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world. this is what we do. al jazeera america. >> well, well france could have learned something from america that could have kept the violence from happening. and the slowdown with crime and punishment. and the internet that you don't know, the underground economy that you can't reach with a search engine. i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." charlie, the french magazine targeted for attack plans a multi-press run issue.
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one of the caricatures mocking the prophet mohammed. and it will be after ten staff members were killed by masked gunmen claiming to be followers of al qaeda. now charlie can claim it's own revenge of sorts. take a million-copy run in multiple languages. in all, last week's violence in paris took the lives of 17 people. that has put a spotlight on french society's tensions within that country's muslim immigrant minorities. french muslims are 8% of the population, that's the largest in europe, many are second and third generation, from families that originally came from french colonies in africa. unlike in the united states, france's immigrants have not simulated as well into french society.
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they have stayed largely marginalized in the suburbs, which are anything but the bucolic settings that americans imagine a suburb to be. such was the case with the suspects in last week's attack. their families came from algeria, and the brothers were raised in a suburb in paris, where violence is widespread. and same with amedy, who is family is from senegal. these three men, held responsible for killing sprees in patience, were all french born and raised. it's clear that they were alienated from french society. and that has politicians and others questioning france's poor record in integrating immigrants into communities. >> the three men responsible
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for the paris attacks, there's something that he doesn't have in common. he says killing under any circumstance is wrong. he was born in france to algerian parents 37 years ago, and he grew up in foster care and was involved in criminal activities before he met his wife. that's when he says that he found the right path of islam. >> there are extremists who target those who are weak and lost like i was. i saw people in mosques. they try to talk to you and fill you can ideas. they have great words. if you're weak, you're an idiot. >> they live in france's largest city and one of its most diverse, but there's a social barrier here. the mainly muslim immigrants don't come to the southern coastal area. they live here in the northern suburbs of marseille. it's far from the glamorous center, and the reality is very different. there's poverty and unemployment.
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this is not only a problem in marseille. across france, there's a struggle to integrate communities. each side blames the other for the social breakdown. these young men feel uncomfortable among their own. many in the immigrant population are young, and they can be an easy target because of the feelings of margization. >> we feel more welcomed here in the northern areas, and people lookatus differently in the south. as if we're immigrant and second class citizens, and even the police treat us badly. >> this woman is french algerian. and doesn't want to give her identity because she fears social inequalities could breed more fanaticism. >> i'm scared, because if they don't find work, they can be easily radicalized. they need to be busy and not spend time on the internet where the radicals prey on them. >> so far the killings have
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worsened social tensions deliberate or not, the consequence is an environment that can be exploited. aljazeera, marseille. >> diane francis is editor at large of canada's national post. she says that france should look to the u.s. for immigration. and diana, neither you nor i are using this to justify what anybody does, regardless of the alienation and the violence, and this is entirely separate apart from a murderous act. but there's however, a difference in how many european countries, particularly in france, deal with large immigrant populations, and how canada and the united states do. and that may have something to do -- it may end up having something to do with how easy it is to alienate people and how easy it is for terrorists to recruit them. >> the united states tried to get it right.
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you see movies like the gangs of new york and it's a nightmare, but we have gotten it figured out and there's lack of discrimination. the example that i've used when i have written about it, they had jobs. the headscarf was banned from public schools in france, and they feel targeted. this is not just an act of aggression, but it's a dress code for modesty's sake. in oklahoma, when a girl with a headscarf wore it to school, the u.s. supreme court, the same year were that france banned it, went to the wall for her and won the right for somebody to wear anything they want. it was a no hat policy, but it's not a hat. so there's the difference. i'm not saying that the u.s. doesn't have racism and all
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kinds of tensions and things like that, but it has been a long time. and the other thing too, immigrants come to the united states, and they all adopt the super nationality of being an american. in france, you're french, and that's also an ethnic group. and that's very difficult. and maybe -- >> you're not coming here to be an ethnic group and not coming here from a former colony, which is complicated. a lot of these people have come from former french colonies. we talked about the suburbs outside of the major cities. >> they're dreadful. >> they're like the projects. no real option for jobs, and you heard the stories. the young men said that you go to the mosque, and they would prey on you and find guys who need work. and the other one, the kids are on the internet and getting these ideas. again, it doesn't justify terrorism.
