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washington's accused of tapping the very top in germany snooping on. the secrets of the detainees a safe. plane experience first. to see. the u.s. military is coming up in just a few minutes from now. syria is. not the power out across much of the country. a major attack on the capital. the
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price of. reports from the devastated syrian. battlefield for families who refused to leave the top stories. it was just. twenty four hours a day. the u.s. is spying on its european allies is snowboarding with germany becoming the second country this week demanding a full explanation from washington a fresh wave of indignation was sparked by claims the n.s.a. was monitoring the phone conversations of chancellor angela merkel self reports from. the german chancellor rebuilding maybe the headquarters for the premiership but the real nerve center operations is mobile telephone and she uses the mobile so
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much she's become known as the mobile chancellor in german media when you look at just how much she actually makes calls and text messages on it nicolas sarkozy the former french president said well that was their primary way of communicating and thought the actual model of cell phone call uses advertises itself as the chancellor's mobile now that's a particular type of phone that allows her to make incredibly secure phone calls and send to q. a text messages so if it does turn out that the united states was listening in to those phone calls and they may have been listening in to some potentially and supposedly extremely secure information now this is resulted in outrage in the german press saying that it was it was absolutely unacceptable repeating what i'm going to calls own own stuff it said that if this turns out to be true it would be completely unacceptable for an ally and not stay in sentiment is being reiterated
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on the streets of l.a. and other german people obviously it's this is totally disgusting it doesn't matter if it's the chancellor's own mind going on that shouldn't be listening. it seems america is a paranoid nation a concept was necessary to listen to phone up it hold on we have no more patience with all this spying there is a limit and we have reached a prime number since a private films goes against all human rights there because personally i think it strange that we aren't listening to a bomber schools all of this comes against the backdrop of a very important summit taking place in brussels now n.s.a. spying seems set to hijack some lists however there are those that are too much will be done against spying by the united states and europe and all of this could be no more than bluff and we haven't really seen any. you know we've just seen a lot of people complaining right at the moment i'm more interested in what people are doing than what the politicians are doing who i think are making more noise
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than really focusing on the things that they could be doing so despite assurances from the white house that they would not in the future listen to private phone calls there's still some ambiguity of whether they did in the past. the latest n.s.a. spying claims are already overshadowing the e.u. summit leaders from several european countries of sided with germany and france saying that snooping on allies is unacceptable but a former member of the european parliament glyn ford earlier told you to shop of one of the indignation has come too late they routinely spying on everybody and everything i'm surprised at how slow the reactions being and i believe that he's been pushed into it by publicly pretty more than anything else because there's nothing new in the last few days but increasingly public opinion is is that right by what's been going on right and right after that very first away with indignation
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president obama said that all those surveillance practices inherited from the bush era would be revised and reviewed but let's not take a listen to what president obama had to say to get that with let's now take a listen to what i have been able to do is examine. and scrub our intelligence services are operating and i'm confident that at this point we have struck the appropriate balance and i slightly unconvinced frankly i mean if you've got a boat multi-billion pound buying operation if you start excluding the. miracle then it's not much of a fire operation the sort of fundamental revision. well and everybody apart from the i don't know. when i have to get more reaction on this when i talk to hugh bronson he's from the alternative for germany party he should be joining us live from berlin quite soon here on r.t. now the impact the n.s.a.
