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i was to what j.p. morgan will never have to admit obamacare that corporate espionage surveillance state the bedroom tax that housing bubble. was up. in martin and this is breaking at the set after weeks of intense negotiations in geneva about iran's nuclear program diplomacy amazingly prevailed seemed to her on a sign onto a six month agreement that limits its uranium enrichment to five percent a level well below the necessary requirement for the development of a nuclear weapon in exchange iran will receive a minor reduction in harsh sanctions on many of its most valuable exports such as oil and gold and while most of the world is celebrating this encouraging development between the two countries with historic ice cold relations one head of
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state just just isn't that used. here on got the deal of the century. and the international community got a bad deal this is a very bad deal what's that is actually a clip from november eighth near days after negotiations began as you can see bibi was already quite perturbed before anything was even close to being settled so you can only imagine his theory now. that it was concluded that geneva last night is not historic agreement it's a historic mistake. it's not made the world a safer place like the agreement with north korea in two thousand and five. this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place so according to prime minister netanyahu an agreement that stops the proliferation of nuclear weapons makes the world less safe because
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we all know that there is only one country in the middle east that deserves nukes right maybe that's not the only fair mangieri netanyahu is dishing out. well it is taking only cosmetic steps is only within a few weeks and in return sanctions that took two years to put in place are going to be eased iran is going to receive billions of dollars worth in sanctions relief so the pressure is on iran are being lifted they're being eased and with the lifting of this pressure this first step. good very well be the last. the last act while that's funny considering how this is only a six month deal and really only bides more time for future negotiations but if we listen to be his rhetoric and six months iran will have its nukes locked and loaded look these are saying largely hurt iran's ordinary citizens not the country's political elite over the last year and
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a half the number of iranian families living in poverty has risen from twenty two to forty percent while the price of food and medicine has skyrocketed so is it really that horrible less iranians will suffer for the next six months if you can see through this war mongering rant to join me and let's break the set. the the the. it's a really very hard to take a. look. at how to act with the terror threat there the. police.
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if you've never heard of the school of americas you're not alone this military training facility largely stays out of the media spotlight but hasn't or is a dark past one rife with allegations of corruption and human rights abuses this past week and over one thousand demonstrators descended on the compound just outside the gates of the school in protest of what they see as a major source of political instability throughout north. and south america we're going to. travel to fort benning georgia over the weekend to find out just why this school is so controversial. behind these gates is the western hemisphere institute for security and cooperation otherwise known as a school of the americas depending on who you ask the school is little more than a training center focused on building cooperation between the u.s.
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military and its latin american counterparts but for many others it's a notorious breeding ground for some of the worst human rights violators in the western hemisphere the school has graduated over sixty four thousand soldiers since one thousand nine hundred six soldiers were taught everything from enhanced interrogation to psychological warfare at least eleven latin american dictators have trained at the school including the infamous manuel noriega of panama and got their man as if i end rios montt who oversaw the genocide of almost two thousand indigenous mayans during his brutal reign in the one nine hundred eighty s. every year the gates to the school of the americas in fort benning georgia serve as a meeting ground for thousands of activists from across the u.s. canada and latin america who have one clear message. to shut it down september eleventh nine hundred seventy three there was a military dictatorship that was funded by the cia funded by the us and part of that dictatorship was you know having people tortured and disappeared and
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incarcerated as a political prisoners and the folks that did that torture were trained here at the school of the americas will be called the school of the assassins father roy a witness to killings in central america founded the school of the americas watch in one nine hundred ninety and has been putting on this annual event for the last twenty three years it's about how the pressure mean with the office you turn to their conscious maicon yours and other countries out to their training to protect us economically just want to exploit the cheap labor and the natural resources. over the years this demonstration has only grown attracting people from all walks of life but for some it's a very personal and emotional experience this is adriano barto a guatemalan native who was forced to flee her home country in the eighty's after government forces murdered her brother and kidnapped six members of her family we are certain that my father is dead. and so on the search
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that place that there. is to know and. you know we have the whole. andriana now works as a full time activist. focused on educating the american public about the horrific human rights abuses fostered and encouraged by the school i don't know. where there are. in that's like living in two different worlds considers herself a survivor of the school of the americas and is just one of millions who feel the same the message from the rally today is for americans from all across the political spectrum to urge congress to act on this issue because the question of promoting human rights abuse isn't about left and right it's about right and wrong . artsy fort benning georgia.
