on the face of it it's kind of ridiculous because if he's done nothing wrong that he won't be pardoned he would have to pardon himself that's what he's saying but the fact is if he is about to be indicted for criminal wrongdoing or is indicted he he argues that he can pardon himself or anyone else has absolute power in that area but the problem is that you have to be criminally indicted and then pardon himself and if that were to happen i can assure you he would be impeached because the interpretation of the constitution is that a president in office and not be indicted unless he is impeached and removed from office well pardoning himself then we just invite impeachment a slide it is great as always to get your thoughts on all things out of the u.s. administration thank you very much for your time as always bill schneider. now the u.s. says it will continue to maintain a maximum pressure on north korea denuclearize it comes as the press secretary.
that meeting between donald trump on tuesday the leaders will meet at nine am singapore time trumpet previously cancel the meeting but backtracked quickly after which preparations begad for the summit. to jordan now working out the law has moved his country is that crossroads is protests of a proposed tax hikes continue he's promising urgent measures to tackle the economic crisis the protests forced the prime minister to resign and the speaker of the parliament is vowing to reject that resignation mohamed these t.v. reports. it's official jordan's government has responded to the people's demands by accepting to replace prime minister hani and willkie parliament speaker out of a total not told al-jazeera he will reject the law that initially sparked protests last thursday. although it seems to the protesters demands have been met they
continued to march for the fifth night in a row and. the resignation is a first step to reduce the tension that exists in the country the second step which is the main step is to withdraw that assertion backing up dollars from the parliament otherwise things will not calm down. they want to make it clear to the government that simply replacing him with the same old same will not fly people are looking for a paradigm shift they're not looking for changing faces like you know. second one prime minister and getting another one they're looking for a change in the policies of the policies have been detrimental to the daily life of the people and jordan and they are looking for changes in these in these policies. the protests broke out after milky under pressure by the i.m.f. announced his plan to raise income tax by at least five percent. the taxes were aimed at shrinking jordan's thirty seven billion dollars debt that's equivalent to ninety five percent of the country's annual output jordan's
a dependent economy has been struggling with a dramatic cut in donations by the u.a.e. u.s. and saudi arabia and a large influx of refugees from the surrounding conflicts have added to the crisis king abdullah met with reporters promising reforms in saying the country must meet its challenges challenges the middle class hope they won't have to pay for how middleburg d.c. al jazeera. still ahead on the bulletin evonne supreme leader says his country for not being bullied and issued a warning to western nations challenging head ons for the stickiness alcohol plan where we're actually physically being targeted by a president and government fighting for palau going to what's being called a pink wave of cat. for us midterm election. i. mean the weather sponsored by cateye always
however costs a lot of hot and dry weather across the middle east now so no more service is pretty much been received we have still got those showers coming out of the black sea for the caspian sea some lovely downpours still a possibility he said positive he could see some showers long spells of frame for a time for most despondent try syria lebanon jordan all the way down is israel will warm sunshine twenty seven celsius there for beirut it's hot sunshine for baghdad at around forty three degrees celsius was enough in kabul and also into karate getting well up into the thirty's here as well as is the case too little further north into tash can tell a massey hall here for around twenty nine celsius with a few showers me still a few showers you notice just around armenia georgia and as a barge on not so much in the way of wet weather across the arabian peninsula though as we go on through the next couple days a little more cloud just into southern parts of amman maybe into the southeast of yemen but some pasta salad it could see one of two spots of five but nothing much
to speak of and if anything it turns brighter as we go on through the next day a little more clout that was the southern end of the red sea here in doha the hot sunshine left in the temperatures to around forty three degrees celsius but he has sunshine across southern africa over the next few days but if you shasta southern parts of madagascar into mozambique. the weather. what were you hearing what were you seeing whether online horrendous things. about that or if you join us on the sat the major countries in the world so far bigger fish to fry. this is a dialogue. about some of the successes perhaps everyone has a voice what happens when the robots them so are making to. join the global conversation.
