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welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy, here are the top stories we are following at this hour. the uncle of north korea's leader has been executed for treason, a military tribunal thaund jang song-thaek guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. some analysts say the move is part of kim jong un's plan to consolidate power. >> evidence of chemical warfare in syria. inspectors say they found evidence of chemical weapons use in five out of seven attacks investigated. four attacks involved sarin attacks. >> the secretary of state is discussing a west bank security plan with israeli and palestine
leaders. he's hoping to have a deal in place by may that addresses security issues and borders, the status of jerusalem, and the state of palestine refugees. the leaders agreed if such a deal is not fleshed out by the deadline they'll work to have the framework in place. israeli and palestine leaders will seek to neght. >> house lawmakers approved a bipartisan budget deal. the two-year agreement has been passed by a majority and hits the senate next week. those are the headlines. on america tonight, not my fault, man. the case that raise as point in question about justice. can you be too rich? for you to say that because i have money, i can do as i please in this country.
you for being with us. we begin tonight with a look at crime, punishment, and the judgement it connects the 2. a stunning decision in a texas courthouse led to new questions about fairness and the legal system. parental responsibilities and whether you can be just too rich, to know any better. etalage counts admits he was too drunk. the 16-year-old's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. the truck was going almost twice the speed limit. is that was just the end of the ride, he and his buddies stole beer before they went out, his friends later testified they tried to talk him out of driving, dead a driver whose car has broken down, along with a youth pastor who pulled over to help, and a mother and daughter who
had come running too. >> couch pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter, prosecutors asked for the maximum, 20 years, the families of the four victims were stunned, when the judge sentenced him to just ten years probation. my wife and caught eare gone, and there are no consequences. the defense, that couch suffered from affluent a. as in his family is so wealthy, he live add lifer of such privilege, that he never learned his action getting drunk and driving. he heads to a half million dollars a year rehab program at his parents expense, he won't see them for two years. the victims families won't ever sew their
loved ones again. >> affluencea. s that a legitimate excuse, or just an excuse. it is the it to and focus of a 1997 documentary, that explored the impact of consumerism and merrellism. let's take a look. >> never before it seems has so much meant so little to so many. >> there's a universe feeling in this nation that we have become too materialistic, too greedy, too selfish, too self-absorbed that we need to bring back into balance the enduring values that have guided this country over generations. some call the afflunza. and the earth itself are immense, but often concealed.
and a half, talk now to the gentlemen who owe the book on afflunza. john, you know, afflunza? didn't we just used to call this spoiled? >> yeah. well, in this particular case, number one, i want to say that i believe this decision is a travesty. number two, when we talked about it we weren't talking about a personal kids issue with his parents or not being taught responsibility. a we were talking about a social issue, of convinced in our society that the good life is the goods life, is having more and more and more stuff. since regardless of the consequences, not only to other people, but to the environment, and many other things. you can be poor and have affluent a too if you are on served merely with stuff. the difference is i cannot imagine a poor kid
saying well i stole that, because i had affluenza. not going to happen. we have for the last 30 years in this society simply pampered the wealthy. is it possible that it leads to a break down of morality, that i am not responsible for nil but my own comfort? is? >> absolutely, we have a society that is is sort of promoting that idea. we don't really think about or talk seriously about the impacts of this on the resources of the world, on the climate, which we are dealing in a serious way these days. on poor people, and it isn't surprised that we then forget about it as individuals. responsibility is still there, if this kid isn't going to prison, then
what about his parents? why didn't the judge say hey, they out to spend a little time behind bars for not making this kid responsibility? so i presume that's because the parents weren't actually charged here, the individual was charged. have you seen this used as a defense? >> i hadn't seen it before. it seems aiken to the twinkie defense, it is that absurd. in a sense. but i think -- we should think about this that we really do live in a society which is promoting irresponsible level of hyper consumption, and glorifying those who are richer, that the head managers all of these people. we have gone to the point where we call the people that work for a living and takers
because they get a certain kind of support, and we tall the people who are making billions in financial speculation and other things the makers and we seem to have a problem taking from the makers to provide for the takers. this is what happening. >> i have to ask you, because we are going to run out of time, i am curious, because you have been writing about this for more than a decade. you have been talking about this motion, is this really an american phenomenon? or is it really international? do other cultures and communities face this sort of you have too much to think about your moral sense? it is certainly becoming an international crisis as well. like china, we hear a lot of stories about this. but i think it's really a disease that started with the united states, and has begun to spread to the rest of is world, as the american consumer
