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they all see themselves as dying swans in their dreams. but only one of the cells will ever make it to the top. they're ready to give their lives for the chance to die on stage if only once. not even broken wings could deter them. for generations at the theater ballet sweat and tears. in stories that shapes the week here on r.t. tensions escalate in the gulf with the u.s. sending troops to saudi arabia and imposing new sanctions on iran all over tehran's alleged attack on an oil facility.
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as more chaos in hong kong where on to beijing protesters clashed with police who respond with rubber bullets and tear gas. so the fate of the israeli prime minister hangs in the balance after the 3rd place arab political alliance from the recent elections backs netanyahu his main rival to form the new government. and thousands of children as young as 5 are being held without charge in crum detention centers in nigeria human rights watch says the arrests were made as part of an antiterrorism crackdown. need to scribe severely overcrowded cells with 250 or 300 detainees packed into. 10 years by 10 years.
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very good evening and welcome you watching the weekly here on r.t. . the iranian president says that he wants gulf nations to work together to provide security in the region this comes after his country's standoff with the us intensified this week or shinton accused iran of being behind a drone attack on an oil refinery in saudi arabia and made this pledge of support to riyadh the president has approved the deployment of u.s. forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense we will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the kingdom of saudi arabia and the u.a.e. to enhance their ability to defend themselves it is clear that even the saudis themselves don't believe the fiction of the rain in involvement. however the drone missile attacks were claimed by rebels in yemen on friday saudi forces last several airstrikes near the yemeni port city of her data a saudi coalition spokesman said that the goal was to prevent huth of rebels from
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launching remote control assaults on shipping in the red sea yet the saudis and us still blame iran for the attack on the oil facility. that is being decided that iran did it and that started opinion all finding were the result of an investigation it's a decision guilty secretary do you gather any new evidence that shows who was behind the attacks and do you think it was slam dunk case to bring to the un next week. i think it's abundantly clear and there is an enormous consensus in the region that we know precisely who conducted these attacks was iran i didn't hear anybody in the region who doubted that for a single mom trub is doing what trump does best signing pieces of paper bringing to bear a slew of new sanctions against iran if these are the highest sanctions ever imposed
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on a country we've never done it to this level. and it's too bad what's happening with iran it's going to hell the americans who weren't attacked of already decided what happened then who is guilty the saudis who were attacked and have all the day bree and bits and pieces of the missiles are still working on technicalities like evidence and proof let that sink in. the attack did not originate from yemen the attack was launched from the move and was unquestioned be sponsored by iran it's not in the range of yemen's capabilities if it was them who conducted the attack this is one of the missiles we have recovered and we have information that leads us to the source that. these kind of components were made in iran. so what they found is the weapons were allegedly made with components they were fired
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from the north the direction of iran and its neighbors so cutting to the chase it was iran that's what you're going to say right not once during the presentation did the saudis specifically say that iran did it 1 may ask what unearth saudi defenses were doing at the time they've got the 3rd biggest military budgets on earth one of america's best clients the countries lifted with patriot and other anti missile systems $80000000000.00 a year should protect you from a score of drones and missiles no the only thing that might be iranian related is that maybe some of the equipment some of the technology that the who these have might have been incorporated into the attack but why why or why is anyone complaining especially the saudis since the u.s. has been providing the bombs and the aircraft to the saudis to bomb yemen for 4
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years so the who with these are just responding back then again to those saying it's iran because there are alleged iranian components in the daily brief does that mean that the us is responsible for her refit massacres in yemen i mean sure saudi arabia dropped the bombs but the moves say made in the united states more likely than not to be has been clearing the shelves of american arms manufacturers recently by this logic is new need to investigate to collect evidence it's american bombs it has got to be america. and. an entire country reduced to misery and pain untold thousands dead more to
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die but you know what it's the oil refinery in saudi arabia the book was vengeance. this for you just to learn this he's a professor at the university of oklahoma and the director of the center for middle east studies. at the u.s. deployments that we've heard about do you believe they are indeed purely defensive in nature is the u.s. defense secretary said or could they be perhaps groundwork for offensive military action. you know it's hard to tell at this point to many. in many respects they seem like a band-aid that there was great disagreement as we all know in the trumpet ministration about how to respond to the blowing up of this saudi oil refinery plant and redistribution plant so i think sending us some troops the saudi arabia was that it in some ways a gesture rather than a real challenge everybody was many people were expecting that the trumpet
