militants in syria's eastern good a district continued to shell the capital damascus despite a un back to cease fire according to the russian defense ministry. the two thousand and eighteen winter olympics wrapped up in south korea the spectacular closing ceremony of the drama continued right to the very end of the games on the final day in russia as ice hockey team saw germany for three and a nailbiting final when gives olympic athletes from russia a total of seventeen medals in south korea. and in the stories that shapes the week germany's leading tabloid publishes what i thought was undeniable evidence of russian meddling in the country's politics only to realize it was an embarrassing hoax.
welcome to the weekly here on r t where we wrap up the top stories from the past week bringing you the latest developments as well thanks for tuning in. militants in the eastern good district of syria are indiscriminately shelling the capital damascus according to russia's defense ministry that's despite the united nations voting on saturday to implement a cease fire or war correspondent ron goes to have was here in the studio earlier with the details russian reconsider the monitoring center in syria says that over the last twenty four rebels in the east launched no less than thirty one shells into damascus and i knew what that looks like every time we've stayed in damascus every time we've been in damascus we shows. all over the capital damascus because it is the last rebel stronghold in the vicinity of the capital.
stranglehold you know lulu the resident revolutions because all other on plates around the capitol have been. retaken by the syrian government nevertheless these these incidents of shelling they're very random they shelled blindly you know a shell might land in a market might land in a military base and a hospital is a government building and usually there's a lot of casualties of the last twenty four hours a dozen casualties syrian authorities but. the rebels in east ghouta generation islam the army of islam which holds which is the most powerful rebel group in east ghouta says that it is abiding by the cease fire it says that it is being shelled and bombed by the syrian government and that is indeed happening there are air strikes from what we've gathered from the various reports there are air strikes on going against east do it against al islam the army of islam but the syrians are saying that you know the rebels are shooting at us and
the rebels are saying the syrians are shooting the other so there's no cease fire to speak of quite yet. the russian defense ministry also said that according to its sources armed groups in eastern gooda are preparing to use chemical weapons to provoke outside forces into attacking the syrian government political science professor minded motorist believes terrorists have no intention of respecting the cease fire it's naive to say we have to stop the violence overnight and cease fire overnight simply because all the parties involved have interest to continue on with this violence there is groups have instructions to is can lead to violence. terrorist groups in this day of this story they are so desperate that's why i can believe that the they can use chemical weapons as the last chord on the table. the two thousand and eighteen winter olympics in south
korea came to a dramatic close on sunday a stunning fireworks display rounded off the night as well as the traditional handover to the next winter olympic host city which will be beijing and twenty twenty two wrapping up the final day n.p.n. chang here is in there for trying. time really does fly and i can't believe that it's already the and of twenty eight thing we've seen the closing ceremony and the nations parade at it and i'll tell you what it was much warmer than the opening on february ninth quite literally and the fans didn't have to freeze themselves that much to see the spectacle something that hasn't changed though is the fate of the russian athletes who weren't able to march with their national colors there had been a glimmer of hope that they'd be allowed to do that but earlier on sunday the i.o.c. decided not to lift the suspension of russia's national olympic committee after two
of the o.a.r. athletes tested positive for doping although the r.u.c. president has said that these two cases appear to be isolated these are cases off of negligence and there is no indication. of so ever for a systemic or systematic. doping affair here the astley's who failed the test though claim it could have been a result of salva taz or some sort of mistake they say that they have never taken banned drugs on purpose to improve their performance back to the final day of peeling chang twenty eight ng i guess if you asked the russian fans would they rather see their national flags at the closing ceremony or would they rather have their men's ice hockey team win gold for the first time in twenty six years most of
them would still choose the second option and that is exactly what happened inside the gandhi ice hockey arena on sunday the red machine beat germany for three and a gripping final and then at the prize giving ceremony the olympic and them was. played instead of the russian anthem obviously but guess what the winners and the stadium sang then the national anthem of course and that was quite a scene to watch this was the second gold at these olympics the first one was won by a fifteen year old alina's the gates of a in the figure skating and i'll tell you what these winter olympics were really games of hope for russia with many more experienced star athletes having to sit out yung chang twenty home the o.e.r. still won a total of seventeen medals that is of course by far not the best performance but still in these circumstances it deserves
