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>> hello everybody, this is al jazeera america. i'm david schuster in new york. we begin with breaking news out of yemen where the american-backed government has collapsed and the country has now fallen into chaos. just a short time ago, saudi arabia says it has launched a military operation inside yemen a close saudi ally to help houthi rebels. there is confusion where yemen's
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president, who wants to remain in power and control. it was just a while as that president obama pointed to yemen as a model against i.s.i.l. houthis took control of sanaa forcing hadi to flee and now what appears to be the hadi area in the sowd appears to bethe in the south appears to be in danger. mike viqueria has more. >> having that press conference in washington, saudi arabia in conjunction with other gulf countries we should stress, david, that shared border between saudi arabia and yemen but an air campaign by saudi aircraft, american made t-15s
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probable a hundred of them -- probably a hundred of them. recognize president hadi as the legitimate president of that country. he of course has had to flee. just a couple of months ago the capital of sanaa as houthi rebels advanced from the north detaining him he escaped sa fa andsanaa,and ended up in aden. there are reports he had to flee by boat as houthi forces encroached on the outer limits of that city as well. aids, deny that report, state department has been in contact with that area now. saudi ambassador adal al jabir said they had consulted the united states before beginning
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them. >> this decision did not come lightly and was thought out very deeply and we have thought out very closely and very intensely with many of our allies and partners around the world and in particular the united states. we have had very fruitful and very productive discussions with the united states and we are very pleased with the outcome of those discussions. >> this is an escalation that is going to cause a lot of concern. destabilizing, the first time saudi arabia really has gotten involved militarily in quite some time, particularly in an area so close and so vital to its interests and of course the interests of the larger region and of the united states, david. >> mike, the fall of the yemen the government obviously an embarrassment of everyone behind you. behind -- in the building behind you. >> right. >> what is the obama administration saying now? >> we haven't heard yet any reaction from the obama administration. i can imagine what they are
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going to say david. they are going to say this is consistent with the policies they have put forward in backing regional powers and including regional powers to take actions much like they're seeing today to put their own houses in order, to take care of their national security interests. saudi forces are flying side by side in the american coalition. citing yemen and somalia as success story yes it has been a success because it was geared toward and aimed against al qaeda in the arabian peninsula an organization thez felt they felt was a many rl terrorist organization, close to overriding aden, and al qaeda in the arabian peninsula a group they are still qualified
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to fight david. >> ambassador korb, the government of yemen the former government of yemen has been claiming a while that the houthi rebels have been getting crucial support from shia iran. now with saudi arabia bombing certain positions in yemen what are the prospects for more dangerous regional war between saudi arabia and iran? >> well, i think it certainly dots increasedoes increase it. are they willing to send ground troops in and then will iran do as they're doing in syria get you know provide more support to the -- to the houthis there? so i.t. really is a very, very -- so it really is a very, very complex situation. because the saudis are bombing i.s.i.l. in syria which iran likes them doing but obviously they're not going to like them doing this.
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>> it gets more complicated. we're talking about united states and iran being on the same side of the fight in iraq but as far as yemen, we know the houthi rebels have been overlyingoverrunning a united states base used for drone launches. how importantly is that base? >> i think we have to be careful when the president talked about yemen as a success story what he meant was using the facilities in yemen to attack al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. so you can still attack them from other places, for example from djibouti if you need to. but obviously be easier if you could do it from you know from yemen from al aden. >> you heard mohamed al jaber talk about the close consultations with the obama
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administration. fair to imagine if saudi arabia and the air strikes do not work and they feel they need to put boots on the ground combat troops they would do so perhaps with the green light of the united states, perhaps with directs assistance from the united states? >> well i think the assistance wouldn't be, you know, direct in the sense people would know but yes, i think that they would provide that. because we certainly want to get the hadi government back into yemen. that would make life easier for us. they have got to make the decision, there is no way the united states is going to get involved in dealing with this situation. the other thing nobody's mentioned here, hadi's military has desserted them. -- deserted them. they were going back to salea saleh the former president.
