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sex charges. right here on al jazeera. i'm ali velshi, thank you for joining us. joining us. >> against the deal. the white house facing strong opposition to the iran nuclear agreement from top democrats in congress. attack strategy. one year into the u.s. led bombing campaign against i.s.i.l, new questions about the effectiveness of the air strikes. life in prison. >> that's not justice. he's living. he's breathing. >> victims' elvictims' families react
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after the sentencing trial fails to sentence james holmes to death. protests and violence after michael brown's death. how much has changed in the city of ferguson? good evening i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera america. we begin with the iran nuclear deal and the president's struggle to convince enough democrats to get behind the agreement. new york senator charles schumer says he will options it. the congressional voting is nearly a month away but the relationship with the president are concerning. john terret has the story. >> lobbying against iran deal
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the danger that the senate which leaves town this weekend for the long summer vacation will go with chuck schumer's words against the deal ringing in their ears. now that said, many people in washington never felt that chuck schumer would sign on to the is iran deal. it was always felt to be a tough sell for him and it looks as though white house may have factored that in. >> i'm going to study it carefully. i'm not going to let pressure or politics or party influence my decision. >> chuck shoorm by tuesday by late thursday night his decision was out there it's no. leading jewish voice on capitol hill it says to me, it will use the agreement to protect its nefarious goals is to great. i must oppose the agreement and
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will voting for a platform of disagreement. worried the deal runs out after ten years and that the any time anywhere verification clause, reasonable points, the deal's not perfect. >> but there is not a real alternative at this point. and the only alternative is extremely unattractive and that's to walk away and have no verification on iran. >> secretary of state john kerry pushed back, saying the deal makes it physically impossible for iran to build a bomb. >> if all you do is deflate this agreement and you just say no there is no other alternative to the fact that iran will begin to enrich will pursue its program we will lose many international support, we will lose the sanctions, we will wind up from a situation where we do not have
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the ability to inspect. >> lobbying for and against has been stepped up as lawmakers head for their summer vacations. benjamin netanyahu addressed most jewish organizations by a video link. >> don't let the world's most terrorist regime get its hands fest on nuclear weapons. oppose this bad deal. >> disappointing but not surprising. again this is a -- the fault line of this agreement deal back more than a decade. jeter schumer was bound to say no points to him knowing the numbers on the hill are ultimately stacking in favor of the deal? >> i do not think is schumer not think
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seurm would have had thisers vote in -- schumer would have had this vote in mind had he been certain it was in jeopardy. jeopardy. >> personal reassurances from president obama. antonio. >> thank you john. coalition has carried out over 6,000 strikes in iraq and syria in the past year. there is concern over whether it was effective. jamie mcintire. now, one year and 6,000 air strikes later that estimate of
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troop strength is essentially unchanged. while the u.s. claims to have killed some 10,000 i.s.i.l. forces they have been replaced by foreign fighters streaming over the border to syria and iraq. >> in iraq, i.s.i.l. has lost is ability in 30%, more than 17,000 square kilometers of territory in northern syria over the last year judge and are now cut off from all but 68 miles of the 500 in toirkd. turkey. >> instead of mass i.s.i.l. forces wavering black flags and tra versing the country side of
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iraq capturing new swaths of territory, an anniversary is seek to replace him insists i.s.i.l. could be defeated quickly if the if the would do an about face on his refusal to put american combat forces on the line. >> to destroy i.s.i.s. it is necessary. we have a president instead who says he will change hearts and minds. sometimes you kill murderous terrorists. we'll going to take the burden off the military. >> did you don't understand we need more american ground forces in iraq acknowledge to go into
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syria and beat siel in syria. there are now about 3500 knell providing force and support. could defeat i.s.i.l. etch sooner especially in iraq but argues the have deal will be short livid if the areas now ruled by i.s.i.l. jamie mcintire, al jazeera the pentagon. >> almost a quarter of a million people have been killed in syria' conflict. according to the u.n. bhaised among the 70,000 civilians killed. it then firearmed into civil war as president bin laden bashar al-assad.
