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so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have. it's crazy confrontation, let it be an arms race in this on, off, and spearing dramatic development only mostly. and i don't see how that strategy will be successful, very critical time time to sit down and talk. i'm actually tense here. we're going underground as the comparative success of different coronavirus responses takes center stage in saudi arabia at the 15th summit of the g. 20, representing most of the world economy coming up on the show. will any of the g 20 countries bring up the world's worst humanitarian crisis?
yemen when they're hosted today by the saudi autocrats who bomb and blockade it backed up by u.k. arms. we speak to the man in the white, suitable custom martin bell, who is reported from war zones all over the world about the mainstream media blackout of a country facing the largest famine. the world has ever seen dispatches from the frontline of nagorno-karabakh, with legendary journalist, peter oborne, all of them all coming up in today's going on the ground and 1st saudi arabia today plays host to a virtual g. 20 summit representing most of the world economy. but while coronavirus will be at the top of the agenda, one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the one in yemen, the one armed to the teeth by britain despite the evidence of war crimes. joining me now is former british member of parliament and then should reward reporter, now unicef u.k. ambassador martin bell. martin, thanks so much for coming on. i know you're going on in your own capacity here today. begins the g. 20 summit. do you expect him and to be brought up at the g 20 summit? i certainly do. there are many countries in which the powerful forces arguing
against continuing to supply sophisticated systems to the society tend to coalition. there is deep concern in many countries, including in the u.k. about the role of the saudi led effort was about attacks on civilians. and i think in the last fight the since the war, they've been an average of one error. a den reach 10 days in the targeting seems to be totally indiscriminate. school children mean kills a bus, abbas hitch schools, and so on. so the concern is the identity of the delegates will be doing their job if they, if they can find that gender of the coronavirus. while morris johnson's minister list just contended that there are isolated incidents that may have breached international law. very different from what you're saying. i think it's very
different from what a lot of people are saying, including observers on the ground and human rights groups. the same still be a patent of indiscriminate attacks, of targeting, going wrong. and i think they, they, this seems to me a forum when this can reasonably be the raised. maybe it's a good thing that it is happening in saudi arabia because they, they need to, they need to be told and they, i, as i said that the delegates from be doing their job unless they do raise this issue for the good also. because, well, morris johnson, when he was foreign secretary said he didn't want independent inquiries into british arms sales to saudi arabia. as regards yemenis and the saudis have a mess, insight into their own procedures and will be able to conduct the most. and vera and conclusive investigations into the kinds of allegations you're making ice don't think many people would, would, would agree with that. i think we all have to do what we can look i'm,
i'm not in politics anymore, but i was for 10 years on the ethical oversight committee of a british electronics company. and 18 months ago, i discovered that they were intending to sell what they called stores really, systems to the saudi air force, where they've been leaked to the contractor, the stores being released with weapons. so that point i resigned. i couldn't stay on the board of that company and work for unicef, so we will do what we can and, you know, the house of commons is also going forum to raise these concerns. i haven't, i haven't heard any convincing defense of these arms sales from distrust from our stance and from, from anybody. even though their robust arm sale regimen is in place in this country . he even though, has, i said isolated to hinson and i mean, did you do that after you actually visited yemen? as the unicef ambassador, you might have to remind us what you,
what you saw when un. yes, i actually visited. i couldn't go now. publics, i'm too old and partly because it's, it's too dangerous and it's hard to, it's hard to get in this with actually 10 years ago that had 6 was in 6 years. and i saw even that this is before the center is if you gratian of central and requiring this support by the coalition. but i saw the effects even then on these, everett's, i held the hand of a 9 year old girl. was suffering from p.t.s.d., having been bombed in northern yemen. and i, and she didn't know who she was. 00 or where she was. it was, it was a most moving incident for me and it struck me that that will fare happens east the states mostly among civilians. civilians are often targeted that's certainly often it. and i realize sets the difference between p.t.s.d. and a child and p.t.s.d.
in an adult is just that in a child. it lasts longer. well, britain gives aid for those children. and regardless of the fact oxfam is alleging that the g 20 sales dwarfs the actual aid being given. i think the oxfam report says of the g 20 arms sales to saudia 3 times the humanitarian aid money. surely you can criticize the british government for its response to the yemen, humanitarian catastrophe, because it gives so much aid. oh, absolutely, absolutely i'm. i'm very much on the, on, on the side of the, of the people and it gives of aid and the agencies of course, legislators give more aid, but let us be very careful about south our military exports. they had to be, they have, i think they should be, they should be stopped spending an international inquiry, which i think the united nations might might well carry out this. i'm not for
a moment criticising the amount of aid that we give. i am criticising our arms exports and the damage that they do the you've covered more as in your history of war reporting with the r.a.f. . i mean, how, how is it possible that if they are half a training these pilots that the pilots could be accidentally, or is it deliberately killing men, women, and children in yemen? and so there is not only the saudis, of course, there are they the other countries simply in the coalition. i'm not going to criticise a r f, but there would appear to be something wrong with the training if or something defective about it. if they, the, if the targeting goes goes wrong so regularly in time making these appear not to be isolated incidents, but they are conscious of any action of wrong targeting. and it is committed, talkative and i accept that chain in modern warfare. there's no real distinction.
