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what students study. the new test won't have a required essay and will throw out tough voke abb u lairy. >> those are the headlines "consider this" is coming up next. i'll see you again, in one hour. >> ukraine takes a turn for the worse, as a u.n. special envoy is forced to leave crimea. a turf war, turns ugly and goes public. plus a teen sues her parents. what is she entitled to or is she just entitled? if you think your sibling rivalry is bad, you have nothing on snow owls. i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this." here is more on what's ahead. >> today united nations envoy leave.
>> he was driven quickly toll airport and was forced out of the country. >> russia made a choice. russia can now choose to deescalate this situation. >> celebration and protest on the streets of venezuela today, supporters of hugo chavez are parking the one year anniversary of his death. >> are we going to condone a 12-year-old who can sue for an x box? >> we have the funds to make a rockin' movie. >> veronica mars. >> for $10,000 you can actually be in the movie? >> i think so. oh my god. >> we begin in ukraine where a senior united nations diplomat learned just how dangerous the situation is in crimea. u.n. envoy
robert serr serry is safe. the secretary of state john kerry's efforts to decalculate and get parties to talk in paris has failed. russia proposed its own sanctions against the west that would allow it to confiscate assets belonging to european and u.s. countries. nick schifrin is in sempl simferopol in ukraine. you were there when u.n. gloament robert diplomat robert serry.
>> serry was not so much held up at gunpoint but threatened by armed men right as he walked out of ukrainian naval headquarters about three or four hours ago. that's when he politely declined their insistence that he leave crimea. he invited journalists to stay with him, almost guard him. he explained what he was going to do, he resisted leaving but we're not sure why he gave in but he said yes i will leave. big russian flags chanting putin, putin, russia russia clearly colluded and barricaded him inside. those activists created a corridor through which serry was forced, serr
ser ry did not want to leave. they brought him to the airport and essentially frog-marched him out of the country. they put him on the first night to leave the country and that was to istanbul. he will return to kiev but that was not until he was run out of this peninsula run out of the country and has to actually two the long way to kiev. that does seem to suggest that increasingly law in this country is being run by prorussian militia members who have the run of the country now. >> u.n. envoy essentially run out of town. in fact you were held captive for a while. are things getting worse for reporters in crimea? >> things are getting worse if you are seen as opposing the russian agenda here. you talk to russian troops, they
turn their backs to you and run away and tell you, don't bother us, but if you are calm they talk to you they say you're western, we don't like you, we think you are spreading lice, fence us, if they are less calm in a mob as some of them are last fight, if they have been drinking they will threaten you. for robert serry it was much worse. it was -- these people had weapons and they threatened to the point where he felt he had to leave. the first flight out was out of the country. he had to believe he was being frog marched out of the country. he was being held two and a half hours and led out of out of a ukrainian base. these promilitary activists, clearly running security in this country and around of it,
increasing ily the law and order here. they are are outside the cafe, outside the airport, watching everything. they will turn their backs and are unable or unwilling to stop what is happening here, these prorussian groups taking over security and apparently doing what they want. >> worrisome developments. nick schifrin thank you. for what more in ukraine and what happens next, we're joined by julia yopi, she is now an e-a senior editor at the new republic. she recently returned from ukraine and russia. she is author of in stalin's shadow. we just heard the latest, we heard today there is a proposed bill in moscow, to take over the
properties of u.s. in russia. it seems like things are down. >> this is a familiar dynamic. what happens is that in the russian parliament in the duma, the body that's proposing all these crazy bills, they kind of read the signals that are coming from the top and then go all out with it trying to show the kremlin that they are on its side, that they are local worker bees to go above and beyond to show their loyalty. you get crazy manifestations. they are trying to show vladimir putin that they are working with him but i wonder if he would approve of this. >> along these lines outside the duma secretary of state john kerry failed to get sergey lavrov and the ukrainian foreign minister to
talk. are all these bad signs? >> you know, i mean, i don't know what you mean by bad signs. i don't think there's going to be a hot war here. even if there is, i don't know what the west can do to stop it. but this is all posturing on moscow's side to show that they're above talking to these people in kiev, that they don't government. this is a mishmash that is supposedly motivating russia's behavior here. we've heard they don't think it's a legitimate government in kiev. we hear that the interest of russian speakers and the safety of russian speakers in crimea is under attack. however, that closed russian nato meeting in bucharest in 2008, he said if you take ukraine, we will take crimea. i would take that with a massive
grain of assault. >> you wrote in an article that 2008. this conventional wisdom that we have about the divisions in ukraine aren't really accurate. it's not western ukraine against the east, there are generation am issues, too? >> thr generational issues, in that the new ukraine is growing up. born into countries that didn't exist before. countries that didn't exist when their parents or their grandparents were coming of age. they see themselves as this ukrainian, the generation born after 1981, even if they're ethnically russian, and they speak russian at home and at work. unlike their parents or grandparents that identify as russian, which means the soviet union.
