syrian forces say they've entered the northern city of the move comes at the request of civilians and kurds in the area while turkey troops for an offensive. the co-founder of networking site linked in apologizes for funding approach democratic party operation in the us which created thousands of fake russian. plans a boost in its riot control despite a number of serious injuries among the best protesters called rubber bullets. and the us government shutdown continues so funding donald trump's anti immigrant border wall with the media fanning the flames of discontent and see even resorting to updated video to drive its agenda. they just royal water supplies that are left
in the desert of everyone in the trunk but ministration has done everything they possibly can to make the trip more dangerous. five here in moscow welcome to world news update from r.t. international. the syrian military says government forces event to the northern city of miami beach at the request of civilians and kurdish fighters in the area now it comes as the kurds try to strengthen the city's defense amid an upcoming turkish offensive considers kurdish fighters to be terrorists here's our middle east correspondent paula. what we see happening is that the conflict in the northern syrian city of monday's continues to escalate now we are receiving reports from the syrian military that they soldiers have entered the city at the request of the kurdish fighters and civilians who live there and the concern from locals is that they need assistance against
a possible upcoming offensive from the turkish side we invited the syrian government which we belong to to send its armed forces to take over these positions and protect month beach and the freeze of turkish threats. yeah i mean you know and i knew in response to the request of the population of man beach the syrian government and its armed forces announce it is sending in troops to man bitch however right now we are receiving reaction from the turkish side and they say that the claims from the syrian military that they have taken control of the city of members are nothing more than psychological warfare and that the situation at this point in time remains far from definite now all of this comes as the american president donald trump made the surprise announcement that he was withdrawing american troops from syria of course the americans have been giving a lot of support in the form of weapons and the like to the y.p. who are the syrian kurdish fighters and what we now hear happening is that with this possible upcoming turkish offensive those on the ground many locals fear and
feel that they have been betrayed by the americans people shall flee and terrorism will prevail the american withdrawal will destabilize the security we have had for a couple of years in this region. the american withdrawal from unleashed by donald trump was disappointing for him to see to as i said allman because residents are afraid that others might come to loot just as it happened during the euro we want a safe situation meanwhile the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov on saturday will be meeting with his turkish counterparts to discuss the situation in the region and specifically in syria now lavrov has already commented on the growing tensions and he has said that he feels that the allied forces will need to bear the brunt of the american withdrawal from syria so. it seems like washington wants to shift responsibility to its coalition partners in syria and put additional
financial burden on its allies in the region now as the situation continues to escalate on the ground we are bracing for potential showdown between the united states and turkey amongst others. well i got reaction earlier from a regional affairs researcher and political analyst in damascus who believes that both turkey and the united states have used the kids for their own gain. i think that turkey feels is confusing and because they're very not able to go on is that game to deal a. political solution only object because for both sides i mean and the u.s. to delay the sea of play using. the coach to our chief political of laws i think of of course. denies. they have followed very closely on out of me. members and i think it would be more
top of the nation between syria and me to call to a future. a co-founder of online networking site linked in has apologized for funding a discredited pro democratic party operation it created created more than a thousand fake russian language twitter accounts designed to look like they backed a republican rival last year the operation was tasked in the us with tracking fake russian accounts but to be the very one creating them instead of what i guess the of reports. well that was embarrassing to say the least and here i thought you could get away with blaming russia for anything nowadays apparently not but it does set a new low for democrats making think russian boughts to win elections is the irony i find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing for that reason i'm embarrassed by my failure to track. the organization i did
support more diligently as it made its own decisions to perhaps fun projects and i would rejects the recap reid hoffman co-founder of linked in contributed wittingly or unwittingly money one hundred thousand dollars to a pro democrat cyber security company called new knowledge which it seems specialized in fraud in theory can use lies and this information the company created think facebook pages to confuse republican voters they created fake russian boards who were tweeted and followed through him or the republican candidate in alabama's two thousand and seventeen special election the then publicly declared that that was proof he had ties to russia because i think russian boards were retreating him dirty very very dirty so surprise the
chopper support him or they both have a deep love of country the country's russia but still. right reach a car good question is for you it's pretty alarming when a guy slips into fluent russian or speaks fluent russian russian is everywhere year later it's moving closer to the oval office interestingly enough the democrats love that and mocked roy moore when he accused them of setting him up last year but here's an interesting tidbit new knowledge c. jonathan morgan was also seemingly one of the mosse the minds behind hamilton sixty eight which claimed to track russian online influence operations russian bots real russian bots. to. be.
