it goes right to the very top what he had was something that you never see is this swiss bank records of international cover payments going all over the world he showed me how be a set of a whole system with lloyds bank under which they channeled secret payments into a british virgin islands offshore company called red diamond from red diamond the money went into this guy's swiss bank account and he then used it to distribute to the local politicians taking a big check for himself of course you know i can assure you we don't we and i believe most companies all go to the business of late payments as you suggest a lot of sums up what they do employees of government it is just all the way
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business is done. we were actually able to publish what was the most dangerous story that prince bandar would be different not just the plane but over the years a total of one billion pounds we did not invent. corruption i mean i doubt many would have been and they had hanky panky and they had to go down to edit so i mean this is this is what made sure i salute the prince of state run and a friend. how do you agree. of course none of us are greedy it's only the other families greed. this the world runs on individuals pursuing their self-interest. all those people who believe that greed violence etc these primal so-called primal instincts other real instincts and everything else is a social construction they've lost their mind and for the last fifty years at least
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policy has been made based on the assumption of greed and it's ruined the world. had hundreds believe there is no nature of society so you have to nurture individual is i don't accept that at all i think there are a very many good public policy initiatives for creating society. in the beirut they're saying hello to you. there's a comment isn't a good forty seven kalashnikov. a society that decides that the bulk of its budget is going to go to arms manufacturing building of a military eccentric the have made a moral decision that militarism is more important then the creation of wellbeing for the population. this is not the world i want to live in i want to live in the real world and the real world is peopled by real emotions including love and generosity. my god if you want is
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freedom the freedom of human beings of individuals to pursue their own say is i think what they term freedom means is economic license and think anomic license that those who control property and those who control capital has in fact been a threat not only to equality but a threat to the freedom of peoples all over the world and not only in europe and in the united states but nafta in asia and in latin america i want you to name me any society in which you have any large measure of that freedom where capitalism and free enterprise has not been the predominant mechanism of the free enterprise system has spread through the force of all on some notes on this one wielded by governments that was government intervention under the name of the free enterprise system but a government intervention which destroyed the freedoms of many people not least of which of the people of chile.
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from the one nine hundred fifty s. all the way through the one nine hundred seventy s. the cia and the us military were engaged in covert actions throughout central med america throughout africa really throughout the world where they were assassinating populist leaders they were backing up right wing military juntas funding and arming death squads like the contras in nicaragua our battalion three sixteen and under us and i and there were these spate of assassinations across the globe. in countries like mine people have been killed to be quiet to know that any day any time you're going to be killed you don't know how but it's coming. we were fighting in the league and still we are fighting you know body guards mines that don't want to work going inclusiveness they just take
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a. the action is not only about taking from india but taking from the people. even to dreams take on the next. to last half of what is called the cold war i don't know it to be a very hard war for many parts of the world. from the standpoint of want it badly and would cause the victims or what i would think of really as of people trying to make their own futures. there was an attempt in the global south to create an alternative imagination for people. but in the early one nine hundred seventy s. this attempt was destroyed and it was stopped through a real genuine attempt by the global lot to take over the institutions of the world including the world bank the i.m.f. . souls not simply that the bible of the south was incapable of carrying forward
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their dreams. it was a very strong with their dreams were assassinated. it's not just the one off killings the coir the cool there. it's the entire dream that had to be killed. to be sure to do us a real book on our own aren't going to or much else. to live by a symbol or any man merely or those who are a looser will be because on the indian. looks even george was he not one to us got a person on the most if anybody's. when i said kind of guy is here. the
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whole you know men team you julio to what are the salmon. you know be your command deal. isn't fit yet i'm and even. each of them go to micio. the joint hearings of the house select committee to investigate covert arms transaction with iran. and the select