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>> huge step towards justice for the victims. >> now the government wants to know who. >> those in favor of the draft solution, thank you. no wrp has a joint investigative mechanism to final lids point the finger of blame. first time blame could be assigned to the perpetrators. >> this sends a clear message to all those if you gas people it will identify you. it brairs repeating as well that we need to bring the same unit
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urgently find opolitical solution to the syrian crisis. >> the opcw concluded that chlorine has quote systematically and repeatedly been used as a weapon in syria but never had the mandate to assign blame. view with skepticism u.s. and its allies allegation that syrian president bashar al-assad was responsible. >> the question of who used chlorine is still unanswered, primarily the mechanism of the u.n. and opcw does not have a mandate to identify those participating in such acts. clearly meant to be prop propgd propaganda. >> aftermath of the attack on
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damascus which spurred the u.n.'s direction to end syria's chemical weapons program. it could end in sanction he. u.n. will take this up at a separate date. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon has 20 days to issue a recommendation how this investigative panel should be set up. 90 days before they even need to issue their initial findings. everyone will hope that is one step closer to issuing justice to the victims. gabriel elizondo, united nations. >> james hoamtion has found holmes has found he will be sentenced to life in prison.
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with that holmes will be spared the death penalty for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. the 2012 attack near denver was one of the worst mass attacks in history. >> someone on that jury who believes that his mental illness is the main mitigator okay, i'm fine with giving him life without parole, but not responsible for death because of his mental illness. someone is saying that. >> family members of the victims spoke after the verdict was announced. >> he's living and breathing and our loved ones are gone for over three years now and the gaping void, the gaping wound that we have with the loss of our granddaughter has been replaced with a new abscess of him living.
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>> james holmes will be formally sentenced in late august. sunday will mark the anniversary of the shooting death of black teen michael brown by white police officer darren wilson, the incident set off an explosion of voifnlings andviolence andprotests in ferguson missouri. diane eastabrook reports. diane, the people are in the streets tonight. >> that's right. between 100 and 200 protesters began marching through the streets of ferguson. for the most part things have been fairly peaceful. they are assembling behind the police department behind me. in some respects ferguson has changed but in other respects not much has changed. the sounds of summer break the
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quiet on cantfield drive near the spot where michael brown died. a police officer shot and killed the black teen, anger still simmers. >> have you seen change in ferguson? >> no change, no change whatever. >> froaforts filled ferguson streets for weeks after the shooting. accusing the predominantly white police department and court with racial bias. 12 months later change is slowly coming to ferguson after a u.s. justice department investigation. there is a new city manager and police chief. both are african american. the municipal court which the d doj said profited on the backs of black citizens, has changed fines but many say change hasn't
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gone far enough. >> it's fine to say what's changed in this moment but there's a history of abuse. >> reverend tracy blackman says, distrust resides here between residents and police. she is on an independent commission trying to reform ferguson. >> even protests that have happened in the past two or three months the response from the police forces in ferguson and st. louis city have been super-aggressive. even if it's 20 activists in the streets just a couple of weeks ago. >> reporter: the city says it's trying to reform and diversify its police department but in the years since brown's shootings it's only increased the number of african americans on its force from 3 to 5. ferguson's economy still bears the most visible scars from last year's riots. empty lots and boarded up
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buildings dot florison avenue. >> you thought you would be in here by mother's day. >> right. i haven't had any income from my store. >> the city says it's confident it can operate on a smaller budget and still make the necessary reforms but it can't say how long those reforms might take. now there are a number of events planned this weekend to memorialize michael brown and organizers are calling for calm. antonio. >> diane eastabrook in ferguson. thank you. first new york made major changes to its stop-and-frisk program.
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now another city is doing the same, changes coming to chicago next. how mental health professionals have been tied to the military for decades and why that's about to change. change.
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>> a landmark agreement if chicago. an agreement has been made on stop-and-frisk against the police department and one of its most vocal critics american civil liberties union. the agreement is being hailed as a possible model for the makes. morgan radford has the story. >> reporter: it's being heralded as a landmark agreement, hammered out between the chicago police department and the american civil liberties union which had threatened to sue the city over its stop-and-frisk policy. >> it's the first agreement that is not a court mandated agreement with the aclu. >> rahm emanuel says it will
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help boost community confidence in the police force. >> we have a real agreement going forward of how to monitor how to make sure that the reporting and the recording of these events are consistent with a philosophy that i think is essential. >> former federal magistrate arlanders keyes will oversee. who was stopped and why. a report in march by the aclu suggested minorities were disproportionately targeted by police. according to a report of stops between may and august of 2014, blacks made up 72% of all police stops yet only one-third of the entire population and 250,000 of those stops did not lead to an arrest. the report also found that people in chicago were stopped more than four times as often as new yorkers at the height of new york city's stop-and-frisk
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practice in 2011. >> we think this is going to have a very positive community impact because the cities agreed to follow the constitution and we've set up ways to verify that that is happening. >> morgan radford, al jazeera. >> hundreds of people forced to flee from california rocky fire are returning home but many are finding only ash or debris when their houses stood. 43 homes were destroyed in clear lake oaks including seven structures on this sprawling artist compound. the fire has burned there about 100 square miles and is the largest burning in california. a total of 13,000 have been evacuated and the fire is about 45% contained. the environmental protection agency is warning people to avoid the animus river in colorado. contaminants include zinc iron copper and other heavy metals.
