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the program. washington's now officially considering syrian rebels at this after holding back for two years it's all according to the defense secretary chuck hagel the dramatic twist comes just days after u.s. officials claim they have confirmed intelligence. chemical weapons by the syrian regime and the latest now from washington. so far the administration has been reluctant to arm the rebels directly old though its allies have been doing that for the past two years there have been persistent reports of increasing radicalization of anti assad forces you have an al qaeda affiliated group operating there and the opposition generally welcomes their efforts of the concerns are there now the administration says it's rethinking arming syrian opposition fighters secretary hagel said the administration is considering a range of options he also said he firstly has not decided whether it would be wise to provide weapons to the rebels so there is nothing definitive in those remarks at
this stage but the context of recent events has created a certain momentum and this kind of momentum may end up bolstering those forces on the ground and actually result in more violence because those fighters want weapons and they want heavy weapons now president obama this week said there is proof that assad government itself forces have used chemical weapons in syria that would be quote a game changer again he says the u.s. had evidence that the weapons were used but had no conclusive evidence to tie it to the assad government right now both the rebels and assad forces blaming each other for the alleged chemical attack in the middle of march in aleppo the syrian government requested the u.n. to send a mission to investigate the incident the u.n. fact finding team has been on standby and ready to deploy but then the u.n. chief appears to have changed his plans of the investigation there's russia's foreign minister with more on that. syrian government the germans are deployed in
this to get. the secretary general state to use rhythm of this but couple of days later she sent a letter to the syrian government demanding the next is for the international experts to alter or to the root of syria as well as. would like to talk to a. and this is something which really defeats the purpose of immediate. investigation into a specific reported case of the use of chemical substances to have. a person in syria. resembles very much the security council resolutions regarding iraq and we all remember the end of that story so now instead of investigating a concrete incident the year one wants access to all sites and this inquiry that has once again throw off the united nations into the center of
a possible plan for weapons of mass destruction where he faces the goals of iraq the fear again is that politics may get ahead of fact well rebels armed by the united states could actually end up turning their weapons on americans it's now according to independent research. who says that view is actually shared by many deep inside washington. they're disappointed that the sand regime has not fallen fast enough and it had always been the intention not only to dismantle the syrian army all render it useless but for a sack to leave and this isn't happens in or do to poor it's for intervention we need to come up with all sorts of stories such as the use of chemical weapons former cia operatives all of blowback the united states has a band-aid policy that we we will take care of something today not think about what's happening tomorrow the time it's the population in america it's the
americans that are being victimized as a result of blowback it's not the people that start these wars start the arms and they continue to win at major corporations that are funding these wars so you know the american people in a sense are almost as much. as the people in this part that are being subjected to these grand this. things that are going on on the ground there and it will come back to bite of course that. this is our to live from moscow with a happy day for you are skeptics across britain and this coming after the u.k. independence party stole the show i would add another british byelection ukip came in second in south shields which is perceived as a staggering result considering the party didn't even stand in the constituency in the last general election let's get more on this now to r.t. correspondent sara. now we've seen a growing public support the non mainstream parties and certainly you kept being
right at the center of that they were coming. on labor's heels throughout the campaign trail we saw the charismatic leader for us here backing his candidate richard elven but as we've seen recently with growing support the public are really responding to these mainstream party politicians that. give a straight answer to a question. or a. straight answer. ask a question you get a straight answer is a straight talker. so it shows how far they've come to get that second place in such a short amount of time and certainly the mainstream political parties are going to be looking very closely at this now because was many dismissed this is a state the support the kids had recently it does represent
a quite significant change. now local elections are also taking place across britain with many expecting the results to deliver a slap in the face for the government to hear and see we're bringing you all the updates on the story throughout the day but for more information just a click away dot com of course as our website. to iraq now could be undergoing one of its worst crisis since the withdrawal of u.s. soldiers at the end of two thousand and eleven the united nations says more than seven hundred people were killed in the country last month alone more than sixteen hundred were injured most of the deaths came in late april after deadly clashes between security forces and sunni protesters including at the incident sparked a wave of violence that quickly spread to other areas the iraqi government is also gripped by corruption and political unrest with calls for the prime minister nouri al maliki to resign but many fear that sectarian tensions could escalate in syria
