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new york. the news continues with thomas drayton. if you saw her walking down the street typical new yorker you wouldn't realise who her parents were. >> never look twice. >> good evening, hi everyone good to have you with us this is al jazeera america, i'm thomas drayton in new york. let's get you caught up on the top stories of this hour. >> we filed charges a few minutes ago an arrest made in the shooting of two police officers in ferguson, missouri. [ cheering ] campaigning is coming down to the wire in israel with a race that could see prime minister binyamin netanyahu swept from power. syria enters a fifth year of civil war as secretary of state john kerry says the time has come for negotiating with president bashar al-assad. the president of venezuelan gets sweeping powers to combat a growing tlament.
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we look at the two nations in "the week ahead". under arrest. investigators athis is the man that shot two police officers last thursday in ferguson, missouri. the officers were wounded outside the police department during protests that followed the resignation of ferguson police chief thomas jackson. more arrests may come. richelle carey reports. at this point, in the investigation, and i stress it is ongoing, there's a lot to be done. >> st. louis country prosecuting attorney announced the arrest of 20-year-old jeffrey williams in connection with the shooting of two police officers thursday morning. essentially what we charged him with. is it's possible that he was firing shots at someone other are than the press, but struck the police officers. the charge is still assault in the first degree they are class a felonies.
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>> in addition to the charges of two counts of first degree assault, williams has been charged with one count of firing, and three counts of armed criminal action. investigators are trying to determine how many were involved or if they were connected to the demonstrators in the crowd. the shooting occurred after midnight as officers confronted protesters near the ferguson, missouri. >> oh boy. two officers were hit. one from the st. louis country police department. the other from wester grove. they were treated the same day. the gun fire came hours after ferguson announced the resignation of a police chief. it followed a week of high level resignations after a damming report from the justice department after a pattern of discrimination were revealed by the police or the court system. it's been seven months since
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missouri teenager was shot and killed by a police officer. [ chanting ] >> that shooting launched a suburb of st. louis into a national spotlight for all the wrong reasons. >> we hope that things will go back to normal and folks will stop associating ferguson with violence. >> williams is from north st. louis county but not ferguson a point many in ferguson make. that many of the trouble makers come from outside their community earlier richelle carey spoke with an activist and founder of the ferguson protesters newsletter. hoe doesn't want this suspect -- he doesn't want this suspect confused with legitimate protesters. >> when you thing about the statement, they said the protestor was ambushed.
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that's not true. what this means for the movement, it doesn't change the trajectory. >> so the country prosecutor bob mccullough said that the suspect was a protestor. do you agree with that? do you have any idea who the person is? >> i'd never seen him before. the people i talked to nobody i know talked to him. there's a protestor that has gone on tv and twitter saying he saw him. there's probably two people i know that said they saw him for the first time. people are asking if this was an attempt to discredit the movement. it has been against violence. we have been explicitly against police killing black people. it's been antiviolence. >> what next. >> protests will continue as they have. i'm happy we have uncovered the lie belmar told before and we can learn about the motives and shooters. we have the six resignations. the two most high profile being
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the up to manager and the police -- town manager and the police chief. they got severence packages hoping to get rid of mayor knowles. today is the 219th day of protest, i don't think it will stop soon. >> a conversation on ferguson. turning to other news. tuesday is an election day. with one day left to campaign the outcome is too close to call. the latest showing binyamin netanyahu's bid in jeopardy. his party is trailling a coalition group known as the zionist union. binyamin netanyahu is sparing no effort to hold onto his job. he was brought to tel aviv for a get out and vote rally. isaac herzog visited the western wall in jerusalem. the labor party leader would likely be the next prime
