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former egyptian leader mohammed morsi and a group of fellow is almost accused of stirring up bloody unrest during his presidency seven taj the first day of their trial forcing the judge to adjourn the hearing live pictures you're looking at. the justice system looking only at brotherhood members with impunity for security services and we're showing you live scenes outside the chord we're increasing numbers of angry morsy and muslim brotherhood supporters are protesting against their leaders detention also this hour here in our t.v. . 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 that stove the truth the fugitive whistleblower publicly rails against making criminals of those
who tell the truth as washington reiterates that he will get no clemency once u.s. prosecutors get hold of him. and iran supreme leader to fans president rouhani on seeking more talks with america the spy a growing anger from hardliners who refused to back off from demonizing the usa. well this is our team coming to you live from the russian capital i'm marina joshie and welcome to the program. well. r t is also a correspondent inside the police academy building where the hearings are taking place and we'll be getting an update from bell true as soon as we can and now
though here's a report on the public reaction to the prosecution of morsi and his fellow islamists. about the story 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 rami has little hope for egypt's future as mostly goes on trial for incitement to kill protesters. and 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 that gets 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 in transition and so on and forth and so on interest again and again the problem now that we need to stand up and agree on a specific group of transitional justice either we're trying everyone on meaningful we're taking them to the south africa bureau and many many of them that's too funny for station 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 for egypt but rather set the stage for further instability and turmoil. boccieri. well now let's been point milestones in post revolution in egypt the ousting of a longtime army backed leader hosni mubarak was followed by over a year of political turmoil which finally saw the election of islam as leader mohamed morsi as president in june two thousand and twelve well as mentioned earlier his push to turn egyptian constitution to a muslim code sparked a deadly unrest in december the same year although zat violence can be compared to the bloodbath of the summer a military coup against morsi in july was followed by months of vicious crackdowns against his supporters and the muslim brotherhood well in which more than a thousand people have been killed egyptian journalist and political analyst while
iskandar thinks that trial that starts the day is morsi is 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 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 but that with the intent of trying him is not really to state of law or democratic transition or or even or any of this stuff the same time we're seeing a lot of. ministers that were part of it the interior ministers that served under him have actually felt protesters they are not being tried along with morsi and so
therefore this is seen as very very highly politicized and the man of the people who want to see a lot of the muslim brotherhood behind bars. well just a day before the trial opens u.s. secretary of state john kerry matta gyptian leaders in cairo urging down to commit to transparent justice but surprisingly kerry didn't mention mohamed morsi by name during a news conference washington's role in shaping events in egypt and around it is thrashed out later this hour in crosstalk rejecting the middle east the united states still maintains a hedge of monica role this is what their ultimate goal is they don't really call kerry a 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 of eve and riyadh. yeah i think that's true i think ultimately the security having a hedge of money over the region so the instability whether it comes through democracy or through authoritarian regimes is ultimately the end going 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 with the view of you know what why how can how does this inform our counterterrorism policy how does it seem former counterproliferation policy how does this inform our energy policy it's an. issue that comes to the fore with the united states this 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. now the highly charged trial of deposed egyptian leader mohamed morsi has had a troubled start both inside and outside court he's accused along with fourteen others of an siding the killing of protesters last december let's get now more on this is from our correspondent policy or who is live for us in cairo well paula as
we know the trial has been adjourned can't tell us why it's been delayed. but yes a short time ago judge adjourned the proceedings that are happening inside the police academy which is just behind me this is because mohamed morsi and the fourteen co-defendants who are all members of the muslim brotherhood started shouting that this whole court proceeding is that. they are insisting that morsi but mainz the digital image of the president of this country and that this is a position that is his and till such time that he is taken away through the ballot box and not through what they say is a military coup now here in front of the police academy a crowd has been gathering since seven and a half this morning with morsy was caught here of course he's been in detention center. july the third when he was overthrown a short time ago there was a scuffle not far from where i'm standing between journalists and a number of protesters who attacked him at the moment the situation is calm but
