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the eyes to the right to want to be seventy two the most of the left two hundred eighty five. the british parliament says no to intervention in syria after the prime minister fails to convince lawmakers to take military action against president asad over alleged chemical attacks. despite losing support of its closest ally the us signals it's ready to go it alone boosting naval forces in the region and preparing for a possible strike. and more misery for thousands of stricken families in russia's far east where it's feared the floodwaters which have devastated the earth towns won't receive before winter.
four pm in moscow you're watching r t a marina joshie welcome to the program as washington tries to drumming if up support for possible intervention in syria its closest allies the u.k. has ruled out military reaction prime minister cameron suffered a dramatic defeat in parliament which rejected his plan to support the u.s. if it chooses war while the hope he lost by a slim margin two hundred eighty five to two hundred seventy two but scores of m.p.'s from his own conservative party joined those voting against intervention in syria the motion followed mounting allegations of a mass chemical attack near damascus largely being blamed on us as government un investigators haven't yet established the facts nevertheless british lawmakers have chosen not to intervene in any way or hear some of what the prime minister told
parliament which he failed to convince. well cameron admit it the u.k.'s joint intelligence committee found a very difficult to pinpoint a motive of the alleged assault he urged lawmakers to make their own judgment against president assad and act on their convictions that didn't win over parliament creating an embarrassing situation for downing street where the prime minister losing a vote on mobilizing the military for the first time since this west crisis back in the fifty's are the surfer of fall of the crucial session in london. defeated and she merely ate it that's how the prime minister is being portrayed today after that major political blow with parliament voting against military action it means that the prime minister's decision essentially to recall parliament to bring this nation against possible military action in syria has backfired spectacularly many
of the prime ministers a party members turning against him later today calling his leadership reckless and cavalier it's not going to sit comfortably with the prime minister this issue of foreign policy and it was a major issue that he really stamped his name of paul is one that the prime minister is the country usually leads on and you heard when the results of that vote was announced last night in the house of commons those cries for the prime minister to resign no questions they were whether his leadership is really going to be under threat it's thought that's quite unlikely at this point but certainly he stands in a much we can end position today and as he said that defeat really not putting him in a comfortable position tools very many people feeling that the vote reflected the lack of public appetite for any military action certainly with the evidence that was on the table of course all eyes will now be on the us and what course of action
they'll take they've lost a major ally in britain voting against military action the indicators coming from the us is that they'll be willing regardless to go it alone in terms of a timeline you've got the u.n. inspectors coming out the country on saturday in presenting their preliminary findings so all eyes will be closely on that and then the actions that follow but as we said certainly as the prime minister today had both internationally and here at home standing a little less tool today i think. now the u.k.'s vote against armed intervention in syria isn't stopping france from taking what it calls firm punitive action against the os regime president alon said all options are on the table including military action which could happen within days and he reiterated his support for the syrian opposition but many of washington's other nato partners are more reluctant want to comes to tough action against asad as well as u.k. support now out of the question germany says it's not considering any military
participation italy austria and spain say they won't back washington without a u.n. resolution however experts still fear that radical groups will take advantage of any western intervention in syria former british the lord and security minister lord allen west warns over serious repercussions which military actions may trigger all my experience of wars and i've been in them and in the lead up to them and i've been running them and things is to find that you have a more of unintended consequences you think you're just going to do one little thing but actually things then happen and expand the nations like the u.s. and the u.k. and france and turkey need to be very very careful about what action they take we need to be very clear what is it we actually want to achieve what is the end state we want we need to have in place mechanisms militarily to ensure that things don't go beyond a certain degree but i'm not at all convinced that attack would actually help the
condition of the people within within syria we've seen what happened in iraq you know we've seen what's happened in afghanistan i have no doubt that the al qaida group and there are a very large group i'm afraid in the opposition funded by people who haven't thought through what this really means would be delighted if america or britain. from so attacked they would be delighted by it but that doesn't mean they like us and they want to actually have they oppose us and would like to do is farm but in a temporary basis that would suit them so we need to be very very careful how we actually act. the u.n. inspectors working at the chemical attack side are being instructed to presume the earth's estimate earlier than planned was american hardware poised for possible air strikes u.n. chief bunky moon told the team to leave on saturday a day have schedule one former commander of the britain's chemical to fans regiment explain to our t. why much more evidence is needed to go to piece together all the intelligence available very much of the favor that the permanent five perhaps should form