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minister if they win more seats the road to becoming israel's prime minister is a complicated one. voters selected a 120-minute parliament. they don't vote for individual candidate. seats in the knesset were allocated on what was said. this year there are 25 different parties on the ballot. in the 22nd year history. after the vote the country's president meets with leaders to determine which party has the best chance of forming a government. the leader of that party has six weeks to form a coalition. if they are successful they become prime minister. dana lewis joins us from jerusalem. has binyamin netanyahu changed his message, his top at all as the election gets closer? >> i don't think anybody would say he has. i think certainly he's tried to
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be a bit more visible in the last week, he's trailling in some of the pre-election polls. he conditions to deliver the message in the square he made a speech and again he talked about security and if the zionist block is elected, it would be dangerous and he used the word dangerous. a lot of voters think he's missing the point. the concern, the priority now is israel's economy. people feel that it failed under prime minister binyamin netanyahu. and a lot of them want a change. that includes israel's arab population. they feel they have been marginalized. that they are not treated as equals here. they represent 20% of the voting public out of 8 million people and what they have done this year in this election is they have formed one party list and if they do as well as they think he will they may come out with
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a bigger voice after the votes are counted on tuesday night at hebrew university arab israelis are mobilizing. you'll mar is one of -- ulmar is one of many activists telling voters "you've got to make your voice heard in israeli elections, don't stay home." qatar explains four of the parties have united under one list. >> we are shooting for 15 seats. what is different this time around? >> a lot. >> using social media, it's expected voter turn out could be higher. recent arab student activism has been intense, ending in security forces. it seems to be getting traction. first elected to the knesset in
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1999. it predicts a 60% israeli turn out. we died to react to the dismpt in the -- to the demand in the street. he should unite. one voice. strong influential. we want - the citizen in the street wants to us have more influence from the decision-making process. >> ot every student agrees with participating in elections. not . >> they can see what they are talking about. we have arabs that tear up the law, the bills we make. we have arabs who claim the rites, talking about the right. freedom of expression. that's not real. that's an illusion.
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i, for one, cannot contribute. in this election more and more seem willing to participate, believing they'll emerge with a more powerful voice. >> i think they can do something at last. when they are united together all the parties together all the arab parties together. they can make steps forward easier. >> what would be a step forward. to make the voice of the minority, to make it louder. for people to hear it. >> it is about to get very loud i think. if they get 14, 15 seats on election side. i was told that they may participate in discussions with the president, recommending one political party over another. as you said in the introduction and as you adequately explained.
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no party will have a majority. the president will have to go and see who can form the coalition government. they may speak out on who they think and the zionist block. it would be considered a victory to get rid of binyamin netanyahu. he told me that today. >> dana lewis in jerusalem, thank you let's continue the conversation doug waxman is a professor of political science and co-director of the middle east center. thank you for joining us. >> thank up. >> how worried should binyamin netanyahu be and how close though selection. >> he should be very worried, and he is worried. the election is closer than he would have thought it should be when he called the election. he expected a win back then. throughout the election campaign, the two parties, likud and zionist have been neck and
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neck. in the last week they pulled ahead, polling at four knesset seats. this could mean that likud won't be forming the next government. binyamin netanyahu is worried. >> obviously not connecting with a voter. what do israeli voters care about now? >> i think the biggest issue that they care about and that binyamin netanyahu failed to understand is the exorbitant cost of living in israel particularly the lack of affordable houses. economic issues are of most concern to israelis, and binyamin netanyahu focussed on security, something that polls show while israelis are concerned about issues they are more focussed on bread and butter issues. >> you bring up a good point. if binyamin netanyahu doesn't get them on the social issues could it get them on national security calling it the scare vote? >> he is trying to.
