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this is why you should. only. shock and fear and i would miss you brutal attacks on kurdish civilians in syria tells our to you what's happening in the ethnic enclaves now plagued by radical lists. made all foreign and defense ministers from russia and the u.s. are set to search for a solution to the syrian violence the first meeting since the diplomatic friction over n.s.a. leaker edward snowden called relations. and the roots and fruits of the arab spring we look at the ongoing democratic quizes and struggle for stability in the arab world more than two years after the uprisings.
for a most goods time i am here in the russian capital you're watching r t with me to. kurds who tried to report attacks by radical islamists in syria in danger of being abducted that's what an eyewitness to an assault has told our team the kurdish minority in syria has injured being the target of heavy attacks allegedly for around three weeks now with the alarming reports of killings and kidnappings growing our correspondent in the region it really has a story. our ticket is getting new details horrifying details from the eyewitnesses who happened to be in the area those details are extremely hard to come by because of the essential blockade information and physical blockade which has been put up against the rest of the world by the extremists who are permeating the kurdish areas and towns in the northeastern syrian provinces now we do get to manage to speak to some of the eyewitnesses for what is happening in this region we hear
truly horrendous reports. of doing this keep their shot militias raided their houses blew up some of them and robbed others now they have more than two hundred suing hostages we are in contact with some of those who managed to escape they are in a shock and fear for their logs the conditions are very bad people are in fear and terrorized. out of control there raiding the streets there's no media coverage and anyone who tries to reach out is being kidnapped by the militants the united nations investigators are on the ground right now trying to piece together whether earlier reports of some four hundred people being killed in cold blood are indeed true the u.n. has said that if indeed those reports have any basis in reality that this amounts to a war crime nevertheless this is doesn't seem to get any better even though it does get more coverage at this point the problem is like i said it's the lack of communication it's the lack of opportunity for people who are inside the kurdish towns and villages to reach out to the world because they are essentially fearful
to come out on the street where extremist groups are roaming cities and towns and of course the reporters or any other journalists or type people who are trying to get into the areas again they cannot get through because of the extremely dangerous situation so of course the situation doesn't seem to get any better and it is something that the international community is definitely becoming more and more alarmed about. you can follow it on twitter for the latest developments in the syrian conflict and the situation with the countries. that's a win for the peace in the kurdistan campaign calls on others to defend the kurds of from massacre and ethnic cleansing it's after the kurdish democratic union party appealed to the e.u. on thursday also calling to the world for help and protection from what they see as genocide against a people let's take a look at that statement right now on a peace activist in kurdistan asking the u.n. the u.s. as well as the e.u.
to act now to stop what they call brutal massacre demanding that they stop sending weapons to groups in syria using them to attack civilians and commit war crimes the second also says that turkey's role in fusing the conflict in the place in syria needs to be examined as well it's all turkish claims that it's not involved and that it doesn't support al qaeda linked fighters kurdish politician has done mohamed things the support for the syrian rebels are receiving from abroad is to blame for his people's plight all of this is happening because the rebels have known from abroad by countries that do not want democracy and peace in syria turkey and the gulf monarchies are arming these terrorists meanwhile western countries are turning a blind eye to the rig knowing the atrocities being committed against the kurds we're calling on the west to stop supporting the rebels and to assist us otherwise
these extremist forces could eventually turn against their back. the cia's ongoing second in command has warned that syria's turbulent situation raises the chance of al-qaeda affiliated extremists getting their hands on dangerous weapons and that makes syria the top threat for the u.s. right now now former deputy director michael morrell says of the potential collapse of the assad government with its massive chemical arsenal will render the country a haven for al qaida terrorists now you also claims that given the concert inflow of arms to syria could become the next libya and the conflict could spill over into jordan lebanon as well as iraq the director of the institute for policy studies told us that the u.s. and its western allies should reconsider their military support to the syrian opposition says there's no guarantee who will eventually get the weapons. despite all of the assurances of the various representatives of the free syrian army or the national syrian council who say well we'll make sure they don't get in their hands
because we'll keep receipts i'm sorry but receipts aren't going to make it when one force has the capacity militarily to overcome the other force they can't make that kind of a guarantee that they won't fall into those hands it's been true for quite a while that the most powerful militarily of the opposition forces have been the islamist forces allied consciously of their own choice with al-qaeda certainly there will be challenges for the west if there is another permanent stronghold of al qaeda someplace like syria and the danger of al qaeda or other unaccountable forces who have no commitment to international law getting control of weapons of mass destruction that may exist inside inside syria such as chemical weapons that would be disastrous. finding a solution to syria will take center stage when russia's foreign and defense ministers meet their u.s. counterparts late on friday the relations between the two countries to
a big hit after barack obama canceled his one on one with president putin largely because russia granted asylum to n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden as damage again reports both sides are trying to stand on graphicly shrinking common ground on key issues. u.s. russia relations have hit a new low over snowden president obama has just scrapped the bilateral meeting with president putin it's in this frosty setting that secretary of state john kerry and secretary of defense chuck hagel are meeting their russian counterparts to get lover off and sergey to try and find common ground on a whole range of issues snowden of course will be part of the discussion it is a part but it is a not a large part of what the agenda will be on friday the obama administration keeps saying they scrapped the meeting with the russian president not just because of snowden but because of a lack of progress on other issues naming missile defense and human rights in russia but the u.s. had helped talk some disagreement over missile defense will be to yours with regard to human rights imagine if meeting with the u.s.
