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islamic state militants release a video apparently showing the execution of another u.s. journalist in revenge for american airstrikes on his forces in iraq. russia remembers the victims of the school terrorist attack ten years on as memorial services and to their final day we bring you the personal accounts of those who survived the massacre. as the ukrainian army is driven from the region follows local fighters on their
mission. protesters are gathering in newport in wales where security is tight ahead of a two day nato summit. for more troops in eastern europe. you're watching international come to you live from moscow where in the russian capital it's good to have you with us a second american reporter has apparently been executed by islamic state militants stephen sokoloff was taken captive more than a year ago and was previously seen in the video where another u.s. journalist james foley was beheaded. as the story. it's a scenario that we've seen before when another american journalist james foley was
beheaded two weeks ago similar orange jumpsuits a desert city an executioner with the british accent in both videos and now the westerner threatened to be killed next when these islamic states your heart is free had it james foley two weeks ago they showed steven in that same video and vowed to kill him unless the u.s. started airstrikes against the isis so close mother addressed the isis shortly before he was killed here i ask you to please my child as a mother a justice to be merciful and not punishment son for matters he has no control over cycle of force kidnapped at the syria turkey border last year he was thirty one years old he had written for the time and foreign policy magazines he reported from syria turkey egypt bahrain after stephen sort of the islamic state group is threatening to execute david paints a british citizen david haynes reportedly had experience with the british military
he did security work for nonprofit organizations leader now these long state doesn't just working americans in the video they warn other governments against becoming part of quote unquote this evil alliance of america against these. two the killing of james foley president obama made it clear that the executions would not stop the airstrikes some u.s. officials say for anything murders like these could only make america more involved in the fight against the jihadi school. lotty spoke to investigative reporter david lindorff who sings the growing influence of islamic states is providing a boost to the pro-war lobby in washington. well unfortunately and this plays into the hands of the of the core war party within the u.s. is looking to increase u.s. involvement again in iraq and also. seriously into syria we're not quite sure
how they make it to her and to the american public that you know now we are going to be fighting fund the side of the sheryl aside to attack the ninety's but first of all it needs to remember that the i.s.i. yes now they're calling themselves the ins is a creature of the united states it was made. by arms and money that were funneled to militant jihadi syria and it by the cia through you know some of it ready through saudi arabia some of it directly there was training that some of these people apparently jordan. while the islamic state has become the richest terrorist group to ever exist with to a billion dollars in that war chest to put on perspective the taliban's budget is five hundred sixty million dollars with such funds out there disposal the jihadists
are able to maintain a well supplied army but where does the money come from almost half the cash comes from captured oil fields in syria and iraq robbing banks gone or the militants approximately four hundred thirty million dollars money laundering on smuggling also forms a large part of that budget middle east expert just told us that the fight against islamic state militants will turn into another afghanistan for the u.s. . it's very difficult in this situation because isis dominates a region the size of great britain in both syria and iraq if you're going to destroy them and kill them. and hit their buildings you have to have somebody else to replace them otherwise they'll just spring up and you'll infuriate the cities that are trapped in between baghdad and damascus so the u.s. has to come up with a strategy somebody has to pay for it and there has to be an exit strategy and obama does not want to get stuck in some swamp the way the u.s.
