tv Headline News RT July 17, 2013 3:00am-3:30am EDT
question more. whistleblower on the run and word snowden finally submitted a request for a temporary asylum in russia and is expected to and he's transit limbo at a moscow airport in a matter of days. campaign against scottish sovereignty the british government paints a grim picture of how in a panic this would damage scotland with repercussions ranging from currency problems to hi i'm obama roaming charges. and as the world student games draw to a close and russia with a record a medal haul for the host nation the competition comes under fire from critics alleging the event has become politicized.
this is r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital i'm marina josh and welcome to the program a fugitive whistleblower edward snowden could soon be able to leave the confinement of the moscow airport transit zone where he has been stranded for over three weeks now the u.s. intelligence leaker has officially request a temporary asylum in russia with a view to seeking long term refuge in south america well r.t.s. andrew farmer joins us now with more on this from cher major airport andrew we know that the lawyer there has volunteered to represent snowden has been talking to r t what more can you tell us about this. but at the moment what we do know is that off being holed up here for the last three weeks mr snowden should be able to walk through the exit doors and on to russian soil proper within the next few days as you mentioned that he has applied for temporary political asylum in russia. and
although that could take three months to process in the meantime he will receive documents we believe within five days which would allow him to go through passport control because at the moment we should remember he doesn't have a valid passport or visa in the meantime his lawyer said the reason he has applied for asylum is because he fears for his own life if he should return to the u.s. . but when asked migration service agent why he chose to file his petition in russian and why he came here he replied that he fears for his life and wellbeing and also fears that he could face torture or execution and what he says sounds quite convincing as the u.s. still are ministers both capital punishment and. therefore i believe that under such circumstances and considering his reputation he should be granted temporary asylum i think this would be a humane step and since russia's actions humanely but the u.s.
government cannot view this as hostile behavior towards the united states. but even though you. were his lawyer also added that mr snowden had agreed it appears not to release further documents that could harm u.s. interests while he's on russian territory mr snowden's words that goal is attainable but it's an important point because president putin has made this a precondition of asylum because as you heard there from the quote from the lawyer russia wants to be seen in this saga is having a humanitarian role and wants to make it very clear that this is not a hostile act towards the u.s. so why is he has his papers in place and can leave the airport what sort of options lie ahead of him. well we hear firstly he has to find accommodation we're not quite sure how much help he will get with that but secondly if he is granted political asylum temporary political asylum for one year he will have the rights
and freedoms of any russian citizen so he could ultimately find a job here we're not quite sure what will happen after that maybe you know maybe he'll like it maybe he'll try and apply for permanent asylum but as we've also heard he does have other options on the table and in principle he has been offered asylum in latin america from three countries of venezuela bolivia and nicaragua u.s. so we're not quite sure what will happen in the long term but what we do know at the moment probably mr snowden is a man. because he can now look forward see however temporary a new life and a new start here in russia. all right great to have choices under farmers thanks very much indeed for this update our correspondent or farmer. airport there were edward snowden is still stuck in the transit zone waiting for a decision on his temporary asylum request and with been closely following the twists and turns and the snowden saga of bowls and air and on the web so you can go
to r.t.o. com our website to get the timeline also there you can see the full interview with on tele koocher rana the russian lawyer helping the former n.s.a. contractor with his asylum request. scotland is looking ahead to its september twenty four thousand vote on whether to become an independent country bottom line then the government is campaigning hard against succession artist bully boy who has been investigating the warnings from westminster the scottish nationalists have dismissed as scaremongering. it's just a very year until scots have to answer a simple yes or no question about whether or not they want to break with the united kingdom the scottish national party says there's absolutely no doubt that scotland has the potential to be a successful independent nation with a strong economy but the british government wants scotland to stay in the united kingdom. i believe that england scotland wales northern ireland we are stronger
together than we would. it is time to speak out whatever the consequences because something very special is. that sense of danger is one that the british government has recently been accused of playing on too heavily though in the run up to the referendum westminster has been busy publishing papers on how it believes independence will be bad for scotland the latest and most bizarre caution is about mobile phone bills and new government paper suggests that if scotland breaks away then scots visiting the u.k. and using their phones will need to pay extortionate raving charges the scottish government has already debunked that myth saying that all roaming charges in the european union will be abolished in twenty sixteen but according to whitehall scotland might have to reapply to join the european union as well the british government has also been keen to remind that the royal mail on the post office will