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but it tells us that there's an audience for it. >> here's the other difference. united states has a wonderful dynamic economy, and we have had our hiccups, but we're back on track, and if you're a young mexican immigrant or puerto rican, you can imgreat and get your toehold in the economy and get a minimum wage job and get started. in france, it's closed shop. highly unionized. and they're shut out. and that's got to be changed. because they need a 1964 civil rights movement. that's what france needs. >>needs.even in the united states and canada, people are worried, can this be happening in our midst? what should we be thinking about here? >> well, i think there's radicalization. and if you believe the intelligence estimates, ansee the proporar bornletc is disproportionate.
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and there's 5,000 in france, that's an army of people who could potentially any out and do something awful like these guys have done. >> people like you and me, we always go to this, when the economies are good and vibrant and when people have opportunities and can get work they tend to be less interested in this stuff. i'm not saying that you can't radicalize somebody who is employed but this is what they call losers, and they're not participants in society. >> they were radicalized in prison. and so they were kids without family life, and they were pawned off on an aunt or uncle. and again, the life of crime is something that you turn to if you can't get into the economy. >> can you fix the stuff? it is a bit of a divide.
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we have had all sorts of people say, let's not call this a clash of civilizations, but culturally, there's a divide between the immigrants and particularly the arabs and the americans, and they are struggling in some of these european countries. >> let's get into the issue of charlie abdo. the style of racially charged cartoons, but if you want to know something as an ex-newspaper editor, i would never publish that stuff. we have learned, because of the melting pot, we have learned in canada and the u.s. to get along with each other. and you don't tell an ethnic joke unless you're an idiot in public or in political life. we have plenty of examples of actors saying something in a
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standup routine and getting ruined. and you have to learn to be sensitive. and i don't think that the french are sensitive. >> we have gone to these extremes, and we have figured it out and we know where the lines are. it wouldn't work around here because we wouldn't rally around it. it's amazing that they're doing the sticking it to them stuff. they seem to rally around it and saying, that's good, somebody is sticking it to authority. >> and in the makeup of it, how many americans were in that it staff? i don't think there were any. and i think there's a lack of sensitivity. and i think that france has to learn to be a multicultural society just as we have done it in the united states and canada. our mounties with their famous cowboy hat, whatever you want to call it, we went through a little bit of a blip a couple of years ago, but if you're a sikh and if you're a mountie
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you can wear a turban. and that seams -- >> it canadians, varying fabric, but no insensitivity earns what these workers have gone through, that's a tragedy. and maybe there's some good out of the tragedy. diane, thank you so much. thousands of israelis today tushed out in jerusalem for the funerals of four jewish people killed in last week's violence. the four killed on the kosher supermarket, israel is using the attacks to return to their historic home. jerusalem. >> a large gathering to pay their respects. they are burying their brothers. the israeli prime minister is here too. to call for benjamin netanyahu, for jews to emigrate.
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>> jews have the right to live in many countries, and right for security. but i know they believe deep down in their heart, they have one country, the state of israel, which is their historic homeland. >> whereas there has been criticism of this message, some say next time next time is netanyahu is using it in the elections, but it reflects the growing reality. >> because it became dangerous for jews and religious jews in france. i felt like i couldn't be a jew in france. >> looking at israel as an alternative home. this neighborhood in west jerusalem has been a popular destination for french jews who have been buying second homes here. many feel that the situation in it france is becoming less than secure for them as jews. 2014 saw a record number of
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french jews moving to israel and more of them are expected to come this year. >> what is in the mind of a lot of people, to the last days. some of them, because they are in fear, and some of them because they don't know what to do. it's a new reality. >> though the increasing fear in france is making many people move here, zionism is the main refine they're coming. >> i came three years ago. it wasn't because of fear or anything, but i have family here, and i will be happy hear for the rest of my life. but now what's happening in france, i don't feel safe nim in france. >> france has recently become the country with the highest number of its citizens moving to israel.
