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states where it is not legal or not. we begin this hour with a free speech decision from the highest court in the land. unanimous decision that could make prime time television even less family friendly than it is now. our justice correspondent joe johns joining me now with a pretty -- i guess you could say eye opening details. let's talk about what is at issue here. and how this is a coup for broadcasters. >> that's true. but i caution that we probably shouldn't go too far in calling this a sweeping ruling. this is an -- ball what goes on broadcast tv and how much power the federal communication commission has to regulate it after the fact that dhoept have a rule in place to handle the situation. we are talking about three incidents here, two concerned, isolated utterances of obscene words during two live broadcast
aired by fox television stations, the third occurrence occurred during an episode of a television program broadcast by the abc television network. this goes tall way back to 2002 and 2003 and the abc case, partially nude woman was shown for just about seven seconds or so. the networks were sanctioned by the federal communications commission which sort of changed the rules on what they call fleeting expletives. in the case of the abc the commission found the display indiesent and posed $27,500 fine, if you will, on each of the 45 abc stations that aired that episode and so the court looked at this and ruled that the fcc didn't follow proper administration i have procedures. in other words, that it didn't give the networks proper notice that it was going to take this
action. so in terms pretty much every american can understand this would be a failure of due process under law. so -- in a lot of ways it is going to be a viewed as a very important first amendment case but in the formal sense it is not really even about the first amendment or freedom of speech. big picture is this is more about the need for federal agencies to follow their own rules. >> okay. and now i'm sit back as a parent saying to you joe, what will my kids hear and not hear on television? >> right. you know the truth is -- in looking at the ruling, it appears pretty clear that the court has allowed the fcc going forward to put in place its own rules and whatever rules it wants to in relevant tiger woods indecen indecency. this was about them basically doing something after the fact without a rule in place. if they put a rule in place, properly put in place, then it
appears that the -- supreme court is not going to attack that part of the story at least not yet. >> quickly before we go, this goes all the way back to what was at the early to 2003 when bono used the "f" word during the golden globes. >> yeah. absolutely. one of the several utterances listed as kind of shocking to see justices actually writing about this. and, of course, i'm not going to use it. the quote was this is really, really blanking brilliant. that is one of the three, four i have seen here that i feel most comfortable sort of repeating on the air. >> joe, thank you very much. we do expect more big rulings, of course. health care reform, immigration enforcement and more as soon as monday, we are told. riveting new details surrounding trayvon martin's final moments and directly from the man who is now charged with
trayvon martin's death. george zimmerman. his defense team released aude joe video of zimmerman's interrogation was police. in those tapes we actually hear from zimmerman just hours after he says he shot and killed trayvon in self-defense. now we even see him walking us through the scene, detailing the minutes, before he pulled the trigger. martin savage has been following this for us and going through the various video and audio. where do we begin? it is compelling. >> it is very compelling. of course, you have to keep in mind it is just hours after the death of 17-year-old trayvon martin and it is george zimmerman that's being interviewed by authorities in the sanford police department. you have first two audio interviews that were done. the kind of interrogations accustomed to seeing in those rooms. then there is the next day where george zimmerman takes authorities out back into the housing area where this all played out and walked them through it step by step. let's begin with the audio portion. this is -- >> initial interview the night
of the shooting? >> right. there were would of them that were done. first one that was done just -- an hour or two after the shooting and that's done by a police officer talking to george in an interview room. then another one is done with the detective interviewing george zimmerman. let's begin with the first sound and this is george zimmerman describing what happened. >> okay. >> i don't remember much after that. i just remember -- i couldn't breathe and then he still kept trying to hit my head against the pavement. i don't know if there was a sign or what it was. i just -- are when i slid my jacket and my shirt came up and when he said you are going to die tonight, i felt his hand go down on my side. i thought he was going for my firearm. so i grabbed it immediately and as he banged my head again i just -- pulled out my firearm and shot him. >> that is george zimmerman describing trayvon on top of him and how he supposedly was
beating him and that's why he had to pull out his weapon, george did, and killed the young man. this is only one side, we should point this out. trayvon martin did not survive and could not tell its account. >> days later, he actually re-enacted for police what happened. >> the next day the next day. >> it is still very fresh. this is -- >> now we see videoing correct? >> correct. this is where the police say walk us through. tell us what happened. let's take a look. >> i was still on the phone with nonemergency and started walking. >> okay. >> down this way. because i didn't see a street sign here, but i knew if i went straight through that's -- circle and i could give him -- give tuesday address in front. there's no -- no address. this is the back of the houses.
i didn't see him at all. i was walking. i s . >> okay. >> i got to about -- i got to about here and i had a flashlight with me. flashlight was dead, though. i looked around. >> okay. go ahead. then i have a question. >> this is george walking them through the complex will. couple of things, of course. you see the bandages on the back of his head. this goes to the injuries he said he sustained in the fight. then on top of that, you see the sidewalk there which is the same sidewalk george zimmerman maintains trayvon was beating his head against and that he was in fear of losing consciousness. what this does is just adds a visual to the information we already had. we already knew most of this. but now you see it and i have to say there's a significant difference when you see it.
it all begins to add up. but it is only george zimmerman's zblkt how do you think this will play into his credibility? obviously that's been a big concern. because of the issue of this fund, you know, how much money he has, didn't have being honest about that. >> credibility here is key because this is self-defense case and his words saying why he had to do what he did. it is -- it makes a lot of sense, as you watch george zimmerman go through and point out and say i was here, i was there. there's a lot more of this video. part we want to bring to you, still bringing it in, by the way, that's him getting his dna swath is going to be when he says trayvon martin jumped out of the bushes and attacked him. that's always been the point that george zimmerman makes. trayvon martin was the aggressor. if you back it up and say wait a minute here. if george zimmerman hadn't called authorities and notified him of what he said was suspicious black youth, we know
that trayvon martin had every right to be in that community. it doesn't -- doesn't in any way decide this case. but it does certainly make it much more compelling when you see george zimmerman walking and talking in that neighborhood. >> right. hearing and seeing just a day after the event. okay. martin, thanks so much. sanford police chief bill lee, by the way, who got hammered for the way his department handled the trayvon martin case was fired yesterday. lee will receive a three-month severance and week's salary in addition to any earned time off. all the time i have been in iraq, what went through your mind? >> this is the geographic south pole. o
we are learning more about the health of hosni mubarak. his attorney says the former egyptian ruler's recent health crisis actually startted when he slipped in a prison bathroom. he hurt his neck and develop ad blood clot after that fall. conflicting news, much of it grim, emerged about the 84-year-old's health tuesday. his attorney says he was taken off of life support yesterday. he's out after coma. and actually on an upswing. update on the porn star
suspected of killing and dismembering a student. luka rocco magnotta will appear in court in a few hours. he was arrested in germany and extradited back to canada earlier this week and pleaded not guilty for first-degree murder and four other charges. magnotta is accused of murdering and dismembering june lin and maelg the body parts to politicians in on the are a and schools in vancouver. but today magnotta's lawyer is expected to make a special that could provide insight about his mental health. let's get back to paula who has been following us this for us. paula, what more can you tell us about the hearing? >> reporter: he's going to appear in less than three hours. it is key his defense attorney is expected to ask for a psychiatric evaluation. in doing that, once he is evaluated, a report is done within about 30 days and evaluate what the options are.
