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for the white helmets and so the question when what would the british government be looking to do to plug the fact gap now it's interesting that the u.s. government has taken that decision because just a couple of months ago in march the white helmets and their senior leaders were in washington taking high level meetings with us government officials who were praising them for their work and praising them for their lifesaving activities as it's been put but not everybody is a fan of the white helmet so we've been repeated allegations that they have been. linked to al qaida tied groups and that they've been on the front lines where groups like al nusra have been present working hand in hand and also that some of the rescue missions have been nothing but stunts to try to win the world sympathy.
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now the white house continue to maintain that they're purely a humanitarian group and that they have no links to any extremist groups or the like but it's interesting they were founded by a former british army soldier a former master nuri by the name of james messire yeah and so it seems that with this latest pledge by the u.k. government to look into plugging that funding gap the links between britain and the white helmets looks set to continue. we spoke to political analyst mike riley who has been to syria himself he told us the case against the white helmets is abundantly clear the british people have something serious to consider here unless
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they've been sealed in a medically sealed bubble of the mainstream media or they haven't read a book in their lives they must have their doubts about this group now there's been enough written about them people that we spoke to in aleppo last year they call them al nusra is fire brigade most people have not actually heard of them this year in aleppo we had one man sorry they were bad actors so the so there they have a reputation of being of doing the staged rescues. but the revelations from people in east kuta that were of been liberated just dissin the past month shed more deferrals lot on this group i think the people in england should and britain should be asking themselves do they need to go on to some kind of tax troika and we'll start with holding funds from the government because they're going to find themselves on the wrong side of the law just by paying taxes it's a very very strange situation for theresa may to put us all in. israel has
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revoked the work permit for human rights watchers director in the country authorities explain the decision was based on a dossier that was compiled on omar shakira tiffany's over the course of a decade check it out as work involves reporting on israel and the palestinian territories he has held his post since april last year israel has now given him fourteen days to leave the country and we spoke to the ousted director who told us that the real motive behind the decision is to disturb his organization's work. the reality is all of the allegations in the dossier relate to human rights activities many of which took place years ago before i joined human rights watch when i was a student in university and the reality remains that even according to the interior ministry neither i nor human rights watch promote boycotts human rights watch is an organization that covers over ninety countries across the world we've won a nobel peace prize you know for efforts we document abuses not only by israel but
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also by the palestinian authority and i have asked this is the first time of course human rights watch that israel has ordered human rights official out of the country who've been working here for nearly three decades i met a fifty plus year occupation characterized by systematic rights abuse and institutional discrimination so their real name is clear it's to muzzle dissent human rights watch has committed all the situation and says this is not about the director himself but about shackling of the organizations activities that israel it also said that it supports the director i will fight for the decision to be revised . and that's because it again says the organization will push on with its work we're got a list of the obstacles barring me from operating here will not stop our reporting we'll continue to document rights abuses and be vocal about the right situation on the ground but i think it's a very worrying signal guarding where israel is and is going we intend to
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challenges decision before an israeli district court and we intend to continue to raise pressure not only to reverse this decision but also to rescind the law that calls for banning entry of activists with fully anticipate that that decision over your first and then i will be permitted term in the country. but i thank you for sharing some of your time with us here at r.t. international for your thursday worldwide news headlines certainly more to come at the top of the hour. pretty good choice of. americans i would say i'm not american but americans helped out really. world war
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two cures the depression cars united states was concerned prosperity of course in store. for the for us the whole world what it what and. historical rewrite ever since world war two to foment the cold war against russia against communism and. socialists mishmosh us to the soviet army out to all costs to swipe and we're so used to call them go. well i think world war two has been distorted incredibly by the anglo-american media and that's because they want to diminish the role of russia. and stalin who actually defeated hitler.
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the new global economic war is unfolding in the realm of education the right to education as being supplanted by the right to access education loans higher education is becoming just another product that can be bought and sold but it's not just about education anymore it's also about running a business where you could not. could this also. mean that they could i mean. what is the place of students in this business model for college i was born now i'm manic stream high education the new global economic war.
