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world's attention to the ways that some. of our. little stories oh now see upward into the mud of civilians allegedly involving american soldiers abandoned after the u.s. denies access to the suspects we'll hear from a journalist who says he's got proof u.s. soldiers aren't to blame. the special forces and their translators were indeed responsible for these men's fate. also the sanctions stay america prolongs the state of emergency and its relations with iran and some won't even tougher restrictions despite attempts to seal a nuclear agreement plants. have been a bridge to seduce and for at least thirty years in this country. will meet a man who was taunted by controversial british government campaign to weed out in the.
international news life for most of this is all see with me. thanks for joining us . a probe into the killings of civilians in afghanistan has been dropped after the u.s. refused to cooperate american special forces are suspected of the murders but investigators have been refused access to about a dozen men were detained during u.s. raids in afghanistan's wardak province between october two thousand and twelve and february twenty eighth and disappeared ten bodies were later discovered just several hundred meters from an american military base u.s. military in its troops were not to blame and had to knowledge of illegal and no knowledge of illegal killings but journalist mass he spent five months investigating the didn't and in rolling stone magazine he claims to have seen
evidence proving the guilt of american soldiers. who had the chance to ask him what he found. the special forces team the greenbury a team as they're called was deployed to an isolated valley west of kabul where the other insurgent groups have a very heavy presence and what happened was over last winter the locals are complaining that the special forces team in their translators were murdering people torturing them abducting them and disappearing them just extraordinary allegations that at the time were essentially unproven after the special forces team was forced out of the area by the afghan government bodies sort of showing up outside the base bodies that they said were the bodies of ten men who had been seen rounded up by the americans and then were not able to be found either by the red cross or by the afghan government. so i essentially investigate allegations of the body of
testimony from calls from officials. also learned about two confidential u.n. and red cross investigations that corroborated the allegations that suggested that the special forces and their translators were indeed responsible for these months for a potential war crime allegations that they prove to be correct has there been any account to build. if for what happened to matthew well the military says that it opened a criminal investigation so they declined to comment for the story save the call the speeches ongoing but in the five months that i spent reporting the story no single one of the witnesses that i spoke to had ever been contacted by a u.s. military investigator so it really does beg the question of whether the investigators are actually going to be able to establish any sort of accountability for what happened there well certainly disturbing indeed but this isn't the first time that we've heard of allegations of torture and abuse by western forces in afghanistan and i wonder if you can sort of speak more broadly about this in a wider context well while the allegations and these incidents are kind of
unprecedented in their severity and scale they do fit part of a larger pattern of recurring abuse of detainees in u.s. and afghan allied custody as well as continued lack of any sort of accountability for individuals or at the implicated in this kind of abuse of detainees is a recurring pattern of abuse and a recurring pattern of a lack of accountability and this incident really has to be seen in the context of the. delegations. tensions between washington and kabul over a joint security pact that agreement defines the future of u.s. troops other foreign forces was drawn by the end of next year and american soldiers immunity is the most crucial part of the deal as a chicken explains. afghan authorities have repeatedly asked the u.s. to allow them to question the soldiers at the base but the u.s. repeatedly rebuffed the request u.s.