is he mentally ill? was he mentally ill at the time of the crime? this opens up the possibility of a defense being that mr. magnotta was not criminally responsible. now, this is a controversial topic. especially when you involve forensic psychiatrists and state of mind of someone being accused of this kind of a horrific crime. we are all waiting for other shoe to drop to see if his defense lawyer does make that request as expected. >> why isn't he appearing in person? why video link? >> reporter: this is interesting. people have been debating this back and forth. but police have told me look, this is for security reasons. we also don't want to turn this into some kind of a spectacle. you can imagine security to get him from detention facility to the courthouse. you have to keep in mind mr. magnotta is in solitary confinement and has no contact with any other prisoners and is on suicide watch. police feel as long as they can continue to hold him this way they will. >> final question, magnotta
didn't fight extradition. right? he was cooperating with the police. >> reporter: yeah. and that's -- sped up the extradition probably by months. i'm assuming. considering he was caught in berlin. now what is happening, though, police were very candid with me before he arrived in canada saying we are going the try to interrogate him right away. gave eight shot and say they tried on speak him and is not being cooperative. the family still in montreal. what they want to know is where the remaining body part is. the head of the victim in this crime. and i think that right now montreal police are saying look, this family is distraught. of course, considering that he pled not guilty, the advice he is not getting to cooperate and police say right now he's not cooperating in any way, shape or form with their interrogation. >> all right. we will follow the hearing. paula newton, thanks so much. authorities say they are also looking now into the animal abuse allegations against magnotta and examining the
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accidents in california. authorities found him unconscious behind the wheel after an accident. the investigation now under way. our dan loetdsi ialothian at th house now with the breaking news. there was a lot of -- still a lot of questions remaining. what exactly was behind these traffic accidents? what was the situation with these -- seizures he said he was having? >> is that's right. i think that even with this announcement, there's still a lot of questions outstanding. he stepped aside after that accident earlier this month saying that he had to deal with some of his medical issues. then last night sending in his resignation letter to the president. also sending a letter to the employees at the commerce department and the letter he sent to the president he said in part, quote, i -- knew that i could be a distraction from my performance as secretary and our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the department. he also went on to tell the
folks at commerce department that he was pleased with the progress he was able to make there in the short time that he was commerce secretary. he said i thank you. many thoughtful and kind notes oar the last week that people have sent to him. he said it has been an honor and pleasure to serve you. just a short time ago, we got a statement from president obama saying, quote, last night i accepted the resignation of john bryson, secretary of the department of commerce. i want to extend my deepest thanks and knew appreciation to john for his service over the past months. and wish him and his family the very best. the doctor that has been filling in for the commerce secretary while on medical leave will continue to act in that position. unknown at this point who will get that permanent position. >> dan, before i let you go, what's the status of these investigations with regard to were these hit and runs? were they medical situations? do we even know yet?
>> sorry. i did not -- can you repeat that question again? >> with regard to the traffic accidents he was involved with, there have been allegations these were hit-and-runs, do we know if they were tied with seizures, with a medical condition? is that what the investigations surrounding the incidents are solely about? do you have any details about that? >> we don't. beyond what we have been reporting now over the last couple of weeks. simply that he did have these seizures. it appears the seizures were connected to the hit-and-run but no clear indication if this is something that happened after the fact or these seizures contributed to the accidents themselves. there's still a lot of questions. i think that perhaps even with him stepping aside now permanently, that a lot of questions will still continue to be asked. >> got it. dan lothian at the white house. president obama is expected to meet with bryson to thank him for his services at 3:00 m.
eastern. the cases ran cold for more than 30 years. a winning bachelor on the popular show "the dating game" is being arraigned for the murder of two women. new york prosecutors say 68-year-old rodney alcola is the alleged serial killer they have been hunting for. but here is the twist. he hasn't bone the run. he's already been on death row in california for murdering four women and a 12-year-old girl. d this story seems to have a lot of twists and turns. >> it does. when you look at that picture on the dating game he was in the middle of this alleged serial killing spree. he's a convicted child molester, rapist, serial killer. posed as a photographer and he was offering to take pictures of some of his victims. he was considered charming, friendly, he appeared on "the dating game," as you see and worked at a summer camp for girls in new hampshire back in the 1970s. now, authorities believe that he was in new york between the period of 1968 and about 1977.
he was targeting women soon after in california as well. first constructed of kidnapping and molesting a los angeles girl and then convicted of murdering a 12-year-old girl. he has been convicted of the four other california women. police found about 100 photographs in a storage locker and so that is part of the lead they are looking to see who those women may be. >> what exactly led investigators to these two women in new york? >> well, investigators won't say specifically. it could be those pictures. but the d.a. opened a cold case unit. investigators began taking a look at the case, re-examining it and one of the victims, cornelia, 23-year-old flight attendant, she was raped and strangled in her apartment. the killer allegedly bit the woman and investigators were able to get a dental impression from the man on death row. there is subsequent dna testing
of sal i don't have a from the wound. investigators interviewed a hundred witnesses. the other witness, ellen hoover, 23, found not far from her family's westchester home. the southern california killings began soon after and those were pretty much slam dunks for the prosecutors in those cases. >> wow. deb feyerick, thanks so much. he was introduced as a successful photographer. he succeeded in charming that bachelorette from the other side of the show's wall but she ended the show, declining the date. [e great tasting tap water can ] come from any faucet anywhere. the brita bottle with the filter inside. your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart.
