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obama's top officials banging the drums of war as they're bombarded with questions on syria and the senate as it leaks draft motion shows how far u.s. forces could go. and washington plans to pirates missiles syrian activists around possible american targets saying they're ready to die if the obama administration doesn't back down. also a media watchdog condemns the u.k. government sustained use of strong arm tactics against the press saying security measures are putting hard earned freedoms at risk. here watching our two live from moscow and lindsey france up to ninety days of
military operation but no boots on the ground those are some of the leaked details of a resolution being put to the u.s. congress to convince members to back war against syria the document is expected to be put to a vote next week it follows intense questioning and that of some of the top cheerleaders for military intervention including secretary of state john kerry and defense chief chuck hagel they both maintain the syrian government is behind last month's chemical attack outside damascus despite the u.n. still not having made any conclusions or he's gonna to con reports the blocks upon which john terry built the administration's case for an attack on syria included fear mongering and it was this part which reminded many of the mushroom cloud fears that the bush administration stoked in the run up to the iraq invasion take a listen if the congress decides not to do. it is a guarantee. whether it is with dinner in syria
or nuclear weapons in iran or nuclear weapons in north korea we will have invited. a for certain confrontation at some point in time that will require you to make a choice that will be even worse mitigating the consequences of a military action against syria was also part of secretary kerry's presentation to a question on whether u.s. strikes will end up in bolding extremists in syria as john kerry answered no they will not according to secretary kerry experiments in syria will not benefit from u.s. strikes although reports on the ground and a great many experts suggest the opposite the other premise that the administration put forward is that there is no other option but to bomb syria here's how secretary kerry explained he was readiness to bypass the u.n. security council break international law and attack syria at the u.n. we saw condemnation of a chemical attack without blame without citing. without saying who was responsible
simply a condemnation of a chemical attack and the russians blocked it and this was one of many discrepancies in secretary kerry's remarks in fact russia has blocked only those resolutions that attributed blame to the assad government alone without a credible u.n. investigation what john kerry did not mention is that the u.s. has done everything possible so that the u.n. investigative team would not have the mandate to determine who is to blame for the attacks in syria so now we're left with the intelligence assessment of the u.s. government and that of some of its allies u.s. officials say the public will not see the classified evidence upon which they build their case many members of congress even those who have not seen the classified evidence have indicated that they are ready to authorize the attack on syria. and as the u.s. rushes out bombing options a new movement is becoming stronger among the syrian people activists are gathering
outside key strategic facilities expected to be targeted by american strikes they're calling on washington to halt its march to war and insists they're ready to die if it doesn't artie's marie if an ocean i sent this report from damascus. this is the syrian public response to the plans of the united states of america to strike this middle east and we can treat those who come this evening to this huge mountain just outside damascus holding cells a human shield that's off to america's president barack obama said that the u.s. should take military response to what's going on in syria these people don't know actually as the rest of the population is about as the entire international community don't know so far when or if they miss else will strike but they say they'll stay until it's needed. to know. which side of this people that have to say that they know
different ages different backgrounds and social status they have actually have little in common except for one thing that unites them and that is their will to demonstrate to show their anger at the plans of the current state strike here country and trade in their banners we can understand actually the message they want to send. students we're here to show that we belong to syria this country is strong because of its people and its leadership we're not afraid. to express our loyalty to our country in the face of american threats we don't want what they did in the rocker but the chemical weapons claims to be done in our country. they chose this year in mountains because they taste as a symbol of damascus and of syria as well but also because it is a very important place subject to kelly it's home to many security chimichurri buildings and institutions and it is expected to be targeted and people will gather
here to try and go into his friend here some time say that even if the missiles start pulling. they will not move any. rich north sea from damascus in syria. one hundred thousand syrians have left the country since the united states and its allies pronounced that it may attack in all an astounding two million people have fled since the conflict began the un is warning that the situation is now a humanitarian calamity with about half of those displaced being children the chief destinations are countries near syria including turkey jordan iraq and egypt but they're all under severe stress to deal with this influx inside syria four million people have become internally displaced fleeing the fighting any way they can r.t.
