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anger and resentment. >> i've been here for the last three days. i've gotten no information whatsoever. is my daughter dead or alive? >> turkey points the finger at i.s.i.l. but angry turks are blaming the government for bloodshed. >> endless violence. tensions between israelis and
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palestinians escalate. >> the terror does not stem from frustration due to the lack of progress, the terror stems from the desire to annihilate us. >> the reasons attempts to broker peace has failed. shuttle diplomacy. >> the discussions need to take place sooner than later. >> warning the civil war may lead to a partitioned syria. u.s. and russia to find common ground. >> and rewriting history. >> even the findings are used in the writing the contents can be changed and distorted. >> outrage, echoing outyo outran the u.s. how to teach history without bias.
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>> good evening, i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera america. we begin tonight in turkey, a nation that's reeling after nearly 100 people died in a bombing at a peace rally over the weekend. the work was the massacre of two suicide bombers and i.s.i.l. is the prime suspect. but many turks are pointing fingers at the government angry it's not keeping them safe. saturday's attack was the deadliest in turkey's history. as thousands of mourners gathered for some of the victims, meanwhile, november 1st snap elections will not be postponed but as mohammed jamjoom reports many turks have more immediate concerns. >> you can see it in their faces. you can hear it in their sighs. with each passing hour sadness
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deepens. with every passing day, resentment grows. >> translator: in heart of the capital, in ankara, and these explosions occur? these just raises so many questions. >> reporter: since the attacks near ankara's main train station on saturday, two ever her nieces have been missing. she was mother of three children. fatma, seen ton right, was the mother of two. he and his family are as angry as they are sad. >> how can anyone say there is no security weakness when it comes to the situation. how do these people bring the bombs here, how do they enter the square? how do they detonate the bombs? >> as questions pile up satisfactory answers have yet to be found. these are set up immediately after the attack, these tents.
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most of the people we have spoken today are kurdish. they have donated dna to help authorities identify the remains of their loved ones. families wait outside ankara's medical authority complex. farmer had been working the fields in her village when she heard the news. >> translator: my daughter came here for a peace rally. did she have a gun in her hand? no. she came empty handed. she just came to ask for peace. >> like many other kurds she accuses the government of treating her like a second class citizen. >> translator: i've been here for the last three days. i've gotten no information whatsoever. is my daughter dead or ally or f she is dead show me her body. >> it is clear more and more of the kurdish population feels
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aggrieved and trodden. >> we are just living for peace, dying for it, and even in our death we're asking for peace and peace only. >> that so many people were killed at a rally where they were demanding peace only makes it hurt that much more. with trauma this severe, these wounds will be extremely hard to heal. mohammed jamjoom, al jazeera, ankara turkey. >> stephen cook is a senior fellow for middle east an studi. what's your read for who is responsible? the government blames i.s.i.l, some protesters are accusing the government of creating polarization in order to help itself in the upcoming election. >> i think it's clear that this
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is an i.s.i.s. attack or i.s.i.s. inspired attack. it is very similar to two other attacks that have occurred over the course of the last five months that also point to supporters of the islamic state. all that being said, it's clear that the government has in its political strategy, helped create an environment where kurds in general are a target of political violence. president erdogan has in his effort to secure more votes in a parliamentary majority for the justice and development party from which he has come from, has sought to connect the legal kurdish party in the political party with kurdish terrorists and this has absolutely polarized and radicalized turkey's political environment, it makes the kind of vinyl viole are seeing more possible. >> to increase the nationalist
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vote in the upcoming election, most countries come together after an attack like this. that has not seemed to have happened in turkey. there are accusations of press censorship against erdogan and he's mostly been invisible, why? >> turkey is deeply and profoundly polarized. this is new. again the political strategy pursued by president erdogan and the justice and development party has been to advance its political agenda by polarizing society. that is a bing change. this party -- big change . this party came to power in 2002, and won reelection in 2011. since the party has been in trouble since arguably 2013, the strategy has essentially been to divide and rule. one would have hoped that after the killing of more than 100
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innocent turks who were just protesting for peace between the communities, actually calling for national unity, that some of these political leaders would have, in the aftermath of this horrible situation come to set aside their arguing but that hasn't happened. >> when turkey is facing a tremendous crisis of its own, its has over 2 million refugees, turkey has many more than the european union. >> i think it's clear there's a double standard with which the way europe deals with turkey, and one area where the turks can be held out for praise is the way in which they have handled the intake eve of 2.2 million sn