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involved in a hit-and-run accident that his office blame order a seizure. we are bogey to bring you more details as we get them. we are going to take you to bellefonte, pennsylvania. lawyers summing up the case. susan, what exactly has happened? >> reporter: defense just wrapped up after speaking with jurors for more than an hour and a half. and this was mothers the opening line. quote, the system decided mr. sandusky was guilty and the system set out to convict him. and with jerry sandusky's wife, dottie, sitting in the spectat r spectator's row, crying softly during the presentation, sandusky's lead counsel, amendola spoke forcefully and brought up a lot of themes he
brought up during the case. accusing the state of coercing and coaching these young men to testify against jerry sandusky. and he pointed out at one point that they even heard a tape recording of what the investigators were saying to the victims. one victim in particular. telling him about other victims who had said they, too, accused jerry sandusky. at one point, even mentioned oral sex in particular. he also addressed directly the nbc interview with bob costas did with jerry sandusky. telling the jurors that sandusky was very brave to have done that interview and he said that he repeatedly denied that he was sexually assaulting any young boys and denied he was a pedophile. he said what more could jerry say? he talked about coach mike mcqueary's testimony, he saw something sexual happening in a shower. he said i'm not calling him a liar but i'm telling you that he was mistaken. he assumed something that he
saw. and in the end as he was summing up, he told the jurors jerry sandusky's first book was called "touched." he said house next book will be called "slammed." he told the jurors that he has a heavy heart and believes that they do, too. and he asks these jurors to find jerry sandusky not guilty. next up, a short break. and then prosecutors will have their chance to speak to the jury. >> susan candiotti, thanks so much. when it comes to the battle for the white house, everyone agrees that hispanic vote will be key in who wins in november. hispanic leaders are center stage now in florida for a gathering of the national association of latino elected and appointed officials. mitt romney is due to speak in about an hour. and he's got his work cut out for him due in part to past harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration. here is one example. >> i indicated i would veto the dream act of provisions included in that act to say that people who are here illegally if they go to school here long enough,
get a degree here, they can become permanent residents. i think that's a mistake. >> jim acosta covering the event for us in orlando. jim, what can we expect from romney as the day continues? >> reporter: well, i will tell you we are expecting to hear from perhaps officials from the romney campaign before the gop nominee or unofficial gop nominee's speech. in just about half hour from now. we will get guidance, we think, fairly soon as to what he will be talking about. they did tell us yesterday to expect him to sort of lay out some of his positions on the immigration issue but as you just pointed out a few moments ago, he's laid them out extensively throughout the course of this campaign. and he has taken a hard line stance on this issue. saying he would veto the dream act during the campaign. saying that the undocumented should self-deport. those are positions that have put him at odds with a lot of people in this crowd. i will tell you at this conference of latino-elected leaders. and it comes at a time when he's
under a lot of pressure. as you know, late last week the president unveiled that new policy change on deportations inform young, illegal immigrants and ever since then, obama campaign has been saying hey, wait a minute, where's mitt romney staens on this issue? romney has been saying he is looking to marco rubio who speaks here tomorrow so it is going to be interesting to hear what romney has to say. >> jeb bush, right, potential vp. he will be speaking, too. that should be interesting. >> reporter: that's right. the reason why is because jeb bush said in recent weeks and said it repeatedly look, the republican party has to take a more moderate stance when it comes to this issue of immigration. that puts him at odds somewhat with mitt romney. it is going to be interesting to see the contrast. president obama is here tomorrow as well as marco rubio. we are going to see a lot of news being made on the front of immigration over the next 24 to 48 hours. but as for mitt romney we will see what he has to say in a few
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families and law enforcement think they have gone too far. >> reporter: he had a long history of mental illness. when he was 58, she took her life. according to the final exit network, she's one of hundreds that they helped along to a peaceful death. vickie doesn't see it that way. >> i think she would still be here if final exit had not been involved. >> reporter: she submitted her application to final exit. at the time dr. eggbert was the group's medical director and determined jana was ready to die. >> they had what she sent them which said odd things about her health. said liver cancer and -- what else did it say? >> rat poison. >> yes. >> and all sorts of real strange things. >> reporter: one day in march of 2007, vickie received a suspicious call. asking them to check on jana. >> a day or two later we did go over to check on her because we
were not able to reach her by phone. that's when we found her dead. >> reporter: jana died by suffocating herself with a tank of helium. the final exit's method of choice. >> their theory is that they don't want to be part of any physical activities with the person who is going to die. so they explain how to do it. they show them how to open the valves and have them do the valves themselves. >> reporter: eggb receive t, along with other three members, were tried. >> do you remember where this was? >> reporter: important the thomases, there are only partly cloudy tours left. >> everybody is all dressed. look at jana. she looks great. >> that's interest. just mentioned the acquittal. but they never deny aiding in the death. >> it is fascinating. we investigated this quite a bit. it is a gray area of the law. i mean, the idea that they say
look, we didn't buy any of the equipment that someone used to kill themselves. we didn't actually -- you know, use the equipment for them. we basically just provided some instruction. we weren't cheerleaders. it is very gray. and as -- way you are looking at it, lot of people look, it is tough. that's way why people are evenly split on this. we were acquitted because we didn't actually assist a suicide. >> it is inning. i was telling you i interviewed him. it was more an year ago. and i remember talking to people -- seeing the comments that -- on his website and literature that -- you know, a lot of people want this. when they are in a bad situation and they are dieing from cancer and -- that -- that was sort of how he responded to me, too, is that you don't understand how many people out there want this option. which subpoena interesting. it hawks you think about your own mortality, too. if you were in pain, dying -- >> loved one's mortality.
