against syria. meanwhile a media war is well under way at home and abroad. hitting in his first interview, assad said u.s. will take responsibility for the attack. he expressed concern that any attack would degrade his military and tip the balance for the conflict. but secretary of state john kerry who is trying to rally supports among allies in europe say it is a moral imperative. >> it is clear that if we don't take action the message to
hezbollah, iran, no one will care that they broke a 100-year-old standard and used weapons that were banned by 199 nations. >> let's go to washington. >> we'll see what plays out over the next few days. making the rounds of the morning shows and this will continue in a series of media appearances, briefing, all aimed at turning the tied of congress and winning american public opinion for the strike against syria. we need to stop now and warn you that the pictures i are graphic. >> denis mcdonough made a
furious round of interviews on the sunday shows. images confirmed by the u.s. intelligence community are further evidence of syria's use of chemical weapons. mcdonough made the case that members of congress should watch the videos and back the president's request for military force. >> i hope that everyone before they cast their votes will look at those pictures. no one is doubting the intelligence. that means that everyone believes that bashar al-assad used chemical weapons to the tune of 1500 on august 21st. >> mcdonough stuck to a script that president obama has been reciting. make sure that bashar al-assad does not use chemical weapons again and send a strong message
to adversaries. >> if congress wants to make sure that the iranians and hezbollah understand that you cannot have greater operating space, then have a vote of yes for the operation. >> i think the military attack is a mistake. >> why? >> for two reasons. one, because i think the administration is proceeding with the wrong objective. and, two, because they have no viable plan for success. >> i think nobody rebuts the evidence we've been presented at the briefings, but i would also say that the evidence is not as strong as the public statement that the president and his administration has been making. >> support for the president is far from certain. he's planning a full court press with six interviews tomorrow and a televise address to the nation
tuesday night. he needs every vote he can get in. >> the question is if we go in, and we find ourselves meyere min civil war. >> suggesting that the call for action for now is falling short. >> thomas, the house and senate both formerly get back to work at 2:00 on monday afternoon with syria at the top of the agenda. the house will actually be seeing those videos in a closed session on monday afternoon. and on tuesday secretary of state kerry and defense secretary hagel will be testifying in a closed session before the house on services committee. >> paul, has the white house responded at all to the latest comments from bashar al-assad? >> there has been no former white house response. we may see that in the days ahead as they continue to try to get out in front of this issue.
>> even in washington, thank you. despite all the saber ratt rattling, they do not believe that president obama wants to attack. >> we're trying to prevent a war on syria because once it starts they won't be able to end it on their own. we know that president obama is trapped becaus even though he dt want to. so with cooperation from our iraqi friends and other peace-seeking countries we hope to prevent this war. >> speaking long side is his iranian counter part. he said thinks country would not be involved in any u.s.-led strike on syria. >> we have no information with regards to a set date for any military strike or war.
we indicated that an attack on syria would have been attack o n its neighbors. we already host over 270,000 refugees. isn't an attack imminent? i don't know if there will be one, but you what i can say is that iraq will not facilitate any attack. >> the crisi syrian crisis is hg negative affects on iraq. [ sirens ] >> this is the front line force along the iraqi-kurdistan border. the word is willing to die for the cause used to be a militia
force fighting for kurdish rights. this brigadier general is on the border. >> we face massive challenges with the refugee challenges, but we need new and better equipment, particularly for surveillance. >> here at the border crossing you can see some of the challenges that they face. between a thousand and 1500 refugees arriving every day, many just getting here has been grueling enough. >> it took me two days to walk here. there was fighting in my village. the army, the terrorists, i don't know, i feared for my life. only god knows what i will find
here. >> it's not just these people who use the border. some of these refugees have been walk for days to get from syria, which is over here, to iraq kurdistan. they are using the border crossing which is clearly marked but there are other places that are not clearly marked. take this positionish for instance, they place fighters every ten meters. the federal government flames these groups for much of the violence in baghdad and say that it sends fighters over this border. the responsibility for patrolling is up to iraq. the other side is the democratic union part of syria commonly known as the dup.
