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international approaches to peace in syria russia and the u. us are stressing diplomacy while britain and sons want to arm the rebels directly. opposite tensions surges in the middle east with reports been paid by a rocket from lebanon which is in the way by secretary and strive by the syrians triangle across the border. on questions mount over the brutal methods used by french police against protesters following an anti gay wryly over the weekend with the authorities accused of downplaying just how big the dissent was. found houses of china and europe struggle to avoid a trade war as the e.u.
lessons to make beijing paid more to sell its products below not just body. international news and comments live from moscow to see with me your leisure paula thanks for joining us. recent wrongs are pushing to be able to supply weapons to the syrian rebels under war and the e.u. arms embargo on the conflict torn country lifted the sanctions expire on friday and for now most european union members are strongly against on the al-qaeda linked opposition this comes as the top russian and u.s. diplomats prepared to discuss final preparations for next month's international conference on syria syria has the latest. we have the u.k.
and france who are aggressively pushing for a lifting partial lifting of that embargo on syria in order to send arms to the rebels the u.k. a foreign secretary william hague is trying to get the other e.u. members to agree with him that arming the a moderate arm of the so-called moderate rebels in syria also france's leaders have been particularly aggressive in trying to lobby the other leaders to be on board in fact today the more left leading newspaper also published a report saying that serious forces loyal to bashar al assad had used chemical weapons because one of the reporters had experience effects of it critics would certainly point out that the timing of the publication especially since leaders are to make a decision today now on the other side you have france or the u.k. on one side on the other side you have several countries that lifting any of borgo would mean that arms could eventually end up in the wrong hands in violent hands in syria they're also pointing out to the fact that human human rights abuses have
been committed by both sides which means it includes rebels in syria so again differences about this is that the subject of the conversation here in fact very good said that if there is no agreement it seems that each country will have to have its all sanctions policy on syria that's already what we've been seeing and if this happens a status quo does remain in syria the conflict continues let's remember the goal of this russia u.s. led talks for peace is to convince everybody to be on the same sit down for talks peace talks in geneva and now washington did indeed express their support for the rebels and this could prove to be a problem in trying to get all sides involved in principle had said that he will attend those talks however the opposition has said that they will only do so if bashar al assad steps down we go back again to these pre-conditions these differences in before making any steps or progress into the peace process and we've already seen that everybody agrees essentially to have a solution for syria the crux of the matter here is how to go about doing so each
country seems to have its own vision of how to accomplish this goal and this is already what we've been seeing for the past couple of years and we can say that it has been hampering any substantial progress in syria. and let's now get some reaction from middle east expert professor jeremy sold and joining us now live professor sol very nice to see you as always on r.t. of course we know there's a strong opposition from within the e.u. against arming the rebels and even washington has been reluctant so far what is driving the british and french here. if i could just say one thing before we talk about the diplomacy and i think the center of the action right now in the center of our focus should be what's happening on the ground and if we look at what's happening there in syria we know the syrian army is just about retaken completely the town of and the very shortly will move north towards homs to make sure that's completely clean they will move on to and that of course is going to be a big struggle because the armed groups there are very well entrenched so that what
comes out of this is that the syrian army is still getting on top of this insurgency so you know the i think this is the key issue right now and so what happens outside that arena is somewhat secondary now in terms of what's happening. today at the meeting bring europe a mrs. william hague made a bizarre start when he said that that the embargo is lifted that extremism would flourish a chance for you all because we know that extremism in syria has lost simply because of the pump into the country the hague must know he must surely know there's no must that there's no way that the groups can recover from where they are now if they can't overthrow the governments know whether to do that so why is he saying this and the only reason he can't have a saying is is that he wants to have a card in his hand when this conference begins next month in geneva that you know in other words that can be told of a lesser degree to what we want we're going to continue arming the rebels there's
no other possible motive with him wanting to do that and of course france is with him but we know that this even split the european union right down the middle number of countries are totally opposed to us and i think very quickly they see that sending arms into syria is only going to make the situation much worse more people going to die but as your reporter pointed out has also said that if there is no agreement each country should be free to go sideways indicating that if britain cannot get agreement if they do maintain the arms about go britain will do it's not think. the syrian conflict of course has been raging for more than two years now with all diplomatic efforts. having failed so far so wouldn't the arming the rebels help and it quickly from the point made how would it do it wouldn't help it would help a toll on it all is going to just extend the fighting and as i've just said the syrian army is prejudice on top of the situation so i can't see any rational point in arming the rebels except to kind of give the negotiating partners on the kind of anti syrian coalition side
