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the eyes to the right to want to be seventy two the nose to the left two hundred eighty five. the british parliament rejects intervention in syria after the prime minister fails to convince lawmakers to launch war against president. bob the u.s. is boosting its naval forces in the region saying it's ready to strike alone despite losing support of its closest ally. in war misery for thousands of stricken families in russia's far east where it's feared the floodwaters which have devastated their talents won't proceed before winter.
this is r.t. coming to you live from moscow i'm marina josh welcome to the program how is washington tries drumming up support for possible intervention in syria its closest ally the u.k. has ruled out military action the prime minister was dealt a huge blow by parliament which rejected his plan to support the u.s. if it chooses war the motion followed mounting allegations of a mass chemical attack near damascus largely being blamed on assets government here are some of david cameron's words which led parliament to its decision well cameron admits the u.k. has joint intelligence committee found a very difficult to pinpoint a motive of the alleged assault he urged lawmakers to make their own judgment against president asad and act on their convictions well that didn't win over parliament creating an embarrassing situation for downing street with arguably the first time a prime minister has been defeated on a vote for war since seven hundred eighty two r.t. said firth fall of the crucial session in london. defeated and she merely ate it
that's how the prime minister is being portrayed today after that major political blow with parliament voting against military action it means that the prime minister's decision essentially to recall parliament to bring this nation against possible military action in syria has backfired spectacularly many of the prime ministers a party members turning against him labor today calling his leadership reckless and cavalier it's not going to sit comfortably with the prime minister this issue of foreign policy and it was a major issue that he really stamped his name of paul is one that the prime minister is the country he usually leads on and you heard when the results of the vote was announced last night in the house of commons those cries for the prime minister to resign now questions they feel whether his leadership is really going to be under threat it's thought that's quite unlikely at this point but certainly
he stands in a much we can and position today and as he said that defeat really not putting him in a comfortable position tools very many people feeling that the vote reflected the lack of public appetite for any military action certainly with the evidence that was on the table of course all eyes will now be on the us and what course of action they'll take they've lost a major ally in britain voting against military action the indicators coming from the u.s. is that they'll be willing regardless to go it alone in terms of a timeline you've got the u.n. inspectors coming out the country on saturday in presenting their preliminary findings so all eyes will be closely on that and then the actions that follow but as we said certainly the prime minister today had both internationally and here at home standing a little less tall today i think. now the u.k.'s vote against armed intervention in syria even stopping france from taking want to called firm punitive action against
the ousted regime president alon said all options are on the table including military action which could happen within days and he reiterated his support for the syrian opposition but mary of washington's other nato partners are more locked in when it comes to tough action against us and as well as u.k. support now out of the question germany says it's not considering any military participation italy austria and spain say they won't back washington without a u.n. resolution but syria's neighbor turkey said they will join an international coalition against syria even if the security council doesn't give the go ahead reaction now from little brother on there he is from other bread peace movement and has just returned from the turkish syrian border would have thank you so much for joining us here on r.t. to discuss the situation in around syria so. bring us the mood at the turkish border at the moment. yeah of course the people are free.
at a turkish border in the province of how to get large elevates minority. which it defies themselves very much with the regime in damascus of the same group and of course they're afraid. yes of a military action which could cause a set of the government takeover in damascus. yet they seem themselves. in a kind of position with. a government take this government supporting opposition and so do afraid to even talk about a possible. turkey in a sort of turkey where it will turkey supports military intervention and in syria and say they have intelligence that asa did use a chemical weapons so what would what implications will this have for turkey then any over spill for ankara how big of a risk is there. but there's always a risk i mean the military intervene. in any case we'll have a risk of large consequences we see already in lebanon what more can be spread
outside of syria the same will be probably for iraq and the risk exists also in turkey you see already in turkey. several hundred thousands of refugees to see the free syrian army openly operating there. and we had already spring of this year huge bomb attack in a small city or for a hundred in the syrian border with fifty three deaths so you see that the syrian crisis is already somehow also in turkey and don't forget that also in the turkish media in may there were messages. that they found. out in gas to kill sarin gas with. members in the city of other and so you see in all ways that the syrian war is also in
turkey somehow present. in what seems to be a very complicated situations important to take a look at both sides and speaking of which syrian rebels were also implicated in using chemical weapons in fact some quantity was even found in turkey why are the western powers then ignoring this fact very briefly. yeah i've know there are several reasons of course i think you know if you see how fast the reactions came especially from turkey but also united states it seems already like if this is a kind of looking for a pretext to attack the regime of bashar al assad in any way. possible danger now for a huge sure if in other danger of what you hear talking there is a first strike operation imagine there would be an attack coming from syria. territory this can be seen as an attack against
