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thank you. very much wrote the boiling pot racial emotions run high across america with mass protests in dozens of cities after the killer of black teenager walks free. convicted bailed but on valid russian opposition activist alex end of all knee awaits his appeal against a five year prison term for stealing half a million dollars. egypt's begins reworking its constitution after another week of deadly strife between the backers and opponents of deposed president mohamed morsi . and turkey is accused of letting israel use one of its military bases for a recent attack against syria according to an r.t. source but ankara firmly denies that claim.
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thanks for tuning in this hour you're watching the weekly i'm lucy catherine of well on our top story you zimmerman apartment south with thousands have been a gathering all week in cities across america to protest the acquittal of george zimmerman and this is after a court found him not guilty of murder when he shot dead the unarmed teenager black teenager trayvon martin the ruling set off a nationwide debate on racial hatred as our washington correspondent guy nature can reports. we've seen protests in dozens of cities in the u.s. throughout the week following the verdict in the george zimmerman case people took to the streets demonstrating at courthouses and police stations throughout the country demanding justice for trayvon martin the seventeen year old black man who was struck dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer dozens of people were arrested most of the arrests were made on charges of
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a lawful the family some places like the san benito protests turned violent demonstrators the rocks a passing car many many americans were following the zimmerman trial it's obvious that racial disparities in the application of criminal laws in america remain all these people think had trayvon martin being white he would have been alive trayvon martin could have been me. thirty five years ago there are very few african-american men in this country where the experience of being followed when they were shopping in department store. that includes me. very very few african-american men who have never experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of course. that happens to me at least before i was a son of the fact of the matter is that under florida's stand your ground law the defense doesn't even have to prove that their client is an angel it's enough to prove reasonable doubt that the defendant acted in self-defense and they're free to
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go so in this case you have a clash of different issues great civil rights vigilantes guns in self-defense law these people see a clash between the law and just states a very recent example also in the state of florida black woman the mother of the week was sentenced to twenty years in jail because she fired a bullet at a wall to scare off her abusive husband nobody was injured and the woman is in jail for twenty years while george zimmerman walked free so you see the faces of these people outraged. the demonstrators are not willing to back down as trayvon spare ants are joined by celebrities who are leading the movement that has a high profile backing given added momentum to rallies like this one in new york the u.s. attorney general is urging a review of self-defense laws the justice department has relaunched oh into the murder just see if civil rights charges can be filed against mr zimmerman spoke to martin luther king jr's daughter bernice who told us that the case exemplifies
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rampant racial discrimination in the united states. had this been a white american a white young man and i doubt very seriously george zimmerman would have reacted. so swiftly in this situation i think he probably would have thought about it twice a lot of things have changed in america so we can't say nothing has changed i just think we're still contending with just laws and more importantly laws that disproportionately affect african-americans and african-american males. more than any other group of people in america and so you know these kind of issues were very prevalent in my father's time oftentimes we would have all white juries in most times when there's a black victim in this case and what i mean by victim is the one. nine times out of ten back in the sixty's it was about ten times out of ten. that person would have
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walked just as george zimmerman zimmerman walked in this particular situation despite the mass rally is legal expert charles rose from stetson university in florida believes the chances of prosecuting george zimmerman again are relatively low. if they're going to get him back in court again it's going to be difficult to do because the civil rights law requires that he be a state actor and there's no indication that he was an employee of the state government during that time frame the other option would be to charge it has a crime under the shepards act the problem there is that we just don't have evidence that it was a hate crime motivated if there had been that evidence it would have been presented in the state trial that just concluded the families have a better ability to bring a wrongful death claim against mr zimmerman they could force him to testify but the problem will be that mr zimmerman probably doesn't have much in the way of assets so they would wind up spending a great deal of money for very little result the road to the ease with which you
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could not only purchase a weapon but then use that weapon to defend yourself in the state of florida in approximately twenty other states is really what led to this tragedy. there's plenty more out on t.v. dot com regarding the justice for trayvon campaign without some of the best pictures of the nationwide rallies video footage and social media reaction lined up on our site. it was a fast moving week for russian opposition activist and anti-corruption and blogger alex same of ali sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement on thursday then bailed out just a few hours later to the cheers of thousands of protesters denouncing the verdict our teams are going to glasgow has been following what's been called one of russia's most controversial trials in yours. if you're a former worker five and four years in prison van into that it's a risk for setting up a dummy corporation and defrauding a state owned timber company to the tune of half a million dollars the judge insisted the verdict was not politically motivated but
