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not. to intervene or not to intervene and the pentagon is ready to strike syria if it gets the green light from president obama while the majority of americans are opposed it will. also this week a militia whistleblower bradley manning request a presidential pardon after being sentenced to thirty five years in jail for the biggest leak in america c. street. he will face the for agree with i'll make some for the british government that if we didn't hand the material or destroy it they would keep your. bed still be going to newspaper reveals how he will support a ship to destroy files he received from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden.
international news and comment live from moscow this is their weekly here on our c with me you know tshabalala thanks for joining us the u.s. military says it's ready to strike syria if ordered they says president obama and the u.k. prime minister david cameron review what to do following on occasions of a chemical weapons a tongue blamed on a sounds government both leaders vowed serious response from the international community reports suggesting is the rebels will have resorted to chemicals and getting little attention on his policy a hostile. so in state television is reporting that syrian soldiers entered a number of tunnels that had been used by rebel fighters in damascus and they they found. the remnants of chemical agents what we do know is that the shells had mocked on them made in saudi arabia and of course saudi arabia has long been
a critic of the syrian president bashar assad the soldiers started coughing they started suffocating and immediately ambulances had to be same to the scene to actually assist these soldiers now all this comes as the united states starts moving its naval ships in the mediterranean closer to the syrian coast the indications on the ground are that the first wave of preparations for any kind of military intervention inside syria are underway and that the u.s. and in particular the navy is just waiting for the green light what we've heard from obama is that he is mulling over the situation he says that it needs to be fought over seriously there needs to be a wary miss in terms of making this decision but that any kind of military attack inside syria would be both costly and deadly the word he used was difficult the defense department has been tasked with giving the bomber all the latest facts on the ground you investigators are inside syria they've been there now for week they
arrived last sunday they're investigating at least a dozen other reports of chemical usage of a damascus government has pledged to give full support to the u.n. investigators in trying to reach the area where this latest alleged chemical attack took place that it took place in rebel held areas so really it's not really up to the damascus regime to ensure maximum cooperation but they have said that they will do their best to ensure that there is a safe passage for the investigators we're seeing quite a lot of chips come into place here paula you talk about the military posturing on the part of washington with that with the fourth warships heading to the region as well. serious consequence of serious retaliation to syria when it comes to this alleged chemical attack but that's just it though isn't it i mean it's allegations and it's speculation at this point well this is a very important point all the indications and all the allegations are essentially speculation we have realms of video and still photographs that have been posted to
you tube all of them purport to show chemical attacks carried out in syria but none of this footage can be verified the damascus regime is increasingly being accused of carrying out chemical weaponry and there is no evidence no evidence whatsoever to suggest this the pressure on the syrian government of course is increasing and here we've heard from the french foreign minister he has said that all evidence points to damascus earlier there was a united nations security council meeting and following that meeting the french did threaten to use force if indeed these allegations against the damascus regime were proven to be true the syrian government however has warned against foreign intervention and there is a lot of concern and pressure on those in the international community who might be moving in that direction. and despite harsh rhetoric against the syrian government and the u.s. military waiting for a green light to attack it appears americans don't want an intervention and his war
belated reuters ipsos poll revealed about sixty percent of the u.s. citizens who took part in this survey said america should stay away from this civil war in syria just nine percent won by president rocks when asked about washington's support for the opposition about one tenth said obama should do more for the rebels than just send arms to them while almost ninety percent don't want america to help the opposition at all meanwhile doctors without borders say they received more than three thousand patients suffering from intoxication wednesday when the cameras are sold it was reported three hundred fifty five of them died but exactly who was behind that is still hard to verify so far the u.s. and its allies have assumed assad is to blame and if the f.s.a. evidence suggests the opposite that will cause major confusion for washington according to dowd carola a professor of international law at georgetown university. going to go on to be the rebels who are using the weapon the boys the material the u.s.
