Christiane looks at why protesters are saying the World Cup only benefits outsiders.
The exclusive interview with the Afghanistan’s Minister of Interior that dealt with combating claims of corruption from a Karzai rival and former presidential candidate proved popular among Amanpour’s audience. Most commentary included a variety of mixed reactions combined with concern and “hope for the best” by the majority of viewers.
- Patricia Shamseldin FULL POST
On AMANPOUR. today, what should the world do about Cuba? Most countries agree that the 50-year-old U.S. policy of political isolation and economic sanctions is a relic of the Cold War and simply does not work. But is that policy changing? Also, on November 18, Human Rights Watch released a damming report describing human rights abuses in Cuba. Yet the report also calls on the U.S. to shift from a policy of outright regime change to a policy of working with Cuba’s current government to promote human rights, and lift its embargo. Christiane examines the options for addressing Cuba in today’s show. There are of course other headlines in the news today. Here are my perspectives on some other stories.
- Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.
IRAN – Will the Iranian president’s visit to Brazil give Tehran more influence in Latin America?
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Brasilia today for talks with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
- It’s the Iranian president’s first visit to Brazil, which also maintains close ties with Israel and other countries trying to slow Tehran’s nuclear ambitions
- Da Silva says it’s not a good idea to “corner” Iran
- Critics say visit will simply give Tehran more legitimacy after disputed elections in June and subsequent violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters
QUESTION: Will Ahmadinejad’s visit to Brasilia enhance Brazil’s global image or damage U.S.-Brazilian ties? FULL POST