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today's news in the week's top stories on our t.v. u.s. plays into israel over its plans to build three thousand more settler homes immediately after the palestinians u.n. status is upgraded. egypt's divide it is tens of thousands rallied to both support and oppose president morsi with a referendum on a controversial new constitution set for two weeks time. in the world's top whistle blower promises more sensational revelations come next year we talked during the sound in an exclusive interview.
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you're watching r.t. live from moscow the u.s. is trying to stir israel and the palestinians back to the negotiating table but so far to no avail washington has criticized israel's approval of three thousand more settler homes in disputed territories the move came immediately after the un voted to upgrade palestine to observer state status despite america's opposition parties paul asli and i looks at how the vote affects the situation in the middle east. it might have been a foregone conclusion but that didn't dampen the jubilation on the streets of palestine overwhelming support for upgraded palestinian state has to a nonmember observer state in the un one hundred thirty eight voting in favor nine against looking at forty one abstentions it's sort of political and legal victory to hold israel accountable in a practical way on its violations of the national law and its violations of the right. for the palestinian people especially on the expansion of illegal
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settlements palestinians can now apply to join the international criminal court and other global organizations giving them better bargaining chips in dealing with israel but it came at a price within hours tel aviv announced to peace building three thousand more homes in the west bank a sure sign that the situation on the ground won't change overnight does it's not a step forward it's a step aside or even you know a step. further it's really a pity that the international community gives to this violation the us was also quick to cost account of the palestinian party the unfortunate and counterproductive resolution at the united nations general assembly that just passed today's grand pronouncements will soon fade and the palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed but
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washington's unflinching support for tel aviv has situated it from some of its longtime allies in the un more and more countries are turning their back on decades of negotiations that have led nowhere what has changed has been the continual failure of the us controlled so-called peace process to lead to any kind of end to occupation and what i think was the catalyst here is that political pressure on other matters in on the palestinian authority from their own population from their own people who were saying you know what we've had twenty one years of failed diplomacy we're not looking for twenty two we want something different and that's something means a real shift in policy first and foremost the consensus on the international stage is that israel needs to stop building settlements deemed illegal by the un certainly the international community you know is a horse. this won't be
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a provocation which heroes of course. saw god. it was a little more than a year ago that palestinian president mahmoud abbas came to the un in a bid for statehood since then tel aviv and washington's approach to the middle east conflict has gained them an ever shrinking minority of supporters the irony is that the bid was passed on the watches of israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and his rightwing foreign minister avigdor lieberman it was last year that lieberman boasted in the united nations that the moral majority of western states was with israel it now turns out he was wrong and whether israel wants it or not it's increasingly clear that something needs to give policy r.t. tel aviv. well u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton says the palestinians need to be persuaded talks are the only way forward but human rights activist steve hind belief settlement expansion is not the right path towards dialogue and pace. i see it's very
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important when the u.s. calls these certain expansions illegal when they call them counterproductive we should be using the word illegal because that's very clearly what this act is a further three thousand to be built illegally occupied palestinian territory and this is a obstacle to peace if we're serious about a two state solution and if we're serious about moving towards that. there's no way that this assessment expansion can be seen as the any way a move towards getting back on the table and moving towards the peace talks that both sides so desperately need in the latest upsurge in violence in gaza we've seen documented proof that israel launched indiscriminate attacks they failed to distinguish between combatant and civilian in the same way that hamas rocket attacks very clearly are aimed at civilians which is a violation of international humanitarian law in the sense that it's
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a target civilian. indiscriminate nature of their arsenal only by building on international consensus that we've got that israel and even the united states are further away from can we hope to move towards a long lasting peace. tens of thousands have taken to the streets in egypt this week in rival rallies both for and against president morsi and an islamist backed draft constitution morsi has set a date for a national referendum on the charter fatigue a week's time amid harsh criticism from opponents who claim the draft undermines basic democratic freedoms artie's tom barton brings us this report now from cairo. unrest returns to the streets after the revolution that toppled hosni mubarak after the election that brought in mohamed morsi egypt is in turmoil once again these round the clock protests have been going on for over a week now it resembles early two thousand and eleven when hosni mubarak was removed from power but that was nearly two years ago shouldn't the revolution have