ironic again that outlets including new york times washington post c.n.n. all use the hamilton sixty eight its data to accuse russian ball it's of sowing discord and conspiracies online wonder how much of that was fake but food for thought was more by luck than not that we found out about this quote the sea of n.y.t. yet how many more incidents like this could there have been that we don't and never
will know anything about food for thought. american journalist dave lindorff believes the covert operation reflects broader problems in the us electoral system . dirty tricks are not illegal they're. you know they're part of our our corrupt electoral system you can you can lie and you can make up stories you can live for all these things are. allowed in us the us electoral system and then what what compounds it makes it so corrupting is the vast amount of money that can be poured into these campaigns that allows them to pay for this kind of corruption and then on top of that we have a population that's really not capable of critical thought and so people will buy into the stupidest claims about candidates. the french
interior ministry is planning to boost its riot control lost no purchasing more weapons that fire rubber bullets that's despite a number of serious injuries among the yellow vest protesters caused by the non-lethal ammunition and also numerous warnings from human rights groups have they use. the reports from paris. but there are lots of dangers from these l b d forty's or more commonly known as flash for weapons that they use to launch things such as tear gas grenades sound grenades and even these rubber bullets and those can all do significant damage if they hit people in those protests people with broken bones fractured teeth bruising internal injuries we even saw a number of our crew being injured over the last few weeks by some of the items that are being shot out of those flash pools but the injuries can be even more serious and not and for some people they competed life changing on the mind they
were demanding. why would the french government want to pull states off still all of the stuff. rules that can as i say launch things such as this the rubber bullets well that's largely due to the protests that we've seen in france over the last few weeks the country has been the gulf by these violent protests for some people describing them as being the host royals in half a century. and they've actually been some specifically into the injuries caused as
a result of rubber bullets with many civil liberties groups just saying that they shouldn't be used now a group of u.s. academics published a study in december of last year saying that fifteen percent of people who were injured by rubber bullets specifically actually ended up with permanent injuries with the majority of people losing their sight they said three percent of those injured specifically by rubber bullets actually went on to lose their lives so the question is why is the french government still deciding to go with using the flash tools which have been proven in some cases to can be deadly and still wanting to spend more than two million euros on its version of protecting the state. million celebrate the festive season in the united states the governments in the midst of a shutdown of a cash for donald trump portable the president claims the stalemate not about funding be on him aggression barrier at all. this isn't above the wall everybody
knows that it will work perfectly in israel the wall works ninety nine percent this is only by the democrats now letting donald trump and the republicans have a win they may have the town senate votes but we have the shoe border security two thousand and twenty if you thought there would be a christmas truce in the washington wars then you were wrong christmas is over and new year's is coming and the government has already been shut down for a week and it's all because of the war we have a little bit of a shutdown because we believe in walls and we believe in borders and we believe in barriers we're going to have a wall going to see if we have to close down the country over border security i actually like that in terms of an issue that all workers are furious they're telling horror stories on social media about a penniless christmas they're blaming it all on the man in the white house whenever i talk about my air traffic control husband working without pay on twitter all i
get is hateful remarks about how he will and won't lose a guy i know that but were we supposed to do about christmas and bills in the meantime feeling so sad for you know not really you destroyed christmas for eight hundred thousand employees no one cares about you well if my husband who works for the state doesn't get paid we won't have money to give our elderly cat his insulin shots so would have to put him down it seems that the hysteria is not going to trump says the government won't be open for business until he gets funding for his border wall and the democrats are still resisting that he cannot accept the offer they made to put a billion dollar slush fund for the president to implementing his very wrong immigration policies that would happen to trump temper tantrum may produce a government shutdown it will not get him his will more over the mainstream media is turning up the heat during the discussion of the recent death of