they say there is no contact with them. if there is military action, it is these border posts that will come under pressure. not just here in northern iraq but on the western border as well. there will be more refugees entering iraq and more fighters going in and out of syria. that will mean that the regional spillover of the conflict will only get worse putting these men under pressure in a country that has been pulled apart. on the iraqi-kurdistan border. >> back at home, president obama is launching a campaign to sway lawmakers and the public. he's doing a series of interviews on monday and an address on two. al jazeera will have live coverage of the address on tuesday night. and you can get the latest information on syria by going to our website at www.aljazeera.com. in lebanon, syria's
next-door neighbor. the capital of bay butte is beid by sectarian lines. >> reporter: on the surface beirut seems to be booming. it's a city where construction cranes dot the dense skyline. people relax on the mediterranean sea and buildings sprawl in every direction with roman ruins along side churches and mosques. it looks like a paradise, but it's a city on edge, suspicion and fear is in the air and the conflict in syria is only making things worse. >> this is schizophrenic. we have many syrians living among lebanese. they think they're a nation within a nation, and they're
fighting each other. >> every neighborhood shows sharp divisions, flags and signs shows who is in control and who is not welcome. syria withdrew military occupation in 2005, and since then sectarian lines have become much clearer. >> this was the front line of battle. the muslims on the left side, the christians on the east. both fighting for control of the country. >> since then, downtown beirut went through a sort of rebirth, but many of the country's deeply rooted problems have gone unresolved. today dozens of rival political parties compete with one another, each has its own agenda, and at any moment tensions can return to the surface. violence can erupt. >> everyone has weapons in the country, and everybody is waiting to get rid of the other. >> in recent months car bombings have been on the rise, along with kidnappings and street
battles. that leaves some here blaming the violence on sectarian spill over on the war in syria. >> the people are divided. >> jihad havi has been a taxi driver for 20 years. he believes the war in syria and any u.s. strike will deepen the conflict turning the area into a battlefield with years of war ahead. >> the shiites are following iran and th. >> old habits that seem nearly impossible to break. >> i think this is the civil war in lebanon. wilit will not be between christians and muslims, but
shiite and sunni. >> they're well aware that lebanon has never been immune from the fighting next door. the city that was known as the paris of the middle east. >> helicopters struck targets in the northern town. it's the largest operation to, quote, clear the sinai. the group claimed responsibility that claimed the failed attempt on th the interior menster.
>> around 6:00 a.m. most mornings lori crabs a cup of coffee and goes to work. she earns 10:25 an hour as a home health aid. you have to be a caring person. >> by the time she gets to her clients' house there is a list of things to do. >> straighten up the dishes, make the bed, do his wash. if he needs me to go anywhere, i go, basically just help him to be more independent. >> as medical and insurance spending sure home healthcare is surging. it's expected to expand fro from 2010 to 2020. adding news jobs with low pay. >> it's not great. you can't live just with that as an income.
you have to have someone else. >> almost half of these workers rely on government assistance. >> i have help, i have financial help. >> but for those like clinton, who has cerebral palsy, lori is invaluable. >> it makes me a full 25 minutes to be dressed and out the door. >> so clinton relies on loris for the basics, cooking, cleaning, and helping him get ready for the day. >> if i had to do that all of that by myself, i wouldn't be able to do attend any certainly event, i walled be able to see the eagles, any of that. she makes my life easier. >> and more people are expected to turn to home aids just as a silver tsunami hits the shore. >> it's that demographic aid where help is needed that is
driving this future increased demand for home healthcare. >> a baby boomer turns 65 just about every six minutes. >> the leading edge of the baby boom generation are reaching ages where a lot of them can become very frail and need help. >> it might be just nothing. it could be indigestion. >> a cadre of home workers are coming in request. >> we hire 20 to 25 attendants per week. >> the majority of full-time aids with relatively low turnover. >> yes, if the try is a steady source of employment growth even in a very deep recession like the one we saw in 2008 and 2009, that is a very powerful bit of evidence about the strength of the underlying demand for
workers in this field. >> there are a lot of people doing it. there are a lot of people doing this job. it's needed. >> but a 1974 law classes them to baby-sitters. >> which means that employers are allowed to pay these workers less than minimum wage with no over time. that's right, you can wake up at 5:00 in the morning, care for somebody everybody minute of the day, take the late bus home at night, and still make less than the minimum wage. >> reporter: that was two years ago, and despite a pledge to close the loophole the department of labor said it's still working on it. about half the states require home care rates to be licensed or certified. but now they found agency background checks are often limits creating, quote, a false sense of security. >> a lady that i took care of
eventually was put in a nursing home. she used to walk around with a plunger. and if they tried to take it away from you, she would hit you with it. >> but as they restrict the size of the aid program some are concerned about their clients future. >> they really depend on us. often they say what would i do, i have no family, they have no kids, nobody to take care of them at all. >> reporter: al jazeera, philadelphia. >> across america flash floods in utah. >> heavy rains sent people in alpine utah clamoring for shelter and many were forced to flee their homes. rivers of mud ran through entire neighborhoods and rushed past city buildings. the area already had been damaged bay wildfire.
