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iran finds itself trapped in a corner as world powers again disagree on a nuclear deal to end sanctions against it and rumors emerge of a potential military strike. toxic problems syria is given a new timetable to get rid of its chemical weapons but there are major hurdles in the way with no countries willing to host the destruction work. plus twelve years of scandal and nowhere and insight. marks another anniversary even as america's most decorated former generals speak against it i'll report from inside the facility in a few minutes and more than a new sense of debate flares up in the u.k. over a new open ended law that could make the right to hold peaceful protests a thing of the past.
where they welcome you watching r.t. and our look back at the week's top stories now hopes of reconciliation are on hold for iran with crippling sanctions over its nuclear program still in place and opposing powers lining up against it despite all the smiles and handshakes the u.s. is renewing its trade restrictions and even considering toughening them meanwhile iran's most outspoken critic israel seems to have a new partner in france which shut down last week's tentative deal in geneva more details now from artie's to bang not say the pieces are in place. we have time and again said that i know no circumstances would we seek any weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons nor will we ever wrong and how you.
operate with respect if connectivity is to be undertaken by going. to meet all of all present and party. one will words flowing relations yet just as the deal in geneva was on the cons between the world pollens and iran came concern from france a surprise move that stall the talks but end fran's new friends in israel who'd been the traditional stumbling block up to now still small ting from the threats and intense rhetoric of the recent ponced is will refuses to budge that's a bad deal it's a dangerous. because it keeps iran as a nuclear threshold nation. we are not blind and i don't think we're stupid as were the main bargaining chips the sanctions lightning not could prove a dealmaker when congress is having none of it put in president obama in
a tough spot i think rouhani has staked his position on the idea that he can improve relations with the rest of the world and so far he's been saying a lot of the right things if i were the prime minister of israel. be very wary as well of any kind of. talk from the iranians and then there's the bargaining hammam israel building most subtle moments when things don't go its way approving more units only last month leaving us congress to get trigger happy with more sanctions don't draw us into a bad deal with iran we already know how israel's benjamin netanyahu feels advocating his case on twitter through yet another colorful graphic presentation and the red carpet will be rolled out for its newfound french friends present it's tough to predict whether the p five plus one will equal unity when they get back
around the table next week in geneva. they are to moscow. although israel and saudi arabia officially have no diplomatic relations they are rumored to be preparing a joint bombing campaign against iran the sunday times suggest an attack may take place if the new round of international talks fails to produce a deal rolling back to iran's nuclear power program israel considers iran its enemy enemy number one and as long accused the country of working on an atomic bomb a charge that iran denies but under the reported plan saudi arabia would grant israel the use of its airspace it would also assist israel in the deployment of combat drones how he coped is and tanker planes the saudis are furious and are willing to give israel all the help it needs that's what an anonymous source allegedly told the british newspaper iranian political analyst side mohammad marandi thinks that if this scenario were to play out there would be no witness or
we don't know if these reports are true but the saudis and the israelis are moving closer and closer to one another however it's highly unlikely that the saudis or the israelis would really want to iran because they both would be losers they would be seen. obviously the iranians would retaliate the soviets would be very vulnerable it would create an economic catastrophe for the world. that would mobilize the whole middle east especially people on the streets in support of iran they would isolate israel after all the americans with all their firepower. failed in their attempt to bring about a pack on syria because world public opinion and american public opinion simply would not accept it. around am world powers will soon get another chance to reach a compromise though a second round of talks on any plea deal will kick off next weekend according to
russia resists strong likelihood of success you can find out what is behind that opportunism at r.t. dot com. this week the international chemical watchdog unveiled a challenging road map for syria to get rid of its toxic weapons the end of june next year has been set is the moment of truth when syria has declare itself a chemical arms free country the organization says that so far damascus has proved to be a reliable partner working hard on meeting every deadline but despite the positive momentum major stumbling blocks could be lurking on the country's road to chemical disarmament as artie's paula slayer explains they were banking on albania to take these weapons in and albania has since indicated that it will not be party to this now this decision and this announcement by albania came as a shock to the united states and the european union of the union is seen as a very strong partner with a so-called unshakeable alliance to the waste it is also a very poor country but there were wide scale protests in albania with people
saying that they refuse to allow their government to be party to taking in the weapons from syria now the problem is that only a norway also indicated that it would not allow these weapons to be brought to its shore no way however saying that it will send a ship that will help with transferring the weapons to wherever they are taken but this is the problem it's not yet clear where in fact they will be taken and the latest word from the united states is that it has other options on the table but no indication as to what these options are this is a very ambitious timeframe that has been stated by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons it says that by the end of march next year most of syria's chemical weapons will have been destroyed and that by the end of june all of them will have been destroyed but again. it seems that it's facing an uphill battle not least of all with the decision as to whether in fact to destroy these weapons well the e.u.