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refugees. during previous refugee crises they have not upheld international norms. they have in this time and spent nearly $7 billion of their own money for the care and feeding of these people. turkey has been blamed for the wave of refugees coming into europe but it's not at all clear that people are leaving turkish refugee camps to make their way to europe. bottom line is, if i were a syrian refugee i would prefer to be in turkey than almost anyplace else now. >> steven cook, thanks. after weeks of political infighting several members of the kurdish parliament were barred from entering. they include the parliament speaker and the movement for chain or goran party. the ruling kdp participate has
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accused of instigating protests. the newly announced alliance calls itself the democratic force he of syria. the pentagon confirmed today it delivered more than 45 tons of military equipment to those forces. al jazeera's zeina khodr reports from beirut. >> reporter: syria's kurds have been the most effective against i.s.i.l. on the ground. most of the areas are now under their croalz o control under thr with turkey. an alliance has now been formalized. they call themselves the democratic forces of syria. >> after the intervention of russian jet fighters and their strikes if syria so now, the situation is changing very quickly. so these forces are made up, this kind of we can't see any
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unification on the ground. >> reporter: the new group says its new role will be to fight i.s.i.l. and push for a democratic and secular syria and become the democratic army of syria. days after u.s. says it was abandoning plans to train forces, the u.s. has already worked with brigades who are part of the democratic forces of syria. russia hasn't shied away from saying, among the groups coming under fire are conservative brigades like ahar ashem and el nusra front, they are not part of the alliance and not part of the u.s. coalition.
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>> gulf countries and service men working in syria. this is not just about the elaboration of rules but also of coordination of joint actions. >> reporter: the democratic forces of syria is not a new force. it is an existing one that was supported by the u.s. coalition but now has a kurdish and arab face. zeina khodr, al jazeera, beirut. >> the u.n. is calling on moscow and washington to come together and help solve the syrian chris he. special envoy said today that russian intrerchtion int intervd introduced new component into syria. >> the working groups which was what syrians were always asking. the possibility of all included, everyone part of discussions of their own future, need a take
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place sooner than later. >> mr. de mastura discussed the danger of syria being partitioned. russian jets intensified their attacks near latakia province. the alawite minority to which he belongs. cia covert program started in 2013. al jazeera, john terret has more. >> u.s. made bgm-79 toe missiles, free syrian army fighters call them asset tamers as they are said to be driving rebel gains in the northwest of the country. video posted online reportedly show the u.s. made weapons smashing into tanks in syria. it's beginning to feel like a
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cold era proxy war, two great powers facing off, without actually facing each other in combat. >> putin has begun a proxy war against the united states. this was no accident, targets were provided 50 syrian regime and they were accurate. >> retired army general jack keane making his point to congress but not everyone agrees. >> tow weapons may have some impact in the near term but in terms of being the basis of a proxy war between russia and the united states, i believe that's pretty far overblown. >> reporter: these so-called assad tamers are reported to have been delivered to syrian opposition forces apart of a two year covert operation to help
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destabilize assad' assad's regi. but president obama said the cost of the program fell woefully short. >> this is why i've been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of syria. my goal has been to try test the proposition, can we be able to train and quip a moderate opposition that's willing to fight i.s.i.l. and what we've learned is that as long as assad remains in power it is very difficult to get those folks to focus their attention on i.s.i.l. >> reporter: president putin says his operation in syria is limited and designed only to curb terrorism in syria. >> translator: our task is to stabilize the legal government and create the right conditions for reaching a compromise. >> reporter: while there have been proxy war between the u.s.
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and russia for decades, this is a new one and with it comes the fear of a russian bare stirring once more. >> clearly this is wording in accordance with their national security interest. they're not interested in defeating the islamic state, they are interested in keeping assad in power so they can maintain access to their warm water port in the mediterranean. >> reporter: john terret, al jazeera, washington. >> allegedly planning a bombing, several men were detained yesterday when officials raided an apartment in central moscow. a home made bomb containing explosive was found. the taliban appears to be poised to strike another town in afghanistan. outside gosne. the taliban has been engaged
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with the military in that area. it briefly held kunduz in what was its biggest military victory in 14 years. the taliban is also taking aim at two afghan tv networks it accuses of fabricating information against them. 12 days of bloodshed between israelis and palestinians without a break. coming up, the violence between the two, and whether the u.s. takes any blame. and the culture of safety for children.
