>> international soccer draws a red card. >> this investigation has been long and painstaking and it is not over. >> the u.s. dieghts more than a dozen fifa officials of fraud and money laundering over $150 million. a royal opening of parliament. >> the eu's changed a great deal since 1975 and time that the british people once again have their say. >> the house of commons hears the new plans from the queen.
of the federation international of football, the charges of racket eager conspiracy and corruption dating to the early '90s. these individuals through these organizations engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide. they did this over and over. year after year, tournament after tournament. >> as part of the investigation the fbi raided the miami headquarters of konica con concacaf. at the same time, brazil's president wants a comprehensive investigation of wrongdoing in soccer and european soccer's governing body wants friday's fifa presidential elections
postponed. allen fisher reports. >> the arrest came with no warning and after the initial surprise there will be little. >> they were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest and to protect the integrity of the game. instead they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves. >> arrests span a three year investigation but the allegation is go back decades. >> this time we are issuing fifa a red card. >> u.s. banks and service providers. stretching back into the 1990s. 14 people have been indicted moomamong them fifa vice president
and concacaf, jack warren, vice president eugino federico, and jose maria marin. who oversaw the world cup in brazil. >> translator: we welcome very much what is happening right now because once again it is fifa who is suffering. this is a difficult moment. >> reporter: around the world these latest developments registered more age are than shock. >> it's absurd, absurd, people won loads.money, very much indeed in the meantime, we have loads of brazilians struggling to survive. >> they build all the stadiums and they leave brazil and the country is even worse. >> in miami fbi agents raided
concacaf headquarters. over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 worlds, the tournaments still plan to go ahead but officials will be watching closely. no action against fifa president seb bladder, he promised more of the same, he is expected to win. allen fisher, al jazeera washington. >> in the interest of full disclosure, a reminder that al jazeera is funded in part by the government of qatar. coming up in about ten minutes we'll have an in department look at fifa, how far the organization's money stretches and speak with the publisher of the online public publication, the business of soccer. iraq's defense ministry
released this video wednesday imran khan has more. >> shia militia launch an assault on ramadi. iraqi security forces are trying to take control of roads into towns and villages held by i.s.i.l. trying to target i.s.i.l. fighters and cut off their main supply lines. once the towns and villages are secured then the push too ramadi will begin. >> our aim is to meet armed forces from other front. operations are schufnl shelling and advancing towards i.s.i.l. hideouts. >> however a writer on iraqi military strategy says the iraqi army tactics against i.s.i.l. are failing because they can't provide suicide car bombings. >> the iraqi security forces lack the intelligence and the
reconnaissance to prevent the attacks before they happen. and also, the vehicles that i.s.i.l. use are heavily armored. the weapons the army use can sometimes be ineffective. >> despite that the operation goes on. this is the major supply line to anbar province for iraq's security forces, it's used by both my military and civilian contractors. operations could come to a standstill if i.s.i.l. could close this highway. it is an apt title because it is the last line of defense before the capital itself. after here you get the headquarters of the 24th brigade. they are in charge of intelligence and logistics. keeping the military supplied is crucial. but equally crucial is how to zeal with the car bombs i.s.i.l. is increasingly using. adapting to new threats is an important part of warfare but it
appears that's something the iraqi's security forces have yet to learn. imran khan, al jazeera baghdad >> taliban gunmen stormed a luxury guest house in the diplomatic headquarters tuesday. ended with a standoff with government forces, four were killed in the battle with the afghan troops, none inside the hotel were injured. deadly day in yemen. saudi air strikes bombed the capital sanaa. residents say at least 80 people were killed and around 100 injured in the bombing campaign. meanwhile the u.n. is trying to reschedule peace talks that were scheduled to begin tomorrow from geneva. >> government attack on a civilian area near a market. happened in the city of al rastan 120 miles from damascus.
video shows smoke rising above the city, al jazeera's mohamed janjun reports on the battle between the government and the rentals. >> reporter: as fighting intensifies in the yarmouk camp, they scream their battle cries. showcasing to the world how they're closer than ever to syria's seat of power. on syrian state television though, the message couldn't be more contradictory. a bombastic montage and message whether by land, air or sea the country's armed forces are as strong as ever. in syria the propaganda war has raged almost as long as the actual war. listen to president bashar al-assad and he vows to vanquish the enemies of syria.
