the killing in south sudan will go on. >> negotiation is a process, it is not an event. >> the peace process has not collapsed. >> despite what the leaders say no peace plans were reached. this threat will continue while vladimir putin remains the president of russia. in ukraine more acquisitions that russia is behind a new wave of deadly violence. also how life is changing
for some mexican residents after the arrest of the head of a deadly cartel. and two decades after an historic united states agreement to improve the lives of women, where progress on many fronts has stalled and even gotten worse. ♪ good evening and well coto al jazeera america i'm steph. the quest to end the bloody conflict in south sudan is in doubt tonight. peace negotiations between the country's two warring parties have fail. today talks in ethiopia were suspended indefinitely with no future meetings scheduled. the south sudan president and rebel leader had been discussing a power sharing deal since monday. civil war erupted in south sudan
in december 2013. since then more than 10,000 people have been killed another 1.5 million displaced. catherine soi has the latest. >> reporter: the talks have been as long winded and difficult as they have been intense. 13 months of negotiations have ended in a stalemate. the president and rebel leader held several direct talks this week. their position on key issues power sharing, the security arrangement of a transitional government and the competition of parliament are still miles apart. the two sides blame each other for the failure to agree. in front of cameras, though they chose to be more diplomatic. >> negotiation is a process. it is not an event. so whefrn we come here to come and negotiate, and we depart it
doesn't mean that we have filed, but it means we are giving ourselves time to think over some of the disagreed issues so when we come back we'll continue the negotiating. >> we want to help our people the south sudanese, and the peace lovers let us not lose their hope. it is a difficult task but we will make it. the peace process has not collapsed. >> reporter: but many people here in south sudan are losing hope. this is another disappointment. and now there's a genuine fear about what might happen next. those who are suffering the most are ordinary out-south sudanese hundreds of thousands of whom are still in displacement camps like this one. they were hoping they would be home by now, but clearly they have to wait much longer for a lasting solution to the crisis here. this woman has been struggling to survive in this camp for displaced people in juba. she is among hundreds of thousands stuck in camps in
south sudan, and it's neighbors. >> translator: this place is not my home. i lost all of my things. i have no property. i just get little help from aid organizations. if there is peace i will definitely go back home. >> reporter: for now those like her continue to live in confinement, too afraid to leave u.n.-protected zones, they say this is not what they expected only four years after they had won independence. catherine soi, al jazeera. more than 2 million people have been forced from their homes by the violence in south sudan. the united states says 1.4 million people sl been displaced within south sudan, another 640,000 people have left the country all together traveling to ethiopia uganda sudan, or kenya, we're joined by a south sudan organization that works towards ends genocide and
crimes against humanity with a focus on the conflict in south sudan. thanks so much for joining us this evening. what kind of atrocities are innocent peopling seeing in south sudan? >> south sudan has been suffering for 15 months of terrible conflict, and human rights investigateors have documented mass rapes, the burnings of scores and scores of town and villages and ethnic cleansing as well. >> who is responsible? >> unfortunately both the sides the government side and the rebel sides have both been implicated in these kinds of abuses and they have always both been responsible by using hateful rhetoric and relying on people's ethnic identities. >> so they are playing tribes against each other, essentially. what has the international community been able to do beyond sanctions? >> the international community
have stood in strong solidarity by providing billions in humanitarian aid and assistance but they are being obstructed at almost every turn by the government in particular who the u.n. have deemed to be responsible for over 90% of the violations relating to aid obstruction. >> and that was not discussed at these talks. they could not agree on any sort of power sharing deal but beyond that they didn't agree to on a way to get humanitarian aid to these people. >> that's right. there wasn't even any sort of stopgap measure to guarantee safe and consistent humanitarian aid delivery . >> so what next? >> well what we're hoping for is actually to ramp up sanctions, and to think about ways to really make the leaders
who otherwise sort of live floating above the population. their families live abroad and they don't feel the pain that their countrymen are going through. so their idea behind targeted sanctions and asset freezes is to track down where people are hiding their assets and really exercise some leverage over the people who could make a decision to stop the violence. >> can these two men, rebel leader and the president, can they be part of any political solution? >> well, you know, there has been a leaked copy of the african union's own commission of inquiry report that has said that it recommendings that neither men be a part of a political solution. but right now those are the two people who are leading forces to battle, and they are the ones holding the rest of their country hostage. >> thank you so much for your time this evening. >> thank you. european leaders are hoping
the ceasefire in ukraine holds so they can avoid imposing further sanctions on russia. moscow and kiev have agreed to double the number of european monitors overseeing the troops. they are hopeful recent violations will not derail the ceasefire completely. but u.s. officials are threatening to increase the sanctions if the violence continues. kiev says russia is training bomb makers looking to upset the peace. and the attacks are becoming more targeted. >> reporter: the car exploded as it passed through a suburb of kharkiv it belonged to the leader of a pro-ukrainian militia, he his wife and brother were injured. all are said to be in stable condition. the local police say they think the explosion was caused by a mac nettic mine.
