police say they stopped what would have been major attacks in belgium, and the would-be attackers had just returned from syria. >> they separated the children from the adults, who were asked to lie down. they were shot dead. >> new evidence of boko haram's brutality, and a report on their deadliest methods and why the us government says it has no alternative but to collect and store untold amounts of american's data
this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm tony harris and we begin with breaking news out of belgium. authorities say they have thwarted major attacks that may have been days or hours away. police conducted a raid on the eastern city of vervia. two suspects killed in the shoot-out. one person was arrested. it was part of an investigation into people returning from syria. andrew potter has the details. >> reporter: belgium authorities say they have prevented an attack on what they call a ground scale. shots ring out in this city. you can hear glass smashing. federal police stormed a bakery covered by snipers on rooftops. they have been searching homes of around 10 people who had come back from syria.
>> during the investigation we found this group was about to commit terrorists attacks. during the investigation certain suspects opened fire with automatic weapons at special forces. two of the suspects were killed. a third has been arrested. >> reporter: residents from told not to leave their homes a few unable to resist a look at the police cordon. >> i left when i saw a police car passing me with its lights passing. two seconds later i heard three large explosions like gunshots. i thought they were fireworks. there was a smell i knew it was not. i came here it happened in two minutes. i didn't see anything but heard it. >> it comes at a time when
europe is on high alert following the attack in france. as a result belgium raised its terror alert level in certain levels. >> al jazeera national security contributor mark lyons joins us. from what you here about this operation, give us your assessment. from what we are seeing and hearing from the prosecutor, this sounds like a well-coordinated set of raids over several different locations in the country. >> all it wants, they probably didn't expect the level of gunfire. it was all about having this information and acting on it because they felt they were able to take it down. they show their hand when they do this when they go out with this level of experience. >> you have been saying to me to follow-up on this point. that other cells within belgium are on notice. >> that's why electronics is so
key. not only while the raids are taking place, they are eavesdropping on the cells, seeing if they are moving looking for action. really the other ones are on notice. >> you can do this with human intelligence and electronic intelligence - both obviously. but you believe it was electronic intelligence that might have provided key information here. >> i think this is why. in order for any successful operation to go 10-15 things have to happen beforehand. in this situation they had 8 9 or 10 where they said it was close happening. they must have had that by electronic civilians. they knew who had been in syria, who the people were and monitored them watched, and watched and then acted. >> tell me about the town - you've been there. >> it's a sleepy down in the southern part of the region where i lived at the time. and it shows you that these
sleeper cells could be anywhere. they weren't necessarily coming up. maybe we'll find information, but they weren't coming up on social media. easy to hide in plain site. >> is it more the case you are coming back from syria, there's red flags all over you. >> there's no question that a lone actor will be the challenge. the red flags will be on you, they may be easier to slip in places where the borders are porous they can cross over get back and forth simply. >> you are hear to tell us that there were concerns about the weaponry and where the weapons might have come from. >> yes. europe is very controlled with the weapons, i was concerned about the ak-47s used in the paris assault. they were heavy in this attack. the police are not prepared for the level of weapons, they don't see them as much. they bring in the military.
