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hi everyone think this is al jazerra america, i am john siegenthaler. gulf crisis. a are saudi-led coalition strikes targets in yemen. the blooming ground war and fears of new openings for isis and al qaeda. deliberate act. french prosecutors suspect the germanwings copilot crash odd purpose. >> translator: what can be interpreted as a club lit@attempt to crash the plane. >> killing everyone on board. access denied. women woefully related in
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silicon valley. why many say tech's boys club culture is to blame. plus race and roles. the real picture on diversity in hollywood. ♪ ♪ the war in yemen matters for america and for the world and what is unfolding there now is already having an impact for beyond its borders, we see it in oil prices, we zoo he it with the coalition led by saudi arabia. hawpe wering air strikes on the rebels who have seized power. some are worried about the possibility of a larger regional conflict. we'll get to all of no is issues in a moment. but first day two of the military assault. for the second night saudi arabia crane jets bombed houthi targets in yemen and we got a first look in dilate of the
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damage done the night before. an air base near the airport damage the. homes and cars nearby flattens. people in shock. at least 18 people were killed. thousands of houthi supporters took to the streets in the capita sanaa to protest against the air strike. while in the city of tiaz. people filled the streets waving saudi flags to celebrate the saudi operation. and saudi arabia says it wants to reverse the houthi coup and restore yemen's deposed government. the gulf cooperation council says there is no plans for ground forces at this moment. but egypt said it was prepared to send in ground troops if necessary. the saudis seemed to leave that possibility open. >> we should be ready for all the circumstances. our forces are ready for the different threat. air threat or ground threat.
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>> the white house says no u.s. forces or involved. but that it was coordinating with the saudis on planning and intelligence. >> we understand the saudis concerns. we understand the threat that they perceive on their border, to which they are responding. so, you know, we are supportive of their efforts to address that. >> iran has supported the houthis with humanitarian aid. saudi arabia claims that backing includes weapons. iran denies that, but either way, it's a battle for influence in the region between sunni saudi arabia and shia iran, which quickly condemned the air strikes. >> translator: it's necessary for all military action to end as soon as possible. and for dialogue to resume toward reaching a solution. we believe that these military actions can only plunge the region further never to turmoil and will have no benefit for any of the countries who enter in to such actions. >> meanwhile yemen's president fled his palace last night in
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aden after the houthis closed in. chaos and violence have engulfed yemen for years but the crisis has deteriorated significantly in just the past few weeks, the pictures during that brief time frame only begin to tell the story. this photo from march 13th. supporters of the houthi movement attend a rally in the capital of sanaa. this past sunday a protest against the houthi movement is held in taiz. a day later the aftermath of the deadly bombings in two mosques in sanaa, 137 people killed. yesterday searching for survivors in the rubble after coalition air strikes against the houthis. robert mcfadden has served as intelligence officer across the world including yemen bahrain united arab emirates and other places in the middle east. robert welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> how significant is in offensive in the middle east? and what does it mean for the rest of the world?
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>> it's greatly significant. i mean, we haven't seen anything like this in modern times in the middle east. when you talk about yemen itself, maybe the closest was back in the 1960s when egyptian forces went in and it ended very badly for the egyptians, so in that sense it's major on a sale. >> is it a proxy war between saudi arabia and iran? >> in some ways. but calling it a proxy war even at this point is somewhat over simplification, because if things had been going on with the houthis the population in the far northwest of the country, have been going on since the early to mid 2,000s. however, with saudi arabia leading the gulf coalition though, it certainly takes the proxy part out of it because they are actually engaged. >> but with the united states involved in the coalition what does that do -- when you are trying to sell this effort to the people in the region, what does that do to it? >> as far as the u.s. involvement and what the administration has been saying consistently over the last
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couple of days is that intelligence and logistics but no other involvement. one would imagine behind the scenes there is much diplomatic dialogue going onto pull back on this slow, easy cautious, because, john, at the end of the day, it's not helping the people of yemen what is going on right now. it's just making it even more complicated and pushing it more toward a sectarian fight. >> what does it mean for isil and al qaeda? >> that's one of the things, though too where there is only really two groups within yemen right now that would want a saudi i want vision in the country rim the hadi government, the recommend plants of it, and the aqap isil types. because they want, they thirst for the sectarian war and this is the kind of ingredient that pushes it toward that direction even further. >> are we talking about a sunni-shia fight too? >> in some ways although it's more complicated in yemen. never in yemen was it about this
