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free blog video for your media project free media are. evidence of a chemical attack in syria is found by it's no proof the government was behind it says the u.n. envoy to the country as western powers ready for a strike. washington says it has enough evidence against us and waves away comparisons with iraq we will get how the u.s. has paved the way for previous military campaigns. here in violence claims dozens more lives in iraq in a series of bomb attacks in the capital baghdad r.t. looks at the ongoing price of the u.s. led liberation from saddam hussein. and multiculturalism fails a stress test in the u.k. with an anti muslim lobby blocking the expansion of islam call it violent and incompatible with today's britain.
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four pm in the russian capital you're watching r.t.i. marina joshie the un arab league envoy to syria lakhdar brahimi says there is evidence suggesting that some kind of chemical substance was used in an attack near damascus a week ago but that there is no proof that the assad government is responsible but such an assault in itself could be enough for the u.s. and its allies to launch a military offensive against the war torn country despite warnings from russia and the un was get more from our to sean thomas who joins me live now. so shannon what do we know at this point about the un's position on events in syria so far will certainly bring me who is the u.n. envoy and of the arab league envoy on the situation in syria spoke in geneva on
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wednesday saying that any military action in the world should be carried out only with the u.n. security council's sanction as stipulated by international law very clear and direct in his message he did say that evidence suggests that some chemical substance was used to killing hundreds in syria but that they did not on the ground examine any proof that shows that it was of the syrian government behind those chemical weapons attacks and of course one thing that has been reiterated time and again is that this team that is in syria from the u.n. there to determine if chemical weapons were used but not assign blame if the u.n. security council's job to then look at that evidence and decide what action should be taken u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon also weighed in on the subject he said that the u.n. inspection into syria needs more time to do their job and in fact under the
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agreement with the syrian government they're supposed to be there for six more days at least and he talked about the idea of the united states having proof that the u.n. doesn't have and says if the u.s. has some proof pointing to assad's guilt then they need to make that proof of vailable to the united nations experts so that they can have a look and use that as part of the investigation as well schon in light of the latest developments does a diplomatic solution still look like a possibility to this crisis well it certainly has been a very busy week in the united states with the momentum shifting towards the idea of a military intervention obama has made at least eighty eight phone calls to world leaders about the subject of syria two of those have been to david cameron the prime minister of the u.k. . they he is. looked at evidence and he's looked at ways that the military can respond that chuck hagel who is the secretary of defense for the united states has said that the military is ready and the pentagon is that ready to react as soon as
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obama gives the order for some sort of an intervention now john kerry who is the secretary of state he is the one who is so find the diplomatic solutions he's supposed to present more evidence on wednesday as to why they know definitively that it was assad's regime that used chemical weapons one of the things that he might be talking about are some intercepted phone calls that the united states intelligence service is reportedly intercepted foreign policy web site saying that these phone calls were between the syrian defense ministry and a commander in the field of a chemical weapons unit immediately after the attack trying to find out exactly what happened what went wrong. might hear more a little bit about that later also but jay carney who is the spokesperson for the white house had a press conference and outlined very clearly what the united states position is let's listen to what he had to say. the deliberations that are taking place now in the options that are being considered by the president and his national security
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team are not around the question of whether or not chemical weapons were used in syria on a significant scale causing mass death and injury is not around the question of whether or not the syrian regime is responsible it's around the question of what is the appropriate response to this clear violation of international norms. and we are hearing that there is some agreement that has been sealed between allied groups as well as syrian rebel forces on the ground as to what type of an action would take place we were also told that the action would not be to topple the government or destabilize the military but rather send a message to assad that could happen as early as thursday now the russian side of things there has been a phone call between sergey lavrov the foreign minister here in russia and john kerry in the united states in that phone conversation that lavrov rejected the position that it was the assad regime pointing to the fact that there is evidence
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that suggests it could have been the rebels who themselves used chemical weapons in the attack he says that the u.s. and other countries should be doing everything that they can to facilitate the u.n. investigation rather than trying to hinder it and push their own agenda he's also alarmed at different nations attempts to destabilize. the peace process and the diplomatic solution and specifically referring to the geneva two talks that were being pushed by the u.s. and by the by the russian government jointly now has also gone on to say that the only solution to the crisis in syria is a diplomatic solution through negotiation and that's where russia stands at this point in time all right thanks so much for bringing us this update chang thomas there now london is expected to push for a resolution sanctioning the use of force against syria at the u.n. security council later on that wednesday the draft document puts the blame for the alleged chemical attack on the assad regime aren't is laura smith's brings more on london's possible response. prime minister david cameron is making some very
