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activists in bahrain face a continued crackdown as government forces keep up the pressure on peaceful protesters appealing for democracy. but the violence goes largely unreported worldwide for the iranian regime claims of carrying out democratic reforms. plastic security is a myth but it's become a reality the star wars president made to give it scalp for nato says nothing. if now a fourteen. also this hour an american soldier accused of a massacre of afghan civilians is to face seventeen counts of murder in the u.s. the taliban val's revenge saying it has no faith in american justice our top
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stories this hour. international news or comment live from moscow this is r.t. within twenty four hours a day a protester has died after security forces again tear gas and rubber bullets and opposition rallies in bahrain the government's been continuing a crackdown on the same thing over the past twelve months. has the latest. we are hearing from the family of a woman who died on thursday saying that she died from inhaling tear gas we do know that the security forces have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds meanwhile in an effort to try and clean up their public human rights image the white police say that they're installing video cameras in several of their offices that critics say that this is not going to hold situation because
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most of the youngsters who are being beaten are being beaten before they even reach the police stations now earlier this week the united nations high commission on human rights to see if there was a disproportionate use of force being used by the security forces and this is something that moscow too has indicated it finds alarming what moscow is saying is that there needs to be stabilization efforts there needs to be some kind of movement towards a national dialogue can be violence needs to be brought under control and stopped immediately the media coverage that the reign receives is are longingly little when compared to countries like syria iran and libya and what some activists are suggesting is that this is because the united states clearly has a vested interest in not showing the violent crackdown by the bahraini regime the united states regards the rain as its closest ally in the region and the headquarters of the u.s. navy's fifth fleet are stationed there if you look for example at an ongoing trial
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of some fifteen medics who have you sentenced to fifteen years for merely assisting protesters during the violent crackdown last through that trial has received little to no attention in the mainstream western media by comparison with ports coming out today friday of the european union slapping sanctions on the life of the syrian president bashar assad and his family that has received widespread media attention what we do know is there full members of the sides me as well as state government ministers will have sanctions it's left against him that is receiving a lot of attention or is what is happening in terms of there's a violent crackdown in bahrain is receiving little attention. and those e.u. sanctions against the inner circle of president bashar assad and his wife include travel bans and the freezing of assets meanwhile violence continues in the country there with insurgent fighters killing two syrian army troops and capturing eighteen soldiers near the turkish border the main opposition group the syrian national
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council is also dismissed a un resolution urging a cease fire saying it doesn't meet the needs of the people the notion passed earlier this week approved a peace plan proposed by envoy kofi annan and calls for all sides to stop fighting provide for humanitarian aid and begin a political process towards peace while the resolution backed by china and russia doesn't demand president assad stands down washington continues to insist on a sound is threatening to put more pressure on the mascot's fuses to comply with the un motion analyst christopher hill however says that the us is sponsoring terrorism in syria. but. any case tried reforms from the start of his tenure and should he have been you know in a friendly manner supported by other countries syria would have been a bus better position no what we have done is this the west has you know stimulated
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corrupt arab regimes and unfortunately also at the turkey to interfere in a syrian situation and what we have now is president obama you know openly declared that we have a state sponsored terrorism in damascus i was present with this you know double bump attack in damascus that is very clearly a secret service business with some you know i qaeda people attached to the sharpshooting on any help us is approaching to the scene and we have more incidents of the blown up bridges incident in aleppo and things like that i call this terror management by the u.s. . three years on from the reset. in russia u.s. relations earlier optimism appears to have cooled addressing a security conference in moscow russia's president dmitry medvedev says he wants western alternatives to missile defense plans and for nato to stop living in the past but it is at least an hour. the theme of this russian
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international affairs council is euro atlantica security is a myth or reality at present message it made it very clear that he believes it's a myth that needs to become reality there are two major is here is that are hampering progress on making that a reality the first is this mindset that there's nato and that's all that's needed for european security the second our expansion plans on missile defense which saw a little bit of relief it's been a long time standing issue between russia and the us and of course the cooperation with nato and after we saw the signing of the strategic arms reduction treaty in twenty ten between a bit of an obama there was a little bit of relief and it was the really as the peak of the reset but lately russia has been pushing very strongly that they need written guarantees which are not in the start treaty that there will be no expansion of missile defense and that it's not aimed against them for another issue with you touched upon was the u.n.
