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>> "faultlines". al jazeera america's award-winning investigative series. monday, 10:00 eastern. on al jazeera america. >> the growing scandal surrounding world football. f.i.f.a.'s president cancels a speaking engagement in zurich. you're watching al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up... [ singing ] ..propaganda in syria, and how each side is pushing each agenda the pentagon said it 22 people may have been exposed to anthrax when accidentally
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shipped to south korea. plus... >>..i'm florence lee in myanmar, where the government plan to cancel temporary i.d. cards threatens to leave hundreds of thousands of people in limbo hello, sepp blatter is avoiding appearing in public following massive corruption allegations at f.i.f.a., and pressure on him to resign. a spokesman for the president of the governing body blamed touche u lens for -- turbulence for not attending an f.i.f.a. conference in zurich. five other f.i.f.a. officials were arrested on wednesday for what the u.s. deppartment of justice described as the world cup of fraud. and investigations will begin into how the 2018 and 2022 world
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cups were awarded. a statement says: u.e.f.a. is about to decide whether to boycott elections on friday. viva and adidas sponsors are voicing concerns. coca-cola says it has tarnished the reputation of the world cup. f.i.f.a.'s officer complains why the president is not showing up at the conference in munich. >> president blatter apologises not to be able to come because of the touche uens that you have probably followed in the media. he has to fulfil his duty in the management of the situation as president today, which are probably more important than to come to us. even though medicine is very close to his heart. so he sends his apologies and
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greetings to us all. >> that is the official statement, florence but what do we make of sepp blatter's absence? >> well, what indeed. where is sepp blatter. because, after all, the few hours, it appears to me between now and the opening ceremony of the f.i.f.a. congress, that is supposed to be in about six hours from now, is crucial in determining whether sepp blatter can stay on. i suspect that what he's likely to do now, which is what all politicians do in times of crisis, is ringing around as many as he can do see how much support he is going to be able to muster when the congress meets over the weekend to decide whether to give him a fifth term as president of f.i.f.a. you can see the bits of the block falling off the side that surrounded his sense of impen et
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rabilityy. u.e.f.a., as you said in a meeting now. they'll decide whether or not to boycott the entire thing, and there are people significant figures in european football suggesting that countries like spain, france italy and germany should potentially threaten to breakaway from f.i.f.a. entirely. separately major corporate sponsors big global brands who have given vast amounts of money to world cups are saying that they don't want it to carry on. these things are crucial to an organization that gets more than 90% of financial support from the world cup, and i think it is becoming difficult for sepp blatter to say that he has the confidence of all these very very important figures inside f.i.f.a. and whether he could carry on in the coming hours is very difficult to say one way for the other at the moment.
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>> you know 24 hours ago the director of communications said the presidential vote will go ahead on friday. is that the sense that you are getting. what are people's reactions to what is going on and also would u.e.f.a. possibly boycott the presidential vote. does that call into question its credibility? >> forgive me i completely missed the question we lost the sound. do you mind quickly repeating it for me? >> i'm asking you whether people think the presidential vote will indeed go ahead on friday as planned. >> well again, there is a schism inside f.i.f.a. between the federations which want that to stay on. it won't have anything to do with the election. they are supporting prince ali
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from jordan as a potential replace. . this is the trouble for f.i.f.a. he has to show that it thinks and has the confidence of all its component parts. that has gone because of the seriousness of all these allegations, and again around all that you have individual countries that lost out in the 2018 and 2022 world cup bids. england in particular u.s.a. and australia, thinking they had been taken for fools, because they think f.i.f.a. had made up their minds to grand the tournaments to qatar and russia and want their money back or to run it again. it's about the future of the world cup, and all has the ability to destroy the reputation of f.i.f.a. whatever sepp blatter thinks about the election. it will be wise counsel for
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people to say do what u.e.f.a. want give it six months and then let them go afterwards. at the moment levels of support are looking very thin laurence lee reporting from zurich in syria, the head of al nusra front says it tells al jazeera that it will not rest until the bashar al-assad regime is overthrown. the government continues to spread messages on air waves and social media. we have this report. >> reporter: as fighting intensifies in the yarmouk camp south of damascus i.s.i.l. fighters scream rallying cries. showcasing to the world how they are closer than ever to syria's seat of power. on syrian state television the message couldn't be more
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contradictory. a bombastic montage and message - whether by land air or sea, the armed forces are as strong as ever. in syria, the propaganda war raged almost as long as the actual war. listen to president bashar al-assad and he vowed to vanning wish the enemies of syria. in order for us to have our victory, we must have faith in our troops. we surely do. >> listen to opposition fighters and they swear the same - nothing less than total victory. a rebel alliance claims it is consolidating positions in idlib and moving forward. they say their recent advances against syrian forces made them for confident, and they'll fight on. >> translation: we are not murderers, we are not criminals, we might those that fight us. the battle doesn't ends.
