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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com his everyone. you're in the cnn news room. i'm poppy harlow. a lot of news to get to focusing on europe across the continent the terror threat is high and higher than it has been in many many years. take a look here. this is brussels. soldiers with weapons patrolling the streets and standing guard at tourist sites and jewish centers. troops are also deployed to antwerp, boosting the police force numbers in the city's jewish neighborhoods there in addition to the overall terror threat belgian officials remember all too well last year's deadly attack on a jewish museum by a suspected extremist. security officials all over europe are still trying to get a
handle on how many extremists may be preparing violent attacks across europe. intelligence sources do tell cnn that sleeper cells may now be activated. a number of them especially in belgium and in holland. let's get overseas straight to phil black joining us from brussels. pamela brown also joins us from paris. phil you have new information regarding some potential terror-related arrests in greece. what can you tell us? >> reporter: that's right, poppy. it is further indication i think, of the international certainly pan european nature the investigation that has been going on here in brussels. just a short time ago, greek police confirmed to cnn that they are conducting an investigation based upon information that has been provided by belgian authorities here. belgian investigators. asked by cnn if they had taken people into custody as a result of this information, the greek police said they could neither confirm nor deny that.
interestingly, the greek minister for public order has also released a statement congratulating greek police for making a blow against terrorism in their country. so it appears that things are moving in greece as a potential connection to the events that we have even unfolding here in belgium over the last few days. remember on thursday night a series of raids took place, 12 in all, that resulted in some 13 people being taken into custody. here two other people have been taken into custody in france as well. all connected to a potential belgian terror threat one that belgian authorities say was designed to attack belgian police here on the streets or in their police stations. that's the threat they believe they have interrupted. they clearly are still investigating, poppy. >> now you see this spreading from paris to belgium to greece now with this investigation. pamela brown, to you in paris, you've been reporting on this throughout with your excellent sources. law enforcement on this.
can you give me a sense of the state of alert in paris as we speak? >> reporter: absolutely poppy. you can definitely tell that paris is on a heightened alert. but there's a dichotomy. on one hand you have more soldiers out. we were just walking around the arc de triumphe. when i checked into my hotel yesterday there was someone with a metal detector checking our bags. they were very very thorough. they didn't want to take any chances. you see beefed up security around jewish sites, jewish schools and synagogues. we know from sources that k coulibaly was scoping out jewish sites before the attack on the grocery store. but you get the feeling people are moving on with their lives. not staying in out of fear. they are moving on with their lives regardless of what happened here last week. poppy. >> do we know pamela the dozen people that remain in custody
there in paris after this sweep of terror suspects do we note status on them? have any charges been brought? have officials gotten any critical information from them? >> reporter: well we know that they are still questioning them. so here in france officials have a 96-hour window where they can question people when they bring them in. of course if there's probable cause they can face charges and they become suspects. what we know here is that the dozen people eight men, four women, were somehow connected to amedy coulibaly. they were in his group. but we don't know if that means they were complicit and knowingly helping amedy coulibaly carry out the attack. french media reports say some of their dna was found on a car that he used and weapons. but still unclear what the direct tie is. we're still waiting to find out more from authorities how that investigation has been going, poppy. >> pamela brown live for us in paris this evening. phil black also joining us with the latest on what greek police are saying joining us from
brussels. thank you both. we appreciate again that break news in cnn greek police are saying they have conducted an investigation in connection with the belgian terror plot not saying whether they have taken any suspects into custody or not. this gives you a sense how much this is spreading across the continent. chilling information from terrorism officials about how al qaeda and isis are competing with one another and what the consequences could be. our brian todd reports on this dangerous and deadly competition that's emerging. >> reporter: a chest thumping from one of al qaeda's most dangerous branches over the "charlie hebdo" killings paying tribute to the kouachi brothers al qaeda in the arabian peninsula says its leadership chose the target planned and paid for the attack. "when the heroes were assigned they accepted. they promised and fulfilled". >> reporter: it's not clear how much of that is bluster, how much of a hand aqap really had in the slaughterer in paris.
