An exclusive interview with President Thein Sein about the rapid transformation of Myanmar – a revolution in progress.
Last night, Christiane and Helen Thomas were honored with lifetime achievement awards for their journalism at the Newswomen's Club of New York. The Amanpour news team accompanied Christiane and took some snaps, click here to see the rest.
Tonight on AMANPOUR., we focus on one of the most intractable wars of our time, the struggle between Palestinians and Israelis over land, the Holy Land. The past 60 years have seen violence and uprising in the Middle East, interrupted only briefly by moments of hope. U.S. President Obama began his administration by appointing a high profile envoy and promising to break the log jam, but ten months later it's still deadlocked and the peace process is stuck in the sand and there’s a danger extremists on both sides will fill the diplomatic vacuum. We will be looking at this dilemma with two unusual voices, Aaron David Miller, a former U.S. diplomat who served six U.S. Secretaries of State. And Amira Hass, of the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, whose title is “correspondent in the occupied lands.” There are other stories in the news today. So as always, I am offering some perspectives on some stories that resonate way beyond the headlines.
Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.
AFGHANISTAN REINFORCEMENTS – How deep are the divisions in the Obama Administration?
- Pres. Obama, on visit to Tokyo, promises transparent decision soon on Afghan troop reinforcements
- Promise comes amid reports of deep divisions among officials about whether to send extra troops to Afghanistan and if so, how many
- UK Prime Minister Brown, who’s offered an extra 500 troops, said NATO nations other than U.S. might send 5,000 reinforcements
- Germany today said it will send 100 extra troops to northern Afghanistan, an area where fighting is far less intense than areas where U.S. and U.K. troops are fighting
QUESTION: How come European members of NATO, with so many men under arms, cannot deploy tens of thousands of extra troops to Afghanistan: is it a question of political will, outdated military structures, or both?