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the united states appears to be close. with the. halls of congress. the opposition. and all the top u.s. . military. will bear any fruit. eastwards as a strange palestinian and israeli leaders rush to curry favor beijing rolling out the red. deals for. bloodshed. ultimately forcing me to.
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give up winning on the campaign trail. thank you very much for joining us here today. live in moscow with your global twenty four hour news. a bill allowing the united states to provide training to syrian rebel factions. congress and the motion is based on allegations the leadership in damascus has resorted to chemical weapons in the country's long lasting civil war. despite u.n. claims it's the rebels who may have been deploying illegal agents and not the government further details. in washington. washington is inching closer to or mean the rebels this monday the chairman of the senate foreign
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relations committee introduced a bill that would provide weapons to quote some vetted groups of syrian rebels the bill would also give the u.s. government the power to sanction any individual who sells or transfers military equipment weapons or oil to the syrian government the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee also said the u.s. must act to tip the scales in favor of the opposition so we see washington trying to decide the outcome of the civil war in syria the idea or i mean the rebels has been floating in washington for a while now last week the u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said the administration was rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels if the bill comes to the president's desk he may actually sign it into law critics in the meantime say flooding syria with more weapons could only lead to more bloodshed this monday the white house is basically brushed off the latest findings of the u.n. human rights commission which the syrian rebels may have used the deadly sarin nerve gas here is a leading u.n.
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investigators saying she was quote stupefied by the evidence during our investigation for crimes against humanity and war crimes. we collect. weakness destroy any that. that made to appear that some chemical weapons were used in particular. and what was. what appear. to our investigation that was used by openings by the rebels and we have no no indication at tool that the government authority of the city government has used chemical weapons that i was admitted to provide that. first the first indication we got they were about the use of never been gassed by the opening to that the white
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house said we find it highly likely that chemical weapons if they were in fact used in syria and there certainly evidence that they were that the our side was responsible end of quote so it seems that the white house is dismissive of evidence that could suggest the use of chemical weapons by the rebels by the way after this statement by the u.n. human rights investigator make headlines all over the world the commission issued cautious press release saying it has not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in syria by any parties to the conflict it left many wondering whether the commission was trying to walk back on their own statements on their own findings due to the political sensitivity of the issue on who's going to there in washington and in the meantime mojo's of the national circuitry of the u.s. socialist equality party he believes lawmakers from both sides are absolutely determined to push through this motion which would see the syrian rebels ending up
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getting armed to the teeth. within the political establishment here in the united states the democrats or republicans are basically united on on an escalation they are perhaps divided on how that may be carried out the particular pretext that may be employed but i think it's quite likely that they are going ahead with the allies of the united states in syria on the so-called rebels including you know islamic fundamentalists organizations aligned with al-qaeda and of course the united states as well that you know they officially have criticized the force of the islamic fundamentalists and syria have in fact been arming them through their allies through saudi arabia and qatar have been funneling weapons to these organizations as part of their effort to keep the assad government this is under conditions in which you have these revelations from the united nations that the central pretext upon which they're basing this that's going to show this the use of
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chemical weapons by the syrian government has been really exploded. meanwhile tension is escalating on syria's western border after israeli warplanes bombed targets inside the war torn state just at the end of last week and damascus has reportedly given the go ahead palestinian groups to carry out a anti israeli operations in the golden heights a missile batteries are also said to have been deployed to the region ready for an imminent retaliation in case if a new israeli strike we hear reports suggest special syrian lebanese units have been created to fight his really aggression in the area author and historian gerald hole and he believes the israeli attacks have placed the entire region on the brink of full scale war. their calculation is that true well they have unleashed in syria ultimately we can palestinian resistance of light of the fact that damascus has been a prime supporter of palestinian resistance and allowing attacks on to is really
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true tori from the golan heights is a small price to pay in that context i'm afraid that we are on the threshold of a regional war keep in mind that hezbollah laws leadership announced just a few days ago that they would not allow the regime to fall in damascus keep in mind as well that both hezbollah and the iranians have issued gurrey strong warnings to the rebels not to desecrate shia shrines in syria and apparently that is what has happened in the last forty eight to seventy two hours i think that there is a diabolical plot to stoke sectarian conflict as a cover for destabilizing syria then moving on to try to destroy hezbollah law and weaken the islamic republic of iran. the latest leap of violence in syria comes as the top u.s. diplomat arrives to the russian capital with moscow and washington deeply polarized on any peace plan for the syrian standoff the mission of secretary john kerry may