what is clear to experts, this group has regained its momentum. >> aqap status is once again confirmed to be at the top if not on top of the global jihadist movement. >> reporter: now other top terror groups are like up to praise the attack. isis and boko haram among them. >> >> translator: we truly rejoiced what happened in france. >> reporter: tonight a new chilling concern among u.s. counterterrorism officials. there's fresh intensified competition among the most dangerous terrorist groups to one up each other, to take back the spotlight. >> who can hit hardest? who can show they're fighting the hardest and who can actually prove their strategy is successful. >> reporter: a competition seen primarily between aqap and isis. for the better part of two years, isis seemed to dominate, capturing huge swaths of territory in syria and iraq beheading five americans on tv. analysts tell cnn it's aqap's
capabilities to strike outside its neighborhood that concerns them. >> aqap is certainly oriented on attacking the united states much more so than we've seen come out of isis. >> reporter: evidenced by the 2009 underwear bomb attempt on a u.s.-bound airliner. and aqap's plot to place bombs in printer cartridges being flown to the u.s. all the work of its master bomb maker ibrahim al-asiri still at large. isis released a video showing a boy executing two men. the paris attack ranch et cetera up the pressure on isis. >> isis needs to compete and not only stay on the ground in syria and iraq. but for opinion and funding and recruits within the global jihadi community maybe this radicalizes it to do that. >> brian todd reporting for us there. jamie detmar is a contributor for the daily beast and foreign correspondent, also joining me lieutenant mark hertlein cnn military analyst and retired commanding general in europe.
jamie, you wrote this fascinating article in "the daily beast" called "superbad isis and al qaeda joining forces." we just heard from brian todd about the one upping one another. but at the same time you say you believe we have seen much more of a convergence of these two terror organizations, even in the past few weeks. >> i think there's a mood shift. and i think washington is behind the curve a little bit on this. look there's been tremendous competition and a bitter feud between these two jihadist groups. isis ace breakaway from al qaeda. it was disowned by the al qaeda leadership. but there's a fascinateing meeting in november was spearheaded really brokered by al qaeda veterans who are linked with aqap. and they brokered a meeting between isis and the official al qaeda affiliate in syria.
and the head of isra went to the meeting. we saw afterwards attachments of isis firefighters collaborating with almusrah in an offensive against two rebel brigades backed by washington. we're also seeing cooperation between them along the border lebanese-syrian border. there are some hints there there are efforts to try to bridge gaps and at least have some kind of collaboration. now, i'm not too sure that will all go through. there won't be a merger as long as al bagdadi says he's the counter to everyone. but there is some cooperation going on. we know jihadist recruiters are working for both of these groups. and i think we're jumping a little bit if we think that this competition will continue in a way that is helpful to us and not very damaging for us. >> so general, to you, given that let's use the assessment
that jamie has that we are seeing more collaboration and cooperation rather than the two terror groups battling it out. how does that or does that change u.s.-western strategy in fighting them? >> well you have to look at it poppy, from the fact that each of them have a political objective in mind. and there may be combinations within syria to reach that political objective, to contribute to the establishment of an islamic state in syria and iraq. but that's not the same political objective that is present in yemen for al qaeda ap. it's not the same objective for al qaeda in the mograb it's not the same objective for al qaeda in pakistan or any of the other terrorist offshoots of this office. when i was in northern iraq we counted the number of sunni terrorist groups that we were dealing with as part of the insurgency and the number of shia. there were 13 and 7 respectively. and there was an ebb and flow between these organizations,
each trying to contribute to one another to reach their objective. and one of the key areas or one of the key approaches we had was to keep them separated and defeat them in detail in separation. there are some groups that want to attack the united states. isis wants to establish first and foremost an islamic state, and they will do anything in their power to do that. >> all right, general, thank you for the expertise. jamie, thank you as well. unfortunately we have to leave it there. we'll be talking a lot more about this throughout the program, though. thank you both gentlemen. also coming up next after a quick break we're going to talk about the making of a terrorist. why some are saying the young, unemployed men may be the biggest single threat to our security. also cnn travels to the hometown of the paris market attacker to find out what could have turned him into an assassin. [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality for over 19 million people. [ alex ] transamerica helped provide a lifetime of retirement income. so i can focus on what matters most. [ female announcer ] everyone has a moment when tomorrow
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a young man allegedly planned to bomb and open fire on the u.s. capitol, but 20-year-old christopher cornell will never see that plan play out. instead we've just learned he'll face charges for the alleged terror plot and remain behind bars until his trial. that was ordered by a judge on friday. his foiled plans -- alleged foiled plans -- come just days after the paris terrorist attacks carried out by young men radicalized in prison. is this the newest threat? young men, unemployed with nothing else really to do? independent senator angus king
thinks so. here he is earlier this week on cnn. >> i think we need to be talking what is the basis of this ideology and dealing with what i think are the true weapons of mass destruction, alison. the real weapons of mass destruction in the world today are unemployed 22-year-olds who fall for this radical ideology. we've got to figure out how to counter that. >> all right. let's talk about this with our panel, jamie detmar joins me again, foreign correspondent and contributor to "the daily beast." also zanab zalabi author of "between two worlds." and the general. >> something we've heard from senator king that's been discussed a lot with this rise of terrorism that disenfranchisement a lack of ability to move up the economic ladder is a huge part of this. do you agree? >> i certainly do, poppy.
