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>> hello everyone, i'm felicity barr, and welcome to this news hour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes. president obama presents his plan to close guantanamo bay and transfer some inmates to the u.s. [ baby crying ] >> desperation on the greek side of the border. macedonia blocks access to refugees. and returning to destroyed houses. fijian islanders coming home
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days before a devastating cyclone. >> we'll have all the sport. we'll bring you the latest from the champions league. arsenal taking on barcelona, and it's still goalless. >> he called it closing a chapter in u.s. history. president obama has finely outlined his plan to shut the guantanamo detention center seven years after he first pledged to close it. the prison was set up 14 years ago following the september 11th attacks to detain and interrogate people the u.s. thought posed extreme danger. but many were held for years without charge. bomb said that the facility undermines u.s. national security and value, and closing it would save tax payers $80 million a year in operating costs.
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obama, who is in his final year as president said he didn't want to wa pass on the guantanamo problem oh to his successor. pattpatty culhane has this report. >> it was one of his first promises in office, and now u.s. president barack obama is hoping in his last year he can actually accomplish it. close the controversial detention center in guantanamo cuba. >> are we going to let this linger on another 15 years, 20 years, 30 years? >> dozens of men have been held in limbo. many so desperate they went on a hunger strike only to be forcebly tied down and fed through a tube. the president is going to try once again to change their location, sending a new plan to congress. it's a big vague naming 13 sites in the u.s. detainees could be
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held. his argument is that it could woo close a chapter in u.s. history that has damaged its standing abroads. >> they use it as propaganda to recruit. >> the negative influence that guantanamo had, the negative influence that abu ghraib has are going to live long after they've been shut down. it's almost irrelevant in terms of the propaganda effect of it today is negligible. >> the president would have to get his plan through a congress controlled by the opposition. they are unlikely to go along. >> so we'll review president obama's plan, but since it includes bringing dangerous terrorists to u.s. facilities he should know that the bipartisan will of congress has already been expressed against that proposal. >> this is an election year and this is an issue that divides the parties.
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>> not only are we not going to close guantanamo, but when i'm president if we capture a terrorist alive they're not getting a court hearing in manhattan. they're not going to nevada. they're going to guantanamo. >> the president might move it on his own. he's opening that the majority of detainees are moved before he leaves office. patty culhane, al jazeera, washington. >> and that's roslind jordan from washington, d.c. why is he pushing for its closure now? >> well, it's partly because there is room in his agenda, as it were, to try to deal with this. there is also the fact that when congress approved the most recent defense budget, the retirement for the plan to close guantanamo was included in it.
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in a way the white house had to turn something over to congress today in order to talk about the issue. that in and of itself has brought it back to the fore. as we heard in patty culhane's story it has set off a new round of partisan fighting here on capitol hill. republicans say that the plan is dead on arrival. they're going to do everything they can to try to keep the president from shutting down the military prison and bringing the remaining detainees on to u.s. soil. democrats are saying it's a good idea. it's long overdue and they'll try to exert whatever influence they have as the minority party to help the president achieve his longstanding campaign goal. it really is a function of did he have the political clout when he first came into office to use it. instead, he was faced with the economic channel and was putting his energies really into that. >> the u.s. is split on this issue. why is it that the republicans
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feel that it is such a bad idea? why do they not want detainees taken on to u.s. soil? >> well, we're going back now to the early days of the presidency of george w bush after september 11th attack. when guantanamo was opened in 2002 the thinking was well, one, we needed to get, meaning we the united states, needed to get those men who were captured on the battlefield out of afghanistan because the country simply was too unstable for the u.s. to try to hold prisoners of war. but then they put them in a place that essentially put them outside of the region of the u.s. legal authority. that created a lot of legal and ethical problems for the u.s. around the world. there is also the issue of the fact that republicans traditionally have used national security as a political tool, and in an election year there is certainly seeing an advantage to reminding americans that they're