became a distinctively russian entity. even though it encompassed a number of nationalities and languages, russian was the official language, the soviet union was a very russian entity. so people in the ukraine, most of whom can speak ukrainian, and have no trouble doing business in ukrainian, they mean soviet. that same summit in beu bucharest, he said ukraine isn't ukrainian. >> some think he's trying what some call is the policy of soft annexation. he is gradually grabbing
territory in georgia, and now in crimea. >> that's not what's happening here, the soft annexation is the customs union that he proposed a while ago, with belarus and kazakhstan joined a while ago, cobbled out of the former soviet space, because he thinks like many of his generation these borders are in large part if not entirely fictitious. even if there's an independent ukraine, wink wink nudge nudge, in an economic sense subservient to, for ukraine to flirt with nato, to flirt with european
russia. >> you said in his press conference putin was nervous, paranoid, here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes. it proved that angela merkel is right that he lost his mind but you end in saying, this is not a good thing because it makes him arter to deal with. >> exactly. before there was kind of an understanding that vunt vladimir putin, i hate to keep going back to the soviet analogy but it is an apt one. he did come of age in the late soviet union, when ideology was really not believed. you paid lip service to the milk, nobody believed any of it, it served a purely utilitarian purpose. for the first two terms of his
presidency and his term as prime minister, that was all rhetoric, to unite the country, to kind of counter-weight the u.s. position abroad. now we're seeing at a he's starting to believe it. that he's starting to believe that protesters in the maidan people. in order to provoke this complicated chain of events. >> right. >> that all of this conspirological thinking, he is more and more isolated, this has been the talk around moscow for years. >> that he is surrounded by yes-men. before we go i want to get to what hillary clinton said today, she jumped into all of this too, comparing putin to hitler. let's listen to this. >> this sounds familiar with what hitler did back in the '30s. all the engineer pans that
were -- you know the ethnic germans, the germans by ancestry would were in places like cheks like czechoslovakai, this is what gotten people so nervous. >> it is a fail biter nobody wants to amp up the rhetoric. but certainly comparing putin to hitler does exactly that. >> here's the thing. if the hitler of the 1940s didn't exist this would be a really apt comparison. the problem is because of all the things hitler did in the 1940s. this is a bit of a hair raising analogy. the problem is, you know, it's not over yet for vladimir putin. he's in good health. he doesn't drink. he exercises. we don't know what he's going to do in the last few decades of his life. what people don't realize in the
u.s. is what's happening on the russian home front while all of this is happening. there has been a severe crack down on the media. people are being fired from their jobs for writing things that don't follow the, party line, quote unquote. it's becoming an increasingly, it's going from a soft authoritarianism, creeping to a totalitarianism. i have friends there thinking that, freaking out that america was about to invade them. it's getting scary on the home front. the hitler analogy is increasingly apt, not really given all the things he did after -- >> after what he did in the '30s. julia great to get your insight on this. venezuela, one year anniversary of hugo chavez's
death, nicholas maduro and government supporters paid tribute to a pan who is more alive than ever. terrible waves of crime have triggered antigovernment demonstrations where at he's 18 people have died. beban. today? president maduro organized a ten day celebration of chavez. >> as we speak antonio, he is continuing to do that. this is the main event of the first day as you mentioned ten days to commemorate and remember a man as you mentioned they feel is very much alive here, president hugo chavez who died a year ago today. president maduro speaking from the grounds of the mos
