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as for your media project free video down to r.t. dot com. the top stories president obama says he's undecided on a military strike against syria after nato announces it won't support intervention . britain backs away parliament rejects a campaign against president assad after the prime minister failed to convince lawmakers. meanwhile the u.n. team has no completed its inspection of the alleged chemical attack near damascus saying they need time now in the lab to make a final assessment. hello it's kevin over here now to see this things he accompany our top story then president obama says there's no decision on syria yet but he is considering limited
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action as he put it when it comes to military intervention there earlier his secretary of state john kerry outlined america's case indicating it's almost certain to proceed with military intervention anyway live to washington d.c. our correspondent there going to church you can go on a little bit more detail for us what the president had to say and what his secretary of state have to say as well. well. the white house has released its four page on classified assessment of the syrian government's use of chemical weapons on august twenty first twenty thirteen the united states government assesses quote unquote with high confidence that the syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in then the paper also says that our high confidence our high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the u.s. intelligence community can take shorter of confirmation so u.s. intelligence does not confirm the evidence that the white house says is undeniable
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here secretary kerry a little bit more about this. the american intelligence community has high confidence high confidence this is common sense this is evidence these are facts so the primary question is really no longer what do we know the question is what are we we collectively what are we in the world going to do about it. so the administration has to has this is in a rush to to act and now as far as although the president said he has not yet made the decision now as far as the evidence the report shows no evidence as such just the u.s. intelligence saying we concluded we identified identified we decided but we have to remember this was the unclassified version of the report it says in those three days prior to the attack we collected streams of human signals and spatial
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intelligence and that revealed regime activities that we assess where associated with preparations for a chemical weapons attack but the paper is made argument seems to be this the assad government has huge stockpiles of chemical weapons they have the capacity to deliver them and therefore they were responsible for last week's attack near attacks near damascus in the last few days several members of u.s. intelligence community spoke out on condition of anonymity saying the actual evidence that the u.s. has is not slam dunks that they are caviar in the report related to the analysis of the satellite images and the intercepted communications and something that is very alarming that ten years ago you also had top government officials absolutely sure about the evidence against saddam hussein and you had people from the u.s. intelligence community coming out and say the evidence was not slam dunk and yet those voices have been blacked out so they're going through screams from above reduced likely to change the mind of
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a lot of the international community that is not going the direction of america. well there was there there were some interesting discrepancies in secretary kerry's speech he said that there is there is an international support for military action against syria although we do know that there is no international support really but he of course he basically shunned the u.n. security council saying that russia is going to block any any any decisions any way and the obama administration says that neither the u.n. security council nor its allies concerned nor its allies concerns would actually affect washington's plans so different from what we hear now it's a matter of not so much. not enough so it sounds like not so much a matter of whether but but but when there are some mixed signals coming from washington the president says that he has not made that decision and yet there is
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this buildup for some kind of action we have to say that nato secretary general just said nato does not plan to put to participate in the military intervention in syria the u.k. that would be america's closest ally in this venture has put its intervention plans on hold as the you have parliament pulled the brakes because they thought the evidence presented by david cameron was sketchy and the goals were unclear goals presented and clear the u.s. has no international backing for this action even nato can't get involved because it would look like nato is acting on washington's cue only washington doesn't have the support of the american people we know that polls show less than ten percent of american people support military action against syria so whatever military action the u.s. takes against syria it will be illegal under international law the u.n. security council is yet to receive the results of the u.n. investigation but even that investigation will not reveal who to blame for the