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his campaign is emphasising security credentials, and stoked the forwards of israelis particularly right wing about the danger of a left-wing government. that has not swayed the electorate. we see it on election day. on the security round, binyamin netanyahu's trump card. there's a number of generals and former heads of israel's moss add, the spy agency criticizing binyamin netanyahu's langed of security. on that he's not as strong as he thinks. >> binyamin netanyahu talks about the dangers on iran. do they differ much on iran? >> they don't differ in terms of how they assess the threat on iran or the danger of iran's nuclearize situation but they differ on how to handle the danger. all the other parties have been critical of binyamin netanyahu's handling of the relationship with the united states and the
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way in which he has brought his concerns to the united states about the deal that may be happening. it's not so much in terms of the way they perceive the threat, but how they would handle it diplomatically. >> how important is the election to the u.s. in terms of the overall peace process? >> well, it's critical. if binyamin netanyahu is re-elected, particularly if he is able to form a right-wing government i think we can kind of wave away hopes for the peace process. what we would like to see is intensified settlement, dooming prospects for a 2-state solution, if the zionist union is able to form a government. it is less likely at the least they'll negotiate with the palestinians. i don't think necessarily they'll be able to reach on agreement with the palestinians. there'll be a resumption of the
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peace process. it will lead to improved relationship between israel and the united states. the zionist union led by what is ending an isolation. >> we'll see looking aid head. the co-director. we appreciate your time. >> a group of militia. >> they joined the fight. fighters calling itself the iraqi peace brigade launched to make their way to tikrit. the fight to save tikrit began this month. protesters are taking to the veets of karachi after suicide bombers attacked two churches in the eastern city of lahore. >> angry mobs blocked streets in
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retaliation, setting fires into cars. one person was burned to death and another lynched. both were believed to be involved in attacks on the church. the explosion took place. the pakistan taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. 14 were killed, 70 injured. it's the latest attack on religious minorities. venezuela's parliament gave the power to legs lit by decree. he requested the parties to counter perceived threats. >> sunday afternoon, the parliament handed nicolas maduro the right to lullaby tikrit. they can lass legislation. it's coming a week after it was
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branded a threat and after they targeted seven government officials and banning the recess or banning them from travelling to the u.s. for a lot of critics here the move is worry sop, in that it handed nicolas maduro a blank check. this is coming months ahead of parliamentary elections. it might have a chance to lose. with an increase in support, based on a nationalist streak could give him a districtry. it's serve as a mistake clean. it's confronting crime beens, and for the last two years, as been facing chronic food short edges. controversial law.
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it's been welcomed by some of nicolas maduro's long-time allies and spores. and raised a lot of flags among those that claim it diverted attention from sanctioning corruption, and those that claim it has committed human rights abuses. we invite you to join us later this hour as we interim the tensions between venezuela and the u.s. in "the week ahead", 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific. still ahead - as the syrian war enters the fifth year secretary of state john kerry said bold action must be taken and an exhibit taking a look at the death and destruction caused by the war. >> al jazeera's investigative unit has tonight's exclusive report. >> stories that have impact. that make a difference.
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>> to get the bashar al-assad regime to negotiate, we'll have to make it clear to him that
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there is a determination by everybody to seek that political outcome, and change his calculation about negotiating secretary of state john kerry says there must be a political solution about the conflict in syria, coming as syria enters the fifth year. kerry is attending a conference. >> reporter: secretary john kerry in shamal sheikh in egypt, calling for a peaceful start to end four years of bloodshed in syria. he spoke in an interviewer with u.s. network c.b.s. >> we are working hard with other parties to see if we can reignite a doi.ic outcome. everywhere agrees it's a political solution. to get the regime to net. we'll have to make it clear that
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there is a determination by everybody to seek that political outcome and change the negotiation. that's under way now. but i am convinced with the efforts of the allies and others. there'll be increased pressures. >> you would be willing to negotiate. >> well, we have to. >> reporter: the u.s. had a role in previous peace talks when the u.n. negotiator attended. u.s. and russia were gornts -- guarantors but the u.s. has in had direct relations. why now? dr bra himmy's successor, has had effort stall, and documents say the plan seems dead. from egypt.
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secretary secretary kerry is at the talks. what happens apt the ongoing talks can not only have a bearing on the programme, but if there's a push to start the syrian process, all international and renalingalal players need to be involved. iran is a close ally with key influence. on monday the iranian foreign minister is travelling to brussels among them is fredericka, the iu - she told me that an-iran deal would be an opportunity for new framework. thousands of children were born in exile. they know nothing about where they came from.
