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iraqi government forces on the attack in the city of fallujah, trying to push back islamic state rebels. the t.s.a. orders weapons for
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electronics in cell phones. >> i was attacked from the side and heard someone screaming. they came and attacked me and i woke up in hospital. >> the american teenager beaten by israeli police, out of gaol and under house arrest. he was caught up after the killing of his cousin. six israelis are in custody. an attack for an earlier murder of three israeli teenagers. this report from jerusalem. >> the beating was brutal. under cover officers striking a young teenager, his hands are tied under the back.
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he's unconscious. they kick him one last time. >> his family says the boy is 15-year-old tariq. this is how he looked before, and this after. his father accuses police of attempted murder. >> if anyone sees the video, he says this boy is dying. tariq walked out of court, battered. >> i remember standing and watching the group of people, and they came from the side of me. i tried to run away. >> tariq's family describes him has a typical american kid. he likes to fish and be an engineer. he said he missed his friends in tampa. he had a kiss of relief from his father and a hug from his mother. he was released on 800 bail and placed under house arrest, but has no been charged with
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anything. >> why are you putting him on house arrest. makes no senls. i'm american -- sense. i'm american, i mow the american law. this doesn't happen in america. >> tariq was arrested during jez's worst clashes. they erupted after the abduction and murder of tariq's cousin. the family says mohammed abukhdair's death was revenge for the killing of three israeli teenagers. mohammed abukhdair was believed to have been burnt to death. today they arrested six suspects. >> the perpetrators will face the full weight of the law. >> i hope the police stop the situation. >> in a heavily damaged neighbourhood jewish extremists attempted multiple kidnappings. >> i'm scared for my daughters to be in the streets.
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>> he points to where the cameras filled the beatings. he wants his son to feel at home. you were born in the neighbourhood, your son and wife in the states. would you bring your son back here? >> 100%. and i need by grandkids born here. >> reporter: both sides will fight for the land. passions are highest for years, and tariq's beating fanned the flames. in gaza thousands of members marched accusing the israeli extremists of killing mohammed abukhdair. it came as iraq targeted 75 sites in gaza. the strikes came in response to rocket attacks from gaza. binyamin netanyahu said the strikes are not part of wider military action. i spoke with patricia, a senior fellow at the world policy
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institute and asked her in the face of escalating tensions, where do we go from here? >> we have to stap the violence. -- stop the violence. that's where we have to go. the situation escalated. it's affecting the lives of family and children. it's giving each of the governments a right to do a tit for tat. we need the violence calmed down and stop the cycle. this is terrifying. >> you mentioned the government. have we arrived at a place where there's no trust between binyamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas? >> i don't think there has been trust for a long time, unfortunate unfortunately. the situation is escalating. you know, there's a call for secretary kerry to come to the region. i think it's probably a good
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idea. the u.s. needs to really get its hands in here and say okay, everyone stop the shooting and the bombing. further escalation will not help anyone, and the region is so volatile. it's too dangerous to let this continue. it was a call from senator john mc-kain. you feel the u.s. can have an instructive role in the region. >> we can, if we have the ability to take the authority and make that constructive role. we have our hands tied because of the influence of the israeli lobbies on congress. the u.s. can't impose anything on - that they would like to do to quell or move the parties forward. the president can make that decision. however, at this point, there has been so many - you know, so much bad blood within the dynamics of the administration and all the political leaders, that i don't know how we can move it from here.
