a significant threat to u.s. national security interests fails a new strategy in africa to counter china's influence on the continent but the us national security advisor branding america's previous approach as ineffective. russian national maria putin who is accused of spying in the united states pleads guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent. and jewish protesters clashed with police in the west bank demanding a key motorway be closed to palestinians house israel launches a crackdown offered to i.d.f. soldiers were killed at a bus stop. on his promise to push on with a high spending budget rejected by brussels revising its plans in a bid to avoid the e.u. sanctions.
your world news on the hour every hour welcome to the friday stories here on out into. the u.s. has outlined a new american strategy in africa to counter russian and chinese influence on that continent and the new plan will also limit u.s. aid to certain countries u.s. national security advisor john bolton one veil the strategy said that in the past billions had been spent in effectively. but i guess the it takes a closer look this regarding that it's reads more like a declaration of war than a strategy and this plan is for the good of the africa promises john bolton this coming from a guy whose boss trump infamously referred to several african nations as something that i can't mention on there the predatory practices pursued by china and russia
stunt economic growth in africa threaten the financial independence of african nations and pose a significant threat to u.s. national security interests it's interesting logic so when china or russia or someone else you don't like lends an african nation money that's debt colonialism almost financial slavery when america does it it's investment for africa's own good left mentioning is that russia's trade with the continent pales into insignificance when compared to the us or china look at this realize this highway hydro power station all built with chinese investment beijing is raising entire cities with more to come china is willing to provide another sixty billion dollars in support of africa to government assistance investment and fine. and
seeing the financial institutions and enterprises the phrase actions speak louder than words is entirely a political here the chinese leader xi jinping has visited africa nine times during his tenure tromp one sent his wife but what the united states might lack in tact it's more than makes up with guns american troops are stationed in fifty out of fifty four african nations it has thirty four military sites thousands and thousands of soldiers across the entire continent and a long history of military interventions china has one base in djibouti russia has none american troops are there for africans own good washington would say speaking of which remember the whole chinese and russian money that had american money good thing well it turns out not so much our new foreign assistance strategy
will ensure that all us foreign aid in every corner of the globe vance's u.s. interest countries that repeatedly vote against the united states in international forums or take actions counter to u.s. interest should not receive generous american foreign aid john bolton they does and gentleman man who unveiled america's new africa platen so much for financial independence africans good luck jumping ministration those that actually desire to help africa. they see africa as a whole on the new geopolitical just war and therefore they want to use africa against worship and against china and china and russia policy particularly china with new silk road is not particularly china is actually believe in massive infrastructure projects of course to continent with the new so route. no initiative
there transforming the continent so the real policy would be for the united states joint with china instead of very very cynical and jugular strategy which has nothing to do their work and everything to do with the united states trying to meet in europe and against russia and china are the only thing i would do is push people in africa closer to working with other people. after months of detention in a u.s. prison russian national maria has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent but it's not his kind of mop and now reports that some worry that she's being used as a political pawn and moreover the she is not alone in this respect. when maria boot no was arrested the media went wild cue the james bond music and get out your decoder rings it turned out we have a real james bond seductress in real life and they had sexy photos with firearms
a web of sex and lies and illegal kremlin agent she offered sex for access to an unnamed political group was likely in contact with russia's f.s.b. and something right out of a spy novel they scraped the barrel for everything even her phone cover which reportedly had putin's face on it received its fair share of air time and now after six months she's been in federal custody much of which in solitary confinement she has come forward and pled guilty to failing to register as a lobbyist for a foreign government yeah no spy stuff no sexual seduction not much at all they've got her for supposedly talking to some politically influential people this is what russia has been saying all along for those little when i heard about what's happening around her i also told the chiefs of our intelligence surely no one had heard of her only in the federal council had people who had focused it because she was working as someone's assistant now prior to today's hearing the russian foreign ministry said that they would support her no matter what decision she made it seems
like the buttin a saga is now drawing to a close she might be deported back to russia she might go to prison the next hearing is on february twelfth they're not just begun politically motivated this is an utter and total miscarriage of justice i work on chase street in washington d.c. k. street is the center of lobbying for the washington area half of k. street is unregistered half of k. street is working for foreign countries without registering with the justice department so why target maria wouldn't because she's russian and they might be able to get some political leverage out of her the only reason this is not about justice not at all but another high profile case is now starting to unravel the chief financial officer of wow a tech. knowledge easy the world's leading telecommunications manufacturer has been grabbed in canada over charges related to sanctions against iran trump openly admits that u.s. interests and negotiations are
a factor if we think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal of the money i would certainly intervene if i thought it was necessary it is going to be dangerous to see is whether we have a federal investigatory body and a justice department that is launching investigations or asking things under the guise of being a yes where the government of the united states without the approval or support of the president or other members of congress. in order to achieve political purposes or do achieve other purposes so that's something we need to be careful of what we cannot do is to let people who act outside u.s. laws or or a subversive those in the name of protecting policies to run those we need to hold them accountable and fortunately we do have a system in the united states where people can be held accountable if the right voices speak up you can bet that those who follow world events and geopolitics are rapidly rereading trumps of magnum opus the art of the deal they are scanning pages to see if they can find the part where it says when all else fails grab
a prominent woman caleb oppen archie new york. online jewish protesters in the west bank of clashed with police demanding the closure of a major motorway to palestinian traffic it comes off the killing of two i.d.f. soldiers and in nearby settlement. i. was right. the israeli military has launched a manhunt in the west bank for the killer of two i.d.f. soldiers. checkpoints and roadblocks have been set up throughout the major palestinian city of ramallah israeli forces say they are conducting searches in the area and will be operating for the foreseeable future. my colleague media to discuss the recent escalation with the head of the euro asian jewish congress.
