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not better, just a lot luckier. i'm ray suarez and that's the inside story. >> this is aljazeera america. live from new york city. i'm richelle carey, in for tony harris. >> to be clear, the decision to provide arrow fires was a u.s. decision made within the u.s. chain of command. >> reporter: taking responsibility. a u.s. general admits mistakes in that hospital bombing in afghanistan and his thoughts on u.s. troop withdrawal future. >> the search for survivors from that missing cargo ship.
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and the assist from mother nature and the items they recovered. the signs show that joe biden could run for president. and two failed attempts smooch. >> and the peace through celebrity, trying to use friendship and love. the u.s. military is taking responsibility for saturday's airstrike on a hospital in afghanistan. the top commander in the country calling it a mistake. john campbell spoke at the armed services committee about the strike that killed 22 people and the current american strategy in afghanistan. aljazeera's white house correspondent, mike viqueira joins us from washington d.c. with more. and so what information came out of this hearing if >> reporter: well, after 72
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hours of shifting explanations from the u.s. military, campbell, the head of nato forces in afghanistan stepped up and took the blame. this, as he openly suggested that the president's stated policy of removing all american forces and a training and advisory role and a counter terrorism role by 2016 was not a good idea. >> a hospital was mistakenly struck >> reporter: it was a stark admission by the top commander in afghanistan, who gave no doubt who gave the green light about the attack that killed 22. >> to be clear, the decision to provide u.s. arrow fires was a u.s. decision, made within the u.s. chain of command. >> reporter: even before accepting the blame before a senate panel, john campbell said that the decision is going forward, with preliminary finds within 30 days. but that was cold comfort for
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doctors without borders, the group that operated the hospital n a series of scathing statements, nothing can excuse violence against patients and medical facilities. and this cannot be brushed aside as an inevitable mistake or a consequence of war. it came as trying to control kunduz, and it raises more questions. in 2014, president obama vowed to complete the withdrawal of u.s. troops by the end of next year. >> we have to understand that afghanistan is not a perfect place, and it's not america's responsibility to make it one. >> reporter: but tuesday, campbell told congress that the afghan army can't secure the country without u.s. help. and he openly called for u.s. troops to stay beyond the president's deadline. >> we have to have a counter terrorism capability and you have to have a certain amount of force to do that. >> >> reporter: the top leader,
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abdul abdullah wants them to remain as the afghan forces are gaining. >> at the same time, they need remaining support and sustaining support for the afghan forces is more impfet. >> the president is weighing his options, and the attack on the hospital will be part of that calculation. >> of course incidents on the ground, including high-profile incidents, and what they say about the weakness of the afghan security forces will have an impact on the president's decision. >> reporter: as for when that decision will come, richelle, no hints from the white house today. but it will be more than general campbell that will be consulted, though he has submitted to the president for keeping the troops longer than 2016, and the diplomatic community and the top advisers who ultimately help the president to make that it decision. >> doctors without borders has
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made several decisions since this happened. and they have been very clear that this is a war crime, and that's what happened. did that term come up in this hearing? >> it did not come up, and the administration said that they're not going to go along with that, but what's there, though you had gem campbell saying that it was a mistake, and you had the u.s. chain of command signing off on this, and it was a hospital operated by doctors without borders, but they weren't ready to assign blame publicly. they wanted to wait for the parallel investigations from nato and afghan. and the doctors without borders is having none of that, but they want an independent investigation, and they have moved for that. >> thank you. russian war planes have
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violated turkish airspace for the first time in four days in operations against syrian rebels. they called the move unacceptable. but they're warning moscow against the escalating tension. >> reporter: russian bombs fall on syria once more, 15 flying on monday, according to the defense ministry, ten airstrikes were carried out. on the ground, syrians are uploading footage and they say that it's russia's explosive air force, and the di diplomatic fireworks are including. they doubt the russian reports of inning consideratio incursioh airspace as a result of bad weather. >> this is a serious violation of turkish airspace, and it should not happen again. >> reporter: the president on the visit to nato's home city
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of brussels, also hitting in the syrian campaign. russia is still there. russia at the moment is carrying out on reg innings syria, and trying to a create a base in syria, and at the same time, we violate our airspace. we cannot tolerate this kind of thing. russia has taken a tough line, any aggression against turkey is an aggression against nato >> reporter: moscow said that it's happy to work with turkey to prevent any misunderstandings with syria, but last week, aimed at avoiding a mishap, washington still feels that moscow is keeping it in the dark about its operations. nonsense says russia's foreign ministry. at the press conference, she criticized the media for an anti-russian campaign, and the spokesperson said that all it has to do is pick up the phone.
