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this is why you should care only on the. big british raj days watching the middle east they dependent newspaper says the u.k. is running a secret snooping station intercepting eight miles phone calls and web traffic. also this hour russia says online reports accusing the steward government of a chemical attack were released the before the alleged incident even happened he looks at how terrorist groups are taking advantage of the chaos in the region. and to brace for more on rest and you're seeing the very latest pictures from egypt where is that it's cold for new projects a day after the deposed leader hosni mubarak was let out of prison starting anger among muslim brotherhood supporters.
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and you saw in russia and around the world this is a live me. thanks for joining us. the u.k. has reportedly been operating a secret data gathering base in the middle east part of a one and to have billion dollar investment in global surveillance britain's independent newspaper claims attained this information from edward snowden's leaks but the n.s.a. whistleblower himself says he has not released any information leading to these allegations of she's laura smith has the details for us well the independent friday morning published an article that said came from leaks made by edward snowden about this secret internet monitoring station of based in the middle east to intercept all sorts of internet traffic in and through the middle east and then pass that on to western intelligence agencies basically what it does is taps into internet
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cables that run into these the sea extracts that data and then passes it to g c h q here in the u.k. and to the n.s.a. in the states is particularly valuable according to the independent because it can access cables that are passed between submarines to very sensitive data and it's part of a much larger project which is designed to to intercept global digital communications all over the world e-mails text messages literally everything there are overhaul of a million miles of cables internet cables it's called the backbone of the internet running under the sea all over the world and they carry all the world's internet traffic so emails tweets text phone calls our facebook entries every time you send an e-mail to anyone in a foreign country and if you have to cross the border it has to go through these cables the cables then make landfall at various points if we show you a map of how the cables lie you can see that a lot of them make landfall in the u.k. those transatlantic ones so the u.k. is very important in this operation now says that this didn't come from him
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a tall and glenn greenwald in the guardian says that it's the type of disclosure it's exactly the type of disclosure that the journalists working with snowden have deliberately avoided given that it relates to middle east surveillance and the potential impact that that could have. on surveillance operations that then did release that will snowden says that he thinks it was the british government itself he says that the government's trying to trying to make out that the leaks from snowden are generally harmful across the board not in the public interest across the board and. they're doing that by deliberately releasing harmful information themselves and pretending that it comes from him in order to discredit him and the journalists that he's working directly with glenn greenwald says that the very moment that there's this huge scandal over the detention of his partner at heathrow airport or port over the weekend and the government's trying to tell the courts that the really the release of this information is not in the public interest it could potentially be dangerous here is
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a disclosure that could potentially be dangerous so it really fits in according to the guardian and to snowden himself with what the government's trying to do. we're constantly learning more about the massive collection of data but what exactly does it mean for the average citizen. you will know with this business in contact with and you will be able to identify all the computers partners and also the type of communications. examines what exactly teligent agencies can find out about your life a little a same problem. russia says online reports accusing this theory and government of carrying out a mass chemical attack near damascus were published before the alleged assault actually happened moscow's calling on the syrian opposition to allow u.n. inspectors into the site of the attack while the you aren't chief was urging the government to give approval for an investigation rebels say wednesday's attack
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claimed up to thirteen hundred lines of those reports have still not been independently confirmed sources within the russian foreign ministry suggest the rocket loaded with chemicals was fine from an opposition controlled area however the you asked and says the rebels are not capable of carrying out such attacks and france has already called of wall street to be used if the reports prove to be true so with this student government under pressure from washington and its allies he's going to chicken explores now how radicalized groups are taking advantage of the regions to. while washington says it has crippled al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan wising from the ashes of the arab spring is new or different affiliated groups metastasizing in the middle east and africa feeling more and more comfortable in countries torn apart by terror in the north of syria in the territories presumably controlled by the rebels the al qaeda affiliated is planning to announce an islamic state terror is not the only way they're winning support
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there al qaeda is exercising its soft power to somewhere between preaching terror here you see militants doing some ice cream. diplomacy with children and i will create a sponsored ice cream contest for kids what could be more innocent all kind of mind it or affiliated groups feel very comfortable in the post revolution chaos of libya in iraq after a decade of civil war still stages terror on a regular basis in less than a week more than two thousand prisoners many of them all qaeda fighters have escaped from prisons in iraq libya and pakistan those were violent raids around the same time washington closed almost two dozen of its missions in the middle east and africa fearing some major terrorist attack and yet at the same time washington says this as a result of the enormous pressure we've put on the group we have eliminated all of al qaeda senior leadership in afghanistan and pakistan and because the current leaders leaders of al qaeda core so worried about their personal safety they're far
