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this is al-jazeera. hello and welcome i'm peter w. watching the news hour live from doha coming up in the next sixty minutes. with every decision and every action we're now putting america sir sed border security in climate change as president donald trump on vale's his administration's new national security strategy. what we witnessed here today in the security council isn't an insult it won't be forgotten at the u.n. washington's ambassador vetoes a resolution on jerusalem then lashes out at her colleagues. a.n.c. veteran several run up poster is elected as the new leader of the party putting him in line to be south africa's next president plus. protests. in front of argentina's congress building turn violent as inside m.p.'s
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debate sweeping pension changes. let's get going the u.s. president donald trump has outlined what he's calling a new and very different national security strategy trump warned of a great power competition with russia and china he promised to assert u.s. dominance overseas by boosting the economy and spending hundreds of billions of dollars modernizing the military white house correspondent kimberly hellcat reports now from washington populism has been a hallmark of his presidency and donald trump again struck that note as he announced his strategy for u.s. national security is an approach he says began when voters rejected the security policies of his predecessors on january twentieth two thousand and seventeen
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i stood on the steps of the capitol. to herald the day the people became the rulers of their nation again in a rambling and often disjointed address skim through the substance of his plan including highlighting a desire to pursue an almost cold war like mindset identifying china and russia as key u.s. adversaries despite working with russia recently to avert an attack in st petersburg area sieved a call from president putin of russia thanking our country for the intelligence that r.c.a. was able to provide them there was no specific mention of the kremlin's meddling in the twenty sixteen u.s. election just allusions to china and russia's use of technology to shape a world counter to u.s. values. and only a vague mention of how trump intends to combat the ongoing nuclear threat to the
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united states by north korea america and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve a denuclearization and ensure that this regime cannot threaten the world overall trumps message was thin on details he's laying out this case of you know the world is really bad it was really bad before i got here and now i'm going to fix it so it's not really about the strategy itself so much as you know the persona of president trump determined to fix these problems. and there was only one reference to the middle east in his remarks although his strategy specifically calls on countries to combat extremist groups like eisel locally it was a speech further highlighting one of the biggest challenges for the trumpet ministrations since taking office cohesion and foreign policy success it is a challenge that appears likely to continue given the divergent positions of trans national security plan kimberly hellcat al-jazeera washington. donald trump also
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had strong words for north korea promising the u.s. and its allies would take all necessary steps towards achieving the nuclearization on the korean peninsula kathy novak is live for us now from pyong chang in south korea that's where the winter games will take place in february and as such the area is the focus of many security concerns kathy have you had a chance there to gauge reaction in your region to what mr trump's been talking about. well there's been no direct reaction from the south korean government yet trumps for remarks in general as kimberly reference there they were quite vague when it comes to north korea in the written statement about the national security strategy the u.s. administration warned that north korea is developing nuclear weapons that could threaten hundreds of millions of americans also warned that is it is pursuing chemical and biological weapons that can be delivered by a missile that had harsh words when it comes to threat claims that the north korean
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government is starving its people while spending hundreds of millions of dollars on weapons and a separately to that in an op ed in the wall street journal the national security advisor thomas boss or acknowledged that north korea was behind the want to cry cyber attack earlier this year you may recall this was a virus that used ransomware to ask for payment from victims to access their own computers so here you have the united states warning of the nuclear chemical biological and a cyber warfare that north korea is developing but when it comes to what donald trump actually said it was sort of thin in terms of any new policy of how the u.s. intends to deal with it and that comes just a week after his secretary of state rex tillerson caused some confusion when it comes to the u.s. as willingness to negotiate with north korea rex tillerson said that the united states was open to talks without preconditions but later seemed to walk back from
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those remarks in the white house in the state department have said that the u.s. policy on north korea hasn't changed big security operation of course will surround the winter games come february winter olympics rather security always a consideration on the peninsula what's the mood there like. well we're just over fifty days out from the winter olympics and there are security concerns when it comes to the potential for north korea to stage any kind of provocation that could disrupt the games but as far as the south korean government is concerned it also sees the games as a potential opportunity to have a peaceful display if north korea were willing to participate the invitation has been extended some of its athletes have actually qualified but north korea has not yet said whether it will participate in the winter olympics and right now here in pyongyang south korean and u.s. marines have been staging joint exercises to prepare themselves for winter conditions and any time that the u.s.
