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i don't think. i've decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets president obama says he's willing to go it alone on syria but nevertheless will seek congressional approval for a military strike. president putin dismissing claims the syrian government used chemical weapons is nonsense and demands that the united states provide proof. here while a possible u.s. attack on syria sparks a wave of protests across the world with thousands taking to the streets in support of the middle eastern country.
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two am in moscow i met good to have you with us here on r t our top story well of course syria dominating our bullet in this hour president obama announcing that he wants to carry out a military strike against the country but not without congressional approval or he's marina porton has more. u.s. president barack obama has announced something of a shift in strategy with respect to military intervention into syria now most of the world was speculating that washington would strike damascus within the next within the next twenty four to forty eight hours but on saturday afternoon president obama confirmed that the u.s. will take military action against syria but first the u.s. leader says he will seek authorization from congress speaking in the rose garden obama said that he believes he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress but he feels that going before congress having above public debate debate having a vote would make the country stronger if if there was actually
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a national conversation taking place about obama's intended military strike against syria now the u.s. leader says that he feels comfortable carrying out an attack against a syrian targets without the approval of the united nations security council u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says his plan military strike is not time sensitive that means that it could happen one week from now it could happen one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says the syrian government will pay consequences for allegedly carrying out a chemical weapons attack after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground. instead our action would be designed to be limited duration and scope now it's important to point out
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that the team of u.n. experts that have been investigating the august twenty first alleged chemical weapons attack just returned from damascus and have not yet concluded if chemical weapons were used the results of their findings may become known in the next few weeks what president obama is basing his judgment on is an independent investigation that washington has done into the alleged chemical weapons attack which blames the assad government for being behind it now president obama also said that the u.s. cannot raise its children in a world where we don't follow through on the things that we say president obama was for referring to his own statements and what he said a little over a year ago when he drew that proverbial red line in the sand about the syrian government using chemical weapons if they were to then there would be consequences now many experts believe that the u.s. president can't bluff he's in
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a position where he said what he said and now he has to back up his words washington already has a lot of naval power on standby in the mediterranean and i was even before the president made it clear he wants to attack syria congress says it will decide on whether to use this military might when he returns from its break on september ninth five u.s. destroyers ready to attack when the order is given and the u.s.s. san antonio or ship with several hundred marines aboard as of joining them on late friday obama says there would be no boots on the ground in syria echoing the earlier u.s. statements that the troops in the sea will only stand by as a precaution the other five vessels though packs a major firepower each of them carrying up to ninety tomahawk guided missiles they can strike syria from a distance keeping the destroyers themselves safe from any antiship missiles in response to the point of the u.s. navy syrian authorities say the army is mobilizing for intervention. in the country and brings us more from the streets. if at the beginning of his speech i so that people looped nervous obviously frightened and why raid relief came
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to replace all these emotions all these feelings following a bomb and speech many here say that congress is unlikely to approve military action against syria but even those who think that it could happen that congress does approve this strike against a country say at least it is not going to happen tonight but if we're talking about the general mood in syria that public opinion is divided there are those who are afraid and frightened and they leave the country they pack their bags they send their families women and kids outside syria and they're following them themselves and there is another part of the syrian society they say we don't care we've been living under this pressure on did these dangerous highly unsafe and stable situation for more than two years and how if we didn't leave last year and two years ago why should we believe now some senior u.s. administration officials say obama changed his mind at the last minute before
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making his announcement at first he wanted to take military action against syria without congressional authorization the president is under public pressure though at home as most americans don't share his confidence that a military attack against the country is necessary let's take a look at the latest numbers more than half of the americans who took part in a reuters poll don't want intervention in syria only twenty percent were in favor of it whether assad should be attacked if he's implicated in chemical weapons use just under thirty percent of americans said yes meanwhile the possibility of a u.s. led intervention in syria sparked numerous protests and rallies across the globe more than a thousand protesters in london chanted hands off syria that was before the president left no doubt that the country would be targeted similar scenes in germany about the same amount of activists saying that only a sovereign and independent syria free of interference would make peace possible the sentiment was echoed in paris and supporters of syria also over in force. in turkey russian president vladimir putin has cast doubt on u.s. evidence that syrian forces used chemical weapons calling their claims nonsense he
