continues to. see the. trusted name in news. is perfect for the weekly as the news team here has been compiling your top stories of the week welcome to. it was this week that low point u.s. relations as both countries unleashed sanctions on each other moscow expelled u.s. diplomats from russia and the. the latest attack country by divided ministration cannot. it seems that washington does not want to accept the fact that in the new geo political realities there is no
place for unilateral dictatorship and the broken scenarios of containing moscow which the us short sightedly continues to deploy when you risk further degrading russia u.s. relations we knew that this was coming in one form or another it was just a matter of time and on friday russia very demonstrative retaliated against those punitive measures that washington announced against moscow earlier this week perhaps the most interesting part is that 8 top level washington officials have been banned from entering russian territory we're talking the head of the f.b.i. the director of national intelligence the secretary of homeland security to i people who are powerful decision makers in washington also on my list to susan rice and john bolton historically to politicians who are you know. russian rhetoric alongside the names moscow explained that these individuals have been chosen precisely because they all responsibility for promoting americans and
to russian policy direction i have to say this is a really strong move because usually such bans are done on the low down in the quiet that are not announced publicly so clearly the kremlin here is so frustrated by what's going on that it wants to make a really bold korea statement of not 10 american diplomats have been expelled a number of american organizations suspected of interfering in russia's internal affairs have been told that they need to stop their activity and it was also made clear that if the u.s. continues to behave this way the more can and will be done including reducing the diplomatic mission here to just $300.00 and taking action that would be harmful to u.s. business interests so very loud very extensive announcement leaving the door open for an improvement over. but at the same time being practical and preparing for the worst as you see it it comes not long after it was americans said they were going to do as regards sanctions what was said on thursday well you have to look at the
fact up to this hostile undiplomatic rhetoric coming from the white house of course now the infamous into joe biden calling president putin a killer on international television and then this final blow out by joe biden signing what can only be cooled sanctions spree so that package includes a $32.00 russian entities and individuals sanction for allegedly interference in last year's presidential election stateside a range of financial and technology firms targeted for power and cyber attacks on federal agencies 10 russian diplomats expelled borrowing money international made more difficult for russia to and why anyone reasonable would look at this and say well this is pretty extensive apparently joe biden claims that this was his take it easy on russia set of sanctions and that ultimately all he really wants is to be friendly and the pressure dial down united states is not looking to kick off the. school is she in conflict with russia we want
a stable predictable relationship is the time to deescalate well saying that after announcing a slew of sanctions is mixed messages it's illogical it's very confusing i mean generally punishment and deescalation don't go hand in hand so you can see why the russian side pointed out that the moment there's a huge disconnect between what russia says rather what washington says and what washington does cool's from overseas to refrain from escalation sound hypocritical in essence to trying to talk to us from a position of strength we have repeatedly warned and proved in practice that sanctions and other pressures are not only futile but will also result of disastrous consequences for those who decide on such provocations so clearly normal . relations between the u.s. and russia are going to require a serious shift in syria but at the moment it does definitely sound that whilst moscow of course doesn't want it to terrorists and relations and it's tried
everything it can to avoid that at the moment it feels that that might be the only option left russia also expressed its protest at the czech republic where charles ultimately follow the u.s. lead in expelling russian diplomats 18 were told to leave the country on saturday prague is blaming russia for a huge explosion at an m initial depot back in 2014. and moscow was strongly denying the allegations the accusations are up said especially as early as the czech government laid the blame for the explosions at the door of the companies that own the depos this hostile step is a continuation of a serious event of russian actions conducted over the last several years by the czech republic one cannot also fail to notice the american influence by trying to win washington's favor as the u.s. imposes sanctions against russia the czech all sorts he's haven't done their american mostest. well meanwhile there was an intriguing development when czech police revealed they're looking for 2 russian suspects in connection with the
