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election fever grips russia has thousands of people come out on the streets of moscow to show their support for the various presidential candidates. that israel dismisses global concerns over a potential military escalation in the route with the rand saying it alone will decide whether to launch a strike on the islamic republic. hello it's eight pm here in moscow right now you're watching r t live with me kevin zero in on the top story this thursday night the u.n. seeking to send in see monetary and chief to syria to secure a delivery to civilians caught up in the fighting the international bodies also preparing to investigate the country's officials over allegations they've committed crimes against humanity artie's correspondent in damascus briffa nationalist men keep across the latest developments on the ground for you. according to our sources
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here in syria the fighting in the besieged city of homs is now over with the army taking control of the city we've been hearing initial reports from our sources here that there has been a ceasefire agreement between the free syrian army and governmental forces in the area but it hasn't been confirmed of course we are receiving other reports from other sources such as opposition groups opposition activists or london based syrian observatory for human rise about resume challen about clashes continued in the city of homs this reports of very hard to be very far and it's also very hard to find out exactly who is behind these reports and all these people on the ground of their report and from abroad while these conflicting reports about what's going on here come amid a rise in exile and rising pressure from the international community to the regime of president bashar assad we we have discussions resumed about possible military
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intervention as a solution to the country's ongoing crisis. time to change tactics with fighting in homes entering its third week the syrian opposition based abroad and its foreign supporters seem to have run out of patience the foreign military solution to the country's crisis always considered as a last resort might now become a realistic scenario where really close to thing this military intervention as the only solution there are two evils military intervention a protracted civil war the opposition outside they have contact with the external powers and they don't have contact with the with the with the syrian syrian people the. core of the. mujahid not his real name has been fighting the assad regime for months he went to all protests and spent many days in jail but now he says the crisis has gone too far. as for me i give up actually because
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the is not just because not just the war we are losing we are losing buddies and even the regime in this engine my son it is good you really didn't give me i'm ready to give up and who are into waiting for the for the promises but not everyone is ready to compromise with the death of two journalists and holmes an american war reporter and a french photographer pressure from overseas has become more tangible we need to the international community needs to do more to help the syrian people but there are fears that this helping hand may also be carrying her friends we should consider every option ranging from sanctuaries to seeing that weapons are brought to the hands of those who are resisting us so they can defend
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themselves look here in syria the home of position seems to strongly. the idea of foreign help. we don't want any interference from abroad these countries may think that they can use this for their own interests but the syrian people will not allow that but to be able to resist strong political reforms are needed and with a vote on constitutional reform around the corner may here certainly any military intervention will derail the political process aimed at ending the crisis refinishing r.t. damascus syria. dr marcus papadopoulos now analyst from britain's politics first online magazine told us attempts by western states to stir up rebels in syria make thinks calls the middle east poet a keg to finally explode. political dialogue is the only solution to the conflict in syria any conflict in the middle east has the potential to turn the entire region into a vast firestorm and the fact that the american and british government are
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implicitly encouraging the syrian opposition is only making things worse in syria and it's only groups zoltan the more casualties. more tragedies the brain which western media is portraying the conflict in syria could this could be mistakenly taken for a hollywood film whereby it's good versus evil in the real world however we know that no conflict is over black and white and what we're seeing is a concerted effort by western governments and western media to bring down president assad and what we need to bear in mind is that this is not the first time we've seen this happen but the way the western media portrayed conflicts in the past clearly establishes a relationship between western governments and western major they work very closely together we saw this in the wars in the former yugoslavia we saw this leading up to the invasion of iraq and we also saw it last year in libya the head of russia's
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foreign affairs committee has been meeting with opposition groups in damascus he spoke to r.t. about the syrian conflict you can watch that interview indeed there later this hour . next the streets of moscow were flooded with people on thursday gathered to show their support for the candidates running for the upcoming presidency tens of thousands turned up for mass rallies in the spike of political activity there ahead of next month's election people all over attended the largest demonstration. both thursday seeing a day of rallies in support of various political candidates for president across moscow today is a public holiday meaning that lots of people are off work and able to come out on the streets largest rally taking place this is amongst the pro vladimir putin for president supporters many thousands of people gathered here inside the luzhniki stadium this is the usually the the home of top level football matches today it's
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been taken over by politics that were originally the organizers that wanted to hold this event. which is right next door to the kremlin however they said that around one hundred thousand people could turn up and that's just too many people to have right in the center of downtown moscow it would have brought the city to a standstill so they put they've held it here somewhere that's used to hosting this type of capacity of people but this wasn't the only event taking place today you know we also saw the supporters of. the well veteran firebrand politician in the leader of the liberal democratic party now there was also a demonstration a rally from the supporters of the communist party as well as other smaller groups as well now since the parliamentary elections in december of last year we've seen a real spike in political activism here in russia following those elections there was mass protests here in moscow as well as elsewhere around the country and that's