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foreign media the blogger supporters and opposition activists declared otherwise critical and a convert to the conviction means that he won't be able to stand for mayor of moscow says the embezzlement charges brought against him politically motivated an outspoken critic of the russian president vladimir putin has been sentenced to five years in prison one gets the feeling that people have already made up their minds before the case even started before the trial even started and they're not actually looking at the facts of the case or of the way the trial was actually conducted but are simply following their own opinions which they formed in advance what kind of comments is that someone like mr valma should not be prosecuted on this kind of charge because he is a famous opposition personality now that seems to me to put things completely the wrong way round thousands of people in moscow's main years in
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a square a stone's throw from the kremlin indignant at the verdict calling it unfair and immense police presence and if east of panic on social media for awhile it looked like the situation could escalate. but there was a curveball from the prosecutor's office a request and of itself until their verdict comes into effect in their immediate arrest and preliminary detention to stick to measure as you put in spokesman said there was nothing unusual about the trial or the prosecutor's appeal stressing that the president can not and does not influence the court decisions and that those convicted should carry out their punishment as prescribed by the judge and his blog of all is said that he was ready for a long term preliminary confines and ordering books from the library and battling mosquitoes and his self but he spent less than. for hours in detention before being released from this court house straight into the arms of his supporters eager for his campaign to continue so who is the self-appointed opposition figurehead who's running for mayor of moscow
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a lawyer by profession not only spent the better part of the last few years flirting with nationalistic movements as well as leading a popular blog exposing the hope still corruption and trying to make a foreign into politics his trial the verdict and the surrounding media frenzy may have been closer to that goal he can according to your earlier report run from moscow city mayor he can give us many interviews as he likes it's an absolute public city godsend for him it doesn't remove him from politics at all it's the absolute ideal solution for him in a sense it's been referred to abroad as russia's mandela moment perhaps too bold a claim the b.b.c. has the state run their british broadcasting corporation calls it russia's mandela and they've been running stories all day just as previously you know bill keller the executive editor of the new york times used to lord this man you know novell me you already outlined his nationalist views here in this country we have laws against incitement you have the semitism incitement to neo nazis ism which of
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course this man has flirted with repeatedly although he may not be major household name in russia yet alexina valley seems to have some serious support abroad he is paid by or has been paid by the united states of america when he set up a democratic alternative party a year or two ago it received money from the ne d. the ne d. is the national endowment for democracy funded by the us congress that was the main organization funding the orange revolution in ukraine back in two thousand and four novell nice party received money from the american state as wiki leaks showed not so long ago it even goes quite cute of central russian. we've got more on the whistleblowing a waiting game in just a few moments right now. now he's the world's most wanted man and out of work snowden's holding out for russia's verdict on his temporary asylum plea an update is coming up just ahead. work is there to begin on amending egypt's
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constitution which was suspended by the military when the islamist president mohamed morsi was overthrown now this past week seen ongoing violence amid nationwide street protests on saturday the army had blocked a mass march by supporters on the republican guard headquarters and this is where the deposed leader is believed to be held a day earlier three people were killed in clashes between rival crowds of demonstrators in the city of mon sora deadly street fighting picked up as a senior u.s. official visited egypt on monday this is for the first time since the military coup at least seven people were killed and hundreds of protesters detained in the capital by tuesday the country's interim president sworn in a new cabinet excluded members of morsi as a muslim brotherhood now the islamist movement rejected the new ministers and its supporters are vowing to go ahead with mass protests egyptian constitutional expert . says that the nation will see no call unless all parties are involved in the political process. if the brotherhood doesn't participate in the transition process
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or revision of the constitution what it would mean is that this new constitution that's going to come out of this process will only represent the liberal and conservative side society and won't represent the islamist side of the population so it would mean that it won't represent a cross-section of egyptian society and therefore will not brigitta missy for a long time to come and what it would mean is the world does end up going from one crisis to another for another period of time instead of this performing the constitution without having the brotherhood involved what the ruling authorities should do is that they should really engage in a national dialogue to try to decide what the future of this country should look like and try to get as many major parties involved as possible and try to get their agreement and this current trajectory will not meet in that direction just a gradual. meanwhile northern ireland's old wounds are refusing to heal loyalist pledge to protest until they're allowed their traditional march through
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a nationalist flashpoint in belfast bringing you those details shortly to stay with us. zachary what happened i don't know but a woman killed. piers later is when i got arrested. for a crime or did not do. we have numerous pieces were police officers lie about polygraph results. and people. the police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse they were off taking they could get what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what. they say.
