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israel says two ballistic rockets detected by russia's radars in the mediterranean sea was part of a missile defense test in a region already feeling the tension of a possible american strike on syria. america's top diplomat says the u.s. could attack syria even if lawmakers say no as washington's european allies release evidence they claim shows that bashar al assad did order chemical weapons that time . it's the plan on what to do with america's most infamous jail in afghanistan a facilities so dark that former detainees say gone tonto is a holiday count compared to. the shouting to behead a london street before it would have booming voice undeniable controversy heard
hobby megaphone ripped from his hands by the authorities. international news live from moscow this is she with me your national thanks for joining us. israel has tested a missile defense system in the mediterranean causing a brief spike contention in a region currently seeing a build up of military force the launch was detected by russia's radars and comes as the u.s. positions itself for an expected act on syria. joins me now live with the details hi there you go please tell us more about this test well it all started with reports from russia's defense ministry which announced that at around five am g.m.t. it's early warning systems detected the launches of two. in the mediterranean with
the central core of the sea which then moved towards the eastern coast and shortly after the report came out russia's always two news agency quoted an unnamed source in damascus who said that the missiles were dumped into the sea now at first no one could officially confirm that these launches did in fact take place including israel and the u.s. but now we've heard from the israeli defense ministry which explains that in fact it seems that the incident was part of a joint drill between israel and the u.s. and what happened according to the israeli side is that a military plane shot off a missile which was then intercepted by another rocket it's part of a joint drill to work out a new anti missile defense system now this is raising
a lot of questions around how good is the timing of holding such drills in the region which is really filled with all these. tensions connected with the situation around syria with the possible start of a military intervention there most nato members have been saying that they're not going to take part in any military operation against president assad's regime except for france and the u.s. . we've heard from president barack obama earlier said that washington may start a military operation without the approval of the u.n. but he did want to consult with congress first but less than twenty four hours ago we heard from u.s. secretary of state john kerry who said that the approval of the congress is not really essential in this situation so what happened to be really illustrates and really adds even more to the uncertainty and tensions around what will happen next in the full region as international military. buildup continues as well.
thank you very much indeed we appreciate it. after more than two years of constant war and killing it's not this trying is that scare syrians the maist all season maria bringing this report straight from the capital of damascus. we were last time in damascus a year ago now we returned and we decided to meet some of the people we've previously interviewed for our report but sadly many of them have either fled the chaos or were killed one of those who died was hamad rafia yon very successful very famous actor who was also another and activist he chose wards to defend his country and he was killed for that part of our. the movie was her we met muhammad in july two thousand and twelve during the filming of one of the most popular syrian t.v. dramas where he played one of the lead in roles syrian series used to be
financially backed by the gulf states but after the conflict erupted here those countries vocal critics of the assad regime was drew investment from an industry that's made syria famous across the arab world they want to fight everything good in syria they don't want us to be. shows our drama to the work to shows our history or the way we live the way we love each other their way with taking care of each other's that's why the stuff they stop they are fighting us actually. exactly ten months after muhammad's death we meet his brother knew. daniel. that evening a guy who was supposed to be a friend of my homage asked him for a live somewhere muhammad would help this boy a lot because he was poor then nine people appeared out of nowhere and grabbed him
and the next day we got an anonymous tip that he'd been killed his body had been cut into pieces we didn't believe that he's only a civilian we thought why would anybody kill him several days later his body was five shots i was. a lot of it was killed with three bullets one to his leg one to the stomach and one to his neck. this is. not such a welcome one during the kidnapping they want to take him alive to torture them to force him to confess that he was working for the government and then szell that algis either of course the p.r. lot of money for that sort of thing but he resisted to the death. rather she comes back and they too can he also took his car it's common that such cars are levy used in terror attacks three weeks ago we got news there's been a car bombing and that was muhammad's car. no real brother died ten months ago
exactly ten months ago why do you think he was killed he talked openly about what he thought. how did the live here in searing damascus change in the last ten months that may not last i shot him after mohamed stance many people who supported the opposition changed their minds they knew that he was very kind and help people all people regardless of their beliefs so when he died they ask themselves what are the people who belong to the opposition doing if they kill innocent civilians some of them are nothing more than criminals. what do you think about a possible airstrike that america is now planning. i smile when they tell me about the american attack we syrians are only afraid of god we're not afraid of us nor showed us another this time empty grave in the cemetery the boy's father who is also well known actor living in damascus has already reserved for himself. written
