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israel's prime minister brings his anti iran p.r. blitz to washington as he praises president obama for the sanctions which plunged the country into economic despair. as prime minister he may pull the u.k. out of the european convention of human rights saying rulings that banned the deportation of radical islamists and allowed jailed killers to vote cannot be tolerated. and convicted activists in bahrain say they were tortured in confinement as part of the government's bid to break the opposition struggle on top stories this hour. live from our studio center here in moscow where it's just turned eleven pm this is
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r.t. . israel's prime minister has urged the u.s. not to loosen its grip on iran and keep crippling sanctions in place and even netanyahu has spoken to president barack obama during an official trip to washington reporter has the details. well israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is bringing his own offensive to washington d.c. today warning u.s. president barack obama not to be fooled by tehran's new leadership during his oval office meeting with the u.s. leader netanyahu urged obama not to ease sanctions on iran arguing that the pressures need to be kept in place in order for diplomacy to work now israel believes that iran's new president hassan rouhani has been using conciliatory words and gestures as a smokescreen to conceal tehran's intentions of using its nuclear program to build a bomb israel considers a nuclear armed iran to be an extra central threat and insist that iran fully
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dismantle what it calls a military nuclear program now president rouhani maintains that his country's nuclear program is only being used for peaceful purposes and during his trip to new york city last week he repeatedly promised that his government will be much more transparent with the international community however the iranian leader did say that he will not give up his nation's nuclear program entirely now during their meeting obama assured netanyahu that it's imperative for the u.s. that iran does not possess a nuclear weapon but the u.s. leader did say that the iranians are prepared to negotiate and while the process won't be easy a diplomatic option must be put to the test obama says that tehran will have to prove that it's meeting international obligations with this nuclear program before saying sions would be eased and obama also underscored that all options including military options are on the table when it comes to protecting u.s. interests in the middle east now let's remember that netanyahu is a rival to the state's comes just days following historic fifteen minute phone call
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between president obama and rouhani it was the first conversation between the nation's leaders in thirty four years obama has suggested that a breakthrough on iran's nuclear issue could also signal even deeper ties eventually between the u.s. and iran. israel has never confirmed or denied that it possesses nuclear weapons but syria's foreign minister i did address the world body monday morning specifically addressing israel and the idea of a nuclear free middle east will lead to. ridding the region of the middle east of weapons of mass destruction is only possible through israel's ratification of all international treaties and the inspection of its nuclear reactors currently israel is not a signatory of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and when president rouhani was in new york last week he did speak to the united nations at a specific meeting calling on israel to join that treaty and to make sure the
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middle east remains free of any nuclear weapons. while we discuss prime minister and then you know his visit to america with professor marandi he said the israeli leader has no difficulty defending his call but if the u.s. should be very cautious about its next move towards. netanyahu his obsession with iran is. quite deep and his when president rouhani was initially elected he called the iranian president wolf in sheep's clothes so that sort of language is what is to be extracted from israeli prime minister and i don't think it's going to be very difficult for him to persuade some people because in the united states the corporate media is very much in the hands of the political establishment in congress and the senate is very close to. the regime but i think if american
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political leaders take note of what happened during the syria issue and how opposed the american people are now to confrontation and military attacks. then they will choose a more reasonable approach when it comes to iran because after all they couldn't convince their own people about syria iran is a much much stronger country and on the other hand the americans have isolated themselves internationally over syria well step back in time on a website or to dot com to see how a year ago netanyahu angered iran with his explosive address to the u.n. general assembly. a nigerian school is turned into a bloodbath by some of africa's most radical islamists coming up we report on the terrace sweeping the continent and discuss health these networks globally interlinked. still to come but first already at all over trade budget and
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sovereignty now europe and britain disagree on how free people are to live their lives ukraine's prime minister is into the country may pull out of the european convention on human rights saying it restricts government actions too much results are reported something the public is worried about. david cameron has said clearly that he wants to know that he can keep the country safe and that means being able to chuck out as he said anybody that doesn't have the right to be in the u.k. and who threatens the u.k. way of life now we don't have to look very far for examples of where the european convention for human rights has been a real form in the side of the british government there's the very famous case of the radical hate preacher abu qatada now he famously avoided extradition from the u.k. for over a decade because his lawyers argued that it was against his human rights to return to his native georgian where he could face torture there so the british government quite literally had its hands tied that because of what brussels was dictating to
