tv News Weekly RT September 1, 2013 4:00am-4:30am EDT
the u.s. war machine awaits orders to strike syria barack obama says he would like the backing of lawmakers for arced after key world powers and many americans speak out against intervention. that is what amir putin dismissed allegations that the syrian government used d.s. as utter nonsense appealing to the u.s. president as a noble peace prize winner to think of the bloodshed he might cause and greek national debt increases along financial aid alongside financial aid from the e.u. as athens struggles to appease international lenders amid reports it may need a third bailout.
the latest news and the week's top stories here on r t m lindsay france against the distant cries of anti-war protesters broke obama has pulled back from ordering a strike against syria at least for now the u.s. president has decided to ask congress which doesn't reconvene for over a week to give its backing for a war which he says needs to be launched obama wants to punish damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons but still has not publicly presented proof to back up his accusations and international opposition towards an attack is mounting as marina horton i reports. obama said although he does believe that he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress he feels that the country would be strengthened by a public debate on the matter now the u.s. leader says that he feels absolutely comfortable carrying out a military attack against syria without the approval of the u.n. security council according to international law and he and
a military strike taken needs approval from the security council and a resolution to be adopted but u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says washington's planned military strike against damascus is is not time sensitive meaning it could happen one week from now or one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says that the syrian government of bashar al assad will pay consequences for allegedly using chemical weapons after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground. instead it would be designed to be limited duration and scope the white house released assessment of the use of chemical weapons on august twenty first and
a countless amount of experts were not convinced by the intelligence that's been presented no where in the report did the us confirm that assad the assad government used chemical weapons instead the four page report used were being such as we assess with high confidence or multiple streams of intelligence indicate that this week also saw america's major ally britain opting out of military intervention in syria and nato also said it would not be participating in a potential military strike in the meantime the u.n. investigation team that recently returned from damascus has announced that the samples from the site of the alleged syria come syrian chemical attack will take up to three weeks and many countries as well as the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon have asked that no military action be taken before u.n. experts present their conclusion. u.s. officials say the president made
a last minute decision to seek the approval of lawmakers obama originally intended to decide on military action against syria without congressional consent the president's under public pressure on the home front as most americans don't appear to share his confidence that a military attack is necessary over half of those americans who took part in a reuters poll said they don't want any kind of u.s. involvement in syria only twenty percent are in favor asked whether assad should be attacked if he's implicated in the kemah in the use of chemical weapons less than thirty percent said yes political analyst phyllis bennis thinks the white house was forced to turn to congress for support after most of its allies refused to weigh in . he was prepared to go without a united nations resolution which of course would make any military strike illegal but he was counting on certainly the brits he was counting on the u.k. to come on board i think he was quite blindsided by that decision by the british
parliament and then to find out that nato said no and that the arab league said no france isn't quite enough as an international allies i think all of that plus the fact that almost two hundred members of congress have signed letters in recent days demanding that there be some consultation with congress the whole question of what happens the day after is not on the agenda we can say all we want our intention is a narrow targeted strike just a day or two this is not a major a major military campaign well it's not a major kill military campaign until it is what is of course syria tries to retaliate against one of the u.s. warships that are off the syrian coast what if it tries to shoot down a u.s. plane what if it retaliates against israel what if it attacks a u.s. base in one of the neighboring countries all of these things would be then met by greater u.s. retaliation to that act we can't assume that the u.s.
would take the position we didn't intend this to be more than a couple days we're not going to respond they would certainly respond and that threatens the whole possibility of the united states being pulled directly into this very complicated civil war inside syria so whatever happens it's going to be the people of syria who pay the final price. in anticipation of an order to strike american naval forces have been massing in the mediterranean off the syrian coast five destroyers are ready to take part in the assault an amphibious assault ship with hundreds of marines on board has also joined them officials stress the troops are merely there as a precaution but no plans to deploy them in syria the destroyers packs some serious firepower each of them carries up to ninety tomahawk cruise missiles that can strike syria from a safe distance while dealing massive damage to the country and in response to the u.s. deployment damascus says it's on full combat alert artie's marie if an ocean has the latest from the syrian capital. message from the white house.