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revelations have had on the business community is the focus of today's report and is a little of what's to come later today. and i say revelations kill i.b.m. hardware sales in china wednesday evening it was i.b.m.'s turn to confess that its hardware sales in china had simply collapsed every word was colored by edward snowden's revelation about the n.s.a. is hand in glove collaboration with american tech companies from start ups to massive ons like i.b.m. yeah well this is interesting because it shows the commercial impact of the spying scandal ultimately the idea that spying is making people more secure is going to backfire because competitively america is crashing and i won't have any money at all to buy even a slingshot much less a cruise missile because no foreign government will do business with them and china of course has trillions of dollars in reserves and like warren buffett brought
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bought and i.b.m. at the high one seventy's he had a nice run now it's back to what he paid for he famously says things that he understands they weren't going to stand corporate espionage. because a report coming our way to later on now one of the world's most headline grabbing prisons guantanamo bay has long in the doj media attacks by reporters and crew getting access to check for itself what life is really like there and start to check in as reporters being sent to guantanamo stuff. transparency is a word repeated by u.s. officials working at guantanamo like a mantra by those few who are comfortable speaking on camera you see the conditions under which the detainees live you get to talk to the people who are responsible for garner we make it is transparent as possible and those preferring to remain on identifiable like the majority of officials we were permitted to speak to every
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week we get media like yourself international media or local media or whatever and they're welcome to come you know we tell them what we have any journalists workflow at guantanamo starts with a mandatory introduction to media rules the so-called operation security briefing or the material that you guys are gathering to make sure that it abides by our policy here even though transparency is a word brought out by all the personnel we talk to on the ground we as journalists access to detainees aside are asked to be very careful about the shots we filmed all the backdrops and at the end of each day videos are reviewed and any shots deemed unacceptable are deleted this one will be ok because palm trees are not too controversial remind you of any frowned upon seaward like censorship it's in this series the program established to. program accomplished within regulations sorry all video and audio recordings and even sketches are carefully studied cellphones are banned from camps we're not supposed put anything on
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facebook or anything like that or you know even worry about talking about it over the you know anything over the phone the said purpose of these ground rules to protect the safety and security of getting the operations of the detainees here to make it their mission so we try to photograph them to take down we are warned violations of media ground rules may result in restricted access denial of future visits and or removal from guantanamo bay. people just kind of mislabeled it and i have called it a call for be just not leading. giving the true picture i mean the only people who knows what goes on and get more is under the twenty's and getting the detainee's side of what goes on at get most apparently just couldn't be done after an extensive explanation of how exactly we are to film the prisoners the amount of detainee face time we get a total of one minute and five seconds through a dark glass window the reason we're given out of respect for them and then not using them as as you know. you know. making
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them some kind of curiosity you know on film a thing like that we don't want to do that despite our requests to not even film but at least witness more real prison or life a high ranking guantanamo admiral convinces us that we actually have a lot more access than rethink your scene what there is to it to see you know. given the amount of time that you have here to to see it we are as transparent as possible after one minute glimpse at one detainee our schedule is in fact all booked up i think i mean they they were taken to the detention camp kitchen to witness how well things were on their wilsons were not really being allowed to close to the detainees this might be the closest glimpse of their life we might be getting today we're being told the that these are the meals that they're offered on a daily basis. we're also taken to the only local radio station all made up like zombies in the audience military personnel serving at the base do you do any news
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related to the one time detention camp. like. that. public media because. you know there's enough journalists over there covering that music sports and talk radio pure infotainment rains here. and so we learn there we're not the only ones simply being treated to a show and party one tunnel bay cuba. and if you want to see that report again it's available right now on our website and it's also part of our special series on guantanamo bay which is airing weekly here on r.t. . but so now return to our top story with allegations that washington has been tapping the very top people in germany including snooping on angular merkel the chancellor well to get the latest reaction from berlin we can now talk to hugh bronson from the alternative for germany party. if these allegations are
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true the german defense minister said that business as usual will be very difficult between burnin and washington now what could be the diplomatic fallout between the two. really that serious well of course it's a serious matter for the german public and of course there's been an outcry about what has happened in the past but on the other hand. the german defense minister also said the americans are and will remain our closest friends and our closest allies now this clearly sends a signal out that whatever the current fallout might be. relationships will be restored one point germany will remain a very close ally to the u.s. and yet we are hearing some pretty harsh rhetoric only from southern from other e.u. leaders including the dutch and the belgian leaders let's hear what they had to say about this so we cannot accept this systematic espionage so we have to take
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measures we cannot imagine measures only by one country because it's not essential to this is serious i will support completely complete and see this is not acceptable i think we need all the facts on the table first well plenty of tough words there but will we see measures taken as one is just said there will we see any action plenty of words of course. yes and no certainly there will be some action the pressure group. censorship the index on censorship they have given the. president of the european council my dear friend from iran point a petition demanding. privacy of their. private communications of course this is aimed at the n.s.a. very important people have signed celebrities but what are they going to do if
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the americans are carrying on their business as they've done in the past on the other hand there is also an interview by the former. boss of the french secret services. suneet who said why is everybody surprised. we are spying on allies the same way our allies are spying on us the americans are looking into what we're doing on a commercial and industrial level and we're doing the same to the americans we might unite in the fight against terrorism but we have to do this because it's in our national interest to defend our business so you have two different responses of course there's a civil outcry and on the other hand the agency they know pretty well what has been going on for years and years they're looking. into each of those portfolios they
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want of calls to find out what is going on and a very important point is of course espionage too to gather. information that is important for for business and it's really interesting you raise in the fact that all parties seem to be spying on each other because the president of the european parliament you just mentioned that he said we can't be sure and i'm just quoting he said we can't be sure the german security forces haven't been listening to president obama said that in a way confirms what you're saying earlier that everybody seems to be as guilty as each other do you think that really is possible that they could have been spying on obama and tapping into his phone. well i believe the americans most likely have a more sophisticated system than the europeans. i'm pretty sure that they tried every best to find out what is going on behind the scene. they try to find out what the americans are planning what the americans are talking about if they've been successful we don't know. i'm pretty sure that everybody is trying to gather information specially since the global economy has become more competitive there
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are more players on the stage friends of yesterday are not necessarily friends of tomorrow we're trying to gather information to secure our competitive advantage so i'd be very surprised if german intelligence the same way as the french intelligence is probably the biggest intelligence so this is even more about industrial espionage this is more about more about economics than actually spying on security says very interesting isn't it what the reasons are behind all of this you thank you very much indeed for talking to us here on some from the alternative of germany party live from well still ahead for you this is a real life american spy flick with loving spy stories today the f.b.i. investigates a russian diplomat believed to be recruiting goals it leaves moscow puzzled over a cold war era allegations that officials say have nothing to do with reality that and more after the break.