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>> you say he has an instructive role, but secretary of state john kerry made another attempt at a peace accord. do you feel the united states influence as a mediator is waning? >> they have allowed their influence as a mediator to wane. that's been the approach through the administration, which is not the right which to go. >> the second reason for that is this whole idea that we can't criticise or change the way the israeli government is behaving or interfere fear in that. we have to look at how much we support the country in various ways, including monetary and political. with that support we should have a little say on, you know, how to quell the violence at this point. >> on a broader level all over the middle east, we have israel supporting an independent
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kurdistan, u.s. and iranian officials reportedly holding talks in vienna over the islamic ipp urge sense and i.s.i.l. -- insurgence and i.s.i.l. fighters marching. do we have a tipping point in the middle east? >> we are past the tipping point. we invaded for a long time. we separated groups and tribes. it's a fuel dynamic. we have to get in and help the parties undereach other and talk to each other. this is what we missed when we pulled out of iraq. we pulled out without a plan, that's the fault of first the bush administration and the obama administration not knowing how to follow up. these things are difficult and complex, which is why we need the diplomatic house in order. we needed strong diplomats to go in there and move the military
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solution out of the picture, and the diplomatic solution in the picture with people understanding the region, how to engage the parties and have the patients to help the parties move forward. we didn't have the piece in the pie, or it was basically neglected by both administrations. we can agree there's no easy solution. appreciate your time. the tensions between israelis and palestinianians is at his highest in years, beginning on june 12th as three israeli settlers were kidnapped whilst hitchhiking. a search operation was launched. hundreds of palestinians arrested and six killed. on june 13th the bodies of the three were discovered near hebron, not far from where they went missing. protests took place across israel. on 2 july, mohammed abukhdair
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was kidnapped and found murdered. on saturday an autopsy revealed he had been burnt allied. iraqi government forces push north and west of baghdad into territory claimed by a group calling itself the islamic state. many battles pitted sunni fighters against soldiers. zeina khodr has the story from iraq. >> reporter: yet another funeral of a peshmerga fighter. the kurdistan regional government said it would not get involved in the battle between she ate forces between the iraqi army and shi'ite groups. iraq's kurds are caught up in the conflict nonetheless. there's no official casualty toll, but kurdish forces are suffering casualties. the fighting has been cleared in this corner of the province.
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the town is an urban battle ground. many of the 40,000 kurds and residents have left. >> they show us us the areas under chrome. as this vehicle approaches the position, fighters are upeasy. they are concerned the enme my breached their lines. sunni armed groups include local tribal forces based in the town, and snipers prevented the kurds taking it of the kurds say they are not fighting sunnis, but what they call terrorists. the peshmerga generals explained the military objective is not just to take jalula, but want to push south to reach the borders of their homeland. >> that's the natural border. the mountains. we are not reaching the mountains just yet. now we fight the islamic state
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and the groups, and the other groups, all these fighting us in jan owla. >> jalula was part of disputed territory between the central government and the kurds. now that the army fled, the kurds want the land. >> the battle is about to enter its second month. it's far from other. kurdish peshmerga officials spect it to be a prolonged conflict. >> kurd soldiers are poorly armed and few in number. they are within range of mortars and sniper fire. capturing jalula is hard enough. holding the supply lines may be difficult. it is northern iraq comes under siege, shias are taking
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tips to perform their sites. they are protects a site revered by shia muslims. several sites have been destroyed by islamic state. anyway threats puts students in nigeria at risk. officials are stepping up security south-west of chick okay. that's where -- chibok. boko haram, the group against western education put out a threatening alert to keep students safe. students have come up with alarmed bells and merge sip routes. 29 have been killed in kennioia. they hogtied and slashed the throats of some victims. al-shabab claimed responsibility. angela merkel kicked off a 3-day visit to china, meeting with the chinese premier and others. she was accompanied by
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high-level executives. trade increased significantly between the two countries over the past decade. this is the visit to the country. >> they'll be major topics when the secretary travelled to beijing. the u.s. delegation at the sixth meeting of the china strategic and economic dialogue. we'll examine the issue on the tail. >> if you are flying to the u.s. from overseas, make sure a cell phone battery is charged before going to the airport. the t.s.a. announced measures, they'll be asked to power on the electronic devices. in a statement, secretary of homeland security said the dhs continues the threat to
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re-evaluate measures to promote security. he said: so what does this mean. joining us from washington d.c. is jj green, al jazeera security contributor. good to see you, jj. >> good to be here. >> the t.s.a. released and didn't give details on why it's implementing new regulations. what do you make from it. >> there's a serious concern now. the group, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is a show peace for the organization al qaeda. it's a show piece because of the ingenuity of a talented bomb maker responsible for the underwear bomb from years ago, the printer cart rig bomb, and discussion about him being involved in a toothpaste bomb.
