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tv   Inside Story 2018 Ep 156  Al Jazeera  June 6, 2018 10:32am-11:01am +03

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we go to international airport and our correspondent is social going to come out qatar airways has not released its twenty seventeen earnings or passenger data but the c.e.o. acknowledges its bottom line has taken a big hit for starters it lost access to eight hundred cities some passengers have grumbled about a rise in ticket prices and a more restrictive frequent flyer program the c.e.o. says this is part of a business plan to bring qatar airways in line with its competitors one thing is certain the state owned airline is fighting to mitigate the impact of this blockade . qatar airways seems to be adhering to an arab proverb that says right the bad things in sand the good things on a piece of marble the state owned airline says despite the challenges of the year old blockade it received numerous industry accolades including best airline of
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twenty seventeen at that impact us that increased our flying time it put pressure on my operational cost but it did not stop the will and the determination of us to keep on a path of growth qatar airways says it's still auditing its books from last year and can't say exactly how much money the blockade has cost the airline but it says the losses are quote substantial. prior to the blockade its profits were soaring in two thousand and sixteen it earned more than five hundred million dollars a historic high and flew twenty percent more passengers than the year before. qatar airways says it's defeating the blockade by implementing a strategy of expansion in the last year the airline has added a new fleet of planes allowing it to fly greater distances to more destinations
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when it lost access to routes in saudi arabia the united arab emirates egypt and bahrain it added them elsewhere and it forged international partnerships in the united states and italy but qatar airways has seen a drop in passengers. the cargo division has managed to fill the void not only has it not posted any losses it is managed to maintain its perch as one of the top three cargo companies in the world. for more cargo perspective it's a lot easier to redeploy that capacity so what we have lost with the g.c.c. countries we've managed to redeploy the challenges are still to be able to serve eighteen days to missions. we used to serve the c.e.o. of qatar airways says the airline can shoulder losses for the foreseeable future and there's no need to ask the government for a bailout but he admits it will be a very different scenario for the company if the blockade becomes a long term reality for qatar natasha. doha. one of the
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major challenges of the blockade came when the four countries stopped selling fresh produce to count so immediately stocks needed to be replaced on supermarket shelves but there was also a push to start doing it with local projects how do you do that darwin only six percent of your land is actually fall mobil you get creative flora bad man they went to the blood in a farm in northern kata. these cows at the unlikely heroes of the year long blockade led by saudi arabia the saudis went almost overnight from providing eighty percent conscious fresh milk to zero. to cushion the blow the farm flew and shipped in thousands of cows from europe and america and they bought state of the art technology to run a large dairy farm in the desert there's a total new infrastructure there's a total new delhi industry which wasn't a year ago and actually in fresh milk we already self-sufficient one year after we
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have about ten thousand cows. by the end of the year we'll have let's say around twenty thousand cows so we still in the growing face in the building first everything the farm needs is made that from the dry feet to the dairy product and i'm told this factory with seed be run by robots now one of the latest challenge is to keep the cows in the forest during some of these water right and telling you to calvin that on the day they are the first three olive from ireland where i'm going to give them help in a single hour after they've thank you please don't bother to send people raise up the form around the company's vice president says there was too much competition from other gulf countries before the blockade to get a share in the market it's open big opportunities for this interpret those in order
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to develop themselves develop their own companies by creating small and medium sized companies in order to fill the gap and now he's looking to expand beyond without a plan to expand more by the end of the year by bringing two more shipment in order to start exporting to outside. we will be targeting first like twenty countries of the one billion dollars worth of all food imports to cut to three years ago the saudis and the united arab emirates thought about. so who else is filling the gaps in the market now we were also able to find terms of brothers specially for a lot of the intelligence and a lot of the food supply also was so he. lived. all across europe every ball that there is a hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of form of bodies if you if you close one door
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there is a thousand dollars worth of so many countries the blockade was a wake up call to what self-sufficiency and it's allowed new international investors to take a slice of the pie to lure about in them the al-jazeera. we're talking about the impact of this blockade on the economy on supply lines on political relationships but the human cost of the blockade pretty much a measurable you know as national human rights council says the blockade affected more than thirteen thousand people over four thousand cases of human rights violations were reported in the past year and in effect all aspects of daily life education health care the right to perform religious rituals whole property freedom of movement and perhaps most crucially the right to family reunification remember this is a region where family ties go beyond borders and yet the blockaded nations forcibly deported kothari s. and separated children from their parents and also crack down on their own nationals for expressing any sympathy for casa by fixing jail terms and penalties
