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this hour's headlines to present named employee of the international chemical weapons watchdog. groups oficial reports into last year's this chemical attack in syria. over losing a pentagon contract worth billions to rival microsoft files a lawsuit blaming one person in particular. also ahead hong kong's pro-democracy movement takes a break from the protests securing a big closely watched local elections seen as a litmus test for beijing. coming
from moscow 24 hours a day euro r.t. international pleasure to have your company linings you know. a whistle blower. on the way the international chemical weapons watchdog last year's alleged chemical attack in the syrian city of duma a leaked internal e-mail from an unnamed employee at the o.p.c. w. claims the organization cherry picked misrepresented facts and its official report the release by wiki leaks coincides with the o.p.c. w.'s 5 day conference which is now underway in the hague. on the agenda. is just routine administrative stuff but this thing this in this whistleblower email is certainly the big elephant in the room because it was compiled by one of the. you. p.c.
w.'s report on the 28 teen that chemical attack in the syrian city of duma and well his words a should say sum up better than anything he's feeling so when he saw what the report that he was working on turned out to be as he's accusing the o.p.c. w. of manipulating facts after reading the modified report i was struck by how much it misrepresents the facts an unintended bias has been introduced into the report undermining its credibility crucial facts of morphed into something quite different what was originally drafted now this is not the 1st time this report is drawing criticism some have been pointing out that it took the o.p.c. w. investigators some 10 days to get on the site of this chemical attack saying that well this is plenty of tying for people on the ground to tamper with evidence it didn't take that long for the u.s. and the u.k. and france to pin all the blame onto the assad government and to launch air strikes against the syrian army facilities and while this o.p.c. w.
report which by the way took a whole year to finish was not tasked with assigning blame one of its findings did circumstantially pointed fingers at the sun for instance they have concluded the final version of the report concluded stated that the canisters carrying that deadly chlorine gas they fell from above and the opposition the rebels they simply had no means of doing so they have no air force and that was sort of a redemption for the action taken by the u.s. and its allies but according to the e-mail according to this e-mail this whistleblower the initial version of the report did not paint this picture at all the redacted report states that the gas was likely released from the cylinders the original report purposely emphasized the fact that there was insufficient evidence to affirm this so now with all this criticism coming from both the outside and now the is. inside of the o.p.c. w.
this whistle blower he's calling on the body to make public the version of the report that he saw and that he worked on i am requesting that the fact finding report be released in its entirety because i fear that this redacted version no longer reflects the work of the team well if you're interested in reading this whistleblowers e-mail in full you can go on our website if you don't find all the necessary information and links there now meanwhile we have reached out to the o.p.c. w 2 just just to see if they have anything to say regarding this scandal regarding this leak so far they are to come back to us. just a continuation of what igor was speaking about 30 just a short time ago in fact the o.p.c. w.'s director general reiterated the watchdog's confidence in the duma report emphasizing its objective nature he did not mention the leaked email directly but appeared to allude to it in his speech. if there's one thing
does not like it's losing a business battle the internet giants formally launched a legal challenge against the u.s. defense department after rival microsoft solf the firm to clinch a very lucrative data contract the decision surprised a list who thought i was on about it in the bike but the rose about more than money taylor breaks down. amazon and white chris oft 2 giants that have changed the way we experience the wild. yes warm and fuzzy ads to appeal to our pockets over the holiday season but it turns out the real money that goes softer is the pentagon's and given us minutes he spends over $600000000000.00 annually. surprising there's
a battle for the big contracts so head to head armisen and microsoft have been vying for the pentagon prize of $10000000000.00 over the next 10 years the contract in question is for the judge by project and ambitious event that would allow the pentagon to stall at sensitive data on a single large cloud it would also allow the military to take full advantage of artificial intelligence tools tools which have drawn concern from ethical watch dogs for their lethal potential in guiding missiles and drones amazon thought it had its foot in the door not only is it the lead in the walls of cloud computing it's also made $600000000.00 from its dealings with the cia since 2013 so you can understand the shock when microsoft was crowned and the amazon's not happy it's so unhappy in fact that it's filed a lawsuit saying that it was passed over at the recommendation of