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sectarian sunni versus shia fight. but now with that other ingredient of aqap, isil types mixing it up it pushes in that that direction, that's what they want. they want it to be sunni versus show a they want to show themselves as representing the vanguard of the sewn any that fight. the concern is seeing it from that lens as well. it's against iran, pushing iran back. with its aggressiveness in the last few years. >> robert mcfadden thanks for helping explain this to us, we appreciate. >> pleasure. there are 10 countries either involved or preparing to get involved in this yemen offensive. besides saudi arabia the coalition includes the gulf nations of qatar bahrain kuwait and the united united arab em emirates. is man on the only nation to sustain. jordan, egypt and morocco are part of thest. egypt it says will send ground forces if necessary. sudan and turkey say they are
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preparing to get involved. many of the nations form the backbone of the arab league. the organization was founded around a common language, but its members often struggle to find common ground. yemen will top the agenda when they meet in egypt this week end and charles stratford has more on that. >> reporter: the arab league was established in 1945. its purpose to draw closer relations between member states, coordinate collaboration and to safeguard their independence and sovereignty. this was last year's summit held in kuwait. a meeting characterized by division and in the context of multiple conflicts across the middle east. the 2011 arab spring revolutions in egypt tunisia and libya with protests in bahrain set deep rifts within the organization. analysts say a split appeared between members such as tunisia who backed political change, and those like saudi arabia, who viewed the up rising as a threat to stability.
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it's been another violent year in iraq as the army supported by u.s.-led coalition continues to battle isil. and isil has a strong presence in syria where opposition force have his continued their battle to remove president is sad from assad from power. it has caused another split in the arab league between member states and iraq and syria, both of which want to maintain their strong ties with iran. a dispute between saudi arabia and qatar over the muslim brotherhood appears to be resolved. last year the leaders of saudi arabia bahrain, oman and the united arab emirates refused to even attend the annual summit. and there were objection to his syria's opposition taking part. syria's seat at the meeting was left vacant. the last 12 months have set new challenges for the organization. fighting has spread across yemen since last september when shia
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houthis seized control of the capita sanaa. president mansour hadi has called for support from the gulf air action states and the conflict is of deep concern to neighboring saudi arabia. the situation has also did did he teardeteriorated in libya over the last year, two rival governments allied armed factions are competing for power four years after muammar qaddafi was removed from power. member states said they would work decisively to put an end to divisions, that us rule i have unity will be on the agenda again if any meaningful resolutions are to be found to old and new conflicts across the middle east. charles stratford, al jazerra. >> the conflicts in yemen and iraq are different in many ways, but in both countries the united states is waging a sort of proxy war with iran over influence in the region. jamie macintyre is at the pentagon with a look at that battle.
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jamie. >> reporter: well, john, for weeks now members of congress have been complaining bitterly that the u.s. has been out flanked by iran on two front in yemen, where iran is accused of backing the houthi rebels and in iraq, where iran is backing shia militias that seized the initiative in retaking tikrit. but now in the struggle over influence it appears the tide of battle may have turned. in yemen it's been looking for a while like iran was backing eye winner. shia houthi rebels two seemed to have the upper hand. >> do you consider yemen a success story or not? yes or no? it's pretty simple, straightforward question? >> it's currently not a success story, sir. >> reporter: the houthi advances including taking the capital sanaa,sanaa, prompted the u.s. to shutdown its embassy and forced 100 american commando to his beat a hasty retreat out of the country. denying the u.s. a base of operations to go after al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and the pentagon said degraded its
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ability to target suspected terrorists. from the u.s. perspective the problem was iran. >> sir, i would say that in terms of the long-term threat in the region, iran is the greatest threat. >> reporter: but then enter saudi arabia and its gulf state partners with air strikes and ground troops. and now the shia houthi forces have a fight on their hands and iran's influence is in question. >> the operations that were launched last night led by saudi arabia and i think nine other sunni nations is an effort by arab allies to fight back against an iranian inspired aggression. >> reporter: the u.s. is playing a small but important role behind the scenes, quietly providing the saudis with targeting imagery and logistical advice at a secret arab base. >> they didn't have command control, precision fires to support this effort and so trying to go about the difficult
