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>> haiti goes to the polls after a four year delay. many voters may stay away. we'll tell you why. coming up in the next half hour, first the son, now the father, another funeral for a palestinian whose family home was bombed in the west bank. japan's prime minister is called to rethink his stance on
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passivism. >> reporter: only a few hours away, but a tribe managed to live here in complete isolation. i'm reporting from west java. >> after years of delays, months without a government and protests on the streets, people in haiti are hoping democracy will return to their country. they are about to vote in elections that are more than three years due. it's after a history of coups and natural disasters. >> at this talk radio station, it's all politics all the time. in a country so poor that televisions are a luxury and half of adults can't read or
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write, radio holds the key for politicians. >> radio is the best medium in haiti. you have to use them with a lot of capability. >> reporter: running for office is expensive. some candidates say there's a lot of dirty money floating around. >> a lot of people use bad money, like drug money, things like this, because of the situation, we have this problem in haiti. >> reporter: and money talks. >> money talks. >> reporter: we caught up with a senator to ask about shady campaign funding. >> translator: i have got people calling me every day offering me money. i refuse. i want to show the public exactly who is financing my campaign. >> reporter: several people confirmed that their attendance was motivated by cold cash spread around by the candidate.
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>> translator: some of the people here already got their money. me and my boys, we are waiting until after the rally to get paid. >> reporter: along with drums and horns go fear and violence. late last month a group of supporters of a local candidate was gathering at this street corner when a motorcycle pulled up. the man on the motorcycle began shooting. he killed three people and then escaped. a memorial banner named the murdered man. >> translator: i have three close friends killed and i saw four other people wounded. >> reporter: as in past elections, the threat of violence is high. >> looks like violence is part of the equation now. currently we have heard a lot of examples of violence in so many places. more people that are interested, the more violence is an issue
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and the more explosive it is. >> reporter: the commander of the police force says another officers will be on hand to prevent violent incidents from getting out of control. >> eduardo is a professor of politics. he explained why some haitians won't be voting. >> the elections in 2010 only had about 11% turnout. predictions are that the turnout will be about 15% tomorrow. that will be fairly low. and a lot of people, we have been polling in haiti have been telling us basically that one day they are apathetic about voting because they think they have a very low opinion of politicians in general. they are not confident in the process. and it's become rather honerrous
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because the registration rate is low. whatever information comes in tomorrow, there will be questions about the turnout and probably questions about how legitimate those people who actually win seats are. in the occupied west bank a funeral has been feld for a palestinian man fatally injured in an arson tack blamed on israeli settlers. his baby died when the house was firebombed last week. his wife and son are still in critical condition. >> reporter: amid the grief, growing anger. anger that another member of the family has died after the firebombing of their home in the occupied west bank village a week ago. palestinian and israeli investigators believe the attack was brought out by jewish
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attackers. >> translator: we don't trust israel. the occupation supports settlers in doing these acts. we don't expect any good from the israeli government. >> reporter: the prime minister and his cap net have come under intense pressure to crack down on far right jewish groups since the attack. the government announced it would start detaining israelis suspected of violence without trial and allow for harsher interrogations of what it calls jewish extremists. both measures have been used against palestinians for years. in the midst of the grief and anger, there is questions as to why more than a week after the firebombing. family home, there have been no arrests and no meaningful movement in this case. he was 32 years old when he died. his younger son, ali, was 18 months when he was burned to
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death on the night of the attack. his wife remains in critical condition in hospital with burns to 90% of her body. their eldest son also suffered serious burns. the four-year-old has regained consciousness and has been calling out for his parents. mohamed is the cousin and works as a doctor. he visited the family hours before the funeral. >> translator: we hope this is our lot tragedy. they are still in icu. as long as they are there, this is critical. >> reporter: shortly after the attack on the family, mahmoud abbas submitted the request to investigate the bombing.
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the u.n. says israel's new lay allowing the seatings of prisoners violates human rights. they are force feeding prisoners. protests are being held without trial. the u.s. statement says hunger strikes are a nonviolent form of protest used by individuals who exhausted other forms of protests. it goes on to say that the right to peaceful protest is a fundamental human right. to mali where the military held funerals for soldiers killed in a siege. >> reporter: at the heart of mali's tourism industry, this town is not used to such tight security. the military is taking no chances after a hostage crisis
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unfolded here for nearly 24 hours. the hotel bears the scars of that siege. gunmen retreated to the hotel after attacking a nearby army camp. government troops fought gun battles before going into the building. hostages were taking. no group admitted responsibility so far. the attack appears to be part of a new wave of violence targeting security forces and u.n. personnel. for years now mali has been fighting separatist rebels and groups believed to be linked with al qaeda. since june the government has been trying to implement a peace deal struck with some armed groups that many people across the country have yet to feel its effects. >> despite the signing of the peace agreement, we are agreat.