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i mean out a breakdown more about the school of americas and what people are doing to push for a shutdown and are maybe casper's or man thanks so much manning for going i guess my first question is how did a school like this you know korea for all these horrific things and dictators and such how did it start in the first place it was it started in the first place right i mean good question this school's been around since one thousand nine hundred six in fact it was first started in panama in one thousand nine hundred six and within two years of it being opened. it already had that notorious name being the school of the assassins it was close in panama it was moved to fort benning georgia and from then on the united states was just kind of picking out soldiers from across latin america to train here in the united states as a way of kind of building cooperation with military leaders in latin america so that the u.s. could kind of thwart the communist. expansion throughout latin america over the
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years of course that's evolved into the u.s. as push for counter narcotics fighting the drug war and what ends up happening is just like father said in the in the interview u.s. ends up just protecting its interests in these places and if democracies in the way of democracy is often the the victim. really quickly let's break this down for people who are watching because it is really fascinating i mean we had a school originated to fight communism or to use it through the war on communism for our own devices it's transformed onto a school base in fort benning georgia that americans pay for with our tax dollars to train not americans to train the latin american soldiers thousands every year and paramilitary operations and hands interrogation and i think that that's probably the most important thing that people people should be considering if someone who's not hearing about this school they should at least consider that this is taxpayer money going to fund not u.s. soldiers that are being educated but soldiers from across latin america that are
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not being taught how to conduct first aid they're not being taught how to how to teach reading or anything like that they're being taught counterinsurgency they're being taught psychological warfare they're being they're being taught things that they learn and then go back to their home countries and then commit these horrible atrocities eleven dictators in eight different countries have come out of the school sixty thousand troops have come out of the school that have gone on to commit horrible things in their respective countries places like bolivia argentina chile. and many other places in latin america so the fact that this is going on and that there's not more public. group me is really a horrible thing and more people should really be looking at what they're doing with their taxpayer money when the way it's going to things like this as you just read they have an enormous sphere of influence around the world crew. really really despicable what's going on there man and i know that you got this really emotional interview from this woman i wanted you to kind of speak more to
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her story and other people's accounts i know you weren't able to fit it all in this package right i mean i got to speak to so many people and everybody there had had some i really feel like everybody there including myself you know being born and raised in honduras had some sort of personal collect connection with the school of the americas with with giving her story about how six of her family members were kidnapped she doesn't know if they're alive or dead and she even said at one point you know for her to say that they're dead would be almost for her to be killing them themselves or herself because she hasn't heard from them for the last thirty years we had a sound bite there a short clip from rob stars from. i'm sorry from rebel dia's he's from chile he recounted his experience with the school of the americas and how torturers in chile were graduates from the school in honduras two dictators in honduras were graduates from that school in two thousand and nine the coup that occurred there those were graduates from that school one thousand plus indigenous mayans in
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guatemala were the victims of a brutal dictator who was trained and graduated from the school of the americas and the list goes on so this story is shared by millions of people and many of them i was able to speak to at this rally and credible i think another important point as as you mentioned before is that we have thousands and thousands of soldiers coming through that don't abide by a bill of rights they aren't withhold into any sort of constitutional law back and the u.s. and also this breeds this culture of impunity and immunity with all these war criminals end up going and residing from the school of americas i mean it's just a really really astounding that this isn't more on the forefront man and it needs. i think that's what this release about that's what this demonstration was all about it's all about visibility and it's really discouraging to know that the corporate media was there but it is it's also reinforcing you know what we do to bring attention to these stories and they got here there and people actually have put so much pressure on the school to close that there's actually a bill now in congress that's actually right which is weeks which is great and very excited to to call attention to this because people are always saying that we don't