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task of clearing a place like tikrit without that, caused them to stall. >> reporter: in iraq, iran's reversal of fortunate is more obvious. the u.s. began conducting air strike to his help restart a stalled offensive to retake tikrit after convincing iraq that iran's military advice and planning was deeply flawed. the not so subtle messaging to the iraqi government of al-abadi, the u.s. will save the day but only if you kick ian to the sidelines suddenly the vaunted iranian commander was nowhere to go seen and three major shia militias pulled out of the fight for tikrit after they were told they would not be allowed to clear or hold the me development naturally sunni city. score another one for the american commander loathe to help iraq. >> i would like to highlight three in accordance iraq commanding troops who were brutalized by some of these shia militias, i will not and i hope
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we never coordinator cooperate with shia militias. >> reporter: as in any long-running conflict, battlefield success can ebb and flow but for the moment it appears that the united states has regains some of the momentum it lost to eye rap in will he crept weeks but no single battle determines the outcome of a or and iran made it clear it would be challenging u.s. influence in the middle east for years to come. >> another example of just how complicate third degree is. so with the three shia militia groups oust fight does it make it harder for iraqi troops? >> reporter: you know, at the pentagon they have a saying that quantity has a quality all of its own. meaning more troops are always better. but in this case, the u.s. says that what it brings to bear is some precision air power and maneuverability that will be more precise allowing the troops to retake this urban combat without destroying the city. they were complaining the iranian backed troops were trying to shell their way in to the city. and that's one of the things
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that they were time convince iraq that the u.s. had a bet air preach and that's how come these militias have been sidelined. >> all right jamie macintyre jamie, thanks. up next on this broadcast. the search for answers in the life of the germanwings copilot. now suspected of intentionally crashing in the french alps. plus how air lie safety protocols are already changing after the crash. and what more could be done to keep passengers safe all coming up.
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a french prosecutor says the flight of germanwings flight 9525 was intention. he says the copilot lock the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately flew the plane in to the french alps killing 150 people aboard. the news came today as family members were given ape chance to get close to the crash site. charlie angela is in southern
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france. >> reporter: as search teams and forensic experts make use of the remaining hours of daylight to comb the vast crash site analysis of the black box recovered on tuesday has revealed the plane's final moments. his end to go voice recordings from the plane prosecutors say the pilot was locked out of the cockpit during the flight's final moments. the copilot apparently conscious was at the controls and deliberately put the plane in to a steep descent. just before it crashes in to the mountains, passengers are heard screaming. >> translator: the most likely interpretation we can make at this point is that the copilot deliberately refuse today open the cabin door to the captain. he then activated the button that triggered a severe loss of altitude. we do not know why he activated this button but can be interpreted as a deliberate attempt to crash the plane. >> reporter: little is known about co pilot andréas lubitz,
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he was a german citizen with 600 flying is hours germany says he had no terrorist background. >> of course this is a big big job for us here, i can only we "real money" pete that that she can shocked and sad. in our worst nightmares we would never have imagines such a tragedy to happen in our group. >> reporter: air bus the makers of the a320 say there are safeguards in place no situation when his crew need to enter the cockpit. seen here an emergency access pin can open the cockpit door, but not if access is denied by the pilot inside. search teams here have started retrieving body parts of the flight's victims and dna testing is under way. the families of some of those victims will be asked to give dna sample to his help speed up the grim process of identification. for the families of the victim arriving near the crash site. the news that their loved ones
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were deliberately killed is distressing. this tragedy has been felt throughout europe in germany a moment of sirens las held in parliament to remember the 150 victims. and the country's leader later had these words. >> translator: this news afternoons me the same was a most people. it's i don't understand imagination, we don't know the whole background yet therefore it's important the investigation is conducted. every aspect must be thoroughly investigates. >> reporter: the town in western germany was particularly hard hit by the tragedy, 16 children were on the plane. to know their deaths were caused deliberately will be even more distressing. charlie angela, al jazerra,. as details of merge about the final moments of this flight investigators are trying to learn more about the copilot. who was he? and with whether there were any signs of trouble before he took the controls the last time. well, tonight it appears they have made a significant discovery. paul is here with that. paul. >> yeah, john, there are some sorts of late-breaking details