no longer be for scotland should they choose independence nor will the two hundred or so public bodies that deal with bureaucratic procedures such as issuing driving licenses managing roads and even broadcasting such as the b.b.c. if wool that hasn't put off any of those considering voting yes in the referendum next year well a recent think tank report has cautioned that an independent scottish army would struggle to defend itself and what about money well the scots say they'd like to keep the pound something the u.k. chancellor george osborne has been quick to dismiss so if the scots choose independence it could be no pounds no easy you know army high phone bills and not even any royal mail to use as an alternative the repeated questions have led to accusations that the anti independence campaign is engaging in scurrilous scaremongering what we're getting there is the kind of fear factor managing you
can't be part of a single currency union a sterling union if you have independent you can't have this you can't have got no these are big. substantial debating point but should be used as a gun to the heads of score if you vote for and eventually this is going to be a punishment scotland's first minister has already said that the british government's so-called project fear isn't going to work that we go through that to be every. bit of a list of will be dismantled. but i know how much a hold of the release of cautions on obscure subjects has reportedly angered senior figures in the u.k. government by telling on petty issues such as these many say that only giving credence so the scottish nationalists. see london while the us government is facing domestic pressure over a controversial court ruling that sparked mass protest police officer george zimmerman faced second degree murder charges over the killing of unarmed black
teenager trayvon martin last year but was found not guilty professor albrecht from the university of minnesota believes the remands acquittal reflects a deep racial bias within the u.s. legal system. all that data shows the justice system in this country is racial from the moment of impact police arrest more people older and white people. are convicted in greater numbers the apes are sentences that are longer and there are greater numbers of people who are in prison and united states are given in terms of their population so we already have all that data and that this we see as a continuation of. this man has been acquitted so now is the time for our government to hear our voices that's why i live in minneapolis the state of minnesota we will have two thousand people in downtown minnesota in front of
a court to share our concerns about these issues and today on our web site r t v dot com we're asking whether you saying zimmer man's acquittal was justified some take a look at some of the responses that we've got so far well at this point almost to have all our viewers agree with the court's decision seeing as their man's actions as a legitimate self the fans slightly smaller number disagree saying they were man racially profiled the victim and instigated the violence sixteen percent at this point the aren't concerned by this particular case and the remainder are undecided and say not enough evidence was provided so you can let us know what you think on this issue by logging on to our team dot com and leaving your fold there.
their grip on the audiences. young people especially soldiers they seem to me to differ from. the russian musical army has been fighting for eighty five years now stained with the times and would over the younger audience is up to date or has the time come to give up the fight and defeat . an arty. welcome back you're watching r.t. authorities add guantanamo bay detention center claim the mass hunger strike there is relenting with some of the inmates now accepting meals the lawyers are playing down those claims though saying the hunger strikers only accepted a token amount of food to break the first day of the rabbit down fast while human rights lawyer clive stafford smith who is on
a hunger strike in solidarity with the detainees as the root causes of the protests are still being sidelined. it doesn't really matter how many people are on strike because the real principle here is that fifty two percent. for release should just be released and president president said so so they just need to do it now in terms of the ones who are on hunger strike the u.s. military. and they've done just the last thirty years. some of the prisoners are in the taking a little bit to eat because that sort of program does during ramadan to break your fast but i'm not giving up i think the military certainly plans to continue with force i'm afraid but the other thing the military understands is trying to force people to bend to their will. i don't think the united states won't start releasing prisoners and i think finally we're getting the message through the worst house and hopefully some prisoners being released too late. now take