as much as three-quarters of an inch of rain fell in 15 minutes. firefighters are gaining grown on that massive yosemite wildfire that has burned for nearly a month. it's 80% contained, but it's expected to rage on for a couple of weeks. it ha is now the third largest wildfire in modern california history. a hunter started the fire when his illegal campfire got out of control. >> well, this past weekend they've sent over four dozen scientists into that area in california to evaluate the damage to the wildlife still as the fires are going on, so they're going to take a survey to see the damage of what is there, and what can they do to prevent this in the future. heavy rain is expected there and
across parts of utah, but no rain here. here is one of the wicket pictum vermont. the clouds are quite minimal. we saw the temperatures dropping in the area. now rain has been pushing through this region over the last couple of hours. but yesterday low temperatures look like this. albany was at 48 degrees. portland mained was at 48 degrees. right now a lot of temperatures in the north have not rebounded. we're looking at montreal at 62. you can see the line going through matters of pennsylvania where pittsburgh is at 77 and philadelphia is at 81. temperatures across the north are expected to go down to the low 30s. >> kevin, thank you. the head of the nation's oldest civil rights group is stepping
down. sunday, ben jealous said he would leave his job as president at the end of year. jealous was the youngest man to lead the history old civil rights group. there is no word on his successor. the 2020 olympics will be in tokyo. and they bring back one popular sport that has been cut from the games. and the challenge of teaching children in afghanistan.
it had been cut back in february. we report from be buenos aires. >> reporter: it was suspended for some cases of corruption. for the federation this has been a wake-up call, and they've taken steps to transform the sport to make it more tv friendly and giving women a bigger role. we also know that th we asked jaques rogge if the voting was fair and even, they only got 24 votes. that's only two more votes. and fidel castro's son came all the way from cuba to
buenos aires said that there, there wer was much at stake, but obviously that was not enough. >> michaels eaves is joining us now whether you love tennis or football. it's a big day in sports. >> reporter: yes, it is a big weekend to say the least. and women' final in the u.s. opens are open right now. and serena williams in a rematch of last year's final. serena won the first set 7-5, and she's up now in the second set of 4-3. well, it's kick off weekend in the nfl. impressive performances including tom brady. the patriots beat the bills, and brady finished 2 8 yards and two scores and helped the patriots win their tenth straight even
opener. the new york jets led by gino smith came from behind to beat the tampa bay buccaneers with two seconds remaining. the jets win it 18-17. that's a look at your sports headlines. we'll take to you metlife stadium where the jets won in gino smith's debut as quarterback. >> thank you. around the globe people are voting, in ballots are being counted. we'll have updates on from moscow to australia with the number of points in between. the president's call for military action against syria. those stories are coming up on al jazeera. we appreciate you spending time with us tonight. up next is the golden age of hollywood going golden but elsewhere. why l.a.'s mayor has declared a
he'll appear before the american public tuesday night on primetime. >> now the top three jobs in healthcare services are at home. registered nurses, personal care aids and home health aid. >> not only is the white house talking to the media, but so is syrian basha bashar al-assad. assad is warning that there will be reper cautions to any u.s.-led strikes. we have have reports, and we do have a warning that you may find some of the images disturbing. >> making the rounds on the sunday morning chat shows white house staff denis mcdonough explaining why the u.s. should follow through on the strikes against syria. >> in damascus, but also in tehran and among the lebanese
hezbollah. >> it's an issue of stability and security. former white house advisers. >> the israelis themselves sent the signal that they feel that we have to act because if we don't it will encourage the use of these weapons. >> internet videos of the aftermath of the internet attack in damascus last month was released in the house intelligence committee saying the syrian president should be held accountable. but in a soon to be released interview on cbs. denied that he even knew about the attack. >> a prominent liberal activist group has released television ads urging congress to vote
against military action. after ten years of war in afghanistan and iraq, americans fear being brought in to syria's civil war. [ explosion ] >> it's that intense public pressure to oppose the president's measure that the white house must overcome. president obama is making personal phone calls to draw up support, and he'll release interviews on monday and his address on tuesday. >> for more on syria's war, al jazeera sat down with ron paul. here is a sneak peek of the interview. >> what would be your red line in syria? is there a moment when the united states has the responsibility to protect, to go abroad and to help people who are in crisis, and being killed by their own government. >> yes, if any country,