it's a huge piece of it. not the only piece to be frank but it is a big piece of it. we've seen in various situations we've been over the last few years in both afghanistan and iraq in combat that when the unemployment goes down you also get a decrease in attacks. when government starts to work you get a decrease in attacks. when people feel like they're contributing to a society in ways other than shooting weapons you get a decrease in attacks. so all of those are very important and critical to a strong population. >> zanab, to you in istanbul combatting the ideology is critical also the opportunity is critical. what do you think should be attacked at the root so we don't get to the point where people are able to carry out these horrific attacks or arrested on the brink of carrying them out? >> well we have to provide a counter ideology and counter options and solutions for everyone actually particularly
the youth. i feel we spend much more time trying to understand isis and what they do while they are clear, actually. they are providing jobs $1,000 salaries for their recruits they are providing frankly a lot of sexuality as well and they are providing an ideology. there is no counter offering here. the counter offer has to be jobs has to include freedom of expressions and freedom for the youth to be who they are and to create and to be youthful and to have an ideology that actually welcomes them and welcomes their creativity. we are not having that when we spend much more time -- we need to spend time and efforts and money to create jobs and to create freedom actually which is far, far more cheaper both in costs and in terms of lives than what we are facing right now. >> so zanab, how can western countries like the united states like the u.k. for example, help facilitate that when you're talk about a country like syria like iraq where we've seen isis spread? what are the limitations and what are the opportunities
presented to the west there? >> well i see a lot more opportunities frankly than the limitations. in two weeks, for example, the u.s. military spent about $62 million on just bombing of syria and iraq. that $62 million just as an example in here can actually create so many jobs. can provide humanitarian aid for the refugees in syria which are right now frozen and not having any humanitarian aid and any food. it can provide investments and employment opportunities throughout the middle east not only in syria and iraq. there are 60% of the middle eastern population arab population are under 30 most of them are college graduates and they do not have jobs. it's a crisis of employment. it's much easier much more efficient and something all of us can do, frankly, to encourage employment training encourage factories building encourage investment economic opportunities investments in these countries as a way to proactively stabilize the situation. >> so jamie, zainib makes an
incredibly important point i don't think is discussed enough. jamie, what is your take on that in terms of the limitations? >> well i think i completely agree with what zainib said about youth unemployment a lack of opportunities in the mid east. but i think we have different recruits different motivations. this doesn't explain the radicalization process of some of the western fighters western youth, youngsters jihadi brides going to syria and iraq. some of them do not come from core or hardscrabble backgrounds. along the british recruits had jobs were university or could have gone to university and chose to be radicalized instead. i was listening to richard barrett the other day, who's a long-term counterterrorism official formerly with british intelligence then the u.n. he was saying depressingly in terms of the westerners we're only at the beginning of trying to understand what is motivating them.
and i think that it's very varied. different backgrounds. often it's about lost souls who become easy picking to jihadist recruiters. in terms of syria one of the big problems of course is isis and al musra have been boosted by fighters from other syrian rebel factions because they're so depressed about the situation in terms of the u.s. campaign not targeting assad but only targeting isis. >> a very important point, jamie detmar. i want you all three to stay with me. we'll take a quick break, talk about this on the other side. what about when you see radicalization of people that do have opportunity, people here in the west who have graduated from college? what is driving that? we'll talk about it next.
