was. it. was. the iraqi foreign ministry's to summon the u.s. ambassador in baghdad after sunday's airstrikes on the rock in syria that left dozens dead the u.s. has called it a defensive operation against a rainy and aggression. the iranian nuclear deal is as good as dead if countries bound to u.s. pressure that's the message from iran and russia whose top diplomats have held talks in moscow. and that wiki leaks founder julian assange claims he's dying in a q.k. prison plied with sedatives and subjected to 23 hours of solitary confinement a day we hear from a songes friend who was told the chilling details in a call from the jailed publisher on christmas eve. and rang me because he spent christmas with me and my family in 2010 while on bail work time ago you
sounded bored when you said to me but i'm slowly dying. from moscow where it's just past 2 in the morning you're watching r.t. international welcome to the program and baghdad says it is summoning the u.s. ambassador over the latest strikes on iraq in syria that killed 25 people the u.s. special representative for iran brian hook has defended those attacks insisting that they were to terence against a rein in aggression artie's caleb maupin has more. the u.s. state department has defended the decision to conduct air strikes in iraq and syria saying that this was done to deter the influence of iran in the region now 25 people were killed in the raids and dozens were injured one of the things we want to emphasize is that this was
a defensive action that was designed to protect american forces and american citizens in iraq. the mission of restoring deterrence against me and aggression now it's important to point out that the target of these strikes was an iranian backed militia and according to washington the patience of donald trump regarding tehran and its activities in the region is starting to run out what we did was to get a decisive response that makes clear what the president has said for months and months and months which is that we will stand for this long. because the put american men in jeopardy i would add that in our discussion today with the president we discussed with him other options that are available and i would note also that we will take additional actions as necessary to ensure that we act in our own self-defense and we deter further bad behavior from militia groups or from iran now the airstrikes according to u.s.
officials are retaliation for a rocket attack incur a cook iraq against a u.s. base that killed an american contractor now no one has claimed responsibility for that attack however the pentagon has specifically singled out an iranian backed militia and blamed them for the incident and the death of this u.s. contractor now the group that was attacked is one of the main shia forces in iraq that was key in the fight against islamic state and essentially now we have iraq coming forward and saying that these airstrikes are a direct violation of their sovereignty as a country furthermore iran has referred to these recent airstrikes which killed $25.00. people and injured dozens as an act of terrorism now the iranian islamic revolutionary guard corps has actually said that they reserve the right to take revenge and carry out attacks in response to these actions by the united states so this is quite an intensification of the situation in the region all eyes are
waiting to see what happens next quite a tense moment while staying with developments affecting the middle east washington has slammed joint navy drills between iran russia and china the u.s. state department said it's time for sanctions not military games the 3 nation's 1st ever joint naval drills which ended on monday took place in the northern part of the indian ocean as well as the gulf of oman and included antiterrorism anti-piracy training key shipping and energy supply routes run through the region sparking tension between tehran and washington amid the exercises iran's foreign minister. zarif visited moscow for talks is circular for of the top diplomats touched on bilateral relations with iran's foreign minister saying there was a historical high point but the main focus was the iran nuclear deal officially the joint comprehensive plan of action or j.c. abandoned by the u.s. bank in 2016 lavrov stated the west must return to compliance with the deal.
soonish that's because nature the u.s. is forcing other countries not to fulfill their obligations despite iran's compliance with the reached agreements we demand that the us and the e.u. both return to full implementation with the obligations voluntarily and then iran would do the same but if our western partners do not want to confirm their respect for international law then the g.c. must be recognized as dead or to be not the united states is trying to impose its will on other countries and make them violate international norms and standards as for the european position on the. politically supported him practice they do not do enough to counter the u.s. sanctions we think the europeans should stick to their commitment. or professor said mohammad marandi from the university of tehran believes the drills are a message to washington that it can no longer dictate global terms unilaterally the united states see still sees itself as the had every minute of world.
