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>> a firsthand look at the ongoing battle against the isil threat. >> bombs are cracking off in the distance... >> this is a booby trap in the islamic state >> ...a sniper around the corner here... >> from the front lines, josh rushing reports, on al jazeera america the senate takes a step to fight i.s.i.l. in syria, but they may not be the biggest worry. another terror group poses an immediate and direct threat. i'm more where are, welcome to "rshes, we'll have that and more straight ahead. >> president barack obama thanking lawmakers for his
request to arm rebels. >> a dangerous al qaeda sell operating in syria, they want to target the aeroplanes. >> you are not going to be the leader in global jihad without striking america. >> a horrified terror plot. them. >> obama's job approval ratings are similar to george bush at the second term in his office. >> police in california arrest wayne huntsman accusing him of setting the wildfire. >> a shocking study on the ners. >> it can spike insulin. >> these are chemicals. >> the new california - yes means yes. >> yes, i agree. >> we meet a girl. in my pocket we have to have documents and a breatha lieser. >> as the u.s. and allies
prepare to degrade and quite i.s.i.l., al qaeda may be preparing to hit america again. the senate voted the house, voting on thursday to spend run address of millions. both houses of congress acted quickly on the request. i.s.i.l. fighters gained ground in northern syria, taking 21 villages from kurdish militias. al qaeda fighters from afghanistan and pakistan have linked with al nusra fighters to form a korrison group. the group is testing new ways to slip explosives past airport security, and is trying to recruit european and american passport holders to smuggle the bombs on to planes. the threat of terrorism around
the world reached sydney australia where 800 press and ates conducted raids and are holding six suspects, including the head of a plot to behead innocent australians. >> we received exual stations, direct exhultations coming from an australian, senior in i.s.i.l. to networks of support in australia to conduct country. >> also on thursday a rochester new york man arrested this week pleaded not guilty to charges of plotting to kill shia muslims and american soldiers and providing support for i.s.i.l. kidnapped journalists appeared in an i.s.i.l. video as a spokesman saying he'd give i.s.i.l.'s side of the story in videos yet to come.
for more on the threats i'm joined by stephen simon, a senior fellow at the middle east institute, visiting scholar, and white house director for middle eastern and north african affairs. good to see you. president obama said repeatedly that al qaeda central and pakistan has been desim mated. now it seems -- decimated but now seems to have reconstituted itself. i heard an analyst argue al nusra is al qaeda central. >> that's actually a shrewd observation. i think they were pretty much crippled in afghanistan, and in northern pakistan, owing tost military operations there over the past - nearly a decade. the central group has developed numerous affiliate groups over the years in north africa, in
yemen, and, of course, in syria, where its affiliate was called al nusra. >> reports are that al qaeda is now and through this group focussed on attacking the u.s., specifically attacking aeroplanes. as we go after i.s.i.l., should we pay as much attention to this group. could it conceivably pose a greater danger to the u.s.? >> you know, arguably it is a greater danger to the u.s., and u.s. counterterrorism officials have said as much. there's a great deal of skepticism in the counterterrorism community about the precise threat that i.s.i.s. poses for americans at this point. i.s.i.s. is essentially a militia, it's a grab-bag of, you know, religious fanatics, free booters, thrill-seekers, extortionists and criminals that have taken a lot of territory in
syria and iraq, because they have popular support and they exercise terror in a way that intimidates enemies. they have not focussed on the united states. even though it's killed, they killed a u.s. hostage that fell into their handful they are not focused on this. they are focussed on taking and holding territory in iraq and syria, trying to create a caliphate. it's al nusra, and al qaeda that has consistently, from the beginning, from their beginnings targetting the united states. and targetting the united states at home and else were in the region through africa and in the middle east. on the other hand they beheaded the journalists, there's a rage in australia, a man in new york arrested, a woman from colorado
trying to travel to join up with i.s.i.l. are they having success in reaching tent concludes out to the -- tent concludes out to the western world? >> i think there's no question about that. radicals, and disgruntled individuals, militants like a winner. i.s.i.l. looks like a winner, and they are attracted to it. the interesting thing about al qaeda is that from very nearly its beginning, it has structured itself as a terror organization with the intent and the intent to develop the capability to strike the united states. the country they refer to as the far enemy, they were not concerned about the near enemy, and that is the primary difference between it and i.s.i.l. it's focussed on a near enemy,
