in the stories that shaped the week. the raid against the operation that killed a bit. delayed yet again and. early general election widely seen as another referendum on leaving the e.u. . an american journalist claims political persecution after his arrest for an alleged assault. he has been targeted for reporting on venezuelan opposition violence. at the forefront of exposing the u.s. . and now they're trying to steal my freedom.
in week's top stories with our weekly program. all right donald trump's an ounce mint of the death of. a week ago shocked the world the terror group confirms the claim the u.s. president said the terrorists detonated a suicide vest during a u.s. raid in syria killing himself and 2 of his children a brutal killer one who has caused so much hardship and death. has violently been eliminated he died like a dog he died like a coward this drone video shows the aftermath of the us operation in the compound is located in italy but province the last rebel stronghold in syria or they have looked into the similarities between the u.s. raid against baghdadi and the operation that killed bin laden. on asleep at this
point it's turning into whack a mole whack a terrorist it's like an initiation now for american presidents to kill the biggest the baddest guy you can add and take a really cool photo. the united states brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice. of move a car al baghdadi is dead. but the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden the leader of al qaeda. and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men women and children deja vu doesn't do this just this big bad bin laden hiding out in pakistan a friendly nation that washington liberally sprinkles with billions in aid big bad
baghdadi i did not an evil bastion of us supported rebels which up until 2007 seed washington liberally supplied with guns ammunition and missiles it is the last a major rebel stronghold in the north of syria the last rebel stronghold of in that one of the last remaining areas in western syria that the government does not control booth tera honchos were given the same burial ceremony with the same rights baguette his remains were buried at sea the in accordance with the law of armed conflict within 24 hours of his death some of it a lot his corpse was taken by the troops to the aircraft carrier the u.s.s. carl vinson the he was buried at sea according to muslim tradition of kools 7 things classified new pictures new proof that it was the men they claim to have killed just there would also hero dogs the dog that helped
sniff out bin laden and the pooch hoods in the raid in baghdad what are the chances are all well and good the great click bait for the tabloids but the timing in both cases a year before elections to kill the biggest the baddest guy you can add has got to get voters and you aside right the feet of al qaida defeated isis problem is of course they didn't 8 years since bin laden's death we find alive and kicking with their own mini caliphate in egypt where they were hosting the. of isis is a province it is the largest al qaeda safe haven since $911.00 killing bin laden didn't stop al qaida they grew since then now a week off to trump off the baghdadi isis has already proclaimed the newquay live
but hey at least both a bomb and trump got absolutely bad pictures to 50 commanders in chief earlier my colleague you know neal discussed the death of baghdad and what it means for islamic state with r.t. america correspondent. how significant a development is that what extent will i still be weakened well they've lost the territory long ago i mean what we're dealing with for all intents and purposes are small bands of. leftover bands of fighters their power their true power was was broken long ago with the end of the is would be a significant development in so far as he declared himself the colleague and this the manner of his death has been. there only the legitimizing to that particular role somebody who claims to have the mandate of heaven such as it is and you know
ending in such a fashion which i think was the purpose of president trump's comments the way he phrased it there'd be a lot of anger directed double trouble over his. what was called his betrayal of the kurds and that wasn't very long ago hi potentially beneficial might this be in the other aspect for him taking out such a high profile target well your vast majority of americans would react to this with pride and joy ok baghdad we got baghdad isis is done for fantastic the media absolutely hated because this ruins their entire narrative about trump being a bumbling politician who's who's messing up the syria policy who's just needs to be impeached right away that's the narrative they've been trying to sell the american people for the past 3 years it was a terrible day for them and a really good day for trump from the standpoint of inter merican optics for the for the population of the country at large because it helped obama didn't win the bin laden photo that went everywhere and now they're saying that you have
a sim very much the same situation analogous situation and yet the treatment is completely different. it was supposed to be a how he bragged for the u.k. on thursday but the prime minister was forced to ask the e.u. for yet another extension after months of parliamentary deadlock and now the country is heading for a snap election with all options still on the table boyko sums up the saga so far. which has hit its hollow we greg said deadline i mean case you haven't noticed the u.k. hasn't left the european union again they've called a general election instead it's fair to say that for many here in britain brags it is now a job ever since the country very to leave the e.u. back in 2016 the u.k.'s internet users have been trying to console themselves through the 5 stages of grief denial when the braggs it was
all was fust announced even the queen was confused the british people have to leave the european union she said the people. and then there was the time that everyone realized that adele song was about bread visit. and brags it werry journalists started talking about the most important meal of the day instead she will say that bricks it means breakfast bricks it breaks breakfast and you keep the breaks breakfast we will make breakfast breakfast a success. after denial that was anger best summed up by john bercow trying to keep a lid on parliamentary proceedings or did. she. know what i'm doing.