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less able to plan attacks the question some ask is how can washington simultaneously be so paranoid about the war on terror and be so dismissive of the threat of terror at the same time in different countries the u.s. as we pitted we put the threat of terror on the back burner for some greater goal in of ghana the goal was to defeat the soviet union the u.s. directly helped al qaeda and bin laden there in iraq the goal was to get rid of saddam hussein there was no al qaeda in iraq before the civil war broke out following the u.s. invasion now in syria the greater goal is to remove assad from power too often would helping directly or indirectly become the tradeoff that the u.s. was willing to make to achieve a greater goal whatever it was but having made the tradeoff the u.s. would then spend decades fighting what it had spurred in washington i'm going to check out. has been embracing the media to promote itself recently by launching an
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online magazine even allegedly attempting to advertise itself via twitter and this month an account pool should lead to. going to the terrorist group athletes follows for p.r. ideas but become pain was torn apart by trolls security analysts stat g.m. burger social networks to bombard their count with mocking tweets and there we go one of them included a proposal to relieve a film entitled dude where's my car bomb and another user advised to use more caps in their b.d.s. there was also a suggestion to open a fast food chain called jihad jones and among other ideas was to sell osama bin laden's porn collection on e bay and all this trolling cause the account to be suspended but beyond humor colin campbell who wrote exporting made america democracy believe the us is paying the price was allowing al qaeda to exist in the first place. is merely an
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instrument that the united states. developed. as. we fund foreign mercenaries. are a security agency believe. they could manipulate these your heart as. it's a sort of journalism any other jihad and should be aware of because they see them as easily manipulable. as. general laws on new objects in the united states and although. that is not the case. isn't the supporters of the ass of mohamed morsi gathered for a fresh run as across egypt after friday prayers army and police have been deployed in cairo in case of violence breaks out the protests come a day after the country's acts president hosni mubarak was freed from prison and
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placed under house arrest in a military hospital but barca still g. to stand trial for allegedly ordering the killings of protesters during the twenty eleven revolution. reports now from kyra i. know. this was the chant the united to his square and the nation of the barak get out during two thousand and eleven january revolution millions called for thirty years of the ship to come to an end a year later with hosni mubarak on trial the nation was still hopeful for justice crowds called for the aged autocrat to be sentenced to death but now after several rounds of deadly street bias that led to two coups in just over two years korea is empty. the military overseeing a second transitional period and the one time leader is out of prison and the country is going to be unsafe because his release will only inflame the situation people are afraid that he might make
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a return as president people came to the streets in two thousand and eleven oskin for the ouster of hosni mubarak and bread freedom and social justice but years later the situation is cross the country is a lot worse the daily street battles that broke egypt have left hundreds dead economy is in freefall tourism has dried up and sectarian violence is on the rice with the release of hosni mubarak from prison to many this is the final straw. with the release means to january revolution didn't happen and also didn't happen writes one by the revolution and the martyrs are now lost oh ok oh no court ordered the deposed leader be freed from this prison in cairo although he still faces a retrial for his alleged involvement. and in the killing of protesters and will be kept under house arrest some feel the cool system has let him down there are claims of vital evidence in the proceedings had been destroyed. and people are disappointed in how the trial went they were hoping that the country would try
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harder and keep him behind bars but swear angry because we didn't want him to be out. activists who are planning new protests say freeing of the ex-president is another sign that the army backed government is trying to back the clock i feel that we haven't progressed at all right now with mubarak's release is symbolic of where we are now in the revolution i mean we never really managed to change anything at the top and this is why this is just a perfect reflection of our inability to change anything really and this is why we have to keep going forward but with his release it seems to me like we have a lot of work to do. in the meantime the eighty five year old mubarak will stay in a minute she hospital to await his next court appearance which is likely to trigger more protests and that's the last thing the divided country needs right now. for r.t. kyra. also over recent months egypt suffered from the blood
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a civil unrest in its modern history the muslim brotherhood has called its supporters to continue protests against the interim military rule which have down president morsi and activist allen muhammad believes the new on the bank government is just trying all hope of a democratic egypt. at the end of the day what we're seeing is nothing to do with the muslim brotherhood or morsi this is a country this is egypt it's bigger than any faction it's bigger than any political or religious group we have about ninety million egyptians living in egypt and what the military coup in the military went to did they came and wiped away all our democratically elected institutions the people in power they're the ones that were ousted by the military rule were chosen by the people no some themselves what we are witnessing today is people who lost in elections coming back to to power on the back of tanks and anyone who came out to oppose them and say no this is not the right thing to do and this is not the egypt we want we're told to made either put
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in jail or killed. and right after the break our whole towns and govt flags have already broken to century old records but levels are still expected to rise we'll bring you all the nations from flood stricken far east russia it's all coming out for you and just a few. dramas
