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just will be the ones that move the mummies they say they sue is canal blockage disturbing global markets 2 trains colliding with each other a garment factory blaze and a residential building collapse all came after the announcement of the pharaoh's golden parade. but the ancient curse hasn't stopped the pharaohs once again appearing on the streets of egypt. the wrong car which is or. so this is al jazeera these are the top stories in the former crown prince of jordan says he's under house arrest in amman and the military denies prince hamza has been detained the official news agency says 2 former senior officials and other suspects have been arrested for security reasons the. agenda there is no outside agenda there is nothing on my part to affect the country or outside plotting from behind the scenes we listen to these accusations over and over again this is only
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in order to make a smokescreen over the retreat and retraction that we witness in the country every day in our beloved country we hope that the country moves forward and may god protect our dear jordan. lockdowns have come into place across parts of europe to come back surging coronavirus numbers france will shut schools and non-essential shops for 4 weeks while italy is locking down for the easter holiday the number of corona virus infections in latin america has passed 25000000 brazil remains the hardest hit country with nearly 30000000 cases while a spike in new infections in bolivia and in chile and it's a prompted both countries to close their borders. the head of the roman catholic church is his followers not to lose hope during the coronavirus pandemic pope francis delivered the message during a scaled back east a vigil service in st peter's basilica about 200 people were allowed to attend and all had to wear masks. voting underway right now as you can see in bulgaria as
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general election prime minister boyko part of self is seeking a 4th term with the center right party fighting corruption and managing the coronavirus pandemic could be key issues in the campaign. police in somalia's capital mogadishu says suicide attack on a busy cafe is killed at least 6 people including the bomber it follows separate attacks early on saturday on 2 military bases outside the city military says it successfully pushed back house about killing 76 fighters prosecutors in taiwan is seeking an arrest warrant for a construction site manager whose truck caused a devastating train crash 51 people died but that number could rise as crews searched the wreckage it's believed the truck rolled onto the track because it's brake was not properly engaged all right your news coming up right after upfront fee i joined al-jazeera as part of the launch team in 2006
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protesters have called for a 1000000. in that time i've covered wars revolutions elections military rulers. from the favelas of caracas to the battlefields around i would job is to get to the truth and empower people through knowledge. as ethiopia's to great people's liberation front been crushed by prime minister every ahmed's crackdown in the region i'll ask a senior member of the group. marc lamont hill also on the show yet another spate of mass shootings in the united states and along with it another debate about gun control but is this time different will president joe biden be the one to finally implement reform we'll speak with the mass shooting survivor turned activist but 1st horrifying accounts
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of human rights abuses continue to emerge from ethiopia's northern region where the government is at war with the to grab people's liberation front. is there any end in sight and what is the t.v. left objective this week's headlines are from to gray spokes person who read it. since last november more than 2000000 people have been displaced by the conflict between ethiopia's government and the to great people's liberation front the t. p.l.f. thousands have been killed and credible reports have emerged of massacres and widespread sexual violence united nations has called for an immediate into attacks on civilians but with the rights groups still unable to gain full access to the degree region it remains unclear just how bad things are we invited the ethiopian government to come on our program to discuss the situation but they refused our request saying they did not want to share a platform with the t.p. l.f.
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a group they view as quote a criminal enterprise we are joined now by content you read a spokes person an executive committee member of the t.p. l.f. . thank you so much for joining me. my theory that you're joining us on upfront from an undisclosed location via telephone from the to great region oh why. the water's warm like you said. last november before the 2 of them are. connected with government and you start missing time. more traffic in the me the the time police in this matter have been mounting. of course make the attack the people have to go back. now with i don't know what is on the record because of the grass and the people i have been having. success for instance are going to say. it's coordinated attack by. i.b.m.
