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million in jew else and cash. fbi arrested alleged boss vincent asaro in connection with the heist. those are the headlines. "america tonight" is up next. you can get the latest on aljazeera.com. we'll see you back here tomorrow night. on "america tonight," the unintended consequences of living life large and online. jesse, curtis, and how a rosy romance can end tangled in a war of binds. lessons of digital love and romantic repercussions. also can it add up to success? our in-depth look focuses on algebra, and how it could be the
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equation that saves kids from the streets. >> if the kids fail the 9th grade they are likely to fail high school. >> we are also meet the man behind the program that is changing the way millions of middle schoolers learn, and why it works. >> and the artist who gives women a voice against the words that hurt. >> i'm talking about someone aggressively sexualizing me in a very rude and unwelcome way. that's not a compliment. ♪ >> good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm joie chen. tonight we consider how the internet as changed us for good and for evil.
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if your life includes teenagers, you are aware how rapidly that can happen. one of the latest things in their world is called vine. and it is as the kids gay jie morous. it has a 403% increase in less than a year, and five vines are tweeted every second. as it grows it is proving to be a powerful force, and as add adam may found it is creating its own life. >> reporter: curtis is a tattooed rocker and comedian. jesse smiles is a witty, bubbly blonde. they are a new kind of celebrity. >> for all of you telling me i
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was ant real celebrity. in your face. >> reporter: two of the most popular people on vine. they each have around 3 million followers, after meeting through vine and commenting on each other's videos, they decided to meet in person last august. >> i like this girl, her name is jesse smiles. >> reporter: this youtube video documented their first meeting in front of thousands of adoring fans. >> it just keeps playing over and over again? >> yeah, if you don't stop it. >> college student followed the romance on vine. he is a different kind of vine star. this video he posted when the u.s. supreme court ruling on
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same-sex marriage went viral. vine already has 40 million users, and is just one-year old. >> you can become a celebrity on this platform very quickly. >> who cruises vine? >> id would say it's a variety version activity. there are people who are superfans who latch on to personalities on vine. >> reporter: super fans who can turn ugly. daniel was shocked to see jesse and curtis's on line fairytale romance turn into an accusation of rape. >> dave, i'm pregnant. >> no, you are not. >> a detective tells "america tonight" curtis was arrested in september and charged with the rape of an unconscious person.
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he has pleaded not guilty. >> there are words here i can't say on television. >> exactly. >> but she is being called a liar basically -- >> yeah, in much worse terms. >> when the news broke this month, wine superfans [ technical difficulties ] >> with text thanking her supporters. >> they have people that are loyal to one or another. and it has almost become kind of a duelling at most tier. >> do you think there's something about this platform? >> one of the things that vine allows for is video. and video is perhaps the best
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medium for people to feel like they are getting to know someone. >> more personal. >> much more personal. >> personal, but not always reality. as a rape case plays out in the newest corner of cyberspace. >> "america tonight"'s adam may is up with us. where is the legal part of the case now? >> slowly making its way through the justice system. he posted $100,000 bond so he is free, and shortly after the story broke on tnz he posted a tweet claiming that this whole thing was a second publicity stuff on behalf of jesse smiles. >> so in terms of what judgment is made, the social media community is already making its judge and jury, right? >> and that's really interesting, because there are no facts in this case so far. we don't know if there is any physical evidence. not much documentation has been released. the fans are going back through
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those old feeds on vine. looking at videos, tweets, and trying to get into the minds, i would say of these two online celebrities, and they are super fans, and they have drawn a law in the sand and they are divided. >> joining us now via skype is neve shulman who explored the idea of people not being who they seem to be online. you, though, were also a witness to the first face-to-face meeting between jesse and curtis. let's talk more broodly about what all of this means. it is a social community that has made judgment here. >> yeah, i became very interested in vine early on, when i saw the intense community that was building, the meet-ups, the fact that people were using this new platform to bring people together, and as you mentioned, i was at that first
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meet-up where jesse and curtis met, and it was overwhelming, it had to be a couple thousand younger to older people there excited to see them. >> a couple of thousand people get together to essentially go on the first date of this quasi couple. >> yeah, in that case you could say it was a first date. and then in other cases which are happening all over the country and even internationally, it's really a chance to meet your favorite viner, and i see a tremendous potential in that. and i would like to harness it for something good, unfortunately, as we have seen, people make mistakes things happen, there are misunderstandings, that has always been the case vine or not. >> when you first met that couple, did they seem genuine,
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or are we talking about a couple of actors that are really driven by celebrity? >> i get asked a lot how for real i am in my experience with the documentary cat fish and then subsequently how real or fake the tv show is. and i tell people my experience is real. the show is real. the feelings these people have are real. the relationships are there. of course when you introduce a camera or social media following, there is an interaction that exists that isn't natural. but i spoke with curtis for the two days leading up to that meet-up, and he was extremely nervous, he was genuinely, i think in love with jesse, and very excited to meet her for the first time. and that felt very real to me. >> so even know in cat fish what you are talking about is people being somebody different online
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than what the reality is, this is kind of like two separate worlds here, you are creating images of people off of six-second videos, and that becomes their defining identity in a worldwide community. >> what is so exciting about vine is it has given another platform, out let for people who are creative, musical, talented and funny to put their talent out there. it doesn't .matter how famous you were, all that matters is that you make good vines. and people will revine you and you will become vine famous. so i'm interested in empowering people young and old wherever they are with whatever access or means they have to express themselves. >> then there are risks as well, and that's one of the things we have talked about as well.
