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the place that some. of our. former egyptian leader mohammed morsi goes on trial on allegations of stirring up bloody on rest during his presidency well no one is being made accountable for the mass deaths in the crackdown since his sting also. takes politics that's what edward snowden has laid out in his manifesto for truth and i'm a german news weekly the fugitive whistleblower publicly rails against criminalizing telling the truth his washington reiterated he will get no clemency once u.s. prosecutors get hold of him. and iran's supreme leader defends president rouhani on seeking more talks with america despite growing anger from hardliners who refuse to back off from demonizing the usa.
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they're welcome to the program it's good to have you company here. now there's a deep sense of history repeating itself in egypt where the country's first democratically elected leader faces the same fate as his or for a tarion prayed assess hosni mubarak mohamed morsi has reportedly arrived for his trial where he's accused of inciting the murder of protesters last december at the time egypt was experiencing mass public outrage at the government's attempt to push through the islamicist leaning constitution and give the president sweeping powers reports now from cairo on the landmark court case. for the first time in its history egypt has two former presidents who are on trial at the same time but whereas the trial of hosni mubarak is eagerly anticipated and was so by most
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egyptians when it comes to that of mohamed morsi is prosecution here egyptians are divided many egyptians feel pity for the former engineering professor who was ill equipped to become this country's president and who now very well could have a life sentence imposed on him in some quarters it is believed that this is a trial of the muslim brotherhood as a movement and not morsi as a man egyptian police is in a state of high alert and this comes amid the announcement by the supporters of morsi that throughout the day monday they will be holding nationwide protests there are very real fears that this will result in violence and clashes morsi has said that he will be defending himself he is insisting that he is the legal president of this country and as such he says he will not take a lawyer because to do so would be to give recognition to the authorities of the court and of course the city he refuses to do morsy is standing trial for inciting
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the murder of opposition protesters last december most people here however believe that this is a political trial more than anything else as my colleague bel truth reports. the. grammy a star is known as the singer of the revolution the popularity of his pro-democracy song saw him badly tortured by the military and now despite fighting to bring down both hosni mubarak and mohamed morsi romney has little hope for egypt's future as morsi goes on trial for incitement to kill protesters are going for the revolutionaries are now in the worst scenario we have ever been since two thousand and eleven morsi should be tried but it's comic that mubarak trial should be held up at every. well the morsi trial is moving along so fast what shocks me is that the authorities never seem to have the will to push through the court cases of remnants of the former regime tahrir square once the heartbeat of the revolution
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has become just another busy roundabout in two thousand and eleven and two thousand and thirteen people came here demanding bread freedom and social justice but after the military ousted mr brotherhood president mohamed morsy hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested eating some to fear the freedoms and justice will never become a reality admits this violence rights groups have little faith that the trial of mr morsi and other mr brotherhood leaders will be fair that's coming at a time when there is a general crackdown against the brotherhood a very selective prosecutions on the part of the justice system looking only at brotherhood members with impunity for security services meanwhile the retrial of egypt's other ousted president hosni mubarak drags on the feeling the security apparatus continues to shape court decisions means egypt's future is hard to predict the military is entrenched and so on and fronts and so on interest again and again the problem now that we need to sit down and agree on a specific route of transitional justice even returning everyone on meaningful
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short we're taking them to the south africa bureau and many many of them that is totally evil speech and that seems far away as pro morsi protests and clashes with security forces continue to rock the nation the fear is morsi is trial will not deliver much needed justice to egypt but rather set the stage for further instability and turmoil. for cairo. well let's take a minute to pinpoint the milestones in post revolution in egypt the ousting of long time army backed leader hosni mubarak was followed by over a year of political turmoil which finally saw the election of islamist leader mohamed morsi as president in june twenty twelve and as i mentioned earlier his push to turn egypt's constitution into a muslim code sparked deadly unrest in december the same year although that violence can't be compared to the bloodbath of this summer a military coup against morsi in july was followed by months of vicious crackdowns
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against his supporters and the muslim brotherhood in which more than a thousand people have been killed egyptian journalist and political analyst while the skandha thinks the trial that starts today is more sees political assassination . well this is seems a bit like deja vu for egypt another president another trial in less than three years and what we're seeing is a rerun of a politicized trial of course there are things that president morsi has done just like hosni mubarak has but i don't think that he's on trial. for the for the exact crimes that he's done or the reason he's being put on trial is because of is muslim brotherhood ideology and the way he ran the country with the intent of trying him is not really to state of law or democratic transition or or you or any of this stuff the same time we're seeing a lot of his. ministers that were part of it the interior ministers that served