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there was also ingenuity of his involved in what he has come to know as a liquid bomb in which you can soak your clothes in. these are bombs to sir cum prevent detention. it's not far feshed to think of al qaeda as an organization like al nusra, might be able to engage in do. of a bomb. >> you see this as the t.s.a. trying to stay one step ahead of this causing harm. >> there's some intelligence suggesting they may be at work. we shouldn't forget the organizations like a.q.a.p. operate in what is known as governed space and permissive environment. they have time and space to train. they have also the opportunity to plot and to conduct preoperational surveillance.
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one of the interesting developments as far as the al qaeda in the arabian peninsula goes, they have focussed a lot on english language, training and recruiting efforts in recent years. that means they are looking out for people that can fly in the u.s. if you look up a number of fighters engaumed in a war, in a civil war, hundreds are from the west and dozens from the u.s. there are a lot of them out there, and i believe that the u.s. government and intelligence from all over the world picked up chatter and suggestions that they are at work and trying to launch an attack somewhere, using a foreign airport. >> they may have intelligence, but no threat. >> somehow the flying public be concerned, more alert? >> i think so, without a doubt. >> the idea is not to promote panic, but commonsense, to be
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aware of what is going on, and understand that here are the things to deal with, coming to the airport you'll have to turn the device on. one, to prove that it does work. and that it is a functional device as it's supposed to be, and not a detonator device. and also that it's not a dummy, which can be stuffed essentially and made into a bomb. those are the reasons you impart or turn the devices on. be aware of that. this is not unusual when you go to the airport. period ukly you are asked to turn devices on. it's not clear what, when or why. it's an advantage that the homeland security folks have, as well it should be, to ask people to do these things. people shouldn't be surprised about this, but should take it seriously. >> the public has to be patient. jj green, good to see you. next on al jazeera america -
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more environment clashes and separatists calling for help from moscow. the latest from eastern ukraine. a first for the vatican - the pope planning to meet with sexual abuse victims. u.s.-china relations - the issues on the table as the secretary of state visits asia coming up in "the week ahead". vé
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in ukraine fighting continues between government force and pro-russian separatists in luhansk. smoke was seen rising over suburbs. ukraine government says separatists are shelling residential areas near bus and train stations and two people have been killed today. >> separatist fighters chased out of slovyansk have moved to don of course. >> reporter: hundreds of fighters are here in don everybody. tired, regroup k and will fight on. >> i'm glad they came here.
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we welcome them. now we are confident that the victory is far away. since 23rd of february i'm confident in the victory. >> reporter: a day after separatists were push out of some of their strongholds the ukrainian president says it's not yet over >> translation: there's no ceasefire, only if terrorists give up weapons and where control is over the border. for a few hours at lennon square in donetsk hundreds gathered to protest the action by the central government in kiev. elsewhere, home to a million people, it was nearly empty. on a normal sunday this would be teaming with families, these are not normal tomb. it's quiet, it is tense at check
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points. they are the first line of defense, where hundreds of fighters are based. for some, it's about protecting something more important to them. >> translation: we are ready to protect our home and families. >> reporter: although they may be ready to fight on, they don't know where the next battlefield will be. for now, they seem confident that they can protect what has become the heart of their movement. pope francis is about to hold a meeting with victims of sex abuse by the clergy, monday, the pope will hear the personal accounts of six victims abused by priests. a few weeks ago pope francis declared zero tolerance for any member of the clergy who violates a child. he says it's the first step for a process to end abuse. >> the pope has set up a
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commission to advise him on clergery abuse. it has eight members. and a member who is a survivor of abuse. a woman from sirld. they are questioning whether the people on the commission will give the pope advise that leads to something, something that many mentioned, even cardinal o'-molly is whether the cardinal night change the attitude on bishops allowing priests to abuse and if they'll be held to act a report says the n.s.a. is targetting the internet use of ordinary americans. according to "the washington post" the government collected nine times more web data from americans than foreigners. some of them contain valuable intelligence. many had emails including 5,000 pictures. let's get a check on the forecast. joining us a number of storms continuing across the country. >> they are picking up in strength, brigging hail and