ocean r.t. from damascus syria. about paris have joined big climate to convey is that while that it was syria's president who ordered a chemical weapons attack outside damascus last month of power it says it has satellite images proving chemical strikes came from a government controlled area and also blames bashar al assad for three other times committed by. april and august and in germany media reports suggest the country's spies intercepted communications indicating this leadership gas in one high level has been official apparently tells iran's embassy the president stopped and made a big mistake unlike the u.s. france and germany also based their conclusions on unverified witness accounts videos and the fact the syrian government possesses chemical weapons. the u.s. navy's building its presence around syria how do you ask congressional debate later
this month on whether or not to strike five u.s. destroyers landed with missiles loaded i should say along with an phoebus assault ship are in the mediterranean right now they have been joined by an aircraft carrier group that's now in the red sea to support that ordered the super carrier u.s.s. nimitz is one of the largest warships in the world at more than three hundred meters long it's powered by nuclear reactors and hundred ninety planes and helicopters on board is accompanied by five smaller washrooms armed with tomahawk cruise missiles meanwhile some u.s. servicemen have joined the chorus of those against america's possible move true for e this judging by images uploaded on social media people wearing military uniforms seen posing in front of cameras were posed as saying they did not join up to find for al-qaeda in syria those pictures cannot be verified by the pentagon is reportedly already looking into the identities of those involved and marine veteran
gordon duff told r.t. that u.s. troops are again supporting syrian rebels because of the extremists in their ranks . if he does seventy percent of americans are clearly opposed to up. against syria and members of the military particularly lost five thousand killed fighting the same groups in iraq that we are advocating that we support in syria so members of the military from either side and there are clear divisions in the military both the left and the right none of them have any reason to want to support syrian rebels president obama has got himself painted into a corner there is no way out. and of course would like to know what you think about what's happening in syria and on our website you are asking about the end game will look like if the u.s. does launch a strike let's not have a know how you have been voting so far right now and a half of you think
a devastating region wide conflict will break out quite a few of you see leave it as a blueprint for what could happen next fifteen percent of you wouldn't hate out of syria on its saying that washington wouldn't to hit targets on its own and just a small percent of you around eight percent i think they agree actually that any strike would be short and precise so you can go to dot com and cost you about that . it's easy. to believe. his goes on megaphone lots of opinions and has become a feature on oxford street in london where he yells his political commentary and
shoppers walking by but now the local council is bringing a rabble rouser daniel daniel shine to task they say he's simply to march on his point of boycott means the man is not afraid to shout about what he believes in. johnny shines got an unusual addiction the father of three likes to take his megaphone to central london and talk to passers by about things like why wait here on the perils of consumerism credit card her let her get out. of her car park for her but i could probably tell her that i prefer. a fiver. for a shake up tonight i want to call it stream of consciousness part of the deaf and we call it verbal diarrhea. yeah i do think the spoken word form of earlier this year westminster council confiscated danny's megaphone and summoned him to court.
what are you looking for a lot of your bright also you also are not going to let me think they're going to. let you know this is a go up they go up they face it so it is illegal so. i prefer every one of them but danny's being prosecuted for breaking a by law banning anyone from me. making any noise which is so loud or so continuous over peterhead as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to all the persons. maybe i'm not sure but i mean just the way his mexico. but resigning this is more than just about public speaking it's about his human rights freedom of expression to me he should really shut up now doesn't that threaten freedom of speech in a country that is the current that is the problem i think it's good for the passive consumers as you and i to a free our minds from the perpetual consumption of consumerism but i saw you
complaining about the decibels a little earlier the most consistent meaning is my subconscious self coming out of my mind it's like you're in a demon i mean to make a pretty penny muddy and is like raining on my parade many i'm afraid for some fans they danny's a ray of sunshine i mean you need a plan like you know i don't need to but you know you know you can't wait for the night you know you got for that you have a crush on him no like i have a crush on him i'm just like he's beautiful a lot he's dealing with life about what he cares about danny's doing cool way he set to argue that the westminster council of prosecuting him and infringes his human rights. groups have a. listen i actually took four years of attention. i didn't. write the mention of a private conversation. i think i think it's completely wrong because if they do manage to point in that way it's not going to stop i mean we're all just going to be suppressed into not talking not speaking you know i just think that's going to
be a bad thing so i think well i don't need to danny to keep the black boy from freedom and while westminster city councils have told us that their conflict with danny is merely a question of decibels danny shine is planning to get even louder so i had the resources one day i'd be quite be quite nice to go out there with it like a really good p.a. system and in a really nice bike and i would get a review maybe five or ten people in fashion asking me. yet. a vote coming up critics accuse germany's election candidate again or in the real problems on taking the low brow row time help is downtown and much more after the break.