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ministration would take some kind of military action after his his lock and loaded . comment but he backed away from that he does not want oil prices to spike he doesn't want to get into a war with iran which would be much more consequential than that with iraq and he's worried about elections americans do not want another war in the middle east particularly for oil. with regard to the latest round of sanctions which suggested with the the most extreme sanctions. placed on any nation will they have a damaging effect on iran will iran feel this badly. yes they're going to have a damaging effect i think that the sanctions have had a damaging effect which is press particularly and precisely why we have spiraled in this escalation and. we're not out of the woods here in any way because iran has escalated precisely because of the sanctions because the united states
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withdrew from the iran deal and they're feeling the pain they don't they don't know how to respond and they know they believe that if they give him. to us arm twisting that the u.s. will continue to twist their arm until there's regime change so this is a life and death situation for iran they've decided to escalate i believe and the united states is going to face further pressure so putting on more economic sanctions and more pain is certainly not going to end this this process of tit for tat what do you believe the real aim of these sanctions is is it as the u.s. defense secretary claims to bring iran to the negotiating table or could it be just further destabilizing financially until perhaps regime change comes about. well we've heard both stories from washington now bolton who's now no longer national security advisor definitely wanted regime change and even the message from palm
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pail secretary of state has gone back and forth on this so it's unclear what washington really wants it does seem to want some kind of regime change it's unrealistic to think that iran is going to. say uncle and come to the table. after america with drew from the iran deal so you know i think it's a lot of miscalculation on america's part it's also that the president has been appealing to domestic forces in the u.s. and that's really what's driving this foreign policy it doesn't always make good sense in terms of foreign policy it does make sense if the president wants to win elections and that's that's one of the great problems with american foreign policy making he said it's unlikely iran would come to the table let say did happen for whatever reason given that they would have been forced to heel to do so by america and if you look at some of the rhetoric iranian officials have said that washington
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has already lost all credibility in their eyes can you see any scenario which they could actually come to any kind of agreement to move forward. you know i can see ways that both sides would. would finesse this french deal offered by mcconnell offered a way forward which was to relieve sanctions even it through european company countries by iranian oil that would be a face saving gesture for the united states as well as a way for iran to get back into economic health so there are i think there are ways short of war although it's going to extremely difficult because we've heard a comment a supreme guide of the iran say that america cannot be trusted there should be no further to negotiations but these are things he said in the past so i it's not clear to me that there cannot be some kind of modus vivendi
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between america and iran both have extraordinary things to lose if this escalates it's going to be good for no one just to really appreciate your analysis my guess that this professor at the university of oklahoma is also director of the center for the middle east that he thanks again. pleasure. onto the news now and beijing activist in hong kong have staged another protest the semi autonomous chinese territories in the grip of a 16th consecutive weekend of demonstrations and rest the protests to be waving american flags destroying chinese ones and on saturday police in the city used tear gas and rubber bullets rioters they threw molotov cocktails and started fires on the streets.
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the manchus de leading name in the hong kong protest movement appealed to u.s. lawmakers in congress joshua warm all of them to pass a bill that would see great to u.s. support for hong kong hong kong special status under american law that bans on the city being treated as a separate customs area beijing should not have it both ways repping all the economy benefit of hong kong standing in the world while erosion of our freedom this is the most important reason why the hong kong human rights and democracy act and just the sub cross of hong kong civil society one there is a prominent student activist who organizes protests against the chinese government in support of hong kong's independence the 22 year olds also a leader of the pro-democracy party demo system he's already served several jail
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terms for his activities he's done off explains why it warns plan for us supervision over hong kong may backfire. they are many they've won the fight with the authorities by early submission but they are anything but done the american flag waving taskforce among the hong kong protesters are sending their poster boy to convince us legislators to do something big on autonomy. well for those of you having difficulty making out the absence of this boilerplate script it's that human rights and democracy act and it's meant to show beijing that the u.s. is serious about fighting for hong kong's rights the united states must make clear to china that its interference in hong kong's affairs will have consequences this month we must possibly cameron bipartisan on consumer rights and democracy act the
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bill was devised in response to what the u.s. has been calling a chinese infringement on the region's autonomy and requires for america to review own homes special status annually and if that status is ever revoked the region's autonomy would not so much been friendly to but rather new to dust since the early ninety's hong kong has been enjoying huge advantages for wearing washington's special status badge. and some believe that a small yet vocal group of protesters is laying an explosive tripwire for the whole region which will not enjoy the konami chain reaction if it's ever triggered in a way this is the villages. signal of the ready biggest economy in the world.