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under him rather actually the protesters they are not being tried along with morsi and so therefore this is seems very very highly politicized in the hands of the people who want to see a lot of the muslim brotherhood behind bars. well u.s. secretary of state john kerry met egyptian leaders in cairo on sunday pressing them to restore democracy in the country and washington's role in shaping events in egypt and across the arab world is thrashed out later this hour in crosstalk. rejigging the middle east for the united states still maintains that he geonic role this is what their ultimate goal is we don't really call kerry a care about the coloration of the regime as long as it plays into a security arrangement that washington can feel comfortable with and let's not forget tel aviv and riyadh. you know i think that's true i think ultimately the security that having a hedge of money over the region so that stability whether that comes through
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democracy or through with or tearing regimes is ultimately the end game plan because the united states has too many interests in the region to allow it to fundamentally opposed to those interests so when the united states acts it always does so if we have the view of you know what what how can how does this inform our counterterrorism policy how does its inform our counter-proliferation policy how does this inform our energy policy it's of this police of issues that comes to the fore with the united states there's and ultimately there's a massive conflict of interest problem that the united states has to deal with when it formulates its middle east policy. that's crosstalk coming up in about twenty minutes now edward snowden has been publicly justifying his security leaks and the german magazine he also launched a broadside at washington's persecution of him and we need his calls for better
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global protection of people's rights and privacy more now from our correspondent in berlin peter oliver. in this article in beagle it's the major one of the least one of the major news weeklies here in germany he published what he's called his manifesto for truth and which he outlines exactly that saying that the spies shouldn't be in charge of who runs politics also. talking about the the actions of those that it has been found out by his leaks he says have tried to smear journalists have tried to help him also of course we've tried to smear him saying washington of course saying still that they will continue to to try and make sure he faces trial there now it's all part of a large article a large series of articles in dish beagle this week about edward snowden and his situation in the growing support for him here in germany now it features articles by over fifty public figures that want to see it want to see edward snowden allowed
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to come here to germany to gain full asylum he has until june of next year on his current deal allows him to stay in in russia right now but they want him to be allowed to come here now it is unlikely that that would be good in the backing of german chancellor angela merkel her christian democrats they're likely partners in the next coalition government here the social democrats have all said they don't really they're not really keen on that however the senior figures have written in saying edward snowden has done a great service to the people of the western world and it's up to us now to help him so they want to see him come here and get everything they can offer him and as you might expect edward snowden's plea for clemency is finding no sympathy in washington white house officials along with senior lawmakers stress the former n.s.a. contractor should pay for violating american law former british intelligence agents
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and mash on explains why she thinks the scandal has gathered momentum. who is actually breaking the or here because all the ground that the spy agencies say they are legally allowed to smile next decisions appear to be very legally dubious at best but we're seeing in the last decade is the sheer technological scale of the spying its industrial scales by and the new technology has allowed this to happen and the laws which are supposed to oversee and democratically oversee how we are spied on are just not keeping up the twentieth century nor so now we're dealing with twenty first century tech. meanwhile the diplomats who travel to washington for explanations about the n.s.a. snooping practices came back with little r.t. so if you have an artist spoke to the head of the european mission who says their american counterparts successfully deflect many accusations to be honest we didn't expect one hundred percent answers we went to washington the whole nature of
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investigating the stored in allegations of mass surveillance of spying meant that we were very realistic we didn't expect to get you know the definitive answers about what was going on to try and justify what they were doing in fact we had private meetings with the n.s.a. homeland security department national security council and there was some justification given in fact you will have seen that. we had we had private meetings and then you saw a public statement coming out while we were there for the national security agency is explicitly about the mass surveillance activity and you saw that coming from the n.s.c. on capitol hill while we were there and the justification given was public it was about this was done on the basis of you know the necessity of i.d. terror activity it was done in partnership with the government so they were they were in fact while we were there starting to rebut many of the allegations.