just the latest act of what the ukrainian authorities are calling terrorism. they have accused russian backed groups of trying to open a new front to destabilize parts of ukraine they want to control. on the 22nd of february a bomb exploded during a proukrainian rally in the same city. four people were killed including a police officer. but it's not only in kharkiv. this police video shows a car packed with explosives in the city of mariupol. the ukrainian authorities detect the hacked of russia. >> translator: we have confession testimony saying who recruited them where they were trained and it was on the territory of the russian federation. we know the exact people they made contact with in russia. it was representatives of the russian security services. financial support, weapons and explosions were provided by the russians. >> reporter: kharkiv has a significant russian population. although it is controlled by a
pro-kiev administration. over 700 pro-russian suspects have been arrested here in recent months. this latest attack shows the problem has not gone away. >> translator: we adapt. we learn. with the fate of israel and the united states awaits us. those countries which live under continuous threat from terrorism. and this threat will continue while vladimir putin remains the president of russia. >> reporter: the conventional fighting between the ukrainian army and russian-backed separatists may have decreased as a result of the recent ceasefire, but a less conventional clandestine war may now be starting. eastern ukraine's return to stability has been slow. the region's rural population is struggling to recover after being cut off from sup place and medicine for nearly a year. john hendren is in donetsk where residents cannot pay the rising cost of medical treatment. >> reporter: as the war in
eastern ukraine began, so did olga's cancer. she was diagnosed for a second time along this hepatitis c. but she no longer gets her welfare payments or prescription payments for the drugs she needs, even if she could find them here. >> translator: i don't have the money to provide them. before the medicine was provided by the hospital who cured me. in 2010 they no longer have the drug. >> reporter: so what happens in youb don't get the medicine? >> translator: well, i don't know. if you don't treat serious diseases, people die. >> reporter: she's hardly alone, drugs are hard to fine and expensive with high inflation, unemployment unemployment, and no functioning banking system, this man relies on donation for his heart medicine. >> translator: the pharmacy is closed. i have to buy less and the prices are high.
>> reporter: the international aid group doctors without borders trying to fill in the gaps making regular stops this rural towns. their waiting rooms crowded with the underserved, but it's not nearly enough. >> medicine is not available because the pharmacies are not here. and if they buy it is expensive. they have to go far away. and there is no doctor. >> reporter: near the front lines many people have nowhere to go for medical care. this hospital has been shelled repeatedly when it shut down its staff was moved to another hospital, and then that hospital too was shelled. many are left to survive on sheer optimism. >> reporter: will you be able to get the medicine in >> translator: well i think so he who seeks will find. you have to knock on every door. >> reporter: with kiev's government no longer delivering
benefits to separatists, there are few doors left to knock on. a russian opposition leader vows to finish the work done by slain boris nemtsov. nemtsov was working on a report showing military involvement in ukraine. navalny says he has nemtsov's reports and will publish them. a fellow critic alexei navalny was released today after spending two weeks in jail. he worked closely with nemtsov. navalny was arrested for doing the same thing as nemtsov. >> reporter: i promised that i would leave here quickly, because the police are disturbed by how many people there are. a big thank you to everyone who
supports me. i know you perhaps have many questions about the recent tragic events. i have expressed my opinion on it. but our activity won't change in any way, we will not decrease our efforts. we will not step back from anything >> he says the shooting was meant to quiet putin's critics. remembering the lost malaysian airlines flight 370 one year later. a vigil was held in malaysia today. teams from several countries are still scouring the indian ocean for any sign of the crash. the "new york times" reports they hope to complete that task by may. a progress report on a promise made two decades ago. our in context segment examines
oops we are all witnessing an historic moment a moment which is characterized by unprecedented solidarity. >> our in context segment focuses on the rights of women. 20 years ago, in beijing, the nations of the world made a promise to end violence against women. together they signed a beijing declaration and platform for action. it was a blueprint for advancing women's rights. erika pitzi takes a look at the continuing struggle. >> reporter: from the nigerian girls kidnapped from hair school at gunpoint to young yazidis women forced into slavery at the hands of isil. violence against women is a grave concern.