return to full full blown out war. examines the impact of national struggles on the lives of ordinary iraqis. bombs may still haunt baghdad but these young men are more concerned with. in a country where daily life is based on trying to avoid the dangers these iraqis are turning to danger as we await reality tasting the thrill of speed and testing the authorities it's an unexpected sight in post-war iraq for the fun a grim statistic half of the country's growing youth population is on able to find work. the biggest problem is financial support everyone is constantly trying to find work but if there are very few jobs i'm myself i'm unemployed. many years after the war in iraq. but. it goes one way but the deliberations
apply here in iraq rather than just one and taking up to an uncertain future. adrenaline may be one way of coping with uncertainty but not for sabah hasan hussein she now spends most of her days at home with her daughters trying to rebuild a life shattered by corruption in the household chores are a far cry from her former career as a journalist but she's too scared to return to work she had been investigating corruption and prison abuses when she herself was detained and thrown behind bars the charges have been dropped but the family have to sell nearly everything they own is just to cover the thousands of dollars in bribes to secure her release. in this country money can buy you a degree you can buy your high position and it can buy you freedom and if you get accused of something in iraq you could be executed just because you can't afford to pay to save your life. it was
a year long ordeal that by her account involved beatings and sexual assault she says she's become a victim of the same corruption she once tried to expose. from victims to victors in a country better known for violence and divisions this youth football school is one of the few bright spots that stands out but sunni shia and christian kids play here on the same field and that's exactly why the school was opened fourteen year old ali doesn't like to talk about the day his father was killed instead he spent his time training on the field hoping to one day play on iraq's national football team but for now a more pressing desire. so i want the security situation to come peaceful elsewhere maybe one or two people are killed each day to him many people are killed every day by explosions and even bad things so i want to talk to become safe like other countries. it's
a wish that's undoubtedly echoed all across iraq for the past decade left nearly everyone with a tragic story to tell and yet somehow life goes on you see catherine of our team. and i still have you here in the program forced to cross the line. either a few hundred euros for medication also we had no food at all this is what i bought and the money that was stolen a portuguese man who robs a bank after we're done and so we left him unable to afford the medical bills for his wife suffering from an incurable disease that story is coming up so is. should be put out of use here. it will be. at the world renowned theater holds the grand opening of the new multimillion dollar stage space we've got the latest pictures in our special coverage. it's just
a minute away. it's technology innovation all the list of elements from around russia we've got the future covered. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else and you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture.
more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images from seeing on the streets of canada. corp to rule the day. for moscow this is arts he will receive as the mass hunger strike a. three month mark twenty three detainees are being force fed to the notorious facility and more than one hundred captives have officially joined the protest against mistreatment and indefinite detention without charge a lawyer for one of the prisoners told us how the u.s. officials are making no efforts to resolve the life threatening crisis. my clients and actually very panicky he's been force fed now for about two weeks is finding
passages are infected and the forced to use more and more people every time. they come to guantanamo bay to read in the street there is an effort to avoid. trying to resolve the hunger strike one here i. perform in fact. prisoners report. happy and very solitary confinement no effort whatsoever to keep on staff or the men who are suffering well i guess that's why you have an offshore prison so you can pretty much do what you want to really you know whatever you want to. be a client today i've been here eleven after years. charged with a crime we're going to get a trial you want to hold me forever you won't let me live in peace you won't let. the funny thing is i don't dispute the need for that kind of country do you come from how naive on the people were split. and in the meantime the united nations now
officially classified the force feeding of detainees on primeau bay as torture. a report by a key u.s. think tank slammed washington for abuse of the facility and coming up why just a bit later this hour here on out the co-chair of the panel responsible for that report explaining why getting should be shot down. just do not believe that it fits into the laws and ethics and values of america to have indefinite detention and to not allow a court of law and adjudication of charges against a person to be to go through an orderly process more than half of those detainees at guantanamo currently have already been cleared by the u.s. government that means all the intelligence the military the law enforcement and all the agencies involved have said there's no reason to hold these people and they