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and south korea get together for these sort of war games north korea gets particularly angry these are smaller scale drills than that we see twice a year in the annual drills and there have been some reports of speculation that south korea and the united states could be considering delaying the beginning of the annual drills due to take place towards the end of february because of the games but neither military has confirmed that yet here kathy thank you. so what's so significant about this address from the u.s. president on one nine hundred eighty six law requires u.s. presidents to detail their national security strategies for congress the reports come out every four or five years and tend to be very general but they can also offer important insights into an administration's thinking george w. bush's two thousand and two n.s.a. outline the then new u.s. doctrine of preemptive war the next year u.s. forces invaded iraq but bush also identified aids and other public health crises in
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poor countries as threats to u.s. security something that was quite radical at the time in twenty ten the obama administration's first n.s.a.'s identified climate change and nuclear proliferation as priorities and removed like islamic radicalism a move criticized by republicans the new trump document reverses the climate change focus saying the u.s. will take the lead in opposing what it calls a quote anti growth energy agenda for more on this joining us here on the news hour and connelly in sydney he's a research fellow at the lowy institute for international policy first let's get the thoughts from a u.s. based colleague on the news our jim walsh is in boston he's a senior research associate at mit's security studies program welcome to you both gentlemen jim first donald trump is talking about a drift away from american values going back one or two or three presidencies is he factually correct. well no you know you mentioned both the bush and the
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obama national security strategies i actually took time out today and went back and read both of them hadn't read them in a while read them and really i would say values play a much larger role in both those earlier national security strategies strikingly in george w. bush's strategy remember this is after nine eleven you expect it looking back to lead with terrorism as the big thing but it actually begins by talking about human dignity and so in some ways it sounded themes they got overwhelmed by events in the bush administration but nevertheless had a values focus as did obviously president obama this one and i think you had now both kimberly and kathy both used the word fit in normally national security strategies aren't very substantive but this really did seem to not have much there or they're mostly veg mostly aspirational so i think there's
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a real question about you know i'm supposed to say as a national security guy these documents are important but i must be honest and say i wonder how important this will be particularly with this president who seems much more at in his words to work on intuition and his gut and to be a counter-puncher i wonder whether this piece of paper will really be defining and calmly it looks to me as if some of this is going to be about nations being in constant competition if that is the case and you're walking away from nafta you're walking away from t.t. ip how does that work in real terms. i think what we've seen in this strategy is really you know the continued gap between the national security and the foreign policy community in the united states in a bureaucracy and president trump himself in the speech he gave this afternoon very little resemblance to the document it was intended to announce and so the speech
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was very american first it may have been the most america first speech that he's given since his inaugural address which of course went over very badly around the world but the document itself frankly this is a document that could be found in any republican administration and in two thousand and seventeen had it been a president rubio or a president romney so it's not that extraordinary a document but the speech that he gave was a real departure so i think that we have to continue to watch is how much does how much do president trump's words reflect what you will actually do as president and how much is it the bureaucracy around him shaping his choices in the way that this document represents. another point you jim if i may how do they maintain this revisionist idea or revisionist powers because on the one hand he's saying he's got a very warm relationship with vladimir putin and yet on the other hand signalling very clearly and very concisely that they view particularly russia and china as not
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potential enemies but less than being total best friends. yeah i'm willing to go further to say that they're pretty bald about calling them competitors in a way that really the obama and bush national security strategies were a little more diplomatic about i think they were there you know fingering russia and china as threats. and of course to go to erin's point there seems to be sort of a disconnect here because between the language and the behavior you know we have this national security strategy but we also have a year we have like twelve months of actual data here as the president has carried out a foreign policy and on china it seems to me anyway that the president and president xi have a very close relationship. and with putin you know that's just completely fraught because of the russian investigation so i think the president is being torn or
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pulled in different directions sometimes you want to say tough things so he doesn't seem like he's beholden but every once in while he sort of speaks his inner trump and says you know we should work together and is very positive about putin even when he criticizes allies so again as aaron said i think there's some discord disconnect between trump the candidate the person which is what's going to define your you know that's what's really going to be what's important strategy is always hard every president would love to have strategies but the real world sort of rips those up and in this case this president is not a strategic thinker he's not and probably he's going to react to things as they happen you know in the moment whether it's china or russia or whatever i think that's what the future is more likely to be like when the politicians in canberra the australian capital sign off on trade deals is there another potential disconnect here and it's this that the coming tax changes in the states are going to take one trillion dollars away from the treasury if you put that together with
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a u.s. president who is in effect i guess politicizing trade the cost of that means it's going to be more expensive to do trade to do business with the coast of all that going to be pasta on to countries like australia. well it seems clear at this point in the national security strategy really reiterates that the drug administration is looking for bilateral deals and at least in long the singapore young prime minister when he was in washington october said the logic behind this seems to be that the americans think they can get a better deal if they're in a one on one situation because the american economy is so large and long response to that was if that's the case not a lot of countries are going to want to do business with you to do these bilateral deals so the u.s. is continuing to say that it's open to buy a lot of oil deals but there's not really a negotiating partner in sight obviously they're there renegotiating nafta president trump is said he wants to renegotiate the korea u.s.
