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of thousands of dollars further proof that cuban art like cuba itself. is becoming a focus of world attentions. lucia newman, al jazerra havana. there is much more real news from al jazerra along with analysis and comment on our website. aljazerra.com. generations and generations before, which was to vote with their feet, and make a new life for themselves. >> america tonight with the epic drama captured by jacob lawrence and the resonance it has for us
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today. >> is it a miracle in a little pink pill or a clever marketing ploy to even the score? >> you can either throw the whole thing away or change the dialogue and say excuse me, it isn't about safety and efficacy, it's about fairness. >> america tonight investigates what many calm the female viagra and the strange bed foal fellows behind it. >> thanks for joining us. it's one of the biggest money makers for the nation's biggest pharmaceutical company. makes sense that the little blue pill, viagra is highly prized by its maker, pfizer. you might wonder why a companion drug isn't available to women for their sexual dysfunction. an advisory committee just cleared one, but the creation of
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what is often called a viagra for women isn't led by big pharma. it is a curious coalition. we investigate why. >> i have been silent for a long time on this issue as far as my own personal problems, because i didn't know who to go to. >> carmen frederik is talking publicly about something very personal. >> my husband and i have been married 33 years, and i would say for about 30 years of our marriage, we were really having difficultive connecting sexually with one another. the big problem was that i had very low sexual desire. >> carmen said therapy helped but not enough and she was eventually diagnosed with hypo active sexual desirable disorder. >> it affected my ability to be a good mom because i was discouraged and depressed over this. >> she learned there was pry
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nothing to treat it. that may be about to change thanks to a pink pill. drug maker claims it enhances a woman's sex drive by affecting neurotransmitters in this part of the brain. >> shutting down these sections of the brain... >> this libido benefit is an accidental side effect discovered during clinical trials of an anti depressant. it has been a race to get it approved. many women say it's about time. >> this is a milestone. this is a breakthrough. we haven't seen anything that will be as powerful or as important since the 1960's when the pill was introduced. >> the drug has been rejected twice by the f.d.a. for having marginal benefits and concerns about side affects, fainting low blood pressure and nausea.
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greenburg calls the f.d.a.'s actions sexist. >> i absolutely believe there was gender buys in this process. i don't know what else to call fast tracking rye agria for men in six months and the side effects are very dire, including death, blindness and stroke, and then 17 years later, we still don't have a treatment for women. i don't know what else to call that exempt gender buys. >> that gender equity argument was conceived, you know, in some kind of smoke-filled back room between sprout pharmaceuticals and some consultants and some p.r. people. this was after the drug was rejected by the f.d.a. twice. >> the pink pill has this critic seeing red. she's dr. lenore tifer psychologist and associate professor. she believe that is because of
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the possibility of losing out on on estimated $2 billion in annual sales, the drug makers launched a brilliant and persuasive marketing ploy, one that replaces science with gender politics. >> the company had no choice. they could either throw the whole thing away or they could go to plan b. or plan c. or whatever this was to change the dialogue and say excuse me, it isn't about safety and efficacy, it's about fairness. women need drugs because men have drugs, but that was the scene and a lot of money was thrown at it. social media in particular. >> take a look at even the score, a coalition that claims to be the voice of american women who want help for sexual problems. it is a co sponsor of its campaign. it's unclear much money they spent on it.
