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army veteran has been charged with conspiracy for fighting alongside a syrian rebel group. eric harroun known to syrians as the american has appeared in numerous videos with members of the nusra front designated by the u.s. as a terrorist group his father claims his son was working for the cia and would never join a militant group what he's going to charge account examines now where the u.s. stores the line between terrorists and so-called freedom fighters. a u.s. army veteran eric karun posted this video online while fighting with the rebels in syria. erik karun has joined the al qaeda linked group gentleness were the only rebel group in syria that the u.s. has that ignited this terrorists while in syria eric actively posted photos and videos of himself holding various weapons bragging about the rebels latest attacks and calling himself a freedom fighter or charlotte your days are numbered you're going to die no matter
what where you go we will find you and kill you upon arrival in the u.s. he was arrested and charged with illegally using a rocket propelled grenade on behalf of the all kind of group according to court documents eric told the f.b.i. that quote he hated al qaeda he did not know any al qaeda members and would fight any regime if it impose sharia law in syria end of quote but in an interview with a journalist before he was arrested eric responded to a question about fighting alongside terrorists in syria by saying quote the u.s. plays both sides to end of quote very karun had never served overseas during his brief time with the u.s. military before heading for syria he had a quiet job with a mortgage company in phoenix arizona worlds away from the walls of the middle east i spoke with and speck heard a leading expert on terror psychology on why westerners end up in the ranks of terrorists some people over here and in canada i was just up in canada talking to
them are going over to syria to be to join freedom fighters some they really believe that they're fighting for freedom but they get there and it's a chaotic situation. may be looking affective and once you're in a chaotic war torn environment your emotions are on heightened here scared and you may just affiliate with a group that you might not otherwise. affiliated with the official message that these are freedom fighters and they need to help you in some way it just confuses them even more about some really good point because you know we are calling this a fight for freedom we are speaking about it on the media that it's freedom fighting so when someone feels strongly about it and wants to go on how. are we to blame. but then when they get over there if they joined the group that's been designated as a terrorist group it's confusion probably. we need to get straight on that we need
to decide exactly what we're going to do about syria i think that we have a very confused response ourselves as a government right now since the start of the arab spring the us media has finally freedom fighter featuring stories with the likes of. an american who first fought with libyan rebels and then switched to syria i fought in the war in libya in two thousand and eleven and i saw the effects of what we accomplished and i want syrians to our freedoms well. in recent months the obama administration has tried to publicly distance itself from radical islamists fighting among the syrian rebels by saying washington supports the more moderate forces among the opposition. but on the ground in syria in the middle of a bloody civil war that line is blurred many of those in the syrian opposition who washington supports welcomed the efforts of radical groups like on the street. while politicians argue about who is a terrorist then who is
a freedom fighter or who is a terrorist that can be useful now and dealt with later young westerners like eric are made by themselves confused about what they're fighting for in a place like syria in washington i'm going to check out. their hunger strike by going ton of bay detainees shows no signs of ending as it nears the eight week mark lawyers representing some of the inmates say their clients are ready to die in this their demands. that the prisoners on hand to indefinite detention substances was not to say that the vast majority of the one hundred sixty six detainees at the facility taking part in the protest u.s. military initially denied reports but now says that only thirty seven prisoners are involved mostly inmates at the prison have been cleared for release the u.s. government is still keeping them behind bars while tasso states that it's committed to shutting down the prison the pentagon says it's also set for fifteen million
dollars renovation of cindy and noir for one of the hunger strikers fogarty's kevin knowing what she saw. i met with him from tuesday through thursday every day and when i first met with him on tuesday i was extremely shocked to see that he had lost about forty pounds from the last time that i saw him and he was in a terribly weak state he was bending over from stomach pain and he also said that he had not eaten since february sixth so he was one of the initial hunger strikers and he was in a terribly bad state when i saw you so you can confirm one of you is a hearing i was told where there is media when we're talking about some of these guys being close to death this is what you've actually seen with your oh. i've seen it with my own eyes and i heard him tell me he's supposed to have another meeting with his military council in the following week and he told me to let them know
that he may not be in a state to meet with them he may be by the time they come to see him he may be in isolation or he may be under medical watch or he may be being force fed by that time and may not be able to meet with them and he wanted me to take that message to them is this brinkmanship how long is it going to tell you how long do you estimate it's going to take before maybe someone dies who's going to blink first of the hunger strike is maybe going to back off is the government going to do anything what's going to happen next. well you know the from you know my meetings with mike with my client last week and his conversations with other straight you know other detainees and prisoners who are also on strike they are prepared to stand up for the principles of not having their religious practices disrespected not having the qur'an desecrated and now it's become an even bigger message that they want to deliver which is that they have been now detained since you know two thousand too many of them mike i and for eleven years now since two thousand and two some of