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ended by now the mood on top risk where became defiant again after last week's to creep but president morsi meaning his decisions would face new legal challenge we had the revolution to get rid of a tyrant dictator. in order to that we have made elections and rid of illusion and made the actions to choose someone to the present us and turned out that this guy is also a tyrant himself however morsi claims his new powers are only temporary he nor any of the the big the two in the world. will tell you it is a temporary thing it is full emergency it did pull the circe same thing city usable under president obama and we've stayed under emergency law for seventy years opponents say egypt's new constitution is too islamist could set the country on the road to religious dictatorship but some sections of society are keen to show their
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support for morsi and this storm for judges who would block the constitution and i'm here to support the first the more soup for them is operation might it be for them is our position from the constitutional court. or most of us knows that since it is the. morsi just got elected by the bugle when it was at the fight for. the rifts in society are undeniable and perhaps more even than or for tarion ism the fear is that chaos will tear apart any gains made by the revolution this is something new in egypt that's why it's it's more sort of coming in a way where you find that people are facing each other in the streets in the ministrations and facing that type of violence from islamic groups egypt's president its government its courts its very constitution are now matters of heated debate one of the few things moved to do seem to agree on after the long night of mubarak
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a new day is proving it. tom bottom poxy. well the president morsi has called on all egyptians to take part in the referendum and says the constitution is going in the right direction janice violet skandha disagrees that saying more sees only a promise is to give back sweeping powers off the constitution is in place a false the fact of the matter is that everything is going in the opposite direction of what the revolution is called for the constituent assembly itself is a reflection of how unwilling to share power the muslim brotherhood are and along with mohamed morsi. he says that he will get back powers as soon as a parliament is a is elected but he's not allowing the gyptian to share in writing the constitution so this to me seems like a false promise about giving back power because the one thing he can do is allow dipshits to write their own constitution and share power and he's not doing that the judiciary have been a tool for the mubarak regime but if we come to think of it when people protested
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mubarak they were protesting police brutality and we see that morsi is giving promises to the police that they will act with impunity and does not want to bring anyone to justice for the crimes they've done. the world's most notorious whistleblower judean a songe is promising a new sensational explosion next year equal to the release of thousands of secret american diplomatic cables two years ago in an exclusive interview with our t.v. wiki leaks also claims the us is becoming a totalitarian state with the help of social media. the problem is that all the time everyone nearly everything they do on the internet is permanently recorded every web search do you know what you were thinking one year two days three months ago or you don't know but google knows it remembers the national security agency intercepts the requests that flowed over u.s. border it knows will be. national security agency whistleblower who was
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the research head of the national security agency's signals intelligence division describes this has turned authoritarianism that all the infrastructure has been built for absolute totalitarianism it's just a matter of turning the key and actually the key has already been turned a little bit and it is now affecting people who are targeted for us drone strikes organizations like wiki leaks. national security reporters who are having their sources investigated is already partly turned and the question is would we would go all the way. the man on a more personal note a songe dismissed reports his health is deteriorating and you can see more from the world's top whistleblower in the full interview in about thirty minutes time here on our take. now u.s. private bradley manning who is charged with passing classified u.s.
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documents to wiki leaks says he considered suicide while in detention speaking publicly for the first time since his arrest two years ago the twenty four year old told the pretrial hearing on friday that his detention conditions made. something like a caged animal and he wanted to hang himself his defense team claimed he suffered mistreatment and a peace in detention and says the charges should be dropped because if his ordeal chased madonna i lawyer and author of a book called manning says even some members of the military are sympathetic to his plight. opinion in the military and intelligence and law enforcement is quite divided about this i am not going to lie most people in the military have a very strict by the book attitude towards many of the rules not all the rules but many and would like to see met you convicted but i have talked with infantry one of whom who is caught on camera in that infamous collateral murder helicopter video
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who sees bradley manning is hero who sees the leaks of the iraq war logs including i don't look up good video as an unqualified good because now americans can finally see how that war is actually going to get zero for the afghan war logs there are also people in the f.b.i. who think such a thing is we can leaks was very good for national security including the former director of the minneapolis office of the f.b.i. only roundly he was a time magazine's person of the year in two thousand and two and i have a long interview in my book with the former top cia analyst ray mcgovern who also sees this public knowledge of this benefit to the public debate that our force should be in measurable good so there is disagreement that the military and intelligence communities about this. now coming up shortly ballot box drama in kuwait as the opposition boycotts the vote polls all paid by the opposition no show campaign saying the new parliament is lacking political popularity just
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a mistake on the dark day for the british media lord leveson publishes his damning report and calls for a time suppression regulations in he will bring you all the details after a short break. more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. a giant corporations rule today.