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last october, a may be of that coalition. a health care group picked up the tab for patients going to an f.d.a. hearing debating the pink pill. in this email obtained by america tonight, the group offered to help support travel and hotel costs for patients to attend the meeting. >> there was this two day meeting. the first day was the marching in of the patients. they came in a giant bus. they stayed in a fancy hotel the night before. it was a rally. it was a rally. >> she said women are being conned in the name of women's rights. greenburg says no way. >> i think it was a brilliant idea to put an advocacy campaign together because this is an issue that needs advocates for women and for women's sexual health. i believe that the company that brought this forward was doing a great service for women. >> even the score, claims women have no drug options while men have 26 choice to say treat
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their sexual problems. >> we've heard time and time again and read that there are 26 drugs available for men, true or not true? >> no, it's not true. if you look at the table that they provide, you will see 26 names highlighted. eight of those names are in fact for men's sexual dysfunction and several of those are the same drug with different names. all of the rest of them are testosterone products, which are not approved for men's sexual dysfunction. >> another claim, 43% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction. it turns out that number comes from a 1992 survey that asked women whether they had any kind of sexual problem, but didn't ask whether the problem bothered them. co owner have sprout pharmaceutical robert white head was accused by the f.d.a. in 2011 of misusing marketing
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materials selling testosterone medicine. it responded in a statement to america tonight, stating the previous two worked closely with the f.d.a. to take the corrective steps requested to the satisfaction of the agency. sprout has not been accused of misleading the public about the pink pill. at least one doctor thinks they may be overselling it. >> i think it's being over promised. the worst thing we can do is over promise a service and not be able to deliver. >> dr. peter weiss runs that a woman's health center in beverly hills and has patients with sexual addition function disorders. after reviewing the pill's clinical data, he has doubts. >> when you take a look at desire, desire, there was zero improvement in placebo or this medication, however, when they take a look at let's say the enhancement of the pleasure of the experience, i think that's a nice way to put it, there was an
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improvement, but there was an improvement with the placebo, as well. more with the pill, but some with the placebo, but as far as desire, zero. >> the doctor is worried about the side effects of women with other medical conditions. >> a very small subset of patients who had no problem other than that hypo school function disorder, take it. in the real world, you're going to have multiple women on multiple drugs with multiple problems taking this and we just don't know the side effects. i always in medicine say she cautious first. >> unlike viagra, taken at needed, the pink pill is a daily dose and could take week to say kick in. what would dr. weiss tell his patients? >> here are the side effects risks, pros and cons. if you want to take it, take it, do i think it's going to work? not as good as you think. >> these 60 medical professionals and some congress
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people think it's as good as it gets and signed an open letter supporting the pink pill. >> are all of them wrong and you are right? >> if they said the drug is great, let's approve the drug, i'm saying they're wrong. >> in your eyes, the answer, the solution to all of these issues that affect women is what? >> preventing sexual problems through sex education, through relationships that are equal. all kinds of things that can prevent sexual problems. >> therapy, better communication and education for a better time in bed are recommended. >> what do you say about the people who watch and say of course she is going to say no on the pill because she can't prescribe the pill and this will drive more people to hear. >> i am not drumming up business here for me and my friends.
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i am trying to explain how we are at a moment in the history of women's sexual emancipation where the opportunities are being highjacked by industries that are really not interested in women's well being. >> carmen friedrich doesn't care so much about the politics or the controversy. she just wants the f.d. a to give her and other women choices. >> i would like to ask them to please give those women and their doctors an option and help them to be able to make these decisions for themselves. >> the f.d.a. is expected to make a decision by august. until then, millions of women are waiting to see if the pink pill will finally make it to market. al jazeera, new york. >> the medication she told us about has been approved by an advisory committee. the f.d.a. will give final approval or reject it later this summer.
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it is the only drug for women's sexual dysfunction that the f.d.a. is even considering right now. next, the great migration and the artist to brought that incredible journey to a new generation. >> much of what the work is concerned with is how do you make the hard decision to leave home, to leave a place that you've known, your family has known to go someplace unknown. >> the extraordinary work that chronicled the brave steps to a new home. >> later, another unforgettable destination, and a legendary name as a guide. a new generation of could say stow and the mysteries of the deep.