president one possible so it's pretty much clear to everyone that at this point it is about snowden and the question many ask ahead of the friday meeting is whether this scandal based tension will affect cooperation between the u.s. and russia in other spheres on syria for instance where cooperation is already under a lot of strain to say the least both moscow and washington agree to mediate a summit in geneva where they would bring all sides of the syrian conflict together to map out a political solution but are they any closer the opposition has been clear they will not sit down with people who have blood on their hands these are all part of the discussion and all issues we continue to work through the idea of the summit was about bringing all hands to the negotiating table in order to finally stop the bloodshed and save syria from becoming an all but one thing that both the u.s. and russia agree on is that the terrorist threat is growing in syria russia is sure to raise the issue of u.s.
plans to arm the rebels when it's clear that the weapons can easily migrating to the terrorists' hands that happened in libya so similar concerns on both sides but very strong disagreements on what to do and how to do it nobody expects that before . first for john kerry and sergey lavrov chuck hagel and sergey will walk out of that meeting on friday with a big smile on their face but the hope is that they will at least not let disagreements or scandals completely overshadow whatever progress the two countries can actually make. that was started as revelations have led the former as c chief to compare activists who support the whistleblower to al qaeda because they could be a just cyber terror threat to the u.s. government but endy malema goon who runs a website detailing worldwide intelligence collection so that's quite a turnaround for country which prides itself on free speech the statement of the former and is saying that this new group supporting transparency that they
might have to be or see the new terrorist i mean that's an amazing statement in a country that has been originally having your first amendment freedom of speech and transparency of governmental affairs was within that tradition something that was normal that simply amazing united states tried to apply a lot of pressure on russia because the. will have an idea how much damage snowden can do for them if you just comes out with a material showing the involvement of major u.s. software and hardware corporations in the mission worldwide to get access to data that's been processed components and this will over time big impact also economy wise. so russia is not the place.
from my perception. you can pressure all. first from system to. pride snowden reportedly favored one particular encrypted mail service but now its owner has been forced to shut it down to face legal consequences find out more. and while you know they're worried about an n.s.a. official coming clean about exactly how data from american citizens and in that the snooping agencies hands. and such as winter olympics ahead by a storm of calls to boycott the games but it's got nothing to do with the sports we take a look at that in a few minutes. we'll talk about language as well but i will only react to situations i have read the
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thanks for staying with us here on our team roughly two and a half years after a revolution new wave shook the arab world number of the countries which experience uprisings enjoying stability today some of them are struggling to stay the course for democracy while others are experiencing deja vu with yet more antigovernment dryads artes and he has a strong. the arab spring captivated the world just over two swords years ago changed democracy and new elected governments were promised in the three countries that began this wave of revolution but what prevailed is nothing short of chaos almost full circles in tunisia and egypt and in neighboring libya a situation some described as much worse than before regime change we don't hear anything about libya in the western press or western television channels what we
know is different groups vying for supremacy people are desperate to try and put a cover all of what has been created by the libyan disaster in the fall of gadhafi trends have formed take tunisia we all remember mohamed bouazizi the fruit vendor who set himself on fire in december twenty ten his death sparked mass protests followed by the president fleeing in mid january twentieth eleven now again the death of an opposition leader sparked protests in july twenty third teen they haven't let down still this week tens of thousands are on the street demanding the resignation of the government in egypt as similar to two thousand and eleven and mass protest mubarak he's out twenty third seen mass protests morsy is also out and violence reigns with the help of the military. the fact that
morsi violated human rights does not justify overthrowing him and especially if together with the overthrow we get more violations of human rights road unless you are an investigator on torture one mendez there he told r g the most worried he is it's about countries like libya where the organization is denied access but are aware of atrocities far worse than under gadhafi very troublesome because we hear about clandestine detention centers. detention centers that are run by militias that are not accountable to anybody so many experts including mendez expects positive change in the our world it's just not clear at what cost and how long it could take. any just measure you back to government is struggling to restore political stability the gyptian people face a much bigger problem now the play's ramadan feast is over food will be increasingly hard to come by as the maize a populous arab nation is experiencing
