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it will be every week. the future of serious talks and also no is due to be decided to day after damascus destroyed all production facilities big question now is what will the weapons go. tries to whitewash a multimillion dollar british inquiry into the roots of the iraq invasion in case it reveals a pew painful prone troops between bush and blair. and america's being prodded prisons for tougher sentences and more inmates in acts quintiles us how profits are being put before rehabilitating criminals into the.
international news and comment live from moscow this is also here with me you know thanks for joining us. syria's chemical dissolve and is approaching a crucial phase where the roadmap for the weapons actually destruction about to be approved the toxic arsenal will most likely be sent abroad for that part of the process our middle east correspondent reports now on the progress being made and the commitment shown by damascus. today is the deadline for the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to go up destruction deadlines for syria's chemical arsenal so far damascus has made all deadlines in its destruction program with the latest being the first of november when it had to destroyed all equipment used for the mixing of production of poison gases and nerve agents damascus says that were made committed to meeting these deadlines on our part we are to do to do whatever it takes to commit ourselves to these the blood's but experts
see we can do it sooner we are ready to do it i was recently in damascus where none of the foreign experts that overseeing the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program would speak on camera other than to say that they were extremely satisfied with the progress that was being made and that damascus was cooperating fully we have made a commitment and syria is well known for respecting its commitments this is not a commitment to the security council this is not a commitment to. do this is a commitment optional to our russian friends and one of the debates right now is way to actually destroy syria's chemical weapons which are estimated at around a thousand tons possible sites include albania france and belgium chemical weapons have become a heavy burden on syria especially for the presence of militant groups in its soil that might want to use such weapons or could even induce the designs to bring this
on bring them to the final deadline for syria destroying its entire stockpile of chemical weapons is the middle of next year policy r.t. television. he is how serious desire and has been progressing damascus revealed its chemical size shortly after the russia and brokered deal was struck although it's worth mentioning inspectors could not visit all of them due to heavy fighting see where it still managed to meet the november target for destroying all chemical weapon production facilities but removing the existing arsenal may be quite a challenge to take a look at where the inspectors are up against these other major stockpile sites and some are located in contested areas or close to rebel strongholds where fighting is almost nonstop so we'll have to see how the elimination of syria's chemical weapons progresses from here. later this hour we'll hear some predictions on that from
political analyst chris bambery so stay with us. a wide reaching british investigation on why the country invaded iraq alongside with the us is being stopped in its tracks thanks to washington it's emerged that the white house has brought the inquiry to hold as it could expose secret communications between then prime minister tony blair and president george w. bush but as celia now reports there may be more at stake. the report by the independent newspapers cites a senior diplomatic sources and essentially what they say is that washington is playing a key role in trying to block the publication of some classified information which essentially contains the conversation in exchanges between then president george w. bush and you can prime minister tony blair does this will be crucial information for that iraq inquiry that's going on here and i was far as justifications are concerned some of those diplomatic sources say that the us is highly possessive of
any information that relates to the president or anyone around them and also that it is not london's call to make that decision on publishing information again which relates to the american president and also david cameron have told that some of the documents need to be handled sensitively and that has been interpreted by the cabinet office as ensuring that the relationship the special relationship between the u.s. and the u.k. is not affected and therefore it puts the government of david cameron in an awkward position of the having to perhaps block some of that evidence as per washington's decision and it will be a politically embarrassing move to have to do this critics are saying that it is important for the public to be able to know and see this information not least of which because the goal of this for your inquiry is essentially to look back at how the then government british government have ended up making that decision of sending forty five thousand troops to iraq and to learn from those lessons and not
make the same mistakes that was the goal and if you don't publish crucial information about the purpose and another thing is that this inquiry has already cost the taxpayers some eight million pounds so if this becomes a new target a watered down version without such crucial information some are saying it will be a total waste of taxpayers' money and. the dragon is resolute that governments have no right to sweep history under the rug. eight million pounds has been spent on this inquiry but there's likely to be no outcome any time soon and that really seems to me a coverup both on the part of the people who support tony blair and of george bush it makes you wonder exactly what is in these conversations between bush and blair the must be quite a lot to hard for them being to be so worried about about them being released people want to know what did tony blair and george bush agree how early did they agree the war what were the conditions of it because frankly if this was agreed as
many people believe in the spring of two thousand and two it means all the effort to produce a dossier all the things all the pressure for a second resolution at the un this was a giraffe because tony blair already knew that he was going to go to war nearly two hundred british soldiers died during the iraq war we've been hundreds of thousands of iraqis who've died there were millions of people demonstrated all of these people have the right to know and the government and the united states government are trying to prevent them from knowing. and it's not just classified information that's being kept hush hush in the u.k. later we'll tell you how the ruling conservative party has pledged its website so that no one can tie them promises they've failed to make good on. now who says crime doesn't pay the constant stream of convicts in the united states
i certainly keeping private prison corporations and their money so it's little wonder that they are also compelling for tougher custodial penalties even for petty crimes are she is very important now because made by incarceration. corrections corporation of america is the hilton of the private prison industry a multibillion dollar business that's getting rich off punishment we are c.c.a. the more people locked up behind bars and the longer they stay there the more money c.c.a. makes last year the company banked a reported one point seven billion dollars they are fully aware of the reality which is that they need mass incarceration in order to stay in business they need excessive sentences for nonviolent crime so yes they push for legislation that will sure more and more people are in their stories with more than to put millions people currently incarcerated the united states chomps china russia and the rest of the world in the number of prisoners doing time about half of those in u.s.