including syriac if they attacked the united states under attack, you know, threatened us, came and bombed us or sent a drone missile other here. that might qualify as a requirement to retaliate, but under today's circumstances i can't imagine any moral justification for us getting involved in another war because it's been morally unjustified for the involvement we have had already. it certainly authorized under the constitution that we should be the policeman of the world and we're involved in these internal fights and picking and choosing the civil wars going on. it makes no moral sense. it makes no constitutional sense. >> to see the complete interview tune in to the "talk to ajoy tonight at 10:30 eastern time. hamid karzai said that 16
people were killed, including two civilians, but nato said 10 were killed, all fighters. >> the nato drone strike took place saturday in northeast afghanistan on the border with pakistan. s were known to be a stronghold of the taliban, but as is often case after such a drone strike, a size of the outcome with different versions of events, different versions of who was killed. the taliban said that 16 of people were killed and they were all civilians. the local governor has said that 16 were killed, but four were taliban fighters, and the rest were civilians, including women and children. the nato forces say that ten were killed and they were all taliban fighter. the afghan president karzai has strongly complained about.
>> with the violence around them, educating children in afghanistan is a daunting challenge, but it's a challenge some leaders are taking on. jennifer glass reports. >> this is one of afghanistan's schools in an upscale neighborhood in kabul. here girls have their studies and nearly all will graduate after the 12th grade. but that's not the way it is everywhere. here schools are held in a tent. less than a third of teachers have official qualifications. in eastern afghanistan there is a lock on the school door. >> the taliban closed this school three years ago. they said it's because girls should not nobody school. >> 34 schools are closed across
the province, and students and staff are under threat. >> there have been recent incidents where teachers from affected by bombings, explosions. some of our students have been killed in the cross fire of the opposition and government forces. >> that's a problem that educators are having all over the country. >> more than 400 injured, and more than a hundred. >> it's not just security that hindered education here. there are budget problems and corruption. >> even in kabul where schools are in terrible condition. these were supposed to be brand new classrooms funded by the world bank. the company that was supposed to build them ran away with the money. >> 2,000 students are studying g witstudy inclasses with no wind.
afghanistan hopes that by 2020 all afghan children will be able to complete school. there is still a lot to be done to make that happen. jennifer glass, al jazeera, kabul. >> it has been a busy weekend for voters around the world. there were ballots cast for prime ministers in australia and norway. voters are making a mayor in moscow. on tuesday a mayoral primary will be held in new york city. in that race there have cries of racism, and that's because the front runner is using his black son in campaign ads. he's running a racist campaign based on class wear fare. de blasio has been polling well among blackhawks when featuring his interracial family. >> in a hotly contested race for mayor, the incumbents are facing
a tough challenge from the leader. right now he's doing well in exit polls although he remains slightly behind the kremlin-backed incumbents. and the story from peter sharp in moscow. >> he has been described as the man presiden president putin fe. the lawyer turn anti-corruption campaigner is the first ever candidate to run a western style political campaign here. his slogan, change russia, start with moscow has been the mantra for his mainly young middle class supporters. >> his campaign videos up loaded to youtube became another
sensation, another first tapping into social media to reach the voters. it was only two months ago when he was sentenced to five years of labor camp for embezzlement. but he was released on appeal, and allowing him to stand in the mayor election. a deliberate decision by the kremlin. >> the kremlin needed him to run for moscow mayor to make his opponents win legally. you cannot choose a guy who would not be supported by the majority. >> he is running against the current mayor of moscow. he has run a lackluster low profile campaign and a worthy but dull reputation for sorting
moscow's problems. all the polls show he'll win in a landslide. >> but he's undeterred. he would be happy with 20% of the vote. that would send a clear message to the kremlin that they can no longer ignore the opposition. >> it was early vote for the prime minister in norway. the incumbent has been heavily criticized for his leadership during the european financial crisis. conservative challenger is considered the frontrunner and is leading in the polls. in united states it was a land land--in australia it was a landslide victory tony abbott promised to cut taxes and cut down on silent seekers arriving
to australia by boats. the presidential election in the moldives ended with no winner. the run off election is in three weeks. there is heavy campaigning across germany this week where chancellor angela merkel is fighting for another term. she's ahead in the polls, but she's take nothing chances. [♪ music ] >> better than all the rest. not just a rock lyric, but the germans call it the hot phase of the campaign dominated bay woman whose performance in office is cool, quiet, and deliberate. on sunday, though, even if the party seems to have an unbeatable lead she let some passion show through.