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born a refugee rather than a syrian national. this child is three months old. the nine members have been crammed in a rickety tent for a year and a half. his mother said finding diapers and medicine is a struggle. he doesn't have clothes of his own. his mum says their neighbour said were kind yourself to give away their old ones. >> he is not being raised. this one had nothing. not even convert. children make up over the refugees. more than 90,000 are not in school. according to the u.n. refugee agency many that witnessed the war has been traumatized. since the start of the conflict in syria, more than 50,000 children have been born in
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neighbouring cunt res. most born here have not known or anything outside the refugee champ. >> he was born here. his father says the 2-year-old was deprived of toys and a clean place to play. >> all children in the camp belong to a lost generation, it's impossible for 1% to become successful. they'll grow up on the streets or become labourers. families are destroyed. camp services have improved there are unavoidable challenges. the camp will be dry or dusty. that causes problems among most children here. in the summer many maul ill with diarrhoea. some say children have no desire to study, because they have missed a year or two of classes. since they don't see a political solution they fear a sense of
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hopelessness with stick with the lost generation of children meanwhile, there's a photo exhibit at the u.n. featuring disturbing images of people reportedly killed. as shape, they hope no one looks away. we the images in the report are graphic. >> reporter: it begins with a warning, the images are stark. some turn away. some move in closer. >> as brutal as it is everyone should see it. >> reporter: this woman avoided t. >> i had walked away and avoided it. today i looked. i'm glad i did. >> the 30 photographs are part of 55,000 images that were smuggled outside of syria. from a defector called seesor. his job was to photograph the dead bodies the people tortured
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in a prison. >> the federal bureau of investigation in top-rate forensic teams authenticated photographs. documenting 11,000 deaths. tape between 2011 -- taken between 2011 or 2014. the victims including men, women and children. the bodies showed signs of torture and starvation. >> with the evidence and documents and testimonials collected. in a vigorous way. more than in the balkans, more than in rwanda. there's pages of documents that connect these murders, tort tours to senior people in the regime. the u.s. ambassador at large spoke at the opening recently and said more than 100 should be held responsible. >> we have a bill for the day. we have comprehensive justice in syria, we won't rest until the day arrives. brook stone and her friends
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visited the u.n. and made time to spend time much. >> we were walking and told to look away. it's important that people don't look away. >> part of the way is they don't want people to look away. >> how did you avoid not looking away. how did you prepare yourself. >> human curiosity takes over. they see a picture. grizzly images. what is going on. you read the bio and it's like are you kidding me. it's mind blowing. >> it will take an international criminal court. russia and china vetoed. they bring the situation to the i.c.c. people the u.n. estimates that 220,000 have been killed in the conflict that began four years ago. >> military drills are about to get under way in venezuela. the country's president saying it's due to a threat posed by
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the u.s. we examine the relationship between washington d.c. and the caracas.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, here are the top stories, police in st. louis arrested a suspect in the shooting of two police officers. 20-year-old jeffy williams admits firing the gunners but said he was not aiming at police. he was part of the protest following the resignation of ferguson's police chief. he is not a ferguson resident israeli prime minister's binyamin netanyahu is making a last-ditch effort to hold onto his job much he addressed a crowd. with elections this tuesday, his party is trailling in the polls, the left-leading zionist union secretary of state john kerry appeared on c.b.s. saying the u.s. must net with the bashar al-assad regime much it's the only way to bring about a political solution to the 5-year civil war it's sunday night, time is our regular look at "the week
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ahead". on tuesday a senate hearing will be healed recording the relationship between the u.s. and venezuela. parliament gave venezuela decree powers for the rest of the year following president obama saying the latin american nation poses a threat to the national security of the united states. in return nicolas maduro shored up support at home saying "they'll never kneel before this arrogant empire", and began a 10-day military drill to counter the alleged thread. courtney kealy has more. >> reporter: showing long live chavez venezuela's president called for lawmakers to give him power, wanting to defeat the imperialist threat gapes the united states. he ramped up the rhetoric like
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his predecessor, chavez. >> translation: we'll pull out an exhibition maybe i'll appear in washington to show my face. they are committing grave mistakes against the world. >> the flare-up between the u.s. and venezuela escalated after president obama signed an order. it declared israel a threat and imposed sanctions on military and intelligence officials. he appointed one of the officials to be a minister of interior and called them hero, and accused the u.s. of imposing a blockade and ordered the armed forces to start exercises. >> translation: nicolas maduro president of the bolivian republic of venezuela. >> reporter: he showed venezuela's lawmakers ta cuba's support continues, with a letter
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from castro. >> translation: i congratulate you on the brutal and brave speech ... castro's government took the venezuelan's government side. carried out by a law, the sanctions bar the sepp venezuela's officials from doing business with american citizens travelling to the u.s. and permit the seizure of any assets in the united states much the opposition continues to speak out. even after nicolas maduro legalized the use of force. and gaoled almost offle top leaders. >> they do what they want with public institutions and the national assembly is window dressing. a mafia, that violates human rights in a systematic way. >> the u.s. sanctions came days after the goffed ordered the embassy to cut staff from 100 to