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we are work to go confirm. according to reports german police found what they say could be a significant lou in andreas lubitz's apartment. they are taking it for analysis. we are learning that he also suffered from depression and burn out. but because he passed the required psychological assessments, he was allowed to fly. a young pilot who if facebook is any indication, had plenty of friends. liked to run and lived a quiet life. the little we have learned about andreas lubitz makes the question now at the heart of that disaster even more puzzling. if prosecutors are correct and lubitz deliberately flew flight 9525 in to the side of a mountain, why with he have done it? lubitz started working for its low cost airline germanwings right out of flight school in september 2013. he had flown for 18 months without incidents. the ceo of will you have tan is said lubitz had taken a break in
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his training back in 2008. but nothing was unusual there. he passed all of his tests and was fit to fly. >> translator: there was i want to mention this, a longer break in his training six years ago. but after his qualifications were checked again he took up respite training again following that he passed all medical and flight related test, he was 100 percent ready to fly without any limitations or requirements. >> reporter: the local government says lubitz passed a regular pilot security check on jack 27th. nothing unusual there. people who knew him say he was quiet but friendly. >> i cannot imagine that he has done it with intention. this does not fit in this picture. i have from him. >> reporter: police have been searching lubitz's apartment and his parents' house for clues. the company also said are says it has a way for employee to his anonymously report concerns
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about their own or colleagues' mental health. all of this does nothing to help family members of the victims and lubitz' own relatives begin to comprehend this kind of horror. >> translator: you must consider that the parents have to carry on living with this burden. going through something like that not only as parents but also considering all of the circumstances. is a huge blow. >> reporter: analysts at flight radar 24 have taken a look at flight data and tell al jazerra someone on the flight purposely set the auto pilot to descend to 96 feet, the lowest possible altitude you can inning nut to that flight computer when the auto pilot was changed the plane began descending just nine seconds later. >> still a lot we don't know. all right account paul, thank you. >> thomas anthony was at the faa in 1999. u.s. investmenters believed a copilot intentionally downed a
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plane. he is on the telephone now. thomas, what's i don't your take on what you heard that this might be intentional? this particular crash might have been intentional. >> well, it is not unprecedented. and there have been several cases that are similar. but i think the important thing to do while the focus of the investigation moves away from the crash site, and towards the copilot's life, it's important that we recognize two things, one, a pilot doesn't just live at home. a pilot may be a different person and -- in a different city. so this is where the investigation will probably lead. but beyond the focus on the pilot, which needs to be resolved, we have to realize that the aviation safety system and the aviation security system are composed of multiple cooperative elements that work together. and the question that we want to ask ourselves is not just why
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did the pilot do this, but how did the system fail, and how did the system fail to allow him to do this? >> how do airlines examine the psychological fitness of a pilot? >> well, one of the things that was just mentioned is one of the -- one of the the excellent measures that can be done. first of all an airline transport pilot rating is a position of public trust. and as such, needs to be -- we need to look in to the life and be able to trust that individual by a demonstrated pattern of trustworthiness. but the system that is put in place for the background investigations, most often is done by the central government. or the faa or the caa but what the operator needs to do and what it sounds like -- >> do they get a psychological examineexam. >> there is a psychological profile they need to pass, yes.
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>> are there comparisons that you would draw between this crash and the downing of egypt air 990? >> yes. similar conditions. and i little that think what we are looking for here, in fact we do not look for, but common themes have occurred in similar cases are a grievance, an issue, and, of course access. but i think it's also important to points out that the -- that there is not a single failure. we are focusing a lot on the door issue. but the door is simply an access-control device. and at any airport modern airport today access control measures are put in to place to allow 40,000 people, maybe like here at los angeles, to go and come in to the airport and get access to that airport. the fact is, an access-control device has to have two parts one part to keep the bad guy out and one part to let the guy guy
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in. and so we've got basically one part working. >> we will be learning more hopefully from investigators in the coming days. coming up more on the conflict in yemen. we'll sort out the key players and look at what's at stake. plus as silicon valley sex discrimination case goes to the jury. why women are still being left behind in the tech industry. and what's being done to change that.
