welcome to al jazeera america. i am del walters. these are the stories we are following for you: ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. millions hitting the malls in big-box stores, but the super-earl thanksgiving sales could be taking a bite out of black friday. forced entry, thousands of protesters taking over army headquarters in thailand urging the military there to take a stand and topple the government. syria's lost generation, exploited children forced to work and missing out on an
education. today is black friday, one of the, if not the busiest shopping days of the year. million did of people flocking to stores across the country searching for that last great deal. for some, the bargain hunting began after dinner on thanksgiving day. some stores opening thursday night, and they are still open at this hour. patricia swagba, how is the shopping going so far? >> reporter: well, let me tell you, del, thinks are starting to pick up in this mall. there is a decent amounted of foot traffic here compared to the wee hours of the morning when things were rather said ate. >> that's largely clause gray thursday, thanks giving dayedat >> that's largely clause gray thursday, thanks giving day. many stores were open at 8:00 o'clock last night. >> that's where people were queui que queuing up f sears had about 500
people online waiting in line to go in and be the first to get those bargains. of course, stagnant wages have eroded the spending power of the majority of american consumers. bargensins are still a very, very big draw. for shoppers who come armed with smartphones and tablets, there is an array of apps to help them target the best deal. >> let your smartphone be your guide. this year, shoppers may be browsing in stores but they are harnessing mobile apps to hunt for the best deal. popular gourd like red laser, no more than socks and shopkick help them find money-saving coupons. >> there will be an enormous surge in the role that apps play. >> it's preducted ecommerce sales will hit $80,000,000,000. a lot will be done on smartphones and tablets. >> a lot of the app developers are starting to figure outweigh to see create shopping experiences that are on par with
and a lot much cases better than what you get in the store. there is an opportunity to learn a lot more about the product, to watch little demo videos about what the product does and how it works. >> reporter: surveys show smartphone owners have three to four shopping apps. nearly half will be made on mobile devices. >> we have seen some great growth in the internet business. we have seen double-digit growth over the last 10 years >> reporter: and, of course, a recent report out by consumer reports found that 56% of americans do not intend to even set foot inside a store on black friday weekend. many people just prefer to avoid the crowds and do their shopping from home online, which is very good news for cyber monday, which, by the way, is expected to see a 13% increase in sales over last year. del? >> patricia, how big of a day is this for retailers? >> this is a very huge day for retailers. it's critical.
>> that's probably not the best way to quantify it. a lot of those sales started yesterday. there are six fewer shopping days this holiday season. so a lot of retailers have been ramping up early to try to entice people into the store sooner to stretch out that holiday season for as long as possible. >> patricia scaba, thank you very much. how did we get here? the day after thanksgiving has marked the unofficial start of the shopping season since the 19th century but the term "black friday," itself is 50 years old. first coined in philadelphia. the army-navy football game was oftenplayed on the saturday after thanksgiving. thatdrew large crowds and frustrated police. in 1961, denny griswold work wrote: and they referred to the post thanksgiving days as black friday and saturday. some voters tried to change it to big friday. but it didn't stick. enter the marketing experts. they made sure that "black
friday" took on a new meeting referring from the shift in profits shifted from red to black. a union back grouped calling itself "our wal-mart" plans to stage protests. they want better wages and working conditions. andy ros. j.en is in the lakeview portion of chicago. what's happening right now? >> reporter: del, ne wrapped up a protest, about 100 protesters were here chanting in the streets and on the sidewalks in front of wal-mart here they carried signs and they gave some speeches about how they felt. event the protest moved to the middle of the street in front of the wal-mart, and 10 protesters were arrested. it was a very well choreographed event. no violence involved. everyone knew what was going to happen. for a lot, it was their first time being arrested, but they say it was worth it because they say that wal-mart's wages are simply too low. they say that for a company that earned $16,000,000,000 that last
