twitter briefly suspended the account of an r.t. america correspondent only agreeing to reinstate it once a decade old video of alleged us war crimes is removed. the former us intelligence analyst faces years in jail for exposing america's drone assassination program we speak to a whistleblower who is in close contact with him. he did it because he was exposing a war crime he's not allowed to say that and so he really doesn't have any chance of acquittal. astra zeneca vaccine is in the spotlight as the european medicines agency's top official links it to blood clots while the medical body itself goes on pointing to the jobs benefits. and fire bombs and bricks the price of post
border checks in northern ireland we look at the background to the weekend's violent attacks on police. are broadcasting live there direct from our studios in moscow this is arch international and sean thomas certainly glad to have you with us now a correspondent with r.t. america had their twitter account temporarily suspended with the social network only agreeing to lift of the block after she removed a video of alleged u.s. war crimes which she had earlier read tweeted we're about to show some of that footage but be warned you may find it disturbing. first released by wiki leaks in 2010 the once classified u.s. military video appears to show the indiscriminate shooting of over a dozen civilians in a baghdad suburb from an american helicopter and among those killed are 2 employees
of the reuters news agency who said it had managed to obtain video from a number of whistleblowers are 2 americas rachel love and shared earlier which she was told by twitter. so i was simply given a notice in which is that i was locked out of my account and the only way to get back into my account was to take down that tweet without video and now they said that they were doing this because i violated their graphic content policy essentially because in that video you were watching civilians and journalists lose their lives and the context that they give behind that is to say that for the families of those victims that would be hard to watch that would be hard for that footage to be out there and to that extent they're correct about that i mean this is disturbing footage this is graphic and yet at the same time it's also even more disturbing for those families to know that even though that footage has been out there the attackers the murderers who are responsible still have not been brought
to justice and so i wanted to put that video out there to service their own minder even though it has been alive and years since this footage was released those pilots those u.s. soldiers you see in that video who are literally murdering citizens civilians and journalists in broad daylight has no consequences for those actions over the years the video the twitter claims breaks its rules has been posted by many other users but it is her post as an r.t. journalist that triggered the system but rachel blood insists that although graphic footage still needs to be brought to the public's attention. something that is a reminder of just what a saw and has accomplished because here in the united states are major media organizations like say c.n.n. or fox news they don't show you for it is like that they don't show you how horrific it is when the u.s. military commit these terrible war crimes in other countries they don't tell you what is actually going on with this so-called war on terrorism and yet it's people
like us on to have taken the steps to put that information out there to bring the actual footage to light to show the public public that and now at the same time you see the u.s. government going through promote bamma by even attacking us songs going after him trying to get his head on a platter moralize as a notice to anyone else who may try to do the same who may try to bring other footage to light i think that what we're seeing is. increasing moves on the part of these digital corporations and we know nothing about them they're completely opaque they know everything about us as forms of censorship for the ruling elite in particular the establishment elites in the republican in the democratic party who are blocking their critics on the left or the right you have to remember that during the obama administration and barack obama's vice president was of course joe
biden expanded the targeted assassinations through militarized zone drones and there's complete continuity between republican and democratic administrations on this issue which is why the biden ministration has supported the appeal in london to get julian a songe extradited to the united states. the former u.s. intelligence analyst faces up to 10 years in prison for blowing the whistle on washington's targeted drone assassination program daniel hale pleaded guilty to transmitting and retaining national defense information his case comes amid mass disclosure of similar crimes allegedly perpetrated by the u.s. .
