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protesters clashed with police in ecuador capital following the arrest of the wiki leaks founder in london president accusing the whistleblower of turning in the ecuadorian embassy where he had been seven years into a hacker. faces possible extradition to the u.s. where he could be tried on allegations of hacking and conspiring with fellow whistleblower chelsea manning freedom of speech activists say the charges are an attack on journalism. french made weapons may have been used against civilians in yemen according to reports from french intelligence.
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and environmentalist attempt to disrupt the london. hundreds are arrested for attacking the headquarters of oil giant child the climate change protest polarized opinion in the u.k. . if your house is on fire and you are asleep i would kick your door in the car insurance to close. the shell building is a kid to say even people who fire absolutely afraid of the truth you are justified harassment you are justified you're justified. it's ten o'clock here in moscow and you're watching all to international live from our studio with me welcome to the program first to ecuador's capital where protesters have clashed with police following the arrest of co-founder julian assange in london last week.
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the protesters claim president moreno sold out to the united states where it was currently in washington why he has accused them of posting and coordinating hackers that the ecuadorian embassy in london he suspended his citizenship last week and terminated his assignments that led to the arrest of the australian national in the embassy. was convicted by a partition of twenty twelve he also faces possible extradition to the us off to being charged with conspiracy to hack a government computer but civil rights groups say some of the challenges are based on actions that any journalist might take and the. rest has raised fears. what message does it send to the world that's the concern shared by the american civil liberties union the very body set up to defend civil freedoms in the united
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states the indictment is troubling nonetheless it characterizes as part of a criminal conspiracy journalistic t.v.'s that are not just lawful but essential to prince freedom now much of the indictment focuses on the back and conspiring with chelsea manning however it's this bit that has everyone talking. he was part of the conspiracy that assigns a man into commercials to conceal men and as the source of the disclosure of classified records to weaken leaks including by removing the user names from the disclosed information and the lead in chat logs between man and the songe so trying to protect the identities of anonymous linkers and whistleblowers is now considered to be illegal well if that's the case american mainstream media should be in huge trouble intelligence sources tell and b.c. news the source tells n.b.c. news law enforcement and democratic sources telling c.n.n. that in a five sources two sources with links to the counter intelligence community according
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to anonymous washington post source take this article from the washington post. the washington post has obtained transcripts of two conversations president trump had with foreign leaders one with mexican president enrique pena nieto i don't know that with australian prime minister malcolm turnbull the transcripts were prepared by the white house but have not been released the post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources so time to bring in the department of justice it's a criminal conspiracy to cover up the leaker right or take this one this one turned out to not actually be true it looks like somebody in the government is actually spreading disinformation who could that be well c.n.n. is protecting its source we have a not anonymous sources we protect that for real reasons so the information that is important to the public through can get out of hand and sends donald trump has taken office hollywood has decided to celebrate the who wrote press the challenge
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the nixon administration back during the vietnam war. do you have the papers. at the time so seven thousand pages detailing how the white house has been lying about the vietnam war for thirty years. i'm talking about exposing years of government secrets is that legal what is it you think we do here for a living so if you follow the logic of the indictment tom hanks character is not a heroic journalist at all in fact he's a criminal and that points to another big question a number of voices have spoken up and said that it's ok to persecute and punish julian assange because quote he is not a real journalist but here's the thing the first amendment protects everyone whether you're labeled as a real journalist or not this is how the courts have explained it in the past as the supreme court has accurately warned a first amendment distinction between the institutional press on the speakers is unworkable the ninth circuit really believe that the world has changed and that
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everybody should be entitled to personal interactions so i do that of course julian assange. back that he's hiding. he's protecting his source that's what journalists do he's a publisher. leaks is an organization that publishes truthful classified information that's in the public interest and under that definition he's definitely a journalist so at this point the u.s. department of justice is telling us that julian assad may have done a bad thing by trying to hack into top secret government files well nobody disputes that but the bigger issue may be what he actually was able to reveal wiki leaks made public a lot of information that angered powerful people and it seems that now they want him to pay a little up and r.t. new york on today's going underground on a form of pink floyd front man roger waters heads out to the u.k. for not opposing to extradite assange. what they're trying to do. and the