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also cautioned obama about the fallout from getting involved in syria militarily artie's sean thomas has more on moscow's reaction. president vladimir putin spoke to reporters and bloody vostok here in russia and had some strong clear words about the situation in syria first of all he said all of this talk of strikes and military intervention from the west is he is certain because the syrian regime is making advances against the rebels and it's a tactic or a technique to try and turn the tide of the civil war in syria to the rebels side he also said that the idea of the government the assad regime using chemical weapons is absurd seascape. syrian government forces are advancing in some areas they've surrounded the rebels to think that in such a time they would give
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a trump card for those calling for intervention is. now the president went on to say that of course russia is against the idea of weapons of mass destruction specifically chemical weapons and in this case and particularly that the global community needs to wait until the u.n. investigation team results are in and he says that at that time the global community can then discuss the situation and act in a lawful manner that any unilateral action would be against international law he also said that he was surprised about the situation last week in the british parliament where they debated and then voted down military action for the u.k. in syria he says that he was surprised but he was pleased and it shows that there are rational minds at play in the government and that that debate needs to happen he also appealed it to president obama not just as a president but as a nobel laureate winner of the nobel peace prize let's not forget that barack obama
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is nobel peace prize laureates of the cost decade the u.s. has started several conflicts and various parts of the world but did that really solve any problems afghanistan or iraq libya. there's no democracy then now which is what the u.s. claimed it tried to bring this new civil peaceful balance all of these has to be taken into account before making the decision to stop bombing syria which will lead to civilian casualties so russia continuing to stand in their position that the world needs to wait for the u.n. investigation to take place. and joy to live now for some perspective on this by political analyst and activist mark mason joining us from california so president obama looked as though he was about to act unilaterally on syria and now he's saying that he's going to seek congressional approval for it what do you think prompted him to change his mind oh it's going to be the
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raytheon factor the wreath back there is that raytheon corporation makes the tomahawk missiles their stock price on the stock market shot off more than thirty percent last week and we do indeed here in the united states we help but presumably we're told we have a constitutional government and we're told that we have a representative government and indeed our government represents represents the interests of the one percent of the raytheon's of the military industrial complex big oil and such so you don't think it was the poll numbers you don't think it was the right wing and left wing pundits you don't think it was any of that you think it's purely corporate interests. absolutely. if you look historically u.s. opinion regarding the public opinion of the people united states is routinely disregarded by the president and congress there's concrete evidence for that and today but in
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this case it seems as though that was what carried the day the opinion of those who said they had didn't want there to be action against syria that's a coincidence what's how cutting is that we have an imperial presidency we're told repeatedly that there's something called as. a serious crisis a crisis in syria there's no crisis in syria there's a civil war in syria and that's a matter to address in the international diplomacy tool kit but what we have is a serious constitutional violation we have a constitutional crisis in the united states the president united states is violating the constitution he violated it and wasn and impeachable offense when he attacked libya if he attacks. syria as he proposes to do without an act of congress declaring war that's yet another impeachable offense and right now the congress the united states has before it a requirement in the constitution to call for a constitutional convention immediately do you think that congress will give
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a nod of yes to an approval to a syrian action. this is going to be interesting to follow because there's two third conflicting political interests the outcome will have nothing to do with morality nothing to do with justice nothing to do with u.s. national security nothing to do with international or constitutional law what we have is the republicans in congress and they have a conflict at this point they want to support the and the international american empire and that empire means controlling the wrong iraq syria greece pipeline that a memorandum of understanding was just signed last month and the u.s. wants to block that pipeline but at the same time republicans want to maneuver congress to try and we can president obama as a democrat so this is going to be interesting because we have for being introduced in the congress it's just time or do you think at the same time the the wavering of
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congressional approval at this point could give the president an excuse that he may be looking for to back off from approaching syria or attacking this very real possibility although. my sense is that president obama has already decided to attack syria and he has painted himself into a sort of imperial corner and i think that this is a fait accompli that it's going to happen and he will either you know blame congress or. the fact of the matter is that there's a high probability that the senate will pass this on the first vote and it's quite possible that the lower house the house of reps and also will agree to this all right political activist dr mark mason thanks for your time thank you. we're keeping an eye on developments around syria bring you latest updates as soon as we
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get them here on r t so stay with us still to come later in the program a panel discussion on the real state of gay rights in russia stay with us for more on that this after the country recently became the target of international criticism for its alleged discrimination. community plus. r.t. correspondent lizzie france on cloud nine when she takes the skies of the aerobatics team at the international max air show after a short break stay with us. we