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welcome to worlds apart i mean is parliament elected protest leader and he called pushing down as prime minister on tuesday after weeks of peaceful and usually joyce protests having downs their way to the most dramatic power transition in the country's modern history what will it take for armenia's new leadership to give its
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people what they're asking for well to discuss that i'm now joined by about canberra grigory an international media liaison for nicole passion and transition team ken it's great to talk to you thank you very much for being here with us i understand it's been a very very long and joyce day for you so thank you again for joining us i'm congratulations thank you for having me and thank you now mr passion and managed to get the support of the of about half the parliament fifty nine out of one hundred five members of parliament supported him and that vote comes on the heels of another woad barely a week ago when the majority of lawmakers rejected his candidacy what has happened in those few days to alter the mood in parliament so much well i think what's happen. specifically is that the republican party has had to come to terms with the mood of the country and the public opinion and they've had recently had no choice
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but to vote in nickel pushing in as the next prime minister of armenia now when the new. election or selection brother broke his supporters took to the streets many of them wearing wide close reach i understand were a symbols a symbol of their hopes for the country what is your understanding of what people expect from the new leadership well i think what most people expect from the new leadership is exactly what. has been talking about throughout this campaign which is that the new government will be based on transparency on legitimacy will be founded on the judum a sea of legitimacy by the people will be based on transparency and justice and i think that's what the people expect and i am pretty sure that that is what will be delivering now i've heard many armenians say that what they hope for is an economic and political system serving in benefiting the people rather than class and i think
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this is something that we can all relate to but it's easier said than done because armenia is a very close knit society with strong family connections with maybe informal institutions do you think that's going to present the problem while trying to read the system of the clan influence well i don't think the main problem in armenia is clans or family ties i think the main problem in armenia has been the oligarchic system and pasha is very specifically said that all of the orcs will not be part of his government and that there will be a level playing field for all businesses and i think that's what people expect it will and number of former soviet republics russia ukraine georgia to some extent even is beckett's than have attempted to limit the influence of big businesses or big families important families on power with let's say very day. airing degrees of success generally speaking it's very difficult because powerful in reach people do not like to lose their privileges what makes you believe that i mean you will find
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it easier well i think first of all it's the general mood of this revolution it was one based on solidarity and love throughout society first of all second of all i think even the big businesses realize that for the basic sustainability of the country the rules of engagement need to change so even for the big businesses for them to continue to maintain their businesses the the system needs to change and i think that is what will ultimately lead to the. leveling of the playing field here well bob ken but let me challenge you here a little bit if you talk to the ukrainians or georgians many of them would tell you that their own revolutions were allowed by the law for their countries their concern for ed their hatred of corruption their very strong desire to see genuine democratic institutions they build in their countries and i think some of them are
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disappointed right now again of what makes armenia different from either ukraine or georgia well first of all i think it's important to note that armenia is not ukraine or georgia and that our experience is unique to certain extent. i think for first of all we're we're building on the success and the failures of past efforts to address the issues that you're talking about so in many ways we have a leg up on anything that's been tried in the past. and i think time will tell how successful will be but i'm very hopeful if i may follow up on that a little bit i know here believe as we all are as we all do that our countries are unique and i know that in your previous academic experience you you had an opportunity of studying the experiences of many posts. soviet republics and the way to democratic or. democratic transitions depending on the on your point of
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view what is some of the experiences that you think deserve that tension in terms of i mean elating or on the contrary trying to avoid the special sauce and all of this is comes down to. political will and i think what nicol pushing on represents for many people is finally a leader that has the political will because quite frankly a lot of the reforms i need to be done are not radical reforms they're not they're not you know we don't need to reinvent the wheel here really all it takes is some basic political will and i think that's what nicol pasha now represents and that's what nicholas archons governments was going to enact now i know you've written and i couldn't make paper on the so-called political regimes which appeared to some democratic practices but. while also sticking to the autocratic governance when it comes to their political and economic institutions and i think there is a widespread belief in the west that once you take a corrupt or an autocratic leader out of power then democracy is sort of naturally
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blossoms is that what you expect to happen in armenia no because i don't think that democracy is necessarily a linear thing i think what i tried to show my paper is that this hybrid state of not quite a talker see and not quite democracy can actually be a stable form of government but actually in that same paper. model that is presented shows that there are pathways to overcoming this hybrid regime and specifically happens at a point when civil society and political opposition join forces and actually that's exactly what happened in armenia i wonder if you expect these democratic transition to be fully grassroots i mean fully grown from within or do you count on support from let's say the european union and other western countries in terms of.


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