soldiers have submitted because the war was fought among the civilians and it spread. now, since i was there is the port city high data and widely across the country. but i think that we cannot we cannot carry on as we have to. and i may wish i was still a member of parliament, but i, i know there are plenty of m.p.'s willing to raise the world talking about them. but jeremy coleman was one who raised it quite a lot. he's in the news breaks. it's in the news. covert is in the news. can you understand why despite unicef and n.g.o.s trying to get this further up, the mainstream media news agenda it is failing to make the news in this country. yes, i do understand that. i watch news broadcasts still quite compulsively, at least one a day. and there's very little in the dating for use in the very little about yemen . the wars of africa, the number of countries threatened now by famine you and used to call it food
insecurity. and now it's now it's famine. so the country can be yemen to speak in a context of international dockings. and i do understand how the, i think you said gender is taken into a caption if you like, by the coronavirus. but that doesn't stop these humanitarian crises. in fact, the crisis is westing in, in yemen because of the coronavirus these things, these things interact? yeah, the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine saying the deaths have doubled in aid in because of covidien. tell me about the scale of the famine, because i know you saw famine when you were in yemen, but the figure is now a 24000000 needing food assistance out of a population of what 30000000. i think that's a clip, things are getting, getting much worse. the infrastructure has, as has collapsed. you can't have
a normal agriculture in the middle of a war. millions of people threatened with death by, by starvation. i think signs and they have died because already it's very hard to get the figures because of the crisis on the ground. and even the, even the aid agencies don't have the access of the show. but satellite imagery is really worrying a freshly dug and dug graves of the, of the victims of the prevent a virus, you know, everything. sometimes i felt when i was in yemen that anything that could go wrong was, was going wrong. and to that know the plague of coronavirus and the famine, and it's about as pat is it, as, as he can get. but how can we help? we help by, by foreign aid. of course, we help by upping the aid agencies to unicef and the others looking after the children. and we will help, i think, by stopping the supply of lethal weapons to the saudi led coalition. however much
it costs us. the maro costs to i presume, what is the nature of the disconnect? some might have thought you had become in sensitized desensitized by all the wars you've covered. but it is a fact that boris johnson, as foreign secretary, signed off as the sending of munition parts to saudi and saudi arabia, days after civilian deaths were being reported of civilians. so why is it your perspective seems so different? he, you think it's so important to be home sales, as opposed to the important aid to britain is giving in the same time. i think the onset of us has said over half a century, i've been caught up in being a witness told or at the fringes all 19 woes and all respects, same as and haven't seen it. neither has said, has his chance. i think i sometimes describe myself as
a battle softened veteran. i'm not actually a pacifist, i'm some of the way there. but i have seen at 1st hand, the misery and the destruction and, and the end to total damage that will cause these and i find it just fishy trust rating. no, it's very difficult to get the attention of the world for anything else other than discrete pestilence. sweeping it and the pestilence, his wessling, the plight of the yemeni. and we have to call a hold. we have to somehow we got to draw attention to this. is it not only that they haven't seen? the kind of things you've seen is, is money in the, in quaid equation because britain and the british government apparently are fighting the judicial review after the, after the resumption of a weapon sales that fuel the conflict. there is a judicial review that the campaign is hoping for about weapon sales,
because money is part of the equation. economy is quite significantly sustained by arms exports, not just of course, to saudi arabia but, but, but, but all that was the world and it's done by it's done by a special license. but again, i think the moral imperative is so great that if there is a cost to the economy, i think it has to be borne. we claim to be as a civilized people. why are we arming it? can i put it crudely, the gang that can't shoot straight? if i mean, i'm still haunted by what i saw in yemen. i was, i do that for a few days. you know, i still children, i saw a child dying before my before my eyes to a lack of medical attention. the death toll is, it's unsustainable. and if there's a, if there's a hit to the economy as a result, well is a hit to the economy be claimed to be a civilized nation. so nice nation should not be doing what we're doing and we're
not the only run others are doing it as well. martin bell, thank you. after the break, after a putin brokered cease fire, we go to the heart of the frozen conflicts that we're taught. they're going to cairo back with award winning journalist peter oborne. all those more coming up about 2 of going on the ground during the vietnam war, u.s. forces neighboring laos. there was a secret war. and for years, the american people did not know how much going to carry back to the country per capita. human history, millions of unexploded bombs still in danger lives in this small agricultural country. even today,