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really continued through lots of things going on ahead of those elections that are taking place on the fourth of march just over a weeks ago as i say political activism very much at fever pitch here in russia it watching r.t. and still to come in the program tonight a statistical nightmare europe's financial troubles are predicted to get even worse as the block proposed to flood athens with more taxpayer cash intended to repay those previously you love. the man behind one of the largest leaks of u.s. army data is set to go try on. while we look at the fate of whistleblowers in a country whose laws could soon make it impossible to expose government secrets. next though tel aviv says deciding whether to strike iran is israel's decision alone dismissing international warnings that a military attack would be disastrous for the region israel strong rhetoric grew louder after the latest you and atomic watchdog mission to the islamic republic
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failed to ease some western concerns tel aviv accuses to ryan of trying to create nuclear weapons and aims to wipe out iran's atomic facilities before they could pose a threat to israel's security this is the u.s. and its allies stress that tough economic sanctions imposed on to rant need more time to work however. through the reports next there are many factors that could impede their progress the message is clear if iran's intransigence continues it will face increasing pressure and isolation the west is of ramping up the pressure on new delhi to follow its lead in stopping imports of iranian oil and dealing with its central bank but india refuses to follow suit it is not possible. in. you don. argue all the countries we can provide the required member of their marketing is
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a former u.s. state department official said that india's failure to stand with the west on the oil embargo is a slap in the face for the united states and raises questions about india's ability to lead but despite all that indian officials won't budge on the issue india is there on the largest oil customer with an annual trade of twelve billion dollars officials here in new delhi are negotiating with their counterparts in tehran to continue that trade using repeat instead of dollars to get around the western thinks in. and it's not just india ignoring the west's wishes with four asian countries collectively buying two thirds of iran's oil while the e.u. is just twenty percent whether the sanctions work or not is not india's concern these are sanctions imposed by the united states the european union they didn't consult us with impose these sanctions so it's that's the american problem not ours our issues the welfare of our people and their energy needs that's why many say
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they think sions will be totally ineffective if the asian giants won't play ball countries which are sort of for holding out of the future are india and china sanctions would not bite iran sufficiently enough to achieve restraint country is objective if india and china were not to come on board edu us think they're designed to isolate iran but if asia won't play that game the question arises what will or can the west do next preassure either r t new delhi india just take a moment out run your course or website are the best place to look at the latest news video analysis from us is a taste what we got waiting for tonight the fighting for his life once again venezuelan president hugo chavez is undergoing further surgery in his battle against cancer we track what's going on with him for you online and mutating blizzard what's this was scientists is sounding the alarm here of moscow as we're waiting for they say tons of toxic snow that's been poisoned by chemical agents
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supposed to get rid of the blanket conditions i'll enjoy my walk home tonight but. zero growth continued recession more stero see the latest economic forecast for the e.u. as predicted by the european commission itself the latest figures indeed are especially worrying given growing skepticism over the impact of a second bailout for greece major financial players have already come out and said it simply won't stop a greek default more makers in athens of also passed the debt swap more with private investors or. raising one hundred billion neurons of the country's debt the parliament is now set to pass further measures of protesters gather outside costus dizziness is professor of law at birkbeck university in london he says that these cuts will only drain greece. money and live out their lives which could destroy. that way until they leave
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a card. or they live off the streets as the what. the met we have is going to do percent unemployment fifty percent unemployment over here was a huge increase in the whole it's mostly counter that did not have such a phenomenon of course a huge increase in troops like this how much more board and where the fruit is where is it going to be one hundred example of these measures which have been implemented in order to mowing for all the germans and the fruits people to give them to the german the french it's nothing to. the greek people who designed of these measures is precisely. or essential if there's a small bed with these problems. coming up a bit later as well this is from stacy herbert in a frank and unconventional discussion on the messy state of the world finances as you'd expect from them because a report on air later this hour. mayor of london candidate ken livingstone has sparked a new outrage after telling an audience hang
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a baker oh week until the others. that the news is nature's way of taking care of the banker overpopulation there are a cancer there a parasite ken livingstone is correct hang a banker a week until they get the fricken message. talking rubbish then it's not in fifty minutes it was actually a couple of hours time stay with us it will be on now that year u.s. soldier accused of the largest leak of state secrets in american history is set to go on trial after nearly two years in prison among the data is suspected of releasing his footage of u.s. soldiers firing on civilians and as an artist christine for azhar reports next the system behind the trial is being blamed for covering up crimes and punishing those who speak out.