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there are attacks everywhere. it even happened here tomorrow. >> translator: neither the public or army are safe. we think the army is the solution, but we are afraid because our soldiers are being killed for reasons we don't even understand. >> reporter: the hotel siege was the third attack in just one week. a painful reminder of the challenges facing mali and its quest for stability. commemorations are held in japan marking 70 years since the u.s. dropped an atomic bomb on the city of nagasaki. the city's mayor urged the prime minister to take stock of concerns over its government new security law. we have more from tokyo. >> reporter: nagasaki paid tribute to the victims of the bombing of the city but addressed current issues as we
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well. criticizing prime minister abe, plans that would allow japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since world war ii. i said there were wide spread voices of concern. prime minister abe should listen to those voices and deliberate with care. the prime minister recommitted his country to the global eradication of nuclear weapons. it touches on the distinction that is made here clearly between nuclear weapons, the only country to have been attacked by them in war, and nuclear energy which this country embraced to fuel its recovery. 70 years ago nagasaki became the site of the second nuclear attack. japan's government made plans for surrender. 70 years on, nagasaki mirrors the transformation, one that saw its leaders embrace the
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technology that defeated feeted the country to power its resurgence. >> we have a right to promote, to change the possibility of atomic energy. >> the united states would be more than willing. >> reporter: it was a policy that coincided with the atoms for peace. the sales pitch was made harder by continued u.s. nuclear weapons testing. in particular, when a japanese fishing boat was doused in the fallout from a u.s. test at bikini atoll. at first he thought it was a strange snowfall. the symptoms came later. >> translator: my face turned black and my skin started to fall off. i concealed it from everyone. i didn't want to face discrimination. >> reporter: renewed nuclear
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fears were in sin months. gonezilla brought destruction on cities. as japan began to build nuclear power plants, a different figure emerged. astro boy was the epitome of moral science. his creator denied he was a pro nuclear symbol, but they still used his image in which he carries a plant to a far off jungle where it saves freezing animals. the economy surged. they exported products and know-how. in 2011, faith in nuclear power and institutions were shaken to its core. in the aftermath of the fukushima nuclear disaster, they
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shut down. the majority are against restarting them. the prime minister made it clear that just as in the 1950s, such concerns are trumped by the energy nuclear reactors offer. >> translator: people's opinions are split. those that hasn't thought about nuclear power before started to realize the dangers. >> reporter: this week the plant is supposed to restart. with it, japan's relationship with the power of the atom. meanwhile, protests have been taking place across japan ahead of the reopening of the sendai nuclear power plant. a safety check will take place on monday. if successful, the reactor could be restarted as early as tuesday. it will be the first to go back on-line following the fukushima
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disaster. still to come, a sad homecoming. the remains of peru's war victims are returned to loved ones. plus, senegal has given unwanted children a new quest in life.
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>> welcome back. a reminder of our top stories. haitians are preparing to vote in long overdue parliamentary
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elections. parliament was dissolved in january. the mayor of nagasaki urged prime minister abe to take stock of concerns. a funeral has been held for a palestinian man fatally injured in an arson attack. his 18-month-old baby boy died when his house was firebombed last week. his wife and son are still in critical condition. sunday marks a year since a white police officer in the u.s. city of ferguson shot and killed michael brown. we have a look at what has changed since then. >> reporter: it was one year ago
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that mike brown was shot and killed on this very spot. for his father, it feels like yesterday. >> we have been dragged left and right. yet we still haven't had a chance to just mourn. saying that, it's like it just repeated itself. it just popped back up like it was fresh. >> reporter: in this neighborhood the 18-year-old is remembered as a typical kid, now as a martyr to a cause. >> we stand up and put out the truth and letting it be known that his backbone was strong. he wasn't what people was putting out there to make him look like a bad guy. >> reporter: after visiting the memorial, supporters marched in the hot sun. patrol and police handled security. law enforcement extended an
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olive branch in the form of popsicles. the school here is where many events are scheduled. the issues that his death raised and the national movement he helped inspire. there was a disagreement over parking. but overall the message was positive. >> it is a job to reach out and talk to the community. i can remember going to a popsicle truck and the policeman bought popsicles for the kids. >> things are changing. things are getting better. it starts with healing. this is a very healing event. >> reporter: a tribute for a young man whose death helped reveal divisions not just in ferguson, but around the
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country. the civil war in peru between 1980 and 2000 left thousands of people dead or disappeared. after years of investigation the prosecutor's office is returning remains of victims to their loved ones. marianne sanchez reports. >> reporter: they have waited years for this. they received the remains of 57 men, women and children recovered from mass graves. >> forgive the state for not being there. forgive us because public servants committed atrocities. >> reporter: in 1980 the shining path launched a war against the state. nearly half of the victims died here. most were among peru's poorest. they carried out brutal