mausoleum. the spirit of chavezmo is still, saying that these protesters are fascists, point criminals who need to be prosecuted. will not sell out their interests to any foreign country. the administration rejecting the offer from the oas, the organization of american states, to send a fact-finding mission. he said to thank you, we can take care of our own affairs. now vowing a continued crack down on this protest that has divided the nation. antonio. >> cuban president is there, others are there, have the
streets been quieter when it comes to the antigovernment protesters? >> the protests today in caracas been. one notable event was the wife of jailed opposition leader leopoldo lopez said she would return to that square every wednesday and accept letters that she would take to her husband in prison. western city of san cristobal where he began a month ago. to respect those who are here to honor the memory of hugo chavez, for the most part that did hold today but again tension still very, very high. >> al jazeera correspondent paul beban from caracas. thank you.
railed against the wash based organization of american states declared he is breaking off relations with panama about venezuela's unrest. >> we are not going to let anyone get away with this, you despicable lackey, panama. >> only hopes that his brother nation finds peace and strengthens its democracy. >> coming up new claims of spying on the cia, on the very people who are supposed to overseeing the agency. and a bizarre haw, has a teenager suing her parents. and our producer hermela aregawi, what's the
overseeing -- charged with overseeing america's intelligence agencies. now a charge that cia has been doing oversight of its own. spying on senate staff, a 360 page report on the agency's secret intelligence program. cord to the new york times, those who have read the report say, the effectiveness of water-boarding and other extreme methods of interrogation, the cia is fighting back with accusations of its own. i'm joined by lindsay moran, the author of blowing my cover, my life as a craze spy. it seems like we can't get away from these allegations. the first part of the battle is whether the cia spied on senate staffers. and the only inspector-general's
office has referred to case to the justice department. does that indicate that some cia agents might have been doing something they weren't authorized to do? >> it could indicate that but it could just as likely indicate that the cia thinks they have an insider who is leaking information to the intelligence committee, and turning it over to the justice department for investigation could lead to a witch hund within the cia -- hunt within the cia. who is giving them information that we don't want them to have. >> well, in fact, the craze is accusing the senate committee, is there a mole inside the cia? >> well, i mean if this weren't such serious subject matter and didn't involve millions of taxpayer dollars it would almost be comical, the notion of spy
versus spy game between the cia and the committee that is supposed to be overseeing the cia. the senate intelligence committee spent four years and some $40 million, investigating the cia's detention and interrogation program. and that whole report, we don't have access to it. we, the people who paid for it, cannot see what's actually contained in that report. because the cia is stonewalling the intelligence committee and frankly, the american public. so it's almost like, i would liken it to this ongoing battle ten the cia and the senate intelligence committee about who is going to write this very dark chapter in our history. when the cia was using very unamerican techniques, in order to obtain intelligence, the senate intelligence committee ultimately concluded that the entire torture program didn't lead to valuable intelligence.
and what it appears is that the cia kind of concluded the same thing themselves internally. that. >> you're right. if it weren't so serious it would be comical. because i said. the senate could have a mole inside the cia, i can't believe i'm saying that, two parts of paper government literally spying on each other. to be devil's advocate for the cia here, shouldn't they want to keep these reports under wraps? at some point is too much information getting out as we saw with the snowden aches and everything else happening, too much information getting out about our intelligence gathering activities? >> interestingly, the senate committee has very vigorously defended the cia with regard to other programs like the drone program.