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>> now in rebel hands the military equipment. reports that president hadi may have fled or abandoned his country by boat. how important, significant is it for hadi to be back in yemen if only for symbolic purposes? >> i think it is very important. there are some results earlier today that he had taken a ferry over to djibouti. if he leaves it is going to be very hard for people around there to decide even with the support from the saudi air force to go and fight against the houthis. the houthis are the best you know armed and organized group in yemen right now. because the military has deserted hadi. >> finally, saudi arabia in terms of their bombing campaign what sort of options do saudi arabia's military have? they have gotten so much military equipment from the united states. would their affairs air force be very effective in some of the bombing
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they've undertaken? >> they have got so great -- they have so much money they buy the top of the line equipment from us. their air force is very good but again the real question is air power even being very good, going to be enough and if that doesn't happen, what will be the next step? the saudi ground forces are not that good fighting a group of insurgents like the houthis. they are better for conventional warfare. >> ambassador korb, thanks for being with us. >> nice to be with you. >> for weeks the united states has rlg avoided interference, american air strikes have begun however. jamie mcintire is in the pentagon with that story. many jamie.
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>> therejamie. >> iranian backed iraqi troops as they gok bogged down in their offensive trying to fight against i.s.i.l spy aish aircraft essentially picking out targets to hit today. the strikes hit today are designed to soften the defenses and try get that stalled iraqi offensive kick-started again. a pentagon official said targets picked today were dug in storage facilities and command and control nodes. it is a recognition that the urban warfare that's able to retake tikrit is very difficult to do. can't be done by air power alone but designed to gifs give the iraqi
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ground troops room to move. >> it didn't want to be the air force for iranian commanders. what is the pentagon saying about that aspect now? >> they are making the point that even though these troops are advised and assisted by iran they are primarily played up of iraqi shia militia. there was also i'd have to say a little bit of iran bashing today. the pentagon indicating that iran doesn't have the where wherewithal that iraq needed. just doing a ground offensive without air help, he said quote i think it's important to understand that what would be most hex to them the iraqis is a reliable partner in this fight against i.s.i.l reliable he says professional and advanced military capabilities, something
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that resides clearly and very squarely with the coalition. that was a pretty clear slap at iran suggesting that simply relying on iran for help is not going to get the job done. david. >> jamie mcintire, thanks as always. army sergeant be boberg daly was bo bergdahl, today the army announced it was charging bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the army. >> busy of misbehavior before the enemy disobeying a command unit or place carries a maximum penalty of a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of e-1 total forfeiture of pay
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and allowances and possible confinement for life. >> the next step will be a military hearing similar to a civilian hearing, it will be determined if bergdahl should be courts martialed. bergdahl said, i was continuously shown taliban videos, told i would leave the next day told i was going to die there told to kill myself. bergdahl's lawyers said he sent the statement to our main investigators. ashraf ghani said he is a new kind of afghan leader. addressing a joint meeting of congress today he paid tribute to the 2300 american troops who died on his nation's soil. >> we owe a profound debt to the
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2315 service men and women killed in the more than 20,000 who have been wounded in service to your country and ours. [applause] >> ghani also warned that groups like i.s.i.l. pose a terrible threat to the islamic region and the world. he called on all muslims to speak out against them. we have some late braining newsbreakingnews on the germanwings crash. apparently one of the pilots was locked out of the cabin. that information comes from the early look, the early investigation of the cock i pit voice recorder but it only raises more questions. the plane descended from 38,000 feet in only ten minutes. aviation analyst kyle bailey joins us.