would be embarrassed because it could be alive or do you have still to speak the opposition that the u.s. has been supporting claiming that these are people who are seeking democracy and rule of law and fighting corruption or whatever. in syria and this is the purposeful good if you change the u.s. would like to to prove or would like some of its allies that it is the regime who has done this but this has not been dependently proven very fired and without any dependant very few i think if we would take all what the u.s. president has said does not indicate that military action. international tensions are running high as the president moves naval forces closer to syria despite obama being cautious over the intervention and so we'll do those
preparations for talk usually mean tell us what you think on our web site www dot com so far the majority almost half of those who voted say washington wants to divert americans from domestic problems around thirty percent of you think that the pentagon's message is it's ready to strike no last waltz obama says about being cautious while thirteen percent say the u.s. wants political leverage over chemical arms and the yuan probe and a minority which is eleven percent so far thing the pentagon is raging for attack just in case so we're going to call and have your say best. right to see. the first strike. and i think you're. on our reporters. in.
the in the. bradley manning was sentenced to thirty five years in prison this week he was responsible for the massive relief of classified data that exposed american war crimes in iraq and afghanistan the former all the private is now hoping for a pardon from the u.s. president landing interest in a letter to president obama insisting he acted out of love for his country seeking to protect the values and ideals of the united states that soldier also said he would gladly pay the price for living in a free market society but as. reports now is the debate over manning's past so he shares that is now grabbing the headlines bradley manning sentence of thirty five years behind bars has said an unprecedented punishment special for whistleblowers bradley manning should be walking the streets and being treated for who we use a whistleblower were exposed war crimes in iraq afghanistan secret war and yemen
and the utter corruption of the governments the us supported bradley manning supporters gathered outside the white house to call for the president to pardon the whistleblower the supporters of bradley manning say what's at stake here is not just men who speak for it but also the future of journalism and the public's right to be informed on the accidents that their government is taking on their behalf manning's defense team has submitted a request for a pardon but there seems to be little chance that it will be granted that the government's ongoing crackdown on whistleblowers under the current administration an unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is. viewed as being tantamount to aiding the enemy. the government wide crackdown on whistleblowers and the extension of this crackdown to journalists threatens to stifle the flow of information that is vital to our public but the media in the us has largely failed to stand up for bradley manning government officials and t.v. pundits all but convicted the whistleblower even before any trial took place who
cares whether the army killed some innocent people or not over in iraq you know we don't want to we don't want to be a part of that with very uncomfortable so if it's a complex issue and it's uncomfortable americans generally will pull back from might allow the media to fill that gap and protrude bradley manning as a traitor manning's own personality has grabbed more headlines than the shoes that he uncovered and the day after sentencing many six became the main story who is healthy this week bradley manning announced that he wants to spend the rest of his life as a female and asked to be referred to as chelsea manning one of the defense psychiatry at trial testified that manning has narcissistic tendencies and i wonder if there's anything to that in the sense that she's announcing this in this very big public way no i think this is really trying to let people have the answer that
they wanted she never really wanted this to be public to begin with and when the information came out you need to understand that she gave it to her in a limo in a very private setting in a one on one chat never expecting this to be public now that it is unfortunately you have to deal with it in a public manner chelsea manning's attorney also said his client never wanted personal issues to become the main story and overshadow the debate that the whistleblower wanted to start through the leaks in washington i'm going to. prosecutors wanted a sixty year prison sentence for bradley manning in a bid to discourage but i'm sure me and pace of touch will has been campaigning in mining support believes the punishment he received is unprecedented. it is quite extraordinary that bradley manning has got thirty five years for telling the truth and exposing us war crimes lies and cover ups while the people who committed these criminal acts have walked away scot free they have never ever been prosecuted it is
a notable fact that president obama has harleston chased and prosecuted more whistle blows than even right republicans like richard nixon and ronald reagan is a pretty damning indictment of president obama and his democratic administration whistleblowers are not criminals they are the canaries in the mine who warn us about danger they warn us about untruths about reality that people in power don't want us to know whistleblowers are central to them or. the hair daves back to square one dictator hosni mubarak has been let out of jail because many in egypt now questioning whether anything good has come out of the twenty eleven revolution that toppled him in the first place. they were to the government told the guardian newspaper destroy files received from
n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden or face legal action intelligence experts awards the data could fall into the wrong hands because the paper service could be hacked but the documents want it was stored on the guardian system and there were other copies elsewhere seen there has. you've had your fun now it's time to return the documents said the unnamed government official today newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies only it isn't we were faced effectively with it all to make them for the british government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroy it they would be moved to law in recent months the guardian newspaper has come to be known as the paper that's been exposing secret material from a trove of information passed on to whip by former contractor of the national security agency edward snowden but in recent days the editor of the newspaper is also publicized what had gone on a behind closed doors here how security officials had ended up in the basement of