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hi, everyone, this is al jazerra america, i am john siegenthaler. chaos and cop conflict. arab coalition strikes in vinnie. what it could mean not region and the identifies against isil and al qaeda. women in tech, the growing agree debate over quality and fairness in silicon valley. plus black and white. does hollywood favor nonwhite actors? the divisive new
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accusations and the backlash. ♪ ♪ tonight what was once an inning telephone crisis in yemen is now a regional conflict and threatening to fled. yep end's president has flawed to saudi arabia as that country leads strikes on the houthi rebels that forced him out. egypt says it's ready to sends in ground troops if necessary the new offensive has reignited old rivalries. iran is standing by the houthis and calling for an end to the strikes saying they bill only lead to further bloodshed. jonathan betz is here with the key players involved in yemen and what's at stake. >> john, yemen is the poorist country in the middle east yet also very critical. it sits at the cross worlds of the world's busiest shipping lanes and home to a powerful al qaeda bran. with so many fight for this conduct are you some worry the risk is growing and it could turn in to a proxy war between sunni muslim states and shia
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iran. as saudi arabia strikes from the air, talk now from egypt of invading from the ground. >> the use of force is always the last resort and is with great reluctance that we took this step. >> reporter: the two are among some of the players beyond yemen's borders jockeying for control of the crippled nation. to the north, saudi arabia is leading the effort to his stop rebels from toppling what's left of yemen's government. those rebels the houthis are shias, they used to rule yemen decades ago. now they are fight to go get it back. already they control the capital and parts of the north. iran has supported them with humanitarian aid it says, while the saudis say teheran is accepteding weapon to his the houthis. sparking fears this up rising in yemen could grow in to a wider conflict between rivals saudi arabia rah rape i can't and iran. >> let me clarify that the houthis are not iranian agents
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but yemenis with their own cause, they were in yemen far before the iranian-saudi proxy war. >> joining saudi arabia's coalition are countries from across the muslim world including gulf states as well asthma rocco and sudan. we are clear we are not giving up the security and stability of the air action king damn. it is a red line for us. >> it's not only the houthi rebels fight for control, there is al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, it's repeatedly targeted american jet liners and it too is pushing for power along with groups loyal to isil. already claimed responsibility for bombing mosques in yemen now fear it could ca that rife in a power vacuum. either way with yemen's collapse, the united states loses a critical toe hold in its fight against terror. >> the u.s. is providing intel gents to the saudis and iran said it's military will not
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intervene but also warned these strikes could flame sectarian hatreds that are already burn ago cross the middle east, john. >> jonathan betz, thank you. mohamed weiss say middle east political analyst in washington d.c. tonight think welcome. i know that you have sources in yemen, tell me what you are hearing? >> well, what i am hearing is the war against the houthis have started because they i can soughteddal all of their chances to reconcile with the rest of the country. your report said the houthis are a majority and the houthis were the rulers of the country. no, that was wrong. the houthis never ruled the country. it was. [ inaudible ] who ruled the country, he was not houthi. the houthis are less than 3% of the population of yemen but they started as a consult -- cult in 1995 and fought against the opposed president al sala in
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2004, now in 2014-15 they are fighting against everybody with iranian money with iranian support in order to create problems for saudi arabia and the west. now the waterway that goes from the arabian sea toed red sea lead to go sue eska knowledge where they are threatening the free movement of trade between the gulf states and the rest of the world. so they are not innocent. they are -- they are a minority who tried to rule -- minority of 1 million let's say trying to rule 24 million people in yemen. so -- let me finish this and then i will let you. iran pushed its clock in iraq and syria and lebanon and in yemen and now what i hear in your report you are talking about al qaeda and isis.