>> translator: in order for us to have our victory we must have faith in our troops and we surely do. >> listen to opposition fighters and they swear the same. nothing less than total victory. one rebel alliance claims it's consolidateing positions in idlib and moving forward. only played them more confident and they -- only made them more confident and they will fight on >> translator: we are not murderers, we are not criminals. we are standing against tyranny the battle does not stop, we will continue our be assault on damascus. i assure you assad's fall won't take a long time. >> and this is the leader of jabbad al nusra.
>> god willing we will declare the city south of idlib within a few days to be a free and liberated city. >> then there's i.s.i.l. promising to take over far more than just one country in their quest to establish a caliphate. in the syrian conflict truth and clarity have been two of the most obvious casualties. but here is what is known. i.s.i.l. is now in control of large parts of territory stretching from raqqa and del azur as well as palmyra. they still hold parts of leach and part of homs. also towards latakia. as the syrian conflict enters its fifth year the only thing certain is how much civilians have suffered. with more than 300,000 people killed, the country's humanitarian crisis grinds on in the cruelest possible fashion. despite all the boasting it
seems clearer than ever that in this war, there are no bragging rights. mohammed janjun, al jazeera. >> new fighting in ukraine despite a supposed ceasefire. you're looking at newly released footage from radio free europe of a battle between rebels and ukrainian forces in a village near maicial mariupol. ten day visit ash carter spoke about beijing's expansion in the south china sea. >> china is out of step with
norms, and the regional consensus in favor of a noncoercive approach to this and other long standing disputes. and their increasing demand for american engagement in the asia pacific and we're going to meet it. we will remain the principal security power in the asia pacific for decades to come. >> carter also made clear that the u.s. believes in finding a peaceful solution to all disputes. >> in a league of their own and playing by their own rules. >> coming up a look inside the multibillion dollar business of fifa. >> and the vatican weighs in on ireland's historic same sex referendum.
liberation compares the organization with the mafia with the headline fifa nostra and the sun's septic blatter referring to sepp blatter. >> fifa and the organization that governs it. in the four year period either in events like the world cup or development programs. fifa claimed a net gain of $338 million. and the association has enormous cash reserves. more than $1.5 billion. >> fifa does not disclose the salary of sepp blatter the four term president of the organization but bloomberg news says each of the 25 members of the executive committee made $300,000 a year as well as a
$500 a day stipend for performing any fifa duties and travel expenses. the agency spent $27 million to bankroll a film about the organization called football passions. >> he's the man who made world football a multibillion dollar industry. now some of sepp blatter's top lieutenants stand accused of taking multimillion dollar bribes. >> fifa is not fit for purpose any longer. it is an organization that does not in its structural way exhibit the sort of commercial transparency and accountability and responsibility it should. clearly, these emanate from a very poor supervising mechanism. fifa needs to change without
doubt. >> the five star hotel near the hq hints at its wealth, but couldn't protect seven officials from being arrested by swiss police. separately, swiss prosecutors also launched a criminal case, surrounding the bids for the 2018 and 2022 world cups. the fifa pr team were quick to emphasize that blatter himself wasn't implicate. >> the president is not involved. of course he is the head of fifa but is not involved in any -- so how can you say okay, he has to whatsoever step down? he is the president he is the president, he is the president and in two days there are election. if the members of the organizations reelect him then he is the president for the next four years. >> critics have long pointed to a lack of transparency in a body that generates so much money
from tv deals and sponsorships. it is time for those companies to stop thinking who they're giving their cash to. >> i don't know how the sponsors can remain quiet or continue their position of recals recalcitrant. in switzerland's most exclusive hotel in zurich at 6:00 in the morning and arrested. >> but his seoul rival is ali ben jordan, blatter has used fifa's billions to keep a tight hold over the football associations of most other countries. >> a lot of it has got to do with the development funds that blatter offers american football many whose federations
are impoverished and many who need money. they are getting opinion from blatter on regular occasions. >> the seriousness and scale of these charges are unprecedented. friday's election was expected to be a formality for blatter but right now nothing in the world of fifa can be taken for granted. andy richardson, al jazeera zurich. >> joins us from min jams, wes good to have you with us. corruption at fifa has been an open secret for a long time. in fact the indictments speak about rampant systematic corruption for decades. why move now? >> in case he like this just with any criminal investigation but especially on this type of a scale you need to make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row. to more than 100%, you know we always say 110%.
