building a community through soccer. why these immigrant children are about to meet a very special visitor. plus, dirty business, volkswagen forced to recall a half a million vehicles. how regulators say the cars were designed to cheat on emissions tests. >> u.s. defense officials say russia has moved its first fighter jets to a growing military base inside syria. the u.s. wants to know why. is it an attempt to help fight i.s.i.l? as moscow insists or help bashar al-assad? new talks between u.s. and russian military officials could answer those questions. jamie mcintire is in the
pentagon, jamie. >> the two countries are long time military allies, and moscow has provided crucial support to the syrian regime since the beginning of the syrian war. but what the pentagon is seeing is an order of magnitude greater and trying to figure out where it is heading. with top of the line fighter jets like these and doubling the amount of attack helicopters in syria the u.s. had little choice but to reopen high level military to military talks with moscow. in london, secretary of state john kerry tried to put the best face on it. >> it will help to define some of the different options that are available to us as we consider next steps in syria. >> u.s. defense secretary ash carter hasn't spoken to his russian counterpart since he took office. in fact, all so-called mill to mill talked were put on hold in mmps of lasmarch of last year, n
to the action in ukraine. russian defense secretary sergeishoygou says russia shares a common purpose to defeat i.s.i.l. tankers are comparable to u.s. f-15s, single seat fighters designed for air to air combat but some function in an air to ground role, armed with guns missiles and bombs. russia has eight military helicopters in western syria which the satellite image shows is rapidly expanding. four of mi-24 gun ships, carrying eight ground troops, guns rockets and sometimes even
bombs. the state department says the u.s. russia talks are limited to what is called deconfliction. so neither side mistakenly takes the other. >> we want a deconfliction to take place if russia moves forward with some kind of new effort in syria again at a more operational level to deconflict in that space. >> that russia describes its position as defensive, seems more that vladimir putin is concerned with propping up bashar al-assad than battling i.s.i.l. >> i think part of what may be happening, part of putin's calculus is that assad's regime has been under greater threat in the past months. >> chairman john mccain is
another example of putin out maneuvering the u.s. >> into this vacuum has now stepped vladimir putin, as in ukraine and elsewhere he perceives the u.s. administration's inaction as weakness and is taking advantage. >> the big question is how will russia flex this muscle? against antisau antiassad force? when it comes to russia it is prudent to pay closer attention to what russia does as opposed to what russia says. >> jamie thank you. michael lyons is back in the studio. what could come of these talks? >> first of all, if tulare supporting our fight against i.s.i.s, let's get with it. >> are they really going to tell us? >> or prop up the assad
government, i don't know how long that discussion takes. it's clear we've been out-maneuvered and there's not much we can do about it. what vladimir putin has brought to this battle front -- >> talk about that, what sort of fire power are we talking about? >> first of all, a tank, that is a destroy the enemy weapon. you're ready to defend that ground you're on. cold war mentality they bring tanks. >> what is i the benefit of defending bashar al-assad? >> to prop that government up. he's playing the long game, knows this administration is out in 15 months or so, he's playing the long game, knows full well bashar al-assad still could be there after that. >> is russia trying to stabilize the situation? >> i'm not sure anybody ever said russian also troops would stabilize anything in the world. >> how could it get more unstable? >> it's going to prolong the
situation, the refugees crisis, only going to make this dictator stronger in an of itself . john they brought assets that won't allow us to put in that no-fly-zone that we've been talking about, that's designed to protect refugees and bring antiballistic missiles in. >> so we can expect more refugees? >> i don't think that faucet's ever going to stop unless they think russian troops are going to stabilize that situation. >> why are they doing this? >> first of all to maintain a foothold in syria. the military base they had is not necessarily up to speed. building a forward military base. >> the benefits? >> the benefits, they have a partner they can sell weapons to to exchange goods and services with, russia wants to be apartner in the middle east, this is their toe hold to do it.