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but you have supporting a need in the crime processing crime and it's. quite obvious that if you do how to do what has to disclose whether what i have of course i'm active resistance and i'm your dilutes the ticket i'm outta me. i considered reagan not a pick because he would be successful in checking the genocide and company by how do you support him. for months prime minister at the at mit has denied the presence of a return troops in the 2 great region despite reports from the united nations of human rights abuses by eritrea in the region last week he finally admitted that ethiopian national forces and eritrean soldiers had been fighting side by side he also announced on twitter that they returned government agreed to withdraw its forces and that the ethiopian national defense force would take over guarding the
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border hold immediately have to retrain forces left to help they haven't left in fact that it's going to take some of the cost of the air different version to reach the point despite the stations. that. have a time portishead not involved in the fighting has to come for a lot and that it will have the impact the true that in the current process will have i think a long time it is going to see because now brendan hutchens community the school on the issue if you have a different government i mean i have to come forward and say a government that. none of us has instead of everything government was that it was an indication of the part of the afghan government to go there for $65.00. announcement. the streets about. who was really focused and a career has pretty. increasing the influx of its goal to seem to cry by leaps and
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bounds but because. you're concerned and. there are looking out for just from the point of view looking at the violence i think of it because he has already lost current of thousands of people from voting. most of them out of the years that have come for this. country. can use your temper for compliments but apparently. i could read something going to. put you to quote them the vanity provided the purpose of hunting us down because. i want to ask you a question about a time it that you made in december of last year during an interview with the great t.v. you called upon the people in the region to quote rise and deployed to battle in tens of thousands given that to grab opposition reports that tens of thousands of
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people are now dead and there have been numerous documented human rights abuses do you regret the statement should you have worked harder to create diplomatic possibilities in the international community to get international support rather than rising up in the way that they did. at the knives last year that the quarterly idea that you have supported would have different results than this has gotten because. i mean i'm not going. to do it was specifically meant to neutralize the credit because it's the kind of. the. doubt and i. was for whatever we might have done not i'm not a member but yes we could have a lot of different because this is that we could have both what our station to the needs of the principle that one obvious not work and if you are going to that's
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because we should have is a bit of a perfect idiom because my country i'm going to be counted as a reformer by the way what's going to. it looks very interesting we should not be could have stopped short of of course. the people so do i have a great quarter you want to. know i don't because. it's a bit stunning i mean so there was a senior humanitarian official into gray who said that this could end up like a situation similar to yugoslavia where we'll be digging up mass graves for more than a decade when i look at that amount of homes of violence when i look at that amount of death it prompts the question. was there room despite the circumstance you've just laid out was there room for some alternative not maybe the ultimate leave no
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violence but certainly at least in the short term some diplomatic possibilities some international coalition that could have led to an outcome that was different is there anything you could have done differently what. it would require. to come to the democracy trip where we would have been. i don't study and the kind of political coverage in the. russia community could happen would have done could have done. better. is there currently any line of communication between the to payless and big government no no not. on the bottom front. what is the endgame here does the tea p.l.f. want to grab it to become its own state is that the goal here. you know i can address this question for me by giving you. my take on what it means to be in
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europe you know written because i have read a lot of this context proponents of some killed it. i have no clue whatsoever how they did not you know i don't you're going to keep the phone if you're trying to grab right now. trying to get some in these people are going to be in don't you know that's just a title as in just now it could be absolutely impossible for it's own a port of a proponent or he's guilty and i like myself to come out in public and argue for the court meet the people and i'm not saying ethiopia could go down the drain but i have no capacity whatsoever to avoid. good luck and that kind of decision. by your typical talk but i think about ready to say at this point that's been
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exposed to people to try to determine whether. the rich should have their own state i would strongly strongly suggest that's different scrawny the best option that is at this point if you develop an irony for me to become a public and probably. take on some things about egypt and since we're likely to have seen the last 5 months mexico abundantly clear that this is nick and that is if. for her any ordinary president he said if i'm understanding you correctly you're saying that you're not ruling this out you're not ruling out the possibility of an independent state. i'm not going to give up in fact the situation strongly said just that that would probably. flap in the possibility of a state a realistic one though because none of the hawks in. your lane live between sudan
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and eritrea if you'll be i was i was curious and i'm saying you know calling someone today but you're not ruling out the possibility i guess i'm not ruling out by the way as far as i'm concerned it's not just about having being landlocked or whatever it is about that criticism when the people are perhaps fast becoming an independent state there is nothing whatsoever that could stand in the rain. not a stretch is not acceptable to my mind my youth your lack of knowledge i i i was one of the proponents of. president if you can stay but even myself a staunch proponent of the difference can you have difficulty coming out in public in support of course i don't believe it is. at this point in time what i'm saying i'm not the person you're running out of. hiding from taxes but if it's more idea and more romantic than i am to attach a read of thank you so much for joining me on