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17 employees. limiting remaining activities an imposed visa restriction. it was a direct rebuke to the president obama administration after it cancelled visa for 26. with 26 billion worth of crude oil exported to the u.s., the steaks are high for nicolas maduro's deposit. >> we want to point out earlier visa restrictions were placed on those involved in human right abuses and corruptions. nicolas maduro responded by telling the u.s. to reduce the seize of the embassy, and put in place visa requirements. nicolas maduro was accused of starting an oil war. it was one of top positive exporters of oil. its oil revenues acting for 95% of earnings. he accused the us of flooding the market with shale oil to
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destroy the economies of russia and venezuelan. military drills are under way throughout venezuela. 100,000 armed forces took part with fighter planes and armed trucks. sailors performed drills soldiers defended the largest oil refinery in a simulated attack. what does this mean looking forward. let's welcome an adjunct professor at the columbian school of international averages. and eric farmworth, vice president of the council of americas. great to have you here. >> great to be here. >> thank you. >> what do you make of the special powers given to mooud rur? >> -- nicolas maduro? >> first of all, it's unclear why he'd need them. he had a strong majority. it's not clear what he needs them for, he's trying to drum of expectation and fear, so they can consolidate power. he's done this for the last year, and chavez's predecessor
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was doing it for several years before that it's part of a large pattern. >> what do you make of the military drills to show power? >> it's show. let's be honest. what he's protesting about is the yanking of seven visas, of poem involved in the -- people involved in the human rights abuses. there's no talk of uninvasion. does it merit responses. it's bluster in an total to distralent the situation. president obama -- distract the situation. >> president obama used the word threat, what do you make of the words. do you think venezuela is a threat. >> i don't think venezuela is going to send military force against florida or anything like that. it's standard language to sanction foreign government officials. at one level it's standard language, the type of thing that would be used not just with
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venezuela or other countries. it is unfortunate because in this context, it has allowed nicolas maduro and his government to dramatically overreact for their own purposes. this should be no surprise as the doctor said it's something that he's good at doing, and faces parliamentary elections later this year. the populatory is down in the 20 percentage raping. it's possible that if he were to run in a free and fair election he'd lose it. the decree powers and amplification of a threat of invasion from the united states gives him the ability to go into the elections much stronger and frankly to take steps against the potential to prevent them from running in the first place or rig the election so they can't win. >> you feel it's propaganda political distraction. >> that's a lot of what is behind it. there's no question about it. i don't think anyone in the united states is considering invading venezuela. yet to hear of it the leader of
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venezuela talk about to this is imminent. and it's a little absurd from that perspective. there's a long history here. there's a direct political motivation and it worked for him for the last few years, just like it worked for a predecessor. there's a record here it should be no surprise. >> you are going to address congress on the issues. do you agree with the assessment. >> there's national risks. it has become - in many ways very much embedded in segments of the military. it's a major bridge for nar cot ecks trafficking from west africa to europe. there is that. over the last sa plus years they've been systematically taking apart the state. it reserveses it becoming a failed state. does it rise to a security challenge, the threat to the united states, no not that. it is very sticky situation. i want to say that what is
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interesting is according to public opinion surveys, most people are not buying it. nicolas maduro's public opinion rate disapproval rate is over 70%, and the approval rate is over 20%. that has not changed. >> there was hope for nicolas maduro. what isn't working? >> i think the government is - it's knee jerk d.n.a. reaction to everything everything is confrontation. it cannot moderate its discourse. and now with oil down by 60%, the country facing a potential devaluation, inflation close to 70%, you are looking at a situation where he's on the ropes politically. it makes for good ammunition. >> has there been rehabilitation from the rest of the world, latin america, from the u.s. venezuelan relationship, or lack of? >> there has been. it's been negative against the united states. the union of south american
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nations, they have come out with a statement rejecting the aggressive move from the united states. i think they have blown it out of proportion. we are talking about seven officials that can't come to the united states because visas have been pulled and assets frozen. this is about the minimalist regime. we have to remember as the report indicated, the united states is buying billions of oil from venezuela every year. to suggest we are about ready to embargo the country or take action is ludicrous. the rest of latin america, or south america - i should be more precise came out and rejected the u.s. action. that's unfortunate. we have you be looking on this as an attack on democracy, looking for ways to restore full
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democracy. >> i'd like to add to something. there's hypocrisy, i'd like to add a fact. in 2009. a number of military officers in a de facto government. no one complained. all the south american nations complaining of the active aggression, none did the same to a right-wing government. the patterning is there. >> stand by for a moment. people of venezuela - no secret of being affected by the development. the government and a weakening economy. virginia lopez has more on the struggles. >> we are seeing president nicolas maduro becoming intall rant of criticism or defense. last couple of weeks, a key opposition leader was gaoled and two others from the opposition have been in gaol for more than a year without trial. president nicolas maduro ignored
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numerous calls for the freedom or for freeing the opposition leaders. and political prisoners that have been in jail following the protest. in addition to this he's tolerant to criticism from within, and the ex-planning minister was sidelined after he made a claim for corruption close to $20 billion. to give you an idea. $20 billion is close to what the country has in foreign reserves. in addition to this. life for the general people is more of a struggle. not only are we faced with shortages, but there's mounting inflation and the i.m.f. predicted the economy would be close to 7%. all in in favour of elections that can be taking place in any time close to september. and nicolas maduro has the popularity of 22%.