it's good to have you with us on al-jazeera these are our top stories. minister has told al-jazeera to offer any compromises to the countries. and reports of threats of military action. in saudi arabia the u.a.e. egypt and bahrain imposed a blockade on claiming it supported terrorism. allegations. pain manager has been accused of the witness tampering prosecutors say a poor man a fourth who's been indicted by u.s. special counsel robert try to send encrypted messages to two. while he's on bail. a judge to revoke bail and put man to fortune prison. and there's been outrage
across the u.s. after donald trump says he has the right to pardon himself from any charges related to alleged russian meddling in the two thousand and sixteen election the president insists he's done nothing wrong but said appointing special counsel to head the probe was unconstitutional. evonne supreme leaders has his country has no intention of curbing its ballistic missile program and will respond if attacked. how many issue the latest warning on monday he said iran's missile program is crucial to the country's defense and that will attack ten times more provoked by western nations. europeans are talking about both iran coping with the sanctions and to limiting our defensive missile program which is essential for the future of the country i'm telling these european governments this stream will never come true. how many his comments coincide with israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu calling on germany to adopt
a tough approach and prevent him from developing a nuclear weapon he's been meeting chancellor angela merkel in berlin that anyone who wanted to expand its influence in the middle east calling the nation a threat to the world has more from berlin. when german and israeli heads of government meet there are always expressions of deep friendliness of the importance of the relationship between their two countries given the historical legacy the point also to make is amongst the expressions of friendliness there are differences of opinion specifically regarding iran and the deal that was agreed several years ago concerning the nuclear program that iran had and how that could be put to one side certainly iran search for a nuclear weapon coming to this meeting mr netanyahu and make clear his concerns were iran and iran and there were certainly concerns that emerged during the joint news conference given by both leaders iran's calls for our destruction. but it's also super nuclear weapons to carry out its genocidal desires we know that
for a fact this visit to berlin is the first stop in a whistle stop tour as it were of europe's capitals taking in berlin taking in paris taking in london where mr netanyahu will be meeting with the heads of government heads of state to try to get their support for his view which is that the deal with iran needs to be repudiated as it has been by the united states government of president donald trump but so far at least the european leaders have been steadfast have said no they believe that the best way to prevent an iranian nuclear weapon is by this deal being enforced behind all of it is of course their concern that european industries that want to invest in tehran are now concerned about what might happen if sanctions are imposed. we need some kind of regulation we also say that we need to talk about their activities in syria that we think that three tough negotiations this will be possible. caldicott
a model of rescuers are trying to reach a remote areas off of the hill wake of all cater to steroid villages and killed at least sixty five people ever options one of the most powerful and he is it for thousands of residents to flee and left hundreds enchanted the government estimates around one point seven million people have been affected well paul followed david method of went up to the area around the country and told us what he saw. what it was an incredibly green country especially during the rainy season which has just started and everything was great everything was ashen everything was covered with a very thick layer of ash this town there this village that i was in looks like much of it was actually wiped out this pirate technic lava flow came down and cover buildings. covered cars trapping people in their house it happened so quickly that you know dozens and dozens of people were just an able to get out
of their house so it's very bizarre an eerie scene watching these rescue workers in bright clothes you know walking around as very great sort of desolate dead landscape certainly getting into these areas the access itself has been very very challenging there was an eruption this morning again which caused the rescue workers media etc to have to hightail it and get out of the area very very very quickly these pirates technic flows can come down at hundreds of kilometers an hour so people really having to be very careful now the ground is very hot as well still you can see these steam events which are releasing this heat and so as as the rescue workers at this stage they're no longer looking for survivors there they're trying to dig out the dead bodies but as they go deeper and deeper into these houses and into the ground into the ash trying to look for trying to look for bodies the temperature just rises and rises rises so you know all morning i saw these rough. q workers volunteer firefighters police military walking around their
faces covered with soot and ash and sweating from both the heat of the of the coast and also the heat of the of the lab which was underneath them one point in time. the process and they could all go as new u.s. sanctions against venezuela have dominated talks of the organization of american states and the amazing u.s. secretary of state mike pompei all has of a new décor to suspend venezuela from the pulpit to send what he calls a powerful message to president nicolas and alan fischer has more. with an exploding volcano in guatemala the deadly protests in the can i go and ongoing crisis in venezuela the organization of american states a new assembly couldn't have been more timely than a thirty five nations at the gathering in washington it's only a few are dominating discussions after weeks of protests the nickajack you are where more than one hundred people have died calling for the president resignation
countries here expressed growing concern but he could argue his foreign minister claims it's locked in a battle with criminal gangs nicaragua has come to this general assembly to express its commitment to peace security and stability of our nation which is currently undergoing an attack by criminal groups america's new secretary of state mike pompeo was addressing the oas for the first time revisiting what he sees is an old problem is demanding greater sanctions against venezuela and as president nicolas maduro a call on fellow member states to apply additional pressure on the media regime including sanctions and further diplomatic isolation until such time as a hundred takes the actions necessary to return genuine democracy and provide people desperately needed access to international humanitarian aid. we call on the oas they just to do this today as the small round of applause died the venezuelan delegation insisted the u.s.
