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turkish government avenue a coal mine explosion. we will take a look at why the countries prime minister still enjoys widespread support. veterans affairs secretary, told a senate committee that he is mad as hell. he faced tough questions from lawmakers. and vows to fix the problems. he also said he would not resign. libby casey joins us now, good to see you, look, after weeks of questioning and grows concerns over veterans care, the secretary really faces critics today. >> the secretary certainly faced a critical crowd, from senators to the heads of veterans organization. now he himself is a vet.
he retired as a general, he served in the army and was wounded in combat in vietnam, so he does know what it is like from inside the system. but it is his time at the helm of the v.a. that is being held into question. pledges to fix problems. any adverse incident like this, makes me mad as hell. ky use stronger language here, mr. chairman, but in deference to the committee i won't. put at the same time it also saddens me, i always try to put themselves in their shoes. and that administrators create add second set of records. we have solid evidence of wrongdoing, within the v.a. system. and it is more than an
isolated instance of wrongdoing, it is a pattern, and practice apparently, of manipulating lists. wait times is infuriating. >> this is indicative of a culture of failed oversite. >> while the american he john is calling for his resignation, others say he should stay and change the v.a. >> we are underfunded and don't have enough. that's whey they gained the system, not because of bad people, they are under pressure to admit there aren't enough. >> the v.a.'s inspector general is investigated what happened in phoenix, and says they will have a
final report. but brian turner says that's not enough. this whistle blow schedules medical appointments and says the process isn't working fast enough. >> what gets under my skin, and i say our, under the veteran's skin, is that we are not seeing those actions in order to resolve the issues that have been going on for years and years.
>> that wait nearly cost him his life. >> undergoing chemotherapy, he blames the severity of his health crisis on delayed care due to veteran administration system. >> it has changed my life. he went to a v.a. clinic in rock hill south carolina complains of severe rectal pain. >> i had problem using the bathroom. and i was bleeding, in the abdominal area. >> the v.a. diagnosis was hemorrhoids, a doctor gave him pain medicine. >> she had said come back and see me in two months and see if inning changes. >> several months and two
visits late ear v.a. doctor told him he may need a colonoscopy, but never set off screening. my complications got worse, my problems were getting worse. >> after moving with his family, he was transferred to the dorn v.a. clinic in columbia, south carolina, where a gastrointestinal surgeon determined he did neat a colonoscopy. but a backlog of several thousand patients would have to wait six months. they told me there was nothing they could do, time line of getting a colonoscopy done, was six months. that should have rung a bell with the v.a., hey, maybe we need to outsource these and get this backlog down. but they didn't. >> insisting he couldn't wait, nearly one year, ehe finally received a colonoscopy, it revealed the tumor the size of the baseball.
last month he testified before committee on veterans affairs. >> hopefully my being here today, maybe i'm saving another father, and another mother. from having to go through the same tragedy that i went through. >> a v.a. inspector genre leased last summer, linked delayed screenings to 52 cancer cases. al jazeera attempt to reach officials were unsuccessful. >> coats won a $150,000 claim against the v.a., for the delay in care. the officials have apologized, and assured him the bag log issue is being fixed. the four-year-old veteran says his biggest hope is that the right people are being held accountable. al jazeera, myrtle beach, south carolina. >> gather to dedicate the 9/11 memorial.
>> staterring next week, -- john was at the dedication ceremony today. john. >> great honor to be there today. you know this museum almost didn't get off the ground, running out of money, they were arguing outsourcing everything. there was never any doubt there would be a memorial, but it was question what kind of tone.
