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right. now. the boiling pot of racial emotions running high across the u.s. with mass protests in dozens of cities after the killer of a black teenager walks free. they did bailed but on bowed russian opposition leader alexei no volley awaits his appeal against a five year prison term for stealing a half million of our hot million dollars. turkey lets israel use one of its military bases for a recent attack on syria according to an r.t. source on corrupt firmly denying the claim. the trial of u.s. army private bradley manning drawing to a close the prosecutor's refused to drop the most serious charge of aiding the enemy which could land the whistleblower in prison for life.
one am in moscow i met treasure bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news thousands gathering all week in cities across the u.s. to protest the acquittal of george zimmerman after a jury found him not guilty of murder when he shot dead on black teenager trayvon martin the ruling set off a nationwide debate on racial hatred as our washington correspondent guy 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 a lawful the families some places like examiner and you know protests turned violent demonstrators the rocks the passing cars many many americans were following
to 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 who have moved 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 to act in self-defense and they're free to go so in this case you have a clash of different issues great civil rights vigilantes guns in self-defense.
clash between the law and just a very recent example also in the state of florida a black woman a mother of three 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 walks free but you see the basis of beef people outraged demonstrators don't seem willing to back down as trayvon martin's parents are joined by celebrities and leading the movement i profile back in giving out of momentum to rallies like this one in new york u.s. attorney general origin a review of self-defense laws while the justice department launched a probe into the murder to see if civil rights charges could be added into the charges against zimmerman already spoke with martin luther king jr his daughter bernice who told us that the case exemplifies lingering racial tensions in the u.s. . the fact that had this been a white american
a white young man i doubt very seriously george zimmerman would have reacted so so swiftly in this situation i think you 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 you would have all white juries in most times when there is a black victim in this case and when i'm a victim is the one who did. nine times out of ten back in the sixty's or should i say ten times out of ten. that person would have walked just as george zimmerman zimmerman walked in this particular situation plenty more a click away and
a comrade in the justice for trayvon movement some of the best pictures. there were nationwide rallies video footage and social media all lined up for you there it was a fast moving week for russian opposition activist mandy corruption blogger alexina valley's sentenced to five years in prison for a thursday then bailed a few hours later to the cheers of thousands of protesters denouncing the verdict or to go has more. reforma quantities of words are five and four years in prison alexina vining to that if it's ever spent on tea 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 foreign media the blogger supporters and opposition activists declared otherwise critical and a convict the conviction means that he won't be able to stand for mayor of moscow he 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 going to 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 many years in the 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 a while it looked like the situation could escalate. but there was a curveball from the prosecutor's office requests to me enough to serve 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 said that he was ready for a long term preliminary confines and ordering books from the library and battling mosquitoes and his cell but they spent less than twenty. four 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 something pointed opposition figurehead who's running for mayor of moscow a lawyer by profession never really spent the better part of the last few years flirting with nationalistic movements as well as leading a popular blog exposing the hype skill 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 from moscow city he can give us many interviews as he likes it's an absolute publish city god
send 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 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 nazi ism which of course this man has flirted with repeatedly although he may not be major household name in russia yet. he seems to have some serious support abroad 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 n.e.t.'s the national endowment for democracy funded by the u.s. congress that was the main organization funding the orange revolution in ukraine back in two thousand and four the valleys party received money then from the american state as wiki leaks showed it not so long ago it even goes quite keen of central russian israel to turkish base to launch a strike on syria information coming from an r t source this week are her strenuously denying the involvement in claim israel's latest attack on syria happen july fifth targeting a russian made battery of anti ship missiles our middle east correspondent possibly has more. there was a lot of talk and uncertainty in the region this week after our sources revealed that we have information that is well launched 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 their 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 between turkey and israel are at an all time low they deteriorated after the fratello attempt back in may 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. let's take a look at previously alleged israeli air raids on syrian territory only confirmed by anonymous sources in the country a military compound outside damascus bombed twice in january and may rockets also hitting a warehouse at the capital's international airport allegedly holding surface to surface missiles on all occasions attacks explained as operations to wipe out iranian weapons thought to be bound for hezbollah in lebanon is storied in middle
