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former egyptian leader mohammed morsi goes on trial accused of stirring up bloody unrest during his presidency. to general practice brotherhood a very selective prosecutions on the part of the justice system looking only at brotherhood members with impunity for security services these are live pictures from outside the court where increasing numbers of morsy supporters are gathering also this hour. don't despise the dictates of politics those are the words of edward snowden writing in a major german publication as he lays out what he calls his mother for truth the fugitive whistleblower publicly rails against criminalizing telling the truth this washington reiterates that 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. casting twenty four seven live from moscow you with our take. 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 tear in predecessor hosni mubarak mohamed morsi has arrived for his trial accused of inciting the murder of protesters last december is supporters have been gathering outside the court these are live pictures of the crowds which are still
growing and if convicted morsy could be sentenced to life in prison or even face the death penalty during last year's are no rest egypt was experiencing mass public outrage at the government's attempts to push through an islamist leaning constitution and give the president sweeping powers report 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 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 this he refuses to do morsy is standing trial for inciting the . of opposition protesters last december most people here however believe that this is a political trial more than anything else as my colleague belle truth reports. the . grammy it is known as the sting 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 rami has little hope for egypt's future as mostly goes on trial for incitement to kill protesters are going for the revolutionaries and 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 turn while the morsy 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 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 this coming at
a time when there is a general crackdown against a 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 sworn in for instance on interest again and again the problem now that we need to sit down and agree on a specific transitional justice even retiring everyone on meaningful work treaty. the route to the south africa bureau and many many of them that is true for me was leisure that seems far away as pre-move protests and clashes with security forces continue to rock the nation the fear is more sees trial will not deliver much needed justice to egypt but rather set the stage for further instability and turmoil. tree for r.t. . so let's pinpoint the milestones in post revolution egypt the ousting of longtime
army backed leader hosni mubarak was followed by over a year of political turmoil which finally saw the election of islamist leader mohammed morsi is president in june twenty twelve as i mentioned earlier his push to turn egypt's constitution into a muslim 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 issues crackdowns against his supporters and the muslim brotherhood in which more than a thousand people have been killed egyptian journalist and political analyst while askand thinks the trial that starts today is more sees political assassination. 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 the muslim brotherhood ideology and the way he ran the country with the intent of trying him is not really to state of law or a democratic transition or or any of the stuff the same time we're seeing a lot of his. ministers that were part of it the interior minister that served under him. rabbi actually the protesters they are not being tried along with morsi and so therefore this is seen as very very highly politicized in the hands of the people who want to see a lot of the muslim brotherhood behind bars. well just a day before the trial opened u.s. secretary of state john kerry met egyptian leaders in cairo urging them to commit to transparent justice but surprisingly kerry didn't mention mohammed morsi by name
during a news conference washington's role in shaping events in egypt and around it is thrashed out in today's crosstalk. rejigging in the middle east were the united states still maintains they had your moniker all this is what their ultimate goal is they don't really cock area care about the coloration of the regime as long as it plays into a security arrangement but 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 money over the region and stability whether that comes through 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 is with 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 this political rule 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 a little later on now edward snowden has been publicly justifying his security leaks in a german magazine he also launched a broadside at washington's persecution of him and we need his course for better global protection for people's rights and privacy more now from our correspondent in berlin piece rather. the spy can't be allowed to dictate our politics that's according to whistleblower edward snowden writing in the major german news weekly beagle he's put forward what he calls his manifesto for truth and which he condemns the security agencies around the world that have set out to smear not only
him but also those journalists that have published his articles in various publications around the world he also saying that we need to stop this kind of spying culture that is taken over it's all part of a major major set of articles about edward snowden in this in the german paper it comes on the back of their support for edward snowden here in germany and in a massive increase we've seen a group of over fifty senior public figures calling for him actually to be to be granted asylum here in germany now the article it does say that something that perhaps the current german government wouldn't support because suggesting that some of the skeletons in their own closet could come out if there was any big investigation into just exactly what it got on in terms of the n.s.a. spying program however amongst those fifty that say it's not and should should come
to should be allowed to come to germany is one that says one senior former german politicians say edward snowden has done a great service to the western world and now it's up to us to help him so huge support for snowden and he's laying out his ideas right here in the german press and as you might expect edward snowden's plea for clemency is finding new sympathy in washington white house officials along with senior lawmakers stressed the former n.s.a. contractor should pay for violating american law as well former british intelligence agent and a mash on explains why she thinks the scandal has gathered such moment. who is actually breaking the or here because all the ground that he fired at you say they are legally allowed to smile netizens appear to be very legally dubious at best but we're seeing in the last decade is the sheer technological scale of the spying
industrial scales by the new technology has allowed it to happen and the laws which is supposed to be democratically and we see how we are spied on are just not keeping up the twentieth century nor so now we're dealing with twenty first century tech and the you diplomats who travel to washington for explanations about the n.s.a. snooping practices came back with little r.t. sophie shevardnadze 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 when we went to washington the whole nature of 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 we did 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 would 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 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 out to 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. and you can watch that episode in about fifteen minutes time also to come it seems
