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the wild holds its breath of a possible u.s. intervention in syria as president obama calls for military action but god's looking for approval from the congress. he says the russian president appeals to the american leader as a nobel peace prize laureate what are you over the grave consequences of a campaign against syria. and a hike of radiation of the figures show nuclear plant levels are eighteen times higher than previously of salt which could prove relief so within four hours. the latest news on the week's top stories you're watching the weekly on our c with
me thanks for joining us the u.s. president will soon launch a military strike on syria but he will still win a domestic political battle without to happen bronc obama is seeking congressional approval for that and congress will consider it on september ninth washington wants to punish damascus for an alleged chemical attack but the evidence so far presented has left much of the world unconvinced more and that's from more in a park not. obama said although he does believe that he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress he feels that the country would be strengthened by a public debate on the matter now the u.s. leader says that he feels absolutely comfortable carrying out a military attack against syria without the approval of the u.n. security council according to international law and a military strike taken needs approval from the security council and a resolution to be adopted but 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 washington's planned military strike against a mask this is is not time sensitive meaning it could happen one week from now or one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says that the syrian government of bashar al assad will pay consequences for allegedly using chemical weapons 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. it would be designed to be limited duration and scope the white house released assessment of this use of chemical weapons on august twenty first and a countless amount of experts were not convinced by the intelligence that's been presented nowhere in the report to the us confirmed that assad that the assad government used chemical weapons instead the four page report used were being such
as we assess with high confidence or multiple streams of intelligence indicate that this week also saw america's major ally britain opting out of military intervention in syria and nato also said it would not be participating in a potential military strike in the meantime the u.n. investigation team that recently returned from damascus has announced that atta lising the samples from the site of the alleged syria come syrian chemical attack will take up to three weeks and many countries as well as the un secretary-general ban ki moon have asked that no military action be taken before u.n. experts present their conclusion. and we're keeping track of everything that is going on around the world. announcement on syria social media reaction x. but i'm not a says i'm french and waiting for you on nazi dot com. despite
the say it will be more than a week until the u.s. congress assumes to make a decision on intervention in syria america's military in the region is already waiting for the green light to strike naval forces in the middle. there and authorities say the army is mobilized for intervention. and the mood in damascus for us. i followed obama's message from the white house i was that evening with syrians and i had a very good opportunity a chance to see their vivid reaction to their to read their faces and to see all
the developments of the emotions and feelings that i have to say that if at the beginning of a bomber speech people were nervous and would tans and of course were frightened obviously what i saw at the end over the message from america was relief what i saw in people's eyes because the president said that the u.s. should commit a response to chemical weapons use in syria and that could happen tomorrow next week or next month he'll seek congress' approval for attack in syria and that manned delay for everybody here and many here too could as legs that strategy they say congress is unlikely to a group interaction against we're so there's a strike they've been waiting for several days and they this pressure had they been leavin after first announced about
a possible strike against syria they can now forget about that at least for some time. and you can follow the aussies were a few notional tweets shoes posting on the latest from damascus for us and earlier today she was reporting heavy artillery fire on the campus all. right from the scene. first street. and i think that you're. on our reporters. in. the the in. the u.s. abusing its war drums have sparked warnings and harsh criticism in moscow president vladimir putin said washington's assessment is there a sudden government had launched a chemical attack against its own people is utter nonsense thomas has more now on
russia's reaction. moscow has been very busy this week urging the west not to intervene in the situation in syria vladimir putin spoke on the situation saying that the idea of the assad regime using chemical weapons in country is ridiculous saying the situation on the ground just does not allow for it he said that the g twenty summit this week is a good place for the global leaders to discuss the situation in syria he also called on president obama as a nobel laureate not just as a fellow head of state a winner of the nobel peace prize to consider his actions and what it would mean for military intervention and more loss of life in the country the president said of course russia is against the idea of the use of chemical weapons but in this case that the global community needed to wait for the u.n. to do its job and then present evidence to the u.n. security council and then they would decide how to react in
a lawful manner according to international law listen to what he had to say about that when it comes to the stance of our american partners friends who are insisting that syrian forces have use w m d's in this case chemical weapons and stating to have proof they should demonstrate that proof to the u.n. inspectors and the security council because lames at the proof exists that cannot be shown to to secrecy studios stand up to criticisms it's disrespectful towards america's global partners if there is proof it has to be shown it is not showing it doesn't exist and the president also said that he was pleasantly surprised at the situation in the u.k. as the british parliament debated and then voted down the idea of military intervention in syria right now the global community is waiting to see if the u.s. congress will follow suit and also continue in a spirited debate as obama has sent the idea of military intervention to congress.