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>> more stabbings and another police shooting in israeli and the west bank. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has accused arabs of helping to insight violence and calling for more general protest. holy sites in jerusalem. the u.s. has appealed to both sides for calm. al jazeera april andrew simmons ha's andrew simmons hasmore fro. >> this is the ugly reality of what's happening here. a young palestinian in agony, police saying he was part of a random attack on two israelis.
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a crowd goading on the police. one man is shouting, shoot him in the head! the teenager is in hospital with serious injuries. along with the two israeli victims. police say they shot dead his accomplice, another marin palestinian teenager. this is one of the trail of knife attacks and police shootings. monday was one of the darkest days in occupied east jerusalem since this crisis began. it started with a 17-year-old man shot dead. police say he tried to stab a border policeman. later, a schoolgirl is shot and injured. police say she stabbed a policeman. netanyahu called it knife terror. tougherrer sentence will be part of the fight-back. >> we are fighting on all the fronts. we have added forces and border police in jerusalem and all over
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the country. we are taking responsibility on ourselves. destroying terrorist houses. we are wiping out the people who are against us. and the islamic movement. we are fighting against the molotov cocktails and the stones and taking revenge for the people who have been killed. i expect the support of the opposition party in these action he and also, in establishing the law against this wave of terror. >> reporter: israel's opposition while agreeing tough action is needed, accused netanyahu of failing to take control. anotheanother attack. this time, israelis sea a palestinian tried to get a soldier's gun and civilians grappled with him. bus stopped, police boarded its opening fire and killing the palestinian. there's a deep set fear that pervades every street here.
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there is this is not about suicide attackers or car bombs. it could be anybody, pulling a knife, crude random violence. and there's another fear one that's just as deep-set. as these ataksi attacks continu. police using summary justice, no one is sure how or when this cycle of violence willence. andrew simmons, al jazeera, east jerusalem. joining me is khalid al gindi. he has served as an advisor to the palestinian leadership. khalid, good to see you as always. we have seen these couple of weeks of violence in israel and the palestinian territories. the peace process has been dead now for more than a year. has the u.s. dropped the ball?
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>> well i would say the peace process has been dead for far longer than just one year. the peace process really has been comatose at least if not dead for almost a decade. what we have, really, is a serious state of denial on the part of the american administration, pretending that there is a peace process, when in fact there is none. there is none, not only in terms of the absence of negotiations, but as we see so tragically on our tv screens, there is nothing to prevent or even minimize israeli-palestinian violence. >> secretary of state kerry hasn't been to the region in months. the obama administration's relation with benjamin netanyahu is near its nadir. neither secretary kerry nor president obama attended netanyahu's speech. is the u.s. a help or a hindrance to the process?
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>> well, like i said the united states is primarily in denial. so i suppose in that sense, it is a hindrance. since it doesn't recognize, really, the scope, you know, the extent of the problem. but, you know, there are other factors here, clearly, than the united states. you have regional environment that is in total disarray. you have an international community that is focused on other pressing issues, whether it's syria or refugee crisis in europe. so the issue is not getting the kind of attention at the u.n, in washington, or even in arab capitals that it has in the past. and so all of that is contributing to this kind of inertia. >> and internally among israelis and palestinians what can the u.s. do or the international community do? if you have a weak unpopular
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palestinian authority leadership and a israeli prime minister whose coalition is made up mostly of right wing parties? >> yeah i think, you know, the united states is the only party that has any influence in this situation. it certainly has influence and leverage with israel despite the bad personal relationship between the two leaders. obama and netanyahu. but there is a lot of leverage there available to washington. if it would only muster up the political will to actually use it. and the united states also i think has a lot of leverage with the palestinian leadership. although i think in this particular instance, the palestinian leadership last been marginalized. they're not involved in this violence in any way. and they would much rather see it not happening. but, you know, i think the united states could play a more direct role, if it could muster
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the political will to do that. >> now both sides have said that they don't feel bound by the oslo accords. polls show 65% of israelis fear for their safety. an overwhelming number of palestinians have felt the peace process has failed them. if the intifada has lost control of the palestinian street, is the risk of a third intifada, everyone keeps asking is that risk growing? >> i suppose it may be growing but i think what's missing from the equation and that we've had in past palestinian uprisings is sort of a political involvement. by the main palestinian factions. and that's just not present. because there is real reluctance not only on part of the fattah and p.a. and ramallah but by
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hamas in gaza and the other spaller palestinian factions are also notably absent from the scene. and so you know either one of two scenarios will happen for this to -- will have to happen for this to become an actual intifada or kind of mass mobilization. either the existing political faction he with it don't the protests and sor --factions wilr an entirely new leadership will emerge that eventually displaces or at least is -- will have leverage over the current palestinian leadership. right now, neither of those seem to be happening. and so you know it can't be a mass mobilization unless it is politically organized and that hasn't happened yet. >> and in the meantime, people
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keep getting hurt and dying. khalid al gindi, thank you. violence is increasingly having women as its victims. coming up, what needs to be done to address that violence and increase equality. also, australia's hard line on refusing asylum seekers is placing a better on its neighbors. better -- a burden on its neighbors.