>> suffering and want to go, would you go this route? >> right. he'sing a doctor so i asked him the same thing. he was describing to me exactly what happens when the -- when someone is killing themselves. he has been present over 100 times. he says it is horrifying to watch still. he says that people who are terminally ill thank him right before this happens. then that's his sort of his rationale for this. it is a slippery slope. obviously a lot of people disagree with him. the family of jana thinks he crossed the line and that's obviously where it gets contentious. >> did you actually go home at night and maybe have a conversation with your wife about this? >> absolutely. >> it is one of those things you go home and think wow, what would i do? >> this one of the big issues. we talk about our own mortality and think about the end of our lives or lives of our loved ones, this is -- doesn't get bigger than this. he's right at the cut edge of that. >> that's fascinating. thank you so much. dr. sanjay gupta. don't miss this weekend because sanjay's exclusive investigation
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all right. taking a look at the live pictures right now from the white house and vice president joe biden and watching a public service announcement about dating and sexual assault, and with him off to the side is phillie shortstop jimmy rollins who is featured in the psa and the campaign is launched in a bid to try to reduce violence against women specifically between the ages of 16 and 24 we are told, and according to the white house 1 in 10 teens has reported being abused by a girlfriend or boyfriend and we are following that for you. and empowering women through sports and here in the states we revel in the legacies of women athletes like babe and to the women of soccer like abby woman
back, but in other places in in the world, women are not as revered in sports, so today, hillary clinton launched a global initiative with espn. >> we believe in the initiative of sports to bring across barriers off all kinds, language, cultural, racial barriers and increasingly against the divide of jegender. people can find commonground in sports and that can therefore be the beginning of developing better understanding and respect and even friendships that extend outside of the ar rena or the playing field. >> renee marsh joining us from washington, and tell us what exactly the initiative would do, some of the details. >> well, kyra, in short the goal is to simply bring more girl power to the world of sports. now, think of it as a global sportsmen or thing program, and the state department and espn
will work together to identify women worldwide who are emerging leaders in sports, and we are talking about coaches, managers, administrators and sports journalists and then they are matching them with american women who are top leaders in these fields and the global network of women here will nurture the next generation of girls and women athletes. now, some of the sports leaders that we are talking about here tapped to help in the program, rutgers university's women's basketball coach vivian stringer, and you are seeing video of the team there, and soccer player mia ham, and those are just to name a couple there. >> let's talk about the sports and how they are expected to help the women globally? >> well, kyra, there are a lot of places and instances where girls can't play sports and the whole hope is that this will bridge the divide and create opportunities. there are girls out there with the burning desire to play sport and maybe they don't have access to coaches or a team, so this
program is working to change that. kyra. >> and clinton pointed out, a number of things about this correlation between women and sports. >> yes, that is right. she brought up interesting points there today and she said that the united nations have found that girls worldwide who play sports are more likely to at tend and stay in school. they are likely to finish their education, and they are more likely to be in better health and also earn more money throughout the course of their lives. >> let's not forget, too, this is the 40th anniversary of title ix which is the law this opened up the playing field for women in the world of sports and everywhere else in the u.s. but there is of course a lot to be done. >> you are absolutely right about that. this weekend marks the 40th anniversary of title ix which you mentioned which called for te quall opportunity for women when it comes to the education and sports when it comes to schools and universities, and many people will agree that title ix has done a lot of good for women in sports, but when you talk about just sports on the whole, you talk to people
who are in the sports arena, they would say that there is still more woman to be done when you look at the local level at schools and universities, and female teams may not be offered the same resources as their male counterparts and then when you look on the professional level and the proportion of women in management positions, and when it comes to the teams, the proportion is not even. so a lot of people would say that there is still work to be done when it comes to women and sports, kyra. >> well, it is great what hillary clinton is doing. rene, thank you so much. for more information on the project and how it works go to state.gov. [ male announcer ] great tasting tap water can come from any faucet anywhere. the brita bottle with the filter inside.
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chris is not impressive right now, but earlier a nice eye right there in the middle and 70 miles per hour probably now, and at the time it was 75 making it the first hurricane, hurricane chris. this thing is not all that impressive and it won't hit any land, but let me show you in a second what is more impressive than this. there it goes. it is going to make a loop and head back into the ocean and lose ground and speed really because there is not much warm water out here, and in fact, looking at the models, we like the show them to you, and look at how schizophrenic that thing is heading out to the middle of the atlantic and because it is cold out there, this storm has no chance of getting too big. but the problem is an awful lot of warm water in the gulf of mexico, and by this time on saturday we could be talking about debbie. let me tell you how impressive this is. the first hurricane of the season should be in august. the first named storm should be july 11th. we could have four named storms, and now, "d" for debbie, and four named storms on average when we should have one, which means we could have an impressive season.
there it is a couple of models taking it to florida and many of them taking it to texas, but i won't make a prediction on in one at this point. kyra? >> all right. we will stay up to all of the developments, chad. i will have to rethink the developments. thank you for watching, everyone. "newsroom international starts "newsroom international starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com welcome to cnn "newsroom international." i'm suzanne malveaux and taking you around the world in 60 minutes. i'm here h in battleground state of florida where a ga ethering latino officials are gathered to address education and the economy as well. mitt romney and president obama will be here as well which tells you how important this meeting is and how important the hispanic vote will be in november. romney speaks this hour, and we will bring it to you live, and plus the president addresses the crowd tomorrow. now, in national polls, president obama has a huge lead over romney among the hispanic vo
voters. 66% to 24%, and that is according to the latest gallup survey, but here in florida, the race is tight, and the president has a four-point lead over romney, and last month he trailed him by six points, and you will have much more of the impact of the latino vote, and the issues that will influence it up ahead. this just in to cnn, a syrian military pilot has defected. we are told that the pilot took off in a mig-21 fighter jet and landed in jordan and granted ai sigh lum, and the white house is praising his decision to flee syria. comes one day after the military in syria could face international prosecution for t attacks on civilians. a syrian opposition says that the regime has killed 81 people today alone. the government reports that 20 army law enforcement, and civilians killed by rebels. australia and indonesia are now working together in a rescue operation. a ship carrying about 200 people capsized near christmas island,
and it lies off of australia's northwest coast. it is closer to indonesia than australia and targeted by people seeking asylum hoping to get to australia and officials are worried that a number of people boarded illegally and making it difficult to account for everybody on board. and they look like regular soccer fans to you, but passion over tomorrow's quarterfinal european match between greece and germany go far beyond the sport. it is more like europe's financial crisis playing out on the field. debt-stricken greece hopes to whip the biggest creditor germany, but the german s as are heavy favorites and many feel that the victory over the underdog greeks would make the j germans feel too powerful. when he carried his baby ott of the hospital, the world has watched prince william grow up, and now he is hitting another
