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has that word snowden is invited to venezuela after it receives his official assignment asylum request we learn why the whistleblower felt compelled to go on a crusade against global surveillance. egypt on the edge the muslim brotherhood plans mass rallies ignited by monday's bloodshed in cairo while the interim leader lays out a post-coup road map. and we look at why waves of high spending chinese tourists are splashing their cash across europe but not in britain. world news live from our moscow headquarters i'm lucy catherine of and thanks for
tuning in to our t.v. well on to our top story now america's most wanted man in the former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden has found himself weighing not one but potentially three asylum offers now venezuela nicaragua and bolivia have all spoken favorably of granting him a safe haven this despite threats from united states but it's going to change a can explain getting there won't actually be easy. edward snowden submitted his request after of venezuela's president indicated been very strong terms that his country was ready to accept him this is what nicolas maduro said about snowden he's a young man who in the spirit of her belly and has told the truth about the united states spying on the whole world so we see that snowden will be very much welcome. but the question is how is he going to get there we understand that he is still in the transit zone in a moscow airport there are no direct commercial flights between moscow and caracas and the usual route involves changing planes in havana it is not clear if the cuban
authorities would let him transit besides using european airspace would not be completely risk free for snowden just last week a number of european countries banned believe the president's plane from using their airspace because they were told snowden was aboard one alternative flight plan would involve an aircraft taking off from moscow refueling in vladivostok and then continuing east over the pacific to south america but it's really not clear how it's going to happen but he's transit limbo in moscow may come to an end very soon moscow has indicated that they want snowden to choose his this nation and leave russia as soon as possible in the meantime the guardian newspaper has published the second part if it were snowden's video interview from which we'll learn more about what drove him to sacrifice his seemingly comfortable lifestyle and blow the whistle on u.s. government secret surveillance activities he describes it as a journey of conscience basically remember at one time snowden enlisted in the u.s.
army because he wanted to fight in iraq he thought it was a noble war then he has worked with a number of government agencies but as he grew familiar with the system from the inside he's views have evolved snowden says he hoped that with a new president things would change but he says instead he witnessed the opposite the growth of the surveillance state take a listen increasingly was exposed. true information that had not been propagandized in the media. that we were actually involved in misleading the public and misleading all publics not just the american public in order to create a certain mindset in the global consciousness and i was actually a victim of that i grew up with the understanding that the world i lived in was one where people enjoyed a sort of freedom to communicate with them each other in privacy without it being monitored without being measured or analyzed or or or sort of judged by these
shadowy figures or systems i think a lot of people of my generation anybody who grew up with the internet that was their understanding the obama administration tries whistleblowers spot snowden is wanted on espionage charges and whistleblowers in the u.s. these days risk the death penalty in the u.s. has certainly gone a long way from the days of de niro ellsberg and his pentagon papers nowadays politicians and pundits on television say if snowden were a real whistleblower or a good whistleblower he would have stayed in the west and almost certainly gone to jail so a lot of talking heads on television constantly questioning snowden's motivation and because he fled and is now asking for asylum in all these different countries it's easier to portray him as a traitor. undaunted by scandal as well as in global uproar and as they recruiters are scouring colleges and universities for fresh faces but of course their job is now much harder than it was before with students wary of signing up to work in the surveillance industry but you have to hear she's
a student studying at wisconsin's university and she got to see the n.s.a. recruitment drive last week and told us how it went. i think they were completely caught off guard they were confused you can hear that on the tape it sounded like they've never had to actually justify or even critical you think about the work that they're engaged in and they simply didn't know how to answer the questions and these are very basic questions about the nature of their work that speaks to the bubble i think that the intelligence community lives in that they are so disengaged they think that they actually don't have to answer any questions of that that they can go on recruiting just they have just as they have it they ended up by telling us that the n.s.a. is simply an apolitical organization that fulfills requests that are sent to it by other departments i mean they seem to be taking their in your embrace defense so they were just doing their job which is not a defense at all. meanwhile edward snowden's leaks appear to be eating into support for obama whose approval rating has plummeted almost ten percentage points in recent weeks and this is bad news for him worse news for the government with
a recent poll saying that only one in six americans now trust washington to do the right thing or did more in a partner has more on what some are calling the litany of lies separating the people and the state. tell the truth or someone might just tell it for you does the n.s.a. collect any type of gate at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans. no sir. it does not. not wittingly. there are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect but not not wittingly in america it's a crime of violation of federal law to lie to congress during testimony i responded in what i thought was the most true for at least on truthful manner by saying no the us director of national intelligence james clapper publicly acknowledged his error only after n.s.a.