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horrific attacks that took place. only has a mandate to ascertain the use of chemical. weapons but not by whom they were accused so the key question will still remain up in the air even as we receive the results of that investigation but the u.s. has already made and made its judgment about who is to blame but not not the judgment as to what to do about it got it got it understood thanks for the future can our correspondent washington d.c. well though we talked about the international reaction the u.k. has ruled out military action against syria as we know last night the prime minister was dealt a huge blow by parliament which rejected his plan to support the u.s. if it chose war the motion followed mounting allegations of a mass chemical attack near damascus largely being blamed on assad's government r.c. serve first followed that crucial session in london. defeated and she merely ate it that's how the prime minister is being portrayed today after that major political
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blow the 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 usually leads on and you heard when the results of that 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 end position today and as he said that defeat really not putting him
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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 u.s. 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 us is that they'll be willing regard list 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 say all eyes will be closely on that and then the actions that followed but as we said certainly the prime minister today had both internationally and here at home standing a little less tall today i think. would you. please didn't hold back until he promised to come or exactly what they thought of the plan to attack syria is just some of those who spoke. what has convinced you where is the evidence that an
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action by the international community would cease the use of chemical weapons within syria the un is not some inconvenient side show and we don't want to engineer a movement instead we want to adhere to the principles of international law in no way does this country support any attack that could come before the un inspectors have done their job. some of us worry that military action might exacerbate the situation rather than make it better and draw us into mission creep which we would have very little control over let's talk more about the brewing international tensions over syria with british m.p. george galloway on the line there hi george good evening to you i imagine you voted against intervention i guess tell me why. in the debate. against the intervention and your correspondent in washington's reserve may or of the situation was a pretty perfect no sense not all your own scarpered from the gates of moscow in
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a sledge being ruled by asking is does a world leader to make such an ignominious with treat david cameron last night of the very first british government defeat on a matter of war and peace since the crimean war in the nineteenth century and that's a very long time ago even in politics was anything that was said tonight by and by john kerry altering your opinion at all. nor do i notice that the numbers are counted on was trading in aid of his plan of the number of dead killed in the chemical weapons attack has multiplied by five tanks so i don't know if they didn't share that indulgence with the british prime minister or whether for propaganda purposes this prime for such as it was a very grave dust of late growth is now being multiplied to the far off by
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the reality is nobody is arguing that the syrian regime or indeed any regime faced with an existential threat to its existence are not bad enough to use chemical weapons and defense the question is are they mad enough to use chemical weapons and that insists that it will be simple medicine indeed a new definition of madness for the syrian regime which is winning the war the syrian opposition with all its head and heart losing sympathy all over the world and on the day that a u.n. chemical weapons inspection team arrived in damascus for the assad regime to launch a chemical weapons attack in damascus i wonder are from zero doubt in which the inspectors were billeted i wonder why tonight john kerry in his speech said that
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the full intelligence report won't be really surely that would have been the thing to do to dampen voices like your own. well of course the stuff i was listening to him on your program i recalled bitterly all the high confidence fooled confidence drop conference and stock secret all the james bond speech i recalled it all from the debates the ng up to the war on iraq and those of us who are seeing that these are all lies were treated as either fools or worse by the sort of old made stream media and political class here in the west but we were right and they were wrong except where there were the telling us lies which is of course worse than the wrong person if you are so confident about this intelligence why don't they publish it are you surprised briefly that president obama still seems to be hesitant about going forward with an intervention he still doesn't seem to have made the decision apparently well this is george bush all over again i'd go
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for it but this time without the benefit of their traditional allies britain in britto in france in america anyone supports getting involved in this war as our current us air force how did he want to talk of president obama is making a crude mistake so believe i think he cannot properly comprehend by entering into this war because once he doesn't do it it's going to be much more difficult for him to get out of it british m.p. george galloway thank you for your thoughts on r.t. international tonight. syria's neighbors along with other states in the muslim world don't want any part in a possible that u.s. led military intervention reporting from beirut paula slee is gauging the middle east reaction next. we are receiving unconfirmed reports here in the lebanese media that u.n. investigators have arrived here in beirut from syria they will fly out from here and then they will be meeting on saturday with the u.n.
