>> i wish you could do it again one day. >> reporter: okay. lisa fletcher, al jazeera, west bend, wisconsin. >> that's "america tonight." please come back for more of "america tonight." >> out of control. >> tonight's rammy will be postponed until another day. >> thousands of protesters against organizers of a donald trump rally. horrific invitations. >> crimes against humanity and war crimes have continued into 2015 and predominantly been perpetrated by the government. >> from children burned alive to
soldiers raping women as form of payment. the united nations owner documents atrocities in south sudan. humanitarian aid make its way to people trapped in syria for months. and fueling the fire. groups working in syria accuse members of the u.n. security council including the u.s. and russia of making the crisis in syria worse. good evening, i'm antonio mora, we begin with break news tonight out of chicago where a donald trump rally was cancelled due security concerns and violence broke out.
anti-trump protesters made their way into university of illinois chicago pavilion while large demonstrations took place outside the arena. many students were there, in a university that is the most racially and ethnically diverse in the country. andy rosegen, are have things called down now? >> reporter: calm now antonio but what a night this has been. a stunning development, the crowd filing in here about 5:00 local time. it's an arena that holds about 9,000 people. but you couldn't tell the opponents of donald trump were certified the arena. a number of people were getting kicked out, we have seen this at other trump rallies but even before the rally started, police rounding them up and kicking them out. but just before donald trump was
supposed to take stage a gentleman came out and said it was being cancelled. trump supporters were stunned into silence at that point but a huge chunk of the arena erupted into tears. these are people who came in, obviously not as opponents, for lack of a better word, snuck in, they got tickets, it was a free-ticket kind of thing. when they realized it was being cancelled, the mexican flag was raised by trump opponents and outbreaks of violence, folks who got into others faces, some punches thrown but, the skirmishes continued outside as well, more punches thrown. don't know if there were any arrests but eventually the trump opponents used this night to gloat. they were elated antonio, tell the like they won.
>> we are seeing ugly pictures which no one wins when that kind of thing happens. donald trump has spoken out tonight about the situation in chicago. >> reporter: he has. up until now, his campaign has often just put this aside. they've said look it's not us and we have nothing to do with it. well tonight this is what donald trump said on msnbc. >> it comes together. you see it all over, here and in lots of different location and there's a lot of anger in the country and it's very sad to see actually. saying we're going to postpone the rally we actually said you know be peaceful and go in peace, for the most part they have but i think this is a lot better than if we had the rally go through and you have so much anger in the country i mean it's just anger in the country and it's not directed at -- i don't think it's directed at me or anything, it's just been directed at what's been going on for years and it's on both sides
it's a double -- it's a double is slip. you have people that are very, very you know upset about what's happening with the country as a country and you have other people that just don't feel right about things. those people were outside they were coming inside and rather than have -- rather than having everybody duet in and mix it up, i thought it would be a wise thing. >> reporter: well, is this rally cancelled for good or just postponed? well, the trump campaign says that it is postponed but no word yet on when it might come back here to the university of illinois at chicago. however trump's campaign did say tonight that they will hold a rally at the airport in bloomington illinois much friendlier trump country on sunday. what's interesting is this college campus is very diverse and a lot of people didn't want this rally here but a lot of people did just so they could get this to happen just so they could shut it down.
antonio. >> andy rosegen in chicago. we'll talk to a long time political analyst at the top of our 11:00 hour. now atrocities in sudan. the united nations is accusing the south sudan government of allowing its soldiers to rape women and girls, as a form of payment for soldiers. the u.n. is opening an inquiry into a february astack on a camp. wounding more than 160. the u.n. wants to know what its peas keepers could have done to prevent it. amnesty international also accused 60 people were locked in a shipping container where they died. charles stratford reports.