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them and david cameron he's under pressure to change that status quo because the british public is growing increasingly weary of what is seen as brussels dictating the way that the u.k. justice system should work and it's not just abu qatada there's all the criminals who have tried to use the european convention for human rights to basically get greater leniency towards their punishment so we covered a story in our team not too long ago where we looked at sex offenders that were trying to come off the sex offenders register here in the u.k. because they were arguing that it was against their human rights to stay on indefinitely david cameron has said explicitly that his goal is to renegotiate britain's relationship with europe radically but he thinks that it. has to happen and here's why he did it of the e.u. being an ever closer union as it sets out in guiding principles into the blog well that's something that doesn't correspond with what britain wants in fact the polls
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have been showing increasingly that it's not what voters want and in fact the emergence of the u.k. independence party which supports an immediate british exit from the european union well that shows just how strong anti e.u. sentiment in the u.k. . isn't so david cameron again he's under pressure to stop pleasing conservative supporters going over to you kate so he's got to try and balance what the what the anti know you love the both within his party and the anti essentially in the public what they want but it might not be as easy as simply renegotiating the deal with brussels because brussels has said time and time again that westminster just cherry pick the policies that it wants and throw to the side the ones that it doesn't want that more vividly the e.u. membership it's not an alec carte menu political reporting there from london while the idea of abandoning the human rights convention is not
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a new one that has been championed by the united kingdom independence party in recent years back he's an m.e.p. for you kip and he says about time britain took matters into its own hands we now come under the jurisdiction of the european court of human rights which is going response constable for many decisions the british people are very unhappy with like our inability to get all soren terrorist suspects for example and going said that we have to give prisoners the vote i've said that we cannot have life sentences for criminals they must be reviewed so our worst and most approach killers will now have the rights to have their life sentences reviewed we have their own courts which have been established over the last eight hundred years we have our supreme court is a british citizen has a problem with the british government and the british state we have our own courts where they can seek redress and we shouldn't have to take it off to a foreign court presided over by shoreham judges many of whom oxen simply not up to
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the standard of english judges countries will either observe civilised values or they were many countries in the i'm not quite up to that standard yet and all this is done for us as actually we've had all these kind of idiotic decisions that we're at life's too. john laughlin he's director of studies at the institute of democracy and cooperation in paris says the impact on foreign policy should also be considered here britain does exploit the issue of human rights terribly in its relationships with russia there was an occasion a few months ago where a recommendation was made to limit the abuses committed by journalists and william hague the foreign secretary said that these measures should not be introduced in britain because then britain would not be able to castigate russia over its own allegedly of freedom in the media so there's no consistency and it shows how human
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rights have become a hypocritical mechanism for attacking russia and a hypocritical instrument in foreign policy. those folk to the right wing and parliamentary election but the centrist coalition gathers just enough support to squeeze back into power by the narrowest of margins that story coming up in the later this hour plus all this after the break. be loosened search for justice should individuals including government officials be legally held to account for starting aggressive force like in iraq is it fair and moral to push their officials be given immunity from prosecution if they're not held accountable and who is ultimately responsible. choose your language.
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we can we know if they feel some. choose to use the consensus to. choose the opinions that you think great to. choose the stories that imply the. choose the access to. news continues here in r.t. activists from the so-called february fourteenth movement who was sentenced by
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bahraini court on sunday have accused the government of beating waterboarding and electrocuting them but the authorities say they're all part of an illegal opposition group linked to terrorists twenty of the fifty people put behind bars were tried in absentia or those present plan to appeal for more on the latest trial i'm joined by rights activists are made aware day who is part of the february fourteenth movement and i understand you were there on that day taking part as a protest to tell us exactly what your experience was or what happened. hi thank you for inviting me. on fourteenth of february the russian behind has started people were and spectating enormous force by the police guards where they were starting to shoot protesters by gunshot by tear gas by various things and this result to two people who were killed on that day and then the anger among the protest was enormous i mean as they basically. the movement started with
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calling for some reforms or since the regime has many of those with. extreme force in it lead up to that people most of them has called for the overthrow of the regime so. basically the people from that movement from the from the past two years until now they have not to start a stop protesting for a single day this is the scene in bahrain people are protesting everywhere and every single day where they will make our boy by and i tak by the police a collective punishment here together in the whole village they have got kids been attacked been jailed been tortured and so this is where we have a record you tell us about that you must live in this these allegations of torture them by those who have been confined. for the fourteenth movement day now