you will only see it expand. >> if russia expands defends the president of syria what impact does have it on this crisis other than making it longer? >> it makes it longer, there will be admonis more destruction syria. dividing i.s.i.s. in half, to resupply them, you're never -- >> this is a big move. >> he waits out this administration to their fourth quarter. woe not have done this had we had the first armored division inside iraq. >> you think john mccain was right? >> oh dead right. he knows full well that the americans cannot respond. the only way we can respond is with our standoff military. the military presence is not there. >> out maneuvered by putin. >> outmaneuvered, out flanked,
out maneuvered. >> thank you mike. >> thank you john. >> tens of thousands of refugees have poured into croatia this week. nearly all of its border crossings with serbia have been closed. lawrence lee reports from the border. >> this miserable line of people waiting for somebody to take them further, looks absolutely desperate but in referlt terms,, better than being tear gassed by the hungarians. the idea of 3-year-old ronia thinking this is anything more than a nightmare seems impossible. but the iraqi family tells her it's a big game. exhausting with no end.
you these european countries that say they don't want you, what do you say to dhem? them? >> i don't want them also. >> which country do you want? >> i don't care. i just want to be in peace play, i hope to find this place. >> croatia had said the borders might close at first light, they continued in from serbia. but one road border remained open, a opinionless exercise where no refugee would air anyway, sheltering from 40° heat, dreaming, hoping. >> the boat sinking two times. about and the third time we reach safety. >> as he was talking everybody got up and ran to the railway line. a train was coming. could this be salvation? but no, it wasn't and they went back deflated. and then an indication of just how vulnerable they are with
exploitation. a man suddenly lying on the ground in pain surrounded by riot police. what's happening here the man crying on the ground turned out to be taking money from some of the refugees and promising them they would go to hungary, one went on their phone and realized they weren't in hungary, they were in croatia and somebody punched him in the face. the croatian government says they can't stharnd muc stand hah longer. the other countries won't even welcomstand for that. welcome to europe, go away. >> stay tuned for desperate join, refugee crisis. airs at 9:00 eastern. >> a serious of new rules will make it easier for goods and
money to air, david ariosto is in havana with more. david. >> yes, well you really just can't understate the significance of what's trpped transpired here. that was the macro, this is microacknowledge this is going to tell you how they're going to conduct business from macroeconomics to banking. as we walk through havana there are quite a few roadblocks ahead. for cubans the last ten months have been months to remember. not only did pope francis schedule a visit to the island but havana and washington announced they would finally normalize relations, opening embassies in their respective capitals. that gave way to the prospect of opportunity. a market of 11 million people with half a century of pent up demand for u.s. goods and services. >> everybody's lined up on the seashore and i have to tell you
it's no exaggeration since september 17th there has not been a day of my phone ringing from somebody who's interested and abilities under the embargo. >> a u.s. economic embargo that dates back to the 1960s. preventing most american trade and commerce with cuba but there are exceptions. >> somebody once says it has more holes than cheese but you have to know where the holes are so you don't fall in. >> some consider the new policy the most comprehensive to change in the last half century. hire cuban employees open banking and telecommunications and further ease restrictions on travel and remittances. while this largely untapped market 90 miles off of florida might be tempting, it might not
be what you expect especially when you dig a little deeper. now cuban market might seem like an attractive option but you have to consider the buying power of cub cubans. they buy goods and fruits and vegetables in markets like these. this is a state subsidized market in which the prices are lower. they take that salary and they take this, the libretta that rationalizes out how many items you get per month. when you take both of those things in official terms the buying power of the cuban street isn't very great. if you would like to do business in cuba better deal with the government. production manufacturing and distribution centers, large agricultural products, usually requires a government go-between. of the foreign countries that
operate on this island, some complain that reduces efficiency, raise test risk of f having their assets seized. the liblessing changes that are already happening on the island, this is still castro's cuba. now, president barack obama and president raul castro actually spoke on the phone today, and the expectation is that you'll actually see more of these high level confrontations. of course this is happening on the eve just two days prior before pope francis actually gives mass here in h5n1. hundreds of thousands of people are supposed to fill revolution plazas, but it is pope francis who is widely credited in terms of brokering that agreement, castro and obama, and as the
pope comes here all eyes are really going to be paying attention owhat pope francis has to say both here in havana and in santiago. >> pope francis begins his historic visit to cuba tomorrow. played a secret but vital role in restoring relations between the united states and cuba as we just heard. he will tour the country for four days before leaving on tuesday. stay with us for the full coverage of pope francis in america. as the u.s. is welcoming the pope, the white house is welcoming the secretary of the army, an openly gay person. he has been a pentagon specialist for over 25 years. coming up, cars to cheat on their emissions test, stunning allegations against volkswagen.
