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the latest news on the week's top stories the hunger strike at one time of day passes a one hundred day mark with most inmates still starving themselves over the earth indefinite detention without charge. the us government seizes the phone records of over one hundred journalists from the associated press sparking me outrage but the white house insists it was unaware of the probe. syria's president maintains he'll stay on until he is voted out and war is the foreign backed rebels will keep fighting despite international efforts to mediate peace. and more spies in disguise russian security exposes a cia chief in moscow as u.s. intelligence is left red faced after again getting caught red handed trying to recruit the russian agent.
seven pm in moscow are you watching our team with me marina josh welcome to the program how more than one hundred days since the mass hunger strike at guantanamo bay began and there's still no sign that any of the protesters are willing to back down well over half of the people detained there without charge or protesting their indefinite plight with no hope of release some inmates say they're seeking freedom through death but the u.s. military is force feeding them to make sure that doesn't happen as going to check out their reports. after years of the natural injustice and indifference and after more than three months of starvation autonomy detainees have finally got the president's attention i'm going to go back at this they've heard these words before as president i will close guantanamo reject the military commissions act and if you
go to the geneva conventions and now we're dead it needs to be closed now congress and again as many times before the white house if it was a possibility to congress there's much he can do administrative leave without congress without having a legislative act even under current restrictions the administration has the power to use national security waivers to release many of these men which it hasn't used yet 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 and they do something else or you find them going into terrorist organizations you pay a heavy political price for that so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not and we in the future but you
can't you can't invoke people to maybe you know this is we're not future police here so far the administration's only response to the crisis of one problem or has been to force feeding troops down detainees nostrils the fact of the matter is that when an individual makes a decision of sound mind makes a decision to refuse food as a political protest then as we said in our joint statement it is not open to the states in a second chance to force them to do each. and the force feeding him involves the insertion of a tube of some significant down on the diameter through the nasal passages and into the stomach in the most horrible of circumstances the un special rapporteur on human rights also told me that he was encouraged to hear. the president once again expressed commitment to close the infamous prison president of the united states has said point out it was a problem and yet on the ground for some reason the camp administration continues to treat these men and humanely and to deny them basic goods and gauged in verbal
and legal acrobatics to justify its inaction on guantanamo and still not clear how long before people there start dying but one thing is clear the elephant in the room just are too big to ignore in washington i'm going to shut down all the u.s. military recently requested tens of millions of dollars to renovate the prison saying congress has decided to keep it open indefinitely maintaining the tory is camps already costing america a considerable sum. well nine hundred thousand dollars that's the price of keeping just one detainee there for a year and there's one hundred sixty six inmates at guantanamo at the moment many of whom have been there for decades without charge for more for more than a decade rather it costs much less some twenty five thousand per year to house a convicted prisoner in the u.s. are his bill dogs talk to guantanamo spokesman navy captain robert drawn who denied abuse at the facility. they get a what we call
a full frisk which is the pat down search not unlike you'd experience going through airport security if you are selected for secondary screening in the united states it's quick it's the full clothing on hand and it's noninvasive it's not the detainees job to tell the truth the lawyers just repeat what the detainees say that all of the allegations are false and let me ask you about the allegations about the on the safe and inhumane force feeding all of those prisoners who are on hunger strike do you deny that the policy of the united states it's to reserve life for lawful means we have currently serving who are doing and sheryl lee said that's using a liquid nutrition supplement most of them when they're ordered to do that go compliantly and take it a percentage about a third need to be taken to their cheating it's a procedure that's done in hospitals and nursing homes every day it's not done to harass them but it's done to sustain life to sustain life but we've been hearing
from the medical justice network who is saying that don't deserve accused of colluding importunate that at the camp and that's been agreed on by the well medical association and the un the us and we disagree with them it's a matter of national policies our courts of up held that. sustaining life you lawful means lawful we have a medical protocol where we evaluate detainees based on their weight loss and co-morbidity we allow them to hunger strike that if they get below eighty five percent of body weight some damage could be down we will do the involuntary feeding all of those allegations are false they're not they're not being subject to extreme temperatures they're not being denied food and water the conditions are as good as they can possibly be they had satellite television and they had communal living that all kinds of good things were transparent facility. now lawyers for the detainees strongly disagree with captain draw on the system and they claim the
