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the army was made as the day unfolded giving the commanders more power. >> when the country is safe and peaceful then nobody will want to keep marshal law for too long. i hope all factions find a political solution soon. they'll talk in peace. there want be talk if there is no peace. if there is still movements, provocation and instigation of violence. >> three channels from followed to stop broadcasting. dnn was one of them. >> when i saw the soldiers walking in as i'm a red shirt member and we are a station that fought for democracy, we wanted to disowe pay them. this is a law. that's inevitable. i think we have to play by the rules and be cautious. >> the anti-government protest leaders announced that his
followers, the so-called yellow shirts, will continue with their protest peacefully. >> reporter: most people are going about their normal lives. but at this point no one really knows how long they'll have to stay on the streets or if more troops will have to be called in. the army has insisted that this is not a coup but a move to prevent more violence even civil war. >> not quite a coup because we have a caretaker government. as long as the caretaker government is in office, it is not a military coup. but the authority will shift to the military. we no longer have the center, so it depends going forward in the coming days what kind of resolution the army has in mind. >> the army commander is keeping his options open saying that marshal law will remain in place for however along it takes.
>> john terrett is here. >> reporter: we thought we would put this in perspective for you. here are some of the key playe players. the former prime minister, shinawatra. he's played a big role behind the scenes even though he has lived abroad in exile for many years. he did win two landslide victories in 2001 and 2005 by promising people in rural areas universal healthcare, a micro credit program for villages and a death moratorium for the farmers.
in 201148-year-old ying luc shinawatra became the prime minister herself. she studied at the university of kentucky, so she spent time here as well. just last week she was removed from office by tie lap's court. we're told the reason was there was an abuse of power. now we get to the interim prime minister. that is quite some name. you have to admit to western eyes that is quite something. it's pronounced. he's 66 of years old. he has been on the fringe of
politics for years. they pretty much won every election for 13 years now. now this is the 66-year-old command center chief with the royal thai army. he is the man calling the shots. he is an ultra royalist himself and widely believed to be in the inner circle of top military brass when they staged the coup in 2006 and many believe he has done it again repeatedly staying in public as he did today. finally, where's the king? will he intervene? possible but unlikely. although he's revered, seriously revered throughout thailand he is old now. he probably doesn't fell like stepping into politics at this
stage in his life. i told you part of the current turmoil is positions yourself for when he dies. not that anyone in thailand will ever tell you about that, tony, because talking about the king unfavorbly is not only taboo, but it can get you a hefty jail sentence. >> you might want to keep that under wraps. today i spoke with thailand's former foreign minister and professor of law and diplomacy at ucla. i asked how thailand should react now that the military is in control. >> what we need to do at this point is to have the military continue to be as impartial as possible. we must not look forward at this point. we must look forward. we have spent so much energy, the thais, hating one another, also trying to destroy one another. this is a last opportunity for thais to now work together.
>> does it bother you that the caretaker government was holding a cabinet meeting at the time of this move of this army, and seemingly was unaware of what was happening in the country? >> yes, it is a concern, but the thing is that the crisis that we are experiencing requires that we should not go back to analyze whose at fault. who should have done what in the past at this point in time. at this point in time we are at the cliff. we have to move back, and at this time the military needs to be very impartial. the demonstrators on both sides, the reds--the red shirts have been told not to leave the area that they are in now. and the same applies to the other side. >> you were in the administration of toxin. his sister, as you know, just reported and as everyone knows
was bounced from power. we have brother-sister force in power. what is the shinawatra issue for thailand? >> yes, well, there has been a degree of misunderstanding. we have been a victim of as a country we have been a victim of numerous hate campaigns. >> launched by whom? who is responsible for the hate campaigns? >> the hate campaign i would not want to plays blame on one or the other, but it's been going on on both sides to a degree. it was good for the military to be able to stop the broadcasting of tv stations. >> you think that's a good move? you see that as a good move? >> to just stop the broadcasting of the hate campaign. so the partisan tv stations have been off the air.