and the accusations of the epa today are serious. they claim volkswagen has deliberately been dodging clean air rules. at a time when cities are trying to fight choking smog, the government accuses volkswagen of cheating to avoid mandatory pollution controls. the epa ordered volkswagen to pick more than half a million of its vw and audi cars going back several model years. defeat devices software that turns on the car's full emissions control system only when the vehicle is undergoing an emissions test. once the test is done the system automatically turns off, allowing cars to pollute at up to 40 times acceptable levels regulators say. said the pollutants can contribute to asthma and other
recess bring tr bring trirespir. volkswagen says it's cooperating with investigators. the volkswagen recall follows a crack down on clean air act violations. last year the justice department imposed a record fine on hyundai and kia. >> first they will pay a civil penalty of $100 million, the largest civil penalty ever secured under the clean air act. this will send a strong message that cheating is not profitable and that any company that violates the law will be held to account. >> reporter: now volkswagen could face up to $18 billion in fines. for building cars regulators say that dodged rules meant to protect the public. and the epa says the volkswagen cars are completely safe and that customers will not be held responsible.
figuring out a fix and issuing the recall john, that could take up to a year. >> all right jonathan, thank you. matthew de board is transportation editor for insider. how big this this case? >> it's pretty big. $18 billion is the fine they are talking about. it would be monumental. the fine is going to be smaller than that but for vw this is terrible catastrophic awful news. >> did vw get caught and some of the others haven't or is this an isolated case? >> i think vw got seriously busted here. this is confined to the tdi diesel technology, this is probably a vw specific problem. although it may affect europe. europeans are probably going to be taking a closer look on
what's going on for emissions controls for other vehicles. >> the epa when it comes to gas mileage, not epa i'm sorry, when it comes to gas mileage others have cheated, right? so i guess -- i guess the real question is, are these car companies at work to try to figure out house to get around these regulations, is that their job and not get caught? >> to a certain extent it would appear to be the case but that is what they're doing. vw quite clearly has, if these allegations turn out to be true got a problem with this engine. they recognize they had a problem with this engine. they programmed the computer systems that govern the engine to be able to violate the relationregulations whether thes on the road but not when it's being inspected, it's terrible. >> take me inside vw, what's going on inside the corporate headquarters and when they're saying. i mean are they embarrassed? is this financially damaging enough to cause them pain and
change? >> oh i think so. i think there's probably a full-on crisis management extravaganza going on . vw's efforts to do better, they've had a desire to reassert themselves here for a long time. they're failing to do that, they have negligible market share. they really call this clean diesel, not your daddy's diesel, not the smoky diesel of your daddy's days and this indicates they betrayed that. >> how does that damage their image in america? >> it could be catastrophic, they are a huge company and will continue to fight here but this is one of those things that they've actually done a great job with. they said americans are not
interested in diesels because they think they're bad from the '70s. now we'll give them a clean diesel. >> now it turns out to be clean. >> not clean, it was a ruse. they faked it. it betrays trust. is it killing people maybe indirectly if you believe pollution kills people. not like the takata air bag recall, not like the gm ignition recall but it betrays trust in their efforts to do better in north america. >> matthew good to see you. >> my pleasure john. >> there was a major case of a child whose body was found on a bus. baby doe has been identified as bella bond. the discovery of a child's body
in a trash bag sparked a national social media campaign to identify her. >> obviously this is a very sad day for all of us and i guess the only good thing i can say about this is we seem to have some, at least the beginning of what i would call closure for her. and god bless them and rest in peace. >> baker says the state child protection agency had been involved with the girl's parents but that case had been closed. coming up next the difficulty of getting aid to syrians refugees. >> they are going to freeze to death in the winter because they left home in the summer. they have no shoes, they have no hats, they have no mittens, they have no winter coats. >> why the photograph of a dead child sparked more interest. how soccer are helping children adjust to the united states.