down strangers all over the world have taken to the streets to speak out against an attack on syria and protesters gathered in front of the white house at. obama's announcement and there were also crowds in new york even before the u.s. can fund its plans for military action more than a few thousand were seen in london chanting hands off syria paris similar approaches some held signs saying president olanda is a terrorist along with david cameron and barack obama that statement was echoed in turkey as well britain's former first c. lord and security minister told us that the intervention would have unforseen consequences and the danger with saying we're going to use a limited surgical strike is all my experience of wars and i've been in them and in the lead up to them and i've been running them and things is to find that you have a lot of unintended consequences you think you're just going to do wonderful thing but actually things then happen expands we need to be very clear what is it we actually want to achieve what is the end state we want we need to have in place
mechanisms militarily to ensure that things don't go beyond a certain degree but i'm not at all convinced that attack would actually help the condition of the people within within syria we've seen what happened in iraq you know we've seen what's happened in afghanistan i have no doubt that the al qaeda group and there are a very large group i'm afraid in the opposition funded by people who haven't thought through what this really means would be delighted if america and britain and turkey and france attacked they would be delighted by it but that doesn't mean they like us and they want to actually have they oppose us and would like to do is farm but in a temporary basis that would suit them so we need to be very very careful how we actually act. so obama wanted to strike syria without consulting congress at finest but changed his mind at the last minute that decision is in line with public opinion one poll showed that eighty percent of americans believe the president should get the stumble approval before military action but the majority of people
in the u.s. still don't want that country act. and over hostile those americans who took part in a reuters poll say they don't want any kind of u.s. involvement in syria as whole only twenty percent are in favor asked whether i should bet tonks if he is implicated in the use of chemical weapons less than thirty percent said yes mina while science is the only country that's agreed to help the u.s. attack syria but paris says it will wait for washington to make the move political analyst phyllis bennis things the white house was forced to turn to congress for support after most of its allies refused to weigh in. he was prepared to go without a united nations resolution which of course would make any military strike illegal but he was counting on certainly the brits he was counting on the u.k. to come on board i think he was quite blindsided by that decision by the british parliament and then to find out that nato said no and that the arab league said no
france isn't quite enough as an international allies i think all of that plus the fact that almost two hundred members of congress have signed letters in recent days demanding that there be some consultation with congress the whole question of what happens the day after is not on the agenda we can say all we want our intention is a narrow targeted strike just a day or two this is not a major major military campaign well it's not a major kill military campaign until it is what is of course syria tries to retaliate against one of the u.s. warships that are off the syrian coast what if it tries to shoot down a u.s. plane what if it retaliates against israel what if it attacks a u.s. base in one of the neighboring countries all of these things would be then met by greater u.s. retaliation to that act we can't assume that the u.s. would take the position we didn't intend this to be more than a couple days we're not going to respond they would certainly respond and that
threatens the whole possibility of the united states being pulled directly into this very complicated civil war inside syria so whatever happens it's going to be the people of syria who pay the final price. radiation levels at japan's devastated nuclear plant a figure she must have increased by eighteen times we'll bring you the details on this story a break to stay with us. the . economic downturn the find. the deal and the rest because i think the take every week.