kids in laos full victim to bombs dropped decades ago. is the us making amends for their tragedy and help to the people need in the too little land of mines. newly elected us presidents invariably, well to steer the country in a fresh, bold direction. this time, those things may be a bit different, at least on foreign policy. joe biden has promised to reengage with allies and restore the us his position as leader of the democratic world in the biden administration before me on the global stage. will we see a new approach or a return to the old ways? welcome back. in part one, we have from iconic war correspondent martin bell about the world's worst
humanitarian crisis. but let's now look to another persistent cough, exeunt nagorno-karabakh, where a russian brokered cease fire has ended a 6 week long war in a 3 decades old battlefield between azerbaijan and armenia. the great peter oborne was just returned from reporting from the center of the conflict, joins me now from wiltshire in the u.k. . peter, thanks for coming on before we get to know. no karyn back. we heard from one of the most celebrated war correspondents, martin bell, just now yemen and one you were there. i understand. you understand why other news is pushed yemen out of the headlines? well, it's not near is it that the yen conflict, which is described by the united nations as the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century has been disgracefully fully underreported. and that has been some very good reporting, but very not nearly enough of know what a mcguffey of the n.b.a. say by the way, that some untasted reports, but it's totally overlooked. and he can see why there are there are embraced. and
you tend to worry whether it's because of the british interests in saudi arabia, which has prevented us from really looking at the exposing the, it's difficult to get to by the way, i mean, you have to get a society possible. i, you know, you've got to be, you've got these very hard to gain and when you're in, it's not very easy to get around. and they're applauding over it. i mean, the british, the finnish hasn't been reported nearly enough, is that shameful kurdish role in aiding and abetting the saudis in the bombing raids in, in yemen which are targeted 70 schools, hospitals, markets, and so forth. and of course, our role in the british role in blocking the and independent war crimes investigation. well, obviously the prime minister, your old colleague, boris johnson, denies that as does the british government. it says there have been isolated
incidents. i do want to actually, before i can't 2 the way you've just been by john. another story knocking yemen out, arguably, and saudi which as hosting the g 20 summit is jeremy corbin is erode that tearing the labor party apart in middle east. what have you made of severe stammerer? basically throwing out of the parliamentary labor party have only just got back looking from the looking as it said the outside. the problem with much of the reporting of this case is simply that he's totally one sided and the minute may very organizations and writers who write about it. if you know the facts and i think this journalism not really should be about training troops, and it's a very great issues, but i don't think they're bigger or tragedy and that's the arguments are making. well, corbin, of course, always said ethical foreign policy was central to his leadership of the labor party
wiley, while he led it. why should people be interested in armenia and azerbaijan, having a conflict and interested you so much that you went there during a covert pandemic? and of only just got back. yes, by the way, the code was raging. you know, it was, i was reef afraid that i would get stuck. i catch it and then happy stuff that i mean people, you know, war, people forget about, you know, it kind of, it at least becomes less important. and therefore it's important to go to a major crowds. and i was very concerned about that the, this, this war is, i think, a particularly brutal war. i mean, it was a tweet and it said really reengagement of this conflict, which brings in so many global powers and russia, turkey, israel, through the drones. and then the kind of the west stepping back and the
plight of the armenians. i mean, when i was there, i went to the genocide memorial in if i say arafat and it's very somber. and as far as the one of the fat says, which is, are you going to be very careful about talking about it, but is that the, that the armenians do see themselves not only flightsim be done, but as fighting that it's and of course, the long history of the you know, it's more than 100 years since eon media and genocide, which of course, is not recognized by turkey at all tonight by turkey. and of course not recognize, i think it's very profound this not recognized by the united states or britain because quite simply because they don't want to offend that even though so much more information is coming out. and so here you have a battle going on in
a nickel, no care about, except that it's legal status, it's very complex studies. it's mainly armenian in terms of people who live there and i to talking to them as they will be driven out of their homes. and out of there and out of religious places. i mean, it was like a, you were there. it was like to a funeral actually. well, i mean, turkey obviously is a nato ally. so perhaps 1 may detect some level of bias in our media on the side of azerbaijan. have you detected that, and what did you actually see as regards who are committing the most crimes? i suppose, i mean there was the, is a war i think it's more that there's a limit to myself and this. and so i went that yes, it's very limited understanding of what is actually going on. and it's also