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committee on secret military assistance to iran in the neck iraq when opposition will come to order. a surrogate adored by millions like a stone's most famous cricketer arrived just prime minister on a grave of national celebration. now one hundred days into his leadership people in power asks whether delivering on promises will be as easy in practice as it was in haiti. right now the nation is not feeling confident right all people are disappointed with the government in moran's one hundred days on al-jazeera and this is different whether someone is going for some of his favorites but that's about it we need three things it's how you approach an official and if it is a certain way of doing it you can just hide in that story and find out. thanks love
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to make loans to sufferance because behind the suffering a millions of taxpayers because most taxpayers never go away is a new one born every single day and ninety it is an urgent national message city that we officially request the activation of the support mechanism we created together because i happen to live in creeks somehow i'm a sinner i'm a bad person. that's machine on al-jazeera. i'm sam is a dam in doha with a look at the headlines here now just here and now the u.s. federal government is partially shut down after politicians failed to end their deadlock over spending president donald trump refused to back down on funding for his border war forcing congress to adjourn without a budget deal we're going to have
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a shutdown there's nothing we could do about that because we need the democrats to give us their votes call it a democrat shutdown call it whatever you want but we need their help to get this approved so democrats we have a wonderful list of things that we need to keep our country safe let's get out let's work together let's be bipartisan and let's get it done the shutdown hopefully will not last long two explosions and somalia's capital have killed at least thirteen people so a side car bombers attacked a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in mogadishu it's unclear who's behind the blasts nine people have been killed in sudan during protests against the rising cost of food and fuel schools and universities are closed in at least five states the cities of gatherers and the entire white nile state are under emergency
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rule protesters are angry at high inflation which is running at around seventy percent the economy has struggled since south sudan became independent in two thousand and eleven. the head of the u.n. team tasked with monitoring a cease fire has arrived in the yemeni city of her data on friday the security council agreed to send a team of observers to oversee a u.n. brokered cease fire between houthi rebels and the saudi a morality backs yemeni government the monitors won't wear uniform or be armed the initial deployment is expected to be for thirty days it's hoped a limited cease fire agreement and withdrawal of troops from the port of the two a breakthrough in the civil war in southern france one driver has died in a car crash of the roundabout blog why so-called yellow vest protesters these are some of the latest live pictures from the mass demonstrations that were triggered
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by rising the fuel prices and are in this six week. it's back to shadow world now. in the first episode of science in a golden age i'll be exploring the contributions made my school is doing and even to slamming a period in the field of. professor jim. brings the brilliance of the us to line. his point credible always doesn't do real all we've done is block out the light from the room and then allow it to come through the small old. one of science in a golden age on al-jazeera. the joint hearings of the house elect committee to investigate covert arms transaction with iran. and the select committee on
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secret military assistance to iran in the nicaraguan opposition will come to order congress began to address what they perceive to be an insanely out of control series of covert actions with little to no congressional oversight we have been supplying lethal weapons to terrorist nation involving the us government in military activities in direct contravention of the law and lying to the congress now i believe that democracy cannot survive that kind of abuse. and people like dick cheney and donald rumsfeld who were relatively new to government at the time did not like when congress said we need to step in and confront the national security state and what's become a very out of control kill program cheney then went on during the reagan years in the eighty's to serve in congress and when the iran contra scandal broke out into the open cheney did not like congress being involved with anything that the executive branch was doing. and you had this utter scandal that emanated from the
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highest echelons of power and the reagan administration was acting as though it had nothing to do with it i've told. all that i know and you know the truth of the matter is for quite some long time all that you knew was what i told you. to me. are witnesses morning is mr robert mcfarlane the former national security adviser to the president. mr mcfarlane we welcome you to the committee and we look forward to your testimony. mr mcfarlane. did you have any discussion about the possibility. of in effect farming out the whole contra support operations in nicaragua to another country which will call country run yes that's correct and did you in fact
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succeed in obtaining money from another country. which we'll call country to. that's correct. i had they practice meeting periodic lee who was the official from country to about assistance we could provide some cases arms sales. and he intended to provide a contribution of a million dollars per months to a contras through the end of the year. you have no problem with the cia we have no problem working with the united states government and unless the cia does not work for the government then i think we have a bigger problem there have been occasions when some americans are question that you know well thank heaven both of kaizen was not in connection with saudi arabia.
