peter if you want to change something why don't we get rid of the gotye you know that is true about. the week's top stories here on r t the u.s. sends extra troops to the middle east and slaps new sanctions on iran accusing the country of bombing saudi oil refineries. hong kong is gripped by street brawls and vandalism as unrest continues for a 16th weekend. and the israeli prime minister's bid for a new term is dealt a major blow as arab parties back his rival to form a new government.
you're watching the weekly here on r.t. international i'm arizonan lockridge thank you for joining us and we start with our breaking news a british tour operator thomas cook has collapsed after a failed talks on a financial rescue that leaves 600000 holidaymakers stranded including 150000 british nationals the company employed some $22000.00 people worldwide and it was considered to be the world's oldest travel operator thomas cook ceased trading after talks on securing a 200000000 pound rescue package failed the british government has pledged to ensure that all citizens stranded abroad or will be brought home in what's been described as the country's largest ever peacetime repatriation effort. now back to the weekly the president of iran the hazards foreign forces to stay away from the persian gulf saying they only bring misery and disaster that's after the u.s. and asked extra troop deployments to the region accusing iran of bombing saudi
refineries a week ago a claim that tehran flatly denies 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 rein in involvement of the route flared up on the 19th of september when drones set fire to saudi arabia's biggest oil site the raid was claimed by the sheer huth the rebels in yemen which have been the target of a saudi bombing campaign for the past 4 and a half years however saudi arabia insists the who things could not have carried out the drone strikes and that it must have been iran although in an apparent contradiction the saudis retaliated on friday by striking the who think the year many port city of the data saying the goal was to prevent future drone strikes
artie's word against the of takes a closer look at why washington and riyadh have been so quick to blame iran. that is being decided that iran did it and that started opinion finding with the result of an investigation it's a decision guilty secretary do you gather any new evidence that shows who is behind the attacks and do you think you have a slam dunk case to bring to the u.n. 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 but these are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country we've never done it to this level. and it's too bad what's happening with
the ran 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 on question 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 of these kind of components were made in iran. so what they found is the weapons were allegedly made with iranian components they were fired from the north in 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 that the saudis specifically say that iran did it 1 may ask what on earth saudi defenses were doing at the time they've got the 3rd biggest military budget on earth one of america's best clients the country's livid with patriot and other anti missile systems $80000000000.00. as 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 us has been providing the bombs and the aircraft to the saudis to bomb yemen for 4 years so the who with these are just responding back then again to those saying it's iran because their alleged iranian
components in the day breach does not mean that the us is responsible for horrific massacre in yemen i mean sure saudi arabia dropped the bombs but those say made in the united states more likely than not 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 die but you know what it's the oil refinery in saudi arabia the book was
vengeance. activists in hong kong have staged another protest the chinese territory is in the grip of a 16th consecutive weekend of demonstrations and unrest the protesters have been waving american flags and destroying chinese ones on saturday police in the cities take ass and rubber bullets while righteous through most of cocktails and started. as in the streets. meanwhile on tuesday a leading in name in the hong kong protest movement appeal to us and all makers in congress josue along wants them to pass a bill that would see greater u.s.