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one of the pilots was heard banging on the door, trying to get back in frantically. what does that suggest to you? >> it suggests to me that there may have pen a medical condition of the other pilot in the cockpit, perhaps an aneurysm, heart attack, something of that nature. again that's just speculation. and then we have the opposite scenario, you know, could it have been you know a type of suicide scenario, where the other pilot who was locked out of the cockpit basically couldn't get back in because he was intentionally locked out. i would probably assume that the one of the pilots who left probably was using the lavatory or rather the cockpit for a similar reason. >> whether an aircraft like this, an airbus 320 reaches cruising altitude, that is the time when the pilots would use the lavatory, do you know if that cockpit locks automatically
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and it requires a pilot on in inside to physically open it? >> yes, it does. there's actually two ways. there's -- there's a buzzer on the inside of the cockpit. and then on the passengers side, there's also actually a coded mechanism, where a seven digit code is actually entered on the flight teanlt panel if one of the attendants needs to get into the cockpit. standard protocol for most airlines as you're probably aware from flying there always has to be two people in that cockpit. for example if a co-pilot uses the restroom or you know is getting a drink or something of that nature, a flight attendant or other crew member actually has to be in the cockpit with the remaining pilot. so there's always two people in the cockpit. and that's -- it would be interesting thing here, just to keep in mind to add as this
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unfolds. >> with that in mind, let's just assume there were those two people in the cockpit perhaps the pilot and you know, a flight attendant and whatnot. if they had faced some sort of emergency and there's been all sorts of discussion that the reason the plane -- that the plane played the kind of descent, there was not a depressurize icationation, would the pilot and the co-pilot be too busy to open the door and allow the co-pilot to come in? >> no, it is basically a buzzer that was pushed an electronic buzzer that will basically unlock the door. it is literally a matter of reaching your hand up and hitting the buzzer, and that door would open up. i would think this is more of a
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scenario where, you know keep in mind the airbus unlike boeing airplanes, is controlled by a joy stick type control. even a slight pressure on that that could actually cause a descent. but on the other scenario, the auto pilot is used for most of the flight. so you know, i can't see if the autopilot was on, that forward motion on that stick would -- you know would alter the course if the autopilot was engaged. >> one more question about the flight voice recorder. if there had been somebody else in the cockpit with the pilot taking the place of the co-pilot using the restroom or whatever it was would there be indications for the investigators that yes they had followed protocol and there was somebody else in the cockpit? >> well, there's four microphones on that cockpit
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voice recorder. and they could isolate different sounds on there. so it's basically it would be similar to like recording a record with different sound tracks that are edited in there. so basically the investigators would analyze every single track trying to pick up different sounds. from what i'm hearing it looks like that -- from what they're reporting, the knock started very gradual and then started increasing in intensity and almost ended with a banging on the door. so it would just -- it would be interesting to see actually how this unfolds. >> fascinating. kyle bailey aviation expert. kyle thanks so much for shedding light on the latest developments again involving the germanwings plane. the one of the pilots left the cockpit and was heard banging to
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get back in. that adds to the mystery of what went on. next, they are working the fields to feed the world. but barrel barely able to feed them sesms. andthemselves. and the american millionaire trying to rescue migrants in the arabian sea.
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>> in mexico efforts are underway to put into right a massive farm worker strike. they make $8 a day and are asking for better pay and better work conditions. jennifer london has the story. >> this one room house built of plywood and cardboard is where fidel and augustina are raising their four girls. >> this is where you sleep? there's a plat tress propped often sin ter cinder box. >> the debt for groceries is always growing. what we earn we have to give it
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to the stores to help pay the debt. but what we owe keeps increasing. i feel bad because my oldest daughter stopped going to school since we don't have the money to send her. >> this despite working 12 hours a day seven days a week in the hot, dusty fields in the san quitine valley in mexico. >> we wake up early and come back late about 5:00 or 6:00. all for abouting $110 pesos a day. >> they say enough is enough. after years decades of demanding higher wages and better working conditions they've left the field for the streets. you, 70,000 workers toil in these fields.