starting with the situation in palestine area want israel do further avoid escalation of violence in ramallah israel tries to do its best to avoid this kind of escalation but israel's duty is first of all to protect our citizens it is totally unacceptable that israeli civilian woman pregnant woman can be attacked at the bus station do you think however you describe a terrible situation but do you think surrounding ramallah was a reasonable action on the part of the israeli forces considering the palestinians day of rage was planned for friday arab terrorists which is pointed towards israel didn't start three days ago or three years ago it was started one hundred forty years ago and unfortunately the main motives the main reason for this kind of hatred that we suffer from is
a unwilling the best of the arab population to accept juice in any borders so we first of all should try to learn to live together and then we should accept each. ariel there are different perspectives to this obviously there's the israeli side and the palestinian side and i ask you again this action. the israelis would have known that it would cause an escalation and my first question was what can israel do to avoid escalation israel first world supplies all the humanitarian needs of the palestinian population in a fortunately we see. only reply of israeli population to terror to stop any perpetrator who wants to kill civilians and this kind of reply look ate some region that unfortunately terrorists are hiding in its force proper
reply its purpose is to provide proper protection for israeli and arab civilian population. italy has sent a revised budget proposal to the european commission in an effort to avoid e.u. sanctions and the move is being seen as a major u.-turn for rome which previously bound to stick to its high spending plans which were rejected by europe the decision was announced when italy's prime minister met the european commission president in brussels. told reporters his change of tack was not a betrayal of italian voters and he said the decision was in the interests of europe now italy has proposed cutting its budget deficit to two percent of g.d.p. kanzi however has not specified how that reduction would be achieved the government is promising to maintain spending on pensions on welfare the e.u. rejected italy's initial draft budget in october that was when one italian m.e.p.
came up with a rather unusual way of expressing his anger. we spoke to journalist govern jones who says that the pressure on the financial markets is actually the main reason behind italian governments you. think the government was quite by deals because that was. the icing on the wall they were consistently high and not was. increasing its unease both of the costs and that was putting pressure on the banks and and it was creating. businesses
and that sort of takes the impulse and. then they leak it which is small businesses in the north which is kind of intellectual and i think that was the main reason financial market russia. president has announced plans to deploy troops to northern syria to fight what he calls terrorist groups. for that's we will start an operation to free the east of the euphrates from the separatist terrorist organization in the coming days not target is not american soldiers but rather members of the terrorist organization active in this region. his plans apparently don't sit well with its ally the united states pentagon has issued a statement of warning that unilateral military action in that area is of grave concern and added that u.s. personnel in the area may be present and any such military action would be
unacceptable. politician says it wants to see u.s. forces leave syria we interpret this as a last call of the united states to seize its support for. its support for armed groups in the north east of syria and to retreat its troop which are internationally recognized as illegally present in syria as a first start to. finish all kind of armed terrorist activities on syrian soil by maintaining the syrian national unity and reestablishing the government's power on all of syria i think that step by step the u.s. will acknowledge. defeat of its plan for the middle east for c.d.'s specially and start. retreating as they already retreated partly from their plan to topple down
the president of syria mr bashar al assad. an abandoned fort in the sea off russia's northern capitals and petersburg is being converted into a maritime rescue center a purpose that is well quite indeed quite different from the one it used to have. still on the way here on the program on a late amendment to
a bill on slamming could now suddenly thwart efforts to end to u.s. support for the saudi military incursion in yemen will try to explain how in just a myth. you know world big partisan movies. and conspiracies it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door. and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely watching the hawks.
