you know play with dolls if you play sports you're a tomboy and that kind of as a stigma so from a young age boys play sports girls you know are told to do that and that's the problem i think where it all begins so you know stuff like basketball and you know the sports like the popular ones tennis basketball hockey golf you know we see men dominating those because a lot of times from a young age they weren't available to little girls to start playing either because they were seen as not as marketable and that's another problem where they're not marketed or promoted like they should be which gives you know men the advantage from from the get go basically so oh yeah and you know and you know and they're still trying to play catch up that way which is ridiculous because they're they're performing at the same level yes let me ask you this in sports journalism is there some because we've seen a lot of things happening whether it's related to raise third gender thing in the ground is it is a quality happening in the ranks for female sports reporters or do they also struck
just of how many female sports teams to just step over to just about i don't know if you really want to. but yeah it is sports journalism there's a big you know any quality there as well i mean just from you know there's ninety percent of sports editors who are men and that's you know that's amazing so you know women don't all say that all right we don't even care. that's actually so i mean that's the stigma again starting from the beginning from behind the scenes meredith vieira an example she was the first woman to host the olympics and that was only four years ago to those fourteen so that's amazing you know we haven't come very far in in that respect so regarding to women sports journalists they're at a disadvantage when they go to cover the games are rejected from even entering the locker room because there was an incident three years ago in the jaguars an n.f.l. team in jacksonville three sports journalists who were females went to go in locker room like they were allowed to and sure who did. no what he was doing rejected them
from coming in and said no you're not supposed to be in here and so they were prevented from doing you know doing their job so it makes you or it makes a really hard for there to be women sports journalist when they can't even do their job. and you know their neighbors is talking about it she's been called sideline barbie you know that is the thing you know it becomes about your logs where they're the guys who part of do you that they think with this is something that will keep talking about without him the show more if nothing else to let you guys know about great women sports of the times this very big news and i'm sorry a time thank you so much steve for helping us kind of understand all this and and i think we're going to go to little more thank you so much and that will probably be as we go to break court watchers don't forget to let us know what you think about topics we've covered on facebook and twitter surf all shows that are t.v. dot com coming up strong stone talks with the secretary of state might come pale future of syria with former cia officer cia officer and intelligence analyst philip giraldi and we celebrate the spring of the stay tune for the.
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the white house these days may often seem like a never ending game of musical chairs rumors of staff changes cabinet reshuffle and the ebbs and flows of the president's ever changing favor have plagued this administration ever since its first days and those remember as very odd. and nothing more than that recently the broken clock didn't strike correctly seen rex tillerson out as secretary of state and cia director mike pump aoe tapped as his replacement pump aoe with quite a contentious foreign policy record from his congressional tenure and his record as and as the rector of the nation's premier spy agency will no doubt take a notably different approach to diplomacy than as a political business executive predecessor how will those tectonic changes affect washington's policies abroad from the standoff with kim jong il into that quietly misstep metastasizing regime change campaign in syria for answers to these questions and more sean stone sat down earlier with former cia officer and
intelligence analyst philip giraldi phil thanks so much for joining me i want to start by asking you because you're a former cia man yourself what does it mean that president trump was appointed by pompei zero as the new secretary of state from being previously the head of the cia well i think the appointment of pompei o. sends a perfectly clear signal that trump in his next phase of governing is going to be wanting to take a much harder line in a number of places trump has. basically already indicated that places like iran are very much being targeted but pompei or has it has gone beyond that and essentially has taken a very hard lines with russia and syria and of course has supported a very aggressive line with north korea. so let's talk a bit about syria because i know you've been writing about it
a plate the american people may not even realize that we already have ground troops in syria what is the actual number at this point that we know of. well the number of troops in syria is of course questionable the and they depends on how you count them the the number that keeps coming up is two thousand that's what the pentagon admits to that's what essential is what the government is saying but there are also a large there is a large number of contractors in syria and nobody has ever come up with a number of them so i'm not sure whether we're talking about five thousand ten thousand or maybe even more than that and of course there's a fairly fluid battle line between iraq and syria since the fighting over there has originated with with going after isis which was in both places so that there's probably a high probability that these numbers are fluid that the troops move around and as