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carefully weighed statements on the one hand he says no decision has yet been taken whether to get involved but on the other hand he says it's very clear that it is the assad regime that is to blame for using chemical weapons according to him he reckons that he's got clear evidence that it that it was the regime the government used chemical weapons so in response to that he has convened a meeting of the national security council here in london on wednesday they're going to talk about the information that they've already received from the un inspectors obviously not the final report because that will be available for another few days and then they're all going to talk about whether to push ahead with a military strike following that on thursday and he's will meet in parliament they've been recalled from the summer holiday and they will be given a chance to vote to discuss and to vote on what they think should be done also downing street is saying that the u.s. and the u.k. weren't necessarily be bound by what the u.n. inspectors are saying and also britain's made clear that it would consider going
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ahead without a u.n. resolution foreign minister william hague says that the use of chemical weapons contravenes international law and its own account so that is reason enough to go into syria downing street has confirmed that british forces all ramping up in preparation for a possible military strike in line with that we've heard reports from cyprus which has a u.k. base that's about one hundred miles from the coast of syria so very close ideally positioned people there are saying that war planes and military transporters have started to arrive well interestingly we haven't heard anything from the european union as a whole but for on hold for a reaction of force against the use of chemical weapons and said that the u.n. security council could be bypassed under the circumstances turkey obviously a key regional player agrees with that the rest of the european countries slightly less gung ho about it germany says that intervention is needed if the use of
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chemical weapons is. but it isn't going to go ahead without a u.n. mandate similarly it's only in norway would be to go ahead without a u.n. mandate but in the region the arab league thinks that it was made this attack that it's not happy to intervene in any way but remains to be seen how much this effort can be led by britain the u.s. and france and it looks like it's seriously ramping up. well as discussed the situation further with dr mohammad hassan who is a former of european diplomat and an expert on the middle east misters on thank you so much for joining us here in r.t. to talk about a crisis in syria while you're in diplomat carla del ponte to you recently said that a camel attack took place earlier in april in fact in syria was conducted by the rebels the question here is why the west and arab states ignoring these claims. one have to see the project.
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they have planned in the beginning they have felt that it is the syrian regime and the syrian government. after three. but it proved to the people of syria and the government of syria. to us and a half even the so-called liberal and terrorists that they have been to syria have been militarily defeated. because of the situation go to good for the stated and now they are committing the same situation what we have seen in two thousand and three before the war in iraq. they themselves supplied the gods to the terrorists and now blaming without any fact on the ground even bypassing the un security council to plot attacks syria ok let's now go back to carla del ponte as you know claims here and her allegations washington in the one hand seems to be
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convinced that the syrian government help for control of the chemical stockpiles and does that mean that her allegations allegations by carla del ponte today are wrong or possibly the weapons the rebels allegedly used did not come from syria what's your take. i think dr khan that she was quote united states just invents in order to to to achieve it is objective it has invented the most destruction weapon we have seen that in the security council that it is the former state department head general colin powell how he lied to the whole international community and it's a shame on him again an african origin president who is leading that country and everybody hoped that it is the change will be but he's becoming even worse the done bush and he's using the global tactics you know the plot talk and destroy the syrian people and the syrian government but you know i will appeal to every democratic forces and every the peace loving people to support of the government of
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syria and the people of syria and their will for i don't think that it is they have the stomach to put a ground force and the ground syria have a lot of friends and the syrian people it is united it is not in the way they have the expected this is a pretext for the invasion and they are planning out of frustration because the success of the syrian government have achieved on the ground and the unity of the syrian people have proved that it will lead off creating as you say as a pretext for invasion you say that this is a pretext for invasion by invading it won't be another iraq on false evidence of weapons of mass destruction was used as a pretax to your intervention to what extent do you agree with the u.s. is for the last sixty seventy years have lived in the deception it's where you've done a lot of world with the political stuff we have seen in the korean war in a different vision and these war in syria and so on one have to look only on the history of the u.s. for the last seven to case what they did and invading including granada which is
