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for these remaining part of the season really strong in england i think spurs chelsea. arsenal and manchester united the other fighting for two for two positions and i think these this much is the match of the weekend. and everybody speculates about where you're going next can you give us any hints no way home. but but on this the i don't i don't know. and all speculations are speculations. i never how did that. and the protocol and situation and i'm not desperate to go to work at all. i'm studying i'm doing sings that but i cannot do when i'm walking i mean these moments on on the side of of the cameras which is a good perspective for me too i hope to be working in the in the summer i will
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i hope to to be. working happily in the next pre-season june july but there is nothing at all to say i promise if one. is absolutely no doubt that pakistan has a such a. proven track record off the internet and they do something so that's your evidence that we have not received any evidence then we are. for investigation of any kind we have martyred anything about.
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ratings and salutation. even though holland we still about a half a year away today hawk watchers we should begin by looking at two modern day monsters wearing masks of celebrity wealth and power i'm speaking of course about world famous singer r. kelly and billionaire hedge fund or jeffrey epstein this week while r. kelly has been getting angry and jumping out of chairs during prime time news interviews to profess his innocence after chicago police finally saw one too many sex tapes and lifetime documentary series as featuring the singer's predation of underage girls there's strangely been barely a whisper out of u.s. law enforcement or even a brief interview on mainstream media for mr epstein even after
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a federal judge recently ruled that federal prosecutors under former miami u.s. attorney alex acosta broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement for more than thirty underage victims who had been sexually abused by the wealthy new york hedge fund manager. two very powerful men in their respective fields both the quds do the most heinous of crimes but while kelly is finally being forced to face the consequences of his actions under the harsh glare of the media spotlight mr geoffrey upstream has stayed hidden in the shadows and it would appear that both the media and police are fine with that this comes despite epstein being accused of very similar crimes as kelly even though i guess one could argue epstein worked out an even grander scale than kelly could ever dream of involving everything from secret islands private jets and actual royalty in his crimes one could only wonder if this could not only be due to the sphere of influence that has surrounded support of the protected epstein's predation of
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underage women being far higher up the hollywood d.c. political food chain than r. kelly's but also because of the color of their skin as well because as history has shown us here in the united states we often tragically prefer our monsters to be dark in color rather than the old rich white and privileged they tend to actually be now let's start watching the hawks. to. get the. real deal this week. as part of. what they like you know that i got. was that we. would. be. welcome everyone watching the hawks i am a robot and i'm happy to wallace. this has been
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a long time coming i have to say for both of these men to at least have the sort of light shined on them and sort of you know pulling the vampire out of his having him out in the sunlight you know where it burns off a little bit and it does something and these are two men. who really i mean their crimes are conscionable you know what they're accused of and it's just it does it's truly stomach churning in frightening at the end of the day that they were allowed to get away with that for so long well we all knew about it while pop culture made comments about it you know and one of the things you look at these two cases and as you mentioned you have you know r. kelly who's was charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and abstain who was indicted in two thousand and seven for abusing more than thirty underage girls and this is one of those things that young women are just when it comes to you know sexual harassment sexual abuse sexual
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exploitation like in these cases in the law just doesn't protect the victims of that the women who were used and abused is most definitely doesn't what's fascinating when you look at these two individuals is that i see it maybe it's just me but i see it as it's interesting that now everyone is going so hard after r. kelly right it's very similar crimes marry some of them but like when it came to epstein i mean alexander acosta giving him this like amazing sweet deal when he was and was attorney and you know avoided a life sentence for his crimes by just you know gave him immunity to all of his coconspirators their absence or just thirteen months in county jail and get out you know went to his office have visitors and all that kind of fun stuff right and this is what you do when you live in the palm beach mara lago set of very very white very privileged and very protected people history former criminal investigator ray johnson actually observed the ark if r.