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speak your language anything about the war not at the end. we'll use programs in documentaries and spanish matters to you. use a little time to keep angles stories. here. the spanish find out more visit. sixty minutes past the hour thanks for staying with us russia recently became the
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focus of widespread criticism over the issue of gay rights in the country european and u.s. activists even called for a boycott of the upcoming sochi winter games the outrage sparked by legislation banning the promotion of gay lifestyles to those under eighteen in russia and with a new law now in place artie's culture correspondent martin andrews takes a look at whether russia is really hostile to same sex couples. the real rainbow russia fights in the streets and melissa arrests for many around the world moscow brings images of snow spies violence and now extreme homophobia the new anti-gay propaganda law has certainly break night in the cold war hangups from decades ago amid this time it's the l g b t community in the spotlight all the fights for equality and boycotts on sporting events can be justified it's important to note that moscow and many other major cities in russia do have thriving gay communities peter was named is a british ex-pat who told me how he feels about safety in the capital city so
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you've been living here for three years what are your experiences. being or a gay out expire in moscow i think it's safe i'm have any incidents living here and i don't know any friends that have any balance of living here is all right ok they get violent clashes murders and band parades there is widespread homophobia in russia discrimination is discrimination and needs to be a challenge but has the community become a scapegoat of anti russia propaganda and this tempers flare and protest tourism takes hold in london and new york are activists seeing the full picture. central station is a popular gay nightclub such venues aren't in themselves a measure of freedom nor are they the benchmark of human rights and acceptance but they do give something of an insight into the reality of gay life here this isn't about promoting a positive image of russia it's about addressing the fact that even though gay
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rights are being squeezed and l.g. people have been abusing killed it is possible for young gay men and women to have a happy healthy and safe life here activists in the west spoken out loudly in great numbers but is this about the crime or hate russia. this is not about defending russia's. there is only one side to quality but it is about understanding russia's history social behavior soviet mindset and the whole village it has over swathes of society and this one of the most misunderstood places in the world tolerance policy remains a battle to be won for the rainbow flag stop flying. around very. early my colleague bill died chaired a panel discussion on why russia is seemingly similar criticism when it comes to gay rights we have been accused of not covering this topic here on t.v.
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and just last week a freelance reporter by the name of james kind of chick he brought our tea certainly into the spotlight to me with quick start one has to say and he says that he needed. to wait a few more people to do twitter follower bump for him but to get to the point this by the way is our third panel on gay rights in russia but that's beyond the point kurtz that came on to r.t. to let us know what he thinks about our coverage or lack thereof of gay rights in russia and this is what happened you know being here on a kremlin funded propaganda network i'm going to wear my gay pride suspenders and going to speak out what about bradley manning plus time because i don't i'm not really interested in talking about bradley manning a mission talking about the horrific environment of homophobia in russia right now and to let the russian gay people know that they have their friends and allies are i think those are just about done. i only go on that station with the russians so i don't want to waste too much time
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my critic we did invite him to speak tonight he denied saying that at sirius said in interviews around the world after this event that r.t. is not a legitimate news channel that he just believes it would be supporting putin and his mouthpiece and that he won't participate in discussions on our network to give it credibility but i think that we should not spend too much time talking about kirk and talk about the real issues absolutely we invited peter tatchell who is with us now in london with regard to the end to get a law what it's basically says is that any information that makes homosexuality sound attractive or interesting or which says that homosexuality or heterosexuality is equally valid is illegal if a person under eighteen might witness it why shouldn't young people under eighteen know the facts of homosexuality and same sex love some of them move souls be gay or if not they will drop to know gay people they should know the facts the truth not about sex but about love between people of the same gender but in
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a moment peter would be asking in the sort of the purpose of the storm what it means and what it's trying to achieve but you quite rightly point to homophobic violence in russia but of course it's not just a problem here in the country i just like to give you some statistics about the problems elsewhere around the world in the u.s. for example sexual orientation ranks as the third highest motivator for hate crime incidents after race based on religion based attacks in new york alone and she gave crimes rose seventy percent this year according to local police let's look at the u.k. ninety eight hundred five you can transfer crimes recorded each week across britain and compare to other types of hate crime the proportion of and to get taxes on the rise to which you agree you're going to get the rights here in russia what's your experience i cannot be called a champion of the russian government or anyone here in the russian government i mean i'm just fighting for the rights i think the bloods have to discuss something and that's what they. been discussing for the last days but i was hijacked that i was store should have been. harassed by everyone and so on yes it's absolutely true
