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>> this is news new al jazeera america. i'm david shuster. children have been killed in a military strike. in moscow following u.s. and european sanctions, vladimir putin striking a defiant tone. we got a rare look inside
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the kkk. the group says it has a new mission, stopping illegal immigration. and in ucla, a massive pipe burst in the poly pavilion and spilling 8 million gallons of water. >> we begin this hour in gaza where the civilian death toll has surged. hamas dismissed the move saying the territory was struck b.
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israel said the attack was in response to hamas fires. the cabinet agreed the israeli military to continue taking whatever steps. >> reporter: good afternoon, david, this was an attack right in the middle of one of this city's busiest markets. really, a shopping district, really. hundreds of people have come out in the neighborhood that has really been the epicenter of this fighting both israeli bom bombardment as well as the items. they said today there was a cease-fire in places where they weren't operating.
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the problem in shujeya some of the most horrific images we have seen. the latest numbers, the amount of wounded that came from that market place. the israeli military does not have a statement on how or why that happened. they say they're looking into it. >> the white house condemned the shelling of the u.n. school in gaza and renewed cease-fire and suggested destroying all the tunnels may be only a few days away. where do things stand in terms of the overall mission? >> reporter: well, the over all mission is very much still happening. an as you mentioned before the israeli cabinet still going, still voting for the ground operation to expand. those tunnels are nowhere near
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being completed. if at best they are done in a couple of days that's still a couple more days of fighting. in a couple more days like the days we've had today. it was a very difficult day. not only that market attack, but a strike on an u.n. school. this is an union school that has become a shelter. what is supposed to be the most security place here. hundreds of families who have left their homes, they have gone into the shelters. as you said the white house condemned it. they said there is extreme concern that all those who have fled their homes are not safe. the white house oh condemned the fighters who have hidden roberts inside the u.n. schools, but the u.n. is much stronger tonight this afternoon. the u.n. statement said that killing kids in their sleep when this strike hit at 5:00 a.m. quote, is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. the cold stands disgraced. you heard u.n. secretary general
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ban ki-moon echo that anger. >> it demands accountability and justice. i begin again my call on israel and all pocke all pockets for the security of women, children and families who have sought protection there. i call all the parties to stop the fighting and we agree on immediate unconditional cease-fire. >> reporter: that school is just a couple of miles behind me. u.n. officials say that strike this morning came with no warning. the shell struck as the family inside this room slept. it was a classroom that became a shelter. it was supposed to be safe. a boy holds up a thin pad the family was sleeping on, now
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stained with blood. the shells appear to have come into this room through the wall right there, and exploded right in the middle of the room. you can see still the remnants of the family who was here, the food they were eating, some of the clothes they were wearing. you have to remember this was a school. it had become a shelter. 2347 more than 3,000 people had been sleeping here. they moved to an u.n. facility they were told would be secure. they heard three loud booms. she and her family have been living here for two weeks. >> do you feel safe enough to stay? where will you go now? >> reporter: nowhere is safe. i have no home. where can i go? everywhere is unsafe. >> reporter: at a nearby hospital the youngest victim takes little comfort from their parents. [ baby crying ] >> reporter: the wounded waited