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make it one of the most large and significant regions. if you have strawberries in your refrigerator they likely came from here. why these farm workers chose to strike now believing spoiled fruit would put pressure on the growers and the government to meet their demands. it's not only farm workers calling for better wages. we also met duane an independent grower. he took us to his farm, what makes it different is the field he pays $16 for an eight hour shift. >> but you're paying your workers a living wage and the other pickers say that the other companies don't. >> we're not greedy, whatever we get we share. the day we die we don't take anything with us so if you got a happy community is a prosperous
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community. >> reporter: but look around. this community is anything but prosperous. many here blame the government. at a photo open op to show off new plans we ask the balances we ask the governor. >> they can't even put shoes on their children. >> as a governor, as a citizen. they need to eat as much as they need to live well. >> don't they deserve to be paid a living wage? >> everybody deserves to be paid. everybody, deserves to be paid. >> then why aren't they paid more? >> the payment has to do with the economics. the payment has to do with the price of the product. the payment has to do with the price of the land, with the
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price of the water. >> they need to understand that these people are surviving on tortillas and beans. a little bit of lettuce a little bit of tomato and salt, they'll eat it on a tortilla. >> do they have any other options? >> they have no others options. >> picking the produce that helps to feed the world struggling every day to feed themselves. jennifer london, al jazeera san quitin mexico. up next, high profile public apology from a former university of oklahoma student. and he's the only person in florida who can legally smoke pot. even more surprising he's getting it courtesy of u.s. taxpayers.
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>> hello everybody, this is al jazeera america. i'm david schuster. john siegenthaler is on
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assignment. ahead this hour. >> let me start by saying i'm sorry. >> public apology a university of oklahoma student reaches out. ferguson police. we'll bring you an interview with the city's new chief who is trying to rebuild trust. chronic fix? the american government thanks to taxpayers is sending medical marijuana to people in states where smoking is illegal. fast and furious. jeremy clarkson has been sacked. why it happened and what's next. in oklahoma today there was a public apologize and a pledge from one of the two university of oklahoma students expelled last month over a racist chant. over pastors and civic leaders and standing with one of the top black leaders levi promised to
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make amends. >> pettit is a son of a wealthy business person. it was his parents who issued his apology for himself. but today he spoke for himself. >> i'm so sorry for the pain i caused i want you to know that from me. although i don't deserve it, i ask for your forgiveness. >> a video that insensed many. (bleep) (bleep). >> in it has become a flash point for discussions of racism and bigotry in fraternities across american college campuses. 21-year-old levi pettit leads a busful of sigma alpha epsilon
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brothers in a now infamous chant. he took on a different tone wednesday. >> the people i've met with have opened my eyes to things that i had not been exposed to. leading up to this event. there are no excuses for my behavior. i never thought of myself as a racist. i never considered it a possibility. but the bottom line is that the words that were said in that chant were mean, hateful and racist. >> levi offered hi apologizes but refused to explain where it came from or the circumstances of the bus ride. >> i'm not here today to talk about where i learned the chant or how it was taught. the truth is what was said in that chant is disgusting and after meeting with these people and everybody else i met with i've learned that these words should never be repeated, joked about or ever used in any form ever again. >> the apology delivered in a black church in eeks, came at theoklahoma citycame from a university
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of oklahoma graduate. she says pettit reached out to her after she called the video disheartening. >> the purpose of this meeting today was to share with you how this community has received levi pettit's apology. the purpose is to focus on being helpful, and the healing of both community. the purpose of this meeting is to demonstrate how a village can raise a child. >> reporter: pettit was expelled from the university of oklahoma two days after the video's posting. a second student seen leading the video is gone as well. sigma alpha epsilon is closed, its fraternity banned for as long as the chancellor has the
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post. >> i hope they reflect on what they've done. i hope they reflect about what they've said and the pain they have caused. >> pettit's apology came after silence marches and protests for racial solidarity. and again pettit has been expelled from the university of oklahoma and today he said he would be dedicating the rest of his life to fighting racism. but when pressed on details he had none to offer. of course though, the university david is still looking at this as a very positive step forward. >> the national organization of sigma alpha eps lon looking epsilon looking at this as well. what are they saying? >> they have distanced themselves from the university of oklahoma. they have all those members suspended. they say leaders from the national organization will consider each branch case by case whether can remain members.