their offices overseeing the destruction of hard drives and computers which contained the very information the paper has been exposing a bizarre turn of events salary richards says that came all the way up from the prime minister's office once it was obvious that they would be going to law. i would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting and i was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting we would simply. not from london the twenty first century possibility in a highly digital and connected world the revelation by rusbridger came just a day after that attention of david miranda partner of the guardian journalist and glenn greenwald vision alist who had broken the story of snowden's leaks and the same materials miranda was detained under the u.k.'s terrorism act and was held in question for nine hours at heathrow airport it caused an outcry among politicians
and journalists and even david anderson the independent reviewer of terrorism laws who demanded an explanation prompting the u.k. home office to go on the offensive the government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security those who oppose this sort of action need to think about once they condoning defame. want to protect the public to tell the public what it is they're protecting them from a generalized statement about terrorism in general doesn't really do the trick you've got to be able to say well the information he's got would in danger the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for it no such reasons have been advanced miranda's detention as well as the destruction of computers in the basement have one of britain's most respected newspapers in the spotlight the story teller has become the story this is a very damaging moment actually for britain's reputation for free speech being laid bare the way that the british state is very prepared to use terrorism legislation
to use accusations of terrorism in order to shut down what looks to be journalistic practice healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following his revelations especially considering that press appears to be at stake the business of reporting securely and having confidential sources is becoming difficult in these documents there is no stated ambition to scoop up everything and store it all to the internet this is the language that's being used internally to search celia r.t.e. london. just stay with us because just after the break we had what experts predict flood waters will fly for another seven days forcing rescues into a round the clock fight to pile sunda bonds into nine misa high flood walls that's just after a parish break. the
watching the week here on aussie welcome back and now let's go to russia where extreme flooding continues to devastate the far east experts say levels have not yet peaks and may continue to rise until the second or third of september that's another whole week for a region. which is already more than seven meters underwater and this is where it's all began the movie ever bass's banks after weeks of unrelenting down pars so it's been a federal emergency for nearly three weeks with more torrential rain feeding the rising flood waters and these three regions have been the west affected up to
eighty five thousand livelihoods are under threat in the bar excretion alone three dozen towns of over three thousand and houghton's there are already under water and as you can see here the original capital had virus of a hof a million people lives on that and more where it meets the syria or iraq and their rescue is volunteers and soldiers are fighting to fortify our river by over thirty kilometers long pause called bring this the latest on their efforts. this is marina a resident of bolshoi also risky island and this is marina's house water waist high the entire ground floor resembling a cesspit rather than a home now it's only when you enter the properties that you see the extent of the damage that these floodwaters have caused despite marinas best attempts to try to keep many of her treasured possessions out of the water it was simply in vain the
entire house is completely submerged and it's clear looking around that is going to take a lot of time money and effort before this place returns to normal marina is one of hundreds in this region to have been evacuated in recent days by russia's emergency services she can take everything with her and doesn't know when she will be able to return for now she'll stay with friends. who have been crying all week we've lost all our property and that's after we've renovated hundred wallpaper a place new carpets although some hardy souls remain predominantly this village is like a ghost town. but despite the chaos the resilience attempts to carry on as normal the shop remains open although when we visited business was slider. many of those evacuated from their homes and up in temporary accommodation centers in schools and sports halls or thirty's and volunteers providing supplies such as food drinking
water and medicine that some rest bite for those who have lost everything just get a policy that's good that aid is going to come there is good they do have the opportunity to stay here they just be tell t's greet the treat us like the children although the situation in the how about oscar region remains critical further west there's hope the worst is over in the region attention is now turning to the cleanup operation just. the situation is changing and we're going to regroup our forces people now come from the neighboring a more region for planes arrive here every day. now water levels in some parts of this region have already beaten records that have stood for more than one hundred and twenty years that's of six hundred and forty two centimeters and the fear is that as the rains continue that could push the eight meter barrier causing even more devastation understructure to people's lives and homes the military and
emergency services continue to work around the clock to reinforce how about ask concern the defenses could be breached by water that at the moment shows no signs of receding and with flood levels not expected to ease until mid september the true extent of the damage is yet to reveal itself and it could be some time yet before the full picture emerges postcards. about ask and as always i've got even more stories for young lion and hear what you can find on r.t. dot com right now. grace is hable to me announcing man is trying to turn a small town in the us state of north dakota into a white supremacist stronghold find out how he's going about it on r.t. dot com. and bargaining with bitcoin supporters of the emerging digital currency brought the cyber world. special event in berlin not going to answer a call and find out what happened to that.
