tv Weekend News Al Jazeera March 13, 2016 9:00am-10:01am EDT
>> welcome to the news hour. live from our headquarters in doha, coming up in the next 60 minutes. syrian delegation arrives in geneva ahead of talks to end the conflict. a test for german chancellor angela merkel's refugee policy as people in three states vote in region ales. a call for unity, u.s. president obama said any
politician -- talking the hospital saying compensation doesn't go far enough. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry has accused the syrian government of trying to disrupt upcoming talks in geneva. he condemned the syrian regimes demands. the delegation arrived in geneva and is insisting that the removal of the president bashar al assad is a red line. u.s. secretary of state john kerry met his european counterparts in paris. they admitted the talks will be difficult, but they're pushing to end the conflict that has additional placed 10 million syrians and fueled an exodus of refugees into the region and beyond into europe. >> here's what the u.s. secretary of state john kerry had to say a short while ago. >> there isn't a person standing
here who doesn't understand how difficult that is, witnessed the comments made just yesterday by the foreign minister of syria clearly trying to disrupt the process, clearly trying to send a message of deterrence to others. >> the syrian opposition has criticized the united states. the senior negotiator described u.s. policy as confused. >> it's not even clear to their allies. in their statements, the americans are speaking of geneva one as a foundation and territorial integrity of syria while on the ground supporting separatist movements like the y.p.g. let's go to james bays in geneva now. some strong words from john kerry against the syrian regime. will that be enough though to
take the talks forward? >> well, i think the talks are certainly going to start, and i think one of the reasons for those strong words attacking the assad regime and the comments from the syrian deputy minister and foreign minister was to encourage the main opposition block who are here ready for talks. some of them are here, some arriving and the syrian government also here. it's definitely going to start these negotiations and if you listen to the special envoy, staffan de mistura, he is going to start with the main issue, and the main issue is the future governance of syria and that gets you into the very difficult question of the role of president assad. i think the problem, of course, has been a problem throughout the five years of war is there is absolutely no compromise on that issue. the government said they are not even going to negotiate
president bashar al assad, he stays. the other side says bashar al assad must go. this is a problem on day one for the government side, because some of what they're saying that they reject the idea of a transitional government in election seems to be in defiance of what their close allies like russia and iran have agreed to in the syrian resolution council passed at the end of the year. >> that brings us to the crucial point then, as we know john kerry is meeting with top security, he mentioned the backing there of russia for this process. do these world powers have a plan b. if things get stuck on the very day one on the very point you just membered, james. >> i think that is the problem. certainly staffan de mistura, the u.n. special envoy told me there is no plan b. the plan b. would simply be sadly more violence for syria. remember, the backdrop to these
talks, the cessation of hostilities now in place for two weeks. john kerry said we've seen a reduction of in his estimation ate% to 90% of the violence. secretary of state kerry saying it is the government side that really hasn't fully fulfilled its bargain. he said they were the main violator of the cessation of hostilities and he said it was the government that wasn't allowing aid into some areas and certainly in the areas where it was allowing aid in, it was removing the medical supplies and in particular, the vital surgical kits. back in syria, the nusra front attacked u.s. backed rebels. the al-qaeda fighters seized weapons from the free syrian army. the nulls are a front accused
them are attacking them first. dominic cain joins me live. the question is although these are local elections, they do have a big impact on the national scene. tell bus that. june that's right, sammy, they do have an impact on the national scene. the authorities here say that the turnout in this state election is higher than this
>> if the a.f.d. does rise then as is expected, what sort of impact will that have on the coalition building and going forward? >> coalition is where german politics lead. here you have a christian democratic government in coalition with the social democrats, which rather mirrors the federal system, the grand coalition you have. the question will be what effect the rise, if there is a rise of the alternative for germany, the question will be what effect that has on coalition building. there are those who argue that perhaps in such circumstances,