every race, every creed, every corner of the world. >> it sits precisely where the tours once stood. it's aim is the show the build up almost 13 years ago, when the towers came down. it highlights the lives of those who died and those who came to rescue. artifacts are combined with dramatic video and moving tape recordings of loved ones saying goodbye to each other, or trying to. i had no idea what she meant. >> the man they call
than a war zone, worse destruction all over the place, a lot of body parts. some of the body parts to makeshift morgue. so it was a site to see. >> george spent about five months after the site, breathing in a toxic brew of pulverized glass, asbestos, led, and other contaminates which health experts believe are responsible for a higher rate of cancer other diseases. around 1500 of them have died from ground zero illness, this park is their memorial, but their advocates say the federal government is forgetting it's commitment to compensate them. >> we fort about those
who didn't die that day. and it's taken 13 years for state, federal governments to get their act together. >> it wasn't until 2006 that the government began to recognize ground zero illness. after the death of the new york police detective. in 2011, president barack obama signed the act into law. setting aside $4.3 billion to provide healthcare, and compensate victims for lost wages. but many are still waiting for that compensation. of the nearly 14,000 claims received, 502 have been informed of a decision. a fund spokesperson who declines to be interviewed said it is because they are waiting for 85% of the applicants to complete the process, and submit necessary documentation. they recently add add third manage tore help with the backlog. it can't come soon enough
for ken george. >> they need to take care of their family, a lot of people lost houses, homes, insurances everything. >> for those that were hailed at national heros that uncertainty is hard to sware low. >> the federal communications commission took a step today towards the way we use the internet. voted to begin accepting public comments. the plan would allow companies to charge websites or faster delivery of their content. the sec can vote on the final rules later this year. for it's handling of this week's coal mine disaster, the four main unions are on strike. and then there are these images kicking a demonstrator during a
visit to the mine, the man is believed to be a top adviser to prime minister. earlier, el mira, joined me to talk turkish politics and i asked her how the prime minister has portrayed himself to the people. is he that man? in fact, and in practice. >> he has actually shown over the past six months when tall of these charges have come up against him, with all of these protests that started last year, and throughout turkey, he has shown himself to be playing to this core constituency.
his numbers go up when he behaves in this manner. >> who are his opponents and what do they want? are may a real threat to his leadership? >> that is a great question, and i wish you could say they are opponents, and that's part of the problem. >> there is strife within his own party, isn't there? >> he has garnered a lot of support for his party. >> i think interrupted you, but is there a real opposition to him in the country? >> unfortunately, the opposition in turkey has been weak. election after election, garnered even more votes and more percentage of the turkish population. >> that's interesting. what was the big take away, if your prime minister from the municipal elections in
march? i think the big take away is despite these allegations and all of these leaked taped that accuse him of being involved in that corruption, all of these protests that took place, throughout the country that we all watched last june, i think it says to him that he has a very good organized political system that the people -- his bridge remembersy and his increasing author tearism works. >> the idea that the feel that he is becoming an acting in a more authortive way. s there a way for the u.s. to kind of curb those instincts within him because he still remains in the country remains so important geopolitically? >> absolutely. turkey is a member of nato, it has some tough neighbors and it has russia to the north.
in terms of the united states interfering, but i do think that washington does have some leverage, because at the -- on one level, prime minister wants to be a player. >> he does. >> no doubt. >> absolutely. and that was el mira, she is the co-founder of foreign policy interrupted. russia is putting more pressure on ukraine to pay it's multibillion dollars gas debt. russian president said today that starting june 1st, russia will only deliver gas to ukraine if it pays in advance. putin also says talks between russia and ukraine and the european union fail to find a solution.
one of the top officials says freeing more than 200 school girls is a top priority. this comes at nigeria security chiefs let today to discuss extending a military state of emergency in the north eastern part of the country, that expired today. some politicians and the governors of three north eastern states say the state of emergency has done nothing to stop attacks. coming up, united states and 33 other countries today fast food workers walked off the job. seven they are pushing for higher pay, but they say it is about more than just a raise. and former nfl star, almost waiting for his murder trial to begin, now faces charging in two more killings.
