Skip to main content

tv   News  Al Jazeera  October 2, 2015 7:00pm-8:01pm EDT

7:00 pm
>> good evening, i'm antonio mora. tony harris is on assignment. >> at this time all of the families are asking for privacy. >> oregon officials release some of the names of people who were gunned down at a community college. investigators search for answers and a study looks at how america's obsession with fame could play a role in mass shootings. >> let me be absolutely clear. there is no way for assad to be
7:01 pm
part of the long-term future of syria. >> secretary of state john kerry speaks to al jazeera about the future of bashar al-assad. and how many child brides in niger who escape poverty end up in even worse circumstances. >> we're learning more about the shooter at an oregon community college. the police identified chris harper mercer as the shooter in the massacre. he was discharged from the army in 2008 for failing to meet the minimum standards to serve. a rifle and a flak jacket was does covered with ammunition.
7:02 pm
more was found at the shooter's home. sabrina, you talked to people who knew the suspect? >> well, we actually have been here for the last couple of hours because a steady stream of students and families have been arriving here at the fairgrounds. they've been bussed to the school campus where they can retrieve their cars and their personal belongings. they left everything there yesterday after the lockdown was lifted. in the meantime we're learning more about the heavily armed shooter. he has been identified as 26-year-old chris harper mercer, and for the first time we're hearing about the victims. >> the investigators in roseberg continue to pour through evidence at this apartment complex trying to find clues as to why a gunman would unleash violence at a community college that left nine dead.
7:03 pm
>> of those we have in custody, six were recovered at the school. seven were recovered at the shooter's residents. >> the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms said that the shooter was heavily armed before he was killed in a shootout with police. as they try to come to grips in a shooting rampage, across the country in washington president obama addressed the tragedy again one day after his angry and emotional comments about gun violence in the u.s. >> as i said last night, this will not change until the politics changes and the behavior of elected officials changes. >> mr. obama said that he'll continue to talk about gun control on a regular basis. and on answering his critics, he said he would politicize the issue. but back in oregon, they said that the debate on gun control
7:04 pm
would have to wait. >> today we must be focused on providing support and condolences and help this community heal. >> that includes the dead. some who were named publicly. they read statements from the families of the victims, including the cooper family about their son queen. >> queen was funny, compassionate and a wonderful, loving person. >> among those killed, a cousin of one oregon lawmaker senator jeff merkley. >> i never thought it could possibly be my family, my cousins were directly affected. >> the police have revealed little information about the shooter and continue to refuse to name him. >> i will not give him the credit he probably sought probably sought in this cowardly act. >> at the hospital where the victims are being treated, many
7:05 pm
pause. >> in disbelief then immediately after that it's what resources do we have available, how did we prepare what we need to treat the pages that arrive at mercy medical center. >> and students say they'll never forget the chaotic scene that unfolded. >> i don't know, that i directly knew people. that were in that classroom that day. but i know that i lost classmates. we all lost classmates. it is a small community, and they said they'll get through this. they had not heard the names of the victims. no doubt he is starting to hear some of those names. one of them is 20-year-old
7:06 pm
taylor am es park. and the whole community is grieving and hitting first responders especially hard. >> very difficult, and so sad. thank you. a threat assessment expert who trains the secret service, federal marshals and the police. he joins us from washington, d.c. barry, very good to have you with us. once again, a community is devastated 37 families destroyed and young lives lost. again, it is a disaffected young man who is responsible. >> yes, you know, the stories that we hear coming out of these shootings are tremendously similar. the stories are sadly very, very similar. >> and you're also concerned
7:07 pm
about notoriety. that seems to be a motive in more an more of these killings? >> well, you know, in the initial studies that were done in safe school initiative about this, it was sponsored by the department of education and national threat assessment center in 2002, yes, that was one of the major assessments, notoriety, drawing attention to the tosses or agree venezuelas that they have. >> you served on the collect training team from the national threat assessment center that came up with the safe school initiative.