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chief banki moon he will then later update the u.n. security council now the big concern of course is how will iran react we have heard from iran that if damascus comes under fire it will regard this as an attack on its thirty fifth province the thinking is that iran could activate both hizbollah and the rainy and revolutionary guard corps it could get them to use the fighters to attack those countries who are supporters of a u.s. led military strike inside syria at the same time iran could also close the strait of hormuz now this would affect around twenty percent of the world's supply of petroleum the head of the rainy and revolutionary guard is also said that if damascus was to be attacked this would see and this is a direct quote the immediate attack and the immediate destruction of israel this is of course something that the israelis are taking seriously the official word from the israeli leadership is that they are not involved in anything inside syria but
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that they of course will respond and respond harshly if they come under attack the israeli army is calling up reservists at the same time the israeli army has deployed the iron dome anti-missile defense system and other interceptors over the north of the country the public has been queuing up in the thousands at local post offices and other outlets to collect gas masks at the same time there have been emergency drills held at various schools and also the there are many who are actually clearing out the bomb shelters now for fear of any kind of strike on israel the jerusalem post is a daily newspaper inside israel and it is running with the headline keep calm but carry on at the moment the mood in the region is anything but keeping calm there is a growing sense that this conflict could. result in an all out regional war correspondent in beirut tonight well what exactly will happen in washington does attack syria by itself that's the big question these are the answers should be
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voting on our web poll at r.t. dot com thanks for doing so if you have it was good to hear from you fifty seven percent of you know more than half of you forecast a catastrophic conflict engulfing the entire region of it just stunned ninety percent of you that fear a libya like situation of this intervention with a rampant islamic insurgency and years of violence to come of it how seventeen percent of you this know the same amount think washington wouldn't dare attack syria without help from others again this has been pretty static all night seven percent of you of our viewers of taken part they think president obama will teach syria a lesson as he put it by carrying out those strikes for just a couple of short days the big worry is would it actually be that please join in the debate r.t. dot com. edward snowden has done it again the man who blew the lid off the n.s.a. snooping programs revealed how much america's spends to spy on people it's called the black budget because it's never been shown to the public before until now it is labeled top secret the documents show america's splashed fifty two nearly fifty
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three billion dollars in intelligence gathering just this year twenty thirty in alone spending by the cia surpassed in fact all the other spy agencies twice that of the n.s.a. receiving fourteen point seven billion dollars the other three agencies of the top of the national reconnaissance office the geospatial office and the general defense intelligence programs together they got. nineteen point six billion dollars to operate imaging satellites to draw secret maps and to access foreign military plans and resources cause snowden's a wanted man at home but an award winner to abroad he's just landed the twenty third teen whistleblower prize in fight from a coalition of n.g.o.s artie's peter all of us in berlin he says snowden is proving to be a star name in the coming election there oddly enough but he's certainly not on the christmas card list of the german government as it stands at the moment these leaked documents that he's he's put forward really rather damning on the german
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government and just how complicit it seems that the b n d the german security services were in terms of spying not only to help the n.s.a. but spying on their own people here in germany when edward snowden released these documents one of the things i'm sure he didn't think he would be was a major issue in the german elections the that's on the twenty second of september the general election here and it's become one of the main the only real issue that people seem to be attacking angler merkel over. the leader of the social democrats her main challenger in this election it said if he becomes chancellor if he wins this election then he will be asking some serious questions of the united states and he also be looking into delaying an important trade deal saying how can we possibly look at doing trade with the americans when we don't know if they have microphones under all of our desks so this has become something that the politicians are looking to attack and glimmer cologne it's probably one of the only
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things she's really weak on in the public eye because not only it seems to allow the united states to spy on germany but it seems that she also helped the united states to spy on germany so this is one of the reasons why edward snowden has received this award and he is being honored with this by a number of groups for his work in revealing what turns out to be the the wider. spying activities of the n.s.a. and the united states is bitter all over in berlin after the break with me kevin zero in on the bailout ever going to work for greece here are experts opinions from athens the rest of europe too just a couple of minutes away. in the middle east further ablaze with little or even no hard evidence surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons in syria the obama administration appears determined to enter this conflict obama says the arc of the moral universe may bend
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towards justice but does not bend on its own because american intervention in syria really for justice. in cuba is not a failure of the cuban people it's a failure of sidel castro in the. one assassination taj backed by the officials both hostility and suspicion encouraged by the government these operations against cuba were known to the attorney general of the united states the president united states himself the defendant's intelligence arms had to infiltrate to resist. freedom fighters terrorists. who is. the real terrorist please stand up on our cheek.