that's good. but there is that limit. how to maintain the free and fair press. what i would expect in the next few days is the senate now to make a move in appointing a new prime minister. >> our thanks. today is one of the biggest days of voting so far in th the 2014 election cycle. vote necessary six states are heading to the polls to choose candidates for some of novembe november's top congressional races. >> reporter: as primary days a , this is about as big as it gets. the most closely watched action is on the right. establishment republicans are focusing on november electability. let's start in kentucky where the polls have now closed. mitch mcconnell faced a tea party candidate matthew bevin.
mcconnell hit back at bevin's lack of experience which came out when bevin made several false claims. again, the polls are closed, the winner is expected to be mcconnell. he'll take on democrat allison grimes in the fall election, and again kentucky will be one of the premiere senate race this is year. let's go down to georgia. a tea party firing squad. the race has been crowded and nasty and none of the tea party candidates are expected to finish in the top two to make it to the run o of off. david purdue, backking, the winner of the georgia republican primary will take on the democrat--by the way, before we get to that, the top issues in this race have been experience and the economy.
again, the winner, the republican party will face democratic candidate michelle nun. the daughter of former georgia senator sam nun. let's go down to oregon. the g.o.p. senate monica wibby agains,a surgeon. if she wins she could put the oregon seat being held by jeff merkley in play. again he is the incumbent. but to got there she has to beat representative conger tonight. that might an challenge. last year wibby's boyfriend accused her of stocking and harassment. >> this race will set up a big
battle in the fall, and this particular senate race in arc that may determine whether democrats are able to maintain control of the senate, or if they concede the power to the g.o.p. on to pennsylvania, the democratic primary for government features a tom wolf, a businessman against allison schwartz. wolfe spent $10 million of his own money in this battle. allison swords relied on her legislative experience. that did not go over as well as she would have liked. again the win already face one of the most vulnerable republican governs tom corbitt, approval ratings around 30%. >> good races to watch. thank you. today's outcome could have a huge effect.
what's at stake here. maybe take us to 35,000 feet in these elections. >> reporter: really, there is a lot at stake. it boils down this question. with the republicans net the six-gain seat they need to take control of the senate? if they do it's quite possible that the last two years of president obama's second term will be for naught. the prognosis is much more gridlock in washington. the issues that the president has been pushing, immigration reform, a hike in minimum wage an.gridlock is in the cards. >> yet, this is shaping up to be a difficult day for the tea party, those conservatives. has the movement peaked? >> reporter: that's quite a possibility. with the caveat when you look at the core group of the house of
representatives, they're still strong. but midterm elections are all about the core of the party on either side, the most motivated base. that would have to include two tea party conservatives, and they're getting smacked all around the country. it's likely they could lose in national electionsly the end of this day. >> when we read the papers and watch washington, d.c. you're telling me that it will be a bad night for tea party conservatives. what can we attribute it to? >> there are two substantial reasons. remember chris mean i'm not a witch o'donnell back in delaware running for senate defeated a moderate republican in the primary? they see that there are candidates that are being nominated that cannot win in a general election. number two really can't be under estimated. the power of money. tea party groups have jumped in, others have concerned that from the establishment like the
chamber of congressish and in that idaho race now favored to go to the more established member of congress. the revenge of the establishment let's call it. >> at least 118 people were killed in two explosions in nigeria. the plasmati happened. the targets of a bus terminal and a market. no one has claimed responsibility. the attacks come amid the search for 300 missing school girls. boko haram claimed to have kidnapped them. victims of other boko haram attacks want justice. >> cut with machete and left for dead. he is now partially praye paral. four of his children can't attend school. he is one of husband of thousandhundreds ofthousands whe
homeless. their fear people have forgotten. >> all i want is food, clothing, shelter for my children. fighting boko haram and finding the girls is equally important. >> now living in this tiny farming community. >> they killed our neighbors and came after my husband. we fled here. they attacked that community, too, 37 then we came here. we lost everything, our home, our business and our stability. >> but safety is not guaranteed here. since this family has arrived fighters loyal to the group have launched four attacks in the area. there are 100,000 people who had to leave their homes. the majority left to escape violence. an aboumany have tried to rebuir