a seven. old migrant girl m.s. and me sees got a heart wrenching clip of border patrol agents dumping out water left for undocumented immigrants who illegally cross the border everyone in the trumpet ministration has done everything they possibly can to make the trip more dangerous more deadly they destroy water supplies that are left in the desert by samaritans who are doing what donald trump's bible tells them to do yes that means spiritedness is put squarely on the shoulders of donald trump except if you look at the clip it's from way back in two thousand and eleven the border patrol agents in that clip were actually accountable to the obama administration when they took those actions not to trump that fact however didn't stop m s n b c from playing the clip somehow as an example of the brutality of the trumpet ministration some border patrol dumping water that was meant for desperate migrants
being dumped out on the ground this is sort of extravagant cruelty is unusual for any administration but for this administration they seem to think it's affective for their base and severe dehydration with this cannot be dealt with it's just water when you and yet they are out there destroying the water supplies the good samaritans put out there for people who find themselves in the situation there is folks who are inclined to view trump is this unique evil and he certainly you know does a lot of terrible things including you know having more children being taken from their parents but at the same time people forget how terrible obama was not integration why was there a scandal again money to order to now million people why wasn't there a scandal when he was instrumental in the coup in honduras in two thousand and nine which has helped lead to this migration crisis obama got a pass on all of these issues in again. a lot of it was people like him personally
and therefore we look at all these types of terrible things where one truck does a day take notice it may be winter but that he didn't washington over donald trump's wall just keeps getting timed up. artsy new york a so-called golden era in british chinese relations is being put to the test again over a small fun giant we'll tell you all about that after the break. welcome to unique edition of crosstalk we answer questions from you the viewers some of you sent me very interesting question. you know twitter callout of crazy things going up a lot of people you know. twitter izing and occasionally somebody pops up with
something really insightful really interesting. most people think just stand out in this business you need to be the first one on top of the story or the person with the loudest voice of the biggest raid in truth to stand down to lose business is just the dance the right questions and demand the right answer. questions. come back the british defense ministers voiced his deep concerns about a possible spying threat from chinese tech giant waterway it comes amid
a confrontation between the company and the u.k.'s closest ally the united states as polly boy can now report. they seemed like the best of friends one side with cash to flash the other keen to court chinese investment we have a golden era of u.k. china relations. the relations between britain and china of very good issues in the past i think we've come to an understanding over. premier li said yesterday this should be an indispensable partnership. we have cemented britain's position as china's best partner in the west with the u.k. playing bragg's it really with brussels trade ties with china seem as important as ever but there's a bone of contention coming between london and beijing or rather a phone of contention we've got to look at what partners such as australia in the
us are doing in order to ensure that they have the maximum security of the five g. network and we've got to recognise the fact there's been recently exposed the chinese state does sometimes aren't in the maligned way while our way is one of china's most important tech companies that the world's second largest mobile phone producer and it makes the laptops and tablets gadgets that rival apple and samsung but crucially weiwei also sells some of the communications hardware that allows mobile phone and wireless networks to operate and when the u.s. currently embroiled in a tip for tat trade war with beijing the chinese tech giant has come into the spotlight washington says it's concerned that using weiwei hardware will give beijing the ability to spy on foreign countries and exert too much control over western infrastructure weiwei has raise serious concerns among u.s. officials for
a potential role in cyber espionage given their reported links to china's state security services and wire way threaten the security of our new. works due to their close ties to the chinese government and now the u.s. is pursuing well ways chief financial officer who was arrested in vancouver at washington's request to now faces extradition to the u.s. over possible violations of sanctions against iran but the case appears more than a little politicized the u.s. president suggested he might use china's tech princess as a bargaining chip with beijing if i think it's good for the country if i think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made which is a very important thing which is good for national security i would certainly intervene if i thought it was necessary australia or new zealand have followed the u.s. is lead and banned huawei from providing tech for its five g. rollout citing security risks the u.k.