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we always highlight the bad news but no solutions well here's a solution if if you want to get involved there's a bill in congress right now it's in the house it's h r two nine eight nine if you want to get involved if you want to participate if you want to make a difference if this is something that you are angry about you can call this number it's eight six six three three eight one zero one five that is the capitol switchboard if you don't know your congressman's phone number call that number connected your congressman and tell him that you support h.r. two ninety nine for an investigation and closure of the school of the americas the pressure on you guys is close the school for dictators school of assassins once and for all manny really appreciate you going out there and thanks thanks. for. coming up next you guys i'll talk about the private armies of one percent figure out. on their way to and talk to the crew of the i could to make sure that we face many
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challenges. here you have to look out for yourself going to relax trapped in pack ice in extreme conditions anything can happen and always comes up with surprises you have to keep your eyes open because if there's always something going wrong the ship carries huge reserves of water food fuel as well as helicopters and people able to survive extreme conditions they're ready for anything even an apocalypse she's really an incredible ship calling all antarctica stations this is going to make it feel that radio check please respond. she so fall used the atrocities. to make a psychologist says she. has changed his life and will
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do right. by giving. love to so many children. the roots. and the weight of the largest movement calling attention to wealth inequality in the u.s. the top one percent of income earners hit a stork milestone in two thousand and twelve the incomes of the over rich grew by twenty percent from the previous year and for the first time in recorded history is one percenters now hold one fifth of all household income not only have the michael bloomberg and jamie diamond of the world survive the economic downturn but they're the rise in more than ever before hell the six family heirs of the wal-mart fortune are now worth more than the bottom forty percent of americans meanwhile having
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a college degree no longer guarantees you would job and more and more people are seen their benefits slashed and homes foreclosed upon but the lifestyles of the rich and famous couldn't be further removed from the reality unfolding across the nation because millions of dollars comes in handy when you want to private mercenary force at your disposal. international the six min time information is used for the most dangerous situations the most crowded rooms each man at a different point each responsible for a different area it's all about protecting the protectee. but sometimes the parts. these need more than just manpower when it comes to security whether they're at home or globe trotting the dangerously rich or fully loaded. nothing like six fully loaded and jack doods to stroke your ego yes six mercenaries does seem a bit extreme doesn't it rushed to judgment as a legitimate threat to your folks ever heard of a militant leave violent occupy wall street movement. experts say they'd be
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a good one percent is casting a wary eye on social instability in fact a recent survey by the pew research center found that the wealthy are increasingly concerned about class conflict so there is something to be worried about i think yes brian uli is part of the occupy movement in west palm beach he says a small minority of his group should make billionaires an easy yeah i'm sure that tense and picket signs are physically threatening those guys fortified and got every port in their sand b.c. way to gloss over actual income inequality issues by highlighting some polls showing that the rich are concerned about the less wealthy being aware of them now as the super elite are spending millions of dollars on their own private armies and reinforced mansions just check out what this guy is selling to protect hollywood royalty from those pesky occupiers. most americans home security means an alarm system or maybe a dog but from this house in hollywood it's
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a totally different picture the nice thing about this teleport it was designed to take excessive blood so that al corby is the president of c. which stands for strategically armored amplified environments a firm that designs custom sometimes hidden protection for the rich yet unfortunately a street urchins can't afford anything more than a watchdog and an alarm system for making us feel inadequate about not having our own escape how he pads but it's not just helicopters that wealth hoarders buy to combat their neuroses and absurd delusions it's ballistic beds. doors and windows including hidden machine gun walls. you've got a device here this is terrifying but these are fifteen shotgun shells and you mail this into the wall or into the ceiling or where either when you fire this off could anybody survive underneath there's not a chance because one gun just isn't enough to fend off the ninety nine percent you need a military grade machine gun and walls that won't get that intruder