support for hong kong. hong kong special status on their i reckon a law that bans on the city being treated as a separate customs area beijing should not have it both ways reading all the economy benefit of hong kong standing in the world while erosion of our freedom that is the most important reason why the hong kong human rights and democracy act and just the bought some throws off hong kong civil society wong is a prominent student activist who organizes protests against the chinese government in support of hong kong's independence the 22 year old is also a native of the pro democracy party demos sisto he's already served several jail terms for his activities it was done all thanks planes why one's 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 us is serious about fighting for hong kong's rights the united states must make clear to china that its interference in hong kong affairs will have consequences this month we must possibly cameron bipartisan on consumer rights and democracy act the 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 that is the villages signal of the biggest economy in the world without us this city will always just ordered. oh it was going to hold a great deal but it's not just the whole portly there are thousands of dollars they
still believe in all of it would likewise be affected of course it's a political war because. it calls only or percent of policy part of the. hill of the deal years ago in me a call to all moral as far as equality is also. all but low is always sent on the other hand of course we law i would wish the one to see so as to help with the internationalization the religion 'd with the. whole american legislators see the bill is designed to punish mainland china specifically as protesters want sean not to but while the end goal may very well be punishing beijing in pursuit of a geo political supremacy washington my just overlook the collateral damage. israeli arab lawmakers have thrown their support behind former army chief benny
gantz to become prime minister of israel after an inconclusive election is the 1st time arab parties have back to jewish content in 27 years and they say the only goal is to force benjamin netanyahu from power. we usually did not indorse israeli p.m.'s so without doubt there is an historical side to what we're doing now we want to put an end to the era of binyamin netanyahu therefore will indorse benny gantz to form the next 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 the civil and national level social justice and democracy for all. this is the citizens of israel this happen just as we warned the arab joint list recommended by any chance for prime minister there are 2 possibilities now either a minority government will be formed that relies on those who reject israel as
a jewish and democratic state glorified terrorists that murder all soldiers and citizens or a broad national government will before i know what the answer is and so do you and therefore i will do whatever i can do for more broad national unity government there is no other solution the block of arab parties known as joint list came 3rd this week gaining 5 more seats than in the previous election and thought that was spurred in part by netanyahu inflammatory remarks about arab districts and their potential for voter fraud and that led to a spike in arab voter turnout which hit around 59 percent the leader of the arab joint this alliance said 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 blocs is not reached benny gantz is center left a blue and white alliance won 33 seats while netanyahu center right party was just behind coed israel's destiny could now be determined by the leader of the us rail
but a new party which came 5th political commentator neil lasser's 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 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 in that in yahoo and. gantz don't have enough to make
a majority even even when as the backing of the arab list the person who is the king a banker is lieberman and he holds the balance of power in a lieberman has 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 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. facebook has changed the way it describes itself from a platform to a publisher and that could have a major impact on the way the social media giant works in a recent legal case facebook claimed it was a publisher insisting it has the right to ban who it wants but that would also make it liable for what goes out on his platform and responsibility has previously
trying to dodge or has more. so what have we got here. that's better plaintive ultra right web activist laura loom or who was taken off pretty much all major online platforms defendant facebook one of the giants which kicked her out we carefully flicked through these court papers which the defendant filed could fly and bury the lawsuit and here's what really caught the eye. to the extent miss lewis claimed targets facebook's decision to deactivate her accounts it is also deficient on the well established law need to facebook nor any of the publish it can be liable for failing to publish someone else's message 1st amendment provides absolute protection for such decisions what was it again either facebook nor any other publisher protection by the 1st amendment so in this
particular case the lawyers of sucking co are happy to legally refer to their social network as up publisher digging a bit deeper will reveal facebook has done that in the past as well when last year and app startup was crossing swords with facebook in court this is what came from the network spent the thought discretion is if 3 speechwriter respective what technological means is used so is it just me or something's wrong with how the platform we use every day identifies itself because when facebook bosses take questions in other places it seems they always try to distance themselves from the notion publisher which are you are you a tech company or are you the world's largest publisher because i think that goes to a really important question on what form of regulation or government action if any we would take. senator this is are a really big question i view us as
a tech company because the primary thing that we do is build technology and brought us as your sponsor through content which made exactly the kind of a publisher. well i agree that we're responsible for the content but we don't produce the content and that's been the message for quite a while. we are a tech company not a media company i do think we have to be the publisher and we definitely don't want to be the arbiter of the truth now just imagine what kind of legal trouble the tech giant may put itself in if it becomes universally recognized the company mr zuckerberg is running is a publisher not just a tech platform are they really ready to be responsible for anything disturbing or outright criminal that gets posted under the blue logo the examples have been out there in abundance. was