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mortal danger and a piece of art. is exempt. from free. on our team. again welcome back parliamentary poll has been hit by a boycott but the opposition claiming i reckon. the wealthy gulf state has seen months of anti-government protests and corruption allegations the ruling mauna kea is being accused of amending voting rules to influence the ballot they see caffein off as this report. polls are closed doors in but the battle over kuwait's political future has only just begun as expected the new parliament is largely consisting of folks who are considered to be closely allied with the ruling power
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but that is because the opposition didn't front any candidates in a boycott of the vote they've even questioned the outcome before the last ballot was cast voter turnout varied widely from polling place to polling place but with very low numbers at some locations the legitimacy of the results are certainly bound to be questioned now the crisis was sparked after the islamist dominated parliament it was dismissed over a row with the ruling power of the situation was then brought to a boiling point after the emir issued a surprise decree changing the country's complicated voting laws critics allege that it was a move in order to force a more compliant parliament which had sparked massive street battles as well as the boycott that we're now discussing now the political rift is only likely to deepen the question is whether the opposition is now going to take their fight to the streets and what of the monarchy will respond with a heavy hand course what happens here has implications far beyond kuwait's borders as an opec member any sort of unrest is bound to affect oil markets the country is
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also a hub for the pentagon's ground forces with thousands of combat troops stationed here as a military counterweight to iran now the gulf monarchies have been struggling to fend off possible instability from the arab spring with varying degrees of success kuwait is largely seen as the most tolerant of the countries in this region but the worry is of course that the trend could be reversed recent months have seen as fleeting clashes between a position groups and security forces who have used tear gas stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse crowds of political gatherings of more than twenty people have been banned and activists are complaining of a clampdown against the center authorities and did allow thousands of protesters to gather for apiece. well rally on friday but the worry is that the next few weeks are bound to test the limits of the government's tolerance as well as the self-control displayed by the opposition what happens here in kuwait could very well write the next chapter of the arab spring this account for no r.t.
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kuwait's. well the opposition says the boycott off the votes processing have taken away popular and political legitimacy from the next parliament analyst eric draitser says the u.s. banks gulf war nikki needs to balance its own interests with the influence of the west the most important element in all of this is whether or not the opposition is able to stand up against this family the ruling class the ruling class in kuwait and most importantly standing against u.s. imperialism the way in and of itself is not terribly important but when seen in the context of the g.c.c. and seen as one of the most reliable u.s. allies particularly juxtaposed against what is happening in bahrain then we understand that the united states and the western powers cannot allow the saw family to fall you have to see that kuwait is a launching point in a possible war against iran so all of these taken together really shows that the united states has both political geo political and then of course social reasons
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why they want to maintain the status quo. now in other news russian gas could soon be flowing directly to the u.k. and he joins be paying gazprom are talking business as britain seeks to bolt states energy she curity the north stream pipeline could be extended to the u.k. by twenty sixteen with a deal set to be signed in the middle of next year right now the pipeline runs from russia to germany under the baltic sea and it would need to be extended six hundred miles to reach britain the project appeals to london because it offers diversifying gas supplies that are mostly coming from the middle east. but we've plenty more stories on our website including drawing into trouble washington pushes its drone program over the us a space of crashes in the misses civilian authorities questioning their safety find out more at r.t. dot com plus also online on the curate hoax news agencies are left red in the face of the publishing a scientifically flawed diagram they claimed as proof of iran's nuclear bomb
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ambitions which critics say could have been produced by any nuclear scientists you . know with news you can use papers accused of wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent people britain is now reviewing press freedom the leveson report based on an inquiry triggered by revelations of tabloid phone hacking is calling for a legally packed press regulator and artie's. reports the proposal has left the country's top politicians deeply embarrassed. revelations that the britons. sparked a wave of public revulsion and kicked off one of the biggest media scandals the u.k. has seen in years at times that threaten to engulf not just the lead story. but downing street as well as the allegations went all the way to the heart of the british government to douse the flames number ten ordered the creation of the leveson inquiry in order to investigate the claims and now two year. in the making
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after a chorus line of celebrity witness says and millions in taxpayers' money the leveson report damning about the press and heavily critical of both the police and the government for what it says was their cozy relationship with the media cameron has been shown with jeremy hunt to have been actually batting for the murdoch empire was part of all of this kevin so you know i think there needs to be a bit more of a focus on the failures of the police to actually do anything about these criminal acts lord leveson his recommendation is behind standards of self-regulation by the press in forced by legislation and that's what critics fear could stifle the already declining newspaper industry and deal a huge blow to the freedom of the press in the u.k. is there any way in which you can be a little bit censored or a little bit monitored and most people say no with britain now in the midst of