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as a body and has become somewhat of a team to be used as a body of force rather than a body of diplomacy and there he was talking about syria and a lot of the rhetoric we're hearing about iran and its nuclear issue but just think more about european security as a whole joining me now is a very special guest on this horrible moscow so cold weather that we're having the secretary general of the council on the up but for now ok good thank you so much for being with us is it a myth to you is european security joint european security or reality. i don't think it's. if these. are the good we have almost a very very long way towards the security given for. the very. expensive that they have to be. forced. to quarrel disappears. maybe. there was
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a. fever coming from when they say they need some kind of currency that they can just be promising words that get it on paper and that any kind of prison system close to the borders he's be proving that it's not against us and that it's going to want. security yes i can because. we. are about to get all these baby sorted out so. everybody is like you got the physical because you got the reality of the coleman in the united states i'm just. get. this clear if you see the old in this car now they all believe what we've been hearing today the conference about rahm you know there are a lot of differences we've talked about cooperation and it seems that i've been hearing today that we do need to focus on cooperation will work how do you see it
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here and this is very good if they think if we come to the point where there is a military confrontation will be. there. between. these. parties. ok secretary of the current thank you very much for coming out speak to us here in our see the security bureau atlanta your discussion coming to an hour i just want to but again the main thing that all sides seem to be able to work beyond is that it's cooperation that will take both parties lower but there's still a lot of work to be done. i should say you need to know that i still have few tweets to change the world one hundred forty characters at
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a time. it's. you know anything you wouldn't want your man to see or wouldn't want the report in the newspaper you probably should have put on twitter. as true to celebrate his sixth birthday we look at how it's generated scandals and inspired world change. that still to come for you but first the european union has expanded its sanctions against iran freezing assets and adding more officials to a visa blacklist it's serious human rights violations for the measures which follow other similar policies over the islamic republic's nuclear program the u.s. is just draw up a list of countries which should be cut off from the american financial system if they don't reduce iranian on imports within six months meanwhile israel says its threat of a military strike on iran is stopping it from building a suspected nuclear bomb to run maintains its program is for peaceful energy is the only but the u.s. is against an imminent attack on the islamic state believing it would drag the whole region into war expert on middle east affairs earlier this says that the u.s.
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is trying to use economic sanctions to dissuade israel from a military attack. the u.s. together with its allies once through i think speed outboard do as much as it can in order to prevent israel from attack and i think that david cameron by the way recently visited washington was very clear when he said we don't support a strike and if it is reduced for a cause we will not even support it so i think there is those are clear cut messages of how much europe and the u.s. . military strike and these measures taken today i think what they show they show their fears genuine fears that israel might actually go ahead that we are you a troll military strike on iran and iran is expanding its influence in iraq and. afghanistan is a country where the u.s. is currently looking. for an exit strategy so and i has to be sad to hear that iran and the us cooperate previously when the us actually wanted to enter to overthrow
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the taliban regime or so are believed now with the coward weakness the us is in don't forget the us is coming out of two wars both in iraq and afghanistan and see how much we can state that it was before or so i think here it needs the cooperation of sudden regional players and our with our ability to get america does need the regional cooperation of iran it does need iran to play a certain role. the u.s. soldier accused of a massacre of afghan civilians will be charged with seventeen counts of murder and six of assault and attempted murder stuff sergeant robert bales is currently held in solitary confinement at a military detention center in the u.s. and could face the death penalty if convicted earlier this week his attorney said there's a lack of evidence against his client and he has no memory of the incident meanwhile the taliban has already failed to take revenge against american forces saying it doesn't trust the u.s. court to deliver justice jim brann from stop the walker lucian says washington privately views afghanistan's leaders dismissively policy follows and dealings with
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other countries. that kind of behavior is absolutely consistent with united states policy in afghanistan and other countries if you just look at for example pakistan is what the united states called a major non nato ally pakistan but the united states went in for example and. in pakistan it killed osama bin laden and. had the cia man who killed i think three parkas nine is on the street and he was whisked away and so on so many many examples both in that region and throughout the world so yes they don't they don't treat karzai with any respect at all i think if you just take the karzai government it's hardly true that he has any more credibility now than he did ten years ago if you remember that the united states
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picked him he wasn't. they picked him in. shortly after september the eleventh and they declared him to be the head of some kind of local administration and it's true that later on he was elected president but then he was the only person who could actually travel around afghanistan in united states helicopters rivals didn't really have much of a chance. it helped spread news of the arab spring and ended the careers of a few celebrities love it or hate it twitter has influenced the way the world communicates and as the social networking site celebrates its sixth birthday party correspondent and started checking or looks back on the good the bad and the ugly of the past six years of tweets. six years ago the little blue bird chirped its first tweet a new era of social networking took off point of view squeezed into one hundred forty characters at tweet really should just be
