the story of the week here on r.t. tensions escalate in the gulf with the u.s. sending troops to saudi arabia and imposing new sanctions on the run all over to iran's alleged attack on an oil facility. as more chaos in hong kong where anti beijing protesters have clashed with the police who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. so the fate of these really prime minister hangs in the balance in the 3rd place arab political alliance from the recent elections backs netanyahu is main rival to form the new government. thousands of children as young as 5 have been held without charge in crum detention
centers in nigeria human rights watch says that the arrests were made as part of an anti terror crackdown. need to scribe severely overcrowded cells 250 or 300 detainees packed into. 10 meters by 10. welcome you're watching international. the iranian president says that he wants gulf nations to work together to provide security in the region this comes after his country standoff with the u.s. intensified this week washington has accused iran of being behind a drone attack on an oil refinery in saudi arabia and made this pledge of support to riyadh. the president has approved the deployment of u.s. forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense we will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the
kingdom of saudi arabia and the u.a.e. to enhance their ability to defend themselves it is clear that even the saudis themselves don't believe the fiction of the rainy and involvement. however the drone a missile attacks were claimed by rebels in yemen on friday saudi forces launched several last strikes near the yemeni port city of data a saudi coalition spokesman said the goal was to prevent the rebels from launching remote controlled assaults on shipping in the red sea in the saudis in the us still blame iran for the attack on the oil facility on his rug as the explains. it has been decided that iran did it and that started opinion all finding were the result of an investigation it's a decision guilty secretary do you gather any new evidence that shows who was behind the attacks and do you think it was slam dunk case to bring to the un next week. i think it's abundantly clear and there is an enormous
consensus in the region that we know precisely who conducted these attacks was iran i didn't hear anybody in the region who doubted that for a single mom. rob is doing what trump does best signing pieces of paper bringing to bear a slew of new sanctions against iran if these are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country we've never done it to this level. to bear what's happening with iran it's going to hell the americans who weren't attacked of already decided what happened then who is guilty the saudis who were attacked and have all the day bree and bits and pieces of the missiles are still working on technicalities like evidence and proof let that sink in. not the attack did not originate from yemen the attack was launched from the north and was unquestioned be sponsored by iran
it's not in the range of yemen's capabilities if it was them who conducted the attack this is one of the missiles we have recovered and we have information that leads us to the source but these kind of components were made in iran. so what they found is the weapons were allegedly made with components they were fired from the north the direction of iran and its neighbors so cutting to the chase it was iran that's what you're going to say right not once during the presentation did the saudis specifically say that iran did it 1 may ask what unearths saudi defenses were doing at the time they've got the 3rd biggest military budgets on earth one of america's best clients the countries lifted with patriot and other anti missile systems $80000000000.00 a year should protect you from
a score of drones and missiles no the only thing that might be iranian related is that maybe some of the equipment some of the technology that the who these have might have been incorporated into the attack but why why or why is anyone complaining especially the saudis since the u.s. has been providing the bombs and the aircraft to the saudis to bomb yemen for 4 years so the who with these are just responding back then again to those saying it's iran because they're alleged iranian components in the daily brief does that mean that the us is responsible for her refit massacres in yemen i mean sure saudi arabia dropped the bombs but the moves say made in the united states more likely than not to be has been clearing the shelves of american arms manufacturers recently by this logic is new need to investigate to collect evidence it's american
bombs it has got to be america. and. an entire country reduced to misery and pain untold thousands dead more to die but you know what it's the oil refinery in saudi arabia the book was vengeance. and beijing activist in hong kong of staged another protest the semi autonomous chinese territories in the grip of a 16th consecutive weekend of demonstrations and unrest the protesters there have been waving american flags and destroying chinese ones and started a place in the city used tear gas and rubber bullets rioters threw molotov
cocktails and started fires on the streets. him on tuesday leading name in the hong kong protest movement appealed to u.s. lawmakers in congress wants them to pass a bill that would see greater u.s. support for hong kong. hong kong's special status under american law that bans on the city being treated as a separate customs area beijing should not have it both ways wrapping all the economy benefit of hong kong standing in the world while erosion of our freedom this is the most important reason why the hong kong human rights and democracy act