7:08 pm
>> they have not been updated in the united states to reflect the advent of social media. how has that made a difference in what schools and what law enforcement should do now? >> well, at the heart of behavioral threat assessment we look for specific behaviors we've seen time and time again in the path to violence that these individuals have taken. and so what we have found in the last four or five years is that some of these observable behaviors are now seen on social media, so it's not as easy to
7:09 pm
identify. but once they are identified they leave a trail on social media, so we can assess them. there are pros and cons that need to be adjusted in terms of how you go about utilizing social media, and that really has not been updated since the initial study in 2002 because social media did not exist. >> what can be done in this social media world to prevent attacks? how much monitoring can there be, and how can it help when you have someone as in this case who didn't seem to be very strongly connected to the school, certainly there were other cases where there were minimal connections as in sandy hook? >> well, you know, in the sandy hook case you had extreme, extremely socially isolated individual. the mother was clearly concerned about him. the problem that we've seen time and time again is what parent wants to ever believe that their child could possibly ever be a killer. there is a sense of denial there, the sense that they don't
7:10 pm
understand what is going on around that. they're mostly terribly disturbed about the behavior, but they don't know what to make about it. when they're isolated about it this way, no one else gets to see them on a continuous basis. this is what seems to have happened as well. certainly not as socially isolated as the situation in sandy hook, but again there weren't a lot of observations about the behaviors. but, but, and this is the key point, the behaviors that we would be looking for would be noted in social media post. >> identifying those and finding people before these tragedies happy. very good to have you with us. thank you. >> thank you. >> a virginia man facing the death penalty for the murder of two college students have receive three life sentences in a separate case. today jesse matthews was sentenced for the capital murder and sexual assault of a fairfax
7:11 pm
woman in a. in2005. he's accused of abducting an ma graham, and morgan harrington who went to virginia tech. the u.s. cost guard is searching for a missing cargo ship. it was on its way to puerto rico when it sent out a distress signal. the ship took on water near crooked island near the bahamas. 28 of the 33 people on board are american. the lieutenant commander gabe soma joins us vill via telephone.
7:12 pm
>> we did search throughout the day. our aircraft are now just coming back, but so far no sign of the 735-foot cargo ship. >> the reports are that it has taken on water and they were reported to taking on water, and they did secure the flooding. the ship was reported to have 15-degree lift. since that initial report, we have been unable to establish communications with the vessel. last night we worked with the hurricane hunter analyzing the storm. they attempted to contact the
7:13 pm
vessel without any luck, and then we began our search. the search conditions are bad. the strong winds are hampering our efforts. those aircraft are returning, however, in the morning we've got a number of aircraft heading back out. in fact, we have three c-130s. and another helicopter heading back to sea to find this vessel. >> why would a ship be in the neighborhood of a massive storm, especially a storm that we've been well aware of for days? >> i can't speculate? i can tell you that the ship left jacksonville and is heading to san juan. we were notified saturday morning that this is a vessel that maybe in distress. and obviously we have significant concern. here we are 36 hours later. we are unable to contact the ship. we have aircraft flying in the storm, pushing the envelope trying to locate this ship. we have very sophisticated
7:14 pm
sensing equipment. that's very concerning, and we'll be out there before dawn starting another full day of search. >> let's hope that the water has not knocked out its availability to communicate. thank you. >> hurricane joaquin has dropped slightly in intensity. even though a direct hit is not forecast, the storm is expected to effect the weather on the east coast. mandatory evacuation order is issued. and the governors of new jersey, delaware, new jersey, north and south carolina have issued statea state of emergency. >> you're looking at 14 inches in of columbia area over the next three days. eight to 12 inches across the rest of the state. over the next three days it will start tonight and go all day
7:15 pm
saturday. all day sunday, and we believe it will go into monday and possibly tuesday. this is going to be long lasting stanlasting. >> it's another mechanism in play. we will looking at the right here. it's now making its way towards the north. we're getting that north path that we expected. it's almost taking the same path out as it took in, and as you can see in, this is going to be the current path as it makes its way out of the region. right now category three. things are going to be improving as we go through the next couple of days.