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nearly two years in waiting much of it in solitary confinement and private first class bradley manning stride is finally set to begin. among the twenty two charges filed against him aiding the enemy violating the espionage act and illegally transferring classified data to an unauthorized source wiki leaks. part of that was this video showing u.s. army pilots killing unarmed civilians including two voyagers and points a video that had been classified by the u.s. military though the government accountability project just. it never should have been you can also cannot go around classifying criminal activity that is not proper classification and i haven't heard a single person claim that what the collateral murder video showed was not war crime a sentiment manning seems to agree with in an online chat every station he said he hoped the information out there would prompt worldwide discussion i want people to
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see the truth regardless of who they are because without our summation you cannot make informed decisions as public a short time later bradley manning was arrested in the process becoming one of the clearest symbols to date of a new set of standards a system that now works against those who report wrongdoing and protects those doing the wrong quite often in the name of national security the pendulum right now is still very much a post nine eleven time national hysteria and limited civil rights and liberties and she would know was the justice department whistleblower in the case of the so-called american taliban john walker lindh i had advised not to interrogate him without an attorney and not to torture him and when i blew the whistle i ended up being put under criminal investigation where further to the state by. there are some which i'm licensed as a lawyer and put on the no fly list but it wasn't always this way in two thousand
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and two the time magazine person of the year was the whistleblowers and although the government tried to have him put away for life daniel ellsberg was hailed as a hero by the public for leaking information that became known as the pentagon papers classified documents he helped author that revealed what was actually happening in vietnam girls were. what he revealed to the public is what the public should have known from the government itself. important knowledge important knowledge now often stifled both on and off the battlefield and the military or from woman is sexually assaulted or abuse or even rate she's supposed to go through the chain of command which will actually harm her and stead of helping her outside of the military policies are also being drawn up to protect corporations the so-called whistle blower improvement act if passed would actually harm whistleblowers requiring them to report misconduct to their employer first before
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going to any regulatory agencies it would also remove any incentives to do so our government and. businesses are so intricately linked as hard to tell them apart both now working harder than ever to keep their secrets out of the public eye in washington christine for zero r.t. joseph from the socialist equality party told us the action against bradley manning he thinks is an attempt to get of the wiki leaks founder julian assange who's long been afforded the obama administration's side. manning as are all the. brutal inhumane according to amnesty international amounting to torture according to many top u.s. legal scholars i mean there are many reasons behind this but i think the u.s. government certainly sees the treatment of manning from the beginning both as an example to anyone who would seek to expose the crimes of american militarism abroad as well as a fairly transparent attempt to get out it's on the founder of wiki leaks. you
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know the u.s. government is seeking to eventually extradite asylums and they're really trying to trying to go after wiki leaks for the release of the documents you know really must be stressed that this is really devastating explosion of the obama administration the treatment of this young man for all the talk of democratic rights and freedom abroad this is how the united states treats opposition here. or staying with the topic of free speech as well the e.u. gives a resoundingly no censorship bowing to the net brussels gives into the consulate why protests over that controversial internet nor that's being criticized as being a stepping stone to web censorship all that coming up and also in the next couple of minutes ago be focusing on egypt to where a year of post mubarak military rules made the i and reform a liberal movement there even stronger while failing to mend the country's battered
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economy the report coming out. to u.s. troops have been killed by an afghan soldier in an attack thought to be linked to the burning of copies of the code that an american air base comes after nine people were killed and dozens injured in two days of protests the senior commander said the religious materials were destroyed by mistake nato says those responsible will have a fair and public trial barack obama sent a letter of apology to the afghan president hamid karzai the fence on this side hamad told us he believes incidents like this undermine the american mission. this is the worst possible nightmare for the americans that so far they have been facing the resistance from the pashtun elements but incidents like these are actually galvanizing the known push to not let month of those and these books who are supposedly allowed to be american so far are turning hostile this is basically the four lot of this which the americans fear and which in reality what happened is