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so there's a really important people story to tell here victoria gay to me is going to do that the political crisis in the gulf is threatening to ted this family apart. is qatari but her children are bahraini citizens and gulf countries children take the citizenship of their father rashid bahraini passport runs out next year he believes if he continues to define owed by bahrain to leave cattle he'll lose his behind me passport and be stateless once my passport expires what do do i. do i stay here and not pursue my future because i don't have a passport because i did not want to go to the country that i hold the citizenship nothing else but the citizenship and that's some sort of leverage that they have against me it's not just families living in limbo students to have had their lives
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turned upside down last year at least seven hundred m. a rotty bahraini and saudi students were forced to abandon their courses at universities like this warning cattle after they were ordered to return home by their governments hundreds of qatari students with them back to doha unable to complete their courses or take their final year exams we spoke to students at georgetown university in cattle in the days following the blockade being imposed and again one year on to find out what life has been like since you say that some of the students don't have records you see that they're being exiled from their education which is a right they see that they have to start all over again sometimes in certain cases and then they're not granted access to where they're supposed to so it's been a very. ugly war against education and hilarity as a whole i know someone who is educating this president disrupted she was a medical student approaching graduation. and come back to and
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when the national human rights committee contacted her university asking for files they said that they have no records of her files of her ever being a student cattles human rights committee has urged the u.n. to into the. continuous use that people use this it will use. make it a version of the government but in this in things. they cannot achieve anything is to use the people in this because the gulf crisis is a diplomatic dispute between governments but its consequences are being felt by people in a way they wouldn't have imagined a year ago victory gates and be al-jazeera doha. in any crisis like this the media is crucial there's been a lot of coverage in this part of the world much of it full of rhetoric and propaganda on the airwaves and online and there was the less than subtle demand
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that the al-jazeera media that would be shut down something we've obviously rejected out right here is richard gere's bit from the listening post with more. when saudi arabia the united arab emirates bahrain and egypt all severed ties with qatar in the fifth of june last year the region's news media were quickly deployed to play their part in the diplomatic showdown the rift was triggered by a piece of news that mysteriously appeared on the website of the qatar news agency although the q. and a denies putting it there the country's amir was quoted in that piece making incendiary remarks about regional leaders and purportedly criticizing donald trump as well as praising iran news reports of since emerged alleging that operatives in the u.a.e. were behind that hack however in the days that followed media outlets in the gulf especially from saudi arabia and the u.a.e. seized on the fake story and rolled out what seemed to be a coordinated campaign to put pressure on qatar the political crisis in the region
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played out in an unusually public way and over the past year a spat that would have traditionally been managed behind closed doors was aired across the news media coverage designed to portray guitar as a regional sponsor of terrorism and the letter did the up on with. the number one item for you it could have a lot of delegates a little canal boat and quite. an unofficial route to colombia doha has refused to see to any of its adversaries demands among them the closure of this network al-jazeera or as the gyptian news anchors call the network alekhine zero the pig in the media battle has not just been waged within the reach it has spread across the united states where both sides hit the airwaves with official voices to fight in their corners and in the case of guitars and they are to defend his country's news network when he tells me to close a channel like a history were right one day and fifty or sixty seventy years how it changed the
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whole idea of free speech in the region however most of what's been going on in washington has happened away from the cameras so. saudi arabia the u.a.e. and qatar have all spent millions of dollars on public relations and political lobbying as they seek to strengthen ties with the trumpet ministration and to bring the u.s. media on side it is within the region itself where most of the public side of this is being fought on the airwaves one year on though the standoff continues and there is still no sign of al jazeera going to block. and it goes further because media coverage is one thing media campaigns are quite another and there have been these concerted particularly by outlets in saudi arabia and the u.a.e. and particularly using social media has entered chapelle with more the opening shots were fired by an army of. twitter bots or software that can be programmed to interact with other twitter accounts on their own to spread whatever message you
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program them to just tell them what to do you can even build or buy an army of. hundreds or thousands of them to flood twitter with your ideas a conversation or hash tag until it takes off on its own to even make them trend in your city. or country. in april twenty seventh weeks before the summit in riyadh where u.s. president trump called on arab and muslim leaders to drive out. and drive out the extreme thousands of arabic language bombs appeared on twitter flooding it with sectarian messages and and see cats are propaganda they began shaping the online debate on terrorism a lot of the rhetoric that these boats were rooting on. was similar to the demand that relate to made it so for example one of the trends was was about cats house bankrolling terrorism and these could. ever news when the news of the
