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doesn't stop this veteran from stopping the gunman. and questions about the effectiveness of the outbound. we take a deeper look at its power and its weaknesses. ♪ the u.n. is claiming it as inexclusionable and the u.s. admits there may have been collateral damage. american airstrikes hit a hospital in afghanistan. those attacks mistakenly struck the clinic in the northern city of the kunduz, killing 19 people and injuring 37 others. now, the international charity, doctors without borders ran that hospital and said it clearly informed the military of its location. both afghanistan and the u.s. have promised full
investigations. al jazeera's jeniffer glasse has more. >> kunduz has been a hot spot all week. afghan forces have tried to regain control with the help of u.s. air strikes. the hospital was bombed during a reported attack to flush out taliban fighters. it's the only hospital in this war-torn region. in the middle of the night, u.s. air strikes that lasted more than an hour hit the main operating theater, the emergency room and other parts of the doctors without borders complex. staff members and patients were killed. u.s. forces called it collateral damage. doctors without borders rejects that. >> well, this is a big and large hospital. it's one of the largest hospitals of msf. we have communicated several times to different warring parties, and the coalition forces, the precise coordinates, the gps coordinates of this hospital, exactly to avoid being hit in
such an attack. >> afghan officials say the hospital was targeted because there were taliban fighters inside. a claim that the doctors without borders deny. >> we came under attack. all the terrorists were killed but we also lost doctors. we will do everything to make sure that the hospital is safe. >> it's not clear what afghan forces can do. they say taliban fighters are hiding in homes and using civilians as human shields. there are dozens of airstrikes since they took care of kunduz on monday. they tried to drive them out of the city. the u.s. defense secretary ash carter issued a statement that said, in part, u.s. forces in support of after gap -- afghan forces were operating nearby as were taliban fighters. we are still trying to determine exactly what happened. i want to extend my thoughts
and prayers to everyone affected. a full investigation into the tragic events is underway in coordination with the afghan government. the head of doctors without borders says it's a grave violation of international law. the afghan president says he and the americans have agreed to launch a joint and thorough investigation. what's happening in kunduz highlights the perilous security situation around the country. president obama released a statement tonight extended his deepest condolences to the victims. he said the department of defense has launched a full investigation and we will await the results of that inquiry before making a definitive judgment as to the circumstances of this tragedy. hurricane joaquin is churning its way across the atlantic ocean tonight. it's a powerful storm, packing winds of up to 155 miles an hour. it's now moving offshore towards bermuda, but parts of the u.s. east coast are seeing record amounts of rain from a separate weather system. president obama declared a state of emergency in south
carolina ordering federal aid. al jazeera's robert ray has more now from charleston. >> despite hurricane joaquin being well offshore, the southeast is still being pounded by historic rainfall amounts. the totals are starting to add up and the rivers are overflowing. >> the good news with a hurricane, we are underwhelmed and that's good news for south carolina. the tough news for north carolina and south carolina is the continued rains which we will be keeping track of. >> in charleston, south carolina, the city is prepared but hasn't seen a storm like this since hurricane hugo in 1989. >> this is unusual, but certainly we have seen a lot worse. but we want to prepare for everything. >> over a foot of rain has already fallen in parts of the carolinas, and much more is on the way through monday. worrying residents of both states. this couple in charleston decided to go for a walk down a street that now looks like a
river. >> today we were told we couldn't leave downtown. if you leave downtown you can't come back. i guess we'll see what happens. >> national weather service is calling this a once in a 500 year flooding event. you can see the streets of charleston, many of them look like this. a foot to 2 feet of water, and it's just saturday only. this is supposed to last all weekend and into early next week. the issue is the high tide mixed with this incredible high precipitation falling here in charleston, but these people say they are ready, and they are buckling town. >> hurricane joaquin. >> flash flooding is expected to continue and possibly get worse across the region. officials in north carolina are urging residents to be over prepared. >> we're still not letting our guards down, because at a moment's notice, this weather pattern can turn. >> we still have portions of the state that are scheduled to see up to seven more inches of rain on top of what we have already received. >> for now, nearly all of