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killings. a forensic team worked for years to identify victims. now families had a chance to verify remains of their loved ones. the military killed 16 family members and disappeared most of the remains, only the father and brother survived. and now after 30 years, their little sister has been identified. >> translator: it's so painful to remember that time, the killings of innocent children and pregnant women. it hurts to have no family. >> reporter: 2800 remains have been given up by the ground and half returned to families. thousands are unaccounted for. >> translator: many people know where remains are buried. they are afraid to get involved in the legal process. if they could give information, the investigations could speed ip. >> reporter: the united nations working group says the state
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doesn't know how many people remain disappeared. it doesn't have a map to locate the mass graves and doesn't have a policy to search for the disappeared. that's why they hope to pass a law that will help thousands find their loved ones. this family is one of the 70 families in a tiny village who have been looking for their dead for years. >> translator: we are happy. now we are together with my mother and step father. we can visit them in the cemetery and will remember them. >> reporter: for this family, there is relief. one of the few who says they can find some peace. typhoo the typhoon has lashd
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taiwan. more than a million holmes are without electricity. sunday is international world indigenous people's day. this year's focus is on health and well being. some families are finding it a constant struggle. >> reporter: this is the tranquil region. only a few hours from indonesia's capital. its people have lived a life without electricity, cars or communication. if they need to go to the capital, they walk. a journal this that takes three days. it's rules that have been passed on through generations. they have their own beliefs, they are not allowed to use any modern tools. >> translator: why do we refuse electricity? if it comes to us, the
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traditions and culture will disappear quickly. >> reporter: things are changing. disappearing forest made the tribe more accessible. the younger generation has discovered mobile phones and television sets. but owning these means risking getting expelled from the tribe. >> translator: it is difficult. i can call when i come to the mountains. >> reporter: they have divided themselves in two rings. the inner ring is not allowed to be documented. the outer ring is more open. >> this is as far as we were allowed to go. beyond this point, we have managed to keep out modernization. pressure on the culture is rising. while laws protect them from
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mining, their culture also needs protection. >> translator: we need to protect our traditional lifestyle, an obligation we have to our ancestors. we need a legal framework to protect our rights. >> reporter: the government says a bill to protect the rights of indigenous people is being drafted and should become law next year if accepted by parliament. >> translator: it's a fact, it enriches our country. we hope that our government program to protect the tribe can be accepted by political and religious leaders. >> reporter: but change is inevitable. facing an increasing population, they are forced to buy land from outsiders, a new challenge that will make it harder to maintain their tradition. in a country where vagrancy
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is a crime, unwanted children in sen cal can say it's a harsh life on the streets. but some are getting a second chance, thanks to a muslim secretary. >> reporter: a calling to return to the land. these children are from the dubai brother hood, promoting living together. away from the city and closer to the earth. some of these childrens are orphans. others abandoned by their parents. at the age of 22, she's the first to go to university. >> translator: i like the discipline. working on the land connects us spiritually. it also brings us closer together. >> reporter: an estimated 1 million children leave on the streets in senegal, abandoned or forced into begging. while authorities do little to protect them, they are offered
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safety. everyone is welcomed as long as they participate in work and follow the islamic principles. >> islam values intention, work. there was nothing here, not even a well. 30 years later there's a school, a training program, a health center, a maternity ward. they can employ up to 350 people. there is water for the 15 villages, three deep wells with pumps. concrete walls. >> reporter: there are come units like these throughout west africa. this branch of islam is more than a hundred years old. they spread their message through music. this is the most famous. for him it's a culture return to the land. especially relevant today. as millions of young west
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african migrants risk their lives to travel to europe instead of seeking opportunities at home. we have fertile lands, oceans with fish, the beaming sun. we have enough to live happy. their focus is on labor and whether it be making clothes or growing organic vegetables, this work effort is paying off. >> hard work and education has brought self-sufficiency. they are owners of small, but successful businesses. one of the religious leaders even developed a brand. these clothes are sold across the world. the proceeds go back to the community. we are blessed because what we make is made from our hearts. >> reporter: love, they say, is as islamic as praying and fasting.
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a principle they vow to promote. this has been a gift, an opportunity to find happiness. you can always get the latest news and analysis on our website. the address is www.aljazeera.com. next. on "america tonight", the weekend edition - racism, violence and clashes with the police, not where you think. >> nobody talks about the police, deals with the police, police. >> stunning reports from south america and the community echoing the calls to make black lives matter also, return to the flashpoint.

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