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a very small country there which it is a very dangerous for united states the u.s. is every time when it is things that it is to invade for it is strategic on an economic reason it does that and it's probably carrots false informations which is later on historians to write about it after it's done we have to our short think that the people have short memories we have seen this in the new iraq and what they have didn't we are killing the iraqi people and bringing the destruction to the. the syrian people are united under their little sheep under the president of bashar assad and as you saw he said two days ago the president of syria when he gave an interview to the russian television series i will never be a colony of anybody in syria i would resist and will be a certain country and resupport to that's we that open the african people and democratic forces we have to stand with the people of syria and the government of syria better than this persons we have seen they have intervened in mali and they
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have created their own. another wanted to intervene their main objective is that it is alright to introduce change dr mohamed morsi and also to the russian people i understand your position would have to leave it there and so we have the time for that was dr mohamed haass a middle east expert and former diplomat joining us live from brussels think you think of it now washington and london sports for military intervention has taken its toll on the financial world the threats have spurred a well and gold prices while investors have rushed to pull their money from stock markets are just katie pilgrim looks at how the rhetoric has affected the world economy. forms they aren't falling yet on syria global financial damage is already being done gold is what people usually turn to in these uncertain times that russia's very much being felt in earnest hey we got the billion up forty dollars an ounce just over the last two days alone oil prices are surging to their highest
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level since twenty eleven that's over concerns that are american and british an attack on syria will bring about a serious consequences and threaten global surprise now the middle east as a whole accounts for over a third of all oil production and holds even more reserves leaving bank associate general has said the us that attack on syria could see the price of oil spiked to a hundred and fifty dollars per barrel such a level could have a disastrous impact on the global economy already challenged by storing grow debt and ongoing recessions as well our sanctions have also severely restricted or like spots from syria already so the economic situation there could get even worse as the violence continues our stock markets are witnessing
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a sell off to. get in the middle east leading the cash exodus neighboring turkey has also taken an economic briefing us stocks plunge the reefer send even more worryingly this is all happening before the attack has even gone so most likely more bad news if it doesn't go ahead. back with more news after a short break don't go away. wealthy british style it's time to rise.
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lots and predominantly shiite areas were targeted by the attackers violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year with the sunni minority protesting against the shiite led government let's take a look now at the tragic figures of sectarian strife. well two thousand and ten so over four thousand people killed while the elections come with no clear winner leaving the country with no leadership the same figures in twenty eleven was a u.s. troops pulling out of iraq by the end of the year then comes a spike in deaths over the next twelve months with sectarian violence sparking fears of a possibility of full scale civil war but this year the religious lee driven attacks between shia and sunni skyrocket further claiming almost five thousand lives in just eight months with july being the deadliest month since two thousand and eight now. let's take
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a look at some of the stories and we've got going for you online breathtaking high speed aerobatics and unbelievably unbelievable stunts in the skies near moscow. some of the world's best pilots a state of the art aircraft are put through their paces near the russian capital as one of the largest air shows kicks off so i had to r.t. dot com for all the details and catching images from the event. plus social network users be aware it appears some credit agencies may be checking out the loan history of people you're close to on facebook before deciding whether to lend you money. russia's far east is braced for a flood levels to peak as authorities warned of water levels will not receive for another month but residents of the regional capital have bar of scar not giving in
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using sandbags for improvised dams to prevent the delusion dancing. waves in. well up until now it had been the remote rural areas that had been was affected by these floodwaters but as you can see now the waters are beginning to encroach on to the city of how about. twenty yards behind the camera is a residential area and some residents are being evacuated as we speak in deciding to go to the temporary accommodation centers that have been set up at the first thing you notice about the city actually is the amount of hills that are off meaning that is communities and streets in the lowlands but are most at risk of being worst affected communities in areas like this one and there's a surprising number of residents although many are going to the accommodation centers in the hundreds there are still those who are resolutely staying with their properties and deciding not to leave now. my family is going to affect your way to from our home but i decided to stay today the electric power supply has you into
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a pump still working and there's no water in the stairwell any more water evaporates in the pavements become visible so we're still living through those that stay on those that go basically those who have their properties ruined attention is slowly turning to the future and what happens when this water subsides when it recedes and the extent of the damage is revealed when the authorities have said that they will give compensation of up to one hundred thousand rubles to people whose properties have been damaged the compensation will range from fifty to one hundred thousand rubles depending on the severity of the damage. now sick look at some other stories from around the world in western india at least eleven people have been killed in the collapse of two residential buildings several people have been rescued but ten more are still trapped under the debris the search for survivors is in full swing with firefighters the army and national disaster response teams at the scene the buildings were part of a huge housing complex that's reported to have been and poor condition.