make this manufactured consensus public will. when the ruling classes protect themselves. in the final merry go round be the one percent. we can all middle of the room. just about twenty four hours to here in moscow the us senate has unanimously approved a resolution blaming the saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist in istanbul two months ago the senate also passed a separate motion demanding a hold to u.s. military support for the saudi incursion in yemen that declaration was approved by
fifty six votes to forty one both motions represent a challenge to donald trump's policies on saudi arabia and his refusal to scale back. military ties with that country. jamal khashoggi a u.s. resident who wrote for the washington post disappeared on the second of october that's when he entered the saudi consulate in istanbul we discussed the senate's move with joe long bottom and antiwar campaign a. saudi arabia is looked at with a lot of disfavor in the united states right now because of the g. killing and brutal murder that they did because of the human rights violations at least popular opposition to u.s. policies right now in that region so saudi arabia doesn't look. like a very good country to the eyes of the american people and it would have been difficult for the legislators to vote in support of saudi arabia at this time. and while the
senate votes to pull out of yemen's war another vote in the house of representatives has all of a sudden created an obstacle just for that goal on wednesday congress passed the agriculture improvement out sounds nice but with it comes a last minute amendment blocking any vote on limiting american involvement in the yemeni conflict until next year i'll speak a poll ryan who advocated for the amendment was strongly criticized by democrats are o'connor who wanted an earlier vote. this is why people hate congress speaker ryan is not allowing a vote on my resolution to stop the war in yemen because many republicans will vote with us and he will lose the vote he is disgracing article one of the constitution and as a result more yemeni children will die. some democrats found themselves in hot
water as well for supporting the amendment to the agricultural improvement act among them called and peterson who was grilled by a washington post reporter over the phone. can you explain your wart on the yemeni solution yeah it didn't belong in there why not couldn't you just have come back and done another vote no we worked for two years on this farm bill and i'll be damned if i let anybody screw it up do you have any thoughts about the war in yemen i don't know a damn thing about it and it should be in there and it it didn't do anything anyway what do you mean by that all it did was say they couldn't have a vote or something didn't authorize anything it didn't you know our party gets off on tangents it's ridiculous and he was campaigning go again says amendments like this also known as riders are frequently resorted to in politics to force through
unpopular measures. this is not uncommon in u.s. politics when they want to pass something that is not going to be palatable to the people of the united states they put it as a rider in another bill which some people would support and then the people that voted for it said well i'm really against that rider but i really had to vote for it because i was for the main bill and that's what they were hoping to do right now and one of the democrats that did vote for this one of the five democrats was actually a sponsor of the farm bill so this is a way in which they can kind of fool the people of the united states and support. actions that are not very popular and give an excuse for it. and you poll that migration conducted in twenty seven states has found that people opposed to allowing newcomers into their countries almost
a half of those interviewed want few microns one of the countries are showing strong anti migrant sentiments off for european ones including greece and germany countries in latin america africa and asia also saw similar views with for example sixty percent of argentinians wanting to see fewer newcomers so we hit the streets of berlin to gauge reaction. it is i guess and it's awful and probably started with all. who is in charge of here because until more tradition. beginning was going to release it's almost just german people saying things like this i mitali on and i can i can tell you a death to there is a whites prejudice. one speaking of immigration and one speaking all the other to be honest i think that everybody accepts everyone here like i am
myself i'm from ukraine and i'm being so well accepted here. i think it's just the alpha element in all of us i guess we have to establish who's in charge of her and i think it's human nature but you need to be ethical you know i think because they don't know. where day came from and they're called her and they brought so they are naming gratian if they don't really know other cults or something then they are afraid i understand them but i think we should be more open to new things new cultures new people people are afraid that either culture can you know way affect their own or maybe some people are probably less educated so they don't want to give them a chance so that's a prejudice against where they say yes. it's a global thing a if you are here in a western part new europe. or overseas if you are in america or south america i
resume survives and no confidence vote but now is a lame duck heartbreaks it blooms angle of merkel has announced her impending political retirement and emmanuelle across moral legitimacy as president of france is in the balance the three pillars of the e.u. are on shaky ground is the euro project suffering a crisis of competence. the president's former thick cyr get sentenced to three years in prison how will michael cohen's downfall impact trump's remaining time in office we'll take a look at that on this edition of. welcome
to politicking on larry king on wednesday michael cohn donald trump's form of personal attorney and so-called fixer was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to several charges his fiar man says cohen still has a lot to say about his time with donald trump and suggests he's even willing to tell didn't question the investigators what he knows. how will this latest development impact the president and where does the robert muller investigation go next let's start there with our political panel they are john went back republican strategist. party of virginia he's in lansdown virginia and in boston jake maggie who worked in the obama administration is the former chief speechwriter to attorney general eric holder or john we'll start with you what do
you make of what happened in the sentencing of mystic own. well you know i think the media would have us believe that michael cohen is this major witness against trump in the mall investigation but i think the sentencing today tells us that he's not as useful as they thought he got a pretty much typical sentence they did a pretty sense investigation like they normally do in federal sentencing the probation office i think they recommended that he do forty two months of the judge gave him thirty six and i would expect if he was such a great witness for the mole investigation he would have gotten a much better deal he didn't so i think they're going to move on and look for a better witness than michael called jake how did you see it. you'll be surprised to learn that i don't agree that you know i think it's clear that he provided substantial help to the more investigation which is what they said the reason that he continued to get.