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is it dangerous for example national security extremism. u.s. whistleblower bradley manning's conviction on charges ranging from espionage to computer fraud a vogue a wave of international criticism with lawmakers and you were urging the obama administration to release the army private. meanwhile the sentencing phase of his trial is underway it was manning facing decades in prison despite being acquitted of aiding the enemy. and the u.s. secretary of state heads to islamabad hoping to ease tensions with the new government there over america's khana virtual drone strikes on pakistani soil.
it is seven pm in the russian capital you're watching r t i'm marina joshie welcome to the program bradley manning has been found not guilty of one of the most grievous offenses under american law aiding the enemy but is still staring at the prospect of life behind bars the sansing of the twenty five year old army private responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in the country's history is now under way and the process could drag on for several weeks the trials already cause a strong reaction around the world so let's get more on that from our day is going to check out who's in washington for us so dana what is the latest on the manning so far. morino the sentencing phase of the court martial is expected to last about a month during which the judge will decide how long bradley manning will remain in confinement mending could spend the rest of his life in prison if the judge imposes
the maximum sentence of one hundred and thirty six years he was found guilty on nineteen counts is defense is now working to reduce this maximum possible sentence the judge will hear over twenty witnesses from the defense what will most probably follow the sentencing will be a campaign to urge president obama to pardon bradley manning it's highly unlikely though that the president will do that considering this administration's overall crackdown on whistleblowers. and of course what is a. u.s. war on whistleblowers well many supporters were were of course very happy about the fact that the judge found him not guilty of aiding the enemy because they say the way they see it is that a verdict like that would have indirectly accuse the public of being the enemy and journalists for that matter especially journalists because it's journalist to have publicized manning's leaks right but nonetheless manning is found guilty on
multiple other violations of the espionage act human rights organizations have criticized the verdict amnesty international said this and i quote the government's priorities are upside down the u.s. government has refused to investigate credible allegations of torture and other crimes under international law despite overwhelming evidence yet they decided to prosecute manning who it seems was trying to do the right thing reveal credible evidence of a lawful behavior by the government that was from amnesty international julian of some issues website has published manning's revelations also commented on the verdict here's what he said. this is the first. conviction against was the united states it is a dangerous precedent and example of national security extremism is a sure sign of a judgment that cannot be tolerated and it must be. you can be.
true mation to the public is beyond. well bradley manning said he leaked the documents to wiki leaks to expose the u.s. military's quote blood loss and disregard for human life in which he considered american diplomatic duplicity he said he chose information he believed would not harm the united states and he wanted to start a debate on military and foreign policy the defense portrayed manning as quote a young naive but good intentioned soldier and much of the us media together with the government have all but convicted bradley manning even before any trial took place we've seen protests throughout the country in support of bradley manning and more importantly for the public's right to know but we have to recognize that many supporters are in the minority polls show that the majority of americans consider him a traitor to a certain extent that's because he has exposed the u.s. government's wrongdoings abroad americans generally tend to care more about their rights their liberties and perhaps not so much about what their government is doing
to other countries that could explain why the majority of americans are more sympathetic to edward snowden because he showed that americans' rights were being violated also another factor bradley manning is wearing a uniform americans have this all of the military and the fact that their military has committed all these crimes is a very bitter pill to swallow and many prefer not to do that not to swallow that pill and they so they conveniently label manning a traitor. we're going to thanks very much indeed for bringing us this and of course we'll be crossing back to use for more developments as we get them in the states. well bradley manning was convicted on all but two of the twenty two charges against him let's now take a closer look and them. well aiding the enemy was most serious charge of course and carries an automatic life sentence and in some cases capital punishment manning was acquitted of that however but convicted on fifteen counts of espionage and theft of
government property he was also found guilty of computer fraud along with related infractions committed while he was serving in the military all those crimes together mean a maximum sentence of one hundred thirty six years behind bars and according to the general counsel of the national whistleblowing center the u.s. government is more determined than ever to crack down on information leaks there over reaction to the bradley manning case has been just to clamp down on or types of whistle blowing and that that's unfortunate there have been some advance ments in the law in the non national security or intelligence area but that's being drawn wharf by the overreaction to this and also there's been an attack on the media not just in the intelligence community but all government agencies have been faced with a crackdown on whistleblowers because the obama administration sent out