a certain donald trump we believe is critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurement subjectively and in a minute is free from political influence numerous aspects of the joint enterprise defense infrastructure evaluation process contain clear deficiencies there is an unmistakable bias and it's important that these matters be examined and rectified it's true trump and bezos have rarely exchanged a kind wad the president argues that amazon is swindling the u.s. postal service out of money and doesn't pay enough tax he's also not a fan of the bezel so and washington post whose printing press is pretty hot from all its coverage so it probably wasn't hard to guess who trump was not going to throw his support behind we're getting tremendous. really complaints from other companies and from great companies some of the greatest companies in the world are complaining about it. having to do with amazon and the department of defense and i
will be asking them to look at it very closely to see what's going on because i have had very few things with israel such complaining i mustn't think that there is evidence of one to influence something both microsoft and the pentagon deny the acquisition process was conducted in accordance with the political laws and regulations in law for his were treated fairly and evaluated consistently with the solicitation stated evaluation criteria we have confidence in the qualified staff of the department of defense and we believe the facts will show they've been a detailed. process in determining the need to the war fighter best made by microsoft but while these companies fight it out for the pentagon's affections others have been more reticent last year outrage was sparked after it emerged google was cooperating with the department of defense on a project that helped the army identify drone targets over 3000 employees
signed a petition calling for the trial of more ality over money and ultimately resulting in the search engine not renewing the contract we believe that google should not be in the business of war building this technology to assist the u.s. government in military surveillance and potentially lethal outcomes is not acceptable so while some battle with their conscience and mothers refuse to accept lost fortunes for microsoft it's been a golden autumn with its war chest filled by a milestone contract shares jumped 3 percent and to top it all off bill gates has recently returned to his favorite position the wilds of richest man rumor has it even helped jeff bezos clear his desk or we've been getting reaction to the story including from brian becker he's from the antiwar answer coalition since the pentagon's always considered to be a solid. partner the fence profits tend to go on the love. amazon's
lawsuit represents indicates the cutthroat competition between the mega monopoly corporations that are competing with each other to become an appendage of the pentagon big technology companies know that in order to really prosper and thrive in the american economy you have to affix yourself to pentagon spending because the lion's share the majority of discretionary budgeting each year in this massive federal budget actually goes for death and destruction for the u.s. military machine so this is not simply a matter of war the defense department and the contracts this is it this is business and in america war is very profitable and war contracting very very profitable. ok moving on now hong kong's proved to mark racine movement is
celebrating victory in the chinese territories district council elections after a record number of voters flocked to the polls on sunday the opposition won a run 90 percent of the 452 seats being contested putting them in control of 17 out of 15 districts it is the 1st election since violent protests are up there and is widely seen as a vote on the beijing government this. hong kong opposition leaders say the result sends a clear message to the authorities and the demonstrators their mums must be taken seriously now the huge win means that the pro-democracy book will get a bigger say on the election committee that selects hong kong's next chief current leader say she hopes the territory won't return to chaos for the city to have a fresh start the streets were notably quiet sir on polling day compared to what hong kong has enjoyed in recent months.
we asked hong kong based economist benjamin cho whether he thinks the lol in the on wrist. on one hand the security measures police to your pockets not sweet words on the other hand both sides can actually call for a cease fire he's encouraging that actions and the actions of the right just because you need to climb a tree. having no loss to my guy even with people breaching lost most of
these elections is just not directly impact much the majority of the legislative council for lawmaking north that you actually see for the next few expected so i expect why it's could still go on respect people you actually results expression of ultimately pension all right these greedy not just up all the wealth but wanted to grow both political competition between powerful nations. ahead this monday when it comes to wind power in germany not everyone is a base on the country's going to renewables industry is dealt a blow fly from moscow this is part. you know world a big part of the law and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig
deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smart we need to stop slamming the door. and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now we're watching closely watching the hawks. the world is driven by a dream shaped by. the day or thinks. we dare to ask.