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>> welcome back to mg al jazeera
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america, i'm antonio mora. coming up this half hour of international news, signs of a divided catholic church. but first a look at the stories making headlines across the u.s. in our american minute. prosecutors in the tamir rice case, independent reports found the officer shot the 12-year-old boy did so reasonably. in a statement tonight, cayahoga prosecutor tim mcginty's office. >> stone mountain has been a memorial to the confreas. confederacy. supporters of the confederacy, said it would undermine the memorial that is already there. dell announced it is buying emc for 67 billion, the biggest technology acquisition ever. the deal could help dell move
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away from the sagging personal computer business and into the lucrative cloud and mobile market. the deal includes cloud software giant bm wear which dell says will remain an independent publiclpublicly traded company. the release of jason rezaian, the tehran bureau chief has been convicted of espionage. lisa stark reports from washington. >> jason rezaian's conviction was announced by iranian state television, which said there had been a verdict and an appeal was possible. rezaian, a jowrnlgt an journalie tehran bureau chief, had faced charges of espionage. his brother said it was an ongoing nightmare and a travesty
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of justice for our family. >> this comes after 15 months of detention, months without access to a lawyer. a sham trial. two more months of waiting. and now this verdict without ever any indication of what it was that iran believes jason did. >> the post says it will file an appeal but knows that will make little difference. >> none of vu of us have any hot this will be resolved in the courts. this will be resolved at the political level, resolved by iran's political leaders who have the power to intervene, to make it right. >> rezaian's wife and mother who have been understandably distressed by this situation, went to iran's court to understand, were turned away, told no translator were
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available. rezaian and his wife were arrested in 2013, she was released on bail. he has been in jail for 447 days, longer than the iran hostage crisis in 1979. as iran and the u.s. negotiated a deal over nuclear arms this summer the fate of rezaian and other americans held in iranian prisons were brought up on the sidelines with no resolution. the staicht ha state departmento official notice of a verdict. but call for iran to drop all charges against jason and release him immediately. many believe rezaian has become a pawn in the battle between hard liners in iran and those more open to the west. >> i think jason is an innocent person who's been caught in the collision of much larger forces
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inside iran. >> reporter: forces that have not budged despite appeals from rezaian's family condemnation by the united nations and governments worldwide. lisa stark, al jazeera, washington. >> reporter: at the u.n. tomorrow the security council will debate moving forward on a landmark resolution adopted 15 years ago on the role of women on peace and security. a new report says women are the key to ending wars. roxana saberi joins us with more on that. >> antonio, the report calms on women to get more involved in bringing about peace and protect them better in times of war. the report comes as leaders prepare to meet at the u.n. this week to talk about women's rights. it warns that as extremism worsens around the world, a lot of violence is aimed specifically at women. >> in northern iraq i.s.i.l. fighters have killed men and raped and enslaved women.
