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which. makes it just. seems. donald trump blames congress for derailing relations with moscow accusing representatives of forcing him to sign a flawed sanctions bill and raising concerns of a constitutional crisis in the u.s. . criticism mags over the u.k. government's reluctance to publish archive documents with the opposition calling the secrecy an affront to democratic ideals. and a new deescalation zone has come into effect in syria with the moderate rebels committing to repel an islamic state and al nusra terrorists.
thank you for watching r.t. international live from moscow i'm kate partridge thank you for joining us. donald trump has accused congress of bringing u.s. russia relations to an all time low in the tweets the us president said it's thanks to the people on capitol hill who forced him to sign the anti russia sanctions bill he said he had to abide by the decision of the lawmakers after their landslide vote last week gave him no other choice. or one way congress can now check trump's deal making potential is by stopping him from lifting russia restrictions the new law requires the president to obtain congressional approval for any such move well earlier i discussed the growing political crisis in washington with the trenka. i guess no president would like to be. shoes right now times really are getting
tough as they can get for the president you know being america's top man in charge but at the same tommy think of it not being able to exercise his power and even worse being cornered into making the decisions he doesn't want to make just to keep order and as we've been hearing from the white house spokesperson who's been explaining that very signature under that sanctions bill what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for i worry about the president's understanding of some of these issues. these are race baiting zina phobic religious bigot and a ludicrous pretend hate campaign this president does not care about the united states of america well you can really just look at the latest votes first of all the crucial bill that very one on the sanctions that was landslide votes in the house that was
a landslide vote in the senate but then also trumps much cherished health care bill you know that was the pillar of his white house campaign yet it has been destroyed by the american lawmakers and as we have been seeing both the democrats will that is kind of obvious but also of course the republican party which is technically trumps party teaming up against the president and giving him quite a drubbing month after month week after week and the criticism and the pressure has been building up what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for i worry about the president's understanding of some of these issues. these are race baiting zina phobic religious bigot and a ludicrous pretense for his hate campaign this president does not care about the united states of america so in these kind of circumstances under so much pressure it is little surprise that donald trump is giving in to the congress and you might
argue that this really puts america on the brink of a constitutional crisis. well on wednesday donald trump reluctantly pretty his signature to the anti russia sanctions bill despite claiming it's flawed and contains i want constitutional provisions while i favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and this stabilizing behavior by iran north korea and russia this legislation is significantly flawed it's haste to pass the legislation the congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions. a number of provisions to displace the president's exclusive constitutional authority and those comments live a lot of questions in their wake the president states that even though he sees the legislation as unconstitutional he signed off on it as president trump swore an oath to preserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states but he seems to be openly doing the opposite upon approving the sanction this bill of course is it is
a terrible bill. benefits the people of no contrary not the united states not germany or italy not russia syria not any of the people is the constitutional crisis our government is set up to where there are three branches that constantly struggle one against the other. so that in itself is totally unexpected but i do believe that these side shows are out of he thing with the traditions of the united states and how our government functions but what looks like a constitutional crisis brewing in the us is not the only problem trump is facing sanctions that hit russia's energy and defense sector are infuriating america's partners in europe those who work with moscow and those areas so these things can seem to be leaving hardly anyone happy trumps being forced to go against his
constitutional beliefs yes worst of elations take it further head america's closest european allies go on the defensive to counter what they see as measures potentially in violation of international law when these statements from trump and with the president claiming that he can make far better deals with foreign countries than congress but with measures such as these being passed he may be prevented from doing just that. washington d.c. . meanwhile former u.s. congressman ron paul believes the new sanctions are a big mistake and put all play as. the deep state the neo cons and the media are very very powerful and they can put a lot of pressure on the president so they ganged up on him and i thought he had sort of a mediocre position on this i was strongly opposed to it and i volunteered my advice which was totally ignored but he went ahead and signed it i think it was more like a political thing but i don't think in the long run this benefits i don't think it benefits america it certainly doesn't benefit you know peace in the world between