charleston, south carolina's historic downtown is closed as the homes are flooding, the businesses are sandbagging and residents are hoping things don't get any worse. >> the governor has declared an emergency for the state, as a result of this event. so that's already in place. and obviously, if we get to the point where we have significant devastation or damage in the city, we'll be reaching out to our county, the counterparts that didn't go up to the state and we will be requesting federal assistance through that. >> robert ray, charleston, south carolina. >> it's a mess this in the carolinas. this is officially a record breaker. >> for charleston at 9:45, they broke a 10.02 inches, which was the highest they have ever had in the month of october. and we're definitely not done yet for parts of south carolina, north carolina, we have seen 16 inches just in the last 48 hours. now, i want to show you how joaquin, as well as the other mechanisms are causing all of this rain for parts of south
carolina. first of all, you notice joaquin right here, but you notice this stream of moisture coming in off the atlantic and it's been pushing in to parts of carolina for really the last 24 hours. we also have an area of low pressure that's spinning right here and that's also helping to pull that moisture in. so it's several different mechanisms that's really focusing all of that moisture right there. but very quickly, i want to tell you what's going to be happening with joaquin, because at 11:00, it's still a category 4 storm. our main concern now is going to be bermuda, because that system is moving up towards the island. it could be a category 3. this could be a category 2 and it could be very, very close to making a possible landfall in bermuda on sunday evening. let's go back here to south carolina. let's show you what the radar is looking like over the last six hours. notice how charlesston has just been hammered with that line of rain coming in, as well as all the way up here towards the
northern part of south carolina, into the appalachian mountains. the other big problem is all of that rain is going to fall in the mountains. it will make its way towards the rivers and we are going to be seeing residual flooding as that water comes back down here towards the coast. so this is going to go on for several days. and we also have a lot of flash flood warnings right now for charleston, you can see all the way down the coast. we did have some up towards the knorr. -- north. those have been dropped. take a look at the amount of rain we expect to see over the next 72 hours. another 12 to 18 inches. >> that's a stunning number right there for three days. >> thanks, kevin. meanwhile, the u.s. coast guard has found a life ring from a missing cargo ship. the h3121 plane. 33 people are missing along with the ship el faro. it traveled from florida to puerto rico. the ship lost power and began taking on water.
towed maritime in puerto rico operates that ship. 28 crew members are americans and several of them are from the state of maine. the other five are from poland. more details have surfaced about thursday's tragic shooting on the college campus in oregon. authorities say the shooter killed his english professor and eight others and then committed suicide when police exchanged gunfire with him. an additional handgun was also found at the killer's apartment, bringing total number of firearms seized to 14. al jazeera's sabrina register reports now from roseberg. >> the youngest victim in thursday's mass shooting, a 16-year-old. her family spoke about her physical injuries. doctors were forced to remove one of her kidney, as well as the emotional toll from the shooting. >> she's mentioned to me about all the blood. >> recovering in the same hospital, the army veteran who is being hailed a hero. students who witnessed the
shooting say chris mintz quickly took action and ran towards the shooter, 26-year-old chris mercer, eastbound after mercer had shot mintz multiple times. >> he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them you just have to go. he actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was, and he ran back into the building and i don't know what happened to him. >> marilyn kettleman, a former douglas county commissioner and mother to the umpqua college student who was not involved in the shooting cigarettes credits mintz. chef wants campus security armed. >> you cannot stop violence with anything but violence. hopefully it's violence in the hands of people who know what they are doing, the authorities, trained people. >> douglas county sheriff john hanlon says response to the shooting was swift, within a few minutes. >> i want to express my most sincere appreciation to those
most directly touched by this incident. the two roseburg police officers who responded and stopped the shooter from killing dozens of other people who were in that classroom and in 9 -- the immediate vicinity. >> as more details are released, including the seizure of a 14th gun, documents and digital files, douglas county fire chief greg marlor chokes back tears to remember lives lost. >> our firefighter justin anspaugh lost his son, trevor on that day and brian mcfadden lost his niece becca ann carnes on that day. >> sabrina register, al jazeera, roseburg, oregon. steer we are learning more each day about those nine victims.