that they've been with the syrians and i had a very good opportunity a chance to see their vivid reaction to their to read their faces and to see all the developments of the emotions and feelings that i have to say that if at the beginning of a bomb a speech people were nervous and would tense and of course were frightened obviously what i saw at the end over the message from america was relieved what i saw in people's eyes because the president said that the u.s. should take a minute to response to chemical weapons use that could happen tomorrow next week or next month he'll see congress' approval for attack in syria and that. delay for everybody here and many here too good as legs that strategy they say is unlikely to a group interaction against syria so this strike they've been waiting for several
days and they this pressure had they been leavin. first announced about a possible strike against syria they can now forget about that at least for. president putin has questioned the existence of u.s. evidence that assad's forces used chemical weapons calling the claims utter nonsense he also warned barack obama against military action urging him to think of the possible civilian victims are to shun thomas has more. moscow has been very busy this week urging the west not to intervene in the situation in syria vladimir putin spoke on the situation saying that the idea of the assad regime using chemical weapons in country is ridiculous saying the situation on the ground just does not allow for it he said that the g twenty summit this week is a good place for the global leaders to discuss the situation in syria he also
called on president obama as a nobel laureate not just as a fellow head of state a winner of the nobel peace prize to consider his actions and what it would mean for military intervention and more loss of life in the country the president said of course russia is against the idea of the use of chemical weapons but in this case that the global community needed to wait for the u.n. to do its job and then present evidence to the u.n. security council and then they would decide how to react in a lawful manner according to international laws and what he had to say about that when it comes to the stance of our american partners friends who are insisting that syrian forces have use w m d's in this case chemical weapons and stating to have proof they should demonstrate that proof to the u.n. inspectors and the security council because lanes that the proof exists that cannot be shown to to secrecy studios stand up to criticisms it's disrespectful to lose america's global partners if there is proof it has to be shown it is not showing it
doesn't exist and the president also said that he was pleasantly surprised at the situation in the u.k. as the british parliament debated and then has voted down the idea of military intervention in syria right now the global community is waiting to see if the u.s. congress will follow suit and also continue in a spirited debate as obama has sent the idea of military intervention to congress. retired u.s. air force lieutenant colonel karen kotowski says the actions of the obama administration risk putting american forces alongside those they've called an enemy for years. we have allied ourselves twice now at least brock obama and washington d.c. the congress has done nothing to to prevent us from being allied with the very terroristic enemies that we talked al-qaeda based al-qaeda linked organizations certainly in libya and in fact in some of the same al qaeda groups in libya that are assisting
and fighting the assad regime in damascus so i don't know what it will take to explain to barack obama what he is getting into the congress should be putting a stop to this several days of airstrikes will do very little it will demonstrate in many ways the weakness of the united states political regime and the lack of options that it has in really moving forward towards peace in the region. coming up a plague of windmills germany's green revolution annoys red eyed farmers forced to live alongside the constant deneuve power turbines springing up all across the countryside that story and much more after a very short break. if
greece faces a battle with international lenders over control of the country's assets following suggestions it could need another ten billion euro rescue package to fulfill its financial obligations to the e.u. the two thousand and eight crisis led to a request for a one hundred ten billion euro loan from the e.u. in return greece introduced austerity measures and another one hundred thirty billion followed shortly the beginning of the turmoil saw public debt to rock it to a one hundred twenty nine percent of g.d.p. and the extra eight boosted that by more than a quarter author and journalist are raised shots at stefan though believes athens has become addicted to being rescued and must default to begin its recovery. what happened during the last two or three years during the so-called salvation period
was that greece became. foreign intervention and foreign help it's simply impossible any more during the three hundred twenty billion saying it was impossible even in two thousand and nine. but they wanted to bring greece into the strap that help only foreign banks especially in germany france and some other countries the only shouldn't you should now is to deform having the greek people in control of the procedure for euro zone creates deficits and debts to the european very very well at the same time create services to the european poor so we were saying from two thousand and nine two thousand and ten that we should leave the eurozone again in our therapist and not in terms imposed by berlin brussels or any other place in europe destroyed again the infrastructure of the greek economy not only of the greek economy the same thing happened in spain portugal and ireland all