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a chance at survival you know it's fitting that these people are living like drug kingpins master criminals and political all of dark surrounded by their own luxury after all it's hard to be a billionaire banker these days without also being a criminal and you know what i'm going to sleep better at night knowing that when the economy crashes again because it will because of the one percent shortsightedness at least they'll be holed up safely in their prisons of paranoia. a couple of weeks ago while the stop watching us rally here in d.c. i had the privilege of witnessing a young man named malikai byrd reciting extremely profound spoken word performance . a week civil disobedience of the hypocritical cabinet expect us to assimilate and fill this republic which. is one nation under many god individual
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liberties just. as high school student inspired me and countless others vitam on the show to talk about another topic and passionate about education as malikai bird performing intelligence. merriam webster defines intelligence as the military to learn understand or deal with new and trying situations the american school system and consequently the american public define intelligence as twenty four hundred thirty six seat four point zero g.p.a. repertoire of a regular unnecessary synonyms the ability to preach without true practice there was that sound where i wanted to conform but as a black boy i was told i was inadequate as a good test taker i was told i wasn't told i was just a product of ed it pressure from multiplying economic obstacles and racial divide as this attracted my motivation but still couldn't excel in
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a mathematician profession because of my pigment citizen issued oppression always hit the heart is stephanie grace a steam ivy league graduate says blacks are genetically inferior less than whites while ms grace let my three millenniums of african blood in my three decades of american force fit education and two ingredients for your food for thought i was george mitchell conclusions are primarily reflective of that blacks only comprise thirteen percent of ivy league school that cindy's but i don't need to be valedictorian and so you there we don't need princeton's approval so you know we've already given birth to sons of princes of dot mouth. perceives the poetic expressive dars that spew from our mouths this ignorance it doesn't mean that we are powerful understand. you're upset that you lay you pin pin you down under the weight of their common application i transformed you from sweet heart to stick but even you being a white woman in me being a black boy i hear your subconscious screaming screw cornell columbia harvard and
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yale you just want to be brown you just want to be brown to be the brown saw you that was cast off as dirt but then sprouted the most beautiful wall flower was to be the brown tree that was cast off his free will but has the strongest of roots outsell you where you weaken to a foundation you can foam and lost your uniqueness eighty and set in complacency you let's just go on a.c.t act as your only identifier if your g.p.a. was your only g.p.s. or your path to success you might have money and you might be we'll known but it does not make you a strong woman taking an african-american studies course does not mean you understand my race if we were to let our complection only be a reflection of the darkness of a bubble and a scant chon we would just be confining ourselves to bars on an american grave and i'm pretty sure that you already think there will be confines of bars on america's behalf so ms grace this is not a hate letter this is not liverpool ammunition promising threats because you
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probably expect it so this is an aggressive yet peaceful yet not peaceful protest against any teacher looked at me like i was a shooting star in the dark hole of math in this city because i know my words like they do this is a war crime against any outside enemy who questions while we were fatigues an oppressive heat and while we casually cup combat boots because we are warriors short dave a system failure recorders jordan davis jenna six newscast reporters militants turn minion to a school system society that is trying to strip us of a title that we truly deserve mirriam webster defines intelligence as the ability to learn understand or deal with new or trying such. that is all my people have done so ms grace i know that this is told you that you are mentally ill and therefore you have the right to die. but on the contrary you assumptions only want to prove that you want mentally inferior we are genetically and simply intelligence
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. amazing molokai thanks for coming and talking about your performance what was the inspiration for intelligence. one. my mother and father both completed college so really it was. qualities and characteristics beyond what can be seen on a transcript or a resume just my experience with it and also have stephanie grace quoted in the poem saying that blacks were genetically inferior and that she quoted. other types of reports of things like they do try to emphasize the good in a human being and. it's extremely shockingly offensive that anyone could actually be saying that at this point in time what kind of effect do you think that standard standardizing education has on the process of learning. assembly believe. people to false false. really bad way of comparing someone's measuring someone's
