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tv   The Day - News in Review  Deutsche Welle  April 14, 2018 4:02am-4:30am CEST

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another day of international controversy and confusion surrounding the syria gas attack first russia says that was yesterday france said we have evidence today russia says so do way it was the british they staged it international chemical weapons inspectors go in tomorrow so who should we believe until they report i'm. this is the day. that is trying to be in the front rows as their campaign. for. a chemical weapons attack happened yes the u.s. yes it has happened the u.k. has analyzed it it's happened france thing why yesterday it happened three separate analysis all coming back with the same thing. today the russian military
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released more evidence that proves that great britain was involved in the organization of this provocation in eastern guta this is a test it's a blatant lie it's the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the russian propaganda machine. with a vengeance but with a difference the mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present. so russia says it has proof that last weekend's poison gas attack in syria was staged on orders from britain the russian defense ministry says london told the white helmets rescue group in syria to fake the gas attack in the town of duma britain has described the accusation as a blatant lie. inspectors are expected. on saturday.
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it is almost a week since their cries shocked the world suffocated syrian children gasping for air among the hundreds of victims of a suspected poison gas attack allegedly carried out by their government backed by russia. now comes the explosive claim from moscow that the attack was the work of britain. to make sure that as good as your insurance is going to give this to me it's a day the russian military authorities released more evidence that proves that great britain who was involved in the organization provocative act any stone go to the stadium laziest still st george bush a story of particular. apartheid meeting of the united nations the face off continued with recriminations flying back and forth the u.s.
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envoy spelled it her russian counterpart and i'm in awe of the silly of how you say what you say with a straight face i really really. she told the syrian delegation that the u.s. was still considering a military response to bashar al assad in all nations and all people will be harmed if we allow assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons. chemical weapons inspectors have arrived in damascus in search of answers about the looming threat of been through an end to a global conflict hasn't stopped families flocking to the cities theme parks. and not too crazy trump has lost his mind the syrian people do not get scared under the leadership of president bashar al assad and our hero army. we are not afraid because when it is needed we carry our weapons and fight with the army.
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syria's government has turned up the heat emboldened by its russian ally it issued a warning that it will defend itself against any military strikes. well in war they say truth is the first casualty doe but he really knows who first coined that phrase but attributions go back as far as five twenty five b.c. despite his age it has never been truer than today syrians keep dying often in the most horrible ways while governments keep lying was there a chemical gas attack in eastern guta last week if there was who launched it the answer seems to be it depends who you want to believe russian military analyst or pavel felgenhauer joins us from bosco the w.c. richardson is in washington french journalist and is a better mood today is in paris welcome to you or let's start with you pavel felgenhauer in moscow so russia says britain states this gas attack in eastern
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cooter how much of that statement do you believe. no i don't believe that. i believe that this is current well or. rather senseless you know and. well there are. things they overread most. over dr this is. who i mean that's my choice but that's the current style and i don't mean a russian proper. russian. diplomatic service they use the rank your arguments gutter and actually when russia has a point when russian officials are say normally no one now believes not much because they've been lying. and i. know you're wrong. keep it we saw. our president. and his of move on is about to move in
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paris president ma kroll says he has proof of a chemical attack into manhattan and why should we believe him any more we believe the russians well the russians have got a dog in this fight i mean their own ground the culture mustn't the troops they've got. at stake. all to pull intel to this new latakia game which is that we can treat if assad falls they lose this and so i mean that you know they're on one side there is that she'll wins on it but the less believable inference doesn't read them trolls who first of all does not have a tradition of lying in foreign policy which unfortunately is and more often the case in russia and second does not really have a dog in this fight i'm jet no a demonstration of this evidence yet from a president macro. i don't. to some extent