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as doctors were overwhelmed. >> they told us to take heard at schools and they attacked us while we were sleeping. >> my husband and i are disabled. if we have the option to try the resistence, we will certainly do so. >> reporter: the u.n. gave the israeli military the school's location. today people who work here don't know what to say. >> today, after being asked where should i go, what do you tell them? >> people will come here. their homes are destroyed. they have nowhere to go. >> reporter: the israeli military said it's been targeted by fighters next to these schools, but the children who once studied here and now live here are no longer safe. so they have to move and be homeless again. >> reporter: there are almost 200,000 people in those shelters, david, that's nearly one in eight people in all of the people who live in gaza strip. >> nick, there was a high profile story last week about an attack that killed a pregnant
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mother. doctors at the time were able to save her unborn daughter, but i gather things have changed? >> reporter: yes, this baby was called a miracle. her mother was killed in an airstrike. her 23-year-old mother. she was killed in an airstrike, but the baby was saved from the mother's womb. she was far enough along the doctors thought she could survive, but she died today earlier. she was named shama after her mother, and it's such a sad story for everyone here, and the doctors especially. they had so much hope for this little girl, but that is pretty much how things are going these days. >> so much. nick, thank you very much. i appreciate it. there is a look at a conflict by the numbers. so far more than 1350 palestinians have been killed. and 7200 people have been
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injured. on the israeli side at least 29 people have been killed. most of them are israeli soldiers. in gaza it can be unsafe to leave your home. many people have no choice when it comes to buying food and feeding their families. al jazeera's charles stratford met up with some of them. >> reporter: they know there is a risk of an israeli airstrike, but they need bread for their families. men on one side. women on the other. the queues getting longer every day. many of the people here have left areas destroyed by israeli bombing. >> there is a lot of fear. nowhere is safe. we can't go without bread. there are so many people waiting at the house for food. >> reporter: because there is absolutely no security here in gaza. nowhere safe for people to go, they start securing bread and
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produce they gather in the morning. this queue started at 7:30. people have been standing on the streets literally risking their lives until the bakery closes at 9:00. the friendship bakery has been here for generations and produces hundreds of thousands of breads and pastries every day. they use solar-powered generators, so over the years they've avoided problems with power. the brea bakery won't sell more than 100 pieces of bread per person. >> there are more than 20 people in my house. it's not enough. i come to get more. >> reporter: many food stores have closed since the conflict began, and many people are buying for relatives who were forbesed to he is--forced to escape from the bombarded areas.
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>> we have many people staying at my house. we have no wate drinkable water. >> reporter: 100 of these breads cost is hundred shekels. that's about $33. >> the more the rockets fall, the more we need. >> reporter: many wait at the door until the next wave of people are allowed in. he wants to buy more than is allowed. >> i waited four hours to buy 50 pieces of bread for my family. i have more than 200 people in my building. i'm not afraid because god will protect me. >> he pays for his bread and steps outside. al jazeera, gaza. >> in moscow the rhetoric is growing after european countries and the united states pointed to ukraine and imposed new russian
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sanctions. eight individuals have been targeted and this is on top of the energy and military financial sectors. these sanctions could have an effect on russia's fragile economy. the united nations secretary general said fighting in eastern ukraine is interfering with the investigation of the crash site of malaysian flight mh-17. they say they've been unable to go to the crash site. the fighting in eastern ukraine have been leaving many stranded. the violence prevents people from traveling to a safer area like the capitol of kiev. and they're left with little options. >> some people are even trying to enjoy the sunshine. the boarded up shops tell the
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real story. olga ran a language school with 300 students. there are five left. she can't take it any more. >> a mixture of emotion. we tak can't describe anger and disappointment, disillusion, and depression. >> every night we can hear shooting. two days ago we could not sleep because of shooting and fighting. >> reporter: this is donetsk university. at better times it would attract hundreds of students. but now who knows when the university will reopen. i have met africans who are stuck here. this is how our interview began.