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free trade agreement but we've yet to see him actually pull the trigger on that so it's not clear exactly where this trade policy is headed because the u.s. doesn't actually have negotiating partners for this tragedy that they that they've outlined jim last point to you last but one point to you rather what's the difference as far as donald trump is concerned between america coming back strong or america coming back. well that's the fundamental question peter right there in my view is if you insult your allies and praise your enemies you're probably going to end up alone and we've seen a lot of that this year you know particularly pushing against the europeans and i would say really undermining our relationship the u.s. relationship with south korea so i think there is very much a danger your on the other hand there in the various capitals around the world they may be calculating yes we have four years of this but maybe things will go back to
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normal after that so there may be some hedging here a lot hasn't happened in the first twelve months as is there and says we don't have a bunch of new trade agreements yet so this could get drawn out and dragged down and people may begin to hedge which you know is unfortunate is you know as an american i like to see us work with our allies in the lead rather than our allies heads but i think that's the reality we're dealing with right now canberra clearly needs a coherent approach from the the people that run trade in washington is canberra getting that coherent approach. not yet you know the australian has a free trade agreement with the united states so in terms of their bilateral trade arrangements with the united states they're set they're not looking for anything new but they were hoping the united states under obama would join a multilateral trade initiative like the transpacific partnership and they've tried to hold that partnership t.t.p. together without the united states and in
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a way that will welcome the united states should if you turn ministration as jim says the side to get back in the game of multilateral trade agreements so they're continuing to press the administration on this issue but we've not actually seen any progress so far gentlemen we have to move on many thanks don't call me that in sydney and also jim walsh in boston great to get your joint insights on that developing story many thanks. the palestinian leadership is condemning the u.s. veto of a u.n. draft resolution on jerusalem it would have required president trump to rescind his recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital the u.s. was on its own at the security council with the other fourteen members all voting in favor of the resolution mike hanna reports now from the united nations those against. the u.s. exercises its veto when the resolution fails and then at some bastard a sharpie attacks the fourteen other members of your security council that voted in favor what we witnessed here today in the security council is an insult it won't be
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forgotten it's one more example of the united nations doing more harm than good in addressing the israeli palestinian conflict the palestinian representative is adamant that the veto is a final confirmation that the u.s. cannot be regarded as an honest broker in the region. and this resolution affects the status of the united states as a peace broker and it actually stresses its bias and it undermines its role in any future peace process earlier ambassador after ambassador outlined why they would support the resolution the united kingdom will vote in favor of the egyptian text on the islam because it is in line with our longstanding position on jerusalem it is in line with previous security council resolutions israel the only other nation that backed the u.s. position they can vote on this issue again and again and again
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even a hundred more times but it will never change the fact that he was a limb eve has been in or we will be the capital of israel but the matter is not going to end here even before the vote was taken palestinian leadership insisted that would take the matter to the u.n. general assembly where there is no veto such a resolution would be non-binding but it would highlight the massive division between the u.s. and the vast majority of other nations on the issue of jerusalem and the possibility too that the palestinians may now push for the international recognition of east jerusalem. as the capital of palestine. mike hanna al-jazeera united nations. the white house has announced that the vice president mike pence is perspire and a trip to the middle east it says pence needs to stay in washington for this week's
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vote on a major tax reform bill but in the wake of jerusalem decision the visit was also running into trouble in the palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas and one of egypt's top religious leaders had both announced they would not meet him. well most of the come for you when you start including train carriages fall onto a motorway in washington state in the us police say there have been three deaths and a typhoon in the philippines leaves thirty one dead and dozens still missing. and in the sports news australia celebrate beating england to win the ashes details with santa in about twenty five minutes. south africa's governing party the a.n.c. has announced its new leader several rama posts will take over from president jacob zuma run a post his country the deputy president beats mr zuma as former wife in the vote at
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a party conference in johannesburg tanya page was there probably several of them are because as the new president of the african nation our country i never let on the posters supporters rafted into cheers as he was late to the stage they've penned the hopes of the african national congress and the country on him i'm so happy about the president because the president has been a member of the n.a.c. the deputy president has been in the business sector for a very long time. i'm sure during that tell you in the cases that we have economy as a country we will have some improvements but i'm of course a has a head for business and that could be what's needed to get the economy back on track so millions of unemployed south africans can have hope he helped write the constitution and helped negotiate the peaceful transition to democracy from apartheid skills he will need as the top six new a.n.c.
