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massive fire is extinguished. the. blaze is believed to have started. and some support poured in from around the world as reels from a show with. other headlines with. politicians hold a media conference outside to show their support for a. look at the media's shock over the whistleblower. and human rights organizations cry foul offer of palestinian activist is denied entry to the u.s. he spoke to. his spirit. has been
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mobilized. trying. to national human rights defenders. thanks so much for joining us tonight on the program. devastating fire has been raging for nine hours. the main part of the structure has survived including the two towers but the roof. collapsed president has pledged to restore the building. shot at the ski with more details. we know the firefighters have been working throughout the evening trying to dampen down those flames we even heard that they had decided not to use aerial water bows is because they wanted to ensure that that frame didn't collapse and it looks like those
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reports coming through now that they have been able to secure that so some incredible news that stephanie given people here some good some cheer in fact we've had people singing throughout the evening trying to keep their spirits up as they've been watching this fire unfold a jewel in the crown if not just paris but in wolf heritage went up in flames unfitting very. front which is burning reduces frances is a lot of fires she's with the first king was crone she's really. is from edmonton tree from thirteenth century and everything is disappearing and defy you know to today in twenty one century and little the underbelly is a very beautiful symbolic of our country enough of our city of paris it's like a monument in the literary reason you tell you go and so that's
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a part of our culture and we are losing tonight and that's very sad for this dempsey's said look you have to battle. is the heart of paris it is grander it is monumental it is horrible to see everything we have learned growing up in small centuries of our heritage when news of this fire not spread out the church bells at certain churches across the city rang the bell tolls in solidarity to show that they were all thinking of not to our lady as it is in english and when to stand that a number of works of art have been rescued from this fire they are not damaged that's incredibly good news in terms of the heh. to try and preserve that for not and we also understand that the crown of thorns this was probably one of the most iconic and important relics that was contained in not that has also been rescued that
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is a relic that dates back to at least the fourth century although catholics believe that it was actually the crown of thrones that jesus is a war just before his crucifixion so an incredibly important relic to the catholic church here in france so that crown of thorns as well as many are works of art and of the relics have been saved by those firefighters who have been working tirelessly throughout the evening at this cathedral it's not just the building it's the heart of paris it was built all those years ago to represent paris being the economic the political and the cultural heartbeat of france and it remains just that twelve million people visit it every year it's the most visited site in paris possibly one of the most visited sites across the world but what we do know is that restoration work that was underway to try and stop it crumbling unfortunately hasn't done anything to stop this majestic crown jewel of france this french got
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sick architecture and architecture superbly example going up in ashes tonight but that good news coming through in very much welcomed by the people here that it looks like the construction itself has been saved as well as a number of works of art and important relics all have been rescued from the grips of that fire after the fire broke out wrong six in the afternoon local time on monday crowds gathered near the not for dawn praying for the cathedral to be saved local church officials were among those people. to get a legal or somebody did you need to go for us catholics it is a symbol of unity of the church that it is a place that has seen the great historical events of our country since the thirteenth century and it houses holy relic states in fact
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a fifth century we were about to start or easter celebrations there the pope at the world is sharing in francis shock the russian orthodox church called the fire a tragedy for the whole christian world leaders of numerous countries as well have expressed their condolences to the french nation. these horrible images of not to dawn on fire painful notre dame is a symbol of france and of all european culture all thought so with all french friends not your darm in flames a motion of the whole nation thought for all catholic and french people like our compassionate same sad tonight to see this part of us burn so horrible towards the massive fire at the not today in cathedral in paris perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out must act quickly and following the not true don for minute by minute not today on the perry belongs to all humanity what a spectacle what horror i share the emotion of the french nation which is ours as
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well the incident to notre dame as a catastrophe for france as well as for spain and europe frames that emotion eight hundred fifty years of history i could see a chip engine and sculpture it through a card to forget it france can count on mouse in order to recover the greatness of its heritage my thoughts are with the people of france tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blizzard not uncomfy drove. the theater was built in the twelfth century and a scene multiple restoration projects over the years that i just once thought to just this year in fact offer officials warned the entire structure was crumbling and in danger of collapse the cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in europe put pulls in around thirty million visitors every year out of college professor charles un and nine eleven first responder phillips france gave us their views on the firefighting operation. it certainly is