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the allo wight birth place of bashar al-assad clan. we'll continue the focus on damascus and toppling the regime, i assure you bashar al-assad's fall will not take a long time. >> here is the leader saying much the same. >> we are preparing to storm the village and expel the gangs. god willing we will declare the city. within a few days it will be a free and liberated city. >> then there's i.s.i.l. promising to take over far more than one country in a quest to establish a calafat. in the sir clan conflict -- syrian conflict truth and clarity is part of the problem. >> i.s.i.l. is in charge of large parts of territory stretching. government forces have been pushed back they still hold parts of aleppo and areas east of hama and homs.
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meanwhile, they are moving south of idlib and towards latakia. as the syrian conflict enters a fifth year. the only thing clearer is how much suffering there has been. the country's humanitarian crisis grinds on. despite the boasting. it seems clearer than ever that in this war there's no bragging rights. >> malaysian authorities believe 139 people may be buried in grave sites on the thai border. 28 camps were found in a junk. where forensic experts have been exhuming the body. 12 officers who were arrested with people smuggling, and they are being questioned over the mass grace. the deputy home minister says the human smugglers operated in
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inactionable areas. >> the indication we see, accessibility from thailand the supply from the border. 200m from the supply. it goes into the camp. it's seep that malaysia -- seen that malaysia is isolated from the whole structure. and then because it is on the top of the hill normally like what we have i don't normally go to the top of the hill. we are on the side. the normal people are not on top of the hill in myanmar rohingyas face uncertainty. by the end of this month their temporary registration cards are due to expire. the ethnic minority is not recognized by the government. with no legal status many wonder if they have a future at all. florence louie reports from
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western myanmar. >> reporter: myanmar is the only country this woman has known. she saw her status go from citizens to noncitizens. she had to temporary surrender her immigration card. >> i have already given it up. i don't know what will happen now. >> reporter: she used to hold a citizenship card. in the late 1980s, the government took it back from the rohingya ethnic minority to which she belongs. they are seen as illegal migrants from bangladesh even though many have been here for generations. they were promised citizenship documents but were registered temporary cards. they had some rights including the right to vote. now that is gone. >> this is an office set up to collect i.d. cards. it's in a school building. they are not allowed to travel into town.
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>> the muslim rohingya is segregated from the ethnic buddhist community. three years ago there was fighting between the two sides. it was partly the animosity causing the government to revoke temporary cards known as white cards. with elections scheduled for november and a referendum on constitutional reform human rights activists accused the government of pandering to a buddhist electorate. >> mostly the motivation is to strip the last remaining rights the right to vote from the rohingya. in so doing, they are disenfranchising thousands of others eligible for citizenship. it's an anti-rohingya drive that is motivating it. there's nothing sinnize ter behind the decision. >> translation: we'll accept white cards, after that those
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that gave them up will be granted identity cards. >> many doubt they'll be granted citizenship, saying the government let them down in the past. for now they remain a minority unrecognise the and unwanted u.s. military commanders are trying to find out how samples of anthrax bacteria was sent to south korea and nine u.s. states. the pentagon says there's no risk to public health. 22 people may have been exposed. four staff are being treated as a precaution after a laboratory in utah mistakenly dispatched samples. they were used in an abandoned programme. alex is a journalist in south korea, and says the scare is not causing alarm. >> certainly no members of the public have been exposed. it's on the air base away
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interest the city interest. we are talking about hundreds of thousands of res dants in the facility. the zone 64km away somewhere in the region in the metropolitan area. seems as though the anthrax supports have been destroyed, and i would say that the situation and the panic levels are under control still to come on al jazeera... >> i'm harry fawcett in nepal, where the vast potential for power is one route for economic recovery. it has also highlighted the risk posed to installations like this and why n.a.t.o. is angry at the pope's sainthood of an 18th century priest.
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the top stories - sepp blatter is avoiding appearing in public following the latest allegations of massive corruption at f.i.f.a. and pressure to stand down. the president of football's governing body pulled out of the f.i.f.a. event in zurich a few hours ago. his spokesman blames tush u lanes. u.s. military commanders are trying to find out how samples of anflax backsteeria were sent to -- anthrax bacteria was sent to south korea and 9 u.s. states. last month's earthquake your in nepal is having an effect.