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and in northern nigeria more than 200 girls remain missing. a year and a half after they were kidnapped by the rebel group boko haram. >> there are children that we need to be -- that need to be protected. they are vulnerable children. now they are in the hands of monsters. >> reporter: in 2000, the u.n. security council acknowledged that the world needed to do more to protect women against had kind of violence. it adopted resolution 1325, to prosecute people responsible for war crimes including rape. but 15 years later, a new report just released by the united nations agent u.n. women, finds the violence of extremism has made a real threat to the lives of women. and though there is a great deal of rhetoric, funding for programs remains abysmally low. the report says many governments
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have become sensitive to the violations of women's rights and more women are becoming leaders in their own communities. but much more must be done. >> the process has been too slow. and the result is too uneven. >> u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon has called for gender equality 50 year 2030 but he too recognizes the challenges ahead. >> i'm asking all the leaders through their political will to change all stereotype traditions. and mentality. >> and we spoke with the executive director of u.n. women to learn more about this report and what need t needs to change. >> what proof is there that resolution 1325 has been working? >> in countries where women were engaged as negotiators of peace, the peace agreements were able to hold to a period of up to 15
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years. in more than 35%, women were able in the peace negotiations to address some of the healing aspects that are always necessary following a conflict. something that sometimes escapes the generals when they are sitting there and negotiating just by themselves. >> can you give me some examples of ways in which the resolution has not been working as you had hoped? >> the fact that the percentage of women that are participating directly in the peace negotiations is still less than 10%. clearly we with have wanted it to be much higher. >> some men even see women as property or second class citizens. how do you address those attitudes to get the results that you want? >> we actually need policies,
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governance, and programs at country and national level that addresses the pattern of employment and positioning of women in security forces. with war, also the acceptance of women as peace makers is strong negotiators as solution makers would be reinforced. >> but we're still seeing the systematic rape of women for example by i.s.i.l. the in syria and iraq. how can these women be protected? >> the punishment of perpetrators has been very uneven. so using an effective prosecution as a deterrent has not been used as effectively as it can be. >> there have been allegations in recent months that u.n. leaders have had to deal with, of u.n. peace keepers engaging in sexual assaults. >> yes. >> what can u.n. women's do about -- u.n. women do about
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that? >> we need more women deployed as peace keepers. because women's participation in peace keeping is a deterrent to bad behavior. >> there will be another resolution passed this week in support of resolution 1325 and its goals, how is this year going to be any different than previous years? >> well i will not say we will see a dramatic change in a year's time. because it looks like it moves before we see a significant change. we are impatient. the suffering of women is extreme. but also, the greater consciousness that behavior discriminates and u.n. woman is not acceptable. the we don't get it right this time, really. >> the report shows that when more women are involved the peace and stability can be longer lasting. why are no more women getting
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involved? >> there is still a level of tolerance for discrimination of women unfortunately, among governments, we need a stronger resolution in order to make sure that we are not only holding the belligerence accountable, but you are holding us as the nation of the world accountable. >> so how do you change that knowledge and awareness into action you would leek to see? >> ourselves as u.n. women we work with governance although we need to make sure we need to move from making announcements to actually taking action. >> so antonio, she said that they and the u.n. are supposed to set aside 15% of their peace and securities budgets on it but right now the figure is less than 5%. >> the suffering evere women around the world is very many as she said. thanks roxana.
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>> welcome. >> a leaked memo could be the sign of distrust is brewing inside the walls of the vatican. oppose expressed concern about abandoning the key christian belief. limits decision making to a small few. for a week now, 270 cardinals have gathered at the vatican to discuss modern family values. officials are crafting guidelines to provide guidelines when the church. holding workshops for leaders around the developing world. today officials said they are encouraged by the progress being made saying more bishops are being proactive and asking for help. >> creating that culture of safety for children and for families to be aware of grooming, et cetera, et cetera. so we're hoping to also on the
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committee on health that i work on, there are a number of people from different countries where they haven't got these things about place. so it's how we adapt these programs to neat cultural needs. >> next month the head of the commission plans to continue the work by hosting a workshop with bishops across central america. germany's warm welcome for refugees appears to be cooling off. coming up why german chancellor angela merkel appears to have promised too much and why the dentist who killed cecil the lion may not be charged.
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>> the cheap of the u.n. refugee agency is questioning the eu, to stem the flow of people into europe. he says it would be more effective if host countries would find work for the refugees. meanwhile, 20 asylum seekers have filed a suit against berlin's main refugee center for not processing them to get essential benefits. jonah hull looks at the situation in germany. >> when chancellor angela merkel delivered what appeared to be an open invitation to refugees earlier this summer it seems likely she didn't see the effects of germany taking in 800,000 people this year, the real number could be double that. here we are in a small junior
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germantown. this is where picture post card meets the face of human tragedy. how long do you think you'll stay here? >> full of life here. >> the rest of your life? >> yes. >> there are signs that germany's generosity is wearing thin. last week mrs. merkel was tiched to win the nobel peace prize for her humanitarian leadership. she didn't. and even her closest political allies are turning against her policy on refugees. >> how many more people can germany take? >> translator: one of our main concerns is the unlimited migration, that could create insurmountable problems. >> already, problems are mounting, videos posted on social media show fights breaking out in overcrowded reception centers. as frustration rises, state governments report a shortage of
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winter housing. >> i think many people here. >> reporter: too many people? >> too many people. just waiting. just waiting. >> waiting for what? >> i don't know. >> they don't tell you? >> no no no, just waiting. >> reporter: so what do you think will happen? >> i don't know. >> reporter: perhaps most significant is the change in public opinion. just over half of all germans say they now fear the refugee influx from a third during the summer. >> i think we can take a lot of them but not all. we have no houses, no flats. we have no shops. at first they have to learn german. it's a problem. >> do you think chancellor merkel made a mistake? >> we will see. we will see. >> so the finger-point is ahas begun and while chancellor
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merkel says there are no limit, germany just might. >> activists are asking benino aquino to determine, al jazeera's jamilla alendoggan has more from manila. >> philippines has a history of accepting refugees, they built a vievietnamese village on the i'l of palao. 90th quite the same. not quite the same. australia has offered over $100 million to the philippine government in a span of five years to take the refugees.