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and investigate whether this is an issue at any other university. >> heidi zhou-castro, thank you. joining us from washington, jason i want to start by playing again a little bit of levi pettit's apology and get your reaction. >> let me start by saying that i'm sorry. deeply sorry. i'm so sorry for all the pain that i've caused i want you all to know that directly from me. although i don't deserve it, i want to ask for your forgiveness. >> jason, do you forgive him? >> i don't care. i am disgusted by this consistent tendency of whenever somebody says something racist or offensive or antisemitic they surround themselves by that racial group and are supposed to be racial culture within a
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college campus forward. >> doesn't it help the local community particularly because the fact you have members of the african american church and african american leaders they had the the opportunity to meet with him personally, and they said something to him that convinced him to stand in front of the microphones. >> yes because it's convenient propaganda. let's be honest. what's at issue is how did the school handle it and two his individual behavior. i don't believe as a college professor and a believer you can be expelled for something you say. they could have expelled him for being drunk. just because he feels bad he got caught and told some black people that he feels better doesn't mean it changes the culture of his institution doesn't mean it changes the fraternity.
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or hurt feelings, where everyone feels they can learn equally. he's done nothing for that. >> let me talk talk about the institutional situation in a moment. but is there anything about him trying to express his forgiveness? >> as far as i'm concerned if he can express forgiveness to 50,000 people he's perfectly able to do that. but if he would sit down and speak privately about these issues and just disappear the truth of the matter he made a smairk. mistake. it's almost condescending that his remarks made hurt feelings. unless he's saying he's going to do something about it, just saying he's sorry doesn't improve the situation. that is less than productive what we need to do in this country. >> a few bad eggs on the bus or is there a more institutional
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problem in the fraternity system and particularly the fraternity system at the university of oklahoma? >> i can't speak to all fraternities. i think the attitudes they expressed and the comfort with which they expressed them suggest to me you have lots of young people, lots of millennials that have this attitude. i teach 20-year-olds, i teach 19-year-olds. this is not the silliness of youth, he thinks it's perfectly fine to talk about lynching and harming someone because of the color of their skin. do i think that's a problem yes. but the positive problem somebody on that bus thought it was a problem and exposed that problem and that is the one positive out of this situation. >> jason thanks as always for coming on. >> thanks david. >> now to ferguson missouri. where there's a new interim chief of police. the city is still reeling from the killing of michael brown and a scathing department of justice
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report that exposed years ever racism in that police force. duarte geraldino what does he say about the content of his force. >> in his first sit down interview he admitted the department is troubled but he's taking steps to make changes. most notably the number of citations issued have declined noteliably. he has a number of challenges. most significant he has at once to build on the success of his old boss, the man who hired him but also distance himself from the previous chief because that man is blamed for the racist policies. when i spoke to him e-said his bigger challenge is that he has to keep the officers he has and is able to hire new ones. >> all right now i have openings. my job is to go out and seek new officers qualified officers.
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whether they're hispanic, african american, white qualified officers. people who want to be part of this rebuilding, people who want to come here and surprising reply i do get a lot of applications. we have a new process starting in a couple of weeks to look at new officers but they've got to be the officers that want to improve the community to bring everybody together. because you've got to wonder when you look at everything that's happened in the last eight months, i asked one of the new guys i just hired last week, i says you know what's going on in ferguson. where are you coming to ferguson? he says i want to be part of the healing. i want to meet with the people, i want to help the people. i love that. >> reporter: you heard the chief mention there were two new hires. one of those new hires is actually an african american, but there's still a way to go david. >> duarte, let's watch a video and get your reaction.