was breaching the rules of the organization it was calling to action you do not have the moral authority of any kind of trying to undermine our government and we see that in the articles articles nineteen to twenty of this charter you are violating the oas charter the un charter and what are you seeking. calls to suspend venezuela from the lawyers are virtually redundant venezuela itself has said it's going to leave the organization and that two year process will end of next year but it's clear that while venezuela says it won't take any part in the formal gathering here in washington it won't allow what it perceives to be attacks to go unanswered . because we do want to new six year term as venezuela's president last month in an election which was widely criticized internationally but the u.s. position in venezuela is a big challenge to the us latin caribbean nations have always been reluctant to give the country it regards as a long term friend an ally but there is
a sense that patience is running out no one is clear what comes after the words of condemnation. as the general assembly in washington. the tennessean foreign minister has some of the italian ambassador to explain comments made by italy's new interior minister on sunday mateo's held vinnie's had the region would no longer be what he called europe's refugee camp and that to nazir sense of a complex the far much leader made the statement from sicily one of the main rival points for refugees and migrants making the illegal crossing from north africa. the executive chairman of the us coffee chain starbucks is stepping down thirty six years after joining the company howard schultz oversaw the expansion of starbucks into the largest coffee chain in the world his departure come to the end of a difficult period for the company hundreds of stores were closed across the u.s. last week for staff training on race relations. now on tuesday eight states and the u.s.
will choose candidates for the embassy in the term elections and a large number of women standing for the democrats and the congressional primaries the party wants to regain the majority in the house of representatives kristen salumi has more from new jersey. where heading back to me i am i guess she is a former navy pilot federal prosecutor and first time political candidate mikey's relish also the leading fundraiser in a crowded field of democrats running to represent new jersey's eleventh congressional district a seat that has been held by a republican man for the last twenty four years we see so many women running we see so many veterans running because we feel like it's time for new leadership in washington it's a common sentiment among democrats particularly women who were actually physically being targeted by our president not only here in suburban new jersey but around the country and we have twenty four seats we need to flip in this midterm election and i'm running to flip one where they hope to win enough seats to retake the majority
in the house and female candidates are leading the charge on tuesday nearly one hundred women from both political parties many of them newcomers to politics will be on the ballot in congressional primaries continuing a year long trend an unprecedented number of women are taking part in state and local elections and often times winning and what some have described as a. mobilization started the day after president trump's inauguration when women marched by the millions expressing concern about last reproductive rights and immigration experts point out there's now a lot at stake here who controls who is she who controls the house of representatives will control the purse will control the investigative power will ultimately if necessary control the impeachment process. selection is of. president tribe is also working hard to rally his base in two thousand and
sixteen more white women voted for him than heller and clinton i think people were surprised that right about that outcome and so now i think of this thing and not like too much and it's time for a change many voters say this year women are more engaged and outraged by the president's alleged mistreatment of women you can't be did this you need to be a unifying leader and that's my biggest opposition to the trumpet fact the biggest hurdles for women candidates are yet to come in the general election this november but if the primaries are any indication women candidates and voters will be making their voices heard kristen salumi al jazeera new jersey. well again i'm one of the prominent are however the headlines on al jazeera it's been one year since saudi arabia the u.a.e.
egypt and bahrain imposed a blockade on claiming though how as a supporter of terrorism catherine denies the allegations the qatari foreign minister has told al jazeera that the country will not make any compromises. let us make it very clear that the purchase of any military equipment is a sovereign decision which no country has. anything to do with so there is no legitimate grievance behind the unthreatening and it's violating the international law it's by the thing or the international norms and. the most importantly it's violating. that which is the countries of the g.c.c. should not launch an attack against each other. at least sixty two people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a volcanic eruption in guatemala residents fled their homes after lava and ash covered surrounding villages temporary shelters have been set up for about three thousand residents donald trump's former campaign manager has been accused of
witness tampering prosecutors say a poor man of four who's been indicted by u.s. special counsel robert muller tried to send encrypted messages to two former coworkers while he's on bail while as well asking a judge to revoke bail and put man a fortune prison meanwhile the u.s. president says he has the absolute right to pardon himself from any charges related to alleged russian meddling in the two thousand and sixteen election but trump and says that he's done nothing wrong jordan's king abdullah has warned that his country's at a crossroads as protests over proposed tax hikes continue thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets of the capital on monday the protests forced the prime minister to quote israel says it's going to take money from taxes it collects for palestinians to compensate israelis for fire damage to the lad that has palestinians protesting in gaza carried out acid attacks damaging forests and farms israel says the demonstrations cause the fires by attaching incendiary devices to
