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tv   Up Front 2019 Ep 1  Al Jazeera  March 23, 2019 5:32pm-6:00pm +03

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this story is part of a c.d.s. that's being run by c.n.n. it's called and i'm not kidding bad ass women d.c. it's about powerful women in the u.s. captain conway fighting for tribe on t.v. is valuable currency for a cable news obsessed president but the report runs eight and a half minutes and it profiles one of the most prolific liars of the trumpet ministration now bear in mind c.n.n. says that it does facts first journalism and throughout this entire report there's just a passing mention of kellyanne conway is deliberate and persistent this information but she is heavily criticized for sometimes taking it too far entering the realm of alternative facts there are lots of problems here it's not just what the report emits it's also the way in which c.n.n. normalizes conway and the role that she's playing now there are actually interview producers at c.n.n. who have said they will not be a conduit because of her lies and now you see this puff piece on the same network now on social media the blowback was immediate there were lots of comments and give
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sent people asking why would the network even do this now one of the only plausible theories is access trump and c.n.n. article loggerheads however in washington access still matters so you got in touch or c.n.n. asked them questions about this no one gets back to you but those questions they won't be on this particular report yes we're heading towards the two thousand and twenty presidential elections and i wanted to ask c.n.n. given that experience of the two thousand and sixteen cycle have been learned anything are we going to see anything different now you might remember during the primary season c.n.n. would just cut to trump rallies and run them in their entirety it's great for ratings but for the candidate it's basically a free ride just free airtime after those elections c.n.n. president jeff zucker he spoke to new york times magazine and he said the idea that politics is a sport is undeniable we understood that and we approached it that way the recipe for the network hasn't changed c.n.n. still books trump backers who come on to the air they lie. i may create flash
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points that i made for t.v. there's an overreliance on panel discussions with a fair amount of shouting it's what c.n.n. cause a diversity of perspectives these people of us have come not to expect anything of fox news they used to do of c.n.n. but looking at all of this it doesn't bode very well for the elections coming up ok thanks mena. senegal's presidential election held late last month may have passed you by after all what sets the west african nation apart from many of its neighbors a stable and steady democracy doesn't usually make news however those following the campaign would have been struck by one of the defining features of senegalese politics hip hop artists and the pivotal roles that they can play in elections a major reason for that demographics the average age of citizens there is exceptionally low just nineteen rappers were among the founders of the country's largest social movement credited with swaying the previous election back in two thousand and twelve since then a social media boom has boosted raps reach even further and senegalese politicians
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have taken note this year all the leading candidates hit the campaign trail with at least one rapper in their corner listening posts daniel to a t. now on how hip hop became the language of politics for senegal's use. in most countries political candidates hope for the endorsement of a newspaper or two perhaps a media mogul but in senegal if last month's election was anything to go by rappers seem to be the influences to get inside the incumbent president mackie sound has the group leader group better. than if. they perform a prime minister interest to say it was daddy. meanwhile another candidate was a man some call had from the red sea is backing him. you know when i think the
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reason why rappers have played such a central role in senegalese politics is partly because the country's extraordinary young many young people are this. kind of voice of the streets and providing a way to think about politics especially in the most recent presidential election of rappers like me cynical attempt by these politicians. with your you saw all of the major senegalese presidential candidates trying to find endorsements rappers this was you know very much an attempt to try to neutralize the impact of. the right he is one of senegal's most political and most popular groups. kirky doesn't endure specific candidates out of principle but it's anti-government that. is the biggest hits of the campaign.