but you really need to be able to be sure that you can move on a case like this. and there is multiple different layers and levels of intricacies that make this very very complex on a global scale. that's why it took a long time for the department of justice and the fbi and the irs to amass the amount of evidence needed to move. >> we'll talk about that scale. the indictments talk about a dozen different schemes involving an incredible $110 million, most of them bribes for sport marketing firms one of them helping get south africa get the world cup in 2010 and allegations about how qatar and russia were awarded the following worlds, could this be the tip of the iceberg? >> you've heard the term we're not shocked today. that sort of lends itself to the fact that people expect more to
come out of this. so i think we are seeing the beginning of this and it was even stated in the press conference today, with the department of justice, that you know, they say let us be clear. this is not the end the middle, this is the very beginning of what will be a thorough investigation. >> in the end do you think this will go as far as sepp blatter the president? i spoke earlier to a professor in england and he many thought that maybe blatter might be above i.t. all? what do you think? >> i haven't seen any evidence and i think you know none of us have that implicates sepp blatter to be point that he's ready to be looped into the group of the 14 that were indicted but personally i think he's been around that organization and around global football and has been a part of that world for so long and has held a position of power for such a long time, that i think i
would have the same answer for you if you asked me if i was shocked that sepp ended up being indicted, no i wouldn't be. >> all this organization going on underneath him fifa has acted like nothing has happened, they are moving ahead with the election this week. do you think blatter is going to be reelected? >> that's a tough question. especially given the news today. i would say before today absolutely. i think he was hands-down just the level of support that he has throughout the globe you know for those that aren't blatter fans is quite large but who's to know what's going to happen. i think the next couple of days will be very telling as more news starts to unfold and we start to gauge the feel of the congress and what their feeling. i know uefa has already spoken
out. >> the european federation. >> yes. >> fifa is a massive organization it gross millions. could this be the end of fifa as we know i.t. or is this a situation where it has its tent cals so deeply oopped -- tenticaltentical around the world? >> i don't think they're above reproach and i don't believe this will be the start of the end, or that we start from scratch. i think this will definitely be a step towards that reform that we've heard for a long time that fifa has said that it has started to take on its own but that the general public doesn't feel that they have done so. and now this, you know, process and indictment and the charges
and everything else and the investigation will lead ultimately to hopefully for the good of the game, that reform that we want to see. >> wes harris from the online publication, the business of soccer. thank you for joining us tonight. >> a sharp indictment of ireland's same sex marriage, from the catholic church. pope francis called the matter a defeat for humanity. last friday's national referendum. >> people rallied on the streets of brazil today calling for the president to the ousted, they say dilma rousseff is corrupt. >> reporter: these members of the free brazil movement walked for close to a month from sao paulo to brasilia to demand that dilma rousseff be impeached.
they are one-third of their 1,000 kilometer journey. >> we considered the mounting pressure coming from the people will sooner or later lead to impeachment. the indignation of the people is so evident this government is no longer sustainable. we believe even if it doesn't happen now it will happen in the near future. the legal fraik worm is there the population wants it and all we need is the opposition to listen. >> though small today's protests is the third time that brazilians be taken to the street demanding their president be ousted for corruption. slowly gaining momentum among brazil's smaller radical groups. >> translator: this is another proof that people are dissaferred with the way that politics have been conducted and
a government that is increasinglyingly intlebling a be resembling a dictatorship. >> political reform is currently being discussed in congress. under consideration is the elimination of campaign funding by private firms as well as the question of compulsory voting. but change is slow to come in a country that has been under the same party rule for more than a decade. no evidence linking dilma rousseff has been presented. to many though, the rampant corruption among the state run oil giant the political elite has come from the people who elected them to power. al jazeera brasilia, brazil.