. or what if simply someone decides to lawyer and bully me with all kinds of offensive stuff right on facebook should i then also follow defamation suit against the network because they as a publisher alloted it's well known you can't have a cake and eat it at the same time will probably unless your last name is sucker berg. and we did ask facebook to respond to this story and so far they have not commented. millions around the world have taken part in a climate strike this week calling for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gases more than 5000 events were held globally from sydney to new delhi new york has been hosting the un climate action summit over this weekend and demonstrators urged world leaders to take immediate action to prevent global catastrophe one of the topics being discussed is the fires in the amazon something you politicians have
weighed in on as ati's shala gibbins explains. it's an environmentalist worst nightmare wildfires raging in the amazon destroying the world's most biodiverse tropical rain forest. our house is burning literally the amazon rainforest the lungs which produce 20 percent of our planet's oxygen is on fire as an international crisis i couldn't agree more manual macro we need to act for the amazon and for our planet it's our kids and grandkids are counting on the lungs of the entire earth our frac to and that's why we need to find common solutions here leaders of the globe's most advanced countries pledged to do more at the g 7 the heat may have died down but the blame game certainly hasn't with some looking closely at where the amazon woods may. europe's financial
institutions the companies and the financier's housed in those countries are contributing to the forestation many of these companies are known to have unsuitable practices in their supply chain to be clearing areas for the expansion of agriculture especially pursuing cattle so yeah and cattle ranching account for 80 percent of deforestation major companies such as a.t.m. call gail j.b.s. are being financed by some of us biggest banks including b m p paragraphs don't spank and block walk they not only bankroll the debt they're also major shareholders with a voice in how these companies are run so those areas of the amazonas sometimes didn't actually to provide all earned for cows to graze all to grow crops to feed life's stock these european banks are directly funding the forestation do it your
bank be black rock in vanguard collectively on more than a $1000000000.00 in debt in just the 3 largest away in the 3 largest cattle companies operating in brazil are these even banks often vocal about their sustainability policies. are also being accused of hypocrisy environmental campaign group amazon watch contacted them about their role in the amazon was fired as well deutsche bank and black rock didn't respond the m.p.e. paragraphs had to say then people rebar has been strengthening insecta policies related to deforestation for several years and is prompting its clients to protect natural ecosystems and preserve biodiversity to the best of their abilities but that experts say is just simply not good enough while we have applied for it's of means like the history of the seed gardens in their portfolio
as our research demonstrates that another another process is playing out on the ground they are claiming to protect forests and forest peoples in their official policies wow fueling the destruction of the amazon their investments. because lucas isn't see here that needs to be socially right home to these companies so that they better understand their role and also they can themselves be part of the solution rather than part of the problem without the traceability and the accountability of all actors involved including here in europe the fear is that our house will continue to burn. off paris and we have asked to comment on its links to the deforestation of the amazon and we will bring you any response they give us. a long term crackdown on terrorists in nigeria has seen thousands of children being detained that's according to human rights
watch and we spoke to one of those behind the report. since 2013 nigeria has detained about 3600 children and in june human rights watch went to the northeast of nigeria where boko haram is 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 in 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 an overcrowded facility suspending months or even years that
there were frequent reports of sexual physical and mental abuse the children had been accused of involvement with the boko haram terror group the radical islamist organization is based in northeastern nigeria that carries out attacks throughout west africa in 2015 it pledged allegiance to islamic state and many of the imprisoned children were rounded up during minute shopper ations 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 to 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
in the cell and delivered while i was there. more than 2000 children have been released from detention since 2030 but joe back again believes more effort should be made to free those still being held without charge nobody knows the current number of children who may still be in military custody nigerian authorities do not allow the actions 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 child 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 made in the report saying the children are kept in secure areas and are adequately cared for we've asked roger a minister of justice for comment but haven't received any reply yet. and
a reminder of our breaking news that british to operate a thomas cook has collapsed leaving up to 600000 holidaymakers stranded the company employed around 22000 people worldwide and it was the world's oldest travel operate or thomas cook cease trading after talks on securing a 200000000 pound rescue package failed the british government has pledged to ensure that all citizens stranded abroad will be brought home in what's been described as the country's largest ever peacetime repatriation effort well past the weekly and that's it for me andrew father will be here with you in about 30 minutes time with the latest news from around the world and stay with us for more on r.t.e. next.
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moment the focus of the who story isn't new makes him cold in henry kissinger to tell on. not be tolerated in latin america. an alternative economic and social system could take hold and therefore the policy would be to make. economy scream so wants now making the economy of venezuela screed. hello and welcome to cross talk where all things considered i'm peter lavelle the recent attack on saudi energy installations has red faced many in washington and
the kingdom we will tell you why also uncle joe's travails in ukraine a story begging to be revealed for a very long time. cross talking some real news i'm joined by my guests here in moscow going decent he is a professor at the higher school of economics as well as author of decay of western civilization and resurgence of russia we also have alex christopher he's a director and writer for the duran dot com and we're joined by dmitri bobbitt she is a political analyst and editor at interest me internet media project all right gentlemen crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i always appreciate glenn let me go to you 1st here saudi arabia is the 3rd largest spender a military hardware in the world after the united states and china and we're told at least who these claim that they attacked those installations last week and. there's a lot of red faces in washington and riyadh right now i mean do they have do they