and the right to unionize. and this is what those protests look like in the city today. near chicago. talked with worker whose decided. to hit the bricks. these fast food workers have been out here for about 12 hours. >> of $15 an hour, here in chicago the minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, most of them are making that or just slightly above, and many of them say they can't make it on those wages. >> dominic alison wears this t shirt as a badge of honor. hoping it send as message everywhere. >> alison works at this wendys taking homeless than 900-dollar as month
that's not much according to the 31-year-old single dad who worried about how he will pay his bills. he and his son had to move in with his parents last year because he could no longer afford his own apartment. >> i was kind of late, about two months trying to catch up, trying to catch up, but it is hard to catch up when you are behind. and i just couldn't do it no more. i had to suck nit and just move back home. >> about a quarter of the nation's fast food workers are raising at least one child. amazon says he can barely support dominic jr. on his wages let alone provide him the kinds of things his friends have. >> i don't want to see my son in gym shoes torn up ten days later, i want him to have good pair ofn't pas but i can't afford it. >> they say the $15 hourly wage would hurt the ability to create entry level jobs. but alison says it would
put 700 extra dollars in his pocket every month. that's money the single dad thinks would go along way in building a better life for him, and his son. >> here in illinois governor would like to raise the states minimum wage to $10 an hour. but a lot of groups are against that. >> and that was dianne in chicago. now, the workers on strike are the core of the multibillion dollars fast food industry, they are called to raise the minimum wage is a hotly debated issue here, and as you can see, abroad as well. david chuter is filling in on real money. david, over to you. >> well, tony, fast food workers and other restaurant chains in the united states, they had this coordinated one day strike. but they were joined by organizers from the service employee international union. they also want the minimum wage to be raised? this country to $15 an hour. as you heard currently at $7.25 an hour, but some have higher minimums.
president obama is calling on congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. this translated into less than $19,000 a year for full time work. so for a worker who is frying to support his or her family, that falls below the poverty line for a household of three. big businesses including multinationals like mcdonalds, they say they cut into profits and force them to let workers go. and they say that workers are paid by franchise owners, and not the companies themselves. >> so david, today's protests were coordinated organized in some 150 cities all around the world, so how does the united states stack up to other countries when it comes to the minimum wage. >> well, americans national minimum wage and $7.25 actually compared poorly with other developed countries. especially when you factor in things what other things cost in those places. next door the national
minimum wage in canada comes out higher at $7.81. france leads the pack with the equivalent of $10.60 an hour. only japan comes out lower the equivalent of $6.50 an hour. but countries like japan offer universal health coverage, so kit be agonad a japanese worker has fewer costs than an american working with no health benefits. >> what else are you working on. >> we are looking at something i know you care very deeply about, and that is paragraph. >> the thing he does before a show. >> good luck.
[head larches and power brakes. g.m. recalled more than 11 million vehicles this year, many for a defective switch, a closer look at the department of veterans affairs we will speak with a former soldier who says the problem at the v.a. have been going on since the 1940's. and protests in brazil are becoming bigger and more violent, with less than a month until the kick off of the world cup.
size of it, and the v.a.'s many challenges jonathan? >> yeah, a lot of challenge as big system with a lot of patients because it's been long waiting times. the veterans affairs back in 2011, the v.a. assisted that veterans must be seen by a doctor within two weeks of calling for an appointment. back then they said that was happening most of the time. 94% success rate. five lot of people doubted that number, so after federal inspectors look into it, they now admit they have no idea how long veterans are waiting for care. it's now workers line messing up paperwork, causes vets to wait possibly months. in 2003, it had 162 hospitals across the country. but over the years some have closed, now there are about ten fewer hospitals. and the agency has investigated in other areas like clinics. also, they were close to 6 million veterans enrolled in the healthcare system.
be uh that number has been growing over the past ten years. now, close to 9 million veterans need medical care in the united states. this is from a lot of younger vets from iraq and afghanistan getting treated. and it goes back years and decades as we will get into. >> an on going problem, yep. >> jonathan, appreciate it. joining me now with more on this, is alex morgan, he is a retired army man, and served as safe writer of the department of veterans affairs. it is good to see you, thank you for your time. what is your reaction, first of all, and then we will get into more specifics to hearing these allegations that 40 veterans may have died while waiting for treatment? >> well, the first thing that comes to mind when these allegations happen in phoenix, i think the first thing we need to remember here is the
difference between patient care and patient access. the issue we are seeing here, more of the patient access side. never been more patient satisfaction at the v.a., it's consistently rated the same as care at private hospitals. this is really an issue with access to care, that's been a historic problem, facing the v.a., going back decades like you said. so it's become the real issue, especially the last few weeks. it's been something that the v.a. has worked on. the refining and getting better, but clearly more to be done. >> so back in 2011, jonathan just mentioned this, the v.a. insisted veterans must be seen by doctors within two weeks. so what has been the issue the main set of issues in adhering to that standard? >> there's a multitude of issues. there's absolutely shortage of personnel, not just in the v.a. system, but in the private care system.