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rest of them and to raise them away is they're trying to frighten would be truly in the sun is who may provide this incredibly important service for the rest of us in society in the future trying to scare them off so they want to do it somebody like judy in a song. willy nilly will be a progressive thinker starts why he chose to do the job he chose to do they are killing a sandwich do you see him when he came out of the embassy he's been living he hasn't seen hardly seen daylight for six years having committed no crime he may very well end up dead that is why the british people he calls them he would as he was taken by those special branch offices into that van and driven
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away he called upon the people of great britain to resist i heard him i watched on the t.v. resist them and they should there should be a general strike in england to prevent him being extradited. and made weapons may have been used during the saudi led coalition's incursion into yemen that's according to leaks said to be from french intelligence they were made public by investigative website disclosed which also says the weapons may have been used against civilians and for other crimes. it demonstrates that hundreds of thousands of civilians live under the threat of these arms and provides information that allows us to demonstrate that some of these weapons may have been used to commit war crimes the french government is today where of the risk of this. in light of the revelations amnesty international has called on france to suspend arms sales to saudi arabia president micron's government has staunchly defended the sales and
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downplayed their role in the conflict penske picks up the story. france has long been criticised for supplying weapons to saudi arabia human rights charities said time and time again told the government that those weapons are being used to bomb schools hospitals and other civilian targets exacerbating the crisis in yemen a war that's left thousands dead and pushed millions to the brink of starvation the u.n. has even called what's happening in yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. if you're. in the.
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e.u. but france has always hit back saying the weapons that it sells to saudi arabia only used offensively to defer attacks by the theses i'm not aware that french weapons have been used directly in yemen except that now appears to be contradicted by a classified note by the french military intelligence service uncovered following an investigation by a media outlet called this close it reveals french weapons sold to saudi arabia and the united arab emirates are being used in the war in yemen but one pressed again in light of this new evidence the government's once again offered denials to our knowledge the french weapons available to the members of the coalition are mostly in. defensive position outside yemeni territory or on call issued rights of way but not on the front line and we are not aware of any civilian casualties resulting
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from their use in the yemeni theater france is not among the leading arms suppliers of countries in gauged in yemen but that's hard to swallow given that this classified note was apparently provided to the french government in october twenty eighth it showed forty eight caesar alltel or a guns were being used along the saudi yemen border that tanks solti u.a.e. in action as to fight it jets.
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france's military agency note actually goes even further to friendships are serving in the blockade of yemeni ports directly leading to food and medical shortages that means that women and children can't access the food that they need nor medicines if they've been attacked now last year president dismissed pressure to halt sales to riyadh after it was implicated in the murder of journalist jim up the. street it's pure demagoguery to say stop selling weapons they have nothing to do with mr has to not confuse these things it is interesting to hear before knowing the facts say we will not sell more weapons which is already so more than france through the joint ventures they have arms sales to saudi big business. affronts between two thousand and eight and two thousand and seventeen it was the second biggest purchaser of french arms with deals totaling more than eleven billion euros
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meanwhile markhor has talked about the ongoing crisis in yemen his country even hosted a humanitarian conference to discuss the issue but for many so far it's been all talk and little action as pockets continue to be lined all why the people of yemen face one of the world's most desperate plight. so. r.t. paris a french m.p. we spoke to went as far as to say paris is complicit in the civilian deaths and has violated international law by supporting the bombing campaign. continues to surprise weapons to the saudi led coalition. the coalition uses them as it wishes. and we cannot be sure how these weapons are used but on the other
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hand we can be sure one through thirty percent of coalition attacks a direct to the great civilian targets. since we supply weapons that are being used in coalition strikes we help them deliver these strikes against civilian targets in other words we are violating the rules of international law. a senior south african politician has been branded a racist for urging black voters not to waste their ballots on white candidates but the ruling a.n.c. party secretary general. denies claims of racism. don't ever vote for a white person will never change the lives of black people they have oppressed us our main hope is the black vote the democratic alliance represents the white interest the elite and the privileged. comments have angered party veterans who described his remarks as inappropriate the government has been at pains to fight
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discrimination by launching a national action plan to combat rising racism white people currently make up just nine percent of south africa's population but only more than seventy percent of private farmland that seen an increasing them of course from the black community to redistribute the country's wealth we got reaction from a former anti apartheid activist and also the president of the black first land first party. i people are the beneficiaries of racism all of that where there were liberal what i do even communists in south africa are white people benefited ecology to benefit thirty five thousand white families own eighty percent of the land they will not shed its lead with us they still maintain it up at that hold on the economy so why would we not have a blacks only looking as they should be fighting for black liberation why would any black person vote what to man in that position who has the ability and he's fingertips the ability to hope try and mend once this happened let's not