a huge round of applause as for the whole medal table norway came first with fourteen gold fourteen silver and eleven bronze and that's of course a spectacular result as a dimension sunday saw a thrilling win for the russian men's ice hockey team they secured gold with a four three victory over germany in a gripping final it was the first time in twenty years that russia had reached the final and you have to go back to albertville france and one thousand nine hundred two for their last gold and men's ice hockey that was also under a neutral banner the team didn't have its own flag at the time following the breakup of the soviet union now here you can see the elated and exhausted hockey stars taking their bus back to the olympic village we had a chance to speak to one of the key men in the russian team india couple check the marginals the game was very tough germany didn't get to the final for no reason it's great that we won but we leveled the school and then the final point in
overtime i think this goal brought joy to millions of russian fans everyone is celebrating today. after a less than smooth build up to the games the delight of the traveling russian fans getting to celebrate their country's second gold of the tournament was very clear. we almost lost it but anyway things turned out ok it was a super match and a super victory russia is the champion and we did it with the germans were playing very well it was a beautiful game many thanks to the german team and the russian team for situ wonderful final we're so thrilled we're all north korea has said that it's ready for talks with the united states that was announced after the country's officials met with south korean diplomats at the olympics in pm chang but not everyone was happy to see the north korean delegation there were protests of the south korean border town against the visit independent china loves china specialist and long told us about the controversies that could overshadow in north korea washington
talks as far as the sentients are concerned of course the united states want to trouble the sanctions and use military coercion is what i mean you're solving international issues it depends on what kind of a deal the united states has with a lot korea with the united states obviously want that north koreans to abandon its nuclear arsenal abandon all its capabilities to develop nuclear weapons and long distance the leverage system and that's something which i don't think a lot of korea would necessarily accept that cannot be struck then we're back to square one and back to confrontation as collation but all the other hand it's quite possible that some agreement may be reached. germany's best selling newspaper was tricked this week and a publishing a fake a bombshell story on russian meddling in the country's politics the report in bill
detailed how a mysterious russian agent and bought master called yuri had supposedly offered his services to the head of the social democratic party's youth wing. cornered hoping to sabotage a coalition deal between his party and angle of merkel's conservatives here's a snippet of the pair suppose that exchange did care for him i'm yuri i'd like to talk to you about supporting your new group who campaign thanks for your mail j. already told me to expect a mail from you but just to be sure could you name me g.'s favorite beverage as you can certainly understand this is a delicate matter me oh me oh martin ginger oh dear ury perfect that's a relief so what can you offer me basically we can offer you everything an opinion campaign with but schultz social bots on twitter and facebook or even a targeted facebook advertising campaign but there's only one problem with all of that the whole conversation was fabricated by the german satirical magazine titanic
the editors behind the hoax posted this triumphant photo online it shows all of the magazine's employees posing with the transcript of the fake e-mails and the tabloid subsequent article the editor of the titanic says the hoax was all to easy to concoct less than an afternoon's work in fact. we turn it over to rick and magazine we work with the same. methods as built so we knew how to think like an editor there were no rumors about russian meddling and we thought this cannot be we have to make an alliance with the built tabloid push a story about russian meddling a story that was techie like in the spy movie and we had a good feeling that this would work when there's a story like this for four built they don't care about details it's only interesting if the story is good and it was a good story indeed it was. like a good movie i hope it will be made into
a movie sometime build has now retracted the story and what's more at the head of the s.p.d. is youth wing insists that how do you really been made such an offer he would have turned it down both of them have to see in this book i don't know but this group but of course you would refuse any of these offers don't work with social bots i don't have the information that even received and your was in this area. a forced sterilization program which ran for decades was recently uncovered in japan more than twenty five thousand people were targeted according to newly released government documents one of the victims shared her story with r.t. . has a hard time getting through the middle school. one of the teachers took me to see cassie king and his house that i was constantly being used by his wife i never got some. good paint i never had the chance to see