did in iraq originally or in afghanistan without an exit strategy in other news memorial services in the south russian city of beslan are entering their final day the nation mourns ten years since a deadly terrorist attack on a school when chechen militants took over a thousand people hostage for three days the time took the lives of three hundred thirty four people most of them were children and their mother is. joins me live from beslan. what is planned then for the third and final day of the memorial services. good morning paul the day's events have yet to start but before we talk about that i just want to tell you that we are in the baseline jim this is the epicenter of the tragedy the place where it all really happened more than a thousand people packed like sardines into this relatively small space as you can see and the whole place has become this very touching memorial i just want to point
out some of the things that we've got here aside from the faces of the victims lining the walls including this lady galina sequoyah who we're going to talk about in just a little bit you can see all the different toys for example left for the dress the flowers this is a place to put candles bottles of bottles of water are a very iconic thing here simply because while the children and many adults were trapped inside the building the chechen militants who were holding them hostage didn't allow them food or drink and so now people when they come to this place bottles of water some of the things that they leave as a token for the dead and of course the damage that you can see damage for example to the floor here in the gym where they filled in the space with flowers where earlier an explosion had literally blown out this part of the floor just a sense of what the tragedy was like just a shadow of what it was like ten years ago in this place for the day's events
they're going to start out here at the school it's going to be a christian liturgy followed by a ceremony the reading of a poem there is going to be the ringing of the school bell a minute of silence and a release of balloons into the air and then after that later in the afternoon the action is going to move over to the cemetery what's called the city of angels cemetery where all of the victims more than three hundred people are buried and there there is also going to be a candle lighting a name reading minute of silence and another released. balloons into the sky now while the photos of the dead are lying in the walls here more than three hundred people including ms that i mentioned her daughter was actually with her here in the gym. died protecting her her daughter and another friend of hers both survived the attack and iconic photos of them were taken by photographers
as they were rescued from the school building very small bleeding and frightened but they survived and now ten years later they came back to the school for the first time and they spoke with us about their memories more than three hundred candles shining in the darkness each one a life lost in the baseline siege ten years ago angela sequoyah and diana elokobi made it through the terrible attack then only seven years old on the first day of class their rescue was preserved in photos both gruesome and iconic. you know i'm going to stop i remember i was with my mom and the men came up to me and put me into a car so i was in the car with his picture of the steak and you put them in bed you live god and they say that that's a human being i don't really remember how they brought me out of there i just remember a man took me and carried me through some gardens or something and my face was covered with blood the blood dried out in my eyelashes and i couldn't open my eyes
and i remember that i still had two ponytails my mom made to look at it a decade later they walked the empty halls of school number one for the first time since the tragedy of my dad with a middle aged people say the time heals all wounds that you forget everything eventually but that's not true no we didn't forget anything right you have more memories on the contrary we'll each year is getting harder and it's getting more painful. this is the grave evangelism mother who died protecting her during the attack while angela and diana were spared the fate of many of their classmates on that horrible day they say their childhoods are buried here among the victims now. our childhood was taken away from us because after this tragedy you remember all those terrible things and this is not a normal childhood once you start remembering those years when you were a child your mom of this terror attack very vividly you don't remember anything
else. they say the ordeal forced them to accept the harsh realities of life and comprehend things no child should but they add that the memories of the people they lost must live on what the next generation. is not which means in the mind this is important for me somehow i want my children to know about it and never forget maybe when i tell them what happened they'll begin to understand certain things and treasure life because it can stop an enum and any day anything may happen to us and it's easy to miss. a mattress or fourteen baseline. and you can join us throughout to wednesday for our coverage of the final day of memorial events in beslan.
in other news these aerial images show the remains of a village in the dawn yes region of eastern ukraine devastated by kiev's military campaign at least fifteen hundred people used to live there but our as you can see it's empty and houses lie in ruins nearby villages and towns are still being bombed by the anti government forces pushing the army out these poor slayer followed the fighters and one of their missions. with the anti-government fighters in the outskirts of the town of ill advised we're travelling to where they think they might still be ukrainian soldiers hiding we're walking through fields now we're following the anti government troops now in this part of the town is supposed to be clean of the ukrainian army but they come in just to check that there's nothing no
soldiers hiding here no mines on the ground. this fight right now so people are going to feel the bullets but they. still hear us. right next to us. we're just going to keep on. going down and. ok you heard that explosion. there were. these explosions going to be as. we consume a ground you can hear from the firing coming from behind us and some of. in front of. all these anti-government fighters have actually been winning wagons most of the fifteenth here in eastern ukraine what do you find the problem. we saw an armored vehicle belonging to the ukrainian military entering our