a quarter of an hour into the program welcome back american i could email seems to have inclusiveness issues with conservative lecture is increasingly being shut out by student protesters last wednesday was one example more than a 1000 university of california students tried to block a conservative pundit from speaking on campus in berkeley. ah. ah ah ah ah. ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah. ah ah ah the rose of young protesters here formed a human chain to block the audience from entering the building chanted bounty races slogans on how bombers criticizing don't know trumps immigration policy police in riot gear then guarded the entrance from the demonstrators up to 7 mosques
protesters were reportedly arrested ortiz get a bump and what's known about the bigger picture well universities are supposed to be a place for learning getting a useful degree and exploring certain ideas however lately they've become home to some rather intense political activism as well as excluding certain ideas take the university of california berkeley as an example during the 1960 s. the campus was home to the free speech movement and upsurge demanding the right to discuss and debate off campus issues however lately it has become far less receptive to certain divergent ideas. a columnist with right wing conservative views that are too extreme for some ann coulter opposes women's suffrage and called for militarily converting the middle
east to christianity now arthur laffer is different from ann coulter arthur laffer served in the reagan white house he's not a pundit rather an economist he just wrote a book about trump's america 1st economic vision well being on the university students did not like that he was given a platform. the university had to issue an apology it seems like a. rules of free expression and open discourse don't apply to right wing speakers and approach from voices conservatives often complain about a perceived a liberal bias in academia damia and the constant curling of the accusations of naziism at right wing scholars samuel abrams a professor at sarah lawrence college actually called for regulating political balance this will do ideological distribution among college administrators should give all students and their families pose the ideological imbalance coupled with
their agenda setting power threatens the free and open exchange of ideas which is precisely what we need to protect in higher education in these politically polarized times now this idea of hiring professors based on their political views and mandating that it be 5050 among the left and right didn't go over too well in fact many called for him to be fired just for suggesting this is what new york city college students think about the atmosphere on the campuses any ideas that counteract this progressive movement or this so-called leftist movement often get met with a lot of backlash conservative professors or people with conservative viewpoints doesn't get shut out of the conversation would be comparative to me going into a class that was something against what i believed and i make the same insight i like don't think that they should be allowed to do that they when they hear whatever they want to hear it's not allowing them to experience new and different and challenging ideas that might open their eyes i do say that it is important to
have different values to share on campuses not just progressive values or ideas or the ones that cater to ours you we can't just allow ourselves to be put in an echo chamber of liberal ideas or in an echo chamber of conservative ideas we have to be unbiased we have to look at you know different viewpoints and make our own decisions on and if we only hear one side that's all we'll ever hear in the last several decades ideas described as liberal and progressive have pretty much become the dominant view in america's institute. of higher learning and despite rhetoric about diversity and freedom of expression these folks are pretty determined to keep it that way and don't mind silencing those who might disagree a little mop and artsy new york. well american scholar michael repton will claims he was forced to leave his job as a new york university liberal arts professor after airing some conservative views he say activist students are increasingly turning aggressive against lecturers who they don't agree with. i would call them ill liberals 1st of all they're not
liberals they're your liberal leftists who are attempting to shut down any speech that tape all approve of even if they don't know what it is because in many cases they don't even know what the speaker say or have to say they don't even understand different few points lot of on listening to them they are complete political thought so think that their viewpoints are the only ones worthy of. a hearing and therefore they have turned the university into nothing but a semi violent echo chamber so yeah there is a new wave of activism but i wouldn't call it grassroots by any means it's it's an astro turf movement that is synthetic that's being whipped up by members of the democratic and other. leftist groups and it is completely. frenzied it is now it is not rational at all.
