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the authorities in pemba say they're struggling to cope with the influx. the infrastructure in pemba will not support the number of inhabitants the city was prepared to accommodate a certain number of people but now we have a lot more they are exposed to cover $1000.00 plus the amount of crime will increase. leaders from neighboring countries held talks in zimbabwe's capital on thursday and move about the violence and know the maze and bekah shuttle to be held next week these displaced people say they're desperate to return home but only when it's safe to do say victoria gates in the al jazeera. telling it i'm fully battle with the headlines on al-jazeera jordan's government says it's for today militias fought to destabilize the kingdom half brother of king abdullah has been put under house arrest friends hamza says his being punished for
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speaking out against corruption with. the state intelligence with already has been closely monitoring activity from his highness hamza sharif awesome preside but some of the one of those whose movements were aimed at undermining our stability and security the surveillance intercepted movements including communication with foreign sides on the so-called 0 hour to trigger measures i am that undermining else debility. at least 50 people have been killed by flash floods and landslides in indonesia and neighboring east timor rescue workers are struggling to reach remote areas in more torrential rain is forecast at least 2 fishermen have been killed after their boat collided with a cargo ship in capsized in indonesia's java sea divers are searching for 15 people who are still missing so far no reasons been given for the collision. colombia is bracing for another surge in corona virus infections after the easter holidays the situation is critical in some cities with health authorities saying the system is
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on the brink of collapse exit polls in bulgaria as general election is suggesting the prime minister's center right party has won the vote boyko borisov is seeking a 4th term but with a drop in support and without a clear majority is likely to struggle to form a coalition in the u.s. hundreds of homes have been evacuated in western florida as authorities try to prevent the collapse of a large pond polluted with radioactive waste leaked from the pond was detected on friday and is getting worse a major breach couldn't reach more than unleash more than 2000000000 liters of water polluted by an old fertilizer factory and taiwan's transport minister has announced his stepping down following a train crash on friday that killed 51 people the train derailed when it taters a truck that rolled onto the tracks from a neighboring construction site those are the headlines coming up next on al-jazeera up front. frank assessments should we be
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buying because ultimately it will be sovereigns and governments who are buying this and in-depth analysis of the day's global headlines inside story. the climate change every year for millions of years decades of talk but little action it's all about just create confusion to create smoke and mirrors the truth about how the climate debate has been systematically subverted the oil industry was a main bankroller or opposition to climate act campaign against the climate do you think that's a bad thing. it was future because it is absolutely coming soon on al-jazeera. as ethiopia's to great people's liberation front been crushed by prime minister crackdown in the region i'll ask a senior member of the group. marc
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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 well president joe biden be the one to finally implement reform we'll speak with the mass shooting survivor turned activist but 1st horrifying accounts 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 but. is there any end in sight and what is the objective this week's headlines are from to gray spokes person. since last november more than 2000000 people have been displaced by the conflict between ethiopia's government and the to gripe. people's liberation front the t.p.s. left thousands have been killed and credible reports have emerged of massacres in
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widespread sexual violence united nations has called for an immediate end to attacks on civilians but with rights groups still unable to gain full access to the to grow 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. they view as quote a criminal enterprise we're joined now by content to read out a spokesperson an executive committee member of the t.p. l.f. it has you thank you so much for joining me my pleasure your joining us on upfront from an undisclosed location via telephone from the to great region why. we are in a war zone like you said. last november before the november. government and the start of the crime. more classically the. prisoners matter.