them are cleared for release have been declared in a sin by the united states however the u.s. refuses to transfer them and the congress refuses to provide funds for that the obama administration has closed the office that it had set up in the state department to study the closure of guantanamo and carry that out and it hasn't happened and so this has gone beyond the desecration of the qur'an the disrespect of their religion and they're now also protesting the worsening conditions as these prison officials are essentially retaliating against them and trying to end the strike by making conditions harsher and the detainees have been enduring all of this and plan to continue to do so. while the hunger strike caused hundreds to stage a sit in in front of the u.s. embassy in kuwait just as expressed outrage at the lack of action by kuwait's government to condemn the treatment of two of its nationals who've been housed in
the taurus arms and for more than a decade one of the inmates has been charged with war crimes but his attorneys say the verdict was mostly based on hearsay we want another kuwaiti prisoner has been held without charge. well still ahead for you on the program talks with the taliban kabul is looks to negotiate about insurgents in iraq and afghanistan on a militant still refused to talk to president karzai. play. nice take your seat center imagine space observatory on the surface of the moon tell you more about russia space conquest plans. live. live. players.
bank deposits that's what the local newspapers claiming that pointing the finger at a company related to president starts the others in the firm cohens by the separately the son in law reportedly transferred twenty one million euros to banks in the u.k. over the company criticize the article as a malicious attempt to politicize the gitmo to economic activities while president he says the claims should be investigated report comes of course a separate struggle to get their money out of the banks on the unprecedented restrictions these restrictions include let's have a look well daily cash withdrawals limited to just three hundred euros per person per bank no checks can be cashed by anyone at all and payments from transfers outside cyprus are limited to five thousand euros a month and those traveling abroad can't can't take more than one thousand euros with them well r.t.
spoke to wolf. former chancellor of austria who says they could see as troubles were looming large but nothing was done to avert the. any countries here will point in the one voice europe point two percent of the g.d.p. of the eurozone but the problem was. eight times more turnover were by a limb from limb. pain compared to be cheated eight times more of this is absolutely unsustainable it ever but if you would within the european union people where were the mass media the newspapers were all the time complaining that something must be done so nobody should be surprised government not one but the previous government led by a former communist who should have done much earlier the reduction of the size of the financial sector i mean this is you cannot have such a huge financial sectors or judy banks.
or europe's financial troubles dragging on germany is seen as an economic giant float over people living in the blocks powerhouse feeling well off despite having to pay to help the less developed countries germans are still carrying the burden of the solidarity tax introduced started. to restore the country's east. to taxpayers in western germany. over the past twenty years they have germany have received billions in taxpayer money to help with development after unification but now both paying the taxes here in the western part of germany say they think of paying too much for too long and. it's time to finish this up we need this money more than them now. it's good enough is enough i know many of these
that are doing very well get out of here and it's time this test was scrapped this has been twenty years too long now working people live in worse conditions so that we can continue to pay for the east we gave them a future now this must stop formally the region was home to germany's now pretty much defunct coal mining industry now the main cities in the us area face mounting debts as they struggle to live up to their commitments as part of the solidarity pact which sends money to the east in a statement given to r t the lord mayor of dortmund says the practice of taking loans to pay their way could have dire consequences those cities that have high debts will soon be unable to borrow in order to remain part of the solidarity pact either that or conditions imposed will be so severe as to propel them faster towards bankruptcy the solidarity pact will remain in force until twenty nineteen by which time the west will have contributed hundreds of billions of euros with the
major cities in the region sinking further into the red those in the west of germany are suggesting that it's time for the east to help them out here right now we should be at the front of the line when it comes to financial help from the state in our little flock this money needs to be spent in the best interest of the german people today there are cities that need aid so. my generation can't be expected to pay for decisions made by the previous generation that. voters will look now in the east. so much better and i just go and have a look at how bad it is around here it's like a pigsty as the east has gone literally and you don't have to go far to see the effect city debt is having on daily life here in the west local councils can't even afford to keep public swimming pools open while the continued use of taxpayer cash in the east is testing just how solid the germans feel the solidarity pact really is peter all other r.t.
