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washington's efforts to drum up support for an attack on syria are met with staunch international resistance with russia saying the syrian rebels used chemical weapons to provoke a foreign intervention. australia's opposition coalition sweeps to victory in a general election with most of the results now in and among those hoping for a seat in the senate says wiki leaks founder julian assange. also has nearly documents point to the n.s.a.'s massive decryption operations to harvest private information issues tarnishing germany's political elite we report from a rally in berlin.
very good morning to you just showed us what should be our team network live from moscow with me kevin oh in a small it's just after one am here now first the u.s. secretary of state john kerry's on a european tour trying to gather support for an american strike against syria big time the u.s. foreign policy chiefs agree that some form of action should be taken but a statement out of that any decision still has to be made through the u.n. president obama's been having a hard time trying to win over backers for an armed intervention over the last couple of days he failed to get allies on board at the g. twenty summit in st petersburg all about to get into the day it was eleven nations backing a so-called call for tough action against syria but this statement stopped short of explicitly approving military intervention which is what the u.s. was demanding international opinion polls meantime also show strong opposition to an armed assault in the united states fifty six percent said no to any form of military action in syria over sixty. percent of french people are against it too
the vast majority of people surveyed in the united kingdom said any move must have the green light from the un similar sentiments to shared in germany and turkey the g. twenty nations that were against the agreement account of course for some three billion people and with these latest figures it seems many in the rest of the world also do not want to see the u.s. carry through its move meantime protests have been held in several countries against an assault on syria you're about to see on the news all is some of the pictures from around the world the antiwar sentiments being followed in washington as you can see a crowd gathering outside the white house they're sending a message to congress it was similar rallies two in new york and on the other side of the atlantic in london and paris tens of thousands gathered at some pages square in the vatican for a peace vigil as well making it one of the largest rallies against the proposed u.s. military strike on syria and celebrities in the us even speaking out against obama's plans the best writing but that was from madonna expressing her opposition to
american involvement in syria parties like syria jessica was in some petersburg he followed the meetings of those g. twenty leaders in the last couple of days. everyone is speculating. on the syria issue i went to the press this morning and the majority have been saying that if. syria. has prevailed in. the discord between the g twenty countries on whether a military strike against syria is needed and clearly the biggest concern was whether we'll have a meeting at all because officially they have no meeting scheduled something unprecedented for the president of the united states and russia but eventually according to. they met for a twenty thirty minute friendly conversation during which of course they discussed syria. here he was hoping that he could persuade the countries
of the need to attack syria provide substantial evidence of bashar al assad using chemical weapons against the rebels but clearly judging by what the russian president said on that matter it seems that obama failed on that sense. i view everything that happened with the so-called use of chemical weapons in syria as a provocation by the rebels who count on help from abroad from those countries that originally supported that's the reason for this provocation i also want to remind you that the use of force against a sovereign state is acceptable only if it's done for self-defense and we know that syria hasn't attacked the u.s. and only if the u.n. security council approves such. as one of the participants of our discussions on the issue put it those who do otherwise put themselves above the law still david cameron barack obama and. the french president they still try to play hardball saying that the u.n.