explosion from 2014 the pair already that have quite a reputation having previously been accused by the u.k. of the north of chaka talk on this group ows and 28 meanwhile moscow has vowed to respond to prague's expulsion of the 18 diplomats and we spoke with geo political analyst who says accusations have got to be backed up with evidence. in my view it is at least possible that the depot explosion has virtually nothing to do with russian interference of you. that the czech republic knows about it at least we have to assume this possibility that it has just been used as ammunition against russia at this convenient point of time what is right now is that is just a suspicion or is there evidence before such evidence has been presented in a convincingly way we have to assume that we are dealing with yet another
diplomatic crisis between the western european and also america of course indirectly involved harkness and russia and there is just the geopolitical real which offers us real explanations. and while unveiling the latest rough of sanctions the u.s. also cited claims made last year of russia offering balance sheets to the taliban to kill american troops in afghanistan the white house admits it has very little to back up those claims but is nevertheless now demanding answers from the crap. we felt the reports were enough of a cause of concern they assessed with low to moderate confidence as you alluded to that russian intelligence officer sought to encourage taliban attacks against u.s. and coalition personnel in afghanistan so while there's a lot of moderate assessment of these reports we felt it was important for our
intelligence community to look into it this information really puts the burden on russia and the russian government to explain their engagement here. last june it was reported that russian intelligence offered taliban linked militants money to kill american soldiers and 2019 delegations were never proven and the pentagon itself said more than once it could not corroborate the reports but that certainly did not stop the mainstream media from embracing the entire story vladimir putin is offering for the scalps of american soldiers in afghanistan now the european intelligence official called this callous shocking and reprehensible overnight president trump dismissed the intelligence denied being briefed on it as new reports emerged saying those payments did in fact lead to the death of americans when i russia's rejected the allegations with the foreign ministry branding them the speculations and phobias of the u.s. intelligence community when we got the take of a former u.s.
marine corps intelligence officer scott ritter the mere fact that you have politicians action on intelligence that has appeared on the front pages of the new york times bill as you run up the bat and it's not intelligence it's been it's clear the size information as opposed to hard intelligence look the united states and russia are adults they they they they sit at the big table they were big boys pants and their intelligence services do things against one another because that information normally we understand this is the reality of the world but the united states right now is very defensive it's dealing with the changing world changing reality and the fact that russia refuses to play the game of being subservient to you know a dominant america and so this is a domestic political problem where intelligence is 0 and political objective as opposed to doing what it's supposed to do providing insight american decision
makers about what ground truth in russia is. it's. unrest in the u.s. state of minnesota it follows last sunday's fatal shooting by police all right a riot officers resorted to tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters . the. brooklyn center police claim that dante wright died as a result of an accidental discharge after an officer mistook the car gotten for
a taser but peaceful protest soon decided into looting and violent clashes with police. protesters were also seen in other cities including chicago dallas and fort leonard where the police union building was set ablaze but scenes already in essence of those in the wake of george floyd staff last year of course is pretty spot on the way the nationwide protests we spoke with radio host wayne to pre who served as a board member of the national diversity coalition for the whole trial he says it's vital now to rebuild trust between police and minority communities. tensions are so diode to the left and right the people that are getting hurt or in the middle what's happening right now is not going to stop is going to get worse because the leadership around many places is weak there is a lack of trust on both sides of the aisle. and when i mean both sides and there's
a lack of trust with within the police community about what's going on within the minority community in then there's a lack of trust within the minority community i'm out what the police are doing because of what they see projected on our media every day there has to be. a concerted effort from both sides a leadership leadership of people there everybody can trust to sit down and work out proven solutions and. take it all types of suggestions and try to work on something and bring the trust back between law enforcement and the community. this week abandon the founder of investigative journalism group project barrett haas for alleged violations of its policies while it comes off to the group published yet another on the couple a sting video involving a c.n.n. director. a strange disease eternally teaching hate like
