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shock and fear and i witnessed the brutal attacks on kurdish civilians in syria tells how do you what's happening in the african claims now plagued by radical as. you all foreign and defense ministers from russia and the us are said to search for solutions to the syrian violence in the first meeting since the diplomatic friction over and the saving to edward snowden could relations. and the recent threats of the arab spring we look at the ongoing democratic by susan struggle for stability in the arab world more than two yes after the uprisings. i. am.
here watching r g for more international news with me to bomb would say let's take a look at our top story this hour the kurds who try to report attacks by radical islamists in syria are in danger of being abducted that's what an eyewitness to an assault has told our team the kurdish minority is a syrian syria has endured 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 and has the 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 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 the scape there 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 lives 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 issue 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 the cities and towns and of course the reporters or any other journalists 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 said the international community is definitely becoming more and more alarmed about. and also reports that kurdish civilians are trying to escape the. towns and they are unable to leave their homes due to the constant threat of militant attacks follow her twitter feed all the latest developments. save one from the peace in kurdistan campaign calls on others to defend the kurds from massacre and ethnic cleansing itself of the kurdish democratic union party appeal to the e.u. on thursday also calling to the world for help and protection from what they see as
genocide against their people a second look at that statement now peace activists in kurdistan are asking the un the us as well as the e.u. to act now to stop what they call brutal massacre is now they also demanding that they stop sending weapons to groups in syria using them to attack civilians as well as a committed war crimes the statement also says turkey's role in fueling the conflict in the kurdish enclave in syria needs to be examined as well its authors doubt turkey's claims that it's not involved and that it doesn't support al qaeda linked fighters now kurdish politician son mohammad or things the support the syrian rebels are receiving from abroad is to blame for his people's plight. all of this is happening because the rebels have been on from abroad by countries that do not want democracy and peace and. turkey in the gulf monarchies that are arming these terrorists meanwhile western countries are turning
a blind eye to all their ignoring the atrocities being committed against the kurds were calling on the west to stop supporting the rebels and to assist us otherwise these extremist forces could eventually turn against their back. this is our going second in command has warned syria's turbulent situation raises the chance of our affiliated extremists getting their hands on dangerous weapons and that makes syria the top threat of all the u.s. right now now the former deputy director michael morell says the potential collapse of the assad government with its massive chemical arsenal will render the country a haven for al qaida terrorists he also claims that given the constant inflow of arms syria could become the next libya around the conflict to spill over into jordan lebanon as well as iraq the director of the institute for policy studies a told us that the u.s. and its western allies should reconsider their military support to the syrian
opposition since there is 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. as finding a solution to syria will take center stage when russia's foreign and defense ministers meet the u.s. counterparts later on flighting relations between the two countries took 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 and reports very sides are trying to stand on record the shrinking common ground on key issues. u.s. russia relations for a new low over snowden president obama has just scrapped the bilateral meeting with president putin it's in this frosty setting the secretary of state john kerry and secretary of defense chuck hagel are meeting their russian counterparts are often 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 for me to yours with regard to human rights. 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 agreeing to meet somebody 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. to raise the issue of u.s. plans to arm the rebels when it's clear that the weapons can easily migrating through 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. official john kerry taking a lover off chuck hagel and so he should go 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 disappointment and scandals completely overshadow whatever progress the two countries ten actually make. on let's get some insight on what might come out of this meeting jim political analysts after william and all it can give us just a little bit of analysis on this now russia's deputy foreign minister didn't have a particularly productive discussion with the u.s.
undersecretary of state in brussels our other any indication that the same talks that are happening today will be any different. i doubt it rather seriously the the decision by president obama to cancel the meeting with putin before the g. twenty meeting. is really an indication of a lack of strategy on the part of obama rather than. putting down of russia and the background to that is the fact that there are. not only fundamental differences between the two sides the united states government to washington has been trying since the end of the cold war to dismantle russia quite simply with missile defense with the plundered of the commie through using the i.m.f. and shock therapy in the ninety's and now that obama is back in the presidency they're finding a far more difficult negotiating partner over questions like syria over issues like
the missile defense and others snowden i think is simply a red herring excuse that's very convenient to use at this point so you're saying that if a consensus is reached on some of the issues that will be discussed there might be that might offset the brewing tension over edward snowden. no no i'm not saying that at all i don't think there will be any consensus i reached between russia and washington on the issue of missile defense because washington is determined to encircle russia with its missile defense which is an often substrata jeannot a defensive one by the way it's a nuclear first strike preparation strategy and that's something that russia understandably is not exactly overjoyed about the issue of syria is non-negotiable in terms of what the us is trying to put into power in syria similar to what they tried in egypt and failed that is a muslim brotherhood controlled regime that would allow qatar to control pipeline
flows in into europe and not to iran so among other things so this is there is not a basis of agreement on these fundamental questions noton is as i say is not the issue the issue is this fundamental disagreement and washington is not prepared to change its agenda and openly and honestly negotiate to resolve these differences therefore obama is using this childish. maneuver of canceling the meeting because of snowden and i want to go back to syria you spoke a little bit about that the peace conference keeps getting postponed we know that russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov once it's easy to come up as soon as possible is it is this likely or is he like the to achieve a breakthrough at this meeting on that subject. i don't see it unless unless washington is prepared to literally pull back all of its. attack dogs inside syria that they've run through turkey and using al-qaeda and these other