this is going to notch up what all the countries will have to do to prevent them. >> let's go on your experience spending time in belgium, in the town in the country. does it have the same kind of issues with its muslim population as france has - 3-5 million in france a lot of young people who feel marginalized and disaffected, unemployed, poor - is that the case in belgium, which has a smaller occupation in the order of 5,000 or so. >> yes, smaller population. doesn't have the history of muslim but what they have is active participant in the title with i.s.i.s. which is why getting back to create a problem - it's well aligned, more aligned than on the fight with the united states now. >> terrific information. al jazeera's national security contributor, mark lyons. in france victims of the attack
on the paris offices of the satirical magazine "charlie hebdo" was laid to rest. a public funeral was held for cartoonist bernard velhac. >> francis hollande said that muslims were the main victims and needed to be protected. >> we must remind, and every time i did it everywhere in the arab world that, islam is compatible with democracy, that we must refuse to lump things together with confusion. french people of the muslim faith have the same rights and duty as all the citizens. >> president francis hollande said antisemitism attacks must be stopped. secretary of state john kerry arrived in paris as the united states faces criticism for not
having president obama or another high-level official attend the unity march in paris on sunday. kerry says he does not intend to explain the lack of a high-profile u.s. preps at the event -- presence at the event but is visiting to express the affection americans have for paris. global threats of i.s.i.l. and terrorism following the attacks are at the top of the agenda when david cameron is meeting with the president. he is staying at the white house, usually afforded to heads of state. the summit will be over dipper and resume in the morning. the two leaders wrote that in the times of honest, a solidarity reading in part: reform and reconciliation - the united states government is
ready to lift restrictions on cuba. the changes go in effect tomorrow. several americans will be able to fly back and forth to cuba and spend money. only congress can lift the full trade embargo. this is the furthest americans can go to lift relations with cuba. mike viqueira joins us from the white house. take us through the changes. >> it's a sweeping set of measures meant to put the meat on the bones to the president's historic announcement in december 17th, his intention to normalize relations with cuba after a 54 year freeze with that country, and the castro regime that runs it. >> some of the provisions have to do with travel first of all. you can go according to the administration releasing a list of 12 reasons to visit cuba where you will not have to get a licence. you had to do so before. those include family visit, centered around education or
religious purposes. general tourism as you noted is prohibited, so you can't fly down to cuba rest on the beach or lay on the beach. some will try to do that. >> telecommunications - something that's been much sought after by the industry. export restrictions eased for cellphones and software to be sent to cuba and sending money. if you are a cuban american many rely as a lifeblood, money sent by relatives, previous restrictions. you can send $2,000 a year. it's up to 8,000. if you go to cuba you can carry 10,000 with you. all as cuba held up one end of the bargain. they have released all of the 53 cuban political prisoners that have been held. they have promised to release as part of the deal. >> what effects will this have politically and economically. >> politically in the united
states the president is under fire and the republican congress said they will not move to lift the embargo, that's what they have do. congress will have to do it if the embargo is to be lifted. we heard from marco rubio. the cuban american senator who called this a windful for the castro regime. the drum beat of criticism continues. the white house is making no bones about the fact they want to work towards normalized negotiations and lifting the embargo. >> we should normalize the relationship with cuba the effect that by the increased contact with the cuban people and government it would serve to put pressure on the castro regime to protect and advance the basic human right we hold dear in the country. >> a number of major its if relations are to be normalized including opening the havana embassy that has been shut for
the last 50 years. talks in havana state officials head to havana to start talks. >> evidence surfaced of a massacre by boko haram in nigeria. as the u.s. in britain say they are working on an initiative to deal with the violent group. >> we know this is a significant throat and challenging for the nigerians. that's why we offered to work with them. we have done joint training. we are working with other partners cameroon chad or others, to fight the threat. >> boko haram is blamed for attacks that killed thousands, and kidnapped hundreds of people including more than 200 schoolgirls. the nigeria president jonathan goodluck paid a visit to the victims of that attack. and we have more by abuja this is a surviving fishing
community. everything changed when boko haram attacked. this is what the town looks like. this is what more than 20,000 escaped from. >> translation: they caught us as we were leaving town. they separated the children from the adults who were asked to lie down. they were shot dead. we were taken back to their camp. we escaped as they were busy burning homes. >> like thousands of others they were brought here in five days. >> translation: they followed us on motorcycles and trucks. they shot at us we trom pelled on dead bodies. it took more than two days to reach the main road and safety. we lost more than 1,000. >> reporter: more lives have been lost.
a visit by the nigerian president is meant to boost moral. fear is replaced by resignation by the people of the north-east. >> united states and britain are discussing a possible intervention after the event of the past days. >> they have done with respect to the slaughter a crime against humanity. nothing less. it's an enormously horrendous slaughter of innocent people boko haram continues to present a threat. >> reporter: an intervention by united states and britain will be welcome by most who have lost so much, particularly in the north-east. >> earlier i spoke with the managing director for government relations at amnesty international u.s.a. he described the help that is most needed by the nigerians.