forces are immune from afghan law for not full long the immunity issue is the various stumbling block on the way to an agreement between the u.s. and afghanistan under which some u.s. troops leave state of ghana's stay in past twenty four teen and that's what the obama administration wants immunity for the troops so that they can stay beyond two thousand and fourteen the same agreement that the u.s. wanted with iraq but iraq refused to grant u.s. forces further immunity from justice incidents like the killing of civilians in the word out province make it that much more difficult for the afghan government to justify such an agreement with the u.s. seen front of afghan people. some ahead for you this money woes that. is to take the own lives so to six inches there's one suicide every day. to bring you the broom one problem today. but on a council farm in britain
a say about blind is even was then official figures suggest our report is coming up in a few minutes. despite an apparent sore in the u.s. a rainbow nation is officially they remain in a state of emergency america's decades long sanctions regime has been poorly by president barack obama for another year and some lawmakers on capitol hill and even more restrictions put in place. a small. u.s. president barack obama says it's necessary for the thirty plus years of national emergency against iran to continue due to the fact that relations between washington and tehran have not returned to normal ironically the move comes as the international community continues taking significant steps to broker a deal over iran's disputed nuclear program now although last week's marathon ministerial talks in geneva ended without a deal on going to go between iran and western powers have been praised as
constructive and comprehensive with discussions scheduled to continue next week now the biggest obstacle to a breakthrough has been america's ally israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been publicly skeptical fiercely opposed to easing sanctions against tehran or unless its nuclear program is completely dismantled now u.s. lawmakers have promised to wait for a rethinking by secretary of state john kerry this week before deciding whether to impose tougher sanctions on iran but in the meantime pro israel groups have reportedly been ramping up lobbying. efforts on capitol hill pushing for more measures now some experts speculate that obama's ongoing state of emergency against iran has more to do with what he's saying israel reporting from new york. r.t. and in his daily briefing white house spokesperson jay carney says the you ass is
not in favor of rolling back restrictions this is ministration has imposed the most crippling sanctions in history against us. and we appreciate the leverage those sanctions have given us and it was however keen to stress that washington is still aiming for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis around iran's nuclear program we spoke to us foreign policy analyst and expert on iran's sariah alric she believes obama's latest move indicates otherwise. by sending a very clear message to tara that whatever agreement does make with iran in the future it cannot be trusted as it was not trusted in the past the negotiations started it was undersecretary of state wendy sherman saying that they do. not recognize iran's right to enrich uranium so they are interpreted the nonproliferation treaty to suit their politics i don't think that was ever the real
desire to bring going to a peaceful end to this negotiation. france refused to accept what it called a full game during talks on iran's nuclear program and was widely blamed for blocking and i am an international affairs columnist for the guardian newspaper jonathan steele explained what has believes paris is worried about. france is convinced it is meddling in a region which was traditionally at least in colonial times under french influence i mean syria and lebanon and they feel they took a very hawkish line against bashar al assad the president of syria when the uprising began two years ago they say he would be toppled quickly and they feel that it's really thanks to russia diplomatically and iran militarily that assad is still there and they feel very annoyed angry over that and the second reason i think is quite simply money they see that saudi arabia is also having a row with the united states partly wrong but partly over other issues and i think
they feel that they can get their foot in the arms sales door and take over as one of the major suppliers to saudi arabia which of course is a hugely lucrative market. the diplomatic wrangling around iran's nuclear program is debated in today's cross-talk of our ask his guest just how see where is the west was about finding agreement. and one do not times. spoke directly saying that binyamin netanyahu want direct leave off abuse that if the deal was a bad deal then there will be immediate action by israel on a certain number of. nuclear plants ok michael it sounds like there was that's extortion right there ok there is heavy pressure not just from the israelis but also from the saudis and other gulf countries warning the americans not to go too far the question for iran arises is the united states really committed to the
kind of end game that was understood or when they began this round of talks and i think that iran may and be wondering whether that is the case i think that's the real danger of. the u.k.'s home office is being heavily criticized for a campaign aimed at forcing illegal immigrants out of the country thousands of text messages were sent to their mobile phones of suspected illegal migrants warning them to leave britain laura smith investigates what effect it had. you'll phone. it's a text message a friend may be asking if you'll free for dinner or your mom just checking your ok but no it's the home office telling you you are illegal in this country and have to leave this is the text got fair enough if he was illegal but he's not and he doesn't even know how they got his details i have been
a british citizen for at least. in this country so. it's all part of a government campaign to weed out illegals first they said round threatening. and now threatening texts although the home office denies sending one to child it's triggered two hundred complaints but the government defends the program we are taking proactive steps to contact individuals who records show have novelli right to be in the u.k. some of which date back to december two thousand and eight we believe it's right to enforce the immigration rules chan who's an immigration case officer reckons it won't have any effect on genuine illegals they'll just get a new sim card but will intimidate and alienate entirely legitimate community is pointing to what's there we're not welcome in this country chinatown in london's
west end is where the majority of chance clients work and he says several of them have themselves received messages from the hope that together with a series of surprises raids on restaurants by the u.k. border agency makes the u.k. a pretty scary place to be chinese or indeed any kind of ethnic minority at the moment bans texts and raids all add up say activists to an anti immigrant campaign and jeremy corbyn m.p. who represents a multicultural constituency says we can expect to see more of it as the general election approach. i mean it's essentially a battle for political ground between the right wing conservatives and the far right you put it's a pretty unseemly image that we're getting this is electioneering paid for by the taxpayer knows strike great data is available yet for the forty thousand text messages although the home office reports just eleven illegal immigrants of god
haters the result of that it's cheaper than forcibly removing them apparently but at the cost of the goodwill of immigrant communities country white laura smith r.t. . and from norm but you case controversial go home campaign let's not cross the line to a child it came from the socialist workers party charlie welcome to arsene ice to have you with us so of course it's a very complicated issue of course but i would like to just start with something else at the move it children of men is set in a grim future but some parts of it seem to be very familiar let's now take a look together. i. will show you. how to.