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video for your media project a free media r.t. dot com. he continues here in r.t. in bahrain a documents being leaked by a human rights group exposing the government's plans to ship massive amounts of gas in the country so bahrain is a country with a total population of one point two million people but this leaked document shows the minister defense as all for quotes for an order of one point six million tear gas canisters now the gas has been use extensively in the government's crackdown on dissent with reports of people's homes or indeed even places of worship being hit human rights activists claim since the start of the uprising in two thousand and eleven it is responsible for thirty nine deaths and that's only the confirmed cases also reportedly responsible for causing miscarriages blindness and serious breathing problems human rights activists ahmed ali told me earlier that it's no
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surprise the government is running out of tear gas. bahrain's been leading a campaign of spiral spiraling repression since two thousand and eleven the number one technique or weapon that they have been using for the record is the use of tear gas and i'm not surprised. because they have been firing. an estimated one hundred shots on villages. on civilians on protesters men women and children under the simple like you said we've recorded over thirty nine deaths from the excessive use of tear gas. direct body shots on the head and neck. on our website at the moment r t dot com employees at japan's crippled fukushima nuclear plant securing the storage space for highly radioactive water as the site is bracing itself for a powerful typhoon in the coming twenty four hours. and the toys that lead to a tragedy california cops shoot dead
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a thirteen year old boy carrying an assault rifle turned out to be a dummy we got the full story online right now. syria is recovering from an almost nationwide blackout overnight when a huge area of the country including the capital was left without electricity for several hours the power outage was blamed on a rebel strike on a key gas pipeline it was followed by reports of heavy fighting near the capital and forces trying to break through into the city the syrian conflict has claimed more than one hundred thousand lives dividing families and turning former friends against each other of course travel to the town of yarmouk where bloodshed has become an everyday reality for families living there. this is young walk south damascus ten months ago it was home to one point two million palestinians today ten percent remain the price of world this is how it's acutely here where it's divided families and pressured brother against brother. lee betrayed we
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cannot trust them anymore eight days ago abu movie and his wife came home for ten long months they lived on the streets not once giving up the hope they'd return this is what way to them and the world come we are coming to kill you bashar scribbled on the walls. whatever happens i will not leave my house again i would like to destroy the walls and we'll them again could not be worse than this for one year syria's palestinians managed to stay out of the conflict but the infiltration of foreign fighters with big dreams and even bigger promises of money forced the residents of young men to choose sides and take up arms against people they know their whole lives. and i have some friends fighting on the other side we're not friends anymore the ones who displaced those from our housing and destroyed our homes are not our friends. with. each day abu movie leaves to fight
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them but not before he struck furniture high against the windows to protect his family from snipers life inside these bullet riddled boards is as dangerous as it is outside his two sons as vulnerable as their mother every time the father walks out the door but it's always a painful farewell all movie carefully helps her husband prepare for battle she knows he needs to go but each time he leaves behind the same an onset question. every day when he says goodbye i wonder if you will come back or not like when he got injured he didn't come back i want to find him in hospital there are a lot of men like him and women like me but not a lot of fighters have bought their families back to. the snipers on shooting range and three days earlier shrapnel from a bullet blinded up always lift eye but the thirty three year old doesn't have
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a choice he has nowhere else to move his family and while the southern part of your milk is still in the hands of the rebels his home or what remains of it has been freed by palestinians who like other more we are fighting alongside the syrian army and. when i go to the battlefield my mind is always with my family and i hope i will come back safe to them because they care of them and i pray that if i get more tear they will find tender people to look after america. the frontline is near two streets away but for other movie and his comrades the battle hits closer to home each time they take aim to secure the streets for their families often it's a neighbor friend and sometimes even a brother who is pointing a gun back at them one of the r.t. yarmuk syria. for a quick look at some other world news now thousands of students are taking to the