oh do 6. i want it was time to officially trigger article 50 that's that letter telling brussels that the u.k. really does want not divorce well the analogy is well priceless. then there was bargaining when to resume a made trip after trip to brussels trying to get herself a brags it deal off to advance the own set of bragg's it induced depression that was when brits started coming up with drinking games just to make things a little more exciting what we need is a bricks drinking it would be so much more interesting that the whole country lined up some shots and took one every time certain words were mentioned the government is still searching for the censorship. come on us like you've been drinking going
to a little bit go. to reason raised government's vision of a successful brags it had become this magical unattainable unicorn politics you know basically parents who promised their daughter a unicorn to reason might is presenting them a horse with an oist cream cone glue to which while over in brussels the u.k.'s inability to get a briggs it deal through parliament turned into existential angst there is a special place in hell for those promoting bragg's it without a plan said donald tusk and the guest list is still being finalized according to. those still empty and. it means the lot of. one man we can bet may think
will make an apparent is britain's new prime minister boris johnson. with another extension agreed with brussels under a general election on the way the u.k. gets to stay and gregg's it limbo for another few months in fact her good tree has become the norm for those of us living in these green and. pleasant pastas which brings us to the final stage of grief and that's is except. for an american journalist claims the u.s. is trying to silence him for his reporting on venezuela blumenthal was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman during a protest at the venezuelan embassy in washington back in may now he spoke to our t.v. about the case. why 5 months after the incident
alleged in the court documents and this false charge did i have a team of police officers show up and demand entry to my house and take me to prison for 2 days without access to a lawyer i was told by someone who has very good inside knowledge of this case that a judge already rejected the warrant and i for the last 5 months have been able to walk free i have traveled in and out of the country if there had been a warrant at any point i would have already been arrested furthermore. why didn't they notify me that there was a warrant so i could turn myself in and show up at my own arraignment because i have nothing to fear i'm completely innocent i'm not a flight risk why didn't they do that it's an attempt to persecute me for the journalism that we've done at the gray zone because at the gray zone we have been at the forefront of exposing the u.s. against venezuela of exposing one team for the covert and overt u.s.
support they've received and for the massive corruption and now they're trying to steal my freedom. police say the woman in question identified of a journalist from a photo she is a supporter of the venezuelan opposition max blumenthal was reporting from outside the venezuelan embassy where the woman claims she was badly beaten. i want to make him to be pushed to have them look at me trying to. passage so i started to how do. i know earlier this year u.s. backed opposition leaders in venezuela launched a failed coup against president nicolas maduro didn't washington supporters of the opposition attempted to install themselves in the country's embassy during the tussle for control of pro-government activists the alleges solved took place max blumenthal's attorney told us more about the political persecution claim. they
decided to arrest him right after the gray zone had republic a story that showed that. and his team were receiving funding from usa id now are those 2 things related it certainly would seem like this is some form of retaliation if you sit in a court for arraignment you'll see 3040 people come up and their cases if it's a simple assault allegedly. will be what's called a no paper of the prosecution won't bring a case here we have a dynamic where one individual was arrested in may and now 6 months later. they are now bringing a case against max blumenthal on the same matter where i do believe that there are political motives i mean how else does one explain a case that you know is brought 6 months after the fact. you know what was going on in those 6 months prior why did they not bring the case then
because there's not evidence this man didn't do this so here we have a journalist on this topic and on others who has been critically reporting inconvenient facts about powerful people. you know both in the u.s. government and u.s. interests and you know it's reported critically on those which is a journalist is supposed to do and now he's being. against and now you know this is his punishment for speaking out that is what this looks like we contacted the prosecutor's office in washington for comment on the exploding balls case and we will let you know if we hear back from them. rocking the word grip. rest since the saddam hussein era that story much more this is our international.
the way crown are to international now huge crowds have flooded central baghdad to throughout the weekend calling for a radical overhaul of the country's political system demonstrators have been blocking major roads and burning tires forcing government offices and businesses to close rallies have also been taking place in the country's south with protesters disrupting transport networks in basra iraq's government is accused of rampant corruption and failure to restore basic public services adding to the anger it has also launched a brutal crackdown on the centers killing more than $250.00 since the uprising began. to meet the love of the university students in baghdad taking part in
this. country most of the people. here. these protests are sending a message if our demands are not mad we will hold even bigger demonstrations. lead the people decide for themselves let the people form the government at least. protesting said the government should resign everyone is taking to the streets students young people the elderly when everyone is on the streets middle eastern affairs analyst ali risk told us more about what's driving these protests. but the fact is that you do have lawyers for corruption in iraq this is something which all these iraqi citizens have complained of that time and again you have to remember that there's a lot of. resources in iraq iraq is a very rich country you know oil so we rock should be a prosperous nation if you take it will new start does it mine do you know its
economic strengths the oil revenue it's as i said we're just the worst place where many shop programs don't visit those so the iraq does indeed suffer from this problem. u.s. prosecutors this week rejected a claim from president trump's former security advisor michael flynn that he is the victim of a plot to set up innocent and innocent man flynn faces up to 5 years in prison on charges of lying to the f.b.i. in the trial brush occlusion probe barty's down a quarter comment. michael flynn lied to the f.b.i. flynn is a proven liar practice liar michael flynn is a liar lied to the f.b.i.