and just the process of hong kong civil society when there is a prominent student activist who organizes protests against the chinese government in support of hong kong's independence the 22 year olds also a leader of the pro-democracy party demo system he's already served several jail terms for isn't. what he's done if explains why want to plan for us supervision of a hong kong could backfire. they are many they've won the fight with the authorities by early submission but they are anything but done the american flag waving taskforce among the hong kong protesters are sending their poster boy to convince us legislators to do something big on autonomy. well for those of you having difficulty making out the absence of this boilerplate
script it's the human rights and democracy act and it's meant to show beijing that the u.s. is serious about fighting for hong kong's rights the united states must make clear to china that its interference in hong kong affairs will have consequences this month we must possibly cameron bipartisan on consumer rights and democracy act the bill was devised in response to what the u.s. has been calling a chinese infringement on the region's autonomy and requires for america to review own homes special status annually and if that status is ever revoked the region's autonomy would not so much be infringed but rather new to dust since the early ninety's hong kong has been enjoying huge advantages for wearing washington's special status badge.
and some believe that a small yet vocal group of protesters is laying an explosive tripwire for the whole region which will not enjoy the konami chain reaction if it's ever triggered in a way this they've just signal the 'd big is the orderly in the world without us this city will always just ordered. but was is going to hold a great deal but it's not just the whole portly there are thousands of you notice this don't believe it would likewise be affected of course it's full of a cold war because. it calls only or percent of jealousy problem. cayle of the deal years ago in the apparel to all moral as far as equality is also . all but lower st on the other hand of course we law i
would wish the one country to see so as to help with the internationalization that really with. all american legislators say the bill is designed to punish mainland china specifically as protesters want sean. but while the end goal may very well be punishing beijing in pursuit of a geo political supremacy washington my just overall look at the collateral damage . the fate of the israeli prime minister hangs in the balance after the arab bloc the joint list gave its backing to form a new government to netanyahu is main rival to the recent election resulted in deadlock the israeli president initiated 2 days of crunch talks with parties to decide who will be the next leader. we usually did not indorse israeli p.m.'s so without doubt there is an historical side to what we're doing now we want to put
an end to the era of binyamin netanyahu therefore will indorse benny gantz to form the next government we want to live in a peaceful place based on ending the occupation the establishment of a palestinian state alongside the state of israel true equality to civil and national level social justice and democracy for all. citizens of israel this happened just as we warned the arab joint list recommended benny gantz for prime minister there are 2 possibilities now either a minority government will be formed that relies on those who reject israel as a jewish and democratic state and glorified terrorists that murder all soldiers and citizens or a broad national government will be formed i know what the answer is and so do you and therefore i will do whatever i can do for more broad national unity government there is no other solution. the bloc of arab parties known as joint list came 3rd this week getting 5 more seats than in the previous election it's thought it was
spurred in part by netanyahu inflammatory remarks about arab districts and their potential for voter fraud that led to a spike in arab voter turnout which is around 59 percent the leader of the arab joint list alliance said that the outcome of the election was the price of incitement. israel faces the prospect of a 3rd round of elections in less than a year if an agreement between the blocks isn't reached benny gantz is center left blue and white alliance won $33.00 seats and you know his center right wing could party was just behind but it seems israel's destiny could now be determined by the age of the years frail beta new party who came 5th political commentator in the last of us explains why. very important because what he is saying is it will probably mean that the president will turn to benny gantz to try and form a government having said that we know that the president of israel is very keen to form a national joint national government of likud and blue and white the fact that the
israeli arab vote came out much more if it was about 10 percent higher than it did last time and the voices we've heard today is actually showing that israeli democracy is much stronger than the cause of hatred against certain members or parts of the population today the israeli arab voted in strength to try and bring down the government of matter and work as a democratic country for a better hope both parties both in that in yahoo and. gantz don't have enough to make a majority even even when gans has the backing of the arab list the person who is the king or banker is lieberman and he holds the balance of power and i believe in this been saying that he wasn't going to recommend anyone to the president to be the preferred to form the coalition what we do know he has a personal dislike for netanyahu and actually was responsible for bringing down the
government and cause and 2nd elections or the momentum that led to it at least so we really are in a stalemate i think we should be looking less at how these arab vote is but which way lieberman is going to actually be voting. identity crisis facebook now claims it is a publisher not just the platform it's a legal case that could have a major impact on what is posted on the sites we'll bring you that story and more after the break.