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a fraud. to mass shootings in the space of just one week have reignited the debate about gun control in the united states on march 16th 8 people were killed in a shooting spree in atlanta georgia just days later 10 people were killed in another shooting at a grocery store in boulder colorado president joe biden was quick to call for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines urging members of congress to take action but since the shootings his focus has already shifted to other areas of policy so after years of inaction on meaningful reforms to prevent mass shootings in the united states is it just going to be more of the same to help us answer this we're joined by kamran caskey a gun rights activist and a survivor of the 2800 school shooting in parklane florida which killed 17 of his fellow students and teachers cameron thank you so much for joining me extravagantly . another one of these moments that we've seen far too often in the united states
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we have a spate of mass shootings that have caused people to say we need to do something about gun legislation a day after the shooting in boulder president biden said and i quote he didn't need to wait another minute to address gun control and yet since then he's shifted back to talking about infrastructure as the priority issue what do you make of this shift are you worried that serious action will never happen on gun control. it's bizarre i'm starting to see something with the added ministration that i saw and i and everybody saw a lot of with the trump administration which is the people in power are taking this bizarre stance where they're acting as though they're not completely in power doll trump when he was the president would constantly tweed a washington politics are so corrupt everybody out there in washington they aren't looking they are looking out for you when he was the president of the united states
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and he had a lot of control with the senate so right now the biden administration is using people like joe mansion and and cures and cinema as this kind of safety net where if there's a policy that they are not particularly interested in trying to are the past they get to say oh you know what it's not going to get the votes in the senate and there's only so much we can do as if the democrats don't literally have every branch right now so the question becomes if they're not going to show up for immensely popular things like background checks and red flag laws which you know 70 more than 70 percent of cargo holding n.r.a. members support red flag laws what are biden harris going to show up or wasn't a $50.00 minimum wage or wasn't cancelling student loan debt you know we've seen a lot of great things in the american rescue plan was in many ways a success but. you know if you're not going to deliver on guns i spent the absent
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can't determine the let me ask you are you are you surprised by this i mean we've seen presidency of the presidency show the same kind of lack of political will on the question of gun legislation so that every too much of a surprise here no i mean look at the end of the day. specifically background checks and red flag laws those laws are so unbelievable. popular that it's shocking to me that those long passed but in terms of the ban on assault rifles and other you know what i consider commonsense pieces of gun reform i'm not surprised at all and it's been a common thread with the biden harris administration that we're not seeing exactly what we wanted out of them but i spent 3 years telling everybody guys we need to get the democrats and power because once the democrats are in power we're going to be able to fix these kinds of issues and you know here a lot of people are in the gun violence prevention community we're sitting here saying ok this is the moment are we not going to get it yeah i mean why didn't
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didn't just gesture toward this he gave some concrete promises some day one cop promises including sending a bill to congress to repeal liability protection for gun manufactures and of course closing loopholes in the federal background check system now there are people who say look biden is playing the long game here he has a navigate a congress that is has a razor thin majority for democrats and many of those democrats who you reference are themselves right leaning and that there really isn't much else they can do you take that you understand that sensibility or you are like a promise is a promise a day one promise has to be kept. well i get it politics are real but again the question is at what point are we going to get something meaningful from them because if you've got the governing power you have to govern that's just how it works and how silly are we going to look in 2022 when we're asking america to vote for democrats again and america says ok well the democrats campaigned very
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distinctly on these issues and wouldn't even deliver the most baseline simple results on them rape i mean if we put in 4 years of what we've been seeing in the 1st less than $100.00 days of the biden ministration which the 1st 100 days are normally when you see so many of the results what am i supposed as all people what is anybody supposed to tell anybody we're trying to get them to democrats and 2022 you know that we're asking to lose seats if we're not going to deliver the things that we said we did some would argue that the result of these mass shootings are evidence that we won't get anywhere think about the sandy hook school shooting for example in 2012 you have 20 people 20 young people ages 6 and 7. they die and we don't see any shift in gun legislation no progress in the estimation of many that moment for so many observers was the moment where they'd
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realize or believe came to believe that nothing was ever going to change that a vet many children killed did nothing then there's no shooting no tragedy no other moment that could sway lawmakers any more than that one what do you make of that idea. well sandy hook was a huge sign it was a sign that you're right this is not going to happen because of one of these shootings white little kids are the only thing republicans like to talk about with any legislation they like to tell you in their culture war battles that liberals are coming to do this to your kids and obviously they don't care when children of color are murdered so in that many white children were murdered and we still didn't see any any meaningful legislation passed that was a sign no matter what levels of cruelty we will see. it's not just going to happen like that and that's why so many people in the gun violence prevention immunity were thrilled to see the joe biden won the election because we said ok