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hack surfaced one of the bottom that would reveal that they were both camps set up in april two thousand so these both accounts so large and it was set up a month before the news of the fact and they became active at the announcement news you can see that a lot of the narrative being spread by these blogs is the narratives of the course will be interesting to see how matters play out in this region as twitter works to weed out armies in the meantime political. those are being pushed by all these active users who are actually you have seen this plenty the artistic image of cut as a mirror which became a real focal point of this past year but i don't think this is about just one image the blockheads been a driving force for artists an artistic expression and carter sort of heart it walks us through the changing out city now and how people have found inspiration through crisis this convergence of fine station here and how it was transformed
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several years ago into an art gallery and workshop space it's become a hub for the artistic community here. and in the last twelve months it's taken on a life of it. the walls have been turned into massive campuses showcasing young local talent and their take on the gulf crisis five artists in ten days that's all it took to create these large scale graffiti images all in fired by the. fall gary and artists in the created this space covered in words of positivity like for wit and love. away he says to convey the unity that countries have been feeling since started last june the continuing blockade has energized artists in different ways parts of theories blockaded energy drink has been to paris and. and the artist who describes herself as
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a political opportunist the she found humor in the irrationality of the situation and just down the road and along the way b. and c. cultural village. it's molten twists on arabic inspired architecture is reflected in the type of art displayed here whether it's by catteries or expert artists this project called beyond appearances was born out of the situation people living in qatar found themselves and. it's about perception and exchange of ideas and views changes even on the journey itself this huge neon sign by matson create is hard to miss at the museum of islamic god it's minimalistic with a big impact and it was newly created especially for the blockades one year anniversary but its message is simple that everything is going to be all right. al-jazeera. and that is it for our gulf crisis one year special
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a crisis that as you will have seen doesn't really look like it's ending any time soon so you can be sure that we here at al-jazeera will continue reporting on it just as we always have even though we've unwittingly become part of the story itself i'm kemal santa maria from the whole team here in doha thanks for joining us we're going to leave you now with the personal thoughts of some of the people of color on this fifth of june two thousand. after a year on the blockade thanks for joining us. but on if it can get a look at the risk of a. large amount of planning i mean. john. it has been about that it. made this to friends was they targeted people. can talk fast i'm in action right know get my own home right
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now for the have a neck not a minute no the the next camillus i can have the government i'm in. the phone with now which can deliver. a lot of the nothing. because what from the accident i watched. just came together as residents and qatari nationals it was a really nice and uniting time in a bittersweet sort of way. this
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is al jazeera. hello i'm daryn jordan is the and as they were news ally from doha coming up in the next sixty minutes israel's prime minister just the french president to reject the
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iran nuclear deal is tehran threatens to increase its uranium enrichment. i believe now is the time to apply maximum pressure on iran to make sure that their nuclear program doesn't go into. the grim job of recovery more bodies or a tree from the aftermath of the volcanic eruption in guatemala. and as africa's long running boundary dispute about to land ethiopia agrees to withdraw from the eritrean border after two decades of hostilities. welcome to the program iran has told the un it's increasing its capacity to enrich uranium but it's not breaking the terms of the twenty fifteen nuclear deal it comes just weeks after the u.s. withdrew from the agreement and reimpose sanctions on iran israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu says they announcement proves the agreement has done nothing to moderate terrans behavior he's been lobbying for support across europe on tuesday
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he was in paris for many reports. benyamin netanyahu i arrived at the least say for talks with a man who will not call just a few hours off iran had announced it was increasing its uranium enrichment capacity the israeli prime minister said the move was proof that tehran wants nuclear weapons netanyahu is in europe to urge either leaders to stop supporting the twenty fifteen iran nuclear deal. an accord that he's convinced will collapse i didn't ask france to a graph from the j.c.b. or because i think is basically going to. be dissolved by the weight of the economic forces but i think that there are two possibilities either iran dismantles its nuclear activities unilaterally under this pressure or there may be in the future in negotiations for
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a better. a better deal the french president said the iran nuclear deal wasn't perfect but should remain the basis for a wider agreement if you don't because there's a need if we think it's not enough it's a useful building block better than what we have a full of the best things to keep it because as we say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush with you so i agree with you c.p.o. isn't enough but it's better than what we had before all iran says it's boosting its uranium enrichment in case the twenty fifteen deal collapses the head of iran's atomic agency said it informed the united nations that work had begun on home court a rule of austerity right now ideological infrastructure and utilities in the towns are ready for hundreds of thousands of asked w. years. the deal limited iran's nuclear activities in return for lifting sanctions united since the us withdrawal last month european leaders have been trying to salvage hughes and find ways to block looming u.s.