jails are in for nonviolent offenses since one nine hundred ninety america's private prison population has increased sixteen hundred percent the war on drugs mandatory sentencing and a broken immigration policy have forced more people into prison c.c.a. has roughly ninety thousand prison beds in twenty states jesse lava from the watchdog group beyond bars says many of the company's contracts guarantee occupancy lock up quotas basically say you know if you're a private person and you have a contract with say or a local government you have a guaranteed number of people in your facility crime goes down with it doesn't matter taxpayers are still on the hook when the government is on the hook for filling up your prisons. in the land of the free it is hard to expect the prison population to decrease as long as corporations continue profiting by keeping people
locked up reporting from new york marina porton i r r t. and he spoke to a man who spent a decade behind bars in both private and public jails and now as a human rights advocate alex friedman told us that private appraisal as a rule about cutting costs not rehabilitation criminals into society. served six years at a privately operated prison is part of the ten years total that i spent incarcerated and my experience is privately operated prison pretty much is what led me on to a career if you will fighting against the private prison industry it is a very drastic experience and people come out of prison generally worse than they went in to get the isolation due to the the lack of resources and rehabilitative programs and what that means of course is that when they get out they are more likely to try and start to recidivate and come back and that benefits no one except for companies like c.c.a.
because if you profit from incarceration then the more people you have locked up the more money you commit. and alex also told us about the influence that private prison funds will do with the government no being for legislation to provide them with even more code that the people really benefiting from prison privatization are not the public it's not the prisoners it's not the states that contract with these companies necessarily rather corporate executives and the shareholders who own stock when you incarcerate for the purpose of generating corporate profit in the built in incentive to incarcerate as many people as you can for as long as possible because that's how the the market system works the companies have to face considerable criticism for lobbying governments and immigration and tension officials and other government officials for basically more contracts and to put more people in prison. the third floor leg was trapped and in desperate need for
a transfer out of consomme on the way he made the unpaid french play top from the tiny house just for demanding his wages. and also later this hour seeing isn't quite as believing iran holds the expansion of its nuclear for a while but where western powers still don't trust them with the u.s. pushing for a new sanctions despite ongoing talks that story after the break. exactly what happened that day i don't know i killed. piers leaders when i got arrested for . for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results. innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why
because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were often they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. he. you're watching live from moscow welcome back and let's go back to old top story
now the future of syria's chemical weapons damascus has met its deadline is and now the u.n. chemical launched on these meeting to decide where and when the stockpiles must be destroyed and to discuss the prospects let's not cross live to our london bureau and political analyst chris bambery there mr bumbry welcome to r.c. so the the wild is now waiting for albania to decide if they will take in syria's estimated one thousand tons of toxic weapons for destruction do you think they will agree because we know there are so many protests against it are going on in the country. well we saw protests yesterday against the. binion's against chemical weapons arriving on the shores i want to find incredible words that the norwegian merchant ship accompanied by a norwegian naval vessel which is going to syria to pick up these weapons which is mustard gas and siren and bring them to albania the norwegians say they don't have
the expertise and the ability to dismantle the chemical weapons i would ask you if the richest one of the richest countries in europe don't have the expertise the knowledge to do this how do they expect the poorest country in europe to do this and the albanians have no ability or no knowledge of chemical weapons as far as. i'm concerned and i think it's an interesting question what they've been offered it is a poor country we know that are they being offered money are the incentive to do this i think the old answered obviously be yes but i think there are other issues you want to ask why would you choose the poorest country in europe to do this kind of smacks of a colonial mentality that somehow we're going to dump of these things in albania we're not going to bring them to britain why don't you choose a country which has the expertise for instance in britain is the aldermaston chemical weapons facility i would trust that to dismantle those weapons but they involves high levels of expertise and also albania must be one of the least stable countries in europe this is not to attack at the albanian people but the albanian