dream becomes predominately around the world. i think that's the problem. >> well, people are using your term there, affluenza as a defense. >> they are, indeed. i hope they think about it. >> i hope they will consider it as well. >> a documentary film maker. he wrote the book on affluenza. the thoughts about money and our values and where things are going, it isn't pretty, but the republican controlled house overwhelmingly approved a two year bipartisan budget that will eliminate the threat of another government shut down. k we are facing coming up. capitol hill correspondent joins us from the hill, so this was pretty overwhelming? >> it was. 62 republicans voted against it, 32 democrats voted against it, that's it. and you know we have heard such a outcry from conservatives, mostly though conservative action groups. who were really pressure chairman paul ryan the budget
committee chairman but this was a huge push back by speaker boehner, he made it very personal. he accused these groups of misleading and he said they have lost credibility because they were criticizing this bill before it had been finalized. activists who were outside the capitol and let us do our job. the citizen. inside of the republican party and where speaker boehner was going to get his strength going forward. you will running back when the government shut down happen he went along with this plan that was hatched interestingly enough, initiating from
the senate some conservatives like ted cruz who wanted to link funding the government with defunding the federal healthcare law. what it yielded was a government shut down, but especially republicans and now he is fighting back. just because you compromise doesn't mean you are portraying conservative values in. >> well, he has gotten
hammered as well by these groups, what we are talking about is groups like heritage action, club for growth, americans for prosperity, they are well funded. well, mitch mcconnell has gotten hammered by them as well. 24 will get toss today the senate side, don't expect to see him vote for this bill. they have a lot more cover, because lit have to be the democratic push, since they control the senate to get it past there. without derailing this deal that would give room to keep them funded. you will also see folks like ted crudes, vote 20 it, but a hand full will join with the democrats in order for that to pass next week. >> we are looking into next week for that, libby casey, thank you for being with us. >> it's all got to make your wonder just a few weeks ago, lawmakers plunged the nation into a
standstill. leaving was the government shut down, i asked what this deal tells us about the future relations on capitol hill. >> i think the budget is pass. the constituents are telling us they want us to work together, this has got -- it is exactly a middle ground. on the dollar amount, we that's kind of the way it comes about. nobody ever gets everything they want. i think the republicans learned that they suffered politically from the shut down. that was something the american people did not favor, & they know that it was the house caucus that was responsible for it. i think governor boehner is asserting himself, in talking towards the
opposition from the knee jerk conservative crowd as he said it they were against it before they read it, have you read the healthcare bill. >> i have to maybe that point too. for your barty you have been under a lot of pressure, was there also sort of we have to do something, that pushes the people to trust office little bit more too? we have to give here too? >> well, i think what we saw as the american people do want to have both sides work together. if we fail to come with numbers we would like at fault, but the fact is this is good for us in terms of it cut into the sequester which is really antiapartheidty government, anti-middle class, antihuman being i think proposal. it allows for misdiscretionary domestic spending. i think it out to be our number one concern, of
all the concerns we have, defense, education, jobs, number one should be the national student health. >> is soming to this deal an indication of real wadder shed moment for both of the parties? that you have gotten lessons down, you have learned people will not tolerate this, is a real watershed? can you go back to being bodies that work together on both sides? >> i hope so. and i think so, i do think, and i hate to sound like i am partisan, the problem has been the republicans and i think you have seen a lot of people who is considered very independent commentator, and knowledgeable person, who said it's not a by party thing, thes the republicans. and it's been the two parties of the republican party, the traditional main stream that used to be the chuck percys and in nelson rockefellers, and the new republican whose are the tea party who in my mind, are a continuation of people that were democrats and republicans the george wallaces and the lester maddox, and the general
walkers from the 60's in dallas. >> doesn't sound like you think it is over. >> well, i think john boehner may make it over. the hope they have they have to get beyond this. i may be over, but it is in the hands of the republicans. just about every major bill has passed has been with more democratic votes than republican votes. whether it's bills for women to make the government work, it's been democratic votes that made it happen. >> we will see where we go. >> nice to be with you, you're welcome. >> after the break, on america tonight, cancer, a new study looks at its spread around the world, and identifies who is next. >> an al jazeera america exclusive... former president jimmy carter reflects on the life and legacy of nelson mandela.
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>> p toking the commonly diagnosed lung cancer, rest, and colorectal. most were caused by lung cancer, live cancer. so what is behind the increases and cases in cancer deaths? who is global health director for the national cancer institute. appreciate your being here with us, and you have looked through the world, you have studies
this and you understand -- it part of it may be in reporting or is it really that there's an actual rise? >> we think there is an actual rise. we are looking at the developed world, and living through the ages where they are more at risk for cancer. >> is there a link there between what is happening in the developed world, and what is happened in the p twoing world? >> in the developing world, they have a double whammy of two different tsunamis of cancer. they are facing cancer linked to infectious it is. such as liver cancer, such as cervical cancer, such as stomach cancer, which are all caused by viruses. we have actually vaccines for two of the viruses, for hepatitis b, and for human papilloma virus.