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you were previously imprisoned and you say also understand that you were tortured i mean what do you mean what all of these allegations of torture what happened to you and what could have been happening to these people them. the moment the moment when i was arrested like for the poor to this i was not able to call my family i have to start a hunger strike in order only to to tell it they know that the only think i want to make a phone call to my family has been that i am rested i wasn't allowed to do that so i started a hunger strike for two days and then i was they have to transfer me to the hospital where then i was thrown to the wheelchair i was. basically. what richard when you hear what you do. because there are allegations and i want your selectric i was tortured didn't tell us what i was tortured inside the hospital bye bye bye the moment i enter the hospital this is this is the kind of
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treatment it's enough that i mean i wouldn't talk about how badly physically were tortured at the sixteen's of the end of every one and the other thing you hear there see chremes the moment they enter you are prison walls you will see the marks all over their face or over there but you on february fourteenth movement there are suspicions you are linked to terrorists the authorities are they not entitled to. harsh treatment this is this is the only accusation we got because to be honest i haven't seen any movement in the arab spring that was extremely peaceful such as the bahraini i mean all the marches were extremely extremely peaceful there are the people the only thing they have their demands and and in some ok didn't they were handling the police guards with the wrong with with the flow of this kind of movement this is how it was started all right just briefly so it will continue all
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the protests continue as a result of this just briefly will the protests continue in bahrain. basically have not this what i think will be this kind of action i mean they have banned the protest in manama but then people there's not the kind of laws people are continuing and this thing that they have to meet their to their demand this dictatorship cannot lead the any more. think they could be they thought could be you could be you could war because they thought ok so. this will happen and there isn't a war i can say thank you very much indeed thanks i'll always say it all but i would thank you very much indeed for joining us live in london and telling us about your experiences in the situation there in bahrain thank you well the pro reform movement has been alive there in bahrain for more than two years now and here is how it's been faring well over this time almost one hundred people have been killed in violence and three thousand arrested the first major anti-government protests
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started in february two thousand and eleven on the wave of the arab spring uprisings the authorities broke it up with force and apparently the unrest was so bad bahraini rulers had to call saudi arabia and the united arab emirates to ask for military help in april the sunni led government ordered the demolition of sheer mosques fueling the anger of the shia majority you protest led to the authorities banning all demonstrations in october twenty twelve and six people were arrested for insulting the king on twitter well the opposition was also outraged by the decision to allow the return of the formula one grand prix accusing the government of using it as a cover up for abuses more than one hundred of the most prominent activists have been put behind bars including this man here not build a job seen as the main protest figure and he got a three year jail sentence. for the central coalition looks to have scraped back into power in sunday's parliamentary election in austria but right wing parties had a field day scooping up a quarter of the overall vote and as peter one of the reports from vienna it's part
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of a strong movement towards the rights that is sweeping europe. well it looks likely that the coalition of the social democrats and the people's party will continue to rule here in austria however the most interesting thing to come out of sunday's vote was the rise in popularity of the far right freedom party they campaigned saying that they wanted to see an end to bailouts of failing economies in europe using austrian taxpayers money also they wanted to see a restructuring or even a an a but i'm getting rid of the the single currency to all of those things appealing to the the austrian voter right now but it's just one of the right wing parties across europe that have been gaining popularity now across the european union we've seen in norway a right wing government there coming to power based on immigration promises promises to cap immigration in the country also in sweden the rise in the right
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wing we saw just earlier this year riots in the region of stockholm they were based on their own immigration mostly we've seen politicians there campaigning hard on the anti immigration standpoint and also in hungary we've seen the the rise of right wing parties what we are seeing is an increase in the right wing parties in countries in europe becoming the legitimate third party pushing the the established political status quo all of these though showing that across europe as the eurozone crisis doesn't seem to be going away any where traditionally the working classes who perhaps would have voted to the left or the center left and now turning towards the right. party life here in moscow with the twenty four hours a day coming up search at sea investigate discover greenpeace ship involved in the russian oil rig protester earlier this month that authorities say endangered workers and equipment that story coming up shortly. for
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a bloodbath at a college in nigeria soar up to fifty. the people next acutely during the night with gunmen walking dormitory to dormitory as panic students ran for their lives it's believed to be the work of boko haram nigeria's dominant islamist terrorist cell the group has increasingly been targeting schools and is believed to have killed upwards of eighty people last week alone when rufe an african conflicts analyst who's worked with the un says the wave of attacks on the continent can be traced back to saudi arabia i think we haven't tackled the central of the terrorism central which is derived from saudi arabia the ideology and the logistics are all coming out of saudi arabia and unless the world wakes up to the fact that we have to go and tackled this at the root of the problem then we'll see an increased offer turks across africa like we've seen recently in kenya and now in nigeria there are different groups there probably don't cooperate within africa but they are being
