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this is deja vu news live from berlin hallowing a new american moment president donald trump delivers his first state of the union address there has never been a better time to start living the american dream also miss the words after a turbulent year in washington the president calls for a bipartisan push to rebuild infrastructure and overall immigration we'll bring you some analysis. and the president's slashes pledged aid to the palestinians meaning thousands of refugees could go wrong united nations is now
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in desperate need of a new source of. also long the show music that gives an added meaning to the word cool audiences are bundling up for a look at this one of a kind chalo listen to some of its chilly risks. i'm brian thomas welcome to the show u.s. president donald trump has called on the country to unite behind him to create a new american moment during his first state of the union address he also challenged lawmakers to support his plans for renewing the country's aging infrastructure and to overcome the impasse on immigration reform here are some highlights. of the.
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not surprisingly they gave the president a hero's welcome the big question ahead of donald trump's first state of the union address with the leader of the free world adopt a more presidential term on twitter trump or teleprompter trump a lot of change he said over the last year but one refrain from his election campaign remained constant. a new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land each day since we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission to make america great again for all americans. of the day was praise for his own administration is achievements two point four million new jobs rising wages after years of stagnation more red tape cut them by any other administration unemployment claims at a forty five year low stock market smashing one record after another in fact is our
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new american moment there has never been a better time to start living the american dream and together we can achieve absolutely anything of that it wasn't all upbeat a magical moment for the world to give up nuclear weapons had not yet arrived and the u.s. would exert maximum pressure in the face of north korea's nuclear provocation in one surprise trump announced the kohen tandem obey detention center would stay open he clocked in at one hour and twenty minutes one of the longest state of union addresses in recent years as long as we have confidence in our values faith in our citizens and trust in our god. we will never fail. our families will thrive. our people will prosper and our nation
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will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and sheree thank you and god bless america goodnight goodnight. it was another landmark on donald trump's extraordinary white house journey. for some analysis i spoke earlier with boris foreman professor of politics and bard college berlin i asked him if it was trump the deal maker or trump the hard liner in the speech. i guess rather the deal maker but i think it was he was sticking to the tradition of the state of the union which it is it's a very consolatory speech it's trying to bring the different factions together it's trying to give a summary an optimistic summary of what happened in the last year and to embed it in the national history of greatness i mean this is basically what the state of the union does and trump has stuck to the script ok but there has been strong job
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creation and that does reduce inequality so the president has succeeded on some economic fronts as i'm sure this has been the main point that he's been making also in davos in his speech just a couple days ago this has been the main to what the democrats would emphasize is that this is sort of the the late heritage of the obama administration others would say well this is maybe trump unleashing the animal spirits of the markets it remains to be seed to be seen what the long term consequences of this will be ok what one issue that that unites europe and america right now is is migration what to do with large numbers of migrants wanting to come to the country legally or illegally do you see him with his dhaka compromise and the dream of compromise as something reaching out to democrats and will that work for the republicans and the democrats coming together on this topic well that's at least been the rhetoric but this was one of the contentious points of this was also one of the points where the support from the from the democrats in the crowd was visibly lacking so i don't
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see how they're going to come together on these points immigration reform has been seen by the democratic side as problematic and as catering to a certain measure of the stick to the overtones so i don't see how this speech would have helped him a any way to bring them closer closer together ok on any front did this speech help the president move closer to the democrats no but maybe that's also not what this speech was supposed to do i mean this is one of the moments in time where the president can speak directly to a lot of lard. audience you would think since he's always in the public eye with his tweets and his comments that he's constantly present but this is really one of the moments where he can give an interpretation of his own of what has happened in the last year and so he's been able to create a narrative of success and the question is how long that can hold and if it is a first step towards more productive reforms when it comes to infrastructure
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another thing that has been mentioned where great promises were made and where bipartisanship is possible but we will see if that really happens ok in terms of foreign policy the big issue is a return to a very robust nuclear deterrence that was underlined in the speech i let's let's take a listen to what he said about north korea. like no regime has oppressed its own citizens for totally brutally then the cruel dictatorship in north korea. north korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland we are waging a campaign of maximum pressure. to prevent that from ever happening. ok what do you make of that statement that is a very strong statement well i think we have to see it in the overall context of the speech this was one of the longest speeches ever given as a state of the union in the last fifty years except for one speech by bill clinton