a major supply crisis and it's also in its worst economic condition in nearly eighty s. examines the problem. at a cairo hospital food bank volunteers offload banks of provisions to prepare a traditional ramadan dinner for many like most of our words a hospital worker tonight's donated meal is the largest one he'll get this week i earn about fifty dollars per month and we are six people so the maximum i can do is buy beans two for a few sounds so i can eat we want justice i work a whole day and make practically nothing when i'm leaving but if i don't this tiny salary my family will meet the poorest are suffering in egypt as policymakers and the media are distracted by the deepening political crisis food banks like this one who tried to cover the whole country are stretched to their limits explains coordinator at. the poverty line is so high food is the most important think we care about will provide hundreds of food baskets full of fries and basic food stuff
so that they can feed families for a month some places will go to utterly destroyed every time we visit it gets worse even provide livestock so that they can feed themselves were a while with a country in turmoil food distribution centers like these a plug in the gaps amid an escalating crisis food insecurity has risen significantly in the last few years according to the world food program resulting in a rise in stunting anemia amongst children due to malnutrition over a quarter of the population is under the poverty line and they're the ones being hardest hit with the continued civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves and they say the situation will only get worse as egypt is unable to import much needed wheat for the bret millions depend on government subsidized bread that sells for about one cents a loaf however critics say egypt's food subsidies are wasteful and don't filter down to those who truly need it it's basically subsidizing items at a very cheap prices bailing it to the mainstream populations where the very. very
slow nutrition and very close to ninety percent of the poorest people are not getting any of the subsidy and we know that twenty percent of the subs. and you go to the richest strata of the society and i guess if there's a number of subsidies egypt is facing its worst economic crisis since the one nine hundred thirty s. and food prices have doubled since two thousand and twelve making nutritious food inaccessible to many that there are high prices everywhere tomatoes vegetables are too expensive for me with few functioning state institutions and the new interim government focused on developing political events these issues will continue to go on resolved and for the moment the most vulnerable will be left starving. for r t cairo innocent americans have been paying police billions of dollars for not committing crimes system designed to seize assets from drug lords and mafia bosses has been caught filling police coffers head to our website for more on that.
and they may last eighty five hours and you might have to wait three years for each summer but the freezing wind revolving around jupiter may be mankind's best chance at survival are to dot com tells you more. prominent british actor stephen fry has caused quite a stir with his call to boycott the sort of winter games it's after russian and legislators agreed a ban on promoting homosexuality to children are just barely woke us up raised the myths of on reality amid the media frenzy. stephen fry's open letter said that russia is making scapegoats out of gay people just as hitler did the jews which is why he's called for a boycott of the upcoming winter olympics set to take place in the russian town of sochi next february not a boycott sort she idea is gathering at lightning pace with clemente says on both sides of the story weighing in some observers have pointed out that the legislation
passed in russia isn't unprecedented in fact the u.k. itself had a similar law were in place until very recently the united kingdom had something called section twenty eight in place until two thousand and three which was almost exactly the same is the recent law passed in russia which said that homosexuality should not be promoted in schools or to minors so much for keeping sports and politics separate which is exactly the message that the international olympic committee gave to r.t. boycotting shot to twenty four team would only serve to deprive the country's athletes from fulfilling their dreams of competing at an olympic games something they've dedicated a great portion of their lives to accomplish history has shown that boycotts do not solve anything but simply punish olympic athletes those campaigning for gay rights also doubting whether stephen fry's proposed boycott is the right path to go down but only people who will suffer because of this because it is the sportsman who are
participating in these in these competitions that's why i'm against the best solution in this in this case is to go and protest during the olympic games concerns surrounding the new gay propaganda on the war in russia has even led to worries that gay athletes could be arrested when they arrive in sochi for the games to which russian authorities to fire a five that the new law doesn't outlaw homosexuality and that those attending and participating in the games will be safe despite the assurances in this former olympic host city the talk of boycott shows no sign of abating. r.t. london other world news making headlines this hour there's been violence between students and riot police in chile after an act of his from them of the community was found shot dead protesters throwing rocks and molotov cocktails from inside the university of chile while security forces responded with tear gas and water cannons now the police are accused of murdering the activists to which the authorities deny
she was recently reprimanded by the e.u. when investigated for using excessive force against indigenous my poochie minority over land rights. wasn't in as order they were actuation of a star from its pakistan embassy in la in response to specific threats on their diplomatic mission in the city enjoy a poor job of provinces also in hi-lo because of daily terror attacks across the country on friday a gun attack in has claimed at least eight lives. a rapid spreading wildfire has of americans to flee their homes in southern california five people have been injured and ten homes destroyed officials say another five hundred homes are now idris plows and firefighters helicopters and tanker planes have been called in to tackle the blaze. israel has authorized eight hundred homes to be build in occupied west bank territory peace talks with the palestinians are supposed to resume on aug fourteenth after