lives but they say little help has come from the authorities. cash-strapped authorities say it is very difficult to cater for them. most depend on the good will of those who live here. >> the grater consumption, the human snowe needs growing on a y basis. the government is doing it's best. >> five years of violence in this area has changed hundreds of thousands of lives forever. with national and international attention focused on defeating boko haram they may be saved with a new way. >> n.a.t.o. said today there is no sign that russian troops are leaving the ukrainian border one
day after russian president vladimir putin ordered them to return to the basis bases. >> separatists have threatened to nationa nationalize assets. let's go to real money's ali velshi for more. russia's interest in expanding into asia's energy market, what's happening here. >> two-fold. anyone who has anything to sell wants to expand in asia's market, particularly china. here they pledged to booth
corporation between russia and china. there is said to be close to signing a $400 billion gas pipeline deal. they didn't sign the deal. russia is the world second largest producer of natural gas. we've all heard that through all this ukraine stuff. and it's the third producer of oil. trailing the united states and saudi arabia. there is a vulnerability. three-quarters of russia's experts go to europe. so diversifying away from europe is a wee way to resist western pressure over ukraine. for the russians the stakes couldn't be higher. china's gas consumption, the same reason why everybody wants to sell them energy, is expected to double by 2020. not only about business but political security and breaking out of russia's dependence on western markets.
>> a big bank deal between russia's second largest bank and the bank of china. >> not entirely unrelated. the bank of china is the government owned bank but not the largest bank in china. these two have signed a deal whereby materials and goods traded particularly energy will be settled in their local currency. either a rubel and un. this is interesting because most international trade is done in dollars. oil, natural gas, it's all priced and traded in dollars no matter where you are. so this a big development. some say it's an attempt to sort of weaken the u.s. dollar and weaken the idea that the u.s. dollar is the currency of record around the world. i will remind you, tony that, china is the biggest holder of u.s. debt. anything it does, one doesn't
know how big of a deal this is and if it's actually going to happen. >> what else have you got? >> part two. we're looking at one african-american middle school neighborhood that's holding it's own as others around it continue to struggle. it's a microcosm, but it's worth a look. >> ali velshi right here on al jazeera america. still to come on the program the list of recalled general motors car has grown again. this could have problems with safety fort.
general motors has had a record number of recalls. now the latest recall involve four different safety problems involving 18 accidents. hulkly no fatalit will be luckio fatalities. one of the problems are the airbags. and it's a gear shift problem in malibus. side airbags may not deploy properly. also 58 chevies and gmc, they
have a fuse lock that can actually loosen, and that causes a fire hazard. it comes after the automaker was criticized harshly for it's by sassterrous delay and recalling the ignition switch problems blamed now for 13 deaths, and the automaker was fined $35 million by the government last week for the delay in ordering that recall. general motors is recalling its backlog of defective vehicles, and this is not the end of it. there will be two additional recalls, and they believe there will be more to come in the months ahead.
>> initial lawmakers have delayed a vote on bills that would help in bankrupt. the bills would help in the cut to pensions. the nfl has a new lawsuit on its hands. eight retired players say the league illegally gave them dangerous painkillers. the drugs numbed their injuries that led to medical complications. the lawsuit claims that they used the drugs to get them back on the field as quickly as possible without regard to their health. a renegade general going after militias. efforts to keep the country from sliding into civil war. and administrators say they're keeping kids safe, but
>> libya announced today it will hold an election on june 25th to select the new parliament. the government is struggling to maintain control over the country's largest cities. lawmakers consider a new foreign minister. the move defies demand by renegade general haftar to dismanned. we're joined by professor of political science at university of texas san antonio. >> pleasure. >> pleasure. a horrible security situation as you know, post qaddafi, what is at the root of these problems and i know you're going to mention the word militias a few times here. >> well really actually this is
the legacy of qaddafi. >> who is general haftar. how significant a figure is this general at this moment in libya's history? >> he wasn't, actually. he's best known for his war in chad. he led a failed attack on chad. then he went to the united states where he spent 20 years. as a whole not many trust him.