there are very real concerns that it could descend into chaos as the day progresses there are some twenty thousand security officers who have been deployed in the program of this police academy there are currently protests happening at the constitutional court at morsi his hometown and in a matter and in a number of other focal points there has been a call by morsy supporters for nationwide protests throughout the course of today's of course this is a debate that the police are taking very very serious be the onus now is on the prosecution team to prove that morsi is indeed responsible for the deaths of at least ten antigovernment protesters last december be charges against mosi are that he was involved in an incitement to murder and he of course has rejected these charges he is insisting on defending himself he won't take a lawyer he says because this will give legitimacy to the proceedings happening inside of this court at the same time though the twenty five lawyers that have been
appointed to defend morsi and the muslim brotherhood supporters only ten of them have been given permits and just a few days ago they were handed some seven thousand pages of documents with the charges against them so there's a lot of criticism a lot of anger against what many here particularly in front of this police academy say is an illegitimate trial. for politics well engineered for bringing us this update in painting the picture of what's happening in egypt at the moment well as that you were telling us what's going on there we got the very latest from our that the trial is adjourned until january of the aids so we'll be of course be bringing you more on what's happening in egypt as we get it here on r.t. . now edward snowden has been publicly justifying his security leaks and a german magazine he also launched a broadside at washington's persecution of him and renewed his calls for better
global protection for people's rights and privacy more now from our correspondent berlin peed all over the spy can't be allowed to dictate our politics that's according to whistleblower edward snowden writing in the major german news weekly spiegel 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 cause it could come out if there was any big investigation into just exactly what had gone on in terms of the n.s.a. spying program however amongst those fifty that say it snowden should should come to should be allowed to come to germany is one that says one seemly 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. now edward snowden's believe for clemency is finding no sympathy in washington white house officials along with senior lawmakers stressed the former n.s.a. contractor ship a for violating american laws for a british intelligence agent and he was shot explains why she thinks the scandal
has gathered such momentum who is actually breaking the or here because all the ground that my agency say they are legally allowed to spy on the distance appear to be very legally dubious at best what we're seeing in the last decade is the sheer technological scale of the spying industrial scale that by and the new technology has allowed that to happen and the laws which are supposed to be democratically. how we are spied on are just not keeping up the twentieth century north and now we're dealing with twenty first century tech. you know diplomats who travel to washington for explanations about the n.s.a. snooping practices came back was a little r.t.s. over seven hours they spoke to the head of the european mission who says the american counterparts successfully deflect mannie accusations to be honest we didn't expect one hundred percent answers we went to washington the whole nature of investigating the student allegations of mass surveillance of spying 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 and 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 mass surveillance activity and you saw that coming from the n.s.c. on capitol hill while we were there. the justification given was public it was about this was done on the basis of you know the necessity of argy 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.
now the turmoil on least by the n.s.a. revelations don't and they are as we record surely here on r.t. and it's britain's prime minister lad from dozens of human rights groups who accuse him of infringing freedom of speech and expression that's a had. wealthy british style it's time to retire from. the. markets why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy is a report on our. choose
your language. make it with know if you're going to show some of. the consumer. choose the opinions that. choose the stories that impact. choose access to. welcome back you're watching r.t. live from moscow now governments around the world have been calling for an anti u.s. mass surveillance but so far britain isn't among doubt prime minister cameron has
in fact been criticized in an open letter signed by seventy human rights groups who believe his fighting on the wrong side of this issue our london correspondent sara first joins us now for more on is this sara so do tell us what exactly a mr cameron is accused off. well some very strong words for the prime minister there from those human rights organizations and they're fighting back against what they call the eroding of fundamental rights in the now let's take a look over some of the main points that that letter raises and their concerns center around the use of terrorism legislation against david miranda when he was detained at heathrow airport they also talk about the sustained pressure against media organizations reporting the edward snowden leaks the guardian newspapers come under a huge amount of pressure you cast your mind back they had government officials actually enter their building and destroy the hard drives now i think
a very interesting point that the lesson makes is over the potential violation of freedom of expression now this is the argument we hear the u.k. government use a lot when they're condemning the leaks being published that it's damaging national security in the u.k. now in the letter it says that the protection of national security can be a legitimate reason for limiting the freedom of expression but and this is the really important point that governments must demonstrate that the expression actually harms the national security not simply enough for them to say that it will now coming up this week we're going to see the heads of m i five m i six and t.c.h. key questioned in an open evidence session that's going to be broadcast fire public satellite leg so this debate certainly not going away however much you can imagine u.k. government will be wishing it will right now and of course we'll be bringing you all those developments as they happen right sir thanks very much indeed for