they range in age from 18 to 67. >> i will not name the shooter. >> douglas county sheriff john hanlon pointedly refused to name shooter. as he read the victim's name, a portrait emerged of each. >> jason dale johnson of winston, 33 years old. >> jason johnson struggled with drug abuse and had completed a six-month rehab program. >> jason's mother said that jason was proud of himself for enrolling in the school. and so was his mother. they felt that jason had finally found his path. >> kim saltmarsh deitz of roseberg. >> british expat kim was taking classes with her 18-year-old daughter. she was described as a very, very kind soul.
>> lawrence levine of glide, 67 years old. mr. levine was the teacher. >> an assistant professor of english, lawrence levine was a member of steamboaters a fly nikolishining and -- fly fishing group. >> lucas iebel was a quadruplet. >> we have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how great lucas was. he loved future farmers of america and volunteering at saving grace animal shelter. >> quinn cooper. >> quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate, and such a wonderful loving person. he always stood up for people,
quinn and his brother cody were inseparable. >> rebecca ann carnes of myrtle creek, 18 years old. >> rebecca carnes' cousin lisa crawford set up a good fund me site to help her family with the fine amexpenses. >> sabrina dawn moore. >> serena moore was a member of the seven day adventist church. >> trevon anpach was larger than life and brought out the best around him according to his family. >> in justin and kim's words, trevon was a perfect son. >> lucera. her sister wrote that she would have been a great pediatric nurse and would do great things. courtney keeley, al jazeera. well, this year's u.n. general assembly saw a record
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it is saturday night and time to take a deeper look. just hours ago, the united nations general assembly wrapped up more than a week of speeches, debates and deal making on the 70th 70th anniversary this year's etch drew a record number -- event drew a record number of world leaders and high on the agenda were the crisis in the ukraine and the spread of extremism that sparks conflict all over the world. our courtney healey takes a look at the ambitious goal some leaders agreed to and the u.n.'s ability to respond to a growing global need. >> i wapped -- wanted to have some global discussions, how we can bring this sense of hope to those helpless people, millions of helpless people. i think if we are united, we can do it. >> secretary general ban kim moon set the stage for the 70th anniversary. it was a goal to end extreme
poverty for 2030. a grand vision for those struggling to end the war in syria that has led to the largest refugee crisis miss europe since world war ii. >> today we see collapse of strong men and fragile states breeding conflict and driving innocent men, women and children across borders on an epic scale. >> president obama acknowledged there's criticism of the u.n., but said the u.n. is still essential to help solve the world's problems. >> there are those who argue that the ideals enshrined in the u.n. charter are unachievable or out of date. a legacy of a post war era not suited to our own. effectively they argue to the return to the rules that apply nor most of the human history and predate this institution. the belief that power is a zero sum game that might makes right.
♪ >> the u.n. was founded in the aftermath of world war ii with with the goal to not have another global conflict. the united nations was supposed to be a kind of global cop, saving future generations from the scourge of war. cold war tensions largely prevented it from playing that role, but as european countries finally gave up their empires during the '50s, '60s and '70s, the organization's membership grew from a few dozen countries to 193 member states today. new missions emerged and the u.n. grew to be a massive multipronged entity, driving both humanitarian relief and economic development in many parts of the world. according to the u.n., the organization provides food to 90 million people in 80 countries, vaccinates 58% of the world's children, saving 3 million lives a year.