iraqies, syrians, people in the area where they are trying to establish control. and those are the ones that they are striking out against. they are anti-shia and striking hart where they find them in iraq, as well as the militants in the same way they are. yes, it's correct, that i.s.i.l. is exercising an attraction. 99" of foreigners attracted to i.s.i.l. are headed to syria and iraq, to fight as part of an islamic army. >> certainly not that it's easy to take out the army. in any case with the air strikes we are planning, but certainly it seems it will be
harder to go after as opposed to al qaeda in this group, and probably are not out there on the battle group focussed on the far enemy. how do we get them. >> it's give. their objective is to carry out terrorist attacks in city, and people blend in in cities, you establish cells and underground presence that enables you to carry out attacks over time, plan and develop a capability, build bombs in basements. te very tricky, and a complicated law enforcement. it these be said that americans are fairly good. in counting that threat. it's difficult to eliminate entirely, and we have to anticipate that at some point the bad guys if we put it that
way, are going to score. they'll have a successful attack. probably, though, not one nearly as dramatic as the one they carry out on 9/11, 2001. >> tremendous challenges facing counterterrorism. good to have you on the show. thank you. >> thank you, sir. >> turning to the country that's in the best position to help the u.s. combat i.s.i.l. tuckey, it's the only muslim nation in n.a.t.o., it has hundreds of miles of borders with areas controlled by i.s.i.l. in syria and iraq, and the u.s. has a military based, perfectly positioned to launch air strikes. but despite world wind diplomatic ests and visits by chuck hagel and secretary of state john kerry, turkey has
been unable to do much more than offer humanitarian assistancism. >> turkey and the united states will stand toot against challenges. we'll continue our conversations with military and other experts spending time to define the specific role that turkey will play. one big problem is turkey threatened by i.s.i.l., because hostage. joining us is kurt volker, serving as ambassador to n.a.t.o., and served as the deputy assistant secretary of state from 2005 to 2008. he's the director of the mccain institute for international leadership. part of the arizona state university. good to have you with us. >> great to be here. >> some voices have been raised in the united states questioning whether turkey is an ally any more because of a refusal to sign on to the effort against i.s.i.l.
the reality is that there's precedent. turkey didn't help the u.s. during the iraq war. this is not the behaviour you would want from an n.a.t.o. member. >> it's true. an n.a.t.o. member means that if a country is attacked all nato members would come to the eight of the country. that much remains valid, and, in fact, n.a.t.o. deployed equipment to turkey to help with air defense went the u.s. invaded iraq, and that's an illustration of a commit: talking about iraq and i.s.i.l., we are talking about launching offensive operations against a dangerous organization, but not one that has attacked nato territory in the sense of calling n.a.t.o. into being a collective defense commitment. >> one of our allies, because of the n.a.t.o. membership, and other reasons. you testified before the senate that you were clearly concerned
then that turkey was moving away from a pro-western stance. the policy was called no problems with neighbours. with the expansions as shortsighted. >> sure. it's no neighbours with problems. you could say. turkey. >> what i would say is turkey is acting as it seesize national interest -- sees as its national interest. there's several elements. there's the hostages that i.s.i.s. has, the documents, the desire to be seen as a leader in the broader region, including the arab world, and not wanting to take the lead in efforts to take on a sunni group. a third is the border they have. they'll have to defend themselves against i.s.i.l. if they go into attack mode. they are trying to balance this. as you heard from secretary
kerry, as you put together a wider coalition, one including the states like saudi arabia, jordan, you'll be able to count on support. >> if they are not acting with the diplomats in their hands, are they playing into i.s.i.l.'s hands by doing that. and critics said that before the hostage situation, turkey was overlooking the oil that was smuggled by i.s.i.l. into turkey, earning them millions, and jihadists were going back and forward across the turkish border. an ambassador said turkey cooperated with the al qaeda affiliate in syria. what is there geopolitical thinking? are they so focussed on getting rid of bashar al-assad in syria, i.s.i.l.? >> well, you know, yes, yes. first off, picking up another point you made earlier.