that maybe there might have to be a broader coalition where in other states, for example you have systems where the green party has been in coalition government with the social democrats. how will -- >> we apologize for that problem that we are having with the technical connection there. >> one interesting thing about the way angela merkel's popularity has improved is that it coincided with the sharp drop in the number of refugees coming to germany. you can see that the countries along that balkan route, austria
and the other balkan countries there has really had an effect, positive effect for angela merkel, even though she opposed those moves publicly because of the human crisis that we're now seeing, i think it's fair to say that the refugee policy are the only issue people are thinking about today, because it affects every at spect of german public life at the moment. every conversation here resolves around the issue. the country is roughly split down the middle in terms of wanting to continue along with america chem's strategy and with people wanting a different strategy. some people are generally in favor of what she's doing but don't like the way that the government has handled it. they think that the government has been ham handled with the way they dealt with the issue. these elections give us the first indication from the ballot box of where germans stand on this really crucial issue for germany and europe at the
moment. >> many of the refugees hoping to make their way to northern europe are stuck at the greek-macedonian border. >> days of continuous rain is adding on to the misery of the refugees. most of them are living in flimsy tents like this one surrounded by stagnant pools are we're, and some are falling sick. medical workers at the camp say they've treated 70 children for respiratory problems as well as digestive diseases. a nine westerly direction girl has been confirmed to have hepatitis a, a very con tablous disease. they are now looking into how to vaccinate the rest of the children population in the camp. this bottleneck that ma ruined refugees is a social concern. they've been trying to usually the refugees to go out of this
camp and into camps that are more hospitable and warmer set up for them in other places, but only 800 have so far he'd that had call. the rest of them are here, waiting, with the hope that the ms. zoneian border might reopen for them. so far, we are not seeing any sign of that. >> a funeral has been held for a family trying to across the aegean sea. their bodies were brought back to kabul after they drowned trying to reach europe. the youngest was just nine months old. more than 130,000 people of traveled to greece through turkey since the start of the year. 320 of them have died. lots more ahead, including protestors in bangladesh continue their long march to save an environmentally sensitive area. >> we're in florida to find out why the state is a must-win for
any candidates in the race for the white house. >> in sport, chelsea's nightmare season continues after a bad tempered f.a. cup quarter final which could cost one of their star players. the u.s. military is criticized for providing inadequate compensation to families killed in a hospital attack. the bombardment on the charity hospital last october killed 42 people and injured nearly 100. tony berkeley met some of the victims. >> he sits a broken man, body scarred and batter from when an american gun ship attacked a humanitarian hospital in northern afghanistan. he lost a hand and one eye in the attack in kunduz last october. 42 others were killed.
nearly 100 injured. the u.s. military is offering what it calls condolence payments between $3,000 and $6,000. >> this looks like a joke, an smolt to us. it is not acceptable to anyone. >> this lady lost a husband, she said the american money is not enough. >> if a woman doesn't have a husband or someone to take care of them, how can they live? the money they are giving is not enough to raise even one of my children to the age of 12. >> he was working as a security guard at the hospital operated by doctor without borders. they said they had given nato forces the hospital's coordinates. >> an accident is difficult to believe but we are trained to understand how much the mistake was or how many mistakes were done and we understand mistakes were done. but again, it's only questions that we have.
i think that we can have all the assumptions, but the answers are with the american army today. >> the hospital was destroyed, the u.s. plane fired 211 shells in the 30 minute onslaught and witnesses said people were shod from the air as they tried to escape. president obama has apologized for the attack. u.s. forces said it was a mistake but resisted calls for an independent investigation, preferring their own internal probe. those findings have yet to be released, but we understand that several military personnel of due to face some kind of action. that won't be in the afghan court or any international court and that will leave some of a fans questions whether justice really will be done. >> his 11-year-old daughter was a patient in the hospital at the time of the attack. he watched helpless as she died in the flames. >> they have given us $6,000 which is nothing for us.
