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icky it can be to limit online activities. and a new face on mine, the amazing story of robert chelsea and his amazing recovery from a near deadly car crash. welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. democrats have a twofold trump and one clea message, held must be held responsible for last week's riots on capitol hill. one strategy is the 25th amenent that would require the vice president and cabinet the presidency ander isump from impeachment. we have been down this road before. democrats put both options in motion today knowingat full well r. trump will leave office next week anyway, joe biden will be sworn in as the next president of the nation in -- in less than nine days but as we have learned a lot canapn in
nine days. let's speak to barbara at the thank you for joins. why do t democrats, given that donald trump will be leaving the whiteouse behind next week, feel that it is so urgent told he president accountable in this way? >> they are furious at whaten ha last weekend, last week, sorry. they felt that their lives weren ngered. personally they went through a trauma and they also felt that democracy was in danger and that it wasn't absolutely egregious thing for a president to incite insurrection against the government, which is what they sa happened. they are determined to bring him to account because they say if you don't, if you don't show that something serious happened, it could happen agae . you ght, it's not very much time and it is virtually impeached in the days that him remain but the trial would continue after he left offi d one of the reasons they
would like to have a conviction is if it does happen, it would bar him from running again and he has indicated that he might run in 2024 so for many democrats that would be quite an important thing. >> republicans are calling this a time for unity and say tha joe biden student squander the opportunity to work in a partisan manner by coming up the first weeks and months of his presidency with an impeachment trl. >> that's right, that isaphe generaoach that the republicans are taking, although a number of them have spoken out forthrightly that mr. trump should go. two of them have called on him resign and one has said that he would consider the articles of impeachment an's not clear if moore would join the ranks. it's i meresting tha biden himself seems to feel that way. he has sainthat congress do what it once and what it feels it needs to, but thatis focus
is agenda and getting his cabinet member nomineeroved and he has spoken to congress about trying to split the time of the senate. if there is a trial, could they do half a day of impeachment and half a d dayling with his agenda. that's not the way protocol works, d has to wait e if that can be approved. >> what is going on the building behind you? what are you hearing about the mood who i there, who is not there, what's happening? >> well, not very much is happening. we were told that mr. trump might speak today. we haven't heard from h because he has been cut off twitter and it is somethingha he has railed against as other tweets were taken down and wwh know that the house officials that remain want to go about busiss as usual and they have said that this week he will highlight some of his policy achievements. tomorrow we know he's going to the southern border, that's the plan, toalk about the wall,
security, and so on. t he is keeping quiet so far. >> ok, barber there the white house, think you very much. trump without twitter. how different the last four years would have been. quie and calm her for political reporters, i would suspect. joe biden has picked william burns to be the next head of the cia. he's a career diplomat that led the obama administration negotiations with iran. a pattern for mr. biden, who has been picking seasoned veterans fo top posts on the policy side , especially es that he has rked with before. robin rice is a distinguished fellow with the woward wilson -- woodrow international policy center. i know that you know him. decision?ou make of this it's a bit unusual, given that he comes from a state apartment diplomatic background and a so
much the intelligence background. >> it's the exact oppite course of mike pompeo, who went from intelligence and state and now it's the reverse. but it's an interesting and inspired choice in many ways, he has all the credentials for dealing with the major challenges facing the united states. he was ambassador to russia and were -- and led the secretgo irn ations that eventually led to the first deaha led to proliferation in the first century -- in a century. he did the whole range of issues and has been president for several years of a think tank that has branches in beijing and moscow. they removed brussels. the most important thing, as you opve pointed out, is that biden has a group of that walk in on the first day who know where their offices are.