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the truth being the origin. story others could use the notes. faces changing the world lights now. old pictures of today's the long distance from around the globe. up to. the. this is r.t. let's move on now a league german security documents have shown the country doesn't try and the new windows eight system fearing it provides the n.s.a. with remote access that's according to one of the country's newspapers although the
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german government denies it earlier reports indicated the country was a major target for u.s. intelligence and let's remind you how much data the n.s.a. collected there then i say has been more active in germany than any other state targeting up to half a billion data connections every month phone calls e-mails and mobile phone messages and web chat logs all of that data eventually made its way to n.s.a. headquarters in washington but apparently allows this as snowden's leaks indicate they work with the n.s.a. to no questions asked and on a regular day up to thirty million german connections are watched and that could double tree particularly busy times how much and how exactly is the average citizen affected by this on a finds out. should the average person be concerned about their online information being stored by security services you can analyze a person's social graph as it's called so you will know with whom this prisoner is
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in contact with and you will be able to identify all the communication partners and also the type of communication so often and also in respect to events in germany the country's highest court ruled that storing data on citizens was unconstitutional however leaked documents show very close ties between the german b.m.d. and the n.s.a. with information on germans being passed from one to the other all in the name of security says the woman at the top not good so it's impossible to have security without inconveniences those involved in day to. tech shouldn't say these inconveniences have now gone too far we had suspicions that such a scheme was in place but not the sheer of the mere extent of this regular and. unwarranted and disproportionate measures that are taking place taken place by
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foreign intelligence services and we definitely need limits and effective and transparent controls the major worry for the individual is that a system that we are told is there to protect society is being used to keep the indiscriminate what we do online the system is not working for law enforcement this is no our catching rock to us this is about taking all of our communication and allowing to identify our communication. it's fairly common practice for an employer to check out a prospective employee on social networks to find out more about who they are about to hire however the level of information gathered by security services is in a different league entirely with this level of information you could see exactly who people call an e-mail on a regular basis see the doctor the employer may think this guy's going to have too many sick days and go elsewhere using information that's supposed to be
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confidential on social networking sites like facebook people freely give away information about themselves but long after you've clicked like on a web page or even search for something online that information follows you like a shadow they will know what you have been in the last three four or five years maybe what you have been interested in through all the time you might not even remember yourself would you have been looking on google but this isn't well no peter all of a r.t. early. back in the u.s. said those online resources who make privacy a priority are being pressured into sharing customer information with intelligence agencies we've been covering the shutting down of the lobbied email provider which was used by edward snowden and my colleague spoke to the founder of another encrypted messaging service who told him that privacy just doesn't exist in america anymore. what's happened is the spies have turned the companies like apple and
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google into spies themselves i think the whole n.s.a. spying has seriously. negative impact on the trust and faith people have in the political and legal system in the united states at this point i think that people are looking at moving themselves their assets and their information offshore . one of your previous interviews you had said that you feel the u.s. could turn into electronic prison can you elaborate on a little bit well if everybody is watching everything that you do and you don't know where that information is going there's no recourse in terms of what happens with the information there's no recourse in terms of. how you can remedy things now for example the no fly list there's no way you don't even know you're on and so you go to the airport and they say you can't fly and there's no way to get yourself off of it and you don't know what got you want in the first place so you know that's just for flying now we start talking about the electronic surveillance it's
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becoming a serious problem for a lot of people lot of people are now starting to realize that the terrorists aren't the people they're after it's the people who are just ordinary people paying taxes and doing their jobs president obama has said that some privacy could be breached in order to provide security where do you think privacy rights are headed in the u.s. where they're headed in the u.s. i don't think they exist anymore in the u.s. that's what i'm hearing from our customers they are you know they understand that there's been it's not just a privacy breach it's like the whole dike has to spin completely excavated the oceans been pouring in perennial presidential hopeful ron paul spoke to larry king on a new episode of politicking and a show at a.v.s. on the real nature of democracy in the u.s. saying it's more about two policies competing and protecting people and that freedom and you can watch the interview in full later today i think in fact jan t. but in the meantime have the sneak peek. we don't have much of
