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slammed washington sanctions on russia's north ring 2 gas pipeline to germany saying it's crossed a personal line against its nato allies it comes as a problem gives an angry reaction as well branding sanctions interference in domestic affairs. plus a u.s. court rules that american spy agencies collect data on citizens without a warrant if done by accident. and a man has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for stealing and burning l.g.b. to flag from a u.s. church we debate whether the time for the crime. 16 years for offending probably one of the most privileged groups in america when it came to force he did not express any regret and indeed justify his actions based upon his particular
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extremist interpretation of the christian faith. a very warm welcome to the program from all of us here at our th here in moscow thanks for joining us this hour. there's been strong reaction from berlin and moscow over the latest u.s. sanctions targeting north stream to the russian gas pipeline to europe that's almost complete. we're looking very closely at the u.s. crossing a crucial age of foreign policy as it starts imposing sanctions which russia has already become accustomed to against its own allies we can see the intention to make europe by american liquefied gas and thus to slow the development of the continent's economy to undermine its capability of competing with the u.s. in the global markets washington has decided that even the closest nato allies
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don't deserve mercy if the u.s.g.a. of political and commercial ambitions are at stake. the german government has regretfully taken into account that sanctions against north stream 2 and took stream initiated by the us congress they think german and european companies and times amounts to interference in domestic affairs they requested comment from the north remus spokesperson who told us completing the project is essential for european supply security adding the work will be finished as soon as possible meanwhile the e.u. also slammed washington's punitive measures saying it objects to any penalties against european companies that are conducting legal business it comes as the main swiss contractor of north stream 2 pulls out over washington's tough penalties earlier taylor told my colleague and her former war on the story. the trumpet ministration sanctions have become a political tool of choice now often simply an automatic reaction to anything that
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the president takes issue with in this case is apparently no different because president trump has officially signed a bill which will require him to impose sanctions on any foreign companies and individuals which are involved in the building of nordstrom to no money of course no no $2.00 is a huge $11000000000.00 pipeline over 1000 kilometers long running from russia to germany and essentially it's going to flood the european continent with russian gas at a faster and cheaper rate than anything else currently available on the market but since the very beginning washington has had a bit of a problem with the project the united states commands all our european partners who have taken a strong stand against north stream to. and we commend others to do the same germany is totally introversion because they were getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from russia and a new part of this pipeline if completed. would make europe even more dependent on russian energy would generate billions of dollars for putin billions of dollars
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that would fund the russian military aggression. we don't want your energy supplies to be. so many see this bill as a last ditch attempt by the u.s. to stop trying to end its trucks the pipeline was originally due to be completed by mid 2020 but it seems they're ahead of schedule that in 2 weeks out from it being done in fact there are any around 60 to 70 kilometers left of the pipeline today now one of the many companies which will be affected by this bill is the swiss organization all cs and they've been providing vessels for the construction a couple of days ago they in fact received a very aggressive left to from the republican senator ted cruz which can only be described really as a letter of blackmail he gave them an ultimatum either you stop participating in this project. or we're going to freeze all your assets in the u.k. in the u.s. and we're going to. have your employees from coming into the u.s.
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so unfortunately they count out and and have stopped all the operations america has made it clear is concerned it says about europe's energy security bit of the. wild card pipelines between russia and europe run through several european countries such as poland better russia ukraine. this means that of course they get a very hefty transit fee for allowing these pipelines through. the baltic sea meaning that these countries will be bypassed washington maintains that this is unfair and specifically with regards to ukraine says that it's somehow politically motivated what's very important to note here is that just a few hours before the bill was signed into effect russia and ukraine decided that they would likely by the end of $29000.00 sign a new agreement on russian transit pass a value crane to europe so that completely undermines what washington saying that somehow russia is trying to cut ukraine out of a deal and it's led many to suspect that really what washington's up to is is
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trying to eliminate fact competition and its dominance in the e.u. and markets especially considering the bill also impose sanctions on another russian pipeline which is a tug stream which runs through the black sea to tucky so it's quite a patent being established while of the e.u. and u.s. standpoint on this issue couldn't be more different european countries call this an economic project that benefits everyone involved russia agrees germany and particular has consistently said that european and that you policy is europe's business and it's also a us to stop meddling so it's probably on surprising that these latest sanctions were not welcomed. germany's left party member beers on top us ole thinks the u.s. sanctions have done some serious damage to relations between berlin and washington this project is so close to completion and so crucial to the german economy. that
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there will be a way and we will find a way to complete this project but of course the damage to the german american relations is down and the. that america is conscious of the imposing extra charity extraterritorial sanctions to have the german economy and to hurt the german consumers is now firmly implanted into germany's minds from the left to the right that is absolutely outraged by the actions of the u.s. government because in germany frankly some parts of the governing party are very close to the u.s. government but even they are by this is serious because they know the importance of russian gas supply to the entire german economy. america's spy agencies are permitted to gather information on citizens without a warrant in certain cases the u.s.