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i think that there was a substantial shadow government. trying to run foreign affairs united states these events have been characterized by some pretty strong statements we've heard talk of a grave constitutional crisis and even been treated to talk about a coup in the white house not only does cheney sort of defend iran contra but he argues that iran contra is actually a model for how the u.s. should be conducting its national security policy he is a radical subscriber to this notion of the unitary executive effectively what you're doing is saying on certain parts of american policy we don't have a democracy we have a dictatorship as a matter of fact i was. very definitely involved in the decisions about support to the freedom fighters my idea to begin with. in my opinion there is no justification
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for further restrictions on the power and flexibility of future presidents. the national security today is mostly composed of people who hit the revolving door multiple times during their last nomination of richard b. cheney to be secretary of the friends is the make a name for themselves in the private industry and then they come into the go. this revolving door keeps the national security leak very small and very wealthy. and increasing its wealth as it goes up the chain to the extent that then when you get to the top as cheney did then you can become a member of the plutocracy that runs the country to this is impressive crowd the haves. and the have more. money commissioned a study by halliburton to find out how much more of the defense department could be privatized proud to serve our troops and was he laid to get this million dollar
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contract and of course returned a verdict that oh mr secretary lots more of it can be privatized. dick cheney leaves the defense department and goes and heads halliburton himself and he spends the entire nine hundred ninety s. building up the how important war empire well if we're going to talk about star wars we might as well invite darth vader i. am happy to accept. when he comes back into power as vice president and then they start hiring halliburton to you know in advance even if u.s. troops going into iraq personnel and equipment was being deployed to the gulf it's hard to look at this and not say these guys had a very long term plan for how they were going to increase the powerful infrastructure of private companies. what we've essentially done is to
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create a network of corporations that have the fire. power of small nation states that could you know overthrow some small governments around the world. in essence we in the united states have privatized the ultimate public function war. and i want to get on the market right now even obama's of got a time with them like food. you know munitions as good does good to know so by this new data. you can see.
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in iraq the f. fifteen is an f.a.a. teens where firing six million dollars within seconds coming back re army and going up again. there's no hope of anymore because there's always a small cobble of people for wars really really good business. it doesn't matter that we're losing the war in afghanistan albertan could care less it's good for them good for profit. margins you know that. does have a. bad law how is her. really good.
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it. well we've undergone a corporate coup d'etat in slow motion. thirty five thousand lobbyists in washington they write the legislation they write the bills. all it takes is one phone call from somebody on the hill to someone in the pentagon saying hey turn on the dogs the hills out to get our program the guys in a senate are on board we need you to turn on the gucci shoes guys to straighten this thing out the guy's been the lobbyist. and what this does is just lock the system up that's the whole name of the game it's it's called political engineering
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and i'm like political science political engineering is real. one of the most important things dunder stand is essentially creates what we call a self licking ice cream cone. and it's like perpetual motion machine for getting ever increasing defense budgets the way we do it is by downplaying the future consequences to start a new weapon we over promises performance under promise it's cost we then systematically spread dollars jobs and profits to as many congressional districts as quickly as possible so that everybody has skin in the game. the people who are invested in this state or people like the largest defense contractor in the world. they will die before they see it going to want. to change the world. we're probably already working.