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yes, al qaeda is there isis is is in iraq and syria. they are criminal element. but we cannot ignore the presence of the arabians which is not acceptable to the air arabs. >> what if iran gets involved military what will that mean to the ring none. >> i ran knows well not to get involved. if they get involved they will be threatening world stability and the free access to markets for the europeans and the americans and they will have to face not just the arabs they will be facing also the europeans, the americans and of the the rest of the world who is going to be paying a very high price for oil because of the criminal behavior of certain elements in iran and in yemen. >> you describe a potentially explosive situation not just in the region but could have ripple
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affects all across the world right? >> absolutely. if iran tries to intervene militarily in yemen. this time i think the whole world will stand in their face and they are going to pay a very high price. iran was using the houthis in order to play on the americans over the nuclear deal they were trying to get. but unfortunately what happened they pushed the envelope too far where nobody would allow them to create more chaos in the region other than iraq, syria lebanon and yemen. so i think what is going to happen and i know from my contacts in yemen the situation is dire for everybody. and there is, i suppose to somebody ride before i came on in yemen who is close to somebody very high up in the leadership over there and he told me i don't think there is anyway for reconciliation, the houthis have to srepdzer, al sal losalsaleh has to go and they can
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to reconcile without the intervention of the iranian and their presence on the ground. >> who fills that power vacuum then? >> you know, yep sane very complex society. it's tribal. money plays very big role. everybody is armed over there. yemen is 25 million people with 100 million ak47s. the tribes have guns, they have heavy guns, rockets tanks they act like armies. they have to reconcile among themselves. but they cannot -- also one of them cannot accept held from iran or anybody else. let it be assault and battery i saudi arabia or the west or the east. they cannot accept help from others and try to enforce a winner and loser in yemen. yemen cannot have a solution like that. it's going to have to be win-win situation where everybody will be respected and the rights of the tribes and their regional
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and geographic areas are protected soft. so at the end of the day all this bombing is going to have to stop one day where the yemenis yemenis themselves will meet in the gulf area in saudi arabia or in qatar in order to resolve their issues. it was presented to them last week and the houthis refused to go to qatar in order to negotiate, to find a solution for the country. >> given the negotiations going on between iran and the united states about their nuclear program, does that mean the united states has more leverage right now or not? >> well, the united states does not have any leverage in iran does not want to tango. and iran have refuse today give in to the world community and to the demands of the world community to make sure iran is not going to own a nuclear weapon in the region. especially after iran showed its willingness to interfere and use
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its revolutionary guard in iraq and in syria against civilians and support dictators in the region so iran cannot be trusted with a nuclear reactor that can reach the enrichment to make nuclear weapons. i don't think there is any solution with iran, without disarming their a bit making nuclear weapons. i don't think we are close here. america and the five plus one are not close with the iranians on ideal because iran is trying to play for time in order to put the world on this part one day enrich enough uranium to scare the world with. >> we'll find out in the coming days if you are right. thank you for being with us. an army national guard specialist accused of trying to support isil appeared today in the a federal court. the fbism says they arrested
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uh-huh san edmonds we understand night when he was boarding a flight to egypt. his cousin jonas was also arrested. he was planning for attack a military installation in illinois think they are being charged with conspiracy to support isil 123-4678 now to ray trial that could have a big impact on the future of women in technology and coming to a close at issue whether an employee at a silicon valley company was denied promotions because she's a woman. ellen powell is former junior partner at kliner perkins, she is seeking $160 million in damages. a jury -- a decision by the injury is expected any do you now. companies like google, facebook and' the have faced criticism for hiring too few women. melissa chan is in san francisco with more on that. melissa. >> reporter: not just advocates have been looking at this ellen powell true. men and women say for an
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industry that's all about being up-to-date it has been terribly not up-to-date when it comes to women. they graduated from m.i.t.'s business school, one holds an aerospace degree and one speaks chinese, despite their accomplishments and their own start-up. they believe many women in silicon valley get left behind. >> sometimes women maybe think that you need to explain stuff to them or they might need an extra hand do stuff. there has been no female equivalent to mark zuckerberg, there is no reason for that other than the current structure of things. >> reporter: the numbers tell the tale. more than nine testify% of the venture funded business is have male ceos and only 6% of partners in venture capital firms are women. on the engineering side, women make up just% of 20% of software
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developers. twenty-first century sexism can be subtle. some women feel as if they are rarely taken seriously the tech world has also seen a parade of men behaving badly. ubeer ceo once joked about ordering women on demands. tinder's former co-worker threatened a feel may colleague following their break up a woman haves filed a lawsuit against one of the hottest software companies for sexual a assume but battlesassault. >> but battles are being waved. like this one. powell believes male colleagues whourpbdz performed still received promotions while she did not. and recounts stories of social events excluding women in the firm and one predatory male colleague. >> i think this case is really a wake-up call to the venture capital industry and to silicon valley generally. it's a window on the kind of
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micro inning dignities that individually seem small but cumulatively real get in the way of women's advance in the workforce. >> reporter: lauren of the start-up glass breakers remembers one such moment at her former job where she was the first woman to be hired. >> you know the first day when i walked in they actually were like here, look, we've made a bathroom just that's just for women because we have never needed one before. >> reporter: these days she and her cofounder eileen are working to change the calculus with their social network for women in tech. >> what problem would we solve if we were going to start a company? and the problem was gender and equality in the workforce and what solution could we attack and work towards and it was mentorship the. >> reporter: more and more women are coming together for support in the tech world eighth everything through start ups like glass breakers or through regular meetings but as we leareds most of them are still shy about speaking out publically. they don't want to be viewed as troublemakers.