has yet to follow although there are murmurs in that direction what we're witnessing is more can of security hope something it can. russia for real other work you know sees itself in the vulnerable position where it doesn't have secure access to this particular market over the margin nerving talks in the back row between the american state department and the british foreign office trying to pressure raise or put leverage on the british government to come out and support the years sanctions tires of the have been shown but i don't think for one second that britain. america's foreign policy to dictate to the policy that britain needs for truth through the world after broke so there's little hard evidence of why our way ever having engaged in any spying or handing over of data the company denies any ties to the chinese government beyond paying its taxes for the u.k. following washington's lead and banning way risk souring up until now fruitful
friendship as well as slowing down the rollout of vital new technology for london it will be a tough choice between wa way and the us way. twenty eighteen was a toughie if a cryptocurrency bit coing experts cold in the year its bubble busts and predicted its complete demise now few of the nineteen times.
a big coing was the first mass decentralized digital currency it created more comfortable conditions for trade and transactions and of course gained wide popularity but coding seems he has come by his act told us what he expects from the cryptocurrency office rocky ride this year. if you look at the big clean you know price bubble as you would say yeah you could say that that maybe is has happened but the user adoption merchant adoption advances in the technology of the block chain itself had twenty eight years actually been a really good year for big maybe again not so much for that price but if you're
looking at the technological aspect of the blotching underlining because great year . i think that was more like mainstream media's portrayal of the big point as like you know the get rich quick aspect of it during the boron of twenty team but i think that's kind of segue to into the mainstream more so moving into the the interest in the technology like how to block chain work where does the price come from other than speculation the actual technological advancements so i guess for that i could think that mainstream media. i don't think it's much more of a risk than it was when they incorporated the internet into their business model what i think is it provides in credibility it may overpower any kind of security falls there's a lot of things that happened behind the scenes in banks i think that you know a lot of end users and customers of banks would benefit from banks using open
ledgers and giving that you know trust listeners specht of a try when it comes to banking. just don't put more in than you're willing to lose and you won't have to worry too much about trading with emotional money. people in new york be left dumbfounded by a neon blue light blazing across the sky line by posting videos of the blue with somebody from wondering whether it was an alien invasion oh alarmed by the phenomenon a few phone calls to the city authorities dispatched police units and fire trucks it turned out though that it had nothing to do with a galaxy far far away instead it was the result of an explosion at a power plant. spooky stuff there now you're up to date few news alerts on the go and i'll be back with the next world news in just over half an hour definitely something to think about next to sophie and co look at unlocking the human mind.
my seven years doing drugs my nephews was still in drugs my sister just with doing drugs it was like an epidemic of drug abuse america's public enemy number one in the united states is drug abuse he started going after the users in the prison population who are we started treating sick people people who are addicted to these drugs like criminals while i was on the hill recently became convinced that the war on drugs was a mistake there are countless numbers of people who are in prison for. a long sentence in this for minor minor offenders in the drug trade it's a lot watching your children grow up and miss you in waves and say by daddy as you're walking out of the business it's just it doesn't get easier.
for as long as humans can remember them selves they have been trying to push the boundaries of their own nature and they are now everywhere from south america to siberia people are embarking on a spiritual journey so this is i mean. i ask a man who has been studying and practicing spiritual practices for the past twenty five years anthropologists author explore. the allure of the. long being irresistible for humanity through history people have tried to stretch the limits of their capabilities through meditation and myriad other practices but can anyone really move beyond biological constraints and train the mind to perform miracles spirituality and the trends in dental just an angel
delusion. then there's it's really great to have you with us you're an author you're an anthropologist explorer in my opinion educator worth that i greatly admire so. you have been studying for the past thirty years. different people in a mystical realm from west to east you've been all around the world what is it that all these people have in common all these different people with different backgrounds different religions different worldviews there's something you told me they all have in common. yes they having common probably more than one thing first of all that in common that all human beings looking for meaning looking for a narrative looking for a story and a story that will forth feel the meaning of their identity both personal and transpersonal it seems that whoever choose.