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partners in spying german intelligence is accused of using america's notorious surveillance program to its advantage that's just weeks after bourdin condemned washington's snooping activity. german chancellor angela merkel faces stiff questions over just how involved germany was in the n.s.a. prism spying program. u.s. invasion of iraq is playing for an epidemic of birth defects and cancer to the military use of depleted uranium port from a former war zone where the health cost is turning out to be even worse than originally thought. and britain's prime minister too much extremism among the syrian rebels is clearest indication yet that london is unwilling to go for full scale deliveries will be asking what's behind the apparent need to.
welcome it's good to have you company watching r.t. coming chief live from moscow with may and tree farm. now a german magazine claims that intelligence services have been making good use of the u.s. national security agency secret spying program and that's raised questions over chancellor merkel's earlier condemnation of washington's surveillance tactics are. reports from burly. german chancellor angela merkel had to rigidly said that she only found out of the extent of the united states's spying programs through the media and it now comes out thanks to n.s.a. internal documents that have been reported by dish big news magazine that well they
were far more involved than she let on that indeed in fact they quote in the dish legal article the internal memos that say that there was a willingness to take risks and pursue new opportunities for cooperation with the u.s. that was shown by the german authorities they also were talking about the head of the b n d germany's foreign security service that he showed an eagerness under desire to cooperate turns out that germany actually operated one of the main parts of the the expansive spying program it's called x. keyscore program that basically anybody who they were looking into they could find out exactly what was being searched online by that particular person and it's estimated around five hundred million. connections were being monitored every month by the spying program here in germany alone so it was quite an extensive program this news comes out is quite embarrassing time for german chancellor angela merkel
there's an election coming up in september the involvement of germany in the n.s.a. spying program is being used extensively by the opposition mrs merkel was saying before she either didn't know what her own security services were doing or that perhaps she has misled the german people in germany it seems far more involved in the n.s.a. spying program than perhaps they were let on before. well the original classified documents released by american whistleblower on the run edward snowden showed that the united states has been closely monitoring european europeans especially the germans bugging is not what friends do you said angle a merkel slamming what she called cold war tactics are one german m.e.p. went as far as comparing the practice to the stars the east germany's infamous secret police and the justice minister said the reports were too alarming to be ignored former m i five agent and imagine sean says the historical context adds to
the contriver say we have a situation in germany where because of their historic experiences with the extra up in world war two and the stars in east germany they put in place a very strong cast iron constitution to protect people from invasion that they're pretty can be expired on 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 wide laws of trying to be imposed on germany where you know things like her facial recognition date or on google face facebook have been banned in germany and yet the b.m.d. and b f e the two intelligence agencies in germany have been doing this sort of spying so i think the hypocrisy is quite astounding and will create a great deal of anger and questions rightly to how much the german government knew about what was going on. meanwhile the diplomatic fallout from the edward snowden saga continues while the american whistleblower awaits russia's decision on his
asylum bid we take a look at what else is straining dialogue between the kremlin and the white ties that is just ahead. more than a decade on from the u.s. led invasion of iraq the country seeing and a normally high rate of birth defects health experts link this to the use of depleted uranium in military assaults in fallujah birth mutations are fourteen times more common than her after the second world war artie's lucy careful of explore the terrible health cost of the war in the city and the jaff. not just one hundred sixty kilometers south of baghdad the sacred shiite city is known for its holy shrines and is surrounded by one of the largest cemeteries in the world some of the heaviest fighting of the iraq war took place amid these graves its legacy still haunts the residents it was born with severe birth defects
he's only eight months old but the doctors don't expect him to live past his first birthday. i felt dizzy when i heard the news i ran out of the doctor's office and into a taxi. but for his mother layla there's no escaping the reality her son has a nervous system disorder and his muscles are slowly wasting away. it's a recurring nightmare for leila and her husband three of their children were also born with congenital deformity is none of them survived and while they don't have proof they believe radioactive ammunition used by american forces during the war is to blame the rule isn't over yet they're americans are grown but with suffering from the consequence of. spiraling numbers of birth defects and high miscarriage rates have also been recorded in fallujah and basra where american and british