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>> the war is coming closer all the time with trade disrupted by the fighting. these students must decide whether to take the dangerous journey by road to kiev. most of my cameroonian friends are already in kiev. so we try to see if we can do the same thing, transfer our courses there. all the african students here just want peace. they don't want to live in a paralyzed city like donetsk. >> a place where shells fall but flowers are tended to with loving care. that's all they can do to keep up appearances and hope for the
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best. >> at least three people are dead after another suicide-bombing in northern nigeria. a college in the city of kanoa female suicide-bomber blew herself occupy outside of a college administration building. we have more on how violence is affecting the region. >> reporter: she was havinthis was another workday when the explosion happened outside of the street. people covered in blood running, a boy missing a leg screaming. the police said it was the work of a suicide-bomber. >> i had never heard of a woman doing something like this before. it's scary. we really have to be on the lookout 2347 this is one of four locations hit by female
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suicide-bombers said to be under 20. the woman came to the back and police said she look suspicion. at this indication thre gas station three people were killed when a come would you herself up killing people who were in line to buy kerosene. a new trend is said to come tactical. >> no one is expecting it. it is part of the strategy. >> reporter: president goodluck jonathan said the use of women as suicide bombers is a new low by these terrorists. boko haram kidnapping of 270 school girls brought global attention to their abuses but
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the group had been abducting women since 2012. it said it's in response to the government targeting family members. you the military issued a statement saying that these three women were arrested for allegedly spying for boko haram as well as recruiting females to join the women wing of the group. >> what i believe is that there is brainwashing involved. >> reporter: and with the propaganda and savvy leadership, boko haram's use of women is expected to continue. al jazeera, kano, nigeria. >> the ebola outbreak in west africa is prompting organizations to withdraw staff
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there. the peace corps. is temporarily removing workers. two americans working for an u.s. charity operating in liberia were infected over the past week. it's the worst ebola outbreak on record. more than 600 people have died from the virus. in los angeles crews are cleaning up after a watermain broke and spilled eight million gallons of water in the street. it burst tuesday afternoon sending water 30 feet in the water. the rupture shut down the campus and closed nearby streets. the basketball arena which was recently renovated for $132 million had its floor sub merged in water. officials are assessing the damage and say it looks extensive. >> we basically have water all over the court. crews worked the night to get that water removed, and they're
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currently in the drying process. the court is showing buckling and expansion right now. whether we'll be able to save the court, i don't know. >> dave warren is here to talk about the watermain break. water is a precious commodity in california right now. 8million gallons wasted. >> meteorologist: to put that in perspective. that 8 to 10 million gallons from reports coming in throughout the day, that's ucla where the watermain break happened. 100 acres of land was affected by this. this is 100 acres of land, and now if you put that in perspective how much rain that would be, that would be three to four inches of rain over that area, and that is equivalent to what the area of los angeles says the airport has had since january 1st. so a year's worth of rain came down in that one area. that's equivalent to 8 to 10 million gallons of water. not much rain is in the forecast
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in the next seven days. now this is just a fraction of the amount of water that is used there by los angeles an. >> thanks so much. what an interesting perspective. coming up on al jazeera america. there was good news for the u.s. economy. plus in today's power politics, senate democrats found a way to force house republicans to vote on immigration reform affecting all those people who are trying to cross the border. we'll explain next.
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>> it's also impossible to see... >> israeli aggression... >> coverage of the middle east conflict continues al jazeera america >> the economy is rebounding. it was announced today that the economy grew by 4% in the second quarter, april, may and june and that exceeded economists expectation. the good news did not translate to wall street. the dow fell after the fed refused to say if it would raise
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short-term interest rates. and tray's power politics there are 97 days until the november midterm elections and the effort to reach out to hispanicic voters just became more intriguing. house republicans are debating a proposal well short of what president obama wants to deal with children crossing the border. however, senator harry reid is saying anything that clears the house could be the vehicle that eventually forces the house to vote on more sweeping legislation passed last year by the senate. >> maybe it's comprehensive immigration reform. maybe we could do that. we've been looking for something to do with that. >> house speaker john boehner
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has repeatedly refused to allow a straight vote on the immigration vote. the procedure and powers would change if legislation comes from the house and senate conference committee. many republicans are opposed to reform but many do not want a big vote on this before the election. in the battle before control of the u.s. senate there are practice campaign attack as today. in iowa bruce braley is hammering joni ernest. >> joni ernst does not believe there should be a national minimum wage. what does she think is right for you iowa? that's right, she believes that iowas can survive on $15,000 a year. joni ernst. extreme ideas wrong for iowa. >> senator mitch mcconnell,
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the highest ranking republican in the senate and he's locked in a very tight race. the latest in a series of spots that feature voters asking a particular concern for women. >> senator, why did you vote two times protection for women? >> i can never get him to answer this one either. >> the creative yet civil barbs against mcconnell have been effective. in arkansas an outside group funded by the koch brothers is now attacking incumbent senator mark prior. the issue here involves prior dismissing concerns about people losing insurance coverage under obamacare. >> a lot of this is anecdotal. >> we got a letter telling us that our policy was going to be
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canceled. you don't know whether you'll have insurance. >> someone tells you if you like your insurance you can keep it, you believe them. >> finally two months ago 15 democratic senators demanded a washington redskins change their name. hillary clinton who continuation to doing interviews for her book tour said she also now believes the name should be changed. >> i think its insensitive and i think that there is no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation's capitol. i would love to see the owners think hard about what they-- >> any suggestions? >> no, no, i haven't thought a lot about that. >> fair enough. perhaps brave hearts or in this case the washington bandwagon. that is today's power politics. coming up, russia is blasting new economic sanctions calling
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the united states pretentious. plus, the klu klux klan is on a new mission to stop migrants were crossing the border.
