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breaking news here on our t.v. russian anti-cult corruption blogger alex in of all he walks free at least temporarily he's been released with travel restrictions pending his appeal a day after being sentenced to five years in jail for embezzlement. a life sentence looms for u.s. army private bradley manning after a judge up holes each charge that he aided the enemy in releasing classified documents but washington faces an uphill battle in its efforts to crack down on leaks. and the e.u. puts a damper on israel's settlement expansion plans as new cooperation guidelines block the occupied territories from future funding.
thanks for tuning in this hour lucy catherine open of course you're watching our t.v. well we begin with our breaking news this hour anti-corruption blogger alex and of all me along with his codefendant have both sentenced yesterday to jail time have been released at least temporarily and they're now subject to travel bans while their appeals are in process now artie's who's been following the court hearing and to rove as well as andrew farmer in central moscow have been updating us on the latest developments. both violinists are found guilty on charges of the best moments in the amount of roughly sixteen million rubles that's about half a million dollars they were often taken into custody in court right after the first it was read and it took the judge around three hours to read the hundred page document but the prosecution has later filed an appeal saying that this measure of preliminary confinement was too strict in this particular and has asked violent and officers have to be released from custody which is exactly what happened after
a short court hearing again in the. here and now both the. are not to leave the country both of them are on their way to moscow and that means that not only is now essentially free to which is the baby and they must go mayoral elections was initially planned but the problem with that is that these election campaign manager says that they will perceive this but not by himself that he is not so certain about his electoral campaign nevertheless he is going to make the final announcement of up exactly what he's going to do what the speech or plans are after here rives in moscow on saturday morning thanks very much for this that was an update from the town of carefulness now across to moscow where andrew farming is was the latest where andrew ito yesterday the verdict in the sand sparked mass protest so. what can we expect today anything major expected today well the
latest news in the end we have from the phone these cameras that they have on just his supporters not to carry demonstrations that had been planned over the weekend in going to his release of course yesterday just about his conviction thousands of his supporters did did tonight into the streets of moscow to protest they said that the trial was politically motivated organizers claim that seven times and people to police say the figure we see were three times and they had. originally intended to demonstrate monish nice square but they did not have official permission from the authorities had the police prevented them from doing so however crowds were allowed to gather on its perimeter very current close to the kremlin and also the state duma overall it did pass peacefully has to be said even though police made two hundred arrests they do say the bulk of those were made because people were obstructing the highway they were standing at a busy intersection during rush hour in moscow last night similar scenes were
repeated in simply it is good but it is also fair to say this was not the picture across the whole of russia only does have very strong support on the internet and on social media networks that's where he made his name particularly as an anti corruption blogger two years ago during the mass protest after the parliamentary elections but a poll has come out to say that only ten percent of russians nationwide are actually following the case or perhaps that does put things in perspective but the news we have from the valleys camp is that they have asked his supporters not to demonstrate over the weekend in light of his release. earlier today my colleague marina johnson discussed the trial and the man behind the public image of the political analyst dmitri babich. that he stands a chance of winning in moscow not because of their authoritarian nature or of the russian regime but because he's program is not very different from some balance
problem differences that there can be you know and i think that when the western press depicts not only as you know in roles because as a libero and a humanist and all these things it's a simplification because he has been expelled from the liberal party for nationalists deviations i think that the secret of his success is that he's a very average young russian and. not squeaky clean maybe you know a little nationalistic. striving for economic freedom so i think that he has some support but of course it's not massive support it's not millions of people he's just an interesting young man just like many young interprete knows that you have in moscow and in other russian cities well from analysis let's cross live to john laughlin from the institute of democracy and cooperation in paris sir thank you for your time are you surprised by the court's decision to temporarily release
mr nepali and his co-defendants. yeah i have to admit i was surprised i'm not an expert on russian criminal procedure but of course it's usual when people are convicted of criminal offenses as novelli has been for them to be imprisoned and for them and for any appeal to take place while they are in prison so i was surprised but i don't know maybe that's normal practice in russian courts and i'm also curious of course the sentencing provoked or rather harsh reaction from western officials do you think that this case has become in some ways a major source of concern for the russian government in terms of its relations with other western countries no but i what i want to say about the release is that it is surely the proof that the western idea that this trial is political is false because if the court were and the prosecutor were under the control of it as the western press caricature is this this trial then. then it is clear that he would