there's a shortage of mental healthcare practitioners both in v.a. and in fright healthcare, so it is a public health concern, not necessarily a. >>a. one. but what we are seeing out of phoenix, and other centers, are these allegations of cooking the books and doctors the numbers to kind of depress down the wait times. and it's -- at the local level it is an absolutely problem, and one that the secretary outlined how he would address them, in the coming days and weeks. paying the i.g. investigation to see how far these problems are going to go. >> you think it is important to get that report before you hear the ratcheting up of calls to step down, correct? >> absolutely. the first thing we heard is 40 veterans were denied care and then died later.
they haven't found one delayed to care. it has now becoming clear that it isn't so much -- >> yeah, it is being walked back, but that hasn't diminished the issue of veterans that are in need of care, that they are being denied it because of these low level bureaucrats. do you have a problem with the secretary saying i will get to work on the back lot when i took the job, at this point, we don't need him making excuses. right, we need him to fix the problem. do you agree with that? >> yeah, absolutely. i don't believe in calls for resignation, there needs to be some accountability below him, but he did inherit a
troubled system. >> absolutely. he has improved a vast multitude of areas. that's been cut in half over the last year, but -- so the processing system for claims there's paper less electronic medical records that are being used right now. just getting to the low level of as you said. >> , 152 medical centers that's a lot to change. seven and you know he has been in the job for a long time, and he is making strides. i think it is clear that he needs to move quicker and move swiftly to still trust back into the v.a. system, that frankly is dangerous for veterans like myself, i have a father, that uses v.a., i have a grandfather and an uncle, he has agent orange issues so these are very serious concerns of mine on a personal level, on a professional level.
so faith needs to be restored and that's on the v.a. side, and oles in the veterans group side, also something that congress really needs to take ahold of. this is a problem, so we need to make sure is we are in for the long haul. >> alex, appreciate it. from washington, d.c. alex, thank you. egyptian state media is reporting that detained al jazeera arab big correspondent has ended his hunger strike, but his family disputes the statement. this video was recorded last week, and leaked from his prison. he is still being held without charge, since he was arrested last august. he has been on hunger strike for more than 15 days. his family says he is now being held in solitary con finement.
they are accused of conspiring with the brotherhood, they have been in prison for 138 days now. al jazeera rejects the charges against them, they will be back in court on may 22nd. and less than a month, sao paulo will host the opening game, and it is supposed to be a moment of pride, but there is widespread anger at how the government is handling the soccer tournament. and protestors from on the streets. gabriel has more. these people are making noise themselves right now. these are working families. that have occupied some land about five-kilometers away from the south palo world cup stadium. they are marching here to bring attention to better education, these are their key concerns and they say now is the time
to bring attention to them. now, the if the last week when she was here inaugurate add new stadium, she met with a couple of leaders of this movement. the government is watching this very closely, because they know this has the potential to explode into a big erupted contest, like what we saw last june. that swept all over brazil. the protestors have just reached the stadium, and they started getting tires on fire, walking to the stadium. just off in the distance, is the actual world cup stadium. that's what they say is a symbol of all of their grievances. a mock -- more than 140. this is a week of anti-china violence. seven over an area in the
south china sea. a chinese general says the oil rig that spark addis agreement, he claims the united states for stirring tensions during the so called pivot to asia. and three crew members on murder charges they are accused of failing to protect the 283 people killed last month. the crew abandoned ship before passengers could be rescued. 11 were also indicted on negligence charges. and in lebanon, palestinian refugees are looking for relief after being forced to flee their hopes in syria. the conflict has forced millions to flee, and neighbors cunning are struggles to keep up. 12-year-old struggles to pacify him one-year-old sister.