state has hardly a long history now it's not very stable there's a problem of organized crime there and i think it's a very strange decision to say we're going to take these deadly weapons and put them in a country which were security must be an issue as i understand it the fallback position of the friends which it seems to me is very much more sense because the france the u.k. have chemical weapons all it'll generate advertise this they have the ability to deal with chemical weapons they could dismantle a chemical weapon safely i presume much better that the french or british do this then we dump these things are now being so while i welcome the fact that syria has met the demands of the. international community welcome the fact that it is the sun from chemical weapons i find this selection of albania a very strange one and we're waiting for announcement today from the i'll be government to see whether the agreed this and not right interesting point but as you mentioned norway has already refused to write a similar request by the us a but what happens if albania does this say
well as i said my understanding is that they will go to france and i think it's really the onus is on britain or france in terms of the western european powers to deal with this because as i say they do have chemical weapons although we don't advertise the fact that britain and france have stockpiles of chemical weapons they do have the ability to do that the french and the british have the facilities were you can dismantle these things safely they have the expertise surely that's the better option but it st strikes me is what's happening here is that the french are the british are fearful the people who don't want the population does not want these chemical weapons weapons of mass destruction coming here and no they're trying to foist them on the people of our behavior presumably by offering financial incentives to the government government of albania to take them i think is really in clement on the british and the french to take these things and to deal with them safely is a correct to say that as of now syria has basically fulfilled its part of the deal
so it's up to the war powers now to finance and conduct the removal of chemical weapons and that destruction now. absolutely. has abided by this deal brokered by russia we should remember against the opposition of many in the west who are critical of obama for accepting the deal the west should really put its money where its mouth is here up to this deal it's sending ships in this case norwegian ships to deal with this but the norwegians call you mean they don't have the expertise to dismantle you could have been see chemical weapons see the will not to take them him and to repeat the point what expertise is albania to dismantle chemical chemical weapons and i would be very scared of the impact it would have on the environment of a country which actually is still one of the most naturally unspoiled countries in europe while the how it is that it is weapons and i really do feel that britain france germany and rest should put their money where their motives and see as part
of the deal that we accepted see this and i think it kind of smacks of a resentment over the fact that really in the end this view has come or. brokered a deal. and no syria has abided by the agreements of it and i can't feel there's a sulk and resentment in european capitals that actually the deal has worked political analyst chris bambery live from london mr bambery thank you very much indeed for your perspective for sharing your perceptiveness lecture where there is thank you. if you had spend years in the political wilderness how do you make sure that your backlog of promises don't come back to haunt you and dave here in britain is conservative party just pretend they didn't happen it's deleted a decade of speeches from its website that were made before scrapping back into downing street and twenty ten point by our city. but you have a better way she could very well taken time and simply take back something you said
or a promise was made. i certainly have and so is your husband you take his concerns of the federal government apparently after it was revealed that the original tory went to site had six days ago raised all of this is reaches major best for the conservative cause he was elected into power back in two thousand and ten it's race especially is that in the run up to the next general election someone simply trying to get this elite button on their part and promises remember that time that david cameron pledged not to reorganize the n.h.s. well the speech is no longer on their website and it could be because after being elected the government to went on to preside over one of the largest three organizations in n.h.s. history there was also that time that david cameron promised not to cut child benefits after which the coalition scrapped the welfare payment for higher earners and froze it for the rest of you k. families and i wanted me another thing that's now much harder to locate on the net
is a quote of david cameron saying that the internet is democratizing the world's information try searching that on the tory party website rather than just reviewing it from the conservative side they've tried to remove it from the internet archive when he became prime minister one of the first promises he made was this with the most open government have and it's pretty clear that's not the case the irony is that the speeches deletion is simply fueling public interest in them the fish a line from conservative h.q. is that they have revamping their website for a new digital era just starting a new chapter. polly boyd artsy london. no more secrets about secret prisons the european human rights school decides people deserve to know about all the cia's doing on their soil after a pause. and try to keep it wide from the public find out why as.