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the traditional party of national security, that they will keep americans safe and so there really is no down side to their using guantanamo as a political issue. democrats and human rights groups on the other side are arguing, felicity that it is not a political issue. it is matter of good ethics, good public policy to try to close this prison and basically now that people have had an initial look at this plan, well, it's going to be a tough fight for the president to try to achieve this goal. >> ros jordan in dc, thanks so much. >> we speak with a former guantanamo detainee. he told us while obama's announcement is welcome, the narrative around the prisoners need to change. >> whenever there is sort of terrorist attack or attempt whether it's boston or the boston bomber or, even though
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there is no connection with guantanamo prisoners, quickly people within the right wing of the united states of america make that link and say it is now a threat to national security, and guantanamo, who obviously has nothing to do with it will bear the brunt of it. but the truth of it is simple. 780 of us plus were held in guantanamo. the world was told we were the world's most dangerous men. yet the majority of us have been released. and the majority of us have not become terrorismist despite all the torture we were subjected to. now america is not prepared to reciprocate that. they want to take us--they won't take us into u.s. prisons let alone their homes. there is know point using the 15-year-old narrative that these people are all terrorists. we're not. the world's convicted criminals, murderers, rapists are afforded
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human rights that none of the guantanamo prisoners were able to get. the right to visit, the right to study, learn, none of these things were afforded the detainees. it's destructive, it's corrosive. i just spent the weekend with a man who was a guantanamo prisoner who was held for 14 years, and he came back to children who don't remember him. i know obama said it costs so much, but what about the destruction of the lives of numerous people, including children, who after all had to be reunited with an innocent father. these are the parts of the stories that nobody gets to hear because we don't look at these people as humans. we look at them as numbers, figures, combatants, unlawful
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belligerent, but very few look at the story of the destruction of these people's lives and the knock on affect which sees america as the perpetrator in this. >> now the number of refugees and migrants crossing the mediterranean to greece is setting new records, 110,000 people have crossed the mediterranean so far this year. that's according to the international organization for migration. in 2015 it took until june for that number of people to cross the sea. half those arriving in greece were syrians and a quarter from afghanistan. the united nations study has found the majority of syrians and afghans arriving citing conflict and violence in their reasons for leaving. along the greek-macedonia border thousands of refugees are trying to leave for a second day. this report on the refugee
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situation along the greek-maccode i can't border. >> . >> many people were distressed saying we sold all that we own to reach this point, now we don't know what is going to happen next. we certainly cannot go back to our countries. now syrians and iraqis started queuing here, but some of them found out that--there are new rules. there are restrictions imposed by five countries serbia, croatia, and macedonia, for now on it is not enough to have the registration paper released by the greek shorts. it's a whole new process that starts at the border crossing. there is a registration form that will be issued by the
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macedonians, and it is valid throughout those five countries. also syrians and iraqis now have to have proof of identity either by birth certificate or passport. many don't have those because they came from areas where the war is raging, and where there is no more government functioning there, and they escaped. so they will now have to stay in greece. so certainly this is a worry for this country. the flow of refugees keep on arriving here, and now those people will have to stay here and wait either to be relocated or ask for asylum here in greece or to be returned to where they came from. this is certainly creating a lot of angst among the people here. throughout the afternoon they were asking what is happening? will we be able to continue or not? we do get a feeling that's these borders are going to get tighter and tighter in the days to come.
