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edward snowden is reunited with his father after months of being on the run from washington's prosecution for exposing the extent of america's global surveillance program also. whenever you see the president talk about exceptionalism. what he's trying to say is the rules of civil behavior. doesn't apply to him we can. tells it as it is as he talks about the future of the freedom of information in an exclusive interview with. the massacre of pro-government civilians in syria human rights watch reveals details of a rebel atrocity we speak with a top official from the american n.g.o.s shortly. and also this hour the red
cross lashes out of the steroids which is likely to create social unrest and extremism as one hundred twenty million europeans now live in or on the brink of poverty. from our studio center here in moscow where it just turned eight pm this is. it would snowden has had a good few days having been reunited with his father in russia and on a full blowing the lid off and this a surveillance operations the interest around the intelligence leaker has launched renewed debate about whistle blowing and the role it plays. as the details. edward snowden met with his father at an undisclosed location presumably here in moscow he said there is little hope that he son will ever go back to the u.s. because in the u.s. edward snowden is most certainly facing jail time and judging by the significance
and the scope of his revelations that could be a lengthy one and also judging by the way the u.s. government treated other whistleblowers together with the law and snowden in moscow the group of whistleblowers who supported were they delivered to his sam adams award it's awarded to an intelligence professional who has in the view of the award jury taken a stand for integrity and ethics this thursday we were they were in our studio here in moscow discussing their meeting with edward snowden as well as what it's like to be a whistleblower in the u.s. now take a listen here's a snippet of the panel we had here on what he has done is turn the conversation to discussion not just the united states but around the world in terms of the direct threat to the sovereignty of individual citizens people need to realize that there's a greater issue of human rights that is brought up by asylum and the fact that a number of people involved in his case like sarah harrison glenn greenwald laura
portress people are having trouble even moving around and getting where they're going to speak personally and say we weren't worried about coming into your country we are worried about getting back into our own country and and that should not. be our united states is a bit of the rule of law that's one change itself from its very own constitution the mechanism by which we govern ourselves so when you win us as a rule all the news the secret. interpretations of law we're in a whole new ballgame spenders sparks. we also spoke with julian a solider of the man who is at war with chrissy he is now holed up at the embassy of door in london he can't travel to ecuador even though there is he received the asylum there he is afraid that he will be extradited to the west in an exclusive and extensive interview with my colleague mr science talked about what in his opinion to abuse of power we're going to see the president talk about exceptionalism what he's trying to say is the rules of civil
behavior. doesn't apply to him. whether that's in very another country or where the abuse of laws. mr went on to talk about what happens when whistleblowers are treated as spies and actually accused of espionage and the obama administration has charged more whistleblowers was espionage than all previous administrations combined. the full version of r.t. is exclusive interview with will be available for you online dot com just a little later today. the syrian rebel forces were responsible for a civilian massacre in august that's according to a report by human rights watch the u.s. based ngo carried out his own fact finding mission in the war zone and according to the watchdog an opposition offensive killed nearly two hundred villagers living in
pro communities the report calls the atrocity a coordinated attack suggesting it was pre meditated based on the scale of the offensive the findings conclude that the massacre was systematic and part of a concrete policy it strongly suggests that crimes against humanity were committed and calls on the international community to bring the perpetrators to account well let's talk to joe stork he's acting middle east director at human rights watch now if your reports say this was a premeditated and planned attack who would have been behind it what were their motives. i can't really speak to their motives we have identified. we know that about twenty different groups took part twenty different opposition groups but we identify five those groups by both the by name that were primarily responsible for organizing the attack or raising the funds for the attack and then
for carrying out these particular atrocities that we document you talk about atrocities what are you exactly talking about what happened to those people we're talking about really cold blooded killings as as you noted some two hundred people. all of them the ones that we identify not being combatants not being. fighters on the government side women children elderly people people who you know there was actually no military excuse military reason why they should have been killed the way that you say that there are plenty groups were involved in this how easy would it or i should say how difficult would it be to bring the culprits to account. well i think the primary issue here in bringing the culprits to account is to it would be it's high time i think with the u.n. security council and that means with russia's cooperation or. the situation in
syria to the international criminal court i mean it's quite clear that there's no capacity in syria to hold these people accountable so we have to be talking about you know into an international dimension totally of international dimension has i know that in your report you're saying that q waiting gulf states well or indeed responsible for arming these militia you didn't say that we did not join what did you say then that individuals who are citizens of kuwait and and primarily kuwait in the gulf states are known to be funders and supporters of some of these groups we know that gulf state sorry let me finish the we did not say we found no evidence any other government like weight or any other government that was actually quite such an important distinction some of the individuals are not even