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a democratic process left you know we are seizing you're going to be good democrats and you're going to have elections and if you don't elect the right guy we're not going to support them. at the same time you know the competition here getting on ballots and getting credibility and getting in debates it's really pretty difficult and the process continues you really don't ever see in the changes in washington i think it's because basically the leadership of both parties in spite of all their arguing they argue over power i grant you that but they don't argue over the issues that i consider important. and time now to look at some of the stories that he's online team prepared for you today and all in fun and those to blaze follows a time in eastern siberia injuring some and causing devastation bush this shocking
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footage are now in motion page right. on a bound to defend freedom but apparently not freedom of the written word gone time a prison and fines detainees from reading bleak a russian classic the gulag archipelago leading to accusations of america's ignoring its values on a whim find out more chancy dot com. massive flooding continues to devastate the far east with more downpours expected here's a look at just how big the flood zone actually is sproles are the three russian regions and to give you an idea it could feed the whole of france and germany in that and there are pockets that have avoided flooding but many more have simply been involved have arms the main city would be in the flood stricken area risk the same fate. has more now on the die situation that. well water levels in some parts of this region have already broken records that have stood since the eight
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hundred seventy six hundred and forty two centimeters in the authorities say that at the moment the water stands out above seven meters and with the rain set to continue on the water levels continuing to rise we could push the eight metre mark which puts the city in real jeopardy now the problem is being caused by the river which you can see behind me it's lost its banks and the real fear is now that it's going to trickle in and start to submerge the city authorities are working around the clock to try and prevent that from happening you can see the sandbags behind me dams have been built but the problem is the water levels continue to rise the dams need to rise with them so it's a twenty four seven around the clock job to try and reinforce the city around eight hundred fifty people have been evacuated from the city or to be asked to leave their property some of decided to stay some have decided to go those that have gone have been housed in temporary accommodation sent is in places like schools and sports arenas and sports complexes the authorities say they can house around four
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thousand five hundred from the city at the moment although that figure is expected to rise to about ten thousand should the problem it deteriorates to planes of humanitarian aid are also heading this way from moscow including things such as food drinking water and medicine president vladimir putin is heading this way early next week along with prime minister dmitri medvedev and they're expected to assess the damage which at the moment is mainly the rural remote areas on the outskirts of the city where entire communities have been submerged and destroyed but the fear is with the water level still rising this city could be at risk in the problem could yet get a lot worse. and now to some other news from around the world two deadly blasts targeting mosques in the lebanese city of tripoli have killed twenty seven people according to authorities injuring three hundred fifty others wanted belies a. mosque home to a cleric was reported links to syria's opposition minutes later a second blast hit cried at prayers at
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a mosque in the mina district no one has claimed responsibility for that time. security forces have fired tear gas at protesting students in colombia's comfortable who responded with homemade molotov cocktails the black clad youths are said to be part of the urban section of the funk terror group clashes come amid mass demonstrations of fathers miners and truckers over the country's dismal economic state. iceland is thinking of dropping its bid for membership of the e.u. the country's foreign ministry will consider dissolving this special committee which is working on the negotiations iceland suspended talks ahead of parliamentary elections in january and the euro skeptic coalition wish to power never started them and are so well foles economics professor at the university of iceland used to support his country joining the e.u. but changed his mind. at the heart of the issue is that eyes mundus a resource or wealth the island in the middle of the north atlantic whereas the
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european union is a central european project to integrate these central european economies into. the economic area through institutions like the common currency and the common market and. the issue of cost is whether the fitting iceland in these news going to go she asians is like putting a square peg through a round hole. and that is the. source of the. what you call it the going backwards in the negotiations and right after the break a ceviche of a not as it would have later thing to be stay with it. they
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say geopolitics is a lot like a schoolyard and while obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stoughton incident sounds kind of amateur that is the kind of stuff the girl you did when you're sixteen would do cancel a date just to show you how much her feelings are hurt let's not mistake this canceled meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total rejection of any form of discussion with another country which really sent a bold and possibly dangerous buckle message but obama did was more like a minor annoyance he knows that he will talk to putin again in the near future i mean how are they not going to talk in the next g. eight summit what is he just going to have to hide behind merkel the whole time and hope it works out or ducked behind the shrimp cocktail whatever here's a russian accent one could argue that to appease republicans he had to do something to look strong after the stoughton debacle but this grand stuff. it just comes across as silly passing something like a new jackson verdict amendment. is how you could show people that you're really
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mad even if your anger is irrational because still pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to. shevardnadze and today we're looking at friends and its new leading figures after we are said the margins of the politics then came served in a presidential race last year this woman is definitely gaining a stronger footing with her people and her ideas are quite controversial. political outsider breathing down.


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