>> the suffering defies belief. the report put together by the u.n. human rights office, goes into detail on atrocities in south sudan since the conflict began in december 2014. it says both sides are responsible but government forces were most to blame last year. between april and september the u.n. recorded more than 1300 reports of rape and in just one of south sudan's states, oil rich unity state. government forces are being allowed to rape women, the report says, as a sort of payment. raped again by more men in the bushes, only to return and find her children missing. the report says the gravity of the violence may amount to war crimes and/or crimes against humanity. the government has denied the
accusations. >> if there are individuals, you know, soldiers that comes out to violate human rights then they are doing it at their own peril. because the government hasn't authorized anybody to kill civilians. >> reporter: the conflict began as a dispute between president salva kiir and his former deputy riek machar. last august we met machar at the ethiopian capital addis ababa. >> anyone who committed atrocities would be brought to book. >> what it describes as a scorched earth policy, around 2 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. the u.n. says thousands of children have been recruited as child soldiers. journalists, human rights and
aids workers suffer detention and in some cases have been murdered. last august both sides agreed to establish a transitional government of national unity. both sides agreed to stop fighting. that still hasn't happened. and be the suffering of millions of people continues. charles stratford, al jazeera. our diplomatic editor james bays is in geneva. he filed this report. >> reporter: there has been a disagreement for some considerable time in the security council about sanctions on south sudan. there are already some sanctions in place but there are countries around the security council table, powerful countries that don't currently want an arms embargo. certainly the u.s. at various stages of the discussion has not been keen on an arms embargo and russia has said it is opposed to
an arms embargo. what they agreed is to extend the embargo for just six weeks because they couldn't make up their mind on a new position. i think the damning detail in this report is bound to concentrate minds around the county e-securitsecurity counci. >> james baste in geneva. joins us now david, very good to have you. >> thank you for having me. >> i want to emphasize that the civil war in south sudan has displaced 600,000 people, 50 to 100,000 have been killed, this is one of the world's worst humanitarian nightmares. >> the conflict began two and a
half years ago. and the scrutiny of the u.n. have said that crimes against humanity has been taking place since 2014. now in 2015 things are getting worse, there's been no change. >> as you look at what your report details, some of this sounds like what i.s.i.l. is doing in syria and iraq. children and the disabled, stuck in containers and suffocated. kids cut to pieces, ethnic cleansing. it goes on and on and on. why have international efforts been so weak and not been able to stop this? >> i guess that is a question one would pose to the security council. one would pose to the friends of south sudan, uganda and other areas in the region. as i said at the outset the international scrutiny has been quite intense by the security
council, the african union but to no avail the killings have not stopped. it strikes me that we've lost leverage. either we have not exhausted all the leverage or we have lost all leverage with the state of south sudan which is quite shocking. >> and beyond the killings brings up the issue of rape how women have been treated as commodities, rape being used as a tool of terror and a weapon of war, sociologist engineers being allowed to rape women in lieu of wages. i mean the details are just horrific. >> i think 2015, what was most shocking is the government campaign of terror in one state but as you know unity state which is the home of riek machar. >> stand richest state. >> and the richest state. to the government you're either a loyalist or you're not and if you're not you're in peril of detention harassment death. and united nations state is the
most horrible i've seen at some 15 years at the u.n. one story we have of a woman who was tied to a tree and forced her child being raped by ten men, a man who was put in a hut and burned to death by government actors. >> it's scary reading. even on paper, the civil war is over, there is this transitional unity government. why hasn't this moved forward? is there no hope? >> i don't know. i have to say i come away -- it's grim. the peace agreement was in august 2015. as you know. post, the peace agreement were the container deaths. put into the container on the 22nd of october, suffocated to death. the bodies were pulled out of the container and spread on the ground.
>> we've reported increasingly on what's going on in south sudan. but i've done my unofficial surveying of smart people, people i've asked and people don't even know south sudan exists. they think it might be the south part of sudan, don't know it's an independent country, fewer know of the humanitarian nightmare that's unfolding here. do you think you are shouting at the wind? >> i think sometimes we do which is why this report is so important. i fear that this might be the last opportunity ospeak for victims and survivors -- to speak for victims and survivors. i fief that people will move on to yemen, to burundi, to syria, and that is why this is such an important report. >> thank you for being here tonight. combating sexual exploitation has been approved by the u.n u.n. security counci.
if the offender is not held accountable. a recent u.n. report showed an increase in the number of sex abuse allegation he by u.n. peace keepers deployed to countries. how aid agencies. and brazilian president dill maa rousseff says she won't step down in the midst of her country's corruption scandal. fukushima's heroes were not enough. people have lost their trust, especially in the authorities. the myth of nuclear energy, of it being economic, safe and clean has been swept away. >> "fukushima: a nuclear story," narrated by willem dafoe.