they're getting are not nearly enough. home field. how undocumented kids are finding comfort in soccer and how the pope is showing he's one of their biggest fans. seeing green. superpasuperpacs can raise and s much as they want. we'll look at the rewards and risks for presidential candidates. plus, mel blanc. the most famous voice turns 75. new refugees are pouring into europe every day and finding fewer places to go. croot yacroatia has closed off s borders, the refugees are trying to get to western europe but
many are blocked by border closures. representing a unique challenge, people on the move, coming in droves, and donations are not keeping pace. erica pitzi, has the story. >> they have traveled for weeks. >> people are pleading to soldiers. >> the crisis has been dire for months now. >> these migrants are not safe. not many make it this far. >> reporter: it was the devastating image of a two-year-old syrian child washing ashore on a turkish beach that gloapsed. >> they wergalvanized the crisis. >> the photo brought the crisis to light in a way it had not
happened before. donations both material and monetary surged. >> we saw a baby washed up on the beach and there but for the grace of god go our own children. so i think for the first time we woke up and we said these are children, we can do something. >> reporter: carol stern is the ceo of the u.s. fund for unicef. >> they are children on the run from war poverty violent. >> the nonprofit organization has been helping the relief efforts since the syrian war began four years ago. the organization sauce a booth of more than 600% after the picture went viral. a million in donations is not near as much as other organizations got. after the earthquake in haiti, the organization received over $50 million. when it comes to donating stern
says she can't give people a tangible goal because this crisis is different. >> this is a progressive crisis and people don't always understand what that is. so i've been out there kind of screaming at the top of my lungs, look what's happening and people are just not hearing it. >> some average americans are listening. members of the islamic cultural center of new york donated truckloads of clothes food and nonperishable food. but most organizations say it's not cost effective to ship nonmonetary donations. it's stopped taking those kind of donations. the best way americans can help is go green. >> that typed of aid comes in quickly therefore we can readily get it out to our colleagues who are responding ton ground. >> organizations are coming up with creative ways to bring in fast cash. the search engine giant promises
to match one of to one, for four relief groups. >> it is absolutely curriculum, a way to mobilize to purchase blankets, food, water, to move people from the northern to the southern part of an island. >> without money these nonprofits agree this future is grim particularly for children. >> they're going to freeze to death because they left home in the summer. they have no food no shelter there isn't clean water there isn't sanitation. those are all deliverable goods. >> unicef says it is still nearly 50% underfunded for syrian crisis, the estimated need is another half billion. which is why the ceo is now issuing this plea for help aimed directly at american parents. >> as you look at your children tonight, i can't help but wonder
how you can feel good if you're not giving some other parent the opportunity to do for their children what you do for your own. these are not refugees. these are children. and they are counting on us to survive. >> reporter: and just to give you a sense of what your money can do, take a look at this breakdown from save the children. $15 can provide 1,000 gallons of safe drinking water for families fleeing their homes. 60 provides two families with diapers supplies and wipes for their small children and $120 provides sleeping bags and a tent for a refugee family. a little can go a long way to help these people on their desperate journeys. john. >> erica thank you very much. the united states saw a huge spike in migration last summer, arriving on the u.s. mexico border. this year the number of migrants
has dropped dramatically. as mexico has cracked down on migrants crossing its southern border. paul beban is on the u.s. mexican border with more. paul. >> good evening john, what's happening here in mexico and the united states and central america is many ways a parallel to what we're seeing in europe. in central america you have a prolonged crisis of violence that has been driving people northward, and that crested on the u.s. mexico border back in june. president obama met with the mexican president they worked together to try to come up with ideas for how to clamp down, how to slow down that flow and the result, according to activists was planned frontera, the mexican plan to stop the flow
into new mexico and arizona. they have been driven away from their traditional migration groups, they were unable to ... more treacherous terrain where they are more vulnerable to criminal gangs, to deppar depri. >> paul what's the status of the program now, is anything going to change, really? >> reporter: well john, what we're seeing is that the problem one of the big problems with this program people here say has been accountability and transparency from the get go. there has been a bit of reorganization in the past year and they said that's made the problem only worse. it's not clear who is in charge, not clear who is coordinating the strategy, although the crack down and the deportations are
continuing unabated. so the future of plan frontera suer, people are being deported from mexico in record numbers. again, this is a case for mexico to do the dirty work for america, to keep these migrants out of central, the root of this violence, solving crime in central america. john. >> paul beban, thank you. starting a new life in a new country is not easy especially for kids. roxana saberi is here to tell us about it, roxana. >> john, the teenagers we met have developed a new community in new york around soccer. and they'll meet pope francis. soccer reminds these kids of