carpets well those are the headlines on al-jazeera do stay with us the stream is coming up next thank you for watching. getting to the heart of the matter if. you today. would you accept facing realities what do you think reunification would look like there are two people peace for unification is the only option for prosperity you. hear their story to al-jazeera. and for me ok on your in the stream fail or pretrial release is an integral part of justice systems around the world it maintains that accused persons freedom in the run up to trial the bell in the us is rather different judges often set money bonds at levels where people can pay and many people have little choice but to go to private providers
a face jail imo it could be today we look at how the bail system in the us people who should be presumed innocent under lock and key and all of them in a social movement pushing for social justice reform we're live on youtube. more than half a million people in the us are being held in pretrial detention that is they've been charged but not convicted of a crime and they're awaiting trial many are in jail not because they're a flight risk or pose a threat but because they just can't afford to pay the cost of bail have a look say you're arrested for allegedly committing a crime one of three things will happen and you get released until your trial you're denied bail and sit behind bars until trial or you're offered bail an amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until trial it's like the court's insurance policy that you don't skip town once you show up to trial you get that money back paying bail allows you to go back to your kids your job while awaiting
trial but what if you can't pay that bond that is an explicitly class and well discriminatory process for determining who gets to be free while they await trial and who is forced to remain incarcerated well they maintained their innocence online people are using hash tags and cash bail bail reform and money bail to force an end to what's been called a discriminatory and even predatory system together the hashtags have had well over one hundred thousand mentions of celebrities politicians lawyers and activists use them to call for an end to the money bail system now i'm on twitter is blunt in her assessment of why money bailed needs to go she tweets hate the system hate the money making scheme hate the unchecked destructive powers of the cash bail while gina spencer tweets this system penalizes people of color and the poor little bell system has come under scrutiny following high profile stories of african-american men and women who died while in or following pretrial detention khalif broder was
sixteen when he was arrested and sent to rikers island jail in new york he spent time in solitary confinement he committed suicide months after his release his bail which he and his family couldn't afford was three thousand dollars sandra blan died while being held in a texas two. her bond was set at five thousand dollars painted black even a few days in jail can cost someone their job their housing their children or in the case of sandra planned their life online campaigns have sprung up to raise money to pay bail bonds for those in pretrial detention and the run up to mother's day last month people raise funds for black women under the hash tag three black mamas be a w. party don't forget that in money bale is also a woman's issue women are the fastest growing correctional population in the country and nearly eighty percent of women in jail are mothers this year the black mommas campaign bailed out more than one hundred forty seven women now people are using free black fathers to do the same in time for father's day and this month
believers bailout is raising funds through the milan to bail out muslims who are in pretrial detention a campaign pitch by a stream community member. the group says it's an opportunity to learn about the injustices of money bail so today we'll talk more about us bill reform and want you to weigh in. let me thanks so much money can say for more on this we're joined by. she is c.e.o. of the pretrial justice institute jeff place in is executive director at the american coalition which advocates for the bellboy in the industry from chicago we have so. she is senior editor of sapelo square that's a website dedicated to the black u.s. muslim experience and she's involved in believe us bailout as a program which is raising funds throughout ramadan to pay the bell bonds of individuals held in jail and from new orleans we have daniel's genia he is c.
president of foundation for louisiana that's a community engagement organization hello everybody it's good to have you here thank you for joining the stream jeff did you notice as in our introduction we didn't mention anything positive about money bell well that's really no surprise that we were under attack right now so obviously i'm not too worried about it because i know. the truth which is that bill as a core association on constitutional right the bill out of various communities is important because people can get together and challenge overreach by the government and that's why the bill system is important one of the things we're seeing right now is that a system of preventative detention giving the government to lock people up without the ability to challenge it with bill withers from a commercial bondsman or somebody else will result in increases in the course aeration we're starting to see that so this is why i brought up the needle twitter feed. bell works failure to appear right lowest crime rate more counts ability no taxpayer funding that's quite a list of pluses surely the saying that it's really important how do you
respond to that so i usually talk about bail being broken in two fundamental ways one got highlighted at the top of the show which is that we have a lot of people in this country who cannot afford to post the money bond and get out of jail and actually in the us the money that is paid to get out of jail to bail bondsman it isn't returned even if you do show up for court it's a premium that goes to the bondsman but the system is broken actually at the other end as well which is that people who should be detained and there's really a small percentage of those folks they're often able to use the same money buying system to get released pending trial without any court ordered supervision so we're really trying to ensure victim safety community safety public safety and i would also suggest that there actually is a cost to the taxpayer for the current system we have as you said five hundred thousand people sleeping in jail tonight in a pretrial detention status and for the most part they have been released by courts
are just too poor to post that bond so we're sort of subsidizing the bail bonding industry by taking care of people in jail who if they were had not had a money that would be home and their families. so i hate. what's behind this. i was just agreeing with cerise assertion and also about a recent analysis we did here in the wall in this week's summit react ear we want to look at the historical ramifications and really found through accurate historical tally that everything should be said is true and it's tax you our extraordinary history in this country of enslavement of people of african descent in racialized by use in behavior is a real connection between these practices these policies who gets in rich found him in and we still practice them and they often have very little to do with accountability or seat. i hear you're saying therefore as i want to bring up the