the countries that took the strait jacket off. of the monetary union. my colleague kevin owen discussed the mounting greek debt with our t.v. corp is going off as well as a number of international experts earlier this week they took a look at where the money is going and who would helps. quite a lot of people are being affected these layoffs really are aimed mainly at the public sector and the public sector traditionally is the foundation of the greek economy and that's why so many people are taking to the streets to protest. let's get our food is going to go to we've spoken to many times before every time we've talked about the huge amounts the billions being poured into greece meant to nationalize it is. illegal then you see the first time that you know the guys he's talking to at least a pretty depressed they don't see the light at the end of the tunnel your enough is what's your view well it is obvious by now the. whole scenario adopted for greece
has been like a the straw for. this by those huge huge bailout loans greek debt. very high have reached peak over three hundred twenty one billion euros did so that means that we're much worse than when the debt crisis started the bailouts were bad the bailouts were carolan a set of european studies in brussels. was it pouring good money after bad you think you're a proponent of the bailout but darn it it would have been much worse much worse situation i don't think from greece you have to look very far you simply look to bulgaria for example to see i mean the whole much worse it could have been still today living standards in reserve are higher than they are in bulgaria is greece were to have left the euro zone and that's why men favor all further beno i think it's a disastrous idea once you realized you've made a mistake you should stop doing it it's very simple the bailout is not helping the
greek people we've just seen the images of people homeless people living in shelters losing their jobs cannot pay their rent their pension funds are disappearing now the bailout money is not aimed to help the greek people it is a. huge rescue package for bags just because who has benefited who has. number that most not the banks but i think germany has benefited most from the euro zone that's why i see the us come painting on staying within the euro zone and that's why merkel has forty percent of the approval rate because germany is thriving germany exports all over europe and they are have a disability interest in having a stable currency zone. to london to brussels i can only say that he is looking at the completely wrong end of the stick simple is that the euro was a political project it never had any financial standing. and he is supporting a political decision and not the economy germany is has vowed to cover
twenty six percent roughly a quarter of the bailout money that is going to greece now we're looking at two hundred fourteen billion that means german taxpayers in the end will have to pay for sixty billion euros this money is badly needed in germany our infrastructure is suffering the railway system needs. investment so does the famed how to buy and the industry. i think mr the greek colleague is only rooke looking at this one side of the coin and not seeing and not realizing the long term effects. for other stories you won't find on air head to r t dot com right now you can learn about the breakthrough discovery of the so-called trojan asteroids its orbit is near the planet your anus over two billion kilometers further from the sun than typical asteroids go online to check out why it was given this ancient greek name in particular. plus more inspections more leaks if the operator admits more than
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disaster plugging the energy gap is proving a tough task and there is now a public storm brewing over the winter bonds which are popping up across the country to meet the demand for power artie's peter all over found out why such an environmentally friendly idea has caused such division. germany's wind farms are spinning out of control that's according to a new generation of don quixote's who feel hung to dry by a lack of regulation on where windmills can be placed. it's turned into a nightmare for us we came here fourteen years ago and there were just two small wind turbines two years later the reform team since then another sixteen have gone up we moved here for tranquility and they have taken man away from us. one of the main problems for people living in this area is the she assignees of the new turbines that overshadow their homes come on in the north of going to have been
from march until the end of july we have a constant flickering in our kitchens it's very unpleasant you don't even want to have breakfast there. germany has plans to increase the amount of energy drawn from the wind almost three fold over the coming years modern wind turbines are around two hundred meters tall that's roughly double the height of the statue of liberty and they're springing up all across the german countryside this is seen previously nonpolitical people become activists trying to fight against a green energy lobby they feel is out of control and against turbines that they say are causing real damage to human health. these low frequency sounds are just constantly in your hair and you feel it throughout your entire body when i can fall asleep it wakes me up in the night sometimes it feels like you can freeze i have a common playing of india i'm not going to teach when they're going around it's