it will cost more to take care of my own injuries and i am still in psychological shock. they need to pay us more. >> the money can help a bit but can never replace a daughter or loved one. al jazeera, kabul. u.s. president barack obama has called on the presidential candidate to strife to unite americans. >> what the folks running for office should be focused on is how we can make it even better, not insults and school yard taunt and manufacturing facts. not divisiveness along the lines of race or faith. certainly not violence against other americans for e including them. we're a better country than that. >> president obama's comments came after donald trump was
forced to cancel a campaign rally after security concerns. an event in ohio was disrupted while someone tried to get on the stage when trump was speaking. donald trump had to call off a rally in chicago after supporters and demonstrators clashed. democratic front runner hillary clinton spoke at a town hall in ohio saying it's important to stand up to someone like trump. >> if you play with matches, you can start a fire you can't control. that is not leadership, that is political arson. if you see bigotry, oppose it. if you see violence, condemn it. if you see a bully, stand up to him. >> scotty hughes is a chief political correspondent for u.s.a. radio network and joins us live over skype from nashville, tennessee. good to have you with us, thanks so much for coming. as i'm sure you know, on march
12, 2016, a number of people were hurt in clashes between supporters and opponents of mr. trump, 32 people arrested. do you think it was appropriate for mr. trumps to just hours before that clash "you know, part of the problem and part of the reason is it takes so long is no one wants to hurt each other anymore." >> well, i think that's it. nobody does want to hurt each other anymore and it's that we don't want to hurt each other. mr. trump from the very beginning has absolutely condemned any sort of violence at these events. it is not just something that's happened recently. it started off very small and is getting bigger and bigger. why that is? because these protestors are coming in, going into a private event, a ticketed event -- >> the tone of what you are saying scotty is actually as if he is lamenting that no one
wants to hurt each other anymore. to make things clearer, can you say he's condemned violence again and again when on februare someone getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the -- i can't say the word because it's a swear word, but knock the you know what out of them, would you? seriously knock the you know what out of them. i promise i'll pay the legal fees." >> yeah, if they're going to throw a tomato. an eye for the eye, a tooth for the tooth. if people are coming in here. >> so you're endorsing violence? >> no, i said we're condemning violence. why isn't anyone getting on top of those protestors now. >> you're condemning it? >> if you say mr. trump is trying to promote and encourage violence, it's absolutely violence. of course he doesn't want it, but at the same time, no one is calling out the rudeness of these protestors to come in on private property and disrupt.
their whole goal is to disrupt and get attention and get sympathy. guess what, there is a frustration after months of this happening and it's only getting worse because the media is feeding it and literally throwing blood to the sharks out there, trying to create a bigger problem than what is happening. >> to be clear here, you said that you condemn violence. are you calling on mr. trump to retract those words which clearly were calling for violence? >> no, they were not. no, they are not calling for violence. it's absurd if you think mr. trump is calling for violence. what he is calling for is a backbone to stand up. these people have bull advise conservative and trump supporters. he is saying stand up for yourself, i've got your back. it's time to take back america. these people who said we are not politically correct and made stupid charges against us, stand up and fight, this is our rally.
we are here to peaceably assemble and be part of the democratic pros. i'm not calling for him to retract his statement. why can they get away with it, and we are not. why are they allowed to be rude and throw punches and causing disruptions. >> how do you "knock the bleep out of people" without that being violent and i promise you, i will pay for the legal fees, again he says knock the bleep out of them. >> because they're sitting there knocking the bleep out of us, throwing punches at us. that might not be getting much attention but it's happening at these rallies. >> so we are talking about violence here. you clearly are talking about violence. you clearly said punches. conservative have the right to throw violence and punches back is what you are saying. >> you are allowed to defend yourself. when you're being pumped out,
nobody is talking about the police officer that was attacked in chicago by the other side. it's real easy to paint conservatives as being the bad ones and we're not. we're peaceably assembling. it's the other side coming in, breaking the law and when you hear mr. trump say get them out of here. that is him telling law enforcement that they are no longer invited at a private ticketed event and to get them out and that's when law enforcement steps in. don't try to demonize the people trying to piecably assemble to be part of the democratic process. people are coming in to disrupt and cause emotion and turmoil. it is not how america is meant to be. >> do you consider what happened on wednesday, march nine, 2016, when the protestors being escorted out of a trump rally, who according to video that we've seen, doesn't appear to be attacking anyone, being escorted