year, wages don't match up. they say some workers can't even get to $25,000 a year. they say that's not right. they also claim that there have been retaliations against some of them for these protests. and they are not happy about working on thanksgiving before black friday. >> that's something that wal-mart started doing last year. that doesn't sit well with them. but the main issue, del, are the wages. and they say that as wal-mart goes, other companies do, too. and that's why they feel it's so important. >> andes, did wal-mart have anything to say about these proceed tests? >> well, not yet today. after waiting to talk to somebody from wal-mart here who was about to talk to us a few minutes from now but wal-mart has said in the past that, look, the health benefits they offer the employees are very generous along with 401(k). they say that workers who work here also get discounts at the store. but mainly, they want to emphasize that they give workers
a chance to move up in the company. those people who start on the bottom rung can get moved up within the system. they said last year, they promoted 160,000 employees to higher-paying better jobs. so that is their take on wages. but they also say as far as these protests are concerned, they say a lot of these protesters are not exactly wal-mart workers but more or less other unions get the in and stir up the pot. on that particular note, they are right. today, there are a lot more union members from other groups that were not wal-mart workers, but they tell us the reason they are involved is because, as i said, how wal-mart goes, so goes the rest of the country possibly. and they say if wal-mart is so big and successful and they can pay low wages and make such a great profit, that other companies cop do the same. >> that's their concern. >> andy rojen. fast-food walkers walking during the summer as well. they served their country. but more and more of our men and women in uniform are coming back from battle unable to afford the
basics, simple things like food and clothing. jim hooley shows us a woman in colorado found out a way to help >> reporter: sometimes even the strongest need a little help. army private's salary which starts at $18,000 a year doesn't go far. >> do you need dishes or... >> so these two soldiers have come to ranya kelly's warehouse armed with a shopping list of stuff they can't afford. >> they don't have enough money to go around. you've got an e-4 or a private that has a couple of kids, and then things are expensive. >> it's the only civilian nonprofit of its kind in the entire country that operates on an army post. kelly started it in 1991 when she was astonished to see soldiers returning from war heading straight into poverty. >> this is our schoolroom with backpacks and school supplies and things for the kids. >> reporter: all of this is donated from companies throughout colorado and the
united states >> reporter: >> this has been gone through. >> this redistribution center outside of denver is where the warri warrior's warehouse collects its donations. >> we have a lot of meat product and that stuff that we purchase and then hand out to our families. we give a month's worth of food. >> her volunteers are vietnam vets who know all too well what it's like to come home with a broken spirit. >> every day we do this, we find more and more guys that are in need of help, you know. >> it's got going to get worse. they are coming back. >> even with donations flooding in, $2.8 million last year alone it's hard to keep up with the exploding demand. >> we started off with about this nanny the first year, you know, the first six months we were here and its grown to almost double. >> the warriors' warehouse is only open to struggling stateside soldiers below the rank of sergeants who make less thank $30,000 a year. but kelly hasn't forgotten those far arm on the front lines >> reporter: there is no space left in this room. this place is monday with over
1700 gift boxes donated from a local church. all of these will be packed up, shipped out to troops serving overseas to get to them by the december holidays. >> i am passionate enough to make sure that these guys that have given us freedom, that we give it back to them. they are americans. and they are my heroes >> reporter: so as americans prepare to show their gratitude this holiday season, these servicemen and women can say thanks to ranya and others who serve in this massive mission at home. >> we really appreciate it. thank you. >> you are welcome. >> jim hooley, colorado springs, al jazeera. >> tomorrow is the governmented self-imposed headline to fix the website promising it would be problem-free. the deadline have come and gone and there are still glitches, so many that some are now once again talking about scrapping the affordable care act, itself. those exchanges had a rocky start when they opened back on
october 1st. just 106,000 people signing up for coverage that month. those policies kick in on january 1st. now, the administration estimating that 7 million people will sign up by the end of march. >> that's when enrollment ends. china dispatching fighter jets says it controls in the east china seize. china says it's defensive measures but the u.s. and others disagree. a look at the region in the se center of this dispute it. >> reporter: it might take only one tiny miscalculation or one tiny misunderstanding, and these islands could become a center of a large international conflict. to the japanese to the chinese, now thanks to china's unilateral introduction much what it calls an air defense identification zone or adis, they are the most talked-about islands in asia. and politics at home have a lot to do with it.