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if the proof he has would if revealed put some people who attained it in danger i suppose will take his word as truth i don't think if this were to launch an attack on the ground with troops on the ground i don't think that you know there would not be questions in parliament but right now. there is an element of trust this is a president reelected almost exactly a year ago and he years. he's a somebody who so far we have not caught lying and therefore there's a presumption of belief and there's also the fact that the french diplomacy and the french secret services are pretty active a little east and usually their sources are good so we tend to believe ok clever to sit in washington let us talk about all of this there's this talk of military action around the use of chemical weapons what is it about the use of chemical
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weapons that's so outrageous the united states and britain and france insensibility as they feel they have to intervene militarily. hi phil briefly a follow on with what your previous guest was talking about it should be said that the u.s. state department has confirmed today that they say they have proof that bashar assad used chemical weapons against his own people now to answer your question we should remember that it was after world war one that the international community got together to ban chemical weapons precisely because they were so morally heinous and can cause such suffering we saw in that report pictures of people vomiting of or at least we've seen pictures over the days of people foaming at the mouth. and so any kind of military strike that you're going to see is going to be to send a strong message that the international community will not stand by and accept this kind of conduct in warfare it's the reason why you saw president barack obama draw his famous red line on syria it's the reason why after
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a chemical attack this time last year president trump launched the united states first direct military attacks against syria they were targeting an air base to try and punish the assad regime and say that this is not acceptable and we will not let other regimes around the world look to this as an example of something that will go unpunished ok so the strike against syria almost a year ago to the day does not seem to have worked so what i've missed of trump's likely options stage. it certainly does not seem to have had a deterrent effect that the united states hoped for so what we could see now could be another single strike of the sort that we saw last year we could see a more on going a concerted military effort to repeat strikes on an air base to make sure that it stays out of app out of operation we could also see trying to do nothing at all this u.s. has certainly lost its element of surprise here with donald trump tweeting that
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tweeting earlier this week that he would strike syria he's trying to kind of walk that back and reclaim some of the element of surprise by saying that strikes were coming very soon or not so soon at all but it's unclear whether there will actually be any kind of action and if so what it will look like. felgenhauer russian ambassador to lebanon says moscow would respond by shooting down american missiles and then targeting their launch sites does russia have the capability. well mainly some are. there the. down be. target area and then b.s. then there's a possibility. for the most like with this. show we the she. will somehow now.
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rush. rush on. american bases our american ships but that was more or all and right now it's been crowned russia. then russia. fired back if only syria not even if there are some russian maybe there. crossfire i don't believe russia ryan's or not. because an escalation bear in the middle east would mean that i mean i. mean the russian horse there was this. big rush that havel just just because what we're running short of time and i don't want to bring on this is a live elizabeth back in because president has said many times that if the red line
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of chemical weapons use is proof that he will take single handed and one wonders what france very elite go it alone against syria and russia. well it's a very interesting quite because that's not the first time that the french president say is that they will go it alone if necessary or rather you know they will take action in case that famous red line is crossed and that was the last time was possible or not in two thousand and twelve that was supposed to be something called an ativan brock obama who at the last minute decided that no he didn't want this and so there was a feeding you betrayed him in france but france did not go to the only other hundred french intelligence sources have said that they. have got with great interest something that we've not mentioned yet which was the attack by his radio also now days in syria which he is ready so said is an airbase from which chemical weapons were being put in bombs and to use to gong to do bomb rubble places these
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radios can do many things but usually they say that they've done something for a reason the reason is usually after it is going to be interesting to see when. everybody decides that after all they will let israel do this by proxy and not do it ok that it's huge this one is is i think michael said that because he wanted to show that he was not all that he may end up being a lot and elizabeth military in paris claire richardson in a washington and pavel felgenhauer in moscow thank you. activists in india call for nationwide protests to demand justice for an eight year old muslim girl who was gang raped and murdered earlier this year eight men have been arrested in connection with the crime but many question whether they will ever face justice. after
