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western warships and fighter jets move within striking range of syria as the u.s. and britain look set to bombard other war torn states saying it's time damascus pays of the price. the war mongering comes as u.n. inspectors probe it alleged chemical attack which western powers blame on the syrian army you speak to the head of a fact finding mission that searched in vain for iraqi weapons of mass destruction back in two thousand and three. talk of a third greek bailout creates a headache for europe's political elite says chancellor colonel merkel attempts to appease the german taxpayers with me. and a major air show gets underway outside moscow with cutting edge technology and
world class flying skills on display to an expected half million strong audience. right you're watching r t a live all from moscow has just gone possum midday and you're with me. syria looks set to face a military onslaught as british media report that warplanes and transport jets are being deployed at the u.k. the airbase in cyprus the spot is just one hundred kilometers from the syrian coastline and is expected to become a launch point for u.s. led campaign against the assad government. told us the details. according to news reports britain and the u.s. could be inching towards a potential military attack against the regime of syrian president bashar al assad
after foreign secretary william hague said that all other options have failed over the past year and now we have to keep in mind that no country has confirmed or ordered any such attack it's really more of an escalation in the rhetoric at this point but it is rhetoric that is being backed by flexing of a bit of military muscle perhaps to highlight the seriousness of the situation at the guardian newspaper reported that warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at a british airport air base on cyprus which is less than two hundred miles from the syrian coast the u.s. meanwhile has f. sixteen fighter jets and patriot missile batteries in jordan and last week we learned that the u.s. navy has sent a fourth warship to arm with ballistic missiles into the eastern mediterranean sea turkey also hosts an air base that is used by the united states and the british royal air force now france another key player in the possible conflict has its jet fighters stationed in the united arab emirates now again at this point it is
unlikely that western powers would be able to get a united nations mandate for international military action over syria with russia and china certain to veto but on monday the foreign ministers of britain france turkey said in a separate interviews that they would be prepared to back potential u.s. action outside of the parameters of a u.n. mandate well the intense international pressure comes on the heels of reports of a chemical weapons strike that may have killed over a thousand people in syria a convoy of u.n. inspectors came under fire on monday as it made its way to damascus to investigate the area of the inspectors were able to reach the site to collect the samples and interview witnesses but they were only able to stay for half an hour or so incredibly difficult circumstances for them to confirm. anything at all now the united nations the u.k. the u.s. germany france and turkey and others strongly condemned this apparent chemical
attack saying it was likely done that by the assad regime and the suburb in eastern damascus secretary of state john kerry had accused the syrian government of quote indiscriminate slaughter of civilians and of cynical efforts to cover up its responsibility for quote a cowardly crime investigator is are gathering additional evidence on the ground our understanding of what has already happened in syria is grounded in fact informed by conscience and guided by common sense well certainly russia's position has been and continues to be that no force should be used that diplomacy should be the tool here russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov had a warrant against pre-judgment about the use of chemical weapons saying that the u.s. and other countries had essentially mistakenly drawn conclusions by raising the possibility of military strikes now he also said that intervention by the u.s. and its allies without a u.n. resolution would be a quote very grave violation of international law and risk repeating past mistakes
take a listen and then the party many key players started to take sides and act based on the principle of winner takes all betting on those who they saw risk potential winners but then the winners turned into losers again this is an example of so-called ad hoc policies as opposed to logic and integrity policies you cannot for example declare war on one regime because you personally don't like the dictator in power and be friends with a dictator in another country. the rebels are unlikely to participate in any sort of international meetings we also heard that the u.s. might drop out of a diplomatic meeting at a scheduled to have with russia on this issue so diplomacy certainly is the path that russia is pushing for but at this point it's quite unclear how the situation will actually play out very tense indeed. to discuss all the military options in syria his doctor came into and i would to all of the istanbul that.