perspective of someone on twitter we actually heard from several employers and employees of the bail bondsmen industry this is kyle and i'll direct this to you jeff kyle says blaming the bail bondsman is like blaming the mailman for delivering bills you don't like cash bail is used by ninety nine percent of judges because it works there the ninety nine percent number is probably a little inaccurate i mean if you look at the stats i mean in felony cases released on bail is only about thirty to thirty five percent of the cases so it's not even the most common form or least the united states of america do judges think it works in some cases yes they do are judges the gatekeeper on this system and our national policy the makers the gatekeeper in the system the answer is yes we're not we don't set bales all we do is post them and help people get out of jail so that part of it i think is a little inaccurate so i'm just trying to give our international audience a sense of the kind of impact that i've having to meet a cash battle or failing to meet
a cash battle actually has on communities who are oddly impoverished communities of color can you give us an example yeah well i mean one of the things that i thought you know getting about believe me was really want to cover it up that's what happening when people talk about it like that in just the plain sight. so you have people for example there was a woman to chicago who was in jail for fourteen months right just because she couldn't afford to pay the bonds there's another young man in chicago who's been in jail since twenty sixteen just because they can for can't afford to pay the bond the woman lost her business she almost lost her child her child you know we have people who are losing jobs losing family members you know people who have mental health issues or health issues that aren't being addressed and so this idea that only reason you're in jail is because you can't pay really is about you being penalized right because you're poor and when i heard that and when i sort of discovered initially i heard about the mamas they bailout you mentioned and that
really got me thinking about you know what is going on what is going on these jails and what can we do to change it and you know the mom is a bill that really resonated with me as a black person right this idea that we're going to free ourselves that we're not going to wait to interrupt the system in the ways that we can the long term you know game is to end money battle but until then we're going to free ourselves and so believe in the bailout came out of that same emphasis that you know it's also a tradition of muslims for in each other and it's ramadan and it's a time where people you know want to give and want to help each other and so it seemed like the perfect time and the perfect opportunity to really sort of get involved and really raise the consciousness because i think one of the big things about this bail system is that you really have to shift perspective right people have to recognize that jail and prison actually doesn't work this question of being affective i mean from what i've read i know in d.c. like washington d.c. they don't use money bail and eighty eight percent of us us somewhere around there of the people who actually you know get released come back to their arrests free
you know so this idea of bail being effective you know to me seems a bit of a fallacy and what's really effective i think is sort of helping communities what their needs are you know helping communities putting the effort energy and money that we might use to jail to community to plan something. i would make on that would be that you can't blame the bill industry for the problems in illinois because we don't operate in the state of illinois so it's not our fault of what's going on in chicago that's that's what we have nothing to do with out but what i would say is that washington d.c. is a potential alternative and really it's a cause for policymakers you're looking at sixty five to seventy million dollars and boss probably it would be inflated if we were to apply to other jurisdictions but there's a taxpayer cost implement that system when you're also opening the door to detention without bail which we've seen abuse is not necessarily going to slow you down a little bit for the national audience not for some of our american cities in washington d.c. and new jersey two states that do not have cash bail that's right now it's
a new jersey the latest numbers almost one out of two people are having the prosecutor file a motion to detain him without bail so the so exactly what they're doing in chicago they can't bail those people out because they're locked up without serious biting her tongue but not for long not for long well i am. jeff and i are both actually committed to accountability and data with government and so i think we ought to just sort of tell the truth about what's happening as said most of the people in d.c. go home they go home pending trial they go home under some conditions of release d.c. is unique because they have in-house services that make that system more expensive but in other places with our county run behavioral health services it's not as expensive and we have to say that the reason d.c. in new jersey did this was because they default that they were injustices happening to poor people people of color however people just couldn't pay that's right if and if the new jersey bell system had been working before they would have left everything the way that it was but now we have ninety four percent of people going home pending trial our goal really as an organization is get out to get down to below ten percent pretrial incarceration and new jersey and d.c.
are two places that have done that in jersey we've been asking what for him because he's a small time drug dealer who spent fourteen months in prison for a crime he didn't commit this is someone who spent time in new jersey in the new jersey correctional system six one seven just chatted to us on you tube live says i believe my experience with spare bail in new jersey is based on a number system based on prior convictions part skipped court appearances your charges and history with the court so that's one example in which some might say they're doing it right but i want to share with you another example and this plays out i'll give it to you this is a video comment from a woman in chicago named lead that may have a listen to what she told the stream it's going to. rest. with us this morning you know. what. you. this car.