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>> tensions are mounting over a new round of sanctions imposed on russia. russian leaders are now accusing the united states of being prosecutorial for taking actions over moscow's involvement in ukraine. >> he's unpredictable, a reckless gambler, and he's also, as some analysts believe, he's in a tight spot.
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>> it has put him under pressure. >> reporter: russia's annexization of crimea and support of russian separatist in ukraine and the downing of malaysian flight mh-17, the economy will now be hit with painful sanctions. it appears vladimir putin has few good options. abandoning the rebels would essentially surrender the ukraine to the west. but if they perform a humiliating retreat, it would likely give sanctions another turn of the screw. >> reporter: for the moment russian public opinion is on the president's side. a poll this week suggests 61% of the population isn't worried about sanctions. 58% isn't bothered by russia's isolation. that's because the kremlin is adept at controlling
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information. >> the fact is that a system of propaganda and political assimilation of opinio public opinion i bringing trust of the regime. and within the actions of the ukraine the government has received support. >> reporter: after years of condescension and disrepresent frodisrespect from the rest, it seems that few want to see their president back down. >> we've seen it many times. the united states of america does not gain in concessions. so in this respect. >> reporter: that's unfortunately, means the possibility that this conflict will escalate further can't be
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dismissed. al jazeera, moscow. >> joining us now, director of the russian funded think tank, the institute of cooperation. many believe that the sanctions did not go far enough and they will not effect their economy. what do you think? >> 50 years plus after sanctions against cuba castro is still there. the regime is still there, and nothing it working. >> but if it's not going to have an impact why are russians complaining? >> oh, yes it has impact, of course, but not devastattive impacts as lindsey graham and other people would like to. of course the business climate is changing. capital outflow is decreasing,
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but of course sanctions in attempt to isolate russia is so stupid. it is so--this is a delusional world. >> do you think it was delusional of the european and united states to think that russia supplied the missiles that shot down that jetliner? >> oh, of course. american intelligence did not provide hard evidence. even here on american television they say give us hard evidence. no hard evidence. they showed russian intelligence information and in ukrainian territory and donetsk area. >> you say the americans did not provide the intelligence, but certainly they provided the intelligence to angela merkel and other european leaders.
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they showed the information and then they were leading the charge. >> no, that's the problem. of course this big tragedy concerning the malaysian airline, which could be kind of game changer, but even in this case, you know, a lot of european business people they are strongly against any sanctions. >> who do you think was responsible for shooting down the malaysian jetliner? >> according to russian sources or according to russian generals staff information which they made public quite probably ukrainian forces. >> you don't believe that, do you? >> why? >> because they weren't--they said there were no ukrainian separatist aircraft. they had no incentive. >> who had incentive? >> the ukrainian separatists. >> what is their incentive?
