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take pm here in moscow the future of syria's toxic gas will jus to be decided today after damascus destroyed all production facilities the question now is where will those weapons go we follow it up this hour. washington tries to whitewash a multimillion dollar british inquiry into the roots of iraqi invasion in case it reveals a few painful home truths between bush and blair. and america moving private prisons lobby for tougher sentences and more inmates but an ex-con tells us how profits a big put before rehabilitating criminals into society.
very good evening from a kevin o. into the light of your company without international tonight our top story than syria's chemical disarmament is approaching a crucial phase with the roadmap for the weapons actual destruction about to be approved the toxic arsenal is most likely going to be sent abroad for that part of the process a middle east correspondent reports next on the progress being made and the commitment shown by damascus. today is the deadline for the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to go up destruction and deadlines for syria's chemical arsenal so far damascus has made all deadlines in its destruction program with the latest being the first of november when it had to destroy all equipment used for the mixing of conduction of poison gases and nerve agents to mask the face of remains committed to meeting these deadlines on our part we are ready to do whatever it takes to commit ourselves to these the blood's but experts see we can do it sooner we are ready to do it i was recently in damascus where
nothing foreign experts said overseeing the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program would speak on camera other than to say that they were extremely satisfied with the progress that was being made and that damascus was cooperating fully we have made a commitment and syria as well known for respecting its commitments this is not a commitment to the security council this is not a commitment to the p.c. that we do this is a commitment also to our russian friends and one of the debates right now is way to actually destroy syria's chemical weapons which are estimated at around a thousand tons possible sites including albania france and belgium became a school weapons or become a heavy burden on syria specially for the presence of militant groups in its soil that might want to use such weapons or could even induce a disaster but i'm just rambling but the final deadline for syria destroying its
entire stockpile of chemical weapons is the middle of next year paula three r.t.e. television. well here's how serious is being progressing damascus revealed its chemical site shortly after russia and the u.s. brokered deal was struck although it's worth mentioning inspectors could not visit all of them because of the heavy fighting syria's still managed to meet the november target for destroying all chemical weapon production facilities though but removing the existing arsenal will be quite a challenge take a look at what the inspectors are up against here these are the major stockpiles sites and some of the katyn contested areas or close to rebel strongholds we're fighting almost nonstop still have to see that i guess how the elimination of syria's chemical weapons progress is from here. for now though the world is waiting for albania to decide if it will take in syria's estimated one thousand tons of toxic weapons for destruction political analyst chris bambery explain to us why the choice of one of europe's poorest countries for the task is controversial and what
i find incredible was that it is a norwegian merchant ship accompanied by a norwegian naval vessel which is going to syria to pick up these weapons which it was mustard gas and siren and bring them to albania the norwegians say they don't have the expertise and the ability to dismantle the chemical weapons i would ask you if the richest one of the richest countries in europe don't have the expertise and knowledge to do this how do you expect the poorest country in europe to do this kind of smacks of a colonial mentality that somehow we're going to dump of these things in albania we're not going to bring them to britain why don't you choose a country which has the expertise for instance in britain is the aldermaston chemical weapons facility i would trust that to dismantle those weapons but there was high levels of expertise and also albania must be one of the least stable countries in europe this is not to attack the albanian people but they are being in state has hardly a long history now it's not very stable there's a problem of organized crime there and i think it's
a very strange decision to say we're going to take these deadly weapons and put them in a country which were security must be an issue. work or keep you updated on developments on air online plus. to see the latest footage from what's happening on the ground there in syria head to the emotions section of our website if you get a moment. a wide rate reaching a british investigators why the country invaded iraq alongside the us is being stopped in its tracks thanks to washington it submerged at the white brought the inquiry to a halt as it could expose secret communications between then providence to tony blair and president george w. bush but next test there may be more at stake to. the report by the independent newspaper cites a senior diplomatic sources and essentially what they say is that washington is playing a key role in trying to block the publication of some classified information which essentially contains the conversation and exchanges between then president george
w. bush and you can prime minister tony blair no this will be crucial information for that iraq inquiry that's going on here and i was far as justifications are concerned some of those diplomatic sources say that the us is highly possessive of any information that relates to the president or anyone around them and also that it is not london's call to make that decision on publishing information again which relates to the american president and also david cameron have told that some of the documents need to be handled sensitively and that has been interpreted by the cabinet office as ensuring that the relationship the special relationship between the us and the you therefore it puts the government of david cameron in an awkward position of the having to perhaps block some of that evidence as per washington's decision and it will be a politically embarrassing move to have to do this critics are saying that it is important for the public to be able to know and see this information not least of