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officials and all his allies. would outcomes for that. i think we have widespread it is a sad thing to create a human. to the a.n.c. . but i'm opposed to it here it's a deeply divided and see one split between the politics of petron age of president zuma who set passively as the results were announced and those who feel the a.n.c. has lost its way prison soon his tenure has been tarnished by controversy there was the rape charge he was acquitted of and hundreds of corruption charges related to a multi-million dollar deal it will take a lot to undo the damage to the party of nelson mandela so ramaphosa campaigned on an empty corruption message policy a fresh start and a clean up more transparent style of governance and feta on his business action to build a stronger economy to create millions of desperately needed jobs perhaps adama poses
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viable and causes honest lenny's zuma the current president's ex-wife was too tainted by association with zuma even her track record as a strong politician in her own right with a passion to promote the needs of the country's poor wasn't enough but saddam opposes tosk is enormous unite a divided a.n.c. and prevent its slide in support from the coming terminal ahead of the two thousand and nineteen general election tony a page out of sara johannesburg. they have been violent protests outside the congress building in argentina's capital while politicians were debating pension reform the president chris government says the necessary to cap the country's for school deficit. from buenos aires the battle lines here is you can see how well and for the role of the government in the compress of the building to my left where they're trying to push her back yes but in the next day or so they have a deadline to try to control the fiscal deficit to fight for reform but the whole
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lot i just told i then saw it work on taxes i believe in the office they want to try to bring down inflation and attract foreign investment which is what they say is vital to large insights to track the. well big fan. with the movies sharing out what t.v. the previous governments did not pay out you will know when we finally get off the ballot box. to my rights we have many thousands of protesters who oppose day last week clashed with the police there clashing again the police with will to come to gas and rubber bullets the protests and with stones and a great deal of i got their say they simply don't want to see the government implementing what they say a stand austerity measure the pensioners should not have to pay for government's measures to try to control the economy that these are the people that trade unions and the feds and those who will stop what is about us and that's why we're here for
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us our children and our grandchildren because machree is only governing for foreign investors has turning argentina back into a colony and this is the protests that led the concern you into the long hall days of the argentine. at least six people have been killed in an amtrak train derailment outside seattle in the u.s. state of washington the death count is expected to rise the authorities say initial signs indicate the amtrak train may have hit something on the track before would onto a busy interstate highway as she had her sensi. train five zero one was traveling from seattle to portland when it derailed near the town of dupont sixty four kilometers south of its origin between seven thirty and seven forty am local time seventy eight passengers and five crew members were aboard several carriages dangled from a bridge crossing interstate five with some falling on to the ground below multiple cars and trucks were struck by train cars that left the train tracks and went down onto the road the people that were in all the vehicles even though when you see the
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pictures it's pretty horrific at this point nobody in any of the vehicles is a fatal fatals are all contained to the train as far as the numbers go they're still working on that it was the inaugural room for the high speed train service the national trial. alteration safety board is investigating in response to the incident president trump tweeted first to make the case for his long promised infrastructure program the train accident that just occurred in dupont washington shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly he said seven trillion dollars spent in the middle east well i roads bridges tunnels railways and will crumble not for long and then ten minutes later he sent his condolences to the victims of particular interest the black boxes which will indicate speed the status of railway signals and what the engineer was doing at the time of the crash dash cam video may reveal whether there was a blockage on the line in addition investigators will examine whether the track of the misaligned whether there was any tampering with the rail line or whether the
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high speed technology had suffered a failure she had al-jazeera. still to come here on the news out. of cycling the refugee crisis i'm joe not all of these are beds and tensed recovered from refugee camps being made into bags and backpacks by refugees who are themselves making a new life here in greece. and there's some more silverware for this football and you know messy find what it is what it's for but santa ana sports news in about fifteen minutes. from the sky dome home. to the fresh fruits and breeze in the city. hello there for many of us there aren't many times around in the southeastern part of china at the moment it's also not particularly warm though the winds are generally feeding down from the north so shanghai just about managing double