the rohingya crisis. >> in texas and oklahoma, 11 are still missing and the extreme weather is hindering search and rest cue efforts. thousands of homes have been damaged since the weekend officials warn some dams are on the verge of breaking. >> the national oceanic and atmospheric administration has released its storm names noaa predicts the storms will be less fears. >> rick santorum begins his presidential run he ran in 2012 running several primaries and gaining support from conservative christians. amnesty international says hamas committed crimes against
humanity in the wore war last year. hamas responded saying the report was biased. a spokesman says "this report is listened to only certain parties to one side and they did not listen to the hamas movement. they didn't listen to the palestinian police and to to the security services in the gaza strip." >> tony blair said he will resign his position as a mid east envoy. to lay the groundwork for a two stayed solution. he has faced criticism for a lack of progress and possible conflicts of interest with his consultancy business. convene elizabeth opened parliament today read out a
list of bills that the parliament will attempt to pass, one is an in-out decision on britain's part of the european union. >> during the new parliamentary term. and given the crushing vicity of david cameron's conservative party and collapse of the traditional opposition, labour, its relationship with europe is right at the heart of it all. >> the eu has changed a great deal sings 1975 and it's time that we have our say. a bill in this queen's speech makes clear the referendum must take place at the latest by the end of 2017. >> migrant workers from the eu,
find their futures to the u.k. less than assured. if they can't find a job quickly they may not be able to stay at all. >> the idea is to make life a lot more uncomfortable for people who are here and secondly people will send messages back through their own grape vines and networks and reporting to their friends and relatives that you have a tough time when you come to the u.k. and you might think about whether you want to bother. >> reuprupert murdoch's son rightly or wrongly many english voters would agree. of course the antieuropean right wing here would argue that things like this reducing rights for migrants, repatriating laws to the u.k. would all be far easier accomplished if the u.k. simply chose to leave the european union and that's why it will be the predominant topic of
political conversation here at least for next two years. by and large though, business wants to stay in europe and campaigners are stepping up for a fight with the hard right wing here. >> we wouldn't be able to get rid of all of the rules because as an example norway who are outside the eu but still trade in a single market they have to comply with 75% of the eu rules. even though we left, we wouldn't be able to stop complying with lots of rules. >> the main opposition alabo ufergrlabourparty, finally be decide in this parliament. lawrence lee, al jazeera lodgedlondon.
>> sir thank you so much for joining us here on al jazeera. >> thank you barbara. >> i want to remind people, ukip i am assuming an in and out referendum and the british people themselves and not just the establishment who are going to have a say in the matter? >> the last sentence is where a sting in the tail is, if it were a clean referendum that the swiss used to have, where the government ministers are not able to campaign or produce advertising cash to push their case i would be very pleased. but i suspect this is going to be a very dirty referendum that government money government ministers will be using statements to push their point of view. already yesterday the guardian was leaked by mistake by the bank of gland a statement how it was going to terrifying the
british people how hugely costly it would be be to leave and the european union will pump tons of money into it, and the choice of words will be critical, whether it's binding or not binding and they will be choosing whether something is good announced or not. >> forgive me for interrupting. what is interesting is david cameron has made it clear that he would want the u.k. to stay in the eu with concessions from the union itself and considering that the party that you help found ukipp, do you think the u.k. see them leave the eu? >> first, he hopes to renegotiate and changes. that's absolute eyewash. that immigration is running at more than twice the rate it
promised base immigration is controlled by the european union. that's one incident. if you think of it, italy ireland, spain portugal and grease were unable to renegotiate. -- greece were unable to renegotiate as a group. can you imagine one country being able to renegotiate? let alone britain which is the second largest payer and has a large trade deficit with europe, we are absolute suckers they are draining us, paying part of the, renegotiate is plit drivel. now, part, ukip's performance at the election, it held remarkably high forecast 14% that was amazeing considering trotsky