the official to back my diagnosis either she hated me. and. my teacher took me for a magical chacon then i was taken to hospital he didn't explain anything. when i woke up i was this deep when they told me not to drink the water at school but i remember. at some time my parents told me that i was operated on and now i cannot have babies my father didn't agree to bring us to sign documents by my teacher and welfare reform since. japan's eugenics protection law went into effect after world war two and left of into the mid ninety's people with disabilities and heredity her of the terri diseases were sterilized supposedly to maintain the quote purity of the japanese race but missed gnosis was common and in many cases the victims turned out to be
entirely healthy and more than sixteen thousand cases the procedure was carried out without consent and some victims were as young as nine years old with the first lawsuit filed in january one of january of this year questions are being raised as to who exactly should be held legally responsible. when i got married my mother in law told me that my sister has been sterilized after i made an information disclosure request i found out she was only fifteen when the pure ation took place this genetic mental disease was the only listed reason for her sterilization however it is not true when she was a one year old she became mentally handicapped because of the anesthesia and self-interest gave her so she didn't have a genetic condition very good show the question maids who's responsible for all of this to me it's the government's fault they executed the program as well as the national legislature which a doctor the law needs to take responsibility make apologies assume it's possible
the doctors also responsible but in a way that we use by the government. the king of spain paid a visit to barcelona on sunday where he received a less than warm welcome on the streets. i. was i was. i was it was the pay the six first visit to the colony since the women's referendum on independence hundreds of people gathered in the city center as the monarch arrived carrying catalan flags and they were met by riot police and really continued into the night with people chanting support from jail probably on leaders they were imprisoned after the vote last october which was deemed illegal by the spanish government thomas harrington and expert on catalonia says the spanish
government is exporting divisions within the independence movement what we're seeing here is the the results of the spanish government's tactic of degrading the rule and the fact that january thirtieth the two main parties. the catalan independence movement were unable to come to an agreement as to the swearing in of the exiled catalan president and a lot of people felt quite deflated by the inability of the leadership of the movement to get together at this crucial time. so i think a lot of people are feeling worn out so i think we're in a position or a time where the world is feeling a bit deflated because of the failure of the leadership to get together and yet they are speaking out in the streets and perhaps a more organic fashion. the portuguese island of tests they are in the atlantic is in desperate need of decontamination decades of u.s. air force activity have left it polluted with heavy metals and islanders say
they're worried about the prevalence of cancer and other serious illnesses. leave them free of the and it's time to run away from here as we already have stayed too long. the most what we have is a series of locations with extremely high levels of pollution caused by heavy metals a hydrocarbons there are very high levels of lead in some zones sterility and cancer arrhythmia and neverending amounts of problems associated with an excess of these substances. all my
family lived in that area both of my parents died of cancer when i was thirty three i was diagnosed with breast cancer. the dire environmental situation on the island was first acknowledged in a classified report written in two thousand and three which just since been leaked it describes seventeen major fuel spills and one fifteen thousand gallons of jet fuel were were released when a pump was unintentionally activated that was in one nine hundred eighty four and there has been no clean up since then the report stresses that the island's inhabitants are at risk from contaminants in the soil air and the water here's what local experts have been telling us. we found in the data that was published
referring to the two thousand and seven two thousand and eleven period a higher number of certain cancers in the prior divots or area than the rest of the source especially regarding the rarer cancers for example i can say with thirty three percent of the cases being in prior divots or while the area has only eight point five two percent of the population. and we. know this is how the repeats itself on various islands occupied by the americans this is almost a scorched earth policy where the problems accumulate and the local government doesn't react the population has no capacity to take a stance maybe as a result of scientific illiteracy or lack of knowledge on the cause effect relations we have contacted both the us and portuguese governments but i received no response as to the specific questions we asked the us government did however
forward a press release from last december it states that the two countries are aware of the situation and are seeking expert advice on how best to proceed. dutch shipping group is facing accusations of selling a number of vessels with harmful waste to scrap yards in turkey and india exacerbating the environmental and health problems there and potentially violating the laws. of the so that. the such. utter lack of thing should.