this particular issue, the torture issue, we all know that it took place. the cia is not denying that. in fact the enhanced program or the torture program was authorized. what the cia doesn't want to get out i think and they consistently hide behind saying well there's classified information, it could damage sources and methods or put cia officers at risk. what they don't want to get out is, the conclusion that evidently they've reached and that the senate intelligence committee reached, that all of this torture yielded virtually no valuable intelligence. because not only is that a huge embarrassment to the cia, a huge compromise of our american values that resulted in nothing good. money. and in fact, we wasted our reputation worldwide. by resorting to the tactics of
our enemies and engaging in fundamentally unamerican activities. and what do we have to show for nothing. so that's very embarrassing to the cia. >> but again there's a very delicate dance going on about what should be classified and what not. colorado senator mark udall said president obama knew of an unprecedented action taken by the cia against the committee with regard to this report but then the white house doesn't seem to be in a hurry to declassify itself, they are in a battle with the senate committee about some other documents it doesn't want declassified. >> i think that's exactly the point. the white house doesn't really want to engage in this because they are involved in these other committee. and also, the white house really doesn't want to make an enemy of the cia. you want, as a president, you want to have a good relationship with the intelligence community, and with the director of the cia.
so i don't think they're really willing to push in this case. and you also have to wonder whether the white house and the intelligence community have maintained they didn't know a lot about these programs and how they were being run specifically the torture program, maybe there is something in that report that reveals otherwise, that they knew exactly what was going on. i think thi it is something they want to think about. >> lindsay moran good to have you on the show. thank you. switching directions, away appears to be a unique legal case, rachel canning claims she was forced to leave home and in effect abandoned by her parents by their neglect abuse and unnatural ultimatums.
but they say she didn't want to have respect, do her anchors, return things to her sisters and end a relationship with her boyfriend. judge peter bogard put off ruling on rachel's claims by seemingly siding with her parents. >> have you ever seen a young adult child so such gross disrespect for a parent? what kind of parents would the cannings be if they didn't set down some strict rules in response to what has been going on? >> for more i'm joined by washington, d.c. by author and new york times contributor hannah selickson. her latest book is mission adulthood how the 20-somethings of today are transforming work
love and life. and jamie floyd. i'll start with you jamie, the most basic one. have you heard anything like this? >> this is extraordinarily parents. it is pretty much unprecedented. and i being the legal geek for you looked it up for you. there was a case in 1988 in new jersey a kid who sued mom and dad, it was different because they were getting divorced and fighting over who should pay for the kid. she sued and won, dad was forced to pay. >> you didn't have a voluntary separation like this girl did. >> these parents are in alliance, daughter on the other. the only other case i found was adult kids suing mom and dad after they'd grown up saying you were a lousy mom you were a lousy dad and now we want to sue
you retroactively and they lost. really unprecedented. >> hannah when this dispute went public, rachel's parents said we were heartbroken, but when the child says i don't want your rules, i want everything under the sun, and you have to pay for it. is that what you have, a petulant child who wants everything under her rules? >> so 20th century. i think there's a lot of fee jerk reaction to make rachel sort of emblematic of the whole gen y. so you know, yes, she definitely comes off as petulant and entitled. but again, i think we have to be careful about making her a poster child for the millennial generation. >> and people do think millennials are the most entitled groups ever.
does the case say something of the generation as a whole? >> i've been thinking, i'm on the fence, i'm a grandmother of the millennial generation, it's hard to margin our parents or grandparents suing their parents because they wouldn't pay for college or feeling entitled to that kind of economic support. but then again, you know these are very different times and she probably feels she needs that economic support to make the transition to adulthood. although what's going to happen? what's her end game? is she going to sue them for graduate school? it seems like a very short sighted on her part. >> hannah brings up, some of these are very close to their parents, constant contact. you and i are among them, a lot of parents are helicopter parents completely hovering over their children.