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hydro electricity happens been seen as central to power. building new dams is slow. some thing the quake could be a catalyst for change. harry fawcett reports. >> reporter: more than a month after the quake, the hydro plant is out for repair. the may 7.3 aftershock or both ise it is out of action. it could take nine months or more to get online. >> the bridge was damaged. the hydra was damaged. >> there are other threats to the safety of the facilities. >> what is interesting about the damage is much of it was not caused in the earthquake but caused by flooding after a landslide that happened last year. it's a sign that the geology that gives nepal potential for
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hydroelectric power threatens it. further upstream a chinese company building this project stopped work on the day of the quake. the government is telling investors that this is the time after the big seismic event, to put money into nepal. >> that's what i tell the developers. they haven't had earthquakes for 80 years, looking back at the history, every 7-8 years earthquakes have been in nepal. >> a landmark deal signed with india points the way. the agreement sees an indian company build. nepal receives energy in the short term and export it the other way in the long term. hired power expansion has been the subject of political wrestling. not just are there concerns about what it will do it the natural environment. but fears that a sovereign
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resource will be sold down the river to a southern big brother. >> hyde re electric engineer and former minister says india would get regularized water flow free and electricity on the cheep. >> if you export electricity, the factories will be set up. they'll have to go. they'll have to do that in india, in 50 degree heat. >> nepal has used 1% of the hydroelectric potential. there's agreement that the power resource needs to be harnessed as part of the recovering. how it should be done is a divisive issue calls to impeach the president are again made in brazil. dilma rousseff is suffering from record low ratings as critics connect her to a multibillion
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fraud scandal. >> reporter: these members of the free brazil movement walks to close it a month from sao paulo to brasilia to hand deliver a petition demanding that president dilma rousseff be impeached. there's a demand of their 1,000km journey. >> we consider the mountain pressure coming from the people sooner or later leading to impeachment. the generation is evident. if it doesn't happen now, it will happen in the near future. the legal framework is there, the population wants it and all we need is the opposition to listen. >> reporter: today's protest is the third time that the brazilians took to the street demanding that the president be tried for corruption. a similar process ended up with
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half a million people. what might have seen like an outlandish request is slowly gaining with brazil's radical groups. >> this is proof that people are dissatisfied with the way politics have been conducted, and by a government that is resembling a dictatorship. >> there's a movement believing change must come through impeachment. they do want to see a change in the way politics is being done in brazil. political reform is discussed in congress under consideration of the elimination with private firms. as well as the question of compulsory voting. change is slow to come in a country that has been under the same party rule for more than a decades. no evidence linking dilma rousseff to any wrongdoing in relation to the scandal has been presented.
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to many though the corruption inside the state-run oil giant shed light on how disconnected the political elite has become from the people that elected them to power severe weather pound parts of the u.s. state of texas. police say several people were injured when a tornado struck a gas-drilling rig near the town of canadian. three people were hospitalized with injury. meanwhile the clean-up continues in and around houston. gabriel elizonda is there heavy machinery and crews are out in force as it's clean-up time in houston. this is why, record rain flows made roads impassable. hundreds had to be pulled to safety. >> i tried to open the doors, it wouldn't open.
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i wept for the winds. then i cotton the roof. houston, home to 2 million people is the fourth largest city. every part of it was swamped with water. for this sake there was a casket with a woman's body inside unearthed by the cemetery. >> there was no increase like this i didn't know what happened. i was a little scared. >> they are in clean-up mode in the city of houston, it's a major underpass that's been shut down down. i want to give you a sense of how high the water levels went. from the top of the wall. people say they have not seen flooding this fast for decades. because of flooding 46 counties in the state of texas have been put on states of emergency. >> in the town of wembley, one of hardest hit. several people are missing and presumed dead. with forecasters predicting more
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rain, people are on edge hoping that it won't be another night of scenes like this the u.s. defense secretary called on china to stop building artificial islands in in the south china sea. the u.s. military would continue to operate in the region in line with international war. the islands in have been contested for decades between china and its neighbours. >> a u.s. congressional delegation wrapped up as washington did not seek change. they say an embassy will be open in havana within weeks. pope francis will declare a latin american priest the first saned. he built a series of missions across the state of california. many say his aggressive efforts to convert ancestors amounts to
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genocide. >> reporter: the vatican and its knew era upped the progressive leadership of pope francis. one of his missions - bringing the church closer to the people. part of that strategy the canonization of the first latino saint in the united states. the missions established were beautiful place, but for some native americans these were prisons, they were forced to work in the fields for the missions forced to stay in the missions and forced into christianity. the mission settlement wiped out local population whether by disease or the barrel of a gun. best statements say 100,000 indians died in the decades following. for indians, the impending canonization is an affront. >> we talk about sara in the negative. there's no one that talks about
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sara in the positive. >> reporter: they are tribes vastly downsized as a result of european arrival across the continent. gatherings like this allow american indians to sell bralt, and also in many ways cling to what is left of their culture. >> for us it's different. we look at it as our people were devastated you know what happened. it affected our culture and whole livelihood. >> by choice or by force, some 5,000 indians were baptized during sara's administration. >> mission delores, the 7th of the 21 missions in the state. and where andrew galvin a descendent of the missions converted, works as curator. >> he is calling us to be saints. >> galvin's is the minority
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voice. >> i believe he was one of the champions of native people in protecting my ancestors, because he founded mission san francisco. >> vincent disagrees. it's a bit of a family feud. he's galvin's cousin. >> it's amazing, for me i see a horrible place of colonisation where there was suffering, pain degradation, death, diseases. >> criticism of the pope's decision prompted a response from the church. the arch diocese published the following: >> the two sides look at them through vastly different lenses. pope francis declared this year a year of evangelization. this sainthood would fulfil that
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spirit. one of men that brought for better or worst, christ to the new world. you can read more about that story on the website. there you'll find the other top stories. >> it appears obituaries written for the armies of the islamic state of iraq and levant may have been a little premature. the footprint of i.s.i.l.'s hoped for state is still pretty large. it's racked up major victories in syria and iraq recently and leaves you wondering what the next of the world's next move is against a murderous and resilient opoftenlt the continuing fight against i.s.i.l. -- opponent.