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>> it's a very sensitive issue. no one wants to be seen as a victim of this system. and i think that from where we stand, it's hard for us to be seen as victims because we are absolutely not. >> reporter: what they are says gordon are entrepreneurs and when venture cap till assists fail to invest in women they are missing out on potential returns. until then, silicon valley stays stuck in the past. >> just to add more, john, to something that i mentioned in the report, it was actually very difficult for us to find women in silicon valley willing to speak on camera about being women in silicon veil. i thinkvalley that isan indictment about how nervous people are and how sensitive the topic still is. >> that's true, i was out there this week and people are watching this case, but as you said there are a lot of people that aren't really within to go
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on the record and talk about it. what do you think impact this case is having if any on silicon valley. >> you have to imagine the h. h.r.s are reviewing their hiring policies and promotion policies and thinking about how they are going to talk to their employees interest skwrerpdz discrimination. the numbers in my report are bad. 6% of partners are well, 20% of computer programmers are well, how long that will chang-yong we'll see any big change in the next few years john. >> i know you will be watching the -- what this injury does out in california. melissa chan, thanks very much. now in indiana at least 79 people have tested positive for h.i.v. since january almost all of them live in scott county near the kentucky border. today governor mike pence declared the outbreak a public
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health emergency. he also approved a 30-day needle exchange in that county which usually records just five cases a year. all of this year's cases have been linked to i.v. drug use. >> this is about health and lives. and so therefore we have signed today an executive order that i in addition yates a robust, multi-agency response to stop this h.i.v. outbreak in its tracks governor pence says his stance against needsal exchange has not changed. tatestate officials estimate more than 100 people may have already contracted the virus. this week marked one year since officiallied declared of the beginning of the ebola outbreak. since then it has killed more than 10,000 people think award winning photographer peter muller was there to document it and we talked to him for tonight's first person report. >> my name is pete muller, i am a photo journalists, i am based
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in nairobi kenya. i was initial asked to go to west africa in august of last year right around the time that the international public health emergency was declared. i didn't know a tremendous amount about ebola. i didn't really understand exactly how people contract it. so i spent a couple of days really researching and i thought it was important, it seemed to be a budge burgeoning growing crisis, it had potential for a global epidemic i thought it was an important story to get in and provide some first hand reporting. that's photo that i made during my initial trip in the very rural areas of sierra leone near the border with guinea. this picture i think is interesting because, you know, you can sense a lot of in the body language of these women who are observing this burial team from the red red cross and you can sense a lot of tension in their body language, they are all sort of leaning a was covering their bodies, they have this look of great suspicion to some degree a sort of confusion. i think initially it was quite
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unnerving when i went there. i was reveal i just trying to make -- really just trying to make a as sort of a compelling examine accurate picture as i could. this is a photograph that was taken just next to a see sierra leone military check point just outside the end center of the outbreak. and these are all people who don't have official permission from the government to be able to pass the quarantine checkpoints. and i think i and a lot of other journalists do have reservations about raising a camera in a tragic moment. there is always that part of you that says is this the right thing do? but over and over and over again i sensed like people had an understanding that -- of why we were there. this is a scene that i encountered in the district when i came across these people who gathered around the riverside. it was a really nice moment.
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it was completely divorced from the reality of the ebola outbreak that was sort of transpiring around during the days. i hope that people would feel that i did a suitable job conveying what seems to be the reality as far as i was concerned about this epidemic. >> this coming up next on this broadcast a media reporter says minorities are getting too many roles in hollywood. the accusations and the outcry.