forces used heavy munitions at the start of the war but our visit to knowledge off revealed that the phenomenon may be far more widespread in iraq than previously known dr sundin's and saif is one of the few scientists who's been documenting cancer and birth defects here and she says in the midst of a growing health catastrophe after the iraq war rates of cancer leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically none of the areas affected by fighting so the biggest increases we believe it's because of the legal weapon sled depleted uranium and the hospitals here cancer is more common than the flu. depleted uranium or d u cuts through armor like a hot knife through butter more than four hundred tons of it is estimated to have been used in the two iraq wars the vast majority by u.s. forces the pentagon did not respond to our request for comment but the military generally denies any link between exposure and cancer or birth defects it also says do you weapons are only used to penetrate enemy tanks but
a new report funded by the norwegian government found the deal was used against civilian targets in populated areas including not jobs in two thousand and three it notes a lack of transparency by coalition forces over the use of depleted uranium but describes one incident in najaf where a bradley armored fighting vehicle for three hundred five d.-u. rounds in a single engagement. the heavy fighting may be over but in nearly every street we visited in this neighborhood multiple cases of cancer and children with deformities no one knows what's making people here sick the families want answers and they want help. is old enough for school but has to be cared for as if he's a toddler he can't walk he can't speak he can't even go to the bathroom on his own use of brother is healthy but the family has birdied two other children one severely deformed the other with a hole in her spine like many of the couples in this city are simply too afraid to
have another baby and they're left feeling totally abandoned no one cares about what's happening to the other families in this area even our own government doesn't do anything to help what can we do this is our feet it's a fate that many and not just suffer in silence help with their lives in the decades since the u.s. led invasion all across the country their memories are honored in cemeteries like this one the dead may be the most visible reminder of the human cost of the war but if the living victims of that war talk who are still paying the price. see explain to my colleague trays of why it is so difficult to gauge the full extent of the health problems plaguing the region. we've heard about the depleted uranium the birth defect story coming out of fallujah for example because there's been several t.v. pieces and print reports talking about and showing in fact we hear in r.t.f.
showed the birth defects in the city of fallujah when we were completely stunned by is the fact that this is happening in many more cities that have been previously reported including knowledge of where we visited when we showed our filming her and i on the ground in the city literally every single residential street that we visited in several neighborhoods we found multiple cases of families who had children who were ill families who had lost children had to bury children families who had many relatives who were suffering from cancer and while these people can't necessarily prove that it was depleted uranium or are the causes of these diseases this is something that they say has risen dramatically in the years since the invasion how widespread is it i mean how fora cross the country the problem is that nobody knows exactly and that's because there haven't been large scale studies done we haven't seen big teams of international doctors for example going in and sort of
looking at different cities comparing the number of birth defect cases between the different cities there really simply are no reliable statistics for birth defects in iraq and so nobody can really say exactly how big this problem is and the big problem with the iraqi government as well one of the surprising things that we found in speaking to the doctors on the ground is they say that they reportedly have been discarded discouraged by the government from talking out openly about this to the press in fact the biologist that we had spoken to who was researching the issue in the city had to give us the interview in the privacy of her home on the roof there instead of in her laboratory she said that there is an active sort of push by the government perhaps not to embarrass the coalition forces not to really talk about this issue which we were really quite surprised by we tried to visit the hospital in najaf that was dealing with. some of the victims some of the deformed birth defect that children they didn't let us come in they didn't let us film in fact they didn't even let us do interviews with the governor with the
families or the doctors working there at all the iraqi officials certainly had not put in the resources that they could be we spoke to families not after that they've gone to local officials you know they've asked for help they were essentially told to sit by you know it's a really sad story and dr chris busby has been one of the most outspoken scientists researching the impact of depleted uranium and he told r.t. what he thought of visiting philly. we went to we found the levels of both nation and cancer and we looked at the parents of the children with congenital malformation and we did analysis of the head to see what was inside that might be do you know toxic might be the sort of thing that could cause congenital malformation and the only thing that we found was you. we found your brain in the hair of the mothers of the children with congenital malformation is not that we know that you're a numerous you know toxic that it causes these these levels of genetic damage and because of that it also causes cancer so you can work slowly back from that towards
your own you know the only the only source of uranium was the use by the american forces the american led forces of uranium weapons not only depleted uranium weapons as we later found slightly enriched uranium weapons which we believe they were using in order to cover their tracks so i think we have more or less proved these facts. were as a result of the use during the two wars of uranium and the particles that the uranium weapons produced. egyptian top brass is standing by its decision to overthrow the president but it's the rank and file so who are now paying the price for the kuwaitis we'll tell you shortly also ahead a once thriving resort long to by poverty we take a look at why he cape town and feels abandoned by the government these stories coming up.