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>> and the french court has delayed judge on the legality of the camps in calais. several groups fight the closure because it will violate the human rights of thousands of who live. they ordered the people who live in the south part of the camp to leave by tuesday evening. nadine barber is in that camp in calais and has more. >> well, this is the southern part of what is called the jungle camp in calais. in its wet, it's dirty. but for many refugees its home. now they have told us some of the refugees here that they greatly value the facilities that they can use, things like educational tents, medical facilities, and restaurant where they can get a hot meal for free. they fear that if they have to move to new accommodations they
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won't get the same kind of facilities. there was a fear that they might have to move out as early as tuesday evening, but a judge has now said that she needs more time to make a decision. so for now they're staying put. but this is the place that the authorities would like the refugees to come to. it's a new camp. just a short distance from the jungle made up of containers. people who run this center say it's much cleaner, and it's much safer because there are not people traffickers around here. there are a few hundred spare spaces, but it's filling up quickly. but every day refugees are voluntary to go get on buses and go to other parts of france to centers, to other accommodations and also how to claim asylum in france and how to start a new life. for many, the fact that they can
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get solid advice in safe conditions like this will be an attraction. >> well, let's speak to the senior communications officer at the high commission for refugees, she joins me from copenhagen via skype. can you first outline the situation we heard about earlier, the afghan refugee appears to be stranded on that border between greece and macedonia. what is happening to them at the moment? >> thank you for having me. yes, as you mentioned because of some recent restrictive practices along the routes, we have had a blockage of some of the afghans as well as other nationalities particularly in greece, and i think we're extremely concerned by that. as you know there have been a lot of issues with nearly chaotic situations in greece previously. right now we do have several hundred up to 700 people that
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are on the greek side of the border wit with the public of macedonia. this is largely due to some of the limits that have been placed by austria, slovenia along the way. we're hoping that we will be able to find not only shelter and accommodations and assistance for them in greece, but also there will be a clearer and more common practice that will be implemented soon. >> why is this practice being implemented now? why is it that afghans have been singled out? >> i think they're waiting to find out there is--there is some clarification being made on the policies. so it's perfectly understandable that with the large number of arrivals in some of the european countries there are issues of trying to control and manage the flow. we are very much in support of
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any common registration program that would allow for us to insure that refugees are getting face access. but what i think what happens along the way sometimes the implementation of these policies is not clear. even though last year the e.u. countries have actually agreed to a plan, it seems to me that the implementatio implement is varying country by country, which is causing a lot of the chaos along the route. >> do you sense that many of those european countries are now being much harder, much more strict in their regulations in how they deal with refugees and migrants approaching their borders? >> we certainly have seen that there have been a great number of restricted practices and measures put in place this year alone. so what we have noticed is not only border restrictions along the way and other practices, but
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even just the growing spirit o of--of trying to either move the population rather than chairing the responsibility among the entire european union as they're trying to do. >> thank you for your time. >> there is plenty more to come on this al jazeera news hour. including why hundreds of palestinian teachers are protesting in the occupied west bank. ahead of parliamentary elections are the traditional clerics or new technology more important in mobilizing voters? and sport just days before the election, one of the fifa presidential candidates calls for the vote to be suspended.
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now three days after cyclone winston flattened areas of fiji, the number killed in the storm has risen to 29. some survived by fleeing fijian islands now returns home to devastation. andrew thomas knows the area well. he was one of the first television crews to reach the island after the cyclone hit saturday. >> help is coming to some of the fijian islands hit worst. on board the spirit of harmony, soldiers return to what is left of their homes. this boat is a second in two days with phone communications cut.
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>> what we saw was we were the first point of contact from the outside world. what we saw was devastating. >> the first trek carrying people back who happened to be away from the storm. these are their first glimpses since. >> the destruction. >> is it worse than you expected? >> it is worse than i expected. >> in island used to be lush and green. and the coastal villages used to be intact. a ship docked 45 minutes before dusk. with no power, passengers have 45 minutes of daylight to see up close what the wind and pounding waves have done. not far from the dock was this man sitting in the ruins of his home. >> i'm very sorry to see the devastating like this.