europe and russia so i think it's a terrible thing to have happen but there are some those who cope qualified to be participants in the deep state they are determined they are determined almost obsessed with making sure that there is no friendship between the united states and russia between putin and trump i think that is tragic you know even when russia and the soviet union existed we actually were quite willing you know when necessary to talk and work out some problem but now we're moving in the other direction. well one project targeted by the new sanctions is the nord stream to pipeline it's meant to start pumping gas from russia to europe in twenty nineteen and is regarded by europe as key to its energy needs well european firms have invested five billion euros in the project the new sanctions are regarded by some
in europe as an intrusion into their internal affairs germany says they could breach international law if european businesses are harmed spain's also voiced its concerns speech earlier has more on the european reaction never anticipated to be popular sanctions and well the bill being signed is proved exactly that extremely unpopular amongst the upper echelons here in europe because the simple thing is if you target russia's energy sector then ultimately you're going to end up targeting those businesses that deal with the russian energy sector and supply an important some cases a lot of that energy from russia here to the european union and we purge from senior figures in the you saying that if this happens in the interests are targeted there will be repercussions we will defend ourselves against an american first industrial policy masquerading as sanctions in any case the law stipulates the us holding preliminary consultations with us europeans before this can happen or we
understand that the sanctions were softened somewhat before they went through congress but they haven't been softened and nuff for senior opinion figures young claude younger the e.u. commission president saying that it's if there was any any impact on european businesses that there would be a response within days now what type of response is still unknown at the nuclear option could be the one and not many people would want to go down would be the implementation of sanctions by the european union on the united states or in u.s. interests but a lot of this comes down to gasp. and energy supply and the amount that you. are full of that of course it's also raised questions over the reasoning behind these particular sanctions because one of the main supply is could of course be imports of u.s. gas on early american business been pulled down share of joint my colleague will
receive a to discuss the new bill by its europe so one happy with these and russia sanctions . again america's the band leader was good for america it's do it our way or take the high way trump himself called this bill significantly flawed if that's the case why did he sign it good question i'm sure you had his reasons he had his hands tied probably you did if you do need it if you don't some other sort of thing he was catering to the american public that they want they wanted to see him sign these sanctions well if that's the case a serious statement of affairs of what is america sort of underlines an intolerance and a lack of desire to get at what the truth is in fact look he was voted into be someone different not to be a republican a democrat to be an american to safeguard american interests not necessarily our interests in the persian gulf or in iceland or whatever in the
usa the sounds i have been tied to these sanctions the most they're going to affect russia iran china or even trump himself all of the above all of the above and more . we have left the era of even trying to trust there is a demonization of the. intolerance as an american i find that to be incredibly. it's a tragic state of affairs. meanwhile a new study into which country people fear the most has produced some surprising results forty two thousand people across thirty eight countries took part radagast if as the story. the world is a frightening place disasters wars terror and paul the t. make us a fearful people but fear can be measured who would you say people
are most afraid of the usual suspects. who chaney but no none of the people in the thirty eight countries that polled feel most threatened by the united states this is pew research one of the most respected pollsters in the world doesn't seem to know it's doesn't seem that stable at the moment to us if it's a world war it's to the eye to understand why they perceive the united states as a threat well i guess this has to do with the tone of our political change and that doesn't surprise me it's very disturbing it's concerning it's scary sort of our image now sort of a lot lot more anger towards us and within us i mean i guess that makes me feel better meaning that we have a strong military someone said it's better to be here than love so it's an old
story big bad america big bad russia china we've heard is all before what's striking here is that it isn't america's enemies that increasingly view it as a chief threat its washington's friends canadians for example now see the united states as more of a threat than either russia or china that is outright animosity within nato and among allies turkey south korea japan spain greece and germany view washington as the most threatening state in the world that's as many. seventy two percent of respondents how's that for friends in europe you have. at least some understanding of the united states behaves in the world that you do not have in the united states you have germany now of closing
