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shock and fear and i witnessed a brutal attacks on kurdish civilians in syria tells r t what's happening in the ethnic enclaves now plagued by radical as. meanwhile foreign and defense ministers from russia and the u.s. are set to search for a solution to the syrian violence in the first meeting since the diplomatic friction over n.s.a. leaker edward snowden cooled relations. and the roots and fruits of the arab spring will look at the ongoing democratic crises and struggle for stability in the arab world more than two years after the uprisings.
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it is two pm in the russian capital you're watching r t with me marina joshua welcome to the program kurds trying to report attacks by radical islamists in syria are in danger of being abducted and that's what an eyewitness to an assault has told r.t. the kurdish minority in syria has endured being the target of having attacks allegedly for around three weeks now with the alarming reports of killings and kidnappings growing our correspondent in the region 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. 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 when 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 skate their shot militias raided their houses
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blew up some of them and robbed others till now they have more than two hundred civilian 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 they're raiding the streets there's no media coverage and anyone who tries to reach out is being kidnapped by the militants united nations investigators are on the ground right now trying to piece together whether earlier reports of some one 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
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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 their towns and those who stay are unable to leave their homes due to the constant threat of militant attacks follow her twitter feed for all the latest developments . and a statement from the peace and kurdistan campaign calls on others to defend the kurds from massacre and ethnic cleansing and it's after the kurdish democratic party appealed to the e.u. on thursday also calling to the world for help and protection from what they see as genocide against their people while peace activists in kurdistan are asking the un
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the us and the e.u. to act now to stop what they call brutal massacre is demanding that they stop sending weapons to groups in syria using them to attack civilians and commit war crimes the statement also says turkey's role in fueling the conflict in the kurdish enclaves in syria needs to be examined as well its authors doubt turkish claims that it's not involved and that it doesn't support al qaeda linked fighters kurdish political politician haasan mohammad things supported 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 in syria turkey in the gulf monarchies are arming these terrorists meanwhile western countries are turning a blind eye to all those they were 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 backers. now
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the cia is so going second in command has warned that syria's turbulent situation raises the chance of al qaida affiliated extremists getting their hands on dangerous weapons and that makes syria the top threat for the u.s. right now former deputy director and michael morell says the potential collapse of the assad government with its massive chemical arsenal will render the country a haven for al qaeda terrorists and he also claims that given the constant flow of arms syria could become the next libya and the conflict could spill over into jordan lebanon and 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 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
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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. 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 the fans ministers meet their u.s. counterparts later on friday relations between the two countries took a big hit after barack obama canceled his want to one with president putin largely
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because russia granted asylum to n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden as guided you can now reports both sides are trying to stand on rapidly shrinking common ground on key issues. u.s. russia relations have paid 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
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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
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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 . for john kerry so you love ross chuck hagel and 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 and scandals completely overshadow whatever progress the two countries ten actually make. now when obama announced his decision to cancel that want to one meeting with putin he also accused russia of slipping into a cold war mentality but geopolitical analyst william and also says it's the u.s. is actually guilty of cold war tactics. 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 as legally was
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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 it reflects a mentality in washington this is not serious statesmanship but the point is washington has an agenda of extending made toll across the globe and using that as a global police force for the sole superpower and that washington for its side has continued the cold war. now the reportedly favored one particular encrypted mail service but now its owner has been forced to shut it down or face legal consequences so find out more on our website r.t. dot com and while you're there read about it and a senior official coming clean about exactly how data from american citizens and stopping the snooping agencies hands. and
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with the economic down in the final. days. and the rest because i. believe if we. welcome back you're watching our life from moscow roughly two and a half years after a revolutionary new wave shook the our world not of the countries which experienced uprisings are enjoying stability today some of them are struggling to stay the course for the mocker see while others are experiencing this with yet more riots police in tunisia for instance have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to
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disperse protesters who won the government dissolved or doesn't he's now a 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 now have 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 who is easy the fruit vendor who set himself on fire in december twenty ten his death sparked mass
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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 morsy 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're 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