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we appreciate you being with us. thank you both. and now to another example the power of online tools and responsibility. this one before the supreme court. who should pay the price for child pornography. this case involved a woman who was raped by her uncle when she was just eight years old. pictures of the rape have circulated online. the woman is seeking to have one of the men convicted of po saying some of the pictures pay her more than $3 million in restitution. but should one offender pay the entire amount, or should the compensation be split among every viewer caught with the images.
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justice steven breyer asked about fairness and responsibility . . . the national center for missing and exploited children is supporting the victim known as am amy in what you heard, what did you learn and what was the thinking, if you could read between the lines on what the justices were asking? >> most significant was the court's recognition that this is not a victimless crime. that there is a real child behind every image, and that that child is harmed, and some restitution should be awarded to the victim. >> so the question is really who should pay that restitution. should be it assigned to one person or everyone. >> exactly.
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how much restitution should one defendant be ordered to pay to the victim? >> so in this particular case, the courts have identified $3 million as an appropriate figure? >> $3.4 million is the restitution request. >> so the question isn't whether is it one person -- although as we noted there are thousands of thousands of people who may have downloaded this image who may have this in their possession. >> exactly. >> so what is the thinking? why does it make sense to assign it to one person? >> the mandatory victim restitution act is very clear. and that's statute basically calls for courts to award full restitution to victims for their losses. >> but why one person if you are aware that there are at least some and perhaps many, many thousands? >> what has been happening now in the lower courts is that some courts have been awarding no
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restitution. some have been awarding token restitution. $50 a month, a few thousand dollars as a set fee. what that puts victims like amy in the position of doing is litigating hundreds of thousands of cases in order to regain the restitution amount. >> so she and her lawyers would have to identify each and every person who possess these images and then go after them in a separate case? >> yes, it would create a continuous stream of litigation that the victim would have to suffer through. >> is there any likelihood that she would collect $3 million from one individual. i don't know who that person is, but is it likely they have the resources to return it to her. >> in the case of mr. perilline, from what i understand that would not be possible. but viewers who view child
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pornography cut across the economic continuum. >> something that could only happen because of the internet world. >> absolutely. >> thank you for being with us and helping us to understand this. ♪ after the break, frozen up, but still a heated protest. why ukrainians are keeping the pressure on, and why the u.s. is finally stepping in. later in the program, "america tonight" in depth, we continue our focus on education in america. we look at a methamphetamine odd that could add up to success. >> now it's more important to graduate. doing this program make me feel like i had more potential than i actually thought i had. so i feel kind of smart now. >> how algebra might make a
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difference, from the kids who are studying it, and the man who's con academy is changing the way how millions are learning it. someone leaves their home searching for a better life. >> two hours in, we come upon a body. >> now, in a breakthrough television event, al jazeera america takes you beyond the debate. experience first hand the tragic journey of these migrants. >> a lot of people don't have a clue what goes on until you live near the boarder. >> six strangers with different points of view... >> i don't believe in borders. >> our government is allowing an invasion. >> ...get to experience illegal immigration, up close and personal. >> its very overwhelming to see this many people that have perished. >> a lot of families that don't know where their babies went. >> i want to make sure that her life, its remembered. >> what happens when lost lives are relived. >> the only way to find out is to see it yourselves. >> on borderland.