i have to tell you when he called me a few hours ago he was surprisingly upbeat and optimistic and he he remarked about how much press this issue has been getting since he decided to plead guilty so in the end i think that he thinks that this is been worth it that americans know more about the drone program now than 8 they did 6 months ago or a year ago and even though he's likely going to go to prison it was worth it the u.s. is flying these drones or at least it was until recently that were used ostensibly to kill terrorists or would be terrorists but in reality to kill anybody who might
resemble a terrorist and that included women children the elderly and anybody else who happened to be on the ground i believe that we're we're a nation of laws and we have to abide by those laws whether we like them or not if we don't like them we should change them go through the process and change them if congress has not declared war on a country we don't have a right to attack it we just can't decide that we don't like the politics of whoever happens to be in charge in a place like yemen or pakistan or afghanistan and then launch drone strikes against them it's a violation of international law. data which hale gave to the online news site the intercept back in 2014 was made available to the public and he is now accused of disclosing classified intelligence information his supporters say these kind of exposures are necessary for a strong society. using the espionage act in this way to prosecute journalists
sources and spies chills newsgathering and discourages sources from coming forward with information in the public interest particularly when it relates to national security where government secrecy is at its height these documents detail the secret unaccountable probe says for targeting and killing people around the world including u.s. citizens through drone strikes there are a vital public importance and the related to their disclosure is protected by the 1st amendment hale was arrested 2 years ago and charged with violating the espionage act and other related offenses when joe biden came to power some hoped there would be changes to the drone program but now there are reports he aims to boost exports of unmanned weapons to countries including those with poor human rights records former cia analyst john kiriakou who you heard from earlier told us the terms of the espionage act leave hale with little hope. this is the really the worst part of the of the espionage act this is the reason why ed snowden can't come
home this is the reason why i couldn't go to trial this is the reason why jeffrey sterling the other cia whistleblower was convicted because there is no affirmative defense we are prohibited by law from going into court and saying i did it but i did it for this reason and in in the case of daniel hale this was a war crime he did it because he was exposing a war crime he's not allowed to say that and so he really doesn't have any chance of acquittal the best thing to do for daniel as it was for me as it was for so many others here charged under the espionage act is to take a deal and to hope for the lightest possible sentence the decision that was made early on even before joe biden was inaugurated to pursue the appeal against julian his son it was that decision that made it clear that joe biden was going to pursue national security leaks just like barack obama did and just like donald trump did
after him you can see our full interview with john kerry aku on the latest edition of watching of the hawks which is online now at r.t. dot com. a connection between the astra zeneca covert vaccine and blood clots does exist says a senior official from the european medicines agency but its cause is yet to be defined meanwhile the agency itself isn't rushing to link the 2 as artie's devinsky explains. well this for the confusion. of the safety over astra zeneca 1st of all we had this indictment from an e m a european medicines agencies top official one of the top officials saying that in his opinion there was a link in association between the astra zeneca job and the rare form of blood clotting this is blood clotting in the brain mariya cover larry made accusations
in an interview with an italian newspaper and those accusations have now gone the viral around the world this is what he had to say we're trying to give the precise picture of what is happening to define in detail the syndrome due to the vaccine in my opinion we can now say it is the reason association with the vaccine what causes this reaction however we still do not know now despite that being his opinion he said that the risk benefit ratio was still on the side of astra zeneca and he suggested that any change in advice on how that job is used would be in regards to age groups rather than anything else that's already something that's taken place here with france germany and norway where astra zeneca now isn't being given to young age groups however a within hours of this interview came out and said itself in a very brief statement that despite that claim it is not yet itself reached
a conclusion as to whether there is an association between astra zeneca and these incredibly rare blood clots and it is continuing of course to monitor the situation in regards to that so it doesn't appear as if the advice is going to change from the major a plea today but these need to top official from the board the are likely to just heighten the concerns that there are about the job already there are a complete. since a manslaughter case looked up here in france after a 38 year old social worker health worker received one dose of astra zeneca and then died less than 2 weeks later a rare type of blood clotting so there are concerns about this job and if you're somebody who's just had a astra zeneca and you are in one of these younger age group categories do you to have your facts seen in the next few days and this really now must be
a worry because once again the safety of this vaccine in question now if i say if the official b.m.a. advice does change in the next few days or the next few weeks that might also pose questions with people wondering whether they can trust the safety of what's being approved by the way and it will raise a lot of questions about the process it is undertaken when it came to approving vaccines like astra zeneca. meanwhile the world health organization says there is no link so far between astra zeneca and blood clots highlighting the positive benefit risk assessment of the vaccine. what happens is that there are a number of committees right now and regulatory agencies and regulatory authorities looking at data and new data is coming every day and assessing the data so there is no link for the moments between the vaccine and the thrown political events a trial of the astra zeneca job on children in britain has also been put on hold
