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in the. in the with. the over. really. the minority america the people of charlottesville are still contending with armed white supremacists who demand the statue of harbor at least stay up as impromptu protest emerge throughout the country. there are new pictures of kim jong il combing through maps of what does it mean as tensions remain high between north korea and the u.s. . and two u.s. soldiers died on a combat operation in iraq but questions remain about what killed them.
it's tuesday august fifteenth four pm in washington d.c. i'm talking sweets and you're watching our two america the weekend is over but the anger surrounding the protest in charlottesville is not improper to protest actions and gatherings of and here racist demonstrators sprung up across the country in the past couple of days since the violence in charlottesville a nation made crisis into the streets. in durham north carolina a crowd gathered monday to topple a statue of a confederate soldier meanwhile in baltimore the city council voted to destroy all confederate arab monuments in the city. in gainesville florida the daughters of the confederacy hired workers to remove a publicly displayed confederate statue however white supremacists are matching the
last mobilization the people of charlottesville are still contending with our rights to progress continuing to demand the statue of liberty least a half even after the city council there voted to take it down and neo nazi richard spencer who was present in charlottesville over the weekend is scheduled to speak at the university of florida according to the university and after the weekend it's clear confederate symbolism is only a focal point and worsening racial tensions across the country with no end in sight . and much of the mainstream media criticize president trying for his delayed response to the charlottesville protests we don't have to tweets that the fake news media will never be satisfied then went to new york where he was met by crowds of protesters outside of trump tower accusing him of racism archie's killer mop and takes a look at how america's political debate is now all about labeling morning his report does contain violence seems. one of the chants most frequently used at the protests
is no trump no k.k.k. hell fascist usa essentially trump and his supporters are being barred with the same brush as white supremacy. ok you feel. that. the guy. you. have a suspect in the horrific charlottesville car ramming was himself a member of the far right but the mayor of the city was very quick to put his blame on the white house and president and he wasn't alone he should look in the mirror and he made a choice in his presidential campaign the folks around with him to you know go right to the gutter to play on our worst prejudices and i think you are seeing a direct line from what happened here this weekend to those choices trump has made it clear with bannon gorka in the white house and the klan in the streets it is now the white supremacists house. if the incitement of hatred to the got us here is as
real and condemn the bill as the white supremacists and i was tweets for the democratic response to the car ramming mirrors the way republicans responded to the shooting at the congressional baseball practice they blame democrats for stoking up the atmosphere was a reality the attack was carried out by a lone both republican and you've had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left three percent tension has been building. i think since election night. that vitriol from the left has spurred threats and now action without historical parallel events like today are exactly why we took issue with and why elites glorifying the assassination of a president now most americans liberal conservative or otherwise are not violent however it seems like the leaders of the two major political parties try to make the other half of the electorate look like they are and that seems to be mobilizing people in both camps if you want to start something. and demonize me.