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>> they can always call us and check everything to alleviate their concerns, and announce in public. even after these conversations, which can take place at any moment at the american request, if the two have any concerns, you may speak about them, but first, check it. it with us. >> despite russia and the u.s.-led coalition insisting that they are starting isil, the cooperation looking slim, moscow said that the coalitions campaign is illegal under international law, because it was requested by the syrian government. the coalition said that the russian planes are there to prop up a brutal dictator. despite warnings of a significant russian buildup in syria, moscow is ruling out any sorts of a boots on the ground mission. for now, it said that it's
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content to fight the war from the skies. >> russia said their fights against isil have forced the group to military equipment inside of a mosque. they released zone video of the alleged event happening. it shows the truck believed to be driven by isil soldiers winding through the streets of syria and then stopping to unload the equipment inside of the mosque. it's believed they are trying to protect it from airstrikes. >> saudi arabia is calling on a campaign of airstrikes against syria. 55 religious leaders are calling on other muslim countries to step in to provide support for the rebels and protect syria from what they call a crusader alliance. ali velshi is here with more,
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and you sat down with the saudi ambassador to the united nations yesterday. >> we started out with both countries allies, they share a lot of interests. while they're competitors in the oil market, they're eager to secure the oil. both oppose iran's, and support the rebel syrian group sense bashar al-assad. and i did point out, as i sat down with the envoy to the united nations, the u.s. and saudi arabia do not share a lot of the same values, and how that sort of plays out in the politics between the two countries. >> i understand that it got a bit heated and tell me what you discussed. >> well, the ambassador took it to that point and generally said that the saudi leader was miss repeated and everything,
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and i brought up the houthi rebels in yemen and accusations that assad has targeted civilians there. >> civilian casualties? we are using precise targeting, and we have technology to that effect, which we owe to the americans and the british and the french, who are helping us in that process. so we try as much as possible to avoid civilian casualties. were there civilian casualties in some cases? probably yes. as in all wars, but keep this in mind. any time there was a bombing exercised against a specific target, the houthis would come along and shoot artillery fire into neighboring places to show it off as collateral damage and civilian damage. >> yemen was one hot issue to
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debate. they do not share values about gay rights, and he said on that point, they share with the vatican, and i asked why they don't host more syrian refugees, and i challenged the ambassador on human rights. ali, the anti-government protestor, who has been sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion, and the ambassador said that there's no date set for the execution. there will be more on this, and it was a pretty good conversation tonight. >> all right, ali. you can watch ali velshi at 10:30 eastern here on aljazeera america. 15 people have now died in the record rainstorms across south carolina. and at least 800 remain in it shelters as floodwaters forced them from their homes. more than 2 feet of rain has fallen since friday, forcing the state officials to close
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300 roads and 160 bridges. state officials say more evacuations are likelying as long as the rivers remain above flood levels. aljazeera's paul from columbia, south carolina, paul, this is shifting from cleanup to recovery, and tell us more about that. >> reporter: yeah, richelle, at least in this part of the state, this was the first sunny day in almost two weeks, and you could feel the sigh of relief that the rain has stopped. and now the rain has cleared and the damage is staggering. where i'm standing right now, it's just outside of a little shopping mall in northeastern -- northwestern -- pardon me, northwestern columbia, and where i was two days ago, the water would have been over my head. the floodwaters have receded and the people are starting to