out is attacked by mr. john mcgraw and punched in the face? you don't see any link between mr. trump's call to knock the bleep out of people when supporters of trump get up and knock people like there rakim jones in the floor. >> of course i condemn it. mr. trump con deps it. >> i didn't ask you to condemn it. is there a link in your mind? >> no, no, no, there's a link to the anger that people feel. they have been bullied around. did you forgot to mention as that protestor was being marched out that he's yelling expletives, flipping people off especially that man, looking at that man and yelling curse words at him and flipping him off. it's a human nature to be angry. i'm sorry, mr. trump does not condemn it. it's not like he was walking out
quiet and solemn and keep to go hips. come on now, actions have consequences, good and bad and in this case, this was the wrong thing for this man to do, would not want anyone else to do it. let's talk about this protestor that was not necessarily peaceably there. he was there to cause disruption, there to get attention and you keep pointing out the same example over and over and over. talk about the police officer, please, if you're going to -- talk about the police officer -- >> what donald trump has said and the actions of some of his supporters and whether or not you see a link. thank you very much. >> let's talk about bernie supporters then. >> when you're a supporter of bernie sanders, we'll have you back on and talk about that but for now thanks so much. >> ok. >> french investigators mean while have released their final report into the germanwings plane crashes in which 150 passengers were killed almost a year ago. some psychiatric treatment has
been recommended for andrea lubitz two weeks before the crash. >> we require clear rules for a health care provider to contact authorities when public safety is involved. >> one of the 11 recommendations, a series relate to this issue of confidentiality. it's known that the co pilot that steered that aircraft into the hillside killing 150 onboard had had a long history of mental illness and bouts of depression. he had been researching suicide on the internet.
the question mark arises is what responsibility the doctors treating him had to declare not just to the aviation authorities but to the airline the danger that he posed. one of the things that the investigators have found is across the globe, particularly across europe, there is no uniform rule in relation to when confidentiality can be overruled. what they've called for is a new rule, setting out very clearly to doctors when the owners should be upon them to in form authorities of the danger posed by a particular pilot. there's also a very humane aspect to the report in which it says that given the amount of money that pilots invest in their own career, they should be encouraged and supported so when they do exhibit perhaps mental illness, depression as a result of the very high stress they may endure during their working lives that they shouldn't
automatically lose their pilot's licenses. they should be supported, encouraged to report any problems and that there should be a certain amount of protection for their income, otherwise they might be encouraged by themselves to hide their illness from the authorities. that is clearly something that happened in this case and the regulators and investigators say must never happen again. >> what about the issue of cockpit security? that was a big one. what recommendations if any are being made for changes in that reward? >> the investigators looks at the impact that the cockpit security, you'll know of course and many people know that post 9/11, cock pit security, well, the cock pit of aircraft became almost impregnable. there are now cockpit doors owl around the world. when it was realized what happened to that aircraft, the passengers and crew tried to
batter that he way back into the cockpit to get lubitz away from the controls and save the plane. they couldn't, because the cockpit is so airtight in relation to security. investigators have said that there isn't a way around that, they have to keep the cockpit security, so putting the onus more on preventing the mental illness of the pilot rather than lessening the cockpit security. >> thanks so much. catch up with weather. steph's here. he tell us about the rain situation in brazil. >> brazil, peru both reporting flooding recently ant wet weather does look like it's going to continue. we can see the area of claude that stretches from peru down through parts of brazil. hate given us heavy rain, some of the worst of the wet weather recently has been around saw haul low and rio. we'll still see showers over the next few days, but hopefully nowhere near as heavy.
just to the north of san diego in san felipe, it is going to stay dry and very hat as you head through monday and tuesday so we can't rule out the risk of more fires broking out. heading up to north america, here we've had pretty severe weather recently, all out of this system here. this has given us tornadoes and damaging hail and some flooding, as well. these pictures are from hammond in louisiana, showing the very deep and widespread flooding that we've been seeing here. now fortunately, the system responsible is finally beginning to lose its grip, heading away toward the north. behind it, it is going to calm down. should be an awful lot brighter as we head through the next couple of days. >> thank you very much.
