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we said that some gulag of our times. another day and another tragedy iraq endures a series of blasts that kills more than sixty people as a merciless campaign by the nation's al-qaeda cell shows no sign of easing. the war that we had to terrorists the way they were doing the more terrorism appears. we explore how the brainchild of osama bin ladin has spread its wings from central asia all the way to the atlantic since washington launched its war on terror. and president obama has reportedly known for years the n.s.a. was spying on the german chancellor yet chose not to stop it claimed that the agency strongly denies.
starting coming to life in moscow with me marina joshie a series of bombings has ripped through iraq killing at least sixty six people such coordinated attacks have become the hallmarks of the country's all qaeda cell at a bloody efforts to undermine the authority of the iraqi government have already made this year the deadliest in the country since two thousand and eight well let's look now at the roots of the crisis from nine hundred ninety six to two thousand and one that was based in afghanistan word enjoy the protection of the taliban and was also present in pakistan its expansion gathered steam after washington launched its war on terror in response to the nine eleven attacks the us invasion of iraq prompted radical islamists there to declare the early ages to some of bin laden's network in two thousand and four two thousand and seven saw a powerful would you. his group in north africa unite under the name of al qaida
and the islamic maghreb and spread its operations across the region two years later the yemeni and saudi branches merged to formal qaida in the arabian peninsula since then terror networks and gaining ground with new cells emerging in the region as the arab spring unfolded including some powerful groups waging a war against president assad in syria are just getting investigates. u.s. intelligence officials speaking anonymously of course say they're not concerned that al qaeda affiliated groups in syria are shifting some of their focus from toppling bashar al saw it to launching external operations against the west one u.s. lawmaker pointed out that's exactly what happened even ghana sent to nine eleven they are now focused on fighting assad but very soon they'll be focused on something else we have michael here former pentagon official with me mr maloof where are the groups headed in your opinion the. through our.
forces that are there. are now attempting to look at syria in the long term to be under a caliphate and their spring throughout the entire region when you look at a map of the whole area stream from the arabian peninsula to all the way across north africa and into the mud. right. at the foot of southern europe and that is. the strategy is to ultimately move into europe according to various estimates more than ten thousand committed members are operating just along syria's eastern border with iraq it's reported to be more than the number of jihad is in iraq during the u.s. led occupation worth mentioning it was the u.s. invasion that brought terror into iraq this graph from the national consortium for the study of terrorism and responses to terrorism shows the spike of terrorist
attacks in iraq following the u.s. invasion the u.s. now shrugs at all these terror that iraq has to deal with every day calling it well panes of democracy libya similar attitude the u.s. helped to kill qaddafi now the countries involved in chaos and terror again you hear pains of democracy but as these extremist groups in different countries become more and more organized as a network it's difficult to ignore them on. that's spreading through the region the west thinks drones are the perfect tool to deal with terrorists they say drones are the solution but on the receiving end those drone strikes are seen as acts of terror when they kill innocent people and they help terrorists recruit more terrorists most recently to report came out by amnesty international and human rights watch they looked into u.s. strikes in pakistan and yemen human rights watch found that in the strikes that they have investigated seven percent of those who died were civilians washington
says they decimated al qaeda solution but it seems al-qaeda has metastasized and continue spreading with drone strikes and brewing civil wars in washington i'm going to check out. george kenny who's a former diplomat in the u.s. foreign service says there are inconsistences in the decisions made by policymakers in washington we should reasonably assume that within the u.s. government they have exactly the same data they know that the more that we attack terrorists the way that we're doing the more terrorism appears and so then the question is well if we're creating more terrorists who are into terrorism activities why are we doing it there's no sensible strategy there's no consistent logical strategy behind us actions we're taking things one piece at a time so here we support one group there we suppress the same group here we talk about terrorists and their we support terrorists in syria there's there's no real
consistency in the shows that that's very strong proof that there's no thought behind what what we're doing. and as all qaida linked militants push on to was they are offensive against the government in syria more civilians are stepping forward a civil war volunteers. my family why i don't know but nothing is more precious than our country homeland where our brave. coming up we'll meet a syrian woman who is putting her wife on the line to the fam her country and children.