>> in face of all palestinians from syria. >> the practical solution is very clear. neighbors countries have an obligation to keep their borders open. at the same time, the international community must do more. they have not seen them do enough to share the burden. >> palestinian camps have been greatly effected by the fighting there. lebanon was the only way out. to be able to stay in lebanon. $200 per person, is a porch for any of these families. even the permits to stay here will not be renewed. >> we didn't come here for tourism, we have no choice but to flee. 18-year-old has been studying hard, but she is going to lose her school year, because her family won't let her travel to syria to sit for her
final high school exams. afraid she will get stuck there and miss the violence away from them. >> she was willing to take the risk, like 70 other students in the same situation here. i am so furious, i ask myself what is the problem, is it a crime i am a palestinian and need to be punished? >> with nowhere else to go, families are clinging to a point hope that the government will change it's policies. and allow palestinian refugees to enter lebanon again. a win for gay marriage in arkansas. roxanne that joins us now for that and other headlines. making nude today. >> another victory in the courtroom today, last week a judge struck down arkansas' ban on same sex wedding but that did not effect a law prohibiting clerks to give marriage licenses to gay couples. they struck that law down
as well. news organizations are demanding to know about capitol punishment in the state. they want to know where the department gets it's he that will injection drugs. prosecutors in boston filed new murder charges today. the one time patriot tight end was indicted in a 2012 drive by shooting that left two people dead. they were 578 bushed and executed as they drove home in boston south end in the early morning hours of july 16th 2012. >> he plans to plead not guilty, he is already in jail awaiting -- workers are still on the scene of
an oil spill in los angeles. early this morning a high pressure pipe burned in an area known as at water village. two people had to go to the hospital after complaining about breathing problems. and in new york, this is a great story, three college students learned why you should always check your couch for change. the roommates bought a used couch, not that pretty, and the salvation army store in march, after they take it home they notice it felt lumpy. ten they searched it and found fort thousand dollars in cash. >> what? >> yep. tony, they decided to do the right thing, return the money, they tracked down the previous owner, a 94-year-old woman that didn't trust banks. turned out she recently broken her hip, and while she was in the hospital her children donated the couch. >> 40,000? >> yes. >> $40,000. >> the lesson there is is. >> if you can do the right thing, and don't
put your money in the couch, if you do, dent let your kids give it away. she gave $1,000 to those college students as a reward. >> there you go. s you back a little later. >> yes, i am. >> every time crews in california get a handle on one wild fire, another one flairs up. the latest from the front lines next. and russia says american astronauts will have to find another ride to the international station after their deal runs out.
of -- gave me a bit of a heads up, that you were really close, and we can see for ourselves now. and it burned up the ravine, the we have a hot spot going here. and you may or may not be able to see it through all the smoke. but mrs. a house right up a the top of your picture, and a fire truck moving in to protect it. the house has a wall around it, looks like they cut back some brush, but that house may be in danger. the winds have shifted during the course of the day. the fire was moving east to west, and then the onshore breezes started to arrive. so right now, they are trying to stop the fire from moving from west to east which is that direction. fires have popped up faster than they can knock them down. they carry embers straight up. the wind and heat create tornadoes of fire.
thousands of residents and some businesses have been advised to evacuate. some hours are without power. fire has burned into the giant marine base on the pacific coast. we saw the flames come down the hill, and as soon as that reverse call came in we got out. >> the most destructive fires have swept the hills. burning more than 9,000 acres. in all, 14 square miles of fire. dozens of homes are heavily damaged or burned to the ground. it was our dream house, and just got it the way we wanted it and now it is gone. >> today there was a major assault from the a. 22 military aircraft, and the so called super scooper are dutching water. >> been doing this 35 years and this is some of the most radical i have seen. we are hoping and keeping a really close eye on the
weather that the winds stay low. >> investigators are looking for a cause for the fires, most southern california wild fires are caused by people, whether accidental or intentional. >> if it is in a criminal nature, we will persevere. >> and it's not over. everyone is on the alert, for new fires. >> tony, we give you one last look at what we are dealing with here, and this is how these fires burn. this came up the hill other, three or 400 yards just in a matter of minutes. firefighters are moving in all around us to try to feed it back, but it is coming over the crest now, and as you can imagine, in just a few seconds, we will get out of here. >> yeah, brian i have covered a couple of those and if you get a big gust that will be on you, so get out of there, brian rooney for us. >> we are going. >> yeah, three astronauts return to earth today, after six months at the international space station, landing comes one day after russia said
it will cut off the united states from using russian rockets to get to the station. al jazeera has more now from moscow. >> as the ukraine crisis continues to harm relations between russia and the united states there's a new battlefield, on wednesday three astronauts one american, one russian, and one japanese return to earth after over six months on the international space station. but now moscow says it won't keep it going beyond the current target of 2020. >> we have requests from our american colleagues to prolong the use of the international space station, until 2024. after bent 20. >> .