the big goals is to get wide acceptance. in addition, people are living more of a western lifestyle, they are eating to many calories and so there's a growing problem with obesity, with hyper tension, and cancer linked to obesity. >> and industrialization as well. >> industrialization, can obviously can lead to lung cancer, and air things. >> and stresses. >> uh-huh. >> let's talk a little bit about what is available to communities and to cultures. is there a sense that perhaps some of the disparity that occurred because people don't have the access to treatment or a understanding of what is happening? there are many things that are missing. we have to get vaccines that are available, taken by as many people as possible.
diagnosis is an important issue, for many people that will grow up in a culture where there's no word for cancer. >> people don't know what is happening at all. >> so a woman may find a lump but doesn't know what it is, and doesn't know what to do about it. she may go to see a traditional healer. who may prescribe herbs some topical treatment, but often by the times she gets to what we would consider a modern clinic, the cancer very advanced. in addition, as you point out, in many cases there are not the right doctors to know how to treat it. no enough surgeons, not enough pathologies that can make the diagnosis. >> and facilities to treat them. >> and facility to treat them. and pain medicine for the pain.
so is there a greater sense of responsible, or some sort of exchange, how do we improve that on a global level? will that's a great question, but the u.n. convene add meeting two years ago, this september, to say we need to tackle what they are calling noncommunicable diseases. so it includes cancer, and it clowned hyper tension, diabetes, heart disease, and said -- and the new york meeting people from all over the world, to say this is really important. we have to figure out how to share best practices, how to share information, how to train more people. as you said, theorizing to fast around the world.
>> our look at the global health picture on cancer, thank you very much. from the national cancer institute, thank you for being here. when we rush, polar profit. the latest on protecting arctic ice, and why the biggest threat to its future, may be the valuables under it. and later, getting even and ugly. >> i don't care if you are married for 50 years why would you send this to your husband, god forbid this got into somebody else's hands. >> sexy shots for spite, angry ex-s lash out online. with revenge porn.
use, and womanizing. a i accused of being a fake, the sign language interpreter is talking back, he says that he's a schizophrenic, and claims he was hallucinating and saw angels in the stadium. the south poll is about to get a royal visitor. he and a team are can'ted to reach the region by friday 13th. and as santa season approaches we look to the north poll. sol news from there, the big melt is marching on, a new report from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration shows that the arctic continues to get warmer, and greener by the year. changes in snow cover air and water temperatures and vergation, are increasing. also rising, are the tensions around ownership of the arctic. canada intends to lay claim to the north poll with an eye on the rich
minerals beneath the surface, a claim russia disputes. fault lines explore the battle for the future of one of the world's final frontiers. in some of the word's coldest waters. red diver up and over to the hole. they can stay down there without getting too cold. >> this is the arctic, and lately, it's seen a flurry of activity. >> that's because there's something locked beneath the ice. >>
13% of the world's undiscovered oil. and 30% of untapped gas, trillions of dollars of potential profit. and that means that here in the far north, issues of security environment, and trade, are intersecting at a close sal pace. in the world's coldest land grab. at the bottom of it all to shape the future of one of earth's final frontiers. canadian military have gathered to train in some of the most difficult conditions on earth. as the arctic moments a range of industries are all looking to the north.
the main threat, is weather, the lack of infrastructure, and the lack of communication. you forget anything, your radio, your engine, that's it. yo i have to go back, thes a long way back. they are looking into visibility, can land safely which will hopefully be over this flat area, so now they will circle around. >> just going to do a 180 here. >> in the canadian military is not the only one searching north. 14 nations contributed over -- russia is holding military exercises in the arctic, and will deploy the first russian arctic brigades in 2015.
>> there hasn't be this much military activity here since the cold war. >> countries are developing militaries, in the context of military protection. we saw considerable evidence that it wasn't just developing coast guard and capabilities, but actually developing combat capabilities. >> the ice coop has been melting faster than scientific models predicted. play they ares are reseeding and permafrost is flawing. at the same time energy needs are rising. geologists believe that vast amounts of oil and gas lie under the surface. >> the excitement is quite a vicious cycle. the reason we are able to access sit because of climb change, and the reason we have had climate change is because we have burned so much
oil and gas. >> we don't see the arctic as a military venue. it's all about economics. >> for politics aside, i would love to take a look at iraq, or iran, i'd love to look in libya, but things being what they are, you really can't do that, so the really big expansion has been tested in the arctic. >> we follow up now on josh fault lines report, we are joined here, by a fellow at the arctic institute. also with us, he is the arctic campaigner for green peace u.s.a., and what are we talking about, what sort of volumes? how do you compare it to what else is available?