7:16 pm
the path is moving towards east. we do have to be a little bit aware, it's going to be very close to the island of bermuda as category two or category three storm. that could definitely be a problem there. now to all the rain here across the east coast, you can see how much we're looking at right now. take a look at the mechanisms that are going to be in place, that is going to cause a lot of this flooding. we have a storm to the south. we have an area of low pressure inland, and we have an area of high pressure to the north. what that does is that it funnels all of this rain as well as all of the water over here towards the eastern seaboard. we have different sections of flooding to talk about. down here we talk about flood warning, flood watches, up towards the north we're talking about coastal flood warnings, and those are going to be particularly bad as we go towards those high tide times. that's going to be friday evening as well as saturday afternoon. >> thank you, kevin. president obama sends a warning
7:17 pm
to russia tonight. up next, his frustration with moscow airstrikes in syria. and later, the stock market strong reaction to the new pretty dismal unemployment figures out this morning.
7:18 pm
7:19 pm
>> president obama had strong words for russia about its military campaign in syria.
7:20 pm
he warned russia support he is is a recipe for disaster after russian jets launched a third day of airstrikes. at the same time diplomats had an opportunity to hear directly from the syrian government. john terrett joins us now with more. >> now bashar al-assad did not show up at the u.n. general assembly today. he has fought done that for years. instead he sent a trusted dealership. they are coordinated with the syrian military and military, he says, is still strong. >> this syrian dealership prime ministeprime minister.
7:21 pm
>> the war now in its fifth year has claimed more than 200,000 lives forced millions of people to flee their homes and chose no sign of waning. the assad government has been accused of war crimes from indiscriminate use of barrel bombs to chemical attacks. i say syria will continue to fight terrorism in word and in deed and they're capable of cleansing the country of those terrorists despite all the sacrifices and high prices paid. >> as they made their case in front of the general assembly, russia was launching a third day of airstrikes, adding another dynamic to an already stable situation. the united states and it's coalition partners have been conducting their own any compare against isil targets in syria.
7:22 pm
the foreign minister criticized on friday. >> airstrikes are useless unless they're conducted in cooperation of the syrian army. >> the united states is at odds with russia on the crisis in syria. it's goal is to drive out terrorists but the latest attacks have angered washington, prompts criticism that russia is targeting civilians and opposition forces, some armed by the united states. president obama addressed the issue on friday at the white house. >> it is true that the united states and russia and the entire world have a common interest in destroying isil.
7:23 pm
>> let no one think, after all these sacrifices and steadfastness for more than four years they could obtain through politics what they could not win on the field or that they will achieve at the negotiating table what they failed to achieve on the ground. >> still syria says it's ready to participate in fresh talks that might hammer out a framework of peace. >> that last round of peace talks broke down because the syrian delegation was not prepared to talk about a transition from power from president assad. something that is back on the table this week at least for a while at the general assembly. >> mike viqueira joins us from washington, d.c. with more about
7:24 pm
the president's comments on syria. mike, the president said that he's willing to work with russia but under certain conditions. >> right, and these were the first comments by president obama about the situation in syria ever since vladimir putin and he had that dramatic face off, the dueling speeches earlier this week before the general assembly. president obama emerging, having a wide-ranging press conference today even as vladimir putin ignores his protest, the protest of the u.s. government and the russian bombs dropping on u.s.-backed opposition forces fighting the regime of bashar al-assad. the president said that despite all of that, however, antonio, there is a way forward if russia is willing to broke arrest deal for a post assad syria. >> nobody pretends that it's going to be easy, but i think it's still possible. so we'll maintain lines of communication, and we are not going to be able to get those negotiations going if there is not a recognition that there has
7:25 pm
got to be a change in government. we're not going to go back to the status quo. >> the president was harshly critical of vladimir putin and russia's strategy. this campaign is simply going to end in a quagmire. the only people who backed what russia is doing is iran and the assad regime himself. >> he argued that russia's current airstrike campaign, as you said, not only could get russia into a quagmire, but that it's a recipe for disaster. >> and this is part of the rhetorical strategy of the administration over the course of the last several days ever since the administration was caught flat footed by the russian air campaign after two leaders had met face to face, and they had discussions, preliminary discussions about how to avoid shooting each other in the skies before the talks even began, the russian bombs started flying.