a people are getting sacked or is it just a picture that you need to try to protect patients. and someone. will try to like help like a b.l. every like day like this i mean it's individuals it's not a you know. that's not there the optics of that and i'll get it for you that we can speak to the fact that this technical director charlie chester he was certainly part of the culture he was speaking as if they were an advocacy group and this is a network that uses the tagline the most trusted name in news does the most trusted name in news you know colluded directly or indirectly with black lives matter that's a question for the american public to ask it seems that the rules that as a society that we all thought were in place are no longer in place there is no more roebuck well this is the 3rd and a cup a scoop published by project parrot house this week with more about the other
revelations here's a tease donald quarter. the most trusted name in news it's a title c.n.n. has long prided itself on maybe you buy it maybe you don't but what would you think if the network admin did to deliberately spreading propaganda well apparently they did i do you. believe that it was. i don't know that but again you are creating a story that we didn't know anything about. that's b.s. i think that you know he is the worst president we have ever seen but what president trump just said was undemocratic and false the president seems to think that dominating black people dominating peaceful protesters is law and order it's not he calls them thugs who's the thug here this guy is should not be president cnn's charlie chester's spilled the beans over a tender date he was enticed into by an undercover project veritas journalist he
claimed the channel long had a pre-determined agenda to get trump out of office one that flows from the top down from none other than c.n.n. president jeff zucker himself naturally trying to make joe biden out to be a spring chicken was the other side of the anti trump propaganda coing yeah i mean . we did it right but. i don't know he's shaking or whatever and he brought in like so many medical people so like all tell a story like this is all speculation you know you're shocked to hear john. mccain get on how the you know why. he made you save years she. hated him as a. young. guy sounds a lot like election meddling something c.n.n. has pointed the finger at russia for time and time again leaning on unverifiable
claims from u.s. intelligence and its reputation as evidence the. in last year's elections the network claimed that moscow was trying to hurt joe biden's chances by spreading conspiracy theories about the now u.s. president i'm talking about russia attacking our election russia once again interfered in the race for the white house russia is indeed interfering in the 2020 election with that kind of a double standard it should come as no surprise that people's trust for c.n.n. is on the decline but we don't think that this is all the personal attacks just. makes this worse when you're caught red handed hiding the way you do business from your viewers that's one thing but accusing someone else for breaking the very rules you yourself were caught breaking well that's another it's a rinky dink 2 bit organization what do you want it's c.n.n. that scared defends immunised from any responsibility because nobody takes them seriously and as far as project very nice and james o'keefe god bless him
but how many exposé use must be produced before something's done things done and nothing jeff zucker still there everybody still there but let me explain simple their ratings are plummeting those who want to watch c.n.n. if there's no trunk what do you do talk about what a great job biden's knowing what a great job camelot harish story i don't think so now me we can't believe what we're seeing and our country is in complete collapse with our borders being destroyed and being invaded daily with a sense of on be level distrust with with vaccine and efficacy vaccine malpractise with this anyway and years nothing for them to do build up what you thought is a natural thanks for sharing your sunday with us off for a very very short break we're back with more stories including french lawmakers possibly a controversial security bill ultimately penalizing the spread of photos of the.
we'll bring you that story and many others in about one minute from now. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy. let it be an arms race on a fence very dramatic to follow only i'm going to exist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical time time to sit down and talk. i strongly believe that the information. will.
be. nobody for the seat. either. show. but. i agree let's start with you know there will be the it will be a solution but. it is good to have you with us today a controversial security bill has been passed by the french parliament it grants additional powers to various law enforcement bodies but has faced widespread criticism for making it now hard a to call out police abuse with more details here's our correspondent sean it happens. there was rounded criticism of this bill when it was presented
a year ago not just from the left from the human rights organizations and also chillingly squeaks as well concerned about elements contained in this global security bill now one of the most controversial elements was all to cool 24 we've discussed it many times and the feelings about this is that it would continue issues in the ability of the press to do their job when it came to distributing images of d.c. police offices as a result of that controversy and the widespread protests we saw here in france the government said it was going to completely revise this particular article does take a mind though over the protests against article 24.