milestone, and it is a big 30, and now the palace says that prince william is having a low-key day, and one side note now that he is of age, the duke of cambridge is entitled to his mother's estate loosely valued at 10 million pounds. and now promoting gay rights and promoting homosexuality, the ngos are banned from uganda. the ban comes three days after a police raid disrupted a gay workshop in the capital. the police detained four people for hours and amnesty international is calling this raid illegal. david mckenzie is following that story and joining us from nairobi, kenya, and david, first of all explain to us why this is important in uganda. i understand that homosexuality is essentially legal there. >> well, homosexuality is legal
in you again ga, and around 30 countries in africa, but often the laws are grandfathered in from the old colonial days, s suzanne, and so the ugandans are taking a different approach here and active push against gay rights movement in the east african country, and three days ago, as you said, there was a raid on the kampala, the capital, and the police surround ed the hotel and detained the activists for several hours and questioned them and released them, but the activists say in fact that this is a clear violation of their right, and they are constantly being harassed by the police. take a listen. >> in a place where you keep threatening people all of the time, what uld would you expect where you know that if, if you are sitting somewhere you could beed or talking to someone perceived to be, you know, something might happen to you, and you live in fear. >> well, suzanne, now this
latest move pushed by the ethics ministry saying they are investigating the ngo groups who within a week scores of them could be banned, and that could stop really key and vital social services to a broad spectrum of the ugandan population. suzanne. >> and many of the banned agencies, i understand, they are bringing a lot of the needed aid touganda, and how are they are going to ill if thfill that gap they are not going to be there? >> well, some of the civil rights groups i spoke to said that it will stop. 38 of the named ngos are not just working on gay rights, but hiv aids and health services and education, and the human rights agencies say if they are stopped from going to work, because the government says they are promoting homosexuality, then this will stop hiv/aids to
individual ugandans who may or may not be gay. so this is the latest nail in the coffin as it were and the fight by the ugandan government against the rights activists. >> david, obviously, the obama administration is responding and the u.s. state department released this statement about the proposed ledgedation in the parliament setting harsher penalties for days saying that it is inkon sconsistent with ugandan's human rights obligations, and this just sets a bad, bad precedent. so is the ugandan government listening to the u.s., and do they care what the united states believes is just and human and is there something that the united states believes they will do? >> well, they definitely care what the united states government is saying, suzanne. certainly, it is a key partner of yuganda in terms of humanitarian aid over the years and partnering with you dan uga
the fight against terror in the region, so, yes, they do want to know what the u.s. is saying, and it is a tool in uganda for a way of turning the screws on civil society which is one of the few areas of society which is pushing potentially against a powerful central government. the opposition in uganda politically isn't very strorngs and these groups, including the gay rights groups are some of the few voices that raise concerns against the government. while they might worry about what the u.s. and european union have to say on the gay rights issue, they certainly also want to look strong amongst ordinary ugandans. >> all right. david mckenzie, thank you very much. appreciate it. in less than two weeks, a major election will take place in mexico, our neighbor to the south, will choose a new president. polls are showing that the leader of the opposition party is the front-runner and the closest rival is the leftist
mayor of mexico city who lost in 2006 to president philippe calderon, and miguel marquez has more from mexico city. >> reporter: manual or amlo as they call him here, says this is a contest that will define a new mexico. [ speaking foreign language ] >> there are two clear options he says here, either the mexicans want more corruption and insecurity and violence or real government for all of the people. denied the presidency in 2006 by less than one percent of the vote, amlo claims that the election was stolen and stanling months of protests here in the very heart of mexico city. it caused massive disruption back then. aml o's populist anti-big business message resonated with
voters and now mexico is tired the of petty corruption and ineffective government, and they want change, but also stability and continued economic growth. >> in general people are voting for change. what type of change do you have or do you want? do they want the more optimistic kind of change or do you want the radical? >> reporter: for many voters amlo is the more radical choice, because he opposes the gigantic oil company famex and suggested that military troops should be pulled from the drug cartel hot beds and then later pulled off of that position. now, amlo is presenting himself as mainstream, appealing to mexican's growing middle-class and business community by modeling the promised reforms on brazil's economic success. >> translator:
we represent the real change, and we will make a huge difference in people's lives, he says. his campaign got a lift in the polls when the student protests broke out with television coverage too favorable to the front-runner, and amlo has struggled to balance the new message of moderation with growing and angry popular protests, but no matter who wins this oelections, organizers say they will have a long way to go build buildi building coalitions. and he also says win or lose, this is the last campaign for amlo. miguel marquez, cnn. this is more of what we are working on on "newsroom international." his deadly act of terrorism changed indonesia forever, and finally justice is served. and finally the fate of the white house could rest in the
president will be here tomorrow and he will hear from mitt romney in a few minutes and both are trying to win over the latino voters who will have a big influence over the presidential election. >> for the next few days orlando will host a who's who of po politicians hoping to win over the latino voters. this is the conference of national conference of latino organizations. >> this is an organization to increase the participation of latinos in the political process. >> reporter: antonio vargas is a head of the kron frens, and he puts on the conference every year to allow leaders to hobnob with candidates. mitt romney speaks today and president obama will speak tomorrow. >> romney and president obama is what is their vision of latinos
in the future of america. >> the departmentf of homeland security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from the young people. >> reporter: last week immigration was the talk of the campaign, and when the president made good on some of ttoof the promises that he made to naleo. >> it finally brings to promise those who are here illegally out of the shadows to requiring them to take steps to become legal steps to become a path wway to citizenship. >> we have to see what the plan is going forward. >> reporter: a republican, luis, is eagerly awaiting obama's speech. >> when he comes to talk to us, he better come with real plans, and we are ready to listen, and we all go back home to tell our constituents what we think. >> reporter: and the attendees say that immigration is one concern, and they want to hear about the economy and education and health care. >> it is no surprise that the national convention is happening
here in florida, because it is a key battleground where hispanics will make the difference and they have before, but they will make the difference if in new mexico and colorado and nevada. >> reporter: meaning that the booming latino electorate could decide the deciding ballots in the 2012 election. we will hear what mitt romney has to say shortly, and live coverage of the speech is set to begin in a few minutes. and he is held up in a foreign embassy as authorities are trying to decide what to do with julian assange. o
officials in ecuador say they will have a decision soon whether they will grant julian assange asylum. for two days the whistle-blower of the official site wikileaks has been held up in london. nima is there, and tell us first of all whether the asylum decision is going to come today and whether or not he is going to leave the embassy. >> well, we understand that it is going to take about 24 hours. we don't really know when that 24 hours began, but we are hoping that by the end of today and early tomorrow there is going to be a decision. he has been receiving a steady stream of visitors all of who have come out to say he is in good spirits and working away on
