tv [untitled] April 7, 2013 3:00pm-3:30pm EDT
ten children are reportedly killed as a nato missile slams into an afghan village and a stark reminder of the price civilians are paying in a war that has boiled down into a high stakes stalemate. israel's cyber attack retaliation several palestinian activists are reportedly arrested in response to a massive hacker assault on israeli websites launched in protest against the continuing occupation. of the united states delays an intercontinental nuclear missile test after a week of atomic threats naval provocations and ballistic cat and mouse games put the korean peninsula on the brink of war our top stories this hour. with a look back at the past seven days top stories and the latest developments this is
the weekly here on r.t. at least ten children are reported to have been among eighteen people killed today in the latest airstrike by u.s. led forces in afghanistan the raid was allegedly called him by troops on the ground after a bit of fighting nearby part of mass land an air operation intended to temper a local taliban insurgency artie's tell you who you've been who's following the story has more ten troll brains are said to be among the eighteen killed in the narrow strikes in afghanistan's konar prevents according to officials there reports say it all happened actually when and that airstrike hits the home of a suspected taliban insurgents and a small village at the same time his family. taking shelter from the ingoing strikes after the house was hit a local run through and the were seen carrying.
the bodies of children to spend other lives from the rubble the u.s. led coalition has gone beyond that it carried out the airstrikes on that area and in a statement about the spokes man for the forces acknowledge that they were aware of the reports that civilians had been killed also but as yet he could not come from the total dead dreda was apparently called in by an international troops in the vicinity a heavy fighting with the taliban insurgents me the pakistani border at the local governments or fish oils gone from another women and seven men also died in that airstrike the us led forces say they were carrying out a major operations aimed against the senior taliban commander in that area
operations began on friday after a tip off that dozens of taliban fighters where concentrated in that area according to eyewitness natural strikes began in the early hours of the morning and continued till late evening gown number of troops and civilians are working for them are also said to have been killed in the same operation. the history of such high casualties strikes have strongly polarized the afghan public leading to mass protests and a increase in support of the taliban that's now across two artes going to church can for more on this goner. these sort of strikes how do the relations between the afghans and the west. help build these airstrikes come made
repeated pleas from the afghan government of president karzai to stop killing civilians because karzai in karzai is worse they fuelling security and instability there for their alienated afghans from their government which many afghans see as a puppet government so president karzai although he does owe his power to allied forces to washington specifically but he clearly understands that those civilian casualties there are more violence in of ganesan and undermine his government even further these are the types of attacks that influence. the local population like the one in september last year nato killed eight women back then or the one in may a nato airstrike killed an afghan family including six children and two women earlier this year president karzai banned afghan forces from calling in airstrikes although his order it peers to have been ignored by international forces now these attacks also undermine u.s.
efforts to negotiate an agreement to stay in afghanistan past twenty fourteen when they're supposed to leave at least the majority of the forces although president karzai is prepared to strike a deal but he knows that what kind of a backlash he may have of ghana's then in order for u.s. troops to stay they need immunity from prosecution under the afghan law and that's what they're negotiating now deadly strikes killing civilians certainly make it hard for the afghans to accept such a deal and allow foreign forces to further operate there with impunity as far as the deaths of eleven reportedly eleven afghan children this saturday officials here are not saying much and nato spokesman said they were assessing the incident and that's about it in the u.s. we see a more prompt reaction of course to the deaths of. five americans reportedly five american. in a separate attack in afghanistan on the same day but we're still waiting to hear washington's reaction. gives you. a live there in washington thank you very much
indeed that's going to check on. a couple those political analyst says that the taliban is to an afghan life to be separated which all but guarantees collateral casualties in strikes and this kind of war which is going on in afghanistan it is very difficult to fight civilian casualties because the taliban are living among the people among developers. is eventually areas. they are receiving support from the people and they are eating and drinking. among the people leaving . because of this i think it is very difficult for nato forces particularly in airstrikes to avoid civilian casualties. and you'd be voting on our web site and what you think the consequences of this latest deadly strike will be and it looks as though opinion is pretty evenly divided between those who think that the afghan
president will make forceful statements but little else and those who believe it will spark attacks from groups looking to hit back at coalition soldiers we can see there on the screen seven percent think that karzai will be forced to nato air strikes in a very small amount if you believe that the date for nato troops to leave will be brought forward on the home page at all to dot com tell us what you think. the. reports are emerging of israeli and jordanian police arresting activists in response to the massive cyber offensive by the hacker group anonymous the computer attackers have said their aim is to disrupt and raise israel from cyberspace in protest over the policies towards palestine. small. the information is coming from a palestinian twitter account from the palestinian authority presidential adviser on the technology and communication who said that israel has retaliated to the day long how king attack on israel by arresting several palestinians and several of the