>> fighting has intensified in southern yemen. at least 57 people were killed during clashes in the third largest city ta'izz. progovernment forces are trying to take back the city which has been under siege by houthi rebels for more than ten months. >> reporter: forces loyal to yemen president hame head head. hadi hadi. hadi. >> we are close to taking the neighborhood, break the siege and victory is looming large.
>> we god willing will advance into the neighborhood soon and.then will link up with the other units to defeat the enemy. >> reporter: ta'izz was the birth of the uprising. between aden and sanaa, both sides have been fighting hard to control it. it's been under siege by houthi rebels by more than ten months. civilians done have enough food water or medical supplies. >> ta'izz has suffered all forms of siege. today is pay back time. we will cause them to suffer the same bitterness ta'izz residents have faced. >> reporter: progovernment forces say they're short of weapons and ammunition, adding pressure on them to break the
siege as soon as possible. victoria gatenby, al jazeera. need to seize the moment to achieve peace in yemen and syria. kerry says the current lulls in the fighting in both conflicts should be seen as an opportunity to find a way to end them. he carey stress that now ikerrye for peace in syria. cessation of hostilities went into effect two weeks ago. the state department says there's been a drastic decline in violence since then. peace talks start monday the geneva about late today syria's main opposition group the high negotiations committee announced that it would send a delegation to swits mladenov with the conflicswitzerland.with the cons sixth year, bad situation worse.
al jazeera's jonah hull explains. >> reporter: it is a grim milestone. almost five years since the start of syria's civil war and a new report by aid agencies include oxfam, action network, save the children and several other aid agencies says the past year has been the worst yet. the report titled fueling the fire notes that 50,000 have left their lives in the past 12 months with almost a million civilians forced to flee their homes. 200,000 of those homes were partly or completely destroyed in 2015 and around a million and a half more people are in need of humanitarian aid with an additional 400,000 children no longer in school because of the violence. the report notes failures by the international community, both through inadequate diplomatic pressure and direct military
involvement in support of their allies. u.n. security council resolutions, it says, have consistently been flouted by parties to the conflict, and their international backers including permanent members of the u.n. security council have actively added fuel to the fire. the report highlights how russia's air campaign since september last year has damaged civilian infrastructure while reportedly causing thousands of civilian casualties. bombing by the u.s. led coalition is similarly noted to have caused deaths and damage to civilian areas and the international powers are accused of supplying weapons to opposing forces on the ground. the report notes that a partial cessation of hostilities has resulted in fewer civilian casualties and greater humanitarian access to besieged areas however parties that sit on the u.n. council bear direct
responsibility for war in syria. jonah hull, al jazeera. >> the war in syria has had a profound effect on the country's health care system or what's left of it. doctors, nurses and medics say it's a struggle to deliver basic care, making matters worse hospital he have often been the targes have often been thetarge. lawrence lee reports. >> be be childrens unit the bombardment has rendered beds and cots unusable. such conditions close to azaz. this firefighter says they have no water to douse the flames. there's no choice but to watch it burn. increasing destruction of places like maternity units not only puts the lives of civilians under threat, the fewer hospital
he that remain, the fewer doctors and medicine there is to treat people, few places injured can look to. >> translator: because there are so many refugees now there's enormous pressure on the medical facilities that are left. it means we are no longer able to treat those with lesser injuries. >> turkey can only move victims to k i killis, not safe either t better than the alternative. on the morning we were filming, it received three patients who would need amputations. it's this way all the time now. on the turkish side of the border they've had to bring in translators, double amount of
plastic surgeons who can deal with burns, now more syrian patients inside here than there are medical personnel. once they will be treated in turkey, syrians face the choice of whether they want to go home. this plan was hobilitying his way back to his flee region in . the only bit of good news is that no hospitals have been attacked since the cessation of hostilities. but those injured in the fighting the best they can now hope is that someone can now get them to another country for treatment. lawrence lee, al jazeera, killis, southern turkey. arab states are clamping down on hezbollah, the arab league named the group a terrorist organization.
