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defeated. the white house sidelines the u.n. probe into the use of chemical weapons in syria and make final preparations for an assault against damascus all of this based on unconfirmed intelligence. the latest leaks from edward snowden expose the financial dark side of us programs the whistleblower himself is honored by non-governmental groups for its revelations also. take for you right there while we're in the crowds of the twenty third just outside moscow showcasing some of the world pilots flying some of the world's fastest planes.
live from moscow want to saturday this is r.t. with me rule received a very warm welcome to you today u.n. chemical weapons experts are expected to present the results of their investigation into last week's use of deadly toxins in syria but the u.s. has made it clear that the world body's findings will not influence its intention to attack the syrian regime which it blames for the chemical attack that reportedly killed more than fourteen hundred civilians and with an intervention expected as early as this weekend and the wider international community remains a rather unconvinced by america's claims is gone nature can reports. well the obama administration is laying the groundwork for a military strike against syria but the president says he has not made the final decision if mr ation has spent the last few days scrambling an intelligence
assessment that would make the case for an attack on syria today we finally saw that report the on classified four page version of it secretary kerry presented the record with this take a listen 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 but if you read the paper you also come across this line our high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the u.s. intelligence community can take short of confirmation so u.s. intelligence does not confirm the evidence that the white house says is undeniable as far as the evidence is concerned the report shows no evidence as such just conclusions then we have to bear in mind that this was the unclassified version of
the report it mentions satellite images and intercepted communications but the paper's main 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 likely responsible for last week's 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 a slam dunk and there are caveats in the report related to the analysis of the satellite images and the intercepted communications also from secretary kerry's presentation it seems the main selling point for the strikes is the horrible horrible images that we've all seen the report refers to several times it refers to the videos in the social media but they do not prove who carried out the attacks not only the american people are against an attack on syria but also the international community although secretary kerry talked about what he sees as the substantial international backing for for action whatever international backing he
was talking about it's not the u.n. or whatever military action the u.s. takes eventually against syria it will be illegal under international law nato secretary general just said nato does not plan to participate in the military intervention in syria the un security council is yet to receive the results of the u.n. investigation but even that investigation will not reveal who is to blame for the horrific attacks that took place the inspectors only have a mandate to ascertain the use of chemical weapons but not by whom they were used so the key question will still remain up in the air even as we receive the results of that investigation nonetheless the u.s. has already made its judgment. in the meantime having failed to win over most of its international allies and lawmakers on capitol hill the white house is also struggling to drum up popular support for intervention among the general public in the united states in fact according to the latest polls more than a half of all americans think the country should stay well clear of the syrian
conflict altogether only a fifth saying they support getting involved and even if the assad government is implicated in the use of chemical weapons at this point only twenty nine percent of americans would actually support military action and some observers think that foreign intervention is in fact being provoked by the desperate syrian rebels who according to many are officially losing the war. president obama is making to the american people is that all the bleeding will be on the syrian side we will strike them we will bomb them we will drop cruise missiles but don't worry americans just stay shopping because we won't put boots on the ground there is just a euphemism for all the bleeding will be done on the other side unlike cameron who had to take the case to the british parliament obama's doing everything to avoid even a basic good bait to get congressional authorization no debate whatsoever even george w. bush had to get congressional authorization before he launched his war of aggression
this is the failure of democracy in america as obama goes on this reckless and dangerous course who had an interest in the use of chemical weapons assad is winning the war his public backing the rebels cannot win without foreign intervention u.s. intervention in particular they know that if if chemical weapons are used that's a trigger to launch the western intervention the only way assad can lose would be if the west intervenes militarily so who use the chemical weapons clearly not the assad government they're not suicidal they were winning the war this is a stage provocation that's what we're witnessing. and for the meantime moscow is stepping up diplomatic efforts to stall a u.s. attack on damascus now the russian foreign ministry spokesman alexander look i shared it she says that international law must come before america's military and political ambitions which of. the statements coming from washington containing threats to use force against syria are unacceptable these