west bank towns they have the attack on israel is going on for the entire day. twenty eight meijer israeli sites have been down including in the knesset cited out of the israeli parliament which we are hearing is still also. saying that tens of thousands of israeli facebook and twitter accounts have been brought down as well as well as they tried to target the banking system as well as other major sites as well all of this of course is being done. by the had his group anonymous or or groups associated there with of course saying that this is their way of getting back at israel for buying limbs in the west bank and mistreatment of palestinians where there is an attack there's seems to be a response now at least there has been the response from the israeli hackers who have issued a statement saying that whoever whoever is participating in the so-called israel is weak and feeble minded and for every attack that they do is really have will retail
ever tell you doesn't fold but at the same time you have to understand that israel is a rather powerful country and of course the long before the attack has actually taken place and it was well it was well advertised you may say they have said that they're fully prepared for this stock and they have their best specialists working on preventing it and yet we're looking at twenty down we're still looking at thousands of israeli accounts which are being housed which kind of brings the question exactly what exactly is happening with the israeli specialist and just how powerful the the anonymous hackers really are. full of agent unemotionally believe these attacks. being doing in cyberspace. it is very much national inconvenience to the websites that are under assault but of course it does get a lot of publicity and the difference between this and real hacking real cyber attacks can be seen very starkly what happened when the us and israeli governments
committed an act of fiber terrorism when they attacked the iranian nuclear production facility is when they released the stuxnet virus now this is the first we have western governments colluding to attack the infrastructure of another sovereign country so that is cyber terrorism that is not a real cyber attack looks like and of course it has ramifications now because the stuxnet virus went out to attack the precise facilities but it's now out there in the world it can be used and abused and tasted by real cyber criminals out there so what the us from the israeli government did with stops net is actually far more damaging than any protest movement trying to bring down certain websites in certain countries this week for dramatic escalation on the korean peninsula with pyongyang threatening a preemptive nuclear strike on the u.s. a response was not wanting with the u.s. and south korean war ships and aircraft swarming to the north coast japan is now reporting that its warships have also been dispatched ahead of a potential missile test by pyongyang washington voters canceled
a planned into continental nuclear missile test to avoid further inflaming the situation independent journalist james corbett says despite the fact neither side wants all out war there are those who benefit from keeping the situation on a knife edge. i think that really the all of the players here have a vested interest in keeping the tension up but not allowing it to spill you anywhere and i think that obviously works for north korea which could be easily wiped out in a new military confrontation but it also works for south korea and america and all of the allies here in this region that are that also serve to benefit from this and we've seen this i directly for example with the announcement of more missile defense on the western coast of the united states that there are now going to be fourteen new ground based interceptors deployed at fort greely alaska at the cost u.s. taxpayers a one billion dollars by two thousand and seventeen so this is this is doing a fantastic business for the defense contractors who serve to to feed into this
tension and play off of it so i don't i think that honestly there isn't a lot of plans for preemptive strikes at this moment i think it's more a question of if this will accidentally spill over into something more specialised on security and you can have weapons talk to jim walsh offered his for us his view on the risks and payoffs solve america's engagement in korea the u.s. is for sending a signal to the south koreans it's treaty ally saying we've got you back it's also intended to send a message to the north koreans hey we can reach out and touch you you know be careful what you wish for i do worry though that you know when all these moving pieces plus all this new leadership a new leader in south korea and new leader in north korea all this stuff going on someone could make a mistake and that could light a match that would lead to a conflict that no one actually wants to have the north koreans are crazy. they're not going to deliberately start a war but they are they try to stay just below that level of provocation will they
react the way we want them to react i just don't know we don't know what's inside the minds of north koreans it's the most closed country in the world but when we brandish arms and do that we we are taking a risk that they will misunderstand that and respond in the wrong way. calls for justice from prisoners of america's war on terror camp a big ignored as the biggest. month later in the program we assess why the authorities are still talking down the scale of the protest. also still to come talks that river dozens of residents are forced to flee their homes as a major pipe busts small u.s. with five thousand barrels of oil that's coming up a little later after the break. about
international in the very heart of moscow. news continues here on president vladimir putin. it's addressed the largest industrial fair in germany and over today as he arrived to the country to the country with an official visit the russian leader will also be meeting with the german chancellor angela merkel with the role of the country's funds in debt hits cyprus as well as europe's economic troubles up for debate peter oliver has been keeping across developments for us. of lot of mia putin use the opening ceremony here at the hanover messy trade fair to really highlight why people should be doing business in russia one of the main point c. he made was well rush's three point four percent growth rate in g.d.p. in twenty twelve also the low levels of unemployment the secure amounts of currency and gold reserves that they have he did however point out some of the problems he