still to come on the show. >> it felt like we started to raise our voices. i mean, we finally started to raise our voices. >> five years after anti-government protests began in syria, we have some people who believed in the arab spring. >> in senegal, government is cutting the price of petrol. some say the decision is premature. >> in sport, three injured in attacks at the iditarod dog sled race. dials coming up with jeff.
syria. the u.n. estimates more than 250,000 people have been killed since the start of the war. it stopped counting back in 2014, which means the number is probably much higher. more than 270,000 people have been killed, for example, the u.n. also reports more than 6.5 million syrians have been forced to leaf their homes. that's the largest number of displaced people in the world right now. >> in total, more than 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian aid inside syria and nearly 5 million syrians have registered worldwide as refugees. >> back in 2011, syrians inspired by the revolutions in tunisia and egypt came out into the streets, demanding reforms. the country had been ruled by
one family for 14 years. they were backed by a strong military and vast intelligence network that speed on its own people. the government quickly responded to the peaceful protests with violence, saying they were instigated by foreigners. from istanbul, we have a report on some of the people who believed in the arab spring. >> with memories as vivid as their disappoint run deep, these syrians in turkey turn to books when they can, seeing comfort in their pages, solace in their chapters. an escape, albeit a brief one from the reality of a horrific milestone, five years of a war brought with it the kind of unmitigate misery no one here could have fore seen. at the beginning, the arab spring had spread hope. >> what happened in tunisia,
this is all the area go to the street. >> syrian artist opened a bookstore and cafe as a refuge for fellow citizens tired of conflict and thirsting for culture. >> he fled damascus and remembers very well high things spiraled out of control. >> the problem in syria, we were surprised. we thought all the war would help us like libya, like tunis and in the end, all the war left us alone. >> some attempt to bury their sorrows in these volumes but it's harder than it looks. >> these days in istanbul, a city so full of the war weary, it's hard to find any syrians who feel any sense of optimism. certainly not that was on display half a decade ago before peaceful uprising turned to all out war, before hundreds of
thousands of people lost their lives. >> in another part of town, refugees who's liches were shattered by conflict tried valiantly to put some of the pieces back together. >> with the help of the small projects, istanbul n.g.o., these women, many too afraid to show their faces are learning skills to help them survive. she is showing them how to make earrings. they'll never forgot the beginning when for his fellow country men and women, resistance felt more like a beginning than heartache. >> it felt like we started to raise our voices, we finally start to recognize our vases and that was a good thing. nobody had any idea things would get so bad. >> skills help build a living
and aid in soothing souls. >> to start, demand were simple. people were asking for the most basic reforms, but the regime didn't know how to deal with people outside of using force. >> five years on, these syrians still feel battered. for even those who managed to escape their country haven't truly been able to escape the war. al jazeera, istanbul. >> let's now take you to some live pictures -- we won't take you to live pictures yet. al-qaeda fighters have been killed in yemen. there have been several attacks on local security officials in aden in yemen.
these pictures now coming in to us from morocco. people have been demonstrating against the recent visit by the u.n. secretary ban ki-moon who visited camps for people fleeing western sahara who have been taking refuge. they say he has lost naturalty by expressing sympathy for those people and call for urgent action to deal with their plight. able exercises between south korea and american forces continuing on land and sea off the korean peninsula where the largest war games so far have drawn threats from north korea. taking part is one of america's most powerful aircraft carriers docked in the southern port city. rob mcbride is there. >> nothing does power projection
quite like the aircraft carrier with its accompanying battle group. a floating fortress city of well over 5,000 personnel and bristling with airborne fire power, its inclusion in the exercises in korean waters has been planned for months, sake the u.s. military, it has nothing to do with current tensions. this visit coincides with relations being about as tense as they can be, and little a timely reminder of the type of power america can deploy if it has to. >> other focus is on deterrence. we are trying to deter such provocative accounts. the strike group is part of that deterrence. >> this visit sends a strong message to china. this vessel sails through the hotly contested south china sea.
much has been said in the last years about china acquiring its first aircraft carrier, joining a very small exclusive club of nations. this is a reminder from america with 10 to its name, this wing one of them of who is president that have club. protestors in bangladesh are trying to force the government to scrap plans for coal-fired power plants near environmentally sensitive areas.