speeches of ed minimumiband. surprisingly good showing actually. >> i suppose there was anger with the european union in general, you about the eu isn't just about economics. after the second world war it was actually founded for security reasons to try oassure europe wouldn't go to war again. now we see europe threatened by i.s.i.l. in the south russia in the east. >> it's not just europe that's faced by these challenges, it is nato expel and nato has assured the peace since the second world war, not the european union it's nato of which the united states and canada are key members. britain will lose its independent nuclear deterrent under the european union led by
germany when britain invented the atomic bomb, and now germany will control its nuclear deterrent, we will lose our permanent seat on the united nations county to security council to europe. and probably the second one will be given ochina. these are enormous. you see it in cameron's budget. he says there will be a defense review. i hear from my contacts in england the rumors are the british army will be cut below 100,000, some say below 50,000, less than the policemen in new york less than 1770 when there were less than 10 million britons, that is incredible, just to fit in with the european union, just like his devolution
idea devolution, each of which will be a region of england reporting directly to brussels. it's insidious it's almost treachery and now the ink the invisible ink is beginning to dry and to be exposed in this speech. >> well i'm sure we'll be discussing the issue further in the run july to the referendum. john brown former member of the british parliament, thank you for joining us. >> thank you barbara, great pleasure. >> problem left hundreds of passengers stranded at the brussels airport air traffic crossing bell januarycrossing belgian air space was not interrupted. demonstrators in myanmar march in favor their government. >> coming up why the protesters are calling for the expulsion of the rohingya migrants and why there's pressure on ahn sang suu
rescued migrant international organization for migration says turkey is a major destination for trafficking. >> hundreds marched in myanmar for their government's treatment of muslims. about 30 bud buddhist monks live an apartheid life in conditions like myanmar. even those born in myanmar are considered by the government to be illegal immigrants from bangladesh. >> they were born in this country, yes but if they were born in another country and grown up there send them back to that country. >> thousands of rohingya fled myanmar in recent months. many are still stranded at sea
in dangerously overcrowded boats. >> meanwhile a three day conference at the nobel conference in oslo is focusing on the situation. desmond tutu and billionaire george saurus. and the nobel peace prize winner wasn't invited. roxana saberi disciplinarians. >> the plight of rohingya minority. aung san suu kyi wasn't invited. speaking out against the military uniquely that ruled her country. her candor landed her 15 years under house arrest but gained her admiration around the world. after her release in 2010 she won a seat in parliament. >> we hope this will be the beginning of a new era where there will be more emphasis on the rule of the people in the everyday politics of our
country. >> reporter: but the country's 1.3 million rohingya muslims are facing growing animosity. the government insists they are illegal migrants from neighboring bangladesh and have denied them citizenship. minority sentiments have been growing and the rohingya have been fleeing myanmar in record numbers. >> translator: we don't want to go back. people are very poor there. there is no place for us to go. >> reporter: neighboring countries have turned away the rohingya, even leaving them drifting at sea. this month more than 3500 hungry dehydrated rohingya and bangladeshi migrants washed ashore in malaysia. the government was slow to respond. and more than 100 bodies were found in malaysia earlier this week victims of human
traffickers. >> the forensics have finished excavating the first site, we will look for more. >> reporter: the rohingya crisis has caught international attention. pouring in for world leaders and the united nations. >> it is important to save human lives. whatever the reasons may be when they are out on to sea their life is in danger. >> reporter: but so far suu kyi hasn't pushed for rohingya. she told canada globe and mail newspaper those who criticize me for not condemning one side or the other they have never said exactly what they hope will come out of such condemnation. other nobel prize winners such as desmond tutu have criticized
her for not taking action. she wants to be myanmar's next president. for now she is banned from running because her late husband and two sons are foreigners. roxana saberi, al jazeera. >> director of international advocacy for amnesty international. when aung san suu kyi was awarded the nobel prize she was lauded in being a symbol against oppression. now desmond tutu is saying, if you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor is that fair to suu kyi? >> that's an accurate description by desmond tutu. and aung san suu kyi's silence on the issue of rohingya is nothing new.