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a tensional for you pulled together to help rebuild and i think the rebuilding also helps you know the people of france and give them something. to rally around i think you've got. to stay with you original architecture but certainly as you build it back you can build it so this doesn't happen again. with materials that are less flammable and things like that you know i think you have to stick with the original framework and then i will have looked even if you've never been there you you you you feel the loss and you know maybe it's off your bucket list no i don't know the system that they had in place but i do know that a building that is eight hundred plus years old the timbers are dry and once they catch fire it spreads rapidly they want to keep the aesthetics of the building but
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while keeping fire safety is number one it's a real tough balance firefighters in paris they they went all out for this this is an iconic structure as we know has been standing in paris for over eight hundred years when this fire fell you know it takes everyone's breath away but that they're trying to preserve not only destruction but the price of salt works that are within the building i'd say they did a tremendous job just to save the other two towers is an amazing. firefighter safety is number one because we have to make sure that we can battle the blaze tomorrow as well and that's tough to balance when you're dealing with emotionally charged incidents when you have circumstances where civilian lives are being threatened and in a case like this where you're dealing with property that is or you know happy that has value of what you consider normal property so just. unbelievably historic call the fierce fire department i'm sure that's a sentiment that is shared worldwide that we want to see this fire be extinguished
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we want to see the property per serving as much as it can be and we want to see all those firefighters go off safely and completely completely shocked because this is not just one church but it is after a and b. doesn't the vatican to second most important symbol of christian europe so it is like on a christian europe being in the b.b. that is it's extremely difficult because. it has a mass to be as i think it takes and graphic stonemasons which and had them if ology which is very difficult to be. understood and if we construct it was more of a modern means still on the other hand it's a symbol of paris and i think in need we have the mission to rebuild it as good as possible. wiki leaks co-founder julian
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a son's who is now in prison and ahead of a hearing next month on extradition to the us egil my case i've spoken to the media outside the jail they'd spin schedule to meet assad's in london's ecuadorian embassy until last week's arrest and he said he's there with the details. i'm outside the prison where julian assange is being held in custody is a category a prison in south east london now earlier today members of the german bundestag and the european parliament were in front of the prison holding a press conference per testing against a songes arrest they believe it sets a dangerous precedent worldwide for journalists. journalists he's a whistle blower and needs international protection another criminal criminalization we recently he gave. truth he delivered to provide the truth to the public about the war crimes you rock and afghanistan
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and therefore he should be awarded to criminalise he says that most of the sins of the knights and. his accusers by you know he kept being in prison for all their life and it's not fair because he only than the cases that corruption cases the right information to society to people in the wall now the spanish m.e.p.a. and a memorandum of the times talking to a area where she received an official invitation from the ecuadorian embassy to visit a songe on monday however this was of course not possible over the weekends we had there were many supporters head right outside belmarsh prison carrying banners with the phrase don't shoot the messenger and since julian the sanchez arrest we've seen an outcry from an international audience regarding the potential extradition to the united states if anything though this is made people more aware about the
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revelations of wiki leaks and about questioning people and political power but the people i spoke to earlier the chairman and pays and the spanish i mean paid well they believe some kind of this information campaign is starting against a songe and they're very concerned about the. extradition haring to be held on may the second debate over whether the wiki leaks founder is a criminal or a journalist is continuing to heat up in the u.s. in fact r.t. america's cohen himself had heated exchange with some politicians here is his account. well the house foreign affairs committee tweeted democrat eliot engels statement in support of julian assange just prosecution saying he is in fact a tool of lattimer putin and the russian intelligence service know there's never been any evidence that proves let alone suggest a connection between we q leaks and the russian state or russian intelligence furthermore we can actually published embarrassing information not only about the
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united states and its allies but also about russia we can expose files series revealed more than two hundred documents about russian surveillance contractors so i responded with a tweet saying angle statement is an endorsement of president trump's attack on press freedom and i called it absolutely reprehensible now the house foreign affairs committee came back at me tweeting quote the first amendment protects free expression even for russian propaganda outlets like the one you work for it doesn't protect criminals who weaponized stolen information and i thought this was revealing for a number of reasons assan just charged with allegedly helping chelsea manning log in to a department of defense computer under an alternate identity computer that manning already had access to not weaponize and stolen information and that's a reference to publishing stolen or perhaps the leaked e-mails from the campaign