a warning to all agencies to be on the lookout for leakers and to identify the leakers before they happen in response to the manning case. now the case has alarmed many e.u. lawmakers some of whom have called on the u.s. government to free bradley manning am a piece from france sweden spain portugal carraige island and germany signed a letter to president obama and a u.s. defense secretary they say that manning is not a traitor and had the best interests of his country at heart but lawmakers also expressed their concern over the u.s. war on whistleblowers saying it undermines democracy on both sides of the atlantic mary has suffered too much the letter says in spending over three years behind bars including ten months in solitary confinement the macit is manning should be free as soon as possible well now i'm joined live for more on this by jeremy is imad
a spokesperson for the paris based that is an advocacy group thank you so much for joining us here and to discuss this so many as we hear say that manning should be freed however he did plead guilty to ten of the charges so how realistic is this position that. it is only realistic position because what is happening to bradley manning and realistic he has been telling the truth is he is being courageous to expose crimes and lies and he's the one going in prison right no so the only realistic option is that bradley manning will go free the question is when will it be president obama we have to to wait should probably try all of the world's before he goes free technical questions well ok and in light of what's happening the letter that was written from a piece calling for bradley manning's release what is it i mean is it just
a political gesture or is it likely to lead to something well the situation is political by its nature because beyond bradley manning it is the beginning of the persecution. if it wants no then it is dozens of whistleblowers that are being persecuted by the u.s. government so this is political this is one of the most powerful governments in the world being afraid of its own citizens being afraid of truth being afraid of justice so it is a matter that concerns us all and i understand that some any would like to to make a political stance about it so the question of what effects it will have well we will see but it is by nature a very political issue ok well let's take a look at the opinion in the states a recent poll found that most americans which is fifty two percent consider manning to be a traitor. are you surprised by this position at all or a lack of sympathy for him for that matter i'm not very much surprised because well
do the public opinion in the us is what it is it is very local if you count the rest of the will you probably of what five billion more people than the american and i'm sure that the statistics would be the other way around that the huge measure of citizens across the world would consider him a hero rather than a traitor but i think that beyond this dichotomy is more importantly any extremely courageous young man a citizen somebody like you and me and this is what we should learn from him this is what we should learn from what snowden sometimes by your access we see crimes we see wrongdoings and we all have to power to push that button to become and we still need to help truth to come out and this concerns the whole of the world not only the u.s. public opinion all right and given the verdict i mean the verdict that we all heard yesterday what sort of message in your opinion doesn't santa to the potential with
blowers around the world is it reassuring enough or what's your take on this it's hard to say for whistleblowers around the world it might have a deterrent. on whistleblowers in the u.s. but at the same time while bradley manning was detained and was being told by the u.s. edward snowden was aware of it and was planning his own whistle blowing and what snowden said is that if he is persecuted by the u.s. government then it will lead to creating stronger better whistleblowers so i think it might have very counterproductive effects because this injustice is no showed to to the whole of the worlds and i think people are outraged about it think about whistle blowing will think about the power of information and we think about what's great is just by individuals can do to try to make the world a better place. ok jeremy is there a man who live from holland thank you so much for your views my pleasure so make
sure you stay tuned to r.t. for more on this case and we'll have all the latest from the proceedings there are taking place in four made in maryland right now. and coming up here in r.t. this hour more talks but no agreement deep rooted feuds between the israelis and the palestinians looks set to remain unresolved at least until next april when the science hope to come up with a final status deal. the arab muslim world is ablaze with conflict and turmoil be revolution civil wars or external meddling there can be no doubt this region will never be the same again it would also appear to be old meal colonial order for much of the region is coming to an end but what is replacing it and who is on the right side of history. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something
else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture. mission. when you take three. point three. three. three. three. three block video for your media project free radio down to our t.v. dot com. welcome back the u.s. secretary of state john kerry said to visit pakistan hoping to strengthen dialogue with the country's new government topping the agenda are the cia's deadly drone
strikes on pakistani soil the issues become all the more controversial since classified documents were leaked showing every fifth victim of the attacks is a civilian us foreign policy analyst to fred brafman earlier discussed the upcoming visit with my colleague kevin on. him so just two years ago when he was the head of the senate foreign relations committee correctly the afghanistan is the sideshow and of the main of which is pakistan so he understands the importance of having good relations with pakistan and the first step to doing that is to end the drone strikes mediately because they've turned eighty percent of the population against the united states they strengthen the pakistan taliban they've made it impossible for us to cooperate with the pakistani government and safe and it's nuclear weapons so we did touch on it just now i just want you to elaborate on it a bit more you said how much the population i guess naturally are against it more