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steady job growth this month could make it easier for federal reserve to raise interest rates. 250,000 were added in july and the unemployment held steady at 5.3%. the low lowest in seven years. the economy will be a factor when the federal reserve decides whether to increase interest rates next month. tomorrow the american psychological association unanimously voted from allowing its members to participate in interrogations. after 1957, apa members had worked on interrogations,
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present on interrogation sites only if they are working for detainees or a third party to protect human rights. the relationship between the military and psychologists goes back to the middle of the 20th century. jacob ward looks at that history. >> you'd be forgiven if you thought only would involve a small fraction of its members not really be a core issue for this organization. but the truth is the relationship between the apa and the military goes back over a century. in world war i the apa was used to refine recruitment techniques figure out which soldiers were apt for combat, which should be combat pilots that sort of thing. by 1919, the top ranking official in the apa was in fact top ranking military psychologist. and a relationship sort of blows old between the two organizations that was very mutually beneficial.
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in world war ii the apa was used as a offensive tactic trying to figure out how to figure out prisoners of war and funding went with all of that. by 1952, 78% of funding for the apa came from the department of defense. in the cold war it was used for things like insurgencies. isolation, sleep dep ra depravation. and in 1954, the stanford prison experiments had to be cancelled after six days because the participants took to their roles a little too zealously. now the thing that very few people know about this project is it was funded by the office of naval research. it was a military project. in the post-9/11 era a
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behavioral controller structure was created drawn directly from the apa according to a senate armed services committee report in 2010. with this vote severing ties between this group and the apa this the not a statement of conscience, it is a divorce of two groups had have been inextricably connected for more than a century. >> drug bust, just how many cocaine agents seized ahead. also a typhoon slams into ty ann taiwan taiwan, china is next. strength of the storm coming up.
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o. >> off the coast of mexico the u.s. coast guard made a huge drug pus. of cocaine. the video is now just being released. the haul is said to be worth $181 million. it is the largeest coast guard bust in u.s. history. typhoon soudelor brought down some structures and power
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lines, flooding, mudslides and up to $1 billion in damage is expected. kevin corriveau joins us now and kevin, it has been a season in the pacific that's seen a bunch of big storms. >> that's right. this was the fifth supertyphoon had we had seen in the western pacific and the 13th storm. this particular storm over 74 feet of rain was reported in one particular area. and the flooding has been devastating across the region and it is still expected to cause a big problem. the rest of today on saturday which it is saturday already as well as as we go into sunday this is the storm right here. you notice what happened here as the storm made its way into taiwan, as it did the eye began to close in, across much of taiwan, now because of that terrain that is one of the big problems here. when it rains all of that rain gets funneled into these valleys
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and that is where you get the flash flooding. we had four feet of rain falling and then you take that rain and fudge it of course that causes much more problems. there cosh seven to could be stoafn ten feet in some -- seven to ten feet of rain in some areas. parts of china for saturday night into sunday the storm is going to be making landfall here and we will be seeing more flooding as well. >> thank you kevin. finally, police have arrested a woman who tried to smug, at least $40,000 hidden in cap sooulsd insidecapsulesinside her body. she was arrested in mexico. >> concealed in her intimate parts there were a good number of capsules, regrettable for the
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human condition that they are using their body for these purposes. >> officials say the woman is receiving medical treatment. i'm antonio mora. thanks for joining us, for the lathest news head over to "inside story" is up next. have a great night. >> one down, 11 to go. the republicans leading contenders made their national debate debut. at times they spent more time beating up on each other than going out who can beat hillary clinton. we'll examine and dissect what is new and what has changed in the gop field. it's the "inside story."