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sanctions european leaders all struggling to save the iran deal and some analysts say the tehran's decision to increase the pressure on the merrill may only make it harder iranian officials are not seeing much rush in the. decision making process that's what they want to keep all options available and at strategic levels that means also a threat to the europeans not to you know hit with iran not to joke with iran the french president has called for a deescalation of tensions on all sides but unless european leaders come up with a plan to save the deal soon and keep u.s. sanctions a bay iran's patients with his allies may soon run out. al-jazeera paris well as i mentioned the national security and foreign policy analyst he says while israel's prime minister is keeping up the pressure on iran he said all those with european powers who want to keep the daily lives. on the one hand that yahoo is trying really hard to direct mail this entire deal but again he's right you know
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he's right in the sense that the deal itself may fall apart if the europeans can't get sanctions waivers from the us the deal you know is going to fall apart when the most important things there were any iranians want to and worse you know we're see in after this deal was sanctions relief and investment we heard today that p.s. i'd go so on company a major french auto producer had a four hundred billion four hundred million euro deal with their audience is not going to stop its deal and i want to wait for the u.s. treasury to give us that waiver which will never happen other europeans including for instance you know that the oil giant is withdrawing from the iranian air market so if iran is not able to keep its investments and investors and it's going to face sanctions again from the iranian perspective what good as what with good at this or so is going to fall apart that's what the europe is have to deal with which is
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again trying to convince the americans for some sanctions relief new evacuations have been noted there got a momma's volcano off a fresh lava started floating down the mountainside at least seventy two people are known to have died so far and many more are missing following sunday's eruption and time villages and communities in the shadow of month have been destroyed and rescues have been sifting through hard times and daybreak in search of survivors earlier i spoke to al-jazeera as david most he's in a squint language tamala close to the volcano. this morning we went to the this disaster site and it was a few hours before we were actually allowed in all of the press was held back because of some modern explosions that had been happening in the early hours of the mourner of the morning from the flag of all kaino we were eventually allowed in and it's still a very sort of eruptive situation in a number of different ways quite quite a dangerous situation we came down to do some other filming and while we were down
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here very close to the location where we are right now we heard that there was a new explosion and there was more of this pyrotechnic material that had come shooting down the volcano and out we could see the evacuation taking place we could see all of the emergency vehicles that were filing down onto the highway where we are right now and so they got everybody who was working out of there and mediately it was quite controlled but then from there things seemed to spiral a little bit out of control and there was lots of rumors in the city of us which is a big city that that the whole city was being evacuated and that was absolutely chaos in the streets and people were going to all sorts of different directions with all of the belongings they could possibly carry stuffed into backpacks and some were heading towards el salvador others were heading towards the national stadium so a really chaotic scene since then things have calmed down quite a bit and they explain that that was a false evacuation order in false news that happened for the city of us went but certainly the communities that are close to the volcano have been told to leave because of this possibility of more activity there and. talking to we're seeing
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pictures of the emergency services working near the volcano they have been extremely difficult. thing they certainly do it's very difficult conditions that they're working in now the ash is still incredibly hot the ash i mean there's a couple of metres of ash that have covered this entire town and it's very hot you feel it coming up through the soles of your feet if you don't have proper boots on and it can really it can really lead to a lot of heat blisters and things like that so they've got these hot conditions. we're down near the coast of guatemala we're in the tropics so of course there's the sun in the general heat they're having to contend with and then there are these other explosions so you know you just start getting work working on getting a house dug out and then suddenly you hear a whistle and you have to run out and hop in a car and drive down to the highway so that's certainly hampering issues and then the other thing i'll just mention quickly i don't know if you can see the flashes of lightning around me at all or you can hear the thunder we're in rainy season here in guatemala and flash floods are common at this time of the year and so it's
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a heavy rain comes down and enters into some of these valleys up on the volcano that can lead to massive mudslides or it could really further volcanic the burial so lawns of different risks and lots of different dangers for the emergency workers challenges for them in the coming days and coming weeks and just a final thought from you david before you go we know the guatemalans disaster agency has issued new evacuation orders to residents living near the volcano what's happening to those people and where are they going that's right. it's not entirely clear where they're going some of the evacuation orders that we heard about were asking people to go to the municipal stadium in the city of a split lot but from the people who we talked to who are coming from some of these communities but it's not as much these communities as some of the outlying areas because when the near this highway here they were really sure where they should be going a lot of people who were heading for the highway heading south.


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