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only on al jazeera america. >> any of you guys want to come to the united states? result in students being arrested for minor violations. it's the school to prison pipeline. the obama administration has even weighed in on this. >> this is a must-see report. >> major cities facing homelessness. officials in chicago are making a push to document just how many people are homeless so they can offer up help in better ways. >> these are interesting stories. the united nations chief negotiator will be holding separate talks with warring sides from syria. they want to gauge the willingness to sit at the table in geneva. as aljazeera reports, the summit got off to a rocky start. >> all syrian people at the moment want it to stop. >> in a condition presence
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that's supposed to talk peace, two sides are yelling at each for the first time since anti-government protests began in ukraine two months ago, the clashes between riot police and demonstrators turned deadly in the capitol city kiev, leaving several dead. adding fuel to the fires a video released online that show police beating a protester who was stripped down in freezing temperatures. al jazeera's jennifer glasse brings us the view from her vantage point in kiev. >> reporter: it has been an incredibly tense week here. i walked across the square and if you go sort of a block -- a block that way, everything seems like normal. it seems like a regular day in
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kiev, but in this square they were preparing for battle, they had dug up the pavement, they had reinforced the barricades overnight. there were two men standing by the barriers, that had makeshift molotov cocktails at their feet, and across the sky black smoke and those were from burning barricades. that barricade basically made of burning tires, the black smoke to obscure the police vision, so they couldn't see the protesters and shoot at them. on wednesday two protesters were shot and killed by the police. we speak to ukrainians in the square as i have this week, they talk about how proud they are of their democracy that started 22 years ago, and that they think is what is at stake here. it has been impressive to see in
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these cold temperatures thousands out here day and now. there are thousands behind me now, watching what will happen next after an uneasy truce today, really a possibly historical moment in the history of ukraine. i think many think it is a turning point. you saw people walking through going to work, and some carrying bats and bahtons ready to go to battle. so really a mixture as people try to balance their life with the battle of their country. a lot happening for ukraine, many will being watching in the days ahead to see what happens here. >> it is often called kiev,
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joining us to update the situation in ukraine is a ukrainian journalist. talk to us about the protesters in this the square. there are fewer, i understand, but obviously still quite loud and vociferous. why are they pushing so hard? >> some things have happened that have spurred them to defend their rights even more. on the 16th the parliament pushed through a series of very, very draconian anti-protesting laws. and so this spurred the populous to really double their protests, because now they are not only
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angry because the president changed the direction of their country, which was meant to be integrated into europe, he changed the direction back towards an eastern policy, now he has always taped their mouth shut, tied their hands and basically forbade them from expressing themselves. >> one of the issue has been the role between russia and the united states. and vice president biden issued a statement that he had a conversation with the president. will this make an impact? >> i keep asking you to ask me something easier. i don't know the president personally. he has served two prison terms for assault and robbery. he has a reputation as a ganger and a goon. the people in his surroundings
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come from a criminal and very unsafery background. does he want to listen? i don't know. so far he hasn't given an inch, not a at all. >> but for vice president biden to issue that message that put the ball in mr. yanukovych's court, is that the right step for the u.s. to be taking? >> that's not for me to say really. i as a u.s. citizen participate here. you crane is the country of my parents, is the country of my ancestors, and i care profoundly what is happening there. clearly what is happening there is not democracy, justice, or rule of law. >> where do you see this going? can these protests remain at the
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level they are at for much longer? >> i think they probably will remain. we have a tacit truce right now, i think as a result of vice president biden's telephone call. i think if the president of ukraine does not come to his senses he is going to see his country burn even more. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you. coming up on "america tonight," the
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[ technical difficulties ] >> cost to society and cost to individuals that if one year of this intervention can avert, i have no doubt that it will easily pass the benefit cost test. >> the crime lab is sifting through police records. andrews says preliminary results blow away typical intervention programs showing arrests for violent crime dropped nearly in half, and so far the results at little village seem promising. >> little village is among the
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best early results in terms of improved attendance, it has become a real hallmark of this. >> reporter: daniel no longer so shy and awkward is now excelling in math. >> i could graduate. >> you are pretty convinced? >> yeah. >> he just got his math grade up to an a. >> and for ricardo he gives his tutor the highest praise a teenager could offer. >> he is cool at times. >> i would rather be cool at times than just cool. >> do you think he can make it? this >> no doubt. he is one of the sharpest kids that i have. >> for boys like ricardo torn between these mean streets and school, this may be their last chance to get that crucial diploma and avoid the violent
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crime that claims so many. >> that's great. being cool at least at times, that's a good teacher. that's making a big difference in chicago and in math, but no matter the [ technical difficulties ] >> okay. >> why is this? >> excellent question lebron. >> let's make it 11. [ technical difficulties ] >> joins us now. thank you so much for being with us. you know, this is a remarkable
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program. it is taking place all over the world. i hear from so many middle schoolers, middle school teachers as well as others that they are using the khan academy [ technical difficulties ] >> usually around middle school, obviously khan academy goes well beyond that, it is often math. in my case it was my cousin who had done badly on a math placement test, and was being put in a slower track, and i thought that wasn't true to her potential, and i started
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tutoring her, and that kind of took off. >> it wasn't your intention to revolutionize education, you were just doing this for your cousin? >> yeah, whenever you work on anything, you daydream, but yeah, at the time it was just fulfilling a family need, but obviously it is now reaching 10 million students a month across 200 countries and a whole series of subjects. the focus of our -- of the organization is still math primarily, [ technical difficulties ] >> is that what makes the connection? >>, you know, i mean -- we're not
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[ technical difficulties ] >> oftentimes me, think through it, but at the same time it is focused on the intuition and a lot of subjects a lot of people have trouble with. >> so it does go to that program that we saw in chicago, where that is very much a one on one relationship to try to help these kids move forward with their math, in a sense you are building a one on one relationship, although it's with millions and millions of people. >> yeah, there's a certain irony there, that we're this web thing. but a lot of people say the videos feel like we're sitting next to each other, all of the software is trying to personalize someone's learning.