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try to do a dead just destroying even roll destroying it further and that is the saddest thing because that is not the opinion of the majority in this country i was arrested during apartheid for having brought up two black children living in my home at a time when it wasn't allowed and i think if one feel strongly enough about once one can overcome everything you can to oscillate it into white and black you cannot do that. u.s. national security advisor john bolton has announced new sanctions on cuba including restrictions for americans visiting the island based on whether they have relatives there. today we're also announcing finding missions to the q restricted list which prohibits direction the actual transactions with. cuba's military intelligence and security services and personal we are also announcing that in the
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parliament of the treasury through the regulatory changes to restrict now and family to cuba and. washington has also lifted a ban on lawsuits being taken against foreign companies in cuba it's a decision that could have a major impact on the have on his biggest trading partner at a time when transatlantic relations are already stretched i hear correspondent peter oliver has the story. we're talking about cuba's tourism industry the tobacco industry as well as distilleries on the island all of benefited from large scale foreign investment and all could be subject of lawsuits the european union issued a letter from their top foreign policy person federica mockery and leading you commissioner on trade that's a letter to mike pompei o the u.s.
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secretary of state saying you follow through with this a you courts will be looking at where they can punish u.s. businesses the e.u. will be obliged to use all means at its disposal including called peroration with other international partners to protect its interests this could trigger some defeated cycle of claims that will impair the business climate without bringing justice to holders of claims or impacting the situation cuba in any positive way now the particular piece of legislation dates back to one nine hundred ninety six every president since bill clinton signed it into being has suspended one particular part of it to avoid a flurry of lawsuits from those who claim rights to property that we see. used during the cuban revolution in one nine hundred fifty nine and its aftermath brussels is not happy about this it was able to get the extraterritorial application of the u.s. embargo is illegal it's contrary to international law i also personally consider it
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immoral we believe that this will harm us all but it will be self-defeating obviously this will create even more confusion more deterrence more confusion for foreign investments so why not just extend it no void all of these problems the reason for that is this has absolutely nothing to do with trade this threat of a tsunami of lawsuits against cuba is really intended to put pressure on her to walk away from nicolas madugalle in venezuela and the u.s. secretary of state in fact being quite transparent that that is the reason that they're plying this pressure to watch the political and diplomatic noose tightening around the dros that we will begin to do the same thing the cubans must understand too that there will be a cost associated with their continued support of nicholas woodrow we are seeing is donald trump living up to threats that he made that he wasn't afraid of a trade war and he will use trade as a stake in order to beat those that aren't doing what he would like to see he would
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like them to do a trade war though a transatlantic trade war that benefits nobody in the long run it will be something that both sides you would hope would be looking to avoid and from a latin america expert and spanish history professor who told us washington's move could backfire. it's not it's not legal according to international law and that was why in the in the first instance in one thousand to six. the clearly government decided to introduce this is way. too real. law was not going to be to be a part of european union act with direction taken to the. organization. of these. united states it was and it was a war the question of course is why now i. think it's fine that
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could be part of the problems. for the united states because certainly it will lose . if they take it to a lawsuit in the international. environmental group extinction rebellion has attempted to disrupt london israel until after more than three hundred activists were arrested of a series of protests that caused traffic chaos in the petition capital. thousands have taken part in coordinated sit down protests a key sign since monday demanding action over climate change some of venting their anger at the london headquarters of all giant shell smashing windows and spraying graffiti on the walls here's what a number of the protesters had to say. my grandchildren know what everybody's grown
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children to be able to grow up to safely we are demanding that the government tell the truth. and they. don't know what they're doing is criminal all the governments across the world are a part of this and they are letting us die planet die all you care system is die and we all have to stop this movement and children and corporations here the demonstrations are part of a global campaign organized as we say by british climate extinction rebellion which was formed last year the movement demands governments reduce carbon emissions to zero by twenty twenty five and the progress should be monitored by a public group to achieve its goals extinction and promote civil disobedience and the staged rallies in more than thirty countries to date let's take a look at monday's demonstration in berlin.