was a liar general flynn casualty number one of the russia gates saga is calling out the f.b.i. he claims they changed the wording of his responses to their questioning and did so to arrest him we also have information that the agents did manipulate the 3 o 2 you know it was long in a quote deliberative state as they called it which is highly unusual in an homage self we have taxes exhibit 11 to our document a comparison of the february 10th and february 11th 3 o 2 that show the addition of substantial additional claims that were not in there before and are not supported by the notes. the f.b.i. uses 30 tuesday keep an official record of their interviews in flynn's case the form was used by the f.b.i. to claim he lied but did he really it's not so clear anymore flynn's defense team just released a court documents suggesting something very different happened that the f.b.i.
actually significantly changed the meaning of what he actually said. the f.b.i. wanted to know if flynn had ever discussed sanctions with the russian ambassador he said he wasn't sure he had spoken to many investors and didn't really keep a tally although the record showed he said this. flynn stated he did not the narrative of flynn the liar was born but that wasn't the only problem with the interview some of which were there from the get go. the f.b.i. wanted to send agents into the white house itself to interview senior official you would work through the white house counsel and the discussions and approvals and it would be there and i thought it's early enough let's just send a couple guys over so who did kill me send on over agent peter strock who was fired for sending messages to his f.b.i. girlfriend funny enough it's those messages that shed some light on how flynn's 3
o 2 was apparently tampered with a major edits and sent them to joe i also emailed you the day 230 to all of this was proven to be a lie it was a set up and there is an investigation that is going on by attorney use the f.b.i. for political purposes in order to manipulate or to target certain people like michael flynn by using countries like russia and others as scapegoats as enemies of the people as as those not to be trusted all of this was set up in order to harm political opponents and these notes that were typed up later were altered in edited even so much so that the written word again was altered later it would be as if somebody say you are either normal person was questioned by police officers about a robbery and you say i did not commit this robbery but instead the officer writes down they committed the robbery and then you have to go before a judge and argue that your statements weren't lies within the notes of the officer
and that's what this case is talking about that's why this is so important. russians are often the go to villains in today's computer games and of the latest edition of call of duty takes it to a new level although in a bid to protect sales the version of for the russian market is quite a few key differences. the russians on the on the stand. so i showed them quite. closely that.
understand why. because they killed all soldiers now look at. the us and allies in rocky's soldiers as they try to flee kuwait and return to iraq . by way of. killing the people trying to escape. if. we don't want to say that one of them is correct. a lot of hearts out trying to blur the lines between good and bad but it ends up quickly establishing the good guys as very clearly that's right school.
and you keep the lessons yes. i make no distinction between alcohol and the russian army that are both terrorists coming up right next to me and i got telling me about . you know it's my film i don't know it's. more of the weekly of the top they are this is art international. the people who are printing the money don't rely on taxes to get wealthy they're not part of the real economy that's
a does the same thing as saying the rulers of saudi arabia rely on the wages of the people living in saudi arabia to get rich they they don't they just print more or pump more oil so in the america the princes that run our economy just print more money they don't need the workers they don't need their taxes that's why they don't have wage growth that's why there's been that this aeration because there are needed. thousands of american men and women choose to suit up in the country's military decision little sheltered lives every song came to a complete. the day that i was right. to hold a shot to kill me and i see how it destroyed my life many screamed at me and he made me come in and he grabbed my arm and he write me with his birth year you know if you take into account that women don't report because of the extreme retaliation and it's probably somewhere near about half
a 1000000 women have now been sexually assaulted in the us military rape is a very very traumatizing tat happen but i've never seen trauma like i've seen women who are veterans who have suffered military sexual trauma reporting rape is more likely to get the victim punished than the offender and almost 10 year career which shows very invested in and i gave. offender who was not even put to justice or put on the registry this is simply an issue of tower and violence male sexual predators for the large part of target whoever is there to prey upon whether that's man or when the real. what politicians do something to. put themselves on the line. to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president or injury. or something i want to be honest. with you i do proceed as what before 3 in the morning can't be good that. i'm interested
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