a look at some other stories from around the war all interim president has sworn in a new cabinet dominated by a liberal and a leftist politicians the current government doesn't include any members of the muslim brotherhood which propelled mohammed morsi to the presidency the cabinet will have to tread fair for we as it starts work in a tense atmosphere of daily street protests and rioting by ousted leader supporters . tensions remain high in belfast after riots that have been breaking for five consecutive nights members of appropriate a serious movement hurled petrol bombs at police with security forces having responded with water cannon the unrest follows an orange order parade that was banned from marching on a stretch in northern belfast that separates loyalist and nationalist communities. french police have arrested
a norwegian heavy metal musician on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack christian was previously convicted of murder in norway and reportedly has close connections to the new nazi movement he has been described as a sympathizer of brevik norwegian mass murderer responsible for boom a bombing and shooting rampage two years ago that claimed seventy seven lives. the world student games are drawing to an end in central russia where the final competitions due to be held i have the closing ceremony russia's overwhelming lead in the mel's count has been somewhat marred by criticism that the government's been politicizing the games all the talk more about the image of the competition we're now joined live by our correspondent paul scott who is in because on so poll tell us a bit more about the legacy of the games and specifically what will these games be remembered for. well for the last twelve days because it has played host
to around thirteen thousand student athletes from over one hundred sixty countries competing in twenty seven different sports making it one of the largest university of all time now it all began with the spectacular opening ceremony in the cars on arena behind me around twelve days ago tens of millions of people have watched worldwide on the global t.v. audience and russian estimates say the seven hundred thousand people have descended on because within the last fortnight or so now these games proceed more sports than ever before a more medals were on offer and even at the london olympics last summer the russian authorities have shied away from the fact that they say this is a dress rehearsal a dry run if you will ahead of the winter olympics and the hope is that if there are any organizational issues that need to be ironed out and they can do so ahead of sochi next year. and we've heard there's been a lot of criticism surrounding the games both preparations and. where does this
come from. well russia has been criticized in some quarters for politicizing the games you can probably hear the closing ceremonies taking place this evening they're just having rehearsals for. basically russia being criticized for politicizing the games on trying to enhance their image in the world of sport ahead of a big sporting decade for the country now they do have some professional athletes in their ranks up against the i. it is and this is being inflicted in the medals table now russia took the medals table with one hundred thirty one gold medals and china in second place with just twenty four so you can see there's a false difference but the rules all the same for any competing nation and every outfit in the face has to be vetted and accepted by facing the committee that oversees the game time surprise surprise two years ago when the danger in china was china it topped the medals table now but touched on local government said last week the call for a million tickets had been sold for events across the city but there have been some
woman's of discontent that's the lot of the venues have been filled with people who have just tickets but actually turning up that's one of the other issues for citizens with being leveled at russia on another one is the cost people saying the four point five billion u.s. dollars which is the russian estimate of the stuff these guys just how much they cost is simply too much money but the organizers are saying it's not a one off payment look at the investment it's an investment in the city's infrastructure has improved their new growth new hotels of course thirty sporting venues have been built from scratch as well in fact one resident said to me that the city is on recognizable from how it looked five years ago it will demise is pointing to the legacy when the cost was leveled out there last but now well the closing ceremony as i mentioned the rehearsals are taking place behind me takes place this evening prime minister dmitri medvedev will be in attendance the official bottom be handed over to south to reverse these games in two years' time bring russia to concentrate on the next global sporting event set place on the
shores of the world offices championships in moscow which take place in just four weeks' time. all right paul thanks very much indeed for this and enjoy the last moments of the games there in cars on. u.s. and european arms intended for secure unravels are ending up in the hands of pro-government forces pictures have flooded the internet showing she had militias fighting alongside president assad's troops using western weaponry and adds fuel concerns that washington is unable to control where its weapons are ending up as ours is going to take our reports. weapons don't discriminate us made arms are national going up in the hands of iranian backed militias fighting in syria analyst philip smyth points to photos with hezbollah fighters coating us made m. sixteen s and m. force fitted with laser and holographic sights as well as am two or three grenade