they are proliferating because they've created an environment where they have terrorist from all around north africa joining them. i read that they captured the head of al-qaeda in north africa. the people in bengahzi got fed up, and they support haftar in what he's doing in trying to eradicate these terrorists, but they're afraid on the fact that he's doing it willy-nilly without paying much attention to legitimacy. >> let me pick up the willy-nilly part. the commander of forces said that his troops will join forces with general haftar, and where
are the loyalties at this point? >> i know him very well. he is a good man. the problem the majority of deaths are not from the security forces in bengahzi. so they were not gift military weapons, so they felt very bitter. they would find these groups right now. >> what of the democracy in libya. there are been three prime ministers since march. >> five. >> yes, what about democracy. >> i'm an optimist. in spite of all this going on there will be stil still be ele. beginning the 25th or 26th of
june. a good friend of mine, they're working on that, they're working very hard. something will be done. we have to give libya it's due. i'm sure it will get better. >> professor, does it bug you a bit that there doesn't seem to be, maybe it has not been made public any high level international delegation working on libya, i'm talking about the arab league, the u.n. >> yes, but on the other hand i'm a political scientist, i understand what do we want them to do? there is no major genocide taking place in the country. there is fighting and libyans are doing their own work. libyans need to clean their own
society from the inside, no from the outside. >> what was that expression again? >> you have to scratch your body with your own finger nails. >> i want to thank our guest professor of political science at university of texas san antonio. >> these tribesmen have been fighting the central government for years trying to get the forces to withdraw. fighting has been escalating for days now. >> skirmishes started yesterday with government troops support supported.
the government has provided potential military sense to the houthi. houthis. they say their fight is not against the government but those with ties to radical sunni groups in the area. this attacks, this escalation comes against the backdrop of military offensive against the al-qaeda. it shows the volatile situation in the country, and the challenges that the government faces. al-qaeda in the south. a separatist movements will in the south, and the houthi rebellion in the north of the country. >> crews are cleaning up areas hard hit by record flooding. government workers are disinfecting the areas to stop
the spread of disease. and facing 12 challengers today. she's credited with pulling the country from a number crisis. and in south sudan the pledge to send $300 million to provide more than a million refugees with shelter and food. they have been battling rebels since late last year. the cycle of violence is crippling the country. malcolm web has our report. >> at this time of year people in south sudan are normally planting crops. but instead mothers in this clinic have come to get life-saving treatment for their malnourished babies. many have been living in the
camps for about five months. one mother was afraid her son would die. he's improving but she has already had to trade some of her clothes for food. >> many people are sick, and people are dying. we're hoping that the fighting stops so we can go home. >> the medics working hearsay that there are many more malnourished people in remote areas. >> we have malnutrition here. their general resistence is getting very low and they're vulnerable. >> everyone here fled nearby a town that's changed hands six times in heavy fighting between opposition rebels and government forces. conditions in the camps aren't good.