not have been released on appeal because between now and his appeal he can according to your earlier report run from moscow city mayor he can give us many interviews as he likes it's an absolute publicist a godsend for him it doesn't remove him from politics at all it's the absolute ideal solution for him in a sense because it gives him maximum public city and it enables him to carry on politics so this release if you like is the proof that the trial is not being is not telephone justice well that's certainly one of pain and i think there's a lot of people in moscow who would beg to differ with our protests here in the streets just last night do you think this could prompt a further wave of unrest here in russia a look i'm not on the ground i'm sitting here in britain right now it's easier i think of you to judge that where you are in moscow i did see some pictures last night on a western television channel of what seemed to me to be a few hundred people in the street moscow is a city of fifteen million people it's fifty percent bigger than london or paris and
i don't think it's very difficult to get a few thousand people. out onto the streets and i don't think that that necessarily translate into a massive movement of unrest no well then let's move on to the international reaction again we've heard a sort of condemnation from the u.k. foreign secretary we've heard rather harsh words from the white house on this do you think that this court decision could jeopardize in some ways arrest says foreign relations with western countries. and i said no to your question when you asked me just now and the reason why i said no was that i think that those relations are already in jeopardy they're already pretty pretty bad aren't they i mean whether it's pussy riot whether it's syria or whether it's ed snowden you know it just goes from bad to worse than of only thing has been simmering now for a while the original trial was condemned his whole. profile has always been put forward in the western media is a great battle of the liberal values although as your colleague the analyst dmitri babich has just said he's far far from the liberal paradigm that people imagine so
i think it will make things it will make things worse it will continue to keep them bad but it won't jeopardize them because they're already very bad well you touched on how vali is the national support described in in countries outside of russia what do you think makes him so appealing to westerners but i like what babbage just said i mean i think it was a western a story well because he is paid by or has been paid by the united states of america when he set up a democratic alternative party a year or two ago it received money from the ne d. the ne d. is the national endowment for democracy which is the big regime change operation funded by the us congress that was the main organization funding the orange revolution in ukraine back in two thousand and four novell nice party received money then from. the americans to. showed it not so long ago and he has put forward in the western media because he's role is to discredit the russian political system as
a whole that's the role that's the political role which develop the plates is to keep in everyone's mind at the forefront of everyone's mind the idea that the russian political system is a corrupt or storage area and dictatorship from which good minded people are struggling to free themselves and that's the role that he plays that's why he's put forward is not because anybody knows a thing about his programs or about his nationalism or about any of the things that he has said is simply because he has booked forward as the paradigm of a liberal oppositionists to the allegedly author of terry and russian regime well that's certainly one point of view john lennon director of studies at the institute of democracy and cooperation in paris thank you sir for weighing in with your opinion. we've got some more news and analysis on the issue on our web site at r.t. dot com also there you can find live updates as well as the best pictures from the protests against the verdict of course don't forget to check out our correspondents twitter feeds for all the latest on this as well as the other news stories we cover . right the scene.
first rate. and i think you're. going to. be in the. prospects apparent to be bleak re u.s. military whistleblower bradley manning a judge has refused to drop the charges against him of aiding the enemy now that means that the army private who turned over thousands of classified documents to wiki leaks could spend the rest of his life behind bars let's zero chance of parole r.t.l. as one has been following the case. it is the most serious charge of a private first class for he says so that means he still faces the possibility of life without parole now the court took a look at the testimony and evidence we've heard so far throughout this case and
found that there is enough evidence to move forward with this charge this charge of aiding the enemy prosecution has cited manning's job as an intelligence analyst they say that as an intelligence analysts he should have known that by leaking these documents to the n.c. secret secrecy website wiki leaks that al qaeda osama bin laden and al qaeda affiliates were going to see this information and now the defense has insisted and has maintained that bradley manning and no way intended to aid the enemy they say that he is a whistleblower and that he leaked these documents in an effort to expose wrongdoing to spark a public debate what is going on in the wars abroad diplomatically really what the truth is right now trial is wrapping up just a matter of time now before we will hear closing arguments and ultimately it will be one person the judge in this case that will deliver the verdict and bradley manning isn't the only whistleblower feeling the pressure from the u.s.