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welcome back while israel has allegedly used a turkish military base to launch a strike on syria now that information came from an r.t.s. source earlier this week and for its part strenuously denies any such involvement it is claimed that israel's latest attack against syria took place on july the fifth targeting a russian made battery of anti-ship missiles our middle east correspondent paula sleepier has been following these developments. there was a lot of talk and uncertainty in the region this week after our sources revealed
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that we have information that is will launch a strike on syria from turkey now the reports are been ekta to a strike back in early july on the syrian city of latakia if accurate this would be the fourth time in recent months that tel aviv has launched an attack against syria the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has neither denied nor confirmed these allegations he simply says that israel's policy is not to allow the transfer of dangerous weapons to hizbollah and other so-called terrorist organizations and that this is a policy that the country will not deviate from that and now who also saying that every time something happens in the middle east israel is to blame the turks for they side have denied the allegations the turkish foreign minister saying that turkey will never be a part of nor a partner to such attacks he also said that the allegations were aimed at destroying turkey's power and reputation what is interesting is that relations
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between turkey and israel are at an all time low they deteriorated after the for to lower temps back in late two thousand and ten in which nine turkish activists were killed and there was an attempt to bring humanitarian aid to the people of gaza back in march the israeli prime minister apologized to the turks for that incident and what is happening now is that real questions are being asked about the sincerity of that apology there are also questions being asked as to why would turkey ally itself with its arch enemy in the region is role to launch an attack against another muslim country now it's no secret that turkey has spoken out against the regime of bashar assad in syria but this certainly is not a sufficient enough onset as to why turkey would work with israel to launch an attack against syria policy r.t. on the israeli syrian border. a brief look at the previous alleged israeli air
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raids on syrian territory which were only confirmed by anonymous sources within israel a military compound just outside of damascus was bombed twice in january and to make rockets also had struck a warehouse in the capital's international airport allegedly containing surface to air missiles probably certain surface to surface missiles now on all occasions the attacks were explained as operations to wipe out a rainy and missiles are thought to be bound for hezbollah in lebanon meanwhile historian and middle east expert mark allman believes that israel's motives may go far beyond blocking weapons from reaching the group hezbollah israel has an interest in preventing hasbro getting the weapons but the broader context is not just syria but also we are wrong and i think that's what turkey is cool to know could place because turkey is a historical military ally of israel with a lot of cooperation between the turkish military and the israelis but it also is a lovely islamic country and it also borders iran but it could be a conduit for
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a potential strike into iran through its own aspace that would make it much more difficult for the iranians to detect something coming from israel i would say the israelis worry that missiles sent from iran to hezbollah vos syria could be used as a revenge attack if they were to move the much discussed preemptive strike to try to knock out iranian nuclear facilities with the by themselves or with the hope the americans israel may find it quite useful for turkey to be thought to be an active ally in its operations against syria and potentially against iran so that even if the israelis have plans perhaps to strike iran from a completely different direction the risk is that the turks a nice turkey will be held responsible and turkey could be drawn into conflict and this is going to be. destabilizing inside turkey. america's most wanted man at ord stone is awaiting russia's decision on whether to grant him temporary asylum now the ex cia employee it will explode to expose the u.s. global spying program as well as the secret surveillance operations of
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a number of european countries has been holed up in the transit zone of a moscow airport for over three weeks he has the necessary paperwork from moscow in order to be able to travel to one of the latin american countries that have offered him asylum to be allowed to remain on russian territory however the thirty year old had to agree to stop any further leaks that could harm the united states where he is now wanted for espionage but chen kill arc from the open rights group hopes that snowden will find some sort of way to continue his revelations i hope it doesn't mean that he has to not talk about what the united states have been up to in broad policy terms i mean he's been very careful not to threaten individual peroration is not to expose particular agents also make claims which would result in people safety being compromised rather he's been talking about the broad programs that we united states and u.k. have been dealing with he says he's got
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a lot of material and i certainly hope he has more to tell us it does seem that way to completely change the debate right now which is very important debate keeps happening i think a lot of things are happening in the wake of that there were at least two legal actions being launched in the u.k. on the back of what he's revealed or expect will be more in the usa the tech companies are challenging on the basis of their own free speech or not also to clear the names of i will speak going on so there is a lot to happen whether or not he's got more material to give but i really would like to see whether he has got more to say and i hope he does. well snowden goes out of his way to avoid washington's prosecution two weeks long trial of fellow whistleblower bradley manning is nearing its end now the army private rested back in may two thousand and ten admits to leaking thousands of classified military documents to wiki leaks but he insisted he did not aid the enemy knows is the main charge against him which could land the young man in prison for life more details
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now from our lives wall. private first class bradley manning faces several charges twenty one total the most serious of which is aiding the enemy the other charges range from computer fraud to theft of government property and asked be a knowledge if convicted of the most serious charge a man could spend his life behind bars without the possibility of parole even if he's not convicted of aiding the enemy the remaining charges amount to one hundred fifty four years behind bars this week the judge could have dropped that aiding the enemy charge but she decided not to manning already spent some serious time in prison about three years before his trial even began now the trial is in its final stages we should hear closing arguments next week that it's up to the judge and this court martialled to decide the verdict now this comes at a time of great debate over whistleblowers in the country many see manning as