turkey moved in a top-down, we'll see that continue. second, they do want to fight and see bashar al-assad go in syria, and see the shia alawite regime go and be replaced by a sunni one. they are not alone in looking at it in way. you have qatar and others that viewed the problem in syria through the same lens and it afforded groups like al-nusra. then you see the groups grow stream to the point you have i.s.i.s. beheading people, threatening villages, driving the people into the mountains, eliminating christian communities. this is further than turkey wants or could accept. we shouldn't attribute to turkey a desire to see that activity. >> turkey cooperates with the west on other issues. >> absolutely. and i think as we see this i.s.i.s. problem metastasis, we
see a growing international coalition, we had a strong response in paris. the effort going into rallying the arab states will play off. >> i want to switch topics and address ukraine, something you and i talked about on the show. ukranian president petro porashenko addressed both houses of congress. he went to the white house and asked for more help in his fight against the rebels. all we are giving him is nonlethal aid. he clearly wants more. one thing he said seems to be a veiled jab at the president. he said "we can't win a war with blankets." should we give ukraine more of . >> yes, absolutely you should. you'll see legislation moving through the senate supporting the sale of theethal equipment.
he made another comment that ukraine is not about creating a democracy, they have one, they need that lethal support. is eastern ukraine almost completely lost. it seems like russia has taken obvious eastern ukraine. they have supplied the insurgents, put in troops, tanks, artillery. they spent weeks consolidating the conditions. the ceasefire helped russians consolidate this. they are going to move forward and take the city and connect via land all the way from crimea up to eastern ukraine, and they'll try to go further. they have to worry about moldova and other areas of ukraine being targets of russian opportunitistic land grabs.
that's why it's important to be heard now, before it happens further. the frozen conflict is now the floor of what we can expect for a long time. we have to worry about how much further russia will go. ambassador kurt voelker, great to have you with us. now for more world. >> we begin in the world of business, where one of the richest men in the world has announced he is stepping down as c.e.o. of oracle. larry ellis son founded the company in 1977, making it into one the biggest tech companies, and he became phenomenally wealthy with a net worth of 46 million. he'll stay on with the company. >> mark heard and sav ra will replace him. we head to tehran where six young iranians were sentenced to
prison and 91 latches for making a video showing them dancing to ferrel's song "happy." they were arrested for participating in the production of a vulgar video clip. many thought they'd escape punish. after the iranian president tweeted: . >> their punishments will not be carried out as long as they are not arrested for any other offense. even so, amnesty international responded to the sentences with a statement saying: . >> we end out west with a pair of ongoing and escalating disasters. in california, wayne alan huntsman was arrested and charged with maliciously starting a wildfire that destroyed 100 square miles of forest. 3,000 people have been evacuated
and more than 4,000 firefighters are battling what is still a growing blaze, which is 5% contained. meanwhile in the south-west, the remnants of hurricane odile are wreaking havoc on an area recovering from the reigns. the storm caused flash floods and new mexico. a sheriff's deputy is missing after her car was washed away. >> that is some of what is happening around the world. coming up, not so friendly fire on both sides of the aisle in congress. republican senator rand paul takes aim at fellow republican senator, and many turn on dmc chairwoman. we look at the turmoil in washington with less than 7 weeks to go before the midterms. a controversial law in california that requires two college students to verbally
agree before having sex. stories. >> apple is beefing up security on its operating system. will to do much to ease privacy concerns. i'll tell you more. join the conversation on: >> hundreds of days in detention. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges and demands immediate release. >> thousands calling for their freedom. >> it's a clear violation of their human rights. >> we have strongly urged the government to release those journalists. >> journalism is not a crime.
with the midterms less than seven weeks away, congress is eager to get out of town. while both houses buckled down and passed legislation, partisan wars are waged between and within the two parties. republican senator rand paul supported aid to syrian rebels, but slammed barnacled enablers who never met a war they didn't like, a reference to two senators. w schultz was described as having lost the confidence of congressional democrats and party insiders, a charge that white house secretary was forced to deny.