the afghan government says it will push for peace talks to the taliban before foreign troops withdraw at the end of twenty fourteen the statement came during president karzai is trip to qatar follows years of stalled discussions with the us pakistan and the taliban about a possible settlement where u.s. and afghan officials have long claimed that taliban forces have sanctuary across the border in pakistan something is done about denies the taliban recently announced it's ready to enter politics and has opened an office in doha washington welcome the move for the taliban has so far refused to talk to president karzai describing him as an american puppet or security analyst. my colleague has been in
the wrangling between america and the afghan government is getting in the way of a solution. informal contacts have been taking place in the last couple of years but those informal talks did break down for two reasons accuse the americans on being shaky and vague. they wanted an exchange of prisoners president obama didn't want to nominate him to do with any exchange of prisoners because of mainly congressional pressure but also on the congress from his opponents secularly president karzai himself suspect that he was being sidelined because the americans were in touch. with. under president of the karzai government in washington recently but having spat with a withdrawal of troops on tuesday president karzai appeared to suggest america's
big colluding with the taliban why would he say that in the countdown to his taking control of security and with these talks may be on the cards as well the turn of events that are taking. plays rich undermine president cause i thought our. tax cuts are trapped by the nato forces in which two billion human children are being killed every now and again. the americans have openly accused president karzai of being incompetent and corrupt so there's no love lost between president karzai and the americans. president karzai doesn't want to be undermined by external forces or some other news making headlines around the world this out of the states to send stealth fighter jets to a military base and so it's a joint ongoing military drills between the two these exercises have heightened
tensions with north korea blames us escalating students in the region and young recently threatened washington with missile strikes weeks after carrying out underground nuclear tests. political satirist. was met by mobs of supporters being granted bail on sunday mr stand trial for broadcasting biting criticism of president morsi and just leaders on the thirty's recently instigated a campaign to crackdown on dissent in the country warrants have been issued for five permanent members of the opposition of the protests in the muslim brotherhood headquarters in which. rebels which overran the central african republic capital bangui last month the caretaker government elections run for twenty six to rebel. the new government and nine members of the
opposition remain in place rebel struggle began in january after the collapse of a power sharing deal between ousted seizing top fighters. you know we may soon be able to take a not so grounded look at what's going on in space russian scientists are planning to build a space observatory right on the moon's surface beginning with a robot research lab in the near future. reports now from somewhere in the outer limits. almost half a century since neil armstrong's giant steps ended the race between the u.s. and u.s.s.r. to put a man on the moon earth's only natural satellite is once again in the spotlight while america has directed its attention to mars russia's central research institute for machinery announced the launch or rather relaunch of the lunar program according to the ambitious plan a russian space ship will fly two and circle the moon by twenty thirty but this
promises to be only the beginning and here is where it gets very interesting the next step as they search it claims will be the construction of an observatory on the moon experts believe earth spur civil space rock is simply the perfect spot from which to research space so if this idea proves to be a success expect a laboratory there to observatory on the lab may soon be followed by helium mining shafts and if the moon really holds ice as scientists believe this could produce both the water and oxygen which would make the earth's satellite inhabitable by humans hotels with rooftop swimming pools grocery stores and a hospital all this could be possible this would not be easy of course expect some competition from the u.s. and china but in five six decades flying to the moon and back would not be just a line from the song but a real human quality option. pretty amazing. next people a bell discusses the future of western capitalism in crosstalk stay with us.
unemployment and mountains of debt plague the western world all the while politicians go from one blunder to another so what has capitalism done preheat lately. cross-talk the crisis of capitalism i'm joined by rachel martin in paris she is the tribune company syndicated columnist and founder of rachel martin associates in new york we have george said newly he is a fellow of the global policy institute of london metropolitan university and in washington we crossed to fred smith he is founder and chairman of competitive enterprise institute and if that means you can jump in anytime you want george says capitalism state today well i think capitalism is indeed in crisis it's been five years since. the crash of two thousand and eight and the multiple bailouts and the unemployment remains.