>> clearly there's a major humanitarian crisis. at least 5,000 have been displaced. the real challenge is protecting people from further attack and providing security and the united states and britain can provide training and assistance. the real responsibility is with the force, and they have question marks about professionalism and respect for human rights. that has held back the assistance. rumours of assistance would be a moral list for people up there. >> do you have a sense of whether the nigerian government is committed to taking on boko haram because you often hear rumours that there are so many people within the government who are boko haram sympathizers that their voices will scuttle
real attempts to take on the group. >> i think you have alluded to a number of very very widespread resumours about the unwillingness or the inability to protect people. one being the administration is indeed rife with supporters of boko haram. that that remains to be seen. there are others that fill that the military is trying to discredit president jonathan. but the miming earian -- nigerian people in the north are suffering. they deserve better and the administration has to do a better job. >> amnesty international believes that 10,000 structures - homes, shops and schools - were destroyed after the attack a top contender has something to say about people on disability. senator rand paul's discussions at the forefront of our power
this is really something. this is one of the stories of the year. the price of oil resumed a slide. in the united states the cost of crude dropped to little more than $46. i'm going to choke this down i can't believe i'm saying it. $46. that's almost 60% less than six months ago. let's get to ali velshi from "real money". you have the barrel the drum. >> i have an idea a thought. you have been here - we are in a different studio. >> not for long. >> i want to make a mug that looks like this with l.e.d.s that change the price of oil at any given time. i'll make money out of this. >> can you explain the craziness? what is driving this down? come on demand for oil has not dried up. >> no it hasn't. yesterday we saw an increase substantial 5%. it went up.
all we learnt is oil doesn't just go down. if you've only been on earth for the last six months you may think that's all that happened. the problem is looking at u.s. production numbers for 2014 and projected numbers for 2015 we are at nine and change million barrels a day. the number that you are bumping up against what saudi arabia does canada is producing lots of oil. we are not - it's not the demand is going down because in india and china it's going up. in the we were world, including america, demand has gone down over the last 10-20 years. global demand is not going down but global supply is up so much. it's america, the oil sands in canada libya - which was a basket place for a while but is producing oil, and iraq which despite i.s.i.l. is still producing oil. a lot of countries are there. we used to have problems in
niger delta, they are producing. venezuela is declining. there's more supply. you can make money, as you and i talked about, if you have a place to store it. people know this will go up. we are seeing it go down. bottom line - gone down again. we have not found a solution. o.p.e.c. says it's not cutting production. enjoy it for a while. >> a lot of people think cheap oil is good for the economy. >> it is. >> is it true. >> yes, there's an offset. jobs will be lost in texas and north dakota and company and shares in oil companies go down. in the end the game to consumers for low gasoline prices and the gain on heating oil for those in the north probably offsets that. let's see if it stays this way for too long. geo politically the countries weakened by this are those without the leverage - iran
russia places like that. >> venezuela - huge lines. >> they are really suffering. >> appreciate it. see you at the top of the hour on islamic state of iraq and levant. "real money" with that -- at the top of the hour on indianapolis. indianapolis. -- on al jazeera america. >> "real money" with that man ali velshi half of all americans receiving disability are gaming the system. david shuster joining us. >> kentucky senator rand paul has been speaking in new hampshire. senator paul attended a dipper focussed on government wastes where he hammered med kad and other disability programs. all these programs. there's always someone deserving. everywhere nose someone gaming the system. if you look like me and hop out of your drug you shouldn't get a disability check. over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts - join the
club. you know. who doesn't get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts. everywhere over 40 has a back pain. >> the democratic chair held a call with reporters saying paul's claims were: lion looup according to a report from social security out of all americans refusing disability 14% were diagnosed with mood disorders, and 28% reported muscular skeletal system and connective tissue proceedings, and they investigate claims tore fraud. over the past 12 years 59% of all applications have been rejected. >> staying with presidential politics it south carolina senator lindsay graham is considering a 2016 run and blasted president obama from pledging to close the prison at guantanamo bay. >> the president of united states concluded that the war on terror reached a point that we can safely release people from
gitmo gitmo. the best i can say is he's upfocused. that's delusional thinking. the war on terror reached a lethal stage and it's insane to let these people out of gitmo to go back to the fight according to the pentagon 30% of detainees released from gitmo rejoined the fight. >> florida senator marco rubio considered a 2016 raise joined republicans in ratcheting up concerns and fears in the united states. he spoke with yahoo's katie couric. >> i know for a fact there are thousands of people around the world plotting to kill americans in the home world and abroad. it is my opinion - i hope it's wrong - eventually it's not a question of if but when one of those quotes will be carried out. >> watch for that scary rhetoric. joni ernst from iowa has been
chosen to deliver the response to the state of union address. ernst is a military veteran who rocketed to fame with a campaign add promoting the fact she grew up castrating pigs. she vowed to come to washington and make folks squeal. she'll deliver the republican response. we told you about mike huckabee a 2016 candidate, who is dealing with cultural pop issues. he criticized beyonce's style, lyrics and access to the white house. thanks to t.m.z. former president jimmy carter weighed in. watch. >> mike huckabee just criticized president obama for parenting skills because his daughters listen to beyonce. how do you feel about this? >> i don't agree with much mike huckabee says and i think president obama is doing a good job. >> there you have it from president carter.