do you think parents are somewhat responsible for this entitlement attitude? good i'm supposed to be here as a legal analyst. but i wanted to weigh in when she was talking about that because we can't just blame the kids. i have to agree that it's 50-50 this this case and elsewhere. the parents have just as much to do with it in most -- now speaking generally in most cases as do the children. to the extent my daughter and i pay speak every day that is as much me as the daughter. that is bringing it back to the law and this case generally i really liked the judge in this case, maybe he sounded a little paternalistic. but what he said at the end, this family is well worth the effort to salvage. he's not giving up. first of all there is another stage in this case, the question of whether they have to pay for college. today he only decided the issue of high school and immediate support. whether she's emancipated.
she's 18 for goodness sake. we would be told to get a job. >> new jersey law, in many states if you are 18 parents have no responsibility. >> in new jersey it is a case-by-case basis. i like his tone, listen people, don't bring this to court, go to family counseling, get in a room together and work it out! >> what do you think about the role of parents? >> i think in other generations everything after 18 was sort of considered gravy, if you got any support after that period in life you were very lucky. but today the economics of being a young person and being a millennial, parents do support their children if they're lucky enough through college. rachel for the most part she does have a college fund which puts her in a different position than many people. but i think there is this expectation as sort of playing out in the new jersey courts
that her parents should support her which i think is a prevalent mentality among young people because they have to go to chej and there's not a lot -- college and there's not a lot of availability after college. >> there was a debate whether she was thrown out or chose to leave but she's not actually availing herself of the care and protection of her parents. she's living at her best friend's home. >> and this whole issue of her parents abandoning her seems almost crazy. if the judge were to rule in her favor wouldn't it create -- >> that legal -- >> we're already the mostly contingentous society in the world. that -- the most litigious country in the world. >> what
when your brother wants and x box? this wasn't a precedent but it would have been if he truld other way. >> you want -- if he ruled the other way. >> on twitter and facebook, it was hard to say whether people would come down on the side of rachel or her parents. people seemed to be really in support of her parents, she wasn't going to start a movement of young people suinger their parents, thank god. they are more sympathetic towards her parents. >> social media fire storm, let's go to hermella for that. >> antonio, a lot of negative reaction to rachel's lawsuit. ian said, congratulations to rachel canning, who lost her lawsuit against her parents, and is now the most famous brat. this exchange at lydr, irony
of rachel canning suing her parents even if she wins, she loses, 9 can look up and see her character. do she ever want to work, lydr, said exactly she'll sue her parents again when she graduates college and can't get a job. is there anyone supporting rachel? >> i've been scouring the internet and i can't find a supporter of rachel. maybe i'm not looking in the right place but i think public opinion is on the right side of the case. >> she had to close her twitter account because she was being so ma maligned. >> how does one repair a relationship after you've sued
someone, it seems almost irreparable. >> certainly a fascinating case, hannah, jamie, glad to have you on the show. away what else is trending, hermella? >> the college port is making major changes to the sates, the essay portion added in 2005 will be optional. the board will get rid of uncommon vocabulary words, in favor of words used more in classroom settings. changes needed to make the exam a better representation of what students study in high school and the skill they need to succeed in college and beyond. college board president david coleman says the tet should offer, quote, worthy challenges not obstacles. 1600 point scale deaf the 2400 point scale introduced in 2005.