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cleanup, but there's a tremendous amount of work, and the waters are still rising as the surge of water moves downstream. while governor nikki haley gave a positive note. please be very careful and here's what she had to say. >> i cannot stress enough to the citizens of south carolina. what we're starting to see is people are starting to move barriers and drive through them, so other people are driving after them. people are starting to go around barriers. this is not safe. we're doing this to protect and you make sure that you don't travel on a road that we have not fully inspected yet. went to make sure that every bridge and road that you put your car on is safe, for the good of yourself and your family. >family. >> reporter: so there's still a lot of danger and damaged roads. and people are still eager to get back to their homes and their loved ones, but there has
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been so much damage, and a lot of assessment needs to be done. the police are closing bridges, and the number of dams, and they're keeping an eye on many more that have structural damage and may fail. so again, while the sun is out in this part of the state, and the long process of recovery is just beginning. richelle? >> can you give us more of the lay of the land? i know that you've been traveling around today and tell us what you've seen on the ground. >> in a neighborhood that we have seen up the street. this is a little creek, and up the road, it's a calm trickle. over the weekend, it became a raging torrent. and we saw people hauling out theiro photographs and trying to get things drying in the sun. i heard a woman yelling out from a window of the house to a crew, hey t. guys, where did
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you say that the diamond rings were kept? people trying to sift through to the wreckage of their lives. just getting underway. >> paul reporting on the historic flooding in south carolina. paul, thank you. the coast guard said that time is running out in the search for survivors in the cargo ship that sunk. it was trapped in the center of hurricane joaquin. and we are joined by john with more. >> reporter: good england, and the owner says that the el faro, if it hadn't lost engine power, it could have made it through hurricane joaquin. both the national transportation safety board is trying to figure out what happened. but for now, the priority is to find the crew. it's a race against time to find anyone who may have survived the apparent sinking of el faro in hurricane
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joaquin. [ ♪ playing "amazing grace" family members are trying to find their loved ones. >> we want people to know that the whole community is coming together and we love them and are hoping for the best. we have not given up. >> i'm not giving up hope. >> reporter: tuesday marks five days since the ship vanished, and that's how long someone can live in one of the survival suits, designed to keep the crew members safe and warm during an emergency. >> we believe that the vessel sank, in the last known position that we recorded on thursday. >> reporter: the last known vocation, crooked isle, bahamas, where the water is 15,000 feet deep. el faro had gone from florida to puerto rico on a regular cargo run. but during that time, joaquin grew to a category 4 hurricane. >> we hope that because these
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men are trained to survive, so hopefully they did what was needed to survive. >> reporter: the coast guard said that it's main focus is finding the people and not the shift. and tuesday, the national transportation safety board launched an investigation to find out what happened. >> that's what we're trying to find out. we have survival factors as a major part of our investigation, and we'll have more information. >> reporter: well, ntsb investigators arrived this afternoon, and they say that the large debris shield and the depth of the ocean is going to make it a huge challenge. but the investigators are going to try to find out what happened so at the very least they can help it from happening again. the ntsb will be holding a briefing, and we'll find out. >> those poor families. john terrett, thank you so much. the state of texas is preparing to execute a man who killed a mexican immigrant over
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$8. garcia shot 32-year-old hugy solano 14 times when the victim refused to happened over $8. this will be the third person executed in a week. it may be a sign of a significant change in catholic teaching. what the vatican said today about homosexua homosexuality. and why a vatican spokesman was critical of the catholic church. and the regulations between the u.s. and cuba has not stemmed the tide. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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and that's what we're doing at xfinity. we are challenging ourselves to improve every aspect of your experience. and this includes our commitment to being on time. every time. that's why if we're ever late for an appointment, we'll credit your account $20.