a native country and would direct all nato countries into war. this this kind of. actions can be a false flag operation and it's easier actually to to escalate the war in this way more liberal in their peace activists from the peace movement thank you so much for talking to us here on r t. so the u.s. isn't exactly awash with military support from its allies on syria washington still got a finger on the trigger though it's been mobilizing naval forces in the region for american warships are already in the mediterranean sea a fifth is on its way there all those vessels are armed with guided missiles which would allow them to fire at syria while avoiding its and a ship projectiles for other ships belonging to a nato task force are also in the same area well with more details here's marina port. i have warned that president obama has not made of final decision
but all signs are suggesting that a strike could occur as soon as united nations inspectors who are currently investigating last week's alleged chemical attack in syria leave the country they are scheduled to depart from damascus on saturday and that's when the u.n. experts are expected to brief the u.n. security council on their findings now the white house is expected to present its case for military action against syria to congressional leaders that may have already happened during a conference call thursday evening and ministration officials say that they have intelligence that shows the forces loyal to president bashar al assad carried out last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of damascus however critics say that the intelligence that the obama administration does have does not directly tie assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack president obama is
reportedly basing his case military action in two ways on two points he says first and foremost he believes the u.s. needs to safeguard international standards against the use of chemical weapons we all remember how he made his statement of chemical weapons use being that red line that can't be crossed and he also says that the use of chemical weapons is a threat to america's national interests and now we believe that syria directly is threat to america's national interests now we should keep in mind that if president obama does order a military strike on syria he would be doing so without congressional approval and lacking approval from the united nations security council resolution which is required according to international law so if the u.s. moves unilaterally without approval from the. the international community from the united nations it would be acting in violation of the u.n.
charter but by all reports by all accounts by everything that seems to be coming out it seems as though the u.s. president is going to move ahead with his plan even if he has to move ahead on his own as opposed to how he previously planned to move ahead with some european partners and while president obama is inching closer towards international military action against syria u.s. citizens have taken to the streets in new york washington d.c. and several other cities around the country to protest airstrikes against the syrian people according to recent polls only nine percent of americans support a war in syria protesters that came out into the streets say that just like with weapons of mass destruction in iraq false information they believe is being told now about syria to justify another war syria's neighbors and other countries in the region don't want to be part of
a possible military intervention either jordan shares a border with syria and the u.s. has an air base there but it doesn't want to be used as a launching pad for foreign intervention iraq won't open interior space for an attack either because the prime minister there are things such a strike is a dead and egypt's government and various political parties are all united in their stance against military action in syria as well lebanon's foreign minister has joined the chorus by saying using its airspace to attack syria is no go well his country's home to present its ally has a group which says it will retail of syria's attacked our middle east correspondent paula reports now from beirut. the street is angry at the hands of and fearful the media in the region is that the winds of war are blowing in so we are both sides are vowing to fight for the country many are afraid that if america launches military intervention this will only result in a bloodbath here in lebanon has been that has said it will not stand idly by if
assad is fired on this is the clearest indication from the military group that it plans to get involved and any kind of his bill involvement will see rockets fired at israel already in israel thousands of residents have been going to post offices to collect gas mosques the country is in a state of high alert and army reserve soldiers have been called up there is clearly the sense that something big is on the cards policy r t beirut now what exactly will happen if washington does attack syria by itself doesn't take a look at some of the answers that you've been giving us here on our team dot com and our online vote well at this point let's take a look at how the votes are looking right now as you can see more than half of you forecast a catastrophic confident goal thing the entire region just under twenty percent of this point think washington would dare attack syria without help from others or nearly the same amount fear and libya like situation if there is intervention with
rampant islamic insurgency and years of violence well at this point only a handful of our viewers think president obama will teach syria lesson by carrying out strikes for a couple of days although i don't know where you think on this by going to our web site r.t. dot com and having your say there well don't go away because we've got details of just how much america spends to spot on people adverts notice revealed the black budget that goes on snooping on citizens around the world and also coming your way it's time for the public to take in the spectacle one of the world's top air shows will bring you the latest from the twenty thirty match to moscow after the short break.