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in foreign policy just came very late in the speech after the first hour have passed so the emphasis really was on the domestic issues the points made in north korea were perhaps strong but were not overly surprising given what he had said before so i didn't find this to be the most remarkable. the most remarkable part what i found remarkable. were the blindspots what was absent he didn't talk about china at all or maybe in passing when you talk about fair trade and reciprocity and he didn't talk about russia at all which of course was a contentious issue for him which he sort of tried to tiptoe around and he also when we speak about domestic issues he didn't talk about targets bill it also some of the big points that haven't even been raised in this speech of north korea yes he did bring it up but i didn't find it to be the pivotal moment in the speech boris foreman professor of politics of bard college here in berlin thanks very much force thanks. well the president's first year in office has not been without its
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controversies of course one of the less reported was his pledge to drastically cut financial aid to palestinian refugees some five million people are urgently in need of that support and the u.n. agency responsible for them says it is running out of money later today e.u. foreign ministers will be meeting to discuss offering extra funding to fill that gap let's take a closer look now at the agency for palestinian refugees and what it does. the united nations relief and works agency has provided essential aid for palestinian refugees and their descendants first seven decades many of them were displaced during the arab israeli war in one thousand nine hundred forty eight and the six day war in one thousand nine hundred sixty seven today more than five million palestinians are registered in camps in jordan syria lebanon the occupied west bank and the gaza strip donations from u.n. member states make up nearly all of the agency's budget of over one billion dollars
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the united states gave three hundred sixty four million u.s. dollars in two thousand and seventeen four hundred forty one million dollars came from the e.u. and its member states. earlier this month the u.s. froze some sixty five million dollars of its aid for the un refugee agency during the world economic forum in davos president trump threatened to cut off u.s. aid to the palestinians altogether unless they resume peace talks with israel the cut in funds could hit the most vulnerable palestinians across the region the un r w a provides them with basic care education health social services and food distribution emergency aid also supports palestinian refugees in war torn syria and in gaza the cut comes at a critical time for the organization and it's now urgently looking for a way to make up the shortfall. for earlier i spoke with christopher gunness the
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spokesman for the un agency supporting palestinian refugees i asked him if he expects european aid to come through. well we're certainly hoping because this is the worst financial crisis in under us history to say that city which has over five million registered refugees on its books is running on empty let's be very clear about the possible consequences of thirty thousand plus stuff are giving an education to half a million children in the arab states and territories around israel we care for one point seven million food insecurities a million of which are in gaza food and cash are doctors do ninety million health consultations each year on the list goes now if anybody thinks anybody in europe or elsewhere in israel and america thinks that it's in anyone's interest how heart a million children on the streets of the middle east instead of being in u.n.
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schools at a time when militants are in full recruitment both then i really don't know what they're thinking because as far as we're concerned this could have very dramatic consequences for the middle east ability when you disrupt an organization like under which is so deeply embedded in communities the consequences could be dramatic and unpredictable so we say we need to be proper under those christopher gunness the spokesman for the u.n. agency supporting palestinian refugees talking to me earlier now take a look at some of the other stories making the news today britain's prime minister teresa mayes in china for a three day visit her office said she's traveling with the largest business delegation britain has ever sent over seas china is key to british hopes for forging a new trade deals around the world after it leaves the. activists and perot have taken to the streets in protest at a pardon granted the country's former president alberto fujimori he's been serving a twenty five year sentence for corruption and human rights abuses committed during
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his rule which mori was allowed to leave prison on medical grounds. now one of a kind cello has made its debut at a concert in northern italy this instrument was sculpted from ice on top of a nearby glacier it's beauty and for gelati are part of its sound and its origins in the oh. this is how eyes can sound when you give it the right shape. they call it the nice cello. italian musician giovanni salema plays it in a bubble inflated with cold air. for. inside it's minus eight degrees celcius but nothing puts him off his notes. the audience is in chant it. american sculptor tim leonard made the cello and a glazier does january he's created ice in strawman's before for him it's easy if
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you shape it like a cello it will sound like one. it's a sculpture it's a complicated ice sculpture no i sculpture i have two kinds of eyes i use the white two which you see which is the body of the instrument is made of snow and water and the bridge which is the clear part of the chalice mission goes beyond the entertainment its creators wanted to draw attention to the urgency of climate change and water shortages in some parts of the world that from the northern city of parental the cello will continue to journey to the south of italy transported in a mobile freezer. the last concert will be in sicily where the instrument will be thrown into the mediterranean sea returning it to its liquid state. for.
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