>> does the president have chair. >> based on the strong track record of leadership, the president has strong confidence in her ability to lead the organization. >> i'm joined by bill schneider, resident scholar at the think tank third way, and a professor, and al jazeera contributor, and from los angeles, al jazeera sure. >> let's start with the development. developments are saying schultz is more interested in advancing her career than in helping other democrats win. the story was petty saying he wasted time and energy getting the d.n.c. and others to pay for her wardrobe, something she denied, and you heard ennest, he was -- ernst, he was asked if the president had confidence, he said strong confidence. same thing? >> at the end of his remarks. he said he sees no reason now
why she wouldn't serve out the rest of her term, it ends in 2017. it's a side story. if the democratic, you know, party, and the party leader is the headline for the that. >> debbie schultz has been on thin ice and will be if hillary clinton is the standard bearer. she was a supporter, co-chair of hillary clinton's 2008 primary campaign. when it was over, she reached out to the barack obama people. you don't want to irk clintons. i don't think she'll serve out her term. the democrats are paying a lot of attention to the campaigns and are not concerned about the party structure. >> let's talk about the came plays on capitol hill, and what michael referred to. while the house vote on helping the syrian rebels, the senate wouldn't do it. they buried it in a wrote bill.
the -- broader bill. is all of this about keeping democrats. >> yes, it's about politics, that's what washington is all about. the president had a powerful message from senate candidates, if you do - carry out an executive action on immigration reform, it could endanger us all. the president held back, saying election." >> that was a report in the hill saying emails from game changer salon, a google group, show liberal activists are not happy with hillary clinton, she's a hawk, that she's too close to wall street and vulnerable to personnel attacks. is this all much ado about nothing, if hillary clinton her. >> if she's the nominee of the party we'll have a conversation about will they line up behind
her, and they will. you'll see those that bike bernie sanders and election warren, the same that thought they liked the candidates, like in barack obama, they line upped behind him. hillary clinton will not just walk to the nomination, there'll be obstacle, and one will be a change from the left. she's good at taking on all comers. it is to be expected. >> let's go across the aisle and talk about rand paul swiping on the senate floor. he backed the military actions against i.s.i.l. but is this showing a divide in the republican party. >> it's a big
divide. he will never win if he takes the isolationist positions. he is democrating that he can be a hawk to. trying to have it both ways. >> he's criticizing the republican leaders. >> he is, indeed. if he's on his way to getting the nomination, a lot of the republican establishment will panic. i want be surprised, if he's the nominee, if john mccain could endorse hillary clinton. how about that. >> i suspect that won't happen. that would be interesting. let's talk polls. there are polls - the good news, congressional dash if they plummet
to levels about george w. bush's poll, before the 2006 elections, which becomes a wave election, let's look at that. the president's approval rating was 40%, three point better than president bush's rating in 2006. when it comes to managing the terror threat. the rating has fallen to 41%, 13 below president bush's rating. with numbers like that, should the democrats prepare for a wave against them. >> they are prepared for what may be a wave. but the polls that the democrats are watching are eight or nine individual poles in different states. they are not paying close attention to the president's polls, do you like him or not, do you think he's good on terrorism or not. they are hooking at will mark goodell win. what is the polling in georgia. they are looking at the state
polls, paying attention, so that the wave polls, there's nothing they can do. >> let me get a final word from you. they are saying that all polls or local, but will the issues affect what happens. >> yes, they will. they are saying to candidate, pay no attention to president obama, may no attention to the you. >> they are running on the theme that politics are local and doesn't mean anything. the terrain in the senate races are poor. seats are up this year. it's a threatening environment. >> thank you both, hope to have you back in the next few weeks. >> turning to the politics of cracking down on sexual assault
on college campuses. a bill has been passed defining when yes means yes in sexuality activity. it defines sexual consent as a conscious and voluntary agreement. it comes as the white house unveils a programme in relation students. >> now someone opposed to the yes means yes bill, is congress woman christian wilson. i know the state senate has passed the bill and you are waiting on jerry brown to see if he passes it. it comes after an epidemic sexual assault matters on campus and how schools have done a poor job to deal with the issues. it calls for the schools to establish strict policies. the controversy is around the yes means yes. bill?