the united nations says 3 million girls are at risk of genital mutilation. so-called honor killings reportedly take the lives of 5,000 women every year. >> translator: her family was waiting for us at the mane gate and then attacked us. they beat her to death. >> reporter: from data here at the united nations, the number is around 30% of women who will experience physical violence in their lifetime. but in some cases it's up to 70%. seven years ago ban ki-moon created a campaign to end violence against women. >> the process has been too slow and the result is too uneven. i'm asking all of the leaders, through their political will to
change all stereo type traditions, and mentality. >> reporter: the head of u.n. women for peace agrees. >> we need religious people we need people from the civil society to educate the people around them that this is not their religion this is not the way that cultures and civilization believes. >> reporter: is my now there is a major push to get more men involved. >> without changing men -- men easementalty thank will not happen. there is still long deeply-rooted tradition that somehow what they believe in a miss -- in a perceived -- perceptions, this is very difficult to change
overnight. >> reporter: india may been example of an society on the verge of change. in a new documentary one of the convicted murders of a gang rape blames the victim for her own death. but that very mind set now sparked outrage and anger in the streets. >> if they are not punished properly, then they will keep doing it and thinkt's acceptable. >> reporter: for the man leading the charge what is not acceptable is the global pace of change. the secretary general is calling for full worldwide equality by the year 2030. at the united nations headquarters erika pitzi, al jazeera. some examples now of progress. in certain areas, according to the u.n. there are 45% fewer maternal deaths since 1990 but 292,000 women die every year from prevented pregnancy,
related causes. the number of women in government has doubled in the last four years. 50% of the world's women are paid in wages or salaries. that's up from 40% in the 1990s, but women earn less than man. miss dupont thank you for joining us this evening. this beijing declaration was supposed to be a platform for action. but the women's report paints a pretty dismal picture. why hasn't there been more action? >> i really believe we need to rally up the men, and that this is really more of a man's issue in the sense of if we can create a change in the culture of what men think and how they are brought up then i think that's where we are really going to see
some changes. >> so you agree with ban ki-moon who says that it really is men, and yet women more and more hold the keys to power in countries. i know you have travelled to a lot of these countries. do you see women in places where they have leadership roles are really making a difference when it comes to narrowing that gap? >> well i'm not sure about that. i think that's a conversation to be had, because one out of every four women in the u.s. where we have women in a lot of high positions still experience violence and abuse at home. so -- >> and there's not a single country, this one included where there is gender equality when do you think that dream might be realized? >> i think it's something we're working towards. i'm hoping with social media and everything else, the awareness will increase and the change will grow. >> we saw that right? recently that there was a
terrible story of a university student in turkey she resisted rape, and she was killed for that and we saw that on social media. so is that really reaching places where the movement might not have reached? >> definitely. >> when you look at the number of conflicts around the world, the massive number of refugees as a result of wars how has that effected women's opportunities? >> i think anywhere where there is extremism, you are going to see a huge increase in violence against women and restricting women from being educated you know from being part of politics or any -- any part of the culture. >> again you have traveled a lot with your position women for peace, how do you think the world would be different if women's rights were actually prioritized by countries? >> i think it would be a different world, and i will just
quote ban ki-moon that he talked today about dignity. dignity between people and honoring each other. he -- i think that's really the -- the key of change. human dignity. >> yeah thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. and take a look at this picture. you could call it a sign of the times in afghanistan, this is what rhema was talking about. yesterday men wearing berkas marching through the streets of kabul to raise awareness about women's rights. afghan women have come a long way in the 14 years since the fall of the taliban. back then they were basically confined to their homes. now about 3 million girls are in school women own businesses and they are in parliament. but afghan women are still running into roadblocks in politics. >> reporter: this woman has been attacked twice because of her role in local politics.