living in kuwait so right with others to be careful yes sure thanks so making that clear to us now what sort of reaction do you expect to get from the international community bearing in mind that say many saying a sad and his government responsible for atrocities and now this report emerges what's going to have its right we're looking at a situation where all sides to this conflict have been responsible for atrocities certainly opposition elem and said i don't want to hear and to broad brush and say the opposition we're talking about by groups distinct groups who are responsible that we have to trust at least and yes we've identified and passed reports of crimes by government forces and by pro-government forces just a few weeks ago we put out a report about massacre. in the village i'm. also on we'll talk to your coaxed in which government or city clerk responsible or similar plan
to trust so clearly there is a need or a situation like the international criminal court was set up not to look just at one side to look impartially at crimes committed by or park and just briefly it was alawite people the pro assad people who were targeted here is that indicative of what the future holds if assad goes i think clearly there's a there's a vicious sectarian element to the conflict in syria today and yes those these attacks that we've documented misreports certainly like that i think the responsibility for that sectarian polarization is heavily with the government of syria with assad's government clearly there are elements in the opposition including these particular groups that are also only slightly this kind of sectarian. store acting middle east director of human rights watch thank you very much indeed for joining us live here on r.t. really interesting to talk to you thank you thank you well as the chemical
disarmament of syria continues so does the international blame game over who orchestrated the deadly nerve gas attack in damascus has been pointing the finger at the radical rebels and foreign minister sergei lavrov says media reports indicate some of the militants are being trained abroad you got this kind of has the details. iraq as well may be used as a training site for the use of chemical weapons they have information that terrorists are taught how to do it. not controlled by the government. runs one of the most radical syrian rebel groups is to him to deliver chemical weapons to iraq along with specialists for a possible future. basically training in afghanistan start practicing in iraq. he didn't specify which state exactly just to remind you the syrian government earlier signed up for the
international convention. international control over their arms. staying with syria this year's nobel peace prize has been awarded to the organization hard at work dismantling the country's chemical stockpiles exports from the group recently entered the country following international agreements which russia helped mediate get some reaction from peace activists. but it's obviously great to get this recognition of this prize that should give this organization enough support to actually help it carry out a mission which is widely seen as highly ambitious. yes i think so. the prize helps in two ways the work of the the organization in first time it will encourage those who are happened hasn't a record by the contention and there are some countries slept like egypt already to
our south sudan not korea to rectify in the coming years we put some pressure on them and secondly there are of course also those countries who are not or are part of the convention but still have stockpiles and they have to still meet to meet their obligations not the convention for example like the united states and russia so in those book ways it puts pressure on those countries who will pool who its mission an important consideration here is that some of those rebel factions have refused to sign up to that chemical disarmament deal that's quite significant isn't it particularly when we're talking about syria yeah there are indications of course now that on the side of the rebels radical rebels that they are in possession are have been using chemical weapons like sarin gas. when made last week this year in turkey have been arrests of some rebels and they had two and a half a kilo according to turkey press sarin gas in their position so. eliminating the
stuff out of syria. is not a full government either it never will chemical weapons be used in to us so this is a problem of course although this award could be a cause for celebration also of course a condemnation the rebels have said that the syrian people should get this prize. you have course i mean there are many people in many organizations who have a receiving a price and i understand that in syria with this cruel war going on for two years now that of course chemical weapon issue is only one small part of the problem there i think what syria needs very strong peace negotiations is a political solution and in style instead of arming both parties supporting them in their conduct. by proxy so in this way to understand that. three people could be
persuaded you know some of them reese and just briefly you say others of course qualify for this but it's interesting is that last year it was the e.u. for a second year we've seen an institution winning this prize why are we seeing individuals . yeah it's if you see in the last decades there were some a let's not controversial award sort of noble peace prize last year european union which is an important arms trader before you had obama which we know he was stepping up the war in afghanistan and his drone policy kissinger in seventy three when they were after bombardments in cambodia with massive victims so it's highly institutionalized and i think those who are really and i don't know what the mechanisms are but maybe it's because of the constitution of the nobel prize committee and the way denominations are presented it makes that highly institutionalized accepted organizational individuals who are often awarded
a nobel peace prize and it discredited a little bit of course this price seen the award sort of the last. several years great to talk to you thank you very much indeed live from belgium peace activist deborah banda thank you thank you want. to live here moscow still to come this hour over fifty countries across the globe are set to stage an international rally against in the tourist food giant monsanto we take a closer look at what they're angry about in just a couple of minutes. as the media leave us so we leave them in. the ocean so your. body isn't. that no one is asking to get that deserve answers from. politics. are today.