east expert maher allman things israel's motives go beyond preventing weapons from reaching the groups it sort of has an interest in preventing as well 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 israelis but it also is a country and it's also bulldoze iran and it could be a conduit for a potential strike into iran through its own aspace that would make it much more difficult to detect something coming from israel as say the israelis worry that missiles sent from iran to hezbollah vos syria could be used as a revenge attack if they want to move the much discussed preemptive strike 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 a duran from a completely different direction the risk is that the turks a territory will be held responsible and turkey could be drawn into a conflict that this is going to. destabilize inside turkey. stay with us here on r.t. after this short break up next the shifting sands of the u.k.'s policy on syria wolf more on that still to come. david cameron saying too much extremism in too many bad guys in syria's rebels ranks comment seen as if it were assigned today london will arm the opposition at least for now plus. a look at how heroin is realize a millions in pakistan a country awash with the drug because of afghanistan's booming opium crops that's all in a couple of minutes. i
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quarter past the hour now a german magazine claims the country's security services have been on. actively taking part in the u.s. global surveillance operations the report and beagle alleges both domestic and foreign intelligence have been using one of the n.s.a.'s programs for their operations chancellor merkel denied any previous knowledge of us by tactics saying she first learned about them from the media edward snowden revealed weeks ago that washington is keeping europe and especially germany under close watch news that german intelligence is a willing participant bound to send shock waves through the country according to any mation a whistleblower and former m i five agent we have a situation in germany where because of their historic experiences with the stop in world war two and the stars in east germany they put in place
a very strong castalian constitution to protect people from invasion that pretty pink spite of them and this is what the germans have for decades taken for granted they have certain legal protections and we've seen this time and again when other european models of trying to impose on germany where you know things like kind of facial recognition google face facebook have been banned in germany and yet the b. and d. and the f. even two intelligence agencies in germany have been doing this sort of spine so i think the hypocrisy is is quite astounding and it's a great deal of anger and questions rightly to how much the german government you know about what was going on. as a whistleblower himself awaiting russia's decision on whether to grant him temporary asylum snowden who exposed the u.s. global spy program as well as the secret surveillance operations of a number of european states holed up in the transit zone of a moscow airport for more than three weeks he needs the necessary paperwork from moscow to be able to travel to one of the latin american countries that have
offered him asylum he's allowed to remain on russian soil the thirty year old had to agree not to release any more information that could harm the u.s. or he's now wanted for espionage swedish pirate party member amelia and his daughter believes that snowden was actually trying to strengthen democracy in his home. democracy is a form of governance but i think what you can tell from mr snowden's x x is that it's not just the election process right but he also believes that values night human rights add to dignity and sanctity of a person's private lives and the importance also of granting people a private life in order to usefully participate in a democratic process so previous is one of the preconditions for us being able to. develop as democratic human beings and participate meaningfully in such a process and so countries that are p.v.c.'s not best preserved always from the risk of not to me be building up to democratic values. while snowden goes out of
his way to avoid prosecution the week's long trial a fellow whistleblower bradley manning nearing its end the army private arrested in may two thousand and ten admits to leaking thousands of classified documents to wiki leaks he insists he didn't aid the enemy the main charge against him that could lead him in prison for life or tease liz wahl reports. 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 if convicted of that most serious charge manning 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 a hero but his opponents see him as a traitor for exposing government secrets the 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 a heavy handed charges as an example of what's to come for snowden should he set foot in the u.s. leading up to the trial and during the trial there have been several demonstrations in support of manning the next major one being organized by manning support network is set for july twenty seventh it's step 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 our team. put on our to dot com for war stories we're covering on the air the story behind a not so you can go if a worse stuff and go. this dress is a german soldiers and was open for two years before sparking outrage plus. you can also find out how a world heritage listed marine park all the australian coast suddenly became a target for bombs inadvertently dropped from u.s. fighter jets. decades of war in afghanistan have made economic development almost impossible but set the groundwork for the onset of one of the world's biggest heroin industry with the amount of land under opium cultivation constantly rising it's also affecting neighboring pakistan where today it's sometimes easier to get high then to get fed and have reports from