but she says she won't quit. she is the executive head of a conservative province. >> translator: i am a woman, i am a legitimate representative of the people. people voted for me. i'm trying to solve people's problems like education, health and reconstruction. >> reporter: one of her female constituents accuses a member of parliament of stealing land from here. mistreatment like this is common for those without powerful supports. she travels with a bodyguard after the taliban killed her politician husband and wounded her two children. the local government blamed her for the attack and refused her the compensation mandated by law. that's why she says politics needs more women. like this woman. in last year's election women
cast more than a third of the votes. she says that sent a message. >> the message is we're a partner. the message was we are citizens who are responsible and we're citizens who believe in democracy. >> reporter: the new president promised there would be four women ministers in his cabinet, but so far there are none. the three he nominated were rejected. discrimination is still all too common for many afghan women and they want to ensure that progress isn't reversed. so they are petitioning the new government to ensure women have a place on direct councils. they want 25% of council seats to be reserved for women in the next elections. >> we believe that bringing woman from the very grassroots level and giving them the opportunity to engage in political discussions, and making sure they are bringing in other women's voices is very
important. >> reporter: a law that guaranteed women 25% of parliamentary seats was revoked last year. it was reinstated but with a 20% 20%co 20%co -- 20% quota. in germany, companies will be required to fill quotas for women in their board rooms. the nation's parliament passed a measure that says supervisory boards at top companies must be at least 30% female. the chief executives of all 30 firms listed on germany's stock exchange are all male. one step closer to bridging a divide in libya. up next why rival factions could soon be signing a ceasefire agreement that was unthinkable days ago.
♪ welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy coming up how the weakening of a major drug cartel is changing one mexican state and the new problem it is bringing to the surface. a palestinian man rammed his car into a crowd. witnesses sayyaf hitting the pedestrians the man got out of his car and tried to attack others with a knife. in november at the same intersection, another palestinian drove his car into a crowded train platform killing one person. a curfew is in effect in one area in india after a mob beat an accused rapist to death.
a documentary has been banned over fears it will incite violence. one of the most powerful democrats on capitol hill may soon face corruption charges. the justice department plans to charge robert menendez. he came out swinging and held a press conference a short while ago, saying he acted appropriately and in accordance with the law. rebel fighters in libya attacked an oil field. government troops fought off the attack reclaiming control of the oil field, but the attackers caused massive damage to the property. fighting has caused two export terminals to shut down since december. efforts are underway to bring the warring sides in libya together. despite the rocky start, hashem
ahelbarra reports there is still hope. >> reporter: libyan rival factions are closer to clenching a political deal. they have agreed in principal in implementing a ceasefire, pulling out militias from the cities and forming a national unity government. the two delegations need to travel to libya to consult with their governments. if things go well they will return to the moroccan capitol, rabat, for a final deal ceremony. >> translator: there are signs of a deal. we have now moved to a new phase. and with the u.n. we are starting to talk about guarantees that once there is a deal we will have a government with a clear mandate. we will form a government as soon as possible. >> reporter: a deal was almost unthinkable a few days ago. the bitterly divided governments
of east and west libya don't trust each other. this tobruk government is recognized by the international community. while the tripoli-based government is considered the legitimate one by the country's constitutional court. it is this man, the united nations envoy who has been trying hard to convince libya's warring factions to give diplomacy a chance. >> it makes no sense to go back to fighting and confrontation. this will lead nowhere, so they are aware of this. now we're going to start discussing concrete proposals this morning. i am optimistic about the security arrangement, which is a key element. the new government needs a secure environment to work. >> reporter: at the start of the talks, the government of tobruk announced it's halting air strikes for three days. a gesture of goodwill the representatives here in rabat