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that i get around supremely is warning the country's hardliners against undermining the nuclear negotiations defending the president's course of action the new the elected us and rouhani is under serious domestic pressure for extending an olive branch to be united states the how to interact on is that america will. return for more openness from iran whose nuclear program will again be in the limelight this day but with little enthusiasm at home rouhani may be facing a tough sell as paul scott reports. the islamic republic of iran is ready to engage immediately in time bound orientated talks to build mutual confidence and the removal of mutual uncertainties hassen rouhani as recent speech at the u.n. general assembly was said by many to represent a thorin in relations between tehran and washington a sign that the iranian leadership is king to initiate warmer ties with the global
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community but not everyone is king for this to happen. hard line conservative protesters threw eggs at the president upon his return to tehran a malveaux was uncomfortable with the idea of increased diplomacy with washington have launched the first ever down with the usa contest the idea is to find the most creative and to us propaganda contestants are invited to submit photographs posters caricature poems hymns and blogs all relating to the slogan down with the usa over three thousand dollars are up for grabs for the winner there will be a prize for the best idea to mark death of america which will renew the concept of death to america because of the arrogance of america the message is clear for as long as the us policies are hostile to us we will continue to use the slogan. well the slogan first came to prominence during the one nine hundred seventy nine iranian revolution when the u.s.
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backed government was overthrown and since then it's been widely used by critics of washington those critics now favor holly's willingness to reengage with the u.s. could undermine the revolution they also see no reason to start diplomacy with a country that for years has portrayed iran as the enemy and subject of the country to harsh economic sanctions over its nuclear program states like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil this administration has systematically imposed the toughest sanctions on iraq on iran ever the united states is not going to lift the sanctions until it is clear that a very very file ball accountable transparent process is in place despite efforts by the u.s. government to suggest these sanctions aren't affecting the general population food clothes and even basic medicines have rocketed in price in recent days on the leadership's attempt to engage with washington has led to anti american slogans and
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banners appearing all over tehran in recent weeks with rouhani demanding many be taken down and with talks over iran's nuclear program looming large later this week it's not just the international community president rouhani has to convince police got r.t. as you heard in that report within iran is deep skepticism of any good intentions from washington when it comes to the country asserting its right to atomic energy one former advisor to iran's nuclear negotiating team told us that's because people see the u.s. is engaged in constant doublespeak. there's a group in iran that is deeply suspicious of the united states based on is history of longstanding animosity toward iran is widespread perception in iran that the u.s. is engaged in a double speak toward iran on the one hand parking but engagement and respecting iran's rights and on the other hand adopting
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a very inflexible and hard line negotiation a strategy that demands much concession from iran without expressing willingness to you know show. in the flexibility on the issue of sanctions relief we have seen a statement by the top u.s. negotiator wendy sherman that the u.s. has not offered any tangible sanctions relief to iran last negotiation round in geneva and that should be very disheartening to many iranians who are looking for. concrete tangible signs of good faith to our iran by the united states while the worsening economic situation inside iran means the countries finding other ways to make ends meet china has reportedly agreed to finance various projects by unblocking twenty billion euros of oil assets beijing in toronto deal in the un not the dollar so the sanctions don't affect china's business with its
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the biggest crude oil supplier political analysts say saeed mohammad marandi says the u.s. agenda is splintering. this is one of many signs the u.s. imposed sanctions is not working and it's beginning. to fall apart not that the united states wants this to happen the united states wants to me horrid merry iranians suffer as much as possible they want to overstate the iranian economy and they've already succeeded in killing people because for example iran has had great difficulty importing medicines so the americans are definitely upset with this but as time goes on we are seeing increasingly countries moving away from the united states companies in nor in the united states and even individuals who are investing in iran without taking the sanctions regime into consideration.