assists over 38.7 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine or persecution. has 120,000 peacekeepers and 16 operations on four continents. it never became a global cop, but emerged as a successful peacekeeper in conflicts from cyprus to the golden heights and the border between south and north korea. but there have been glaring failures. peacekeepers in rwanda were unprepared when the country's ethnic hutu minority slaughtered some 800,000 members of the country's tutsi minority. and bosnia, they slaughtered muslims men and boys which was supposed to be a u.n. safe haven. the sanctions they oversaw in iraq were mired in corruption. and the headquarters in new york has often been criticized as an ineffective talking shop, mired in bureaucracy and overly focused on perks and protocol. as it enters the 71st year, the defenders would say the
united nations remains for all of its flaws and even essential institution. courtney carroll, al jazeera. joining me is jim walsh to talk about this. he's a research associate at m.i.t. securities studies program and in washington, d.c., is john hudson, a senior reporter of foreign policy. welcome to you both. thank you for being here. john, let me start with you. >> good evening. >> we heard this critique time and time again that the u.n. is basically a toothless organization that's all talk and no action. is that a fair criticism? >> yeah, i mean, absolutely. there's a lot of bureaucracy at the united nations. there's a lot of things that don't get done. and i'm not going to surprise any of your viewers by saying war has happened under its watch and war is going to continue to happen. but in that 70-year history that just ran through, there are certainly examples of the u.n. having some successes. it plays a critical role in the
elimination of smallpox. it has the sort of legitimacy that allows it to do tribunals that have prosecuted everyone from slobadon milosevic and others. but are there epic failures despite the approach to trying to resolve them. syria, libya, a number of disasters including in yemen, which we still haven't seen any sort of end in sight to. >> i think syria, by all accounts is a glaring example of one of the big failures of the u.n. so, jim, when you look at the 70 years of united nations, do you feel that overall the good outweighs the bad? >> i do, jonathan. you know, have bad things happened during the time of the u.n. over these 70 years? yes, of course they happened. would they have happened without a u.n.? yeah, i'm pretty sure we would have had the rwandan genocide and the u.s. invasion of iraq,
and a bunch of other wars and terrible things happen if there wasn't a u.n. to me, the surprise is that it's done so well. remember this is a membership organization. it's not in charge. the u.n. secretary general doesn't order anyone around. it doesn't have any armies. it depends on the member states and it's at the beckon call of those member states. so despite that weakness, i think it's achieved quite a bit. international atomic energy agency can roam all over countries looking for nuclear violations. the world food program, the other things mentioned tonight. so, you know, i always thought it was the little engine that could. it's been designed to be weak but i think it's overachieved and it's growing stronger over time. >> but, jim, when you mention the failures of the u.n., like rwanda, that's a pretty big failure. the core principle of the united nations is to bring peace to the world, and when you look at a crisis like, that it's pretty hard to overlook something like that. >> no, and you wouldn't overlook it and my daughter,
that's what she works on is genocide. and going forward, there are real dangers of jen side. but, again, i would say, in the united states, or in france or pick a country, china, there are courts and there's the police and they can enforce the law. in the international system, it's made up of states. the u.n. is a voluntary organization. the u.n., as i say has no military force, other than what the members give it. and so if the members are determined to kill each other, it's very hard for the u.n. to stop them. and, of course, during the cold war, you had the competition between the u.s. and the soviet union and when they disagreed, because they have veto powers that inhibited the u.n. to be able to function. i say, you know, on what principles should we evaluate it? we should evaluate it on, what are its capabilities? has it met the job relative to its capabilities? i think it has. i think it's over achieved but god knows there's a lot of horrible things it has not been able to prevent and hopefully 70 years from now, we'll
inbound a position where they can prevent them. >> jim brought up an interesting point that the u.n. does not have a military, has quite a large peace keeping force but how can the u.n. be the world's global cop if it doesn't really have an arsenal that it can rely on? >> i mean, that's absolutely a fair point and this leads to the larger criticism of u.n. peacekeeping missions, in that in some cases, they can just metastasize a problem and it not lead to a solution. maybe they are not making the situation worse, but it is sort of locking some of the problems in place that create these kinds of frozen conflicts that never seem to go away. you know, i largely, you know, agree with your guests that essentially the u.n. can only do as much as the u.n. security members are committed to doing. so, you know, just to point out global problems and the fact