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figures up to ten degrees and force in hong kong temperatures up at eighteen you can see all this area of cloud a further south just in the wake of the storm across the philippines and for many of us here across the philippines we can expect to see plenty more very heavy showers as we head through the next few days those showers also spreading their way towards the west working their way into the far southern parts of vietnam on our map there as we had a bit further towards the south where you can see this area of cloud this is just what was left of that storm now there's a chance that it could really intensify as it works its way across the warm seas but with winds quite so strong in the upper atmosphere it is quite unlikely still it's going to give us some heavy rain as it works its way westwards eventually will see that in the southern parts of vietnam there very heavy downpours could well be some flooding here further south as something of a break over borneo more of a thing from drier weather and then those showers get going again as you head down towards java and into bali very wet hair recently and more heavy rains still to
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at this time i'll just. welcome back you're watching the news from the headlines the u.s. president has used his national security interests to warn that america faces great power competition from russia and china in a major shift from his predecessor the us president strategy no longer recognizes climate change as a security threat to. the palestinian leadership is condemning the u.s. the u.n.
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draft resolution on jerusalem it would have required mr trump to rescind his recognition of jerusalem for the capital all. all of the other fourteen members of the u.n. security council voted in favor of the resolution. south africa's governing a.n.c. has now chosen cyril ramaphosa to take over the party leadership from president jacob zuma he narrowly beat seumas former wife in the vote at a conference in johannesburg. let's get more now on one of our top stories monday's jerusalem resolution at the u.n. security council and the u.s. move to veto it to send it is a senior resident scholar at the arab gulf states institute he joins us now from washington on skype so they used the power of veto hardly a big surprise you know not at all i mean the whole purpose of the resolution was without naming the united states or trump to repudiate the u.s. is move on jerusalem the reason is twofold number one retroactively.
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it really does fly in the face of a mountain of previous security council resolutions particularly since israel's purported annexation of occupied east jerusalem in nine hundred eighty all of which were supported by the united states and then looking forward an effort to preserve jerusalem as a final status issue and in president trump statement he did include a line saying he wasn't doing anything to prejudice. the you know to determine the the boundaries or the nature of israel sovereignty but he was very vague. just listing usually if not a second hussein ibish if i may interrupt you because you've raised a serious point that you're not actually saying here and now that what trump has done is a clever move because he wants to maintain oh the debate over final status well no i'm not what i'm saying is the contrary that what he's done is to give nothing
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really to those of us who would like to. put a positive spin on this and say wow he's really talking about westerly flow east jerusalem remains a final status issue having going to prejudice that i'd love to be able to say that i really would because it would be a constructive thing to say but i really can't because he hasn't given me anything to work with and i'm not in the outreach business but he's. he's forcing the next point is there a sense in which nikki haley has banged this exactly on a bull's eye when she says it's his outrageous to accuse the united states of pushing back peace efforts is there a chance here that she's right because there are no peace efforts that exist in effect at the moment there is no peace process so from a standing start at zero you can destroy nothing. yes except that that would be fine for almost any other country in the world to see the problem is the united states is the broker of the peace process into when russia recognized west
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jerusalem as israel's capital in april it didn't sound that ridiculous because moscow is not the broker moscow is not the guarantor you know the status of jerusalem as a final status issue one of five agreed upon final status issues is not just a convention or and something that people agree on it is a guaranteed palestinians made by israel and the united states in one thousand nine hundred ninety three in the oslo docking with and has been unilaterally rejiggered by the united states on what exactly the american policy is remains mysterious we don't know they haven't changed the way in which jerusalem is referred to it's not jerusalem comma israel in american documents it's still just didn't the embassy hasn't even moved the consulates neither the consulate in west or east jerusalem been renamed an embassy and american officials weren't able to explain where what
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country trump was in when he visited the western wall so you know the actual nature of u.s. policy on jerusalem is very amorphous very ambiguous but what we can say is the united states does seem to have prejudiced at a minimum prejudice jerusalem as a final status issue and at worst it may have removed it from the equation which it all of which is a. please violation of treaty obligations and i understand the rules dating back to one thousand nine hundred ninety three the longest i think when amongst that ambiguity that you're talking about is the two potential areas of long term damage here arguably now the u.n. security council is rudderless when it comes to the middle east peace process and the middle east peace process is rudderless for example or might not pen us the vice president is now not going to the middle east in one does want to say oh come on that's because you can't have the vice president of the united states getting