a team of experts not just chemical but miller true as well who could look at all the evidence that's on the ground in syria and also the intelligence that's being gathered by those intelligence services and put it together that they know need a chance to come up with a ninety to ninety five guarantee. of who is responsible but at the moment that level of of cold formation is is probably only in the seventy's rocky cliffs for a sheen of chemical weapons or biological weapons to syria into terrorist groups is must be the worst case scenario there have been reports on corroborated that some terrorist groups have gained some of these stocks. of the syrian stockpile yet to be confirmed but that of course is is a possibility in future so the u.s. is an example a awash with military support from its allies on syria washington's still got
a finger on the trigger though and it's been mobilizing naval forces in the region well for american warships are already in the mediterranean sea and a fifth is on its way there all those vessels are armed with guided missiles which would allow them to fire in syria while avoiding its anti ship projectiles for other ships belonging to a nato task force are also in the same area and with more details here's marina park not. i have warned that president obama has not made of final decision but all signs are suggesting that a strike could occur as soon as united nations inspectors who are currently investigating last week's alleged chemical attack in syria leave the country they are scheduled to depart from damascus on saturday and that's when the u.n. experts are expected to brief the u.n. security council on their findings now the white house is expected to present its
case for military action against syria to congressional leaders that may have already happened during a conference call thursday evening and ministration officials say that they have intelligence that shows the forces loyal to president bashar al assad carried out last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of damascus however critics say that the intelligence that the obama administration does have does not directly tie assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack president obama is reportedly basing his case military action in two ways on two points he says first and foremost he believes the u.s. needs to safeguard international standards against the use of chemical weapons we all remember how he made his statement of chemical weapons use being that red line that can't be crossed and he also says that the use of chemical weapons is
a threat to america's national interests and now we believe that syria directly is threat to america's national interests now we should keep in mind that if president obama does order a military strike on syria he would be doing so without congressional approval and lacking approval from the united nations security council resolution which is required according to international law so if the u.s. moves unilaterally without approval from the. the international community from the united nations it would be acting in violation of the u.n. charter but by all reports by all accounts by everything that seems to be coming out it seems as though the u.s. president is going to move ahead with his plan even if he has to move ahead on his own as opposed to how he previously planned to move ahead with some european partners and while president obama is inching closer towards international military action against syria u.s.
citizens have taken to the streets in new york washington d.c. and several other cities around the country to protest airstrikes against the syrian people according to recent polls only nine percent of americans support a war in syria protesters that came out into the streets say that just like with weapons of mass destruction in iraq false information they believe is being told now about syria to justify another war. now the u.s. has reportedly intercepted phone calls from syria's to fans chief worry he's heard demanding an explanation from his chemical weapon unit about the alleged attack similar evidence was presented a decade ago to justify the war in iraq gareth porter is analysis who specializes in u.s. national security policy he thinks the obama administration doesn't seem to be clear on its own objectives. it is so so difficult to figure out what the administration really thinks that it's doing and seriously though you know
it is sometimes stated that we have to do it for humanitarian purposes and sometimes because of international law both of which are highly debatable to say the least in terms of recent history as well as a previous history of u.s. policy and you know it begins to look like the there's a small coterie of people within the administration who have gotten the idea that they want to do something and they have somehow prevailed on the president to do something that he apparently didn't want to do and that presents a real mystery of major proportions now syria's neighbors and other countries in the region don't want to be part of any possible military intervention either jordan shares a border with syria and the u.s. has an air base there bought it doesn't want to be used as a launch pad for foreign intervention iraq won't open its airspace for an attack
either because the prime minister there think such a strike is a dead end now egypt's government and various political parties are all united in their stance against military action in syria as well lebanon's foreign minister has joined the chorus by saying using its airspace to attack syria is no go his country is home to president assad's ally has a group which says it's in the retail yet if syria is attacked our middle east correspondent policy or reports now from beirut. the street is angry at the hands of and fearful the media in the region is that the winds of war are blowing in so we're both sides are vowing to fight for the country many are afraid that if america launches military intervention this will only result in a bloodbath here in lebanon hizbullah has said it will not stand idly by if assad is fired on this is the clearest indication from the military group that it plans to get involved and any kind of his bill involvement will see rockets fired at