say. >> there is no other way but to pursue a very productive national dialogue that could reach the stage of having total agreement on both parties for the sake of establishing or constituting the government of national unity. >> reporter: libya has been beset by a power struggle. the infighting and the rise of groups affiliated with islamic state of iraq and the levant raise concerns of instability and threat ens to destabilize the whole region. despite all of the optimism there remains the trust deficit that the warring factions don't seem to have overcome, to the point that through our talks here in the capitol rabat, both parties never met with each other, preferring instead to do business with the united states envoy. hashem ahelbarra al jazeera, rabat. an air strike in syria has
killed a senior heard of an al-qaeda affiliate. abu hammam al-shami was top field commander of the al-nusra front. zana hoda reports the deadly air strike could be a game changer for the u.s. as it considers supplying arms to rebel fighters. >> reporter: abu hammam al-shami was al-nusra front's second in command. there have been reported that syria's al-qaeda branch has been asked to cut links with the organization and become a purely syrian force so it can ref fundings and weapons. this video emerged after al-nusra announced his death. abu hammam al-shami didn't just operate in syria, he was fighting for al-qaeda in afc and iraq and analysts say he was among the so-called hard liners. >> they were the hard liner
extremist proqaeda segment of nusra, which is the local manifest indication of al-qaeda supposedly that have been against the offer made to al-nusra in recent times to take a different course. al-nusra has been requested via many channels and by many external forces regional and international that it has to decide. >> reporter: the syrian government claimed responsibility for what is being described as a painful and powerful hit. the state news agency said abu hammam al-shami and a number of nusra leaders had been killed in an army operation targeting the meeting held in a village in the rural area of idlib. a weakened al-nusra will benefit the government but at the same
time a weakened al-nusra could work against the government. it's presence has been one of the reasons why the west hasn't provided much-needed weapons to the syrian opposition if those weapons start to plea -- flow in, it could be a game changer. but al-nusra has already changed the face of the opposition. it has been responsible for weakening the so-called moderate camp. for many that was a message to the west at a time the u.s. was planning to train and arm a rebel force in syria. the u.s. lists al-nusra as a terrorist organization and it is under u.n. sanctions. the group is believed to have more than 10,000 fighters in its ranks. there may be different mind sets among them but there is also an ideology that will be hard to defeat. zana hoda, al jazeera, beirut. an american missionary kidnapped in central nigeria has
been released. the 71-year-old was handed over today to officials from the free methodist church. she was abducted by masked gunmen on february 23rdrd. her captors demanded almost $300,000 for her safe return but she was released without ransom. she was in nigeria working with children and trying to establish schools when she was kidnapped. a short delay for the teenager on trial in turkey for allegedly insulting the president. lawyers for the teen and the court disagree over trying the case behind closed doors. the 16 year old was prosecuted after he called the president a thief for spending more than half a billion dollars on a new palace. >> translator: we want a free turkey, a free life. i want to be acquitted, and i'm sure the public also hopes for
this. >> reporter: the case has drawn support of the boy since he was arrested in december if convicted, he could spending four years in jail. we want to return now to the potential agreement between rival governments in libya. talks are happening right now in morocco. let's go to a political analyst and former advisor to the libyan national transitional council after gadhafi's ousting. good to see you. do you see a path into reconciling the political inflighting in order to fix the violence in libya? >> i think they have gotten to a point where they have no choice but to at least make an attempt to form a coalition government. as much as we all are very optimistic about the outcome of that i'm still reluctant to be too optimistic because of the history in the past year or year and a half and fighting between
one that is the legitimate government elected by the people and illegitimate government in tripoli. the test will be in how this coalition government will operate in -- in the presence of coalition forces and -- and militias -- not coalition forces i'm sorry -- militias and outlawed and renegade -- >> yeah various militias fighting on both sides. remind us what issues divide these two factions? >> well the islamist in tripoli that have actually decided to stay on and act as a government in tripoli lost after -- lost the last election in june 2014 after winning two or three rounds in the past -- in the two years prior. so they couldn't take the defeat, and they wanted to stay in power, and they remained in