u.s. sanctions on russia you have the public you know this is not the german government this is the german public this is not the swedish government this is the swedish public so you have people who are opposed to war opposed to militarism opposed to nato expansion of close to us bases in germany expressing their viewpoint and that's you know not typically in news in europe and especially not in the united states. you know you could say that over the last four years trump and obama helped make america great again or at least a great threat. the british government is facing coverup claims the after israel's downing street refusing to make public a record number of documents twenty boyko has more details. well look the way the system in britain works is that once a government document turns thirty it's then supposed to be made public it goes
into the national archives unless government departments specifically apply to withhold or to redact a particular document from the national archives this government has been applying to basically make secret an increasing number of documents over the past few years and the types of files that the government is censoring for example last year related to arms sales to india and to saudi arabia as well as to trips to the middle east by prince charles and princess diana back in the eighty's so campaigners for transparency say that they're concerned about this because there is still a culture of opacity they say in many government departments and if that sort of claim sounds familiar it's because the government has been accused of censoring much newer documents as well many viewers will recall that very recently the home
secretary. she withheld quite an important report that many people have been waiting for into terrorist funding i have decided against publishing the classified report produced in the review in full this is because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons. now that decision made a lot of opposition politicians very angry in the u.k. and a lot of them voiced suspicions that the reason the government was so reluctant to publish that report into terrified ending was because the information within it could embarrass a very close ally of london's and that is saudi arabia and the point that the analysis from the national archives is making is that transparency is very important when it comes to ensuring public trust and they don't want to see that public trust eroded through this creeping censorship of government documents.
a new deescalation zone has come into effect in syria reviving hopes for peace in the war ravaged country details on that coming up after the break. called the field we go through. every the world should experience. and you'll get it on the you will. the old according to just. come along for the ride. you can import healthcare from china it's all very local you have the case of doubting a price gouging by monopolists in america and as a result people's health is declining life expectancy is falling childbirth deaths
increasing because of these monopolies and a lack of competition. welcome back there are a need hopes today that peace efforts have taken a significant step forward in syria that softer a new day escalation zone came into force in the country the news was confirmed by russia's defense ministry but a little later it was according to the agreement today on the third of august starting from midday local time moderate opposition forces as well as government troops will cease fire from all types of weapons. well as late as the escalation zone as a result of a friend. sense of talks in asked another capital and also in cairo there were four
deescalation zones discussed in total two are already in operation in southern syria this is the third one put in place it encompasses around eighty seven towns and villages in those areas of syria one hundred forty thousand people living there so very substantial progress in deed now while the ceasefire covers effectively all sides and all weapons as we mentioned just there of course. are exempt from both internationally recognized terrorist organizations and will be fair game for all parties as always the rebels the moderate rebels in these areas they will be tasked with actually pushing them out as general kardashian cough said let's take a listen. what is this to go down this according to the agreement the moderate opposition assumes responsibility for pushing eisel and really it's out of the areas it controls. not only has russia played
a key role of the negotiating table bridging is a very major differences between these opposing sides that are all on the ground russian military police will be observing the cease fire really closely they'll be separating the warring parties as well as controlling some crossings and checkpoints that also have a very important humanitarian role in making sure humanitarian aid medicine etc gets through to the areas where it's needed and facilitating the evacuation of civilians they will also have the chance to be treated in russian field hospitals in the area to ensure they get the treatment they very much need now the opposition has also agreed to open a key road between homs two major cities which was previously a stumbling block in those negotiations in total well there's over two thousand two thousand and ninety five in total to be precise towns and villages covered by these the escalation zones when the fourth one comes into play there will be even more so very much substantial progress here in facilitating
a ceasefire and what's been some very difficult negotiations on these opposing sides. you know director general has condemned the killing of a journalist working for r.t. arabic in syria in a statement irina bokova added that the targeting of journalists in conflict zones is considered a war crime. to have died last week in an islamic state shelling near homs province he was filming a story on the syrian army's operations against the terror group we now bring you his final report and the testimony of his dedication to highlighting the horrors of war in his native country as told by his camera man he was also caught in the crossfire. and you see this red dot on the left the big one this round see it it means we're filming.