bringing us this a big live from london. now tens of thousands have gathered in front of a former u.s. embassy in iran to protest president rouhani says story peace outreach to washington that's despite the fact that iran's supreme leader warren the country's hardliners the day before not to undermine the nuclear negotiations the fanning chosen course of action the newly elected has already is under serious domestic pressure for extending an olive branch to the united states the hope anti-riot is that america will ease up on sanctions in return for more openness from iran his nuclear program will again be an ally in why this thursday but with a little enthusiasm at home rouhani may be facing a tough sell as paul scott now reports. islamic republic of iran is ready to engage immediately in time bound talks to build mutual confidence and the
removal of mutual uncertainties hyson rouhani as recent speech at the u.n. general assembly was said by many to represent a flooring in relations between tehran and washington a sign that the iranian leadership is keen to initiate warmer ties with the global 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 i'm to us propaganda contestants are invited to submit photographs posters caricature poems him and blogs all relating to the slogan down with the usa over three thousand dollars 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. 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 verifiable accountable transparent process is in place despite efforts
by the u.s. government to suggest the 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 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 put scott r.t. . well restrictions against iran have been widespread and imposed very slowly by the united nations the european union the united states and other countries the u.n. security council has ratified four rounds of sanctions since two thousand and six including bans on heavy arms supplies and nuclear technology the e.u.'s restrictions range from gold trade to oil imports the united states impose an almost total economic embargo on iran and energy products financial institutions and aircraft parts all this led to iran enjoying currency riots
a shortage of basic medicines and trouble buying anything from abroad a former advisor to iran's nuclear negotiating team says iranians aren't sold on america's now warmer approach there's a group in iran that is deeply suspicious of the united states based on is his long standing animosity toward iran is the 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 you very inflexible and hard line negotiation a strategy that demands much concession from iran without expressing willingness to you know show. any ability 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. negotiation round in geneva and that should be very disheartening to many iranians who are looking for. concrete tangible signs of good faith to r.t. iran by the united states. the worsening economic situation inside iran means the country is finding other ways to make ends meet china has reportedly agreed to finance various projects by blogging twenty two billion euros of oil assets. deal in the why not the dollar so the sanctions don't affect china's business with its third biggest crude oil supplier political analyst side mohammad marandi says the us 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. the iranian economy and they've already succeeded in killing people because for example iran has had great difficulty importing medicines so. upset with this but. we are seeing increasingly countries moving away from the united states companies in the united states and even individuals. investing in iran without taking the sanctions regime into consideration now a crowd of up to eight thousand there are defining the chilling of amber rain in moscow in the so-called russian march organized by the country's nationalist correspondents is for us what it mean is this gathering coincides with unity day which is public all the day so what's the purpose of today's event.
well essentially. it's a good reason for. more. sensually promise to bring thousand people even though they got mission only fifteen thousand to be. obviously on the spots to prevent any possible. rather. it's really pouring down right now. probably had something to do with this. the march having said that it's important to mention that a lot of the people who are present here they were officially yelling some very nationalistic very provocative slogans essentially calling on to kill people who
are not known russian origin despite those slogans tobar like i said everything has gone down pretty peacefully what started out as a very large march has been billed to about a hundred if not let's say people who are caught stay behind for the month that is also wrapping up at the moment in moscow. criterion thanks very much indeed for zero zero bring us older very latest on what's happening in one of the suburbs of moscow the russian march they are going to be reporting. at insight into america's middle east meddling that axed in crosstalk. this immediately goes so we leave the people. of the sea who should surely play you for the musical. for shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from. politic only of our team.
a pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm sure. hello and welcome to cross talk where all things considered i'm peter lavelle shifting sands and alliances advances and reversals outside military intervention in 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 colonial order the redrawing of the map or merely instability and violence with no end in sight.