still are indefinitely being detained in guantanamo we feel very strongly that they ought to be released and they ought and that should be done immediately when the president we've called on the president to tell his secretary of defense to issue that exact that order to release them. it's good to have you with us or not see today some petersburg's renowned marine ski theater now celebrating the long anticipated opening of its new state of the out stage space with the latest high technologies and decorated to reflect two centuries of legendary performances. is set to rival the best venues all around the world the grand opening. it was like curtains out there here. in st petersburg up to ten years in the making of the seven hundred million a us dollars are spent in creating this techno seven very contemporary space
everyone from the who's who of st petersburg was here to celebrate with are the creators of this space now of course the one percent everybody wanted to make sure was a well in preston getting that approval stamp was from a present of letting really putin himself he was here to cory in the building and he seemed just as impressed as all of the guests who were here the man of the hour was valerie getting he turned sixty years old and of course celebrating twenty five years as maestro and to sit director of mariinsky theatre one and mariinsky if he had to see the performances was what everybody was looking forward to here at the opening of course mariinsky orchestra all played their best showcasing the strings and influences which could be heard all the way from the back of the auditorium to the front and clear as a platinum sound and of course the ballet theatre itself did not disappoint
they put on a show to be remembered i think that this is the night that everybody here in st petersburg and around the world will be talking point years to come about the spectacular gala that was put on here i think you should be proud of your. marrying marines. will be. a great company then you have to thank so much for your years all of us thought of you and ecstatic really ahead it's a great honor for me to participate in the opening. and to congratulate hi larry get out of nothing so it's a wonderful stage tonight so i think one of the most important. things. on stage like this it's like to stick some. and it was. incredible this is so very much just someone who knew more about to the culture is none other than behaved all that the bolshoi theatre he is that not really exciting and he told me
the cultural relevance on this theatre. has a new building constraint technically complex performances by the russian foreign opera and ballet companies an incredible night to remember a spectacular performance is it was just the opening night do we have two more nights of this. so join me with a ride here on out see formal. or lucky girl you can head to our web site for much more of the stories we're covering plus the website you can find out how wines from the cellar of the french president to go on sale now more than a thousand bottles expected to fetch up to a quarter of a million euros some of the money though it sets a prop up the state's struggling finances so you can find out how much needs to be spent to. at least say why do so with our team dot com. and two decades behind bars what's the punishment to us high school student could get for
some of his facebook posts labeled as quote disturbing verbiage by the police. the european central bank has cut interest rates to a record low of zero point five percent all of this in a bid to boost the euro zone's flailing economies the e.c.b. president pledged he is ready for even further reductions but robert oulds from the euro skeptics think group he believes the measure was ruled bring no really. within the eurozone there will not be any change because they have one come and see so it won't actually help the economies of southern europe particularly spain portugal italy and greece which we can all count together as countries are struggling as a result of their being the single common see the euro front as well it's also suffering economically and has unemployment rising we're seeing a separation between the french and german economy is cutting interest rates by
these small amount one actually really make much difference we need a vatican change of policy within the e.u. to to bring about economic growth eventually the will have to be a breakup of the euro that's the only way to restore economic growth it's only way to get people back to work if they can have a common seize depreciate and of course that the the the new of say for instance the door each market that were to be returned that would then increase in in value and that would help the disparities within the eurozone which has been created largely by the single currency to need to be a vatican change of course unemployment will just keep on going up meanwhile disintegrating economies in the most debt burden countries of europe are forcing some people to resort to extremes. of a far to support. portugal is certainly beautiful but its current financial woes are making it a living hell for some with one portuguese man claiming that the crisis has driven him to crying. to work for over thirty years in construction before being laid off