welcome back a long term crackdown on terrorists in nigeria has seen thousands of children being detained that's according to human rights watch we spoke to one of those behind the report. since 2013 nigeria has detained about 3600 children and in june human rights watch went to the northeast of nigeria where boko haram its most active and we interviewed more than 30 children who had been detained the vast majority of these children were never charged with a crime in fact they were never taken to court never had the opportunity to see a judge the children were denied contact with their families and held in or a book shins they described so little space that they couldn't turn over at night they were you know high all one next to the other they described it like the razor blades a pack many of them something began losing hope that they would ever be released
some thought they would die in detention children as young as 5 for reportedly held in overcrowded facilities spending months even years they were frequent reports of sexual physical or mental abuse children have been accused of involvement with the boko haram terrorist group. the radical islamist organizations based in northeastern nigeria but it carries out its attacks throughout twist africa in 2015 it pledged allegiance to islamic state and imprisoned children were rounded up during military operations against the group. they are smee if i was a member of booker her and beat me up when i said no they tied my hands and legs and hung me to a tree and continued to flow camy they flogged me and left me tied to the tree from morning till evening one person from my village was killed during the interrogation if you make a noise if you drink water without asking them if you go toward the door to get
fresh air they beat you. the soldiers had girlfriends one of the girls from our village was a girl friend of a soldier she would usually take her out of the compound some ladies got pregnant in the cell and delivered while i was there. more than 2000 children have been released from detention since 2030 but joe becker again believe more effort should be made to free those still being held without charge nobody knows the current number of children may still be in military custody nigerian authorities do not allow the night or independent organizations like human rights watch to access the military detention centers but what human rights watch is calling for is that nigerian authorities release any remaining children in military detention and transfer them to civilian child protection authorities so that they can receive rehabilitation help or unifying with their families and reintegrating into their communities. the nigerian military denies allegations in the report saying the
children are kept in secure is and that they are adequately cared for we have us the nigerian ministry of justice to comment we await a reply. moving on social media giant facebook is apparently undergoing an identity crisis and is changed the way it describes itself from being a platform to a publisher and that could have major consequences in a recent legal case facebook claimed it was a publisher insisting it has the right to ban whoever it wants but that would also make it liable for what goes out on its platform responsibility its previously been trying to dodge it for trying to has more so why don't we go out here. that's better. plaintive ultra right activist laura lumo who was taken off pretty much all major online platforms defendant facebook one of the giants which
kicked her out we carefully flicked through these court papers which the defendant filed to fly and bury the lawsuit and here's what really caught the eye. to the extent miss lewis claimed targets facebook's decision to deactivate her accounts it is also deficient on the well established law made the facebook nor any of the publisher can be liable for failing to publish someone else's message 1st amendment provides absolute protection for such decisions what was it again either facebook nor any other publisher protection by the 1st amendment so in this particular case the lawyers of sucking co are happy to legally refer to their social network as publisher digging a bit deeper will reveal facebook has done that in the past as well when last year an app startup was crossing swords with facebook in court this is what came from the network spent the discretion is it 3 speechwriter respective what
technological means is used so is it just me or something's wrong with how the platform we use every day identifies itself because when facebook bosses take questions in other places it seems they always try to distance themselves from the notion publisher which are you are you a tech company or are you the world's largest publisher because i think that goes to a really important question on what form of regulation or government action if any we would take. senator this is. a really big question i view us as a tech company because the primary thing that we do is build technology and products as your sponsor for your content which make exactly on of a publisher. well i agree that we're responsible for the content but we don't produce the content and that's been the message for quite a while. we are a tech company not a media company. i do think we have to be the publisher and we definitely don't