most shelter is made of tense to keep the rain out. therand the camp just goes on ad on. there is no way that people with grow their crops here. everyone says they wanting to home and grow their own food but they're not prepared to do that until they're confident the leaders are serious about stopping the fighting. >> since people can't plant there will be no harvest in september. food aid is crucial. there is a serious risk of famine in the coming months. >> some people will die, but obviously the more the wfp and the other humanitarian players can make a response at this time and in the months to come the lower that number will be. >> but the world food program said it urgently needs one-half billion dollars or it will get
worse. al jazeera, south sudan. >> tony a federal judge in pennsylvania said the ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. the judge said its time to put such laws into history. it's the fourth such strike of bans in weeks. missouri's governor said the state will move forward with the death penalty unless the court says otherwise. the inmate is set to be put to death just after midnight. in more in oklahoma, a ceremony for those who died in a
tornado last year. today marks one year since the twister struck the area. more than a thousand people were destroyed. the area is still being rebuilt. california could be the first city to criminalize bullying. the city council is expected to approve the ordinance tonight. it would mean children as young as five years old could be charged with a misdemeanor. minors and their parents could face hundreds of dollars in fines. no. tennessee construction crews are looking to fill a sinkhole. it opened up at the football stadium at austin t state university. the sinkhole started out small, 3 x 5 feet. but workers had a dig a much bigger hole to find stable bedrock. the hole is now at 40 x 40 feet deep. they say it will be filled by september. >> maybe they can get it done. maria, we'll see you later. >> yes. >> hundreds of students at an
elementary school in ohio has been on lockdown since last week. school officials have banned playing outside for the rest of the year because of gun violence in the area. parents do not support that decision and say the school has turned into a prison. >> there was a packed meeting as children demanded children be freedom from lockdown. >> if you keep going shutting down everything that is protecting our kids you're saying to those violent folk you win. take over. >> citing an increase in violence in the neighborhood district officials impose the lockdown nearly a week ago. every day nearly 200 students are kept indoors. there is no outdoor recess or outdoor extracurricular activities. it remains open but there are no
certainties. >> i want to see the community step up and require all of us, the school districts, the village and others to make a concerted effort to improve the community to where we all feel save. >> reporter: school officials say they were left no other choice but to enforce a mandatory lockdown after a pair of shootings. two people were shot a block away two weeks ago. before that a bullet entered an empty school bus and came within inches of striking the bus driver in the head. district officials say they're taking steps to protect students and staff. those in the community don't dispute the fact that crime is an issue, but question whether lincoln heights elementary, which is predominantly african-american, is being singled out to closing it for good. >> i went there myself.
there, there is the same crime as there is now then. i don't know what the difference is. >> they may be overreacting? >> this happened two weeks ago, and it was not directly involving the school, but as it relates to the lockdown, i think that's unwarranted. >> reporter: police have stepped up patrols. however, with less than two weeks left in the school year the lockdown remains in effect. and many in this community worry it's a sign that the battle to save lincol lincoln heights eley has just begun. >> we're going to talk about the drought out west: the drought is not just about dry lawns, researchers say it will cost thousands of jobs, and some cities have resorted to rationing water. that's next. ica mobile app,
>> california has been in a drought state of emergency. that's prompted officials in santa cruz to start rationing water. they're worried water will run out if they do not limit usage. >> blue skies in santa cruz, california. a welcome sight for beach goers. but a trigger for a stage-three water shortage for the city. >> people have to operate under rationing. >> santa cruz is the first city in california to order water rationing during this historic drought. if customers use more than 170 gallons a month they will be fined. >> what are you looking for? >> i'm looking for irrigation that is spilling over the streets. a lot of times i can look at staining. >> the average water bill is $40 a month using 10% more water than permitted carries a fine of
$25. the next increment will cost $50 and it goes up from there. michelle dramatically cut back on her water usage. >> this was all grass. we changed it out. >> she suspects her family will stay within the limit. >> i have to adjust that i won't have the water pressure this year, and all my plants are succulents. so i don't have a garden right now. >> reporter: santa cruz is one of the most vulnerable cities in california. because it relies 100% on rainfall for its water. this river, two creeks and one reservoir are the only sources of water for 93,000 people. and so most residents conserve without being told. >> i mean, cutting back on showers is the biggest thing that i know that i can do. >> we have probably one of the lowest per capita use rates in