you say the united states public really doesn't have very good insight into what's going on and indeed i would add that the u.s. congress doesn't have a very good insight either. and then it seems that president job actually wants to expand the number of troops within syria somewhere around thirty thousand troops guarding this sort of so-called you know northern border but who knows where they'll all be operating what is his plan looking like. well yeah the plan of of expanding operations in in syria has two aspects to it the first is they're talking about increasing the numbers and again the numbers seem to be loaded with contractors rather than actual serving soldiers. but we're talking about the numbers i've seen vary between thirty and sixty thousand now a lot of these sixty thousand might indeed be made up from the kurdish militias
that are already under arms and being directed by the united states so these numbers these numbers are a bit allusive what seems to be the the plan is to more or less control the border area between syria and iraq and this would require kind of a buffer zone that would run all the way along the euphrates river and up into the kurdish dominated regions in the north turkey of course is going to have a say in this and turkey has already indicated that it's not willing to put up with any kurdish zone of control in the north so we're looking at a confrontation with turkey as well as with the syrian government. all of this seems to be in contradiction to what president trump had said when he was campaigning of course he had been opposed to u.s. interventionism and excessive use of our military abroad and one of the interests
that our work here that are promoting the syrian war. that's an interesting question i mean i personally voted for donald trump because he was saying these things he was a strong critic of the iraq war and also to a certain extent of what was going on in afghanistan and basically committed himself to not expanding these useless wars in the middle east now all of a sudden he's on board so. my conclusion has to be that he's been convinced by some of his advisors some of the people he talks to he talks to john bolton quite often he's clearly very heavily influenced by nikki haley at the u.n. . so there are a lot of people who are conservatives who essentially are interested for various reasons in. going to war. on a larger scale in syria and of course the danger in that is that it could easily
bring russia well it seems that russia has certainly been involved the syrian war since twenty fifteen they were invited to support the assad government and yet what's up with shocks me is that whenever the assad regime seems to be making progress in expanding its realm of the government within syria for example rolling back isis from iraq places like this they get hit with new allegations of chemical weapons since most recently about a month ago what do you make of these that new recent allegations that assad has been using chemical weapons and basic the russians have been allowing it. well i believe that assad has not been using chemical weapons i think that nearly all of these charges against assad's regime as using them have been fake i think they've been essentially well if you look at the record and the almost all of these incidents of course take place in areas that are controlled by the so-called rebels
and they have the ability to both carry out the attack and stage how it is viewed. it said something like the white helmet that are also being used as a propaganda tool when you control the turf when you control the media that comes out of it and you have a lot of fellow travelers in in the west and elsewhere that are essentially willing to to follow the line that this is an atrocity being carried out by the syrian government that's what you're going to get so is the justification for the u.s. presence and troops in both iraq and syria still supposedly to fight isis. that's an interesting question the justification for fighting or for staying in syria has been changing regularly it was initially to fight isis then it became more a question of of supporting the shall we say revolutionaries or rebels who are
against the al assad regime with the justification be that al assad was quote killing his own people and more recently it has become i think a push for the united states to have rebel relevancy in the peace talks that will eventually decide what syria is going to look like and of course but will also include regime change and getting rid of al assad so the the the just because you keep shifting and we have nikki haley at the u.n. saying horrific things like we don't care what the rest of the world says but we have a right as americans to do whatever we want in syria i mean that's a ridiculous faves. yes syria reminds me a mixture it's a mixture of vietnam and afghanistan where on one hand you have the u.s. advisers that are on the ground as the early days of vietnam and again a lot of justification about this idea of fighting against a tyrant at that time it was the men and then in afghanistan where you're bringing