today he's a convicted bank robber no money. i needed a few hundred euros for medication also we had no food at home this is what i bought with the money that was stolen i think about a thousand euros. turned to crime after he couldn't afford to pay the medical bills for his now ex-wife who suffers from m.s. . i wrote my own branch because of what they did to me they gave me loans are crazy interest resource have to take more loans to pay for them they robbed me so i robbed i'm not proud but i think the state forced me into this position so what's going through your head as you're walking down here knowing that you're about to commit a crime. i had a small plastic toy gun as i was approaching the bank i saw a policeman nearby there was a bag near the street so i said to the coffee should check it out i hope this would be a distraction then i went into the bank and did what i did it was all over in five minutes. just keyboard what he needed then turned himself into the police after
spending a year behind bars part of the conditions of his release that he maintains a twenty meeting distance from the bank he remains angry with the portuguese government who he says are encouraging this type of behavior with an unfair well saying. it's so disgusting their mentality they gave me nothing when i needed it most the now that i've broken the law and i'm on their radar they give me help they don't notice people unless they get into trouble also with. concerns echoed by those who represent the rights of workers in portugal. the government worries more about pleasing germany than looking after its own people there is a lot of anger out there and the more people think they aren't getting a fair deal the more this anger. knoebels this is the danger of keeping people in the limits of poverty. portugal has high unemployment and crippling depths of one hundred eighty billion euro around one hundred twenty
percent of yearly production the end of the crisis is certainly nowhere in sight asked if he feels remorse for his crime i do still it's very clear seem to the more i feel remorse for what i did to the bankers are really scared the hell out of them the forgetting what i needed anyway or cute. blogs i don't feel the slightest bit sorry for taking from the r.t. lisbon or into the antiwar dot there we go now starting in pakistan where they have prosecutor in the murder case of pakistan's former prime minister benazir bhutto being shot dead in the country's capital. by gunmen on motorcycles on route to an antiterrorism court in the garrison city of rawalpindi on tuesday the court summons pakistan's former president pervez musharaff over charges of failing to provide adequate security for benazir bhutto the country's first and only female prime minister was killed in two thousand and seven.
syrian state media says that fire fighters have put out a large blaze at the fuel damascus international airport two explosions were reported there earlier with no word of casualties or even for the course of the incident syrian government forces have been battling rebels in the area for the past several months. crowds of hardline salafi islamists have tried to break into the headquarters of egypt's security service in cairo police fired tear gas in attempt to drive the protesters away salafist sway of the black and white al-qaeda flag and charted slogans against the president accused them of building a security state no different from that of leader hosni mubarak it showcases a rift within egypt's islam is community chance largely supported the current leader. and the brothers the suspects in the boston marathon bombings originally
planned to carry out their attacks during u.s. independence day celebrations the surviving sibling told interrogators the duo decided to strike early after completing their bombs sooner than expected i mean while the body of your heart is brother tom has been released to his family he died after being run down by its fleeing brother following a shoes police shootout at the explosions of the marathon killed three and wounded more than two hundred. order with a mass hunger strike a nearing the end of its third month pressure is being stepped up on president obama to deliver on his promise to close the facility up next artie's guy can sit down with a member of a key u.s. think tank which was slammed washington's treatment of detainees.
famous american political figure ron paul has to say his own liberty oriented homeschooling curriculum that ron paul curriculum back to give parents not turn it into standard public education you know kid home schooling was only for like the kinds of wackos and cultists if you met someone who was homeschooled you always look at them with some sort of suspicion like what's with that kid with what's with his parents i mean who would home school their kids well let's look at it this way who would grow their own food when american supermarkets are stocked with pure healthy and natural food the problem is that food in stores is now loaded up with all sorts of mystery chemicals and g m o's and it makes perfect sense that nowadays people are intro starting to grow their own food and this logic applies to education too when public education becomes so dismal it is perfectly logical and reasonable to try to educate your kids yourself the no child left behind program did a fine job of making the american education system lower the bar down to the very basement of the lowest common denominator i mean if you think there should be more
in a high school graduates had besides reading right now to richmond to that homeschooling might be for you as art sports and music and science programs all across the nation due to a lack of funding is ron paul's libertarian curriculum what's best for your kids hey i can't say but it's definitely worth taking a look at other alternatives given the d. minus quality of public education holidays but that's just my opinion. a legal research and advocacy group called the constitution project has produced a sweeping six hundred page report on u.s.