hello again you're watching all of the to have you with us let's move on now u.s. troops may soon be heading home but there's still no plan on what to do with a bond ground trial dubbed gone tunnel basis to prison facilities so its heyday and its stages of the war on terror gaining a reputation of torture and abuse it's currently holds six to seven for it is men they view us as out too dangerous to lead ago but not guilty enough to punish going to reports now on what the future holds while background. some call the bagram prison a second guantanamo although in reality it was established just before the detention center in cuba and at one point housed twice as many inmates at the height of the u.s. war in afghanistan but these are just details the two really could be called sister jails just like guantanamo bagram is used to detain people apprehended in the u.s.
war on terror and has been around for more than a decade the detention centers have both had their fair share of scandals surrounding the conditions in which the prisoners are held and the way they are treated humiliation of inmates by u.s. personnel physical and emotional abuse allegations of torture you can really sign off the checklist as you go for both prisons and of course the biggest common trait inmates in so-called administrative detention that's people who were arrested but never received a court trial they've been behind bars for years and will stay there for no one knows how long sure american officials insist some of detainees at bagram a hard core al qaeda operatives and will immediately get back to the old business of terrorism the minute they're set free and just look at guantanamo there are prisoners of program who have already been cleared for release and yet remain in jail sixty seven of them for more than a dozen different countries and no one knows what to do with them again sounds very familiar doesn't it however things that bug rome are slightly more complicated than
what told him oh by the fact the facility has actually been handed over to the afghan government which was deeply unhappy about having a foreign operated jail on its soil to begin with as soon as couple to cruel control of the ground in march it either transferred or released prisoners what to do with the almost seventy foreign nationals that remain in what to do with the u.s. because some allege the americans are still very present program fearing that are going to fish a little releasing mates that the u.s. sees as a threat to its security and not going to strongly dislike having these foreign detainees in their custody so far no solution has been provided by any side involved in this day and in fact one top american military general has confessed that there is absolutely no plan on how to deal with the detainees at bagram so the still made looks set to drag on. so between bank roman gone time will they. spend three years between being channeled through america's tower program and he
told it so what he saw including allegations of people literally being beaten to death amongst the things that i witnessed was prisoners being beaten in two cases actually physically to death one of the techniques they used to use was to hold us into common or souls our hands were tied above our heads to the top of the cage for punishment or for discipline a hood would be close placed over our heads and we would be left there sometimes for hours on end and in this way i saw at least one person getting beaten so badly that it was that he was beaten to death and weren't even allowed to get up to walk we weren't even allowed to pray in congregation if we didn't comply with the orders would simply be taken to the front of the so or to the isolation cells and they would be physically tortured and i was during one interrogation i remember very clearly being interrogated by the cia with my hands tied behind my back to my legs and in the next room there was a sound of
a woman screaming that they led me to believe was my wife being tortured and at the same time they were waving pictures of my children in front of me asking me what do you think has happened to them where do you think they are right now suggesting that they were also in custody and this is the sort of place by graham was it was a terrible place and it was a place where i believe quite categorically the murder took place at the hands of u.s. soldiers for my part it was worse than quanto in fact by the time i'd finished being a prisoner in bagram for most eleven months i was actually looking forward to going to guantanamo often journalists it will readily visited afghanistan and the early stages of the war and was captured and held hostage by the taliban chill asia visited by jail but i wasn't even allowed through the front door she says given its dark history it's up to the afghans to wipe the slate clean. i have been into guantanamo with a film crew and was given access but i never got past the front door in the
background. there is still a mystery we still don't know exactly what has happened we know that there have been atrocities carried out human rights abuses carried out by the americans the afghan leadership should do a lot of things but it strings are being pulled by washington which is why only now and again you will hear. aggressive soundbites about american interference that really president cause i should be you seen his muscle demanding to take over the whole running of. the afghan authorities deal with what is actually happening in background. talk whistleblower julian assange is trying spike becloud down on his wiki leaks website was unlawful and files illegal complain marks