that the u.n. still exists isn't necessarily a terrific case for its inability to achieve problems. >> so do you feel like the big problem here, john, is frankly just the structure of the united nations and the 15 member security council? do you think that's what really needs to change here? >> well, there certainly is a lot of room for improvement, specifically in the fact that the u.n. risks becoming a sort of relic. the u.n. security council does not really reflect the humanity that exists today there's no one from latin america on the security council. there seems to be an over representation in europe, i would argue. and certainly, nations like japan, i think, it would make a good case for being on the security council, and, you know, there's also the fact that we have never had a woman as a secretary general. we're talking, about you know, more than half the human population, never being, you know, at least represented as
the secretary of general. so there's certainly a lot of structural things that could change to make a u.n. organization more reflective of the world we live in? >> john, if they did change the structure of the u.n., change up the security council and add latin america as you mentioned, there do you think it would make a big difference? is the bottom line that the united states has too much influence over the security council? >> well, first, i want to say that i agree with a lot of john's critiques about the yu and the bureaucracy and the lack of reppation. if they institute some of these reforms, expand the security council, i have seen people arguing it both ways. it makes it more legitimate because there are more countries that are -- you know, have a piece of the action or held responsible. on the other hand, perhaps the more members you add, the more difficult it is to get consensus, but it's definitely not a representative body right foul. no doubt about it. and i think there are other areas for improvement. but, you know -- imagine it's
1945 and we are on the -- we just used nuclear weapons. we are on the crus. -- cusp of u.s./soviet competition. and we build this organization. my guess is they would never imagine the way that the international law and the u.n. are important. now, there are folks in the u.s. who are scared to death the u.n. will take over. that's just crazy. it's a weak institution. it's weaker than other governments. but over 70 years, and with sort of developing international law, it's really had an impact on the behavior of countries and in a way it's shocking that this little institution and these pieces of paper have mattered but they have. and they have saved a lot of lives in the process. >> that's a great point. the u.n. has done a lot of great work. we mentioned the child vaccinations. we mentioned trying to lower poverty rates. we mentioned better education for children all over the world. and the u.n. recently set these
new sustainable development goals for the next 15 years basically to improve the lives of the people all over the world. how realistic are those goals. do you think on those type of humanitarian issues that the u.n. is making solid progress on that front? >> yeah, well, what continues to be the problem with these is that you get many pledges, and the nations convene in new york, and they come together and they make all sorts of promises that they are going to dedicate funds, dedicate human resources, and oftentimes they don't materialize. and so i think that they have a number of valid and noble priorities that they have put forth, especially this week, but whether or not we're going to see these projects materialize is certainly an open question. >> and jim, we are running out of time but i want to give you the last thought here. the biggest thing that needs to change with the u.n., you would say is what? >> well, i think 9 powerful
countries of the world have to get on board and have a real commitment to the u.n. power still matters. this is a membership organization. it's sort of like a board of directors and the board of directors matters. the company can only do so much. so the big powers, the u.s., russia and china if they can get on board with a likely agenda, then the likelihood of success is much stronger and that's committing to international law and international institutions. >> that's a big goal, especially when you look at the tensions between the u.s. and russia right now. thank you both for joining me tonight. >> thank you. >> thanks. good to be here. and on this week's episode, a third rail, ali valshi look at whether he's right to prop um syria's assad. >> russia right now is looking at a president who basically crawl all over him in crimea.