the computer continuing with his work, but realistically he cannot step outside. the metropolitan police and the representative went in to see him, which as we understand can only be done at the invitation of the ecuadorian embassy, and said he gone in to remind him if he came in he is going to be subject to arrest, suzanne. >> any new details coming from his asylum application that might change this whole scenario? >> well, some very interesting details coming out from the asylum application, as we have seen the application. it is stating that mainly, he fears extradition to the u.s. he feels that the court proceedings in sweden as far as he is concerned are a cover for that extradition to the united states where julian assange believes -- >> so sorry to interrupt, but we understand that mitt romney is going before the microphones to speak before the largest latino
convention in the country. let's listen in. >> i'm delighted to be here to be invited here at your annual conference. it is an honor to be among so many elected officials. i come to you as a candidate of the united states of america. i will govern from the principle that while this is a land of extraordinary diversity, there are so much more that unites us thandi v divides us. [ applause ] each of us walks a different path in life, but we are united by one great overwhelming passion, we love the united states of america. we believe in america. we are one nation under god. today, we are united not only by our faith in america, we are also united by our concern for america. the country we love is in peril,
and that's why i'm running for president. almost four years ago, the american people did something that was very much the sort of thing that americans like to do. we gave someone new a chance to lead. someone who we had not known very long who didn't have much of a record, but promised to lead us to a better place. at the time, we didn't know what kind of president he'd be. it was a moment of crisis for our economy. and when barack obama became to office america wished him well and hoped for the best. three-and-a-half years later, over 23 million americans are out of work. unemployed. underemployed. or simply quit looking for a job. at a time when we should be gaining momentum in the economy, we are actually seeing us lose a little bit of it right now. job growth slowed and this week we learned that the number of job openings has fallen yet
again, and as you know, hispanics have been hit disproportionately hard. while the national unemployment is still above 8% and has been for 40 straight months, hispanic unemployment is at 11%. the middle-class under president obama has been crushed. more americans are living in poverty today than at any point in american history. over 2 million more hispanics are living in poverty today than the day when president obama took office. home values have plunged and the national debt is at record levels and families are buried under higher prices for things like food and gasoline and yet the president said that the private sector is doing fine. this is more than a policy failure. it is a moral failure. i know that the president will say that he inherited the economic crisis, and that's true. but we shouldn't allow the
challenges that he faced four years ago to divert our attention from another important fact. the president pursued policies that have made this the slowest recovery since the great depression, and he broke promises many people were counting on the build a brighter future. it did not have to be this way. just compare this president's record with the first term of ronald reagan. president reagan also faced an economic crisis. in fact, in 1982, the unemployment rate peaked at nearly 11%. but in the two years that followed, just two years, he delivered a true recovery, economic growth and job creation worth three times higher than in the obama economy. if president obama had delivered a real recovery, a reagan
recovery, we would have 5 million more jobs today. 5 million more. and the unemployment rate would be 6%, and the economy would be at least 1 trillion larger. now, tomorrow president obama will speak here, and of course, that is the first time he has spoken here since the last campaign. he may admit that he has not kept every promise, and he'll probably say that even though you are not better off than you were four years ago, things could be worse. he will imply that you don't really have an alternative. i believe he is taking your vote for grant ed. i'd come here today with a very simple message, you do have an alternative. your vote should be respected. and your voice is more important now than ever before. this november, we are going to make a choice. we can continue along the path we are on.
or we can choose a better way. instead of continuing on with the policies of the last three-and-a-half years, we can revitalize our free enterprise economy ak a economy, and we can lead the world as we have in inventing and building and creating. let me make this very clear, this is the only way we can strengthen the middle-class. and this is the only way we can create sustained prosperity, raising taxes to grow government does not grow the middle-class. today, i'm asking you the join me, because while we may not agree on everything, we share the same goal, and the same vision. and the same belief in american greatness that draws so many people to our shores. l liberty's torch can burn just as brightly for future generations of immigrant as it has burned for immigrants in the past. we know that the businesses can't succeed and grow and hire more workers without a more
competitive tax system. that's why i am going to lower the corporate tax rate and reduce individual marginal tax rates by 20% across the board. we also know that our businesses and families need affordable and reliable energy. producing more of the energy resources will create jobs in america, and generate greater revenues for the country. it will also help bring manufacturing back to our shores. you are going to see a manufacturing resurgence if we get that policy right. we know that the economy cannot grow if we are mortgaging the future to pay for the big government programs of today. think about that. we can't keep on borrowing massively more than we take in without putting the country in peril, and so as president, i will rein in spendspending, and will get the budget balanced. i will repeal obama care, because we cannot afford another $2 trillion entitlement. [ applause ]
everybody likes free stuff, but there is no free stuff when government has to the pay and it has to tax the american people or when it borrows from future generations. obama care is depressing job growth. if priority number one is jobs, you have to get obama care out of there, and in one study 73% of a business owners said that obama care has made it harder for them to hire people. think of that, almost 3/4 of small businesses saying that obama care is making it less li likely to hire people. if jobs are the priority, you have is to get rid of obama care and put in place real reform that works. repealing obama care and replacing it will give businesses the kind of certainty they need to expand and to hire and to grow. now, by the way, we can also jump start the economy by expanding trade in our hemisphere. as you know, however, the president has not completed a single new trade agreement with
a latin american nation and he has failed to crack down on countries like china who don't live by the rules. we know that our kids can't succeed if they are trapped in failing schools, and that is why as president i will give the parents of every low inkcome an special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school. [ applause ] when it comes to education, a choice for every parent means a chance for every child. effective immigration system can also strengthen the economy as it has since the nation's founding. unfortunately, despite his promises, president obama has failed to address immigration reform. for two years this president had huge majorities in the house and senate, and he was free to pursue any policy he pleased, but he did nothing to advance a
permanent fix for our broken immigration system. nothing. instead, he failed to act until facing a tough re-election, and trying to secure your vote. last week the president finally offered a temporary measure and he called it a stop-gap measure that he seems to think is just enough to get through the election. after three-and-a-half years of putting every issue from loan guarantees to the donors to cash for clunkers, putting all of those things before immigration, now the president has been seized by an overwhelming need to do what he could have done on day one, but didn't. i think that you deserve better. some people have asked if i will let stand the president's executive order. the answer is that i will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure. as president, i won't settle for stop-gap measures.