is foreign military intervention in syria i mean who will the u.s. adults let lies including turkey wait for the u.n. findings on the alleged chemical attack or will they just go ahead and attack. well it's difficult to say of course i have no crystal ball so i called gaze into the future what it looks like mickey players u.s. and u.k. from germany too and turkey and determined to topple the assad regime. rather this means active boots on the ground a full on war and on syrian territory and talk to say however. failing in. iraq that dream illusion i do think that the players are very much determined to impose a no fly zone to. have some kind of libya like scenario play out in
syria and the likelihood of that and then well. it's not very great either so if this did happen if some kind of confrontation happened why would turkey one to try and engage in an open confrontation with syria. well prior to this government turkey had been at loggerheads with syria for a long time is the syrian regime was very much opposed on qatar may i remind you of the fact that the nineteen ninety nine turkey nearly went to war with syria at that time turkey namea sent its troops into into syrian territory on the con the fact that the bigger kings choose to read or do our job on opening nowness up or was hiding in syria and overnight popular opinion wasn't. for any president such arrangement on friday night people didn't even know where syria was on a monday when he wanted to go to war. so as syria has long as long been.
at loggerheads with turkey it's only know with the current are keeping government and. good relationship with neighbors but neighboring states that turkey has been friend has been attending friendly relations with syria. which came to an abrupt end in trying to you know haven't probably folding your u.s. suggestion that syria should be. present at the negotiating table. this obvious is situation in syria is getting tense at the moment at the moment and all these we want to talk more about it with your doctor but i'm running out of time some would have to say goodbye to dr ken adams and from the is simple as that sharing the his thoughts on what's happening in syria with us by the prospect of a devastating bombing campaign spearheaded by america with no united nations mandate is starting to look in the evitable full syria but what does history tell us about where this could be leading artie's going to chicken takes
a look back at major's previous military ventures. the obama administration is looking for ways to intervene in syria without a mandate from the united nations the president's national security advisers bring up the nato bombings of former yugoslavia as a possible blueprint for an intervention in syria you may not remember at the time none of the nato states that participated in the bombings of former yugoslavia offered legal justifications for their actions it was labeled a humanitarian intervention and with the help of a very one sided media campaign it was engraved in the public memory especially in the west as a success story and little has been reporting that the humanitarian intervention turned into a humanitarian catastrophe on the ground what some call a success was two months of bombings thousands of people dead as a result both serbs and cos of all binion's went after seventy eight days of nato bombing serb forces withdrew from kossovo there was an ethnic cleansing of nearly
a quarter of a million serbs and other minorities from kossovo allied forces used cluster bombs attacked civilian infrastructure including power plants bridges factories the headquarters of serve radio and television in belgrade even the chinese embassy and yet despite all the destruction and casualties washington saw it as a victory and with the same bravado several years later the u.s. made the case for a unilateral intervention in iraq in that case it did not even bother to seek a u.n. approval washington presented false evidence and went on with the mission to remove saddam hussein from power nearly two hundred thousand iraqis died as a result of that intervention millions lost their homes and two hundred thousand is a modest estimate iraqis continue to die in terror attacks every day and most recently in the nato went beyond its un mandate and effectively carried out a regime change what was called the humanitarian intervention resulted in
a nation engulfed in chaos and terror. those are the precedence that washington has to look back to when considering an action in syria in washington i'm going to check on right r.t. spoke to hans blix who headed the u.n. for weapon inspection team to iraq before and during the two thousand and three u.s. led invasion he says a western media now piling pressure on their governments to take action in syria i think that the public opinion and the media in the west will be pressuring the their governments to do something they say that this is horrible thing that there must be a punishment and must the action you cannot sit with your hands just folded so the public say that you know you must call the police report for a world police but the question is who is the world police is the united states is it nato it should be the security council after an intervention which could take
place i don't exclude that it's going to happen what will they do will just have been a punch on the nose and then telling the believe durance in syria that they go back and continue fight the war the mandate is to establish whether chemical weapons have been used to or not and the way they go about that is that they go to sites and they may take samples of dust and of water and they will have to analyze that ascended to independent lab orators to lab orders they cannot just accept samples given to them from some rebels or from some site because that can be manipulated it will not take them to tell them who committed the attack but at least it will be able to tell them that yes chemicals were used. still to come in the program we'll take a look at a deep divide in israeli society pitting the ultra off adults jews against secular citizens think the government is far too generous with its handouts that's still to