a german news outlet suggest president obama has been aware of the n.s.a. tapping chancellor merkel's phone and let it go on for years this comes after reports stated that he confirmed to angela merkel over the phone that he knew nothing of the practice in a phone call merkel said the monitoring would be a breach of trust if confirmed and that spying among friends does not work obama apologized and reportedly claimed to have had no prior knowledge that it was going on for germany's bill newspaper suggests he knew about the spying in germany's leader and encouraged it a claim denied by the n.s.a. khalid moppin from the international action center says that if the roles were reversed the u.s. wouldn't leave a single stone unturned to punish the spies. say you say cuba had been tapping the united states or iran had been tapping the united states there would be actually be sanctions and retaliation but in this instance that they are you know what's going
to what's going to happen who's going to hold the united states accountable you know it's the same goes to the civilians who've been killed by drones what are they going to do it you know the u.s. is the force of economic power in the world and military power and they're the ones who get to punish people it's it doesn't seem to be the other way around it really kind of kind of blows away many illusions people have about you know international order and international law author and historian gerald horan believes the american spying on germany is german by economic reasons and potential financial gains more than anything mr obama is in the position where he has to deny what is painfully obvious you should recognize that one of the many reasons why the united states spies upon chancellor merkel is economic espionage it is to see u.s. corporations like forward or in competition with folks when i can work with software manufacturers in competition with a.p. for example and siemens of germany is in competition with g.e.
by booking telephones at a high level in berlin united states can get information that can be very helpful to the competitive worth of these german corporations. well we want to know what do you think about the developing scandal around the u.s. spying practices and we're asking you how they were the revelations that the n.s.a. bob dangle a merkel's phone it will affect america tie so do a lot on to our web site or to dot com to vote in our latest web poll well let's take a look at there is also we've got so far and at this point the most popular opinion seems to be that the e.u. will introduce highly encrypted communications for all top officials to protect countries against u.s. snooping over quater view believe that president obama will apologize to angela merkel and offer to spy on david cameron instead slightly fewer think european governments will restrict access to private data brazen cost for u.s. businesses in the e.u. and the minority at this point in visions germany offering snowden and the songe
asylum in return for launching a cyber counterattack against the u.s. do us know what do you think on the issue by logging onto your t dot com and having your say there and also online you get the latest updates on the story and many others such as reports that tens of millions of phone calls in spain were intercepted and stored by the n.s.a. last year read up on the spread of the american spy weapon our web site also on line for you today. a schoolboy from canada pleads guilty to hacking government websites and passing the data to anonymous in exchange for video games learn more about the twelve year old prodigy on our t.v. dot com. well you're watching actually live from moscow and more news will be coming your way very shortly.
let me just so i understand it's go back to libya because for all the criticism that you have about russia and syria russia doesn't want to see syria explode everyone thinks it's russia trying to protect its friend it is by geo political i just know it's about a region because explode and they explode in a really vicious fashion say way for me over the length of this war is because we're not doing the old in a civil war is that your position no matter who is it it's your choice which is business you people that doing something visible were doing nothing and only a hundred and a lodger to be heiress richie to your publisher if you or those around my even across the bureau i'm to be sure you will you tell me the rest ok i'll give you good and finish the russian oil no i know not but i want to be in the line of peter all of my line.