something we came to the eastern countryside of holmes called back a little with the army it was a place of direct confrontation with i still as we arrived the army was ordered to deal with the terrorist forces facing us the first show hits i still fight is then another one was fired shortly after the second show i'm not really sure whether i still fired a missile or a more tough but it was quite accurate hits a group of people khaled was there and the brigadier who was killed and the driver who was with us and is still in hospital was critically wounded we tried to do our best to help each other by all means and those who were not injured took us in pickup trucks to an ambulance on the road we didn't exactly know what happened that khaled was dead we were praying for him not to die hoping his injuries weren't serious and. i had known him for a long time but it felt as if i knew him for more than ten years and his
personality he was gallant and courageous he had many plans and desperations for the future he want to do something for his country. the pentagon's tonight allegations it knew about torture and killings by elite cameroonian forces the troops were reportedly carrying out the atrocities same base way u.s. soldiers were conducting training teams kept warping reports. according to amnesty international it's pretty clear that the african nation of cameroon is not a human rights paradise reports published in twenty fifteen and twenty sixteen highlighted how cameroon's authours g.'s and security forces often fail to respect obligations committing human rights violations including with arbitrary arrests incommunicado detention torture and deaths in custody these atrocities are taking place even at a military base that's being used by u.s.
troops i saw white men inside many times and i heard them talking in english i think they were americans everyone said they were americans and when you american soldiers stop material inside iraq the usa has over three hundred military personnel in the country to help in the fight against the bulk of around terrorist groups but it's what's going on at the military base where some of them are present that's raising alarm bells b.o.r. agents are asked me to confess that i was noms smuggler but i denied it while still tied up my head was forced into a barrel of water while i was in this position they beat the soles of my feet one after the other they would hit me we were tortured like this for a week and we ended up understanding that we had to tell them that we were arm smugglers in order not to die so that's what we did the guards came with be our soldiers to ask me questions about whether i knew book or arms members i said i didn't that beat me for five days tied up like a goat my arms and features strained behind my back but the u.s. african command says it's never heard any such reports to date u.s.
africa command has not received any reports of human rights abuses by cameroonian forces at either of these locations. perhaps she needs to have a chat with a certain state department. security forces committed numerous unlawful killings then gauged in torture beatings and other abuses particularly of detainees and prisoners. maybe the us african command just doesn't trust the big wigs back home when we're saying that we're talking specifically about a u.s. service member reporting up their chain of command not about external reports. if there's a vital interests for the u.s. military in a particular country there's a tendency not to have the human rights violations in those particular states common room does have or will and it is willing to work with the u.s. or various joint military operations so in that regard the u.s.
does have a choice in the developments in terms of when information is inconvenient and often gets ignored so is it any surprise that when there are reports of u.s. allies who are violating human rights washington seems to look the other way but r.t. new york. and if you'd like to know more about that and other stories head to our website. although back with more news at the top of the hour. here's what people have been saying about rejected a night with the senators full on awesome the only show i go out of my way to launch you know what it is there really packs a punch oh yeah it is the john oliver of our three americans doing the same thing we are apparently better than food testing. and see people you never heard of love redacted tonight not the president of the world bank so terry because you weren't
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up. welcome to worlds apart just a few months ago the paris climate change deal was celebrated as a new model of international problem solving approach of president obama's consensus seeking tallent and the victory for side over immediate gratification but now the president has effectively taken the united states all the deal without formal it announcing it doesn't leave the others well to discuss that i'm now and joined by eric stoltz executive director of the united nations environment program thank you very much for your time it's great to see you here in russia thank you so
much. well i know that the day of the paris deal signing was a very big day for you sad specifically that you see that as an indication that the shift toward the green the world was irreversible but just a couple of days ago president trump signed an executive order which effectively in the list as many of the commitments made by the obama administration don't you think the jubilation was a little bit premature on your part no basic there i don't think so because i'm absolutely confident that the move that there are calls to put into more return. even with the recent development in united states for two main reasons for sure china the european union everyone else will move whatever happens in the white house and secondly the forces of technology business so strong that there is no return but still the united states is a big player and president obama made it quite clear that the united states under his administration.