a lesson most parent try to teach the kids is not swearing or leaving oscene language. sometimes adults can be pushed over the edge. new york senator tom omera apologised for a rant after man was hounding him. the man peppered him with questions about a fracking project and said "that's interesting" sarcastically at one point. >> what do you mean it's it interesting. what the [ bleep ] do you mean it's interesting. tell me. for crying out loud what the [ bleep ] do you mean it's interesting. i've been doing nothing but answer your questions and you tell me [ bleep ] it's interesting. you're a douce bag, get out of my face now, now, [ bleep ]. i've had enough of you and your kind. get the [ bleep ] out of here. >> state senator omara issued an
apology: in the state of smart phones you have to expect everything to be caught on the record. that is the power politics. >> appreciate it. thanks palestinian president mahmoud abbas spent a decade in office trying to get recognition of a palestinian state. we'll look at what has changed, and what hasn't. also the u.s. transfers five more detainees out of guantanamo bay, the stories and reaction in washington is next.
the arab league is supporting calling for an end to the occupation. they are responding to calls from mahmoud abbas much. >> translation: we couldn't reach a resolution from the security council. what we need from our arab brothers is renew the bid to seek a vote mahmoud abbas has been the president for 10 years, his presidency has been defined by endless negotiations with israel. stephanie dekker looks at his decade in office. >> reporter: president mahmoud abbas was elected to office after the death of yasser arafat, a popular leader. it wasn't easy for mahmoud abbas, but he ha a clear vision - no to armed security. yes to a separate state.
>> he believed if we kpt our eye on the commitment. the international will help with peace. >> reporter: hamas won elections in 2016 through a vote. there was conflict between the two factions and hamas took offer the gaza strip the following year mahmoud abbas and his party saw it as a coup. he lost gaza. if it was yasser arafat. within minutes he could fly together. go together embrace everybody and pay everybody and appointed everybody and lower the gap. mahmoud abbas would not do this. this is not his concern. he was too much influenced by external factors. regardless of divides. mahmoud abbas continued with the peace process. after a few years of progress
the talks resumed in 2010 coming two years after a war in gaza that killed many the first of three wars during mahmoud abbas's presidency. this time there would be hope israel imposing a hope on moratorium. that freeze did not last long the talks wept nowhere. in 2013, brokered by the u.s. secretary of state john kerry, there was an achievement of releasing prisoners, but the last group was never released. >> looking back he could say "i tried my damned best. i complied with all the commitments and the requirements. i was as patient as could be. i have satisfied all the expectations of international community. i maintained impeccable security. >> reporter: mahmoud abbas signed international conventions and had success with a host of
european countries recognising the palestinian state. the result of the war saw a shift with increased pressure on israel, but it didn't translate into concrete action a resolution calling for talks and independent palestinian state failed to pass in the united nations security council. mahmoud abbas applied to what israel feared. the international criminal court, a change in strategy for negotiations now at a political and legal international pressure. >> he is forcing today, i am the man who brought you recognition of 138 states. i am the man who challenging washington and tel aviv for ending occupation. >> mahmoud abbas's commitment to negotiations has not always been popular among politicians, especially when people didn't see anything change. he enters the year in office with a strategy one proving popular among palestinians.