israel already in israel thousands of residents have been going to post offices to collect gas mosques the country is in a state of high alert and army reserve soldiers have been called up there is clearly the sense that something big is on the cards policy r t beirut and what exactly will happen in washington does attack syria by itself while here are the answers you're voting for on our team dot com today. and let's take a look at the picture that we have we have so far well right now you'll see in a second that more than half of those who voted for cast a catastrophic conflict and golfing the entire region just under twenty percent and at this point don't think washington would dare attack syria without help from others on the early the same amount of people fear a levy like situation of there's intervention which rampant islamic insurgency and years of violence and only a handful so far thing that president obama will teach syria lesson by carrying out
strikes for couple of days so do join the debate dot com let us know what you think . and stay with us because we've got our details of just how much america has been spending to spied on people that's coming up yes ad words snowden's at it again and the stock i'm revealing the black budget that goes on snooping on citizens around the world stick around for the details here in our team. plus it's time for public spectators to take in the spectacle of one of the world's top airshows we'll bring you the latest from the twenty thirty max in moscow after a short break. we'll talk about language and all but i will only react to situations i have read the reports i'm likely to put you know i will leave them to the state department to comment on your latter point a month or so to secure
welcome back this is our fugitive american whistleblower edward snowden has made another damning revelation in week about a so-called black budget has appeared and a washington post article shedding light on the huge scale of u.s. surveillance spending labeled top secret the documents show america has splashed our over fifty two billion dollars in intelligence gathering in two thousand and thirteen alone snowden's exposure of the n.s.a. spy program has won him international recognition has just landed the twenty thirteen whistleblower prize from a coalition of n.g.o.s the award ceremony is set for berlin later today but the former intelligence contractor is hardly expected to be among the guests as he has been granted asylum in russia we spoke to dr christian humber executive director of transparency international which is one of the co-sponsoring organizations of the award. and this is a wart that is for whistleblowers people who speak out about a wrongdoings and we believe that with the documents that he has given to
a journalist it has been shown that there has been wrongdoings we have seen that security laws have been overstepped by american authorities and therefore he earns this price for speaking out about it we see very strong debate about it in germany about how the u.k. and also the u.s. is intercepting email and other forms of communication and this is a very fierce debate and we hope that we will also have a debate how much civilians do we want in a free country. now for many of us persistent marketing and sales calls are an annoying inconvenience in our everyday lives and in britain this issue is cause for a new debate with some growing worry about who is on the other end of the line reports. your phone rings you pick up and it's a person poll lightly trying to flog you something be it telemarketing or insurance
sales you're talking to a stranger it's called cold calling but few homeowners would suspect that the person on the other end of the line is a prison inmate. to staff or to prisons a piloting the unusual news team dre call and h.m.p. oakwood and inmates are being paid twenty pounds a week to do the cold calling they reportedly start out by asking would you like to save some money before going on to quiz homeowners about any potential valuables that are worth insuring in their homes they also ask for the name of the person they're talking to as well as the postcode of the address in question i don't think i feel too comfortable because they were her friends on the outside. couldn't possibly information so it into the most reliable people to actually be doing that sort of job personally i think this is more we could think back and see what we disagree no i wouldn't feel comfortable it's all moot i know. because you've been
in personal information about yourself you have to read from suspect the woman i wouldn't feel comfortable with anyone asking me that question why no. cold calling offering if you had valuables in your head. and saying the news has sparked concerns that inmates could go on to use the information they've acquired for criminal means but the ministry of justice says that offender is on too loud to deviate from their marketing scripts which means that they pose no threat they also say that the work provides a valuable experience and allows offenders to be more employers will in future prisoners placed in call centers or risk assessed and the work subject to stringent security measures would call supervised and recorded. it is crucial that offenders do not sit idle in their cells ensuring prisoners learn new skills through work opportunities makes them more employable in the future that means a lower risk of reoffending lower crime and fewer victims even so the news has
rattled some brits who say there's no cool for inmates cold calling. aussie london. while the mancs twenty thirteen air show has opened its doors to the public today and one of the world's top air and space events is underway just outside moscow visitors get to see unbelievable stands by russian and foreign display teams as well as the u.s. air space technology well let's now cross live to the friends who's the event. hi there lindsey so what more can you tell us about what's happening as your cough scare feel today. well before this it was three days of business and now it's three days of fun for the crowds and everyone sort of filtering out now the show is coming slowly to an end as the rain commences right on time but those jets still are circling just a bit above us in their last routines of the day now the flight programs are the big draw for crowds here every year at max and it could because it's not just about