was. that it. was for the united states has created a political system in a way to demonizing one side means supporting the other side for many voters those who haven't really learned that much about third parties yet the the solution to this is to reduce some of these impediments to we need a system in which political parties have to fight for their own ideas they have to show why what they believe is good and why it's right and what an excellent idea. not just focus on demonizing the other side so no matter what your political
outlook is the best strategy seems to be the same generalized demonize it will pop in r.g.b. your. all the acts of violence and charlottesville are shedding light on various hate groups including white supremacy cults which are reportedly gaining steam online the southern poverty law center says it's currently tracking some sixteen hundred extremist groups in the country and for more we turn now to andrew batchelor organizer of the d.c. anti fascist coalition thank you so much for joining us today so you very much for having me and so you know we see that there is a lot of hate going on right now in the country i mean we're seeing uprising of various hate groups all across the country do you think this is far beyond politics that this isn't really something about the left versus right that this is more about if you miss guided individuals who somehow think racism is the thing and have these biases against people well i mean i think that there is
a rising momentum of hate groups going on in the country and there has been for some time there is a very deep insecurity in the country that i see right now. and i think honestly hate groups have been fueled by trump's presidency and candidacy. the very first. when he you know when he first announced his candidacy coming down from the escalator one of the first things he said was that mexicans are criminals and rapists which was really a signal to. hate groups white supremacists. that he was their guy but do you think it's fair to the president i mean he even back in november he's already denounced the k.k.k. and other white supremacist and again this weekend he came out and announced it again do you think people who are i mean people have the right to disagree with the president of course they don't have to like him but is it fair to blame him for
what happened on saturday i don't think so first of all i'm not blaming him i never said i blame him for what happened on saturday. i blame the old right who came to charlottesville with the intent of violence and yes. that person. did a terrorist car attack into a crowd of anti-racist protesters of people who were there protecting the community standing up for the community who is opposed to the all great i think one of the things that's really important to remember. i was on the ground in charlottesville i was there friday night and saturday friday night the first thing that happened. is you see the all right gathering in what looked like a scene. of i mean my first question was and i think you've mentioned answered
quite yet i asked if this was about politics and you continue to use all right and i don't think it's all conservatives do you not think that as opposed to a group a leftist group this is a very hate filled were and yet that is a white supremacist group so i don't think any conservatives would actually identify with that group so all right i don't know if that's accurate so i'd say it's a rising movement it's a rising movement and i'd say that. it is a movement that has criticized mainstream conservatism i think it is also a movement that's trying to draw in mainstream conservatives and i think you've got to remember that in this country slavery and genocide is a part of our it's a part of our heritage in these things. so there is precedence for this think anyone argues that going back to you being there my point is to take it seriously oh absolutely i think most people in this country do take it seriously it's
definitely not a joke that's why i asked if it was a small group of misguided people because it seems as though unfortunately it might be gaining steam online while i think a small group of misguided people actually kind of encourages us not to take it seriously because it's like there's like they can be dismissed or we or it's only a small group so we don't have to worry about it so much it's a growing movement. and it's a movement that has acted violently and it hasn't ended violence and so when you were there on the ground you said that you were really close to the actual accident what went through your mind when you saw that well first i didn't know it was happening i just saw the crowd kind of parting. and. people were calling for medics people were hurt i was in close enough to the accident to actually see the people hurt like the scenes of people flying in the air there some of my friends did witness were right there for and actually acted as
medics and actually an important point to bring up is the police and the police response during all of this that actually. this is just a story that i have to tell some of our medics were told to stop c.p.r. by the police on heather hire. a lot of people were very shaken a lot of people very traumatized it only occurred to me sort of later what the intensity of that moment was. when i realized that you know i had survived a terrorist attack and so had my compatriots it's apps it's unfortunate what happened to heather and i think everybody regrets that that happened and that's just the campaign that will happen unfortunately very nice for friends to try and save her it just a terrible event that happened. it's unfortunate that you were so close to it. and so again going back to us living in this world of hates once you think is
fueling it do you think us having so many divided groups even in schools talking about race do you think that fuels it because some people were raised to be color blind we are all this thing we all bleed red we're all the same it doesn't matter how much militant you have in your skin it's it's just a factor and we all have different looks you know so what is actually fueling this hate. i think it's insecurity in part i think it's great insecurity in the country economic insecurity a lot of people have lost jobs. and i think also you know there's a deep legacy of racism in the country you know i i don't think that talking about racism makes people racist i think it helps us to be anti-racist i think we should acknowledge the. the difference is that people from different backgrounds of
different ethnicities different skin colors have and try to create mutual understanding and also reverse historic injustices and discriminations. but i think it needs to be reversed because it's there it's there in our d.n.a. and hopefully it's something that is reversed we're out of time unfortunately we really appreciate you sharing your story with us thank you so much that is. and north korean state television aired pictures of leader kim jong il coming through maps of well the images released show that north korean military officials briefing their leader on plans to fire missiles and want to create quote enveloping fire los angeles times reported the term enveloping fire is less biblical and more technical of a phrase quote yoke is better translated as enveloping strike meaning the military strategy suggests and certainly with firing missiles however the term used is still