>> well, you described it well. the fact is we have a serious problem going on on college campuses today. we need to bring more awareness to the issues of sexual assault. we need a strong response from law enforcement. universities, to educate people as to what is going on and how to prevent it. we don't need laws from sacramento. it will lead to litigation and confusion. >> silly how? >> what does yes mean yes mean. it requires campuses to adopt a firmer consent policy, and it says they have to be ongoing responses. it's craziness. are we supposed to have notaries walking through the hallways making sure people are intimate are providing ongoing affirmative consent. it's silliness to a serious
crime, and instead we should empower universities and require them to adopt measures, public awareness campaigns, access to treatment and partnering with law enforce. to address the issue. >> there are all sorts of lawsuits as a result now. you are concerned that, which you are describing, has been described by others as ask first, and ask often, that any sexual activity requires ongoing and clear consent. your concern that this will litigation. >> i am. it goes so far beyond the appropriate involvement of government. i mean, the fact is we as young women have been doubt no means no. we need to make sure that our young women and men are aware of that, are practicing that. to say that you have to have
ongoing consent when no one nose what that means. it's silly innocence: it's not going to do anything to curve cases of sexual assault. the usual standard is an absence of no. if someone has not said no, it's - consent is inferred. this bill, again, goes further, calling for the unambiguous consent. there's confusion, the bill says silence and lack of resistance is in consent, but it's not clear about positive nonverbal body language. at this point does someone have to say - ask the question before going too far. >> those are the questions of the the law is ambiguous. the fact is sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment. they are practices against the law. what would be a far
better effort to curb sexual violence is making sure the agencies partner closely with university campus, to build public awareness, and when a case happens to respond and prosecute. that is how we'll see the situations decrease. not by silly laws from sacramento that don't make any sense, that will line the pockets of greedy attorneys, and i beg to question what does ongoing confirmive consent means. i think it's nonsense. >> alcohol is something present in the overwhelming number of cases of sexual assault on campus. and this law does make it clear that no consent is possible if someone is understandings or drunk and not capable of giving that kind of concept. the reality is that is, as you, i think, refer to, it's already a felony
as it is. us. >> exactly. >> in the end will it be back to litigation? >> that is the fear. it leads to more litigation, he said, she said, and it does nothing to curb the sexual violence. i'm hopeful that governor brown will veto the bill and we'll take another crack at the issue later. i don't think the state has much to add to a situation that is already illegal. we need to require universities and law enforcement agencies to have a strong, immediate, expeditious response. we'll see what the white house does on friday. it's an important issue, let's hope it gets dealt with because of victims suffering. >> california states woman, pleasure to have you with us. >> time to see what is trending on the web. >> since private photos of
celebrities were stolen from icloud, apple security has been under close scrutiny. they launched a new section on their website. their c.e.o. cited new changes in the apple operating system. the biggest change is all data, such as photos, messages, emails and contacts are protected by your passcode, which apple cannot access. if law enforcement had a warrant to search your device and asked apple to search data, apple could do it. cook said: . >> the feature only plies to data on the actual device. for anything stored off the device.
apple would have to comply with the law and hand over information to authorities. concern. >> danger and your drinks. problems with artificial sweet ners. the percentage of children not getting shots, in school, drops below that of a war torn county in africa. >> and the >> on tech know, fire, devastating and out of control >> what's at stake here? >> there's approximately 360 homes... >> but now experts say they can predict how a blaze might spread >> this has been in a fire, now we gotta get the data out of it >> playing with fire... >> you guys are working just to save lives... >> i hope so... >> tech know every saturday go where science meets humanity >> sharks like affection >> spot on...