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so even if you are in 9th grade but having trouble with decimal, the software will recognize where you are. so we are trying to as best as we can mimic that personal section. and if you do [ technical difficulties ] >> some of which are pretty casual in their approach. how do we know they are accurate and teaching the right things? >> yeah, i have a little bit of a background in math and computer science -- actually a pretty big one. [ laughter ] >> but the main answer is it's an incredibly vetted process.
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obviously just putting it out there for everyone to see, most of that stuff has been reviewed by thousands of people. and we have a pretty rigorous process where we get educators and experts to review it, mark things that seem unclear -- not even just incorrect, but anything that might be unclear. so what i think is neat about the web interface is it's not just me in a classroom and if i make a mistake it's out there for everyone to be sure as much as possible. >> what is it that makes math so hard? >> well, you know, i think -- math actually isn't hard. it's much more about -- >> so you sigh. [ laughter ] >> well, you know, i think it's much more about the way that we teach math. math is really depend danant on having a strong foundation.
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if you don't understand basic exponents then logarithms will seem real real hard. so instead of sheperding everyone together to set pace, you kind of have arithmetic, make sure you really understand the algebra. if you have a strong foundation, then the trigonometry and calculus will have a big improvement. >> all right. thank you very much. >> thank you. ♪ >> next time on "america tonight," we'll continue our in-depth look at american education. >> let me make sure that this is something that you work on as a team. >> physics professor at north carolina state university may have the solution. he has come up with a blueprint for producing more stem
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graduates. he teaches introductory physics in a classroom he designed himself. he calls you can also weigh in on twitter with the #getting
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since is the start of the three-year-old conflict in syria, there's signs of movement with with for the first time since the start of the talks regarding syria, while the men in suits negotiate in switzerland,
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growing numbers of [ technical difficulties ] >> reporter: in this turkish border town there are 60,000 syrian refugees. abdul is one of them. this is their only clinic. he is their only internal medicine doctor. every day he sees 60 patients. >> this clinic is not enough. we need another clinic like this one, we need a
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[ technical difficulties ] >> reporter: he does his best, but has no instruments beyond the basics. are you frustrated you cannot help these patients more? >> i am frustrated and disappointed. i feel fail because my ability is less than my duty. >> reporter: for two years he has been running for his life. first he fled the syrian government because he treated rebel soldiers, then he fled radical fighters who said he wasn't religious enough. like so many he was caught between war and pride. >> i came here only just to help. >> reporter: the clinic is privately
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[ technical difficulties ] >> he tries to save his own. >> because i can do anything in this case. >> their 14-year-old son tried to kill himself. then he tried to kill his younger brother. his family fears the war trau matized him. >> and how are your brothers doing? >> i think [ inaudible ]. >> reporter:
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[ technical difficulties ] >> but he don't come back. >> he understands everything we're saying, and he understands that he is sick. >> he is trying to be kind to me, and that will make me better. that's good. >> reporter: can you tell me what you saw in syria? >> a lot of things. a lot of bad things. >> reporter: both brothers want to follow in their father's footsteps, but they fear they are losing the opportunity. >> i don't have a good school to study in. we don't have any university to study in. i think i'm losing my future. i can't -- i have always wanted my -- my simplest dream is to be a doctor. now the simplest dream can't be done. >> reporter: and so what do you hope for your future? >> i hope i can get out of here. get out of turkey. >> and go where? >> anywhere.