captives are being held in unbearable conditions in are subjected to daily harassment one of the lawyers told us washington's violating international law at guantanamo i think what we're seeing is a deliberate tactic. to break the strike i think these these toxic tactics of solitary confinement whose body searches among other things have been used to pressure them and to break the strike i think that camp ministrations response since that in terms of conditions of the camps denying what's happening defending their actions entirely have actually just deep into the minds result to continue and one on one point i want to correct as a factual matter is to distance at one time or right now are not decent they are not you have most of them and they are protesting for over three months in conditions of solitary confinement so there is not only a problem. and it's illegal detention without charge at one time or right now but a question of serious serious questions about the united states is compliance with
the geneva conventions in terms of humane treatment of these men and they are in twenty two to twenty four hour solitary confinement right now. well that's how things are right now over the guantanamo bay hunger strike get yourself up to speed on the events of the past one hundred days at r.t. to comp and there you'll find a complete and comprehensive coverage with commentary and analysis from u.s. officials lawyers and even some former detainees it's all online at r.t. dot com. now the u.s. justice department got embroiled in another surveillance scale this week after it seized two months of phone records of editors and journalists from the country's biggest news gathering service the associated press was walt has the details. it's being called an unprecedented government intrusion the justice department secretly collected two months of telephone records from the associated press and its
reporters. the a.p. believes this story prompted the secret investigation the cia uncovered a plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner a plot originated in yemen and was carried out by al qaeda there arabian peninsula by reporting this al qaeda was put on notice that the cia had an inside look at their activities the a.p. says the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says among the nearly two dozen telephone records collected at least five of them were from reporters working on the story in question this was a very serious. a very serious leak and a very very serious leak. i've been a prosecutor since one thousand seventy six and i have to say that this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that never see it put the american people at risk and that is not hyperbole eric holder
announced today he was recusing himself from this a.p. investigation the prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder associated press c.e.o. gary pruitt says quote these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the a.p. during a two month period provide a roadmap to news gathering operations and disclose information about a.p.'s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know now the a.p. is asking for an explanation as to why the government pulled reporters' phone records without notifying them the worries the effect the news will have on the media and its sources i think the effect on the media has already been felt i mean you have sources that are being shut down. doors just being shut in people's faces now that was probably the intention the intention was to scare. the turn off the faucet in other words from leaks in the wake of the controversy white house
press secretary jay carney reiterated the obama administration's dedication to transparency he believes strongly in the need for the press to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism he also believes strongly as a citizen and as president in the need to ensure that classified information is not leaked because it can endanger our national security interests there's a balance between transparency and national security has been a delicate one since nine eleven and the obama administration has a history of aggressively going after whistleblowers prosecuting more people for leaking classified information than any other administration combined and washington was wall are. all of the white house insists it was in the dark over the surveillance of the a.p. alice beg to differ since nine eleven particularly we've seen the rapid expansion of a police state in this country it is the in fiscal oah of information by the government
and its various mouthpieces this is part of this creeping police state and what i what i want to stress is that the effectiveness of the obama administration in persecuting whistleblowers shows not only the fact that obama himself is no different from any candidate that our president that came before him but also the fact that this is a comprehensive plan to shut out dissent in the united states. now the greek people have more than economic recovery to contend with at the moment their own health centrists too when we come back we report on how people are struggling to get basic health care as medicine costs rise even though lenders insist the country's worst symptoms are over. well. science technology innovation all the lives developments
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welcome back you're watching artsy life from moscow. in syria government forces have reportedly fog their way into the heart of a key rebel stronghold the city of course or near the lebanese border is said to be a vital hub for the smuggling of arms into syria meanwhile the president's reiterated his commitment to stay at the helm until next year's elections say only the people can decide his future but insists he won't buckle to western pressure he also expressed doubts of any breakthrough in the upcoming international conference on syria saying the fractured foreign backed opposition will stay committed to violence the gathering expected in the coming weeks is being brokered by russia and the u.s. but it remains unclear who will speak for the rebels one is also indorsed international efforts to mediate peace is going on now reports. well after meeting with russia's