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stuck in recession plagued by soaring unemployment and suicides the greek plight is dragging on sending shivers across the e.u. greece is struggling to meet the conditions of its international lenders so a pouring billions into the common me but when will the rescue package actually work or is the whole bailout deal made a failure. and why the covering greece's debt situation has his report next on some of those who are already suffering at the sharp end. george got his first job in his early twenties beginning as a musician and then a radio producer and finally as an eighty specialist at the greek foreign office. about four years ago he was sacked and since he didn't own any real estate the troika's austerity measures ended up casting him onto the streets everything has changed for the worse. for the cut pensions that actually. got jobs. with all the people that. were working for.
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even so george says he's lucky since around a year ago he managed to become a volunteer at this shelter for the homeless at least this way there is a roof over his head where he could help others like him cope with their bleak new reality with greek unemployment currently at twenty seven percent which is the highest in europe each year more and more people with higher education and impressive work experience find themselves on the street and no one can feel sure about his job or about his salary to hear. about he's associated benefit. with a walk in the streets of athens he or she people who before five years here edging out a job they fear family but now they have no job or there is no a welfare state that in july despite nationwide protests the government approved
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yet another set of austerity measures including laying off tens of thousands of public workers including teachers doctors and police officers it meant greece could secure the release of the first instalment of over eight billion euros in the latest rescue loan from the troika. it could show me a bit earlier for an in-depth discussion on how to best handle greece now and in the future. quite a lot of people are being affected these layoffs clearly are aimed mainly at the public sector and the public sector traditionally is the foundation of the greek economy and that's why so many people are taking to the streets to protest these my let's let's go to our cities kind of guilty we've spoken to many times before every time we've talked about the huge amounts the billions being poured into greece from international lenders we heard igor there you seen it firsthand that you know the guys he's talking to at least a pretty depressed they don't see the light at the end of the tunnel your enough is
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what's your view well it is obvious by now the. whole scenario adopted for greece has been like a the straw for. this by those huge huge bailout loans greek debt. very high. peak over three hundred and twenty one billion euros did so that means that we're much worse than when the debt crisis started the bailouts were bad the bailouts were carolan a set of european studies in brussels. was it pouring good money after bad do you think you're a proponent of the bailout on the turn of this would have been much worse much worse situation i don't think from greece you have to look very far you simply look to bulgaria for example to see i mean the whole much worse it could have been the still today living standards in reason are higher than they are in bulgaria is greece were to have left the euro zone and that's why men favor all further beno i think it's a disastrous idea once you realize you've made
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a mistake you should stop doing it it is very simple the bailout is not helping the greek people we've just seen the images of people homeless people living in shelters losing their jobs cannot pay the rent their pension funds are disappearing now the bailout money is not aimed to help the greek people it is a. huge rescue package for banks just because who has benefited who has been injured. most not the banks but i think germany has benefited most from the euro zone that's why i see the us campaigning on staying within the euro zone and that's why merkel has forty percent of the approval rate because germany is thriving germany exports all over europe and they are have a disability interest in having a stable currency zone. to london to brussels i can only say that he is looking at the completely wrong end of the stick simple is that the euro was a political project it never had any financial standing. and he is supporting a political decision not the economy and germany is has vowed to cover
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twenty six percent roughly a quarter of the bailout money that is going to greece and now we're looking at two hundred forty billion that means german taxpayers in the end will have to pay for sixty billion euros this money is badly needed in germany our infrastructure is suffering the railway system needs. investment so does the famed out to bonn and the industry. i think mr the greek colleague is only rooke looking at this one side of the coin and not seeing and not realizing the long term effects max twenty thirty nash ozo distills to the public one of the world's top air and space events is underway than outside moscow but it is good to see unbelievable stunts the russian foreign display teams as well as the latest aerospace technology indifference news there. three days of business led up to this but now the fun
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begins for the public here as you call fields and just outside of moscow the flight programs are the 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 at such a low altitude and of course we have the russian sweats that have been performing here on the ground. did jet team that does choreographed maneuvers also a very low altitude was breathtaking to watch very difficult maneuvers there and then of course moving on to helicopters you see the 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
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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. people of all his guests discuss what's next for syria with washington's bones and ready crosstalk on next program after the break.
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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.

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