we asked you what you thought of these changes and wyman says quality writing is missing, education skills should remain. wolf says the test is only as important as the demand for it in higher education and employment. you can read more at aljazeera.com aljazeera.com. >> lots more questions whether they are dumbing down thest. thanks hermella. is the rest of mother nature trying to kill you? also the polar vortex, the weather has frozen
>> al jazeera america presents extrodanary documentaries. colin comes from a long line of ferrymen. >> you're a riverman from start to finish... >> now he leaves home to see what life is like on the waters of bangladesh. >> it's absolutely filthy... >> he learns how difficult working ther can be. >> how do you say..."get out the way"? >> shoro >> can this brittish man find common ground with his local host? >> "must really take it out of mr. loteef"... >> toughest place to be a ferryman on al jazeera america >> nature is wondrous but it can also be brutal and horrifying. our next guest has written a book, called mother nature is trying to kill you, dan riskin is that fascinating and fascinated author. the host of monsters inside me on animal lan it. great to have you. thanks. >> you start with a really
disgusting thing, i don't want to get into it. how about the book, how is mother nature trying to kill me? >> everybody has this idea that it's a loving kind thing that is balanced and natural if things are natural they must be good for you. that's kind of true sort of some ways but really on the whole mother nature is looking out for itself, you're made of calories, really, and there are predators at a would love to take you apart. >> that's a wonderful thought. >> it's the reason that breaking bad is something more fun to watch than cinderella, because they have a dark side, when you look at these stories that you'd never get to otherwise that are absolutely the best parts. >> you break up the book into different chapters following the seven deadly sins. and your main premise is what
characterizes animal is a scrooge-like selfishness. >> i equate the greed to looking out for your own selfishness. he only cared about himself. they don't care about the species, they don't care about the ecosystem, they just care about themselves. the great example is, there are these mice that got loose on an sield. island. they started eating eggs and they started eating sea bird chicks alive. they started evolving, they became two to three times the size of a normal mouse and they eat an an about a tros
albatross and eat it alive. >> you wrote your senior thesis about vampire bats, the ultimate for tungara frog? >> the frog-eating bat, the frog that the frog eating bat eats, a female will only mate with a guy that shouts really loudly. but if you are that guy, shouting loudly is a way to attract frog eating bats. i'd like to pass on my dna and have a romantic time with you but i don't want to be eaten by a bat. sometimes the female gets the upper hand like she does with the frog eaten by the bat. the mating season is so intense
that at the end of it many females have died from the onslaught of what went on in that pond. i won't get into that. but after some females have died died, males will go over and get eggs out of them and fertilize them. functional neck ro why? >> i thought i knew all about sibling rivalry. let's start with one, sand tiger sharks. >> sand tiger sharks. the pa ma is pregnant, they have beaks that -- the mama is pregnant, she has different ages inside of her.
when that is old enough they start swimming so they don't have to compete. >> and verose eagles. >> when the younger one hatches it starts pecking and tries to kill its younger sibling. it worked 199 times out of 200. only one younger sibling survived. 1759 pecks over 30 days before it was dead. >> snowy owls are beautiful. >> they don't know how much foot will be for the eggs. the oldest sibling gets all the food at first. the younger siblings are going to die unless there's a lot of food. >> emperor penguins are very selfish. >> these males stand united, but
when you track the data on how they move, in fact any male that's on the outside of the huddle will push its way to the middle. what you have are a bunch of penguins that selfishly want to get to the warmest place and you say look, they're cooperating. >> the book is mother nature is trying to kill you. a lively tour through the darker side of the world. thank you for joining us. >> thank you antonio. >> rare and beautiful, how reare is it for other bodies of water? our data dive is next. >> and veronica mars, should regular viewers pay for a film to get made before they see it >> tafficked labor on the front lines? >> they're things...they're commodities... >> we go undercover... >> it isn't easy to talk at this base...
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>> today april data dive bears our flidged temperatures. niagra falls has mostly froze over for the second time this winter. the frigid temperatures helped slow the rushing waters that normally rage at 150 ghons per gallons per second. a poornlg freez major frees doesn't happen that often anymore. but people would build concession stands and be able to walk from america to canada over the ice. as these pictures show from more than a century ago. it is important to note, these falls don't freeze totally over. the mississippi river in a deep freeze on reddit been viral. one of the coldest winters on
record, the results on the great lakes. 90% of lake michigan has frozen over. the noaa says that has hand only a few time before. last queer only 20% of lake michigan was covered in ice. i can't blame my friends for being happy for spring oarrive. >> these protestors have decided that today they will be arrested >> these people have chased a president from power, they've torn down a state... >> what's clear is that people don't just need protection, they need assistance.