and germany's responds purchases of military drone saying it rejects illegal it's just days after human rights groups come down on chancellor merkel for help american strikes on august. iran has slowed down its nuclear program to almost a hold according to the latest report by the dog inspectors say there's been no development at its facilities since president rouhani took office in august the findings could haue build confidence ahead of next week's nuclear talks but it could all be undermined by the u.s. congress pushing for new sanctions as our correspondent explained. right now negotiations with iran on a nuclear deal or at this very fragile stage with one big component missing trust iranians don't trust the u.s. they've been duped before washington doesn't trust the iran when they say they're
developing nuclear technology for civilian use and are not trying to build a bomb the u.n. nuclear watchdog just released the report saying in the last three months gone has not expanded its nuclear facilities it also said there were one has also not be gone operating a new generation of centrifuges that quote no major components had been installed i don't react to being built at. this could be perceived as a confidence building step that you want is taking to move forward with a deal on its nuclear program the talks with six world powers in geneva last week did not produce an agreement as we know but there is another round of talks coming up next week and this new report by the i.a.e.a. may play a role but will also play a role is what's happening here in washington and the u.s. congress wants to pass a new round of sanctions president obama has urged congress not to do that he said if the u.s. is serious about using diplomacy to prevent iran from developing nuclear weapons there is no need to add new sanctions on top of sanctions already in place. so
congress can potentially undermine any chance there is for a deal as well as entrenched in this view that whatever they do washington is not going to lift the sanctions and is not going to recognize their right to develop a nuclear program for civilian use in washington i'm going to. let's now take a look at some other world news in breve the philippines bottles to recover from one of the strongest ever storms to hit land there were conflicting numbers of casualties that sources say that three thousand six hundred people have been killed while the u.n. puts the figure at over four thousand adding up to the destination by typhoon haiyan two hundred thousand. liters of oil have spilled into the ocean after strong waves grounded a barge the leak has been contained and a cleanup is underway. rebels in syria have beheaded
one of their supporters by mistake he was a sunni islamist leader was captured and killed by insurgents for mr and assad supporter rebels and published a video apologizing for the execution after admitting they killed their one learns the group known as the islamic state in iraq and the levant has become one of the main jihad is groups fighting fighting the regime. in the libyan capital have opened fire at protesters killing at least one person thousands gathered in tripoli to rally against and controlled militias demanding they leave the city one demonstrator was also reportedly wounded by an anti aircraft gun shot libya's militia guns which are made up of former regime fighters have grown and controllable says the fall of monica duffy two years ago.
the main professional football as union is heading to this is no world cup check out one of the players is being held captive by the country full daring to speak out over not getting paid frenchman as a better needs currently banned from leaving katan till he drops a lawsuit against his football club has been fighting for more than a ged to get an exit visa but the country is refusing until he drops the charges football's governing body says there's nothing it can do at the moment and andrew our sanity from the football is union says the french players losing hope. about we understand that he's also had to act in this matter and that includes the fact that he sold off. that he will be a victim from his own in a matter of days and therefore we have offered through our hardship fund here if you broke the opportunity for him at the very least while we help to try and resolve this situation that he at least has some way to live to stay in
a hotel or whatever the case by be for him his wife and his two daughters we are also very mindful of the fact that he is a very fragile mental state right now it's a precarious situation we're deeply concerned and so we are asking for the international football community to unite support free from being at the highest levels of government and within football authorities this is already gone right to the top side here bill you need it today himself has written begging for help this is just one player but it's one of sixty thousand we represent around the world and we want him released that we are released now. good combo box called police interrogation tactics come under the microscope.
you know i love these rare moments where action of something fairly sounds positive to share with you the f.d.a. is working to ban partially hydrogenated oils which are the leading source of trance fats and foods and possibly the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks per year across the usa according to f.d.a. commissioner margaret hamburg as you know i would like the chemicals in my food kept to a minimum but the thing is the people at the f.d.a. are surely aware of all the hormones and b. and jim o's being produced why does this band have such a very narrow narrow focus in fact when you look at all the things that americans consume smoke use that to swear health some get the violent band hammer while others are completely tolerated if you ever talk to hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you what do we do is better for you than beer and that's the legal van and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balanced position isn't really a good idea well the country could go the libertarian route and let it be everything be legal let people make their own choices or do what i think would be much much better actually really ban all the things that are destructive to our
health both of these paths have positive and negative effects but they are a lot better than our current plan of ban some harmful things for some reason and a lot other harmful things because while they lobby better but that's just my opinion. the crime is that the viola man voom a seventy four year old woman found dead on the twenty ninth of november one thousand nine hundred eighty eight along the track. dozens of suspects will be questions and will be released in clue. adding frank sterling seen in this photograph. two years later detectives trained by reed reopen the case not convinced frank is guilty. a few years earlier his brother had been sentenced to prison for raping viola manning and frank sterling is thought to have wanted revenge.