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become more than challenging artie's alexia joining me live here on r t with more details on this program alexey good to see you this morning i'm hearing right now here at r.t. that john kerry's plane has landed at this moment at moscow's airport i'm sure he'll have a variety of issues to discuss with the top russian officials one of them perhaps no one might expect syria well clearly we understand that john kerry is in moscow to seek russia's support in resolving the syrian conflict but experts are at dismay as to how exactly he's going to get this support given that the stance of moscow and washington have been fundamentally different on the syrian conflict just twenty four hours before john kerry landed in moscow a spokesperson for the russian foreign minister once again reiterated russia's concern with the militarization of the syrian rebels the us have been saying all along that they are expressing their regret as to the war which has been happening for almost three years in syria at the same time initiatives which are now being
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pushed through in washington of arming the syrian rebels and providing them with military training creates a double standard situation and hardly contributes to a peaceful resolution of the conflict according to the russian foreign ministry one particular point which will be certainly discussed. is the legit use of chemical weapons by the government troops this is something of course russia is concerned yet again because from the russian standpoint it looks like this or the fact of the chemical weapons research was not proved and it may be used as a pretext for a possible invasion or in the use of force in syria by the western forces by the u.s. in particular even despite that the investigation by the independent u.n. commission proved otherwise suggested that. the chemical weapons were in fact used by the syrian rebels but this report is being ignored and this is causing serious
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concerns in a mosque was also of course the chemical weapons issue will be discussed and russia will try to ask the u.s. not to politicize this matter and see what one might assume that it's rather bizarre that they so european based u.n. report is being ignored again just to repeat what you said here this u.n. based european report says syrian rebels and not the government have resorted to using chemical weapons there in the ongoing civil conflict but what about alexey what about the israeli strikes inside syria certainly we've had a couple in the end of last week and apparently president obama has already voiced his opinion that he supports israel and its military strikes inside and around damascus. well yes indeed their body ministrations supports the israeli strike saying that israel has the right to protect itself against possible has ball up attacks but this is a situation from the russian standpoint is similar to the chemical weapons issue because russia believes that these reports which let's do israeli strikes have not
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been confirmed and is not from big countries like israel and the united states to use unconfirmed reports as a pretext for possible strikes so this is again creating concerns in russia especially given the fact that israel does not want to comment on exactly why it's performing strikes into the syrian territory and we are off course also expecting that john kerry will be discussing this with elaborate and lavrov will certainly deliver russia's stance on that on that issue to his u.s. counterpart indeed election as i just mentioned a couple of minutes ago secretary of state john kerry has now arrived just now at moscow's airport for his meeting with high level russian officials elected thank you are at the same time israel's waging another offensive though this is a bit of a charm offensive in china and prime minister benjamin netanyahu is likely to secure lucrative trade deals and will be looking to convince the asian giant to cool its multibillion dollar relations with iran but beijing's political favor is
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vested fully with israel's arch rival that of palestine its leader mahmoud abbas was given full state owners and china's supporters he visited just a day before a meeting in the capital president xi jinping went to offer a four point peace plan calling for an end to the gaza blockade and the restoration of palestinian rights. now reports on the rush to the east. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and the palestinian president mahmoud abbas are currently in china they are there on a week long business trip but obviously they won't just be talking business they'll be talking politics and they'll be trying to further cooperate and intrench relations in the fields of economy trade and science and also develop political trust for some time we have witnessed how china is trying to influence the middle east in play a bigger role in this part of the world if you look at israeli chinese relations in one thousand nine hundred two the two countries began and established diplomatic
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relations and since then they have developed increasingly close commercial military and strategic links trade between the two countries currently stands at around ten billion dollars a year their investments in israel are at the beginning i believe they have a number of reasons why the investor buy they don't invest in this room. are cink this think also in large political terms they think israel is an important country they want to have a foothold here. china has always supported the arab side in the conflict at least. in the last in the recent past maybe a little bit while his support. maybe they want to get something back from the arab side what is particularly interesting when we look at the relationship between
