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libyan leader finds himself in double trouble as the international criminal court issues the warrant for his arrest for crimes against humanity on the hundredth day of nato the bombing of libya more details just ahead. israel says its navy is gearing up to intercept a humanitarian aid flotilla heading for garza but backed away from previous threats to ban journalists sailing with the flights over. it's confirmed now that fifteen people showed signs of radiation exposure at new japan's fukushima nuclear plant the latest government checks are met with anger and skepticism. and in absentia a moscow court hands out twenty five years in prison to a top intelligence officer who fled russia after exposing a group of us opposed to russian agents including.
just after six pm on monday here in moscow you with our team now it appears that libyan leader moammar gadhafi is not only being targeted by nato jets but the international criminal court also has and it cites judges and. arrest warrant for gadhafi and his closest allies on charges of crimes against humanity our correspondent. namely he's being accused of purposefully targeting his civilians of killing civilians during the dispersal of the protests in february of this year the court's decision at the request for the arrest of moammar gadhafi his son and also his intelligence minister has been issued by one of the prosecutors of the international criminal court and this is only the second time in accords a nine year history that such a warrant has been issued for an incumbent head of states the first such occurrence happened in two thousand and nine and the man that they wanted or were afterwards
the sudanese president over that decision has yet to be implemented in reality and the libyan authorities have already said that they will not comply with the decision in this case they actually questioned its legitimacy and have reminder that libya is not a signatory to the rome treaty which has actually set up the international criminal court we have yet to find out how exactly they will go about arresting moammar gadhafi the i.c.c. did say that the libyan people themselves will arrest gadhafi but of course. he is called words remain defiant and say they will continue to fight to the very end and they basically said they don't particularly care for this particular decision as a matter of fact there were reports of intensified bombing off tripoli just this morning there were reports that blasts have been heard very close to gadhafi compound this was supposed to be enforcement of
a no fly zone in libya and yet already we're talking about. according to libyan government we're talking about hundreds of civilians being killed as a result of the nato airstrikes of course new officials have until not so long ago denied being at fault for at this point it's kind of a situation which is just hanging in the air and whether this particular leader's decision from the i.c.c. whether that will have any effect. on the situation in libya remains to be seen. but now for for more on the attempts by the international criminal court to prosecute colonel gadhafi i'm now joined live by ericsson essay a co-author of an independent report into the war on libya thank you for joining us today so the i.c.c. has issued arrest warrants for more market afy and two of its allies does this mean that the libyan leader is likely to be prosecuted or is it just an empty gesture. well i think in the worst mind it it's one more pressure against you but let me
tell you i think it's a very stupid decision because on one side we perfectly know that we have done nothing concerning the sudanese executive on the other side it's closing one more possibility of negotiation between get a fee and the other side of the. t.n.c. . right now. i mean if you just shut some light on this you know the u.s. want to be an issue here so how are they going to arrest him does that kind of open the doors for innovation do you think. this is a problem there is no way to get a feel because he is living in his birth. zero in tripoli is very well protected until we don't send any troops. invasion first impossible to to to to to have callously so this is only one more way to threaten the libyan leader but it's only promises so if you're saying there's no way to get gadhafi without sending in troops on the ground do you think that survival options you think that could be the next step and do you approve. no i don't think it's an option because
maybe you know that the french army as well as the british army and navy we don't have the means we don't have the money we don't have the units to throw in there because most of the troops are already involved in not getting in afghanistan or somewhere else in africa for instance we have some problem with the fleet around close to the libyan goes so i think there is no way that we send troops or if we send some troops it will be only special forces and very small units are in our cafe has defied the international community at every step of the way so far and a hundred days into this campaign nato forces still haven't gotten he's winning. well it's very difficult to see i think that. in fact he is winning because most of the units are very very well equipped compared to the insurgents without the nato support of the surgeons are absolutely nothing they don't have any military
training they don't have any military organization they are only people who are screaming in the street and this is why they are asking more and more nato involvement but it's very surprising because you can do with revulsion we've got doing the job yourself and this is not the case of the insurgents in benghazi are not the international criminal court says that thousands of civilians have been killed by the khadafi regime but why is it turning a blind eye to the civilian deaths caused by nato. well it's it's very difficult because you know we. are trying. to to judge some foreign leaders in this specific point i think it's very dangerous because as they say few minutes ago there is one possibility which is a negotiation between the son of. the number two of the national transitional council but feel we discounted