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to. make the attack are going to go back. now we're going to know what is on. the grass and the people out of the. way to be a success for instance are going to. coordinate that attack by. a quarter and a crime. crime and if you. aren't obvious not if you do come out before have to disclose where they are where i am of course i'm active resistance and i'm here just. to get i'm outta me. and i could sit out a rake is not a pick because i never been to school in check making the genocide a company by by how do you have any support. for months prime minister
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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 a twitter that they returned government agreed to withdraw its forces and that the ethiopian national defense force would take over guarding the border hold immediately have to retrain forces left to help they haven't left in fact that it's not encroaching on the part of the ed it's going to ration was the point but this despite the station. that. had a template that had not been involved in the fighting has to come for a lot and that it will have the impact the true that the current forces will have i think a long time it is going to seem to now brendan hutchens community the school
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on the hill if you have a different government you have to come for a lot of. government and that. none of us hasn't had anything government that was. engaged on the part of the afghan government to go there for $65.00. announcement. the streets. are going to really focus and a career has pretty. increasingly influx of its forces seem to cry by leaps and bounds but the slightest. idea of concern that. there are looking out for just from the point of view looking at the violence i think of it because abby has already lost current of thousands of people from voting. most of them out of the years that have come for the so to come come come come use some prefer a company to start a fight and. could rig something going to be unfortunate because i'm not very good
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provided the purpose of hunting us down because i don't know i want to ask you a question about a time it that you made in december of last year during an interview with 2 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 the opposition reports that tens of thousands of 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 according with i.b.m. or any kind of support that would have different results than this has ordered because. i mean i'm going. to do it was specifically meant to neutralize the credit because. the.
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doubt and i. was for whatever we might have done would not have would not have averted but yes we could have come more because of this is that we could have both what i think into even the principle that one obvious not work and if you are going to separate that because we should i think 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. look because interest that we should not be could have stopped short of of course to fix it but it's not the cause of the crash. 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
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a situation similar to yugoslavia where we'll be digging mass graves for more than a decade when i look at that amount of. 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 not all to merely no violence but certainly at least in the short term some diplomatic possibility 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 didn't study in the kind of coverage in the. russia community would have done could have done.
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better. is there currently any line of communication between the to payless and the government no no not. on the bottom front. what is the endgame here does the to 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 impure 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 you're going to keep the phone if you're trying to go right now. why do you keep some in these people are going to be in don't you know yes then the title as in just now it could be
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absolutely impossible for it's own appointed a proponent or he feels in pain like myself to come out in public and argue for equipment for people and i'm not saying ethiopia could go that was great but i had no capacity whatsoever to avoid. well good luck and that kind of decision. by the people of the gaza so i think about ready to say at this point that it should be next for the people to try to be gotten rid of. the should have their own state i would strongly strongly suggest that's different scrawny the best option that is at this point and if you did it a priority for me to become a public and crowded saying can some good 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 next. for her any ordinary president he says if i'm understanding you correctly
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you're saying that you're not ruling it out you 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 is the possibility of a state a realistic one though because none of the hawks in. your lane live between sudan 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 was about that criticism when the people think i have become an independent state there is nothing whatsoever that would stand in the way that's not a stretch is not acceptable to my my my you'd like i thought i i i was one of the proponents of. the fed on the open stage but even myself
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a staunch proponent of the difference can you have difficulty coming out in public in support of because i don't believe it is the option at this point in time what i'm saying is i'm not the person you're voting out of. hiding from taxes but if it's more idea and more romantic than i am it has you read it thank you so much for joining me on a fraud. matters. 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
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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 parkland florida which killed 17 of his fellow students and teachers cameron thank you so much for joining me and stratton me. another one of these moments that we've seen far too often in the united states 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 administration that i saw and i and everybody saw
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a lot of with the trunk administration which is the people in power 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 the 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 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 well you know a lot 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
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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 absolute 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 they can't be 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 unbeliever. 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
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and it's been a common thread with the biden errors 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 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 manufacturers 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
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a day one promise has to be kept. well i get in 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 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 i'm i suppose as old people what is anybody supposed to tell anybody who are trying to get them to vote for democrats in 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
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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 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
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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 unity were thrilled to see the joe biden won the election because we said ok we've got biden and harris biden and harris 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 it were great and we're 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
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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 defend your position you often still appeal to the 2nd amendment rather than say the 2nd amendment is of that 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 conceived 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
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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 upholding 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 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
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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 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
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that what we're going to 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 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 is the police force in this country is designed to work in protecting sagamore so 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
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a bit but that's leaning 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 no right over the 2nd and rights of people in black communities look let's look 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
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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 that i thought i 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 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.
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