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that my flight was a raided by the police on tuesday because of the case of. the russian duma and it was really not a very pleasant. experience what happened during but it doesn't stop me of a phobia is rife in this country one hundred percent true what i find it culturally interesting is that what is the why is the focus on russia when there are seventy six countries around the world that you know how far west laws to death penalty etc i get messages every single day from people saying how could you live in moscow the reality is that if two tourists or americans come to moscow they have come and say that sense just like they will and then the other country they will be safe whole picture is absolutely exaggerated it's not what they report is absolutely not true what they're saying is that basically everyone is being killed on the streets here one of my friends and. i mean i want to say i mean we i want what we want to say
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i'm here i mean i'm absolutely involved in all the public that he's probably one of them i don't know not being rated by the police why am i not running a role why am i look now in new york why not now in london why am i here in moore school in your studio fighting for your rights and talking about it right that's what i want to say absolutely and it's proof you're here and it's very happy to talk about it or not or some other stories making headlines across the globe yemen's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in the capital sanaa armed gunmen opened fire on mahmoud abbas in why does motorcade before fleeing the scene according to one of his advisors no one was injured during the assault you have been struggling against a wave of deadly violence from militants affiliated with al qaeda. in china at least fifteen people died following a leak of liquid ammonia at a cold storage plan to shanghai twenty five others injured in the incident with some reported in serious condition authorities launching an investigation into the cause of the leak just relax and it's common in china because of poor work safety
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standards. in paraguay bus drivers and a woman nailed themselves to crosses after being fired from their jobs demonstrators say they were sacked as they asked their employers for better wages and conditions already the third week of protests and planned at least another three weeks. in a german city of portland anti fascist bloc food of a far right schedule to march through the area police dispersed the improvised sit in protest and made to arrest the raju by the far right political group went ahead after a short delay. for some thrills and spills from the world's best pilots at russia's max aviation a show the biggest daredevils don't need an injector seat or a supersonic engine or to use losing friends explains. it's not the size of the engine that matters it's how you use what you've got that's what the pilots and first flight rushes only aerobatics team using propeller
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plane say no jet engines here no mach two or egypt buttons just good old fashioned pistons and plenty of guts at airshows like max these pilots may no longer be the main attraction but propeller planes were the first to take on aerobatics and they plan to stick around. a main goal is to show everyone how beautiful flying can be and to demonstrate the potential of these planes and popularize in sports and aerobatics though these planes may not be so big and powerful they have great potential. reminiscent of the barnstormers of the one nine hundred twenty s. in america this team's planes are equipped with smoke systems that we've patterns in the skies piloting on a stunt team is still a man's world but irina mark over is one russian woman breaking that mold. people often ask me how i feel different from the male pilot but i just assume that flying planes makes us the same i feel complete freedom in the skies it is believed there
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are six degrees of freedom but in reality it seems to be much more up there that is how free you feel making it look easy is part of the job and world champion aerobatics pilot. insists that means his mood has to be put to one side when he takes the controls. the. most important thing when you do a great flight is to follow the guidelines and express your emotions be they sad or happy only after you land and turn off the engine during the flight you have to be calm focus on performing the elements flawlessly and stay safe so if you is going to have fun. it's of course just watching isn't enough so off i went in a bright shiny fifty two with irina at the controls and a leisurely two hundred kilometer per hour cruising speed it was clear that for the pilots it's more about finesse than g. force lindsey france r t moscow. line team caught some of the best
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moments in the skies you can see the photos on our website right now when the invision section plus. alien nation scientists reckon an asteroid from mars may well have brought life to earth making us all oil humans at over dorothy dot com to find out if the truth is down here. up next from contemplating suicide to becoming a renowned professor of psychology we follow the path of one extraordinary man after a short break stay with us. sometimes it seems like in the face of giant corporations people are just sort of helpless i could be pretty pessimistic myself about what a few individuals with no real money or power can really do against the system but
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you never dull in fact if you remember tour discussion about ammonia doused pink slime being used across america and frozen fast foods well shift jamie oliver has actually managed to shame mcdonald's enough on t.v. to get them to back down and stop using this ultra processed form of quote meat at their establishments also we recently discussed gamer rage at the rather racist portrayal of russians in the game company of heroes two well all the rage actually worked and thanks to the seventeen thousand signatures on the change dot org petition that game has been pulled from russian shelves by the developer the thing is that massive corporations do a lot of bad things because. they have no morals and are obsessed with profit but because they have no morals and are only obsessed with profit the second you even slightly threaten their cash well they will instantly start cowering at your feet sometimes but that's just my opinion.
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poll. the. poll. is too late for me i'm old done in court or posted i'll soon be on searching for all my sin just to put i was blind and deaf and without hope. this is no life or death it's a crappy joke come on priests when to god you cry for all my needs it was nothing but show i still don't you worry about me or about my sins. doll so is it out with him.

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