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a brutal rape case in india once again bringing protesters out onto the street opposition lawmakers held a midnight vigil in new delhi demanding justice for the girl's family thousands responded to their call to protest at sea for bono was kidnapped in january she was drugged and raped repeatedly over the course of five days before being strangled. the incident has once again put the spotlight on the high number of rape cases in india. such partner look this is a national matter not a political one this is about the women in this country and today all political parties ordinary men and women are standing here. but many fear the accused won't face justice a-c. for belonged to an american muslim community in kashmir in the country's north there have been protests here to some in support of the accused. right wing
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hindu group think kashmir have turned the case into a sectarian issue because the girl was a muslim and all the accused. even some men visit india is reeling the j.p. party of joint rally supporting the accused body of the same. body here they are simply the support for little you know the support people and the lead up to support soon i'm not looking to be actually. that faced with growing protests by i think kashmir and in new delhi the government is insisting that justice will be done. this is an extraordinary story which works at so many levels d.w. paris bennett she has been following it and can perhaps unpeel some guidelines for us welcome a bit rushed draw a line first explain to us how the rape of an eight year old girl becomes a religious dispiriting doos against muslims it is essentially all destruction film that is all it is this is basically an attempt to take away from the facts of the
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case in the facts of the case that eight men got together conspired to adopt and grape and eat it or muslim go with the intention of scaring the local muslim community away that is what the facts of the case and that is what the police are metered in the court the moment people make it a hindu versus muslim issue it takes away from that fact in fact what is happening is it's a warped logic in which the facts of the keys are turned on its head people obviously saying because it is a muslim victim and eight hindu men have been arrested it is the hindus who are the victims and that is what is happening and that's how it's become his divorce and sort of looking at us from our side it seems extraordinary that that can happen what what what is the background allows that to go from a tragic rape of a small go to a political issue because whatever the that it is a distraction it's a huge destruction it is a huge. or
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a number of people who are involved with this are also lawyers i can touch on that later but then just to go back to what the background to this is one has to look at the state where this is happened just going kashmir one has to say has been suffering terrorism for more than two decades and the still it comprises of the jammu dejan and the kashmir region and these are split along religious lines that are religious fault lines that have already been in place that have been in fact exploited at the political level and these religious fault lines hindus versus muslims have only become further intrenched over time so this narrative that it's the hindus who are the victims plays into these four lines the b j p is the ruling party of the move that a huge victory in twenty forty and this seems to somehow tie in with the mood in the country absolutely if you look at nearly four years of b.g.p. rule at the center it's essentially single party rule because they have such a huge majority in the twenty forty balls ever since their victory in these nearly four years you've had an increase in the number of violent attacks against
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minorities especially the muslim minority certainly it was a it's just worth making the point that the hindu nationalists the right wing hindu nationalist how far right they have gone is up for debate but definitely there is a hindu nationalist background there and ever since they came to power in these four years the number of attacks against minorities is a factor but equally muslims has increased and therefore that appears to be this atmosphere of impunity with which local rightwing hindu nationalist groups are operating in different parts of the country which that is does it approval critics would argue from the police from politicians that what you're doing is fine and your agenda is to prop in fact in this state where this incident happened to be j.p. is a partner in the government it is in a coalition with another party and it is in its very state where it has power that this hindus versus muslim or negative has taken hold very briefly that there have been similar out. cries about gang rapes and rapes in the countryside since that
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the medical student in twenty twelve have things changed since then grieved in terms of the law the law was strengthened in higher. sentences were imposed for rapists but you can make the case that since then awareness has increased around the country but then if you ask me today if a woman were to walk into a police station hoping to report a search for a sort will she get it would she get justice we don't know it's like it's an open question here especially thank you so much. this president donald trump has described his former f.b.i. director james comey as an untruthful slimeball after details emerged from a no holds barred memoir due for release next week president trump fired mr comey last may he was said to be unhappy at his handling of the f.b.i.'s investigation into allegations of russian interference in the twenty sixteen u.s. elections in his new book which the komi scathing of the president on