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to bring everything against them? >> no, the incentive was to be shooting at ukrainian planes that was bombing-- >> no, no, according to russian information this malaysian airplane had to go through one route, but then ukraine dispatchers, they moved the air controllers, they moved in a direction of the corridor where ukrainian were deployed. hold on a second. in 2004 not even in civil war ukrainian military shot down russian airport, passenger airport and 75 or 78 people were killed, that's the problem. because they are incompetent. ukrainian army is in a very bad shape. they could do that by mistake. >> what do you suggest be done in order to ease the tensions
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and perhaps start the fighting in ukraine? >> russian position is very clear. the beginning of the conflict when yanukovych was still the president, vice president biden was picking up the telephone and calling him and asking him not to use force against maidan. against the demonstrators. now they have the chance to call up russia and say, guy, just stop killing your people. he's killing his people. >> because there are russian force it's firing. >> thousands are killed. tens of thousands wounded, and several hundred thousand at the border. >> you believe that russia bears no responsibility for that. >> oh, listen, russia's position was very clear. cease-fire. negotiation at the table, and
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peaceful solution of the problem. but of course the russian court is playing their game. and russian will end up in catastrophe. >> it's been a pleasure having you here. spirited conversation. we appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. >> you're welcome. we'll have you again. >> other news around the world. a mudslide buried a revote village in india killing 17 people. dozens of homes were washed away. rescuers looking for those who play have been trapped. hundreds have taken to social media in response to deputy prime minister of turkey who said women should not laugh out loud. united nations said more than 600,000 syrian refugees now
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call jordan home. some refugees are dealing with life changing injuries. we have more now from aman. >> reporter: natalia was shot by a sniper in the spine by fleeing an army offensive from her hometown. she came to jordan with her family two years ago seeking treatment. a physical therapist visits her at home once a week for rehabilitation session. it is to help her to make her only semi permanent. but doctors say her injury is so severe she can't walk again. >> i can't walk any more. i've been deprived of my childhood at only 12 years old. there's no sensation in her lower body, and she needs braces
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to prevent deformity caused by being confined to a bed. her life-staging injury has devastated her parents. >> my heart is aching for my daughter. she was only 12 when she was injured. now she's 14. i call on all countries to look at my child and help her and other injured children like her. >> reporter: thousands of syrians suffer from war injuries. as much are more treatable than others. this boy is six. he comes here for physical therapy after a shrapnel injury. the same rocket that attacked their home killed his father, two sisters and injured his mother. she, too, is being treated after being bedridden for a year. one in 20 refugees suffer injuries. according to a recent survey by the ngo handicap international,
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bombing, gunshots, shrapnel and living in homes damaged by war were the main reasons for the severe injuries. handicap international provides rehabilitation treatment and walking aids said the needs for these vulnerable syrians is immense. >> we allowed them to do their best and help those with specific needs in their programs. >> reporter: they said no child in the world should dream. >> there is nothing that i want more than to walk again. this may only be a distant dream. >> reporter: al jazeera, aman. >> michael: . >> coming up, back in the united states the kkk is on a mission to turn back illegal immigrants.
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>> robert ray will talk though members who are trying to close the border. plus, al-qaeda is making money from european countries. to you.
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al jazeera america, take a new look at news. >> members of the controversial kkk has a new target, illegal immigrants. the group wants to stop the influx of migrants crossing the border into the united states, and the crisis is help to go drive up their membership. robert ray joins us live from atlanta. we have all kinds of questions for you with this one, but why does the kkk have a new call to arms? >> reporter: well, david, good afternoon. as if the world does not have enough conflict and hate right now, the kkk, which has been around since the 18 60's has a
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new call to arms, as you say, because they're trying to increase their membership. they want a more populous kkk in america, and they think they can isolate the immigration crisis on the border as a way to attract new members and money. watch this. >> reporter: rolling hills, nice homes and small churches but some residents worry that the so-called invisible empire, the klu klux klan is growing up around them. kkk has asked us to be here at in north carolina at this post office. they say from there we'll be driving somewhere to do our interview. there they are. just turn the camera, derek. they've got their hoods. hello, guys. this is the meeting spot. this is where you told us to come. follow you? >> we'll do that.