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(bleep) (bleep) (bleep). >> reporter: duarte what's been the reaction of this video of an officer being harassed? >> as disturbing as that video the reaction is it's much more common than anyone wants to believe. there are so few officers of color on the ferguson police department. but the chief says his black officers are routinely harassed in this way that the protesters believe the black officers are on the wrong side of the lyon. this points to a bigger problem because the chief is actively trying to recruit new officers. and as you know there's been the push for months that the solution to what's happening in ferguson is more black officers. but when you see videos like this this may serve as a disincentive for people to apply. once again the police said this week he actually hired a black officer. there are several more vacancies on the force but the difficulty he's facing is that many people know that once you take this
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job, that doesn't pay but 40-something thousand dollars a year, you are going to have to deal with, nats to every other danger, that type of treatment. >> duarte geraldino live you can see more of duarte's interview with the new interim police chief in ferguson, on "real money." for years a legal battle for her estate kept rosa parks' personal dats unwraps. joie chen has the story. >> what do colored people hope to gain by pressing the segregation fight at this time? what immediate rights do you hope to achieve? >> we hope to achieve the equal
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rights. >> soft spoken seam seamstress, who was not willing to give up her bus seat because she was just too tired to move. but that just wasn't so. >> she was never tired. and that is the myth that people have told for years. that she was tired. >> people will be surprised. >> i think they will be. i think they will be. >> they will be now a decade after parks' death as a treasuretrophy of her writings memories and pictures is finally made public. deep inside a vault at the library of congress curators poured through 10,000 items crammed into some 80 boxes that make up the parks collection. >> each box that we opened had a different kind of surprise in it
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it. >> the gift rosa packers left for all of us is an intimate look in her life from the earliest days of living with her grand father, working at home. to the decades of cavism that followed. rosa parks explained what she was really thinking when the bus driver told her to move. >> i had been pushed around all my life and felt at this moment i couldn't take it anymore. >> faced with death threats and the loss of, the parks family moved north. through years of segregation rosa parks is final reply able to speak to a new generation. >> she was not just a one-act
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play. it wasn't just one protest on december 1st 1955. >> it wasn't just the bus? >> it wasn't just the bus. there was so much more. she was this quiet seamstress who wrote volumes. >> with a voice that speaks across the ages. joie chen, washington. >> you can see more of joie's report at 10:00 7 eastern. >> gets the supply of marijuana from an you unlikely source and for free. jonathan betz has the story. >> erwin's medicine arrives in the mail. 300 joints he lights up and inhails. >> this has sent people to jail. but you can sit here and smoke it openly. >> yes.
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>> ironic. the other irony where he gets this drug. >> provided by the united states federal government. >> tax pairings give you this? >> taxpayers give me this, yes . >> holdover, where the government supplied marijuana to a select few for research. rosenfeld and one other are still eligible. getting pot for free because it is the only thing he says that eases the excruciating pain of a rare bone tumor. >> it's ironic that i and a couple of others can do this. if i didn't have this i would be home bound. >> the federal government has been supplying his medication since 1982. a doctor writes a prescription. calls for him to smoke ten
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cigarettes a day. and as we saw the 62-year-old does it during our interview at home, on his job as a stockbroker, driving all possible because he doesn't get high. >> my theory, my body needs it. >> he carries his paperwork rosenburg is carefully not to smoke it around his girlfriend's child. >> while 23 states have at least legalized medical marijuana florida hasn't nor has the federal government. it considers marijuana not only illegal but possibly dangerous. with no proof it has any health benefits that outweigh its
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risks. the feds wouldn't comment citing patient privacy. rosenfelt is pushing to make it. >> that it does this to you and that to you and you should be locked up in jail for it? that's ridiculous especially when they're giving it to me and i'm in great shape. >> this month a florida jury acquitted a man who was smoking marijuana who was trying to overcome an eating disorder however rosen feld rosenfield rosenfeld. david. >> jonathan betz jonathan, thank you. dramatic turn of events, antonio mora has a preview coming up.
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antonio. >> we are going to have the latest that saudi arabia and gulf allies have gun begun a military offensive against houthi rebels on a day when the president was forced to flee. we'll also look at the heartbreak plight of child soldiers thousands of children both boys and girls some as young as eight given no choice but to fight. it is happening mostly in african, asian and the middle east, but only gotten worse with the rise of armed groups such as i.s.i.l. and boko haram. south sudan many are afraid to go to school for fear they will be abducted. also hear from a man who was a child soldier in sierra leone for most children like himself fighting became the only option. >> in my case i didn't want to leave because i didn't have anything else to go to, my entire system was killed in the war. i survived by luck. so there was flog for me to go to. so i didn't have anything.
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so this army became my new family. >> you can hear much more of ishmael's interview. coming up in our next hour. it's powerful interview. >> antonio looking forward to it. up next jeremy clarkson, the wildly popular host of top gear. we'll at tell you why the bbc told hymn to hit the road.