important to say that i was only on the armenian side. so i got one side of the story and, and i, but i did talk to a lot of soldiers who come back from the front. i talk to their families, talk to widows or talk soup. and the story was very consistent. it's a civilian army. and so in a way i hadn't really appreciated that it's an extraordinary year 98 place. i had an amazing, very moving profound conversation with a doctor who'd worked in one of the hospital surgeon who works in a hospital. he arafat. and he said on the 27th of september that they fight the, the bombing started. his son was a conscripts in a circus, they called the border corolla and he just going to his car and drove to find his son. and they, you know, right that already the shelling had started and he was there and,
and he spent the next. he would not be separated from me some for the next $44.00 days until the conflict ended. i don't incredibly moving and then his account of what it was like permanent shadow and then drove us drones apart all the time. he should use ready drives and he acts and the feeling i mean as faces as this is mean, you know that you're not really can see or enemy and the drones sort of holler above you and they may be punished for kind of cause he drones. it was an incredibly brave man. i mean, he said that the one he wouldn't be separated would be somebody didn't want him solely to be redeployed amun, but one occasion in the middle of the battlefield. there were 4 wounded. and you know, if you went in a back in a car, in the middle of the night, an office, the ad lights of picked up the full into soldiers and went back and then i think which he's a doctor, he would appreciate them and 1st and he does it send no matter of fact,
and it actually worried you that he was what i did was not the fact the newgate, suit the ranger, the as a very foresees or were a g.m., was that he was separated from his son and there were cases of grandfathers, fathers and sons, all fighting gather, he sets quite moved and the race of attrition was enormously, as they said, there was a platoon of summers in a platoon of about 22 of whom forward kills 2. missing and about 11 or 12 including his son have been willing to eat so that he's in a 44 day war. that's a very high rate of attrition. who invite the turkish and, and israeli ambassadors on to try and refute any allegations that are going to disappear. war crimes, being conducted by my generation gesture that the use of drone warfare against
troops is a war crime. i made him and the next there are war crimes. there are allegations about the killing of civilians on both sides. it should be sat. i spent a long time with a remarkable man. actually i was a human rights on but it's moment in our blind man. he gave me the face said about 50 civilians to show had been killed by sharing and that's a war crime scene of, of civilians. and he also set up in sushi, the base city, which fell on the eve of the ceasefire. he said there are about 30 civilians missing that he thought there were probably dead many of them. he said back. he thought if you have a behavior that worked there, would you have a groups operating on the villages get to those. yanni group halla geishas, because i know britain notoriously supported the overthrow of president assad in syria. did you see any evidence there that perhaps al-qaeda linked isis linked
people from the syrian conflict to a de facto mak by turkey. and of course, nato nations that they were being used as kind of mercenary troops by azerbaijan, against armenia. well, again, i am going to repeat, i was only on the with the armenian side, i did, i did not get a shot, but they were clear that nursery or jihadi groups gone from syria, so that syria and were fighting. and they had really quite abscessing film, they show this now this is, i can't check natural, terribly assessment, film out of jihadi operates, they actually should be put out except by the jihadists themselves of horrible are terrorists, mistreatments, including headings, but i don't between and the reports are between about 2 to 4000 of these groups
were operating. well, obviously we can vary by and he claims that he got there. i know through holes they came from syria and of course, similar groups do seem to be deployed in libya. of course we're expecting, of course, now people adore him out of my presidency. perhaps some talk of the people around him, the old obama, people who obviously supported those rebels against the syrian government. i'm really just going time to ask you about someone who didn't eliminate struggles in armenia as a page on hand all around the world. julian, a songe. what would you say about british conduct of the case very briefly, and what have you made of these reports that coronaviruses was a lockdown at the prison. he, according to the un special rapporteur on his welter, is being tortured in well, i've only heard the same reports you have, that there are areas in belmarsh. i think i'm right in saying in isolation. trade, it is certainly starting to present as we should not be surprising. we had
very serious testimony about the status health in the, in the hearing which finished its end. and i think there is a reason for grave concern about the health of chile innocent. and i, i think that east's, how long has he been in belmarsh now or more than a year? i was in the army only what i think you should be. i think that's great. i think we should be concerned about his health and the way he's being treated because i want to thank you. that's of the show will be back on monday, 39, yesterday. u.s. president ronald reagan signed national security decision director 17, which gave the cia authority to recruit militarily, support contra death squads against nicaragua, leading 230000 dead until then give it a try, social media and join the underground on you tube santana's. you have facebook and twitter
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