>> translator: china, japan and korea are all facing dmeftdic issues and they want to divert people's attention to security and diplomatic matters. so these countries want to find another issue they can quarrel about >> reporter: china's decision to impose its control over the air sparse space has upset it's immediate neighbors -- its immediate neighbors but the u.s. is the most annoyed. tra tra trans trans /* /- after japan's defeat, to secure japan's safety, this is a u.s. invehicle that's why the u.s. is more sensitive to this than japan. >> reporter: on the streets of tokyo, there is concern. >> i just can't understand why anyone would do this. if you don't know what your
neighbor is thinking, that becomes a reason to be afraid. >> my feelings of mistrust, anxiety and nervousness have all improved. >> reporter: the islands were never more than a footnote in politics until a u.n. survey more than 40 years ago. that suggested there could be large oil dpap deposits beneath the sea bed around them. >> that's what got taiwan and then china originally interested. but now, with so many countries involved, a small mis step could have serious consequences for peace in the region. >> it's that kind of miscalculation that american vice president joe biden hopes can be avoided when he visits the region next week. with oil deposits yet to be proven, the islands hold little real value. stephanie syowen, taokyo. two million children living in refugee companies and a new round of clark between
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because of that, she no longer works on the streets but her 9-year-old brother, mohammed, has no choice. their mother is a cleaner, but her salary just isn't enough for them to survive. so, every afternoon, mohammed sells flowers on the streets of beirut. more and more children are being forced to work. >> as families resources become more depleted, children are sent out to work. some in very difficult circumstances and unsafe conditions. >> you can see the problem in almost every street corner in lebanon. these children live a difficult and dangerous life. they are vulnerable to an exploitation and abuse and many of them are worn down emotionally. these children are dramatized from what they saw in syria. they are scared to reveal their identities even though it has been almost a year since they fled the violence. >> we were in a bus, and there was a checkpoint. we saw someone kill everyone right in front of us. i saw the way they all died
>> reporter: those images are still clear in their minds. and social workers say there are many other children who are not getting the help they need. they also face risks here in lebanon. they are traumatized from the violence in syria and in lebanon. some face sexual abuse in crowded areas where refugees stay. >> just by talking to these children's, you realize how the war has impacted their lives. >> the war won't stop because people are killing each other and then people will take revenge. if one man loses a brother, he will later kill the one responsible. >> at the age of 10, this boy has an adult understanding of his country's tragedy. i am dished and frustrated -- disturbed and frustrated. it's among those the u.n. calls they are becoming lasting chazualties of an appalling war. there have been renewed
clark over the new protest law. he job description security forces tifiring tear gas and war can, the law bans gatherings of more than 10 people without government permission. the government says that law is needed to maintain order. choked chokkhoda joins us live. what is the latest on the protest? >> reporter: well, by and large, this is still the focus of protesters on the streets and mainly on the side streets and there are some skirmishes with security forces but the point of them going to the street today, friday, which has become really al usual pattern in this country but today, one of their demands was to remove the protest law at least to amend it. we haven't heard from the interim prime minister whether he would take on board the concerns of several human rights organizations and some of the
revolutionary youth and the anti-coup alliance. but by and large, the protests have now decembersed. >> khoga, a lot of people are beingp disturbed about the women in white. tell us about the anger that that drew >> reporter: we did hear today from the presidency, the interim president, indicating that he would pardon these girls once they have gone through the entire judicial process. now, we are at the tape where they had the first sentencing. their lawyer has put forward an appeal to the appeals court. we still don't have a date for that hearing. and then after that, they still can't appeal to the courts today. certainly, it's not going to be any time soon. if indeed the sentences that they have received are upheld in the next two trials if they happen but i think the interim president was responding to pressure that was coming from
activists and again, human rights organizations, and i have to underline here this is across the board, not just supporters of the anti-coup alliance or supporters of the former president who voiced their anger about this, but pretty much a lot of people in egypt. the interim president probably was alsosponding to them that he does know that he has that right and that he will apply it if that sentence continues to be so harsh. >> the international community seems to be sitting on its hands. is there a sense in egypt that the military-backed government can do what it wants to do without repercussion? >> i'm sorry. the audio is bad here could you repeat the question. >> is there a sense that the military-backed government in egypt can do what it wants to do without any repercussions from any international leaders? >> we seem to be --
>> i didn't understand what you say, asked. what i can tell you is that people here are actually backing the interim government and that is not specifically because they like the people in power or because they do support the military. a lot are fed up, may i say, about three years of constant process. there is a lot of anxiety when they see people going back to the streets. we haven't certainly seen the numbers that we have seen over the summer or even last year at this time when the country was in the midst of a huge crisis over the constitution and the constitutional referendum. people want this to see through the road map established by the interim president when it took over power, and they also want to see economic recovery very soon. things are going very bad for many. many will tell you on the streets, we have finished all of our savings because of the last three years. many lost their jobs, factories have closed down and people have
been slumping below the poverty line. so, at this particular moment, protests are alienating pretty much everyone in this country. he specially the next month, there will be another vote over the new constitution and people are worried that we will have more instability. >> hoda abdel-kh all. mid. >> a proposal to build a $10 billion city on the seas. >> only on al jazeera america. >> only on al jazeera america.
