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supporters of joining us clashed with police in ecuador's capital after the arrest the wiki leaks founder in london president accused. of turning the ecuadorian embassy where he spent seven years into a war. faces a possible extradition to the u.s. where he could be tried on allegations of hacking and conspiring with a whistleblower chelsea manning freedom of speech activists say the charges are an attack on journalists. made weapons may have been used against civilians in yemen according to leaks we're portably from french intelligence. and climate change protesters blocked train services in london after hundreds are
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arrested for attacking the headquarters of the oil giant shell the movement has divided public opinion in the u.k. . if your house was on fire and you were asleep i would kick your door in. to claim the shell building is a kid just saving people in the fire. you are justifying your justified your justified. broadcasting live. our t. international on sean thomas glad to have you with us. street clashes have erupted in ecuador's capital after the arrest of wiki leaks founder julian assange in london last week. protesters accuse president of selling out to the united states the president
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suspended us on his citizenship last week and terminated his asylum merino is currently in washington where he has accused the whistleblower of hosting and coordinating hackers at the ecuadorian embassy in london. was convicted by a british court of breaching two thousand and twelve he also faces possible extradition to the u.s. after being charged with conspiracy to hack a government computer but civil rights groups say some of the charges are based on actions that any journalist might take and. the comments there's arrest has raised fears the freedom of the press. that 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 states the indictment is troubling nonetheless it characterizes as part of a criminal conspiracy journalistic activities that are not just lawful but
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essential to press freedom now much of the indictment focuses on hacking and conspiring with chelsea manning however it's this bit that has everyone talking. it 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 delete 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 to anonymous washington post source take this article from the washington post.
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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 a 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 so you can get an sense donald trump has taken office hollywood has decided to celebrate the who wrote press the challenge the nixon administration back during the vietnam war. do you have the papers.
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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 everybody should be entitled to personal interactions so i do that of course julian assange to. protected fact that he's hiding that name he's protecting his source
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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 cable poppen r.t. new york i'm going underground on our team former pink floyd front man the roger waters and it's out of the u.k. for not opposing moves to extradite a song. what they're trying to do and the rest of them and to raise them away is they're trying to frighten would be today in the sun is who may provide this
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incredibly important service for the rest of us in society in the future that trying to scare them off so they want to do it somebody like judy in a song. willy nilly will be a progressive think fats 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 as he was taken by those special branch offices into that van and driven away he called upon the people of great britain to resist i heard him watched
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on the t.v. resist them and they should there should be a general strike in england to prevent him being extradited. french made weapons that may have been used to during the saudi led coalition's incursion into yemen that is according to leaks said to be from french intelligence and they were made public by investigative website disclose which also says the weapons may have been used against civilians and for other war 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 on sales to saudi arabia president micron's government has staunchly defended the sales and downplayed their role in the conflict are too strong to be in ski picks up on the story. france has long been criticized for supplying weapons to saudi
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arabia human rights charity 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. ok. but france has always hit back saying the weapons that it sells to saudi arabia
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only used offensively to defer attacks by the p.c.'s 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 disclose it was feels 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 a 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 from their use in the yemeni theater france is not among the lead. arms suppliers of
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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 jean it showed forty eight seas our artillery guns were being used along the saudi yemen border that tanks sold to u.a.e. in action as to fighter jets. france's military agency note actually goes even further to friendships are serving
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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 mccone dismissed pressure to halt arms sales to riyadh after it was implicated in the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. it's pure demagoguery to say stop selling weapons they have nothing to do with mr has to not confuse these things but it is interesting to hear before knowing facts say we will not sell more weapons already so more than france through the joint ventures they have on sales to saudi all big business for france between two thousand and eight and two thousand and seventeen it was the second biggest purchaser of french elam's with deals totaling more than eleven billion euros meanwhile maclin has talked about the ongoing crisis in. yemen his country even
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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 it's even ski nazi paris in french lawmaker we spoke to believes paris is complicit in the saudi bombing of yemen. continues to surprise weapons to the saudi led coalition then the coalition uses them as it wishes one hand we cannot be sure how these weapons are used but on the other hand we can be sure of 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 to deliver these strikes against civilian targets
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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 of their ballots on white candidates but the ruling a.n.c. party is secretary-general ace my gosh all 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. mugisha was comments have angered party veterans who described his remarks as offensive the government has been at pains to fight discrimination by launching a national action plan to combat racism white people currently make up nine percent of south africa's population but on more than seventy percent of private farmland since the end of apartheid in one thousand nine hundred four many politicians have
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been calling for land redistribution we heard from a former anti-apartheid activist and also the president of the black first land first party by people are the beneficiaries of racism all of the way that they were liberal on what i do even communists in south africa are white people benefited it could you benefit thirty five thousand white families own eighty percent of the land they will not shed tears let me just they still maintain it up out of it hold on the economy so why would we not have a blacks only look as they should be fighting for black about he should why would any black person vote what's demand in that position who has the ability and he's fingertips the ability to hope try and mean once this happens let's not try to do it i just destroying even roll destroying it. and that is the saddest thing because that is not the opinion of the majority in this country i was interested during the potheads for having brought up two black children living in