leadership the un secretary-general ban ki moon agreed that the conflict in syria could only be resolved in accordance with an. international law without any foreign military intervention and with the full respect of serious tutorial integrity he also agreed to the idea of putting together this joint conference which would include both the syrian rebels and the authorities now they were also able to establish a list of current stumbling blocks concerning this idea and well first of all currently the opposition is still quite divided it's unclear who will be able to represent it as a whole at such a conference secondly moscow wants to see all the regional players taking part in such a conference including iran which may cause problems with the washington and also if the syrian authorities are ready to take part in such a conference right now then the rebels are making they are voicing preconditions which include president assad having to step down but in general ban ki moon's visit continues this diplomatic marathon which will been witnessing for the past
few weeks a lot of officials have been coming to russia discussing syria including u.s. secretary of state the prime ministers of great britain and israel and in general it seems the approach of many nations two ways of resolving the conflict in the country is changing now however there are still many problems including the one with the washington since when john kerry was in moscow it seemed that they were completely on the scene ph with russia's leadership but as soon as he left he started calling again for president assad to step down and promised more support of the rebels and that was back just recently by president barack obama himself what's widely being ignored is the fact that many of these rebels admit that they are receiving directions from international terror organizations including al qaida there are tons of videos in the web showing horrific acts conducted by rebels including public executions of captured syrian soldiers there is this just
troubling in horrific video of a rebel. the hoard out of a dead syrian soldiers chest and eating it on camera calling on everybody else to do the same and promising to to continue doing so in the future and also there is the statistic from various international activist groups which basically shows that every time the rebels receive a weapons from abroad the violence just spikes. now fresh fears of serious conflict breaching its borders grew this week when protesters clashed with police in neighboring turkey demonstrators are angry at her and her support for the rebels and say the turkish people are playing a price for their involvement and after a protest in a stand and a capital tear gas was used on crowds in a turkish border town which was the scene of a deadly double bombing a week ago turkey blamed syria for the attack which it strongly denied pointed the
finger at radical rebels reportedly in the town world affairs journalist named clark says ankara segregating the conflict by backing the insurgency. is that it has made a. lot of blood and blood to it because in august two thousand liberty took a leading role in trying to topple the syrian government allowed to be placed in the country's government arms to them an equipment and now it's sort of blowback targets internal goings in turkey this week and this will only continue until turkey changes course in relation to syria would be absolutely suicidal pretty sad to order to knowing that very powerful countries in the west are just itching for any any excuse to military attack the country to bomb the country so the last thing they would get would be trying to bomb turkey so it's absolutely absurd i don't know who was responsible at this point but it's clear that what we had our arms done is it is actually neutral to turkey and understandably turkish citizens not just those on the border with syria but throughout the country are getting increasingly angry in the army course to show restraint here because we haven't
heard any evidence as to who is responsible for these books and i think. there is a great because it is in time policies because what he's doing is increasing the tensions here are he's backing the rebels he took a gamble in august two thousand and marina that the syrian government for very shortly and let there be a nice islamist government in power in damascus to be very friendly to turkey it's backfired as it happened and i think good earth you know the position to it in europe worse and worse i. hope i'm wrong we're going to see more bombings i'm afraid because the war's been fought to turkey and of course the rebels themselves are fighting amongst themselves between the radical islamists not so bright that it is a mistake and that it will happen in turkey now. now twenty three years apart and finally reunited with got an amazing story for you on our website the only tool that helped the chinese now locate his home and family two decades after being kidnapped was google maps. also the palace pulled the plug on an ambitious space project despite
a blow you over two hundred million dollars on it already we'll tell you why. washington crossed a red line that was a call from russia secret service this week after they busted a cia spy offering a million dollars to a russian security agent in return for assistance and there were red faces at the american embassy in moscow as the identity was also revealed of the cia bureau chief working under the guise of a diplomat we did a collection of takes up the story ryan fogle was caught in the act trying to recruit a russian special service agent to work for the americans now russia's federal security service has released a photo technical equipment and some other items that were found when he was detained including a compress a map of moscow a large amount of cash and even two weeks to allegedly use as disguises now this is suspected cia agent was offering one million dollars a year for passing on classified information and that was revealed to you know why
a taped telephone conversation between full goal and the security agent he was trying to recruit made public by russia's federal security service. you're going up a storm so wouldn't any of us more. talk of the war than you want to store your scores of more than just about the right to have a million little old you want yes. some. ideas. which are full has been handed over to the american authorities and now faces deportation the f.s.b. told r.t. that was not the first case and recent years since two thousand and eleven there have been in fact four other similar cases one case involved and other american embassy employee who was trying to recruit a russian employee of the national anti terror committee the abscess to be says that there is a striking resemblance to the focal scase and that the cia has gone too far with