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>> the cops is a legalized gang... it makes me scared for everybody >> fear and distrust in baltimore... >> they've just been pepper spraying people at very close range... >> years of tension between the community and police erupt... >> she was on her way home to her kid, and she never made it... >> a former cop speaks out... >> if you had taken steps when a man was assaulted, maybe freddie gray didn't have to die. >> is there still a blue wall of silence in american cities? >> did somebody get shot? fault lines baltimore rising only on al jazeera america
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only on al jazeera america. >> away journey from south to north, we take a closer look at that mass movement and extraordinary images from history that carry meaning even today. >> when i left in september, you know, had one suitcase, i was just a little country girl scared, all night i didn't go to sleep, because i was scared. was hungry. >> in 1956, the then 20-year-old ida taylor boarded a train and said goodbye to the only place she called home, the family tobacco farm in oxford, north carolina. in search of opportunity, taylor left the difficult and thankless life on the farm behind her.
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>> it's hard. it's work all the time. at the time, there was no money. at that time, the train ride one way was $4 and train from north carolina to philadelphia. i worked at a navy factory. you had to do 100 white jackets a day. >> maybe be $40 a week, taylor started a new life for herself. what she didn't realize then was that her journey was part of a much larger movement, one that's been called the most underreported story of the 20th century, now known as the great migration. >> 6 million black americans moved from the rural south to the urban north and west from the years of world war i up until the 1970's, when conditions began to improve thanks to the civil rights movement, one of the biggest demographic every vents in the 20th
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century. >> at museum of modern art, an exhibition marks the centennial of the start of the great migration. the main feature, the migration series, a sequence of 60 panels, each with a caption by the late painter jacob lawrence. >> what is this collection? >> this is a group of works that jacob lawrence made when he was 23 years old. much of the work is concerned with how do you make the hard decision to leave home in pursuit of safety and opportunity and dignity and freedom. >> lawrence's epic series is one of the first attempts to tell the story of the mass movement. as millions moved to cities like chicago, pittsburgh and new york, they transformed more than the demographics. along the way, they brought the music, food, politics and speech that would forever change the culture of their new homes.
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>> this was also a period in the south when segregation and racial terror in the united states pushed a number of black people out of their communities, displaced them because they no longer wanted to live you should the daily fear of racial violence. >> the exhibition was created in collaboration with the shaumburg center for research in black culture. >> the great migration is a story of people doing for themselves what immigrant groups had done for generations and generations before, which was to vote with their feet, and make a new life for themselves. >> jacob lawrence viewed individual pieces as part of one larger narrative. he spread out all 60 panels at once, laying in one color at a time on all pieces, dark moving to lighter, constantly thinking
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of how every panel would work together. >> it is a unique form of sociological story telling the stories of common people. >> this work is 75 years old and speaks as if it could be speaking to us today. >> those issues of labor access, of educational opportunity, of social justice and racial justice are very much still with us and unfortunately, are as relevant to young people, the 20 something's, the millennials who are participated in sit-ins and die ins and the black lives matter movement as relevant to 20 something's today as they were in 1941. >> the uptown streets now may be unrecognizable, the last people who went through the great migration
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centers filled streets like this one. from ida, it was a proposal from her high school sweetheart that brought her here all those years ago. she said she nerve regretted the day she bought her one way ticket. >> no, i don't miss the farm. you know what? i'm enjoying life now. i'm enjoying life. >> al jazeera. >> jacob lawrence's great migration series will be on display until september. this is the first time the full collection has been shown at the museum in two decades. ida taylor, the woman who made her own migration north, she made the trip to see the artwork herself earlier this month. >> next, going deep, into the world we don't know. the amazing creatures of the sea and the unforgettable guide to meeting them. next week on america tonight chicago p.d.'s darkest chapter.
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>> these men supposed to be protectors of the law, knowing they were willing to see me die for this don't make them any better than the men out there robbing and killing. it was premeditated murder. >> inside the police station once known as the house of screams. that's tuesday, on america tonight. >> a global climate crisis >> two feet of sea level rise is projected... >> threatening america's coastline >> you'll see water in the streets without rain... >> now fighting back with a revolutionary new technology >> there de-watering the ground... >> this is the first time anybodies done this before >> techknow's team of experts show you how the miracles of science... >> i'm standing in a tropical wind storm. >> can affect and surprise us. >> wow...these are amazing!