whistleblower edward snowden spilled the beans on america's clandestine espionage activities the director of national intelligence is now apologizing for what he calls his overall u.s. response to congress over n.s.a. surveillance programs one of those covert programs indiscriminately collects the phone records of hundreds of millions of americans secret surveillance once criticized by a familiar face no more illegal wiretapping of american citizens no more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime but upon entering the white house u.s. president barack obama seems to have had a change of heart my assessment and my team's assessment. was that they help us prevent terrorist attacks government lies surrounding the n.s.a.'s programs has raised questions about the possibility of additional untruths being told in the name of national security i have been crystal clear about my position
on iran possessing a nuclear weapon that that is a red line for us the fact is u.s. intelligence officials and the united nations have concluded that iran is not. currently building a nuclear weapon but that hasn't stopped washington sanctions if we're throwing accusations that are not true that cloud the domestic debate the political debate and also send negative signals to the other side we make it much more likely that diplomacy can succeed and we end up going into a war that was of avoidable that. in the case of syria's civil war the french and others had already. concluded that he's using the sharon gas in small quantities but again here's this is the red line and we allege that killed between one hundred nine hundred fifty people washington recently began arming the rebels after independently concluding that damascus used nerve gas against the opposition
findings u.n. investigators have not supported i think it's reasonable reserve. here in haiti we haven't been really critical of you know u.s. government under well as for the whistle blowing website that aims to expose the truth the u.s. has listed wiki leaks as an enemy of the state until the obama administration comes forward with a way to roll out open this into the national security debate there's going to be a problem of people trustworthy ministration is up to the american public has witnessed a top u.s. official lie about the nation's pervasive surveillance program and n.s.a. contractor reveal the truth yet only one of those men is being punished and prosecuted for their actions and if people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust congress and don't trust. federal judges
to make sure that we're abiding by the constitution due process and rule of law then we're going to have some problems are. welcome to your problem mr president. marine important archie. the rangers on to be the next leader of trouble torn mali but as we soon are forced the winner of this one presidential poll won't just have to take the security situation by the scruff of the neck they'll also have to confront chronic poverty that blights rural areas. also the holy month of ramadan begins with rights activists strengthening calls for guantanamo guards to end the force feeding of hunger striking inmates. egypt is bracing for more violence as the muslim brotherhood calls for a nationwide rallies a day after a deadly confrontation between supporters and the army in cairo more than fifty people have died in what's claimed to be a crackdown against
a peaceful sit in backing the ousted president mohamed morsy arcades policy or has more details on that country's capital. the brotherhood is calling for mass protests today tuesday now this is a most spawn's to the killing yesterday of some fifty one morsy supporters in front of the headquarters of the republican building and that is where it is believed that the ousted president mohamed morsy is still being held we are hearing very differing accounts of what transpired during those clashes according to the brotherhood its supporters were knelt in prayer they were holding a peaceful city in front of their building when they were fired on and provoked by the military that is their point but the military having a very different story they say that they were fired on the thursday by an armed gunman and they have released video footage showing gunmen on the roofs of buildings in the vicinity hurling molotov cocktails huge stones and firing at the soldiers so the army is response is that they were acting in self-defense nonetheless there's
a nationwide call by the muslim brotherhood is not only in response to yesterday's killings but it is also a call for morsy to be reinstated and again we're hearing the same kind of message coming from the brotherhood and that is that they are not going to leave the street and till morsy is put back in office well the interim president adly mansour has issued a statement in which he says he deeply regrets the killing of fifty one people at the same time he says he has to happen and your dish will committee to investigate what transpired he has also given a timetable for a transition to a democratic government here in egypt this has been laid out in a five month roadmap now the first thing that we understand will happen is that there will be a review and an amendment of the current draft constitution and then there will be a referendum held which will ratify the new proposed constitution following which they will be parliamentary elections but you need to remember that this country is so deeply divided and the potential for violence is so intense that it really is
going to be a tough job trying to pull all the parties together. the u.s. has hailed egypt's revolution two years ago doesn't seem to be rushing to take sides this time around it's been reluctant to describe the upheaval there as a coup doing so would of course require washington to cut its military aid to the country now political analyst dr ahmed ghonim explained to us why he believes that the us is waiting to sort out the united states is now they can find a stand yet and they want to stand in the fence know they are friends with everyone they are friends with the army and they are friends with the people they say it what everyone wants to hear they go to the army and say yeah we support you're going to the better team and they go to the people and say we're not sure if it's a military coup or not it's course is a military coup if people came back and change reinstated democracy they would support the people they waiting to see what's going to happen on the ground.