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something officials here have strongly denied. >> there is an issue of migration of refugees. we can consider, but at the same time, we have to take into account our own resources. >> refugees have tried to reach australia's shores have been sent to hundreds of prisons, in papua new guinea, and the island of narau where conditions of living are hard for many. the $55 million arrangement has been criticized by many. australia has long taken a hard line stand on asylum seekers who stride to reach its shores by boat. its government says the policy is mainly to prevent deaths at sea. >> i want to reiterate today in the strongest possible terms the resolve of the prime minister and myself the whole of the
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cabinet and the government is to make sure that we don't allow deaths at sea to recommence. that we absolutely are determined to stair down the threat from people smugglers and to not allow the boats to recommence. >> although the u.n. commissioner for refugees said, it has a responsibility to do more. >> is it fair for member state to transpose its responsible to another member state? that's an important question which must be answered in full consultation with all stakeholders. >> rights groups here says australia can well afford to take care of its asylum seekers. also more than just the potential international backlash for president aquino's
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government, they worry that resettling asylum smugglers here may entice people smugglers to australia. jamilla alendoggan, al jazeera, manla. >> coming up we'll look at controversial changes made to history books in south korea, some say are being used to rewrite history.
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o. >> the american dentist who killed cecil the lion in zimbabwe is off the hook. the government says it cannot file charges because walter palmer had legal hunting permits. welcome him back as a tourist not as a hunter. last july, palmer and his guides lured the lion from his home in a wile animal refuge. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. response to bombing massacre has done little, to quell the violence caused in syria and turkey's sire to hang on to power no matter what. it writes the country is caught in a perfect storm that isn't
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going to pass in the future. britain's the telegraph, the turkey presiden's president shod participate more fully with the u.s. led coalition fighting the group. and israel's taretz writes, israel must do what it can to prevent a new gaza war, that the escalation of tensions between israelis and palestinians may lead to a campaign and the short sighted israeli government must scandal be reminded of that possibility as it deals with the crisis. in the u.s. a textbook publisher has apologized by mischaracterizing slavery, referring to african slaves as workers. that white washed slavery, far from unique to the united states. starting in 2017, students across south korea will get new
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textbooks, not just fixing the stairkfixing thestakes but reto. harry fawcett reports from seoul. >> today's lesson is on the growing influence of foreign powers in the 19th century. on the desks are copies of one of eight authorized textbooks that schools are permitsed to choose from. the government will be bringing in its own single text to be called the correct history textbook. >> translator: it is an inevitable decision by the government to put an end to social disputes caused by ideologic bias in history textbooks. >> critics say it is a direct result of the pressure from the president it will park geun-hye.
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more than 50,000 people have signed a petition against the move. the protests led by teachers and academics. >> it would mean the contents would be used in respect to the regime's tastes. >> already the enslavement of the korean so-called comfort women features strongly on the school's syllabus. that subject also facing standardization. the government is introducing a new set of teaching materials specifically about the comfort women issue, designed to present a accurate understanding of japanese sexual slavery and a correct display of history. south korea's classrooms where information is largely absorbed rather than debated. the debate will go on in the political sphere though with the opposition promising further
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chapters in their fight to overturn this decision. harry fawcett, al jazeera, seoul. >> that's it for this edition of al jazeera international news, fault lines is next. i'll see you again in an hour. >> each year, nearly 12 million arrests are made in the united states. >> is this pretty full for you guys? >> no, no this is just average, i guess you could say. >> okay. >> that's the population of los angeles and new york combined, booked into thousands of local jails. >> do you know how long some of these men have been held here? >> mmmm.