security council decision may be overruled if they believe that. russian president. rates a great healing up here among the smaller countries obviously suggesting that bigger states may actually do whatever they want overruling the mandate of the united nations in the us obviously now that the g twenty summit is done we're in for some several very interesting weeks to see how the future of syria will be resolved so then a distinct lack of support for the us not initiative on attacking syria will leave on times a belgian based journalist who's been closely following developments in the country told me a bit earlier that e.u. nations are wary of empowering radical elements in the syrian opposition if they support a u.s. operation. but witnessing remarkable moments in remarkable days. in international politics it's on the scene for a british parliament to oppose the united states in a very crucial matter taking syria or not we see other countries saying
oh we can only do something militarily when the united nations a great many people see the united states is siding with geologists who are creating problems in europe small problem compared to the middle east where we're creating already problems with terror attacks and so on german trains the attempt of the united states to install islamists all everywhere in the middle east in egypt in tunisia iraq in syria so. it's contradictory to what europe should want. and next now more like a story brought you yesterday about syrian government forces battling to try to clear all kind in the rebels from that ancient christian village of manila. took a trip there to see how that army operations progress in this is her report. christian pilgrims from all over the world used to take this road to travel to one
of their most significant trying and one of the most holy places in syria its residents to speak aramaic the language jesus christ is believed to have spoken we two are driving tomorrow. but for another reason on wednesday the central syrian village which had been among the few in syria the didn't see any violence since the crisis here started in two thousand and eleven was attacked by rebel forces most of them reportedly members of have had the nuestra the war came here after a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint the militants of a radical islamist group considered terrorists by the un and us stormed in. the army tells us and this is the closest point and we cannot go any further we can see marilou which problem here but the thing is that the militants who are still inside that we can see our eyes as well there are snipers inside the goods so it is really
dangerous to go there the soldiers say that they militants mostly from don't have the luther who took over the mountain top the sufi the hotel and from time to time their firing from this so to take place and there are also militants behind this mountain saying the soldiers say up to fifteen hundred people what is the situation right now. the militants around three hundred people are hiding in sofia hotel there are ancient caves they're under the village they use them as well they're watching us and we're watching them but if we start moving they'll attack us. the soldiers show me the militants position armed islamists who are behind a number of violent killings and are believed to be the most aggressive force to confront and president assad almost surrounded the christian village. where these people came from. they came from the city of homes in the north and from the city
of grain food in the south this village is like an island in a storming ocean it is almost little i guess the army that we visited my lunar last spring a christian arland in a mostly muesli ocean the village was indeed unique and the site of the we used to live in peace muslims and christians of course were afraid people from outside the city and the country may come and destroy disunity and it seems the residents worst fears became a reality why do you think for a minute it's an attack this minute. they know that american missiles will not strike a unicycle site and the army will not dare hit it either it's a safe haven for them while we talk reinforcements arrive the syrian army plan an operation to clear malula from jet had the minister rebels they have been rumors
that they have left the village but the army say the militants are still there and even if they leave malula they can hide nearby and return how do you think the situation will change in case of american strike will the rebels the vengeance from the last three years this opportunity to advance further of course they will america is supporting terrorism in this country we've been fighting with the u.s. in fact for these two and a half years and now we can face them directly but we are ready for that we will not give up if america strides series major military facilities will be targeted and destroyed no one can say what the war on the ground will look like but certainly this place will no longer look the same. to reporting from syria. if. those militants are still occupying the mountaintop hotel you still there according to one of those latest tweets and follow it on to a bit of it said today with the syrian army mission and the rest of the news of the
country's well. being. on the. trail is oppositions clinched the resulting victory in the country's general election early results give a clear lead to conservative challenger tony abbott prompting the labor government to concede defeat after six years in power among those running for the party was the wiki leaks founder julian assange though he's not likely secure to secure a seat in the senate early and my colleague andrew farmer spoke to r.t. lindsay fronts about his son's bid for office. he's got the power to pull votes away from other australian anti establishment parties such as family first's the pirate party and the sex party you heard that right those three opposition parties he has the power to to to get good tension away from them just with his name alone and also with his campaign because it's been very colorful hasn't yes it has absolutely his campaign for a seat in the senate as you mentioned has consisted mostly of social media blitz is
in virtual town hall meetings along with a mullet wig music video where the candidates recorded his own version of oz icon john farnham activism and you're the voice of that because i. didn't please the president of ecuador too much that this was shot in the ecuadorian embassy but that's another story altogether but i have been making some serious points to the haven't they that we can expand seen a manifest they can you outline what they've been saying and absolutely now it was just established last month and it wants to bring transparency accountability and justice to australia's parliament by way of pushing for public oversight of government practices fighting corruption and providing people with a range of what it calls twenty first century freedoms and that includes the free flow of information internet liberty protection for whistleblowers national sovereignty and integrity in the global community which is as you can imagine a very tall order for any political party but also a very tall order if you win if there's no chance and he does win you have to get.