contributor of humor tansey says the war rhetoric is further exacerbating the flight the plight of the refugees when one looks at the number of american destroyers the number of missiles missiles the cost of all of that historians in the future will be saying why when there was a peace deal on the table to be discussed in geneva did obama destroy and torpedo the peace deal and leave the plight of the refugees to get worse and worse one should add of course that while there are a billion people working for n.g.o.s review g.h. and sees they act as an arm of the american government it might be incumbent on some of those refugee agency volunteers and more so the people who are paid to work for them to look at where their salaries are coming from from the same people the creating the refugee crisis but as you say two million when i was last in syria i was writing to counterpunch and i was talking about the massive amount of care and
concern president assad government had for the results of the nato invasion of iraq taking in the equivalent proportionately of twenty million refugees it was the united states. he's raring for war and president francois hollande says there will be no vote on the matter despite a recent poll suggesting that three or four french people want parliament to have a say on attacking syria perhaps wary of a u.k. like defeats by lawmakers on laws administration and says he's alone he alone has the power to order an attack artie's tests are silly of reports on the front perspective. the french president a lot is constitutionally able to order over the top without a parliamentary approval but first of all along has been under a lot of pressure from opposition to to put this issue to a vote with the opposition and also pointed out that a lot is in a quote unquote humiliating position of having to wait for what the u.s. says before acting i was spokesman from along the office said that the president hasn't yet decided whether or not to ask for
a vote but what's interesting to note is that in the u.k. the prime minister is also able to order the talk without parliament the prime minister david cameron had asked anyway and had been given a resoundingly no alone said though that france will not go it alone and will wait for the outcome of the u.s. congressional vote all of this comes on the back the reports presented to parliament by the prime minister regarding the chemical attack near damascus last march which they say is responsible for two hundred eighty one deaths the report says though that quote it could not have been ordered or carried out by anyone other than the syrian government now the president of syria bashar al assad in the meantime had given an interview to the french newspaper the figaro and warned that should there be a takeo and extremism would ensue and he also said there's a risk of a regional and reward the financing would become an enemy of the syrian state should they go ahead with this attack now we spoke earlier with a french senator to discuss francis' towns on a military intervention in syria the french intelligence has said that they presented proof and they found that assad is guilty of this chemical attack i think
we must be very cautious and we must wait for. the decision of united nations experts because remember in two thousand and three the forged. and it was a disaster for you and for the world economy do you think that the united states the solution will inevitably be france's decision. this. makes me feel uncomfortable. because we must not be dependent of american decision if. we have the same decision if we don't we don't have the same decision but we must but so no automatically american decision as far as public opinion polls so one of the recent polls say that
a fifty nine percent of the french already against a military intervention in syria by. reporting from paris. coming up a lebanese terror map vigilante app showing bombings and other crimes sites spring up in mobile software stores across lebanon as innovation and security combine. and start to september in iraq amid a frenzy of deadly bombings experts say regional turmoil will make ensuring security in baghdad even harder that's still ahead after the break. its technology innovation all the developments from around russia we've. covered. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something
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government over its strong arm tactics used against the national media the government is accused of stepping away but stepping way beyond its role of ensuring security and using laws to unfairly target journalists are to surf earth has more on the fight to report the news. an act of intimidation that could have a chilling effect on press freedom in the u.k. and beyond not quite what you'd normally expect from a letter to the prime minister about press freedom in the but those strong words coming from the world association of newspapers you organization felt compelled to write after the guardian newspaper was forced by british security services to destroy information received from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden and then the partner of one of its journalists suspected of carrying information the government deemed sensitive to national security was placed in detention upon arrival at heathrow airport david miranda partner of guardian journalist glenn greenwald was held for nine hours is the
maximum time a person can be held using laws designed to catch a terrorist you know one of the reasons why we're so concerned and when i look at the work press freedom department does which is which has a global. one of the issues that we have because united kingdom is saying about. freedom with a very strong record on ensuring that it. can write the new and so so for around. here. the press freedom situation in the united kingdom is sliding and there's this is of great concern it is twenty thirteen freedom of speech seen here reporters without borders gives the satisfactory situation rating but for freedom of the press britain slipped from nineteenth in two thousand and ten to its current ranking of twenty ninth many are concerned that churchill servant of the terrorism act the law used to detain miranda is actually being used
to stop journalists doing their job of holding people in power to account rather than being used to prevent terrorism. than allows for. to stop examine and search passengers that travel terminals there's no need for any suspicion that they are linked to terrorism it's a very difficult problem the security services have a difficult job difficult job. and the state clearly has a duty to protect its citizens and. those people live living. in the u.k. at the same time i think they must recognize the role of the media. right. and you have to have to be in line with the appropriate use the appropriate. response of the regional government said it's had to assume
that copies of the information held by mr snowden could now be held by foreign countries to see mr snowden's travel since leaving the u.s. and that the disclosure of some of that material could put lives at risk well critics of the government's actions that despite these alarmist planes aimed at justifying the blurring of the lines between terrorism and journalism is thought a full hearing into the legality of david maraniss detention and the seizure of that data will take place in october but in the meantime expect to see that war of words continue with the u.k. seemingly struggling to strike a balance between national security and press freedom sara. london. whistleblower brought the manning uses his legal last resort to private sentenced to five years for the biggest leak of data in u.s. history files a plea for a presidential pardon from obama there's more on this story online. and deadly