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what did martin basically just similar to your last two posts. tickles you knowing all branches of the government and the whole them. and that's great that make them if you look like a bunch of schoolboys. fiscal year one thousand nine hundred nine two point three trillion missing fiscal year two thousand one point one trillion missing the pentagon has claimed year after year that the reason it can't account for the money is because its computers don't communicate with each other one trillion one dollar bills stacked high would reach nearly sixty eight thousand miles into space one third of the way to the moon. i got a phone call from the f.b.i. saying that i was a target of a death threat and that's what happens when you go against the big boys who has the contracts today to make those systems communicate with each other and how much
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have the taxpayers paid for them there are times that corporations do things they should not do in which case they tend to be suspended for some period there are times then that corporations can get out of the penalty box it. was never in the penalty box if you could proceed to my second question please the second question. i forgot what the second question was. in the vigils operating in the shadows and never having their names called are able to leverage the power of the military and the foreign policy apparatus for their own personal pick uni ery in. what is now who's the enemy how do we justify. what better our new other me.
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or. when . we're willing to minus a leno mutinies us our unity back home by the end of the see those for me would end up on but that's a no but he deck years seem by the roman to be dorian out of the many gun woman or for the new or that the analysis which you see mean this is tony then says and
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similarly i'm going to see mean you know better you don't know either our foot on the dealer will. now you're a nary doubt. less it will be very dark even they let our money earned to that extent i am in a fabulous i don't mother this delusion must seem of a similar service and i live in assist those for me. is a seat in one fundamental demand your home on a c.c. your. get do we and i nak bendin she on the get out a second a bit earlier her lack. of i think of the most basic level when we realize how we've entered into. a
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permanent state of war. like with often proponents of. counter-terrorism on a global scale think of as a long war but a war without end something like that. and i think that what we've accepted is a political regime that is stained by fear is a very old it's a very old political tactic i mean machiavelli asin the prince is it better for the prince to be feared or loved and his conclusion is because the locus of fear the the source of fear resides in him in the prince it can be constant for his rule whereas the locus of love resides in the people it's in their power and so for them could be constant long lasting i mean so much already opens
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a question that he probably doesn't provide us the answer with what would it mean to have our social arrangement like the basis of our social choices. be founded on love. i don't think one has to justify the cost and nature of the national security state one just has to keep the people fearful enough to support it but what i want to bring to your attention today is the potentially much more sinister nexus between iraq and the o. kind of terrorist network. every word in that speech was gone over by the director of central intelligence and his deputy director after so it was nothing that i made up it was nothing that i stuck in there and in fact some people tried to stick extra things in there that the intelligence community wouldn't verify with multi-sourcing and i said no powell grabbed me physically which was unlike him and drug me into a space at the cia at langley and said throw all the material in my
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presentation about terrorism out cut it out out this amount this is just within an hour george tenet the director of central intelligence made a spectacular bombshell presentation we have just learned from a high level al qaida operative under interrogation about significant contacts between baghdad smoove our ot and al qaeda. this was devastating. here's the director of central intelligence telling the secretary of state that he has interrogated evidence well the secretary turned to me and said put it back in. al qaeda continues to have a deep interest in acquiring weapons of mass destruction as with the story as the kawi in his network i can trace the story of a senior terrorist operative telling how iraq provided training in these weapons to al qaeda later i learned that that was shake out libby that had to happen just
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instantly happened it happened months before that he been in water boarded in egypt when he did this no u.s. personnel were present and he had recanted within a couple of weeks and we never were told about that every statement i make today is backed up by sources solid sources these are not assertions we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence we were indisputable we were allowed to. at this hour american and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm iraq to free and people and to defend the world from grave danger is called rove famously said to this reporter you know you guys are reality based communities we make reality by the time you figured out you know what's wrong with our reality we've moved on the creation of another reality digital cell or cause to come into the possession of saddam hussein weapons of mass
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destruction did the united states sell to him absolutely not. iran iraq was on such a scale that i was on the iranian side and i went down to the battlefield i was actually given a gasket and so let me take the train back right away up to tehran and the carriages with crimes with iranian soldiers who'd been gassed someone just coffee gretchen and a one man who was reading it. it was so he put a handkerchief and wiped the blood off his lips. gradually cargoes became permeated with this sort of thirty six mile and i realized it was the smell of the gas they were coughing up from the lungs i was going round the car those open the windows on my test trying to clean the train out of the smell of obviously chemical. after two thousand and three i was being attacked on radio shows especially from america you know complaining about the american eventually you proceed on i said excuse me i was on the train of iranians gassed by and iraqis and the chemical
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components came from the united states at the very time that you'll rumsfeld was meeting saddam you were meeting with saddam hussein i think we have some video of that. of that meeting tell me what was going on during this is why did you get this video from the iraqi television is on the iraqi television when did they give it to you recently are we back then we dug this out of the c.n.n. library i see. isn't that interesting. there i am. our war on terror. begins with al qaida. but it does not in.