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off air force two and not having conversations with people. right i mean that yes yes to all of that with the exception of the let me just say the reason that mike pence thing is a dead giveaway why mike pence well because this is not a foreign policy move for president trump this was a domestic policy move aimed at the evangelical base that he relies on not jewish americans or anybody else the evangelical christians of whom pence is one basic is a catholic but he's part of the evangelical community and he's basically the broker of this so sending him to israel to kind of solidify all of this. in terms of domestic politics and salvage whatever can be salvaged in terms of u.s. israeli relations with with was a logical thing that it's a dead giveaway now as for the peace process i certainly would agree that it's dead in the water but that doesn't mean it can't be further damage it can be because in
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the end while well it's too difficult to make it succeed it's too big to succeed in a way in the long run it's too big to fail and what else are you going to do what is israel going to do with these millions of palestinians in the west bank what it what's the arab world going to do with the arab israeli conflict what one of the israelis going to do in the long run views of me the region how's the united states going to manage as the rest of the world in the end this two state solution in some form or another and the peace process in some form or another will come back because there is no other game in town unless we all want to reconcile ourselves to an endless conflict that's incredibly damaging for all parties including the arabs the israelis the palestinians the americans with absolutely everyone maybe iran benefit if you are saying is true and accurate isn't that an appalling new status quo because you seem to basically be saying there is no plan b.
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but in effect with what they've done out of washington all slow. is dead and buried how far are you going to go back to dread one thousand one thousand one thousand nine hundred ninety two james baker he tried to get something going but we've been knocked back even further now surely well yeah no i don't think we've been knocked further back than one thousand nine hundred one because the palestinian authority exists and that's something that the p.l.o. has managed to enhance the palestinian diplomatic position in the world even in washington but certainly at the u.n. that's something so i wouldn't say we. have deteriorated particular since ninety one but you are right when you said there is no a process now the united states has a very big responsibility in getting there and in getting us out of this i would say because there is no other power that can do is it's not like france and russia and china are either ready willing or able to take the american role so in a sense yes it's a bit of
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a disaster because the united states has to play that role on the other hand. as i said i don't think this is not salvageable because everyone needs a solution in the end the united states still could clarify what it means about jerusalem it still could make it very clear that east jerusalem remains a final status issue it's not too late to salvage this she ask oh but as it's gone in the past few weeks it has done enormous harm and as i say i see this entirely as domestic politics for an embattled president who appears very worried about the mueller investigation and going state's evidence and all of that and seems determined to shore up his base at home even at the expense of his own foreign policies i mean you've got him talking about an american plan an american initiative an effort to bring the arab states into the mix outside in all these big ideas that he's gone and done this well it only makes sense in terms of domestic
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politics hussein a great many thanks for joining us from washington so. thank you very much. the un is calling on countries to ensure the safety of people on the move as the world observes international migrants day now the number of recorded migrants worldwide has now increased from an estimated one hundred seventy five million in the year two thousand to two hundred forty four million in twenty fifteen nearly two thirds of them are living in europe or asia and one in every ten is a child under fifteen greece has seen an influx of refugees over recent years the government trying to integrate them into society through a number of programs is close some refugee camps and rehabs people into apartments one of them to camp was shut last month as john hill reports it's now though being used for a good cause. while busy continues to store those of the refugee routing to europe in a little warehouse north of athens some lives
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a changing for the better right know yes. i'm. happy now i'm ready to have you have. come a spring. here refugees from afghanistan pakistan and iran run a business making bags and backpacks using old tents and other material from the camp they wants lived in i can sell for like a movie i take care of my children better as long as i have a job here. i have to stay here lisa campbell founded the ngo that set up this business what it does is give them a reason to be able to stay here because they are safe here their kids can go to school here they have medical care here there are there are reasons to stay angry if you have a job. the greek government has closed a number of refugee camps on the mainland preferring to try and integrate refugees
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into society all that remains of camp is the sitemap and whatever these budding entrepreneurs could salvage this is a pile of beds recovered from a recently closed refugee camp this canvas will soon be turned into designer items it is if you like upcycling of the refugee crisis this business turning a lot of misery it was a little bit of hope and happiness made in greece here at least the exercise in integration is going well so i think it's a great improvement for the area and people can get to know what these refugees and organizations are doing. but lisa campbell knows they're really only scratching the surface of a much bigger problem i want to know that i've done made a difference in these lives. and maybe the example somebody else can pick up and maybe other people can do the same thing to help those thousands upon thousands of