welcome back you're watching r t live from moscow fugitive american whistleblower edward snowden has made another damning revelation about a so-called black budget has appeared in a washington post article shedding light on the huge scale of u.s. surveillance spending label top secret the documents show america has splashed out over fifty two billion dollars on intelligence gathering in two thousand and thirteen alone snowden's exposure of the n.s.a. spying program has won him international recognition and has just landed the two thousand and thirteen whistleblower prize from a coalition of n.g.o.s the award ceremony is set for berlin later today but the former intelligence contract there is hardly expected to be among. the guest says he has been granted asylum in russia we spoke to dr christian homburg executive director of transparency international which is one of the co-sponsoring organizations of the award. this is a war that is for whistleblowers people who speak out about a wrongdoings and we believe that with the documents that he has given to
a journalist it has been shown that there has been wrongdoings we have seen that security laws have been overstepped by american authorities and therefore he earns this prize for speaking out about it we see very strong debate aboard in germany about how the u.k. and also the u.s. is intercepting email and other forms of communication and this is a very fierce debate and we hope that we will also have a debate how much civilians do we want in a free country for many of us persistent marketing and sales calls are an annoying inconvenience in our everyday lives and in britain this issue is cause for a new debate with some growing worried about who is on the other hand of the line are just to reports your phone rings you pick up and it's a pass and post lightly trying to flog you something be it telemarketing or
insurance sales you're talking to a stranger it's called cold calling but few homeowners would suspect that the person on the other end of the line is a prison inmate. to staffordshire prison's a piloting the unusual news team drake call and h.m.p. oakwood and inmates are being paid twenty pounds a week to do the cold calling they reportedly start out by asking would you like to save some money before going on to quiz homeowners about any potential valuables that are worth insuring in their homes they also asked for the name of the person they're talking to as well as the postcode of the address in question and i think i feel too comfortable because they were her friends on the outside. couldn't pass all the information so it into the most reliable people to actually be doing that sort of job personally i think this is more we could think back and see what you disagree you know i wouldn't feel comfortable storming find out. because you've
been a personal information about yourself and you have to read from suspect number one i wouldn't feel comfortable with anyone asking you that question why no. cold calling offering if you had valuables in your head. and saying the news has sparked concerns that inmates could go on to use the information they've acquired for criminal means but the ministry of justice says that offend doesn't allow to deviate from their marketing scripts which means that they pose no threat they also say that the work provides a valuable experience and allows offenders to be more employers will in future call centers or risk assessed and the work subject to stringent security measures would cause supervised and recorded. it is crucial that offenders do not sit idle in their cells ensuring prisoners learn new skills through work opportunities makes them more employable in the future that means a lower risk of real fendi lower crime and fewer victims even so the news has
rattled some brits who say there's no cool for inmates cold calling. aussie london and just a click away for you is our team's website here's a little of what our line team wind up there for. taking the habit japanese authorities plantigrade so-called fasting camps to help internet addicted teens unplug from the web plus. a study shows pollution in major u.s. cities is the largest cause of premature death in the country with two hundred thousand americans dying annually from the fumes of car exhaust and industrial smokestacks check out this sobering statistic on our team dot com right now. the max twenty thirteen hour show has opened its doors to the public one of the world's top air and space events is underway just outside moscow visitors get to see unbelievable stands by russian and foreign this place teams as well as the
latest airspace technology france is there for us. three days of business led up to this but now the fun begins for the public here as you called ski fields just outside of moscow the flight programs with a big draw for crowds here every year at max and it could because it's not just about the exhibit the latest in aviation technology that's on the ground it's what's flying above us in the sky and it makes quite an impression on the eyes and i can tell you on the ears as well some of the highlights today included the flight of the t. fifty the sukhoi successor to the mc twenty nine brand new it's a feature in the russian military and i really wild the crowds with its maneuvers and such a low altitude and of course we have the russian switch that have been performing here on the ground the jet team that does choreographed maneuvers also at very low altitude was breathtaking to watch very difficult maneuvers there and then of course moving on to helicopters you see the helicopter team there brooke cooties
