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What stories do you think are under-reported in the United States? What should Fault Lines cover for Al Jazeera America? 

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Inequality in the US is more extreme than it has been in almost a century - and the gap between the super-rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years.

How did the gap grow so wide, and so quickly? And how are the convictions, campaign contributions and charitable donations of the top one per cent impacting the other 99 per cent of Americans? Fault Lines investigates the gap between the rich and the rest: Fault Lines - The Top 1%
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+Norman Ma Sandy Hook is a perfect example of how we tend not to talk about things until it's too late.

This kind of class disparity, one step away from corporate fascism, can only be solved by a massive redistribution of wealth.
So while you could say that the 1% are the problem, they're also the solution. It's up to them to let go of their money, or else have it taken from them through economic collapse or revolution. There's no way they're not going to have to give money so they can can either do it to save the economy or as a result of its destruction.
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A photo taken in #Kenya  while we filmed an episode on those affected by the nation's worst drought in 60 years. Fault Lines - Horn of Africa Crisis: Drought Zone
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Last year, Sebastian Walker stood at the edge of the Wadi Al-Salam Cemetery. The site of a major battle between US Marines and the Mahdi Army in Najaf, Iraq. It was one stop in a cross-country journey to take the pulse of a nation and it's people after nearly a decade of occupation.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War. We invite you to watch our two part special to learn more about the issues the country still faces ten years on. Fault Lines - Iraq: After the Americans - Part 1
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#Honduras has become the newest front in the US #WarOnDrugs in Latin America. The US has provided financial support for both the police and the military there in spite of its deep corruption issues.

Furthermore, members of both institutions have been linked to a range of killings. Political dissidents, human rights workers and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have all been killed at alarming rates.

The US has a long and controversial history in Honduras. In the 1980s, the US built a base there and trained an elite Honduran military unit. That unit went on to carry out tortures, kidnappings and killings.

Who is responsible? What should be the role of the US in Honduras?
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Fault Lines - Mexico: Impunity and profits
Once known as a booming industrial city and a model of economic progress in #Mexico , the border city of Juarez has become infamous for is high murder rates.

On this episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing travels to Ciudad Juarez and takes a look at how residents' needs are being overshadowed by drug trafficking and violence.

Pictured below: In a make-shift asylum just outside of Juarez, a resident has an emotional moment with a doll. Photo by Josh Rushing.
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While the 'war on drugs' rages on inside the US, there is some political consensus it is failing. White House officials have even indicated a federal policy shift away from incarceration and towards a public health strategy.

In #Baltimore, one of the most dangerous cities in the US, the police have reframed their 'war on drugs' as a 'war on guns'.

The rhetoric may have changed, but critics say nothing else has and that concentrated law enforcement has resulted in high levels of incarceration among young African Americans and the criminalisation of entire communities. 

Fault Lines' Sebastian Walker spends time with those on the front lines of the failed drug war to understand some fundamental dynamics of race, poverty, incarceration and economic truths.
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The US' housing bubble burst around six years ago, but the worst may be yet to come.

Public housing budgets have been slashed, leaving larger numbers of people with no place to call home.

The line between home ownership and homelessness is growing ever more blurry. Meanwhile, popular anger is rising over the perceived impunity of the banks and some have found innovative ways of fighting back in an age of austerity.

Fault Lines travels to Chicago and California to see how people at the front lines of the crisis are confronting the collapse of the American dream.
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Under the Obama administration, the detention and #deportation of #immigrants has reached an all-time high.

Every day, the US government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at the cost of $5.5mn a day. That is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country's immigration detention centres.

Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention in the US and to find out how a handful of companies have managed to shape US immigration laws. Watch here:
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Al Jazeera's Fault Lines takes you beyond the headlines and holds the powerful to account, as we examine the US' role in the world.