a freight again. we would close the door of in the peaceful solution for the negotiations now you've been to libya recently on a fact finding mission how would you describe the situation on the ground do you think the revolutionary movement is a result of democratic ambitions. no i don't think so i think the situation in libya is very different from the tunisian one and. it's. i mean. of libya syria. really react against more than forty years. of poll were of the tripoli tonight and all the western part of them to try to find one more time they all independents and they want to buy the leadership of the country and. as you say a few minutes ago we bought from the evolution mission in libya something is very interesting just on the other side in the front of gaddafi we do something which is
almost ten years we have the group we where you are maybe twenty five percent of real democrats but also people who are absolutely fundamentalist and radical islamist you have also member of the former monarchies group which all the seem to see and you have also former members from the dignitaries of the so i mean seventy five person what we call the t.n.c. in fact are people who are absolutely as mean as bad guys are still too late to raise them as. eric. into point a report in the war on libya thank you. the chairman of the state duma's foreign affairs committee explained why the arrest warrants cannot be applied to the libyan leader. the decision of the international criminal court. is not legally binding for libya for the simple reason libya is not
a member state of the court and there's long as mr history on libya is territorial and this decision cannot be. you without any and still to come on the program democracy with. the u.s. announces a new programs to help opposition movements across the globe but some suggest is just a convenient way to overthrow nuisance governments. a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships carrying supplies to gaza to depart from greece is reportedly made of up to ten vessels with some five hundred activists on board israel warns that its military is gearing up to intercept the aid armada but has dropped earlier threats against journalists so they could be banned or deported for covering the events of these policy and i had the latest. join her live and hello to you paula so it's what we know about this mission at this point.
what the israeli government says it is rethinking how it plans to handle foreign journalists that are on boil for their freedom to tell it to us itself from european waters and kids towards god later this week what we do know is that earlier the israeli government placed office said that any journalist on board would face arrest would face detention and would also face a band of up to ten years they would not be able to return to israel for at least a decade we are now hearing that the israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu first heard of this only this morning monday on the news and he is here to have said it is problematic he has urged his cabinet to rethink it and he's also said that the way journalists are dealt with is different to the way so-called infiltrators are handled the country's deputy prime minister moshe ya'alon has also said that they need to. the differentiation between journalists and ordinary members of the public he said that in today's time and age there's no way that you can actually stop the media from doing their work and that there needs to be
alternative solutions found this doesn't know how to answer the question as if and when the israeli government indeed finds the second for tenet to be in violation of international law which is of course what it found the first to tell a guilty of how they and will journalists on board be dealt with the security cabinet held an emergency meeting today off to that meeting it issued a statement in which the government ministers say they were determined to prevent the tele from reaching gaza but also with as little friction as possible we're talking about ten ships from five hundred passengers on board representing some twenty two countries. last year a similar humanitarian aid flotilla resulted in deaths among activists it is ready true it was a global scandal how will that affect you think this legislation. well certainly no one wants a repeat of what happened last year in these radio parties are at pains to try and
make sure that all the ducks on the road to prevent the same kind of incident occurring that first attempt happened on may the thirty first they were six ships involved they had six from turkey and the largest of those ships known as the mother mama cane in conflict with israeli commandos who were lowered into the ship via helicopters from helicopters they was fighting that ensued both sides blaming the other in the conflict but the fact is that nine turkish activists who were on board with killed now the israeli government has said again and again that it will not allow any ships whether this fits into or tame to another one to actually reach gaza it says it has made the israeli port city of ashdod available as well as the egyptian port and we do understand that cairo is party to this agreement and that the ships can sail there is radio properties saying that they insist on actually. so to through all the goods on board to make sure that there are no weapons no ammunition there and that once feel satisfied that they reasoned they will be personally responsible for transferring the goods to gaza it is important to note
that the reason why the activists are telling us the second for telling as many years in two years is that they do believe that the blockade on gaza is facilitating a humanitarian disaster we are hearing reports of increasing shortages in food supplies in medical supplies in basic items that people need to keep on living and so this is the second attempt by activists from around the world to draw attention to gaza are all to. thank you. well they believe the cover of a group of russian agents in the u.s. last year has been found guilty in absentia of treason and desertion by a moscow court intelligence colonel alexander fled the country before the scandal last june which saw turn agents including chapman arrested. has been following the proceedings. this very high profile case has been deemed top secret and classified