home and why they had to leave it. >> i used to play every day like i play with these guys today. it hurt me to leave my country but i had to do so because it was too dangerous. >> ariel fernandez fled central america without their parents. they are among the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed into the u.s. illegally in the past two years. >> why did you bring these kids soccer? >> it's something they love you know? >> elvis says soccer is helping these kids adjust their new lives. just as it helped him when he fled honduras more than a year ago. >> i know why soccer is so important to me not only to immigrate into thintegrate into. >> he and his two younger brothers escaped because they
feared for their lives. >> translator: you could get killed or kidnapped or forced into a gang. if they recruit you and you refuse they will kill you. >> reporter: if you get sent back to honduras would you try to come to america the same way you did before? >> i would try, even if i had to do it illegally. >> reporter: detained at the border, maldonado was reunited nationsed witunitedreunitedwith. >> i didn't expect them to be so big. i had to get to know each of them again. >> now they have to go through immigration hearings to see if they can stay in the u.s. >> what would you like the people here to know about you and your mom? >> i would like ofor them to take a look at us and see us the way we are. we break our backs to be better. >> reporter: what do you think when you hear people say people
like you and your mom shouldn't be able to stay here because you came illegally? >> translator: i think those people are racist. yes there are some people who have come and have done bad thinks but that's not the -- things, those are bad people but that's not majority of the people. >> he and ten of his teammates now have a chance to slayer their stories with another soccer fan, pope francis. he's meeting them on his visit to new york. >> i watched a video of him where he said that when he was younger he also played soccer. >> reporter: the pope has called on the u.s. to protect children like these. and to help make their home land safer, so more kids don't have to flee. >> translator: we were chose ton meet him because he wants to learn more about our situation. he wants to support those of us who want to do something in this country and make something of our iourselves in the future.
>> the coach says he hasn't had any deported yet, some are applying for special immigrant status. that allows them to stay in the u.s. if they have been abused or abandoned by a parent. >> tune in sunday for our special report, desperate journeys, a global crisis. crisis. hearing for bowe bergdahl has come to an end. an investigation into bergdahl's at a experience say bergdahl should not face jail time. the house voted to stop funding planned parenthood for a year. but the vote which was split along party lines has almost no chance to be enacted. democrats have enough votes to block it in the senate. president obama also promised to
veto the measure. some republicans are threatening to shut down the government if planned parenthood is not defund he. defunded. donald trump is under fire from both sides. the republican front runner failed to interrupt a member of the audience who made racist remarks and insisted president obama is muslim. >> we have a problem in the country, the current president is one. not even an american. but anyway. we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. that's my question. when can we get rid of them? >> we're going to be looking at a lot of different things. a lot of people are saying that, that bad things are happening out there we're going to be looking at that and plenty of other things. >> trump's spokesman says the candidate did not hear the question. the media wants to make this
about obama, the bigger issue is that obama is waging a war against christians in this country. christians need support in this country, their religious liberty is at stake. thanks to superpacs the 2016 presidential campaign is expected to be the most expensive in u.s. history. so far republican candidate jeb bush is the biggest beneficiary from these outside groups. center of public integrity a nonpartisan no nonprofit organization. david schuster has the story. >> bombarded by television ads. >> he took on unions and won, with new accountability and 200 charter schools. the state was florida, the governor was jeb bush, proven conservative, reel results.
jeb, responsible for the content of this message. >> reporter: but these ads are not from mr. bush's campaign they are for right to rise u.s.a. a superpac that is supposed to operate separately and independently from the candidate. the pac is spending $24 million to run spots through september yet it's still less than a quarter the superpac has so far reported bringing in, $103 million. in the same time period the bush campaign itself reported only tblibringing in 11.4 million. why the difference? superpacs can spend unlimited amounts of money. republicans from all over are getting a boost from superpacs and those pacs have bank rolled 90% of all political ads. the dynamic comes from a pair of
supreme court rulings five yeerlings. years ago. this year a candidate can only raise $2700 per donor for the primary and another 2700 per donor for the general election. the gold rush comes because the court also ruled there are no limits on corporate and group dmaikses tdonations to superpac, superpacs do carry risks. criticized mr. bush saying the former florida governor is already beholden to donors. >> these are highly sophisticated killers when they give 5 million or two million to jeb they have him just like a puppet. >> never mind the political optics, there are the dangers if a superpac goes rogue.