>> let us use every minute up to the election. let us fight and let us go to the people and tell them yes, we can success with the help of every ger german citizen can ree dreams and aster rations. >> at times it feels like a presidential race because it's angela merkel's popularity that is pushing her party ahead of its rivals, the social democrats. that lead is held by the fact that both parties have similar platforms in many ways. both think international approval is needed before any strike on syria, and both believe anything needed to believe the euro. >> her opposition did well in a recent tv debate but not well enough in the campaign.
that's just fine for angela merkel supporters. >> i think she's a great leader. she has done so much for germany in the last few years. i think she can do so much more if re-elected. >> i think the chancellor does a good work for germany for eight years. for me, she could do it 12 years. >> the only concern here is complacencomplacency. polls have shown big leads which disappeared on voting day. >> pakistan's president step down. his successor is will be sworn in on monday. zardari is the first democratically elected leader befor.army dictators have rulede country for most of its 66 year
pressure on the teenager. >> my son started his career. it's a humble request if he can live his life like a normal 14-year-old without thinking of anything other than falling in love with the sport. (applause) >> some footsteps to follow in. more on the website. check it out. all the details. get in touch with us on twitter and facebook. plenty more from me later, but that is the sport for now. >> thank you. stay with us on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news is ahead with julie mcdonald, who will be in london for us. for now, goodbye. (vo) every sunday night gripping films from the world's top documentary directors.
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overeat. a very big business. nano technology under the microscope. >> these scientists may look ready to walk on the moon, but they're exploring another frontier at the atomic level. the university of albany's college of engineering is at the forefront of nano technology, research and development. a science that is not just about exploring nature, but also changing it. >> once you make th the nano sml enough it changes property. we're just starting to explore what we can do with these new properties. >> here the world top semi conductor makers are going small to develop faster and more energy-efficient computers. >> one of the unique things about this facility is you have leading companies, fierce
competitors in the marketplace, working side by side. not only are they sharing equipment but they're sharing ideas. >> the idea of no on nano techny are endless. solar panels are in the works here. >> you can imagine these on the roof of your car. as these things become smaller and smaller, they become more flexible, lighter, but the performance is good or better than what you get from the old fashioned big blast panels. >> design firms eyp is one of the college's more than 300 cooperate partners. they're already incorporating nano technology into their buildings. >> if we don't know what's going to be on the market in three years, we might not be designing the building to accommodate that. so for us to be here we understand what might be coming
two, three, four years from now and we can begin to anticipate those things as we design our buildings. >> referred to the center as a model for economic development. a big boast as it pushes the boundaries of the world's tiniest technology. al jazeera, albany, new york. >> oh, the batters ar parties ad michael eaves, in sports it's a big day. >> yes, it is a big day. the kick off to this year's nfl season took forever. but if you think that waits a long, how do you think the wait was for those who had losses last weekend. atlanta starting the season on the road to take on the saints.