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strong gusty winds in addition to the rain fall. it's the rainfall we are watching because of the rain coming down, anywhere from one to three inches, passing through over areas. in fact, as we talk about keith berg illinois, this is where the mississippi is only about two feet away from hitting the record flood stage. we have pictures of the damage going on. mississippi river is rising up high, and as that water is rolling downstream, several areas are starting to getflooding as well. and they are bracing for it. the folks are out there filling up sandbags and preparing for a flood stage to be hit. nine feet above flood stage will happen a day earlier on wednesday, on the mississippi river. the army corp is looking at it
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closely. they've been deciding on whether or not to close down the lock and dam, that they close down. now the storms are tracking closer to it, they'll move through it tonight. they are looking to the warnings they have for the rivers, stretching down into the iowa, but we have warnings from the storms coming through, dumping rain. the mississippi river and the iowa tributaries are coming in and causing significant river flooding and that is forecast to continue though the upcoming friday, and we look at the river levels. we have a map showing that river basins are more than 90% above normal when it comes to the river flooding. it's an intense event. we had potential tornados reported in central iowa as the storms rolled through. it's a story about rain if florida. two inches from orlando.
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>> it will be an active weekend and you'll befollowing closely. next on al jazeera america - an important trip to the far east. what a secretary of state john kerry visits means for the relationship between u.s. and china, we explore the issues in our sunday segment "the week ahead". 50 years after the passage of an important law, how the civil rights act changed the nights and what still needs to be done.
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bombs filled with explosives from helicopters on targets in the city. amateur video shows the aftermath of air strikes. the t.s.a. announced new security measures. passengers travelling from overseas may be asked to power on devices to show they are not a delete. officials did not say which airports of target. it's time for "the week ahead." secretary of state john kerry heads to china for annual bilateral talks. he'll be travelling and treasury secretaries. strategic and economic dialogue. the u.s. in china depend on each other economically. they are rivals when it comes to military and political affairs. china has more u.s. debt than any other county and a market for chinese goods. they tie the nations together.
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relations have been marred by cyber spying. beijing relevant charges and accuses washington of him okay rahsy, saying it had been hacked in the past by the u.s. xi jinping met president obama for a meeting in southern california, and discussed hacking allegations and north korea's nuclear programme, for more on the talks, welcome or guest gordon chang, author of "the collapse of china", and a prove senior the new york university. great to have you with us. before getting to the economic dialogue, i want to make sense of the maritime dispute that china is having with its neighbours in the china sea. is a push for u.s. power or are they testing u.s. power in the region? >> it's both. they think the united states is in terminal decline. they do test and test every american resident.
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the other thing is china believes they have the right to territory under the control of others, from india in the south to south korea in the north. all are feeling pressure from beijing, because they have territorial claims which are illogical in some cases and expensive. what do you make of it, do you come to the defense of allies or come face to face with china? >> i would say the territorial claims did not become an issue until recently, and it became the asiana pivot announced by the obama administration. i looked at the clams and in the 1972 encyclopaedia britannia said the waters came from china. this was an american publication. i would say some of this is
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really choina believing that they have claims to the territories, and so i don't think they are necessarily doing it to provoke the u.s. i think they are reacting to the u.s. pivot mostly. and this is how they are basically saying "well, we have been pushed around by western powers in the past, we'll not let them d it again to us. >> if the u.s. steps back, will it weaken u.s. regional power. >> it will. the chinese are testing us. the claims are an issue before the pivot. it's a rehabilitation of an administration pressed by vietnam, philippines, japan, all the countries concerned about the provocative behaviour. china claims waters from 1,000 to 1500 miles away. it leaves at the south china sea, and believes it is an internal lake.