again, superpacs and candidates circulate not coordinate with each other. in other words if jeb doesn't like how right to rise is spending money he can do nothing about it. david schuster, al jazeera. >> you can listen to other discussion on this topic on "ali velshi on target." coming up tonight. 75 years of bussing bunny, . we're going to hear from mel blanc.
damas enblanco, ladies in white. >> he's headed for america as well. you'll have some comments for politicians here too. all right antonio, thank you. from the recycle mountains to the mississippi river saskatchewan to texas, prairies once covered 170 million acres of north america. but they are disappearing, "techknow"'s marita davison reports. >> you are looking at a 3500 acre experiment in an effort called restoration ecology. this is the nachusa grasslands preserve, 90 miles west of chicago, where the nature
conservancy is rolling back time. to a grass land that was almost eextinct. >> we are in a grass land state, where nearly nonof it is less. we have less than 1/100 of 1% that is still intact. what was once this vast landscape across much of illinois has been eliminated and turned into the corn belt. >> but illinois is not alone. since the late 1800s prairie lands across the united states have been steadily irk. >> i've heard grasslands as the unheralded siblings of the green
pelt. trapping it in their deep roots. >> and phil torres joins us from illinois. the prairie grasslands are as important to the earth as rain forests. talk about the roll they play. >> yeah, i mean they absolutely are. and one of the most important roles is what you saw, in their roots. carbon dioxide is one of the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas. they store it in the roots down in the ground and even if a fire comes by that carbon diesmed is staying in there. sdioxide is held in there. >> what do the bison play for us? >> this tall grace prairie
sometimes the grass gets a little too tall. that's where the bison come in by eating that grass, they are preparing the area for other plants. fertilization comes in, spreading seeds, increasing the diversity of plants and insects and bugs and animals and all sorts of things. >> what's the problem of expanding prairies into new areas? >> you know it's difficult because the prairie is occupied. we have urban sprawl, we have tons of farmland out there. these guys can't just put bison and seeds into the farmer's backyard. in this case they bought all that land so it's an issue of money in the preparies. >> phil torres, thank you very much. you can see more on prairie restoration on "techknow" saturday at 6:30 eastern. finally, a legend of the
silver screen who almost never appeared on screen. man of a thousand voices, bugs bunny, turns 75 years old. blanc's son talks about the remarkable plegcy he's helping tremarkable legacy he's hemming the's helpingto keep alive. >> i'm noel blanc and my daddy mel was bugs bunny, along with about 1500 oaforts characters. other characteristics. other characters. >> the road runner, wile e.
coyote. >> he went to the pig farm and wallowed around with the pigs and heard them grunt, so he thought it would be a grunting talk like this. bugs is so prominent because he gets the best of you. he uses his brain. >> duck season. >> wabbit season. >> duck season! >> he doesn't use physical strength. he uses his brain to get the best of you and he always comes out on top. he came out just before we got into world war ii. and he became significantly the person or the rabbit or the cartoon that the yankees got behind. in 1961, my dad had a terrible automobile accident on dead man apg curvman's curve he was takea
hospital and remained in a coma for 20 days. nothing happened until the doctor came in one day, until the doctor said, bugs bunny can you hear me, and he came out with, what's up doc? and porky pig can you hear me? i can. he really did think that tall characters would live forever, he knew, because everyone loved them and they would love eternally. >> in a career spanning six decades, mel blanc worked on over 3,000 cartoons. that's our broadcast, thanks for watching. i'm john siegenthaler. have a great weekend. i'll see you tomorrow. the news continues with antonio mora.
going on, not just in this country, but around the world. getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target weeknights 10:30p et >> common ground? >> our hope is to find a diplomatic way forward, but this crisis has to be found. >> military leaders from u.s. and russia begin talks on the kremlin arms buildup in syria. refugees making their way through the balkans thought they had a break through only to find em