dowry in india as the latest study shows every hour a woman dies in a dispute over marriage payments the details had to r.t. dot com. right to see. her story. and i think the jury. on our reporters were very. instrumental. in the little. little. and also west but in your pocket smartphone developers in lebanon have launched their own early warning system for mobile devices software that allows users to instantly map terror bombing sites and report crimes or suspicious behavior artie's palace lawyer reports from beirut. something which is easy for me to spill over its
borders into neighboring countries which is why i'm here in cities like they they're all developers and even the kidneys on me that are constantly coming up with new and innovative ways of trying to deal with this great this illusion that bonds warning small to take one of them us out to get them off. if one line on real time information being uploaded by uses. information as to where there's a globe where possibly a missile has landed where they were supposed to this is immediately uploaded to a map and. exits to the same page then. this is an excellent especially when our country is being bombed as is happening it lets me know where the bombs and fall in the city or wherever and that's very important i think more people should then move to. other projects in the pipeline include an app that would be able to tell the difference between fireworks which are often
used here in celebrations and gunfire not to be outdone the liberties on me has also recently announced its own at the armed forces shield this provides direct communication between the public and maybe these soldiers now they will be able to fill in the army when ever there was a suspicious vehicle a suspicious object holds up to some kind of potential gunfight but if it comes to continue to trickle in situations like when the kidnapping one of this is just examples of countries that may have been on top in these standards in an attempt to try and deal with the ever growing syrian crisis for the see on t.v. they want. more than one hundred fifty people have been killed in just the first three days of september in iraq sixty seven on tuesday alone the country is locked in turmoil constantly beating its own monthly death toll records jeff steinberg of
the executive intelligence review magazine things regional instability is helping the terrorists. the spillover is enormous and the whole region is facing a grave crisis you rock is in a very fragile situation it borders on syria and so there is a porous border between syria and iraq so you've got all kind in iraq forces moving back and forth across that border and of course the factor of the saudis funding the sunni insurgency and then driving iraq into a state of internal crisis many of the. sunni insurgents who were operating inside iraq have now crossed over into syria so in a certain way. the violence that's now tremendously inside iraq is a kind of reverberation back they are the crisis center in syria.
now for some international news in brief a power cut more than two thirds of venezuelan electricity including swathes of the capital caracas a blackout cause traffic chaos and shut down parts of the metro system president nicolas maduro has blamed the outage on sabotage by the political opposition critics though say poor maintenance of the power grid is responsible. fifteen militants have reportedly been killed and after egyptian helicopters launched air strikes on their strongholds in the sinai peninsula according to military officials three suspects were also detained during a ground operation to destroy ammunition warehouses and vehicles egypt struggling to maintain stability amid an ongoing political crisis that seen two presidents removed from office since two thousand and eleven and continued mass protests. and in the central african republic thousands of people have marched through the capital calling for peace and unity. the crowds filed through different areas of the city playing instruments and chanting slogans
a coup took place in the central african republic five months ago in a country already plagued by violence. and to bloom now where dramatic footage has emerged of the volcano erupting there's been a series of five blasts over the last forty eight hours with a column of ash depositing debris up to ten kilometers away neither the ash nor the lava present an immediate danger to the public. germany election candidates have come in for criticism skirting for skirting around the euro debt crisis greek bailout unemployment instead they've been proposing legislation for compulsory vegetarian days and ways to prevent stress the result is that after the first t.v. debates there was more discussion about merkel's necklace than proposed policies as peter all over reports the tactics are used to distract voters from real issues. the post as the flesh is being pressed that 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 main challenger. reading fairy tales and the green party suggesting compulsory vegetarian days where does it stop they going to start cattle to refrigerators at home and check to see what you've got there as well or they're going to shut down the burger kings and mcdonald's on tuesdays and so you have to serve edgy burgers 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 commuters 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 same to initiate further payments for greece they all said yes yes yes there is no real opposition in parliament so providing the comic relief in an otherwise dreary campaign. by the party i'm 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 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 bull in the stock peter all of a r.t. belin. up next a special report on the often fatal toll that military service takes on young troops freshly back from the battlefield.
if you need to review the economic ups and downs in the find out all month day for the london new york sang i and the rest because i was doing the case you will be every week on. syria and barack obama's completed powers toward the american administration is determined to punish the assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons other than members of mainstream media many are skeptical of the president's claims and the necessity to attack syria so what is obama's plan and does it make any sense.
time to have fun out here so that's why we try to do it the way you want to go drag i'm sure you meant employed before yes man tire tracks pretty good nothing bad happened when you lose anybody so it was a good good time or hopefully this year is the same day things are starting to calm down maybe not so much i can stay now but i'm really tired and i now know exactly every thing is now so got some work to be done but i am a coward so i just want to get paid for you know so i get to have her own table for the wife and i kid you now so i'll. be. three weeks so. it's only forward to your day and now i'll be able to pass my truck down as well so even if you are out of syria you really call the. odd. overflow of.
we've got about fifteen or twenty now my phone calls. all within just a minute or two of each other. there's a gun fight and there's this huge gun battle taking place in the courtyard between all the buildings where there's kids and there's people and of course you know lots and lots of folks lived there and it was still in the middle of a. like almost lunchtime. when we found him. he was obviously taking a lot of medication and he had a little bit alcohol. this guy had come back from.