welcome back this is our duty as a human cost of the spiraling syrian conflict mounts civilians are being increasingly caught up in the fighting some are now facing no other choice than to list in the military and had to the front line parties falsely are met once here in mother has taken the safety of her children into her own hands. and is getting ready for work like women around the world she enjoys putting on makeup before heading to the office. but miriam's job is a little different to most the twenty three year old is heading to the syrian
frontline it gives me great satisfaction being able to defend my country against terrorists who want to destroy it. it's strange to find women here in the line of fire even more so because miriam is a mother her sons are just four and six years old. i signed up because of them i'm not afraid anymore because i've stopped worrying we are in a state of war. but every day miriam sees the reality of war more than one hundred thousand people most of them civilians killed the people who lived in these homes were her friends and family all of them have fled most of them will never return i . am most afraid when the water bombs fall in our posts and there is shrapnel if you days ago the terrorists launched rocket to town checkpoint their rockets are not accurate sadly they had a civilian building and many people died were rescued a few and carried them to hospital this used to be
a school playground but children's laughter has long been drowned out by the whistling of bullets. and i was kidnapped twice the last time for two months they arrested me when i was in civilian clothes this is back to doug was cooperating with the army i did i did and luckily they eventually let me go but the risks facing a woman in uniform are often far greater than for her male counterparts several of miriam's female colleagues have been killed while held hostage often it's nothing more than luck that separates the living from the did. my family worries a lot but nothing is more precious than our country homeland where i was raised it's true my children are very precious very prudent but my country is a movie. and despite the price it's a job she's proud to wake up to each day in the grounds women have been in the syrian army since the seventy's there's even a special military college for them but usually their jobs are administrative and
logistic desperate times however cord for desperate measures pointlessly r.t. damascus. coming up in the program thinking outside the box. with predictions of a looming housing crisis with rents at an all time high in the u.k. right now we're going to be telling you why some people it's turning away from bricks and mortar and instead turning to the shipping containers of the city's. exit polls suggest an ally of georgia's billionaire prime minister as while
landslide victory in the country's presidential elections this marks and to a decade empowered by me how saakashvili is ally suffered a blistering defeat at the polls are just very financial reports from the country's capital tbilisi georgia dream call ation over the country's prime minister a billionaire but even ishmael is celebrating the victory now as exit polls say a man a four year old philosopher go get marvellous really ahead of twenty two other candidates including but cards endorsed by the country's outgoing president mikheil saakashvili and his united national movement the former parliamentary speaker has already confirmed his defeat and congratulated his rival appalling the good results but another favorite of space race you know bill john was a veteran politician here in georgia one of the leaders of the two thousand and three rose revolution here in the country the first color revolution but so regime change in the former soviet republics has claimed that it's too early now for
anybody to open champagne because official results will only come out in two weeks and she has claimed for everybody to wait too but moment over. we have been able to speak to him beliefs and told us this is a vote is less about bulk commend the future but more and rather about saying goodbye to the country's past and personally mikhail saakashvili he's known in the west as the man who brought democratic changes here to georgia and there are many people here in the country who share this opinion saying that he was the man who made the country turn away from the soviet past and move towards civilized world but his legacy is very controversial he was once very popular leader of the rose revolution but those who started this revolution with him accuse him of boodle sort of terror and regime with repressions and oppression of the opposition million people who fled the country in fear of this repression the country has many of those who are specially recognized as political prisoners and the big hero revealed
last year showing inmates in the toting joe's basement cumulated the last straw for georgian public to reject mikhail saakashvili and his policy and his party so the legacy of make us circus really is something that many people now question moved on who is going to run this country for the next two years. now take a look at some of the stories from around the world argentina's president has suffered a loss mid-term elections after an opposition candidate clinched victory in the country's key province this means cristina fernandez won't be able to push through a constitutional change to allow her a third term in office and she's been out of action during the campaign did emergency brain surgery in october argentina which is one of the world's top grain exporters struggles to keep up with rising food at the man and attracting investment to exploit its oil reserves. police used baton and tear
gas around seven hundred animal rights activists in southern france clashes erupted during a protest against an upcoming bullfighting festival spanish style our mannie towns in the south of france and dozens of schools offer toreador training. in madrid thousands have been protesting against a chord ruling in favor of the basque separatist movement last week the european court of human rights ordered spain to release and tore his member of our own group and as del rio and she had been in jail for her this way to alleviate the sentence of the woman who has been convicted of to due
process of the murder of more than twenty three people this woman is a mass murderer and the idea that the european court of human rights which was set up to safeguard citizens against the abuses that could be committed by states against room citizens that such a body should now be as it were to beaning in favor of people who have themselves grossly abused the rights of citizens by murdering the. as a high cost of living puts a strain on more and more people in the u.k. manny embrace the idea that less is more and the some get creative with what would and should be considered a home artists are first takes us to an open house. when addressing the issue of affordable housing one london charities been thinking outside the box but when it comes to the solution in sight that counts meet the my i pad shipping container