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supplied logistically and in terms of training and fighting now inspired by a central group in saudi arabia including members of the monarchy i might add well with this attack boko haram has again lived up to its name the literal translation is western education is a sin but the militants haven't shied away from killing islamic scholars not radical enough for their liking either thousands have died in the group's attacks since two thousand and nine when it launched an insurgency across north eastern nigeria. investigators have searched the ship greenpeace activists used during a protest in the arctic sea earlier this month logs and equipment will confiscated from the vessel thirty eight were arrested off they try to board a russian oil platform. as. the investigation is still continuing we understand that specialists from the investigative committee of the russian prosecutor general's office. are searching the ship they've already seized documents and equipment on board that ship to determine what the intentions of the
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greenpeace activists were on september eighteenth when they tried to board the oil rig in the sea they also shed some light on what exactly happened then according to the security forces at the oil rig when the boat when the arctic sunrise breached the five hundred meter perimeter around the rig the security asked them to turn back and that they were actually breaching private property the arctic sunrise ship refused to do so and then the activists tried to get on board the oil rig. had to use force and detain those activists then as it stands they are accused of piracy they're not officially charged with piracy yet it is a very serious charge in russia and dealing up to fifteen years in prison punishment and where to stand that the greenpeace organization themselves they are staunchly denying any kind of accusations saying that this was a peaceful protest they were not trying to deliver any harm to the oil rig while
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the investigators have every reason to believe that their actions could have led to serious threat to the lives of the employees of the oil rig and to its equipment so eventually charges may be replaced with breach of private property and endangering the lives of the personnel of the oil rig of course we'll see how that unfolds in the next seventy to seventy two hours this will be more or less clear meanwhile thirty greenpeace activists remain in detention in the mormon screen and those are those include the citizens of brazil the netherlands. united kingdom and ukraine so it's an interesting story but of course we're keeping track of what's happening in the north of russia and our viewers with the latest details as we get. the decision to resort to a sturdy his return to the coalition government of portugal who've suffered defeat in local elections the country's likely to see a third consecutive year of recession and tax hikes and job cuts are forcing people to find new ways to survive in service reports. alan tasia
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a sparse beautiful part of portugal and one of the country's poorest regions the rural communities here are used to people needing economic flights having been a reality here for many generations but since the crisis hit villages like campbell rayas have seen people needing in here a small communes formed. anna and her two children have been here for a year because story is one that will be familiar with many families not just in portugal but all across europe i have lost. the money that. it's nothing to. unable to pay the mortgage on her house and sought help from a charity called gaia they put her in touch with this small commune he found her free accommodation in return for working on the house. turning the table.
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and underway around seven families the part of this group and all members of the commune chippin. brick and her family of building a new life here we're told the community here is faced on a mix of free enterprise so that arity communal sharing and co-operative trade move from the city to here a couple of years ago. so we are still are trying to find our place here we have a well we have this little jobs of course it's very. it's not something that we have a strong link to a source of income you are like. spring it's time to. retire we get by growing your own feet in living off the land might seem a delicate but that's the thing about this situation is that many of the people who
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have come here like our ordinary people he stated the extraordinary difficulties the euro quite is the presented them with so alternative ways of getting by a much like the euro crisis itself but showing signs of slow recovery the big question is is this sustainable it's clear this is no easy existence money's tight and children have to travel thirty kilometers each day to get to school that was of interest hospital one hundred closer to the way remote regions like this have been hard hit by cuts to public services. like this that i i i'm surviving not leaving yet and when i ask if she misses her old life and her job as a lighting technician in the theater yes because when i have the opportunity to make something near to my area of work.
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i feel that i can do it. well and i feel really say to. people to pretty for me. the. works like this the people who. don't have to do to do the things that they like more. serve r.t. portugal's island takes you region. the news continues in just over half an hour from now in the meantime it is cross talk peter the village this debate why the u.s. state department is trying to protect former government officials from prosecution over the war in iraq that's coming your way after this break.
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recently the ministry of internal affairs of russia declared that they're going to address to increase operations in and around the moscow subway system with a major emphasis on illegal immigration there is an odd paradox when people talk about dealing with illegal immigration in terms of what the police should do people want the police to deal with it but any means of trying to actually do anything or generally taboo any form of asking people to see ideas viewed as an invasion of privacy or racial profiling well i don't know how exactly anyone can prove they are or aren't a citizen without id and if you're looking for people who are for it and thus different then how can you go about looking for illegals without looking for people who are different i.e. profiling if you were looking for a criminal of slavic origin in uganda would the police be wrong to stop me due to standing out from the crowd i don't think so that's not racial profiling it is just common sense obviously it is best to fight the causes of illegal immigration rather than asking for id in moscow subways.


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