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japan has classified the leak of three hundred tons of contaminated water at the fukushima plant as a serious incident it's the greatest warning about crippled sites since two thousand and eleven earthquake and tsunami that caused a meltdown of three reactors on tuesday the operator of the nuclear plant said it would invite foreign experts to advise on how to deal with the contaminated water. at least for afghan civilians have been killed and fifteen more wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a coalition convoy in a southern province of helmand and there are so far no reports of any casualties among troops the incidents follows yesterday's killing of twelve civilians by taliban insurgents or cooperating with the government militants have increased its assaults on civilians ahead of the planned pullout of international forces next year. counterterrorism forces in the u.k.
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are looking into a series of c.d.'s featuring pornographic an abuse of images insulting the probable harm it sent to several london mosques the incident adds up to a wave of offensive acts towards british muslims by parts of society desperate to keep the u.k. islam free to start so we have finds out what it takes to strike a balance. my name is gavin baby and i'm the lawyer behind freedom foundation we still. that is we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial them somewhere further to ask the mosque buster objections raised by locals pertaining to mosques and cooed traffic congestion on the general noise and disturbance which does concern people on the first one was the loss of a retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is
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deeper than that islamic doctrine there's a wrong doctrine now exactly is contrary to reassure if a company was passing death sentences if a synagogue was to commit acts of war all you would immediately say that has to be stopped when you have a man who is soon ideologically opposed knows little about these numbers faith even if what he is suggesting that he doesn't give credence to some of those views really in terms of traffic congestion impacting the local area if people have those objections he really genuinely feel that it's going to create an impact raised but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment on the muslim myself and and. speaking to muslims across print and across london people are feeling vulnerable because they do feel as if the muslim community is being picked on we have had instances where
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a local mosque had just thrown into it last year after a decade of dispute the new and council rejected an application for a so-called mega mosque the site of which is just down the road over here it would have accommodated up to ten thousand worshippers the group that had campaigned against it called themselves mega mosque. no thanks and some muslim groups have also opposed a project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions put the spotlight once again on why this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion that we see i think is poor need to do with the failure within multiculturalism people becoming vested in a very particular notion that britain is characterized by first of all a white christian dominant culture which historically is certainly true but may be less the case today most simply become a symbol i think for this great anxiety over recent you gov poll compared answers
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given by respondents in november two thousand and twelve and may two thousand and thirteen and showed an increase in the number of people who agree that there will be a clash of civilizations between british muslims and native white britons we really need a more frank and open and and detailed discussion about what islam is about what britishness is on about how we manage social change and evolution in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept in britain which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue both make a clash of cultures and the less likely just so so you are t. . up next here in our team breaking the set with abby martin and go away.
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so the us amigos feel soit again martin in the us a break in the set so they thousands of people mobilize for a massive rally on capitol hill in a lobbying day designed to urge congress to act now on comprehensive immigration reform all signs right now point to an agreement in the senate that could overhaul our immigration system to write a pathway to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants currently living in this country an agreement in congress today would mean the world to millions of people who call this country home and a renewed commitment to the values of a nation that was born on the shoulders of immigrants now the time to break the set .


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