here who's my insurance or my home i lost my business it hurt my family i had been taking in completely not because. i didn't think i'd be the case because my family had been through you know. so far that she took a plea deal even though she thought keep could have beat the case that something is the often and it listen to me see often we hear people particularly lawyers civil rights lawyers here in the world and across louisiana who are looking at these issues with this part of the unspoken story that really playing this may spark this up and it is that prosecutors often want the person they're charging it to be incarcerated so they can force the plea right ninety seven percent cases in louisiana and with clear deals because the system wants to as you viciously as possible prosecuted incarcerate as many people as possible and so you know we get right back to this issue the other thing that i am dismayed by that is that we have
a number of people in jail who are not there for the reasons that the normal person would get me to go bury by i don't people are the ones who should be in jail and the truth is if we look in new orleans today nearly half the people in the local jail would not be there but for the case that they can't pay and some good bail doesn't work money there was not working because it's tied to other people their resources not to whether they are dangerous or whether they are return to court get i just want to show our audience what the high price if he were a spouse actually means i want to share some figures wealthy and so the average middle income of something he is paying off for a bell payment is about fifteen thousand dollars that's average some people have a whole lot less the average bell bond that are being asked to pay. ten thousand dollars ok that's your income that's the bell bond and then a typical bumper fight if they say that then you say ok we can't pay this but we're
going to go to something you can help us pay it they will ask typically at least one thousand dollars maybe more but about ten or fifteen percent of your overall bell price and then this is the release stick viewpoint of how much cash do americans have and so forty four percent of people who are asking for a bail bond they can't even come up with four hundred dollars in an emergency so this is the problem jeff do you see that i do see that because they are official says that sure it is for them out we're not. there that's almost impossible so if you're poor or you're going to jail even before the trial i think your numbers are probably low there's probably people more people who can afford it but the reality is the bills a third party provide a benefit at no cost to the state usually it's a third party it's not the defend itself bailing and so can i just ask you then say what you just talk about the cost of the state but what about the cost to the community the cost to families and kids and to employers i understand what you're
saying in terms of this doesn't cost the state much anything or no i would about the human cost i think the entire criminal justice system has a disparate impact we've seen that i don't think bill is unique or non-unique as a result of that i'm not sure it exacerbates the problem any worse than it already is and i agree that the criminal justice system is dysfunctional right now and changes need to be made to it but i don't think this issue is that is the main driver of all the disparities and all the evidence and i mean what i would be very i mean and i'm not the expert here i'm good community member trying to help other people who are what i read people who are on bar and actually are more likely to sort of like. take a plea they're also more likely to get longer sentences like all these things happen because it's hard to defend yourself when you're in jail and so. it's about this being set up in the first place right that people are not able to. help themselves right and so i don't i don't i don't think you can say that it doesn't actually have an effect i think bail has
a clear effect on people out there so this is why we need to end it right because there's no reason for this right in chicago seventy percent of the people who are in cook county jail are nonviolent offenders right so this idea of safety is not right and so there's a lot of efforts that we partner with the chicago bond fund to sort of provide resources and to challenge just legislatively because we know it's not working and that the cost is just way too high a cost that people were against jobs families lives are being lost and so we really have to intervene but this idea that fail itself is not really the problem i think is really wrong to suicide and here's where i want to bring this this in from twitter this is a true seeker who says the people benefiting from the bail system don't want to see that go away it brings a whole lot of money it's unfair that because someone who has a rich family can get out of jail others that can't afford it have to stay the bail system should be abolished asap but she said i want to bring the other side of that conversation because we also got this on twitter this is rebecca who says this this
focus on the inability to pay is false and misleading most offer affordable payment plans and are good and honest i own an agency and offer a zero percent down low monthly payment no interest throwing the entire higher bail industry out is the wrong path towards improvement that last part of her statement throwing the entire bill in st what are your thoughts on that how do you reform this yeah so i'll tie that statement to something assad said as well which is i think that that bail reform is one piece of overall criminal justice reform that has to happen and if you look at a place like new jersey. the success we've seen in new jersey of reducing the number of people who are in jail pretrial is not just a function of doing something better once they got booked in they actually reduce the number of arrests and bookings into the jail in all across new jersey city of about one hundred forty thousand people last year who did not actually have to get checked into the jail or booked into the jail and go through an assessment and be
potentially. for pretrial detention so this is part of an overall reform including assigning people counsel so that they go to these hearings represented by counsel and can maybe avoid some of the issues so i mentioned about people getting worst outcomes as a result of being detained pending trial. i think the main point is this. the country is worried about public safety and money bill has no impact on public safety and so what we're really talking about in communities is can we help the system identify those maybe eight or ten people out of one hundred that should go to a detention hearing and let the court decide based on evidence whether or not they should be detained and everybody else should go home with court reminders or supports in the community and be able to participate in their own defense and potentially work through their cases that way so. you know we're not trying to throw out bail bail is the contract between the court and the defendant were actually suggesting that we should be evolving past money beyond i want to show you