he said these are the red lines and if you cross it, i will start bombing to assad. nothing happened. they are seeing a lot of indecision and they know. i say this, as a republican, barack obama is a passivist. he is a peace loving guy. >> he took out osama bin laden. a passivist who took out drones. he's done more than the previous administration to do something about the problems that we are having in the middle east. on this issue, however, i think he's wrong. but fundamentally, he's done way more than the previous administrations. >> i think he's a guy that just absolutely hates war and will do anything he can to do it. >> the facts done bear that out. >> well, i have think on osama bin laden, that was an ongoing operation, which he happened to inherit it. >> the administration said they didn't care about him. he went and took him out. >> that's not true. >> at the end of the day, i think that the united states needs to, you know, make their position clear in whatever, wherever we are landing. >> vladimir putin may be
pushing the united states in that direction. >> this is a game of chicken. we will be following vladimir putin. >> and putin is a lot more soviet union than he is new russia. he's not gorbachev. >> you can watch "third rail" tomorrow night at 6:30 eastern, 3:30 pacific. tensions are high in jerusalem tonight after a teenager goes on a killing spree. still ahead, the extra steps israel is taking to protect its citizens. and later, russia promises to step up its airstrikes in syria and claims to have hilt more isil targets on the fourth day of its campaign. getting jobs than our education.
a 19-year-old palestinian man killed two people in jerusalem's old city before the security forces shot him. the man attacked an orthodox family of four walking to the western wall near the contested al-aska mosque. we have more on the story. >> unprecedented shock within the walls of the old city as gunfire rings out and people scatter. >> this is a normally placid tourist haven, where christian pilgrims walk the last steps of jesus christ on his way to crucifixion. despite constant tension around the compound to the east, this is a rare occasion on which
this part of the old city erupts this chaos. [ sirens ] the attacker was identified as mohammad kalabi, a 19-year-old from the village, near ramallah. it was soon characterized in the israel inmedia as a lone wolf attack carried out by one person with no coordination or control. but it came at a time when tensions are mounting in the region, following wide scale israeli operations in the west bank, following the killing of two israeli settlers by unidentified gunman on thursday. and in the wake of the old city attack, israeli politicians across the political spectrum erupted in outrage on social media. not on camera, because it's an important jewish holiday. former government minister, leiberman said: this what is losing control and deterrence
looks like. another person said, netanyahu has lost control over the security of israeli citizens and jerusalem. prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been in the u.s. in recent days, and is only due to return to israel in the afternoon. a spokesman says he will meet immediately on his arrival with the defense minister, the head of the shin beth intelligence agency and the army chief of staff and will then hold a full cabinet meeting at sunset on monday. reports from the bank say this have been repeated clashes overnight between palestinians and the israeli army in the vicinity of the 19-year-old attacker's house near ramallah. the situation continues to unravel, while the israeli prime minister is on his way home. frank hannah, al jazeera, east jerusalem. and one of the ways israels tries to protect itself is with a large security wall that runs along the occupied west bank.
now the country is looking to expand the barrier. al jazeera's scott heidler explains. >> israel is often criticized for its separation wall between what it considers its land and the palestinian territories. in some cases, drawing borders where they are not internationally recognized. its leaders say it was done in the name of security. but now, the nation is upgrading existing and building new barriers on its frontiers with regional neighbors. the prime minister again says it's for security but also for the sake of israeli livelihoods. >> to the extent that it is possible, we will encompass israel's borders with the security fence, and barriers that will allow us to control our borders. we will not allow israel to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists. >> with the increase of violence, israel built a 230-kilometer long fence to keep out potential attackers but also african migrants. it took three years to build.
facing a refugee crisis, hungary and romania are considering a similar wall. now the country is focusing eastward, breaking ground on a new border fence a month ahead of schedule. the first phase will take a year to complete. the. >> border with jordan is israel's longest. the this current fortification is taking place in the south. it's expected to expand the government here, says that it will undermine jordan's sovereignty. they are growing more concerned about a security threat coming from the east. >> in the '70s, there was a period where there were infiltrations from jordan, from the east bank to the west bank and from there to israel and there were terror attacks. so israel feels that this thing will resume. >> many say a physical barrier alone won't prevent attacks. there still needs to be a focus on maintaining and improving regional relationships.