do it saying this to me growing campaign is a worrying indication of where the u.k. is heading. i think it's a very dangerous and toxic policy which does indeed threaten to create the sorts of conditions which that film we've just seen indicated and in some ways is a throwback to the racist and fascist policies of the one nine hundred thirty s. i think we're seeing a two pronged attack one is to strike fear to intimidate immigrants to tell them they're not welcome here to try and stop them coming here and to reduce the rights of people who have come to britain to work and to study the other and indeed more important from the government's terms is to offer up immigrants as a scapegoat for the rest of the population so to say that there are real problems in society bad housing lack of jobs no future for young people and
instead of blaming those who are really responsible the politicians the big businessmen in the bankers instead we're encouraged to blame our neighbor workmate someone at school with us and to say that the immigrant is the problem not the rich and i think it's a terrible policy it's a racist policy it's a crass policy which is designed to make us choose the wrong targets for our anger ok so you think that this campaign hasn't been accurate in choosing their right people to warn right. oh i think any immigrants are not the right target i think it's extraordinary the casual way in which these people have been chosen by the home office and it's certainly a very interesting question of how they obtained their phone numbers but i'm against all the attacks on immigrants i think this notion of illegals the notion of people who don't have rights in britain we should remember that immigrants
contribute far more to the economy than they ever take out a far from being a drain on the welfare state these are the people who built the health service who built the education service who built the social care service in britain without them those services would collapse and instead of attacking immigrants we should be uniting with them. but it will grayson has to be controlled or do you think. you know before the first world war in britain there were no immigration controls such an extraordinary fact that most people wouldn't know i think immigrants are a tremendous benefit for britain they've bought a huge educational economic cultural benefits to britain we've gained far more from immigration than we've ever lost and we should be less defensive about it and say that immigrants are welcome here they've improved britain and instead of turning against them we should be welcoming them as our sisters and brothers and turning
our real anger against the people at the top of society who've bought us to do so economic crisis. but thank you very much indeed for expressing your position china came back thank you very much again we appreciate it. and also if you live in the u.k. be aware of annoying your neighbor you could go to jail for up to see years old beat flopped with an unlimited fine even new legislation against antisocial behavior comes into force we'll tell you more after this break. negotiations continue but that is not stopped the blame game from raging we are told around in the western powers are on the verge of leaving agreement regarding two ends nuclear programs then the talks stalled into the familiar stalemate the enemies of diplomacy appear to have the upper hand is more the only option left.