news continues here on our to red cross study has concluded europe's spiraling towards mass unemployment and inequality now swelled xenophobia due to illegal immigrants and political and social unrest is ripening in the zone where one hundred twenty million people are now living in or very close to poverty now the report also claims that tackling of the debt crisis will be felt for decades it says all these factors are combining to create a europe future is more shaky than at any time after world war two and one of the states that's been aggressively pressing on with austerity is portugal and that's not making people's everyday lives any easier. found out. since portugal signed a seventy eight billion euro bailout deal back in two thousand and eleven some have referred to it as the poster child of us thirty but with high unemployment and a surge in emigration we've come to take a look at the state of portugal's economy two years on like most mothers raquel
wants the best possible future for her nine month old son but born in the midst of a deep recession this family hasn't had the easiest start when we decided we wanted to have a child who had no idea things would get this unstable then everything just broke down and we had to just make a decision was going to become one of those record the. children of europe when she takes him to join her husband george he's currently working as a nurse in the u.k. despite unemployment falling slightly to just under seventeen percent is still the fifth highest in the eurozone meaning record held george and what not the only long distance family jumps in portugal hard to come by emigration has soared and it's estimated that more than one hundred thousand people here and leaving the country. it's not bad sneezed portugal's showing some glimmers of recovery
a beast in exports is being complemented by strong tourism but the cost of the astaire if he has been high many were tax rises equivalent to a month's wages and the age of retirement has gone up economist jale ferreyra is still calling for portugal to leave the euro and he has a word of warning. to. too difficult to do so he sees. recovery and there is another big question on everybody's lips. another. time there is a risk of. a difficult situation because we have three years ago but. after this program. if. this program we are.
going to markets probably something has to be that nobody can say exactly what. all eyes will be on portugal when its current program with the troika comes to an end in jean next year but after two years of unprecedented austerity many portuguese still see little hope of a bright. surface r.t. portugal nationalists in the euro skeptics seem to be giving the french president a serious headache at the moment from warn that europe could face regression and paralysis if allright an anti euro parties when next year you parliamentary vote well to see what's driving his fans let's have a look at the national front party is literally breathing down his back the group recently grabbed a stunning forty percent to the elections in southern france the. austrian freedom party got over twenty percent and came in third in the country's legislative
elections last month and the u.k. independence party that finished run a rap in three out of four local council by elections last week adding weight to the group's anti euro stance there in the u.k. and norway which is now tightening on immigration is forming a right wing minority government with the progress party that's net place in september's elections get off anemones he's the leader of one of belgium's nationalist party says the e.u. leaders the getting it all wrong the traditional parties which are mainly parties in power don't listen to the people the way they handle the economic and financial crisis is in a way that they don't listen to what people have to pay for it the poor people get poorer and the way they handled this crisis is more immigration more european union more generalized european policy for the whole territory of the
european union and euro zone this is not the way it should be done we cannot have a an economic policy which is the same in portugal and germany and yet they want to do so because they are stubborn and want to do don't want to go back on this european policy which is not a solution for the crisis we are against the unified state that european leaders are making now this is against the will of the people and we will try to combat that with the u.s. reluctant to admit how many civilians have been killed in its ongoing drone war in pakistan the u.k. nonprofit group has been searching for the truth and they're looking beyond simple numbers. reports. i want to make sure that people understand actually drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties that for the most part they have been very precise precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates for the most part being the operative phrase one organization is taking american statements like
these with a pinch of salt and looking at just how precise these so-called precision strikes are according to estimates u.s. drone strikes have killed over two and a half thousand people in pakistan's remote tribal region since two thousand and four but london's bureau of investigative journalism is going beyond those casualty figures and trying to name every single person killed by the cia's use of drones in waziristan we've been recording the strikes and recording the number of people killed and now we want to move on to a new phase of the project to start recording been millions of the dead this is to help bring transparency to the public debate about the use of drones in pakistan but also more generally to bring return the people see manatees to return the fight with the people what made the statistics already the project has the names of two hundred ninety five innocent victims among them ninety five children is