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>> reporter: the kk hakk has been around since the 18 60's. some members have been convicted of crimes including murder, torcher, rape. they'll pull over here. we'll get out. this group in north carolina is called the loyal white knights, and it claims to be the largest active kkk operation in america. it's members led us to a field with thousands of sun flowers. a place where they say the klan gathers, and now they have a new call to arms. >> when we call the hotline for
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the kkk just a couple of weeks ago there was a call for a shoot to kill law. how do you describe that? that seems incredibly-- >> criminals to begin with when they come to our country. they come in here, and when they get here and cross our borders illegally they're breaking the law. what makes you think that they're going to continue to oh stop breaking the law. they ton to break the law when they're here. they bring third world diseases. >> these are just little kids coming over. you're calling for a shoot to kill of little kids? >> to me they're breaking the law. if we can't turn them back, maybe we pop a couple of off, maybe they'll see we're serious about stopping immigration. >> reporter: in our five minute interview they said the usual gray advances against blacks, jews and say they're not a hate
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group. but the fbi said they're responsible for domestic terrorism and violent you crime. >> the only thing acceptable to you is european descent. >> yes, white homeland. >> this is the united states of america. this is never going to happen. >> you're starting to see more and more people joining the klan. >> you guys only have 8,000 members in the country where you used to have millions. how are you on the rise. >> that's picking up every day. we do recruitment drives and tv interviews. >> and leaving bags of candy and flyers that say save our land, join the klan in neighborhoods across the south. in the u.s. there are more than 150 groups affiliated with the kkk. according to the southern poverty law center but a few years back there were more than 200, a spike a just after president obama was elected. >> what do you think of the
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current administration in washington? >> i think obama has sold out the american people. i truly do. asked to put a stop to the immigration problem, and now they're pouring in by the millions. >> reporter: they say this influx is precisely what they need to recruit new members but they offered no proof. >> you realize that the perception of most people around america and around the world when they see the hoods and se hear the things that you guys say it's pure idiocy, you know that, right? is it a mental problem? what is it? >> it depends on where you're coming from. y'all are going on one side of the view. we have thousands of people calling a day who send money and want to see morallies. they want us to come to their town to do anti-immigration rallies. >> reporter: again we asked for details.
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david, you stay in a neighborhood like this in suburban atlanta, and you think if i'm the resident over my shoulder. you walk out the door and you see a pamphlet with kkk words written all over it with a bag of candy, that's completely disturbing. that's what's been happening from the carolinas to georgia all the way to louisiana, mississippi and alabama. the kkk on the move trying to make their small 8,000 group which is enough anyway, move upwards in the coming months as they use immigration as their platform. david? >> robert, terrific piece, and all kinds of questions for you. first of all, they said that they are picking up the recruitment drives, television interviews, and thousands of people in their words are wanting to join the klan. is there any evidence to back
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that up? >> reporter: they can't give me any statistical evidence or facts or concrete numbers. they say their hotline receives up to 20,000 phone calls a day, they claim. i find that hard to believe. you request sees guys questions, and they can't give you anything but their inflammatory hateful rhetoric. i made a call to the fbi earlier today to see whether or not they're still watching this group, or whether they think this is a thing of the past? they said, no, no, we're absolutely watching the kkk. we still consider them a hate group and domestic group of terrorists. >> robert, it was a striking and shocking to see that imperial wizard wearing flip flops while wearing the white hood. at any point did they offer to identify themselves or take off their outfit? >> yeah, unbelievable dress that they had, i asked both of them to take off their hoods. they denied me. they said we can't because we're fearful of being fired.
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they say they have been fired in the past. that's certainly an obvious thing, i suppose. but the one gentleman, the empiral wizard, we shouldn't say gentleman, but one human being unbuttoned his robe and he had a very hateful shirt that was anti-homosexual. i won't utter the words, it's not worth it. but you'll see it tomorrow night on "america tonight" when we air another version of this story with more information, david. >> robert, we appreciate you bringing the story today. joining us now professor of sociology. what did you make of that piece that we just reported on and what the kkk is up to now. >> it's both frightening and comical. the kkk has been on decline and i have relevant in the larger policy scheme. but they're good at getting media attention.