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of the hospital >> is a crime that's under reported... >> what do you think... >> we're making history right now... >> al jazeera america >> if that the ocean has a royal family, it would be the cousteaus.
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remember the family and t.v. series? they made them a household name. today the son carries on his father's pioneering work. we traveled to cousteau's california home to speak with him about his latest film. we found something else was on his mind. >> how bad was the oil spill here? >> what's troubling cousteau this day is santa barbara's worst oil spill in nearly 50 years. just two weeks earlier, a pipeline ruptured, dumping more than 100,000-gallons of oil into the ocean and on to nearby beaches. >> what is the residual effect of an oil spill like we saw here in sand bash once the visual part is cleared up? >> it's long, long term and ultimately is affecting all marine life there, crabs, lobster, shrimps.
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it's not over for decades. in the gulf of mexico, we are finding shrimps that have no eyes, crabs that have no claws. you are dealing with animals like dolphins that are giving birth into the oil. >> nonetheless, cousteau believes that in crisis, lice opportunity. he says each time something like this happens, it's a chance to change minds inside the big oil companies. faced with the prospect of paying more and more settlements for environmental damage, he believes they can be convinced to invest in renewable and safer forms of energy. >> that money could be used for new technology for a way for these companies to switch to renewable energy, the sun, the wind the currents, the all new technologies that are put together by buy nears. >> i want to believe that, but this is not the bulk of the world being
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careless. these are powerful groups, powerful companies. how do you penetrate that? >> we need change. we can sit down with those people, their families, their children. they care. we are not there to point fingers or blame them. we are there to come up with solutions, not to confront. he proudly calls himself a diplomat for the environment. he travels the globe to spread the environmental gospel meeting with world leaders including nine u.s. presidents. in 2002, he became the first person to represent the environment in the opening ceremony of the olympic games. >> this group became my close friend. >> like his father, he's also an accomplished filmmaker, having
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produced more than 80 filles. he says his movies are more than just entertainment, but essential to raising awareness about the importance of protecting the ocean. >> i mean, i'm like a kid. you know, when i see this. my father used to say all the time, people protect what they love. i kept saying how can you protect what you don't understand? >> >> he filmed in 3-d with super slow motion cameras, often placed at the bottom of the sea for hours at a time, revealing marine life and animal behavior never before seen. cousteau believes this new technology could revolutionize our understanding of the ocean. >> in the film you talk about how life is dependent on the tiniest life in the ocean. >> that's right. >> explain that. >> plankton is the foundation of all life.
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without it, there would be no life on the planet. it goes up the food chain. bigger creatures eat the plankton, there are a lot of creatures eating plankton. secret ocean allows that technology of bringing the image. >> cousteau's first underwater dive was at the age of 70, nearly 70 years ago. it's been said he's logged more hours under water than any person on earth. >> so you're still diving all the time, you're 77. >> dive, dive, dive. >> how many do you think you have done in your life? >> i have no idea, thousands and thousands. >> 10,000? >> maybe. >> how many are there in your future? >> may be more. i will never stop until i get switched off. >> until you get switched off? >> yeah, but that's going to be 107. >> and 107 because?
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>> i want to celebrate 100 years of diving. >> you're going diving on your 100th birthday? >> you said you were coming. >> al jazeera, santa barbara california. >> i'll be a kid. it will be easy. >> that's america tonight. tell us what you think at aljazeera.com/americatonight. talk to us on twitter and facebook and come back for more of america tonight tomorrow. >> he was electro-shocked and tortured. >> decades of corruption abuse, and torture, by chicago police... >> you think people make a distinction between cia, black ops sites, verses
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torturing a thirteen year old kid from the south-side? >> people realize that torture is torture. >> lisa fletcher brings you an in depth report chicago torture only on al jazeera america a south african court decides to comply with an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity. hello, this is al jazeera, live from doha i'm adrian and also on the program u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon calls for immediate humanitarian ceasefire in yemen as talks get underway in geneva. australia accuses indonesia of failing to control the borders over allegations that australia paid people smugglers to turn back