interrogation and detention practices in the years after nine eleven the task force concluded that quote it is indisputable that the u.s. engages the in the practice of torture and that the nation's highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for that they also found no quote no for more persuasive evidence that these interrogation method it's produced valuable information that could not have been obtained by other beings present and former u.s. government officials were part of the task force with me today is investor james jones who co-chaired group is also a former pastor to mexico sir thank you so much for coming good to be with you thank you president obama at the very beginning of his presidency signed an executive order to stop torture but human rights organizations say indefinite detention itself is torture is it fair to say that the obama administration is engaged in torture now i don't think so i think he made a lot of good news when he came into office our our situation our conclusion is
doing things by executive order can be changed by the next president very easily and so the kinds of protections human rights protections that we're talking about should be done by the congress and should be part of the statutory. part of the you know the united states not just executive order but yes it's much better than it was we still have some concerns about policy on the drones for example but the kinds of abuses that we've found over the years since the nine eleven do not seem to be practiced these days what about indefinite detention without is this one the where the where the. task force was unanimous we. just do not believe that it fits into the laws and the ethics and the values of america to have . indefinite detention and to not allow a court of law and adjudication of the charges against
a person to be to go through an orderly process more than half of those detainees at guantanamo currently have already been cleared by the u.s. government that means all the intelligence the military the law enforcement and all the agencies involved have said there's no reason to hold these people and they still are indefinitely being detained in guantanamo we feel very strongly that they ought to be released and they are and that should be done immediately and the president we've called on the president to tell his secretary of defense to issue that exact that order to release the defense lawyers argue that even with the transfer of restrictions in place the law even now allows for the administration to use waivers to release some of these men and get those waivers are not being used why probably politics comes into that. everything that. the loyal opposition wants to criticize the administration for being soft on
terrorism or things like that so i think all those things go into the decision i don't know personally about being soft on the rule of law no i agree with that that's our position that we should we should meticulously follow the rule of law that's what we preach all over the world we preach our values and we have actually prosecuted similar cases. against other countries who have not followed what we say we ought to do and we're not practiced we're not following and practicing what we're preaching and i think that that should be stopped but what i'm saying is this is a highly political thing and the only reason that i can figure out why you are one of the administration is not releasing those for which they have no case whatsoever . is that it's politics or politics in what sense can you explain it. well sometimes politics doesn't make any sense it's the charge that
well the fear that if you release some of these prisoners that have been accused of being terrorist in the past and they do something else or you find them going into terrorist organizations you pay a heavy political price for that and i think that's that has to be the only the only reason why there are not released so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wonderful capture but now to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not do do you think the u.s. is acting on fears and a song rather than what's lawful or not well i don't want to comment on. what do i believe the administration is or isn't doing for what reason but what we tried to do in our panel in our task force was to find those things that we could
either by interviews or public information ascertain is accurate and what we found is that and what we concluded was indefinite detention for these people more than half of those that went on a mo should not continue but do you think it's a form of torture indefinite detention it's why i think they're i don't know that there's a legal definition of that but i think there's been expressed by many ethicist that to to have. indefinite detention with no prospects for being released is is a form of torture and does lead to things like the hunger strikes and things like that . currently to the defense lawyers it seems like an impasse and what change the status quo in your opinion well i think there. couple of things number one there are still legal processes that they can go through and i think
that some of the. legal defenses are are being prepared to present time the other is is just politics itself the appeal to the better instincts of the united states the peel to our sense of values to our sense of ethical has to appeal well i think you are have to develop a constituency for this one of the reasons we put out this report and have. disseminated quite widely is for those organizations or people or leaders or politicians or public officials who believe as we do that we have a value system that has to be upheld they will get active in this and they will start creating a sense of. we have to do what's right and that leads to political decisions that go in the right direction up until this point. it's been sort of covered up we haven't talked about it all we've talked about or that is the terrorism itself.