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very sorry. >> his house is not the exception. it is now the norm. three people died on this island of 6,000. given the damage that number seems remarkably low. >> i came here in 2014 to do a piece on what people thought on fiji's up coming election. i chose to come to this island because it was known as one of fiji's prettiest. i stayed in this village. but look at it now. complete devastation. >> dusk and then dark hid the damage but not its consequences. many have nowhere to sleep but outdoors. andrew thomas, al jazeera, fiji. >> the former prime minister told al jazeera he can't return because he fears for his life. he and his allies have repeatedly won parliamentary majority but coups have forced him into ex-pile. he has been speaking with
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al jazeera in singapore. >> good to see you again. >> the best part of a deck tod today. shinawatra has stayed away from thailand, but he has stayed deeply connected in politics. after he made his money in telecommunications he was twice elected prime ministers on the back of policies that benefited poorer thais. since the recent coup in his homeland two years ago he has been unusually quiet. but he has this warning. >> i think the situation will not allow them to enjoy the power that much because--i think anyone who is careless about the people would not last that long. >> the coup removed the military
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removed shinawatra's sister. but the whole event was well-orchestrated. >> there was some military--i think they planned the coup d'etat. >> well, before? >> yes. >> as soon as the protesters hit the street? >> yes. >> there has been little opposition to the military rule since the coup. he has a two-year jail sentence hanging over him after he was convicted in his absence of abuse of power over a land deal. >> if i were to go back--you think if you went become now
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your life would be in danger? >> definitely. >> who wants to kill you. >> i cannot say anything. i cannot tell. i don't know who. >> shinawatra believes it won't be a fully democratic process, in the meantime he said he has not held talks or negotiations with the generals who seem determined to keep his family out of thai politics. >> and you can watch the full interview interview. libyan security forces have confirmed the arrival of french special forces, 180 soldiers have landed in the benina international airport just east of bengahzi. the air base has been under control b of the forces loyal to general haftar.
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let's get more on this story with a security analyst. thank you for coming in to the studio. why are there special forces there. and what are they going to be doing? >> they have been with the he emergence of the islamic state as a major threat the french think they have to support the general haftar because he is the only player and the only one who could really root out islamic state while we wait for western military intervention over the next few months. the french are taking the lead sending their special forces to help them as much as they can. >> of course, the french do have
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previous military activity in libya? >> yes, very much so. the two leaders pushed for the demise of gaddafi. but at the same time the french understand that libya is a much more bigger threat to them than. syria and iraq. that's why i've seen france taking the lead and saying look, we cannot allow the islamic state to take over in libya. it means that our allies in the region namely algeria are on the brink of potentially falling, but also libya is just 300 kilometers from italy, and we could have attacks from there. but also the refugee issues. so it has all the hallmarks of a perfect storm against europe. that's why european are talking about it.
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>> a lot of analysts are saying that european, indeed, the americans have not been worried enough about what has been happening in libya. they've been so concerned about what is happening in syria and iraq that libya has not had th the-- >> request yes, it was the fourth intervention by the u.s. after gaddafi's death. but at the same time what you have in libya are now consensus. even in countries in canada they're withdrawing from the coalitions here in iraq. they're saying that they would take part in the operation in libya were if to be approved. >> how successful he's claiming big successes but how successful is general haftar being against the forces because it's just one area. >> right, for the time being, he
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has been saying for a while that he was on the bring of getting bengahzi for the past 18 months. the fact that he got some of the enabled in bengahzi that were mostly controlled b even more than the islamic state are significant but possibly it was through the help of french special forces that he got the tipping point to take over some areas of bengahzi. the big question is now will he go after the islamic state in its headquarters? >> all right, good to get your analysis on that story. thank you so much for coming in. >> my pleasure. >> still ahead on this news hour, we're going to be live in las vegas ahead of the nevada caucus. will donald trump get a stamp from the state in his bid to become president? plus the real-life super hero story that is in the
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>> welcome back. barack obama said that the guantanamo bay is a threat to national security and goes against american values on justice. the international organization on migration said that more than 100,000 refugees have arrived in europe in the first two months of 2016. and fiji's military has seen the hardest hit area of the cyclone. the number killed is 29. >> andrew simmons reports from the iranian capital losing
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control of parliament for the first time in a decade. >> iran's old guard is rallying around. they formed an alliance of conservatives and hard liners. these clerics all leaders in the capital are briefed to tell people it is their duty to turn out, vote and get support. the enemy want to infiltrate. america wants to get in from the back door. it wants to infiltrate our centers of power and decision making. posted outside the mosque an array of candidates in what will be a hotly contested of candidates in a decade. they're connecting with the tech-savvy people. there are many of them. one look at tehran's coffee shop