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a random and i don't think it should be held to almost zero standards whatsoever it's really just a brain fart could with half a billion users today from anonymous bloggers to world leaders twitter has become a much more powerful force than that. micro blogging site helped the spread of protests during the arab spring but it's also become a tool for manipulating public opinion. has a higher standard of checking than a column does the fact column is a higher standard than a blog tweet is the lowest circle of fact during iran's green revolution tweeted eyewitness accounts of government brutality helped boost western support for protestors turned out many of the bloggers were thousands of miles from the action . you thought he's also appreciate the power between recently occupy wall street somebody who we don't know who posts you know a message of say a cop should be killed ok my guess is the cops post it you know because then they
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were the ones that reacted to it made it a story whether for dissent for mission or propaganda you have a very misleading tweet from some of the members of the security council in the sense of it they're kind of using it for propaganda right today we said you know and it's very selective they don't want reporters to try to find out what happened in a closed door meeting but they're tweeting things that are often falls from inside them from close doors to private affairs outed reckless twitter posts have seen its authors humiliated and by really hated even fired so whether it's somebody like charlie sheen who can come out and say it's for terrible things about his bosses on twitter and his job or someone like as their client he's now back on him as a v.c. but in two thousand and seven he was on with tim russert and tweeted. tim russert with an acid spiny text. and you know wast his contract with m s n b c o fred arguably the most notorious downfall now former
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congressman anthony weiner's tweeting a photo of his most private of parts we are certainly is one model of what not to do that would i think that if i were ever going to cheat on my wife i don't think i would start by broadcasting it over twitter but this new broadcasting tool available to all is subjective i don't know if it makes them stupid or if they come to twitter already stupid and they simply use it stupidly i think probably the latter was closer to the truth the micro blog is a minefield for those not cautious and they could twitter drunken posts you know anything you wouldn't want your mom to see or wouldn't want reported in the newspaper you probably shouldn't put on twitter so what are we putting on twitter and early study found so-called pointless babble made up forty percent of tweets news only four percent it's always surprising me with you know if you really care what sandra bullock aware we're following this is a it's not a waste of time for you social networks or the difficult work towards where you
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stood on how to contribute and information. everyone's midweek next thing everybody else and since the world burns at the end of the day you can use it to dumb down you can use it to smarten up it's how you use anything that really matters the sixth anniversary of the first tweet marks billions of tweets already posted and revolutions guided lady gaga is the number one blogger with over twenty one million followers the micro blogs talk trending topics of today include bieber our boyfriend and things i hate about sex some tweeters may well regret that one i said archie. north korea is and else it will launch a rocket next month which will put a satellite into orbit but the u.s. and its allies see the plans as counter to international diplomatic efforts to deal with the reclusive state's nuclear program and a worry that the technology could be used to develop long range missiles in the
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future well it could also potentially violate u.n. security council resolutions and threatens last month's deal between north korea and washington under this young was to freeze its uranium weapons program and its long range missile activities in return for american food aid of japan's responded by developing its own missile defense system to shoot down any blockage threatening its territory with more on this i'm not joined parts of it sort of like agenda report there in london the u.s. and its allies including japan of war north korea not to go through with this launch because they think it's a pretext for developing long range missiles or are they justified in believing this with kyung yang actually saying look it's only launching a satellite well yes i mean both sides are wrong all this in the sense that if you have the technology to launch a satellite and this will be north korea's third attempt at all to satellite and it clearly helps developing the potential for if you want long range intercontinental
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ballistic missiles but at the same time south korea and japan are both do the same thing south korea attempted to launch a satellite just just after the last north korean attempt in japan has put satellites into orbit so there's a little bit of double standards floating about here what about the warnings that this is a clear violation of u.n. security council resolutions and if that is the case could the u.n. take action if that launch does go ahead. clearly the the u.n. could take action but what call it what it does and it's got fairly for sanctions on north korea already north korea is actually alleviating the risk to japan because it shifting this launch from the east coast to the west coast so. it will not fly over japan in the same way whether it flies over japan's territorial waters is not quite clear depends on exactly the direction of launch was certainly north korea's attempted to take that into account there is this understanding on that point and in effect is japan overreacting on this is it find an excuse to be
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provocative towards north korea and i'm also is it likely that this launch could actually go wrong with japan is saying well i mean of course it's possible for the launch to go wrong because the previous two have called wrong the the first one fell the third stage failed to ignite. and so it could it crashed into the sea way past japan it seems to me rather unlikely that there's going to be any danger that this is going to hit japan in the sense that if it's a three stage rocket going it why the rafale before it gets to japan or what's going to pass over it as i said if they're launching to south and it looks like they're going to do that having shifted the launch site from the east coast to the west coast it's very very unlikely to have a very impose any danger to japan but of course depends on the choice of launch direction on launch site to be made by the north koreans so you pat is reacting unnecessarily then. well i mean put it like this it's got less danger this time