7:26 pm
but the rhetorical attack are saying look at afghanistan. look at late 70s and 80s and it's debacle in afghanistan. this cannot be solved. the syrian people are against the assad regime and what russia is doing, russia will have its own problems in getting involved in a sectarian conflict with sunnies angry with russia from around the world including in its own backyard in chechnya. this is the argument that the white house and president obama put forward today. >> that. up next an exclusive interview secretary of state john kerry on the rising tensions in the unrest in syria. new labor market numbers send the stock market on a roller coaster ride. we'll have that story coming up.
7:27 pm
7:28 pm
7:29 pm
>> oregon and federal officials are investigating the mass shooting at a community college. they have identified 26-year-old chris harper mercer as the shooter in that massacre. he was heavily armed when he shot and killed nine people inside two classrooms on tuesday. several weapons were recovered at the college and at his home.
7:30 pm
earlier today federal authorities gave details about what they found. >> so far we've recovered 13 weapons. of those weapons we have six recovered from the school. seven recovered at the shooter's residence. all were traced to a firearms dealer. they're all in different stages in the tracing process. eight of the 14 have been traced to first-trace purchasers. seven have been purchased by the shooter or a family member. all within the last three years. >> as investigators search for answers to yesterday's massacre in oregon. one revealing study highlights disturbing patterns that many mass shootings and those who carry them out share. jacob ward reports. >> in april of 2012 a student
7:31 pm
came to this university here in oakland, california, and open fired. he ended up killing seven people with a handgun, and it made that event the third largest mass shooting at an university in u.s. history. at least it was that until this knew shooting in oregon displaced that record. why does this keep happening here. why are there so many that we have a leaderboard for these kinds of events? a new study seeks to answer that question. >> someone is outside one of the doors shooting through the doors. >> it might seem impossible to pin down any kind of commonality within these shootings. but the united states offer so many shooting studies that patterns begin to emerge. a study identifies mass shootings as a global problem but they're usually concentrated here in the united states. even though the u.s. accounts for only 5% of the world's population, we some how account
7:32 pm
for 31% of the mass shootings that take place. the study identifies three major themes. the hunger for glory, personal disappointment, and access to guns. >> they talked about the crushing disappointment, and points out a study that shows 81% of high school students believe they were about to have a great-paying job by the age of 25. 59% of them thought that they were going to have a better life financially than their parents did, and here's the amazing one. 26% of them believed they were soon going to be famous. how could you not be disappointed in a culture like that, and it's the crushing strain of of that disappointment that is common to rampage shooters. >> perhaps in response to disappointment, the study finds a twisted hope for some sort of
7:33 pm
fame through killing, a desire that those shooters seem to share with another category of self-destructive murderer, suicide boomers. the final element that the study identifies is guns. among the nations it looked at, there is no different in the rate of mass violence and mass shooting. it's the firearms that makes the difference. and in that category the united states is far and away the world leader. we have 88.8 guns for every person in this country. compare that to yemen, a country in the midst of a civil war. they have 54.8 guns per 100 people. and syria only has 3.9 guns per
7:34 pm
100 people. it says that the most concrete step we could take is eliminating access to guns, but it points out that may well be the most politically complicated solution of all, and that's another thing that sets america apart as compared to the rest of the world when it comes to this problem. >> russia says its airstrikes in syria are aimed as hitting isil targets. but the rebel said that the strikes are hitting civilians. we take a look at those charges. >> the russian defense ministry said that it is destroying isil command and control centers along with arms dumps. >> only after reconnaissance verification if the targets
7:35 pm
belong to terrorist centers. >> but pictures on the ground tell us different story. it shows that the it is to recapture lost territory. >> the syrian government has been hitting the north for months, but it did not stop the rebel advance. the strikes without grand troops won't be successful. now there is information of a possible land operation being prepared. >> looking at the map the airstrikes over the past three days concentrated on front line areas that surround president obama assad's heartland latakia. one target was recently captured by opposition forces. it was one of the last government strongholds. it's not only close to latakia but an important hub to sending reinforcements.