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we've got i didn't inherit i didn't hear us who campaigned on these changes these are changes that we made up out of nowhere you know things like red flag laws universal background checks that's the most basic technocratic thing that i could have written out and told you about in 4th grade and we're 'd going to get these you know why are we going to the ballots in 2022 why am i supposed to go i will not campaign for the democrats because that's just my life but what are we supposed to say to people who see this kind of violence with no meaningful action one of the things that the n.r.a. does and other gun can gun advocates do is they appeal for the 2nd amendment they create a kind of romantic narrative the 2nd amendment how it's tied to liberty and freedom etc that the right to bear arms or right to own weapons is tied to our sense of citizenship and identity as americans when i watch people on your side of the fence
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defend your position you often still appeal to the 2nd amendment rather than say the 2nd amendment is something we should get rid of that i often hear you say look we're not trying to take your guns we're just trying to control reasonably what people have access to and how people navigate so we can be more safe my question for you is why why stop there what wide wide conceive the ground the 2nd amendment is a reasonable place to start given the context in which was produced why begin from a place of saying that every american adult has a right to have a weapon why begin there why not begin to question the premise itself that the 2nd amendment may not be a reasonable. presentational provision in the 21st century. sure well i need to very quickly make it clear that my personal views on this are not reflective of the entire gun safety community it's my understanding that the entire gun safety community is very rooted in a holding the 2nd amendment but of holding the 2nd amendment in it's appropriate use. and by that i mean allowing people to hold their right to bear
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arms but arguing that this is not a well trained militia that we're seeing right well regulated militia we don't have a well regulated militia here we don't even know how to put on masks and we've got a wal-mart my personal opinion is that our country is obsession with the constitution is very weird it's a very very old document there's some good stuff in it there's some very silly stuff in it but it was written by a literal slave owners and look i don't want to trigger people because people get really upset when young people are talking smack on the constitution people have this really weird obsession with it when they won't even follow the constitution when it isn't appropriate for them you know but you know i think that there's 2 ways to look at it yes banning these assault weapons can be adjacent to the 2nd amendment simply because the 2nd amendment was not written with the understanding
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that weapons of this power would exist and we were doing that i mean as a simple question if you were in charge of policy for the united states what would you still allow for the 2nd amendment to exist would you allow for all americans of our rights of any arms well i would say all americans i think that americans should have the rights to defend themselves and their home specifically with weapons i think that the working class should have the right to be armed with weapons that belong in the hands of civilians and are not directly designed for killing i think that what we're going to say weapons are going to mean guns. yeah i mean look we have handguns in my house my father has a gun safely stored in a locked safe i couldn't tell you where the key is in case he needs to defend our home i don't know how to access a gun that we have but people should have the right to own a handgun in my opinion specifically people in communities of color that are the
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targets racial violence i feel as though suggesting that people should disarm themselves when they are directly threatened by police officers would be very shortsighted of me i'm not directly afraid of police officers the way that people of color would be because i feel as though the police force in this country is designed to work in protect and so i've got a militia and i got to push a little bit on that camera i got to push a little bit on that because some people would say myself included quite frankly but but that's leading into the well regulated militia argument that it's like this romantic idea of it somehow hangers are going to protect the vulnerable in this country from from the state violence in other words black people as a country can't defend itself and the police with guns right. well that's where it gets really complicated because on the one hand you know a there are people there are conservatives who will say you can't judge you know you're right over the 2nd and rights of people in black communities look let's look
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at what's happening you know and say ok conservatives you have absolutely no right to be spot speaking about this but it's an interesting it's an interesting thing to bring up i think that if. a black person is stopped by police officer and they are legally carrying at handgun that can be an excuse that the police officer sees is to do whatever horrible things that they want because a police officer will say that a black person having a pack of skittles is a weapon so you've got this really difficult situation obviously specifically for communities of color on the one hand self defense is important on the other hand if you have if you have kept a sticky notes in your pocket the cops will shoot you dead and say they did so i thought it was a gun and i don't have an easy answer to that i will say that i think that the right to own a gun should be protected and that should be protected but all of this all of this can just be put aside to look at the issue of assault rifles where nobody really
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needs these weapons camera casket thank you so much for joining me on outfront thanks so much for. that is our show for the week but up front will be back next. talking to al jazeera. you tell me what the government you represent is now illegitimate and we listen we do not sell the fence material any country during the conflict in yemen we meet with global news makers and talk about the stories that matter on syria jumped into the story there is a lot going on in this and julian and global community when i talk about the misinformation i think we are more afraid than we are aware be part of the debate
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