the exhibit the latest in aviation technology that's on the ground it's what's flying above us in the sky and it makes quite an impression on the eyes and i can tell you on the ears as well now with some of the big features here were the the t fifty the sukhoi successor to the mid twenty nine it's a brand new it's a new feature in the russian military and a really wowed the crowd with its maneuvers and its new technologies it just did some amazing stuff not only that the russian the swifts the russian jet team they did a lot of low altitude choreography very difficult to pull off and it did not disappoint whatsoever but then of course moving on to helicopters might be surprising that there are helicopter teams that actually perform for the crowd as well it's not common though and in this case we saw the team piloting the me twenty eight and strike helicopters that these are made by russian the russian helicopters company
and what's very amazing about this is they do. really difficult choreography horizontally and vertically at extremely low altitudes above the crowds and it's a lot of things people just have not seen choppers execute before and so even even though there was some cloud cover today everyone had a good time if the sound coming from the crowd was any indication of that saw a lot of business has been done here at max twenty thirteen but this is where the weekend kicks off and where the enjoyment really begins for all the crowds. bradley thanks very much indeed that well have all the fun i would i should say in the sun but it's raining there so i'll try to have as much fun as we can there that was linda franz reporting from there called scare a field max two thousand and thirteen is taking place now. and you're watching r t now it's going to be at least the end of september until conditions improve in russia's far east were intense flooding has wrecked entire towns and devastated the
area's vital and culture while sounds of families are sheltering in emergency accommodation others are staying behind to protect what's left of their property reports in the flood ravaged region. this man is one of thousands in russia's far east waiting nervously he's gotten submerged and soon his ground floor could also be taken over by the amel rivers rising levels the consequences of which are unthinkable you know well after this flood i'll be made homeless what would do if the house is entirely submerged this is the village of lenin square in the jewish autonomous region in russia's far east the other may drive the school bus during term time but for now he's found a school team rushes emergency services around the devastated area his next move is unknown but you know the problem after this disaster i'm afraid who knows what will
happen this village is typical of many here rescue crews and local volunteers combining day and night trying to keep the water at bay volunteers like catarina son when you. do everything ourselves people help us we're not going to drown we're going to live here the situation is really bad but we will not give up. well the severity of the situation is clear to see we are just thirty yards away from a number of residential books here in the city of how about all school and all that separates us on those houses is a hastily erected. in the hope is that it will stand for in the face of ever increasing water levels the fear now is that the water is received by wind making homes uninhabitable social housing i'm compensation will be available but if you can get that issue in you we have decided to provide additional aid to people in
the disaster area financial aid to those who hit and compensation for the loss of property one of the top priorities was to provide accommodation for families who will unfortunately have to live through the winter without a home it's a challenge for now it's a race to lay thousands of sandbags and day kilometers of draining trenches to keep the water from claiming more taiwan's and villages as for the fifty thousand plus who've enjoyed weeks of upheaval it's a painful waiting game as to when the alamo river will let them see what's left of their homes postcards. about us. in thirty minutes time in fact thirty minutes south partaking with larry king is up next in our team and i'll be back in thirty minutes time with more news stay with us.
so the historic and for many americans tragic ruling in a bradley manning case just got a lot weirder because he has declared that he wants to live the rest of his life as a woman named chelsea well i'm glad his lawyer got him to keep this revelation to himself until the end of the trial but sadly he really should have pushed for him to keep quiet about this just. bit longer why you ask because if there is one thing i know about the mainstream media is that the second sex is involved everything else instantly becomes a distant second case in point what is the legacy of bill clinton is it the job murderer who ushered in nafta no is it a violent foreign policy throughout the world somewhat similar to bush's and obama's in locations like haiti somalia in the balkans etc no his legacy is based on the least important sin he committed as a president cheating on his wife for the years couldn't wasn't office the lewinsky scandal just smothered everything else i am pretty sure that if i know the
mainstream media they are going to use manning as gender confusion to overshadow and drown out everything else involved in the case but that's just my opinion. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you. don't. time part of the big picture. coming up on politics with larry games c.n.n. crossfire co-host then jones and the blazers amy holmes face off plus a great new book on washington naming the town black it's called this town will be
off the mark leibovit it's all next on politicking with larry king. live to this week's politicking we start with democrat and former white house environmental adviser. and co-host by the way of c.n.n.'s new crossfire show then jones who joins us in washington also joining us is the independent and host of blazes hot list amy holmes she joins us from new york let's get right to it guys syria is to start with you van should the president wait for the u.n. findings on the use of chemical weapons or should be act immediately well i think you need to act fast i don't think he should bypass trying to build a coalition he didn't go in by and self but we i think we already know russia.