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there will always just ordered. well it was going to hold a great deal but it's not just the whole portly there are thousands of dollars they still believe and it would likewise be affected of course it's more because. it calls only or percent of policy he was the. head of the deal years ago in me a couple 2 or more as far as equality is also. but this isn't on the other hand of course we law i would wish the one country to see so as to help with the internationalization that really with. all american legislators say the bill is designed to punish mainland china specifically as protesters want sean and not but while the end goal may very well be punishing
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beijing in pursuit of a geo political supremacy washington my just overlook the collateral damage. the fate of the israeli prime minister hangs in the balance after the arab bloc the joint list gave its backing to form a new government to netanyahu main rival after the recent election resulted in deadlock the israeli president has initiated 2 days of crunch talks with parties to decide who will be the next leader we will recommend benny gantz as prime minister we want to return to legitimate political actors and bring an end to the netanyahu government we want to live in a peaceful place based on ending the occupation the establishment of a palestinian state alongside the state of israel true equality of a civil and national level social justice and democracy for all. the bloc of arab parties known as joint lists came 3rd this week gaining 5 more seats than in the previous election it's thought that that was spurred in part by netanyahu
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inflammatory remarks about arab districts and their potential for voter fraud that led to a spike in arab voter turnout which is around 59 percent the leader of the arab joint list alliance said that the outcome of the election was the price of incitement. israel faces the prospect of a 3rd round of elections in less than a year if an agreement between the bloc isn't reached and against the center left blue and white alliance won $33.00 seats on the who center right likud party was just behind but it seems israel's destiny could now be determined by the leader of the year big new party who came in 5th political commentator neil lazarus explains why. very important because what he is saying is it will probably mean that the president will turn to benny gantz to try and form a government having said that we know that the president of israel is very keen to form a national joint national government of likud and blue and white the fact that the
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israeli arab vote came out much more if it was about 10 percent higher than it did last time and the voices we've heard today is actually showing that israeli democracy is much stronger than the cause of hatred against certain members or parts of the population today the israeli arab voted in strength to try and bring down the government of netanyahu and work as a democratic country for a better hope both parties both netanyahu and. gantz don't have enough to make a majority even even when gans has the backing of the arab list the person who is the king or banker is lieberman and he holds the balance of power now lieberman is been saying that he wasn't going to recommend anyone to the president to be the preferred to form the coalition what we do know he has a personal dislike for netanyahu and actually was responsible for bringing down the
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government and cause and 2nd elections or the momentum that led to it at least so we really are in a stalemate i think we should be looking less at how these really arab vote is but which way lieberman is going to actually be voting i stay with r.t. more news coming your way after this short break. join me every thursday on the alex salmond show and i'll be speaking to us from the world of politics sports business i'm showbusiness i'll see you then. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy confrontation let it be an arms race in this hearing dramatic development only
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personally i'm going to resist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical time to sit down and talk. tensions between the masses and classes have existed ever since modern states came into being but often serve as a driver real political change with russian civil society growing larger and louder against the excesses of the governing elite what is the future of the political system look like. a long term crackdown on terrorists in nigeria has seen thousands of children being detained that's according to human rights watch we spoke to one of those behind the
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report. since 2013 nigeria has detained about 3600 children and in june a human rights watch went to the northeast of nigeria where boko haram its most active and we interviewed more than 30 children who had been detained the vast majority of these children were never charged with a crime in fact they were never taken to court they never had the opportunity to see a judge the children were denied contact with their families and held in orrible conditions they described so little space that they couldn't turn over at night they were you know piled one next to the other they described it like being razor blades a pack many of them something began losing hope that they would ever be released some thought that they would die in detention. children as young as 5 were reportedly held in overcrowded facilities spending months even years that were frequent reports of sexual physical or mental abuse the children are being accused
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of involvement with the boko haram terror group. the radical islamist organizations based in northeastern nigeria but carries out attacks right across west africa in 2015 it pledged allegiance to islamic states many of the imprisoned children were rounded up during military operations against the group. they are smee if i was a member of booker her and beat me up when i said no they tied my hands and legs and hung me to a tree and continued to flow camy they flogged me and left me tied to the tree from morning till evening one person from my village was killed during the interrogation if you make a noise if you drink water without asking them if you go toward the door to get fresh air they beat you. the soldiers had girlfriends one of the girls from our village was a girl friend of a soldier she would usually take her out of the compound some ladies got pregnant
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in the cell and delivered while i was there. more than 2000 children have been released from detention since 2013 but joe baca from human rights watch again believes more effort should be made to free those still being held without charge nobody knows the current number of children may still be in military custody nigerian authorities do not allow the or independent organizations like human rights watch to access the military detention centers but what human rights watch is calling for is that nigerian authorities release any remaining children in military detention and transfer them to civilian protection authorities so that they can receive rehabilitation help or unifying with their families and reintegrating into their communities. the nigerian military denies the allegations in the report saying the children are kept in secure is and are adequately cared for we have asked the nigerian ministry of justice for comment we await
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a reply. large scale military drills called center 29 team were conducted this week across central asia and russia troops from 8 countries took part in clearing china a long time of the series india and pakistan the goal to both cooperation fighting terrorist groups like islamic state. q. . keep. keep. her for keep. her.
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