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a professional personal level describing him as a man who twists facts to serve his purpose of trump's response has been characteristically blunt and delivered of course in the form of a tweet james komi is a proven leaker and liar virtually everyone in washington thought he would be fired for the terrible job he did until he was in fact fired he leaked classified information for which he should be prosecuted he lied to congress under oath he is a weak and untruthful slimeball who was as time has proven a terrible director of the f.b.i. and it continues as you can imagine in in similar vein now washington post reporter callum bourses has been reading a james cohesive book ahead of its publication on the tuesday he joins us now welcome to d.w. does donald trump have much to be worried about. well it sort of comes down to a he said he said in some of these situations and so what you see is probably
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a little bit more tribalism right so if you are inclined to believe the president you'll probably say call me is lying and if you're inclined to believe komi then you're probably going to side with him our latest polling shows that the general public sides with comi more often than the president so that should be perhaps one cause of alarm for the president he's holding on to his base they sort of believe whatever he says but the rest of the country is far more skeptical ok so let's bring up some of the biggest hits from this book well i think one of the big ones one of the questions folks would have had going into the book is whether james comey is going to weigh in on whether the president committed a criminal act in particular whether he obstructed justice by firing komi and the answer is no komi does not way and he doesn't clear the president of wrongdoing he does like into a mob boss so he compares him to a prominent but he stopped short of saying that the president did anything illegal what he seems to be doing is being very deferential to robert muller who was the
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special counsel actually conducting the law enforcement investigation why is he going after his former boss in this way. well that's a good question and one perhaps is to protect his own reputation the president was very critical of call me on the way out the door i think another aspect to it if you believe coleman to be a man of integrity and i think that many americans do they believe that is partly doing what he sees as a public service which is saying hey i have kind of a unique perspective on this administration and i have a story to tell and people ought to know the way this guy operated and so it's sort of a combination of those two things of course there's a commercial element to this as well jim's call me a certain to an awful lot of books and he is going to be on virtually every t.v. channel in the next week and a half we're promoting the book as well what's going to surprise people most about the revelations in this book. well i think that one thing that really will stand
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out is the way the james comey recounts conversations that he had with individuals who can corroborate or perhaps dispute the contents of those exchanges and i think in the coming days and weeks the public will get more of an opportunity to weigh the credibility of coleman's book for example he recounts very specific conversations with former president obama former attorney general around the lynch with the current senate minority leader charles schumer and even with the white house chief of staff john kelly the kelly exchange for example is i think one of the most interesting nuggets in the book at the time of call misfiring john kelly was the homeland security secretary he was not yet in the white house and according to komi kelly actually threatened to resign in protest as sort of a show of solidarity with comi and komi says that he actually talked kelly out of stepping down and convinced him that good men like him need to be surrounding the
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president i can imagine kelly will confirm that now that he works for the president directly in the white house but if he doesn't come out and deny it i think that will be very telling the comparison with him of books is interesting because the book seems to say that donald trump is all about loyalty and your loyalty is to me not necessarily the constitution or indeed the american people. yeah i mean what's called me is describing there is i think a consistent pattern that most political observers can see in this president which is the way he value way it's people institutions the media is whether they are favorable to him or not there's really no objective criteria there so remember for example that at one time this president used to praise james coleman and i was back toward the end of the campaign when he called me the f.b.i. notified congress that it was reopening an investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail usage as secretary of state trump of course was delighted by that development and praised me for redeeming his prior decision not to recommend an
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indictment of hillary clinton but once i got into office and he got the impression that told me was going to not be personally loyal to him but was perhaps just going to do the job the way he saw fit and in particular the president was frustrated by called me his refusal to publicly say that the president was not under investigation come quickly fall out of favor with donald trump at that point. bush was very interesting from the washington post thank you for joining d.w. . well this day is nearly done but as a conversation continues online you can find some twitter i did dublin yours or i filled that get here's a hash tag the day that says you're up to date have a good day.
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