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dollars. but it's a start and the bags are selling like hotcakes online. al-jazeera greece. now to puerto rico where the governor has ordered a review into how many people died when hurricane maria hit the island in september riccardo receive you made that announcement amid condemnation of the authorities gave a much lower number of fatalities and the current official number of dead still stands at sixty four. in the philippines at least thirty one people have been killed in landslides caused by tropical storm kite tack now the search continues for forty people who are missing a state of emergency has now been declared as explains typhoon kate back swept through eastern philippines bringing more than two months worth of rain it triggered landslides that this joy the roads and bridges many communities are now
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cut off without electricity and running water heavy rains have submerged houses stranded passengers and closed airports and seaports all across the science region many people here have lost their homes and their livelihood. and we were not able to save anything nothing not even our close the flood car was so strong it reached up to watch us we just flowed right away so towns in the eastern part of the philippines are now under the state of emergency. but i don't know you while we look like a tornado many tornadoes do you see that area over there that used to be a voice field now it's all gone. there's spanish local officials say supplies of food and medicines are running out and for many a tough is a reminder of a painful past in november two thousand and thirteen typhoon haiyan swept through the entire province of late to at least
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a thousand people were killed and many more were either injured or missing haiyan destroyed everything in its back roads homes all wiped out in an instant that destruction has made life even more difficult for people who are already impoverished even before haiyan struck more than four years on they have barely recovered and with typhoon k tuck's this chuck sion they know that it will be a difficult few weeks ahead. dogon manila. concern is growing over the fate of a chinese artist who disappeared after criticizing the communist party online while yong is thought to be in police custody after filming protests against forced evictions china correspondent adrian brown reports from beijing. you know what me it will not look very different a few weeks ago that was when this artist turned reporter started filming the
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forced evictions of people living in some of beijing's poorest neighborhoods posting in the tiriel on social media the demolition work is part of the president's plans to create a vast modern metropolis. why young is in trouble because he's been documenting what has become a very sensitive issue in china right now the treatment of migrant workers who once lived here an area that's now been reduced to rubble that was in response to a government safety campaign following a fire in which nineteen people died most of them migrant workers now the government says that these buildings were illegal and also fire trucks and it's unapologetic about what it's been doing. since the demolition work began estimates that more than one hundred thousand people have been forced from their homes. or attracting enormous attention. and they are widely shared and so obviously the government wants to silence and voice so that they can go
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about it as a victim or and you know probably developing properties or chinese government officials are unable to comment do you know we're here which in the hamper i'm sorry that did this is the foreign ministry and i am not aware we are fully aware and balance of these press and i will refer you to the relevant are sorry for this question in his last online message said that free speech was in trying to in china's constitution which means he was entitled to speak out over the evictions but he knew that speaking out in today's china could also be very dangerous adrian brown al jazeera beijing. still to come here in the news a surprise on the slopes in little details after the break. celebrations
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have taken place for the country's national day this he is ceremonies came as a six month long political crisis in the gulf continues. jubilant crowds feel that though how waterfront among the last couple of celebrated its national day. was an event was marked by a display of military might both in the air and on the ground a country house commemorated december eighteenth since its independence in one nine hundred seventy one but never with such magnitude. these are extraordinary
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times this year three of qataris gulf neighbors saudi arabia the united arab emirates and behind along with egypt sever their diplomatic ties with it and imposed an air land and sea blockade they accused qatar of being too close to iran and of sponsoring terrorism. has vehemently denied those accusations but instead of head to qatar many believe some good house come from the ongoing diplomatic crisis and some say on all since the fifth of june a national unity has increased since then every day is a national day. and lines are open from everywhere in the world instead of getting our needs from saudi in dubai things have changed the whole world is directly open to laos yet it has all the games and we wish the blockade took place a long time ago new business opportunities new events new projects started which i witnessed myself after all something good has come out of this bad situation we need the country to depend on itself more than four. hundred. communities have