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new evidence in the debate over standing or sitting. turns out standing is only better for your joints. joining us an assistant professor at columbia university of enny determinology. let's start with the sweet ners. they are having an effect on good bacteria in the digestive system, and that is having negative affects. for a long time the idea is they are just that. antibiotics - it's about killing bacteria. over the last 10-15 years, we realised that bacteria are an important part of what makes us us. there are billions of bacteria living in mine and your gut, helping to digest your foods. the study plays on that, showing when you feed the bacteria the wrong thing, ie fake sweet ners, they change, you get different types, that can have
implications for what you digest and how to digest it. >> you are not eating sugar or raising the blood sugar level. those bacteria can change the way your body met aba lieses sugar, it's not that it's raising the sugar because you are eating it right way way. >> it's an indirect effect. >> exactly. >> most of these sweet ners, since they came into play and became popular, obesity has soared. is there thought that they may not be helping, but hurting. >> what the researchers did is they fed a couple of mice water that was sweetened with artificial sweet ners. they found that those mice that had a change in bacteria happened to have a prediabetic state.
what is interesting is they did the same with humans, and took the bacteria and put it in the mice and found the same state. >> it's a limited study. it's mice, a few humans, so what do we take from it. using sugars, instead of artificial sweet ners. >> moderation is the key. don't go out and drink too much sugar, or eat too of sugar. if you put splendor in the cup and drink five of those, that won't challenge the out come. >> studies on sitting and standing. one found people that stood a lot ended up living longer. and another detailed study looks at it from a cellular level and found people that stand and sit less, that their cells - somehow they don't age as quickly. >> it's a fascinating study. the research team out of sweden took 68-year-old men, and
randomized them to an intervention trial including speakers, and some efforts to get them to stand up and walk around. they took blood tests before and after, and in those people randomized to the exercise intervention, they found that the length of their d.n.a. didn't decrease. for some they increased. it's the end of the d.n.a. we come to understand that cellular ageing happens to the processing where the end of d.n.a. shrinks. for some people, not those that exercise, but those not sitting. they increased, suggesting that this could be a good benefit. sitting around may cause diseases, joint issues, diabetes and heart disease. it's on a cellure lar level, making it interesting. one of the odd parts of the study was they found the people that exercised the most didn't do that much better. again, moderation. >> yes.
it's helping to change the paradigm around what physical activity means. if you go out and get an hour of exercise, you can sit around for the rest of the day like you and i do. >> all day. >> me too. it's not about the exercise, people can be exercising, and it's about how active you are intermittently through the day. we need to make sure that we get you up, take a break. there are standarding desks that are popular, and sitting on a stability ball, a big inflatable ball can have a benefit. in the work of standing or sitting on a ball, our body has to do a bit of work that we don't pay attention to. >> that we are not doing when we sit down. a pleasure to have you with us, as always. thank you for clarifying some of this for you. coming up, a huge strain of multiple deployments on military
families, especially single mothers coming back from war. michelle monahan joins us with a film that addresses an unreported story. first, an alarming number of parents are not vaccinating their kids, putting them and us >> the most important money stories of the day might affect your savings, your job or your retirement. whether its bail-outs or bond rates this stuff get complicated. but don't worry. i'm here to take the fear out of finance. every night on my show i break down confusing financial speak and make it real.
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8,000 cases of whooping cough that landed 267 people in the hospital. three infants died. it's alarming because this is a disease that this been wiped out mostly. the c.d.c. reports domestic measles cases are at a high sense the disease was eliminated 14 years ago. the problems are arising because of affluent college educated parents, choosing not to get their kids their shot. actress jenny mccarthy was a public face of the movement, backing a fruitulent -- fruitulent claims of a british study. mccarthy tried to distance herself from the comments, but misinformation has had consequences throughout the country. the c.d.c. recommends parent get their children vaccinated. >> coming up, the high cost of deployment on families. >> a firsthand look at the
>> more reporters. >> they don't have the resources to take the fight to al shabaab. >> more bureaus, more stories. >> this is where the typhoon came ashore. giving you a real global perspective like no other can. >> al jazeera, nairobi. >> on the turkey-syria border. >> venezuela. >> beijing. >> kabul. >> hong kong. >> ukraine. >> the artic. real reporting from around the world. this is what we do. al jazeera america. we have seen countless heart warming videos of military members reuniting with their families after a long deployment. we don't often see the strain put on families. out of 2.5 u.s. service members deployed to iraq and afghanistan, about a million had multiple deployments. the longer the deployment, the greater the risk of divorce. "port bliss" focuses on an army medic returning from a 15-month deployment, to find her child doesn't want anything do do with her. >> movie reel: how are you
doing, do you miss your kid? >> every day. cry? >> i'm going in. >> medic on the ground. >> i heard about what you did out there. if he pulls through, it's because of you. >> maggie, welcome back. >> where's paul. >> it's been 15 months since you have been gone. >> hi buddy, it's me, mummy. >> you're not my mummy. michelle monahan stars in "fort bliss" opening in select cities on friday. it's great to have you here. there's so many movies about war. this is breaking new ground, a single mother coming home from a long deployment, and finding what military members are finding, that it's sometimes harder to come home than to be out in crazy places like afghanistan and iraq.