war wants to see itself as the head of the appalled world and the europeans of course are. will abide by the united states no matter who's in charge of the country whether it's who they most european this just like or anyone else but the reality is that we've moved beyond that stays the united states is on the relative decline countries like iran russia and china are on the rise of the united states is going to have to accept and recognize the new situation and i think that the fact that these 3 countries actually carried out these maneuvers together jointly of 3 together is a major significance and it sends a message to the united states that they can no longer dictate terms. well it has indeed been a turbulent year for iran in that region as a whole month by tough sanctions and the season of tankers looking back his roman
costs are a. for terror on the year 2019 was thrilling to say the least it narrowly avoided an open military conflict with the united states got hammered by new stifling sanctions to port in a so-called oil tanker crisis and had to deal with the worst domestic protest in 40 years let's go through it one step at a time. following its withdrawal from the iranian nuclear deal the us continued its sanctions against the islamic republic the country's uncompromising stance swiftly led to an american military buildup in the region the united states is deploying the u.s.s. abraham lincoln carrier strike group and bomber task force to the u.s. central command region sent a clear and unmistakable message to the arabian regime that any attack on united states interests on those of our allies will be minutes with unrelenting force in may and june of 2019 some oil tankers were damaged and some caught fire in the gulf
of oman washington immediately blamed terror on in may the rebels in yemen carried out multiple drone strikes on a saudi oil pipeline the u.s. again stated that it believes iran was behind the attack and continued deploying a different troops over the next 2 months the pentagon said the buildup was in response to heightened iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations these assets would join the u.s.s. abraham lincoln carrier strike group and a u.s. air force bomb a task force in the middle east region in response to indications of heightened iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against u.s. forces and our interests president trump even said that should there be a conflict it would be the official and of iran washington saber rattling seemingly ended when trump approved the sale of $8000000000.00 worth of weapons to saudi arabia but tensions reached a new high when a u.s. surveillance drone was shot down by the iranian military trump had ordered out is
very military. strike on iran but withdrew his decision minutes before the operation began so avoid the loss of life. pressure on terror on continued in early july when british royal marines seize its super tanker off the coast of gibraltar iran responded by capturing british flag tanker that stand in peril as it passed through the strait of hormuz following mutual accusations of piracy threats by iran to close the strait of hormuz and the ensuing panic in the oil markets all ended well as both tankers were eventually released. despite iran's resilience to the u.s. sanctions their effect has taken its toll the last months of 2019 or more by protests across the country when gasoline prices skyrocketed due to the government's decision to cut fuel subsidies though the plan was to direct the additional funds to supporting over $60000000.00 people in need crowds it still
took to the streets it was initially at peaceful rally but it quickly turned violent in some places and resulted in several deaths including a law enforcement officers now that story it's easy even put the country on its old school internet shut down to prevent the protests from spreading now let's guess who was the 1st to capitalize on iran's civil unrest the iranian people enjoy a better future when their government begins to respect basic human rights abandons its revolutionary. posture and its destabilizing foreign policy in the region and behave simply like a normal nation he's arabian can a poor jobs or eve dismiss that kind of support saying that it was the u.s. sanctions that caused so much suffering to his people. a regime that byron's food and medicine for ordinary people including elderly and sick iranians by economic terrorism can never show its disgraceful support for the iranian people despise and
the other year under serious pressure life here in tehran continues the internet is back online with all major social networks available and i checked that myself but hardly anyone in iran has any ads out with an adversary like washington they're in for still more thrilling moments in the coming year ramon koester of r.t. terror on. wiki leaks founder julian assange claims he slowly dying in a u.k. jail as he's regularly tranquilized news kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day in a phone call to his friend vaughan smith on christmas eve the jailed publisher made them to stepping revelations. julian rang me because he spent christmas with me and my family in 2010 while on bail work time ago i think he simply wanted a few minutes of skate and to talk to us because of the memories he had about happy memories he was slurring his speech was slurred he was speaking slowly now julian
is a highly after looks very clear person when he speaks and he sounded awful and it was very upsetting to hear him the idea of him being sedated has come from several people who visited in who clearly need to hold and the british government have been asked about it and they refuse to address that matter what they say is they're not mistreating him but clearly he's being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day he sounded awful and he said to me that i'm slowly dying here and he said that all started from my own why not of course my children his father keeps telling us that his father is telling us this do you know we must stop this what i find so depressing as a country is clearly we harbor political prisoners we have political prisoners because that's exactly what he is i didn't think that we were the sort of country that mistreated them in this way. well assad who was arrested in april and since then medics and he went observers have warned about his declining physical and
mental health hearing in february will decide on his extradition to the us where he's accused of publishing classified documents and could face a 175 year sentence for an smith again thinks the u.k. government has to explain why assad has been treated so badly. please remember and he's served the time for the bail charged and he served his time so that he's now on remand it's highly unusual to put a man prisoner in belmarsh when they're not a threat of them a physical violent threat to society i think we need some arms was from from the british government why are they treating him like this why can't we have some independent assessment of 100 international doctors and asked to arrange a visit or at least a standard of some representatives to check on him but that hasn't been allowed nils meltzer the un rocketeer on torture has been very clear about assange just mistreatment and describes it in the most appalling terms and yet his claims very
recently in november that the british government of completely ignored his request to see julian probably his health properly assess. while still ahead on the program we continue our review of the past year and look at some of the key events including the unrest in latin america we'll have that after this short break.
well today's topics in our 2019 news highlights are as follows streets of rage and the mysteriously may named mind to games let's see what stories of the 1st of these topics has for us streets of rage we're going to be of course protests so violent protests were of course prevalent the world over from the yellow vests in paris to the anti beijing writes in hong kong and of course in latin america so let's focus on that shall we as this picture shows here the continent have more than its fair share of turmoil in $29000.00 protests range from venezuela and bolivia to chile and ecuador artie's down a quarter breaks it all down for us. it started as a spark the next thing you know the inferno of revolution is all around you and can't be extinguished that is the south america of 2019.