like there's permanent movement in my peripheral vision i work in this field and i understand that such movement has a real psychological effect on people it's not just that they're tall and noisy these massive new neighbors are also having a huge effect on house prices rocco is trying to move away from the turbines his house has been up for sale for the last five years without success from the time of already calculated them into the asking price and if not half the price off i've had around fifty people come and look but no takers there's no concrete law in germany restricting where wind turbines can be built meaning in some cases they can spring up just two hundred fifty meters from residential areas but that's a massive life and. he can be like this forever i don't want to leave but these noises make me sick but there have been times that i've sat in front of my house and cried those cries on being heard in the corridors of power though all the major
parties in the upcoming election all stressing their commitment continuing germany's race towards renewables which means more windmills peter all of a r.t. germany. more international news updates on the way in a few minutes before that a recap of the week's highlights from the world of business. but he sees things that scientists people don't notice. he's down. things that most people never to think call him disabled but he's the world's first deaf and blind doctor of science. professor i think rather savor of. a great life lived against the odds.
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end but we know it to find out what's on top of the agenda about one more time doing the. work you have to keep your eye tally of the batteries thankfully the more details on that one zero but on the way back to him we made the film but think how much money he got that data from two thousand us. and say over western military action against the syrian government this week resulted in turmoil in the financial world with oil spiking to a six month high and investors pulling else of global axes with concern as an attack on syria will bring about farias consequences and threaten global supply meanwhile safe havens gold and u.s. treasuries as investors proceed with caution so for more on markets reaction to the political rhetoric over syria and joined by mike ingram from b.b.c. paul knows it has been a tumultuous week for the market says been
a lot going on can you just start off by telling me the general thoughts the anxiety what is a general feeling in the financial world at the moment in response to what's happening. well i mean i think you know the prospect of the west getting in improving waters at this stage of the syrian civil war just added to troubles that the market's been having over the last few weeks and it's coming into the background of very thin some of volume so the reaction is it's probably more dramatic than might otherwise be but if you look at the you know the list of concerns that the market has at the moment you've got a situation where we don't know what kind of form the fed tapering is going to take this year we've got possible succession issues for ben bernanke keep it succeeded by larry summers it seems at this point at the fed and we've got you know actually ongoing trouble elsewhere in emerging emerging markets so jen has come out and said
that we could say if we do indeed see the situation in syria escalating we could see an oil price of one hundred fifty dollars per barrel can you explain to me one crashes if that was going to happen what prices that would put on the global economy would have a massively detrimental effect on growth pretty much everywhere there are very few beneficiaries you can imagine when officials are going to be the oil producing states in the gulf probably nigeria with africa for pretty much everywhere else. even for russia it's broadly neutral and generally speaking the countries which are going to get hit the hardest are those with large relatively inefficient manufacturing base is top of that list india and china india is already struggling china has got a relatively competitive currency at this point to to at it's part of the last thing it needs is an oil price shock and of course that's a knock on effect into a broader sense of consumption if you
a disposable income is already being squeezed and that's like you have knock on effects on the broader economy rito trade is likely to be deeply dire and. taxation really is going to die out on the back of the budget deficit. so you have as the the second right effect third rate effect i mean the list to see pretty much a list here so so yeah it's not good enough to say that you know as it's said before that the most impacted things like steel production out of many of production is incredibly energy intensive these are just the sort of things which are going to drive the costs of these these companies engage in these activities sky high i let's talk about gold because it's been an interesting week once again for gold we've seen it so is it still in these times of uncertainty the investors flock fault tools gold is it still be ultimate safe haven to think that's been proven this week.