they have dealt with each other and from day one i think you will see a lot of deep activity when it comes to, you know, facing issues across the world. >> they know what they are doing and haveff been ine since the obama administration, but the world they face today is quite different. not just four years of donald trump, but we have left the iran deal. china has become strengthened around the wld. how much will they see a world that has changed and what can they do to reassert american supremacy and relevance in that world? you are absolutely right. so much has changed since the team left office four years ago. not just becau trump, but it is because of russia with mid-level countries
ke turkey, india, and brazil being much more ambitious in terms of their agenda. s it'e of the themes of the 21st century and is a product globalization. it's not something where joe biden can flip a switch and say we are back here and back in the game, signing ck in to the deal. turning these things around. america has a broaderen cha of improving its credibility as interlocutor and a lot ofr powers fat america has got to the point where we every four years elect someone who will do the last opposite thing. how reliable are we? it will take four to eight years for biden in the next president ast well to america back in a place where it can be a model or help to define the global agenda. throbin, as everk you for
joining us. >> thank you. >> the fallout from last week's riots is also playing out online . parler, the platform popular united states has mazonn the for removing it from eir web tech giant of antitrust clause violations in the u.s.. conservatis slammed the decision to revoke the trump personal accounts but some world leaders are concerned that these measures go too far. angela merkel says that the social media bands are problematic. >> the basic right to freedom of opinion is of eicmentary signce and it is possible to interfere with basic rights, but bas on the law, not the decisions of social media. fromt that po of view, the chancellor sees the permanent suspension of the u. president's account as
problematic. >> l inht of recent events german officials are revisiting their own. we have more from berlin and our journalist there who covers digital policy. thank you for joining us. the day after the capital was attacked here in washington dc, sweke to our correspondent in berlin who said that some of this made german officials nervous because germany, to, hau a far-right that has caused problems in the past. i was surprised to hear german officials saying that they were nervous about limiting donald trump's access to twitter and facebook and nervous that some of these groups were being shut down. >> yeah. and you know, it all comes down to one key issue, if youill, in the fight against online hate speech there are just no easy
answers. we heardge it earlier, the merkel spokesperson chancellor called it problematic this is strong criticism and her point is yes, the tech platforms like twitter are responsible for what is happening on their platforms in they need to make sure thano existing laws are violated when a user posts something, but it should not be up t them, up to those private companies to describe how the rules look like, rather that's the job o lawmakers and is the key idea before kind -- t key idea behind germany's own hate speech laws that aree by far strictest and toughest rulebook for how to govern speech onle by any western democracy. >> given thaamerica does not have the kind of strict hate
speech laws that germany has anl isely to enact laws on that kind of scale, would one way be limiting the kind of thing that we saw, th risk of the kind of thing that we saw last week, would it be to have more restrictions on tech companies for tech companies to have more restrictions? the laws aren't here in america. >> that's certainly what the merkel administration wants to achieve. evg by make rules that we currently have tougher than they are. but her point is tha it has to be, putting it into simpleerms i , her pointthat shutting down the platforms won't solve the problem. we have to regulate what's happening on them. from my previous years of covering these iss is, it always a cat and mouse game. when you shut down one platform,
another one pops up somewhere else. i think her point here is that we have to regulate what is being set on thosetf pms. not just shutting down the accounts. >> for all of your time studying these issues, do you think it's possiblemi to this red online throughocl media of these kinds of groups? g that can bth of coordinated online assault that we saw last week? >> it's certainly difficult and it's an uphill think it is possible. the challenge that lawmakers are facing, a problem for a lot of lawmakers in europe and germany, is the fact that this kind of dicalization and organization of movement is increasingly happening unencrypted messengers
or platforms like parler and e next hate speech law is specifically targeting large social media platforms like twitter, facebook, and so on. the big question really is how do you know what's happening within these groups that are so monitor and h do you addss them? to be truly honest i don't think one has found the silver bullet for that yet. >> ok, thank you very much. one person we will not be having to deal with anymore is the acting secretary of homeless early, chad wolf. he has decided to step down. american media reporting that. in other news around the world, the indonesian navy has relead footage of divers searching to the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed over the weekend. the bing went down with 62 passengers and crew on board t shortly afting off on saturday and they say that it is
fdifficult toind the black box and there is no hope of finding survivors. pope francis has formally l chae th in the catholic church allowing women to read the gospel and serve on the altar.t e ordained priesthood will still be men only. said the move recognizeshe pope precious contribution made by women in the church. the president of south korea says that he will work what he called a grand breakthrough with north korea th year. he said that he hoped as if it's to tackle the coronavirus pandemic will lead to greater cooperation and facilitate future unificati. you are watching bbc world news america. still to come tonight, u.k. officials of our to vaccinate their way out of the coronavirum pa, planning to jab tens of millions of people by the spring.