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means trickster. senegal's main language and insult aimed squarely at president macky south and one he didn't take kindly to this is the giver of all there would be. as you did sounds response spoke to the impact that hip hop and could be in particular can have on young voters back in two thousand and eleven the rappers helped found the social movement. fringe for we've had enough and the following year when i was in opposition trying to get elected the movement was credited with tipping the vote his way. along with other young. people to rule in the fight against the former president. had wanted to change the constitution but he mobilized citizens and even politicians and had to get the bill defeated. in the presidential election in two thousand and twelve their opposition . had
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a major impact on the design and the transport of politics. it was nothing short of a political revolution got a mark that cost open and take much of. it is well aware of the power hip hop has and senegal before two thousand and twelve we were just protesting rappers who focused on political and social issues but that year we felt a sense of urgency and we took the own omar movement to the streets the former president had banned protest marches so we launched what we called urban guerrilla poetry buses going around the country to get people to register to vote we wrote drops like. if you're eighteen years old go get registered during the campaign came to me. he said i limit my term to five years my family won't be involved in public affairs i'll do this i'll do that but it turned out to be nothing but lies someone like that doesn't deserve another mandate so people know
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me. this time around the younger more rappers were not able to repeat the success they had had five years earlier in unseating the president macky cell was reelected nonetheless hip hop seems to have secured a place in the political table. setting out itself is quite distinctive within the west african sub region senegal has always been known as a society that is very supportive of the arts report saying or the first senegalese president himself was a poet and an intellectual who devoted tremendous amounts of resources to developing the culture in senegal collectively a lot of money was put into the arts. and the u.s. rappers who talk about sex drugs make millions but here if you don't talk about the issues that are relevant to people you won't pay respect to the artists take their responsibility seriously and rewrite politically conscious lyrics it's important to remember. is meant to be a tool for raising awareness
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a tool of social transformation. in the past for much more for. study of. the power of hip hop as a gateway to senate goes beyond politics and. pay as a news cost route to abate its founders who man and katie rhyme their take on the news in french for the city. of new york that we call the city and wolf. they even host debates. but i don't know half they started life for new choose but its success in attracting senegal's digital natives soon caught the attention of mainstream media when something like. when it comes to talking about social issues rap is the
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most powerful medium because it gets to the biggest audience general rep a starter on you tube and then channel two s t v one also broadcast its journalists were reticent to begin with because they thought that people were messing with the news but they quickly understood that we were not trying to take place in the country we are trying to help them with their work. in the media. traditional media like television and radio has had to adapt and catch up with changing times it's no longer like before we had a monopoly on the news the rise of social media meant we had to update our output. is a way of simplifying political news and making it accessible to citizens who might not want to watch news broadcasts they do not report the news they do not produce information and they take news already pre-processed by television channels to present it to citizens with a taste of music and it's lovely it's quite an artist. creation is simply going to
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stink the social media away in africa driven by young populations and cheap chinese smartphones has enabled pay to go international but by the end of the open society initiative for west africa it's rappers have kickstarted similar projects across the region in mali. interested in. guinea. the ivory coast. and but. pay is not alone in taking conscious rap. borders pergi have also started something of a box of fly effect with more traditional means and more radical elements. who. has inspired people in many african countries for example we went to burkina faso
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and together with rappers and civil society activists and we created the ballet set wyoming. which helped overthrow the president in two thousand and fourteen. we went to the republic of congo to equitorial guinea to mali gambia and other guys to meet young activists and musicians from various movements. and last year we hosted the gathering with all of them here and. we think hip hop can serve as an agent of change africa developing the youth of the future. vision the influence of sending these rappers west africa. has been pretty extraordinary one of the most interesting political phenomena they were actually able to foment popular movements multiple west african countries so hip hop artists have really sort of recognized that they can play this role with mobilizing you. can't spread it to the activism
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of sending these rappers i think. it's a kind of activism that will have some west african leaders shifting nervously but back in senegal the political elite seem to have been braced the power of hip hop in the hope that they can fool the chief. and finally the israeli election is a little more than two weeks away and the campaigns have produced some shocking ads back in january one candidate benny gantz ran a spot with a kill counter adding up the number of palestinian terror. arrests killed when he was the army's chief of staff turned out that many of them were just civilians the latest ad to go viral is from the country's minister of justice the video is about fascism in a bottle of perfume bottle if you're confused watching this ad won't really help the politician i yell at shock head has been trying to curb the power of the israeli supreme court the ad is a spoof the tries to get at that issue but it's either