this spying operations. we will particularly outraged at the actions of the american spy dylan benjamin he tried to convince an employee of the russian national counter-terror committee to hand over classified documents of this department to the cia like mr he was deported from russia we hope the cia would listen and something like that would never happen again so we decided not to release the information about dylan to the public but apparently they didn't learn that lesson in case the cia crossed a red line so we had to react according to official instructions. and as average with a juicy spy story at hand the exposure of a cia spy in moscow got the media animated it was a mixture off laughter and disbelief at their alleged spies quite clumsy recruiting techniques but that's quite a common reaction to the stories like this but still it doesn't make them any last or will last through a member of the previous spy scandals for instance back in two thousand and six
russian t.v. showed a documentary exposing several british am-i six agents working in moscow and here is the high cost. they used rocks at that time the media laughed at what was considered a conspiracy theory until a high ranking adviser to the prime minister admitted it's true so rocks weeks compresses and maps. doesn't exactly have much competition right now. greece has a plan b. and it's the name of a new political party that's all for quitting the euro and bringing back the drachma it claims it's the only way to get the country out of the recession that's now into its sixth year but greece's international lenders insist the tide will turn next year well let's look now at how the country is faring at the moment so. has shared almost fifty billion euros since the financial crisis hit in two
thousand and nine governmental debt expanded by forty five and with the states leading heavily on international financial aid unemployment has now hit a record high of twenty seven percent and it's forecast to stay above twenty percent for another three years as reports now the recession as many of the country's vital public sectors at risk. busy at the counter but pharmacists in greece these days are facing serious shortages of medicine and they're worried. that this is. what's going to be the. next day price controls and tight cash flows mean many drug companies won't supply them greasers health industry is denied profits and patients their medicines so for example if you came into the pharmacy with high blood pressure many doctors like to prescribe this medication but dealy says doesn't have enough of it so he has to
instead and this issue ation is replicated with hundreds of medicines in hundreds of pharmacies across the country. but the charity doctors of the world in thessaloniki patients are in even more desperate situation those are some docs talking about now what i'm really afraid about the future because i have two small children no insurance and i just lost my job is quite as you know i came here because i don't have insurance and the money to pay for my parents some force to come and the situation will only get worse less people. can live i went to a pharmacist why injections for my baby but i couldn't find any so now that i am unemployed i came here. forty five volunteer doctors a week battle with as many as two thousand monthly visits in this crowded space they rely on donations of medicine donations that are running from people who are in very. very serious health problems such as they be this open don't know jack and
problems they have to get their medicine. every month every day it's very serious for them not have their meds if they do not they could die greig's aren't surprised at any of this anymore they've seen crisis and austerity reach throughout their society this is a new think and makes things even here even more difficult and put to him. and you can more strain them you know move on because to me strain of greece's economy on greek workers and no one greeks listening scones of the crisis seems to cut a deal to boston. and us take some more of today's world news the leader of one of pakistan's main parties the cricket legend imran khan is blaming a key political rival for the murder of his party's vice president so harshly he'd say it was killed outside a home in karachi by gunmen on a motorcycle imran khan says the head of the m.q.m.
which is the righteous most popular political movement has previously openly threatened his party's members in public broadcasting fresh voting is currently taking place and some parts of the city which saw the deadliest violence during last week's general election. north korea has fired another short range projectile of its east coast as part of a so-called routine test a launch came after saturday's triple launch which put the neighboring south back on alert young and staying quiet but foreign experts say the missiles have a range of one hundred twenty kilometers the u.n. secretary general appealed to north korea to soften its aggressive stance. out in just a couple minutes with the ensign team giving one of russia's most exquisite museums in tip top condition.
the illusion of safety trumping you're right seems to be the main political theme of post nine eleven america i noticed pushing the keep you safe at any cost more the new york billionaire mayor michael bloomberg who originally her. to defend his stop and frisk strategy after giving a speech to police brass stop and frisk is the practice of just being able to search anyone in new york at any time for any reason with your hands this gestapo style practice has been in place since two thousand and two but thankfully was finally recently found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge you know the fourth amendment all the talk about no unlawful search and seizure seems pretty clear to me why did this take so long bloomberg despite that silly constitution thing stands firm with this policy to occur and if you and st stops looking for guns they will be more guns on the street and more people will