government the latest is of course former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden who blew the lid on america's secret surveillance activities and is currently stranded in the transit zone of the moscow airport authorities going to cannes reports the two cases are part of a wider movement for transparency that may be a possible for washington to stop. the u.s. government's relentless crackdown on whistleblowers is sort of designed to scare the whistleblowers of the future but we see that bradley manning's fate has not scared edward snowden for example so despite the crackdown whistleblowers keep coming forward with revelations about the government's wrongdoings as they see them so the u.s. government decided that punishment is perhaps not enough in the wake of bradley manning's lease the government came up with the so-called inside a flight program under which government employees with clearances are basically instructed to snitch on each other so employees have to judge their colleagues behavior and determine whether they might might become a whistleblower you can imagine how many baseless and discriminatory investigations the program could trigger critics argue that the obama administration is using
mccarthy methods to go after whistleblowers on top of that you have journalists who sources in the government have dried up the justice department has shown that to track down an on off the rice source they can see quickly seized during this communications records as was the case with a.p. germany's so about this new era of whistleblowers we spoke with them for nix who's been writing extensively on the bradley manning case take a listen you know for forgetting to leave the country don't ever see how to walk out of the red corp that are still documents all of the. seventy two hours and. hours of documents on a lot of bradley manning had it going to. blow them look at here. you know presumably did something so we were just running scared of the documents and we were the editor of a. secrecy and a person who did this these two sources are bound to collide it's interesting poll show that the majority of americans think of edward snowden as
a whistle blower not a traitor whereas the majority of americans think bradley manning is a traitor to a certain extent the public support for this or that whistleblower depends on the subject of their revelations bradley manning revealed the u.s. governments were crimes abroad. not surprisingly many generates more sympathy abroad then at home but one can argue that americans are more sympathetic to snowden because he's where relations are about their rights their civil liberties so they care more when it's some iraqis rights they apparently care less well after the break we'll take a look at a new source of tension between israel as well as the european union to stay with us. technology innovation all the developments around. the future.
welcome back the european union has cut off funding to all israeli entities that operate in the disputed areas of the west bank and east jerusalem that has this area right here as you can see on the map this is part of e.u. pressure to keep israel inside its original borders before their expansion which has taken place in one thousand nine hundred sixty seven now this decision will affect more than half a million israeli settlers and has already provoked an angry reaction from tel aviv but europe says that it has merely formalized a position that had been stated many times before more now from our policy or. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is furious with this new european union directive and a number of leading israeli officials have called it an earthquake what it states is that in any future agreements between israel and the european union the needs to be an exclusion clause referring to settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem
now i'm standing in the israeli settlement of aureole behind me is the university that was founded thirty one years ago and which today has a student population of fourteen thousand degrees that awarded here are recognized by the israeli higher council for education but this latest move by the european union is bad news not only for settlements like this one but also for universities like the one you see behind me what it states is that they need to be a pretty big on all grants scholarships prizes and money that is awarded and less there is this exclusion cause now it is estimated that this will affect some thirty percent of israeli institutions including large corporations and banks that have been direct ties with the settlements palestinians and their allies have congratulated and welcomed this move saying that it is an important political and cultural boycott on the settlement movement but these raids are angry particularly
the right wing elements in the ten yahoos government who say that they're now going to step up their cause to end any kind of gestures for resumption of peace talks with the palestinians policy r.t. in the ariel settlement west bank meanwhile professor of international law believes that israel does not at the moment have a stall bargaining position. well i think until pretty recently it has been accepted that israel borders with the borders of nine hundred sixty seven but in recent times israel has george to continue to go that israel can afford one priority you because it is compared to doing the e.u. economically and politically you could be a nuisance free for the government to get clear on on in terms of the guidelines. is not a settled politically the israeli cabinet. is divided on the issue would be to
don't seem to be moving in the direction of that day photo an extension of the break so i think it's a very difficult situation for israel to. do clearly now at the time that john kerry is attempting to restart settlement talks that it is confined to its nine hundred sixty seven borders and that is the crunch really and time now for a brief world update we begin though with egypt the country's capital has seen a yet another mass rally by the supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsi that i'll sing the newly formed government at a rally in cairo followed a televised speech given by interim president are the one sore who had said that the rest there partly the recent overthrow of the muslim brotherhood cannot be reversed more protests are expected to sweep the country with egypt's military already is ringing a stern warning against islamist factions to stir up the unrest. spain's