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letter play. to secure a car is on the job. no. a job no more weasel words. when you need a direct question be prepared for a change when you when you should be ready for a. critical speech and a little down the freedom to. the chinese are the world's highest spending tourists they shelled out over one hundred billion dollars traveling abroad last year but one country that's not getting a share though is the u.k. parties playboy go explain why. it's one of the top global tourist destinations but according to new research securing a visa to come to the u.k. spreading to be more trouble than it's worth for hundreds of thousands of chinese citizens while the schenn getting visa to the european union will cover
a visit to up to twenty six countries a visit to britain requires another lengthy and costly visa application process for would be chinese terrorists my cousin just study here as well should parents who want to come here to visit can be chipped away detoxes think you turn all roles and everything is more expensive as in britain always people spend a lot of money. and so on this is difficult to read their. tours so if you just want to come along it's just so complicated for the you can see and hear is different i think is that the way. the problem isn't just confined to extra paperwork for chinese citizens britain's economy is suffering as a result in particular the luxury retail sector the average chinese citizen spends over one and a half thousand pounds in the u.k.
but not enough are coming over to spend that money the situation's got to a point where representatives of the u.k. travel and tourism industry calling on the government to drastically reform chinese visa processing they argue that if the rules were relaxed british businesses would be pulling in an extra one point two billion pounds every year we. chinese visitors coming to europe coming to britain if you are preferred destination would be london would be top the list part because we're marching ashamed and we're not getting anything like the potential that we could have in lumberton the u.k. china visa alliance argues that easing the process could create up to twenty four thousand jobs that. he is in desperate need of the bahamas move worrying of reports that major chinese torah parades is simply cussing britain out of that custom is european travel itineraries although they might not get to sample the delights of the tower of london or even tripping on the street because of all that money that
chinese tourists aren't spending in london this time it looks like it's britain's loss. azzi london. of course we've got lots of stories for you on our website at r t dot com including a new world in a house leader over water over three thousand five hundred unique life forms have been discovered in samples from. an astonishing ecosystem isolated for fifteen million years in the coldest place on earth. and school shooting rampages are no longer an insurable risk in kansas where cover is being refused to schools where teachers are allowed to carry guns details on that story for you online. a u.s. district judge has ruled that only president obama has the necessary authority to stop the for speeding up the guantanamo bay detention facility now this is after dismissing a request from a syrian president who had asked for the pavement for practice to be stopped on the
same was demanded by leading muslim figures in the u.s. who say that guards should respect the religious fast of ramadan which is now under way most of the inmates have been refusing food for over five months now in protest against their indefinite detention and harsh conditions allegations have also emerged that the guards have been using sleep deprivation against detainees to end the hunger strike now abraham hooper from the council on american islamic relations believes they won't stop until there are real improvements at the facility. our position has always been that it's wrong to force feed detainees that's a position of the international legal experts it's a position of medical ethicists it's a position of every right thinking person who doesn't want to see detainees abused in this way and whether you do it during the daylight hours or it after sunset it
doesn't really matter wrong is wrong the only reason these people are carrying out this hunger strike is because they feel desperate they feel that nothing will ever change for them you have to give them some hope somehow that the situation is going to change otherwise what do they have left. a journalist has been a shot dead in russia's restive dollars on republic by an identified gunmen a man who was a political editor for a newspaper in the region was reportedly wanted by militants because of his work more on this now from r.t. is paul scott paul what details do we have i can tell you that are meant to be to be i have was shot dead fifty meters from his home in russia's region of dagestan in the north caucasus he was shot several times in the head in his car and died at the scene now he was a deputy editor of a local newspaper with a circulation of around twenty thousand but he was also the political editor and
was highly critical of all florida keys and was thought to be known to be investigating corruption in the suggestion is that that has made him a target for assassination now he has survived two previous attempts on his life most recently in january when gunmen opened fire on him but missed the target and in two thousand and nine his name was included on a list that was published anonymously of journalists human rights activists and lawyers that the authors claim were legitimate assassination targets because of their line of work with which the authors claim endangered the lives of people from dhaka star now this case will ever to billy draw parallels with the high profile case of journalist and human rights activist politkovskaya who was shot dead in moscow in two thousand and six now a former policeman has since been sentenced to eleven years in prison for pleading guilty to involvement in her nobody has yet claimed responsibility for today's