which because the goal of this for your inquiry is essentially to look back at how the government british government have ended up making that decision of sending forty five thousand troops to iraq and to learn from those lessons and not make the same mistakes that was the goal and if you don't publish crucial information about the purpose and another thing is that this inquiry has already cost the taxpayers some eight million pounds so if this becomes a new target a watered down version without such crucial information some are saying it will be a total waste of taxpayers' money. resolute governments have no right to sweep history under the rug. there's likely to be no outcome anytime soon and that really seems to me a coverup both on the part of the people who support tony blair and of george bush it makes you wonder exactly what is in these conversations between bush and blair the must be quite a lot to hide from them being to be so worried about about them being released
people want to know what to tell you there and george bush agree how early to the war what were the conditions of it because frankly if this is a great as many people believe in the spring of two thousand it means all the effort to produce a dossier all the things all the pressure for a second resolution at the un this was a sure rod because tony blair already knew that he was going to go to war nearly two hundred british soldiers died during the iraq war rippin hundreds of thousands of iraqis have died there were millions of people demonstrated all of these people have the right to know and it is absolutely shameful that our government and the united states government are trying to prevent them from knowing was not just classified information is being kept hush hush and u.k.e. the later will tell you how the ruling conservative party purged its website so that no one can tie them to promises they failed to make good on. and.
next to says crime doesn't pay the constant stream of convicts in the united states certainly keeping private prison corporations in the money so it's little wonder them that they're also campaigning for to focus to deal penalties even for petty crimes report nynex looks at the cash made by incarceration. corrections corporation of america is the hilton of the private prison industry a multibillion dollar business that's getting rich off punishment we are c.c.a. the more people locked up behind bars and the longer they stay there the more money c.c.a. makes last year the company banked a reported one point seven billion dollars they are fully aware of the reality which is that they need massive our stories and in order to stay in business they need excessive sentences for nonviolent crime so yes they push for legislation that will sure more and more people are in their soyuz with more than to put millions people currently incarcerated the united states chomps china russia and the rest of
the world in the number of prisoners doing time about half of those in us jails are in for nonviolent offenses since one nine hundred ninety america's private prison population has increased sixteen hundred percent the war on drugs mandatory sentencing and a broken immigration policy have forced more people into prison c.c.a. has roughly ninety thousand prison beds in twenty states jesse lava from the watchdog group beyond bars says many of the companies contracts guarantee occupancy lock up quotas basically say if you're a private person and you have a contract with say or a local government you have a guaranteed number of people in your car go down with it doesn't matter taxpayers are still on the hook when the government is still on the hook for filling up your prisons. in the land of the free it is hard to expect the prison
population to decrease as long as corporations continue profiting by keeping people locked up reporting from new york marina puerto nile are to. well we spoke to a man who spent decades behind bars in both private and public jails and now as a human rights advocate alex freeman told us the private. prisons rule about cutting costs not rehabilitating criminals into society serve six years at a privately operated prison as part of the ten years total that i spent incarcerated and my experience is privately operated prison pretty much is what led me on to a career if you will fighting against private prison industry it is a very drastic experience and people come out of prison generally worse than they went in to get the isolation due to the the lack of resources and rehabilitation programs and what that means of course is that when they get out they are more likely to find mr interested if they come back and that benefits no one except for
companies like c.c.a. because if you profit from incarceration then the more people you have locked up the more money you can make. well like so so told by the influence the private prison firms wield over the government lobbying for legislation to provide them with the more complex the people really benefiting from prison privatization are not the public it's not the prisoners it's not the states that contract with these companies necessarily rather corporate executives and the shareholders who own stock when you incarcerate for the purpose of generating corporate profit in the built in incentive to incarcerate as many people as you can for as long as possible because that's how the the market system works the companies have to face considerable criticism for lobbying governments and immigration intension officials and other government officials for basically more contracts and to put more people in prison. coming up in the program a footballer who's trapped in a desperate need of a transfer out of cats all the way we'd like you to meet the french player who's
being stopped from returning home just pulled to his wages we've got a story plus seeing isn't quite believing the whole thing the expansion of its nuclear program where the western powers still don't trust them with the u.s. pushing for new sanctions despite ongoing talks about selling off the brake as well . so we need. to see bush to secure. the polity visible. issues that no one is asking with to get that deserve answers from. politic.