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>> let's break to down. venezuelan has the highest inflation rate. according to the central bank it ended at 2014 at 68.5%. that is up from inflation. it's expect to get worse after a major devaluation of the currency. consumer prices jumped 5% in the month of december. food and alcoholic bev rims went up 7.5%. hotel and restaurant services rose. the melbourne cupped projects -- international monetary fund predicts the g.d.p. will conimpact by 7%. -- contract by 7%. in 2009 the worst near the u.s. economy contracted 2.8%. are we seeing a global investment in venezuela? >> what you have is a lot of capitals locked in. because of overvalued exchange
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rate a lot of investors are reluctant to pull out. mostly consumer goods, proctor and gamble and others. they are having difficult times getting input. if you go to mcdonald's, fremp fries is rare. it is going down an economic rabbit hole. >> how are people getting by? >> difficult. four out of 10 goods are not available on the shelves. it's a difficult situation. there's no easy fem. there's been overvaluation. the currency, and inflation. the nationalization create a number of bottle incomes. >> this is a line of people waiting for food supplies. is it possible we need a third party to take action brazil, with a mutual interest in both countries? >> that is what the united states hoped for.
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for that reason has resisted taking actions as they recently did. looking for brazil or other countries within the region to step in and say this has gone too far. we need to find a solution. the president dilma rousseff has her own problems now. and probably is not going to step in into that role any time soon. other countries probably won't. then you have to ask who could, what country could. there's an idea of the pope who is argentine who may have an ability to do this. these issues are deep. the solutions are not easy and it will take a lot of serious and sustained effort and the question is who has the interest and the staying power. so far nobody has stepped up to that role. >> that is a great question and then we have the upcoming americas. how will that affect the relationship with cuba? >> this will be interesting. probably one of the most interesting ones ever.
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first of all you have obama and nicolas maduro meeting face to face, and we had courting if you will of some elements of the cuban regime to advise them. it will be interesting. i think it's clear the reason why the cubans were willing to start negotiations is that they realised that venezuela was about to go belly up. they depend on 10% of their g.d.p. including 100,000 barrels of oil a day. they are looking to diversify the actions and see the u.s. as a better partner. if you noticed, the response was tepid compared to what raul would have said 10 years ago. >> your thoughts. >> i think that's right. i think the united states was hoping the summit would be an opportunity to talk about the change in the cuban relationship and about restoring economic coeth, which, broadly speaking, will be underperforming this
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year. the overheated rhetoric and the support that the venezuelans are getting changed the dynamic. we are a couple of weeks away. it will be an interesting time. >> in venezuela, what is the internal political climate like. >> it's polarized. what the government has done is fragmenteded the opposition which is fragmented before. coming together under the union movement. but it is now - because of the arrest of two opposition marriages, virginia lopes said another mayor, it's split. some don't want to go to elections. they believe they'll be stolen. others want to continue to stay true to the electoral route. there's a difficulty too. because they are divided. forming a common front on what to do with the government. >> do you see the economic situation improving? >> no, not at all.