hezbollah is funded by iran, an archenemy of sunni saudi arabia which wields considerable clout in the arab league. for the third straight day on friday, followers of muqtada al-sadr, somewhere call for the government to form a new cabinet. al jazeera's bernard smith reports. >> demonstrations by supporters of muqtada al-sadr are a regular site in baghdad. the followers of the powerful shia cleric wants haider al-abadi to press on with a system of government patronage that encourages ethnic and sectarian lines. >> we hope that these promises of reforms will be true. i urge iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi to press on with plans to form an independent cabinet of technocrats, to fight
graft despite political pressure to desist. i want the prime minister to continue his reform plan with no fear of political pressure. >> reporter: corruption is eating into dwindling government finances in iraq suffering from the fall of the cost of oil. al sadr gave the prime minister 45 days to replace the technocrats or face a no confidence vote in parliament. bernard smith, al jazeera. we're in afghanistan, we'll tell you why the city's most famous blue glass make are is thrilled sanctions on iran have been lifted.
>> welcome back to al jazeera america i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news the european union commits to closer ties to cuba. but first in denmark an activist has been fined $3,000 for giving a ride to a syrian refugee family. danish authorities say elizabeth zornig drove the refugees to copenhagen. her husband was fined for
feeding them. , under a danish law it is a crime to transport people who do not have passports. president obama gave a wide ranging interview on his foreign policy record to atlantic magazine. rosiland jordan takes a closer look into his comments. >> reporter: a year into the syrian civil war u.s. president barack obama warned bashar al-assad don't use chemical weapons against your people. >> we have been very clear to the assad regime and also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start be seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. >> reporter: a year later the residents of huta were gassed and obama was ready to launch
air strikes. >> the ayes to the right 192 and the nos to the left 285. >> but the british parliament backed out at the right time. his decision was the right one he stated the atlantic, despite reputation damaged. air strikes in libya to protect the residents of benghazi against moammar gadhafi's forces. the allies particularly the french and british had more reason to be in the fight than the u.s. did. obama also had tough words for saudis who have been very worried about a possible u.s. rapprochement with iran. administration dispatched secretary of state john kerry to the region over the weekend. >> there are tangible practical
hold in your hand ways that foreign leaders around the world can easily ascertain what has in mind. >> major foreign policy objective, israeli-palestinian peace. >> this debate whether something could happen before the november elections or whether there's a sweet spot after the november elections. but i think there are things a president can do in his final period as presidency to i've used the word recess recollect thresurrect thecredibility of te solution. >> whether obama was just settling scores in his final months in office, his u.s. allies will have taken notice. rosiland jordan, al jazeera, the state department.
a russian official found dead in a d.c. hotel room. sounds like political intrigue out of the cold war. but russia's prime minister was found dead in washington and an autopsy finds he died of blunt force to the head. john terret last the story. >> reporter: antonio, good evening. he was found be dea dead of blut force. in a hotel in washington, d.c. new york times is reporting his injuries are a result of some altercation that happened before he returned to his hotel.nicknamed bul bulldozer, a foreign press minister, who put together a broadcaster rt widely
available on cable in the united states. after lessen's death, president putin spoke of his enormous contribution to russian media. investigation into lessen over possible money laundering regarding property he said may have been purchased with the help of groups on a u.s. sanctions list. antonio. >> john terret reporting from washington. a funeral was held for former first lady nancy reagan, including political heavy weights and hollywood starts. mrs. reagan was known for her life and romance with president reagan, also credited for his success as california governor and president. a missing part of mh 370. part of a wing, found in
mozambique in december but only came forward after another suspected piece of the plane was found in mozambique last week. investigators say the serial number may belong to a boeing 777. massive earthquake and tsunami struck five years ago in japan. shinzo abe paid tribute in tokyo. harry fawcett reports. >> in natarie this is the closest thing considered as high ground. five years on from the tsunami it's been become an area of memorial. fest scale of the disaster, 950 people died here nearly 18 and a half thousand across the
country. all that's left of these densely packed houses are the fooun foundatiofowfntionfoundationwal. it was at 2:36 precisely that they gathered to mark the time earthquake struck. [ signal horn ] >> 160 kilometers north, another siren the same way, sounding. >> translator: the reality is that we still feel the scars here and there are still many who are struggling to restart their lives. [♪ singing ] >> reporter: at the national memorial in tokyo a similar sentiment came from japan's
emperor, on behalf of those who lost their homes from the triple melt down in fukushima. >> efforts are made to try to restore but ache in my heart for those who still can't return home. >> reporter: the prime minister is promising a revitalized effort to get it finished but things in fukushima have changed little. workers struggle to restore founder tons each day. efforts hampered by a shortage of people willing to do the jock even if conditions are better than he faced in the weeks after the melt downs. >> i think what i felt most was anxiety. when i got there i thought my experience would be useful. but all the rules became irrelevant, it was like a war zone and that astonished me.