a target they can play in their hand so they can say gee bashar assad unless you agree to what we want less you do this or do that we're going to continue on and rebels this time of the pointed flame doing this so in the me it's a very kind of a moral kind of line that william hague is taking and the problem is for him and for those on that side is that first of all that the tremendously disunited is disunity all over the place disunity on the european front disunity on the ground with the armed groups disunity in the syrian national coalition there's no unity atoll and when this conflict does begin in geneva at the moment. and the syrian coalition doesn't even have a serious negotiation partner because the syrian national coalition said it will come but only specialists at steps down now there's no way he's going to step down so at the moment they don't really have a part of the syrian popular geneva and even if they do the suit national coalition does go that the syrian national coalition it doesn't have the support of the armed groups on the ground in fact they are opposed to it they go shedding position is
a complete mess and i think finally when we look at this diplomatic situation it's very very clear the birth of bob does not want to get dragged into this any deeper you know all that there all the signs here are very very clear kerry a level of talking at a very clearly developing a good working relationship and the turkish prime minister erdogan went to washington last week and went there with evidence of chemical weapons being used so forth and so on and barack obama dodged all of this and it's very very plain that he you know that he wants this thing to be settled and doesn't want his presidency to end in the middle with the u.s. supreme court up in another on winnable war in the middle east all right professor jeremy live from istanbul professor jeremy middle east expert on the middle east thank you very much indeed thank you. and of course we want to know your take on the upcoming syria peace conference mediated by russia and the u.s. just ahead to r.t. dot com to take part in our live poll and so far let's have
a look at the results so far and about forty five percent of you think that missing won't bring any results and because actually it won't even happen slightly a few of you believe this summit will yield a peace plan which the divided syrian opposition simply won't be able to stick to and not many of you around seven percent of you think that assad will agree to step down. the same amount of you so percent thing that the western powers will stop funding and arming the syrian opposition so if you have and just head to our web site r.t. dot com and have your say. so the syrian conflict causing tensions in neighboring countries stoking fears it could spread across the entire region iraq it was reportedly fired from lebanon into israel just a day after an attack on part of the lebanese capital in the latest escalation of
terror and strive in the country of his middle east correspondent is following the latest developments there for us. the has been a beta that has killed he stated that he and his below are involved in the war in syria he was addressing thousands of his supporters in the southern beirut suburb of dusk on sunday and in that speech he pledged all i'll support for the syrian president bashar assad saying that his shiite muslim group would stay in the syrian war to quote him to the end of the road and achieve victory together that's want to say that his war was with the extremists he called an attack fearless he said that tens of thousands of them from all over the world are currently fighting in syria and he warned that if syria affords lebanon to would forward this into and he said would lead to israel occupying lebanon now eleven his media is reporting that a rocket has been fired towards israel from the lebanese town of measure you and this is off to two other rockets landed in the has been a stronghold in doubt here on sunday the lebanese army saying that those rockets
were fired from inside lebanon towards the hizbollah stronghold the united nations has been concerned over his legs involvement for quite some time she the arab chief the arab league chief has urged them to stop fighting in syria but misrata address this during his sunday grace saying why is the u.n. not calling on the extremists to stop fighting inside syria and again reiterating that they are fighting not only for syria but for lebanon as well earlier they were also dozens of his vilified as reportedly killed during fighting in a key syrian town of qusayr your so what we do see is the tension on the ground heating up. still ahead for you here on r.t. this hour a global biter field. do you agree with me that when it comes to international terrorism we're talking about a war of words struggle. absolutely certain. as washington continues to flex its
military muscles around the world will look at whether the never ending war on terror is justified. central paris has witnessed violence on the streets over the weekend and last a while in protest at laws allowing same sex marriage morphed into clashes police crackdown on a far right activists who had joined the demonstration so reports say police arrested three hundred fifty people for refusing to disperse or occupying a private property organizers insist about a million protesters turned out but authorities say it was more like one hundred fifty thousand francis seeing protests growers may become angry with present or loans failure to send the nation's economy straight and john laughlin from the institute of democracy and cooperation in paris of the demonstration and he told me earlier that the french government feels threatened. i think the french police under the leadership of the military of the interior regard these demonstrations.