>> it should also be focusing on it's own projects. >> ten years ago we couldn't think about any serious plans on our own. but now we have is the means, we should set new goals. that's what the government is saying, over the next year, they will decide which space projects to develop. >> so far, reaction from the states has been cautious. and statement the u.s. space agency nasa said space cooperation has been a hallmark of u.s. russia relations including the height of the cold war, most notably in the last 13
years of continuous human presence onboard the space station. but moscow is also set to stop selling the u.s. russian made engines used to launch satellites can does suggest the final frontier is fast becoming a new front line. that's next, then it is real money in tonight's with ali velshi. >> shareholders have one big restaurant chain vote no to a big pay package for top bossing. plus, the new technology that has uncovered a very old problem, our out of date infrastructure, we will show you how fracking and the need for natural gases has made it even worse, that and more on real money. what
story we brought you last month. the cdc wants more people that are at risk at getting hiv aids to get a daily pill. the fda approves it, but so far it has barely been used. roxanne that is back with more. >> and now for the first time the cdc is issuing new guidance to persuade more doctors to prescribe the drug. as we learned few of them have been embracing it. >> at play, and sometimes at risk, gay men are using condoms less andless, 20% rest in recent years according to the center of disease control new york psychotherapist is gay. he is doing what many others aren't. taking a pill called
truvada. >> i explain to my doctor, i am having a more difficult time staying consistent with condoms. and here is this medication that can be more than 90% effective if taken every day. >> he is such a fan, he started this page promoting it. but other gay men are less enthusiastic about it. she has offered it to her patients but only one is taking it. >> when a person is young, you know they have that spirit of being invincible. it's not going to happen to me. >> most of her patients at this drop in center in harlem are low income. some don't have insurance. without it, the drug costs more than 1,000-dollar as month. but most people here have never even heard of it. >> i know it has something do do with a virus or something? >> we came to this gay
bar to see what people know about it, let's go in and find out. >> if you are told that you are supposed to take one of these a day, and would stop you from getting hiv aids, yes, i would still use a condom, but it would help. i don't know if i would spend the money to take a drug like that, knowing that with preventive behavior i can handle that myself. >> for now, getting people to know more about it is clearly a uphill battle. it is also a personal one. two of his friends recently died from hiv aids and he doesn't want to lose anyone else. >> the cdc told us today that with the new guidance it hopes to see a 50 fold increase in the number of prescriptions from 10,000, to 500,000 a year. the cdc wants doctors to give prep to these groups of hiv negative people. gay men who have unprotected sex, anyone who has sex is with high risk partners like drug injectors people who inject drugs themselves
or share needers and people with h executivev positive partners. we check back with the folks we spoke to, the doctor told us she had prescribed it to one more person. so that's a total of 2. she says her hospital has set up a city wide group to figure out how to make the new drug more popular, she hopes the new guidance will help, so does day monday jacobs the gay therapist with a facebook page promoting the pill. >> what he does for the patient, or for what i like to call the consumer, who may consider youring prep, is that ultimately this will take away some of the cig zip ma, and the shame that we who use vito deal with, when we decide to be responsibilityar preventing hiv in this way. >> that stigma is talking about, some critics call prep a party drug, and argue it will encouraging men to avoided condoms but tony, a doctor told us that the people who should be using it already are having trouble using condoms. >> exactly, appreciate it. >> ands that all of our time, i am tony harris in
new york city, if you would like the latest on anything we have covered just head on over to our website. aljazeera.com, real money is next, david chuter is in for ali velshi tonight. fast-food workers take a stand in the battle for better pay. we'll show you who is behind the worldwide protests and whether their demands can be met. and shareholders at a big restaurant chain has voted down a big pay package for the bosses. plus the energy boom is causing an explosive risk under the streets in our american