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this very phrase war on terror is irrational it's like saying. a war on the wall. when the serious fraud office launched its investigation into the crimes that we were covering it turned out that many of these arms deals had been forced through by tony blair personally piece of dirty case you don't says . and once you start a war. you open a kind of pandora's box you don't control it it controls you. was being set up my goodness you. can't.
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today there are good terrorists and bad the bad terrorists those in yemen who the united states deems to be a threat the good terrorists those who are in syria the joke here is we've been there before. i mean if you consider the of the honest on story they have learned nothing. today if i say that the saudis are giving money to groups that are inside the un that are not only models so the. people who say you are a conspiracy theorist. american song review put one billion dollars each to give them training equipment we out of that was so clear to all those people to go we had. peace that's what we want freedom and peace but no doubt.
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the doctrine that has endured from bush to obama is that the world is about will feel and that the united states has the right to go into any country around the world to conduct what they call kinetic operations lethal operations regardless of what international law says if you're a small state like we were for one hundred fifty years in in essence these are these spain france. russia you've got to be exquisitely good at diplomacy you got to be able to talk yourself out of lots of things and make deals and compromises and so forth but if you're the world's hedge when you don't deal with anybody you smack him you your military and you smack him. they wanted forty three billion pounds worth of weaponry that was six billion
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pounds in commission. there is no hope of any more because there's always a small cobble of chemicals for war and really really good business. in essence we in the united states have privatized the ultimate public function war shadow on al-jazeera. from long flowing on in winds to an enchanting desert breeze. hello again welcome back to your international weather forecast where we've seen
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plenty of showers here earlier in the week we saw them and what is out is making their way to montevideo but now those showers are making their way to the north so for cell pollo oreo as well as a sense ian you're going to be seeing some rain entering into your forecast in afternoon here on saturday as well as into sunday more heavy rain showers across much of that area temperatures really staying into the low thirty's across that area but down here towards one side as it is going to be a nice day for you with the temperature there of about twenty eight degrees where we have also seen some very stormy weather here across cuba actually a friend has gone through it with that threat sussan flooding as well as thunderstorms here's that line right there with the front it is much better and in fairness so clear skies there all that water is going to be receding across that region but we could be seeing some heavy rain showers here across the southeastern part of cuba over towards jamaica as well that will continue from saturday as well as into sunday but up here towards nassau it isn't quite nice view with the temps there about twenty four degrees and a big winter storm is be has been a big problem here across the eastern seaboard now making its way up here towards
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the northeast so for the next couple days we are going to be seeing some better weather here along the eastern seaboard new york mostly cloudy a few with a temperature there of twelve and washington at ten. there with sponsored by cat time release. kidnappings amandas in crimea since russia's forced onyx ation of the black sea in siena. i don't understand why with kate now. schools of crimea into towns have been arrested. most believe by russian security forces. crimea russia's as he secret on al-jazeera. to cope with driving in kabul you need nerves of steel and a strong heart the afghan capital has some of the most challenging driving conditions anywhere even though women are allowed to drive by law many men say
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culturally it is wrong that they are better than me there are lots of men he there be abuse he they block your car nights a sight his right alongside shouting bad things no one helps us when the taliban were in control women were forbidden to drive but outside of the main cities it is rare even now to see a woman behind the wheel society is changing albeit slowly but the women drivers of afghanistan there was a long road ahead before they are fully accepted. this is al jazeera. hello i'm sam is a than this is the news hour live from doha coming up the next sixty minutes we're going to have a shutdown there's nothing we could do about that because we need the democrats to