going to be possible well if there's a lot of twists and turns that could take he's got plenty of federal agents after him but he's got to get to australia of course to fill that seat if he were to make it and now we spoke with his running mate benoit camp mark who told us that the responsibility for granting safe passage for him back to australia should fall on the shoulders of the australian government doesn't feel very good certainly it will be australian government to a lot of political. election history to the largest leftist history and allow him to sit. in church. and it will be a public relations that's the australian government would have to take very carefully if elected he's got ten months to make it back to australia before casual vacancy that would be created by his lack of attendance in this case the running mate we spoke with would then take his seat so if the tories voters do swing joining us on his way though and he does try to make
a dash to get home without help he will either end up in the senate or in the slammer as a choice to make still to come out spoiling a politics of public outcry over government operation with us global surveillance and threatening chances of reelection we're exploring up after this quick break. sigrid laboratory. was to build the world's most sophisticated robot which on fortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tunes mission to teach creation why it should care about humans. this is why you should care only. this is the us so we leave the. bush and your. party
there's a bill. that no one is with the guess that you deserve answers from. this is r t one fifteen year moscow new revelations are still coming to light on the scope of the n.s.a.'s online snooping according to the latest leaks from edward snowden the u.s. has spent billions of dollars over the past decade to decode encrypted private data everything from e-mails to banking transactions situations spreading anger across
europe then with the german election coming up many were happy about the government's role in the scandal not his paper all of a report. another saturday at another demonstration. against the n.s.a. spying on europe europeans have been outraged at the amount of their personal details that are not only being gleamed through the spying scandal but also be just handed over by certain companies that straw and hundreds of people out on the streets here of the german capital to campaign against that they say that they're unhappy at the u.s. looking into their personal lives. right. any intelligence service active in germany must be subject to the law there are committees for that in the bundestag and they should be making sure that the german intelligence service operates in the interest of our citizens and doesn't cooperate with foreign services who spy on us the doctor should side with the gulf is going to dot all the data should be
protected and who should have access to information so we know what's going on at this moment everything is strictly confidential so have no one to defend ourselves from surveillance and today we would like to show them that we will not accept this . all the western democracies after september the eleventh almost started americans race like in the cold war but this time those arms are used against their own citizens this makes me extremely angry so today i'm wearing a wedding dress that symbolizes love for democracy to which i say yes and i will love till death do us part i did this level of outrage which is prompted the european commission to say that well edward snowden's leaks have been a wake up call and that they need to put forward some kind of legislation that will come but companies they give forward information about the source and stop them from doing nothing and the hunting over the private information of european citizens to the united states in the early documents the n.s.a.
states its goal of gaining unrestricted access to cyberspace and the sheer scale of the data harvesting that's called people worried according to the director of the center for investigative journalism at london city university who spoke to me earlier. it's been going on a long time people forget that in the seventy's. a spy system called echelon was uncovered over britain run by the united states what was different about that spying system in the present one is the sheer extent of it the major security companies that and social networking companies have opened their effective back doors to the n.s.a. even commercial confidentiality as an area of secrecy is pretty violated completely by this hoovering up of everything and so i think people are alarmed because they realized it will affect them personally it's not just political opponents but the possibility of blackmail is enormous some dissident a federal employee could easily sift this material find something terribly damaging
and then use it for personal gain or political gain it's been over three months now since president obama vowed to free over eighty prisoners in guantanamo bay the men mostly yemeni nationals had been cleared for release from the u.s. military facility in cuba several years ago the market investigates the issue in a late breaking the set. the u.s. government's trusting the yemeni government to carry out drone strikes weekly. but they cannot trust the government to take prisoners from getting out because they say oh there are going to be terrorists we can't trust to release them however many people have been released from guantanamo bay in the past and they are just living our normal lives they just want the chance to have a free life and not be detained indefinitely there are no countries that are currently wanting to host these these prisoners because there's so much red tape associated with that here in the united states the united states promised the yemeni people that there would be facilities infrastructure there to help former