times are tough for the english aristocracy. truth group on the point because i mean. i'm not i don't have been in school for boys and so on. are taking me to the upper crust who are now down on their luck and living on welfare this story and more after a quick break. wealthy british style. markets. find out what's really happening to the global economy for
a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines join in to cause a report on our to. speak your language. news programs and documentaries and spanish more matters to you. the alternative angles stories. here. in the spanish find out more visit. hello again tens of thousands have gathered in front of the former u.s. embassy in iran to protest president rouhani historic pace to washington despite the fact that iran's supreme leader warned the country's hardliners the day before
not to undermine the nuclear negotiations defending the chosen course of action the new deal. is under serious domestic pressure for extending an olive branch to the united states the hope enter on is that america will ease up on sanctions in return for more openness from iran nuclear program will again be in the limelight this the day but with little enthusiasm at home harney may be facing a tough sell paul scott reports. republic of iran is ready to engage immediately in time bound 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 community but not everyone is king for this to happen. the hard line conservative
protesters threw eggs at the president upon his return to tehran and now those 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 anti 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 the 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. while the slogan first came to prominence during the one nine hundred seventy nine iranian revolution and the u.s. backed government was overthrown and since then it's been widely used by critics of washington those critics now favor hailes 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 the and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil this administration has systematically imposed the toughest sanctions on iraq on iran ever there. states is not going to lift the sanctions until it is clear that a very very fireball accountable transparent process is in place despite efforts by the us government to suggest these sanctions aren't affecting the general population food clothes and even basic medicines have rocketed in price in recent years on the leadership's attempt to engage with washington has led to anti american slogans and 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. . restrictions against iran have been widespread and imposed variously by the united nations the european union united states and other countries and here's the detail united security council has ratified four rounds of sanctions since two thousand and six including bans on heavy arms supplies nuclear technology and blocking weapons exports the use restrictions range from selling materials for uranium enrichment to or oil imports and trade the united states impose virtually an almost total economic embargo on iran on energy products financial institutions and aircraft parts and banning firms from doing any business with the country and all this lead to iran and during currency riots a shortage of basic medicines and trouble buying anything from abroad
a former adviser to iran's nuclear negotiator thinks the reason why iranians don't trust the us is because of constant double speak. there's a group in iran that is deeply suspicious of the united states based on is history of longstanding animosity toward iran is the widespread perception in iran that the u.s. is engaged in a double speak to our iran on the one hand parking about engagement and respecting iran's rights and on the other hand adopting a very inflexible and hard line negotiation a strategy that demands much concession from iran without expressing willingness to you know show. any 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 the 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 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 in toronto in the un not the dollar so the sanctions don't affect china's business with its the biggest crude oil supplier political analyst side 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 make
ordinary iranians suffer as much as possible they want to have a state the iranian economy they've already exceeded in killing people because for example iran has had great difficulty importing medicines so the americans are definitely upset with us but as time goes on we are seeing it 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 a quick look at some other international news now peace talks on syria have stalled after the main western backed opposition group said it won't attend unless president assad 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 backs the s.n.c. while russia has been trying to convince all sides to negotiate the proposed
conference in geneva. by loans has marred a key local election in kosovo where ethnic serbs 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 me. international observers fled it as the clashes broke out the local serbian minority has been under pressure to boycott the poll and to avoid further legitimizing the state is a breakaway course of. becoming his biggest states but big money troubles england's bluebloods are feeling the economic squeeze even though britain is recovering r.t. says recently i met one breadline a. 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 call 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 this house there is the whole water in the house so when my wife and i want to wash we go down to the public both the mobile 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 estate 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 to be a very asset rich but cash pool something that holds very true for this girl even finding a job that didn't quite work out for him because through the great unemployment because of the recession in england. i'm not i don't have many skills that i can so i come across drives so i've had 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. on our website right now russia is 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 a woman desperately trying to get her sick father the hospital but he gets the full force of saudi arabia's strict ban on women behind the wheel. next washington's ducking and diving as is pounded with angry questions over its spying itself and next.
just scrambling to justify its actions and while we're waiting to learn what exactly obama wanted to hear in angola merkel's conversations the question remains will the west message to wall back to mass surveillance or will it submit to the reality of this one particular big brother presence. when i was spying on friday. and trust has been undermined what can stop the relationship from crumbling when europe forgive the u.s. for sneaking in snooping or will they hang up on the overly curious ally. but how much longer will snowden's revelations keep fanning the flames of the round and our guest today is to british labor i mean. well it's a really interesting visit and to be honest we didn't expect one hundred percent on sears when we went to washington the whole nature of investigating.