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kelly is a convicted of only one of the crime scene allegedly committed his punishment will be ten times as severe as the rich sicko from florida meaning upstream and by the way don't expect kelly to get such a great deal nobody should but he's making i think a really interesting point between the two cases right here you have epstein. who i guess because he's chummy with bill clinton and a lot of you know higher ups and all these lawyers he got you know they talked about the case and it got to have lives but then it just kind of decide when i rang went away because it was very close oh it's nothing to do it's not what i have nothing to see here but that are clearly on the other hand that's not going away and they're going down on him really hard no obviously they should but there is a racial element here that no one wants to talk about i think right and it's why who was you know you mentioned this to me earlier you brought up this point who was the first person we really saw be taken down fully down and put in jail under me to still cause bill cosby and so i want to make this point is that when you look at
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the sentencing sending of u.s. sentencing commission they found that black men who commit the same crimes as white men tend to receive federal prison sentences that are on average nearly twenty percent loom so marc mauer an executive director of the sentencing sentencing project a group that. a group that were is working to reduce the bias in the criminal justice system which is kind of what we're talking about here and also this does i want to say before i read this quote so what we see is that the charging decisions of prosecutors are key whether done consciously it's and i want to make a point that also young women of color or young poor women which were many of epstein and r. kelly's victims are often brushed aside by law enforcement and they're not taken seriously and this is what happens you have years of abuse and the both these men were allowed to do it because that one point a woman's body and that is just something to be used and thrown away when we're done with it and that has to stop yes it does we would most definitely house to
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stop but i think it's very key that we we punish these crimes regardless of skin color regardless of financial wealth behind the person you do charge and you bring up a person in the end if they are found guilty you punish them regardless of what background or what big powerful. friends they are all many great grammys they have on their shelf. the first casualty of war is truth well now it appears in the age of drone warfare this second casualty of war is transparency u.s. president donald trump closed the steel doors on drone war of transparency in this week after he used an executive order to end a three year old rule forcing the government to disclose the amount of civilians killed by drone strikes outside official war zones r.t. america stand cullen has a story. back in two thousand and sixteen then president barack obama was under pressure to be extra judicial assassination of civilians and secret wars across the globe he signed an executive order saying that each may the defense intelligence
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agency had to release its figures of how many civilians were killed by drones thanks to president trump's latest executive order the public won't have any knowledge is that figure rises signed on march sixth this executive order drops obama's requirement giving the u.s. military even less public oversight obviously the obama administration made more effort to appear to be transparent and accountable but the numbers of deaths specially the numbers of civilian deaths that the u.s. was willing to acknowledge have never been more than a tiny fraction of the true numbers of deaths being killed by drones or by other u.s. military operations this applies to countries like yemen libya pakistan and somalia among others it's a seemingly endless list of countries the u.s. is waging undeclared wars in hard to say how many civilians have been killed since
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the weaponized drone program began in two thousand and four so most of its range in the hundreds others in the thousands cording to this report leaked classified documents show that the military designated people killed and to. strikes as the. enemy killed in action even if they were not the intended targets of the strike whether obama's executive order had any teeth let's debatable trump administration official called the requirements a perfect and said it distracts intelligence officials from the primary mission so far democrats have mostly been quiet as they've been occupied with congresswoman maher's comments about the israel lobby however house intelligence committee chairman adam schiff called it quote a troubling retreat from transparency former cia agent ned price was obama's spokesperson for the national security agency said the requirement allowed us to counter dissin from ation from terrorist groups with facts about the effectiveness
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and precision of our operations reporting in washington dan cohen. so one of the things our we just popped out of that and i hope we can talk a little bit about this isn't the trumpet ministration have had ignored our previous here and entire previous deadline that was made to a two thousand and eight that what critics are wondering is that the trumpet ministration will now be able to expand the use of drone strikes overseas with even more with even less not more or less oversight which is something that he gave you know he gave the generals more time more opportunity a bomb and all of this. doesn't seem like there is a plan of action it's just. don't ask questions i also like the audacity of the two words like ok there's a rule players that says you have to release the figures by like you know maybe twenty years. you know no we're not isn't and of course on this is outside of the.
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thing that's what's outside of the war zones this is drone strikes that you know this is our clandestine drone assassination program out we're the anwar locky going all the way badly you're an american citizen but you're being killed by a stray it's interesting because you. and look at the statistics according to the bureau of investigation journalism the current estimated number of civilians killed in the u.s. drone program is between seven hundred and sixty nine and seventeen hundred civilians these are civilians these are people that have nothing to do with terrorism literally got vaporized by the drone program this is one of the worst i think extensions of the us military and the u.s. intelligence that i've ever i wish i didn't have to live through it because it gives you such a there's a level. that they just don't care you know it's a drone it's not a human pilot targeting somebody they're in a you know they're playing a video game in the arizona desert. i think one of the other things that really is very sad about this i mean there's so many levels of this that you have to and when
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you're looking at what war it does to civilians and one of these that that is always and should always be on people's mind is the children who are caught in one and the thing about those numbers that are really important is that the number of children killed and those that same amount of time from drones was between two hundred fifty three and three hundred ninety seven those are estimates by the way and that's just outside of war zones a family a poor very poor family probably in a developing nation that is already being you know bombarded with war they're outside of the war zone and they're still losing their children and this is what perpetuates terrorism war hate anger fear it just goes over and over and over again it is it's a self-perpetuating loop because for every you know cousin wife or child who gets killed by a drone or something of that nature then their cousin is going to you know that person's relatives going to say well the u.s. all i know from members of they dropped a bomb on me so i'm going to get up and start fighting and to me there's too much of an excuse to drone war like
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a southerly as it's there's too much it's too easy for a president say oh i'm not putting an american boy in harm's way or girl in harm's way so just go launch a predator drone out and i'll feel ok about what i write and months living you can't just save the lives of you know people of color as especially. living and developing areas that are only that way because of war you can't that's not democracy that's not the american way and we have to shift in our thinking on that but that's what i think i just couldn't agree more all right as we're going to break card watchers don't forget to let us know what you think about topics you covered on facebook you tube and twitter and see our poll shows at our t.v. dot com coming up we are joined by two women women looking to save lives and change the way our society view it will go this profession stay tuned to watch or go.