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israel and china is that it seems to be coming on the back of a cooling of the relationship between israel and the united states there's no secret that the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and the american president barack obama do not like each other and obviously netanyahu is going to look around in the search for new partners one of whom could easily become china if you take note of how china is getting more and more powerful of how the world is becoming more multi-polar when it is clear that there is no room for ignoring a world power such as china if you look at the euro crisis where did countries go in terms of asking for help china if you look at the north korea crisis where did countries go they ask china for help now in the turn yahoo is in china at a particularly sensitive time in terms of israeli syrian relations many people are asking why he did not cancel his trip to go there and in fact what role the recent syrian israeli flare up will have in terms of the agenda that is being addressed
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there china has always had a firm position toward syria and it has always been on the side of negotiations never did it support the bloodshed from either side of the conflict so it will be interesting to see what comes out of if anything israeli chinese discussions over the situation in syria course what importance really weren't there and i will israel's under no illusion that it can persuade beijing to abandon palestine's cause there are plenty of other opportunities for it that's according to professor steve sighing of the director of the china policy institute at the university of north. we can't have any illusion he would all be able to persuade all that old call cvo all he want if he says in what the chinese government would be willing to sap the sway the lunch today. just to why they are plenty of other nation ships in china where they can
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easy and mold and homes but in the. interim if this is purely. because the chinese have a range. that goes to china they have nothing yahoo. calls the facts that chinese side. that china is. no you to is. china has been a very strong support to put this to needs for decades. and the guantanamo bay hunger strike drugs into its ninetieth day coming up on the program we hear from lawyers for the inmates about the failing health of the prisoners and why their clients feel they have no choice but to put their own lives on the line. peddling influence
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a new form of tourism is lifting the veil on how industry gets its way with government or not how business will be pushers of its agenda in just a few moments. will be. funny it's technology innovation believes developments from around russia we go into the future covered. every detail. every piece of metal. and every one of those who wrote step on red square on the ninth of may are ready. for the victory day parade and watch the live coverage on r t.
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s. great pleasure to have you with us here on arts here on river sushi in moscow election violence back in pakistan it's forcing major candidates to give up life on the campaign trail just to survive the voting period they say being on the taliban's hit list doesn't exactly encourage actively pursuing votes and since april eighteenth seven people have fallen victim to the taliban's bombings mainly targeting the rallies of parties opposed to the movement of the latest blast on
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monday killed some eighteen demonstrators just less than a week before the vote jeffrey laurenti a senior fellow with a century foundation on international affairs he believes the ballot was rigged way before it even started. the secular parties for the moderate aren't used to losing their traditional share of the vote their candidates have been hit hard by many of these attacks and it is believed that it is intimidating the awami national party's candidates they're having to pull in their horns and go only to the safest places and that makes it harder to reach out to the kind of hands on very tactile contact with voters that tends to get you elected and and a place like pakistan but the most interesting thing about the attack is that it is directed by the pakistani taliban against one of the most vociferously pro islamised parties which might suggest the revolution as some call eating its
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own young but the taliban have justified this attack on those who had to be out. of the slum rally because the particular candidate had once upon a time been allowed with general musharraf who was of course by the end a bitter enemy of the taleban an activist and arguably helped incite. this is r.t. and a former german finance minister and key figure behind the introduction of there you wrote speaks out of the current season leading the continent into disaster and he called for the you wrote to be ditched before germany is dragged into the economic abyss of those details on the website. and same faces same place different time thousands gather in a key protest square for the russian opposition as their marker years since violent clashes between police and the anti government details again.
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now it is day ninety of the guantanamo bay hunger strike with more than one hundred inmates refusing food in protest of the treatment at the hands of the u.s. military now two dozen being force fed a procedure that lawyers have described as plain brutal david remes who represents some seventeen guantanamo inmates told us of their motivation and what it's costing them. to work being forced out. as you would imagine the others who are. hungry striking are weak find it difficult they can manage but it's difficult all of. a considerable amount. twenty forty five pounds and sixty pounds and it's really a horrifying situation and shouldn't have to do this to get it and ten of the american public and they shouldn't have to do this in order to cry out for their release but the commander of the joint detention group music that warden of the.