is already being dragged far deeper into the syrian conflict than it ever wanted to be many young europeans have left their homelands to join the jihadi c. social media campaign seem to be having some success and it's fades some of those fighters could return home radicalized an e.u. counterterrorism coordinator says the trend is deeply disturbing we are in the process of trying to understand better the reason why so many europeans are going to syria where we start being. huge. and that's what we understand many of them are made joining. a few. groups which not only wants to work through assad but the global jihad really wreak fully the project and therefore we think. we'll see that in the future but many of them will get back in europe much more radical to be inspired by order. order or do
you mean for saab even directed more to attack in europe now the skeletons in the closet on the iraq war look likely to remain hidden crucial far into the invasion stumbles over america's refusal to release the facts and britain's reluctance to offend its powerful ally we've got more in the story in. front of my bay reached a grim milestone this week marking twelve years of torture scandal and scrutiny three dozen former generals and admirals of the united states military used the occasion to call for its closure labeling it a betrayal of american values artie's and see chalk and brings us her final report from guantanamo. when it comes to this prison the numbers speak for themselves since being set up
after the attacks of nine eleven a total of seven hundred seventy nine hundred have been held at guantanamo today one hundred sixty four people remain. have been long cleared for release but remain locked up a total of six people is currently under trial alleged prisoners of war brought here since two thousand and two removed from the battlefield of america's ever expanding war on terror it's both the policy of the u.s. not to hold anyone longer than necessary but we also know that whenever we release someone we assume a richness over a period of more than a decade the majority of detainees held here have been set free and if the men of guantanamo are really these superhuman monsters you know the worst of the worst quote dick cheney. they would have been with. most of those still kept locked up have not been charged and are being held indefinitely what sort of a black hole of the existing in would the president of the united states simply refuses to say the innocent but u.s.
officials say the law of war remains behind this barbed wire the idea that in a war when you capture folks you as the capturing authority are permitted to hold people during the duration of hostilities. when hostilities and or if there's no longer any purpose legitimate purpose to to hold them then they must be released a tiny problem the war on terror has no geographic borders with men once held here repeat treated to a wide array of countries. who are only specific to guantanamo you can't even you couldn't even the case on the u.s. mainland because it would be unconstitutional and illegal the war on terror also has no end in sight and national security is a popular excuse to simply ignore the law. the spite the rhetoric really isn't about national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be released and that can't be true after being locked up the legal process if any
moves at a glacial pace in two thousand and twelve five detainees were transferred to had completed their military commission sentence two were court ordered released. detainees have been repatriated and one was a suicide over the years countless detainee claims of mistreatment and abuse dozens of suicide attempts mass hunger strikes lost patience and hope just this year the majority of the prison population refused to eat for six months straight only to be force fed the. mandate that we have is being able to provide adequate nutrition to preserve life washington has appointed a new envoy to close a camp that is a dark spot on america's image this comes after a mass hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times even if close it seems. to mean a state in u.s. history forever it's very easy to end one ton of right you release the men that
you're not prosecuting. and as you said only six men are being prosecuted right now the military prosecutor has made clear that he intends to prosecute a few more but he's also made clear that it won't be more than a few more the record on the promise to close the notorious facility on day one of his presidency he's now in his second term it's only a president who can do it and the idea that it's you know that it's congress's fault is just not correct it is the president the top holding these men in detention some president has to come in and this. it's hard to tell right now exactly how long will be down here doing this mission. to her and stacy churkin at artsy guantanamo bay cuba well more than half the detainees still at guantanamo
a yemeni nationals the arab country is considering building a new facility to receive the inmates after their transfer a plan already guantanamo to artes you see calvin office just returned from yemen where she met relatives of the detainees. it's difficult to stay positive about these detainees coming home when you've been waiting as long as over a decade as was the case with some of the families who we've met now yemen is in a specific different situation for a variety of reasons than other countries more than half of the remaining detainees are yemeni citizens fifty six of them have been cleared for release to get sent back from guantanamo not a single one has come home and in fact the last citizen to return to the country came home in a body bag and twenty twelve and that is the fate that some of the families that we've met with worry could be in store for or for some of their loved ones one of the fathers that we met said that his son told them everything was going well and then basically found out through news reports that his son was participating in quite ill from the hunger strike which we have covered here at our teeth to get any