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culture whatever restrictions are on website sites people manage effectively. one in four iranians are estimated to be using the telegram app that escapes any block. it really matters to me. i do care about it. because i think as a human being we all have rights to travel around the world. >> it would be wrong to say that there is outright dissent here but people do want change. >> one of the most important achievements of rue than any is fulfilling his promise to get sanctions lifted. it has made people happy after eight difficult years. >> the popularity of moderate president hassan rouhani seen here with his negotiators in the nuclear deal is rising. but the conservatives and hard liners have patrol of key
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institutions. the conservative guardian counsel threw out half of those wanting to stand in the parliamentary elections. it also barred 80% of those wanting to be candidates in the assembly. that's the body which will eventually choose the next supreme leader after ayatollah khamenei. but right now absolutely power lies with ayatollah khamenei. >> billionaire donald trump have a double digit lead going into tuesday's nevada caucus. five candidates remain in the race for the republican nomination, but that's less than a third of the number who initially threw their hat in the ring. well ahead of his rifles, marco
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rubio, john kasich and ben carson. you need 1200 delegates. after the first primaries, trump has 67 compared to cruz and rubio who have 11 and 10 delegates respectively. kayic has won five. carson trails behind with just three. but the big test is on march 1st the day known as super tuesday. that's when more than ten states hold caucuses and primaries on the one day. let's take you live now to al jazeera's michael shure. he is in las vegas for the nevada caucus. is donald trump an unstoppable force in nevada, do you think, michael? >> well, it seems that he has been that everywhere he has gone, felicity. nevada is no different. nevada is even a little bit different than donald trump because before the success of his candidacy was known nevada was the place he was going to make his first stand. he had caucus organizations. you have to remember it's not a primary but rather a caucus
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gatherings of voters together until they get some viability and are able to vote for their delegates. it's not a typical election. so he's done this training here in nevada, and of course his popularity has risen in the state especially for being known in the wild west of american politics. they've always sort of bucked the trends and if there was ever a year to buck the trends it's with donald trump in 2017. >> the fight in second place there is cruz and rubio. who has the most to lose, do you think? >> well, i think that the longer this goes without ted cruz winning another state, he has the most to lose. in the times since jeb push a--jeb bush, you see a lot of donors going to marco rubio with the thought that he is the most likely to become the
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establishment candidate to counter donald trump. donald trump shows no signs of showing and ted cruz needs to win some states. he's struggling. they're going after libertarian voters. but ted cruz needs to concentrate on religious voters, and he's likely to do that next week on super tuesday. >> it is pretty exciting. michael shure for us. thank you. >> so the u.s. presidential campaign is now in full swing. but for many u.s. citizens the race in the white house is impossible distant from their every day lives. now he's in the county of arkansas. he'll be following the election campaign through the eyes of people living there. let's go live to him right now. tell us why we picked on lee county?
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we chose this county primarily because it is remote. it is a small town america feel here good people proud of their communities but certainly a lot of challenges here. we're in the talent of mariana. a town less than 4,000 people. a quiet town, 55% black or african-american. 45% white. it's a town really in a county that does have challenges whether it be economics or jobs or other things going on, schools, shops have gone out of business. others are struggling to make it. very much a story that you're seeing in a lot of parts of small town america. but certainly we went to a restaurant here to talk to some people to get a better sense of
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what they were thinking what's on their mind and what they thought their challenges were here in their community. >> in a motor vehicley question out back. they let the pork slowly cook for hours getting ready for the people who crave his barbecue sandwiches. he has run jones barbecue restaurant for 30 years, it's been passed down four generations from his great grandfather. it is in the place where everyone knows your name, the town of mariana, arkansas, a town with lots of problems. more than half the population lives below the poverty line, and jamie jones said that many
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can't afford the basics. >> we have a lot of problems with trying to get money to do different things. like daily needs. from buying groceries to buying medical. >> and it doesn't help that the jobs in lee county are scarce. >> there is no industry here. but when we had it people didn't want to work. i don't know--people just don't come back. they don't stay. but there is no reason to stay. >> 85-year-old carl norman has lived here his entire life. and with less than 10,000 people now living in lee county, he thinks the population is drying up. >> we educate kids and they have to go somewhere else to make a living. >> at one table we found tony malone, a badger and coyote trapper, who told us that poverty led to social problems. >> what is the biggest problem in lee county? >> the drugs the crack and the
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meth. >> here at jones barbecue everybody has something to say about the problems facing lee county. but when it comes to fixing those problems, everyone seems to agree the politicians up in washington aren't listening and aren't doing anything to help. the government is not paying enough attention to the smaller cities like mariana. it should not be like this at all. >> and for harold and his wife no, plan no plans to take his barbecue place anywhere else because this is home. i want to bring in someone who knows about the challenge in this part of america. jimmy williams, the local mayor here. you've been the mayor here for six years. what in your eyes is the biggest challenge you face here in the country? >> well, obviously, gabriel, thank you for having me. and thank you for being here.