launchers how do they end up in the hands if there's a will there's a way and if you want to get let's say and i'm two or three grenade launcher on an employer car being will find a way to get it so long as you have the right amount of money and the right amount of for connections it's not clear whether the weapons were captured stolen or bought on the black market this weapon might be ended up in the hands of hezbollah from. the. military our lebanese army of course illegal but i don't believe that is and. could be the source of this weapon in iraq similar u.s. designed weapons appear in the hands of syrian rebels including fighters was all new sort of front and al qaeda affiliate the u.s. has designated a terrorist group it shows the alarming tendency for the weapons to change hands in unexpected ways but despite this the obama administration has decided to directly arm the rebels in syria
a move supported by washington's hawks we can give them the heavy weapons that they need who's there who's them i know them i've met them they're there unfortunately for senator mccain some of the rebels he met in syria were kidnappers and his office had to issue a statement saying the senator did not know that when he agreed to do a photo op with them but not everyone in washington things flooding syria with more arms is the solution a group of congressmen have introduced the legislation to block unauthorized u.s. military aid to syrian rebels arguing that the law prohibits any military assistance to syrian opposition forces unless congress issues a formal declaration of war. since our nation's security interests in syria are unclear we're risk giving money and military assistance to our enemies. there's great ironies to supporting the syrian rebels one will be supporting forces that are associated with al-qaeda the two thousand and one use of authorization of force
said specifically that we could go after the taliban al qaeda and associated forces we will now be one of those associated forces because we will be allied with al qaeda against assad the voice of caution comes not only from the president's opposition in congress but also from former administration officials for us to think we can influence or determine the outcome of that i think is a mistake i thought it was a mistake in libya. and i think it is a mistake in syria we overestimate our ability to determine outcomes you may think that the u.s. has learned the hard way that by arming friends you may be arming your enemy but it seems u.s. meters yet again are ready to take that risk in washington i'm going to check out and i'll be back with a news headlines in the half an hour but for now reports on the powerful interests behind the genetically modified food industry.
wealthy british style. sometimes it's time. for the. markets why not scandals. find out what's really happening to the global economy kinds of reports on our exactly what happened that day i don't know but a woman killed. fears later is when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results. innocent people take interest the police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques
are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were often they could get what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. privately it's to allow the crops to drink poison. herbicide. eighty five percent of all the g.m. crops are sold with the herbicide that it's designed not to die from. so roundup ready soil is designed not to dump it from around the purpose of genetic engineering is on the coat tail of conventional and culture that is characterized by the proliferation of agro chemicals fertilizers pesticides herbicides fungicides all of these chemicals how. costs in on energy production
they have cost in environmental cleanup this is self-propagating genetic pollution we have no technology today to fully clean up the damaged gene pool maybe we will in the future. but we're not feeding the products of a good food science to the entire population and releasing me to the environment where they can never be recall. any scientists who tells you they know that g m o's are safe and not to worry about it is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying nobody knows what the long term effects will be geneticists dr david suzuki genetically engineered foods go through a rigorous review before they're approved the review includes analysis of the trams sharing plant versus its parent and there's a standard that you have to meet called substantial equivalence they have to be equivalent in terms and nutrients have to be equivalent in terms of processing they
really have to be basically indistinguishable except for the transgenic trait the concept of g m o's being substantially equivalent to comes from the first bush administration when under heavy industry lobbying it was decided that g m o's would be generally regarded as safe and not need testing as would befit a novel food or drug product this designation was given without a. long term food safety study backing it dmoz are on our plates because of a single sentence of the f.d.a. policy would says that the agency is not aware of any information showing that you moods are significantly different and because of this sentence they say no safety testing is necessary they say that monsoon could put a g.m. crop on your plate without even telling the f.d.a. because they say one suiter could tell if the foods are say. you know you might say
i'm talking about blood santo the same covertly that swore p.c.b. were safe and got fired seven hundred million dollars for quietly poisoning the town in anniston alabama ticks the p.c.b. factory the monsanto the told us all know d.d.t. is safe it's good for us the same company that said agent orange was safe they were in charge of the safety of our food supply as far as i understand the industry doesn't get to choose what tests as theirs and they had a series of criteria they got to meet the industry doesn't select those. those are mandated by the regulatory agencies you know whether they're reading regulatory agencies or really examine and these are. to the best my knowledge they are and they the regulatory agencies i think take their jobs very seriously.