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they've been heavy on this immigration from latin america countries. that's been their drum that they've been beating, but the klan has been against immigration strongly sinc. they had would say if you were not white, angelo saxon and protestant you didn't belong in america. this is just this version of saga that they're putting out there. >> if they go mainstream and take on illegal immigration, as long as they're wearing those frightful robes, spewing the rhetoric and crazy t-shirts, they're not going to get anyone to join their cause because they're so frightening. >> they're competing for souls, and there are a lo they're looking for the hardcore folks.
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they've been defined as a terrorist organization. and the appeal is that mainstream groups don't go far enough. they're not looking for the wide stream appeal that a candidate would, but they're looking for people who are willing to push the argument into the realms of violence and aggression. those are the souls that they're fighting for. >> kind their efforts push things politically in the another direction. a number of americans who are undecided look up to see that there is the kkk who is staking a stand against immigration, maybe that's something that americans should be more examinatio examinationate about. >> look who your any bed with, you're on the same page as the ku klux klan the klan has been
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against gay marriage, and i think it's a media attempt to get their name back up front. they really declined in the last few years. they tried to push this notion that america is becoming a less white nation for the last 10 or 15 years. and the census do you row came out b with a report that by the the 2050 whites will be a minority in this country. but people have not flocked to the klan in the ways that they would like to imagine that they are. but scary characters in a silly white hood there are five or more people who believe them or are sympathetic to their cause and who won't join the klan. that's the real danger. it's not the klan themselves but the people who are encouraged by the rhetoric to do something more extreme. >> randy, thanks for being on the program. we appreciate it. >> my pleasure. >> coming up, how european countries are funding al-qaeda
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through millions of dollars in ransoms.
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>> espn is suspending stephen a. smith for remarks he made about domestic violence. he went o said women may share in the blame for violence depending on elements of provocation. he apologized monday saying it was the most egregious error of his career. smith will return to espn next week. al-qaeda and it's affiliates are making more and more money were ransoms. european countries are the ones paying the most. roxana saberi with more on this. >> reporter: european governments deny paying ransoms for hot ta hostages, but "the new york times" say they are paying up and bankrolling al-qaeda. hostages held at gunpoint are
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potent weapons. kidnappings like these about al-qaeda and it's affiliates now account for half the group's revenue generating $125 million ransom money since 2008. france paid $58 million. switzerland nearly $12.5 million and spain and austria together just over $14 million. the ransoms are rising. in 2003 kidnappers received $2,000 per hostage. they now get up to $10 million. critics say governments shouldn't be paying ransoms. >> they're paying for their citizens to be released. which result in citizens of other countries being killed. >> reporter: most of the money has gone to al-qaeda's three main affiliates in northern africa, somalia and in yemen. >> they're going to use that money to launch attacks, and
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they launch attacks and they will kill other civilians. so of course i can understand completely the desire to save a life on one hand. it does result in the loss of more lives further down the road. >> the u.s. has negotiated for the release of hostages like the recent trade of prisoners for sergeant bowe bergdahl. >> if we don't do something, then this problem will just go on and on. >> reporter: groups independent of al-qaeda also have been getting ransoms from hostages are based in somalia and pakistan. we reached out for a response but did not get an answer. >> thank you for that update. just updating you on the top story of the day, two dozen palestinians were killed in a series of israeli airstrikes in gaza today. tony harris will have more on that at the top of the
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6:00 hour. and there was big news about the news economy. it has grown stronger than a lot of economists predicted. i'm david shuster. "inside story" is next. right here on al jazeera america. . >> job training was the subject of something you rarely see in washington. a near unanimous vote in the house of representatives. the goal is to train up more workers for available jobs and run federal job training programs more efficiently. and it's the "inside story."