the frontline of the drug drug epidemic sweeping the country with images that some viewers just to warn you may find disturbing. an ambulance rushes to karachi is largest more another body is brought in to be identified there's no shortage of ways to die in the city target killings bomb blasts and drugs abdullah was hoping not to find his father here he's been searching karachi for more than two weeks as a last resort he checked this morning but amid the portraits of the dead a grim discovery and a familiar face. father was addicted to heroin for almost a decade now he's another one of the drugs casualties. it's doing to be hard to break the news to my mother but this is what happened and we have to face it there will be tears at home tonight. tears that abdullah believes could have been prevented he says his father tried to quit several times but in pakistan there are
few treatment centers and plenty of temptation to families but markets don has been flooded with heroin it's easy to get that it's even sold out in the open the police do nothing because they're also involved and just a few blocks away a dark underworld in broad daylight these heroin addicts don't even bother hiding their habit it's thought that pakistan has more than four million drug addicts but fewer than eighty dedicated we have clinics. for these young people maybe in part because there is no shortage of current problem they may be popping the problem but they share one thing in common what do you think of that london armando afghan heroin that deadly. afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium heroine's main ingredient and it accounts for ninety percent of the global supply roughly forty percent of it as smuggled through pakistan it's a multi-billion dollar industry fueled by years of war and instability opium production is up for the third year in a row and is predicted to grow even further and once nato leaves in two thousand
and fourteen there are fears that the floodgates will open for the spread of the deadly harvest you are going to get rid of this wall of their school i suppose but you would be inviting end of the war which would be very difficult. to win. and there could be the wall of drugs pakistani security experts want nato forces to take heed they have gone drug trade is the elephant in the room the biggest challenge which fox on his face to face that in all of. twenty fourteen post for trial strategy drugs has been left out by the united states nato and other european partners as an issue which is not to be considered. the port of karachi a key drug smuggling exit point the city is flooded with cheap heroin which addicts here say is easier to buy than a healthy meal and near a busy highway this hole in the wall serves as a makeshift heroin takeout window money goes in and drugs are pushed out into
either waiting hands i tell myself that i'll stop using this drug for the sake of my children that's what i'm thinking about but i can't help myself because my body needs it and the heavy winds easy to get. to easy it seems pakistanis get through an estimated one point two billion dollars worth of heroin each year but ross excess just a dollar fifty is enough to get him high. if it's spreading now it's gone to my heart. straight to the heart from the heroin heartland of afghanistan a casualty of the poison spreading from the war zone next door the sea captain of our team karachi. britain's prime minister seems to be having a change of heart regarding weapons supplies to syria's opposition in a b.b.c. interview david cameron says he is still committed to helping rebel groups fight government forces but the groups including in his words a lot of bad guys that signals quite a change from november two thousand and eleven about half a year after the syrian conflict started back then mr cameron called the
international community to engage more closely with syria's rebels he upped his appeals for more aid the following year saying the syrian regime must feel to be must feel be put under pressure and defeated fast forward a year and the rhetoric changes he was still vehemently anti assad but not so sure anymore arms shipments were the only way forward brings us to the present with the syrian government advancing on rebel militias the official position failing to unite and cameron describing the situation as a stalemate. he explained earlier what could have been behind the u.k. leaders shifting position. situation is complicated at home he will have difficulty getting. approval because there is quite a lot of i need to eat after iraq with this coalition partners the liberal democrats are on remarks or on supporting we have been very comical opinion is not supported brought you just being realized in the west that no matter. how
much there are sure instance from western governments that. only the good guys will get help in terms of arms supplies but that's not the case on the ground and saudi arabia is where you are worried about the rise of slamming fundamentalism in syria because jordan and some of their quite close a minute the united states and britain indirectly by a turkey are helping the syrian rebels that has not stopped. still to come here a look at those who serve their military by using song and dance instead of music and musical instruments instead of weapons stay with us here on r.t. .
i've talked with many times about the absurd things going on all around us like kids being thrown out of school because they had a gun that shoots bubbles or various people getting punished for their tweets and facebook posts it's all really abstract it's hard to truly get angry over until you see the results or playing a stupid video game just carter sarcastically said to someone who called him crazy oh yeah i'm real messed up in the head i'm going to go shoot a bunch of kids at school l.o.l. j.k. and for this bit of sarcasm he spent quite some time awaiting trial in a texas prison not only that according to his father he was being attacked brutally on many occasions leading to bowl to pull concussions and black eyes and in the end he had to be thrown into solitary confinement for his own good you see this is the ugly reality of those who fought the bad side of political correctness you know i don't talk about these stories just for fun the main thing i'd like to say is that
it wasn't for some anonymous coward in canada turning him into the authorities for doing absolutely nothing this young man would not have to live with the memory and possible injuries from numerous assaults to the anonymous canadian who turned him in i sarcastically wish you a horrible fate but you probably get me arrested for it so just say that it's people like you who allow tyranny to exist but that's just my opinion. music is our job the army our destiny. yes of the good i always say that we are on the front line.