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a post leveson going over is the country's two top politicians who are likely to be the most embarrassed david cameron might be suffering from some uncomfortable flashbacks back in october the prime minister promised to support the leveson recommendations as long as they went bonkers and cut to last week i have some serious concerns and misgivings on this recommendation they break down into issues of principle practicality but david cameron's change of heart regarding the inquiry's findings would be causing him half the headache that nick clegg might be nursing at the moment the liberal democrat deputy prime minister used to talk about liberal democracy a labor prepossessions will be remembered as the government who took your freedoms away. we want to be remembered as the ones who gave them but we're not any more of us here he is off the leveson published their report i have always said that i would support lord justice leveson reforms providing they are proportionate and
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workable and i will come on to why i believe that is the case as far as the report's corporate core proposal is concerned namely a tougher system of so for a glacial supported by new independent checks recognised in law recent polls suggest that over two thirds of britons have little or no faith in the newspaper industry anymore and with revelations about the strong links between the police the politicians and the media it's not only trust in fleet street that when dealing. with. obviously we've been very worried about his press sometimes i think it's always gone on but we should keep an eye on it and be aware of it. with opinions raging for and against new legislation it's turning into a no win situation for those in power by questioning the results of the inquiry david cameron looked to his critics like he abandoned the victims of media
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intrusion for some good press which is what got the government in trouble in the first place. r.t. london. athens breathed a sigh of relief this week as german lawmakers supported trimming greece's overwhelming debt aside from releasing more cash the deal slashes interest rates delays payments and even pushes back or stereotype deadlines but is our t.s.p. to all of an i reports those footing the bill on to all that happy to pay up. germany will be giving more financial aid towards greece now we saw m.p.'s voting with four hundred seventy three saying yes to this aid package one hundred saying no and eleven abstentions now what this does mean though and it's being talked about throughout the week is in next year alone it could cost germany over seven hundred million euros but we are seeing the politicians at least giving their support financial support towards greece but that support isn't being particularly
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backed up by some of the electorate here people on the streets of germany suggesting that perhaps greece should be left to its own devices. that is enough because we won't see this money ever again. at some point it should be stopped it's high time they were capable of helping themselves we're ok for now but someday we could also go broke there's alice speck north like no doubt to vice is all you we have already given at least so much more on the issues started only a lot going on hunger strike. and there's nothing more it's made i don't well they were people speaking just outside of the reichstag but that seems to be reflected across the country a recent poll taken by a german television station says that forty six percent of germans want to see greece left to default left up to its own devices however the politicians in here in germany have voted through this next round of financial aid but it wasn't smooth sailing we saw a very confident looking angle a merkel posting her vote but that belies some
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rumblings of revolt within her own party and own coalition the worst people saying that no no we are just going to rubber stamp anything to put before us you've got to prove this is in the best interests of germany of course all of this coming around as we enter what will be the campaigning season ahead of a general election here in germany next year so it does seem that the german politicians at least are on the side of angela merkel and trying to give more financial aid to greece that as an increasing amount of the electorate who seem to be suggesting they should be cut loose. well greece is not the only eurozone state imposing austerity on its people struggling to reach budget goals and investment advisor patrick young says the greek deal is unfair on them. i think there are a considerable number of people who would like to cut greece loose at this juncture a because it's probably the most humane thing to do but second of all because
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ultimately the greek government has simply field to do anything that has really been supposed to do in terms of privatization and so on many times it's enacted legislation but to be able to follow through the taxation system in greece is broken all of these sorts of horrible things lead us to the fact that greece is governed in a third world fashion at the moment and not in the first world fashion and that ultimately is causing a huge my diversification with a grid many of you finance ministers some of them because they've got lots of money such as say germany poland and so on some of them because they've actually taken their medicine the poor irish guys and people on the streets of dublin at the weekend complaining about your security pederson they've had. their hearing that the greeks are going to get all manner of concessions in order to be allowed to get through the next hurdle and get there next be a light that's not fair very unreasonable a lot of people and that's leading a huge number of politicians to be increasingly fed up with the whole greek
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situation russia's second largest mobile phone operator megaphone offered its shares to the public in moscow and london this week and then watched them slide in the first hours of trading the company did manage to bounce back to close their placement level the offering raised one point seven billion dollars becoming russia's biggest since metals roussel back in twenty ten megaphone shares were priced twenty dollars each at the bottom end of its estimated range the listing is part of an agreement with mayne shareholder russian billionaire man of and partner company sun their. western states to step up their investment strategy with syrian rebels getting financial support from paris some washington assisting revolution told libya to train its army look at the kind of help helping hand the west is willing to extend that is just ahead plus the u.s. closes the door to high tech innovators from abroad despite foreigners previously spearheading the country's ditch.


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