well the government said it was rewriting that article completely but as it's been posted a there are elements that still are being criticized by many article $24.00 in the bill that was posted a bipolar menteri and still contains limits on who can and call and publish images over the police if they use images of publish with an intent to harm physically or mentally one of those offices on the cheek if somebody is found guilty of doing that they would then face a fine of 75000 euros or up to 5 years in jail so a pretty severe penalty for that but it wasn't just. article 24 that caused concern
this no as it's been passed now gives police offices the right to film interventions that they make it is allows them to regulate the use of drones for the police to be able to monitor a protest potentially and it allows officers to carry their weapons even when they are off duty some have described this move as essentially making throws a dysfunctional democracy. in simple terms this law will significantly restrict freedoms the use of drones during protests and things like that this is a disaster for democracy and freedom and i think security is as important as it is true but there are people who abuse it the harm is not for freedom itself people and not freedom cause harm. done and you need to think if there are other tools that would be more consistent with the principle of human freedom the right to protest is
a right why spy on people and it's not just about concern on the streets here in france by u.n. panel of experts also raise concerns about this nor saying that it was incompatible with international human rights. the bill could lead to significant violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in particular the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression so despite those continuous calls to scrap this bill it has been imposed on thursday by parliamentarians 75 visiting for it 33 against it but human rights organizations say this isn't the end they say that they will continue to challenge this law when it now goes to france's constitutional court and it says that that last decision will be made as to whether this bill will become. italian business owners took their anger and continued lockdowns onto the streets this week that the morning
restrictions on lifted saying they can't afford to stay closed any longer the clashes broke out at one of the protests in rome. the rally was organized by the open movement which wants to get the country back to work however it was all sort of joined by a far right group whose members as we understand threw some smoke bombs at police one protester was injured and another arrested italy has eased covert restrictions
in most regions off east but restaurants will remain closed at least until the end of april we understand only take out all delivery services are currently permitted . well a pandemic concerns of a different kind of emotion on the italian island of sicily where locals are showing a high level of distrust in the astra zeneca vaccine according to the region's president up to 80 percent of syrians refuse to get inoculated with the injection of a safety that's now led to an accumulation of some 100000 on used doses authorities have tried encouraging locals to get the injection by scrapping any need for appointments well we hit the streets of sicily to speak to the locals. i turned down the astra zeneca vaccine because i don't think it's safe there have been several suspicious cases in sicily and for that reason i preferred not to risk my health. it's due to bad communication and one case in a 1000000 isn't
a big deal. the result was the possibility of an error but if the virus is more dangerous than the vaccine i would prefer to get vaccinated that would there have been many deaths we don't know if this is related to the vaccine or not we're all afraid at the moment i don't want to take the astra zeneca shot i'll probably wait for sputnik the. all the vaccines have crossed and comes there is no time to waste we have to get back to normality that is the weekly for this hour here on r.t. international thanks so much for sharing some of your sunday with us here in moscow and my colleagues you know neal it's here in half an hour's time i hope you can join us then.
psychiatric drugs are essential for millions of patients. they want that pill that they hope will take care of their problem thoroughly and rapidly in the short term they really work the problem is in the long term and mostly disastrous suddenly stopping a drug can cause withdrawal symptoms more serious than the condition it was meant to treat instead of the beneficial effects of these different medicines ending up to something wonderful very often there are full effects of it up to something terrible and. probably trying to medicate life itself i just think i was in like
i was just scared i was a scared little girl i was 24 and like. i didn't have to be so complicated. so if someone wants to authorize a product in europe let's say a plant protection product. because this person at this company the applicant has to provide data. as the risk is whether this product is safe one. and this information comes from the african and the studies that are commissioned by the applicant to allow us to assess the safety oppy by the applicant obviously so it's the intellectual property of the applicant and we can properly bartz of these studies in the current legal framework but we also have to respect the pieces
confidentiality claims of the applicants so there's a balance to be found between transparency as much as possible but also to predict the investment of companies into their product innovations. that is that companies have to submit studies to the european commission they do the studies themselves. they have to submit it to the european commission and to f. stop so the european food safety authority and they have the penalty experts that looks at the studies and then they say ok it's safe or not. so what we have found is that within these expert panels you have a lot of people with ties with the food industry so that means a conflict of interest.