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welcome by the says see the president of poland has apologized for an attack on the russian embassy it was carried out by nationalist protests as a day this week when an independence much spiraled out of control and ten vonnegut also his post card has the details for us. the polish president has apologized on behalf of the country for monday's incident which the country's prime minister has described as an unacceptable act of aggression on monday was poland independence day and to mark the occasion a march was organized through the streets of warsaw but was hijacked by far right nationalists who provided the russian embassy with stones and firecrackers and slogans and banners with the russian sentiment some protesters even attempted to scale the walls of the embassy before the police dispersed the crowd with pepper spray and rubber bullets and around a dozen people were arrested in total now the incident has prompted the polish president komorowski to suggest the changing in the polish law so that protesters
are prohibited from covering their faces future demonstrations and he also claims that some are using this incident to suggest that poland is a russophobe nation and that is something that he strenuously denies playing he can sometimes be simply criminal. the unique style of a spanish pianist ends in a seven year jail sentence for defending her neighbor's sensitive is there were more details on our own for you. and america so we've been surveillance activities could backfire washington is warned that the n.s.a. is it could be the provocation for new terror attacks overseas and the danger is coming from one of his closest allies find out which one by going to our web site. is america's i'm going drone war defeating terrorism or merely slaughtering
civilians later on r.c.i. martin takes on that issue in today's. last night georgetown residents got an exclusive screening of a new drone movie outlining the human cost of this covert warfare that wasn't in a theater though instead it was on the side of the home and have it by department of homeland security nominee jay johnson has code pink organize the event in order to bring light to the fact that johnson is one of the main individuals behind the legal justification for these unmanned killer robots and while it's true that many people are responsible for the creation and codification of the drone program one historian argues that the buck stops where we at the white house is name is void gardner is the author of sixteen different books on u.s. foreign policy is the latest is called killing machine the american presidency in the age of drone warfare so what are your book is a strong indictment of obama's presidency in terms of foreign policy what has obama
done to exacerbate the war on terror well that's a very complicated question he obviously inherited a very bad situation in iraq remember obama said he wanted to change the mindset he not only wanted to change getting into the war why we got into the iraq war but the mindset that got us into the iraq war and many people assume that meant he was going to change some of the basic american foreign policies the george bush to push the limits of the certainly did change the minds now were completely detached from any sort of warfare or foreign policy that were perpetrated around the world. in britain causing a nuisance may become a crime punishable by jail terms or unlimited violence the lawmakers are considering a bill to toughen their were sponsored antisocial behavior even children as young
as ten could be charged under the new legislation and it also allows punishment for activities carried out in public which harm the quality of life for those living nearby the bills they phrasing and top approach has sparked major criticism among civil rights acts if it is activist and kerry and windows is one of those who launched an online petition to stop it from coming in to for. what they're attempting to do is give the police. to make any lawful protest immediately illegal simply because i quote this directly from the legislation may. always likely to cause nuisance or annoyance as you can imagine the whole point of protest is to cause nuisance and annoyance is to get in the way to disrupt people in their ordinary daily lives so that you can have them focus on an otherwise ignore. issue which is really important the more unnerving about this piece of legislation is it
also allows the police to then people from what they call a pallet locality hasn't been defined so it could be a city. a country. nobody really knows how to get the intervention of a court of law. china is seeking to diversify its economy with a more emphasis on markets and the private sector it's a new direction from the country's ruling communist party and the specific details when they announced could affect the entire globe china expert andrew k.p. liu says they change is needed to prevent social discontent and maintain the party's leadership. it doesn't change. the stock. in the kind of low level development you get middle income trap as it were but charges more it's built on energy intensive. calm economy
and and profit margins are being squeezed by a group of lawyers they shouldn't. hold grows it's become increasingly a noble. particularly with the problem and if you stand city and of course pollution and rising through this content because of the inequalities so all these are you drawn first for change in order to maintain the farthest leadership in order to and hold the legitimacy of the party. and some i think national news in brief this hour in egypt dozens have been angels after clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of president mohamed morsi at cairo's main sewer university both groups of three stones flares and molotov cocktails at each other forcing police to intervene with tear gas shop windows were smashed cars destroyed and got off the set on fire and rescue up to shortly after the government lifted a three month care a few state of emergency. around two hundred demonstrators marched through the
hague in protest against the racial violence the protests broke out ahead of a visit to the netherlands by french right wing leaves of marie le pen who will meet with dutch counterpart protests this rally through they say chanting and holding up two races. up next step crosstalk take the floor but if you're watching us in the u.k. it's over to ensure returns a full gallery underground. margy
dot com is launching a special project to mark the appalling scale of violence in iraq. we want you to know. on june sixteenth one thousand forty one we had a graduation party at school and the war broke out. shops were always full of goods we. were in september leningrad was blocked. one day mom went and saw that all the shelves were empty. in november the. warehouses it was the main storage place for all the food in the city people would be eating the earth because it had small
traces of sugar in it i tried to eat it as well but i couldn't. the third night it was incredibly heavy bombing. it was a direct hit on that very shelter and everyone was buried underneath. all of them. hello and welcome to crossfire where all things considered i'm peter logo negotiations continue but that has not stopped the blame game from raging we were told around.
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