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around on the bases the information we've got it's hard in the past but part of this problem is a fundamental misunderstanding between the u.s. and north korea in the sense that negotiations the north koreans said they will give up their nuclear weapons testing program and they'd give up their long range missile testing program. the americans in this saying that they will give up all nuclear activity all space activity the north koreans are taken of you actually launch a satellite is not developing a long range intercontinental ballistic missile and equally continuing to develop its the light water reactor technology is not nuclear testing i don't know who's wrong but certainly both sides appear to think they agreed or rather different different things when he made his agreement about two hundred forty thousand tons of of a bridge and seafood even given to north korea in exchange well that's right and you raised that point exactly it seems that diplomatic progress had been made quite
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recently why do you think perhaps we're seeing that the both sides both sides thought they had different agreements they are not without the elvis inspect the agreements we don't know who's got it wrong but nevertheless is there an element of the new. north korean leader perhaps asserting himself after taking over leadership from his father in the knowledge that perhaps this satellite launch of course is going to be a probably cation and yet he's still going to go ahead with it. oh yes i mean i mean i think it's very difficult to imagine that they're not going to go ahead now are being announced and so publicly i mean made an effort to address the concerns from from the past about the it appears about the direction and path and for eject three of the launch and it is after all for the north koreans a very important celebration of the hundredth anniversary on the fifteenth of april of the birth of kim il sung but clearly food a just as important to the north koreans as well that food aid pledge what i think
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i think it is no no i mean let's see what happens it is clearly important for north korea whether it's just as important is or is a different issue and whether as i said we would need to look at what the agreement said could certainly the north koreans are interpreted in this agreement in a rather different way from the united states and i guess that maybe the united states wants to publish and proof that it's right on this occasion but i'm still awaiting that publication do you think that lack of understanding and that the way this whole agreements been interpreted will be addressed at the nuclear security summit which is due to take place in seoul next week and perhaps they could be some sort of solution to this tension now. well i mean i think we need to i think it needs to be very clear what the two sides agreed because the united states seems to be implying good north korea misled now that would depend on the text of the agreement so as i said let's see the text of the agreement then we can all agree
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whether it's north korea is misunderstood what's been agreed or the united states just briefly finally optimistic for the future concerning relations with north korea and the rest of the world under this new leadership just. what i mean are. hopefully this is if you want us as a small diversion on the way to finding some solution all the evidence seized june is in control there's now or if you want a collective leadership of loonies to first among equals and that the new collective leadership can move forward we will see that probably more in in the summer and also rather than now when the if you want is still in the morning period and about to start the hundredth anniversary celebrations this is not a time when you're going to see conciliatory actions taking place here thought thanks so much for a time when for there joining us live there in london good to hear from you. it. other news making headlines around the world tens of thousands of protesters have
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hit the streets of yemen somalia ex-president be put on trial on a sunday stepped down from office last month and exchange for immunity from prosecution expected to leave yemen after resigning but many suspect he's still involved with the government working with friends and relatives and top military positions at least two thousand people have died so it's not rising against and began last year. no more excuses for missing or being late for class in brazil where microchips to be stitched into school uniforms to keep tabs on the people's home devices will be bedded including there's no escape parents receive a text message when their child is arrive at school or if they're late for classes almost a million dollars has been invested by local authority on the scheme to cover all students up to the age of fourteen. so that brings up to date for a moment here are t. daniels here with the latest business news on how the markets they sell it well
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they're trying to end this week's run of results let's start over in new york now wall street raised early warning losses and it's flat in trade there that's off the news the new home sales for february fell european markets are heading up this after trading in the red most of the day following losses in asia where hong kong should three percent on the exchange rates the euro is extending its gains against the dollar and the ruble finished mixed against the main choruses here in moscow again because the greenback lost a little bit against the euro and russian markets closed higher at the end of a choppy trading day have a look at some individual share movers know all major roles in the gains of the ratings upgrade but fitch also finished higher after seeing the government's taken the lead there will not be caught below fifty percent for another four years in power exports in two and a half percent this swing into a net loss of twenty eleven as its announced this result. no crudes again on the rise from the lowest close in a week which is good news for global recovery is on concerns supplies me tight and
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with persisting tensions in iran the international energy agency says it's not planning to release emergency crude stockpiles despite the recent price rises and that's all your business for this hour i'll be back in fifteen minutes time headlines are next two or three.
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with the end of the core war and the going away of the soviet union many people thought that nuclear weapons disappeared with the risk is not zero that something might be going off by mistake especially the founders of the nuclear weapons on hair trigger alert if. the us of a difference could use it i desecrate all as an extra bit but you know if you keep spinning a trillion dollars a year on weapons of benchley you're going to blow everybody up you can't you know people are dying from these weapons but until we actually see it people don't make up nuclear weapons or a bill be neutral.

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