territory we did not invite them here if we want to live freely on our own land. there are no russians here and there never were there is only the local population who rose up to defend themselves do you see any russians or chechens he is. well on our way back like i say it was a successful mission and it's just a matter of time before not only the entire town of the advice going to surrounding areas but indeed the whole of eastern ukraine is in a hand full of the hot seat on the outskirts of a device. a moscow describes the recent words from the head of the european commission jose manuel barroso unworthy of a high profile diplomatic leader according to mr barroso in a private phone conversation president putin told him that russia could take care of in two weeks the russian president was being asked about the presence of russian troops in ukraine such a statement immediately said the european media into frenzy moscow says it was
completely taken out of context and is a breach of diplomatic ethics russia is now asking europe for an explanation or says it will publish the whole transcript of the private conversation of the u.n. secretary general says peace in ukraine is crucial for peace in all of europe peter lavelle discusses the crisis in cross talk here on r.t. . in retreat you paying civil war has grounded into a stalemate in the economy this is created an opening for dialogue all parties seize the moment moscow continue. coming up hey we're not international reaching interview getting a media war response as a new channel to promote view on international affairs but. tries to learn
channel aimed at promoting its point of view on the raging conflict on global affairs is called ukraine today. reached out to the networks executive producer for more details well the conversation didn't go exactly as planned. joining us in the now is to tiana push nowhere the executive producer of ukraine today i just want to share our audience a little taste of your broadcasts. what. can we see that could lead now a name like you're also responsible for selves and so i wasn't of this in my country and russia today who financed by criminally in. my county by about ukraine and that's why i don't want to communicate as you and they call to my international colleagues don't cooperate to visit russia today could you just tell us a little bit more about ok very good ok well initially to join kevin irwin here in the studio to talk about that interview. invited her on and
as our audience just saw the invitation to come on and have frank dialogue she had the questions beforehand she could have been well prepared with arguments we didn't get to that because of the. goal of coming on with the show this sign of russia today stop lying which we did and unfortunately right now what we're seeing on social media is ukraine today trying to say that we cut them off which is absolutely a lie you're not only was there i went back to it to make sure our audience saw what an invitation for dialogue was turned into i think what it comes down to carol and we of course it when assistants were in a media war and this is part of the game we're going to continue to invite these people are not going to stop we're going to continue to invite the state to you know your producers were trying to get yeah we're going to fight it refuse we're not going to give out we want to have all perspectives on our t.v. certainly on in the now it's something we try very hard to do and this is going to
be stuff that happens if we continue to do that but we're not going to stop we're not going to back down let's just take a quick look at some of the. material that this is and see what they're about ukraine today when you listen to the. ukraine. to extent does that reflect what we see on the broader channel how much more if you see pretty much all we're seeing right now because they don't have presenters they don't have reporters yet they've basically just started for now they have big plans they're portraying themselves are trying to portray themselves as the information channel on a lot of interviews. that town has given to b.b.c.'s al-jazeera she's talked about how they're going to bring in foreign aid they're not going to their quest day they're not going to be propaganda not sort of running
a promo talking about how russia is a threat to the entire world could be deemed not propaganda but it's for the viewers to you today. and you can watch the interview in full on our you tube channel and on wednesdays in the now and he will bring you more reaction to the conversation you can watch it at six pm g.m.t. . now you good pub trivia and dream of becoming a british citizen well if so then you have a good chance of success at least that's the feeling the u.k. test for immigrants gives but it's still unclear how the questions relate to real life in britain in a cost of a check how well britain's themselves know the country they were born in. hundreds of years of history boiled down to twenty four questions questions that any migrants of working age must get rights if they stand a chance of becoming a british citizen. the pass mark is seventy five percent but even brits are having a hard time getting him frights with just under half of those aged between eighteen
to twenty four making the grade and what hope is there when even politicians get it wrong magna carta the literal translation is was what you have mag nine i think again you're testing me. it would be good for you to do this yeah when would i aim isn't really to stop people coming in there are other immigration policies for that really it's in order to try and reassure the public something which it fails to do and invoke a sense of civic pride into immigrants that come to this country something which they also failed to do i didn't test because i was curious i actually thought i would face it but i didn't have a very biased toward sports and things which i wouldn't consider relevant to what it means to be living in england i think it would make more sense to all think what's the difference between england great britain the united kingdom because that's the here and now even though the brits are citizenship tast has been described as a bad pop quiz and unfit for purpose it was conceived as a way to task the candidates knowledge of brits us life and signs of the english
this is supposed to ensure a person can any so great and supports our society but with natives to fail and that's how some feel it's unfair and even able critical of the government so expect foreigners to know more about british values and this story than them i think it's very badly together so you have information about how tall the illuminati is and feeds and meter about how old approximately how big ben it's about was common howard or six one. you know when you get that one wrong and pack your bags. little become more british than other people i don't know if i became more british and i certainly knew more obscure trivia about the united kingdom so what happens if you fail you have to wait a week fork out another fifty pounds and try. again to pass a test that appears to show you know more about your new homeland than many of the people who were born there. marina costs of our reports in from london for r.t.