i will work with republicans and democrats to build a long-term solution. and i'll prioritize measures -- [ applause ] and i want you to know this, i will prioritize efforts that strengthen legal immigration and make it more transparent and easier. i will address the issue of illegal immigration in a civil and resolute manner. we may not always agree, but when i make a promise to you, i will keep it. let me speak about the guidelines that i will use in putting together the policy. as you have heard me say many times it is critical to redouble the efforts to secure the borders and that means to prevent illegal crossings and overstay a visa. we should have enough border control agents and implement a fence and an entrance and exit
verification system, and our system should promote strong families as well and not keep them apart. our nation benefits when the mom s and the dads and kids are all living together under the same roof. [ applause ] but today, too many families are caught in the broken system that costs them time and money and entangles them in excessive red tape. for those seeking to come to america the right way, that kind of bureaucratic nightmare has to end. we can do this with a few common sense reforms. as president, i'd reallocate green cards to those seeking to keep their families under one roof. [ applause ] we will exempt from caps the spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents. [ applause ] and we will eliminate other forms of bureaucratic red tape that keep the families from come
together. immigration reform is not just a moral imperative, it is also an economic necessity. immigrants with advanced degrees start companies, create jobs and they drive innovation at a very high rate. immigrants founded or co-founded nearly half of our top 50 venture-backed companies in the country. nearly half. there are nearly 30% more likely to start a business. that kind of risk-taking is something that we need more than ever, because new business start-ups in america are at a 30-year low. i'll work with states and employers to update the temporary worker visa program so that it meets our economic needs. and if you get an advanced degree here, we want you to stay here. so i'd staple a green card to the diploma to someone who gets an advanced degree in america. [ applause ]
we want the best and the brightest to enrich the nation through the jobs and the technologies they are going to create. now, we also have a strong tradition in the country of honoring immigrants who join our military and put their lives on the line to keep the country safe. since september 11th of 2001, the united states has naturalized nearly 75,000 members of the armed forces. too many of those patriots died on distant battlefields four for our freedom before receiving citizenship from a country they called home. as president i want to stand for a path of legal citizenship for anyone who is willing to stand up and defend this great nation through military service. [ applause ] those who have risked their lives in defense of america have earn earned the right to make their life in america. but in improving access to
immigration is only one part of the equation. we must also make legal immigration more attractive than illegal immigration, so that people are awarded for waiting patiently in line. that is why my administration will establish a strong employment verification system that businesses can know that the people it hires are legally eligible for employment. we can find the common ground here, and we have to. we owe it to ourselves as americans to ensure that the country remanins the land of opportunity both for those who were born here and for those who share our values, respect our laws and want to come to our shores. now, throughout my campaign, i have often had the chance to speak about my dad and how proud i am of him. he was born to parents, american parents living in mexico. when we was 5, they left everything behind and started over in the united states. his dad, my grandfather, was a builder, and he went bust more
than once. my grandfather didn't make much money. there were times in my dad's life when he lived in poverty. but my grandfather had big hopes for my dad. tried to help him as best he could. my dad didn't finish college. but he believed in the country where the circumstances of one's birth were not a barrier to achievement. he was not afraid of hard work. he held odd jobs, putting up plasterboard, selling paint, and he was lucky enough to live in america where hard work can turn aspirations into realities. after he became a man of thebus opportunity to lead a gr eat ca state, the state of michigan. this is my father's story. but it could be the story of any american. most of you here today are leaders in your community. your are here because you have
been beneffitted from the land opportunity, and you want to give back to the land of opportunity to fight for the people so they have the same chance to succeed. we are truly one america. everyone here has made this exceptional nation what it is today. this is not an election about two people. this is not an election of being a republican or a democrat or independent. this is an election about the future of america. i'd ask each of you to honestly look at the last three-and-a-half years and ask whether we can do better. is the america of 11% hispanic unemployment the america of our dreams? we can do better. we can prosper again with the powerful recovery we have all been waiting for. the good jobs that so many people need. and above all, the opportunities
we owe to our children and our grandchildren. i will do that. i will make that happen with your help and your support. thank you so much. god bless this great land. thank you. mitt romney h wrappiwrappin speech there and keeping a laser focus on the economy and slamming the president's policies as well, but is it enough to win over the voters? we will talk to a group of analysts after a quick break.
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welcome back to newsroom international where we take you around the world in 60 minutes. we are live from florida and what has been billed as the largest latino political convention and officials around the country are meeting here, and we just heard from presidential candidate mitt romney and i want to bring in a couple of analysts. one is juan carlos lopez from cnn espanol, and i want to bring you in. we heard one of the things that is not exactly new, but he said he would grant a path for citizenship for illegal immigrants who have served in the military and also considering under review the undocumented college students in the country, and did that strike you as something surprising or new that he is offering? >> what is new and different is the tone of the speech, the message that he is sending to the latinos and he is saying that we recognize what you contribute to the american economy, and we recognize you as part of the country, and we are willing to legalize those who want to join the armed forces,
and those who are wanting to can do that unender a bill in congress, but he changed the message before, and obviously, in the announcement last week to legalize the students would change whatever speech would happen here sh, but he said wha other people have say, you can talk about the immigration and the border and securing it and the way you talk about it is a big difference in the way you talk to latinos. >> and one thing that is important is he took a dig at president obama saying that you do have an alternative here and president obama is taking your vote for granted. is there a feeling in a latino community that most of us will vote democratic, because most of us are democrat? >> well, there is and we have spoken about this on different occasions, and there is a what have you done for me lately factor, and people read through it and they say, yes, in is a political move, but president obama did something concrete. and here we have governor romney with a speech, and it is a different tone and very
interesting message, but we also have what he said during the primaries where he had a tough line and hard-line, and we are going to see if the people prefer this speech and tone or remember what he said before where the people should deport themselves, and that he would be veto the dream act, and that he did not favor most of the measures he is favoring today. and that is a difference. >> he specifically talked about president obama's announcement here h and said this is a stop gap measure and something that the president, himself, used to describe the policy of allowing some young people to stay in the country to avoid deportation for at some time, and he says he will offer his own long-term broad brush stroke policy if he is president, and did you hear specifics or details that make you think that it is robust or significant? >> well, something interesting. he spoke ability giving legal resident residents the same process as u.s. citizens have of claiming relatives who are ooeither