widely seen as germany's most important source of renewable energy wind power is suffering something of an economic blowback the once thriving industry had been at the core of the country's attempt to drastically reduce carbon emissions by the year 2030 a con for the lion share of that electricity but financing and support is fading as a bunch of reports. on wavering commitment to protect the environment has earned her the nickname as the climate chancellor as part of her latest green initiative her government approved a 60000000000 euro package of climate policies its aim to generate a 100 percent of its electricity supply using renewable energy by 2050 it's industries 3 as industrialized countries are also on the frontline we need to do something to minimise our carbon footprint to stop climate change and reverse the rise in temperature if you push for climate protection it will cost money but this money's been spent. please ignore it i think it will cost us more money that's the
truth the linchpin of germany's green shift is wind energy 'd ringback. considering that you wonder if the industry is booming well it's not earlier this summer 'd zeman lost 2000000000 euros and had to cut 2700 jobs which half of those were here in germany and are called a nother giant in the industry had to cut twice as much as eliminated and it's blaming all that on the government the current energy and climate policy not only jeopardizes the innovations in jobs created in our industry over the years but also climate protection and the energy transition as a whole after the federal government presented its climate protection package it became clear that the problems are even greater other companies have been hit even
harder by the energy crisis nordics was in the red and was bought out by a spanish firm said the on had to file for bankruptcy you are probably wondering why is the green shift facing so many problems well even though many germans do agree with wind energy a lot of them are not keen on the idea of having a wind farm in their backyard. in an effort to appease protesters berlin announced new regulations forcing firms to seek permission from local authorities if they want to build within a one kilometer of a residential area during approval however can take up to 2 years the prospect of protracting legal battles and delays is scaring off investors. the fact that the
federal government is threatening to sink to this over one of the most important aspects of our economy because of some public criticism over the initiatives shows the current political weakness studies show that if it wants to achieve its carbon neutrality by 2050 germany must increase its wind power production 6 fold but so far this year wind energy witnessed a significant drop off as investors become increasingly wary about investing into the wind business the dream of turning germany into a green state seems to be fading eventually. well if you'd like to delve further into any of those stories our website how's you well and truly the latest news and all sorts of use can be found there this is our team.
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time after time said we're going on the ground on leave of the deadline for british subjects to register to vote the head of a general election in 15 days time the 22 of the us presidential rally in florida by donald trump coming up on the show after a 2nd week of arguably futile impeachment hearings in the u.s. comes to an end we asked law professor and democrat turned independent timken over if the democrats should look to their own body when it comes to attacks on democracy talks collapse in the world's youngest nation oil rich south sudan we ask the un with a britain beza share of the blame in the country born of lobbying from london and
hollywood's george clooney all this of all coming up in today's going on the ground a festival at all trump rallies his supporters in florida as part of his campaign to retain the white house 2020 but could he be depending on democrat dirty tricks to keep him on pennsylvania avenue last time around wiki leaks exposed attempts within the democratic national committee to favor alleged war criminal hillary clinton of a socialist when he sounded a democrat primaries but is the same thing happening all over again joining me now is jim going to run for congress in florida against d.n.c. boss debbie wasserman schultz who resigned over wiki leaks revelations he joins me now from miami jim thanks for coming on before we get to florida and the peculiarities of the race in florida what was your take on the democratic presidential debate in the past few days and what's your take on who's going to win as bernie sanders cools his supporters to order in new hampshire today well they spent the 1st hour of the debate discussing donald trump and impeachment and they were wrong in agreement that donald trump is bad and we need this impeachment
inquiry i'm not sure that's going to play well for them come next november you can already see that the impeachment inquiry is. probably strengthen donald trump in some key swing states a poll that came out recently shows him ahead why i should say public opinion against the impeachment inquiry by a good margin now in wisconsin for instance i'm afraid the even media and other nato nations seems to reflect your media in the united states because they're very excited about the impeachment proceedings actually and i think you're referring to that gallup poll which shows increased support for trump joining the cause of these impeachment hearings why is that you know 2016 was the year of the outsider and we saw that in the democratic primaries with bernie sanders surging and of course the dirty tricks that the d.n.c. had to play to stop him and we sort on the republican side with donald trump taking down the entire establishment.
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