those who've been detained we assume this is again against our principles and against our legal eagle legal history we are presuming that they're guilty of something even though we can't prove it and that's just the opposite of what our rule of law says that you're presumed innocent until proven guilty. this hunger strike do you think it will make a difference. well it might. say i obviously wished they didn't have the hunger strike i think it's not only bad and has permanent damage to those who are participating in it it damages the united states. around the world and our reputation. but. i don't know if it's going to make a difference or not. what if someone dies there but i think it's terrible it's terrible particularly if it's someone who has been precluded by all of our government agencies and should have been released i think that's
a terrible black eye for the united states. the new york times has recently published please over yemeni national who's been imprisoned at guantanamo without charges of any kind for more than eleven years and here's what he writes no one seriously thinks i'm a threat but still i'm here here's a go the military said i was a guard for osama bin laden but this was nonsense like something out of the american movies i used to watch they don't even seem to believe it anymore but they don't seem to care how long i sit here either the only reason i'm still here is that president obama refuses to send any detainees back to gammon this makes no sense i'm a human being not a port and i deserve to be treated like one this is the gemini. the new york times of course deserves credit for probably this letter of despair of this man but it seems unless it's on t.v. unless it's part of a national discussion national conversation few will actually know and care. about
that why is it not part of the national conversation well nobody's even on it happened in the civil rights legislation i was in the johnson white house and it took. many years before we were able to get a constituency is as we have done wrong by our african-american fellow americans and we need to show they were here they were in their face and they want detainees there and nobody seems to care about understand that but. the undocumented immigrants they were here but nobody seemed to care about them until just recently we're going to get an immigration bill i think that's going to be fair to the immigrants who are here both legally and illegally all i'm saying is when you when you asked they need to win votes and those are go uncommonly detainee's foreign nationals who will not go away for a political victory or put any political scores it seems so they just nobody thinks
to be interested in that that's what i'm saying is until you highlight and publicize put spotlights on the kinds of treatments they're getting you're not going to have anything done in happen in every movement in the united states history where there have been injustices then you first of all have to acknowledge the injustice you then have to start developing a dialogue of the people of the united states who then demand political action be taken to correct those injustices and then i think that's what's going to happen here but you but first of all you have to. you have to show what what we have done was wrong as far as renditions a number of countries like canada apologized to offered compensations to former detainee faced lawsuits had to settle for millions of dollars for their secret service involvement in the renditions of those detainees think u.k.
isn't. example why wouldn't the u.s. do that it is understand that we suspended some of the international treaties that president reagan had actually proposed twenty five years ago the u.n. convention against torture. inhumane treatment degrading treatment etc. and in those particular legal documents you do have means of redressing the wrongs that were made if we restore our are here to those particular laws treaties there will be an ability to have injustices redressed with damages and what have you and something i found very interesting after all these rendition cases the u.k. court of appeals ruled that the government could not assert state secrets or use state secret evidence in its defense stating that quote allegations of wrongdoing
had to be heard in public but that's the u.k. and i want to ask you about the whys what kind of a message does it send when you pull out the state secrets card to shut down all. this related lawsuits but you sent to jail the person who blew the whistle on torture well we addressed that in the report to a certain degree because for example lithuania and poland both were initiating investigations as to the black sites that were that were in those two countries and whether there was torture and treatment maltreatment of prisoners there detainees there and the united states has not cooperated with that under the so-called state secrets. and we have suggested that they are that we should cooperate with our countries there and that's one of the recommendations of our report not to use the