>> earlier i spoke with mustafa, a member of the palestinian parliament and a former palestinian presidential candidate and asked him if mahmoud abbas had been an effective leader. >> he tried his best had some successes in certain ways. unfortunately in the measure, three areas, he had big failures. first of all, his approach to solving the palestinian issue did not work. maybe not because of him, but israel obstructs in every way. his strategy of building hopes did not succeed. he had the worst division history, and failed to bring back the people together. that would be the worst thing in his 10 years, and finally i think with the internal democratic issues where they swell, approving the parliament
elections, but he is having now one of the most concentrated power structures. there's no separation of powers parliament is paralysed and marginalized. we have a difficult situation where the one party or the one man rule is worse than before. >> what was his approach? if you could describe it to me what was his approach to winning peace for the palestinians with the israelis and what was - given that you believe it has failed what was a better option - maybe an option that you might have pursued even if you agreed with the strategy initially? >> his approach was very simple - strategy was if the behave well things will work and you can defeat your opponents by behaving well. he behaved well. nothing worked. this is not how things worked in
politics. for me the way to move things is to change the plans of power. through nonviolence means, through europifying the people through strong international works. sanctions and campaign et cetera and helping people steadfast and survive. mahmoud abbas is making a hard push on the international level to put pressure on israel through the statehood bid. in the past you know it hasn't led to real actionable results and i'm thinking about what happened in the security council recently on statehood. what is your rehabilitation what was your rehabilitation to the failed bid at the security council? > i think, first of all, the resolution presented should have been better drafted.
i am sure it failed to pass because the united states would use the veto we'll come back again and there'll be another effort and i am sure the united states will use the veto. either the resolution will be week and counterproductive to pass or it will be vetoed by the united states. that is only one aspect. i think we should join the other agency suggests one after the other, as we did with the international criminal court and proceed with the i.c.c. because i don't think that nobody - anybody can blame us for trying to be members of the international treaties. >> the united states as the main interlocuteur in the peace efforts between the two sides. is it time for a change there? >> absolutely. the united states has proven very clearly during the recent attacks - horrible war op gaza that took the lives of 2,200
palestinians, including 580 children the united states proved that it is that the most recent positions in the united nations security council are proving that. i do not think that the united states can be so much in strategic reliance and at the same time be an honest broker. it doesn't work. we need a different approach. >> is it time for a change of leadership, time for mahmoud abbas to go and new leadership to take the helm? >> it's time for change since long dime. i think it's not -- long time. it's not about mahmoud abbas but a whole generation a whole approach. in summary i would say that we need to move forward from traditional politics where many believe in one party rule or one man rule or one executive structure rule into a new modern form of poll tickets, a
modern -- politics with separation of powers and effective independent systems. it's time for that. >> we were told an international peace conference is needed to continue peace talks with israel and carry out a 2-state solution. human rights activists are calling on saudi bloggers to be released. he was sent to prison with 1,000 thrashes for snult g islam. >> the following video shows this man being flogged in public. he received 50 lashes and another tomorrow and every friday until it reaches 1,000. he's being punished for smulting islam. amnesty international and reporters without borders held protests in paris, london netherlands and canada and the u.s., and canada asked the saudi arabias to drop the punishment.