britain's conservative party just pretend apparently didn't happen that's what they're doing it's deleted a decade of speeches which websites that were made before scraping by could the down the street back in twenty ten pretty boy has got the story book out of the way she could care about him time and simply take back something sad or a promise was made. i certainly have this is here and i knew case goes out the federal government's apparently off it was revealed that me of course will do are you going to cite that since me and the raised all of this speech has made me pull the conservative cause he was elected into power back in two thousand and ten and it's raised suspicions that in the run up to the next general election that someone simply trying to get this elite behind him on their part and i think probably says remember that time that david cameron pledged not to reorganize the n.h.s. well the speeches. no longer on their website and it could be because after being elected the government to went on to preside over one of the largest three
organizations in n.h.s. history there was also that time that david cameron promise not to cut child benefits after which the coalition scrapped the welfare payment for higher earners and froze it for the rest of u.k. families and i want to me another thing that's now much harder to locate on the net is a quote of david cameron saying that the internet is democratizing the world's information try searching that on the tory party website rather than just removing it from the conservative site they've tried to remove it from the internet archive when he became prime minister one of the first promises he made was this with the most open government and it's pretty clear that's not the case the irony is that the speeches deletion is simply fueling public interest and then the fischel line from conservative h.q. is that they're revamping their website for a new digital era just starting a new chapter. polly boy her artsy london. brain spying
activities it's helping hand the end i say and how it's affecting transatlantic relations come up with today software co actually on r.t. . says sorry and how moral is it to assisting united states and spy and europe including its allies the idea that. they could talk freely all the. without any risk of being intercepted whether by agencies of other states or even by private enterprise is crazy many european countries were and about a breakdown in trust with the us do you think it will also affect for in their trust to britain i do think this is good to be a loss to know what about the mood within the british public i do think there's a degree to the british public the story doesn't really run here nearly as much as it does in many other cultures do you admire likes of snowden and julian assange for their choices or are they traitors and trouble makers for you traitors in
trouble because the basically the what they're doing is they've property and they are making use of that state of property and so i called it any way you could do what they've done. iran has slowed down its nuclear program to almost a halt according to the latest report by the un atomic watchdog inspectors say there's been no development of this facility since president rouhani took office in august the findings then could help build confidence ahead of next week's nuclear talks but it could all be undermined by the u.s. congress pushing for a new sanctions as a washington correspondent explains right now negotiations with iran on a nuclear deal or at this very fragile stage with one big component missing trust iranians don't trust the u.s. they've been duped before washington doesn't trust iran when they say they're
develop. nuclear technology for civilian use and are not trying to build a bomb the u.n. nuclear watchdog just released the report saying in the last three months in gone has not expanded its nuclear facilities it also said there were one has also not began operating any new generation centrifuges that quote no major components had been installed i don't react to being built at. this could be perceived as a confidence building step that you want is taking to move forward with a deal on its nuclear program the talks with six world powers in geneva last week did not produce an agreement as we know but there is another round of talks coming up next week and this new report by the i.a.e.a. may play a role but will also play a role is what's happening here in washington and the u.s. congress wants to pass a new round of sanctions president obama has urged congress not to do that he said if the u.s. is serious about using diplomacy to prevent iran from developing nuclear weapons there is no need to add new sanctions on top of sanctions already in place. so
congress can potentially undermine any chance there is for a deal as well as entrenched the iranians in this view that whatever they do washington is not going to lift the sanctions and is not going to recognize their right to develop a nuclear program for civilian use in washington i'm going to check them. online for us no more secrets about secret prisons the european human rights court decide if people deserve to know about what the cia is doing on this soil after trying to keep it quiet from the public find out why. germany suspends purchases of military drone saying it rejects illegal kill exist days after human rights groups come down on chancellor merkel for helping american strikes in pakistan we've got more money for the receiver used. the story online. the main professional footballers union is heading to qatar but this is no world cup checkup one of the players has
been held captive by the come. true for daring to speak out over not getting paid freshman's a balloonist currently bad for leaving qatar until he drops a lawsuit against his football club he's been fighting for more than a year to get an exit visa but the country is refusing until he drops the charges of football's governing body for says there's nothing it can do at the moment and rossetti from the football is union says the french players losing hope. we understand that it's also had to act in this matter and that includes the fact that he sold off sessions that he will be a victim from his own in a matter of days and therefore we have offered through our hardship fun here if procure opportunity for him at the very least while we help to try and resolve this situation that he at least somewhat salute to star you know hotel or whatever the case be for him his wife and his two daughters we are also very mindful of the fact that here is a very fragile mental state right now it's a precarious situation we're deeply concerned and so we are asking for the