groups that they. pertain to not want to allow getting the weapons but of course they know they're getting the weapons. until that is done and all sides foreign elements pull out of syria and allow the syrians to resolve their own issues by themselves in the elections next year i don't think any any peace conference is going to take place the syrian quote unquote opposition is a muslim brotherhood externally controlled opposition that has as no roots inside the syrian society in terms of a majority. i want to go back to i want to go back to what president obama had said in terms of. president putin he said that drugs show sometimes has this cold war mentality but isn't he also kind of perpetuating and provoking that by not wanting to sit down with putin them have that one on one with him when he comes over in september. well that's that's the laughable irony about this if i were president
putin i would break open a nice bottle of champagne and celebrate the fact that he doesn't have to go through this ordeal of another photo op with obama who's got nothing to offer russia in any serious way so obama's statement on the tonight show i believe it was about the russians somehow occasionally reverting to the cold war mentality is all they were. cured alcoholics who go on a drinking binge from time to time is really. not only insulting it did reflects a mentality in washington this is not serious statesmanship but the point is that washington has an agenda and has had the agendas i talk about in my book full spectrum dominance of extending nato across the globe and using that as a global police force for the sole superpower and the cold war didn't end in one thousand nine hundred one when the soviet union and warsaw pact dissolve washington
for its side has continued the cold war in fact you can say it's a it's a hot war right now the battle it's being fought by proxy by sort of it's the battle over syria's ecarte of a war between a coalition of countries of which russia and china are critical factors that are resisting that one country dictates the terms in the military and other sense economic financial i think to the entire world i think that's a very unhealthy one sided or lopsided state of affairs and that's that's what the real issue is between washington and the putin administration you know incessant keep hearing that word proxy coming up such as me things are getting a little bit complicated within syria and we'll see how these talks are what they bring us. that political analyst as well as author ethel william and dol giving us some of his analysis now on our team thank you. thank you. i started reporting the favored one particular cryptic mail service but now it's everyone has been focused on facing the consequences find out war. dot com.
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uprisings i enjoying stability today some of them are struggling to stay the course for democracy where others are experiencing deja vu with yet more riot police into major for instance have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who want to disarm the who want to dissolve the government which is always a know it has a story. 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 thirteen 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 rather unless
you are an investigator on torture want to mend 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 egypt's military backed government is struggling to restore political stability but the egyptian people face a much bigger problem now the pay's ramadan feast is over food will be increasingly hard to come by as the most populous arab nation is experiencing a major supply places and it's also in its worse economic condition in nearly eighty s. i g.'s bell to examine 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 a 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 and this tiny salary my family will meet the poorest 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 money amount of thought. the poverty line is so high food is the most important thing with garibaldi who provide hundreds of food baskets full of fries and basic food stuff so that they can feed families for a month in some places will go to utterly destroyed every time we visit it gets worse even provide livestock so that they can feed themselves for
a while with the 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 imports much needed wheat for the brat 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 and bailing it to the mainstream populations with a very high. very slow nutrition and very close to nineteen percent of the poorest people are not getting any of the subsidy and we know that twenty percent of the
subs. he goes to the richest strata of the society and i guess if there's another productive subsidy 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 in the world that there are high prices everywhere tomatoes vegetables are too expensive for me with few functioning state institutions on 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 tree for our team kyra innocent americans have been paying police the billions of dollars for committing crimes a system designed to seize assets drug lords and mafia bosses has been caught a failing police capos at our website for more on that. and have made last eighty five hours and you might have to wait three years for each summer but
the phrase and learn revolving around jupiter may be man kind that's on the bible artie's dot com tell me more. news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying for a shot to rule the day. problem british actor stephen fry has caused quite a stir with his call to boycott the sochi winter games as a russian legislators agree to a ban on promoting homosexuality to children i just want to boycott separates the myths of from the 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 commentators on both sides of the story weighing in some of the service of 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 sochi twenty fourteen 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 the 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 or sources of 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 let's take
a look at some other news making headlines at this hour there's been violence in students and right in chile an activist from them a preacher ethnic community was found dead protesters hurled rocks and molotov cocktails from inside the universal truth while security forces responded with tear gas and water cannons the police are accused of murdering the activist with the authorities denying she was recently reprimanded by a u.n. investigator for using excessive force against indigenous my pushing minority over land rights. daily rylan pakistan has claimed at least another nine lives at this time in a gun attack on a mosque in. the day after a funeral was attacked by a bomber in the same city meanwhile in the east of the country washington is evacuating staff from its lahore mission following a terror threat to both entire province is currently on high alert.
a representing wildfire has forced thousands of americans to see their homes in southern california five people have so far been injured and ten homes destroyed officials are say another five hundred homes are now at risk a thousand firefighters helicopters and tank planned planes have now been called in to tackle the blaze. israel has also rise eight hundred homes to be build in occupied west bank terror dream peace talks with the palestinians as opposed to resume on aug fourteenth after a stalemate of almost three years but it's feared that this new development a will put a spanner in the works after israeli settlement expansion in twenty two and brought the last talks to a grinding halt. right up next. seven home and if they end cia chief michael hayden and safety.
everyone respects a promise written in stone a promise is 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 dot gov 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 change dot gov site were taken down if this is not just some odd coincidence and they consciously chose to hide obama's campaign promises that this is political cowardice at its work.