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three. three stooges free. download free blog video for your media project free media down to r t dot com. welcome back the u.s. has expressed its concern over the fugitive whistleblower edward snowden's bid for temporary asylum in russia moscow is expected to grant that request and says the lack of an extradition treaty with washington makes handing him over impossible and as artie's paul scott reports it is just the latest hitch in a difficult relationship. america are remaining steadfast in their pursuit of edward snowden where he is wanted on charges under the espionage act and they're determined to get their hands on him russian president vladimir putin remains steadfast also in his conviction that there will be no extradition of edward
snowden back to the united states now obviously there's no extradition treaty between the two countries and also the reason being cited is that no one will be returned to america because of washington's continuing use of the death penalty now one russian official has even suggested that america's pursuit of snowden and demands on moscow are hypocritical and also a form of double standards that's because over the years there have been a number of extradition requests that moscow who's giving to washington that have been rejected one notable cases that have made off he went into hiding in one nine hundred ninety nine at the start of the second chechen war now he is wanted he's on russia's most wanted list and he's been charged with organizing terrorist training camps and armed insurgent actions russia simply say he is a terrorist but he has been granted asylum in the united states and any request for extradition has been ignored and there's another case that's of thomas bundle of who's been on the international wanted list since two thousand and one for
kidnapping and extortion a moscow have in fact had two extradition requests to washington rejected one in two thousand and five and another in two thousand and nine so it seems as if america's request for an extradition of edward snowden are likely to continue to fall on deaf ears. you with our team we've got plenty more stories for you at our web site where you can find out how vulnerable gadget users have become in terms of private data security hackers could be poised to get complete control of up to seven hundred fifty million mobile phones around the world without their owners knowledge we tell you all about threat online also there alarming new revelations on the fukushima nuclear disaster according to a japanese newspaper the number of liquidators suffering from radiation poisoning has been underestimated by eleven times. now britain's prime minister signaled a change of heart on weapons supplies to the syrian rebels david cameron says he
still backing armed opposition groups fighting against the government but admits that these groups include in his words a lot of bad guys that's quite a change from his aggressive stance in the early days of the conflict back in november twenty levon cameron called for closing gauge with the rebels following the following year he called for more international aid to put the syrian government under pressure as a laugh last month he was very mentally and he is sad but not so sure that arms shipments are the best way forward syria's top rebel commander has already accused the british pm of betrayal for abandoning plans to arm his fighters this brings us to the present with the syrian government advancing on rebel militias the official position opposition failing to unite and cameron describing the situation as a stalemate political analyst the pact of path he explained what could be behind the u.k. leaders shifting position. i told him he will have difficulty getting
. approval because there is quite a lot of i mean after iraq to put this coalition partners the liberal democrats are on remarks or on supporting we have been very comic opinion is not supporting broad does being realized in the west that no matter how much there are sure instance from western governments that you know 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.