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that it will extend and expand the base of the resistance against the americans apologies i'm not going to work this is the worst p.r. disaster that the americans could have at this moment when they are the most wonderful is he not just the safety the entire outcome of the war vote now depend on events like these they have been triggered and the fallout the domino effect is going to be intense as we sit down live on could not be more happier then the even that have happened in afghanistan if taliban could not defeat the americans the american marines have themselves dug their graves of more that story and many others are covering to catch artie's videos and i you tube channel free video dot r.t. dot com. mission free credit free . for charge free. ranging free. free. free. download free blog videos for your media
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project for free media don carty dot com. the new post mubarak era in egypt's history has been marked by the rise of islam is politicians something that comes at the expense than of the secular movement which finds itself increasingly cornered critics say the growing trend is being ignored by washington middle east expert well it farrah's comments on the strength of liberal movement in the arab big country. it is unfortunate that after a year and one month from the beginning of the spring education arab spring that the current situation is one suppression of demonstrators civil society minorities and one also a suppression of international n.g.o.s so that is not something that one can consider as a positive outcome first few days and weeks of the revolt clash here we clearly saw that these were used secular laptop people facebook people women minorities middle
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class but once the heavier square was consolidated than the regular physical forces came in including the muslim brotherhood the difference was that the muslim brotherhood have support from the gulf petrodollars they have satellite support they are well organized when election will come those most organized and better funded will take over so the advocacy groups that are influenced by or linked to or the muslim brotherhood or the salafist is an old story it was also under the last two years of the bush administration and now of course the last three to four years of the obama administration what is happening is that the trying to influence the administration so that there would be in line with the interest of the muslim brotherhood in egypt and the islamists in libya and in tunisia and against the secular and liberal forces in the region let me take you through some top international headlines in brief the wave of attacks calls doesn't the right to choose is left at least sixty people dead the violence started with a drive by shooting in baghdad and that was then followed by
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a blast inside and outside the capital no word yet claimed responsibility for the attacks which mostly targeted security offices in shia violence comes just months after u.s. combat troops left the country. argentina has declared a two day mourning period over the country with this deadliest railway accident in decades up to fifty of being killed almost seven hundred injured as the train slammed into a downtown station one azeris on wednesday rescuers had to use helicopters to fly the wounded to hospital the tragedy was supposedly caused by brake fade. the fire is told through a camp out refugees in western thailand in just ninety minutes the blaze destroyed over a thousand bamboo shacks a fifth of the entire camp which houses seventeen thousand people was wiped out no deaths there were reports of despite it all authorities attributed the quick spread of the flames to the highly flammable nature of the buildings but the initial course is on. the future of one of the most controversial web regulation
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bills to date the actor treaty lies in limbo tonight the e.u. has suspended ratification of the proposed law over fears that it would trump all rights and freedoms the suspension follows continent wide protests against the treaty the allegations of actor with the net wide censorship originally conceived as a brainchild of japanese and american politicians and media lobbyist who was shrouded in total secrecy from the onset of twitter's compatibility with new values is set to be decided by the blogs court of justice bob from the online magazine blog boing boing believes the law if passed would only punish those innocent of wrongdoing. the problem is is that the censorship of the involved in these things is always vicarious when a something is targeted because people are using it to break the law or to pirate files or something it always brings down all sorts of other people who might be using the same service for perfectly legitimate reasons these laws never actually
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do anything to stop piracy the way the internet works as long as two computers can connect to each other people are going to find a way to share files the internet works by copying data so what we see is when news laws are passed there will be all these social harm and they'll be no actual prevention of piracy so the companies that want them will be back at the legislative trough a few months later. a lot more reporting to come on that for you on this channel. twenty seven minutes past eight moscow time we got the sport with kate and lokomotiv moscow are in spain looking to steam into the last sixteen of the europa league scott more about that shortly and we'll also talk to the head of russia's foreign affairs committee about the crisis in syria to there's a lot to talk about my name's kevin though and that is the next thirty minutes shape up here. live from moscow.
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on. eight thirty pm thursday night here moscow very good evening she from me kevin allen here in.


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