>> higher seawalls built, sections being raised for reconstruction to minimize damage of future waves but scars still remain. a day of commemoration of coming together can bring some comfort but also serves as a reminder of just how much has been lost. harry fawcett, al jazeera, natarie japan. coming up this weekend one reporter's five year investigation of what happened at the fukushima nuclear power plant. fukushima a nuclear story airs at 10 p.m. eastern. changes to poland's highest court are weakening democracy and undermining the rule of law but poland's prime minister strongly disagrees. critics say it weakened the court so it would be unable to examine government legislation. this week a constitutional tribunal says the changes to the
court were illegal. however the government is refusing to recognize that ruling. in brazil there are growing calls for president dilma rousseff to resign. mappive corruption scandal has hurt the brazilian economy. in recent days, her predecessor was hit with corruption charge. >> translator: the resignation is a voluntary act. those who want my resignation are by proposing it recognizing that there is no real basis for me to leave my position. therefore my political interests of whomever by definitions of whomever i will not leave this position without there being a reason. >> reporter: ththe oppositions vowed to keep the pressure on rousseff at the site of the
olympic gains. a terrorist attack with serin gas, and brazil is working closely with international partners to ensure the safety of the upcoming summer games.. europe took a big step towards embracing cuba today, just days before president obama visits the island after two years of negotiations. >> that we have somehow finalized today to open a lot of future out of us goes in parallel with work that our medical friends are doing. >> europe is cuba's second biggest trading partner. there have been rifts between europe and cuba in the past over human rights and political reform. welcoming the lifting of
economic sanction he against iran, the move could reestablish afghan city of harat as a trading hub. reza hayat reports. >> a gentle puff of air, masterful work of sculpting. this is how one of the oldest expert glass makers of afghanistan crafts the city of harat's famous blue glass. he has done it for 50 years but rarely he says has he been more optimistic about his business thanks to the recently lifting of economic sanctions against neighbor being iran. >> translator: we were very happy, we are always happy when things improve in iran. >> among traders here who say sanctions against iran damage the economy in harat. afghanistan's western trade hub
that's long held cultural links to its neighbor and heavily dependent on products either imported through or made in iran. it's amazing when you walk around here, how many products you find that are made in iran. look at this. laundry detergent, a dishwashing liquid, hand soap, glass cleaner, hard candy, chocolate, all of it made in iran. ♪ ♪ >> even iranian music fills the streets here. >> translator: it was hard, importing goods was hard, many items were smuggled, now it's easier to get products. >> translator: when iran was under sanction it directly impacted asks's econom afghanisy in a negative way. >> the head of the chamber of commerce says the lifting of sanctions means more imported products, using money safely transferred through banks.
>> translator: when merchants can use the bank the price for product goes down and it means consumers pay less for the products with higher quality. >> reporter: traders here are also eager to use iran as a transit point to export harat's products, marble, dried spices and nassrulla's blue glass. raza al jazeera, afghanistan. >> how scientists determine how climate change is lapping and what can be done to lessen the damage. one artist's theory, and syria prepares to mark five years sin the conflict began.