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taken part in unprecedented numbers they have organized sports uncomfortable events to market asian for qatar to lead this it's yet another sign of a healthy society that's capable of winning not just the support of its own citizens but also the hearts and minds of its foreign guests. the blockade has pushed qatar to invest in local production and create a new economy and military partnerships monday's celebrations were meant to send a powerful message to the blockading countries but the crisis has only made couples stronger mohammed fun. time for sports usama thank you very much with cricketer australia are celebrating regaining a one of the biggest prizes in the sport they secure the ashes against england with a victory in the third test in perth and were giving some hope on the final day off
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the water leaked through covers on the pitch it caused a three hour delay a to the start of the play but australia returned to claim england's last six wickets and win the match while the margin was an innings and forty one runs as the all says took on an unsaleable three nil lead in the best of five series hazelwood took five wickets in that second innings at the fourth test begins in melbourne on boxing day. it's been an amazing couple of weeks and. really enjoyed every moment of it. you know what we've put in so much the preparation. and everything that's come with this series it's been huge and you know that everything's worked out and we've been able to get that and back. you know all the emotions just came out at once and. you know i'm just so pleased and happy. for the group. bitterly disappointed i think one of the most frustrating things is that we
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haven't been blown away we've not been completely outplayed we've we've had some really good performances just not long enough and simple as that really. earlier we spoke to the lead pretty much under a not for neutral perspective on this ashes series he's the former editor of worse than the india and says steve smith performance was one of the winning factors for australia. they don't want all the big moments moments when the games have been in the elements their big players have stood up and been counted the steve smith the captain was crucial in business in the first game and again here in perth i think his ability to adapt to conditions of me early this year he came to india which is an extremely difficult assignment the most this thing that he made two hundred exceptional batting in very tough conditions and he's gone back home and made these really made runs in england in the past in new zealand so all over the world and
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just said ability to keep churning up the road so consistently i think is what sets him apart from others and the test match that so i think it's definitely well on the way there. you probably want to give him a couple more years to prove themselves in a couple more big series but right now you car with the body of work these put together it's been immense especially over the last forty five are now in spain has celebrated its best players at an annual awards ceremony in barcelona plus a star forward here now messi was honored for being the spanish league's top goal scorer during the twenty sixteen seventeen season pineta thirty seven goals then already has a leader leading fourteen this season this is teammate anderson yes that was named the most valuable player of spain's national team both are gearing up to play real madrid in el classico on saturday. and a special player a real madrid at home and the one we have
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a big advantage over that cannot second in the league at the moment so it would mean we would have a significant lead and there is of course still a lot of the season left obviously it would be fantastic to end the year with a victory and it would make a happy christmas for us. meanwhile the suspended president of the spanish football federation has tried to steer up fears that fever could ban spain from taking part in next year's world cup. who is currently under investigation for corruption was speaking three days after football's governing body expressed concerns over political meddling in the spanish federation believes they need to play by the rules or to avoid putting spain's place russia twenty eighteen at risk. is to. what does the government do with this spring's participation in the world cup at risk when the players have earned the on the field they know it's not for and against the for regulations well for me is simple the main cause of their
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actions breaking the rules is to own thirty remove me from the presidency kong government hasn't been able to find an n.f.l. team to play for since becoming synonymous with the national anthem protest over racial injustice but he may just have found an answer to buy a team himself the former san francisco forty nine ers star has expressed interest in taking over the carolina panthers with the rapper sean combs comes to heated he'd like to become the first african american majority owner in the n.f.l. the franchise was put up for sale by jerry richardson who's under investigation for workplace misconduct and be a star said corey also said he'd like to join in the takeover another russian athlete has being handed a lifetime million pick banned for doping violations pulps letter. has been stripped of the two gold medals he won in sochi and twenty fourteen his team mates
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alexander so of course has already been banned for life by the international olympic committee the decision comes two weeks after the all you see about russia from taking part in next year's winter olympics because of a state sponsored doping system. well it's a busy competition season for the world's best ski races on monday men's parallel giant slalom took center stage in front of a packed crowd in italy and there was an upset asked me this might also be tough favorites marcel hershon henrik christoffersen. and that's why as well for me we'll have more later on darren is standing by waiting in the wings i will see you very soon with news our program tomorrow twenty three g. join me. the sky. should be no borders up here with only horizons. as an airline we don't believe in boundaries we believe in bringing people together the
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