power, so that's -- that is the issue, and they drove the hor, and the legitimate government from tripoli and that's where -- why they are operating in tobruk. the idea is for the tobruk government to be operating in tripoli. i talked to the u.n. envoy and some people at the hor in tobruk, everybody seems to think that we need arms. we need the u.n. to under the embargo, under the resolutions that embargo libya from having weapons, is if they do have access to weapons -- they can buy weapons in the open market but they want the endorsement and help by western nations like the united states, because some of the weapons that are needed expertise and so on would have to come from the u.s. the
u.k. -- >> libya is already armed to the tilt. my understanding is the government is asking for an exemption on the arms embargo to fight the isil threats, not the rebels? >> well, they want to do that too, because it almost seems like it has become very apparent that the islamist extremist in tripoli are in cahoots with everybody that is running around with an islamic banner. and it has become very evident that whether it be isis or the dawn group in tripoli or now, you know the group that we have always thought all along the muslim brotherhood is a peaceful one, they haven't really shown that in libya. they -- they are operating at a [ inaudible ] and so it's very hard to sort through, you know, who is on what side and it's very -- obviously, the united nations will be able to and they
might actually give libya the authority to buy weapons on the open market on monday at 3:00 i guess as projected, but i don't think the united states or britain or western nations are going to do that. we faced the same problem back in 2011. it's not that easy to -- to have the support of the united states -- >> yeah, of course you are referring to the -- yeah you are of course referring to the u.s. and nato intervention back in 2011. >> exactly. >> all right. we have to leave it there. thank you for your expertise. for most wanted man to man behind bars tonight. how life is changing for one mexican city once ruled by a drug kingpin. and heavy flooding taken a toll on argentina.
students friday during demonstrations in myanmar. students clashed with security forces about 80 miles outside of myanmar's biggest city. the government has banned the protest march frommenen -- from entering the city. in nepal the country's only international airport will remain closed at least another day as crews try to remove a crashed turkish airlines jet. the airport was shut down wednesday after a rain drenched runway caused the airliner to skid. special equipment has brought in to try to remove the plane from the runway. unusually heavy rainfall has brought severe flooding to huge sections of northern and northeastern argentina. at ten people have died and
thousands are lost their homes and been evacuated. daniel has been to one of the worst-hit areas. >> reporter: there is no one left in this town. every home flooded. every family devastated. more rains in a few days than normally falls in a year. the residents fled as soon as they could. >> translator: almost the whole town was flooded. we nearly lost everything. we are scared it will happen again, unless they do some work here. >> reporter: ath moer of three is at the center for evacuated flood victims in a nearby town. food and clothing is donated. they can't go home until the waters recede. that could take two months. >> translator: i had some pigs but they all drowned. we saved the cows that we took to a hill but we only have
enough food left for five days. >> reporter: this man lost 70% of his crop and he can't get insurance for flood damage since they have become so common. this region suffered floods a year ago. the whole north of argentina is currently from some of the worst flooding they have seen for den for -- generations. the local authorities reach where they can, providing vital supplies that will keep flood victims going for the next few days and weeks. >> translator: this has been very sad. whatever precautions we took would never have been enough, since we never imagined we would see rains of this magnitude. >> reporter: but it will rain again, and it will flood again. everyone here knows that. for now these residents are
assessing the damage and must bring the strength to rebuild their homes and shattered lives. police in canada say the man suspected of killing a soldier four months ago recorded a manifesto on his cell phone moments before the attack. he opened fire at canada's war memorial in ottawa killing the corporal, he then stormed the parliament building and was shot dead. his cell phone has given up several leads including a motive. >> this is in retaliation for afghanistan and iraq. we are retaliating. canada has officially become one of our enemies by fighting and bombing us and killing us and killing our next. so i'm going to kill some soldiers just to show you [ inaudible ]. >> police believe he was