was aware that russia had particularly when it comes to inflation inflation at six percent last year and russia worth pointing out that is the lowest it's been in twenty years and saying that the u.s. committed to getting inflation down as that was key in order to get businesses to invest in russia now. angela merkel the german chancellor also taking to the stage here she praised the cooperation that had gone on in the past between germany and russia or in terms of not just trade but also political cooperation on monday what we're going to see is putin in angola merkel visits a memorial here in hanover to those who lost their lives in the fight against naziism during world war two they'll be laying a wreath there and then the two will be taking to the floor of the trade show the message from putin was from mr putin was very clear he said russia is open for
business and open for investment. for more on this i'm joined by dr max head of the cologne based institute for asset development well president putin was saying that russia is open for business it's certainly been working hard to improve the conditions for foreign businesses and investors has it been successful so far from your point of view. but of course it's a huge time. and russia is facing but they're making headway yes and there's also some obstacles europe is floating up to russia. an investment in in europe so indeed there's also political obstacles but they also are present on both sides and you think those obstacles will be overcome obviously money really does talk it doesn't it and it's important for those obstacles to be removed fortunately it does talk unfortunately corporations like siemens of policy or b.m.w. have long standing histories of engagements in russia because of course the
personal relationship between putin and mark who is not as fine as was shouldn't putin probably has something to do with americans foster it's a pity because the german and russian relationship should be really one. relationship when all of your of that should be seen like that on both sides and it looks a bit like it was more of the souter and marcus of the reluctant bride and certainly relations strained over the cyprus issue between europe and russia do you think though that those economic troubles will actually see more funds coming back to moscow to russia and actually doing more good than harm from russia's point of view well indeed i mean of course the president also prime minister had to protest because the cyprus rescue action which i actually thought was fairly smart but did russian money actually bought quiets some of the burden so i don't think something like this would have been possible in jersey or guernsey or some other places but indeed there may be beneficiary secondary effect as you pointed out that's
a more those choices are closed and some more money is going to stay in russia which would be beneficial and many benefits at all in the way that hey we've seen russia becoming embroiled in the a use problems do you think perhaps we could see moscow playing effective role in the future with what's happening in europe. well that's too far ahead and also with the new initiatives for transatlantic initiative the trade union which is pushed ahead of full speed but is also of course not only integrated in the atlantic area but also some stuff to keep rush hour to i mean the u.s. is playing a fairly aggressive game here and so it's too early to say russia is playing a huge role in europe but at least we should be open to open the trading relationships and strengthen those times we've been talking about economic issues here what about the political aspect has been a lot of speculation that relations between moscow and belin a strain now due to the recent office searches of these n.g.o.s in russia shouldn't
moscow actually be concerned about the activities of these kinds of groups operating on its own soil as it were. well indeed i mean it's a tricky issue of course in germany had created an outcry because and some of the organizations were searched and so on and so forth but really i mean it questions the state sovereignty as as food and pointed out there's some of that going on in the u.s. and it's an open debate i mean if foreign. institutions are financed a foreign country i mean that's legitimate but it's also legitimate to kind of put that on the list and say ok the state sovereignty reaches until here and that's the place for civil liberties because we know that of course those institutions are political or they do have political objectives i mean i'm a scholar of one of those i'm not in the administration but i was fond of the students of course a little objectives and of course there's some justification in controlling it to max out the head of the cologne based institute for asset development thank you
very much indeed for joining us and ivan r.t. if any. egypt has once again been gripped by protests and fighting one person has been killed in the run thirty injured as violence erupted outside main cathedral that's following the funeral of four coptic christians killed in a sectarian standoff outside the capital on saturday following the resting car over for us is journalist tom dale. i spoke to one witness who said that events began when bottles were thrown from a nearby building down on to the funeral march and march as responded by attacking cars but what is clear is that fighting quickly escalated between the funeral marches and locals the marchers retreated within the i would say a cathedral compound and after that security forces were involved in standing by whilst the locals fired weapons into the cathedral there were five people killed in four saws which is a town outside of cairo and sectarian writing four of those were christians and it
was their funeral which was being held at the st mark's cathedral sectarian violence in egypt is nothing new it goes by decades so we have a combination of hardline religious activism and security forces by the standing by we're actually getting involved themselves many mourners and many others feel that the muslim brotherhood and freedom and justice party government is encouraging an exclusive religious identity is the basis of what it means to be an egyptian so this is the second consecutive night and we've seen violence in cairo on saturday the clashes resulted from a protest by the april sixth youth movement which was calling for a new more inclusive government and an opportunity to rewrite the constitution again on a more inclusive basis on saturday countries broke out when police attacked that demonstration sporting take us and rocks once again in downtown cairo.