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it's our promise to you. we're doing everything we can to give you the best experience possible. because we should fit into your life. not the other way around. >> it requires a language of mercy, and particularly in talking about homosexuals or gay persons, we do not pity them, but recognition who they are. they are our sons and daughters and neighbors and sisters and colleagues. >> that was father thomas roseika, first person for the vatican, saying that they must stop using condescending language for homosexuals and find ways to welcome them into the church. a closed door gathering where
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clergy reviewed the teachings, and also calling for embracing reality with regards to homosexuality. >>. >> there's news tonight involving vice president joe biden and his potential involvement in the 2016 campaign. >> reporter: richelle, first to be clear, we're being told vice president joe biden has not made a decision about running for the presidency, but oh, to be a fly on the wall in their it discussion, because members of joe biden's team are strongly indicating to anyone listening that biden does not fear losing a presidential campaign. he has run for the democratic nomination twice before and loss, and since the death this summer of biden's son, bo, he would decide against another run. the fear of that, an
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unsuccessful campaign would be a crushing blow and deepen his depression, but sources are pointing out that the vice president knows the impact well of a failed campaign, saying that he's not afraid of losing another race, and he believes that he would be energized and lifted up by headaches and everything that a campaign requires, regardless of whether it was ultimately successful. the vice president believes that if he does get n. he will face a significant financial deficit, compared to hillary clinton, but he's convinced that she will be vulnerable in a general election and lingering perceptions about her honesty. it will reach a crucial phase, that in light of the next democratic debate. sources close to biden said that he will not make a decision before them and will not participate. the vice president feels no pressure to get in the race
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just yet. and as a result, his aids expect a decision from him before the filing date in october, and the iowa caucuses and the primary. richelle? >> the drama, thank you. the white house and cuba may have restored diplomatic ties, but a growing number of cubans are still making that dangerous journey to the u.s. the wet foot dry foot policy goes back to 1995. >> the gathering might never happen. he and his 16-year-old daughter have been apart for months, but the journey that the teenager went through to get here is staggering. usa! >> this is the moment that holladay and 11 others made landfall from the sailboat, locals can be heard giving them a warm welcome. but for the last two days of a
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dangerous six-day journey, the crew had no food or water, and it was only a chance that brought them ashore here. holladay said that she had no choice. >> we had to get out fast, because we think it's going to get bad. anyone who comes here in the future are going to be turned back, so we had to hurry up and get here. >> the rumors of an end to the wet-foot-dry-foot policy is a major concern. the number of those making the crossing is higher. many desperate cubans are being taken advantage of. >> smugglers expedited the rumor, saying if you are thinking about going, you better doing it now. we know they have been doing that. >> we have been told that. >> . >> one of the biggest challenges, quelling the rumor that's putting lives at risk.
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they're hoping that the message will get back to the island. and meanwhile, those trying to make it to the u.s. mainland by any means necessary continues to grow. the garcias are reunited and are planning their futures together. juan carlos told us that if he had known about the crossing, he would not have allowed his daughter to take such a massive risk. he's happy that she's here, but doesn't want to see any other family members risking their lives. >> a pay and play scandal rocks the united nations. a diplomat charged with taking $1 million in bribes. and plugs, it has been five years since facebook founder, mark zuckerberg, donated millions of dollars to schools in newark, new jersey, and the students are still not making the grade.
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>> the alley-oop general
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assembly is over, but a scandal has erupted in its wake. the former president of it is accused in a bribery escape. and the federal prosecutors say that it may be just the beginning of a broader investigation into the u.n.. aljazeera's james bays has more. >> reporter: it is a largely ceremonial but prominent job, presiding over the general assembly, where all of the members are represented, changing meetings including those involving the world's leaders. >> the assembly will now hear from his excellency, barack obama. >> john ash was taking more than $1 million in bribes from a chinese billionaire property dealer. >> mr. president, mr. secretary general. >> ash took more than just cash. he got paid in other ways.
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he had the bribers pay for a luxury first class for he and his family. and he asked a contractor directly to build a $30,000 basketball court at his dob's ferry home. >> ash worked closely with the u.n. secretary general. >> we have obviously just learned of these very serious allegations this morning. of course the secretary general was shocked and deeply troubled to learn of the allegations of john ash, which goes to the heart integrity of the united nations. >> when he finished his term of the assembly, john ash told me that the u.n. needed major change. >> any organization, including this one, if it's to survive, it has to reform. >> some say that his arrest and the allegations against him make that reform more urgent