a full twenty first century one dot com and let's not get his take on the situation are right now that patrick thank you very much for joining us here at chelsea so do you think congress will get on board with obama's plan. well judging by the result we saw in the u.k. last thursday there is that there is a chance that the president has telegraphed his position in advance so he's politically obama right now is fully exposed so it all depends on the majority g.o.p. when congress whether they might seize this opportunity as labor did to regain some political capital that's been lost over the years but certainly led by john mccain and lindsey graham there is a republican campaign for intervention in syria that it's been going on for quite a few years now so it's very difficult to say it's i would say that it all depends
on what happens over the next nine days a lot could happen domestically and internationally over the next nine days which could change the playing field of this particular game show and obama also said the failure to use force in syria would lead to the proliferation of chemical weapons to terrorist groups so does that mean that the al qaeda linked to rebels won't be able to get back hands on anything after this after the strikes. yes exactly this is what al gore would refer to as an inconvenient truth and the big elephant in the room which none of the political classes neither in britain france or the united states want to mention is the forty thousand foreign jihadists fighters that have been imported into the country that have had the political backing essentially of the u.s. and the u.k. so if they're not going to address this problem it's not going to go away obviously those who are looking at this story for a few years now know that the stated policy from american u.k.
is regime change and only recently have we seen this talk of chemical weapons despite the fact they've built a whole back story for it you know france is waiting to bond with the u.s. but the whole actions a collective i should say actions a media actually led to romp and said you say i. would a limited strike prevent i repeat about the sickness in our area well you know last time. obama was able to hide behind the curtain of nato with regards to libya so this time that's not necessarily the case and they were allowed to do a lot of things covertly because they're working through the nato route then there will be able to do in syria although there's a lot of covert activity going on in syria especially in georgia in jordan in turkey just over the borders from syria training rebels etc and and preparing them
with with munitions and arms is a much more different scenario because the world is focused on this event and all eyes are on syria so it's going to be a very different prospect than libya it's not not as easy of a sell. right patrick having some japanese come on this the twenty first century wind up called thank you very much indeed for your time. radiation has spiked at japan's devastated nuclear plant at. orating shows levels in one of the storage areas of contaminated water have multiple not applied by eighteen that's enough to kill a man in just a four hours to discuss these latest developments when i joined live by dr robert jacobs has a historian at. pace institute dr jacobs welcome to our good to have you with us so this is a radiation level is extremely dangerous to anyone exposed what does this mean for ongoing cleanup efforts. it makes it harder and harder to use best practices
because it's harder and harder for workers to work in these exposed areas so you have to cycle workers in and out each working a very very short bit of time so this is been an ongoing degrading situation in which from the start two and a half years ago the area has become more and more and more contaminated making it harder and harder and harder to simply carry out work as designed so it's it's very difficult at this as we go on in these leaks continue and these leaks intensify each time something like this happens it makes it less and less possible to do the things needed to be general but to why have the radiation levels suddenly a shot top and is it possible to bring the situation under control that. i'm afraid that the situation is fairly catastrophic and the best that we and this is just the normal the normal process right now is that lots and lots of contaminated water
water is being there's two things that are going on there's several things going on but i merely water is being added to the radio corridor into the buildings in order to cool the radioactive cores which are located somewhere underneath the reactor buildings this water becomes very contaminated but the ongoing bigger problem in many ways is that there is groundwater moving through this area towards the sea this is not a new league but for two and a half years ground water has been moving through these buildings temp goes pumping out hundreds of tons of this groundwater per day to store so as you can see if you're pumping out hundreds of tons of groundwater per day it's a growing problem day after day after day needing new tanks and more tanks these tanks are being put up in an ad hoc manner so it's a situation it's being handled in an ad hoc in an ad hoc way and there's no way to stop this ground water the ground water simply moving to the ground is radiation simply entering the ocean they this is just the normal daily activity now at this
point the real problem is were there to be another serious earthquake where there to be another serious catastrophic event you have all of these tanks with massive amounts of highly contaminated water that are subject to the same sorts of problems that happened when there were earthquakes earlier show and they're also of course concerns of a public safety say so how the people of japan are reacting to all that's over the last two and a half years public trust has eroded virtually completely here in japan people who used to not think twice about the entry of the radio nuclides into the ecosystem are now talking seriously about avoiding this part of the country avoiding the food from this part of the country eating less fish so because. again a series of lies and a series of. not very professional handling of