government has been pushing for years now for a so-called rehabilitation facility which would basically take these detainees help them adjust to society and make sure that they don't rejoin with terrorist networks which is the main concern of the united states what we're learning now is that the united states and yemen actually had secret talks in rome about this proposed facility but there's very little details that have emerged and the issue really boils down to trust and money yemen has tried to use this as a political issue to get more funding from the united states in the past so the u.s. isn't necessarily willing to foot the bill actually the funding issue something that we spoke to about with yemen's human rights minister of course of money we want. to integrate into society to. see if. they have. any. yemeni government because the have the feeling that we neglected them. for u.s. officials the key concern isn't the difficulty of reintegrating these former
detainees into a society it's the concern that these detainees will reintegrate into al qaeda networks and it's not a completely not valid one we have to remember that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula was founded by former guantanamo detainees so it's certainly a valid concern this is going to be such a long way off i mean if we waited this long for get to close unfortunately i don't think it's going to be sped up just because of this idea. now locking people up might seem like an unlikely way to get rich but it is turning a profit for certain u.s. companies and the private complex the industry lobbying washington to make even the lightest defense is punishable with as much time on the inside as possible this story's coming up next hour. this week's or a heated debate in the u.k. over a proposed law that could land people in jail for annoying behavior the bill would make it easier for local councils to break up peaceful protests and this made wording means it can be interpreted in many different ways if passed it will become
an offense to even threaten to be in use since to other people activist kerri-anne mendoza's says this could seriously undermine freedom of speech. attempting to do is give the police the also to make any lawful protest immediately illegal simply because it's and i quote this directly from the legislation may has always likely to cause nuisance or annoyance and as you can imagine the whole point of protest is to cause a nuisance an annoyance is to get in the way to disrupt people in their ordinary daily lives so that you can have them focus on an otherwise ignore bore issue which is really important. farmers in france are struggling to make ends meet and that's forcing many to take drastic action and in the face of mounting debt later this hour r.t. finds out why the suicide rate among agricultural workers is skyrocketing also
after the break moscow's migrant morality follows the lives of undocumented workers some witnesses a police raid to find out why the shadow workforce is causing increased tension. americans also came up with another reason to reach a democracy people wanting to be liberated people wanting to be free reach is also you know part of the message of their revolution no it's a new more. to use. these. tools and push. the conditions. with one of mass destruction. in the case of. this was a big. choose
your language. could make it with. so much. choose good to consent you. choose the opinions that immigrate to. choose the stories could impact your life choose be access to. hello again and ambitious british inquiry into the country's involvement in the invasion of iraq that is expected to challenge the official version of events may be left without vital information the us government has stepped in to block the release of top level communications from that time a message from across the atlantic is that london has no authority to release
details on discussions between then president george w. bush and prime minister tony blair that the four year long eight million pound probe now stumbling david cameron has been put in the embarrassing position of having to choose between damaging the so-called special relationship and satisfying the public demand for the truth and he wore activist lindsey german says both countries have plenty to hide when it comes to iraq. there's likely to be no outcome any time soon and that really seems to me a coverup both on the part of the people who support tony blair and of george bush it makes you wonder exactly what is in these conversations between bush and blair the must be quite a lot to hide for them being to be so worried about about them being released people want to know what did tony blair and george bush agree how early did they agree the war what were the conditions of it because they're the two hundred british soldiers died during the iraq war we've been hundreds of thousands of
iraqis who have died there were millions of people demonstrating all of these people have the right to know and there is absolutely shameful that our government and the united states government are trying to prevent them from knowing it is a surprising fact but war french farmers die three suicide than through accidents linked to farming itself a recent report has found artie's tester a sillier went to the country's worst hit for region to find out what's behind the trend and what's being done to combat it. since two thousand and eight mil kidney took had to plow on the face of rising production costs and falling profits with some farmers taking it much harder than others. fifteen days ago my colleague tried to commit suicide because his bank manager told him he credited won't be renewed we have to look. we were sent along our seven days a week there were simply disconnected from the rest of french society because work
hard and keep our heads down but mama look around we all. do we actually have to damascus corrosion the plight of french farmers has been causing a lot in france are recent reports show that missing two thousand and seven two thousand and nine a total of four hundred eighty five farmers had committed suicide but that's an average of one suicide every two days making it the third biggest cause of death after cancer and cardiovascular diseases alarm bells are already ringing at the ministry of agriculture but farmers warm the reality is even worse on their insurance reasons than if. it just had to be an accident because the bank won't pay for his to learn everything. so the figures are wrong one farmer a day committed suicide. when farmers are indebted to the bank. the same day debt collectors i'm with someone else of the social system who can assess the situation to help find a solution brittany where isabel is from is the french region with the highest