largest cities have been hit by a wave of overnight protests in madrid police have clashed with protesters and several were injured on both sides tensions also flared up in barcelona angry crowds demanded the prime minister mariano rajoy step down following accusations that he received secret past payments from a slush fund twenty eleven allegations come at a time of public frustration over so. soaring unemployment and severe austerity cuts. one of the two men charged with murdering british soldier lee rigby in london has reportedly been attacked in prison several guards were called in to help after michael audible the whole got into a fight with the president's high security wing and lost two teeth out of a law and his accomplice are expected to stand trial on nov eighteenth the broad daylight killing in woolwich two months ago triggered public outrage as well as street protests all across britain. and saying in the u.k. more than six hundred people many of them pensioners have died due to
a heat wave over the last nine days officials issued a public safety alert after scorching temperatures on wednesday reaching thirty two degrees celsius in two thousand and three extreme heat that affected large parts of europe and caused the deaths of two thousand british citizens. washington is considering whether to use military force in syria now this information was revealed by a us army general during senate testimony who said that the options for a military intervention are already on the table this is as syria faces the prospect of terrorist forces gaining overwhelming control over the country's north al qaeda reportedly plans to create its own states near the border with turkey forcing rival rebel part of the rival rebel groups out. clark believes that the syrian opposition will use the al qaeda threats in a desperate bid to secure western intervention. you know when president assad was warning about al-qaeda in syria from twenty eleven on which he was dismissed by the west you scaremongering etc he was saying that al-qaeda was coming to her in syria
and now we're hearing this from the f.s.a. it was interesting isn't it that those of those who did want this were half were dismissed as the book ologist all of us the syrian government now the west is going to wake up to what's really going on and that i think having said that it's very important george bush down the f.s.a. strategy free syrian army is very keen to get western intervention there now change their strategy their sense look al qaeda going to take a less rigid lead and help us get in a state of law and i think now they're lost and say look you've got to help us out and to try to put the training so the good guys the moderate rebels were not appropriate because terrible crimes and terrible terrorist atrocities so it's i think it's a kind of faux division to say that there are bad rebels the fact is elections are due in syria next year twenty four you know there's no excuse for anybody to be using violence now to achieve beautiful change in syria to get across to elections are available to people so i think the experts say this is a desperate last chance that really. this is ration in syria has been under the spotlight in our teens debate so cross talk you can watch the full show later today
but here's a quick preview. if you are a science group. on the other side the russians iranians it would be better to get this to a bargaining table stop arming the rebels. so that side would continue maybe getting that momentum on the battlefield and feel as though he is in control enough to come to the talks if he is in control of those talks and there are no perfect preconditions for him to go. that is you know that would be their best scenario on that side but the united states wants to see him go so i mean it is a huge mess you know it's all from your point of view why it should have to be all about just one more united states that's ridiculous let's go to london yeah that's one way to look at this piece of pumps one way to look at this perhaps one way to look at this is not to look at syrians as assad's people of the opposition's people
as outsiders it is just for a moment look at them all as syrians if the stalemate continues what we call the stalemate of this war is frozen between two sides what happens as more syrians die so to place the emphasis on assad's exist is to prolong this war. we see. this in. the back with more news headlines in about a half an hour of the do stay with us coming up after a short break abby martin discusses the latest n.t.a. lawsuit with her guests on breaking the sound.
you want or something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions to their products only the original bridge creators of the drugs can the court. decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for a woman who was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of getting third degree burns all over her body and of course after winning the case mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just a ruling about one drug but a ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean
would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use a copycat call made in mexico to blow your neighbors off well that's ok because it's a generic copy no no sane person would allow generic drug producers to have no liability for their product but that's just my opinion. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous i'd like i don't. i mean. that i. really miss. her. sleep the. worst superglued. was sick of it. and. what. did you did you ever seen anything like this until it.
comes up everyone i'm not in mine and this is breaking the set so i have some sad news this. off the show today you may remember our in-depth coverage of the lawsuit over the national defense authorization act which gives the government the ability to indefinitely detain u.s. citizens while after months of deliberation the second circuit court of appeals in new york city has officially ruled against the plaintiffs and struck down the suit so that means indefinite detention remains legal as long as detainees fit within the very very definition of whatever the government deems to be of quote associated force or provides quote substantial support to the enemy while following the court's decision the main plaintiff in the lawsuit and pulitzer prize winning journalist chris hedges said quote this is quite distressing it means there is no recourse now either within the executive legislative or judicial branches of government to hold the study assault on our civil liberties and most basic
constitutional rights it's an issue that sits close to home for hedges who like many journalists often embed themselves with the enemy forces or even known terrorists to get both sides of a story his precisely the kind of person who could be a target of this law although implications loom for whistleblowers and activists as well so as it stands plaintiffs in the lawsuit can ask the court to rehear the case and later appeal to the supreme court which seems to be quite a long shot at this point considering the obama administration's for action to preserve their right to indefinitely detain us look this decision is clearly one of the biggest blows to civil liberties we've ever seen but it's also a call to action we need to start waking up and realizing that our rights are not a guarantee and if we don't stand for them now who will be. looking for a secure future or she or anything like that.