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prison for the detainees has refused to talk to them until they stop their strike i ask you to say that it's sort of a macho pose on his part is just not going to blink first he could have solved his hunger strike within three or four days if he had sat down with them and talked with them about their concerns and found a pragmatic solution that's what his predecessor yet after three months he has not been willing to discuss the man ever after all this raid i'm afraid that some men made it off it because the military just isn't paying attention what it's trying to do is break the hunger strike by any means possible however little well there are dots here we've been following the strike from the very outset and we've got the full time line on our website for you you can just find out also how much
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the american taxpayer is a shelling out to keep guantanamo up and running and why the place is still in business. walking from office to office on your time off when spring has sprung may not be your idea of fun but in the german capital new tours are doing exactly that to explain how businesses lobby the government is pretty out of a report from just how the coexist between commerce and politics getting greased. on the streets of berlin there's a new form of tourism grabbing attention sightseeing tours that show just how the political lobbying process works. everyone gather around their big green i just want to make sure everyone can hear within a couple of kilometers we take in how an issue goes from the desk of the lobby organization to the ear of a politician and its opening ice. is i didn't know how powerful the industry is it's interesting to see how they go about pushing their agenda but why
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are these people giving up their saturday afternoon to traipse around closed office buildings it's a topic that you don't get much information on. easily and i thought also think it's a topic that's very abstract but we manage to. make it more concrete we give a lot of concrete examples on the door and we go to where the lobbyists are and i think that's what makes it attractive to take the tour and you going to see where germany's auto giants make their presence felt and how they made sure the countries highways famously have no speed limits and since this is germany of course the beer industry also has a say. brewery lobby were facing a drop off in sales so this is where they lobbied to be allowed to lemonade tasting beer to attract a younger crowd. people with money have more of a say in politics than the normal man in the street what i'm seeing is that
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political decisions are made by the rich one of the most interesting parts of the tour is getting to see where the closed door meetings take place in highly selective private clubs these are clips. we all know these discussions take place this tour like to see just where they happened i had no idea that there was such a place as the china club right here in the political center of the city the popularity of tours like the one we've just seen shows that more and more germans. i want to find out exactly who's pulling the strings behind some of the major decisions they get taken in parliament peter all of a t. c b r t world out there we go and we'll start with the whole the wall the wake of the full marathon bombings now a friend of one of the bombing suspects who's accused of lying to the f.b.i. investigators has been released on bail nineteen year old robel phillipos will have to wear a special electronic tracking and is confined to his home the u.s. authorities accuse him and two other teenagers of trying to hinder the
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investigation into the bombings that killed three and injured over two hundred. and a u.s. official said north korea has removed two medium range missiles from its launch pads easing tensions on the peninsula has repeatedly been threatening to hit south korea japan and america's regional bases its warnings that come after a new washington back to set of sanctions was imposed on north korea by the united nations. and police in the united states of found three women who disappeared around ten years ago after one of them managed to escape from a house in cleveland and raised the alarm the trio are now recovering in hospital with their conditions described as fair one is said to have a baby three brothers all in their fifty's have been arrested the girls were aged between fourteen and twenty when they mysteriously vanished and their families believe they were dead or had been sold into slavery. well it is good to have you
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with us here on r.t. if you stick around for a sec it's abby martin and breaking the set. and yet another step along the pointless anti gender crusade activists in sweden are pushing to promote a new gender neutral pronoun these activists want the term hen to replace the pronouns han and haun which mean he and she respectively i think the logic of these bizarre gender neutral movements in the e.u. is that they really feel that it's awful to force someone into a role that doesn't fit them you know i can kind of see this i remember back to when i was a boy in school and with me there was a kid what kind of only female friends and i certainly wasn't a sports a toy trucks kind of kid if you understand what i mean you know i could see this guy having all those male stereotypes shoved down his throat you know made his life
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at school really unpleasant but the whacko liberal answer to some tiny amount of people being pushed into gender roles they don't like is to force everyone else into a genderless world they don't like fantastic i guess gender neutrality advocates can speak swedish how they like and they're free to use this word hen but don't force everyone in the country to do things your way the overwhelming majority of the world is very happy with its gender thank you very much but that's just my opinion. you get. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how bad the less and less. i mean
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. as i was really necessary. and we're all very sort of socially a. little worse if you're going to go lie down superman to the radio guy for a minute. that. what we're about to do good you've never seen anything like this i'm crawling. up guys and i mean martin in the city breaking the set so i've got a lot of news to share with you all today first a very tragic update on the bangladesh garment factory collapse the last time i covered this the death toll hovered around three hundred people but since then countless more bodies have been pulled out of the rubble and just today the death toll climbed above the six hundred fifty and it's now thought.


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