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but obviously our challenge is the same thing that other rural areas are faced with, is jobs. economics. we lost some industry over the last couple of years, and we look forward to getting small industry back in mariana. i think that hopefully will bring about some other industry. we've got a great little community. a lot of great people. we've survived, and we continue to flourish. i think it's a great community. >> you do have a great community. you have even with the challenges you face. with this election and candidates crisscrossing the country trying to get nominations for their party. do you hear them talking about the challenges you face here in lee county? >> well, you know, the national elections are very important to all of us. it's very important to us. but for us to improve, our situation here, it's going to be up to the local officials and the local population, the community, the people in the
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community to try to not only survive but to improve our situation and bring in new jobs. work hard at what we do and make the best we can with our finances. you know. >> thank you. we're going to carry this on over future conversations over the coming weeks and months. thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. we're going to be here in lee county for over the course of the next several months talking to jimmy again and other people in the community. people far away from the economic and political centers of power here in america but still have very strong opinions and thoughts about where this country should go, and their opinions, of course, just as important as anybody else's. >> absolutely right. gabriel thank you for joining us from lee county. now there is less than a week from the oscars but there is plenty of talk about ebola this year. that's because of a film that is
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up for best documentary short at sunday's awards. we have more from los angeles. >> 11,000 people were killed by ebola. the illness took hold of west africa just over two years ago. there is still no cure. git was described as an epidemic. >> this place, los angeles, is a world away from that horror that we saw in 2014 and beyond. but there is a link between liberia and los angeles this year. because ebola or rather a film about it, is at the top of the award ceremonies and it could wake an oscar in a few day's time. >> this is it, the tale of the red cross workers who collected dead bodies as that outbreak
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took hold. it is up for best documentary short at sunday's awards. this is the site of the oscars without celebrities. this is real life and death as raw as it comes. >> every day i would fear the worse that i would be next. that anxiety played in my head during this production. i got a small glimmer of what it was like for these teams day in and day out. the level of anxiety they were working under was intense. body team 12 is a tribute. >> body team 12 tells the story of a nurse ostracized by her community because she went to a place where few others would dare. but there is hope, too. >> library i can't has gone through a civil war not long ago. there was not much to fight for in liberia. it was a shell an of nation. and yet here there were a few fighting for the family, the nation. >> it has won best documentary
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short at last year's tribeca film festival. it is essential that tales like these are shared. >> it's a super hero story of bravery, real people who did something in a time of world history where the whole world was afraid. we had not captured this moment. these people would not be known for the work they did. >> the question is how much longer would this have taken and how many more victims could have died. >> what did we do to help liberia? >> al jazeera. l. >> los angeles. >> still to come on the program the ancient sounds are heard in schools in zimbabwe. plus... >> i'm daniel scriber in argentina where football here and the rest of the region is under the spotlight like never before.
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>> hello again. welcome back. time for all the sport now with sana. >> thank you very much. lionel after the first leg of the champions league against arsenal. they are ahead in the 71st minute messi added to the second from the penalty spot with seven minutes ago. they'll take it 2-0 back to newcastle with them for the second leg. juventus would battle back against bayern munich. they had to put the german champions two goals up.