plenty alarming with kim threatening strikes around water surrounding guam given further u.s. military intimidation around north korea. but will come. after all when the korean central news agency reports that he might have taken his foot off the gas pedal for now. reports. indeed the meeting you mentioned there between king jong un and the military officials in north korea actually produced a rather interesting and important quote especially for the times of today now the central news agency of north korea quoted the leader as saying that i quote dear supreme leader said today that the americans reckless military confrontational behavior has ended up the u.s. traveling themselves with their own hands and are spending but that it fade by weary minutes and seconds that the dear supreme leader will watch such stupid american behavior for a bit longer the big question of course right now is whether this means that kim jong un has abandoned his plan of striking the waters near the island of guam as
a show of force to the united states but again fists are flying high obviously with the head of the defense secretary mattis talking on monday in a press gaggle at the pentagon saying that the bottom line is that we will defend the country from an attack yes that means for a long haul a lot of young troops are going to be in a wartime situation you don't shoot at people in this world said mattis you don't shoot at people in this. world unless you want to bear the consequences of quote but one of the most interesting quotes in this whole exchange fiery exchange between the united states and the countries in the region around north korea is actually from the south korean president who was just elected a short while ago speaking in a televised address on tuesday president and said that no one should be allowed to decide on a military action on the korean peninsula without south korean agreement our government he continued will do everything it can to prevent the war from breaking
out and if we remember the president actually was elected on the platform of trying to you know have south korea more independent in his decisions from the united states and let's not forget there is also china in this whole situation with the foreign ministry of china issuing a statement on monday that the current situation on the korean peninsula is highly complex and sensitive we hope to see that the relevant sides extinguished through their out the words and actions instead of adding fuel limit tensions we hope to see them improve mutual trust and move toward the goal of preserving peace and stability on the peninsula as well as realizing they do nuclearization of the peninsula so in a nutshell china beijing is saying here that you know all sides should cool that off and the situation should be resolved at the negotiation table rather than you know in a military matter so we will see how the situation develops but definitely it's
a little less tense than it was last week with the fire and fewer comments from the president of the united states. and to discuss this further i was joined earlier by corner network against weapons and nuclear power in space i started by asking him if north korean leader kim jong il really wants a peaceful treaty with the u.s. . i think there's no doubt that north korea has been calling for a peace treaty with the u.s. since one thousand nine hundred eighty three when an armistice a cease fire was signed on july twenty seventh fifty three between the u.s. and north korea so legally technically the war still on and the reason why the united states has never signed a peace treaty is because united states doesn't really want to recognize the existence of north korea and that's what gore korea has always been asking for so this whole nuclear missile fiasco could be dealt with if two things were done
number one the united states signed a formal priest treaty with north korea to korea and secondly united states ended war games on north korea's border and began to call out its own eighty three bases on the korean peninsula and do you believe it's true that north korea is not attached to having nuclear weapons if peace can be achieved. i think that's absolutely clear lead during the clinton administration they made very strong concessions to. centrally stop their nuclear program when george w. bush became president he called the u.s. out of that agreement so once again like the american indians used to say washington speaks with a forked tongue and that's been the experience repeatedly for north korea and do you think pete between the u.s.
and north korea can happen and if yes how so. well i think the only way it's really going to happen is if people in this country america begin to really understand something about the history of the korean war where is the north koreans called it the american war and. the people in this country begin to speak out. to our government demanding that they stop these aggressive military war games and base expansion on the korean peninsula united states is destroying communities in places like songs you were a new missile defense system is going and that is a key element in u.s. first try to attack planning and then in jeju island just off the mainland of south korea a navy base has been built destroying a five hundred year old fishing and farming community support us with maybe
warships as part of this pivot into the asia pacific that is that we're told is to prevent a war with north korea but in fact i believe north korea is ultimately a foil the united states does not fear north korea north korea only has four nuclear warheads today while the united states has six thousand eight hundred so this whole pivot is actually being aimed at russia and china but the pentagon doesn't want to come to the american people and say oh look we want to move sixty percent of our military forces into the asia pacific to go after china and russia so instead they use north korea as excuse and so the more that the united states terrorizes essentially north korea with war games and base expansions on the korean peninsula the more north korea reacts and then the united states uses that as
further just cation to expand its military on. for aeration in the asia pacific region and you're kind of touching on a question that i did want to ask you because you wrote an article and it brought up an interesting question will china and russia get dragged into this dispute between the u.s. north korea but you think that the actual dispute is not with north korea. no i don't think so in fact this missile defense system that the united states is called fad that is us has recently deployed in some jews on the korean mainland its radar has a two thousand kilometer viewing capability which means it will see into china and russia so it's really not about north korea it's about again in circling china and russia with military capability technically these missile defense systems that are key elements in u.s. for a strike attack planning in fact every year at the u.s.