career but the rules finally caught up to her. she should not be surprised or offended, her cheating was finally uncovered. the days of becoming a partner with europe are gone, the paper says super in damage control mode and vladimir putin may feel in control by forcing the west to react to his action he but the best way to stop russia is for a unified europe to block putin's actions one at a time. paper says president obama has formed ription wit relationh other leaders and countries. and it's time for britain to chart its own course and not follow blindly american foreign policy, the relationship is zed and long may it remain so. my next guest traveled from yeast to china to silicon valley
to determine the connection between our surroundings and most innovative ideas. eric weiner tried to understand the impact of environment on the growth of genius. it is a fascinating book. thank you for coming in. >> my pleasure. >> you looked at these varied places, historically and today. what did you find about these clusters of genius? >> quite, one of these things is that they have this openness. openness to experience is the one trait that psychologists have identified as being most closely linked for people who are creative and i think that applies to places as well. so for instance if you look at aifancient athens, they had a affirm open immigration policy, they might not have called it that but that's what it was it will peroclese says we know it's
dangerous allowing strangers among us but it makes us strong per. whether it was einstein, maria curie, they were all immigrants. it's one of these i call genius clusters. if you plot the appearance of genius around the world across time they don't appear randomly. one in bolivia and one in siberia they appear in clusters. >> you address the issue of nature versus nurture, you dismiss the a bit. i was always fascinated by that. you do say genes have something to do with it. hard work malcolm gladwell 10,000 hour rule, all things are significant but place might be something we have ignored a lot and might be very significant.
>> exactly. we are hung up on myths of geniuses are born, or made, all about hard work but i really think geniuses are grown in the soil and place matters tremendously much more than we realize. if you take mozart out of 18th century vienna he is probably not mozart. >> how much of it is that all these brains are there at the same time wanting to outdo each other? >> competition is part of it. leonardo da vinci and michelangelo who couldn't stand each other. but they see a sweet spot between competition and collaboration. between openness and discernment separating the good from the bad ideas. >> but once the sweet spot is
found is it hard to keep the sweet spot going? you bring up the 13th century which i didn't realize was probably the biggest city in the world at that point. i guess it was in the 14th century and fascinating how that was an incredibly creative place then. >> it was and they don't last long you're absolutely right about that. whether it is athens or be >> while most of these clusters seem to be kind of happy accidents all these different
factors come into play, can you create a cluster? i realize that there have been some efforts that have failed. but i was thinking about places like the manhattan project, blechley park in england where they broke the enigma code and set the stage for computer era. >> you can on a small scale. the manhattan project was very concentrated, very focused outside the new mexico desert. to build the atom bomb. when you see sparks fly in different directions it's hard to create that. what about the silicon valley, silicon valley is a culture. it's all about technology, it is a culture of creativity and you
canned be transport create -- can't are transport creativity wholesale. >> climate change is make extreme weather worse. a new report from national academies of science says it's now possible to estimate the effect of climate change. al jazeera's be daniel schweimler has more. al jazeera's daniel schweimler has more. >> at the end of a long and unexpectedly holt summer, in a country suffering under the effects of el nino, many people would welcome extreme event attraction. attribution. >> moves us forward in our understanding that perhaps one day we can start to predict
extreme events months in advance and perhaps years in advance. >> until now scientists have compared general computer models to try and work out what's going on. is human activity really changing the weather or are we looking at natural effects on a planet that's warmed and cooled in the past? we all know the weather oar think we do. it's a cool end of summer's day in buenos aires at the end of one of the hottest summers anybody ask remember with temperatures out the roof. attribution seeks to add the debate. new and sophisticated number crunching, linking comparing with the u.s. surge general's report in 1964 that links smoking to cancer.
>> better global climate models could help, better understanding of science or physics could help, better use of observational data records could all help on that. so that's sort of on the science side. on what would you know a person let's say who is responsible for safety or for the welfare of people using, i think it would be very good if she or he would understand now that yes, science can do this attribution. and to really look at that risk factor. >> since u.n. panel on climate change in 1995, the world has moved a long way towards limiting emissions and halting climate change. extreme attribution seeks to limit those efforts. daniel schweimler, al jazeera. >> the oldest plan, born in poled in 1903, lived through two
world wars before moving to israel. he says he does not know the secret to long life but that, quote, everything is determined from above. the oldest person above is 115-year-old woman living in brooklyn. be unusually cold wet has brought snow to someplace that usually doesn't see it. in mexico, snow strong winds and temperatures in the single digits. meteorologists say the cold snap will last well into the weekend. next hour, chaos in chicago, cancelled donald trump really where supporters, protesters and police collided in a violent mix. i'll be back in two minutes.
>> good evening, i'm antonio mora, this is lansing. al jazeera america. anger and chaos yore take donald trump's rally in chicago. defying the republican national committee. and the boos senator bernie sanders is getting after his michigan win. also. >> individually they may have gone far but together they could and did go anywhere. >> a final farewell to former first lady nancy reagan. memories from her family and