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>> springtime has arrived in europe and it means that the continent is now bracing or the an influx of migrants arriving by boat. calmer seas attract migrants, some looking for work, others fleeing violence. 170,000 undocumented migrants arrived in italy by boat, 3,000 died trying to get there. for one american couple, rescuing people crossing the mediterranean has become a mission. christopher and eugenia. >> this first started in 2013, when my wife and i were cruising the mediterranean on a holiday on a private yacht. my wife noticed a jacket floating in the water. and once we spoke to our captain, we realized that that
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jacket belonged to a migrant that had likely lost his life. and so that splierd my wife and i -- inspired my wife and i to form moaz. currently we have spent $8 million from our own personal family's budgets i guess you could say it obviously was a very big cost for us but it was something that my wife and i were absolutely dedicated to because we believe that these people deserve a chance and many of them have been dying at sea. so it was our aim to spend our money in a different way. on august 30th, 2014, this was the day of our first rescue in which over 200 syrian and palestinians were saved by moaz and the phoenix rescue vessel. that day we had many, many many children on board many as young
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as six months old. that resonated amongst us and the crew that this is something very unique and very catastrophic. as you go out there you kind of don't know what to expect. but when you see children as young as six months, out there it's -- it's shocking. many many many lives are being lost every single day out there. and there is no unified response at the moment. we actually provide them life jackets, food, water. and if requested by the rescue coordination center we actually take them on board the phoenix which is the moaz rescue vessel. the first step is actually conducting medical screening by our paramedics and by our doctors who look for different type of injuries. i think the international community needs to recognize the fact that there is nothing that is going to stop this migration flow that's happening. it is the biggest flow of
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migrants since the second world war. and to accomplish what's happening in syria and what's happening in african africa is not helping. we are band-aids on this situation at the moment and we are hopefully showing people that the way we save lives in 2014, can be replicated. we can no longer allow people to die because of imaginary borders. >> moaz is trying to raise more money through crowd-funding. he is the face of the biggest television show in the world, at least he was until today. jeremy clarkson was fired by the bbc for assaulting a junior producer. that's only part of the story for clarkson and top gear. firing the main host and risk using a large audience or keep
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him and his problems. john terret is here with the story. welcome. >> david good morning. quite often big stars brought in big audiences. but jeremy clarkson is the exception because a line was crossed when he physical cli abused one of his producers. jeremy clarkson like him or loath him. the bbc host sun afraid to speak his mind. >> buying a car for its dynamic abilities is like buying a porn film for its plot. >> often very entertaining. >> consume sir we would like a word with you. if you would like to step out of the vehicle. >> he took a low budget program
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about cars and turned it into a motoringmotoring seven sayings with a worldwide audience of 3 million people. the show earns tens of millions of dollars a year for the cash strapped broadcaster. >> an enormous church of their foreign revenue. they're in a difficult position because he's absolutely integral to the program. >> but now clarkson is out. clarkson admitted getting into a fracas, with a junior producer. he couldn't get a hot meal at the hotel at the end of a day's shooting. the producer went to hospital. the bbc's top boss said the bbc is a big tent and admitted that is he a fan. >> but not at any price. physical violence accompanied by prolonged verbal abuse has crossed the line. and that's why with regret i
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decided this morning that we will not be renewing jeremy's contract. >> clarkson has a history of trouble at the bbc. he was issued a final warning last year after he was caught reciting a rayist nursery rhyme in front of a camera. still more than a million people around the world signed an online petition supporting clarkson. top gear whether it remains as popular without clarkson, remains to be seen. to many he is the program. rivals to it itv and even netflix here in the u.s. are said to be waiting with open check pooks. >> and that was the end -- checkbooks. >> that was the end of that. >> jeremy clarkson.
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he was dealt by the bbc that may not be the end of it. police say action may be taken when necessary. >> john terret, thank you. that is it for this broadcast the news continues with antonio mora, next.
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saudi arabia goes on the offensive in yemen. >> we pray that god almighty will provide support for our soldiers and the brave soldiers of the coalition. >> taking the fight to the houthi rebels. on the run. yemen's president reportedly flees the country. how the conflict affects the u.s. fight against al qaeda in yemen. facing charges. a year after army sergeant bo bergdahl was freed