a stalemate of almost three years but it's feared that this new development will put a spanner in the works after israeli settlement expansion in twenty ten but the last talks were grinding halt. u.s. drone strikes in yemen have killed up to fourteen suspected militants according to officials the attacks come a day after of the origin say they have foiled a massive al qaeda terror plot in the region the u.s. and other western states are close their diplomatic mission earlier this week amid fears of an islamist attack some analysts believe america's joint strikes are contributing to militant recruitment rather than fighting it. russia's immigration laws just got tougher with harsher penalties for not only illegal workers themselves but also those businesses which is to hire them millions of people come to russia without permission a situation which the authorities are struggling to get under control now it is you got this going off reports and this. i mean. we came here thinking it's the road to
opportunity but instead many found themselves on their way back home we were working and then all of a sudden police rushed in and detained us over one thousand illegal workers were arrested this week alone so many infertile temporary camps have to be set up to house those awaiting deportation several human rights organizations have criticized the conditions the migrants are kept in only the basic necessities are provided meals toilets and showers. which of course this isn't a summer camp recreation getaway but we do have to remember all these people have violated the law. but some n.g.o.s claim these conditions are still better than the ones most of the workers experienced during their so-called employment. the reality is this people lived as slaves almost none of them got paid they work for food independent public movements have also been trying to help authorities get the
situation under control for instance this is one of the basements they raided home to over a dozen workers many without documents and their employer. how can we find out who's in charge here our boss yes not here right now can we call them i don't have the number. workers are usually hired by contractors which service buildings and apartment blocks clean streets and look after other infrastructure. because of high rent prices in the city it's cheaper for contractors to house them in basements even though it's illegal we've gone through around fifty in the last six months around five hundred migrants have been passed over to the police most were fined and some were deported. according to migration officials there are around three million illegal migrant workers in russia but independent studies show much higher figures but clearly for companies hiring migrants is a much less of a hassle than firing russian citizens quare entitled to social benefits while
illegal workers have no support at all it's not only about cleaning streets servicing buildings or working at markets construction alone is a major source of jobs with some projects creating hundreds or perhaps even thousands of new places most of which also usually end up being taken by migrant workers the lack of transparency is found in all spheres of business and experts say it's now undermining the whole system just some entrepreneurs hire strictly legal migrants and invest in difficult amounts of money and while those who hire illegal ones don't how can they compete from the fines for breaking russian migration and labor laws will be substantially increased companies will have to pay up to thirty thousand dollars for each illegal worker they hired for them saving cash this way has never been so expensive you got this going on r t moscow. is the one thing our team prime interest says the money that matters just after the break
. everyone respects a promise for. and stone promises written on the internet well they're a bit more flexible and a lot easier to erase obama made a lot of promises as a candidate on his site change doc of including some about protecting whistleblowers and obama said that we need to empower federal employees as watchdogs and that he would strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste fraud and abuse of authority and government but strangely and possibly coincidentally two days after the first revelation of government spying by stoughton these promises of the changed gov site were taken down if this is not just some odd coincidence and they consciously chose to hide obama's campaign promises then this is political cowardice at its worst and what is even
worse is that they didn't think that this would get exposed almost immediately if you try to conduct some sort of medieval book burning to destroy information on the internet then you are only going to get burnt yourself but that's just my opinion. that afternoon and welcome to prime and i'm hearing and boring and i'm bob english and let's get to today's headlines. your home is mine for the city of richmond california is saying to homeowners an effort to help those with underwater
mortgages the city is using eminent domain to seize homes with homeowner consent then sell the home back to them at a lower price but as usual all such well intended at birth have unintended consequences and those consequences are being expressed and escaping life saved by those who ended up owning the. securitized mortgage bonds that would include the pension funds which are now facing losses if the suit fails and several other cities are considering a similar eminent domain scheme so the ultimate risk is banks will be less willing to grant loans that the government simply imposes losses m.v.s. investors will be less likely to buy any and freddie paper and mortgage rates will needlessly write. and apples on a roll after winning a presidential intervention against samsung recently a federal appeals court just ruled and their favor and a dispute with motorola ironically while the samsung sued what have prevented apple from importing at.