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>> with the disputes aside and the 35 year relationship we had, how would you describe u.s. china relations? >> i would say they are competitive and tense because there are more and more issues that seem to be going unresolved. >> economically, militarily. >> mostly economic. in terms of military capability, china is way behind the u.s. i would characterise that as being exceptive at the point. china is investing more in the military capabilities. at some point in the future it can be competitive as well. to fenned off any sort of, you know, escalation in the areas. it would be dangerous. >> it's in no one's interest. i believe that the u.s. needs to have a different approach with china. because by coming at them with
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hostile rhetoric, i don't think this helps the relationship. china is engaged in aggression. it took the philippines in 2012, that's a naked lack of aggression. and the senkaku islands, by china calls the diaoyu island. the united states doesn't take a position on who is right and who has sovereignty, but the islander reef insists on peaceful resolution, and china has used forceful tactics. in some cases aggression. >> i would say that the u.s. is backing japanese and other folks and u.s. military. basically going the japanese to take actions that would upset china. we have to understand that the whole island situation was because the japanese situation initiated a takeover of the
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island on their own. this historically has been taiwanese property and islands for hundreds and hundreds of years. so this administration of the islands by the japanese, and suddenly them trying to take ownership was the japanese initiating a difference. >> come on, the facts are the chinese were involved in incursions in the japanese waters and air space, they were provocative and bellager ent. the united states has been reluctant to support japan and the japanese government is concerned the u.s. won't, and won't honour the mutual defense treaty. you have to remember what happened first, the chinese tactics unnerving not only japan, but philippines, brunei ... we have to work together here. there's a codependency, would you not bra, ms lee? >> absolutely.
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with the global economy, we have many things that are manufactured in china by u.s. companies. they are very dependent on the chinese economy to run their business. we also now depend on the chinese economy to export a lot of goods and services because their middle class is growing and that helps to build jobs in the u.s. and - so this is a very codependent relationship in many ways, and this is why it's so important to get the character of the relationship right, and by bickering over issues that come up over and over again - things about currency and other things have been going on for years, and it's not like we don't under where the chinese are coming from, we do. they explained their position. >> you bring up a good question. what characterises foreign policy of xi jinping. >> it's been belligerent,
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hostile. we saw that from november 2012, where china has gone on a bender. that's why countries have been so concerned about the foreign policy. it's not just japan, it's around the reen jog. united states had to -- region. united states had to pivot because countries in the region were calling up washington and saying "you have to do something." >> in china you have a political system in distress much you have pumps, intense infighting and beijing, the bellager ents is a default position and no one can come to a position as a chinese academic said where he was concerned about beijing doing these things. >> how do you think china views the age area pivot. >> they see it as directed against them. they are right. the reason it's occurring is countries want the
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united states involved, they want application. the chinese are right. we are looking at them, and they are the target of the pivot. we need to say that, because we don't. >> i would agree that it's targetting china, and i would say that it alarmed china. i don't think this is helping relations because china isn't necessarily trying to withdraw from any of these areas, and there is no major tension in the whole region. the country in the entire south-east asia was very integrated into china's economy. these countries have a lot of trade relations with china, and china has very strong trade relations with south korea and japan. in fact, to the point they were talking about developing an ain currency. so everything was just fine until really the whole asia pivot. i think the u.s. was alarmed that they were being excluded
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from the dynamic region, and felt they needed to have a reason to go back, and build up the military, and they came after we decided to withdraw from the middle east. when you take away the military from the middle east, where will you put it? >> obviously putting it in asia seemed like a good idea at the time. >> that's historical. you can look at the time lines. >> if the united states didn't want to pivot. this was the last thing they wanted to do. you have to look at what happened. china was pushing out on the countries before the united states thought of a pivot. >> you have the ragsship with -- relationship with germany and china and now with russia. what will you make of that? >> i would say that the more he antagonizes the chinese, the more i am pushing him closer to