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value. political cartoon with different animals trying to climb a tree and it was a monkey swimming animals in. the tree and it was. valuable because they couldn't climb a tree and that's essentially what it is like. some students because they don't. have the unique characteristics that we all have a really great analogy actually you gave an amazing spoken word performance i just played a little clip of the n.s.a. rally i'm just curious being in high school i mean you grew up kind of in this post an open world where the patriot act happened before. or you're probably politically active what inspired you to get into the surveillance activism at this age right first started with my induction into public school for public policy that was a public policy school in a lot of our curriculum is based around public policy and public policy school and so it really got me looking into the politics more and looking at the cause of it
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and that just necessarily oh i can see this happening but also to make a change and that's what happened at the rally i got the ability to speak and. created a spoken word piece about it and it's amazing talk about this large spoken word troop that you're a part of a little bit more about it. i wish i had my teammates that i can call out. to bars which is reflective of the three star the two bars in the d.c. so it were essentially at the intersection of social justice and social change in art that was like bringing so to light our abilities and how we can use that to change the world and our community around us so we're wonderful collective. high school students that's amazing where do you guys perform can people check out our about you don't want to be everywhere all social media sites. location. in anything. any way and i'm just curious here as
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a high school student are you a d.c. native i mean how do you feel just growing up kind of in the belly of the beast are a lot of kids your age politically charged as well. it is a really interesting and it's really stimulating to just take in all of this around . suburban and urban atmospheres but this is really where i'm from and just to see the drastic difference and see the change that this city has gone through and just . really interesting and it just makes me want to get into things more like yeah it's an incredible city a lot going on thank you for being a part of that molokai bird spoken word artist for d.c. appreciate it appreciates it. that's it for our show you guys thanks for watching join me again and when i break the over again until dan how did you know you guys. unexplored i'm told to go what is it in this icy expanse that attracts the people
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who come here. i know i only go to the dog show. and enter into. a new generation of polar explorers is coming. we have a new group of specialists here now all of them are young how are they going to get along with each other and i don't know. i used to be a bureaucrat. seriously. want to adventure as a way to mysterious. where everybody lives want to eat and i want to be actually doing you know i'm trying to go. as an american i'd like to know what's going to go on and afghanistan from here on i am tired of this cloudy picture of where my money is going you know where our efforts have gone for the last twelve years what our veterans have fought for died
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for have been injured for i want to know and i think that the obama administration has sort of dropped the ball in two thousand and thirteen and it's about time for them to step up and make this another and make our foreign policy in this area a priority go ok but do you can i guess what yours might be your wish international convention ending the use of drones is it close to your wish that sounds great peter and i would add on to that this in the last year ended with a strike in yemen and a wedding party there and we also have obama apologizing to the innocent people that we've killed and saying that he will. allow drone strikes to be used again by you what is your wish for two thousand and fourteen and i get i mean it could be imaginative ok let's you know this is you know we're just a few days into the year so no one can say were wrong go ahead my wish is for significant change on our investments in fighting climate change really if we do
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not address climate change this is going to be a human crisis that will affect the entire globe. right. search string. and i think you're. on our reporters.
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alone a very good evening to you very good at your company really happy to have you with us that you're about international these next couple of hours hopefully we'll take a look back at the events of twenty third saying no way we've got a live two hour special lined up for you to take it but through the stories that must be the most over the past twelve months the pictures that stuck in all our minds over the past twelve months of the. hot spots are correspondents travel to so that you get the latest reports from the ground while also look at the people who dominated the headlines in this past year and what's moscow rolls into the new year exactly well a little less now an hour from now will have we'll take a look at what twenty fourteen whole.

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