7:36 pm
further east the planes in the countryside have also been a battleground. here the government has struggled to maintain a grip on a region that lead to a sea. and further south the northern countryside of homs. it is a last rebel stronghold between damascus and the west of the country. >> the kremlin made it clear. saying that the aim is to help the syrian armed forces in their weak spots. they believe that that is exactly what the russian military is doing. but it is not clear if the airstrikes will be able to change the balance of power on the ground if it is not accompanied by a ground operation. but there are those who believe the west, including the united states, are wrightly supporting russia's actions. >> the west is colluding with russia. what is happening now are efforts to end our revolution. >> opponents say that russia's intervention could give the
7:37 pm
government an advance, and they believe that is the objective. to use military force for diplomatic gains whereby president assad could negotiate a political settlement for opposition of strength. al jazeera, beirut. >> we're now joined by al jazeera washington bureau chief, and he had an interesting interview with secretary of state john kerry today go. many say that the united states was caught off guard by the moves of russia into syria. and wher the question is where does the united states stands on bashar al-assad and whether he needs to go needly or not. >> this is a question on everybody's minds. not just here in the united states, but in the region as well. and he seemed to be a little bit more categorical than what the obama administration as a whole
7:38 pm
sounded just a few days ago before the start of the g-8. his opening in answering that question was let me be very clear. bashar al-assad has no future in syria in the long term. okay, if he has no long-term place in the future of syria, does that mean that you, john kerry, that you, the obama administration, believe there is a place for him in the short term. >> a managed transition. >> correct. >> should we listen to that? >> there is no way for assad to be part of the long-term future of syria--not because we say so. nothing to do with us, but because his own actions have made him unacceptable to the
7:39 pm
millions upon millions of syri syrians who have been effected by his choices. when 12 million syrians are wandering displaced people. when people are driven out of the country by barrel bombs, torture and gassing, the army. when he has failed and he has never attacked daesh. in fact, he has cut oil deals with daesh. he's let their electricity continue to flow to daesh. you know, daesh-dominated communities. he literally has only attacked the opposition to him, his own people, and that's why our feeling is that even if we wanted to partner or something, we couldn't. because the war can't end. the assad has to make the decision to save his country. >> so the question of course is what happens moving forward? daesh, referring to, people who
7:40 pm
know that it's another term for isil. what is he suggesting happen now with all the parties involved? with isil, assad and with russia? >> well, he wants the russians to stop attacking what is described as the syrian moderate opposition. what the united states describes as a syrian opposition. the fighters that they're supporting and training, and he wants the russians to focus mainly on what he calls daesh, a derogatory term for isil in arabic, striking isil, so a settlement could be knocked out between the various parties, including the russians. he considers the russians important partners thi in trying to find a peaceful solution. we all know that they're saying what is good for the goose is good for the gander. if they can support those
7:41 pm
against isis. >> let's listen to what secretary kerry had to say. >> well, the president is considering all the options available right now, and we've made it clear to the russians do not attack the legitimate opposition. they have said that they understand that. what we're looking for is not a military victory. we're looking for the political resolution that we always look for in the context of geneva. so they don't have to fear that we're some how building up a take over military. what we're trying to do is to have a legitimate transition now in order to save syria, and to have an unified secular whole syria going forward. if the russians insist on fighting against them there could be serious consequences. the most serious would be that other nations supporting the--those people will have no
7:42 pm
choice but to double down and russia itself will become a target of those people. that's why i say what they've done, if they're not there, to actually fight daesh is very dangerous in the long term. >> obviously a grim warning to the warning there. the question is what do you do going on from here. how does he define the short term? he defines it as a reasonable period of time. what is a reasonable period of time. what may be a reasonable period of time to the obama administration may not be a reasonable period of time to the syrians, the opposition or russians or bashar al-assad. >> so many people suffering as a result. we look forward to the whole interfere, thanks. >> thank you. >> the fighting in ukraine was the focus of a summit today.