the u.s. secretary of state, mike pompeo, plans to demonstrate -- designate the yemen houthi movement as arg terrorization. >> this is a move supported by the u.s. allies like saudi arabia. when i was there recently i spoke to the minister from foreign affairs there and he organizations and entities are calling for this designation of the who these as a terror -- yemen who these -- houthis as a pressuring them to negotiate politically. we know that for those involved in the efforts that they are very worried by this designation, hardening attitudes rather than making it easier to get to what everyone knows is the only way forward, not a
military solution but aio political sol to end of devastating war. >> u.s. officialsry areg to ramp up the pace of vaccinations across the country. so far 8 million doses have been administered but that's only one third of those availab. in the u.k. medical officials are also trying to speed up vest -- vaccination distribution as britain sufrs from what they call the worst point in their pandemic. cahere's our me report. >> waiting patiently in line, health care workers in newcastlv , th 80's and bristle, manchester, and birmingham. among seven of the ones that opening in england today. >> i have lost a lot of relatives. i neededo show people that there is nothing wrong with the
vaccine. it's been tested and we need to get it. >> grandchildren, great-grandchildren. to not be able to see them? >> i'm relieved. i feel that this is the way back. i can't understand anybody not wanting the jab. ri>> the p minister in bristol said the u.k. had mobiliz t more peoplehan any country in europe with the sense of urgey that' palpable, hospitals close to being overwhelmed by covi patients. >> is a race against time. we can all see the threat we face. it's under the demand in the intensive care units. even the shortage of oxygen in some places. >>hey the end of the month, omises that everyone in
england will be within 10 miles 'f a vaccination site. >> it' our way out of this pandemic. butpp it won't effect unfortunately for a month or two. in the meantime, the nhs is undeheintense pressure,are filling up with people who have covid and we have to reverse that. >> themu mass zation centers will be open from 8:00 to 8:00 seven days a, week part of the biggest vaccination drive effort in the nhs. the aim i to offer a first dose of covid vaccine to up to 15 millioneople by mid february. that's all over 70's frontline alth and social care workers, plus people who are currently shielding. >> a steady supply of vaccine is vital, this gp surgery near edinboro is one of 1000 in scotland offering immunization.
in wales, where there has been some criticism of the speed of rollout, ministers say that al' over 50's will be offered a covid vaccine by the spring. >> eight years ago man named robert chelsea sustained three degree burns on half of hisod where he was involved in a car crash. in 20 he was the first ever african-american to receive a full face plant. transplant. we must warn you the story contains graphic images. >> somewhere around 100, i don't know where i was coming from, the car, there was smoke by god's grace i managed to go from the fast lane over to the shoulder.
i parked my car and was going to let it cool down. i noticed a truck swerving overo fr or two lanes up, straight into me. and then all of a sudden the car blew up. within seconds. i was conscience -- conscious all the time. when the ambulance came, once they rolled me into the gurney, i laid back. the next thing that i knew, when i woke up it was six months later. >> we were thrilled, our prayers had been answered when my godfather woke up. what we didn't really reali is he was burned over 75% of his body. mostly upper body. he had lost his lips, a part of
his nose, part of his ear. he was almost unrecognizable. there is a serious lack of donors in the black community and minority communities as it relates to the need. >> it's so rare tfind a black face. it didn't know how rar was. i received a call from the doctor and i asked him, is this real? are you callingut abohis really?
ntalppthis organ, in our case, the faceand then w package it and cool it down and literally bring it to robert, whe old scarred face is essentially removed and the n one gradually connects. >> good to see you. >>ou look good. >> yeah, man. tr>> facial splantation has a lot of risks. >> i'm the first black person to have a full face tnsplant. i happ to be the oldest as well and the world. >> he came out and believe it or not he was already moving. there were already facial expressions. it was probably one of the most amazing experiences i'll ever se
>> i'm still trying to get use to identifying myself. owing that it came from someone else. the family that was so kind enough to allow edeir l one to share his face in the rest of his body with the donor community. i want people to have he. who knows but will happen next, day by day. this year are not looking for robert chelsea. i am robert chelsea. >> amazing, having someone else's face. the generosity as well. before we go, nearly 50 couples
in pakistan have taken part in a socially distance wedding in karachi. the mass ceremony is aimed atth relievin costs for families and it is usually even bigger than this, normally the event hosts about 100 couples, but due to the pandemic the organizers had to halfhe number. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymond james. the freeman foundation. by jovy and peter blumr foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
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