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jazeera america. france's national front party, its anti-european brown ao*upb i don't know, anti-immigration, some say outside racist. it's also graining ground. randall pinkston is here with a story you'll hear in the next hour. >> it's become a force to be reckoned with in french politics, some saying she is sewing the softer part of the party that is seen as riceism
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and seen phone i can, they have read the rice to the point that it may have its best showing in french elections this weekend and rather than playing down the anti-immigration image she's embracing it. >> translator: no country in the world would accept to go through fast and sizable immigration of its people who without a doubt have a different religion and culture. and are pushing the french around. >> the party came in secretary last week in their regional elections and expected to see similar results in the next rounds, in our next hour a look at the@whether the success of the national front is due to her or angry french voters simply looking for alternatives. >> it's a big store any europe. randle thanks very much. we'll watch you at the top of of the hour. job opportunities. former labor secretary is worried about both. rice served in the clinton administration i talked to him about his concern that his he has for this country and what he thinks about hillary clinton if
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she runs and if she wins. >> knowing hillary clinton since she was 19 year old olds i think that she would be very good. she would be a very competent president. here is what worries me, frankly. without a democratic primary without a contest in which hillary clinton has a chance to develop hermes i think and also without a primary in which the issues that we have been talking about, privilege and power and widening inequality are front and center for the democrats all we'll not next year and a half scare republican primary. so i really hope that elizabeth warren runs in the primary. i don't think she will. but i hope somebody, who is making -- who is raising the questions and themes that i am now raising. >> you don't think hillary will?
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>> if she doesn't have a primary challenger, i don't think she will raise these issues on her own. they are controversial. they are difficult. i am not sure that she is going to bited hands that feed her. >> more of my interview with robber rice tomorrow. here on this program 8:00 eastern time. now to hollywood. it's had its share of controversies surrounding race but none like this one. a divisive new argued in is so-called ethnic cast goes it says networks are off airing large number of roles to nonwhite actors and studios have put firm quotas in place to include more diversity. according to author -- to the author, that's not necessarily a good thing. and columnist nelly says white actors are being shutout of the process, even when they are the best candidates for the role. amanda is the woman that you are hearing laughing right now.
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and there she is, a comedian and cultural critic, welcome you back amanda, your reaction to this? >> it's it's so absurd. i like to think that they don't really believe this. they just wanted clicks on the page. because i mean, don't get me wrong, what's not absurd is that there really is definitely, of course a diversity issue in hollywood. but to even for a second sends a message that says that with a quest to diversity comes a lesser in quality is inherently not only racist but just really backwards thinking. i think that there is really just a great movement in this direction, but i don't think any of us actors of color for any second think that this is going to be the norm. >> let me push back on you. let's just compare this to affirmative action. >> yeah. >> maybe in colleges and justs so there are some people who are qualified and some people who are not qualified based on the
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perimeters that the college sets sets. >> okay. >> if you set a quote, a does that knockout some kids who might be eligible, but who might be white? >> well, the problem is that -- >> is that fair? >> yes, i am going tell you why. because it's not saying that they are not applicable or that they are not eligible, they are not at the level of the other students. i think what really needs to be looked at is that there is different criteria in determine who go should be in positions right? so we live in a country where the dry tear i can't has not most part been based on privileged white people that's what the criteria is set on. even when we look at companies that are trying to hire diverse tie, trying to increase their diversity looking at hollywood what that also means is diversifying the idea of what is eligible. by diversifying the idea of what is the best. you cannot just stick with what you know and consider that that means it's the best. and i feel like that's what a
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lot of -- is happening in hollywood and i think what happens a lot with affirmative action. >> these are maybe more subjective judgments. >> yeah. >> than we talked about college. >> other thing with college too is that like -- these roles are written for white people and then black people. but they are not written necessarily -- >> they are very rarely written to black people. >> right. >> and a lot of times the shows she's referring to are for the most part that are rooted that their ethnicity. we are not getting a lot of roles in terms of ethnic, quote unquote, characters that are not being represented as the ethnic character. >> this is a topic that we could talk about for a long time. >> forever. >> we'll have you back but it's a fascinating discussion and one that hollywood needs to deal with not just with regard to ethnicity but generalser. >> for the record it is a good thing. >> all right. amanda, good too see you thanks very much. >> thank you.
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