attack but dr stone is a restive region as you mention within recent increase in islamic terrorism and organized crime and it's yet to be seen whether today's events will inflame an already volatile situation in the region certainly a disturbing development for a journalist in the region paul scott thank you so much for that update. the people of mali will vote in a landmark presidential election in just a few weeks and the state of emergency there has been lifted that candidates could actually start campaigning now running the war torn country will be no easy task as well as shoring up state security the picture also needs to find a way to get the basics like food and water to its struggling rural population or to where finish now has more. the west african state of mali unexpectedly entered the spotlight over the winter after france sent its military forces to the country to help battle islamist fighters backed by international terror groups threatening
to take over a secular democratic state of fifteen million people now they've done it with islamic symbols of painted over but the country is facing an enemy of a different kind poor verty the recent crisis only made a bad situation worse over thirty five percent of mali and leave in extreme poverty that's around six million men women and children which travelled to just outside the capital bamako where weakness these scenes a common sight of the country's economically depressed rural areas. it's very difficult to get well here there is no running water we have to buy it it's expensive i have many children i don't have enough money to feed them properly or send them to school. people live in houses built by themselves from handmade mud breaks apart from running water these homes often like electricity. yellow a driver among the few employed residents of this village says the hardest thing is
to leave hand to mouth while knowing your country and its people could and should be there reach mollies full of diverse national resources we do mining for a really significant part of the country's g.d.p. . there are many mineral deposits. but we don't see this richness the elite may be they feel corruption is terrible and revenue distribution is lame or the best of us. i mean not to believes mostly foreign companies extracting the country's natural resources is as big if not a bigger problem than corruption or that international firms exploit our sites but they're not interested in developments on the ground they're afraid that if that happens we'll not need them and we'll get all the benefits major governmental programs are aimed at attracting more foreign investors with palm and even adopting legislation for their needs i want to. get money has resources but they're not
exploited well we need long term development in infrastructure support so that people would feel more comfortable. but many doubt that foreign money will go to improve people's living standards david journalist from the north says resources may even bring harm he's among those who think that it's the country's uranium deposits a mountain to thousands of tons that's really behind the recent french intervention in its former colony. i heard they found uranium and i think they came here to protect us from terrorists but also to protect themselves from risks of losing such a valuable resource apart from uranium the raw diamonds oil copper or iran which are role just waiting to be extracted while millions of mali and swung if the country's hidden treasures will ever translate into a better life for them mali one of the world's poorest countries based west african
states where people survive on just a few cents per day is now at a crossroads whole global interests businesses and threats how tackles those after months of conflict is far from certain now what is spitzer make clear is that it will be many years before ordinary moments like these ones can benefit from simple necessities like regular meals or electricity in their homes. r.t. from mali. time now for a world update and we begin in canada all passengers have now been rescued from a commuter train in toronto that was stranded after heavy rains have triggered widespread flooding there almost a thousand people on board that the intense downpour had caused huge blackout all across the city after a month's worth of rain fell in just one day. eleven dollars southern beirut has been robbed by a huge car bomb the area is known as a stronghold for the shia political and militant group. the area has been sealed
off reportedly still of relays there's also reports of several people killed and at least twenty one injured although those. embers are unconfirmed out the moment now some of syria's rebel groups have threatened to attack lebanon after hezbollah had joined president bashar al assad's forces fighting the opposition. and that's it for me this hour actually today but as for reporters up next stay with us . remember how all of a sudden an afghan card protest group became world famous and in were completely forgotten by the next month yeah i'm talking about the feminist punk rock group pussy riot that performed
a vulgar anti prayer and one of moscow's most famous orthodox cathedrals one possible reason for their explosive popularity in the media's eyes was revealed recently by a german actress on a book the actress claims a german t.v. chills e.d.f. paid her a large undisclosed amount of money to come out on behalf of the activists banned show said on a t.v. discussion that she doesn't even remember what she said except for wishing them well with dealing with their incarceration it would be very odd for an actress to just make up a bribery scandal especially one she was complicit in but it makes you wonder just how many other people's e.d.f. may have been given a little extra motivation to cry travesty overall i think the most important of what her public revelation is that she said that you know what it's a bit dumb when actors talk about politics and i couldn't agree with her more but that's just my opinion.
welcome to the kaiser report i'm max keiser you know decades after world war two a handful of japanese soldiers held out on islands across the pacific refusing to surrender or not even knowing to surrender today several lost decades after japanese financial equity and property markets collapsed millions of salary men also refused to surrender the hope that one day their monthly allowance might actually increase alas the average japanese husband's monthly allowance has slumped to the lowest level since one.