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some other news making headlines this hour international peace talks on syria have stalled after the main western backed opposition group said it won't attend unless president azad agrees to step down the syrian national coalition is also refusing to sit alongside key regional power play iran which is a strong ally of damascus the united states banks the s.n.c. while russia has been trying to convince all sides to negotiate at the proposed conference in geneva. violences marred a key local election in kosovo where ethnics were encouraged to vote for the first time police fired tear gas to disperse a group of masked men who raided a polling station in the multi ethnic city of. international observers fled as the clashes broke out local sybian minority has been under pressure to boycott the poll and to avoid further legitimizing the status of the breakaway costs of. big
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homes biggest states but big money troubles england's blue bloods are feeling the economic squeeze even though britain is recovering. one breadline a. when one speaks of the british aristocracy be traditional a landed gentry or a noble little what would imagine lavish lifestyles and grand estates as it would have been centuries ago but the reality today is not quite up to par as it would have been in the past. i'm on what we called the job seekers allowance so i have to support this markup all or most single month loans. so each of us gets five pounds a day my wife and i this isn't what one would expect to hear from an earl heir apparent to the marquise side of aylesbury the estate has been in the family for a thousand years but he's now in a fierce legal battle with the state's trustees with no access to his money i have no money to heat the house there is the horten with us so when my wife and i want
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to wash we go down to the public both them over the financial times reports high court cases of beneficiaries challenging trusts doubled from two thousand and ten to two thousand and twelve coinciding with the financial crisis the cost of looking after a large house is staggering on a yearly basis this stately home in norfolk was built in the late nineteenth century and while much of the state remains intact parts of it have been left to wreck and ruin and restoring it to its full glory could cost up to three million pounds add to that gas electricity water maintenance the list goes on around sixty percent of british historic homes are now open to the public and use for various purposes such as weddings conferences and tours and this one in particular used to be used as a wedding venue and the reason for such diversification is to be able to generate some income for properties that are very expensive to keep them going the reality is that the cost of maintaining these houses is so great now their stocks it tend
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to be a very asset rich but cash pull something that holds very true for this girl even finding a job it didn't quite work out for him because there is great unemployment because of the great recession and. i'm not i don't have many skills that i can so i come across dr saw her a few part time jobs as a driver. delivery driver van driver lorry driver i don't know what my peers think they must think. i shudder to think what they must think of what's going on you. yes and it seems a title can only mean so much when cash is still king just or so. we've plenty more in our website to including russia's breaking new records with its black gold online we report on how the country set an all time high in oil production and arrested for simply driving a car the story of
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a woman desperately trying to get her sick father to hospital but he gets the full force of saudi arabia's strict ban on women behind the way. coming up next insight into america's middle east meddling in crosstalk. remember way back when we first talked about the first downloadable guns that could be printed out on a three d. printer at home while technology moves pretty quickly because british police have already busted in the legal armory pretty out firearm parts and special three d. printers this technology may make gun control literally impossible in the same way that banning and burning books has become futile and the past they used to be able to just burn books or forbid them from being printed but in the age of the internet
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all you need is a scanner and an internet connection and the information that's found in a book cannot be destroyed because it is out there on the magical ether of the air at so basically the near future any person with even half a brain and some patients could start making guns in their basement which means the gun control laws will basically become pointless because they'll never be able to catch all the people doing it nor will be able to take the guns not even obama or the hardest of hardcore liberals this technology could be the best thing to happen to the second amendment ever but fascist my opinion.
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is. hello. and welcome to cross talk where all things considered i'm peter lavelle shifting sands and alliances advances and reversals outside military intervention and stalemate these are among some of the descriptions that apply to the middle east since the start of the arab spring what are we experiencing in this turbulent region the end of the west neocolonial order to be drawing of the map or merely instability and violence with no end in sight. to cross talk to developments in the middle east i'm joined by our son in washington he's a visiting scholar at the carnegie endowment for international peace and in london we crossed his aida leave say he is a political analyst and writer i'd gentlemen cross-talk rules and i think that means you can jump in anytime you want and i very much encourage it if i go to you
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first in washington it's been a long two years in the greater middle east and then all started out going by calling it the arab awakening. do you like terms like that anymore does it does it have it does that resonate with you considering what's happened in so many different countries in this very volatile region. well i think the first thing to say is that it i've never really considered it actually a useful term from the beginning and one of the things about the arab spring is the way people refer to it is that they sort of understood it as a transitional process that would lead to democracy but ultimately we had no idea whether that would be the case from the very beginning so if you talk to people down the grounding karl rove and cheney what you find is that they refer to the individual revolutions as the tunisian revolution the egyptian revolution the syrian civil war and i think about smart a much better way of referring to it ok how do you how do you feel about using the term arab spring arab awakening two years on because as we just heard i mean in
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each individual country circumstances are different but i think one could make the claim that a lot of the there are a lot of other issues that they have in common in common particularly our west a dictatorship supported by western powers i mean this is one commonality almost all of them of. well i mean this is absolutely true i mean we mustn't lose sight of the fact that what happened in the arab region which started off in tunisia and then rapidly spread and swept the arab region particularly going through egypt which is one of the most and staunchest and close as ally of the united states was people actually of the world thing standing up to the genes dictatorships which where whole heartedly an emphatic the supported by the usa the majority of that asians were actually true supporters and allies of the united states and the people in the.


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