7:43 pm
and the war in syria was on the agenda. russian president vladimir putin attended in what is his first meeting with other world leaders since the russian airstrikes this week. neave barker has more. >> this is the first meeting since russia began it's bombardment of targets in serie-a. but the normandy four decided to look at the peace process and the implement takes of the minsk accord. these were originally signed in belarus earlier on in the year but largely fell by the way side amid a heightened fighting between the separatists and ukrainian army. now, though, as the french and german leaders have suggested, all sides are willing to put some of these 13 points listed in the minsk agreement into practice. they include the withdraw of heavy weaponry, focusing on reestablishing the border between russia and ukraine, and
7:44 pm
also elections in parts of eastern ukraine under separatist control. reconciliation, though, is still very much a long way down the road. >> we're learning more today about the pope's controversial meeting with kentucky county clerk kim davis. the vatican is now down playing the meeting with the woman, who is jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. she was part of a group of people invited by the vatican ambassador to meet the pope last week. the meeting was private, culminating in a hug and note of encouragement. the vatican said that is not the case, saying, quote: >> some key cooperate sponsors are calling for the immediate resignation of deputy blatter. ideputy--sepp blatter.
7:45 pm
the sponsors include coca-cola, visa, mcdonald's and budweiser. blatter said he will not resign. >> it's the first friday of the month. the dow dropped early in the wake of the news and rebounded to end the day up to 200 points. >> the jobs report for september were disappointing across the board. signaling the weakness in the economy in china is washing up on u.s. shores. the economy added a paltry 142,000 jobs last month, far less than what economists were expecting. and the job figures for august and july were revised downward pulling the number of jobs created monthly this year below the 200,000 mark. by comparison last year the
7:46 pm
economy was adding 260,000 jobs a month. so clearly that u.s. jobs engine is slowing down. a big pocket in manufacturing which lost 9,000 jobs. you can chalk that up to a strong drawer making u.s. goods more expensive to buy abroad. mining continue to lose jobs as they are less profitable triggering cut backs in drilling and exploration. american paychecks failed to gain traction. hourly wages were stagnant clocking in at $25.09. now when you take a step back and you look at all of these pockets of weakness, poor jobs creations, plunging commodity prices, they all lead back to china. china's economy has slowed down far more severely than many expected. curtailing the appetite for
7:47 pm
commodities like oil which drag down commodity prices down the road. and th that tour two charges the dollars making american goods more expensive in trade. this jobs report could push the fed's decision into next year. >> thanks to patricia sabga. >> education secretary arnie duncan will step down. he pushed a number of reforms including the common core curriculum overhaul and the race to the stop that allowed states to compete for federal grants. duncan said that he'll return to live in chicago with his family. >> finally just to my family. i love this work. i love this team. i love the president. i love the chance to serve. the only thing i love more is
7:48 pm
you guys. i can't wait to come home and see a couple more track meets and coach ryan a little bit, and maybe have a few more dinners and go to a movie some day. >> america is going to be better off for what he has done. it's going to be more competitive and prosperous and more upwardly mobile. it's a record that i truly believe no other education secretary to match. >> the president nominated john king as the future education secretary. the country of niger has the highest rate of child marriages in the world. up next, the move to keep african young girls at home. also a film-making legend who quietly blends in to the new york city landscape. meet jonas meekes next.