so most of the proceedings that took place in moscow's military court were held behind closed doors and every shred of evidence and witness statement that was submitted throughout the course of the trial was also classified and top secret but we do know that i think so that might say it has been stripped of all of his military ranks and achievements and found guilty of treason and sentenced to twenty five years in prison of course at the moment that really doesn't affect his life that much because of course he's not in russia cording to the court he's most likely hiding somewhere in the united states and he left for the united states just a little over a year ago and according to information voiced in the court room that was a complete surprise to everybody including his wife she found out that her husband had deserted her her family and her country from a text message which he sent to her saying mary i'm sorry i hope you find a way to forgive me this isn't for
a while this is for ever and that i see it has been working with u.s. intelligence officers for at least a decade out of those people whose cover he blew and of chapman perhaps one of the most famous and media. liked characters she picked him out of a photo lineup saying that this is in fact the man that she met with in the united states according to her statement she felt somewhat uncomfortable after her meeting with him and contacted her superiors in moscow which then confirmed her suspicions but of course by then it was too late and ten people were sent out of the united states being found guilty of being unregistered agents of a foreign government. is one of our reporting right there and now a quarter past the hour here in moscow the japanese government is starting radiation checks on the millions of people living near the stricken fukushima nuclear plant it's been revealed that fifteen people living over forty kilometers
from the facility showed signs of internal radiation exposure when examined last month and it's almost found out many no longer trust the safety warnings. in a culture that is generally non-confrontational and obedient when thousands take to the streets of tokyo against nuclear energy it is a serious sign of discontent if after this crisis it is true that the people are more conscious and we need to take advantage of it this is the first time since the second world war the japanese people have no trust in the government he was a coastal city devastated by the earthquake the tsunami and on the edge of the radiation exclusion zone is starting on the long road to recovery but the people living here say the government just isn't doing enough from the city hall or like york city they said different things like projects are they said different things and the government is a different thing if. they are not together or. part of the country.
they are a part but some believe it is too early to tell what the real dangers of the situation or scientists know that large doses of radiation given in one blast is a significant health threat but they say there isn't enough information about long term exposure to lower doses of radiation and the types of damage it can do if you check air here. at ideation level and then you check debriefs and when you take water always feel have different values because it's so close and it's so changing so you can hardly say but it's really exceeds what a normal person would have by year one of the frightening things about this entire incident is that there are no concrete boundaries that can clearly guarantee your safety one example is this looks like a beautiful lush green valley behind me but in fact this is the very edge of the twenty kilometer exclusion zone that the government has set up in fact we're trying to get a little bit closer but were escorted out by a police officer and a tempo of personal now although this is supposed to be
a safe area the radiation levels here are still between seven and ten times higher than normal weather for misinformation or miss. understanding the people who live in the affected areas don't always take the proper precautions here a volunteer works to clean up toxic radioactive hot spots with hardly any protection at all a problem that some say is compounded by government propaganda accentuating the benefits while neglecting to inform about the dangers of nuclear waste. the first thing the government should do is let the citizens know the real cost of nuclear energy until now the priority has been to profit from energy the p.r. machine of the government has been emphasising the benefit of nuclear energy and the citizens have been brainwashed to believe it now in the wake of an international crisis and there are allegations that the government and the power companies have worked out a deal to help each other and that the media has been bought off the t.v. channels need the money from advertisement and the nuclear energy companies pay
a lot without this money that cannot survive and provide reason to have to shut up about the situation the newspapers have this problem as well a move that if true keeps the important information hidden from the people saving face for those in charge in japan showing thomas or a t.v. . are now let's get to some other headlines are from around the world for you this hour thousands have been forced from their homes in the u.s. state of north dakota this after its banks emergency services and of volunteers a scramble to build dams and makeshift levees with mixed results a major fear now is the contamination of drinking water with people being boiled before drinking the water is still not receding and the worst could be yet to come . greek lawmakers are discussing deeply unpopular spending cuts and tax hikes today the measures are a prerequisite for a new multibillion bailout from the european union in a last ditch effort to avoid default the vote is being seen as crucial to the
future of the whole euro but the austerity plan has angered the public because of its severity and the cost to future generations. and while greek loan. because debate because of virtual cuts and face off against a furious public that peter lavelle and his guests discussed what the implications of a default may be that's in cross talk coming your way next hour of here's a preview. now does default these to be is all going to be enforceable situation of having to last but for this money and this means that the greek banking system has an immediate problem as well now that could push greece to a very quick decision about leaving the euro but i think that part of the reason we're trying to buy time now and we're still trying to buy time is to allow greece to more carefully consider what exactly does it want to do because greece is really zoned their lives in over by choice to avoid being on the politicians faces that's the key issue here they don't want to admit that the euro has been a mistake so they're doing anything that they can to try and paper over the cracks