number of suicides they can exceed the suicide rate among farmers we're talking about those producing milk and meat is thirty percent higher than the general working population of the same age samas have more trouble talking about their problems and we observe the when they decide to take their lives they tend to go through with it paradoxically france is the biggest beneficiary of e.u. farm aid nine billion euros a year the twenty fourteen to twenty twenty period but most of that money doesn't go. small farmers french president francois la has already pledged to shift almost a one billion euros towards the livestock farmers don't wait for the better off court farmers but the frustration has long boiled over isabelle hopes to change comes before another farmer she knows throws in the towel does or sylvia r.t. britain. if you get the chance to take a look at our website we've got plenty more stories there including freak weather in riyadh severe flooding is hit the saudi arabian capital a rare occurrence in
a country dominated by the arabian desert so that stories that r.t. dot com we've got reactions from shocked locals there also online the child's dream comes true a five year old leukemia survivor becomes his favorite superhero for one day thanks to a san francisco wish fulfillment foundation that are more at r.t. dot com. this week the vice president of the russian migrants federation a shock to moon did in the suspected hate crime this comes at a time of heightened tensions over illegal income as in moscow following the recent murder of a russian man artie's paul scott takes a look at why anger on this issue is bubbling to the surface. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russian man yegor shot back of allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant and the nationalistic riots that followed the issue is firmly in the spotlight and an arty camera crew
has found out just how sensitive the topic is we went to a market on the outskirts of moscow to try and film an interview with mohammad mage i'm the president of the russian federation of migrants despite getting prive commission to film it soon became clear our presence was not welcome. you russian though i have to repeat myself the site ends with the fence we eventually set up our interview away from the market. i think they may have suspected some illegal activities of course when you have thousands of migrants some of them may not have work permits or residence permits. the exact number of migrants in moscow is hard to calculate but best estimates put the figure at around one quarter of the population and according to official statistics one in five murders one into rapes and one in three robberies a carried out by migrants your thirty's a cane to be seen to be tackling the problem as we found out before our meeting with mohammed. since the under arrest in the outskirts of moscow police are being
something down on illegal immigration every friday they go in range of accommodation places of looking for illegal immigrants it's friday morning and we're going with the police on one of those raids and it didn't take long for the police to get down to business demanding people's paperwork. you know where do you leave. where do you leave. now the raid on the outskirts of moscow in the stuff i was last did to just about an hour and so far police have rounded up thirty five individuals who don't have the correct title was. around one hundred eighty thousand work permits are granted each year according to mohammed this figure is far too low. to address it so you need to conduct a survey as to how many migrant worker a small school needs if it needs a million workers you should issue a million work part of it's not a mere hundred thousand. it's believed around three million migrants are working in
moscow ninety four percent of them illegally this is creating a vast black market for cheap labor market this some looking to keep out of the spotlight let's go to. moscow and up next it sucks on a boy carol and her global affairs show well it's a part. president obama despite being king liberal loves to flatter the troops he loves their courage selflessness and teamwork as he said in his state of the union address but he doesn't love are there expensive injuries which the troops are going to have to pay three times more for according to yahoo news the president's administration wants to force military retirees to get out of tri-care their current plan and added to obamacare the plan calls for them to raise premiums from up to ninety to three hundred forty five percent within five years one example provided by the free
beacon estimates that a retired army colonel with a family currently paid four hundred sixty dollars a year for health care would have to pay around two thousand dollars make you pay even more for your war injuries apparently that's what obama is actually planning while he is reading those lovely speeches off of teleprompters people who are against the post nine eleven war against who knows what are often told that they don't support the troops well to the people who say bring the troops home never advocate tripling their health care premiums no they don't all of the chicken hawks who send the troops off to die in questionable wars are the ones who want to make them pay even more for their injuries but that's just my opinion. i don't know well from three worlds apart here is the go revolution i think of the
path of relic of the called war era in picton life was this to be imperialist all the things that while at the onset of the arab spring revolutions seem to be back in fashion again nowadays often supported by washington and its allies. how to distinguish a genuine revolution from an orchestrated one well to discuss that i'm now joined by based on them to world's greatest living revolutionary to daily kos for d.s.l. our thank you very much for your time sir now in the beginning of both the libyan and syrian uprising many of the organizers tried to style their revolutions after the cuban one and the movement of your father was famously called the july twenty six moment so in libya the revolution was called in a similar fashion february seventeenth revolution in syria they called it march fifteenth revolution do you think these events of the same nature can they all be called.
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