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russia, and this would be true of any other country. if you are not cooperating with them. they'll look for other ways to do business. when biden threatened south koreans, saying don't do anything with china, once he left, they invited uss "pinckney" and entrepreneurs with trade deals. every time you tell someone "don't do this" like a big brother which is the u.s. brother, i think it backfires. i think that our policy makers really need to take a step back and realise this is all about center, clearly, and we need to go about it in a different way and figure out instead of saying it's - our way or the highway, let's figure out how to cooperate with others. we haven't had a strong, you know, background doing this,
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obviously congress can't seem to cooperate, how can we cooperate with foreign nations, but honestly, this is something that is so important that, you know, we need to raise this to, you know, everyone's awareness, that we need to have better diplomats. >> the dialogue is set for the week ahead. here we have treasury secretary jack lew and secretary of state john kerry set to meet with chinese official. do you think anything will come out of that meeting? >> i don't think so. this format is derivative. bush administration's strategic dialogue going back to 2006. we have 90 bilateral farms with the chinese, 50 during the bush administration. relationships are worse. it's not a lack of contact. probably because, you know, we desperately want so much dialogue with the chinese, we feed their inflated sense of self-importance, making the
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chinese arrow gapt, that's a problem. you look at this. this is a problem china has with almost all the countries to the south and east. obviously the issue is not the united states, the issue is china. >> the u.s. has plenty of issues with countries around the world. if we talk about arrogance, i don't think china is the only one that has a big ego when it comes to the policies. i don't agree with the characterisation. i do agree that not much will be coming out of the dialogue. it seems it may be another opportunity to play to domestic audiences. they are doing a lot of finger pointing. at the same time bringing up the same agenda and not being creative about making breakthroughs. i am not sure that either side
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sees the other as being sincere and feels that if they worked with them, they are not going to hop our it. there's a deep lack of trust going on. i don't think that the dialogue itself will change anything. i think you need different people there. >> what do you sigh for chinese-u.s. relations? >> i think they'll disipt grate. we are seeing a deterioration with beijing's relationships with almost everyone. if you go to india, with the incursions into indian control territory, japan. the south koreans are upset about south koreans incursions. this will be a problem going forward as countries look at china in a new like. no one wanted to have a conversation with china, least of all the united states.
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the obama administration go into office, trying to have cooperative dialogue. remember when secretary clinton talked about dropping human rights because she wanted a better dialogue with china. it didn't work. the problem is inside china, and the political system is in trouble. >> ms lee, final word. >> i would agree that things would continue to deteriorate and i think that both sides have to take responsibility for this. you know, gordon is very, sort of, okay one-sided way of painting this. it's not fact based. you can take any fact. there's many ways to see the same fact. many perspectives. and i think you never take the perspective of what a chinese official may be going through or what they are explaining to
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americans. so unless there's a way to actually step out of your own shoes and understand where the other side is coming from, obviously you are never going to improve the relationship. people like yourself who are going there with an attitude that relations will deteriorate. >> who has more to lose, chinaar u.s. >> china. they had a surplus of $318.4 billion. 122.6% of china's trade surplus. we can finance trade deficits without china. we have been able to fund the deficits. we have the high cards in this relationship. >> i would see we are as vulnerable in many ways. like i said, e depend on trade with china, and we basically had
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most of our economy. because we don't have manufacturing here, most is done in china, if we have a trade war, our consumers will be hurt and we can't afford to have inflation. when we import so much stuff that has china parts or assemble by china, this will hurt the consumer when the economy is ga gaining steam. >> let's take a look at the other events in the week ahead. fortune magazine released rankings of the world's largest corporations. on tuesday, a court appearance in court. we'll look back at a time when rub cans and democrats came -- republicans and
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democrats came together to change lives. plus... >> as we reach new challenges and salt water intrusion, it nation it more important to do the projects as early as possible. >> the rush to save the everglades.
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the projects as early as possible. >> the rush to save the everglades.