the falcons in an early lead, drew brees with a touchdown, and the saints come storming back with the victory. the bills hosting the patriots, who had won nine straight openers, and now it's ten straight. rookie quarterback for buffalo led the bills to the 21-17 lead late in this game only to see tom brady guide the patriots to the game winner, with five seconds remaining, the patriots win it 23-21. it was brady's 36th victory where the patriots tied or trailed in the fourth quarter. let's go to the buc bucs ane
jets. it's the buccaneer who is jumped out to the early lead. give it up to the rookie. he would rally a comeback. his arm, his legs trail, 17-15, time running out. shoved while out of bounds by lavonte david, put the ball in the buccaneers' 30, and a field goal from 38 yards out. and it's good. jets would win it 18-15 in the debut of gino smith as starting quarterback. joining us from metlife stadium is mark morgan. leading into the game and the season for the jets there was controversial around the quarterback position, but an injury to mark sánchez that made it easy to make an decision in
this game. >> when it counted the most down the stretch, he did not wilt under pressure. smith completed five of seven passes on a late drive that ended five minutes to go in a game that resulted in a field goal, and at that time a jets lead. >> it's great to come home with a victory. defense did a phenomenal job and gave us a chance to win the game late. the running backs ran hard and it makes my job easier. like i said, it's great to have teammates who support me, who have my back, who will go out there and compete with me to the final whistle. that's what we did today. >> i thought gino did a really nice job. i will tell you where he really helped us, he ran. he made some big plays running. they did a good job coverage wise, they have tremendous players on the back end, and so you know he had to make some
plays, and, quite honestly, those plays, quite honestly, helped to win the game, obviously. >> now smith and the jets were winners only because of that late personal foul penalty by the bucs in the final second that set up the game-winning field goal. the bucs as a team committed 13 penalties. >> we've been good with penalties. it's not been an issue of ours and i don't anticipate that it will be an issue. at the beginning we were trying a little too hard is probably the best way to put it defensively. you know a couple holds. there were two many third down penalties that god guys off the field, then we went back on. one of them ended up in a touchdown. one of them ended up in a field goal. that's ten points right there. maybe they would have scored another way that would have been in one of those drives. >> smith and the jets have little time to bask in the glow
of their last second victory at metlife stadium because on thursday night they travel to foxboro to face their rivals the patriots who were winners over the bills. >> it will be an interesting matchup. mark morgan at metlife stadium, thank you so much. besides yesterday's announcements that the olympics would be held in tokyo, but the other big news to come out of the olympics in buenos aires, reinstating wrestling. wrestling easily beating out the bids of squash, baseball, softball. by the way, wrestling has been part of the olympics since 1900s. and right now serena williams won the first set, but she leads the tie break at 4-3.
if she hangs on and wins it will be her fifth u.s. open title. >> it will be a grand slam. firefighters in california have a new problem. a wildfire has spread to 170 acres. you're looking at life pictures of the season at the mount diablo state park. this is with a population of over 1 million residents. firefighters have another problem here getting no break as they battle another wildfire in northern california. al jazeera will stay on top of this developing wildfire. >> to the unique now. scientists are calling it a shark even though it doesn't move like a typical shark. instead of swimming it walks with finishes. it has been found in the waters of eastern indonesia. this "tthis shark goes to a maxf
>> the last couple of hours ago i was telling you about the tropics in the atlantic, how we haven't had tropical systems. now the national hurricane center is saying the one over in the eastern atlantic is our new tropical depression nine. we don't think it will do anything now. the system is going to come towards the west, and then make its way up here towards the northwest staying well away from lapped. they may see a problem at the beginning or middle of next week, so we're not going to be concern about it. the republican being the temperatures of the waters are very cool in that location. the next is north of hispanola. this has a really low chance between 20% to 30% development, probably won't be doing too much. water temperatures we're looking at warm waters over here to the west, but the storm tropical
depression nine, we won't see much in terms of development with that. we do have warnings, especially for parts of montana. we're talking about flash flood warnings, and then down here's towards utah where we saw flash flooding before, more of that is going to be a problem. out here towards california it's more dealing with the air quality as well because of the fires with the area. now we have those thunderstorms pushing through the dakotas, as well as illinois, and we're looking for flash glad watches in this area as well. for the rest of the night it will be bumpy across the northern plains and that will make its way over here towards parts of the great lakes. your headlines are coming up right now.
>> welcome to al jazeera. here are tonight's top stories. president obama will again try to make his case for strikes against syria to an audience at home. mr. obama is set to address the american public on tuesday night primetime. secretary of state john kerry is trying to rally support from allies in europe. in a speech he said that bashar al-assad has crossed a red line this with the use of chemical weapons. voters are deciding on a president, a meyer, and two prime ministers. the head of the nation's oldest civil rights group is stepping