egypt's president hosni mubarak appeared in court today he's facing every trial for his alleged complicity in the killings of protesters during the uprising which ousted him two years ago the former leader was let out of jail earlier this week and placed under house arrest in a military hospital his release has added to tensions in the country with many seeing it as part of a vast soul gains want you're in the twenty eleven revolution egypt has been enduring an unprecedented wave of deadly protests since the military ousted islamist president mohamed morsy many muslim brotherhood officials have been arrested over the same period of the trials have been delayed until october defense consultant believes the army will always play a different defining role in the ruling of egypt. not even if they bring a civilian in the suit remember mubarak wore a suit for adultery before he wore a suit but socially liberal military. who are in power and even if
a civilian governments go into power they have to do as the military says or wants and as long as the broad western no u.s. government of they'll be allowed to remain in power as soon as they start speaking out or trying to exert their all no ideas there will be toppled as do the rules morsi so know the military been in power for decades and martial law is been imposed for decades so the military don't see any change in circumstances. and some other stories making headlines around the world and germany stop a euro skeptic for insertion it was a tonks on stage during a rally in bremen to unknown assailants armed with knives and jumped on a bed and locate as he was making a speech to your campaign about and some two dozen others then sprayed the audience with pepper spray and tear gas and the a d. which was the abolished has been the subject of several times in the last two
months. violence trying to have entered a six day in colombia farmers gain clashed with security forces over recent economic reforms and these are the biggest broaches the country has seen in nearly four decades the president has said he will not lead the unrest destabilize the state and police to continue that the nation has opened its economy to foreign trade and new low prices are hurting local produce. and up next kate appeal will ring see this week's top business news that scene venture capital after a short break. well the union. if it was terrible they are and very hard to make i. once again here is
find out what's really happening to the global economy cars a report or more to. allow you want to venture capital i'm katie silver a bit of business week recent state television went back on handguns happened to still be weighed down by its finances but for the money at stake coming to moscow next week we'll be checking out what can be warring three of the guys in the house investor sean thomas he's voice of the business that's to tell us all about what he's been up to the weekend a lot since the last week the c.b.s. early close knowledge that corporate used to. libya's oil industry the country's lifeline is in danger of destruction as ports called strikes continue to disrupt the country's exports with an estimated loss of one point six billion dollars the
losses at the ports has been caused by competition between members of the new day placed petroleum facilities golf made up of ex militia members fighting amongst themselves are the selling of the country's oil for personal gain or the country is reliant on or like sports accounting for ninety five percent of all output the produces shipments have been cut to their lowest level since the civil war of twenty eleven with some estimating just three hundred thousand barrels a day are being shipped out of the country now so for more insight into the libyan oil industry and the economy as a whole i'm joined by stewart and it from platts what challenges face in libya right now both that oil industry. it's their economy it's fair to say that libya's oil sector at the moment is in a total state of chaos remember three of the main export terminals for oil are now shut have been for three four weeks and that's cutting off libya's economic
lifeline its oil exports exports down by more than half now with those terminal shut and there doesn't seem to be any any letup to the protests of the strikes at least terminals and how do you see this situation developing then can the oil industry rebound from mess at the moment it does seem like there is a stalemate and the problem really facing libya too is that there is no proper functioning government there's no proper functioning army and there's no proper functioning police force so it's very difficult for the government to say go in and break up these strikes these protests because no one knows who's on whose side i was told earlier this week that even in tripoli the government doesn't seem to have full control of the country there are militias in control of certain checkpoints. and so the government really isn't functioning properly to do.