some of the campaigning audience watching this discussion right now. to actually. so this belief has been telling us about this national debate out. something that she says been talking about three child justice in situ so there's a lot of pushing for reform let me show you what that reform actually looks like so on the eleventh of may color of change an organization and some fools that part open eyes ations actually pay the bail for fifty nine month is his one of them. plays out pain bail for people can't afford to pay pal is that own the power to
reform let me need to do something better something better but i think it absolutely isn't the path to reform it it what it does is it reminds the public debt the story line the narrative that we've heard for years now it's actually not true we've heard repeatedly even on this conversation that you know this is about accountability this is about fairness actually our ability to end money bailing to make the kind of reforms that have been midges mass white and should resist really get us to where we should be and come from a community that is handed sphere share of safety challenges this system actually doesn't allow us to create the kind of safety that we want and i think seen these examples of liberating people looks like it would democratizing this ista looks like it's a reminder for the general public and especially for affected communities then we should be moving in the right direction and in doing so means that we would have money. and i could have add one thing when he said and i agree completely and also be out there or mind i thought this is not normal all right the united states and
concentrate more people at twenty five of them the world population happen million people the majority of them are in bale in jail because they can't afford to pay bail like that's not normal and that it doesn't happen be this way wealth about the nation don't have money by right but i can live by have to be this way so i think that also really important to keep track of that you know there are other ways to revolve if you social issues that we have that you know that we're worried about the other way to do what the you know primarily with increasing support the community improving our schools well you know more job opportunities better health care i mean this is what we need we don't need. you know. you were sure if you were if you were in new orleans part of what we learned in our analysis is that we spend as much or more money going after people. you. just announce in a school system and if you look and she said oh you want to get in here i just want to read this tweet that i would agree with you so i had to agitator and she is
there handle paying bail for people that can't afford it it's a great way to show solidarity with people incarcerated pretrial but it is only a band-aid of a much larger problem sure as i know you want to so i was just kind of protection lies that i mean i love mama's bailout i love father's day bailout i love all of these and and thank you so much for what you're doing in cook county so on but on mother's day when we were able to find out one hundred forty nine women we incarcerated thirty thousand people that day so the scope of the problem is immense and these are great ways to call attention to systemic the need for systemic reform and everyone i misspoke i was talking about new jersey and d.c. as being states who actually got rid of cash bail and i live in d.c. so i should know that d.c. is not a state it is a district but i'm sure you understood what i was going for ok jess that should resign so thank you for being part of this discussion it will be on going because cash battle isn't going anywhere quite yet thank you very much for being part of
this conversation as we will continue it always online you can have a strain or a stream on twitter. the i.m.f. said riyadh's breakeven oil price twenty eighteen is likely to be around eighty eight dollars a barrel why is argentina again turning to the i.m.f. for help now we bring you the stories that are shaping the economic world we live in counting the cost on al-jazeera. the nature of news as it breaks this is one of the areas that protestants had blocked the road for the final higher than anything they could find with detailed coverage of this
week's stream of the assad regime which everyone striving for the good of the state from around the world this museum aims to be a way of pasta torrealba region's history and its perfected war that has divided tribes here for generations. it's been one year since its neighbors imposed a blockade on by land sea and air. a move that shattered the region's two political landscape alliances have shifted and qatar has grown more self-reliant. but what caused the rift between g.c.c. countries is there and insights and can the gulf ever be the same again the siege of. al-jazeera is a very important force of information for many people around the world when all the cameras have gone i'm still here go into areas that nobody else is going to talk to people that nobody else is talking to and bringing that story to the forefront.
on. life from my headquarters in doha. also ahead another twist in the investigation the u.s. president's formal election campaign chief is accused of trying to influence witnesses plus. his face and. the volcano that's killed sixty five people also. the prime minister stepping down and promising measures to revive the economy. it's been one years in saudi arabia the u.a.e. egypt and bahrain imposed a blockade on kutha accusing it of supporting terrorism it is
a claim that has strongly refuted while in a special day of programming al-jazeera is looking at the causes and effects off the standoff we spoke to foreign minister mohamad been up to. make any compromises in particular to the latest reports of threats of military action by to ya. first for just that let us make it very clear that the purchase of any military equipment is a sovereign decision which no country has. anything to do with so there is no legitimacy believe this behind this letter and threatening violating the international laws by writing all the international norms and. most importantly it's violating the. g.c.c. charter which is the countries of the g.c.c. should not launch and any attack against each other so we believe that this letter
has no any legal basis to justify. any action we have been subject to a unilateral measure which was taken by by the saudis unfortunately as reckless behavior from what do you make of the saudi claim that it would disturb the balance of power represents an escalation for qatar to obtain the s four hundred says well it's unfortunate that they see this as as destabilisation because other option is not representing any threat for the saudis but what most importantly we have to look at the behavior of the saudis since the past year when we see that action is how it's going in yemen or what they have done with the prime minister and the recently. the president of france himself he said that he saved the country he said the region from a war by helping in raising the prime minister of lebanon so this is something that they have been continuing as
a pattern in their behavior according to the information you have do you believe this report in the press that saudi the saudi king ready made this threat do you think it's credible world we are seeking for a form of confirmation from the french government and have you received any response what are they said to their response. should be to more. if it's confirmed what would your response be to the saudi oil if we are going to respond legally by. the response of a country that this is not violating international law and as a threat for our country which is not acceptable by the international community do you need to take this cut the need to take any defensive military steps in light of this reported thrill we are going to take that all the necessary action to defend our country but much like the world what do you count where they think this is first of all this is not there is nor any serious military threat out of this but