in troops with the free syrian army being comprised of many foreign jihadists who've been brought in like the mujahideen war in the eighty's basically to overthrow sort of a russian friendly regime do you think that this ultimately will end in a what fashion or similar to afghanistan or vietnam. that's a very good question it's a question of what kind of defeat will it. i suspected it's going to be have its own unique characteristic we've been on a trajectory downward or we since we started with afghanistan and iraq of course is the perfect example of how bad it can get the a century all you've done is is weaken the one state in the middle east that was strong enough to resist iranian had yemeni iran not being a country friendly to us and we've basically turned that country into an ally of
iran so that was a real dumb move i think that syria centrally will survive what we are doing to it and syria will then be a country that will be quite interested in doing mischief to get back from what we were doing to it so it's it's i think we would just kind of add at a certain point all of this will go away but it will be a tremendous disaster for the united states in terms of people killed by on both sides and also the money that we wasted and the money the money could be catastrophic. vernell is the latin word for spring equinox is latin for equal night the vernal equinox is the time right after day and night are of equal amounts of time and i march twentieth the twenty eighteen vernal equinox will commence marking the beginning of spring and a time for new beginning celebrations of life and rebirth at stonehenge each year druids which is an pagans alike meet at the site where first century nature worship
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twenty three russian diplomats have left the u.k. as punishment for moskos alleged involvement in the poisoning of a spy in britain lesser insists though it had nothing to do with the attack. in other news the saudi crown prince and president donald trump of the meeting in washington the u.s. leader has already made a weapon sales pitch to his guess. that europe is a very wealthy nation and we're going to give the united states some of them well. the hash tag delete facebook is trending as people express their anger over revelations about the social network's harvesting of user data.
giving to you my name is harvey you're watching r.t. international. first this hour twenty three russian diplomats expelled by london have now left the u.k. on a plane bound for moscow. a report from london on the latest in the standoff between russia and the u.k. . it's twenty three diplomats and their families so close to one hundred people who were waved off by the remaining embassy staff in the u.k. they boarded a russian government plane bound from mosco and the russian ambassador to the u.k. alexander you can bend he is school them to the airport this is what he had to say take a listen we've been through diplomats means forty percent reduction. and that's the world already embassy this was. in the issue visas is becoming a little bit more complicated these days you know to work in the u.k.
but this is the new reality is this is the different level completions. the major problem for us you know all this. is that we don't have any evidence no evidence presented to us and for the time being you know we don't have anything in the world the police and the diplomatic expulsions are all part of this full out between the u.k. and russia following the poisoning of sergei script and his daughter in seoul's berry over a couple of weeks ago now over two weeks ago last week to resume a blamed the kremlin for the attempted murder of the former double agent and his daughter she said it was highly likely that the noisy child of agent originated in russia and she announced to roff of measures in retaliation including these diplomatic expulsions the kremlin responded on saturday as well in turn with a list of twenty three british diplomats who were being expelled from moscow that's
yet to happen the kremlin's also announced the closure of the british consulate in st petersburg i'm a closure of the british council which is sort of the cultural offshoot of the british embassy in russia for tat measures and to reason may met with the national security council today there had been some expectation the. she might introduce more new measures to further measures against the kremlin but her spokesperson has just been talking and she said that there is action being taken at the border to monitor and track people whose activity threatens the security of the u.k. and its allies she's saying there's work by international inspectors to get samples of the nerve agent to go in and that the prime minister is looking forward to more talks with the states on the spy poisoning later on this week so she's really reinforced what was unveiled last week but stopped short so far of adding to the list of measures she has however said that all the measures are being actively
considered and they're going to be ready to deploy by to resume a at any time now in the meantime the investigation into what actually took place how that nerve agent was administered that is still ongoing and is being handled by london's anti terror police unit their latest statement says that this is an investigation that's set to last for many months to come they have some two hundred fifty detectives working on collecting evidence around the clock and on top of that investigators from the hague from the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons they have arrived in the u.k. this week they're collecting samples of the nerve agent used from the lab that's handling it here as part of an independent investigation into what happened and the results of that are expected to take at least two weeks rusher on its part demands that you can prove or apologize for. over the poisoning of.