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than ever. no one was given advanced warning of the arrests. ash had previously served as ambassador from his country and here at the united nations, and he was highly respected. in fact h. he was elected as the president of the u.n. general assembly, the u.n. ambassador, susan rice said that we couldn't be in better hands, and it was those hands, it's alleged that took bribes. but the criminal investigation is not closed. the united states attorney's office warning that there could be further arrests. james bays, aljazeera, united nations. >> richard strom was a former executive convicted of international bribery, and he went with the government to expose other crimes, and now he's an anti-bribery consultant. you went to prison, and how was your case handled differently
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than the way that john ash was discovered? >> almost opposite, when i was informed of a conspiracy to bribe a u.s. official of $320,000, the origin of that was the united nations task tack, which is investigating as an off-shoot for investigations pro cure. fraud. so i was investigated by an investigator, robert apple, who tracked me down in the united kingdom, and they shared the fraud that i was involved in, and they shared the finds with the justice department. and it appears that this was completely a justice department initiative, and as the u.n. shared, they found out about it when the rest of us did this morning. >> so with the body that found
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you doesn't exist anymore. >> that task force didn't receive any additional funding after 2008, and it was disbanded. and from my understanding, there have been no active fraud cases since 2008. >> is that troubling to you? >> it's troubling because the ptf, the task force, unearthed a number of different fraud schemes while it was working, and it's hard to think that since it's not an operation anymore that the bribery stopped. and as we have seen today, here's a $1 million plus, and this is just the start of an investigation, a $1 million bribery scheme that was entirely missed by the oversight and that's a big miss. >> here's a bigger question, is that because they don't want to know? >> that's the political
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question. and it seems that there are dedicated vets and attorneys that want to unearth the fraud. and it's a more difficult question to find out whether there's the political will and resources and finance so they can do their job. >> what are your thoughts as to why people give into bribes? >> well, in this case, the sums were certainly enormous. and he probably didn't think he was going to get caught. >> that's usually what it is. >> and i may have thought as a diplomat, he was just going to be under the radar so to speak, but if you look in the history books, you would have seen four other u.n. employees that went to prison as a result of bribery, again, as a result of the task force work. >> thank you so much for sharing your experience and your insight on this, thank you very much. >> thank you, my pleasure. >> the white house said that it's disappointed in a ruling
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from europe's top court today that restores ability to store personal information on u.s. servers. a 15-year-old agreement made users vulnerable to the find. >> reporter: every day, billions of dollars in electronic business is conducted between the united states and europe, contracts and social media, all supposedly protected by a transatlantic privacy agreement called safe harbor, and now the justice has decided that safe harbor can't be trusted. >> it impacts all aspects of business, anything by which a living individual can be identified. so that ranges from something as simple as an email signature block, to details in a library database, for example. >> in 2013, former c on ia contractor, edward snowden, leaked privacy documents of
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covert snooping by u.s. intelligence agencies, and it was that that brought this case to the european court. on facebook, the transfers use data as a service outside of the eu. whether it's the digital photograph that we put on the media website, or credit card details, all of that data has to be stored on servers such as this. but more often than not, here in the europe, they're cited in the united states, and in the safe harbor agreement, america decided to match the privacy rules. and if american sky agencies continually override and ignore privacy rules, safe harb senior worthless. facebook insists that it has done nothing wrong, and it operates within laws. but a it statement saying that
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it's imperative that the eu and united nations governments pride lawful data transfers and resolve any issues related to national security. model contracts, binding corporate rules or our own consent, for data to be transported. of course another would be to make the u.s. spy agencies more accountable. >> if i get spied on by the usa, there's no way to go to the usa and bring private action against the usa. that's fundamentally imbalanced. so i as a european citizen can have rights of action under that legislation, and that levels up the playing field across the atlantic, and you can see that would be one way, and that's going to be enormously controversial. >> under the rules, companies with privacy, new fines of up
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to 5% of the company's turn over. the ruling was a scramble to find new ways of doing business. paul brennan, aljazeera. >> facebook ceo, mark zuckerberg, donated $100 million to help new jersey transform the public schools, but today, many say that the donation failed to bring meaningful lives to the new york city school children. >> i committed to the startup education foundation, and the first check will be $100 million challenge grant. >> $100 million? >> five years ago, facebook's mark zuckerberg made national headlines, went on the oprah show, and he pledged to transform education in the city of new work. and even the mayor heard about
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it. >> it was a surprise to everyone because no one in the city knew what was happening, and everyone was introduced to that on the oprah show. >> the $100 million from zuckerberg came with the caveat that booker would match it. the goal, make a new model for education reform. he has three children, ages 11-17, enrolled in newark's troubled school it system. >> i thought it was amazing, and we were all very happy. we thought it was going to help the crisis. >> instead, battle lines were drawn, and a war would begin in nenewark, between traditional schools and those who would rewrite the system. >> they robbed our children. >> why do you feel that way? >> because they put the money in everything that it shouldn't have gone.