david cameron was asked about the case yesterday. watch? >> medawi faces 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison because he wrote an article that the government does not agree. will the prime minister join me in condemning the barbaric in medieval regime of saudi arabia and does he believe international alliances should be found more on human rights and less on economic muscle. >> we don't approve of these sorts of punishments and raise the cases when british citizens are involved in the strongest possible way. i know we will on this indication. >> i spoke to a professor, an activist and explained reasons the saudi government could be doing this. one is a power struggle in the royal family. >> one is for reform the other for a harsher interpretation or implementation of religious interpretation within saudi
arabia. the other explanation is that there's a fear from the arab spring and its consequences. the fear is that this - these demands for reform will spread within saudi arabia. >> reporters without borders petitions is going around collecting petitions asking for the saudi king to release the blogger five more prisoners have been released from guantanamo bay, they were from yemen. for send to ayman and another to estonia, they were cleared for release five years ago. that lives 122 prisoners at guantanamo bay. the transfer of the men is getting push back. we have more. >> reporter: all five yemeni me were held at guantanamo for years, without being charged. akmed was in custody since 2002. when he was 18. he and the other four, ipp
cluing mo whommed and abdul, were captured in pakistan. they were held at guantanamo as suspected fighters for al qaeda. all five were cleared for release since 2009. the u.s. government did not want to return them from yemen for fear they may be lured into al qaeda there. the u.s. sent one to estonia and the other four to ayman. it comes after six detainers were athroughed go to uruguay. it has sparked criticism. >> several senators called for a halt to releasing prisoners, arguing that they are dangerous. >> roughly 30% of those who have been released have re-entered the fight. and usually at a high level, because it's a badge of honour to have been an inmate at guantanamo. >> calls for guantanamo's
closure continued at protests like this and president obama pledged to shut the prison down. >> the idea that we would still mind forever a group of individuals who have not been tried. that is contrary to whoier it is contrary to our interests, and it needs to stop. >> administration officials insist security is a top concern when it considers releases. an envoy for the defense department said: lip the father of the ohio man accused of plotting to attack the u.s. capitol describes his son as a momma's boy who never left the house. the fbi was alerted to christopher lee cornell after seeing pro-i.s.i.l. posts on his twitter account. he allegedly wanted to blow up
the capitol building and kill officials. he was arrested in the parking lot of a gun saw. the father says the 20-year-old son was the victim of an fbi sting. >> i think that was the fbi that he had been going to the mosque with. i think it was the fbi that he's been corresponding with or making plots or whatever. i think they should have arrested him then. i'm surprised they didn't kill him. >> officials found plans for attack and instructions for pipe bombs on christopher lee cornell's computer the pope said there are limits to free expression and denounced the attacks in paris, but expressed the need to be respectful of religious beliefs. >> translation: i believe you cannot react violently. if my good friend says a curse word against my mother he can expect a punch. it's normal. it's normal. you cannot provoke.
you cannot insult the fate of others. you cannot make fun of the faith of others. >> hundreds of thousands of cheering people welcomed the pope to the phil pines, millions expected to turn up for events with him. coming up, the u.s. government says there's no alternative to bulk. why the n.s.a. will track phone records. al jazeera returns to the university of virginia after allegations of a gang rape on campus were debunked.
national security agency to end its collection of phone records and other data. president obama ordered a study to find out if there was a software programme making it easier to gather targeted information. today the national research counsel said that no such software based technology could replace the collection programme. science and technology correspondent jacob ward joins us. give us a sense of where things stand with the data collection. >> sure under the terms of the study and conclusions, we cannot give up the vacuuming up of data there's no software that will tart it better. the -- target it better. the government is bumping into an endless amount of data a firehose of it. if you choose to drink it um get if in the -- you'll get it in the face. there's endless data. talking about the n.s.a. what
programmes what research is underway to better manage the data it is collecting at the moment? >> the intelligence community a combined interagency found of high-risk, high reward fund for the community. they have put a lot of money trying to make use of more data not less. they have programs like the babble programme, which in theory will listen to a recorded conversation like ours and thousands of others and pick out mentions of who knows what guns whatever. they are looking at a programme, the alatin programme, look -- alatin programme, look at you tubes, and predict the one perp walking against the flow of the crowd or the one outfit they'd have. inevitably the government is trying to make more use of more data nod trying to restrict the data. that's the take away of this
study. we'll not limit data but make more use of it. >> appreciate it students are back in class at the university of virginia a month after the "rolling stones" article was debunked. the fraternity has been re-ipp stated. we went back to u.v.a. to see how students are coping. christopher putzel joins us from washington. good to see you. what is the mood on campus? >> well there's a lot of anger, grief and confusion. you have to remember last semester there were two student suicides a murder and a "rolling stones" depicting a gang rape much after that it comes out that maybe it wasn't true. there has been an emotional roller-coaster that students have gone through. while there, we wanted to speak to the fraternities none would give back except for one, a president named ryan duff jip. and he was featured in a
"rolling stones" article and wanted to set the record strait. you can see him. >> do you think they were unfairly targeted? >> i think a lot of people felt unfairly targeted. there's a stereotype by the organizations that could not describe every perp or a small fraction of them that are part of the system. >> what are fraternities doing now going forward? >> i think there's an awareness among the greek system that fraternities are trying to be more active in making sure everything runs safely. if it comes at the cost of new policies and regulation i'm opening with that. >> okay all right. good to hear. what are the rules that fraternities are expected to folio going forward? >> -- follow going forward? >> there have to be at least three silver brothers at each fraternity.