doubles as a low cost. renting in london is particularly expensive and once again we've seen rents hit record highs so we're going to go and take a look inside and see what this is all about. you know how. they feel very much how they go yet this is yeah this is the my. desk here inside the my pads been designed to provide these who need it most with the food of all independent living and just seventy five pounds a week than my pads certainly cheap by london standards i think it's difficult for anybody right now to get. comfortable accommodation. about you know pay in. the projects the brainchild of timothy paying you think this is essentially this is a shipping container from china this is a stupid. bread you cover over
a great big boat the projects already received planning permission and funding is expected to come from the greater london authority initially this project will be soley for the young people the charity works with society just takes the you know. from month to them because the moment they get into work but can't afford to live in a hostel for to live anywhere else because doesn't make any moral or any economic sense . as an i did them is brilliantly innovative it's been designed as a quick fix now there's planning permission for thirty more these to be built next year but predictions say that if britain continues at its current rate of building them by twenty twenty and we face a shortfall of two million homes in the u.k. so you can see the scale of the problem and it's why what started out as
a local temporary solution could end up becoming a more permanent fixture surface r.t. london. as the occupation of palestinian territories continues to spark deadly clashes and international controversy some israelis are stepping forward with revelations and eyewitness accounts coming up now as he speaks with an israeli military whistleblower who explains why he's against keeping the palestinians penned in. and nineteen year olds eighteen year olds to court to control millions of people through the barrel of the gun most of us untrained i have to say that for example i was trained for eight months before i was sent to active duty for the first time out of the eight months seven months seven months and three weeks had nothing to do with what i was doing in my in my in the remaining of my service i was trained as an infantry soldier to fight another army and this is the case for most soldiers so you get there to to the west bank or to you know around the gaza strip unprepared to deal with civilians unprepared to control civilians the only
thing that you are fed with is fear in hate and you know you are constantly told be careful of the palestinians if you turn your back to them they will stab you in the back your told when i got to the west bank i was told that we need to show the ship quality of that there is a new sheriff in town and i'm quoting here. well i'll bring your internationally is at the top of the hour in the meantime though peter lavelle and his panel of gas discuss how the unrest that swept the middle east has pitted neighbor against neighbor and at a number of western countries against each other to stay with us. a spanish language teacher in texas has been fired for posing nude in playboy
before she became a teacher parents and found out about this demand that she be fired because her past was inappropriate and that it was a distraction the classroom well this was something she did in the past which was legal says i mean if you pose for playboy you are forbidden to work in the normal world also as a former teenage boy i can tell you that any young attractive teacher will cause a distraction with the boys and wolf you can fire people for being distracting that when they have to fire every teacher with a handicap or abnormal appearance on the other hand though teachers are supposed to be people for children to respect and to look up to and when you're spanish teachers willing to sell the good stuff for money to playboy it is a lot harder respect that sort of person and it sure isn't a good example for my daughter this is actually a very complex issue but all i can say is that you should really try to fight the temptation to make quick money with some nude photos it could come back to haunt you but that's just my opinion.
i. below in welcome to cross talk all things are considered i'm peter lavelle two years after the force ouster of gadhafi by nato forces libya stands at the abyss the lack of a strong central government weak rule of law and the endless violence in a country awash with weapons has resulted in libya facing a failed state status add to this the presence of islamic militants can things get any worse in libya.
to cross-talk events in libya i'm joined by my guest in washington rich galen he is a republican strategist and we also have michael shank he is the director of foreign policy at the friends committee on national legislation and a professor at george mason university and gentlemen crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want to i very much encourage you to michael if i go to you and in washington two years on the libyan people living better better than before the intervention that overthrew colonel gadhafi certainly not and we're seeing the same playbook u.s. playbook in syria that we saw in libya you know our prior to station in libya was military wasn't state building wasn't capacity building wasn't economic development we threw up a lot of money at them a lot of arms which is now a trickle down it's a nice year in mali thirty seven billion unfrozen at the state department another one hundred fifty billion globally dumped into the fractious rebel groups so
unsurprisingly they're very divided still and we're seeing that play out without saeed who is the rebel leader who kidnapped the prime minister earlier this month so the lives aren't better but that's because we didn't prioritize and were not parties in that in syria as well rich how do you. on that because we didn't have a plan b. after a quote unquote victory against gadhafi is that why because it wasn't thought about not thought about the consequences of our actions wasn't it there's a go ahead. i don't know i think they probably did think about what they wanted to have happen clearly but but i mean one of the issues i think we're facing is is that america thinks that if we can just if we can just kind of wave the flag of democracy in front of a free and open democracy in front of people that they'll say oh that's a good way to do it and there's a good way to do it but we've been at it for two hundred what is it michael to a thirteen to fifteen years and a lot of places are still.
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