a lot of these problems public trust has really eroded here in japan and it has become a story internationally in the last few weeks because of these leaks but in japan the story has been growing and growing and growing and there's a sense that there really is not control of this situation all right and ok a brief they say about the environment and economy in general about well this is the cost of this the economy you are only mounting and mounting and mounting and will be only more catastrophic but of course the real serious problem is that people are living in contaminated areas and the flow of radioactivity into the ecosystem is continuing many of these radionuclides have half lives of thousands of years and as a result they're not going to go away even when they go into the sea they cycle through the ecosystem once they enter the ecosystem they are simply moving through the ecosystem so the danger is to those of us in japan and also all of us who share the pacific ocean are mounting all right dr robert jacobs
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your favorite. if you're away from your television of the world it just doesn't matter how would your mobile device if you could watch your t.v. anytime anywhere. there are only a few hours left for pilots to flex their wings twenty thirteen asho one of the wild top aviation events is underway just outside the russian capital showcasing all the latest space technology how the rain may have delayed performances but it hasn't kept the planes grounded she's post poll schooldays that for us. to hear us yeah you can say oh yeah. ok sorry is either one of them i have it out bit of it down now but the planes have still been flying hi paul. yes it's rather
typical isn't it in the final few hours of max twenty seven the weather is about as clear now as it has been all day but despite the disruption of the crowds that have gathered gathered the hearty souls that have remained have seen a number of displays from commercial aircraft acrobatic display teams as well as military aircraft as well the pic of which was probably the the acrobatic display team the russian knights now they're part of the russian air force four of the planes came out they were meant to be. doing a display with the swifts another branch of the russian air force but because of the bad weather that was unable to happen before planes came out on the other skills of the pilots were unsure of the perfect formations that they were flying in often disappearing unfortunately behind the thick gray clouds above us but they were still performing some death defying stunts really and some moves that no doubt turn the stomach of the pilots commercially we saw the air bus a three eighty which is a rather sizable plane to have flying around overhead and in terms of military we saw
a showing of the t fifty which is a stealth fighter that is going to be part of russia's come two thousand and sixteen but it's not just other displays of course it's a big business contracts are being signed here it's important weekend in the aviation industry and around sixteen billion u.s. dollars worth of contracts had been signed on the hope is that more contracts and deals will be done in the final few hours raising that figure even higher and it's already a record breaking year for max in that respect with around a thousand representatives all representatives from around one thousand companies representing forty four different countries so it's a record breaking year for max on the business front an unforeseen on the final day the weather has disrupted the shuttle but i think of the majority of the people who are slowly trickling out of their sites will head home happy. poor current. poll thank you very much indeed for that day. and now to some other news around the . world this hour and starting with this incredible down count footage from taiwan
capturing a deadly double a near miss the kind fun to get ahead by a landslide along a coastal road and then just narrowly avoids being crushed by a huge boulder because passengers miraculously escaped with only minor injuries the country remains on high alert as threshold downpours from tropical storm call ray continue to batter the island. a massive earthquake in china's southwest union province has left five dead twenty more were injured by the quake which measured just below six on the richter scale soldiers have been dispatched to the devastated province to lead rescue operations seismic activity is not only usual for china in april a deadly earthquake in chile go on killed nearly two hundred. controversial energy reforms mexicans protesting in the capital sunday mexico's
president sparked public outcry by proposing private companies exploit the country's oil reserves production there has plummeted over the last decade due to the lack of up to date extraction technology and protesters say there's no need to prioritize to improve production a move which would require a change to the constitution is. two hundred protesters defied france's ban on rallies against the new law and gay marriage to march in power as demonstrators calling themselves by the name of night. closed their rally with a vigil in the center of the capital it was back in may that france's parliament approved same sex marriage made mass demonstrations and unrest across the country. gay rights in russia continues to spark controversy as well in about twenty minutes catch artie's latest panel discussion about how it compares to what's happening in
other countries and what it has to do with the sochi olympics up next all the latest from the world of business in venture capital after this break. in cuba is not a failure of the cuban people it's a savior of sidel castro and a. one assassination on sabotage backed by the officials both hostility and suspicion encouraged by the government these operations against cuba were known to the attorney general of the united states the president united states himself the defendants an intelligence arms had to infiltrate to resist. pressure lay jones freedom fighters terrorists. who who is.