some other international news in briefly you has agreed to put the armed wing of the lebanese group as billard on its terror least at a meeting of foreign ministers in brussels hezbollah has angered the european union with its role in the syrian conflict where it's fighting alongside government troops against rebels the use decision required the greens of all twenty eight member states britain has insisted on sanctions after blaming the group for processing last year's attack on a bus carrying israelis in vogue area but until now brussels had resisted pressure from washington and israel to label them as terrorists. accordingly stamboul has approved the demolition of gezi park the turkish government decision to redevelop the park to make room for a monument to the ottoman empire sparked weeks of fierce rallies that spread across the country in late may four people were killed in over seven thousand injured in
ensuring police crackdown which was strongly criticised by governments around the world. and in bahrain at least one hundred people have been injured in a brutal crackdown on protesters over the past three days. police stormed villages across the country arresting dozens of anti regime activists the raids followed the opposition's calls for new rallies against the monarchy and government to three for the strive to stifle dissent has claimed over eighty lives over the past two years . and in china seventy five people are reported dead and over four hundred injured in a five point nine magnitude earthquake that hit a sparsely populated western province the search for survivors is underway as several areas remain cut off scores of people are now homeless as times and villages have sustained serious damage from the devastating tremor that's also brought flooding and mudslides. the military overthrow of
egypt's president mohamed morsi has thrown the country back into unrest and instability with islamic forces now shut out of the political system the more extremist elements among them are resorting to violence militants on the sinai peninsula near the border with israel and gaza have stepped up deadly attacks against police and security forces at least six people have been killed and many more injured in the latest assault on the area meanwhile despite the turmoil work has begun on amending egypt's constitution that as the muslim brotherhood and its supporters refused to seize protests against what they see as a military coup against their leader mohammed morsi his family in turn has lashed out at the army accusing it of kidnapping the deposed president r.t. sophie shevardnadze caught up with morsi son to find out what went wrong when his father was in power and what chances egypt has that pace. the harmony morse's rule
was democratically while going to democracy you have both a ruling regime and an opposite. but the case of armed forces taking on a certain political stance is something unprecedented this is sort of a sure sign of the military takeover with all due respect there is no doubt morsi has a lot of supporters but in a very short period of time an overwhelming majority turns against him it's not about the military it's the people in a democracy such political differences and confrontations are normally settle it through elections rather than turning us is there any true democracy where an army commander discounts the will of the people to legally deposes the president the coup is actually a crime committed by the egyptian military. and you can hear that full conversation right here on r.t.
in just over two hours time. i once in italy holiday resort just a short drive from london in j. week has become one of britain's most deprived areas and with the government relentlessly pushing ahead with its hysterically program locals are starting to feel desperate. reports. golden sands beach front property and just a stone's throw from london wish you were here we have been really completely forgotten a lot of people end up in jail because that's the last place to go belly there's no work for anybody and i think this is going to continue for the next at least twenty years what could fix the problems of today with money has been ranked at the bottom of the government's poverty index for england and wales for three years running it's a national embarrassment and. doing something about it we're trying to get in the technologies. of the country where you think in the end i don't think it's the
third party polls in the whole of you it. was once a proud holiday location for london's burgeoning middle class says the town was thought up as a holiday resort for city dwellers back in the one nine hundred twenty s. these are all meant to be summer houses but because rents were so cheap people started living here all year round it's in a flood risk zone which resulted in the government never investing any money into the area some parts of the town lacked tarmac roads street lighting or even pavements some of the locals say the cheap rent and precarious location has attracted vulnerable families and social problems for free we got drunk e.c.u. which we really don't want. a junkie up so she surprises something because throat and then it all gets blown out. forty percent of residents are either disabled or have a health condition that makes it impossible to work which might be just as well seeing as there are no jobs going in the town the last few shops that were hit have been
boarded up unemployment is rife in the town in fact sixty two percent of the people that live heads of pending welfare payments there isn't the word you say so if they've been used to just get enough of a moaning and sitting around so they're doing according to one local counsellor it's why. just minutes does idleness that's brought on jay wicks to mine is whatever problems we've got down there i think it's politically all of them to blame for whatever party they are it's something that they let happen is a dumping ground at the end of the day we've been the most deprived area now for three years not one penny of we got to come in and help it and with the government counting pennies in austerity britain many here say that financial the chances of the town's redevelopment a washing away with the time had. r t j wick sounds essex. thanks for being with us this afternoon up next we look at what russian orthodox
believe is a willing to endure to get close to refeed christian readings. 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 both for 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 that 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. it wasn't i just stood up and went. i didn't expect anything i just want
what i told myself that i would keep going as long as my heart told me to follow the people and that was always wanted to that moment which. is but though i felt something i want to tell my future children about cousins i still don't know what it was maybe i'll understand it later i just was sitting and crying yesterday i can't explain it. i felt a lot here i was even a little scared by it all i remember one morning in the village of borgen it was three am and it seemed like people were coming up from the grass lots of them gathering with icons in their hands and moving forward a real sense of the russian spirit all moving together it was an amazing feeling that was russia. there's no noise it's silent here everyone goes in silence singing and praying and that's it it was.