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50 years ago republicans and democrats were united to push for legislation to correct some of the worst inequities of day. a texas governor ordered the passage of the civil rights act in 1964. randall pinkston reports. >> i urge every american to join in this effort to bring justice
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and hope to all our people. >> reporter: july 2nd, 1964, president johnson signed a law supposed to fix what a fill war and -- civil war and constitutional amendments left undone. >> prior to 1964 the united states lived with racial apartheid, and in the south african-americans were not capable of enjoying the rights that all other americans enjoyed. they were second-class citizens. . >> the still rights act of 1964 had 11 sections aimed at providing african-americans and other minorities legal equality. title 2 outlawed discrimination in hotels, motels, restaurants, theatres, no more separator water rooms. title 4, racially segregated
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schools. title 7 outlawed employment separation. the battle was ugly, especially in the south. mississippi's civil rites leader was assassinated. four innocent girls killed in an alabama church targeted by the ku klux klan. those caused anger, frustration ration and outrag and brought civil rights protesters to the streets. >> we face a crisis as a country and a people. we have a right to expect the negro community will be responsible to uphold the law. they have a right to expected that the law will be fair, that the constitution will be colour blind. >> we have to think about the 64 civil rights act as bought and paid for in blood. it was after the assassination of president kennedy that action became possible. >> reporter: five months after kennedy proposed civil eights
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action he as assassinated. several months later several were murdered in mississippi. they were challenging unfair voting practices. not included in the civil rights act of 1964. in the fight for the civil rights act. lynnon johnson and martin luther king are about the the forefront. clay riceon remind us of unsung heroes. >> there are two people i like to point out as unsung heros. one is clarence mitchell, the head of the washington bureau of na a.c.t., the head lobbyist. and the he was someone known as the 101st senator. he was legendry, someone who could get the wheels moving in congress, for an issue like civil rights. he could, for his action, and
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the fact that anyone saw anything on civil acts in 1967 and 1960, with this bim, is due to his pressure. the other one is bill mcculloch. and it represents all the republicans who came out in favour of this bill, despite being wary of the federal government and big spending. he was a small up to ohio representative. he was adamant about civil right. he was not what you would expect from someone coming from there. he was absolutely vital in getting other people like him, other mid-western republicans to back the bill. >> we have a programming note. at the top of the ours, our original series, "the system", a look at the power of the prosecutor and what happens when the da gets it wrong, tonight at nine on al jazeera. coming up, saving the everglades. what is threatening the national park in the multibillion project
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to reverse the trend.
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>> we're here in the vortex. only on al jazeera america.
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saving the everglades will not be app easy task the the tropical wet lnds are deteriorating. some environmentalists say moving on a fix up is occurring too slow. the florida ever glades is bigger than the state of new jersey. after 50 years of development it's half of what it once was. >> every day we wait the eco system declips. >> reporter: the ef clads touches the -- everglades touches the lives of 8 million floridians. development drained the everglades, if no effort is made to get water na it, the everglades will continue to deteriorate. that's why the federal government and the state are in the middle of an 8 billion
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project that is called the largest eco system plan in the world. the goal is to restore the natural water flow, and in doing so preserve what is left of the everglades. the problem environmentalists say is the lack of progress. the restoration began in 2000. the pump station is one of two projects finished. for the first time in seven years, congress approved additional progressle. >> the state of florida is not waiting. it built a $4 million pump station. >> i was concerned about what would happen. >> water is pumped from the canal to biscayne bay. it's supposed to spread water to the wetland and is intended to improve conditions. from fish and oysters to seagrass. with the historical flow of
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wat water. >> reporter: environmentalists want congress to pick up the pace. >> it makes it more important to do the projects as early as possible. >> reporter: as soon as as the restoration man is completed the sooner the state can reap monetary rewords of 43 billion, and could add 432,000 jobs over 50 years. the american flag which ones flew over grouped zero -- ground zero has returned to the long island home from which it was stolen. it belongs to a fire fileder killed in september 11th. it was founded on the front porch with a note that said "i'm so sorry, i had no idea." it
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arrived in time for 4th of july. home where it belong. >> that will do it for this hour. thank you for joining us. i'm thomas drayton in new york. i'll be back with another hour of news later. stay tuned. "the system" with joe berlinger starts now. >> what do we want? >> justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> >> i speak today for the voiceless, those who are illiterate, those you cannot come out of prison and speak for they selves. >> i did everything an innocent man could possibly do... everything that you love is taken away from you... >> i think the prosecutor has the greatest power of anybody in our society. he has the power of life and death... >> i was in prison for 21 years... faced on false allegations against me. >> you can check me for gun powder... check my truck...