a fundamental problem with the whole strategy of of using drugs almost inevitably these kind of remote control killing these guns in trees the number of civilian casualties it has a tendency to towards indiscriminate assassinations there's a kind of there's a kind of a gulf between you and your potential targets which i think inevitably leads towards a kind of trigger happy approach to killing in pakistan drones are deeply unpopular the country's u.n. envoy recently renewed calls for the strikes to end the continuing to violate pakistan's sovereignty international law and hume. writes you read about the accounts of what the experience of drona times are actually like for local people and with serious than in afghanistan and elsewhere you have these and the calls just in the air bring over communities for twelve eighteen hours which creates
a feeling of being an imminent strike price you know most of our attention and fear families have to leave the area the cia which runs the drone program has been accused of shielding it from being accountable to the american people as a civilian organization carrying a war across the border into the country essentially into a country as far as we're aware the united states government is the only country outside of that. and we believe that we should bring transparency to those actions so that the public face the merits or demerits of humanizing the innocent dead could be the first step towards opening up that debate remembering that civilian victims are names not numbers. are. activists across the world are preparing to run against genetically modified food giant monsanto hundreds of cities and more than fifty countries are expected to take part in saturday's march calling for a permanent boycott of what they call franken foods and harmful chemicals
a previous international protest m a border around two million people together they blame the g.m. john polluting the environment and falsifying safety reports the company insists it's playing a key role in feeding the world rapidly growing population we have a jeffrey smith who's written extensively about the dangers of g.m. foods begs to differ. look at be edible feeding studies are genetically engineered just the american academy of environmental medicine they said there's gastrointestinal immune system problems excel aerated aging organ damage reproductive disorder there's massive infant mortality multiple massive tumors early death there are so many things that are a growing role would. the animals that are being fed g m o's and now we're seeing those things rising in the u.s. population since g m o's are introduced the current generation of g m o's has nothing to offer feeding the hungry world or eradicating poverty so this is just been
a public relations fan and they spent two hundred fifty million dollars over five years trying to convince americans that they needed to accept g m o's because it would feed the world i ask farmers all the time what do you think about santa even those farmers that use monsanto seeds often hate monsanto or fear might said oh. so that's why monsanto has been continuously voted as the most evil company on the planet year after year with stiff competition. well we'll be closely following the crowds taking to the streets to protest against monsanto on saturday both on the air and online at all t don't call but i'll be back with a news team with wolf in just over half an hour from now in the meantime larry king and his politicking right after this short break.
you know it's getting old trying to beat the war drums to invade iran i think the let's invade iran talk has been going on since i was in college to keep the saber rattling rolling israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu declared in front of the un that iran is building nuclear weapons that could hit new york in three to four years no he said new york obviously he is trying to spook a certain country with nuclear destruction the delegates from namibia were probably unmoved sadly this time netanyahu failed to bring a funny cartoon bomb picture with him like in his two thousand and twelve un speech in which he also warned the world about the threat of a nuclear iran you know i might be more optimistic about israel accusing other countries of being nuclear threats if they had a better track record themselves although israel is a bit candid with their arsenal according to a b.b.c. article the federation of american scientists believes that israel's arsenal has grown to about two hundred nukes based on their surveillance of ever expanding facilities inside the country also let's not forget that israel has plenty of ways to deliver those two hundred nuclear bombs if the need be so my question is why
should we automatically trust israel with a lot of nuclear weapons but not iran is it because they're bureaucrats where european suits and shave i don't know it just seems to me that disarmed countries are better advocates for nuclear disarmament but that's just my opinion. and a professional wrestler. calls himself america's patriotic and crusader for truth he's the former minnesota governor jesse ventura speaking about president obama about our failing government and about the truth behind who killed john f. kennedy it's all next on politicking.