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aljazeera, west jerusalem. >> the internet you know is always at your fingertips with everything a few keystrokes away. but the net that you don't know. the underground economy that operates almost in secret. and plus, at the white house in search of common ground. what are the chances they found any? you're watching "real money". >> call amy smith at work >> when we're behind the wheel >> basically we just don't multi-task as well as we think... >> are we focused on what's ahead? >> what could those misses mean? >> distracted driving... the new road hazard >> i'm driving like a maniac >> you're distracted... >> techknow's team of experts show you how the miracles of science... >> this is my selfie... what can you tell me about my future? >> can effect and surprise us... >> don't try this at home >> techknow... where technology meets humanity... only on al jazeera america
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>> president obama met with leaders of congress today. the goal was to stakeout areas of compromise, but neither side appeared to give in on their priorities. so is everyone giving lip service to bipartisan? mike vicaria is at the white house, and he has seen this movie many many times.
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so if you tell me its different this time, mike, i'll pay attention. >> you know, ali, it's easy to be cynical about this, and i wonder why. certainly, if conventional wisdom holds that things will be rough between the white house and the new congress, i'm one of those people who believes that there's very little prospect for a true bipartisan. it's almost as if the two it sides were boxers and they came to the center of the ring and touched gloves before throwing hay makers. that's the thing that you got from the west wing today. one of the minor surprise that's came out of this, the authorization for military force in the fight against isil. and the president ride on this from 2001 and three. and the two sides seemed to have common ground. they're still talking about common ground on the corporate tax rate and a lot of people are saying, don't hold your protect on that.
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but the europe deal, the democrats, and the president holding hands with republicans. but even as the meeting in the house of representatives was taking up the appeal for the president's executive, there are five vetoes hanging out there, what are we a week into congress? the affordable care act, and the keystone pipeline. >> where is the best opportunity? really not interested in bipartisan, and what are the best opportunities for the white house and congress? >> you know, one of the ironic things about this, the worst fears of democrats, they see the president talking about compromise with republicans, and they fear there's going to be a legacy mind on the part of the president and the staff. and he's going to reach out and make deals that he ordinarily wouldn't make on issues like corporate taxes, and the republicans want a couple of
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reductions in the individual tax rate. and i don't see common ground there. and if the president can bring democrats along for fast track authority. >> go back on this, on your history. and how would you rate this? we're looking at the pictures moments ago, and maybe we're looking at them around the table there. it doesn't look hostile. there was a moment years ago when john bane and are the president looked like these are guys who could get a deal done and they had people in their parties who didn't want to. and how bad is it? >> they're mindful that they're not going to fire the first shot and not going to be rude in a setting like this, and they're not going to attack each other. they're going to highlight their desire to come together and reach a middle ground. but you talk about history ali, and i'm glad that you brought that up. really, the history of this nation is one of
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partisanship and he said sit there and draw their pay. and he said things about democrats. he was a republican. aside from the cold war, if you look at it, where everybody said it was the good old days, where the families went out and they drank scotch over on capitol hill together. that's a brief and rare period in american history in terms of legislative relations between the two parties. >> you said some of us grew up in parliamentary traditions know the opposition in canada her majesty's loyal opposition meant to sit there and put up a fight no matter what is going on. it's different here, because it's a minority and not a majority. mike viqueira at the white house, and president obama said that he wants to be a cyber crime
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fighter and he unveiled his proposal to beef up security after the central chant were hacked. we turn to jamie mcintyre in washington >> reporter: there's not of that president obama and those who control congress agree on these days, but they did find common ground on improving the nation's cyber defenses. hacking of sony pictures, along with the tiber gee hide with the youtube and twitter pains, has created a rare consensus between democrats and republicans that new laws are meant to counter cyber attacks. the president cited security government. >> it goes to show how much work we need to do in the private and the public sector to make sure that family's bank accounts are safe, and the infrastructure are safe. >> the white house has old
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ideas in the new congress, and among other things, encourage private companies that are hacked to share more data with the government, but only after scrubbing it to remove private information, bot nets, they would be outlawed, and they would be given new authority to shut them down, and toughen laws in the overseas sales of bank account and credit card numbers, as well as spyware to stalk i.d. theft. president gave his speech at the national cyber communications immigration center outside of washington. >> the bottom line, we want cyber criminals to feel the full force of american justice because they're doing as much damage, if not more these days as folks who are involved if more conventional crimes. >> initial reaction from republican lawmakers was positive. >> that's the area that we want to work on. we'll have our ideas as well.