and more then i guess it's driving a maybe into the hands of terrorists the pakistani taliban were far weaker in two thousand and three than they are today as a result of our drone strikes of we've put tens of thousands of people into the pakistani taliban and strengthen them and the pakistani government has not shown it so particularly capable of controlling them several dozen u.s. national security experts have said been very clear terms that these drone strikes are not harming the pakistani taliban but actually helping them recruit members this is a strategic catastrophe without power alone american history. here's a quick look at what we've been covering online al qaida has pledged to spare no effort in frame prisoners from guantanamo bay and we've got all the details on that at our key dot com. and me the man who flies beside flames and his custom made jet
and watch that video and others on our website. after a three year hiatus peace talks between israel and palestine are now starting to get back on track but the only result so far has been an agreement to hold further top. the negotiators aim to iron out their key disputes over the next nine months with the next meeting planned for mid august washington which is hosting the negotiations says the aim is to reach a final status agreement but there is no compromise on the horizon so far the goal is a two state solution which would see israel coexist peacefully alongside a new palestinian state but the two sides will first need to tackle a number of burning issues israeli settlement expansion the status of jerusalem and the fate of refugees the palestinians also want israel to return a land it seized in nine hundred sixty seven artie's fall asleep or has a story of one arabic speaking minority fighting for equal rights in israel each
weekend is released flock to this truce village on the top of mount carmel the shops of busy the restaurants food and the office flow as freely as the wine there is very good restaurants here in the area it's very welcoming he likes to give you a lot of food out of the drinks it's great to make you feel really comfortable twelve thousand inhabitants of a sphere village have opened their doors to tourists it's a way of bringing in cash while preserving the traditional druze lifestyle. kamel owns a popular cafe that would not be out of place in tel aviv or any other is radie jewish city. the people who come here usually look for something with center something they can only find within the druze community what they don't look for and don't see is something just as authentic a community floundering on to a lack of basic necessities the druze are an arabic speaking people who follow an offshoot of islam they hold a distinct place in israeli society as the only major non jewish community whose
majority of members are drafted into the israeli army. has lived here for twenty years his home still has no electricity and only three years ago did he get running water i served in the army my kids will serve as well will live in israel but we don't receive what is really is are getting i don't know why we don't ask for special privileges just electricity crews and arab villages have always received less funding than jewish areas resulting in poor quality of education in arab schools and weak infrastructure and social services. our relationship with the jewish communities around us is perfectly fine no problem but our relationship with the israeli establishment is different for the degrees people are not with the druze people we have difficulties on many levels first of all getting budgets approved for planning and then the planning itself. most of these radios who visit here are bolivia's to the problems and even those who know prefer to look the other
way i haven't heard this i myself don't know about it there was some problem regarding some of the just but. israeli government. yeah i heard about it. the problem. a lot of problems. sewage and. trouble building the limited space and building but it's not only about turning the other cheek and choosing not to see there are israelis i've spoken to here feel nothing about outing racist slurs about arabs and in eating and they restaurants but getting them to admit it on camera is almost impossible. the problem is not from my sight i know the language but they don't understand mine i served in the military i understand them but they sometimes come with certain prejudices about the druze and we surprise them behave like we know. but not enough
and like it seems to stop them living in very different worlds. is few a village in northern israel. to some of the story now from around the world. in iraq new deadly blasts have rich through two mosques in baghdad killing at least nine people this comes after an al-qaeda linked group claimed responsibility for a series of bombings which left sixty dead across iraq on monday the government says the country is now facing a full on a war against terror an extremist who killed five hundred people in july alone. and wandered around a thousand people have taken part in a rally against the government's plans to slash the legal aid budget it's the latest in a string of protests triggered by a controversial proposal to slice over two hundred million pounds from public spending on assistance in criminal cases the demonstrators claim the comebacks will put justice out of reach for the poor and vulnerable leaving them unable to afford a legal defense. you know his highest court is hearing silvio berlusconi's