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streets in madrid in the ongoing protests against biting cus in the education sector the demonstrators also voiced their anger over an increase in college tuition fees that have priced bells and of youngsters out of universities spain's overall twenty six percent unemployment rate is one of the worst in the e.u. well more than half of the country's youth without jobs. to mali now where the army reinforced by french and u.n. troops have launched a large scale operation against the militants in the north of the country the mission is aimed at preventing a resurgence of terrorist movements in the region in general this year front sent troops to mali to help the government in combating islam the rebels. the f.b.i. says it suspects a russian official limits a cultural exchange program in the u.s. of recruiting spies but the ongoing investigation is but will the both moscow and the man himself reports during the course of the last twelve years this russian courts will exchange center in washington centered around one hundred thirty americans to russia fully being for their troops including mules and accommodation
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and now the reports in the us mainstream media suggest that the f.b.i. is suspect its head you resides of of recruiting agents or more of these travelers who include governmental aides and senior business executives and others and reportedly the in the f.b.i. has been interviewing these people some journalists managed to speak with some of them as well in fact they said they saw nothing suspicious on these trips and hoped that this program would continue in the future and you results of himself has also made a statement it's some kind of witch hunt the purse to young boys and girls that have gone to russia demanding to be told what's the how's and why's there trying to instill a fear of russia in american society we've also heard from the russian foreign ministry which said that these reports have nothing to do with the reality and from the russian embassy in washington was that such heavy accusations have to be backed by some concrete evidence otherwise the reports are merely an echo of the cold war era which does nothing positive for the relations between the two states would you
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stay with us for worlds apart with talks on a boy that's coming away after the break up about with a new team with more often are. new zealand is boldly going where no government has gone before and according to reuters has decided to create a regulatory body to oversee recreational drugs that is they're opening pandora's box it have at least temporarily given approval to fifty substances for sale at special stores which are banned in most other countries the body is trying to take a more scientific approach and determine which substances are actually harmful to the user you know i've heard the argument that the war on drugs just wastes massive sums of money effort and lives and you need turn a futile battle which is true it does but the only option people give is just legalize all drugs there are a few problems with this when something is legal that tends to make it ok is it
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really ok for you to spend your whole life in a trance to avoid reality is it really ok for everyone in town on friday night after work to go on an ice crystal meth rampage the other problem is that the war on drugs fails because it's fighting the drugs and not the reason why people take them which is to escape reality why do people want to escape reality because in modern times or post modern times we live a soulless pointless isolated consumeristic existence of working in a pointless office job just to get poor so we can scrape by and get some cheap plastic junk at walmart when people's lives are empty they will fill them with something through a needle but that's just my opinion. hello
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and welcome to worlds apart committing atrocities in the name of justice was a common theme in both the levy and syrian conflict but while the world seemed to be united in its intention to bring perpetrators to college in libya it's old but the case in syria why has the notion of international justice lost its appeal so quickly while to discuss that i'm now joined by the former chief prosecutor of the international criminal court luis moreno champa mr moran our comp i really appreciate your being here on worlds apart it's a great honor to have you here and i pressure the first. well you know it was extremely interesting to me to see how the tone of your statements on syria changed over the last few years and you started out by on equivocally calling assad
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a war criminal but most recently you seem to be a bit more ambivalent and you seem to recognize that crimes are committed by both sides i wonder if you had the power to prosecute bashar assad now what would the charges be. i think we have to understand the war does remember how to manage these conflicts. when this thing happened that suddenly you see must've killings and crimes the trash can be is what about that should make some efficient eventually and it would happen is normally in the past the intervention was bombing or nothing being or do negotiation in conflict that you can on their sheet that's why we have to be creative and with that fine war is a proper way to solve this conflict that is idea just about more conflict i think
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your mandate at least in the past was prosecuting crimes and i think just last year you're very very straightforward about calling assad a criminal for what you called indiscriminate killings of civilians now of course this is something that many other countries like russia and china would dispute and i still would like to press you on this point what do you think are big crimes being committed in syria specifically by the. i'm sorry i'm sorry i never mention one you cannot have one war them from me talking about syria i say nothing nothing because we as a prosecutor the international court we are not use external syria now but it was already laid down the year you started commenting on syria believe it was just last year and i believe we have a sound bite to prove the point when you gave the interview to c b c the economic canadian broadcaster and you actually called for.

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