she may be the only person very close to the paris attack who is still alive. now authorities from france turkey and the united states are working together to track down high at booumedienne at an airport. cell phone pings show she slipped into syria. police are look into her background what may have led her to such a lethal path. the life she's living inside syria may be part of that answer. wolf blitzer reports. >> reporter: she's one of the
most wanted women in the world. 26-year-old high at bomeddiene the wife of this man, amedy coulibaly, who killed five people before being gunned down by police after he took hostages at a kosher grocery store in france. bomeddiene slipped out 069 country just days before the attack on "charlie hebdo." while authorities try to hunt her down it's likely isis is warmly welcoming her in syria. >> she will arrive as a hero. she will be put on a pedestal. she will have a comfortable life. >> reporter: terrorists believe she may be the next star of isis recruitment videos like these, aimed to lure western women to the middle east to join a growing sisterhood of jihadi brides. once there these women often find the life promised to them was a lie, and they'll be no more than sex slaves to isis. moubin sheik is a former jihadist. >> the reason why they're targeting western girls, it's
almost like child predators luring women over. i'm the hero, you'll live the life as the wife of a hero. >> reporter: it's believed about 15% of isis recruits are women, up to 200 women from 14 countries. the average aj just 18. there are recent examples everywhere in and around the heartland. like 19-year-old shannon connolly recruited online she was arrested at denver international airport en route to syria to join isis as a nurse and planned to marry a jihadist. >> she's a muslim. she's also a 19-year-old woman of faith who was pursuing her faith. and unfortunately, as she pursued it she was led terribly astray. >> reporter: also in denver three high schoolers, just 15 16 and 17 years old, ran away from home and were headed to syria before they were stopped in germany. and this is sally jones, more
than a teen behind the veil a mother of two, 46 years old. now known as sakina hussein. she left england for syria and marry add much younger jihadist. she was widely quoted online saying "my son and i love life with the beheaders." jones is one of the devout. just like hayat bomeddiene. authorities are hungry for any clue that might bring them to her. wolf blitzer, cnn, washington. >> wolf thank you for that. let me bring back in jamie detmar. and from istanbul women for women international founder zainib solabi. jamie, you recently wrote a fascinating article in "the daily beast" where you talked about bomeddiene. you said this in part "a cultural world away from the scanty bikini she was wearing in a photograph that showed her on
the beach fondly clutching future assassin amedy coulibaly. the transfer is startling from sun-worshipper to the buttoned up moll of an islamic assassin." what do we know about this dramatic transformation? and what may have sparked it? >> she is an example or profile of a very harsh background in many ways. she came from a family where her mother died when she was young, her father couldn't cope with her and her siblings. she had time in foster homes, had to be shifted from foster homes because she became violent and troublesome. and then meets at quite a young age her now dead partner who also came from pretty hardscrabble back ground and really came from a petty criminal background. he was radicalized in prison. so they come -- they fit more into this hardscrabble background economic hardship cultural deprivation. and they groomed pretty
effectively but in their case more face-to-face. then we've got the other example of someone like axa mimud who was 20 when she went from glasgow to syria to become a jihadist bride. came from a very successful family. she went to a top private school in glasgow. and at 15 starts being groomed and lured online. and slowly and surely over about a 3-year period starts becoming extremely devout. swaps her school gear for scarves and the more traditional dress, and then scampers off to syria. we get two very different profiles here. but i think what's interesting is that the recruiters in particular the online ones but also the face-to-face ones at youth clubs, are very very good at spotting people who have if you want slightly wrecked backgrounds. either psychologically for something to happen in their lives or because they come from very poor and difficult backgrounds. >> zainib, i'm wondering what
your take is as someone who runs women for women international. we are seeing this increase in western women who are aligning with isis for example, fighters online some of them moving or attempting to move to syria or iraq to join them. what do you think is the driver of that? what can be done? >> well it's not only western women to start with. but also beyond that i believe the korean is insecurity. when women are feeling they are insecure both either they are in economic situation or safety situation or societal situation, then they are being -- then they are more vulnerable to being recruited or someone who is telling them i'm going to provide you security. which is through marriage and through finance and through whatever, their own safety. so the opposite of isis -- and this is what concerns me -- the opposite of isis is that they are two women in saudi arabia in terrorism trial for driving. there are women in egypt on terrorism trial and they may go for 15 years in prison because they are asking for government without torture.