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like you do. we have demonstrated long enough we have the right and must now use the means of civil disobedience it's time to rebel. the issue of climate change has placed activists in teacher tim jones. a political commentator and new york observer connelly a columnist in opposing corners. what these people believe that just because they think they're rights that anything that they do is morally justified that is an extremely dangerous i think streaming on democratic positions of. making a point by make by not harming anybody at all no life is harmed or threatened anything we do and we sometimes we do commit criminal damage and we do that to draw attention because nobody is listening to the terrifying severity of the of the evidence the relevance of what we're talking about the idea that people do not believe in manmade global warming in this country is nonsense we've got ultra low
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emissions i would just been launched in london that's a fact diesel calls we've got a lot until tax which means that you have to recycle everything on less you want to pay a hundred dollars a toll and this is classic denial what's that got to what none of those things got anything to do with climate change ok or the or the collapse of. biodiversity in the world they've got nothing to do it so you're just distracting from what is a terrifying prospect and climate change is going to get worse and worse and worse all of these scientists that have given predictions of the world's going to end in five ten fifty years all of those deadlines have passed and so they say well that's just want to show you that it works this way because life and most of the i.p.c.c. predictions going back if you look back at what they said what happened they were massive underestimate especially if you look at things like the decline of arctic ice they massively underestimate what was happened i'm going to bet you if you're dead as a result of climate change by sixty five. then i will pay fuel for you don't get me upset if you're still alive when you claim your pension when you'll still if you'll
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still live long enough to claim your pension then you've got to give me the in top if you also come for that that you're going to be dead by retirement age will you take that bet your own. now france remains in shock after its iconic not in paris was gutted by and devastating fire this week after a fifteen hour battle to put out the planes this was the scene i think catholic world heritage site. drawing footage obtained by a video agency ruptly shows where the fire tore through its one hundred eight hundred fifty year old roof and eventually brought down its famous spire and investigation is still looking into the coals as experts survey the damage. many precious artifacts were saved from the historic building which was undergoing restoration work at the time many world leaders and companies have expressed their sadness and willingness to help in the rebuilding process. please. please. please please.
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hello and welcome to cross talk were all things were considered i'm peter lavelle that can be known as journalism is under assault and it didn't start with the trials of julian assange and wiki leaks once it was a noble act to report on the nefarious activities of those in power now it is being criminalized free speech is now the privileged few. crosstalk in journalism i'm joined by my guest john white in edinburgh he's a political commentator and writer in london we have george galloway he's a former member. parliament broadcaster and writer also in london we have michael patchett joyce he is a barrister with place chambers specializing in european international law in
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cross-like rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i always appreciate i'm going to ask all three of you the same question from the very start here is journalism being criminalized george first in london yeah i think you're right to pin this as a systemic problem it's not just about julian assange this is just the latest station for the cross on the via dolorosa heading to the final demise of what's called freedom of expression he in this country and i think in other western countries we have the chilling effect of monopoly on your ship of the so-called mainstream media the chilling effect of the state broadcast of the b.b.c. the chilling effect of regulator like of com which regulates this program.

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