RT: Was all that initial anger and disgust from the German leadership just a load of hot air?
Annie Machon: I think they had to make the right sounds at the time. But it is a shame that they can't follow through and have a proper investigation. Bear in mind that what Snowden disclosed was not just the fact that Angela Merkel was being snooped on and listened to, but also another 121 leaders were being spied on by the NSA. And I suppose that most of us thought, because of the German history and the sensitivity of being spied on particularly the East German Stasi regime, that there would be a proper investigation here. And it would be lovely for other countries and other leaders who have been spied on as well would also instigate such investigations. But it is a shame that in Germany it hasn't been followed through.
RT: Why aren't the Snowden revelations enough evidence to go on?
AM: Well, one would indeed think. I would recommend anyone who wants to read the raw intelligence that came out of Snowden, go to Der Spiegel and they have a whole German file in PDF form ready to download. So you can read exactly what the Americans have been doing with the German intelligence agencies. And it is vast. It is one of the biggest spy centers in Europe. And it appears to be from what we can see in the disclosures unconstitutional under the German law. Under the criminal code, section 99 I think it is, no spying is legal on people in Germany by the German spy agencies. Yet we know from Snowden that they have been very complicit working with the NSA. They have been bending over backwards over the last decade since 9/11 to facilitate the work of the NSA across Europe and wider.
RT: Are you expecting some sort of a backlash then in Germany, given that it is unconstitutional to spy?
AM: One would hope. After the historic lessons, the Germans are really much more sensitive to these sort of issues than perhaps some other countries where we still see the intelligence agencies as the James Bond glamorous good people who protect our liberties. I think what Snowden has disclosed has shown very clearly that what we're living under this surveillance, police panopticon at the moment. So it would be nice to think that the Germans will be able to push back because of their history.
And I know there has been a lot of anger. There are 80 million people living in Germany and they are not happy with the fact that the NSA and the GCHQ and the BND apparently are complicit in spying on their private communications, and rightly so, because if you don't have the sense privacy in your communications, and all use the internet these days, if you don't have that, you can't have a healthy functioning democracy. So I think the Angela Merkel phone intercept was a test case and I wish the Germans could have pushed this further.
RT: Do you think there are any signs that that Washington was exerting any pressure on Germany in this to drop the investigation?
AM: I’m sure they were. We have a situation where we know that the head of the BND, the external intelligence agency in Germany and the head of the BfV, counter-espionage internal agency in Germany, put a long list of written questions into the NSA and into the American government asking for explanations into what has been going on. This has not been answered. All that has happened is: ‘There's is no evidence around the Angela Merkel’s phone.’ What about the rest of us? What about the 80 million Germans and the rest of us, the 500 million European citizens who have been snooped on? We need answers too.
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Ratmir, who comes from Ekaterinburg, in the Ural mountains area of Russia, had twice tried to make a base jump off the Tsey-Loam mountain. However, he was not to be denied for a third time, as he took a daring plunge from the summit - some 3,200 meters above sea level.
It only took him a matter of minutes to reach the bottom, but it was not as easy as it looked.
"My line of flight is not quite as simple as it looks. I have to fly right by the cliffs, Nagimyanov said.
Known as the 'Enchanted Mountain' in Ingush, Tsey-Loam is certainly no fairtayle. The 3,200 meter peak is one of the most dangerous mountains in the area and has claimed the lives of numerous climbers over the years. Last year a basejumper crashed into the mountain when trying a decent, while in 2002, a helicopter collided with one of the slopes and crashed - killing 10 people.
However, this was just a warm-up for Ratmir.
"This jump is just a training session for us. We are here to get acclimatized before the trip to Dagestan to the Erydag Mountain," the basejumper said. At 4,000 meters Erydag offers its own challenges, while it is located at the very southern tip of Russia.
Rémi Fraisse was killed by French police on October 26 during a protest against a dam construction in Tarn, near Toulouse. The 21-year old was part of an environmental group which protested the construction.
Fraisse’s death sparked a wave of protests calling on the government to avenge the young man's death and condemn police brutality. A large number of demonstrations started in November and so far has seen at least 69 rallies taken place from Paris to smaller towns like La Rochelle and Nantes.
On Saturday, the violence again culminated in a number of French cities with police using water cannons to break up the crowds of demonstrators who were carrying banners reading “No firearms,” and "End to the license to kill". Some of the protesters threw rocks at riot police during the protest.
At least 16 people were arrested in Toulouse after garbage containers were set on fire following a peaceful march by more than 1,000 protesters. Another 14 were detained by Police in Nantes where around 1,500 people took to the streets.
“Some people were arrested in Nantes, Toulouse and Bordeaux ,” Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement, reporting a total of 38 arrests as 20 cities participated in the action against police brutality on Saturday.
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The shooting happened around 3:30 pm at Cudell Rec Center located at 1910 West Boulevard, after police responded to a distress call about a male allegedly threatening people near the center with a gun.
Police Patrolman's Association president Jeff Follmer said “the 12-year-old had a weapon,” according to Newsnet5 Cleveland, and he allegedly refused officer commands and reached into his waistband before being shot by an officer “relatively new” on the force.
According to Cleveland police statement, upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands.
“The suspect did not comply with the officers’ orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso,” the statement reads.
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Upon further investigation, the boy’s “weapon” turned out to be an air gun “resembling a semi-automatic pistol, with the orange safety indicator removed,” the statement adds.
One officer somehow managed to receive an injury to his ankle and was transported to Fairview Hospital for treatment, police said.
The boy has been taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition while the facility has been taped off as police are investigating the incident.
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