what's crucial if that's your aim is to find just the right moment to stir up the scent. venezuela's chaos was the epicenter right after the country reelected president nicolas maduro washington pounced challenging the government's legitimacy and trying to provoke a coup. by mike pence nicolas maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power and it gracefully in doubt the
legitimacy to run venezuela upon the leader of the opposition i think me i swear it's a formally seen the duties of the national executive as president of venezuela president trump officially recognize the president of the venezuelan national assembly one going to do as the interim president of venezuela the time is now to support the venezuelan people to recognize the new democratic government led by interim president gore though the safety and security of president and his family are of great importance to the american people why don't tried hard to win over the military but when it became clear it stood behind a majority washington rolled out some empty threats are you hearing very well that is what i consider getting a thing but all options are on the table all of these are open to all options or. on the table all options are on the table you can lose. the world to the result. and steamrolled the country with sanctions adding to the suffering of ordinary
people already living through economic collapse but is it really democracy that washington and its allies were interested in or perhaps this has something more to do with black gold don't know what is donald trump's cases against venezuela the cases bellow is the only livin his way to the riches of venezuela it's goat gas diamonds iron water a material riches resource grabbing hasn't only been confined to venezuela in the region. bolivia seen its own share of unrest this year but there are right wing coup was successful the elected president abel morales forced to step down and flee the country there's either why am i resigning so that my opponents cannot continue to my socialist brothers it's my duty as an indigenous president and the president of all believe in this to seek
peace after morale has got the boot senator janine anya is proclaimed herself interim president not exactly a household name before that but what's more important is who had her back and he guesses we pledge our support to the believe in people and to the transitional government led by president janine and yes as they prepare for these elections. we support you need 9 years in bolivia as she would to ensure a peaceful democratic transition through free elections and just like in venezuela it's ordinary people who are paying the price for regime change. and seeing the parallels here's another one lithium is in high demand in the united states and that valuable resource also happens to be in abundance in bolivia.
chile has also been no stranger to disorder where clashes have been deadly at times thousands have rallied since mid october demanding the president resign and the constitution be revised there have already been widespread reports of torture and unlawful killings following the military's deployment. but on these protests the u.s. has been silent maybe it's because the president is sebastian piñera a harvard graduate whose free market policies have shown he's happy to do business with the u.s. the case is not so different from this next country. at
last we have ecuador a country that became engulfed in protests after the government carried out i.m.f. backed severe austerity policies. yet again silence from the us and the reason is pretty much the same as with chile the us supported the government's newfound allegiance with the i.m.f. washington might pick and choose the battles that benefit its interests the most but at the end of the day fire is fire it doesn't care who it burns and when a whole continent is set ablaze it becomes extremely difficult to extinguish. and in 29000 latin america wasn't the only continent the went through some ultras period we'll bring you another recap of this year's protests on choose day 'd. well
no dares thinks. we dare to ask. thousands of american men and women shoes to serve in the country's military and their decision little sheltered lives every one came to a complete. the day that i was raped be instructed you know told to shut up while they kill me and i see how it destroyed my life any screamed at me and he made me come in and you grab my arm and he write me with his birth and if you take into account that women don't report because of the extreme retaliation 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 have happened but i've never seen trauma like i've seen from women who are veterans who have suffered military sexual trauma reporting rape
is more likely to get the victim punished to be a friend and almost 10 year career which shows very invested in and i gave a sex offender who was not even going to justice or put on the registry this is simply an issue our violent male sexual predators for the large part of target whoever is there whether that's men or women.
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saudi arabia in which. ronald reagan wanted to sell the saudis billions and billions dollars worth of equipment but these reading stopped it and congress wouldn't approve it because they feared saudi would threaten israel surround reagan handed the deal is there effectively to his political soul mate sacha un seen nothing yet. very tough act to follow. when we stumbled on the saudi arms. deal we really started to stumble on a central feature of british politics over the last 30 years highness prince who has been at the heart of many of the great. polish. i was
always pleased to see him when i was prime minister because he brought me a short insight unbowed proposal was. informed as you can see the saudi arabia is a strong friend and would be willing to support taking them with whatever the kingdom needs and of discussion from there on everything else was going to get he explained to mr thatcher this was a deal with saudi arabia and their full things were done differently. they wanted to $3000000000.00 worth of weapons that was $6000000000.00 in. the majority of most people understand. we'll continue to work together against the terrorists who threaten the way of life a pacifist. one day i saw. it was
a man. and he said i. i've been working for a travel company and we had a kind of slush fund we used to distribute to saudis and other arabs when they came to britain for be all to help the path of arms deals. and it always that sort restore is that when the saudi military officers would come along he would present them with canteens of cut through that was something that they liked the other thing they liked was girls so he would take about the town and get them girls. to be honest it seemed like quite small beer payments made some of them from rather on as manic activity. chips talks about cooldowns that sort of thing there's only 2 things that count in business my friend money and sex the rest you can write as much as you like is absolute garbage you can measure weapon beautiful.