undocumented or who live in another country and usually the illegal residents take a lot longer to go through the process and that is important. he talked about not wanting to split families apart, and that is interesting, because many republicans opposed the dream act because they said it could bring a chain of migration, but that is interesting what he wanted to keep the families together. and suzanne, he is speaking about this as a humanitarian issue and immigration could be a humanitarian issue and it is a law and order issue where if you have broken the law, you have to pay the price, and humanitarian issue, and that is another change in tone. >> another thing that is a potential dig to president obama when he mentioned about the families and keeping the families together and in light of the fact that the president has deported so many people, and more than at any other president in the history of the country in the last year. >> there was the white house announced discretion to not deport those who didn't have criminal backgrounds and that
went on the -- and that was supposed to benefit 300,000 people, and those who work in the area says it has not benefitted the number they expected, because you could have a u.s. citizen or naturalized citizen claiming a spouse. but that person has to leave the country. there's changes in that sense, and not in making the families a split apart, but it is still not being felt. now, one thing is what governor romney is promising today and the other is the white house is doing, which is announcement friday and that is concrete and it will make a difference. we will hear more of this in the coming months. >> thank you, juan carlos. i want to bring in jim acosta on the other side of the room. give us a sense of how the people responded to the speech in the room, and whether it convinced them to take a second look? >> well, suzanne, the applause was polite for mitt romney, i would say in thism radio, a m m did not get the thunderous applause he gets in more supportive crowds, and that is because of the specifics that he laid out and you were talking
about that with juan carlos, and make it clear right off of the bat here, suzanne, mitt romney did not walk in here and endorse parts of the dream act. the only component of the dream act that he is prepared to s support right now is the part that says that members of the military who may be undocumented and he thinks those folks should be on a path to legal status, but that is the only component that he is willing to embrace. the part about undocumented college students, and he did not weigh in on that issue. he has talked about in the past to stapling green cards to advanced degrees and i am told about this from a that he is ta about ph.d. as and more advanced degrees. and so this may confuse people and say, well, he is talking about a kind of dream act, but i talked to a romney adviser before the speech and we had the excerpts in hand, suzanne, and he said, no, that is not what is
happening today. the gop, and the likely gop nominee was likely laying out broad principles, and yes, he does want to streamline the immigration system and he talked about this today, and that part is new, but in terms of endorsing the dream kt and embracing parts of the dream act is not what happened today, suzanne, and that is why you heard this audience sort of respond politely, but not in any sort of thunderous way he sees at other events. >> one thing i noticed, jim, and i guess it could be a strategy if you will for the romney campaign is that he really focused on the economic conditions of the hispanic community, and he talked about the 11% unemployment and he also talked about 2 million hispanics living in poverty. do you think that this is really his approach to get folks to really focus on the economic aspects and not so much the immigration policy that he is putting forward which does not seem to actually have a lot of detailt the moment, and has caused some controversy for him in the past? >> that is right, suzanne.
he wants latino groups to look past this issue of immigration as much as possible, and focus on economy, and quite frankly, suzanne, that is the romney campaign strategy no matter which group he is tauklking to. while the obama campaign, you know, has been really going after individual segments of his base like the gay and lesbian community, and like hispanics and like college students, the romney campaigns ha not been doing that. they have been doing almost the general election campaign starting with this issue, and this election is about one issue and that is the economy, and he takes it wherever he goes whether it is a crowd of mostly white voters in michigan or to a group of mostly latino voters here in will florida and that is what he h will do throughout the campaign. we have not heard the romney campaign say they will do anything but focus on the economy from here to november. i did hear from an obama campaign aide who is reacting to the speech, and it was a harsh reaction of the reaction they
got from the obama campaign aide is that in their words, mitt romney is physically incapable of taking a position on an issue. those are the words that they used basically saying that, look, he was given another chance today to take a position on what the president did last friday and he basically did not do that, suzanne, and he said he would replace what the president proposed with a broader package, but he did not lay out the specifics of what that package would be, suzanne. >> all right. jim acosta, obviously, president obama will have his chance to weigh in on this perhaps later today when he will talk about it, but he is certainly going to be here tomorrow at the convention to talk and be before this group, himself, to lay out the policies as well. jim acosta, thank you so much. i want to turn again to the international focus, and we have heard how important opium is to the formers of afghanistan, and now let's talk about the new legal crop that could help it and break the chain of international drug trade.
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welcome to "newsroom international" and we take you around the world in 60 minutes. we are bringing you a story about opium poppies which are a cash crop in afghanistan and a main source for the taliban militants, but an increasing number of farmers are standing up up to the insurgents and ditching for it a legalp crop to give their families a better life and piece of mind. here is sara sidner.
>> reporter: afghanistan, this city is an ancient city marked by a towering mosque and booming economy. what is happening here, the government says, is a good argument for a spice revolution. replacing opium poppy crops, the main source of funding for the taliban with the world's most expensive spice, saffron. a herat province has been clean of the world's poppy crops, and the world cooperation and ngos and donation and the usaid has helped to control the growth of safron. it can sell for hundreds of pounds on the world market, but for people like this man, it is not as simple as deciding to
switch. after changing his crop from poppy to safron, he said he had visitors. the pal taliban took money from me, and i walked for days with my eyes wrapped in cloth, because i was kept in a well for two days and finally they told me to stop promoting the cultivation of saffron he says. instead, he and his 13 family members moved, and now freely grow and sell saffron which he says brings in more profit than poppy did, and enough to buy this large home in the safe and relatively peaceful environment where his young daughters are being educated. the afghan government along with nato members has been trying to stem the growth of opium poppy, and 90% of the world's opium is brought in an estimated $1.4 billion last year and most of it ended up with the taliban and government-linked war lords, but saffron is looked at as a
potential gold mine in herat, and far easier to grow and cultivate, and giving opportunities for afghan women. this woman says she would not have a job if it weren't for saffron cultivation, and working with poppy was forbidden in her household. >> translator: my family would not allow me to participate in it, and i am happy for this work, because it is useful for afghanistan and other countries, because it is legal work. >> reporter: and yielding lots of money. and with the aid of exporting saffron abroad. when you think of afghanistan you don't think of luxury items, but look at the saffron store and the packaging and they are putting nit what looks like pretty perfume bottles and to give you an idea of how precious and expensive this stuff is, this bottle, two grams will cost you