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and i think it's a very serious thing to work together on. >> one of the tricky issues is how much the new laws would intrude on americans' private lives. the attempts raised concerns from civil libertarians who fear that it amounts to too much government snooping. the president's plan protects from civil lawsuits, but only if they adopt new privacy restrictions. >> in new york today, opening statements in the federal trial of ross albrecht, the man accused of running silk road, the online trafficking place for drugs and goods and services. allowing users to operate anonymously, it was shut down by the fbi in 2013. albrecht faces several counts, a criminal enterprise and conspiring for narcotics trafficking. if found guilty, he could face life in prison.
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and the supporters say that the case has serious implications for freedom. part of it is called the deep web, and though it attracts it's fair share of criminals as patricia explains, it's used as a valuable tool for the virtuous. >> the internet search with conventional engines like google and yahoo is just the tip of the iceberg. beneath the surface, the deep web, growing content that can't be indexed or retrieved by standard search engines. developed by the u.s. and military in the 1990s to highest prying eyes, it has databases through a search box. the national library of medicine, for example, and locked behind firewalls and loggins. >> online communication invincible. >> the smaller but more talked
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about parts of the deep web are hidden services. analysis emails and forums accessed through browsers that use onion routing. messages in layers of encryption, and layering them through a chain of servers to make them untraceable. >> you take your topic and transport it to at least three different places in the world before you come out somewhere else. >> the ability to operate anonymously, makes the deep web attractive to criminals, deal in child torn . shut down by the fbi in 2013 it resurfaced at silk road 2.0 only to be shut down again. it was put on the public's radar, earned a reputation for criminal activity. but it is also used for
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virtuous activities. activists from iran's green move. used the green web in 2009 to circumvent gott internet restrictions to educate citizens. >> servants are used by all kinds of people. >> deep web services are also used by law enforcement, investigative journalists, the military and ordinary people who don't want their online activities monitored by the government for other outside parties. >> i think the deep web and services are a force for good. and i think that the future will bear that out like it has any technology. >> patricia, aljazeera, new york. >> and they reamed us that while criminals often exploit technology for their own purposes, the technology itself is agnostic. where was this guy when i needed him? find out what he thinks about the recent slowdown by the police in giving out tickets.
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array... >> if you want free press in the new democracy let the journalists live. >> last month, the white house announced the creation of an american task force to initiaiate trust between the list and the people they protect. the first meeting in washington, it's creation followed widespread roasts for grand juries in new york decided not to indict the police officers in the deaths of black men. the group sent specific recommendations in march, and with increased use of body cameras by the police to including the miss in the federal hate crimes. here in new york city, the tensions between the police and mayor bill de blasio have made plenty of headlines. something about police officers turning their backs on the mayor of the funerals for two police officers slain in the
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line of duty. and more recently, a tension has been on a slowdown in the ticketing and arrests following those deaths. things are returning to normal and one man who notices is glen very welloski, a former accountant, he said that the recent slow down in ticketing proves that more ticketing doesn't necessarily lead to better safety. i always thought that guys like you were an ex-cop. >> no. >> for the viewer who's not from new york, do we know that this is not a slowdown? the arrests have plummeted. >> it's factually a slowdown. there's $40 million less in tickets since december 27th, ali. >> what's the conclusion that you come to that less enforcement doesn't mean more crime? >> well
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less enforcement does not mean more crime. and in fact, there's not one additional pedestrian fatality. and not one additional vehicular homicide, and thank goodiness for that, but there are 90% less parking tickets and as a result, there's no impact on public safety whatever, which leads to the question. >> does all of this ticketing make us safer? we're talking about new york and the other place we're talking about is ferguson, missouri. they make a lot of money off of tickets, which, by the way becomes the entry point of so many of these young black men in the criminal justice system. you get a citation, and you can't pay t. and you're not working, and it's a summons and then it's a warrant. >> traffic tickets do become a point of entry, and there was a very famous movie about that. black. >> will smith.