it's the way it's been used to justify. or to create any disturbance in the region is just unacceptable so. is going to treat this. the same way they have we have treated their legal blockade we are going to seek or the international fora to make sure that this behavior is not repeated will come to go ahead and buy the s. four hundred missile system or are you a tall rethinking that in light of these reported threat. made all the options open for its defense for its defense procurement so we are seeking the best quality of to defend our country and we have all the options open for this so it's possible that you may not need to buy the s for how this is and what your sense is subject to the evaluation of the military people it's not a decision which will be taken in light of that letter of the letter that that
threat has absolutely no bearing no political bearing on the decision on whether you. remain independent country and that's protecting this independence this is would not be a subject for any compromise ation well let's get more on this now we're joined by from director of a friend of a conflict and humanitarian studies at the high. and the church missed about a cat always good to have you with us on al-jazeera so one year on and far from a resolution we have the saudis threatening military action of qatar acquires a new defense system what do you make of that this latest development and the qatari position that any threat of action is not going to make them compromise on their position well obviously it's very unfortunate that these kind of threats are are being used. as. was said yesterday by the prime by the foreign minister the decision has not yet been made one hundred percent to buy in this case this
type of weapons but overall this is this is a soft sovereign decision and the more they feel isolated the more under threat it's only natural that they would like they would try and. put your weapons if that's the right expression from from around the world but also very important aspect of purchasing a weapon is not really just about security it's also about building alliances and building relationships and you can see this happening with qatar and so these trying to secure contracts from the united states from european countries from russia and so on and this is really one of the negative side effects of this whole book aid that billions of dollars have been diverted from what was very clear development to the region for qatar towards weapons expend expenditure they have been of course a number of negative effects as expected on this plot kate just how damaging would
you say it has been to cutter but also to the region. i think it is the region it has been very damaging. the saudis on the one hand are arguing that they're trying to protect the region from an expansionist iran at the same time they really undermine the region and divided it it's not just about qatar it's also about kuwait and a man feeling very much threatened with what happened in qatar and the problem disappeared that they could be the next in line if once they take an independent foreign policy decision from the saudis and so on for qatar itself i think it has been damaging maybe economically the cost of maintaining a resilient qatar over the last year has been enormous and. they would have been better off without it and so it has been damaging to many of the members of the g.c.c. is there any political will to end it i mean what will it actually take to end this
blockade did you imagine a year ago that we would still be here. i think the political will exist within our it's very clear. they've been willing to talk from the very beginning of the crisis as long as there are no preconditions that affect their sovereign decisions gulf countries kuwait and our man has also been very supportive and there's a strong will and a meter of kuwait as you know made a huge effort to try and resolve this issue. the countries that have been very determined on their positions over the united arab emirates i think the bloc they still feel. stronger in their position and they still feel that they could have the stamina to maintain this much longer my view is that within the gulf historically most of these kind of crises have been resolved by the king of saudi arabia and it is very important and i think to some extent is very conscious of this to keep getting some above criticism and hoping that one day he will be able to extend his
stand to include everyone in within the gulf to come together to try and resolve mr barak out thank you as always for your time we appreciate it so fun vatican. let's move on to other news now donald trump's former campaign manager has been accused of witnessed tampering prosecutors say paul metaphor has been indicted by u.s. special counsel robert muller tried to send encrypted messages to two former coworkers while he's on bail is now asking a judge to revoke bail and put man of fortune prison metaphors being indicted on various allegations including money laundering failing to register as a foreign agent and bank and tax fraud mike hanna has the latest from washington d.c. . lawyers for special counsel robert muller have brought an urgent interdict asking that poor woman of bail conditions be looked at possibly revoked they say that he is guilty of witness tampering they provided documents that indicate that man of
foods has been even touch with other witnesses in the case and named in the document they say he has attempted to get them to deny that they ever operated in the united states that they operated as lobbyists in europe alone operating in the united states as a foreign agent without registration is a crime but the interesting question here is why is it lawyers from robert miller's team who've actually brought this urgent application it's a different team that's been investigating manifold on various financial charges but the fact that robert miller's lawyers have brought this urgent interdict could indicate that one of the witnesses involved and named in this particular document could be linked to the wider probe into russian collusion that president trump has described as a witch hunt. meanwhile the u.s.
president says he has the right the absolute right even to pardon himself from any charges related to an aged russian meddling in the two thousand and sixteen election trump and says he's done nothing wrong adding that appointed special counsel moment to head the problem was unconstitutional well claire finkelstein is the director of ethics and the rule of law at the university of pennsylvania nor school and she says it would be an utter abuse of power if the president pardons himself. the president does not have the legal power to pardon himself apart from the one nine hundred seventy four memo that made back clear it would be an utter abuse of the pardon power the fact that a president has a power under the constitution doesn't mean that in the exercise of that power he can't exceed the bounds of the legal use of that power president trump bragged during his campaign that he could shoot someone on fifth avenue and not lose any fans and this would essentially allow him to shoot someone on fifth avenue and not