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thank god there's survival guide thanks they say there's eyeballs going to start safely. back to. zero zero this is a repatriation scheme will look at the rest to seventy years. bill of the century that's kaiser report. last april congress made the site online sex trafficking act in the stop enabling sex traffickers act the law of the lay on the bill got most of its support from the internet association a lobbying group founded by companies like google expedia air b.n. b. and pay pal what it did was change the communications act of one nine hundred thirty four to allow law enforcement to go after the publishers of ads for sex work
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this makes the websites that host ads for sex work legally responsible for the exploitation of women and children being abused in the world of human trafficking but what happens to the sex workers who aren't being trafficked when capitalism in the patriarchy combine to decide what we can and cannot make money off of what do we do when men are exalted as heroes for destroying their bodies and brains playing american football but if a person uses their body to make money from pleasure their victims a subject the subject of legalizing sex work is a necessary one not just here in the united states but around the world is estimated the forty two million people are sex workers worldwide and over one hundred billion dollars per year market a market that is in the u.s. almost entirely legal and regulated today we welcome two women working to improve conditions for sex workers social justice attorney and policy and advocacy associate for hits to me because spellman thank you both for joining us today thank
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you for the salute pleasure i would you are you know it's interesting when congress debated the boss to the top of the bench in the first of a few moments ago a number of anti horror organizations kind of criticize the legislation is just more criminalization in a letter because. actually the national center for transgender equality along with fifty other organizations stated quote taking away a sex worker safest option to find him screen clients does not create living wage jobs access to housing or any other stable income to me go all start with you what is the biggest misconception about sex workers in the united states and what is the difference between sex work and sex trafficking i don't think a lot of people know the difference between the two. the difference between thanks work and sex trafficking is that i do it in the sense that there are people that choose to do thanks work for a variety of birth of their own accord that are not trafficked i've never been
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trafficked i'm not a victim of trafficking i don't personally think i've ever encountered anyone that's been trafficked so when we're talking about the language of this law we're looking at the fact that police are using this as an excuse to go back out and to target sex workers here in the district of columbia we just had an operation in january where one of our clients has been captured by this supposed trafficking operation that the police were calling it which was nothing but another lie to entrap you skeen that the police use took out a collar traffics sex workers. i'm looking at this from a different angle because everybody in this world has six and why we is americans have this fascination and we're monitoring what other people are doing with their crotches but it is
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a gray area that is absolutely especially you know in especially women and somehow we're responsible as if the criminalizing of sex work falls on a women not the customer not anybody else. one of the things i want to say i wanted to ask was over the last two decades one statistic has barely changed in sex work and all of this is that sixty eight percent of sex workers report having been raped eighty two percent report having been physically assaulted and that's sort of an average of all of the studies over the years in addition according to sex workers outreach project. twenty five percent of prostitutes identified their rapists so quote as a police officer it's statistically safer to be an alaskan fisherman a coal miner any of these things than to be a sex worker let me ask you now first how are lawyers like foster. and what the police are doing and those laws that allow them to this how does this
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how can we explain this to people why that makes people even more unsafe trying to stop human trafficking but what you're doing is making people more unsafe yeah i think firm what to me is saying around like it's overbroad it it's over regulating of the conversation that americans like to have but not really talk about in a healthy generative ways i think that. one thing i can say is that something we need to look at is the root cause of trafficking across industry because there's trafficking across every industry there's nothing unique about the sex trade other than like it has to do with sex and so there is this hyper focus on that thing and so what these laws did were actually having over fifty. now over one hundred websites close down their websites these are websites where people screen their clients these are websites where people get dates these are web sites where sex workers or other folks share information about bad dates and it's a form of protection right so you're criminalizing ways that people have organized themselves to keep them safe and even before foster ancestor there was this