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give us their votes the u.s. senate refuses to fund down transport a wall leading to the first government shutdown this year. curfews a state of emergency and more school closures in sudan where protests against rising prices and corruption are growing. another weekend another day of demonstrations in france against president emanuel michael's policies fewer people on the streets of paris. and we speak to the bottom on a family whose hopes for an american dream ended in tragedy others are not giving up. the u.s. federal government is partially shut down for the third time this year the political stalemate follows donald trump's refusal to back down on funding for his border
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wall an idea strongly opposed by the democrats the president took his frustration to twitter we're going to have a shutdown there's nothing we could do about that because we need the democrats to give us their votes call it a democrat shutdown call it whatever you want but we need their help to get this approved so democrats we have a wonderful list of things that we need to keep our country safe let's get out let's work together let's be bipartisan and let's get it done the shutdown hopefully will not last long. well the impulse leaves a quarter of the government unfunded over the christmas holidays eight hundred thousand federal workers will continue to work without pay or be placed on paid leave those affected include customs officers responsible for securing the us southern border with mexico the shutdown also has implications worldwide
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particularly for the economy wall street soared its worst week in losses in years with all american indices down two to three percent on friday the prospect of a government shutdown also triggered a sell off in markets across the wool from all this says cross over now live to john hendren in washington d.c. so it's almost the christmas season now shutdown bad timing i guess are the two sides around to at least talk to each other yes it's always bad timing when this happens sammy the two sides are around to talk to each other but they don't have a lot of common ground in order to bridge that gap and the bottom line is that donald trump made this signature promise he wants the border wall the democrats relish nothing more than the opportunity to deny that to him despite the fact that you heard him there saying the democrats need to give the republicans their votes it's not going to happen they're absolutely adamant they'll add more money for
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border security but they don't want that wall they think it's a gimmick and that is what shut down the government and right now the democrats have the leverage because come january third that's just in a couple of weeks they will take over they got forty extra votes in the last election in this house of four hundred thirty five members that's nearly ten percent so they will take over on january third and if need be they're likely to wait that out unless the president comes up with some kind of compromise john can the democrats force the governments reopen if this goes on endlessly. well on january third it will likely become a moot point because when they take over the house democrats can go ahead and vote in a measure then it will be up to the senate to decide whether the whether the republican controlled senate will want to go along with a democratic controlled house what is likely to happen is that the president will realize that he will not have the votes come that time so there should be some kind
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of compromise measure before then if the two sides can come together but right now the leaders say they're not going to vote on anything until they have an agreement with the president and the leaders of both houses and right now that's just not happening sammy all right john hendren there from washington d.c. thanks for that now turkey and the u.s. will meet next month to discuss down and some's decision to pull troops from syria in the meantime ankara says it will hold off from launching a cross border offensive against kurdish finds his concern the withdrawal may cause a vacuum that could lead to more instability of the people on the ground there otherwise than hold the reports from a chuckle on the turkish syrian border. these syrian refugees have been living in this turkish border town for three years they say they can't return home as long as their towns and villages are controlled by the syrian armed group the why peachey while fighting eisel the why p.g. backed by the u.s.
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had taken control of predominantly arab and mixed areas across northern syria their residents say those territorial gains are about creating a kurdish state an accusation tonight. in two thousand and fifteen the white b.g. enter tel aviv under the pretext of fighting isis but they forcibly displaced the autopen looted their homes they started to impose the kurdish language and what they call democracy cloak like preventing us from practicing religion. the y.p. she could lose the autonomous enclave government in north eastern syria a plan to pull out of american troops will leave it vulnerable the group controls an area rich in oil and agricultural land valuable economic assets for the government and to mask this which is struggling under sanctions president bashar assad has repeatedly said he wants to retake this corner of syria either by negotiation or force the y.p. gee maybe trying to cut a deal. the u.s.