international football community to unite support fifth pro we've been at the highest levels of government and within for all of far at least this is already gone right to the top side here billy and today himself has written begging for help this is just one player but it's one of sixty thousand we represent around the world and we want him released that we release now. for more of tonight's big stories in brief militiamen in the libyan capital who fire a protest this killing at least three people thousands gathered in tripoli to rally against uncontrolled militias demanding that the city one demonstrator was also reportedly wounded by an anti-aircraft gun shell libya's militia gangs which made up of former regime fighters have grown controllable since the fall of moammar gadhafi two years ago. rebels in syria have beheaded one of their supporters by mistake he was a sunni islamist but was captured and killed by insurgents who mistook him for an assad supporter the rebels then published a video apologizing for the execution of her admitting they killed the wrong man.
the group known as the islamic state in iraq and eleventh has become one of the main jihadist groups fighting forces in syria. as the philippines battles to recover from one of the strongest ever storms to hit land there are conflicting numbers tonight about casualties the authorities say that three thousand six hundred people have been killed while the u.n. is putting a favorite over four thousand adding up to the devastation by typhoon haiyan and two hundred thousand liters of oil have been spilled into the ocean too after strong waves grounded a. good news small bit of good news though that leak has been contained and a cleanup is underway. a mass rally in egypt of supporters of the ousted president morsi descended into clashes which have left for one person day security forces have used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds and xandra dozens of people were arrested the muslim brotherhood called from beijing demonstrations on friday to denounce the ongoing trial against us. thanks for your company tonight about with
a news bulletin in just about twenty five minutes time just over but after the break next crosstalk on whether middle east nation's borders are about to crumble. religious. you know i love these rare moments where action of something fairly sounds positive to share with you the f.d.a. is working the ban partially hydrogenated oils which are the leading source of trans fats and foods and possibly the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks per year across the usa according to f.d.a. commissioner margaret hamburg as you know i would like the chemicals in my food kept to a minimum but the thing is the people at the f.d.a. are surely aware of all the hormones and beef and jamal's being produced why does
the span of such a very narrow narrow. focus in fact when you look at all the things that americans consume smoke use that to swear health some get the violent band hammer while others are completely tolerated if you ever talk to a hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you but dude we does better for you than beer and that's legal man and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balanced position isn't really a good idea well the country could go the libertarian route and let it be everything be legal let people make their own choices or do what i think would be much much better actually really ban all the things that are destructive to our health both of these paths have positive and negative effects but they are a lot better than our current plan of ban some harmful things for some reason and allow other harmful things because well they lobby better but that's just my opinion. i know c.n.n. m s n b c news have taken some slightly but the fact is i admire their commitment
to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate. that was funny but it's close enough for the truth and might think. it's because when full attention and the mainstream media works side by side with joe actually i'm here. at our teen years we have a different thread. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not how. you guys have to jeff's well handled. that. is actually what happened that day i don't know but a woman i killed. piers later is when i got arrested for. for
a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results they get innocent people to confess to 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 meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were off taking they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said.
i think. we're going to go did you know the price is the only industry specifically mentioned in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy. in fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and our crack cynical we've been hydrangea lying handful of transnational corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once told us i'm tom martin and on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually going on in the world we go beyond identifying the problem try rational debate and a real discussion critical issues facing or not define them are you ready to join the movement then welcome to.
the lead. hello and welcome to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm people about ninety five years ago this week the first world war in europe came to an end the continent had exhausted itself millions dead economies broken and empires destroyed but before this or with a conflict was over western powers had already decided the fate of arab lands still under autumn in control a new colonial project was started and we live with this all present history to this day. to cross-talk legacies in the middle east i'm joined by my guest.