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aware of atrocities far worse than under gadhafi very troublesome because we hear about clandestine did. detention centers that are run by militias that are not accountable to anybody so many experts including mendez expects positive change in the arab world is not clear at what cost and how long it could take now egypt's military backed government is struggling to restore political stability by the egyptian people face a much bigger problem now the post rabbit and feast is over food will be increasingly hard to come by as the most populous arab nation is experiencing a major supply crisis and it's also in its worst economic condition in nearly eighty years belcher 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
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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 this tiny salary my family will meet the poorest are suffering in egypt as policy makers 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 of thought. the poverty line is so high food is the most important think we. will 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
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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 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 baling it to the mainstream populations with a very high. very slow nutritional value close to nineteen percent of the poorest people are not getting any of the subsidy and we know that twenty percent of the subs. ghost of that is just out of the society and i guess if there's enough 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
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inaccessible to many in the world that there are high prices everywhere to meet his 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 unresolved and for the moment the most vulnerable will be left starving tree for. and as americans have been paying police billions of dollars for not committing crimes a system designed to seize assets from drug lords and mafia bosses has been caught filing police coffers filling rather a police coffers and head to our website for more on that. as a day last eighty five hours and you might have to wait three years for each summer but a freezing moon revolving around jupiter and maybe mankind's best chance at survival so r.t. dot com tells you more. news
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today. again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. showing operations are all day. prominent british actor stephen fry has caused quite a stir with his call to boycott the sochi winter games it's after russian legislators agreed a ban on promoting homosexuality to children boyko separates the myths from the reality and mint 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 now the boycott saatchi idea is gathering at lightning pace
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with clemente says on both sides of the story weighing in some of service 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 such a 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
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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 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. azzi london now let's take a look at some other stories from around the world there's been violence between students and drive police in chile after an activist from them approaching a community was found shot dead protestors hurled rocks and molotov cocktails from
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inside the university of chile while security forces responded with tear gas and water cannon the police are accused of murdering the activists which the authorities deny chile was recently reformatted by u.n. investigator for using off excess of force against the indigenous population minority over land rights. daily violence in pakistan has claimed at least another nine lives this time in a gun attack on a mosque in the quiet town today 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 tipped off the entire province is currently on high alert. a rapid spreading wildfire has forced thousands of americans to flee their homes in southern california five people have so far been injured and ten homes destroyed officials say another five hundred homes are now at risk thousand firefighters helicopters and tanker planes have been called in to tackle the blaze.
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israel has authorized eight hundred homes to be built in occupied west bank territory peace talks with the palestinians are supposed to resume on the fourteenth of august after a stalemate of almost three years but it's feared this new development will put a spanner in the works after israeli settlement expansion in two thousand and ten brought the last august to a grinding halt. russia's immigration laws just got tougher with harsher penalties for not only illegal workers themselves but also those businesses who choose to hire them millions of people come to russia without permission a situation in which the authorities are struggling to get control. i mean absolutely they came here thinking it's the road to opportunity but instead in 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
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arrested this week alone so many in fact that a temporary camp had 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 or your vacation 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 like the realities these 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
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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 than 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 hiring russian citizens who are entitle 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
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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 significantly amounts of money in this 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 be up to thirty thousand dollars for each illegal worker they hired for them saving cash this way has never been so expensive you've got this kind of moscow well you have today here in our camp next how the u.s. department of defense expose its own secrets and where the international wrangling over syria could be heading and breaking the set with abby martin.
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everyone respects a promise written in 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 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 worst and worse even worse is that they didn't think that this would get exposed almost immediately if
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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. speak to language. programs and documentaries in arabic in school here. reporting from the world talks about six of the c.r.t.c. interviews intriguing story. says they're trying. to find out because it arabic. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous. i mean. i guess i just really messed up. very closely with
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the. worst chick. we're going to go live now to the. radio guy and. i want. to give you never seen anything like this i'm telling. you guys i'm having my in the break in the side so guys i know what i've been saying that there seems to be no legitimate basis for the terror alert issued worldwide but i was wrong say it's just been revealed that there is legit evidence backing up why the u.s. made a decision to close the nineteen embassies across the middle east or to the daily beast the intelligence gathered was from a conference call between more than twenty high level al qaeda operatives you heard me right a call.


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