7:49 pm
7:50 pm
7:51 pm
>> at least 14 people have been killed in suicide attacks in northeastern nigeria. four suicide-bombers would you themselves up in maidugari. the government said that the attackers were members of boko haram. last month 117 people were killed in a series of attacks in that same city. the country of my jeer has the
7:52 pm
highest rate of child marriage in the world. three out of every four girls marry before their 18th birthday. very often to wealthy nigerians offering big dowries to poor families. we go to agadez, niger. >> a traditional wedding in agadez. the women here are known for their stunning beauty. but behind the celebrations there are days of abuse. poor and uneducated, most of these women have been forced to marry while still children. many are promised to rich nigerians. biju married an nigerian, but she could not get used to life in nigeria. she returned home, poor, the single mother of a daughter.
7:53 pm
>> the reason why i got married was to financially help my poor father and improve our living conditions, but the marriage collapsed. i have a daughter that i need to raise and care for. >> child marriages are common practice in this part of the world. parents can't resist the big dowries. but the child brides often end up suffering mistreatment. there is abuse and signal when they return home divorced and humiliated. >> niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. 25% of girls marry before the age of 15, and 75% before the age of 18. unicef has sought to dialogue the local communities. we tell them that child marriage has huge negative effect on society. we also work at educating girls to put an end to the practice.
7:54 pm
>> but ending the practice in niger, one of the world's poorest countries, has a long way to go. this woman has deified her family, who wanted her to marry a wealthy man. many others cannot, especially in the face of overwhelming poverty. al jazeera. >> a new satellite is heading to space today. it is on board an atlas five rocket that launched in florida just about an hour ago. the commercial satellite will help provide an enhanced cell phone service in rural parts of mexico. hid no one plain site are legends among us. 92-year-old filmmaker jonas has been working in new york since he arrived in the 1950s. and as adam may tells us, he has no plans to slow down. >> is that andy warhol right
7:55 pm
there? >> yes, a typical andy, john lennon, yoko ono party of that period, where all the different artists come together at some place. >> you may never have heard of him, but in the 19 50's and 60s, jonas new and filmed just be anybody who was anybody in new york's art world. >> do you like the work that focuses on some of these celebrities of the era? or do you like the work of the regular people. >> these were my friends. >> he became famous for films that captured the era's cultural scene. with unusual up close and personal access to celebrities like jazz musician miles davis, the kennedys, john lennon and yoko ono.
7:56 pm
michael ginsberg and mick jagger and his daughter jade. he caught with his camera the unguarded moments in their daily lives. >> film critics call you the godfather of films. what do you think? >> it's not up to me to evaluate my contributions. all i can say is that i've been very busy, and if i see there is something else to be done, then i have to do it. >> now at 92, mekas is the self-appointed keeper of the avant guard cinema.
7:57 pm
>> the avant guard cinema, the greatest collection of avant-garde cinema is here. >> he has collected 35,000 films in his archives and now is busy trying to raise $6 million to expand the archives to include other avant-garde art forms. >> i'm building another floor on top of it for the largest collection library of books and periodicals and cinema in the united states and in the world. >> adam may, al jazeera, new york. >> be sure to check out america tonight. i'm antonio mora. thanks for watching. paul beben is up next. i'll be back with our international hour at 9:00 eastern and for the latest news at any time go to
7:58 pm
7:59 pm
8:00 pm
>> good evening, i'm paul beben. john seigenthaler is off. after the rampage, the details and the questions on the campus shooting. the suspect and gun control. tough talk. >> there is no way for assad to be part of the long-term future of syria. >> as president obama takes on glad glad, al jazeera talks to secretary of state john kerry on the growing