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court of appeal has a real rule that this can happen if a non national who's legitimately being monitored abroad makes contact with an american the case was brought by a u.s. citizen arrested in 2011 he had pleaded guilty to attempting to give material support to a terrorist organization however he questioned whether it was legal for the n.s.a. to collect information on him without a warrant former intelligence official analyst william biden told us the ruling does not reveal anything new. it does it made no difference at all it was all under executive order $1.00 to $2.00 or 3 section $23.00 c. and which they used to been signed into into effect since the reagan years the reagan presidency so they've been using that as of the as a way and also the use the excuse that they are unable to separate their data and that's a not a right lied to so they've been lying to the courts are wrong and they've had the capability of sort that stuff out it just they don't want to because it gives them
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power over everyone the ability to look into our political opponents like they did the president drop. the n.s.a. is it legal mass phone and internet surveillance of its own citizens was revealed back in 2013 by edward snowden a former contractor at the agency he's wanted in the u.s. for leaking classified information but was granted asylum by russia. alphabet soup of government agencies was it carrying out all kinds of wild spying and violations of privacy it was all pretty clearly a violation of the us constitution or that man offers protection under his little
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search and seizure however at the time the n.s.a. tried to fight back pretty hard does the n.s.a. collect any type of data. on millions or hundreds of millions of americans. no sir. it does not. not wittingly 7 years on u.s. federal courts have ruled that edward snowden the whistleblower who feel this apparatus of surveillance won't be able to make any money from the book that he just published the ruling argues that edward snowden violated his contract with the cia and the n.s.a. because he didn't submit his book for prepublication review who don't want to see books like to skip written especially don't want to see books like this get rid of from it is still pursuing that case quite strongly they're more focused on the financial censorship side of it this court ruling comes as federal courts have also
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ruled that it is now acceptable to monitor the communications of americans with a quote foreign interest without any procedure or warrant so while u.s. courts have ruled that it is now acceptable to continue carrying out practices once considered to be scandalous they have come down pretty hard on the man who revealed . these practices to the public so do americans even remember edward snowden we decided to ask new yorkers can you tell us who edward snowden is now it doesn't ring any bells hope it weren't snowden i don't know edward snowden is. it's. way to 2nd snowden's not the. not the bricks that guy adam he is the wiki leaks not like the wiki leaks guy but the guy who was working for the government here and is over in russia now know that he leaked some information he leads. basically the government spying on us and watching of our things and gave
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a detailed report as to what the government's doing yes there was a massive outrage back in 2013 when this was 1st revealed but it seems that since then this is all becoming part of the new normal in the united states what was wiretapping of civilians will continue in the united states and american leaders will also continue to boast that they have the freest country in the world we're going to do with sitting there in case it's in the mission that the unit and i say is incapable of collect the only targeted data on a large fine lines that they're monitoring so i mean to be that now is not a problem in the 99 he could have done that but they decided not to do that they wanted to click there really was they're not saying here is that the cia the f.b.i. and the d. e a and other law enforcement people have access to that data to search for a common crime in the united states and they use it against u.s.