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conversation about about back page in california and every statistic every report that came out said that there are still people on the street you know being caught up in trafficking and so when we look at the root cause of trafficking majority of the people who are more vulnerable to trafficking are black girls yeah right and these are people who are running away from foster homes these are people who are running away from group homes these are people who are running away from abusive households and so and are looking for housing so if we're in d.c. . where the fastest growing rate of incarceration is among black girls under the age of eighteen for the reason of prostitution the word prostitution that's in the law and truancy that we have to look at the root causes why is there no housing why are there no alternatives for youth who are experiencing homelessness to go to because if you're under the age of eighteen and you're on the street you will be arrested and so is choosing between getting arrested and going to stay in a jail cell for the night or going somewhere else where you have
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a place to eat you have a place to live and these are hard decisions that people are making and so i think what the what this law did was over criminalize. perceived behavior and give like. the go ahead for law enforcement and other agencies to over criminalize sex workers or people who are perceived as sex workers right because people who post nude photos brown photos on like patria on are being like having their websites shut down so this is not just in fact sex workers or any type of obscene material that's the killer tumbler like tumbler know it or. not just impacting sex workers but sex workers are the people who are most harmed but it's over broadly criminalize. any type of behavior any type of content when we're actually trying to move in a space where where sex is celebrated where people feel comfortable and safe especially in this me too movement which is really about bodily autonomy respect and consent and sex workers know the best and the most about consent because you have to navigate what it is that you're exchanging and so i think that's laws
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protecting victims of trafficking but the ways to protect victims of trafficking is actually provide housing provide jobs provide them service yeah and one of the issues that's often ignored in the discussion about sex workers is gender and race you mentioned a little bit of earlier you know according to the sex workers outreach project one third of sex worker homicide victims are trans women in the mini work report shows that forty percent of black and black multiracial transgender folks who have experienced exchanging sex were subjected to per base of harassment violence and unrest. how does a these victims where you get numbers like that and focusing more on the mainstream components put people on the margins at risk. this is not something new this is been going on since transgender women have been coming out and
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specifically women of color. what i'm finding is that this law was created specifically to take sex workers out of the industry i'm feeling about it and when i look at. the amount of black and brown women that are doing sex workers out of necessity. it's hard for us to find jobs it's hard for us to get housing. i'm housing secure right now i'm living in motels tomato i don't do street sex work anymore i have enough of a client base to help to keep me stable with my salary but when i was doing online basic sport i was able to protect myself we could not able to protect ourself and more girls are calling me and telling me. i've been approached by a parent. they're still getting shot at on the streets this is one of my biggest
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problems with street based sex work i transitioned from and indeed online sites where i have never been a drop in my space as of the things that happened to sex workers particularly transgender sex workers great robberies shootings murders consistently and no solving of a lot of these cases we're putting ourselves out here because we haven't been. if we could have the freedom to actually do sex work not the sins of this city protect the citizens of this country we are residents here we pay taxes they may not be federal but i pay taxes every time i make a purchase i make good money and i spend my money here in the district of columbia and i should be protected just as any other citizen all transgenders should be protected i couldn't this isn't a third world country i could not agree more and i want to i want to thank you both
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of you mean for terrorism with all the action that's done i think there are so many levels and i look forward to having you both back and getting more into deeper issues. thank you so much for coming and thank you for having. so much. the party was on in new orleans louisiana this week off watchers as march fifth celebrated mardi gras a fat tuesday and historic city but with all the millions of people and gallons of alcoholic drinks that descend upon the city during mardi gras come millions and millions of small plastic beads the long standing tradition of mardi gras throwing plastic beads down from the floats a balcony on to spectators below has a rather brutal effect on the city's ecosystem and twenty eighteen the city remove ninety three thousand pounds of mardi gras beads from just a five block stretch of the city's streets but thankfully new orleans there is hope in the form of biological sciences professor and hero kotto from louisiana state university concert was developed the first biodegradable mardi gras be made from a species of microscopic algae called diatoms these bees will break down naturally
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in just one to two years so you can rest easy big easy the beads are here to stay figurative lee not physically that's cool but it's cool keep the party going without destroying the environment see it can be done you can still have the green imagine. all right it was. already there but it is our show today remember everyone in this world we are told that we are loved enough so i tell you. all i love you i roll over and. keep. up with.
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