RT America -- August 29, 2014

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be lauded for his efforts to protect Christians from the radical militants of the Islamic State, according to Virginia State Sen. Richard Black. In May, the Republican wrote a letter to the Syrian leader, openly thanking his army and air force for providing protection from jihadists. As the IS threat grows, the senator believes showing support for the Assad is becoming even more important. RT’s Ameera David spoke to Black to get his anti-“groupthink” take on the crisis.

The UN on Friday called out both the Ukrainian military and anti-government rebels for committing human rights violations in the war-torn east of Ukraine. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said that civilians are too often caught in the fighting, and more must be done to protect them. The announcement came the same day Donetsk was bombarded once again by shelling. RT’s Paula Slier is in the devastated city and surveys the carnage.