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to prove that the democratic primary was rigged in favor of hillary clinton and against bernie sanders but it also shows what many have argued that this charge is the thin veil for in the words of a guardian op ed to punish those who expose embarrassing secrets about its actions about the united states actions and on top of that assad has not yet been extradited if he even will let alone tried in the united states and there are two. in the u.s. constitution talk about due process and there is a concept called innocent until proven guilty so the house foreign affairs committee has declared songe is guilty for a crime that he's not even been tried for so this i think many would argue that this really reveals the true nature of his prosecution and we've seen many american politicians celebrating his arrest senator joe manchin even went as far as saying
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he's our property the property of the united states though a few like democratic presidential candidate told see gabbert have come out in his defense as has the american civil liberties union they've also criticize songes arrest but they have been in the minority. getting that much support in the media as a hero that's now appear largely to turn against him painting him as a villain but i guess the looks at what's behind his fall from grace. you want to see just how radically the media you turned on a songe from champion of the press to a leper an outcast all you need to do is watch saturday night live it's comedy but boy does it hit home. thanks to wiki leaks you can see how corrupt governments operate in the shadows and then lie to those who elect them thanks to facebook you
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can finally figure out which sex in the city character you are i've attacked u.s. military. because i'm an actor james bond supervillain and i'm one step away from destroying the god. because reality is entirely less funny what i songes faced a tidal wave of smear really ugly stuff a little over a decade ago the us military declared war on wiki leaks drop a plan which was actually need a plan to discredit it and terrorize whistleblowers and it looks like they're winning. wiki leaks uses trust as a center of gravity by showing insiders leakers and whistle blows who pass information to wiki leaks personnel or who post information to the website that they will remain anonymous the identification exposure terminations employment criminal prosecution legal action against current or former insider is leakers or
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whistleblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others from considering similar actions from using the wiki leaks website back then at the turn of the decade as sanj was a hero of the pundits cheered his leaks exposing bush era war crimes exposing the elites corporations politicians how they loved him for it was outstanding journalism their words he was given on or after on or including the economist's new media award back then we get leaks was news wiki leaks is an online news organization that specializes in publishing documents alleging government and corporate misconduct we invited judean a song editor in chief of wiki leaks and in pity. how times have changed what was news in two thousand and ten is enemy propaganda now journalistic hero or
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enemy agent asks the same economist neither reads the subtitle just a useful idiot who the economist awarded for his stellar journalism or take a magazine who gave their front cover to a songe in two thousand and ten now they run virtual hit pieces quoting and headlining anyone that doesn't like a songe it seems be it hillary clinton or a judge that met him once and labeled him a narcissist gets much dirtier uglier out. outlets that have historically supported and cheered america's wars such as the atlantic put out feces packed hate mails or the equivalent of musingly enough the hack behind this story first calls out assad just permissibility with facts and almost immediately
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after says this artist tagline his question more and indeed one might inquire how it came to pass that the spin off of a kremlin propaganda organ and now registered foreign agent in the united states first arrived on the scene i stand ready to answer your inquiry unlike other networks and publications who all learned at the same time that might be leaving the embassy we could leaks told everyone unlike them we took it seriously we went and documented what happened this is called journalism journalism like what i songe did when he exposed various war crimes he's a publisher buz he's a journalist he. and the material that he leaked we know from the pedestrian mails from the logs is real and credible and was published by mainstream
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organizations once it was released by wiki leaks that very news organizations that over many days over several decades of which the documents that wiki leaks provided last instantaneously once those documents route turned on assigned him so that rate prodding from the national security state so of course there was an effort to discredit and to carry out a very sustained and unfortunately quite effective. character assassination of the shah a songe to isolate him and demonize him in the eyes of. at the end of the day come on we all know the exact moment these people turned against their former hero. maybe you're kind of picking up where julian a songe was before he went bad because we used to like you know we used to really be doing a good service and then something happened i guess his hatred for hillary clinton
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maybe is would turn him basically into someone who was a russian. aid really yes yes of course as. hillary never did anything wrong she was perfect wasn't she. a prominent palestinian activist has been prevented from flying to the us from israel that's the spite having a valid visa. is the co-founder of movement to boycott israel and what it considers the jewish state's oppression of palestine we spoke to him to hear his story. i was . prevented from boarding a flight tel aviv airport because under instructions from the u.s. consulate u.s. immigration have banned me from entering the u.s. despite having a valid visa and valid travel documents we see this as outsourcing its mccarthyite antidemocratic repression against the b.d.s. movement for human rights in palestine to the united states the us administration