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>> the whole movie was about a stock broker young man who went to jail because he couldn't pay his tickets in l.a. so it used to be parking tickets, and now they're a civil infraction, but they're a point of entry into the criminal justice system. >> they're a lot of money. if i don't have that kind of money, and i don't have access to a lawyer or a guy like you, i have to come up with it, and there could be a warrant for my arrest. and i think, i just didn't pay my parking lot ticket. and then the next thing is handcuffs. >> that's an unfortunate reality. but the main thing about parking, and you don't end up paying anything if we're not successful. we get you out of the ticket or you don't pay us anything. you go to parking lot, and you give us a deposit of half of the parking tickets. we go to work and if we get it
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dismissed, we keep the deposit and we earned it. and if we don't, you get a full refund if we don't succeed for you. >> i happen to know you,. volume then. >> the good part, the fact that there are 90% less tickets, we get a reprieve, a break, and it happens once in ten years. we didn't expect this one. every single day, delivering delivery vehicles, and news organizations, picking up the news, and delivering the news, so they get a lot of parking lot tickets too. so whether it's beverage distribution, or news organization, we see the volume has dropped dramatically in the
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last three weeks. but however, by this friday, we'll see whether or not it has picked up dramatically, and it will come back with a vengeance. >> you don't want to be put out of business, but this is revenue generating more than crime fighting, and people are saying, we're going to enforce crime with our police and do something else here. >> only when the candidates run for mayor, during the election cycle, they say, we're going to get rid of the parking tickets, but once they get in, they're addicted to the revenue stream ali. they have to pay the police and the fire department and the ticket agents as well. >> wouldn't be great if everybody could triple park? >> no, it wouldn't be that way at all. it would be a calmer, more humane society with mutual respect for everybody. and that's what i fear.
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i fear in our society, we could be our worst enemies. people from outside of our country say your country stinks, your government is evil. and if a guy just got a ticket for being on his cellphone, he starts to agree with that, and it's easy to to a turn our democracy inside out because people are unhappy with the way the government treats them. it's important to know that our democracy is less than 300 years old and italy, and others, they're thousands of years old. ours is like a baby, it's screaming, write me more tickets, and give me more money, and we have to shut that baby up. >> i haven't had anybody making his money on parking lot tickets arguing. glen
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verywe talked to one man who knows just how insular the law enforcement world can be. his name is very familiar to movie fans, frank certain co. >> serpico. >> i'm frank, and i'm a 42-year police detective. >> 42 years after he left the police, he didn't think that he would be fighting for reform. but little has changed over the years. >> i say this with all brotherhood and comradery, maybe all of these people that are protesting are not wrong. >> reporter: from ferguson missouri, to new york city protests against the excessive police force have brought streets. >>
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do you expect to gain the hearts and the finds of the people when you're killing their children and families? >> we caught up with serpico now 78 years old in upstate new york. these days, he tends to stay out of the limelight, speaking on camera for the first time in years. a far cry from 1973, when his story was made into an oscar nominated film, his role famously played by al pacino. >> you're firing without a warrant? without a brain in your head? >> in the 1960s, serpico was behind one of the biggest scandals that the nypd ever faced. >> i testified behind a grand jury exposing widespread corruption throughout the department. >> he says that the insular police culture is responsible for many of the problems that we see today. >> it's this blue wall that they talk of, like the mafia's
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and you just don't talk about what other cops do. >> the new york native says the closed off culture plagues police departments across the country, and it can only be cracked if the officers are held accountable to people outside of their circle. >> the district attorney works with the police, and they work hand-in-hand every day, and that's why you need an outside investigator. >> you'll get the full story on "america tonight" tonight on aljazeera. what it means for prices and who may feel pain.
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>> oil prices fell today, and the price of crude fell to
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$40.89 a barrel. and that's down 50% from last june. it's greater than global demand for this commodity. because of u.s. shale production in states like texas and north dakota, just today the american production hit 9.2 barrels a day in december, and that's the most since 1986. and nations like saudi arabia are not budging from their current production levels. meanwhile, the demand has fallen in europe and asia, and it's a recipe for falling prices. they expect that global supplies will continue to out strip demand throughout next year, so compared to the average prices, so compared to last year, in 2015, $71 of a barrel in 2016.