influenced by others. in just one week mexican authorities have arrested two of the country's major drug kingpins. though capture of the leaders add to the list of drug lords brought down by the administration of the president. john hullman reports on one of the gangster's former strong holds. >> reporter: lines of big business in the state southwest mexico. not just for producers, but also the knights templar cartel who spent years offering them and other local businesses a simple choice, pay up or face death. but no more. >> translator: the extortion was system systemattic, you had to pay as if it was a tax. >> reporter: the capture of the knights templar leader was the culmination of a year-long
operation in which federal forces flooded the state. >> translator: today we find the area reactivating its economy, taking back public places, and a place for investment once again. >> reporter: tell that to this man. his brother was stabbed to death on the sidewalk three days ago. >> translator: honestly the interior minister is lying, because crime hasn't gone down. every day we have assaults robberies, the police aren't controlling the situation, they just ride around that's all they do. >> reporter: federal forces and citizen vigilante groups have seriously weakened the knights templar cartel but it has left behind an army of criminals. people say criminals still freely roam the streets. 400 people were killed between
december and january this year. that's hardly a sign of a state fully under government control. legitimate jobs are needed to offer a way out for those who still earn their living through crime says a local priest. >> translator: they contaminated our society. there are people who the nights templar trained and are now in facted and waiting for a moment to rise up again. the government has to invest in the economy so these young people have other opportunities. >> reporter: this family mourns another lost life. it's clear for them and hundreds of other families in this state, true peace has yet to arrive. john holeman, al jazeera. yesterday ringling brothers announced it would phase out elephant acts in its circus. said circus owners in mexico say
they are being forced out of business. a year ago the government banned all animal acts. the ban came after widespread reports of animal abuse in mexican circuses. weeding out the bad apples in spain to find the fruitful ones hundreds of cases of political corruption comes to light and one spanish town works to up end the system.
in our global view segment, we look at how news outlets are reacting to various stories. and in today's guardian an economist writes that the controversial documentary had its faults but our society's depravity must be exposed. private eye places russian president vladimir putin on the cover. with the russian president saying quote: and finally south african newspaper bemoans that country's continued fascination with the trials and tribulations of oscar pistorius. it lashes out at the south african press for ignoring the
real stories in the country. who cares about the corruption and the poor we have oscar. in spain the fate of some 200 people could be determined by the judge as they face corruption charges. some of the corruption investigations involve high-profile politicians and this has eroded confidence in officials. one neighborhood group is trying to restore trust in the system by changing the way towns are run. >> reporter: it may be a sleepy commuter town outside of madrid but it has been quietly revolutionizing politicians in spain. four years ago, a group of residents fed up with the incumbent council decided to take matters into their own hands and formed a local party. their priorities were to make
local politics accountable, and to get rid of the town's debt. they won. beating the ruling popular party's 24-year hold here. once in power they began to make necessary repairs. they reduced their own wages trimmed down expenses and got rid of their debt. all of this while most of them still held on to their own day jobs. >> we don't have an ideology. we don't have a political model. it's just like our only -- our only ideas of management. we just think we have to manage the city as if it were our home. the same thing you do. you first do -- repair the -- the pipes before buying a new tv set. >> reporter: it would almost seem an extraordinary feet that at a time when spain is bitterly divided between left wing and right-wing politics that there emerges an alternative. the neighborsover this town have managed to ruffle the weathers
of the main stream political parties, but it has had newcomers taking note. spain has a huge problem with trust in its elected officials. unemployment and corruption are at the top of the list of worries. no less than 800 cases of political corruption have been uncovered since the year 2000. regional politics have played a hefty part. the worst offender are these regions: and it goes across political parties. more and more voters are looking for ways to ring in the changes this election year. but the neighbors of this town have shown is that it can be possible even without the support of main stream political parties. tomorrow on al jazeera america, complete coverage of
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