>> that's right. stories about female veterans are nearly ab sent women, nearly 2,000 serving, and 40% are mums. it's a common occurrence, that it is happening to a lot of women, parents, and they are struggling with it. >> we have seen a lot of news reports, there's documentaries about how hard it is for people to be at war, and also the process of coming home. there's something about watching a feature length drama, and the intimacy of it that brings the issues home. i'm assuming that's what you were trying to do. >> absolutely. it's very easy to watch the news and hear the news and hear the statistics. if you can't emotionally connect, you don't pay attention to it. i connected to this emotionally when i read it. it was not something that i had considered, it was not an aspect
of war that i had encountered. it was something that i felt compelled to share, and after having spent time with a lot of female soldiers, mums, at fort bliss, i was more empassioned to shed light on the sacrifices that they and gam -- and their families are making. >> men go through a lot of same issues when they come back. it has a strong look at what this means to be a mother, and the specific issues that are of... >> the judgment. >> the prejudice judgment is a better word. >> i love that that opens up a broader dialogue. if a woman leaves her family to go to work, she's a bad mother. >> exactly. >> if a man leaves his home to go to work, that's honourable. i appreciate that we are looking
at this broader aspect of it. i met with these women, and they are so very proud to serve our country. they are passionate about their jobs, they are good about their jobs, but are civil devoted parents. they don't have to choose one or the other. they can do both. project. >> they did. >> it brings up serious issues for the army, that they don't like to talk about. p.t.s.d. and sexual assault. >> absolutely. we have to tip our hat to the army, without their support, we wouldn't have been able to make this movie what it is. >> have you gotten a reaction from them? >> we have. we have been fortunate to show times. two nights ago we showed it to 200 female veterans of it was powerful. the soldiers, men and women from all different branches say this
is the most honest depiction they have seen of the soldiers experience, that is encouraging to us. it was always their intention, it empassions me to share a sacrifices. involved. >> i met with paul ryko, the founder of ia v.a., the iraqi afghanistan veterans organization of america. there's over 400,000 members, new vets, promoting advocacy, awareness, education, employment, and have an amazing outreach. i'd like to partner with them and condition the goal. >> as you said, it's an honest, at times brutally honest, and is can't vating, it's not having that will turn people off. one of the reviews, and you have positive reviews, says that this is a career capping performance,
you are young for a career capping performance. >> i'll take it anyway. >> that's really amazing. i appreciate that. i put my heart and soul into this. it's something i took seriously. i felt as though i had this opportunity to represent a group of women that we don't oven see, and so i wanted to do rite by them, if you will. and to say that i am getting that response is the highest compliment i can receive. >> you had all sorts of great rolls, from thrillers, action movies to great television "boston public", i loved that show. have a great career, and you have done serious roles, miners, truck drivers, and now this. people whose voices are not heard very often. roles. >> i guess so. it's not something i thought of. i come from a working class
background, a town of 700 people in iowa. my dad is a farmer and worked in a factory. mum ran daycare out of our home. >> foster. >> yes, and foster siblings and things. i come from strong, hard-working people. i appreciate where i cam from, i think they are representative of my roots, these characters. >> often i think if people see the movie, they'll say that with more genuineness, because it really shows the sacrifices that military members and families go through. i enjoyed watching it. best of luck. >> thank you for having me. >> "fort bliss opens in select cities on friday. that's all for "consider this", find us on aljazeera.com/considerthis, we are on facebook and twitter. see you next time.
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