>> according to the u.s. gee logical survey, and 30% of the world's undiscovered gas resources in the arctic region as a whole. that is a lot of very rich resource areas and it's definitely something that aim of the arctic states are interested in developing. that being said, we do know that it is very hard to explore these resources a lot of them are offshore, and we have seen what happened in 2012 with the shell exploration. there are a lot of obstacles in the way of tapping into these resources. to you see this partly political, -- it is who gets to the good stuff first? >> it is important to know that the region is an area of peace and cooperation. they deal with governance
issues for the region, in terms of tapping these resources, most of the countries are free to develop the resources within their geographic boarders and also on their continental shelf one those claims are approved. >> you have been following on this as well. your were looking sort of the corporate side in the relationship between corporate interests and national interests and the various player disease you talk about the united states and what our interest is? well, you know -- recently, shell oil company has announced its intentions to go back to the u.s. arctic next summer. and for us, this is like a crazy situation, because all of us have seen how shell did last year regarding its attempt to start drilling the arctic.
so for us, having less ice in the arctic, having this situation in the arctic, where the seize is melting very fast, should not be seen as an issue, companies to go there to drill for the fossil fuels that you have there. you have country about that? >> sorry. >> you have concern about the environmental impact there. but it is not just. >> of course. >> not just the united states, and shell there are other players russia, gas as well after the arctic. >> exactly, right now you have two main companies trying to get into the arctic, and drilling for hour. one is the rug company -- that any day now we will start drilling for the first oil and the other company is shell oil
company which is -- it is trying to do that -- the same thing here in alaska. >> yes, the concern is obviously about the potential for oil spill, and the fragile co system. and another what the local impact will be, and the impact on the environment that is hard to predict. that being said, every arctic region handled its exploruation differently. and has its own rules and regulations that govern those processes. lit have to go through a very tough battle with the government to get the approvals it needs to go forward, especially after what happened in 2012. >> all right, we thank you both for being with us here. and from the arctic
institute, also with us, thank you both for being here. parts of the united states, in a deep freeze now with arctic air to blame. from the midwest to the northeast, millions woke up to the coldest air this season. temperatures in some places 20 degrees below average, and fargo north dakota, of course, you might expect it's cold, it's been in the single digits or below zero for over a week now. and if the fridged temperatures weren't bad enough, freezing rain sleet and snow expect in the middle west and on the east coast as well. kevin, what is going to happen here? >> that's right. well, after this past storm we just had, they have had quite a nice little break, in certain locations in an area
right now there's nice inches of the ground. since the event has been taking place, this has been a big problem, of course like effect snow happened in the early part of the season, as the lakes cool down, the mechanism starts to dwindle away as well. well, these are the temperatures we are looking at, we are looking at very cold temperatures with albany at 17, new york at 26, starting from yesterday, albany is 12 degrees colder than it was this time last night, as well is new york being five-degrees colder than it was last night. so, what is going to happen? well, this is the big storm. starting tomorrow, first of all, down here it will be snow, and then as we go towards saturday, it is going to be a bad day, especially here across pennsylvania, new york, and new england, as we go towards sunday, it will move up to the northeast, up towards maine, but this is what we expect to see, the weekend, how about new york state, and
in some places 16 inches of snow, connecticut 12. could see up to 5, and here in new york city, three to four inches of snow, so it will be worse than it was on the last event. >> after the break, on america tonight, x's and triple x. permanent pay back. where to draw the line on revenge porn. >> start with one issue education... gun control... the gap between rich and poor... job creation... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions
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city's anti-graffiti squad is tracking down some of the most respected and channeling or rechanneling their creative talent. using them in big public spaces like the city's many markets. are they following in the footsteps of mexico city's muralist. >> this time it is legal. monumental muirs like this are becoming increasingly common, and the creators are following in the footsteps of mural giant. it is the loy michael government that is behind it. a dedicated unit is creating spree spaces. >> in 2008, our anti-graffiti union became the graffiti unit,
to give people free and spaces to create. >> the aim of the police is to get rid of graffiti like this. which is common, and the idea is that by opening up spaces it will encouraging artist to paint more pleasing images. >> like many works by the great murals such as diogu rivera, these designed carry messages backed by the state. but here at the museum, this specialist says there's a new generation of artist whose are even more rebellious and independent than their mural fore fathers. >> where they go over the past, the new artist do that too, but using more recent history such as drug violence and social problems there's a much more rebellious tone, and more creative freedom. because they are on free spaces. >> not all of the muralist are government backed.
artists suggest the mere combined the adrenaline of illegal painting with his own independent designs that adorn the streets as well as gallery walls. now we are trying to combine techniques and trying to motivate young people to do more than graffiti 50. >> whether it is official protests, the tradition is alive and well. >> bringing us those images from mexico city, and that's it for us tonight. please remember if you would like to comment, log on to our website, aljazeera.com/america tonight. also join the conversation with us on twitter, or on our facebook page, tonight more of america tonight tomorrow.
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