a toxic swamp of oil is down streets in a small town in arkansas for this week forcing dozens of residents flee after an aging pipe burst they currently staying in hotels and may not be able to return to their homes for some time and locals have started to feel like victims of those say the company responsible for maintaining the pipe did little to address their concerns one hundred forty residents in the town of five lawsuits against exxon mobil rode the value of their homes has plunged local resident chris harrell says the spill came as a complete surprise i got off work early and was headed back to my home and the police officer at the entrance to the neighborhood not allowing anybody in asked why he said the issue was there were all still in the area and i told him our family and my wife and children at the home so he allowed me in a little town to get them on the road in any kind of survey the damage there was all just flowing down the street behind our house we're taking a wait and see approach what happens next how are we going to be compensated and
along with four hours some of our neighbors can get back in their homes so far is the cleanup process they've done a good job there but they've not done a really good job of communicating to some of the residents that would be much. a new type of bird flu has been discovered in china this week prompting the government to cull tens of thousands of birds so far the virus has killed six people out of the eighteen infected it's not the first time a new strain of flu has hit china let's have a look at how the infection has spread not only across the population but in the media as well many of the articles written read like horror stories sparking panic way out of proportion with the facts remember past bird flu and swine flu outbreaks and you tension the ground across the media what is kitty pilgrim has more on how the hype took hold. panic is already spreading across the globe over fears of a bird flu epidemic in china twenty thousand birds were slaughtered at one local market
japan has but health warnings on people coming into the country from china hong kong slumped in chinese airline stocks in an attempt to restrict travel vietnam bans poultry imports from china and taiwan raises quarantine level alerts while the u.s. and china are already looking into creating a vaccine for this specific type of bird flu drug producers are already poised to jump in and produce a cure at a price of course now let's look at the example of the swine flu epidemic which cost the british taxpayer one point two billion dollars off of the government panicked and splashed out billions on vaccinations pharmaceutical giant black say smith kline secured a billion dollar contract from it making a billion dollars from vaccines alone last year i reality four hundred fifty seven people died from swine flu a third of which dive regular flu every year so while china battles with the flu
drug companies are no doubt preparing for a multi billion dollar order. authorities that the quantum of bay prison that knowledge this week the hunger strike among the camps inmates is growing if issue number of those refusing food now stands at forty one the inmates lawyers however say the figures several times higher with three of the prisoners hospitalized and around a dozen currently being force fed the strike began more than two months ago in a protest over treatment and conditions some of them have it says a percent of the number of the bottom of inmates believes it will be some time before the extreme action achieves anything. and i think the more pressure may force the us to respond it may not come right away but i think that the pressure that triggered from the hunger strikes and the international attention of the statement by the u.n. i think me you know may have a fact over time i think that it's going to force the united states to realize that it just can't simply ignore what's act one town amoa and that at some point it's going to have to come to grips with the fact that you know these these men are
being imprisoned year after year without charges and you know more and more and more are in fact eyeing him in jail and i think it's very difficult to. you know be able to to justify this and you have to really kind of tires off and not to do so more news and often our reporting good garbage is coming up after the break. what if one third of the population of a capital city of a small arab country took to the streets in protest while the mainstream media would scream the people of nation x. are crying out for democracy we have to intervene and take their oil i mean help them but the earth shaking a large protest is in arab country it's in paris france and for traditional
marriage yes protesters in paris claim that they had eight hundred thousand people on the streets of france's capital and even though the police said that half those numbers for a city of less than two point five million people this was a huge protest for a cardless the european union loves to educate the world about democracy and show that's liberal values around and yet that doesn't really seem to listen to the citizens very much who want to stop the madness of waves of illegal immigrants bailing out members on the times of other nations and for focusing the union's national attention on social issues like gay marriage instead of creating jobs to the e.u. officials out there who claim to believe in democracy maybe it's about time you actually try you know listening to a few voices who disagree with you before you keep promoting policies against possibly the will of the majority but that's just my opinion.