while the u.k.'s medical regulator makes its own checks we ask people in london if they are concerned about vaccines potential link to blood clots i had my 1st. good go problem not get any this is not this goes on health condition she's not getting it simply because of the little plots and we do actually know someone who's had a stroke in the vaccine i'm not sure about that you know because the lower fee for has been vaccinated there ok this would be even more side effects that we don't even know about this is just $1.00 thing that picking now they have no idea what this cause i guess the fear is going to be bigger actual problem we've got a good public health system keep an eye on these things and obviously they'll be looking at the latest research but while the advice the still take the vaccine i would still take the vaccine that nurse and health campaigner bennett believes the regulator should act immediately to not put lives at risk. i think it would have
been very useful to treat this is very seriously because we're dealing with the lives of people so i feel from the moment there was any doubt they should have acted very quickly on that and know people are very worried and they obviously prefer him to go for a different type of that but yet the general feedback that i'm receiving is that people are unsure what to do because there's so many different complete tin guidance is given out so it's very difficult for people members of the public to make their mind up definitely need some confirmation of the recently meted out how serious and how dangerous is the fact seen if it is dangerous or if it's not but we me it's a rather than just allowing people to be eating pigs and just allowed to be given these facts in 1000 without that assurance and reassurance i definitely hope that they learn from this and they start listening to people's back and concerns you
know what if they can reassure us entirely then i guess it will be a different thing so i think for me it be wanted to get the surance from them because recent not long ago they said that there was no connection with a black person and today surprisingly we've been that we've learned that they could be or maybe a connection with this red type of brain. and that's the issue and that's the concern because always the we just need to get beyond says and be able to make informed decisions about which friend of vaccination to use. still become in the program italian businesses are pushed to the brink by lockdown after a lockdown season tempers are frayed in rome that story and much more for bread this is art international.
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welcome back this is archie international now a march in support of struggling italian businesses and has turned violent in rome with protesters clashing with riot police in front of parliament. it was the unrest was sparked by an extension to easter coronavirus restrictions until the end of april they included the closure of all non-essential shops and take away only service for restaurants and cafes many values have already gone bankrupt unable to withstand the financial pressure of a 3rd lockdown in a year leaving many italians furious at the prospect of more restructuring. she's yelling cut down our chain sonali selves because we can't go ahead and accept the
situation we want to reclaim our jobs and now 3 of them we ask for an immediate end to the national walk down and for the immediate opening of all commercial activity without any restrictions regardless of the statistics related to the disease the fact we can't go out after tenet nights that we can't go where we want not respecting our rights which are constitutionally mandated is a form of tyranny the founder of an italian conservative think tank told us he believes government in consistencies are driving people to dispair. i think that people are frustrated them because if we don't have a date for the hand of the lock down we don't have a plan for the next 2 weeks and you've got a date to hold the next we simply don't know if they're locked down i don't know and they have to say look we don't know if the low down with feeling in the hand of some 8 every week and have rebate to the government to change it they in their lows
and every week of the government to say that they're on now may be good for the next weeks and this ignition is fight difficult for the interest in the world the 1st article of our constitution say that italy is a democratic country based on the level so if the number of people in the seated sense can open their shops it can't hold me in the restaurant how they can sleep so i handed stand that people really understand the people that grew up in the street that the most free and tried to see their goals and the problem in our county in this nation is that the government don't have the money to have this people so that's why these people have to date was that a research ship where. in part and each time he says you see that from the last year this year we lost in $1000000.00 jobs in our country so you can imagine how it is difficult how the economic solution is difficult economy in this one so the
government has to have old people. northern ireland has seen several nights of unrest with protesters hurling petrol bombs at police in anger over post brags that trade roles should be edwards a doctor has more. we've seen numerous police officers injured and as these violent clashes as well as dozens of people being arrested some as young as 13 and 14 years of age and so now police are really appealing to community leaders to try and stop this disorder and stop this on the breast as well but it all follows on friday decision not to prosecute leaders of the irish nationalists the shin fein party for allegedly breaking coronavirus restrictions for attending a funeral of a former. leader last year that funeral was in june and allegedly around 2000 people attended so that is one part of the narrative but also a seeing rising tensions due to post of brics issues as well as