want to be the arbiter of the truth now just imagine what kind of legal trouble the tech giant may put itself in if it becomes universally recognized the company mr zuckerberg is running is a publisher not just a tech platform are they really ready to be responsible for anything disturbing or outright criminal that gets posted under the blue logo the examples have been out there in abundance. the way or what if simply someone decides to lawyer and bully me with all kinds of offensive stuff right on facebook should i then also follow defamation suit against the network because they as a publisher alloted it's well known you can't have
a cake and eat it at the same time or probably what's your last name a sucker berg we have asked facebook to respond to the story so far they have not commented. and further this our large scale military drills called center 29 team were conductive this week across central asia and russia troops from 8 different countries took part they included china on long time of the series india and pakistan the goal was to boost corp fighting terrorist groups such as islamic state. 6. months.
they all see themselves as dying swans in their dreams. but only one in the cells will ever make it to the till. they're ready to give their lives for the chance to die on stage if only once. not even broken wing. it's got to tell the. whole generation that the risk is it that they sweat and tears to.
kill in the welcome to worlds apart the tensions between did masses and the classes have existed ever since modern states came into existence often serving as a driver of political change with the russian civil society growing larger and allowed there against the excesses of the governing elites how does it bode for this is to move the whole world to discuss that i'm now joined by constantine god's a non the resident scholar at the carnegie moscow center is that it is good to talk to you thank you very much for coming into the studio and for the invitation now as we are recording this program moscow as i still take getting governments buildings in moscow in support of populists in the us and the actor who was detained during the election protests and sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison for a legit violence against law enforcement
a charge that is contradicted by video evidence which deport refused to consider now the conviction buys of the russian oil system is nothing new but i think the mobilization off russian society it provokes is what strikes you the most about it i think the reaction in the wall to call public opinion on the picture on for our coalition troops almost stripped like half of nation does prove in the same moment it was oh a huge focus on state control to be the protests and program a co-sponsor on the west and so on and so on but still half of the population said that they just. i don't like the picture of troops in the capital and i think there's a horse was disproportional it was known that the quote and that of course he is sort of a. part of social fabric in russia wheat well we are the chosen for how far we
adequate for how far the situation is that and the use of force was absolutely none of it and i think apart from disapproving of the massive use of force. a lot of people in moscow and polls show that the majority of people in most crack surely support it people's right to take to the streets which i think is also an interesting indicator i think one of the features that distinguishes the current protest away from the previous ones is that it's becoming increasingly mainstream it's not just the mostly intelligentsia on non-systemic opposition anymore it's much more broad based actors journalists priests isn't that actually a very good development that the russians aside is finally becoming a subject rather than object of politics. if we compare protests and shias in the one description and protest the mosco we'll see still the pictures quite different clothes and shoes it's more like one of my colleagues foreign journalist
a moscow characterized it as a green red or even green bro min and that this is actually the same social groups that support for example russian role in ukraine but they also care about the environment and in moscow for example it was pretty different picture it was yes it was not just what you call an intelligence it means old public noons those who have some traditionally critical of there are is those who control sort of symbolic capital like the language the humanities and so on and so on but they were joined with 3 other groups 1st and then there. most interesting group in this protest mosco activist who participate in. different forms of when a simple governing day in war in actually in mayor's office agenda they try to make it better to try to fit.