team piloting the me twenty eight and strike helicopters made by the russian helicopters company now this is their first time performing at max it's very rare to see helicopters performing like this anywhere in the world at an aviation show but they do vertical and horizontal maneuvers again a very low altitudes giving the crowds a look at how they use their technologies to move in such an agile way in the air and then of course with that with the business going on here a lot of money was made one hundred twenty nine aircraft were sold here at max totaling up to seven billion dollars so a lot of business has been done here at maks two thousand and thirteen but this is where the weekend kicks off and where the enjoyment really begins for all the crowds. now is take a look at some of the stories from around the world a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in afghanistan let's twelve dead including
a regional governor the victims were praying when the bomber detonated his device the governor was known for his open stance against the taliban and it's the latest in a string of deadly attacks which have left over twenty civilians dead in less than a week. a mass rally in colombia in support of farmers turned violent and has left two protesters dead hundreds more were injured when riot police used tear gas to disperse the tens of thousands who turned out for the ongoing campaign one u.s. president opened talks with the agricultural industry but they've proved fruitless with farmers insisting reforms have pushed them to the brink of bankruptcy. security forces have reportedly killed five militants in india administered kashmir according to police insurgents opened fire on a group of part of paramilitary troops patrolling the area the hanging of a pakistani man earlier this year for planning to blow up the indian parliament is said to have fueled a recent spike in violence. and now to california where firefighters are
still battling a massive forest fire near the u. some of the national park nearly seventy eight thousand hectares of woodland have so far been destroyed san francisco water supply is now under threat ash is falling into one of the city's major reservoirs the fire has been raging for over a week now and destroyed more than one hundred buildings. well it's going to be at least the and of september until conditions improve in russia's far east where intense flooding has wrecked entire towns and devastated the area's viable agriculture while thousands of families are sheltering in emergency accommodation others are staying behind to protect what's left of their property both scott reports from the flood ravaged region. this man is one of thousands in russia's far east waiting nervously his garden submerged and soon his ground floor could also be
taken over by the amel rivers rising levels the consequences of which are unthinkable you know well after this flood i'll be made homeless what would do if the house is entirely submerged this is the village of lenin square in the jewish autonomous region in russia's far east the other may drive the school bus during term time but for now he's found a scorching rushes emergency services around the devastated area his next move is unknown. after this disaster i'm afraid who knows what will happen this village is typical of many here rescue crews and local volunteers combining day and night trying to keep the water at bay volunteers like catarina i know when you we do everything ourselves people help us we're not going to drown we're going to live here the situation is really bad but we will not give up. well
the severity of the situation is clear to see we are just thirty yards away from a number of residential blocks here in the city of how about ask and all that separates us on those houses is a hastily erected mine made in the hope is that it will stand for in the face of ever increasing water levels the fear now is that the water is received by wind making homes uninhabitable social housing and compensation will be available but. we have decided to provide additional aid to people in the disaster area financial aid to those who were hit and compensation for the loss of property one of the top priorities was to provide accommodation for families who will unfortunately have to live through the winter without a home it's a challenge for now it's a race to lay thousands of sandbags and dig kilometers of draining trenches to keep the water from claiming more towns and villages as for the fifty thousand plus who've enjoyed weeks of up people it's
a painful waiting game as to when the ammo river will let them see what's left of their homes postcards. how about oscar. how max scotland's first minister alex salmond talks to sophie shevardnadze about his plans for the country to quit the u.k. . so the historic and for many americans tragic ruling in a bradley manning case just got a lot weirder because he has declared that he wants to live the rest of his life as a woman named chelsea well i'm glad his lawyer got him to keep this revelation to himself until the end of the trial but sadly he really should have pushed for him
to keep quiet about this just a bit longer why you ask because if there is one thing i know about the mainstream media is that the second sex is involved everything else instantly becomes a distant second case in point what is the legacy of bill clinton is that the job murderer who are sure to nafta no is it a violent foreign policy throughout the world somewhat similar to bush's and obama's in locations like haiti somalia in the balkans etc no his legacy is based on the least important sin he committed as a president cheating on his wife for the years couldn't wasn't office the lewinsky scandal just smothered everything else i am pretty sure that if i know the mainstream media they are going to use manning as gender confusion to overshadow and drown out everything else involved in the case but that's just my opinion.
oh and welcome arms says a shevardnadze and today we're away from our usual moscow studio where in a very special setting astonishingly beautiful shetland isles also north coast of scotland where the north sea atlantic you will find the shetland isles and the reason we're here is to talk to the first scottish minister alexander salmond about the defining point of every land it's seventeen it's mr solomon's flagship policy to see scotland become independent from the united kingdom one of the benefits and the drawbacks let's take a little.