. or the production team here about international decided to be quite fun to try and test me as a british citizen to see how much i know about the country i was born in is a couple of questions coming up i don't know the questions i haven't seen them and i haven't seen the answers let's take a look then at the first question and see how this goes. which two of the following a link to football the ashes you premier league or the open thankfully as a sports fan i know that one it is you a for and the premier league. see if i passed off pass. i don't know they told me there was an easy question in a difficult question i'm not sure if that was the easy one or the difficult one but there is a second question coming up are the second largest party in the house of commons is usually known by what name that is known as the opposition. i know that one as well see if that's a pass or fail. it's another pass few
i can tell you guys are a bit of a relief. and we will be doing that testing me and british present is every hour throughout the day here on r.t. international. in other news raising money to bolster a military presence in eastern europe in the wake of the ukrainian crisis this is one of the key issues to be discussed during an upcoming nato summit in the u.k. over the weekend protesters hit the streets of newport on cardiff in wales hundreds of activists called to stop spending money on war as western leaders prepare to meet our affair looks at some of the goals the alliance wants to a change. to
keep the russians out the americans in and the germans down that was nato has puppets when it was founded in one thousand nine hundred forty nine in the words of its first secretary general of the servant union disappear you know they lost their enemy when there was a real issue about whether nato had any purpose of talks so with little else to keep it busy nato went on a recruitment and fundraising drive to the east and making its presence felt in countries far and wide for now though the alliance thinks it's found a book the months long time oil in ukraine the prime focus of its upcoming gathering in wales i expect it to be a crucial summit in they chose history we will agree readiness action. to make nato more accurately then ever so is keeping it self employed now the key priority writer was founded in order to promote the cold war nato
showed a sharp sharp at ninety nine to the end of the warsaw pact we did rude to them cast around for things to do and since then we've had afghanistan we've had libya and eastern europe is next a bolstered presence based on british and american support we must also use the summit to ensure that nato is prepared to respond swiftly to any threat against any ally including with little warning that means a multi-national high readiness force that can deploy quickly on exercises in the territory of an ally that feels threatened but there are divisions on how far they should go germany italy and spain among others are thought to oppose taking measures could be read as provocative to russia military expansion has gone too far it should never have mentioned georgia never mentioned ukraine obviously that concerned russia just to safety canada and mexico had started to join an anti u.s.
alliance the u.s. would be worried so primed with a new part to us the alliance is back to business. with them posing security fencing surrounding cardif castle where the delegates will meet security preparations are bound to inconvenience locals going about that business goes on inside those meetings is a much greater concern given the resurgent possibility of expansion into eastern europe and seen nato protesters hope that this summit won't be the launch pad to a dangerous confrontation harry fear r.t. wales. so could nato afford to boost defense infrastructure across eastern europe well currently the twenty eight member states spend as much as one trillion dollars a year maintaining what the alliance already has now that means the organization alone gets more funding or more military funding than the rest of the world put together washington is currently footing most of the bill with just over
a quarter of nato is budget made up by other members well those in the alliance are supposed to contribute two percent of their g.d.p. each year but apparently not everyone does in fact less than fifteen percent of the countries on the list are willing or able to pay for the nato summit will begin on a thursday and r.t. will be closely following events. the north atlantic treaty organization more simply. i would like to invite the secretary general as well as the presidents of albania croatia to join me here you have nato roadmap for the next ten years. some of the headlines now from around the world in starting in mali where four u.n. peacekeepers have been killed and fifteen others injured when their convoy hit
a landmine on monday the un's base in the region came under mortar fire which injured four civilian contractors northern mali fell under control of to iraq separatists in the al-qaeda linked extremist following a military coup in two thousand and twelve the un mission took over responsibility for security in the region last year after french troops forced islamists from king towns. thousands have marched through the peruvian capital against what they see as food by the electoral council supporters of the format of lima came to the rally after his name was removed from the ballots in the upcoming election riot police it blocked the protesters movement as they try to march to government buildings. up ahead on r.t. international is breaking the set with abby martin and if you're watching in the u.k. afshin rattansi will take you underground stay with us.