welcome back to al jazeera america. i am del walters. these are your headlines today. today is black friday. stores across the country are filled with shoppers searching for those great deals. some of them epping stories on thanksgiving night. many are still open at this hour. china says it sentence fighter planes into what it calls defense zones in the east china
sea. state media saying the jets were investigating flights by the military. th china and japan claim to control those items. police firing tear gas and water can options at demonstrators fighting back against a new law restricting public gatherings there. >> i am meteorologist dave warren. we have a pretty big story, pretty much nothing. the national service weather map. a flood warning from the south and an ice jam causing a flood warning there, that little green dot. other shades are informing us it will be colder or there is no weather to talk about. a little different story. that trend will continue. it's cold out there. these temperatures have dropped quite a bit. but the wind has died down. 36 in new york now and chicago at 30, minneapolis at 21 degrees here is the satellite plus the
radar or lack up. nothing happening across the u.s., high pressure in control so the air is very cold. wind has died down it will be cold overnight tonight and tomorrow morning could easily see temperatures into the teens without the wind capitol hihill cold across the midwest and western states but it will start to get a little warmer. temperatures will climb a bit today and then really sta the to climb togethmorrow. warm air in the south and along the eastern face of the rockies. you will see temperatures rebounding a bit. we are seeing it warm up a little bit here across the southern plains and the northwest. things will change by saturday. a storm coming down into the pacific northwest will bring rain and snow to the higher elevations. >> that's just slowly sagging south saturday and sunday. here are the temperatures overnight tonight. by the time you wake up tomorrow morning, the clock there shows about 4:00, 5:00 o'clock. 11 in albany, 21 in boston,
teens with a light breeze but cold air is around. temperatures in the 20s. closely slowly warming up a little bit tomorrow. you will notice a climb into the mid to low 40s. it will start to get a little warmer with some sunshine and that tries to continue over saturday, just a few more clouds sunday and monday, closer to 50, with lows above the freezing mark. dele? >> ? >> . a holiday-shortened session not slowing down the bulls. the dow up in positive territory, 56 points. a positive finish, by the way, today would mean another all-time high for the blue chips. that would mark the 6th straight day of records. stockmarket closing at 1:00 p.m. eastern time today. invest orders are going to be looking for clues as to how the early holiday shopping season is going. wal-mart said it had more than 10 million cash register transactions thanksgiving night between 6:00 and 10, reporting
400 million visits to its website. target reporting stock in-store and online sales. kelley blue book says november car sales are expected to get a boost today. several auto makers including ford, gm and toyota are holding back specials, holding black friday specials such as employee pricing. one-dealership in texas offering a few used cars for just a dollar. finally, there is a company in florida that wants to build a floating city. they are calling this boat "the freedom ship." it would be 25 stories high. it's designed to house more than 100,000 people, hopefully looking a little different than these, complete with an airport casino, hospital, and school. it would set sail from the east coast and sail around the world. you can see the airport on top. it costs $10,000,000,000 to build. the company says they already have investors who are lining up. thanks for watching al jazeera america. i i am del walters.
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