an ideological threat to their power and indeed that's what they are the ministry of interior had fully expected the far right groups to join the protests and provide clashes over four thousand police were mobilized to maintain security so why were they are unable to control the situation after all this is the government propaganda this is precisely the way that the government has been seeking to deal objectifies what is a massively what is a massive demonstration that is overwhelmingly peaceful they have gathered together a million people for the last majority of it demonstrated peacefully and they will it is the right. up to the demonstration on sunday with very hostile propaganda by the government the ministry of the interior said children should not car there is going to be violence it's not it was the very strong the impression we got very strongly commentators and participants alike was that the government was doing
everything it could to dealership demise this demonstration and to discourage people from coming asian economic giant china is in talks with europe's financial engine germany as they look to as stable a trade war the e.u. has a kings beijing of dumping goods onto the market below cost prize and undermining its european rivals china's premier has warned that further security scrutiny to say will only bach-y. on consumers on his piece on of a has been following the talks between the. the new chinese prime minister is in germany for talks with chancellor angela merkel and trade a set to dominate those talks last year alone germany exported around sixty seven billion euros worth of goods to china and they want to see that increase in the future. has in the past made no secret about her want to court the chinese markets last year she visited beijing twice within the space of seven months and she's
wanting to make sure that the trade can be done between the two countries especially considering germany's traditional markets in europe do appear to be drying up the financial crisis meaning that those countries in europe that were previously buying german export will really can't afford to do that at the moment she also perhaps has an eye on the future in a potential british exit from the european union that could see over seventy billion euros worth of exports put into doubt if great britain wasn't part of the trade union or that is the e.u. for the chinese they want to do more business with germany germany is one of the few countries that is kept its head above water when it's come to this financial crisis they have also that means that they're one of the few countries economically that can afford to buy more and more chinese exports so that's why we're seeing the world's second largest economy in china courting europe's largest economy and
germany to try and mutually to increase mutually beneficial trade between the two countries. so the european commission is seeking talks with china on an investment agreement and also mostly a free trade deal so chinese direct investment could result in two thousand billion euros in french capital coming into europe and this year alone actually i should say a recent study showed that the majority of chinese companies operating in europe are planning to increase their current investment levels however more than three quarters complained that the e.u. is bureaucracy and high costs a complication in their business and political analyst. says chinese money is essential for a beleaguered europe the recent statistics show that china has increasingly being active in investing in europe therefore investment from china is
very important or has become very important for some you economies in. kind of recovery that's not surprising that a number of the you politicians or government leaders actually go to china for some kind of help you is very important for china in terms of strategic relationship but there was also most importantly in trade an economic relationship and germany is the biggest kind of trading partner of china of all you countries and strategically also important the row therefore it's not surprising the prime minister. chooses to visit germany. as the first you country he visited. so to come here or not see is the u.k. in the shade getting back on its feet he heads to northern england for a look at whether the once mighty british industrial complex brain is showing signs
of recovery. on the farm say taking calls in the middle east riots or an austerity protest in the dead and bad the european union without leaving you alone code so we'll tell you have no interest in a limited. wealthy british style olsen has moved on to the right of the front. of the. markets why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy in the kinds of reports on
our. least be told language. programs and documentaries in arabic it's all here on all t.v. reporting from the world talks about six of his v.o.i.p. interviews intriguing stories for you. in trying. to find out more visit our big. dog called. this is all seekers here live from moscow welcome back. america's war on terror face has caused a storm of criticism for president obama and with a vast military presence worldwide many are asking whether the as. well to us the u.s. does is even legal he is going to check out reports president obama in his major
national security speech this may quoted james madison saying no nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare at the very same time did mr power to wage endless war across the globe there was a senate hearing this may revisiting the authorization for use of military force which congress enacted days after nine eleven attacks in two thousand and one at the hearing pentagon officials claimed that authorization gives the president power to wage endless war anywhere in the world including syria yemen and the congo and when asked how long they predict this war on terror is going to last they said quote from ten to twenty years the agree with me that when it comes to international terrorism we're talking about are we one struggle. absolutely sure that would you agree with me the battlefield is were the enemy chooses to make it. yes sir from boston the to the fun so by the administration's definition the wall that is the battlefield with me today is brian becker with the answer coalition
brian pitz with protection brian you have president obama saying that his national security speech that the u.s. is not engaged in a boundless war and yet you have this vast military presence across the globe does it look like the u.s. this really seeking to limit itself in the use of military force no in fact the policy in the institutional policy is for the united states then it would be prepared for endless war but to being engaged in all of the activities that would lead one to believe that they are an endless war there's one point three million u.s. military personnel three hundred to four hundred thousand of them are overseas there's nine hundred military bases the united states spends not five hundred twenty five billion which is the defense department budget but really about a trillion dollars on warfare that's greater than the next sixteen nations combined we see an integrated network of bases now drone bases growing increasingly this is to have a full spectrum domination using the military as the club the administration argues that all their military actions in the countries that the u.s.