and try and hope the problem will go away you really do think that if you if you release the euro when the euro larry. if you want. you can see crosstalk about ten minutes time from now the u.s. state department's plans for spreading democracy around the world have been greeted with speculation that washington is planning a program of foreign regime change it will provide finance and technology to opposition groups but the attached strings could be used to steer other states to where america wants them as artie's garniture can reports. the u.s. state department now generously hands out cash and technology to dissidents throughout the world its bureau of democracy human rights and labor has announced
the request for proposals on how to foster change in a number of countries in the middle east and north africa as well as cuba the u.s. claims the best. intensions saying it wants to strengthen independent civil society groups in those countries it's just in really another form of provoking regime change they're just trying to do it under a different guise under a different facade saying that somehow and with the best of intentions they're promoting democracy but in reality it's just promoting us agenda among other things the state department is financing the creation of stealth wireless networks that would enable activists to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like iran syria and libya according to participate in the projects other programs include a so-called internet in a suitcase a powerful portable wireless transmitter that activists king used to set up their own networks in order to circumvent state control but at the same time american companies provide authorities in bahrain saudi arabia and kuwait with the
technology to effectively block websites those double standards system everybody should be fully aware of things and understand the. us or united states government austrian regime change that's were essentially a revolution our technology is not all the us provides to instigate change in certain countries some opposition movements get a direct cash supply for example we can leaks cables show that the state department has for years secretly funded syrian anti-government groups it's done in general to create a world that is more aligned more specifically more controlled aligned with the views of the united states i'm now looking at the state department website that promotes grants for those willing to bring about change in communist cuba and here is one of the requirements i'm going to read this it is preferable for these
personnel to speak spanish fluently possess a solid understanding of the cultural context and have prior experience on the island in order to maximize. they are a fact of days in this unique operating environment and of quote sounds very much like we're quoting agents but instead of doing it the traditional secretive way the us does they're right out in the open on their web site help most often comes with strings attached many say opposition leaders in libya who now get financial and political support from washington are sure to get instructions on how to return the favor essentially their eight years in the system with. agents of the us government even if they don't necessarily. get a check on r.t.e. washington d.c. . there are tons are i'll be back in a few minutes to update you on our main stories but first though it's kareena with the latest from the world of business.
and welcome to our business program this out thanks for joining russia needs to diversify its economy as oil production is not expected to grow in the next decade finance minister aleksey quoted in says the key challenge is to create an environment to develop non energy sectors. the source that would mean of color good does the crease its role in companies and give way to private investments but government is going to so most of its shares and enterprises in the next three to five years this really to deploy national energy telecom and transport sectors. his biggest airline air flight is the latest company to be shuttle for privatization the announcement came from finance minister called in at the ny sun's capital investment form he says the sale will take place within the next three to five years the russian state owns around the company the size of the stake to be privatized is unclear there are some government is going to sell
a number of assets in the near future you know to raise up to twenty five billion dollars. now or is dropping further with a stronger dollar and worries about global demand declined sharply at the end of last week following a decision by the international energy agency to release strategic reserves of the market. a range of between eighty and one hundred dollars per but it is reasonable . and produces and those numbers the prize keeps it reasonably wouldn't be inducement there is no need for anybody to plan it there is plenty of oil it is a good way that has been deployed in the ground is capacity available it's limited to insufficient to moderate the market includes the real difficulties. it is now trading at around ninety dollars a barrel its lowest for about a year and brant is hovering at around one hundred four dollars per barrel now let's look at the markets u.s. stocks rising in early trading after encouraging signs about europe's debt crisis also data on consumer spending came in as expected u.s.
government said that american consumers spent at the weakest pace in twenty months in may that's another sign that economic recovery slowed the spring. and european stocks are mixed this hour both of footsie and the dax are losing nearly a quarter of a percent actually up and down traders regehr ing up for crucial events this week in the greek debt crisis. and here in russia the markets are down in the evening trading on negative sentiment from greek debt my xix is losing over half a percent of the oil slick below ninety dollars a barrel. now let's have a look at some individual shambles on the mines six all majors and among the main losers following a downturn in crude trading in the red while recall a slightly higher banking stocks are also under pressure with a spare bank down one point three percent. the latest we have for you here in business r.t. i'll be back with more in less than one hour from. culture