little. bit misleading. the least. welcome back you'll have with us here on our team a third bailout for greece is not necessary and unavoidable according to e.u. and german officials but charles lyell of morocco who's trying to calm a riled up the leg trade and says that a lot less money will be needed this time around with elections just around the corner it's a sensitive time for merkel as ati's put a lot of reports. more and more we're seeing senior figures from the world of european finance coming out and saying that they think that it's almost inevitable
that greece will have to have a third bailout if it's to try and ease its ailing economy particularly here in germany that is something that would be looked at germany has been one of the major contributors towards the towards giving money to the ailing greek economy and of course we already period where there's a general election on the twenty second of september now to talk a little bit more about this and what is to be done with the greek economy i'm joined by dr marcus kerber who is a professor of political economy institute of technology and the founder of the think tank thanks very much for talking to me are we seeing mrs merkel and other leading german politicians dancing around the issue of what's going to be some rather painful decisions they going to have to be made in the near future as a matter of fact it turned out to be unavoidable to meet greece needs some extra money and instead of trying to. conceal this from the public by saying
no it will not come to the german finance minister in straight consultation with from macro admitted in public that there will be a third package this was to limit the damage that would emerge from a denial of reality they continue appeasement policy and continue bailouts instead of saying now let's. draw a bottom line greece capitalizes on the believe of european politicians that the greek sped away would be damages. once you call that bluff it will be all over independent of whether the greek want or don't want to care thanks very much for talking to me so greece addicted to bailouts and texted to debt as well the debt. partly being financed by taxpayers from around the rest of the eurozone most notably from here in germany where all the bust amount of money has been as come
out of the taxpayer coffers in order to help out the neighbors in the south however when germans have been polled about whether they would like whether greece should receive this type of money well overwhelmingly about sixty two percent of them have said no that they shouldn't be getting any more money from germany it seems that that is definitely the case ahead of what looks like a potentially inevitable bailout that the should future a few years. of good alice vickie if it's too much we're subs need some too or will be giving everything away we're driving here in broken roads we don't have enough kindergartens this money. if you're mentioning there are a lot of people in germany you also have problems we should also invest the money into germany. we shouldn't just be giving the money away with thinking about syrian people here so the german people though see alternately will be called on to foot
the bill not happy about giving money to greece. and initial figure being floated for a new greek bailout is ten billion euros though as recent history suggests it's likely to go so why is the new loan in needed at all his arteries carry people with the explanation. after two rescue packages of two hundred forty billion euro isn't a debt right of its greece any better off and the answer is not really you know the greek government may have put these billion euro life jackets on but the economic ship is still sinking and judging by the numbers sinking fast so more than three years since the fairy first rescue package was thrown out to greece by the i.m.f. greek public debt as a percentage of g.d.p. the water in the sinking ship if you like has risen by a quarter but those three years of desperately trying to stay afloat have devastated the economy or than a quarter of the population can't find work six tenths of use on employees and
added to this cases of suicides and homelessness have rocketed greek government debt rose three point eight billion euros in just the first quarter of this year and unsustainable level which is meant the country cannot pay its bills once again and is in need of another bailout now in layman's terms the situation is more desperate than the worst case scenario that the i.m.f. and the e.u. planned for german chancellor angela merkel now promises there will be no more debt haircuts for greece with investors beginning to warm back up to the euro zone she's concerned that a write down will send them again fleeing the ship but greece's debt situation is beginning to like an iceberg with the first cash injection back in twenty ten just the tip of it and now as the ship continues to sink the reality of the size of the country's debt looks even more daunting. right it'll take time for
one of the biggest events on the global aviation calendar. ride cutting edge technology in aid of construction multi-billion dollar contracts and a spectacular flight program all on offer at this week's long mox show just outside of moscow in france has wall from that field. air max is in its twentieth year taking place out here on this airfield it's really a place where civil aviation and military can join organizations from around the world to come to one place and really share ideas and look at some of the top achievements in the field in the last year and not only that but develop business connections both for for military and and private business and now some of the developments in navigation and handling pertain not only to military aircraft but
to to v.i.p. jet business cost customers made by and so everything from new weapon systems to beautiful leather seats is really really seen out here it's just a shame or gets bored of what is on offer in the aviation industry now some of the things that people will want to see out here at max are some of the air shows there will be russian aircraft hitting the skies five jet teams demonstrating their stuff over the skies above the field helicopters and then also twenty four an aircraft will be hitting the skies teams from china france and from around europe this goes on until september first prime minister medvedev will be stopping by and so it's it's a big show and there's really everything you can imagine out here from russian helicopters to these small private beautiful aircraft it's just it's just really amazing out