a thousand days under house arrest a hold up in london's ecuadorian embassy well that story at our website. in russia's far east remains under water as one of the region's main cities wages a major war against flooding see the footage of their station at r.t. dock. cake and veggie days pundits say germany's general election campaigns look more like a tabloid magazine agenda than a serious political battle with why weeks to go until the vote even the first t.v. debate starring angela merkel failed to add any fire to proceedings as are his pieces on a. the post as the flesh is being pressed but this german election campaign is full of pulses racing maybe that's the whole idea make it as boring as possible so i know everybody kind of goes to sleep and doesn't worry about the real issues what we have being treated to is chancellor angela merkel
talking about potato soup the main challenge in reading fairy tales and the green policy suggesting compulsory vegetarian days where does it stop they going to start couple to refrigerators at home and check to see what you got there as well i mean or are they going to shut down the burger kings and mcdonald's on tuesdays and so you have to serve aside from the greens apparent food fascism have been some peculiar manifesto promises the social democrats want legislation to prevent stress in the workplace and the free democrats hoping to win over commute is by making it illegal for trains to be late all distraction tactics according to those hoping to win their first seats in the bundestag they don't want to touch the real problems with the euro crisis diminishing pension funds survey come up with things like the green party wanting a veggie day one reason being cited is the lack of a major issue for the parties to really attack each other on when you talk about
their support for the government's decision to implement the sam to initiate further payments for greece all said yes yes yes there is no real opposition in parliament so providing the comic relief in an otherwise dreary campaign. the party are very easy to remember. with policies such as banning tourists from berlin and building a wall around the whole of germany these jokers are quietly confident we want to get into power and then we will decide what we are going. to do with it what do you think the chances are. our chances are pretty good and we expect to take one hundred percent of the vote and even more in all seriousness though with greece looking likely to need a third bailout package will be no laughing matter for those that come to power
after september the twenty second they're going to have to deal with some real issues as they take their seats in the bundestag peter all over r.t. berlin and some other international headlines in brief right now the egyptian army carried out a major military operation launching up to thirteen rockets at suspected militants in the sinai peninsula dozens have reportedly been killed and injured and the munitions warehouses and vehicles destroyed egypt has been trying to tackle terrorist activity in the region which has got was this is the arab spring revolution that toppled president mubarak. bahrain has announced it will hose the permanent headquarters of the court of human rights arab league approval presented by the government as a leap forward towards protecting human rights in the region but was labeled a p.r. stunt by actually the country's rulers have little pieces of a crime down on the opposition and now critics fear the court could become
a political tool in the hands of the k. . japan will spend five hundred million dollars to get the fukushima nuclear crisis under control the main problem the government faces right now is ongoing leaks of radioactive water which have caused a sharp spike in radiation levels around the plant some of the tanks leaking contaminated water have been found but x. would say there are more. so they set a short break for me the russian line gave a home to thirty orphans to stay with us here in n.c. . many gay bars are starting to refuse to sell russian vodka as
a means of protesting the homosexual propaganda laws in russia as i've said before boycotts are a great way to put pressure on people but are they putting pressure on the right people not only is it racist to assume that hurting the vodka flow will deal a massive blow to the russian economy but it is also racist to think that any vodka with a russian sounding name is itself russian and many videos angry gay bartenders were pouring stolichnaya vodka which should be pronounced by the way onto the ground in a fury but if those bartenders would take a closer look at the labels they would see that exported stoli is produced and bowed in latvia by the s.p.i. group not in russia also according to the n.p.t. group beverage alcohol report the most popular vodka in america with a russian sounding name is smirnoff which is british owned and produced and bottled in various countries around the globe including the usa itself we did support the american worker people of the panic over the hip and trendy scandal of the month but everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that homosexuality itself is legal in
russia and is punishable in many other countries including a death sentence in some of them and yet russia gets all the attention if people really wanted to effectively boycott any country with any laws even a hint thing against homosexuality they would have to hit them where it hurts and stop getting natural resources imported from countries like russia saudi arabia venezuela and iran and so. and so on that is a vastly more difficult proposition than pouring american made vodka onto the sidewalk but that's just my opinion. to.