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falling oil prices is a great thing for american drivers, and airlines like the falling prices on their bottom lines but there's a wrinkle in the steep drop in energy prices. the two big companies that make commercial jets, boeing and airbus, they have been falling in recent years as they ordered more airplanes that are fuel efficient. the worry is that they might cancel those orders and stick with the old guzzlers. and that's a possibility. it reminds us that what's great for one big company might cause another to lose sales and layoff workers. last night, the pain that the lower prices are inflict on the south american nation of venezuela, whose entire economy depends on the u.s. dollars to buy goods from overseas,
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including spare parts to fix that nation's aging fleet of buses, monica reports from caracas. >> reporter: these men look like they know what they're doing, but they tell us that they're bus drivers trying to fix their vehicle. because if they don't, no one else will. not only is there a shortage of spare auto parts and motor oil there are also not enough car mechanics. it's a do-it-yourself new reality as they hammer away at a transmission box, while others examine the foreign made engines. dollarswith a shortage of cash, importers be can't buy spare parts. and plus, there's 60% inflation, one of the highest in the bombed. >> it's a bitter irony.
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he was a bus driver back in the 1990s. and in times of economic recession, they thought he would help immediately. >> people said that he was a driver like us, but he has forgotten about his roots. >> public buss are aging rapidly, partly because of the bad road infrastructure. they're under government control. the state of some vehicles is appalling. >> the names say newspapers say that there are no spare parts. my washing machine broke down, and i can't repair it. >> it's hard to find them, but many people here say that 20 or 30% of the buss in caracas are not currently working because they don't have spare parts. >> but if he doesn't take his bus, made in 1981, out to work his family doesn't eat.
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he recently scotch taped the broken steering wheel. >> you go to distributers, and they promise to call back once they receive any spare participates, but it rarely happens. all of last year, we couldn't find anything for this bus. >> if imports do not resume the whole system will collapse. the vehicle's body may be made in venezuela, but everything that makes it work comes from abroad. aljazeera, caracas, venezuela. >> coming up next, detroit is celebrating it's exit from bankruptcy, but while the city is no longer burdened by debt, it has no money to take on remaining challenges. >> in detroit, the biggest city, some will tell you that detroit is on its way back, but there are those who believe that there are many still left behind. >> every monday night, al jazeera america brings you controversial... >> we have to change those things in order to make our own lives better.
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>> the national transportation safety board today released it's 2015 most wanted list of top safety improvements. and new on the list is an issue we have talked a lot about on this show. railcars that carry oil and other hazardous material. the goal of improving rail tank car safety is largely the result in the boom in oil in north dakota. the list is generated from accident investigations that the agency conducts. after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, detroit is trying to bounce back. the truth is there's a lot of work to be done. finances may be in order, but there's nowhere near enough funding to deal with the city's problems, mainly restoring public services and restemming loss. companies that go into receivership never fully regain their footing. allen fisher takes a look. >> reporter: snow is a great
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leveler, it makes everything the same. but it hides many things. here in detroit, it's hard to see the warm. a bit like the city itself. there's a feeling, a suggestion that detroit is on its way back after it's controversial bankruptcy. the people and businesses are being attracted to the city center, but there's also a feeling and a suggestion that those in the edge of the city just a few kilometers away, are already being left behind. north end was once a thriving community. but those are gone. abandoned homes, shelly davis has lived here for 20 years, and she thought about leaving. she feels forgotten by the city. >> when i see something in front of me that says, miss davis, this is what we're going to do for your community, then i'll say yes, it's getting better, but until i see that and until i know that my neighbor over here can get her porch fixed so she can come up
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on her front steps, then i'll say yeah, it's getting better. >> detroit has run into problems, and once the industry jobs started falling away, the declining population didn't produce the same income. things like pensions continued to rise. but at $20 million in debt, the city filed for bankruptcy. one expert said that the city and all of its neighbors have changed forever. >> there are parts of the city that are never going to be the sort of neighborhood that people who grew up there remember growing up in. >> what you see here is a west oakland home. >> guarded, the homes to rebuilt communities. and they cost the organization money, but it's perusing results. she said while the city centers are recovering, north side will be the contributor to change. >> trickle down economics, some said that it can't work for the
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u.s., and it can't work for neighborhoods either. there have to be clear strategies and a clear trent. >> it remains a challenge for detroit polygs, but for neglected areas, it feels like a long winter. >> up next, a company in colorado fires an employee for using medical marijuana. but isn't pot legal in colorado, you ask? >> you know how they say that everybody has a purpose in life? well, at one time, i felt that selling cocaine was my purpose. >> we was starvin', just lookin' for a way to succeed. >> the first time i seen rock cocaine was 1980. >> the murder rate was sky-high. >> south of the 10 freeway, was kind of a "no-man's land". >> you know, we're selling it for the blacks. i said, you go into these neighborhoods, there's no cops you can sell it where you want and when they start killing each
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other, nobody cares. >> i was going through like a million dollars worth of drugs just about every day. >> that's like gold! >> we can make a fortune! >> he was maybe the biggest guy in l.a. >> freeway rick was getting his dope from a very big operator. i think we're into something that's bigger than us. something we really can't deal with. >> they had been trafficking on behalf of the united states government. >> she could prove what she was saying. >> [rapping] crack in the system. >> [rapping] this is los angeles.