they are women who are being imprisoned all over the east for speaking about women's rights. the same in the western world. the opposite of isis is not clear. that's what we need to address. how do we make the alternative much clearer, much more attractive and much more safe and secure whether they are in the western world or in the eastern world. >> an excellent point. thank you for joining me. and when we come back we're going to take a look at the troubled life of the paris supermarket attacker. how he went from delinquent to jihadist. ♪ ah, push it. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ push it. ♪ ♪ p...push it real good! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ow! ♪ ♪ oooh baby baby...baby baby. ♪
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>> reporter: belgians woke up saturday morning to something they haven't seen in more than 30 years. the deployment of soldiers from the armed forces in two belgian cities brussels and also antwerp. this is in response to some of the security threats that have emerged not only in the wake of the "charlie hebdo" attack in paris but also after police went after a suspected jihadi cell in the eastern belgian city of vernier. brussels is not only the capital of belgium, it's also the capital of the european union a europe increasingly on edge amid more and more reports of europeans who have gone to syria to join the islamic state isis and are coming back and posing a threat to the continent. >> translator: we have moved to
stage three of the terror alert threats. we are offering extra protection to ambassadors, jewish institutions and other organizations, embassies and so on that could be at threat. we need extra vigilance. we need a police reinforcement under the command of the federal police. >> reporter: this is wouldn't buildings that has gotten additional military protection. the jewish museum in brussels. and with good reason. because last may it was the target of a deadly attack that resulted in the deaths of four people. a french citizen has since been arrested and charged with murder in connection with that attack. before the assault here he is believed to have traveled to syria and there have been links to the isis militant group. there are thousands of europeans who have made a similar journey.
but this little country, belgium, is believed to have per capita more suspected jihadis than any other country in western europe. ivan watson cnn, brussels. >> ivan thank you for that. just a few minutes ago we talked about how one u.s. senator calls young unemployed men the real quote weapons of mass destruction and one could argue that the paris kosher supermarket attacker was a textbook case of that. young, poor unemployed in and out of jail. our jim bitterman talked to people who knew amedy coulibaly. >> reporter: in paris, coulibaly may go down in history as the religious extremist who died shooting it out with the anti-terror squad. but in the gritty paris suburb of grenier where he grew up he's remembered more as a local thug who spent most of his adult life behind bars. in his early school photos obtained by france television he
looked likable enough. but police said coulibaly, the only boy in ten children family was an ongoing problem. in his high school years he got into trouble. he would be arrested five times for armed robbery and once for dealing in drugs. a lawyer who defended one of his accomplices believes coulibaly changed from small crimes to hidden criminal when a motorcycle theft turned deadly and police shot one of his best friends. >> translator: this was a traumatic event when he lost his friend. he too could have died because a bullet could have easily hit him. >> reporter: coulibaly who spent most of his adult life behind bars was in and out of the sprawling and overcrowded national prison located coincidentally in his hometown. according to a journalist he himself made this video of life inside the prison. he seemed like a leader she said behind bars. >> translator: he was an intelligent boy, one of the tough ones. he was actually very at ease in
prison. he was dominant and very much in charge. it was his second home really. >> reporter: it's not clear when he got religion but in 2010 when he was jailed here he came in contact with an islamic extremist, jimel begal. by this time he was estranged from his family. the local mayor who grew up in the same public housing estate the terrorist did, says the coulibalys like many here were just trying to better themselves. >> translator: yes this area is violent. yes, there is delinquency. yes, there is poverty. yes, there is suffering but there's also success. >> reporter: but if coulibaly's family was muslim it was hardly fundamentalist. one of his nine sisters, for example, teaches a dance class she calls booty therapy. back in the family's hometown some remember coulibaly's attempts to fit in. in 2009 he was even invited to the french presidential palace as part of a panel meeting with president sarkozy to discuss youth unemployment. he worked for a time at the local coca-cola plant where he