space command they have a annual war game a computer wargame where they practice a first strike attack on russia and china but after the u.s. launches that strike. those two countries try to fire their remaining rig nuclear retaliatory capability at the u.s. in response and it is at that point that the u.s. uses this so-called missile defense shield to try to pick off russian and chinese retaliatory capability and or the u.s. war gaming nuclear first strike and now setting in motion the in the infrastructure to make it possible. and that was bruce gagne on corner of global network against weapons and nuclear power in space well u.s. soldiers died on a combat operation in iraq but it's not clear who killed them the defense department said the two died of quote to stay in combat operations but in an
earlier statement said their deaths were not due to quote enemy contact the two killed were thirty year old sergeant ross hayne brokes and twenty two year old alan levy stigler five others were injured and they were supporting operation inherent resolve in northern iraq the defense department said it's investigating. and boom bust is coming up right here on r.t. america ever very old joins us for a preview of what's ahead hi samone. well americans went on a huge shopping spree in july we'll tell you what they bought that gave retail sales a big boost for the country plus it's been ten years since the first signs of the financial crash if you can believe it or not we're going to talk to economists steve keen and he'll tell us whether we learned anything from that situation atocha all right thanks so much simone and that does it for now for more on the stories we've covered go to youtube dot com slash r.t. america and check out our web site r.t. dot com slash america and you can follow me on twitter at taj this week's question more.
all the world's a stage and all the news companies merely players but what kind of partners are in t. america playing the r t america offer much more r t america or so. many ways to use landscape just like. you make me sick actors bad actors i mean you could never you're all. so much part of the world the world of the world the state we are. for decades the american middle class so it's been railroaded by washington politics. big body corporate has thrown out a lot of force that's how it is in the new culture in this country. that's where i
come in. i bet. on argue america i'll make sure you don't get railroaded you'll get a break off in the break. john i thought all your watching hard squares. what's more. it's one thing for journalists to be approached by sources who leak secret information from inside the government like it's one thing if someone who works at the white house decides to contact a journalist to give them insight tech but it's a whole other thing for the journalist just seek out the government workers to leak information to say hey give me
a juicy scoop even though you're not supposed to but that's exactly what the new york times did and has been doing according to a recent report from breitbart they obtained e-mails from a reporter at the new york times sent to a government employee asking them to become leakers to collude with the new york times against their boss the president coral devonport covers energy and environmental policy for the new york times and she wrote an e-mail to john j. o'grady who was actually the president of the government union who represents workers and davenport did not mince words as to what she was looking for she actually wrote i am working on a story lou. going for unusual secretary at the e.p.a. then she writes i'm looking for things like information communicated verbal when it's usually put in writing or people told not to bring phones to meetings or officials using devices that aren't official government property she was looking
for that kind of thing in other words davenport was saying hey i had this idea for a story i want to write about how people at the e.p.a. are being asked to hide information and how the president's administration is trying to sabotage the e.p.a. even though davenport did not have any of this proof she knew that that was the story she wanted to do so she asked a government worker to become a leader and to find other leaders who would back up the story that she had made up in her head this is not how journalism is the post to work people you're not supposed to have a very specific angle in your head before you have the information which makes it all the more worse that the new york times actually responded to break by saying there's nothing abnormal about davenport's request and that's the normal process for gathering facts so if you're wondering why all these people in the white house keep leaking information maybe it's not because they're mad at their jobs or their
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