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>> protestors are gathering... >> there's an air of tension right now... >> the crowd chanting for democracy... >> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... >> in colorado, a legal fight over pot is pitting a man against his former employer. companies can still fire employees for using medical marijuana, even in states where it's now legal. but as carol mckinley reports, one man wants to change that. >> if there ever was a test case for someone needing
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medical marijuana, brandon coates is it. >> i will grab a pinch. >> there's no way for him to do it without somebody. he needs someone's hands. >> when he was 16, a car accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, except for the use of his right arm. >> they were trying to make me comfortable. >> now 35, he depends on his nurse, to drett him and feed him and to help him smoke pot every night to ease his debilitating pain. >> i wouldn't be able to work. >> but his weed use upended his life. five years ago, coates took a random drug test and failed and was fired from his service job at dish network. >> i had this job for three years, and that's how i was paying my bills, and i lost it. in my condition, it's not easy to get a job anyway. >> coates sued, arguing that
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his firing was illegal under colorado law, which protects employees from doing illegal activities on their own time. his case made it to the supreme court, where lawyers for dish were pressed on whether he was high at work. >> we're alleging that he was using thc in the workplace. he smoked marijuana, according to the allegations in the complaint, while he was at home. and then he crossed the threshold and came to work at dish with thc in his system. >> so this card is what everyone has to have, in order to smoke medical marijuana legally, and this is what you thought was going to keep you from getting fired. >> dish network declined aljazeera's request for an interview, but has never argued against coates' job performance. it said that it's committed to its drug-free policy which does not permit
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the use of medical marijuana, even for purposes. >> it's clear that we must have a drug-free environment. >> the friends of congress supported a breach for dish to fire coates. they said in this instance federal law trumps state law. >> we're not in limbo at all. it's very clear that doing business here is no different than doing business in any other place in the united states. >> a mountain states publishing in 2014 showed that one out of five of its companies is implementing more stringent drug screening since the passage of it passing in colorado. half of its employees were fired for a first-time result. to get him his job back, it only gives him legal standing to sue dish network. he is going back to school to learn new skills. >> i haven't had any luck getting a job, so i figure
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maybe if i further my education, it might increase my chances of finding employment. >> the colorado supreme court is expected to issue its ruling sometime in the coming weeks. until then, brandon coates remains a reluctant symbol for rights in legal marijuana. >> 23 states in washington d.c. have legalized marijuana for medical use, that's our show and i'm ali velshi. thank you for watching. >> you know how they say that everybody has a purpose in life?
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well, at one time, i felt that selling cocaine was my purpose. >> we was starvin', just lookin' for a way to succeed. >> the first time i seen rock cocaine was 1980. >> the murder rate was sky-high. >> south of the 10 freeway, was kind of a "no-man's land". >> you know, we're selling it for the blacks. i said, you go into these neighborhoods, there's no cops you can sell it where you want and when they start killing each other, nobody cares. >> i was going through like a million dollars worth of drugs just about every day. >> that's like gold! >> we can make a fortune! >> he was maybe the biggest guy in l.a. >> freeway rick was getting his dope from a very big operator. i think we're into something that's bigger than us. something we really can't deal with. >> they had been trafficking on behalf of the united states government. >> she could prove what she was saying. >> [rapping] crack in the system. >> [rapping] this is los angeles.
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