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a lost in translation be far too subtle to be effective satire or c. just a bad idea it's getting a lot of use but not necessarily for the right reasons we'll see you next time you're there listening post. she's. such. a she's a. this is a millionaire's club the mcclatchy of. fourteen a dime of change and discovered. that love is not for me. to forge an
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identity but i need this piece of me i'm confused i know one thousand nine hundred ninety nine suffer got up revisits the children of a bad date seven years on as they grow and develop with their country. fourteen south africa part one on al-jazeera. and her husband gavin were sleeping when four teenagers broke down the back door the teenagers described as being of african appearance still on the run before all of this happened and i wasn't scared out of black people or people of color or. whatever the focus on african gang crime began in march twenty sixth seen when violence broke out at the moon the festival at federation square in the center of melbourne to gird soup of african young people coming together in the open there was a fort bragg at it because of my rolling bowling feel or some of it was because the
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place becoming involved only started choice and they just play ball and that crowd all narrative in the media at the top and a lot of political pressure on these people to commit crime interesting to race whole human gets blamed for the actions of the few. to people have to base cypher have to feel saif side there's a lot of perception issues i think that we need to deal with as well rewind continues a care bring your people back to life i'm sorry with updates on the best of al-jazeera as documentary the struggle continues but from did to now use distance revisiting return of the lizard king we went on the cover on a wildlife smuggling trail stretching from madagascar to malaysia on the trail of a mad. known as the pablo escobar of reptile smuggling rewind on zero. the latest news as it breaks as well as the police investigation the prime minister there will also be
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a national inquiry with detailed coverage the trade with saudi arabia is going to be a very important components of life in post brooks of britain. from around the world . the last bastion of i still falls in syria forces are now in control of the town of gurus and say there's been one hundred percent territorial defeat. hello i'm and this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up special counsel robert muller completes his report on russia's role in the twenty sixteen u.s.
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election what's in it and can president lacks. they've survived southern africa is west of a cycle and now the people of mozambique and zimbabwe must fight off cholera and malaria. are. people sort of. the shooters or they just sort of randomly shooting everyone. lucky to be alive survivors return to the christchurch mosque where a gunman killed so many of their fellow has. u.s. forces in syria say they have complete control of but who is the last i saw held area in the northeast of the country in the center of the. guus the kurdish led syrian democratic forces have raised their flag there's been intense fighting there over the past few weeks well our correspondent is in beirut and joins us from then
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now jamal there have obviously been several declarations of victory in various forms is the final battle now over. well it would appear so and this is especially after these statements by the white house on friday declaring the total victory over ice or at least over the territory it's held having said that there were strikes up until late friday afternoon on reports of by people there but it would seem that after the as the that is the kurdish run syrian democratic forces as they call themselves establish their presence and full control over the city that or the town rather that all the territory that i saw once held and they were large areas of london side syria and iraq are no longer under their control the question is what does this graphical defeats of i saw the territorial defeat of ice will that be translated into an entire defeat of the organization or
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entity or movement however one wants to describe it that is one thing that people will be waiting to see because obviously not all ice or fighters have been captured or killed them whether they will regroup for that they will start you know conducting attacks sporadically we're not quite sure exactly but also begs the question what this means for syria because on the one hand now you have these syrian different forces these kurdish led groups who are now in control of sesame areas you have the free syrian army in there for the gates who are closely linked to turkey and control of certain areas and then you have obviously. militias control of areas and the russians and the syrians and essentially syria is divided up on the ground realistically by who is controlling what so last everybody holds those groups was against eisel each one of them is against the other right now and whether they want to be able to decide on how to move forward that's something that's going to determine whether there will be a continuation of the armed conflict which has crippled them all but destroyed that
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country over the past few years or whether we will start moving towards trying to find some sort of a solution because the narrative has been over the past couple of years at least that this is a for. it's against i saw people forgot that there was a syrian people who are rising up against the what they view this is the four year old regime and we're focusing on this fight against terrorism now that that's essentially as always for arguably speaking in terms of the territory that i so used to control will we now start seeing a more serious discussion about the future of syria and how it will be ruled out as . a witch thank you jamal. well meaghan catalan is the director of policy analysis at the arab center for policy studies and he joins me now well as we've just heard this is potentially the end of the territorial caliphate that is this actually the end of as you said i mean this might be the end of that that if the u.s. state of ice and but may maybe not the ideology because the latin causes behind the emergence of isis actually are still very much