santa cruz. >> the water department will offer water school much like traffic school to get out of paying a fine on the first offense. >> this is recycled water? >> it is. there is a well underneath and it's recycling. so we have a channel of water. recycled. >> michelle needs no further instructions. >> i feel that i have a responsibility to save water, and the yard looks just as amazing with the drought resistant plants. >> reporter: if the residence can't conserve enough for the city to feel secure, businesses are next on the list for rationing. lee is bernard, al jazeera. >> we should tell you that california grows a quarter of the world's food. crops lost will cost the region
more than $1.5 billion and an estimated 15,000 full- or part-time jobs will be cut. >> meteorologist: i want to show you the drought monitor and show you how bad things are in california. we have orange, red and maroon which means that all the california is in severe, extreme or exceptional drought. let's talk about what has happened with the rain and snow across the sierra nevadas. that's where they get most of their rain during the spring and summer. we didn't see very much at all in that area. ironically we're looking at a winter weather advisory across that region but we don't expect to see much in terms of coming out of that. where do we stand? reservoir levels are about 50% of average. and because of warm temperatures
across that region we're looking at really no run off across mountains. now the other interesting news is the temperatures across the world that said april in 2014 was the warmest april tied with another april that they have ever seen since they have been keeping records across that region. globally that means this year or the last is it 21 months has been the sixth warmest year across the nation. i want to take to you one of those maps. in the united states, tony, we were talking about though the northern tier of the united states was quite cool in places around the world almost all of the other continents around the world we were well above average. and we have an el eve meanio coming up, which means that we may see the same thing coming. >> politicians trying to attract
young voters. yeah, this is how they're doing it. freestyle rap. that's next. then it is real money with ali velshi. >> coming up on "real money." why vladimir putin is courting china, and what that means to the all american dollar. coming up cows who can feed and even milk themselves. you'll have to see it right here on "real money."
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the united nations report released warns of unprecedented growth in the success of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine. asia has seen the largest increase but the u.s. is also on the front lines of the booming synthetic drug market. >> reporter: this street in manhattan is known for its smoke shops. we sent in two al jazeera producers to see if they could find something unlikely on display. >> k 2, spice, molly and bath salts. synthetic or designer drugs. they're popular with the young party crowd but lately not easy to find. >> reporter: two weeks ago the
drug enforcement administration launched raids across the south. arresting 120 people and seized drugs and money. >> this is a new front tear. this is something that we have not seen historically when it comes to overseas production of these synthetic drugs. >> reporter: up to 300 new synthetic drugs have emerge: the ingredients are often illegal and unregulated. once the drugs are made they're easily bought on the internet. new supply routes have emerged from africa through the americas feeding into asia. >> the growing problem of unknown use of cocktails added to other taplets.
if someone were to overdose if doctors don't know what they're dealing with, they don't know how to treat it. >> reporter: the dea is fighting new drugs. >> elections for the european parliament trying new moves to woo young voters. maria? >> parliament members have turned to rap music. [♪ music ] >> that rapper was referring to the immigration problem in europe. this is all part campaign.
[♪ music ] >> to the song "happy" it features parliament members as well as professional daners and it has been viewed 72,000 times since it came out. but the video that came out the ad the danish government posted "vote man." some included nudity. we took that part out. >> so, if you're not going to vote don't try to run. we will find you. [ pow, pow ]
>> and we will make you vote. >> i shouldn't laugh. >> he's very scary looking. he punches you if you don't go vote. the video was criticized so much that the danish government ended up taking it down recently from facebook and youtube. tony, the last election drew in 43% of potential voters in europe. and out of the voters who were 5 and younger, 29% showed up at the polls. if you want more info follow me on twitter. >> what is the addition betwee n two ferns. that may be the way to do. people who run the congressional cemetery in washington, d.c. this is how we're ending the show? they want you to know that they have room for pup the cemetery is the final resting place of many well-known figures. j edgar how longer, and the
non-profit group that runs it say they also accept regular folks, and they launched a new marketing campaign to sell 1,000 plots. and it reads, you don't have to be rich, you just have to be dead. ali velshi is next. >> vladimir putin is pushing for a russian alliance with china. i'll tell you how that may undermine the u.s. standing as the world's most powerful currency. we'll look at race and the challenges of a declining middle class. plus robots down on the farm. the technology that has cows pretty much milking themselves. i'm ali velshi. this is "real money."
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