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>> where do we go from here? >> that is a key question no one as answers. the problem has been economic ms management of the country. during the good years when oil was $110 or higher they were trying to redistribute the income and buy political support, which they did well. now it's $43 a barrel is the latest figure, they have no ability to do that yet the political rhetoric is not there. she is the founder of resolution. she has the flexibility to make changes. he could be pragmatic one di ideaage ag the other -- one day, ideaical the other. nicolas maduro doesn't have that, he has to act as if he was
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chavez and maintain the line. there are people that suggest that the most likely outcome of all of this is people within his own movement moving him aside. an election is coming up again. the next election is not until several years away. there's no easy solutions here. somebody needs to have a serious moderating role and hopefully that can get off the ground. >> there'll be a senate hearing, you'll address congress what are the key points you'll make? >> i want to demonstrate the syncs -- sanctions are not as portrayed. they are targeted. given the lack of institution, the levels of polarization and the fact that the government mr farmsworth was saying the inclination is to go hard line. it doesn't have the security.
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my argument will be that we need to recognise in this could very well get worse before it gets better. the regional community has to find a way to step up. >> i am sure we'll talk about this again. >> thank you both for being with us on "the week ahead". before we go other events in "the week ahead" - monday - e.u. and iranian foreign ministers meet in brussels over the train nuclear programme, as the next dead line in the talks approaches. tuesday - president obama meets with ireland's prime minister at the white house on st. patrick's day. the two leaders participating in the sham rock ceremony. friday - deadline for greece to repay its loan. greece's prime minister insists its country is not facing a cash shortage. we'll be right back.
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washington state is taking illegal marijuana sales to the next level. customers can buy pot from a government-owned store. cannabis shop opens this weekend. allen schauffler has the story. >> reporter: when we visited more than a year ago it was a concept looking for a home in an empty building. the mayor wanted the city to
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control the product and keep the cash. >> ensure public health and safety and make sure some of the revenue generated stays in the community. >> reporter: now it's a retail reality. the store is open. >> we have a sweet tender grandmothers that you don't anticipate being in here and they know what strain they are locking for. >> reporter: the city created a separate public development authority to run the store, shielding them from possible federal prosecution. call it munize i'mly operated whatever you -- municipally operated. whatever, don't expect the mayor and the sheriff to agree. >> they need to delist marijuana from the schedule 1 list of drugs. >> i'll take money generated from traditional tax revenue sources. i don't want the marijuana money. reporter: the sheriff's
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department supplies policing on contract. he's worried about mixed messages on drugs and taking federal money for the drug programs. i would think the federal government would look at that. we cannes support jurisdictions using the money. >> then there's a question of how the money is spent, and on what. >> we don't know how much will be generated, and what it will pay for. >> right. >> while the city looks to cash in others are looking to opt out. 11 washington counties have a ban or a moratorium on pot-related business. 99 cities said no. north bonaville said yes. cannabis corner could produce more than 2,000 profit in the first year, a third of the general fund budget. >> do you think other cities in this state and oregon will take this as a model? >> absolutely will. it's too good of an opportunity
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for someone else not to follow the example. a check of the forecast. koverp joining us. -- kovb -- kevin corriveau joining us. >> when you look at the radar, you don't see the rain falling. it's been a week of rain it's moving out. i'll show you what we expect to see. here in cincinnati we are looking at severe funding across the riff. look at the video. it's not just the ohio but other refers in kentucky indiana, down to the mississippi as well. it is spring expect to see flooding as we go through the next couple of days because another batch of rain is coming in. take a look at the flood watches and warnings in effect. we are talking about in cincinnati 57.7 feet. that is five feet above the flood stage, and we expect that
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to continue and we see it's all down the river. i now want to take you here to bot job, because today we -- boston, because today we have taken an all of time record of snow against the region that's because we had another round of snow. this is what they have seen. they hit 108.6 inches of snow. that breaks all records since 1872. that is when records were started across the region. the snow will end. up towards parts of maine, we see more snow cross that area. this is the forecast over the next couple of days. rain coming in to the forecast taking the snow down a bit. look at the temperatures, we'll see a low temperature of 19 degrees. winter is not over. we'll see in new york temperatures going down. not that low.
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>> we'll see possibly wet snow. >> our snow melted. >> enough already. that will do it for this hour. thank you for joining us. i'm thomas drayton in new york. i'll be back with another hour of news at 11:00pm eastern. stay tuned "faultlines" is coming up next.
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>> we're driving to a crime scene in a suburb outside of columbia, south carolina... we've come because more women are killed by men here than any other state in the country... around 10:30 in the morning, a family of four, including two children, were found here.