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a deal. out of exclusion marginalization of the sunni population of syria and iraq right now. may have been defeated but i think we need to admit is that the cause is the origins of which have led in fact to the emergence of unless we deal with these things unless we include all the social forces in both syria and iraq in the political process and this we have a fair share of power and wealth for all those. social forces in syria and iraq i think all of you will be seeing another version of i said because this is exactly what had been after the defeat of al qaida in two thousand and eight two thousand and nine and when the local tribes in iraq contributed to the defeat of pi's of but then they joined they joined i said when it's a managed action to the policies of the maliki government in iraq and also in syria
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as a very tough security approach that was used by. the shock so what we need now is to focus mainly on the political process in both syria and iraq maybe in syria more because in iraq. there is like more stability right now and the country what we need the iraqi government to give more power more share for the sunni. population of the country so that actually they find. an alternative to isis. i don't join another wave of jihadists the future of this policy continues to have to be pursued well speaking of the jihadists not all the fighters were captured or killed where have they gone now and what's likely to happen in terms of potential threats at home for foreign fighters returning back to different countries i believe we are facing here. in fact because we have seen that
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after the end of the afghanistan war in the early ninety's when most of the of a gun obs actually turned back to the home countries. and found a very dire situation in the sense of having these are the james. dictators. corruption in these controversies or. lack of development saw these fighters actually joined in and local democracy indeed because if we look at their geo for example nine hundred ninety two with no army stepped in console. nine hundred ninety one elections which the islamic salvation front won at that time so if there's a corruption will probably. lead these fighters again to. the collides again find another fight against their own government and so the fight continues. from the arab center for research and policy studies thanks for joining
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us on al-jazeera thank you well a car bomb blast has targeted government buildings in somalia's capital mogadishu smoke from the explosion could be seen across the city police say it was a ministry of labor explosion and a second explosion also happened near by gunfire has also been reported in the area is no word yet on casualties. well it's an investigation that since ned former close associates of donald trump and cast a shadow over his presidency now special counsel robert mueller has submitted his report into allegations of russian collusion and twenty sixteen u.s. election there's no recommendation of any further and tightness but what exactly is in the report remain secret michaela has more from washington d.c. . it was in middle of to noon that recently appointed attorney general william barr received special counsel robert miller's long awaited report. national council
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robert muller has submitted his long awaited report no more indictments coming from the special counsel and you said i waited two years for this is terrible around four thirty five pm white house lawyers were notified and about half an hour after that this letter was delivered to the judiciary committees of house and senate and official notification from william barr that the report was in his hands the attorney general added that he'd be consulting with his deputy as well as special counsel miller to determine what other information from the report can be released to congress and the public. but democratic party leaders insist the complete trip or should be made available to congress it's imperative for mr barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to congress. the million vista geisha has already led to criminal charges being laid against more than thirty individuals at least six of them within trumps in
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a circle at one stage or another the senior justice official who's being quoted as saying that the special counsel does not invision any further indictments but this does not mean an end to the matter there are a number of investigations into criminal activity around the two thousand and sixteen elections as well as into the question of whether president trump obstructed justice or suborned perjury in some cases these into sicked the investigation and also at blogs that they are congressional investigations counterintelligence operations and a number of cases being investigated by federal prosecutors in new york and other parts of the country robert mueller may have completed his report but a number of other investigations are just getting underway. mike hanna al-jazeera washington well thirty four people and three russian companies have either been
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indicted or pleaded guilty they include donald trump's former campaign chief paul metaphors he's been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after two separate trials michael flynn trumps first national security adviser has admitted to making false statements to the f.b.i. and the u.s. president's former lawyer michael cohen struck a plea deal admitting he's lied to congress about efforts to build a trump tower in moscow and in january longtime trump advisor roger stone was indicted on seven counts stone is accused of lying to congress about his efforts to get in touch with wiki leaks during the campaign. still ahead on al-jazeera. aimed at iraq's president following a ferry disaster that killed one hundred and twenty people. i was got heiler in bangkok as thailand already has itself for its first election since the two thousand and fourteen who many feel that a new government won't reflect our turn to democracy that story coming out.
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of logan a welcome back we do want to update you what is happening here in australia we have two cycles to talk about first of all up here towards the north this is trevor it has made landfall very strong storm very big storm a lot of rain coming out of the storm but what's going to be happening over the next few days is of course we are going to be losing the intensity of the storm as it makes its way down here toward the south but still very heavy rain coming out here across much of the west we are talking about veronica veronica is going to be making landfall in love.


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