two years ago when there was a massacre happening and women were gang-raped she was extremely silent, even at that time. >> and nick christophe of the new york times wrote in aspiring to be president of myanmar or hoping her party would be dominant, arguing that the moral giant has become a calculating politician. so is that what this is all about, political expediency? >> i would say more than political expediency. she belongs to the majority community there burman community. and she herself about two years ago, when the mass aoccur was happening there was no political captain laition at thatcapitulation at that time. she was quiet she was receiving, especially when she
was receiving nobel peace award she didn't speak up. something to do with election. >> but on the other hand, is this a situation where the end could justify the means? myanmar fight its recent progress has been ruled oppressive for decades. that's why she couldn't get her award for many years to improve human rights wouldn't it be worth her current silence because she could be a transformative leader? >> she could be a transformative leader for other human rights induces in myanmar but not for rohingya. >> she has not spoken out and will not take action. >> yes, she has. >> sounded the alarm about the rohingya saying they are the world's most persecuted minority, they are subject to ethnic cleansing and possibly crimes against humanity. even from last fall president
obama avoided saying rohingya. how far does this go beyond aung san suu kyi to the international community? >> no president obama was very vocal to this issue. the first time he visited myanmar he met with rohingya people including one in the state it will publicly, he embarrassed them and called them rohingya. so he has been speaking out, it is aung san suu kyi who has been silent. >> do you think that -- what will happen to these people? because tens of thousands or what could only be described as a concentration camp or concentration camps the holocaust museum said the conditions for a genocide are in place, george sorrell says the parallels are alarming. why is the world mostly silent? >> the world is active, but the activeness is not enough. that's why this oslo summit is
extremely important to wake up the world's conscience. to say there is a group of people who have been completely neglected by their government. and the majority of the people in that country. so they need protection from the international community. that's why try to protect its call out to peace should be seriously considered by the international community to see how they ask protect these people who have been persecuted and abused, because of the ethnicitiy and religion. >> it's good to have you with us tonight, thank you. a new twist to political unrest in burundi international donors are refusing to fund the presidential elections next month to president pierre nkurunziza has decided the public should pay. these are the very people who are protesting the president's run for a third term.
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writer's festival. imtiaz ty tyab has the story. >> it was held in ramalla, in the occupied west bank. people will visit ancient sites and meet palestinian writers. hebron and to haifa a seaside city in israel to see how palestinians live under the palestinian state. >> people influential in the various fields of culture so when they actually have the experience of having a culture festival in palestine then they become part of the pressure of public international opinion. >> before this event in occupied east jerusalem writers were taken on a tour of the old city
and the lawx lawsms al axsa many mosque. how palestinians live under israeli occupation, from military checkpoints and illegal elements. this is her first visit to israel and the west bank. she tells me seeing israel's occupation of palestinian lands is your honor like anything she had ever imagined. >> i feel really sad. and i feel helpless you know, and i don't think i'll be the same again from this visit. >> reporter: in past years
events were also held across the gaza strip the palestinian diaspora to enter the palestinian territory but israel has refused to grant the festival or its participants access. so writers there decided to organize their own workshops and readings like this one. they say nothing will stop them from sharing their stories. imtiaz tyab. al jazeera occupied east jerusalem. >> there's been a lot of reaction to the fifa story. the economist writes, opportunity headline, polishing up a tarnished trophy. many critics of the u.s. will be grateful for its involvement in going after corruption and initiating a cleanup of a long termed organization.
>> the president of fifa has long been involved with the suspects arrested today and he must take responsibility for the constantly. >> and finally the ukis tem graph. under thed line fifa is not playing the game the telegraph suggests, the organization he will make the change. >> six months after a thaw in diplomatic rilings between the u.s. and cuba, u.s. says the baltimore orioles will play a game in cuba a. >> coming up next on the international hour, catastrophic earthquake in nepal how the disaster could help
revolutionize the energy sector. i'm barbara serra. >> and i'm antonio mora, "america tonight" is up next. >> on "america tonight." >> do you think that you were discriminated against because of your disability? >> yes. no parents should have to lose their child and who are you to make the decision who's a good parent and who's not a good parent? >> can a disabled parent properly care for a child? "america tonight's" christof putzel with the story of parents with disabilities, demanding change. also tonight the orange county, california, district attorney's office in hot water.