is not at war with are perfectly legal under the u.s. congress it's authorization for use of military force that's their legal justification for continuing all these attacks what about international law well international law has been shredded by the so-called global war on terrorism or the authorization bill that allows the u.s. to invade any country bomb any country and kill whoever it wants the u.n. charter is quite clear the united states like all other member nations of the united nations can only go to war as an act of imminent self-defense but in fact the united states by arrogating to itself the right to war anywhere against anyone all the time is clearly in violation of international law but president obama. says the administration does not violate anybody's sovereignty because it operates in consultation with the governments concerned the whole population of pakistan their parliament unanimously vehemently oppose drone strikes and yet they continue so maybe the administration is in consultation with the government there but certainly
not the people i'm going to meet today was brian becker with the answer coalition from our studio in washington thanks for watching. voters on the job of bringing some much needed good news for the economy but it is all she's found it still struggling to compete on the international stage and has fallen a very long way. britain's industry seems to be showing some signs of life recent figures from the office for national statistics show industrial production is up which some of seen as a sign the u.k. might be slowly bringing itself back from the brink of another recession but renowned historian nicholas comfort has mapped the decline of the once industrial giant and says that when it comes to industry the k. is still falling far behind the global competition have been massive individual companies the second largest manufacturing power in the world in terms of exports
we had a massive car industry a huge aircraft industry. and nuclear power and over that period pretty well all of this is evaporated along with the loss of great british plans britain has gone from having the majority of its workforce in manufacturing to having little eva ten percent so just how did this happen you know this clear need for all industries to keep being updated and relevant and the way to do that is to work closely with the workforce and to ensure that there is that modernization happen the life support was turned off for many. industries loued by the seemingly easy cash of the cities finance industry passed governments dismantled largest ways of british industry arguing they were no longer profitable or here in the northeast that heavy industry is a huge point of pride when the coal mines in the still works in the shipyards with
dismantled it wasn't just the loss of the industry it was a huge emotional loss as well and it's one that many here have never really recovered from in the aftermath of the industrial collapse for skilled labor workforce there was little else today that it is evident with the northeast suffering from the highest unemployment in the country. the. motion the shipyards the factories and the store for perfect. things seem to be more difficult especially for paper. but along with the recent piece to manufacturing figures there are signs that things could be looking up the regions on your leg sports have almost doubled in the last five years enabling job creation in areas such as the car industry recent industrial resurrections might not be enough to replace what once was but this is at least an attempt to breathe
life back into areas such as this and for many in the communities that could prevent a welcome lifeline sara third party in the north east of england the protest movement in bahrain has been dealt a painful blow by the justice system as you can find out on our website while police officers are equivalent back crimes imprisoned accidence find out their jail terms are here to stay. and also that for you the japanese public reacts to a slap in the face from a south korean newspaper which labeled the hiroshima and nagasaki atomic bombings in divine punishment talk years past war crimes check on the full story at r.t. dot com. have you ever wanted to take to the streets in protest for an important cause join the security services to try and restore peace will so many soon you'll be able to do so. again. ok.
soon you will be able to take part in a street protest from the comfort of your armchair coming out for handheld devices and p.c.'s is the first riot simulator game wrapped in pixel graphics and old school sounds it will let you choose sides protesters or the police and help violent havoc unfold in the streets of european cities the game's designers say they have taken part in real life protests in italy so they floated this game to tell the truth tale of global uprisings stop listening to the lies of the media shut down the television and get yourself in the line to fight for your freedom of speech is the message on the games website moreover the designers claim they are documenting eyewitness accounts to make the gameplay as real as possible and to answer many questions like what triggers acts of violence and what do cops feel when an angry mob attacks a game like this would probably have raised eyebrows a few years ago but today the world sees protests on almost a daily basis to a large extent street riots have become
a popular media tool music stars film videos with violent street skirmishes and hollywood makes entire movies about street movements scenes of rallies worldwide are ever present on t.v. screens which breeds a feeling that street upheaval is no longer something out of the ordinary the masterminds of the new addition to the whole protest many say their app is more about education than entertainment that i called one of the designers writing is an experience that needs to be lived and of quote and despite the fact that game hasn't been yet released it's already promises to be a hit judging by the hundreds of thousands of views of its trailer and the developers easily managed to get funding for the game online the ride's better version is expected to be available within a few months. and on the way people a bell on his gas or no punches when it comes to debating us foreign policy stay with us here for the latest edition of.
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