a safe way it also cites the alleged impact of the chemicals on recycling workers and the environment in those countries prosecutors are seeking fines of seven hundred fifty thousand euros or the alleged breach of waste laws if convicted three shipping bosses could face up to six months in jail the company rejects any wrongdoing however see trade groups defense team argues the ships only qualify as waste once they reach their final destination and don't fall under environmental rules as turkey and india are beyond its jurisdiction a lack of proper regulation in the industry is one of the problems highlighted by environmental activists and organizations. is a dutch company and certainly in two thousand and twelve the conditions at the south asia were well known to any european company so the choice the trade made was for the highest price and. higher prices because they do not pay for the profit waste management the proper infrastructure and they use migrant workers that in the
trained indeed unfortunately is a very common practice more than eighty percent of the world tonnage is currently broken on three title beaches in the world one in india one in bangladesh and one in pakistan this activity causes pollution. the ground is also very dangerous for the work is they fall from heights there are explosions they will be crushed by steel plates so it's basically an industry which is very poorly regulated that's a wrap up of the week's biggest stories along with today's top headlines and don't forget you can always head to our website or to dot com for the details on all those stories and more thanks for watching.
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plan of welcome to worlds apart rather than providing clarity and closure the indictment of thirteen russian nationals on charges of conspiracy has further entrenched both sides of the russia gate narrative those who believe that kremlin tried to have democracy deep in their conviction as did those who insist that the whole story was an invention of sore losers whatever it was or was and russia's role in the two thousand and sixteen presidential campaign perception is reality navigated well to discuss that i'm now joined by further look one of russia's top geopolitical analyst and editor in chief of russian and global affairs magazine mr le can if it's good to talk to you thank you for coming over now first let me ask you about the so-called same petersburg troll factory in western media it's presented as these huge ominous operation but if you look at the sheer number of people involved and the size of the budget it's not even a factor it's a tiny little swatch employ more people at archie's cafeteria actually indicted why
do you think it's gotten these larger than life that's right. maybe you should promote your cafeteria to make more well i think people cafeteria know english pretty much as well as the people who are running that fact. a bit disappointed by this. disclosure because i believed based on what u.s. media and western media wrote before that russia is really all mind to the we are everywhere that our specialists including thralls are really comprehensive and overwhelming if it is only for doing this kind of business and i have no doubt that this business does exist because that's part of the p.r. and mass communication and strategic communication activities anywhere and already i think i read somewhere in the u.s.
press that some people who seriously analyze that they say that basically what they did is part of it is a mini commercial commercial the media company has as they called it but you know that the problem with the americans is that they believe that the person who is behind it is vladimir putin himself the president of russia and i know that most foreigners believe that russia is this very tightly controlled society and politically that may be the case sometimes but i wonder if you allow for a possibility that guinea pig ocean who conceived and funded this operation who is sometimes referred to as couldn't form a chef was actually doing that on his own as an experiment for social media rather than following or trying to execute direct orders from the kremlin. i have no idea both relationship between mr pretty goes on mr putin but based on my
more this knowledge about how russian society and russia ministration work in general i don't because the specificity of current russian system unlike the soviet system where everything was really centralized and very much well organized. now we have the opposite situation yes the state. obviously uses some how to call it nontraditional means sometimes to compensate for all those weaknesses of russian russian system because it's no secret that. many components of influence power or economy capacity russia is much weaker than the united states but it can be compensated by by some. what i'm asking you about is the propensity of the
russia to produce these ad hoc actions what you're saying is that the russian state sometimes outsourcing is that but i think also what many foreigners don't understand is this call which the russian system allows for personal and sometimes even eleven and malevolent initiative yeah absolutely that's what i wanted to say that sometimes it is the case that. the state is using it but in many other cases this is a strange mixture of private initiative commercial initiative sometimes there are people with some political use. they they do it the maybe believe the russian state but it's not a development i'm certain see that the russian state the kremlin may cheer upon without actually the kremlin for asking the kremlin first absolutely and to believe that mr putin. we're.
much much much worse organized and i think. competency when it comes to social media is rather questionable it is well known that he's not using smartphones so he's no lawyer. to love communication. so maybe he is the one who should be indicted after all now if you look at some of the output of the. shop it uses a magical language what we would call rather than american english i think shows very poor knowledge of the american domestic politics very brash style to it all you know it looks very amateur at the level of a high school newspaper at bath and yet a lot of very well placed and very well educated people in the united states take it as nothing. either declaration or an act of weight.