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hiring consultants, and all of these different places. >> reporter: as superintendent, cami anderson implemented one new work, the plan designed to reform the public schools, and it divided the city. some say that leaders failed to tell parents, students, and educators in new work about the potential pitfalls. >> what was it like? so many of the people we heard from, it was a tumultuous time. was it that bad. >> yes, it was. it was scary, because to me, it was like you're trying to turn the school into a charter school. it was like a lottery. you had to pick a few schools, and a lottery was going to tell you where you went. it was difficult to understand. >> mayor barackas said that it was lack of understanding over the input. and the public schools finally reached a tipping point. >> she didn't have a good
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relationship with people. she made things happen without consulting or consensus for people to be part of it. >> when cami anderson stepped down in june, she had eight months on her contract. and still she says that she is proud of the district's accomplishments, and remains hopeful about the city. >> if adults keep kids at the core of the decision making, the progress will continue, and my hope would be individuals that know things better, and a lot of people do, hold everyone's feet to the fire. >> okay, sarah is here, and i'm glad you are, and this is important reporting. you would think that $500 million would make everybody happy, and it's not what happened at all. it seems that it's political and they say that politics are he local. and what happened? >> you have the former mayor, who is now the senator, and you have the governor, who is running for president, and you have somebody who was a principal, who is now the
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mayor. >> a lot of positioning going on. >> absolutely, a lot of jockeying, and everyone saw it as a great gift, but how are we going to use it to our advantage, and as a reporter, everybody pointed the finger to the superintendent. but she was a scapegoat. and everyone had a stake in this, and they used it as posture, and people caught in the crossfire were the kids. it was somewhat of a grand experiment. >> and we will hear from her. the full report tonight on newark schools, it's going to be on "america tonight," 10:00 eastern time. >> for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, john seigenthaler is here. >> reporter: hi, richelle. the top u.s. general in afghanistan tries to explain it deadly airstrikes that went terribly wrong. >> a hospital was mistakenly struck. we would never intentionally
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target a protected facility. >> we'll bring you the testimony of general john campbell, including his suggestion that thures troops stay in afghanistan beyond the current deadline to end the mission. also, a texas teenager noticed something disturbing about slavery in one of his high school it text books, and redactions bringing change and an apology. flint michigan, tests show children with abnormally high levels of lead in their blood. >> we are in michigan and we have access to the great lakes, so the irony is unbelievable. you would expect it in a third world country, but not in michigan. >> the anger and what the governor said that he's going to do about it. those coming up in 15 minutes. >> they're designed to be an artistic form of protests. murals painted on american soil, highlighting human rights violations in iran, but one of
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them is sparking more outrage. fantasy fraud. a $1 billion online industry sparking insider trading on wall street.
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>> what you're looking at, thousands of people who tried to set a record for the biggest human peace sign today, in honor of the late john lennon, but they did however come up short. more than 2,000 students and politicians and activists joined yoko ono in central park on what would have been his 75th birthday. it failed to break the record set in 2009. fantasy sports, accused of using what some people call insider information to win hundreds of thousands of
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dollars on arrival site. and now it's raiding questions on the entire multibillion-dollar industry. aljazeera's alexander reports. >> reporter: it's a popular online betting company called draft kings. a chance to win big money in american football. >> everyone knows draft kings makes more millionaires than anyone else. >> reporter: it's called be fantasy sports, and here's how it works. fans pay an online entry fee, $1 to $1,000 to join the pool. and the fans big players assemble an imaginary or hypothetical team win or lose, depending on how well they play each week. lots of money is involved. and it's a $2.5 billion industry, and expected to grow to $14 million by 2020. but now a big scandal after an
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employee from draft kings won hundreds of thousands of dollars getting on american football with a rival company, allegedly based on information not available to the public. it's being called insider trading or cheating. >> when you play poker, figure nobody else has access to see your cards, and that's what we're questioning here. what data and what information could people have access to, and what kind of protections are on that? >> draft kings, and fall duel, the other company, issued a joint statement demanding that employees had insider information to help them win, and said, "nothing is more important than the integrity that we offer to the fans, but both participating in online fantasy sports contests, and the investigations continue. in america, unlike scene gambling or online poker, the fantasy betting leagues are not regulated by federal law. they have many reassessing
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whether they should be. >> they're basically trusting draft kings to run the games themselves, and there's no third party and no government oversight. and i think that's where the questions come in, and people the answers about what's going on. >> fantasy sports fans expecting to be betting on a level playing field, now wondering if that wasn't fantasy in itself. aljazeera, new york. >> chris joins us live from las vegas. an online gaming expert, and legal so what should the average fantasy sports fan be thinking now because of this? >> reporter: i think that the average fantasy sports fan should be thinking about how careful thesenant see sports operators are with the data that's entrusted to them. and where that flow of data