challenge against a tax fraud conviction a lower court earlier sentence the billionaire former prime minister to four years behind bars but lawyers say he's unlikely to serve actual jail time berlusconi insists the charges against him as well as a separate case on hiring an under-age prostitute are politically motivated if the latest appeal is overturned he will face a long term ban from public office but tangibly plunging the governing coalition into crisis. and the collapse of the world's biggest fertiliser cartel has sent shock waves through an industry pushing down shares of potash producers worldwide by around the quo. her panic has been spreading on global stock markets since the russian giant or al qaida decided to pull out of a joint venture with isabella was based partner are just business correspondent katie building explains all of this occurred potentially result in lower food
prices because farmers will pay less for their first eliza's. the store their pay less in the first rise is to grow their crops and also those discounts on to the consumer at the checkout all this could mean an increase in the size of crops the people who get to enjoy a biggest soybean for less bought for potage producers a potential price war could have a catastrophic effect on the global industry meaning smaller companies would be forced to squeeze their prices to compete in just a couple of hours after the season was made global potage company is lost billions of dollars now the reason why this has triggered such a huge reaction on the stock market is because together these two companies set the price for about a third of the world's supply and this is spread through the u.s. canada and germany where rival companies took a nosedive amid fears over a new era of low freely traded prices but while the paradise companies are set to
lose billions in profits and thousands of miners could lose their jobs the winners would be farmers around the world who spend billions on first lies every year and now stand to benefit from a smaller bills and was most of the e.u. still in the grip of recession it's the small banks there are taking the biggest hit hardest peter all over travel to a small german village to find out how one banker managed to stay afloat. it's not all big city banks with bailouts bonuses and big shots in rural germany this small town has all its financial needs taken care of by just one man you constantly announce a new or here we only concentrate on people from gams failed if you live ten kilometers away sorry you can't be a customer in fact the furthest away one of our customers lives is about seven hundred meters. with only nine hundred customers peter believes he can offer
something that big banks can't. here's to personally people get a personal service here i know everyone who comes in of course i do or they're my neighbors this means there is a big trust the aren't just a number or part of a money making machine and when our t. stopped by at this one month bank we found that the man in charge wasn't alone the regulators were going through the books like they do in every other european bank people have to a once a year someone counts for four weeks i think it's a bit too long but hey that's the way it is even as we live more and more of our daily lives online and small towns like this one is still a place for the face to face because a bank sometimes i need to go to the city banks are all run by machines don't even get me started on the internet it becomes that we have here we are all members not customers. it's hardly the most modern of operations opened
at the end of the nineteenth century some of the equipment looks like it isn't much younger now wouldn't mind talking up my predecessor had a quite specific grip you can see here over forty years he wore the pain away all the modern stuff doesn't look right here if it works why buy new. so how to look at. even the youngest in town a case of for having their own individual money boxes to make sure they aren't sheepish about saving they even gets a lesson every now and again to make sure that they know that not everybody should be trusted not see it ok who wants to count your teacher's money. leave me. he has. that right no it's twenty sure. you got me. make everyone gets
a lollipop. oh well due to the cost of running them small rural banks of all put disappeared for most of germany but the people of the town of this failed want to hang on to this for many more years to come peter all of a southwest germany. and after the break here in our team could the middle east be on the brink of region wide civil wars find out and crossed up with peter lavelle coming right up. well not talking about language at all but i will only react to situations i have read the reports so let's put a no i will leave that to the state department to comment on your latter point someone to say to secure a car is on the job here no guns. thank you no more weasel words.
hello and welcome to cross talk where all things considered i'm peter lavelle the arab muslim world is a place with complex and turmoil be it revolution civil wars or external meddling it could be no doubt this region will never be the same again it would also appear that the old neo colonial order for much of the region is coming to an end but what is replacing it and who is on the right side of history. to cross-talk the middle east in turmoil i'm joined by grant smith in washington he is the director of the institute for research middle eastern policy and in london we cross the charles wolf he is a writer broadcaster and political commentator all right gentlemen in fact that means you can jump in anytime you want and i very much encourage it grant if i go to you first in washington we have turmoil all across the region and particularly in egypt libya tunisia syria iraq i can go on and on bahrain is this a regional civil war is this what we're saying. i think you can make an argument
that even though we've got nation states that you can make an argument that there is a conflict between two major parties that's broken out across the region i think you see entrenched elites that don't have much representation given over those they rule you have protesters who have been fired up usually by some abuse arbitrary abuse by police affecting their their meager economic life and breaking out in the revolution i think that if you if you define kind of a classical civil war assen ario where it's a couple of entrenched groups duking it out so that you could make an argument that there is a region wide civil war but obviously there are some pockets than.