>> there's no process in the peace process. those borders being set up with the context of security will once again be turned into more kind of inward looking reports. >> and without that cooperation, some feel those walls and fences could be viewed more as israel sealing itself off from the region, rather than protecting its borders. well, still ahead, they call him el bronco because of his one man war on drugs in mexico. >> people want to know how he managed to defeat the system. and i tell them, we were characters of "star wars," defeating the empire. >> he's a character and he is an underdog, but he's defying the skeptics and the drug lords in mexico. that's next.
>> the man behind a one-man war on drugs has taken a top post. they call him el bronco. promising to avenge his son's death and stop wide spread corruption. we have the story from mexico. >> his nickname is el bronco which roughly translates into untakennable. jamie rodriguez's heroes are the lone ranger and zorro, the fictional masked rider who battles injustice. riding an almost identical black stallion. he went electric town to town in the prosperous border state, literally passing the hat to get himself elected as mexico's first ever independent governor. >> people want to know how he
managed to defeat the system, and i tell them we were characters of "star wars" defeating the empire with a legion of citizens who organized. it made them more powerful than the political parties. >> a social conservative who curses and rarely takes off his cowboy boots, el bronx coast vows to defeat corruption and launch a new mexican revolution. he belonged to mexico's most powerful and long-serving party, the p.r.i. for 33 years, until he resigned a year ago to run as an independent. winning against all odds, to take over the governor's office. as mayor of garcia, on outskirts of monterey, garcia took on organized crime and purged corrupt police with a network of citizen informants would reported criminal activities on the social networks, his weapon of choice. >> i'm addicted to facebook. i respond to everyone. i started 6 a.m. and work until
9. people tell me their problems and they are right sometimes to be angry. at his home in garcia, he shows us the photograph of his 22-year-old son, who died when drug traffickers tried to kidnap him. rodriguez himself barely survived two assassination attempts by a cartel when he was mayor. now as governor, he says he will continue to use the social networks to eradicate corruptions and violence, a vow he says he made to his deceased son. >> i have a network of 78,000 volunteers on the web. only i manage it. only i control it. all of them will monitor the government and the public servants, including me. [ dogs barking ] >> some describe rodriguez as a naive eccentric with an oversized ego. yet he's seen as the leader of a new movement, catchable of
bucking mexico's deeply rooted but disgraced political parties. lucia newman. >> well, he's a character for sure. well, russia says it's about to ramp up its attacked in syria. moscow announced it will intensify airstrikes that began three days ago. the military claims they took out nine isil targets today and substantially weakened the group. an human rights organization said it also -- these attacks killed 39 civilians. the offense in syria is only making thins wore. his remarks echo comments from president obama yesterday, both men worry russia is taking out moderates who could replace bashar al assad. more on the politics of syria's war now from al jazeera's zana hutter. >> president obama is calling
this a recipe for disaster. and he's urging them to stop targeting civilians and focus on defeats isil. the syrian is calling this an aggression and plans to attend meetings at the u.n. to pave the way for talks. >> there's no incentive to engage in the political solution. in july, they announced that the warring sides were not ready to hold formal tacks. instead, he stead he asked to agree for a roadmap in peace. the both podderrate and conservative armed groups say the initiative is unacceptable. it is demanding the international community makes it clear the head of the syrian government and its pillars are not given a role in the
transition process or in the future the syria. the transitional governing body means the full transfer of power and military institutions and security agencies cannot be part of the national army. >> the opposition tells us that they do not reject a political solution. they just believe it is a waste of time to engage in what they call brainstorming sessions. they say they are ready to attend the geneva three peace conference but on condition the outcome will lead to the government's handing over power and not in their words reproduce the regime. russia, a close ally of the syria government is in no mood to compromise. it won't accept president bashar al assad's removal of power and their intervention has complicated things further. the opposition is demanding the international allies show seriousness. >> we need to have a new coalition.