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within the company is tracked and how strong the controls are in place. who can access it, and how easy is it to move it out of the company in. >> what troubles you the most about what happened? >> to me, it's not a story about any individual employee or incident. and i'm not aware of any credible evidence with the employee in question that he would able to profit on this. but to me, it's a laxed posturer toward security within the sports industry, and that's troubling when you're talking about an industry where over $3 billion are going to be put at risk by millions of consumers in twitch alone. >> so do you think that that attitude is going to be changed? will it be forced to change some. >> i think that it better change. if the industry is going to to do something viable and long-term, there has to be a
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fundamental approach in transparency, and there has to be a fundamental approach in allowing external oversight to bring some kind of accountability to the situation. because in the status quo, there isn't any. >> is this a matter of self policing or somebody coming in front the outside and doing the policing? >> i think that someone from the outside has to come in. i think that the daily sports industry has had its shot at self regulation, this week, it shows that they are not interested in putting the time, resources or energy into governing effectively. so it has to be some entity from outside of the industry that has both complete visibility into the workings of each site. a full 360 view of how they move from site to site. and most importantly, have levers to pull on to ensurebility ability with
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whatever standards that they need to develop. >> so for someone watching right now who has not participated in fantasy sports, can you put it into perspective, how big it has gotten and how quickly it has gotten this big some. >> sure, in 2010f. you were talking about the total amount wagered in the industry, tens of millions, and now three years later, a number that's legitimately expressed in billions. there's no hyperbole. it's tracked and established and that's really the trajectory that we have seen over the years. from tens of millions to billions. >> so that's pretty big. so even if you're not a fan right now, maybe you will by next year. chris grove, thank you for your insight on this, for joining us from las vegas, we appreciate it. >> the pleasure is all mine. >> artists from around the world, painting a mural in the u.s. to shine a light on iran.
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it's part of a campaign, and one the murals has caused a controversy in the u.s. roxanne is here with that. and tell us more. >> reporter: the limits on expression and education in iran. 38 journalists are now behind bars there. and the murals are getting a lot of support. and one of them is sparking it's own protest. street artist, ron english, is mixing his colors and creativity in brooklyn to help journalists in iran. english is a famous street artist, known for criticizing corporations, and during the 2008 presidential campaign, called abraham obama. >> some people say you're an american, and why are you doing thisser in iranian cause? >> i don't consider myself an american. i live in america, but i live
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in illinois, and the whole world is oyster and you should be part of the world. >> his campaign led by bahari, he spent four months behind bars in iran after appearing on the daily show. >> i asked the question on everyone's mind, why is this so terrifying? >> when he asked the american artist to join the project, he didn't hesitate. nojumi fled iran in 1980, after a hard line newspaper called his work anti-islamic. >> my whole life has been around freedom, in iran. >> he says his campaign helps journalists in iran know they're not forgotten. and with murals like this broken ruler, the campaign calls for access education for all iranians. >> they're not free to do their
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job, and if they had full rights as citizens, including students, that would show that the government has not afraid of any coup that might stand outside of ideology. >> but one is sparking it's own protest. it shows the cartoonist, with her hair covered and no mouth. and the campaign plans to take it down. >> it doesn't have the right formation, the situation with that mural. >> the other paintings are expected to stay indefinitely. >> we think the more the iranian government sees people caring about the issues in iran, the more appreciate they will feel. >> a south african artist, she
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called it raceiful. >> who is funding this movement? >> the fundraisers say that it's funded only by individuals who care about human rights anywhere an, and they're not getting funding from governments in this campaign. >> thank you for sharing this, and check out this video. it shows one man's journey through 46 countries in the last year, and i'm sure that he's exhausted. good stuff, right? what do you make about this? one second of video shot in every ever each country this they visited. a modern day individual tall nomad. and extremely modern, good stuff there. i'm richelle carey, and thank you so much for joining us this evening and john seigenthaler is up next with the latest on the deadly flash flooding in carolina. and you can go to the website, have a great evening, and see you back here tomorrow.
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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. admissions. >> to be clear the decision to provide aerial fires was an u.s. decision made within the u.s. chain of command. >> clearing the fog of war but not the questions. the u.s. now says the airstrike on an afghan hospital was a mistake. state of emergency, dams break lives lost.