here. right over a million visitors are expected to to flock to the asia to see tricks like these. right in the bus to add to the new is combat just so we'll be weaving in this guy a man by top aerobatic teams from russia and around the world and of course a hero on our team will be covering the lead for you throughout the week. right on to other stories out the palestinian leadership has said it will put off the start of planned peace talks with israel after three palestinians were killed in an idea frayed on a refugee camp in the west bank but israel also faces a conflict within its own society as simmering tensions between secular and author jews threaten to boil over into violent confrontation a middle eastern correspondent policia explains. a war among brothers is one of the
worst things in history the jewish people never lost to an enemy the lost when there was war among brothers chaim i'm silent ms trying to prevent that from happening again but he's a lone voice the ultra orthodox rabbi was for many years a member of parliament for the country's biggest ultra religious party but they cost him out angry with his efforts to try and bridge the gap between secular and religious israelis it's left him angry. unless there will be a change in the ultra-orthodox community the direction it is going it will lead to further religious extremism segregation and divisions within the community this will cause real danger to the state of israel. one in ten israelis belongs to the ultra orthodox community they live in defacto ghettos of the own making most of the men spend their days studying while the wives work for meager wages they live off to nations and state benefits in israel in two thousand and thirteen there are two
different separated and hostile communities one is the author of the dogs one that most of its members are behind fences we will never meet in the workplace not in our schools not in the universities not in our college and because of this each side has stereotypes about the other those negative concepts ok so when two big societies emerge on one lane in one state history told us that a civil war between the same people is just a medal of time but even on this issue the two sides don't agree. with it that's simply not true there is no war it's nonsense if you see a religious protest against driving on shabbos it's because it offends the ultra orthodox who live in that area or if it's about being drafted into the military it's not because we hate secular jews no it's about keeping our way of life there
are not true torah as we act according to the word of god but tensions are at an all time high seems like the subject coming more and more frequent tens of thousands of ultra-orthodox men protesting the moves by secular israelis to force them to serve in the army and every month confrontations at the western wall between ultra orthodox and reform jews they want to leave the regular guy they want to marry later but i don't think they want to be in such a marginal place in this society i think it's only the very extreme groups that are dragging them to this point in response rabbi i'm saddam has formed his own political party it's called. i'm shelley i'm whole nation but for now the nation is not home and doesn't seem to want to be so far has failed to win a single seat in government whenever politicians here talk about the threats to israel they reference the usual culprits of hostile neighbors but the threat from
within is no less dangerous a war between brothers police here r.t. jerusalem. now for some more international news in brief protesters are calling for other cultural laws to be revamped and are clashing with riot police in central colombia rider squads used tear gas and wielded baton is to force a stone throwing demonstrators off the street it's the eighth day of a nationwide strike aimed at forcing the government to broaden subsidies and cut fuel prices. a massive wildfire in california continues to your cement national park edging closer to a large reservoir that provides a maze of san francisco's water supply the blaze has also damaged two hydroelectric plants are forcing the city to switch to other parts sources more than three hundred five hundred firefighters are battling to control the fire which has been raging for eleven days. the venezuelan government has set it
for old and s.s. nation attempt on president maduro earlier this month arresting two presumed hit men in the capital caracas of russians as they they were working on orders of from former venezuelan leader. it's not the first time when israel has said it's too real to an s.s. nation plot against the president the most recent was two months ago reportedly orchestrated from colombia and the united states. next are discovering russia series explores a village frozen in time they're coming right up here on r.t. . sometimes it seems like in the face of giant corporations people are just sort of helpless i could be pretty pessimistic myself about what a few individuals with no real money or power can really do against the system but
you never dull in fact if you remember tour discussion about ammonia doused pink slime being used across america and frozen fast foods well shift jamie oliver has actually managed to shame mcdonald's enough on t.v. to get them to back down and stop using this ultra processed form of quote meat at their establishments also we recently discussed gamer rage at the rather racist portrayal of russians in the game company of heroes two well all the rage actually worked and thanks to the seventeen thousand signatures on the change dot org petition that game has been pulled from russian shelves by the developer the thing is that massive corporations do a lot of bad things because they have no morals and are obsessed with profit but because they have no morals and are only obsessed with profit the second you even slightly threaten their cash flow they will instantly start cowering at your feet sometimes but that's just my opinion.
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