met the girlfriend who later became his wife and accomplice. people may have known about coulibaly's criminal record but were nonetheless surprised at his terrorist connections. >> translator: we were shocked. it's hard to believe. it's unreal. >> reporter: one person who was less surprised was a social worker who worked with coulibaly as a young man, among other things taking him to disneyland paris. he said that after not seeing coulibaly for 15 years, he suddenly showed up in his office last spring after getting out of prison. >> he's lost. he needs people every time to remind him that that can be done that can't be done. when someone like is involved with manipulating people you can use him for anything. >> reporter: the mayor told cnn it's wrong to imply that suburbs like his are nothing but breeding grounds for terrorists. many people work their way into
mainstream society from here he says, like the mayor himself. but he adds that the large families the unemployment the lack of police, the decaying infrastructure provide a fertile environment for all sorts of criminality, including in the case of amedy coulibaly, terrorism. jim bitterman, cnn, grenier, france. >> thank you for that eye-opening report. coming up next on the program, he ace janitor by day and a taxi driver by night. he is a true hero at home in haiti. we went there to bring you the story of this amazing man who's given everything he has to help his people. [container door opening] ♪ what makes it an suv is what you can get into it. ♪ [container door closing] what makes it an nx is what you can get out of it. ♪ introducing the first-ever lexus nx turbo and hybrid.
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the capital city of port-au-prince extremely hard. entire communities were reduced to rubble. more than 50 aftershocks struck the region over the next 12 days. the resulting humanitarian crisis brought billions of dollars in aid to haiti. but five years later, some 85,000 people still live in tents or other temporary housing there. sometimes the word hero just isn't strong enough to get across a person's efforts to help others. what jala jinesse has done for his home country while working two jobs here in america has been documented. we went to haiti to bring you his story. >> i'm home. where cap you be more comfortable more than home? i love my town. i love my people. and i love haiti. >> five years after an earthquake devastated haiti he's
back home. but this is a homecoming unlike any other. here in the village where he was born lasusse, haiti, josue is a hero. >> you're like a celebrity here. >> i really don't like the word "celebrity." >> growing up here there was no easy access to clean water. until just a few years ago, villagers had to make this dangerous three-hour trek up and down this mountain to a fresh spring. >> you had to walk up to get the water. >> to get the clean water. my parents i don't want them to drink contaminated water. >> those who couldn't climb the mountain drank the water from the river, the same river used for laundry, bathing and by livestock. many got sick. >> when we mee and my brother was growing up my brother fell down. >> trying to get water.
>> what do you think we can do? >> how old were you when you said that? >> probably like eight, ten years old. >> so this has been a dream 40 years in the making. >> yes. >> that dream to bring clean water here to this village was finally realized. but only after tragedy struck in 2010. >> breaking news out of haiti the largest most powerful earthquake in the region's history has crippled the country measuring 7.0. >> josue lost 11 family members in the earthquake. living in the u.s. work as a janitor at princeton university he felt helpless as he watched the horrific news unfold from 1500 miles away. at the same time he was even more determined to help. inspired by his dreams students at princeton rallied around his cause. >> any help you can give to this cause. >> with the help of generosity.org they raised $38,000. enough to build a pipeline from the fresh spring on top of the
mountain down to the village. it's a story of struggle and triumph, a story of one man uniteding his village to overcome all odds. [ cheers and applause ] [ chanting ] [ cheers and applause ] >> all captured in a documentary fittingly named "lasusse." >> it's like something like a miracle. something you believe never can be done. [ speaking french ] >> not only do they have the main water source in the faucets, but in some of these houses they actually have running water now. they can shower now.