guantanamo inmates reassembly into into society that infrastructure is yet to exist it's not there we have covered this on the show in the past we've had activists we've had journalists that have traveled to yemen that have explained to us what it's like for people that are around these drone bombings and all these horrible things that are happening in yemen and on top of that. there's there's all there's the guantanamo aspect that these men will never return and will never see their families and that's it's heartbreaking. much more about in five. minutes time here and i'll tell you tonight if right now i want to check it will be gold there for you in these stories lying to the light it is easy counting to three according to an instructor who's taught his techniques to hundreds of people has been given a jail sentence for his trouble find out what got him in hot water a web site. you wouldn't want to be in the face of this a joy away spewing ash and smoke over southwest in peru after years of silence
i. owe a damn protecting a city of russia's far east has given way after more than a month of severe flooding is for five hundred people to abandon their homes big rescue crews are helping families to try to get to dry land where buses are taking them away from that flood water levels and comes from going to more of now been rising by more than twenty centimeters every day several helicopters are on standby ready for a broader evacuation if needed the ongoing floods in russia's far east most severe in one hundred twenty years in the face at least fifty thousand people. more world news in brief. and clashes erupt at the rally of the right english defense league in the u.k. the group attempted to march to an east london mosque despite being banned from the
area fighting there broke out with anti fascist protesters to rioters were arrested this police attempted to contain violence in the protest in turkey turned violent with police firing tear gas on a crowd of ankara students in the capital and turned out against plans to build a road through their campus ripping out three thousand trees along the way fourteen were arrested during that demonstration back in may protest against the destruction of the park spiraled into deadly clashes with police across the country. egypt's launched a military operation against islamists in northern sinai helicopters and tanks are said to be leading the onslaught targeting villages housing militants sources say dozens are already dead or injured bloodshed in the restive region intensified by the ousting of president mohamed morsi in july. two blasts are reported somalia's capital they've killed fifteen and injured twenty three others in mogadishu first a car bomb exploded near the entrance of a restaurant this popular with local officials then
a suicide bomber detonated his device among the crowds and hid inside that restaurant the al shabaab group linked to al qaeda said today carried out it. in the last few hours the international olympic committee has announced that tokyo will host the twenty twenty lympics its presentation ahead of the vote stressed that the japanese delegation put forward safety concerns a release of radioactive water from the crippled fukushima nuclear plant really would not be an issue tokyo which is hosting the games before back in may and sixty four of madrid this time ball to the vote. that he had a bit later the number of american business executives implicated in fraud soared over the past two decades according to recent study we've got our financial guru max kinds from a case that at twenty three thirty g.m.t. . yeah. i've explained this many times before a board of directors of any s. and p.
five hundred company america today wants the c.e.o. implicated in some crime committing malfeasance committing fraud subpoenaed or in jail because the shows initiative they want to push the edge they want to go that extra mile they want to break the law and then they want to throw it to the justice department and. eric holder can't catches. and then if they do get caught they change the law they modify the law they rewrite the law and that's what it's all about breaking the law for law and order bring back the death penalty bring it back . on and next up the mountain to examine the mainstream of breaking the set this is the international.
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our government and our crust semi-colons we've been a hydrogen lying handful of trans national corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once it's all just my job market and on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually going on in the world we go beyond identifying the problem trying to fix rational debate and a real discussion of critical issues facing america have on the front row ready to join the movement then welcome to the big picture. of a. couple. hey guys i'm abby martin welcome to breaking news sad sad news to report today prominent yemeni activists even a human has died at the young age of twenty four been known causes during his all
too short yet remarkable life to him fought for a better yemen and begin a crusade against an illegal and a horrifying u.s. drone war that has killed as many as four thousand four hundred people to date according to bureau of investigative journalism his words from a two thousand and twelve op ed in new york times still resonate with the exact same power and today and he writes quote drone strikes are causing more and more yemenis to hate america and join radical militants they're not driven by ideology but rather by a sense of revenge and despair rather than winning the hearts and minds of yemeni civilians america's alienating them by killing their relatives and friends unfortunately before even even had the chance to be buried the u.s. launched a brand new drone strike on pakistan today that's killed at least six people. rest in peace you know him and know that your words and actions have shed a grand light on a policy of covert global murder tired yet of america's sick game of drones and