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has been mobilized now to do israel's bidding in trying to silence palestinian israeli and international human rights defenders who are active in this extremely important and very effective nonviolent b.d.s. movement or human rights groups have expressed outrage at washington's decision calling the cooling at the politicization of borders so far american authorities have refused to comment insisting all information relating to the case is confidential it was travelling to the us to take part in a speaking tour of several prominent universities including panels with policymakers and journalists. co-founded the boycott divestment and sanctions movement voters b.d.s. that was back in two thousand and five it calls on the international community to stop supporting israel and its companies it also seeks to return west bank territory to the palestinians in turn israel accuses the movement of being anti semitic dyker director of the jerusalem center for public affairs says the decision
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to deny booty entry was not arbitrary. i think that is the that's the argument that we're hearing all over the place is that this is what they call the shutting of mouse in the and the closing of free and the prohibition of free speech but this is not the issue of omar barghouti omar barghouti from the united states' point of view is a foreign agent with terror links the islamic jihad p f l p hamas and other designated terror get as asians by the united states and europe so they don't like to have those types of terror linked individuals coming into the united states well today over half of all u.s. states have introduced laws penalizing boycotts against israel earlier this year the senate passed a bill allowing states to terminate contracts with entities which support the war quote movement. again says this legislation comes from fear of the movement growing in popularity the u.s. supreme court ruled that boycotts for political social and economic change are
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considered free speech protected by the first amendment of the us constitution so all those twenty seven states are following israel's orders basically but they're violating their own u.s. constitution we will challenge that we are challenging that in u.s. courts a.c.l.u. is challenging at least three states on their antidemocratic. laws and we think we will prevail in that struggle israel is trying to suppress b.d.s. from above by passing laws because it has miserably failed to stop the immense growth of the movement at the grassroots level among the trade unions churches women's groups energy beauty groups and so on and so forth there's the headlines for this hour join us again in thirty minutes for the latest global news update so what's the international.
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on this edition of the program we discussed one in one issue only the feet of julian a song and the fate of journalism itself. bests drugs were her cocaine as were four bucks for dia under fifty it's a good job everybody use cocaine crack cocaine you can smoke it this is worth like fifteen thirty. twenty. k. to this is about a fifteen dollar big people smoke this one figures a sweetie you go for these drugs in any city in the united states that you walk
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along as you want to get about the. make money. and that's what i do every day. seemed wrong. well just don't call. me but yet to shape out just because that's ok and engagement equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. greetings and salutations. accountability and justice took
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a heavy blow this week oct watchers as the international criminal court despite twenty thousand pages of evidence and information declined to investigate and prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the various groups involved in the afghanistan war including the cia and members of the us armed forces yes despite an incredible effort by i.c.c. prosecutor fatu been so to to bring the case before the court a panel of judges ruled on friday that while there is supposed. to the crimes and the request is within the court's jurisdiction the current circumstances of the situation in afghanistan are such as to make the prospects for a successful investigation and prosecution extremely limited to this one one might ask has there ever been good circumstances or situations where the investigation and prosecution of war crimes in the first place naturally the
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leadership of those countries and groups accused of these crimes are well they're a lated a white house spokesperson told the media quote we welcome this decision and reiterate our position that the united states holds american citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards the white house spokesperson went on to slam the i.c.c. stating since the creation of the i.c.c. the united states has consistently declined to join e.c. the united states has consistently declined to join the court because of its broad unaccountable prosecutorial powers the threat it poses to american national sovereignty and other deficiencies that render it illegitimate. deficiency is that render it illegitimate. like say not ratifying the court's legal authority and therefore giving yourself a free pass on the legal obligations to it like the bush administration did back in two thousand and two after after it started the war in afghanistan because
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a who needs accountability when you've got a military industrial complex to feed in the host of wars sorry humanitarian interventions in the docket let's start watching the hawks. get the. real thing this would be. as a teacher to pull out of. the day like you that i got. with that we. would. be. welcome on the watch of the hawks i am tyrrel them to and i'm top of the lot so here we are yes once again discussing the international criminal court which according to so many is just some while it's. hot.


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