his daughter. who can spin following this. so far over the last fifteen days it's very much been a predictable different tit for tat the expulsion of those russian diplomats and the british diplomats likewise from moscow what we do know and of the wider fallout the support u.k. has received chancellor merkel one major european power leader has been in conversation with the polish prime minister mr. moore where he where she has condemned russia and divided russia provide proof of what she describes as its involvement in this case proof of its innocence this is what she had to say we are of the opinion that there are very serious indications there russia has something to do with this now it's up to russia to show this is not the case the president of france likewise joining in the chorus plying that russia may have stockpiled or perhaps even lost control of some of those alleged chemical weapons chemical agents
it does pose as calling on russia to reveal any of those two that this is the statement from the french. the french president has called on russian authorities to shed light on their role in relation to the unacceptable attack in salisbury and to take back full control of any programs not to clear to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons further to those talks in warsaw the polish government also saying unconfirmed sources at the moment but saying they are considering expanding russian diplomats in solidarity with the u.k. also considering apparently bringing in sanctions against certain russian government officials and certain companies as well the whole. owners here of course being on russia to prove its innocence and prove. evidence of a lack of involvement in this case as opposed to the other way around the u.k. provide evidence of direct concrete russian involvement. to these countries that cetera very much of things perhaps slightly being turned on their head here short
of what has been the official russian reaction. and to all of this initially of course denied any knowledge any involvement in what exactly happened to mr script while the presidential spokesman saying that confirming once again that russia the russian federation has not developed such nerve agents has not stopped while such nerve agents and in the destroyed its chemical weapons stockpile last year in twenty seventeen nevertheless that diplomatic route has occurred we told you that the twenty three diplomats had been expelled from the u.k. and the boarded the plane let's get live pictures now from moscow can tell you news in that the twenty diplomats have just arrived back home you can see the press that gathered to get a few snaps of them and they've they've landed in the very shortly actually exiting from sheremetyevo airport here in moscow live pictures from the scene.
now we also spoke to former u.s. diplomat jim jatra said the insistence that russia prove its own innocence but you'd ask somebody to prove their innocence in a vacuum prove you didn't do something how do you do that when the russians have request of the british to give the same samples they've given to the o p c w to the russians so they can they can compare it to whatever data they have at their disposal this shows i think extreme bad faith on the part of the british government i think the americans and the other europeans are basically just sort of going through the motions in supporting their ally but i think theresa may is way out a way out beyond her evidence on this so i think this is getting out of control. a meeting between the saudi crown prince and donald trump is currently underway in washington but before the closed door talks could occur president welcomed the saudi prince into the oval office the u.s. they got straight down to business by giving a small presentation on u.s.
weapons to his guest. very very you know of five hundred thirty three million dollars five hundred forty five million dollars the freeness for you. so here is a very wealthy nation and we're going to give the united states some of them well hopefully. for some it's made a conscious of a lot from washington d.c. i hope i'm not going to fall somewhere by saying a touch of used car salesman there about donald trump's pitch to the saudi prince how's the visit been going though in general well right here in the nation's capital people are protesting against the saudi princes u.s. tour as well as this saudi assault on yemen now this is all been going on just as the senate meets to vote on legislation that would end u.s. involvement let's take a quick look. this is a cry only crown prince it's here in the u.s. the news inside the white house right now meeting with the president he's here to
secure the cure more u.s. weapons to be used against me i mean and you can also see bargain himself as a reformer being responsible for creating the worst humanitarian disaster on earth not yet. you know. there's been a whole lot of criticism over the saudi princes visit as well as the catastrophe in yemen but first some background ten thousand people have been killed since the start of the conflict back in two thousand and fifteen and a saudi imposed a blockade has left the country at the brink of famine and the u.n. has deemed it the world's worst humanitarian crisis. look at your letters.