bill can only be served in closed containers. the events must be registered it tuesday before any party is held, and there is has to be a guestlist or security guards in some cases. things will look forward. >> sounds like it. thank you. see the rest of christopher putzel's report on "america tonight". . >> coming up on the programme. today's academy award nominations led to a trending hashtag. maybe you have seen it - oscars go white. after that it's "real money". . >> how can the boss in america's banks say the business is under assault from government regulators when he announcing a profit of almost $5 million how two astronauts plan to push it to the limit in space. all that and more in "real money".
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president obama says americans deserve paid family and sick time and asks congress to mandate up to seven days of paid sick time and wants to set aside $2 billion to help families create family leave programs, and give workers six weeks of advanced paid sick leave to care for a new child or sick relative and child. controversy in seattle over housing for the homeless. the mayor wants to offer hundreds of people shelter in government-run tent cities. allen schauffler looks into the story. >> welcome to nichollsville, a homeless encampment in seattle named for a former mayor. this is keisha enjoying the warmth from a fireplace on a cold, chilly morning. she is part of a seattle population of 2300 considered
homeless. hard to get exact figures, good data for the last time a one-night count was held by the homeless in seattle. it was estimated it many were sleeping on the streets or in cars. it's above and behind 1700 beds and in shelters that the city provide. the city of seattle spends 37 million on a variety of homeless programs. this one nichollsville had to move 16 times since it was founded back in 2008. let's talk to alex jacob, the external affairs coordinator. you are looking for services and support from the city for existing needs. >> yes, we are, absolutely. with news that we received that the mayors support of three new encampments for 100 each. it's great, a step in the right direction. the fact of the matter is we have needs here that have not been met. >> like someone needs to pick up the trash. >> like that and the honey bucket situation, the rest
rooms, the porta poties they are in aroars. -- arrears. that's important for camps like this. before mummy is thrown at another situation, let's have things work here. >> let's look at a unit in nichollsville. >> we have permission from joseph a resident. to have a visit at the place he lives. joseph coping his identity hidden he's not sure how it might impact a search for a job. how has it been this winter? >> pretty coal. in nichollsville, it's nice with the people. >> reporter: glad to have a bed out of the rain. >> absolutely. it's better than waiting in line etch else like cat -- everywhere else like cattle and be herded around. >> thank you very much. it's not sure where the funding will come for the additional cities and 300 people housed in similar conditions like this. the city of seattle is saying
they are willing to put $85,000 to the cause. it seems that the lion's share of the funding would have to come from the organizations to apply for the permits to set up and run the camps. and we are hearing for the first time today from two men who reclaimed 3,000 foot dawn wall at el capitan in yosemite and talk about what it's like to scale the rock face with hands and feet and rope to prevent deadly falls. >> i would be lying if i didn't have doubt and frustrations when going through that process. >> the men have spent five years planning every detail of the climb. the trek took 19 days both emphasising that they didn't conquer the mountain but maintaining a dream come true oscar nominations were announced, and critics say it
lacks diversity. that caused an uproar. we have that. >> all 20 nominees for the best acting awards are white. this is a list of the best female, best male for nominees. "selma" is nominated for best picture but excluded from best actor and director. >> it was directed by a director good enough to get a best picture, but not good enough to win the director or best director nod, correct. >> that's what the critics say. >> okay okay okay. >> right now oscar so white is trending in the top 10. people are saying oscar so white they don't see movies with black folks in it. and saying:
some say it's a big reflection of hollywood, there's not enough diversity. >> we have been hearing that forever. appreciate it. that's all we have time for in this newshour. i'm tony harris. "real money" with ali velshi is up next on al jazeera america ♪ >> the big bank that made almost $5 billion in profit last year claims its business is under assault from government regulators. i'm looking at financial reforms meant to reign in reckless behavior that republicans are trying so hard to dismantle. plus a bold new mission for a pair of astronauts are about to