it's through the other countries turkey, and the international community to stand up to this aggression. >> the u.s. and western countries have voiced concern that russian airstrikes are weakening the opponents of the governments, words that seem to have little effect on the ground. al jazeera, beirut. and earlier we spoke with an al jazeera contributor on syria, they said that the russian strikes are adding a new level of terror. >> people have somehow gotten used to this, you know, to the extent that the human spirit can sort of get used to calamity, but they tell me with the russian airstrikes, this is a whole new level of -- of sort of frightening airstrikes, warplanes they can't see or here before they approach. missiles that seem to be precise, and cause a lot more damage than the random barrel bombs. so it's been a very frightening
experience for the people on the ground. >> britain's defense minister says that only one in 20 russian airstrikes in syria were actually aimed at isil. well, kenya is confronting a problem with alcohol after several people died. the government cracked down on illegal liquor. al jazeera's kat katherine soy has more on that. >> this is not an extraordinary group therapy session. the men and women are getting free treatment and counseling to help with their drinking problem. a number of people suffered violent withdrawal symptoms when illegal alcohol companies were shut down. this is a temporary rehabilitation camp. daniel windy was a policeman for 14 years. he lost his job last year, his wife and children left two years ago. >> it became so hard for me to
stop drinking. i had to drink. i had to drink for me to survive, to do anything. i had to drink in the morning. >> here they reflect, eat well, support each other, and build their confidence. volunteer counselors medics and teachers are running the camp that was set up by the federal government. there are about 1,000 recovering alcoholics here, hundreds more are registering to get help. most of them are not employed. the concern now is what happens when they leave this place? >> so we are working to make sure that they are strong enough to be able to prevent relapse. there are those who will fall back but we are looking for it and we would celebrate if we manage to save 100, that would be a good number. >> after three months in rehab, they will go back to places like this village center, where cheap, illegal alcohol is still easy to get. roughly 40,000 people have a drinking problem in this
region. many have died after drinking homemade crews laced with potent ingredients. benson moturi became blind after drinking bad alcohol in 200-1678 his son is an alcoholic. on this day, his nephews came to visit. they were drunk. he says he tries to tell them to stop, but they won't listen. >> alcohol destroyed my life. i could not do anything. i couldn't even educate my children. it's very sad to see people drinking here so much, because they never help themselves. >> these people know too well, how hard it will be to adjust to life, when they return to their villages but at this moment, they just want to stay sober and positive. al jazeera in central kenya. and up next on al jazeera america, music with a strong message.
noise over recent incidents where students were stopped from bringing their instruments on to the mass transit railway, the mtr train. >> because i know that someone are empty our stuff. i think it doesn't make sense. so we are just here to show that we have the right to travel. >> the protesters say that the railway corporation turns a blind eye to others carrying oversized luggage and good but has been unfairly targeting music students. over the past few weeks several young musicians have been threatened with fines and removed for exceeding the size restrictions by a few centimeters. >> we have been carrying our instruments to take the train and then suddenly, it's not allowed. we will be charged. we will get warnings and
tickets. we just tell the younger, music learners that we are not welcomed by society. >> this gathering was gathered by social media. others used it as an opportunity to voice their dissent on a valshi rayity of topics. the result -- variety of topics. the result was they watched their event hijacked. some overwhelmed by the shouting and the confrontation in mtv staff. >> this is what you hear when several of the groups launched small protests at the same location. occasionally through here, you can hear something that sounds like music, but it's hard to tell. they will look at the carrying of oversized instrument but, many question whether this has struck the right note with the rail carrier. >> let's hope it did strike the right note. i'm jonathan betz in new york. stay right here because there's
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