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citizens. and in criminal courts without the without telling the coup or anybody else in the court lawyers included so they're fundamentally violating the rights of those of us citizens and every year and they do this without any oversight whatsoever or even attempt to move or say to us in the united states ability the intelligence these diseases any good anyway it's just a it's over look kind of conversations they have it's not over so i don't know. a man found guilty of committing a hate crime has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after stealing and burning and l. g.b.t. flag from the u.s. church adolfo martinez was 1st arrested in june and accused of desecrating the flag belong to a local church in iowa earlier in the week he was convicted of 3rd degree harassment and reckless use of fire and he said meditate against homosexuality but the length of his sentence has caused debate. why does the left cheer when the american flag
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is burning no one goes to jail for that but they do for burning an activist movements flag while he got more years than murderous get in the u.k. unbelievable so burning a rainbow flag is hate speech bunting an american flag is freedom of speech i see. he should have been the american flag then he would have been praised statues dedicated well i think in principle people should have the ride to behead flags fly it is a symbol and people have a right to disagree with homosexuality they have a right to disagree with did i did states or britain i don't think that should be a crime per se but i would say that the flag is a bit different from the american flag because it days ignites a specific community in the same way as maybe burning a jewish flag might designate the jewish community you look at the report of what happened he was kicked out of the strip club he grabbed the flag he set it on fire
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outside of the strip club and started ranting about i was gonna burn down the club i was in there i don't know it sounds like maybe he was wasted i don't think i don't think this is what they just would go around doing even if that weren't the case it still is extreme and a hate crime laws are silly anyway they should exist no a crime happened here it is absolutely 100 percent our institutionally protected speech to burn the gates of the gay pride flag in the same way that according to the supreme court's also protected speech to burn the american flag well i'm gay and much of my human rights involve supporting the human rights of l.g.b. plus people but i've got to say this sentence is excessive it is disproportionate it is not commensurate with the crime committed however there are some disturbing elements a he was not given the sentence purely for stealing the flag and for burning it there were also. accusations and claims of arson and threats to burn
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down all the properties namely a strip club when it came to course he did not express any regrets and indeed justify his actions based upon his particular extremist interpretation of the christian faith i don't believe that this flag necessarily represents the rainbow flag i don't think it. uppers and gay individuals maybe at one point attempted to but it's we've come to a point where the rainbow flag and all the symbolism represents an l g b t political ideology which is becoming increasingly authoritarian increasingly toxic increasingly anti-christian so people are going to have gripes about it i mean this is actually proven that people are are millennia it was a study done recently that young people millennia old are less in favor of l g b t now they were a few years ago now the left in the gay lobby would say that is due to hate speech on the internet and trumps america blah blah blah no i would say the real reason is
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probably because this movements that is symbolized by the flag has become authoritarian and ridiculous we see it with the insane trans narrative in the bathroom trance people and women sports we see it with the children with the trans soldier in the drag queen story anything you can think of and this is just another example 16 years for offending probably one of the most privileged groups in america still to come the u.s. democrats have released a guide on how to combat propaganda i'll bring you their top tips after this. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy going from station let it be an arms race is often spearing dramatic development only really i'm going to resist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical
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time to sit down and talk. to one of the things that i started to realize is that the noise in my head is it me i started the practice of organizing my wife around what i wanted my life to be about even when it conflicted with my internal noise so you know why i wrote a book but in my head i'm not smart enough people like me don't write books. but what i held myself to it was the action and i started to notice that i could co-exist with that while still living a life that went beyond. a
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comeback democrats have an axe to grind when it comes to propaganda which perhaps is why they've released a guide on how to spot and fight it top tips include don't watch r t and read it george orwell artist and hawkins delve deeper. the us democrat party is concerned about the information people are consuming so they've created a handy guide to make sure you can distinguish right from wrong we've seen what happens when dissin from ation goes unchecked it threatens our democracy and makes us less safe that's why we're making sure you know how to combat bots troll farms think accounts dissin from ation and propaganda it's short and sweet and prepares you on how to fight fake news and use social media properly and responsibly so let's take a look actively seek out information online from multiple authoritative sources firstly you should actively look for news don't just absorb but there is one caveat
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you should try to find only authorizes of sources if you can't decide what those are just use the ones approved by fact checkers and don't go near the blacklist speaking off fact checkers news guard is one plug in the list recommends it's got several high ranking officials on its advisory board where previous cia director x. the nato secretary general to former us government officials and leading media figures and it marks many mainstream outlets as trustworthy despite any scandals they may have been embroiled in while r t is a big no no so change channel right now before it's too late. ask yourself who the author of online content is where they posted the information and what they're hoping you will do with it next check is the author factuality and objectivity seem to be prioritized in their guidelines something one can argue with until they mention social media transparency features as one tool to help find the facts