threats are not backed up by any solid evidence and preempt to be anticipated results of the u.n. chemical weapons inspection in syria even america's own allies are calling for a straight or do you want to hear the u.n. teams conclusion in order to get a full unbiased picture you can only then procedure the decision regarding the syrian crisis. the u.n. general secretary has also backed this approach but any unilateral use of force without a u.n. security council mandate would be direct violation of international law undermine the prospects of a diplomatic solution to the syrian conflict and it will lead to a new spirit of violence and a more victim that we must prevent this from happening. and of the likelihood of a military strikes around syria has certainly put its neighbors on high alert as artie's paula slayer reports some worry it could be the catalyst for a massive scale regional war. 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 rainey and revolutionary guard corps it could get them to use their fighters to attack those countries who are supportive 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 has 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 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 up a 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. with so many players now drawn into the conflict the u.s. and its allies might actually find themselves on the very side of the fence as those the historically cold the enemy is an associate. a major aspect that's close to impossible to prevent in the syrian crisis should it
get even more chaotic and unpredictable with the u.s. and western outside military involvement the likelihood of empowering al qaeda already a very powerful force in the country experts left and right are warning that the west would be fighting alongside group members in syria who at home are seen as its own main enemy in the war on terror the opposition in syria is far from unified political force al qaeda members form a large chunk of this opposition attempting to get assad to step down concerns were high before that western ammunition would end up in the wrong hands because there's no way to selectively support one part of those against assad's government and not another the fear now is that u.s. and western military escapades would in force not just a vague opposition it sees as the good guy but the al-qaeda members that make it up by the thousands namely the front considered the most violent element in the opposition which experts label rebranded iraq in syria its numbers on the ground
are estimated to be at around six to ten thousand fighters the large extent of our presence in the country in terms of specific numbers is not known but its presence and influence in the future of the country cannot be diminished if historical lessons are remembered this is already reminiscent of the old two painful experiences we've seen before prior to western involvement in iraq in libya for instance insurgency it ran rampant but a peek at us presence walked hand in hand with foreign participation bringing along terror suicide bombings and even greater chaos to those regions. well if you get a second do let us know what you think that a military intervention in syria would result here are the numbers from r.t. dot com right now to see to see how we're all voting here as well for this hour though fifty six percent is the top notch it hasn't actually fluctuated in the past sixty minutes basically most of our viewers voting for a catastrophic conflict engulfing the entire region including israel and iran will result from an intervention let's go down to a seventeen percent saying actually america wouldn't dare do
a unilateral strike against syria would have to be multilateral and then down to the eight percent now are saying well it's two days of strikes simply designed to teach syria a lesson well i'm sure you've got your own opinion on this ongoing story you can just cast it right now at r.t. dot com. in the meantime here on the program britain has asked the new york times to get rid of copies of documents leaked by whistleblower edward snowden that says another u.s. newspaper revealed from one of the top secret files just how much america spends on surveillance the so-called black budget it's never been shown to the public before let's show it in numbers or here on our see for example the classified data showing that the u.s. has splashed out more than fifty two billion bucks on intelligence gathering just this year alone and the cia they're getting a lion share of more than fourteen billion dollars that's a lot more than the n.s.a. or any other agency for that matter other national reconnaissance office and the
geospatial and general defense intelligence programs also getting an awful lot of money coming near the top of the exchange ring here and together they got nineteen point six billion to operate or imaging satellites to draw maps an assessor foreign military plans and resources well all of that as a snowden's leaks have now won him international recognition of snowden awarded the twenty thirteen a whistleblower prize by a coalition of n.g.o.s and as artie's peter all of our reports from perlin snowden's name is now being featured prominently in the country's upcoming general . well it's certainly not on the christmas card list of the german government as it stands at the moment these leaked documents that he says he's put forward really are the damning on the german government and just how complicit it seems that the b. and 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 who said 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 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 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 wide ranging spying activities of the n.s.a. and the united states or it is a core part of the hour here in moscow still to come on the program vote of no home grown five years after london's mayor came to power promising to help the city's rough sleepers pledge to provide a roof for all remains a bit of a lofty fantasy a report on that and the rest of the world's top headlines just about. wealthy british.