>> bangladesh is vulnerable to climate change. one third of its 160 million people don't have access to electricity. the government wants to provide power cleanly and one of the cheapest options is coal. campaigners say too many people live here. every year, the waters of the bay of bengal cover a little more of the mangroves. the protestors are convince understand the coal powered stations would damage the swamps with smoke, ash and noise. >> we do need electricity but not at the expense of destroying the forest. it belongs to our country.
bangladesh is our mother, we do not want this type of power plant which will destroy mother nature. >> let's take you to live picture of rio de janeiro in brazil where protestors have been gathering. what they're calling for is for the leader to step down. a lot of criticism has been building up for a while of her administration. there we see that frustration going out into the streets as people want her to step down. myanmar's new government says piece in ethnic minority areas is its main priority. rebel armies have been fighting for autonomy and independence.
the situation is worsening. >> a buddhist monastery can provide protection for some young men. at this time of day, her son should be helping her on the farm. in november, the 16-year-old and two others from hisville were taken by a group of men and they haven't been seen since. >> of course i miss him. he still wants to finish school and he's learning how to be a mechanic. his father is not feeling well, so he stopped going to school to take care of his father, then this happened to him and we're helpless. >> it's likely they were taken by one of the rebel armies operating in the area. allegations of abduction are becoming increasingly common. accusations of rape and torture
have also been made against government soldiers. one armed ethnic group told al jazeera it doesn't force people to join its ranges. >> we don't do like that. we just otherwise them. we explain them you have to come by yourself. >> under almost 50 years of military rule, myanmar became economically isolated. there is little opportunity. most of the areas where the rebel armies operate are remote and poor. there is hope being placed in the new government but there is a real concern that some groups might use this time to try to exert their power, particularly the myanmar army. >> renewed fighting and chance have seen thousands take shelter in monasteries.
she has since received phone calls from her missing son but still doesn't know why he was taken. >> when he calls, he says i'm fine and tells us not to worry about him. he doesn't say where he is or what he's doing. >> the problems in the ethnic minority areas are complex, but there are big expectations for the new government to provide security, which may lead to much needed development and opportunity. off the soft of senegal, more than 140 offshore wells have been drilled since the 1950's with little to show for it. recent oil and gas discoveries are raising hopes. still a few more years to go before oil is extract, but the government is already cutting the price of petrol. we have a report from dhakur.
>> with global prices falling, he can afford to drop price at the pump to $1.15 a liter. >> it's cheaper, but mark my words, having oil leads to complications. we might be better off paying more at the pump rather than have people fight over our natural resources. >> u.s. and british companies announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa. a record 5 trillion meters of it straddles between the coast.
supporters of president maduro came to condemn the renewal of a decree in the u.s. that venezuela is a threat to their national security. those were the same streets when hugo chavez was still in power. it was a time of plenty, funded high record high oil prices. it was a time when the larger than life leader was making the calls. today it is one of the words economies in the world. food is hard to come by and for some, even harder to pay for. >> people are not going to the marchs because they are standing outside to get food. if you march, you can't get
virginia lopez, al jazeera, caracas. from that messy situation, we can talk to joe about a bit of a nightmare for chelsea, too. >> chelsea striker acosta he did not bite another player. >> they are gone now, and i think that the club has players, also. of course when you're playing a big club, you must also play with responsibility and pride
wembley at least for the semi. a man arrested after allegedly attacking two sled dog teams taking part in the iditerod race in alaska, driving a snowmobile into the teams, killing a dog and injuring three others. the incident happened over 900 kilometers into the 1,500-kilometer race which crosses the state. both teams will continue the race despite the incidents. >> sleepless nights are a big part of being a parent but doesn't appear to be affecting andry murray.
clearly trying to disrupt the process. u.s. secretary of state john kerry accuses the syrian government of derailing talks in geneva. hello, you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up, a test for german chancellor angela merkel's refugee policy even as numbers of new arrivals drop due to tighter border controls in the balkans. a call for unity, u.s. president barack obama said any polici
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