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is no longer planning a rapid pullout turkey has reportedly convince president donald trump to coordinate the withdrawal also that there will be no vacuum u.s. and turkish officials will meet in washington on january the eighth it seems ankara wants the enclave to be handed over to representatives of arab majority towns that have been under the control of the white. turkey believes the white peach is linked to the outlawed kurdistan workers' party the p.k. k. which has been fighting for self rule in south east turkey. turkey doesn't have that authority or ambitions in syria and they want to end the separatist project there and it wants to end the threat along its south and border it will cooperate with the syrian opposition but who will convince the wife to give up its agenda and couplings with. a military option is still on the table president to
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tell you border guard says a new operational strategy to eliminate both the y.p. g. and i still is being worked on turkey and the us may be in agreement on what happens next but there are other players in syria including russia that will also want its interests secured senator al jazeera a check on the turkey syria border. is a kurdish affairs analyst and managing director of carducci consulting political consultants a group joins us now live from london good to have you with us so how much consultation do you think there was between the u.s. and some of their kurdish allies before dogs made this announcement of withdrawal. well initially i don't think there was any because only a week ago or two weeks ago the pentagon has made it very clear that the us are there for a long term and they were will support the kurdish allies in syria the president
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and way to syria only two days before donald trump made that announcement has made it very clear that the u.s. troops are there for a long term and that those support the kurdish troops and the syrian democratic forces and the way the speed it happens and as your report earlier alluded to that and now they're trying to scale back the withdrawal because president trump said this the u.s. troops will be pulling out within days and that would have created a huge vacuum no only allowing isis to the islamic state to regroup and take territory but would allow the syrian regime as a regime to take back to or free from especially the southeast the oil rich areas backed with by russia but that decision has been deferred now and the kurdish commanders on the ground they knew this it will be coming at some point because president trump has been alluding to withdrawal from syria since earlier this year
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since spring this year and he actually made a few statement that he wants to withdraw the way it happened and the speed of it and the southern nature of the announcement has shocked many people. call in the whole move as a betrayal of their partners because the kurds in syria where hoping that at some point that they will do a deal with the syrian regime given that the u.s. policy seems to be go into two words allow in to stay and have some sort of deal in the future but now their bargaining position within syria and control in those areas have some sort of autonomy arrangement with the syrian regime has completely diminished value and joins us the way what does this mean first of all for kurdish aspirations inside syria is this a turning point. i think it's a big blow because why p.g.
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and the kurds in northern syria roughly around three million they already knew that the expiration of state to it is not realistic at this point at this juncture in history however they were hoping that to have some sort of autonomy to run their own affairs with then greater syria if you look at the location with a very very good example is northern iraq the the kurdish region of northern iraq has been autonomous and has been running his own affairs for the last twenty five years and the syrian kurds we're trying to relate a model very similar stay within the borders of syria because if you look at the surrounding countries like. syria itself the assad regime turkey and iran very hostile towards the aspiration of the kurds to have their own state ok. again a very clear that that's not there if it's a blow to kurdish forces but at the same time you said i saw and the
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syrian regime won't fill that vacuum now that it's sort of rejigging the withdrawal timetable who will i think. from the initial announcement that the withdrawal is not going to happen quickly because turkey what turkey's worried now is the syrian regime backed by russia will take over most of those areas and let's not forget the the southeast in syria that's where the most oil assets on the syrian regime if get their hands on those that will lessen is dependent on russia and iran for this finances because once they get once a control of those areas they will be able to sell the oils and they will bring russian oil companies and so on but turkey has different ideas.


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