bolshoi's directors jealous russia's nox two thousand and thirteen asho providing the states state of the odd aircraft and very daring pilots some spectacular footage with aussies lindsey france who went to watch some magnificent men and the flying machine. 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 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 included the flight of the t fifty 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. did jet team that does choreographed maneuvers also very low altitudes 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 it 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. and the many more stories that are you dot com for you this hour including one of greece's larger labor unions calling for a mass two day strike in mid september it's in protests that rescue loans that could cause over twenty thousand public sector workers to lose their jobs by the end of the year and according to recent statements by germany's finance minister greece may actually need a third make a bailout and my colleague kevin an r.t.c. go to person often discussed all this how much money and where is the money all going that supposed to be saving out of the greek economy. 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 athens kind of go to we've spoken to many times before every time we've talked about the huge amounts the billions being poured into greece meant to nationalize it is. illegal there you seen it first hand 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 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 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 a cover story carol our new set of european studies in brussels. was it pouring good money after bad you think you're a proponent of the bailout but darn it if 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 there still today living standards in reserve are higher than they are in bulgaria is greece were to have left the euro zone and that's what i meant favor of all furder bay no i think it's a disastrous idea once you realized you've made 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 and their pension funds are disappearing now the bailout money is not aimed to help the greek people it is a. huge rescue package for bags just because who has benefited who has. number that most not the banks but i think germany has benefited most from the euro zone that's why i see the us come painting 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 and not the economy germany is has vowed to cover twenty six percent roughly a quarter of the bailout money that is going to greece now we're looking at two hundred fourteen 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 of the industry. i think missed the greek colleague is only rock looking at this one side of the coin and not seeing and not realizing the long term effects.
or to the u.k. now where london's mayor did make some rather grandiose promises to provide a roof for the schools of homeless people stuck in the capital streets a sadistic suggest he's done little to follow through on his promises he's sorry furthur stacked up the numbers for us. the charity nightwatch head out on their nightly run distributing food to london's homeless no one knows exactly how many people are homeless in the capital but one thing that's agreed upon and that's that the numbers are increasing it's gone up from thirty people a night to fifty sixty seventy. you can see a large number of people have gathered here to use night what is. now more all of the people who are here. but a number of them are when london mayor boris johnson came to office in two thousand and eight he pledged to end rusty paying by thousand and twelve not only does he
not hit that target but rust leaping numbers have increased every year he's been in office in london and promised he eradicate the thing by fencing. yeah. it's very difficult. although it is. a problem people are doing anything about database change shows a rise from three thousand four hundred seventy two people when the mayor came to power to six thousand four hundred thirty seven sleeping rough last year but the mayor's office insists it's not all bad news and the increase in numbers isn't party to an increase in funding longer hours on the streets rat reach teams mean more people than ever before being identified and now a target of ten new sleepers lanie spend twenty four hours on the street yet despite the increase in funding many of the people here have been sleeping rough
for months. on the street and then you're. here for a month. a lot of them are problems before. the council prison. doing the police from move on in the middle mindful room. twenty two year old silas doesn't want his face shane he tells us he often sleeps in a car park nearby it's a complex story silas tells us that he has had some contact with outreach groups operating in the area but he hasn't yet got on benefits and therefore can't get into council accommodation. stroup. local outreach team have told us that they're looking into this is case here's just one of thousands of the homeless in the capital this is the face of london's famous in twenty thirteen and it seems it's an
increasingly young one. r.t. london. well it's been a pleasure having you with us here on r.t. today i'm wrong. and up next no mercy for the big bankers or the cuts on wall street the kaiser report in just a second. so the historic and for many americans tragic ruling in the 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.
welcome to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser today we're going to talk about young people those to whom we bequeath there's a burnt out underfunded hollowed out bed ridden drugged out old an old financial system pension system markets and infrastructure stacy herbert yes max we're going to talk about a generation the all should just do or run or because mom and dad and grandpa and grandma have left you with a big bill for all of their hollowing out hold a condom we hold jobs. you know it's like back in the dust bowl days you know they had woody. guthrie woody guthrie you know gone around town to town with a little guitar talk about you know shellacked bangle and do gold well that's what we're going to talk about you know i was inspired by looking at the story from los angeles where they're selling three billion dollars worth of bonds to fix potholes now there are so many potholes there because they actually haven't fix the roads
for up to sixty years in some places so they're piling on taxes in order to pay for all of these past few decades where instead of spending a very small amount to keep the roads maintained during the whole process the costs are massive because they let this whole system go to rot so they have to dig up all the roads and repave them so this is what we have in our financial system education system eco system everywhere you look is like we could have just spent a little tiny bit more and save the system rather than pile everything on to these children so first off since the mid one nine hundred ninety s. american universities have raised their tuition five times as fast as inflation that's enormous that's an incredible rise and it puts the entire generation into debt and they end up doing jobs like being drone operators that pay a lot of money to pay off the student debt by killing students in other countries that's how those other students of the countries end up having not to pay their student loan.