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the italian league winners would get a goal back and the equalizer, 2-0 the final score in turin. and new tv if a president is due to be chosen on friday. but one of the candidates is attempting to have the election delayed. prince ali bin-hussein is one who wants to delay to make sure that the elections are fair and open. >> you have to take it seriously. but prince ali is in position that he feels he has to do something. he does not have the vote that he needs to become fee in a prince. he feels he need to do something to shake it up what it has been the past few days and weeks.
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he's up against sheik salman, who is the favorite. and i think it's going to be two standing at the end. prince ali wants to do something. he comes from a position of integrity which he wants transparent election. we all want transparent election. but fifa is not known forness transparency. the thing that will happen is that they will reject what prince ali is asking for, but he needs to do something. he's complaining about the fact that sheikh salman an gianni infant tino has people behind them. >> top executives were arrested at part of an u.s. investigation. millions of dollars in corrupt payments are alleged to have exchanged hands. yet football in the region continues to suffer from a lack of finances.
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>> this, the plush headquarters of the south american football federation near the capital. nine of the 11 executives on this plaque no longer serving. either in jail or wanted for questioning. >> nothing that happens in football surprises me any more. not in our own football here or the rest of the continent. it doesn't surprise me. it would surprise me if we saw something positive happening. >> the new president replaces the president who is wanted for corruption in football. >> if you ask me, if we're to see real change, we don't know yet. >> meanwhile the game continues. because it must continue.
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football here in argentina as in the rest of the region is part of the fabric of society. the fans keep coming. despite the prices rising constantly and the authorities talking about dealing with violence and corruption but doing very little about it. football alleged maldona began his career here essentially pursuing his dreams in europe. many more followed and keep following him often for millions. however, the concrete financial benefit of these sales are rarely apparent in these ramshackled grounds. so where is the money? >> that's a good question. we need to do better accounting so we know where we get for those players goes. >> poor management. what can i say? maybe just bad business. things are not run how they should be run. >> many critics believe the problems in world football, corruption, violence, lack of
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transparency must be tackled here in south america before world football can get its house in order. >> it is our event. if we don't investigate where that money goes, who will? >> the fans have spoken. the investigations continue. latin america at th the heart of world football is under pressure to respond. al jazeera, buenos aires. >> tennis now in australia. world number two made 38 unforced errors in the match. ranked 72 places below the tournament top seed. but took the match in straight sets. that's it from me. back to felicity. >> thank you so much for that. finally there is a new subject on the school curriculum in
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zimbabwe. a traditional instrument that is over a thousand years old. they hope to encourage the children to embrace part of the nation's ancient culture. we have reports now. >> nine-year-old megan started playing the traditional african musical instrument. a thumb piano with a board and key attached to it. each key is a different note. zimbabwe's government is making these lessons part of the school curriculum. officials say many children either don't know or don't want to understand the culture. >> they're not excited about it like the other english instruments. this is nice because it's from our culture, and it makes a very beautiful sound. >> some are fitted to amplify
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the sound and bright colors for the children. they're often played at weddings and religious ceremonies. >> more than 10,000 state-run schools in zimbabwe. the government wants the music taught but not many know how to play the instrument. >> during white rule some traditional music was banned. they're hoping that many will fall in love with the soothing sound. >> it's our instrument, but if you actually ask them if they ever touched it, they might remember, but actually where
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everybody knows about it, but actually, factually, they're not exposed to it. >> but that could be a challenge. some parents don't want their children playing this instrume instrument. >> some parents think that when a child plays the instrument, it gets possessed. >> that could change as more historians and musicians expose children to the instrument and it's unique sound. al jazeera. >> a really fabulous sound. you can find out much more about many of the stories we're covering on our website. it is www.aljazeera.com. www.aljazeera.com. that's just about it from me, felicity barr and the news hour team. but don't go away we have got much more in a few minutes.
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