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>> back to syria? >> no, i don't want to die. >> reporter: he hoped his family would thrive here, but he doesn't know if they will survive or if his patients will survive either. why do you stay here? >> help me. i am trying daily to leave from here. get me away, i will give you thanks for humanity. >> reporter: to save his patients he needs to stay, but to save his family, he needs to leave. nick schifrin al jazeera, turkey. and ahead in our final thoughts this hour, a true body of work, one women's powerful answer to unwanted cat calls. next. more. answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what.
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>> evey sunday night,
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tonight, fed up withus unwanted attention she was getting on the street, a woman decided to make a difference. she was a new york artist she decided to turn it
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into a body of work. [ technical difficulties ] >> we traveled to brooklyn to see how this artist is quite literally putting a face to street harassment. >> street harassment to me is the unwanted attention, and interaction and behavior that a woman receives outside on the street, and it is something as simple as requesting a smile from a woman, or, you know, [ inaudible ] a woman. you are outside in a public space and you feel like you are out there to be consumed by people. like
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[ technical difficulties ] >> so you are outside all the time, and everybody is outside, and i'm coming in direct contact with men all the time, and that's when i started to notice, like, okay, this isn't flattering anymore. this is happening consistently, and it's annoying and sometimes scary. the piece started out by interviewing women i know. we had a conversation about street harassment. what do you go through? what have you experienced? what is your story? from there i shoot our portrait. so i take my camera, shoot her photograph, and from that photograph i do the drawing, and it's a simple black and white graphite drawing, i come up with
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the text, inspired by what she told me. i go out and find wall spaces and i paste them. [ technical difficulties ] >> she told me about this idea she had about telling a woman to smile campaign, and it wasn't until i actually experienced feeling uncome forable, walking down a street, going towards our house, and it was during that time that i was like wow, this is what she means. >> i think people don't realize that something as seemingly harmless as a request to smile
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can instantly become something harmful and dangerous. if you don't respond to a man in the way he wants you to respond to him, then he can quickly curse you out, throw something at you, it becomes scary and violent. >> i literally felt like a piece of meat. and i'm not there for your entertainment, please leave me alone, and give me my space. >> whenever someone says that to me, it is just a compliment as some type of defense, i take offense to that. they are sexualizing me in a very rude unwelcome way, and that's not a compliment. i am the one that perceives what a compliment is or isn't. i'm not talking about someone coming up to me and saying hey, your sweater is really nice, and saying thank you, that's a
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compliment. >> the most profound thing that has happened from this, is it created conversation for conversations to change the behavior of people and of society. >> i have had a few people who didn't know what street harassment was or didn't understand it, and it's just like five-minute conversation. and they quickly got what street harassment was. i talked to a couple of guys who said i have six sisters, i guess it. i see this all the time. i have had a lot of conversations with men i didn't know. and they have been very open and willing to talk about this and learn about it. which is really all i'm asking for with anyone is just look at this work and consider this work, to think about it, and consider what someone other than yourself goes to. >> it's just a way to take up
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space for a woman. because a lot of times we feel like we are treated as though we don't have a right to the outdoor space. so [ technical difficulties ] >> the project has become bigger than just myself and what i go through, and i'm okay with that. i'm okay with, you know, being this tool for other women to use to get their stories out. i'm happy with that. >> from the streets of brooklyn and indeed for women everywhere on the street. that's it for us here on "america tonight." please remember if you would like to comment on any stories you have seen here, log on to our website, aljazeera.com/america tonight. there you will meet our team,
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get sneak peaks of what we are working on, and please join welcome to al jazeera america, i'm thomas, let's get you caught up on the top stories at this hour. we're following breaking
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[ technical difficulties ] >> country's long-serving ruler. the white house says it will consider sanctions against ukraine after a crackdown on protesters. rescuers are searching through think wreckage of a nursing home fire in northeast quebec. five patients are dead at least 30 more are missing. in indiana three people died at least 20 injured in a pileup on interstate 94. more than 15 tractor trailers and a dozen others got tangled up in the crash. edward snowden back in the spotlight. he held a live internet chat
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thursday, answering questions, and defending leaking top secret information those are the headlines, "consider this" coming up next. remember, you can always get the latest news online at aljazeera.com. >> ukraine's protests erupt in violence, is russian president putin pulling the strings? inside the shadowy world of the al shabaab terrorist group. and how they can't stop talking about whisper. i'm antonio mora. welcome to "consider this".

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