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my home at a time when it wasn't so loud and i think one feel strongly enough about. on trying to overcome everything you called oscillates it into watch and black you cannot do that. u.s. national security adviser john bolton has announced a new sanctions on cuba including restrictions for americans visiting the island based on whether they have relatives there. today we are also announcing five additions to the cuba restricted list which prohibits direct financial transactions with entities tied to cuba's military intelligence and security services and personnel we are also announcing that the department of the treasury will implement further regulatory changes to restrict non-family travel to cuba but this is one more effort a completely cross trade. trump administration attempting to
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push cuba as well and nicaragua and the country tempting significant change or sovereignty back it is meant as a punishment and threat to other countries around the world it's meant to as a threat to the e.u. in terms of doing any business with cuba or when one. is it going to change anything in cuba now anything in burma as well or not is illegal yes. a byelection international law on every level. washington has also led to the ban on lawsuits are being taken against foreign companies in cuba the decision could have a major impact on the e.u. of emma's biggest trading partner our europe 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
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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. secretary of state saying you follow through with this 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 in. clued in called peroration with other international partners to protect its interests this could trigger some defeated cycle of claims that will impaired the business climate without bringing justice to holders of claims or impacted 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 suspended one particular part of it to avoid a flurry of lawsuits from those who claim rights to property that was seized during
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the cuban revolution in one nine hundred fifty nine and its aftermath brussels is not happy about this. extraterritorial application of the u.s. embargo is illegal it's contrary to international law i also personally consider it immoral and we believe that this one pharmacy all that it will be self-defeating and obviously this will create even more confusion and more deterrence see more confusion for foreign investment so why not just extend it no voyde 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 maduro 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 what's the political and diplomatic noose tightening around but. we will begin to do the same thing the cubans of us understand too that
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there will be a cost associated with their continued support of nicholas berg 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 when in order to beat those that aren't doing what he would like to see he would like them to do a trade war though a transatlantic trade war that benefits nobody in the long run it would be something that both sides you would hope would be looking to avoid we heard from a latin america expert and spanish history professor who told us washington's move could prove counterproductive. it's not. rational and that was why in the first instance in ninety nine to six. government decided to use this is way. too real. was not going to be part of european union act with right action taken to the.
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organization. it was and was a. wind. farm could be part of the problem as well for the united states because. it will lose. if they take it. lost in international. environmental campaigners have attempted to disrupt london's transport network more than three hundred extinction a rebellion activists were arrested over a series of protests that caused traffic chaos in the british capital.
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have taken part in coordinating sit down protests since monday demanding action over climate change vented their anger at the london headquarters of oil giant shell smashing windows and spraying the graffiti on the walls here's what some of the protesters had to say. i want my grandchildren know everybody's grandchildren to be able to grow up to safely we are demanding that the government tell the truth and they must do that because people don't know what i doing is criminal all the governments across the world are part of this and they are letting us down i plan to die. the u.k. system is down i and we all have to stop this statement and hold wrinkle frankie's you demonstrations are part of a global campaign organized by the british activist group extinction rebellion which was formed last year the movement is urging governments to slash carbon emissions to zero by twenty twenty five to achieve its goals extinction rebellion promotes mass civil disobedience and has staged rallies in more than thirty
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countries to date there was a major demonstration on monday in berlin. i know. that's going to be done with the mothers of the movies on the one most. likely to. live demonstrations long enough that we have the right and not you know use the means of civil disobedience such tension rebel. we got some contrasting reactions to the story from activist and teacher tim jones and political commentator andre walker. 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 and. 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
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evidence that is relevant to 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 emissions and just been launched in london this affects diesel call's 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 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 fifteen years all of those deadlines have passed and so they say well i just want to tell you that as well as regular 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 has happened i'm going to bet you if you're
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dead as a result of climate change by sixty five that i will pay fuel for you to give me it's not if you're still alive when you claim your pension when you'll still if you'll 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 you're on. the tourist bus has overturned on the portuguese island of madeira killing at least twenty nine people the vehicle plunged off a road on wednesday evening most of those who died are believed to be german citizens another twenty two were injured. it's not yet known what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. france remains in shock after its iconic not sure. this was gutted by a devastating fire this week after a fifteen hour battle to put out of the blaze this was the scene at the gothic world heritage site drawing footage obtained by our video agency ruptly shows where
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the fire tore through its eight hundred fifty year old roof and eventually brought down its famous spire an investigation is still looking into the cause as experts surveying the damage many precious artifacts were saved from the historic building which was undergoing restoration work at the time many world leaders have and the companies have expressed their sadness and willingness to help in the rebuilding process.
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you're watching the season finale of going underground with me afshin rattansi just i was off the european parliamentarians a while to julian a songe its most prestigious prize for journalists whistle blows and defenders of the right to information we will ask the un special rapporteur on torture by the british capture and imprisonment of the wiki leaks founder but first straight to new york to speak to legendary pink floyd front man roger waters about whether the actions of trey's a made all trump and then marino against assad just symptomatic of rogue states. roger thanks for coming on the show let's just start with what went through your mind when you saw the pictures of assad being dragged out of the ecuadorian embassy in london by british police we had been warned for several days because wiki leaks
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had got wind of the fact that they were going to actually do this but to see them physically carrying him out. special order no special branch as pows and putting him in that van and driving him away was absolutely chilling to sink that the u.k. has become such a willing accomplice and satellites of the american empire that it would do such a thing in contravention of all lords moral ethical and actual legal restrictions is absolutely stunningly appalling and makes me ashamed to be an englishman i know you have campaigned against environmental destruction in ecuador under the lenin merino administration what do you think is behind the decision to let u.k. police in to the embassy to capture him jump ill just said on this show.

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