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there's a link to facebook's transparency of god lines which separate the real from the fake but it's fair to say not all those telling the objective truth get verified and all those verified stick to the objective truth. rules 3 and 4 go without saying of course one should never be manipulated nor let blatant fakes go unchallenged the void to be manipulated by divisive or dishonest content if you see something untrue and social media trying to inject truth into the debate and then we move on to the final and most comprehensive point educate yourself on the tactics of online manipulators as a whole list of recommendations of what to watch and read and perhaps unsurprisingly the emphasis is on democratic leaning outlets from n.b.c. to the new york times they also have recommendations for you to watch projects launched by loyal media you can learn all about internet outrage on the right wing's role in fake news controversies on
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a podcast by the daily new york times enterprise also in the recommended reading list of pieces on russian interference the $26000.00 election and trumps alleged collusion with moscow as even a special warning reserved specifically for right wing this information though no mention of the same risks on the other side of the political spectrum and if you're short on time and can't read a lot there's some quick links the democrats supported social media accounts although if you do have a bit more time on your hands you can always delve into longer reports where you can mainly learn all about russia's efforts to attack and destroy worldwide democracy always a classic democrat narrative it was borrowed short who said if you teach a man you will never learn or this god may go even further not teaching but telling in no uncertain terms where the truth apparently lies to be found only in acceptable narratives and only trustworthy sources and summing up that list george
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orwell's 1984 though i only lost their. chris hedges is the pulitzer prize winning host of the our t.v. show on contact he says the d.n.c. is advice is designed to shut down alternative views. the guidelines are meant to tarnish our discredit critics of the system unfortunately because they have a megaphone and a platform it's somewhat effective we now have lived with since the beginning of the trumpet ministrations so this is 3 years this is a whole demonization of russia which has been a convenient for oil to attack social critics they want those voices shut down and they have of course facebook twitter you tube have created algorithms to shut us down independent of anything to do it's
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a combined assault against critics and they use the idea of us working as foreign agents or. influence or manipulation of a foreign power as a kind of excuse that's nothing new we saw in the cold war. in the u.s. it's been alleged that the mormon church is sitting on a $100000000000.00 in donations that it's misled its members into making that was a blur behind the claims used to be a senior portfolio manager at the church's investment division he also says that the church may have breached tax rules. for many years the mormon church has been stockpiling $1.00 to $2000000000.00 of surplus into a reserve reserves inside i one c 3 non profit. according to that whistleblower a company called and sign pic advisors is helping the church to exploit its status as a nonprofit organization to dodge taxes alleging the mormons could 0 a huge amount to the state the whistleblower also says that members have parted
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with their money on false pretenses including propping up of a couple of businesses the mormon church asked members to give 10 percent of their annual income this money is meant for charitable educational and religious purposes but the whistleblower claims it's simply been schooled away for the last 2 decades the church denies the accusations claims being currently circulated are based on a narrow perspective and limited information the church complies with all applicable law governing our donations investments taxes and reserves the church also claims the whistleblower is a disgruntled ex employee sinking compensation and r.t. source inside the church told us the internal revenue service finished a major audit 2 years ago and found no problems but the people we spoke to in new york city were not surprised by the whistleblowers revelations. i'm not terribly surprised after all the scientology its money tax evasion whatnot i feel like
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churches are corrupt there's always issues with 5 or ones he carries in churches and money and doing what they're doing i mean i guess it just depends i should pay definitely should pay taxes now especially with the good guys will have those big houses in the jetson tax free it's not fair they should pay something but they just don't that's constitution it's constitutional question do this a place axis more investigation more arrests and it's doing that i mean but no taxes let everybody everybody paying one and sign peak advisors it was an arm of the mormon church which proved that it was not. part of acquirements which is why they got into this in the 1st place. we didn't have to reports what was going on under the i.r.s. tax law you are informed and you have to use that money for such a charitable purpose but in this situation this particular investment arm there was a bailout evans sure and they also. thought once and he said those are projects
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where there is no charitable purposes so in that once the makes you priceless and they have a plaque and we're getting involved in those crimes and once and for profit ventures who are making patients who have. that's a news break down for this hour and that's all for me as well today but we're not neil harvey will be taking up art in about 30 minutes thanks for tuning in wherever you may be. larger see. the light of. my name is drawn more than i was for it is to die in prison by the exploration of love my life. take a stick grab some media attention i mean it's a shooting in
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dig deeper to hit the stories that made history media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smart we need to stop slamming the door. showing past each other guitars for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely watching the whole. struggle or this is the kaiser report our of one is there a is argentina so many head of an obvious this country for can rock stars yes we're going to talk about some of the opportunities that have been taken over
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the last few months or years and you know it fits into this theme that we've covered over the past few years which is that as soon as the us used the us dollar and in particular swift as a financial weapon alternatives emerged and thus said in the end of the power of empire this is happened throughout history hubris often sinks an empire when they become a bully and so we're going to look at what a story about china china working with a dutch company by the way here this is when the u.s. slapped all those tariffs on agricultural goods and all sorts of goods that china retaliated by stopping all imports of sawrey being products and of course argentina is a big producer of that so they're china's pivoting and having to re develop and build infrastructure in countries that they want to do business with so.

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