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a hero but his opponents see him as a traitor for exposing government secrets these secrets include iraq and afghanistan war logs and videos of air strikes one ton of obey detainee assessments and diplomatic cables many activists believe the outcome of manning's marcel could set an example for future whistleblowers a glaring example of course is n.s.a. leaker edward snowden many points of manning's pretrial treatment and heavy handed charges as an example of what's to come for snowden should he set foot in the us leading up to the trial and during the trial there have been several demonstrations in support of manning the next major one being more of a night by manning support network is set for july twenty seventh it's the international day of action for bradley manning the group is calling for protests in several cities throughout the u.s. and abroad here in fort meade maryland live all r.t. . and turning to some of today's top stories now we begin in iraq the capital has
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seen another round of bombings leaving overset. in the people dead and nearly two hundred injured over the weekend the latest attacks struck baghdad early on sunday following a string of sunset blasts targeting mainly shiite areas as locals emerged after the days ramadan fast nationwide attacks have claimed over five hundred lives in this month alone as iraq struggles to contain the worst outbreak of so tarion violence in six years. belgium has a new king fifty three year old prince felipe has taken the throne after his father albert the second abdicated because of ill health thousands lined up the streets to celebrate their new king which is a largely ceremonial role because belgium is a constitutional monarchy the royals called for unity among the belgians the country has been torn by a drawn out political instability and deep divisions between the flemish and french speaking populations. a far right protest in central england spiraled
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into form clashes with the police two thousand supporters of the english defense league poured into the streets of the ethnically diverse city of birmingham to rally against what they say is britain's islam as a nation over one thousand officers were drafted in to control the march and muslim feelings have grown in the u.k. since the soldier lee rigby was butchered to death in london by suspected muslim extremists in may. that doesn't settling in northern ireland where thousands of pro british unionists val to protest weekly in belfast until permission is restored for them to stage a march that would pass pass through a key nationalist area of the city now the destruction began last weekend when local authorities have blocked the traditional orange parade route for fear of clashes sparking five nights of on rest with additional police forces having to be brought in from across the u.k. dozens of activists and police officers were wounded seventy eight people arrested . political commentator john white says the community's social division and
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economic issues are no grounds for violence. or certainly there's marginalization within some of these communities people going. to see any benefits from the peace but on the other hand why should nationalist catholic community be forced to endure this and your progeny tree old tree and recent for just what it is an enormous state so yes while there are social economic problems within each communities that certainly no justification for trying to form a violence and lawlessness as we've seen in the nationalist community of age there will be there are islands there are six counties or occupied and women of british formalism i mean the underlying concurrence of action enough of the world's population the great. revolutionary james coralie predicted that there are only part of the twentieth century that partition between the two in his words a comma of over reaction and suddenly he's been proven right but there's no politician is the boss the child over to school in your zone and it's responsible
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for under military conflicts and strife or that it's an island of power stay in the country and. i'll be back in about thirty minutes time but do stay with us you are watching our team. or remember those old wacky communist countries who constantly boost their numbers to make themselves feel better or who cares if stores are empty and this piece of paper a one hundred thousand tons of potatoes that is good enough for me well now we're in a new age of technology but the same lying to make yourself feel good is still going strong it just moved over to the capitals world the u.s. state department's bureau of international information programs has spent six hundred thirty thousand dollars on facebook advertising campaigns to get fans a sense of the government is out there to buy likes oh what a fantastic use of tax dollars but wait maybe i'm being too pessimistic perhaps it
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worked and really helped spread the message of the us state department effectively wellness victor general's report says that since the advertising campaign started twenty eleven there has been a dramatic increase in users liking state department sites but the problem is that only two percent of them actually use the sites so you get what you pay for a big bag of likes but if you hard core fans probably the most shocking example is a vision of america group in farsi made for a rainy and which has gotten over four hundred twenty thousand members but only one percent of them is actually in iran where facebook advertising doesn't even exist that's effective getting lots of likes doesn't mean you are actually reaching people instead of paying for them why not you know get them naturally bar by providing interesting honest content on a regular basis oh wait that takes effort and honesty yeah you know what just keep wasting our tax dollars but that's just my opinion.
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right to see. her story. and i think you're. on our reporters twitter. and instagram. today and the no. on. the video might be shocking but it's simply a ploy used by us police offices. filming with their own cameras they inform this woman called dalia that just being killed they want to gauge her reactions as they suspect she may have hired a hitman to murder a spouse. a
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camera. that. in fact no killing has taken place and the police have made up the story to try and confuse dalia what they want is a confession and a few hours later she will be charged with attempted murder in this case it was the cross-examination of dalia that led to the truth and then eased the way to her prosecution. among the police the interrogation process is considered a key element of the investigation where everything might fall into place which explains why in the united states this method of investigation has been pushed to its very limits more than anywhere else in the world how does the interrogation take place is it an exact science can you tell when the sauce bike is lying and can you trust the confessions.

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