a specific part of the brics at withdrawal agreement that's the northern ireland protocol is coming under fire today what we're seeing is it all boils down to the fact that these new trade barriers between northern ireland and the rest of the u.k. essentially creates a de facto border on the irish sea quizes that goods entering the night and from britain will have to go through specific checks a century treaty it completely different to the rest of the united kingdom it's always been a huge sticking point in both theories of may's attempted bret's that deal but also boris johnson signed sealed and delivered bricks it deal that is a huge sticking point officials in brussels dublin and london just sore on technical terms but actually what we're seeing is a real a motive behind it it's an erosion of serenity for some it's a betrayal by the british government and all acutely rips up the good friday agreement all together and all the promises of peace within it as well it does seem like neither the shin fein for that matter nor the d.p. are in the mood for to taunt any time soon when it comes to these violent clashes
old to do with that northern ireland protocol and it seems all of this stoked up tensions is accelerating by breck's at seeing the appetite to unify northern ireland an island really increase in the last few weeks if not months. to its highest level of around 42 percent not just confined to the wishful nationalists either but that appetite is also growing amongst the devolved nations too we know that over in scotland that appetite has been growing for some years but nicholas sturgeons reenergize efforts are seeing that trajectory continue as well even though looking at wales which is the 2nd smallest nation of the 4 nations they're jumping on the independence bandwagon too with around 25 percent in the polls saying that they would vote for independence which is double what it was around 6 years ago so it seems like these recent clashes over the last few days in northern ireland really are just real reflect of real concerns when it comes to the
disunited kingdom. based political commentator from hughes says it's futile to try and negotiate the northern ireland political. this work has always happened here by a political response to the destabilization of the peace forces here on continue. creating positive factor. using violence to try. to renegotiate. that's not going to help anytime soon so it's a complete waste of. noise flexing their muscle trying to use violence. for political reasons representatives. and the. space is cool
a rocket is in position on the launch pad at the baikonur cosmodrome in kazakhstan it is due to blast off for the international space station on friday a few days before russia marks the 60th anniversary of euro garren becoming the 1st person in space constantine rushkoff is following this latest mission. well for those who are not involved in the space program itself this is arguably the best moment to see the rocket up close when they transfer it from a sadly hangar to the launch pad and i mean wow just look how look how big it is said you know i got to tell you something that i watched this on t.v. many times but this is absolutely different when you see something like this in person by the way the sawyers rocket is 50 meters long and it weighs over 300 tons . of course it takes a base to retrain even to haul it they move it slowly and carefully because as you
can see we can move along in more alaska pop with it there is no need for haste at this moment because it's important not to disrupt the it's. sam rocket just days before liftoff the reason why the soyuz rocket is so big because it needs a lot of fuel to overcome gravity and that's what a space rocket basically is is just a massive fuel tend to 90 percent of it burns out during the flight sequence in the past and then used parts simply fall back to earth and that's why by the way that was one of the reason why baikonur was built. in sparsely populated steps of kazakhstan because you don't want used parts of rocket to fall on someone's house the spacecraft itself is much smaller if you compare wood with the rest of the rockets it's right on the tip of the rocket inside a capsule let's go in to protect the space crew while they're going to make blast their way to orbit.
and this time we have 2 russian cosmonauts and want to merican astronaut. despite a vastly have only in space is dragon program they still dependent on russia and pay the country to stand its astronauts into space and a way to preparation is in full swing now his specially for russia's peter dubrovsky this is going to be his 1st ever space flight leg novitsky now the russian crew member and space ship's captain on the other hand has more experience he's already has 2 space missions under his belt the same goes for mark bonner hey who's not only been to the ice asked in the past but also perform several spacewalks now if everything goes as planned they will be in space at this 60th anniversary of your garden's flight which made him the 1st average human in space
and set the space age which we live in today just over 550 people have been able to visit earth's orbit. ever since but they say you're a good gardener and other pioneers of space travel we know that this is possible and that gravity is not our limits. but does it for me this hour i'll be back in 32 minutes with another full and fresh look for news this is our 2 internet. shots seemed wrong. but all roads just don't hold. any you won't
get to shape out these days become agitated and in danger of it equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. this is boom bust one business show you can't afford to miss i'm rachel blevins in washington coming up china becomes the 1st major economy to create a digital currency but while it may be convenient privacy advocates are already
warning about the new powers it gives to the government a lot but by name ministration is moving forward with plans to pass a $2.00 trillion dollars spending bill so while they say it's for infrastructure folks republicans and even some democrats are saying it doesn't come their support that the pressure is on for the u.k. to decide if it will be the next time for you to require a vaccine passport some say the plan to fully reopen with separate society into the house and the house not we have a lot to get to so let's get started. beijing is set to take on the u.s. dollar in an unprecedented way china becomes the 1st major economy to create a digital currency it's a new form of innovation at a time when everything is going digital but while crypto currencies offer a new world of privacy reports note that china's version of a digital currency is controlled by its central bank which will issue the new.