they can wash dishes now. they can cook with water now. >> thousands now rely on this pipeline for clean water. but perhaps what makes this all the more amazing is how josue lives today, every day, in the u.s. as a single father of four working two jobs. he's a taxi driver by night, and a janitor at princeton by day. >> if i can work and do two jobs again, to change in the community and the life of the kids i will. >> to me josue's story symbolizes the power of one person that can make a difference if they work hard they rally people together. it's an example of how this country can grow and rebuild. >> jordan wagner and his team filmed every step of the way. >> we screened this film in hundreds of universities and churches and businesses and
rallied the support of thousands of people to get behind this vision of bringing clean water to haiti. because of this film we've raised over $150,000 directly for water projects and have funded 20 more water wells all around haiti. >> but despite all this josue feels like he hasn't done enough. >> i do not think i work hard enough. >> what? >> i don't think i work hard enough. >> you don't think you work hard enough? >> no. i should do more. >> you said to me when we got here i should have done more for them. >> they have no light and electricity. i don't know what next i can do. >> josue and his brother want to do more. they want to build a school right here in lasusse. [ speaking french ] >> even though they've repaired a lot since the earthquake five
years ago, you still see so much that needs to be done here. you still have a population where 80% of the people live below the poverty line. it's overwhelming and daunting to think how do you help everyone? for the first time this fall josue returned home and showed the film that has already done so much to help to the people he helped the most. [ applause ] >> when i see this movie, i feel so good. because one individual like me who had a dream and did something very very important. >> josue may never think that he has done enough. but he's given his people much more than water. >> they cannot do everything. the haitian population need to take responsibility also. everybody can help put hands together all of us. because this is our country. >> thank you, josue, for all you
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given all of the news about the recent terrorist attacks across europe violence in other parts of the world, it may be surprising to learn that the world is actually better off today than it has practically ever been. the global advocacy organization the one campaign co-founded by bono hopes to make sure thought stays that way. joining me now from washington my good friend michael elliott, president and ceo of the one campaign, also former deputy managing editor of "time" magazine. thanks for being here michael. appreciate it. >> great to be with you, poppy. >> you wrote a really interesting piece in the most recent edition of "time" talking about the age of miracles. a lot of people may raise their eyebrows to hear the world is better off than it's been. tell us about the measurement you used. >> if you step back and look at all the amazing things that have happened in the last 15 years, you can kind of put everything in perspective. we've seen such extraordinary progress on the elimination,
reduction, massive reduction of extreme poverty. we've seen deadly illnesses like malaria drop its mortality rate by 47%. hiv-aids ten years ago, just 50,000 people in subsaharan africa on lifesaving drugs, now more than 9 million. astonishing stories, vaccinations saving incredible numbers of kids' lives all over the world. what i tried to do in this piece was to say look. if you look at this objectively, we've gone through aeks treerd period an age of miracles as i've put it. let's see if we can keep it going. to keep it going, 2015 is a key year. we've got a lot of international agreements we've got to do. if we can get those right we can continue the age of miracles. if we don't we'll fall back. >> let's talk about that. we just played this piece that we shot in haiti with this amazing individual a janitor, a taxi driver who's brought clean water to his entire village. it shows the power of one person
when we think these things are too big for us to tackle. the united nations this year and others will set these stgs, very important goals. what are they? what are the key things to focus on going forward to keep this so-called age of miracles carrying on? >> what an incredible story you did from haiti just there. i was watching the whole thing in the green room here in washington and just kind of completely knocked out by that story. >> thank you. >> so now expand that a few million fold. now expand that wonderful idea a few million fold. get governments involved, too, to make sure that they can bring clean water, bring sanitation to villages in the way that he did in haiti. how can we do that? we can do that if this september the united nations, all the nations of the world, really commit themselves to really aggressive development goals, to roll back preventable disease, to roll back extreme poverty, to fight on sanitation to fight on
all sorts of matters that will improve lives just as your friend in haiti improved lives to his villages. so it's take that little story there and transforming it millionfold by getting governments to commit and then by getting an army of us of citizens like us to make sure that governments keep their promises. that's what this year is about. >> absolutely. if each and every person does their job it can be achieved. it's all tracked through those goals that are officially set again this year. michael elliott, good to see you. thank you for coming on the program. quick break. we'll be back at the top of the hour. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com decay and bad breath. that's why there's biotene available as an oral rinse toothpaste, spray or gel. biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy too. remember, while your medication is doing you good, a dry mouth isn't. biotene, for people who suffer from a dry mouth.
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hi everyone. thanks for joining me here in the cnn news room. i'm poppy harlow in new york. in europe right now troops are again being mobilized to guard potentially vulnerable locations the meanwhile, the terror investigation has now extended as far as greece. let's go straight to pamela brown live in paris.