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And now your feedback

March 29th, 2010
09:30 PM ET
Christiane - all ears for the feedback.
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he Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Deputy’s statements played part in the discussions held among Amanpour viewers.  Optimism took the best of most, as some expressed “this conflict will never be resolved!”  A few continued hoping for peace.

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EMAIL COMMENTS

Our country will be on the wrong side of history if it tries to divide Jerusalem and take the heart of the Holy City from the Jewish state. G-d Forbid! (And I mean that literally)
Larry S. Pollak
Columbus, Ohio

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Elizabeth Joseph – journalist extraordinaire!

March 29th, 2010
05:35 PM ET

The team all met up outside of work after Friday's show and here's a snap with a great journalist from the program, Elizabeth Joseph:

Elizabeth Joseph, CNN journalist extraordinaire
Elizabeth Joseph, CNN journalist extraordinaire


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And now your feedback

March 25th, 2010
08:09 PM ET
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After the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Deputy shared with Amanpour that his government would take two years to expand the East Jerusalem settlements viewers agreed that the most hopeful outcome to most was peace.  Some voted against further Israeli expansion in East Jerusalem because it was felt it opposed peace resolution.

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Facebook comments about the Israel plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem

Dickson Igwe The problem with this issue is that it lies on a theological fault line. And like all controversial issues of religion, we will probably all be gone and this crisis will still be on going.

Dele Adegoke All we need is peace in the middle east. Further Israeli expansion in east Jerusalem may aggravate an already worsening situation.


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Divided Loyalties: An Incredible Situation

March 24th, 2010
10:54 PM ET
Sister Joan Chittister
Sister Joan Chittister

By Joan Chittister

For all the certainty about the facts of the case, there is still an aura of discontent everywhere about the situation surrounding clerical sex abuse in the Church. No one disputes the data now; everyone disputes the nature of the problem. And worse than that, the data simply keeps piling up on all sides.

First, the world called it an “American problem.” As in, those Americans are a wild bunch anyway, what else can you expect?” The Vatican went so far as to dismiss the issue as simply another demonstration of American exaggeration–what the Irish call  the American tendency to be “over the top.”

Then Ireland found itself engulfed in the problem and suddenly the outrage was no longer seen as ‘over the top,’ On the contrary, it became a display of integrity. Nor were the numbers seen as being exaggerated by the media. On the contrary, the numbers of child victims, the world began to understand, had, if anything, been minimized.

Now, the boil has broken in Europe, too: in the Netherlands, in Austria, in Germany, and, oh yes, in the Vatican, as well.

Now, the United States is no longer seen as being hysterical about a non-problem but early in its confrontation of it, also a decidedly American trait.

But what, precisely, is ‘it?” What is the real problem?

Note well: After stories of the first few high-profile cases of serial rapes and molestations and their unheard of numbers died down, the focus shifted away from individual clerical rapists to the unmasking of what was now obviously a systemic problem. This prevailing practice of episcopal coverups, of  moving offenders from one parish to another rather than expose them either to legal accountability or to moral censure in the public arena, occupied the spotlight. It was a practice that saved the reputation of the church at the expense of children. It traded innocence for image.

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And now your feedback

March 24th, 2010
08:56 PM ET
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Christiane – all ears for the feedback.

Israel plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem and the possible repercussions on the U.S.–Israeli relations and the Middle East peace process was heavily discussed among the Amanpour audience.  Some felt that although the U.S – Israeli relations evolved and this indicated a positive pull toward this situation, the settlements “needed to stop.”   Additionally, while some suggested a one state solution with two legislative bodies others thought this was a risqué move and it “would not work.”  Overall, viewers had a good exchange of ideas that differed in opinion but shared a common goal.   

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Facebook comments about the Israel plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem

Peter Houston Make no mistakes. And I do not want anyone to misrepresent my presentation. I am not advocating any attack on Israel. i want peace in Israel. i want peace in Palestine. But if Israel will not negotiate in good faith, Arab Nations must not sit and continue to watch Palestinians suffer the kind of treatment that the world delivered the Israelis from many years ago. Enough is Enough.

Markus Lique Umaguing Jr I believe the Israelis knows what they r doing in East Jerusalem and US won't abandon them, not at this point in time..

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Israeli official: Construction in East Jerusalem years away

March 24th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

(CNN) - Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said Tuesday his government would take two years to implement plans to expand the East Jerusalem settlements in Ramat Shlomo, a plan that set off a diplomatic imbroglio with the United States when it was announced two weeks ago.

"By the nature of the planning process, there won't be any building in that Jewish neighborhood called Ramat Shlomo at least within the coming two years," Meridor told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "So this is really not a problem now - at least two years, there's not supposed to be any building according to the normal process of planning, that this plan needs to go through."

The Israeli government announced during Vice President Joseph Biden's visit to Jerusalem earlier in March that it would build 1,600 new apartments in largely Arab East Jerusalem. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton later called the timing of the announcement "insulting."

Meridor said he did not think the issue would affect U.S. Israeli relations, nor the attitude of the Obama administration toward the status of Jerusalem.

"They understand that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," Meridor said. "Nobody that I know of in America or, for that matter, in the Palestinian Authority, think that when there is an agreement of peace, and there are lines, the Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, those who are in East Jerusalem or West Jerusalem, will not be part of Israel."

But Daniel Levy, a senior fellow at the New America foundation, told Amanpour that the White House would be looking for an acknowledgement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday evening that the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem would one day be part of an eventual Palestinian state.

"No one is asking Israelis and Palestinians to fall in love," Levy said. "Israel unfortunately is addicted to the settlements. If Israel's ready for peace, it could stop settlements."

"It could say to the international community, 'You guarantee security, you run this,'" Levy added. "I think we need now a concrete American plan not to deal with one settlement, but to deal with the entirety and to get a border."

Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, voiced doubts that the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank would allow the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel - a "two-state solution."

"I don't see how a two-state solution, based on East Jerusalem being the capital of a Palestinian state, is going to be possible under the circumstances," said Nusseibeh, whose school describes itself as the only Arab university in Jerusalem.

"When you're talking about settlements, I know that the focus today is on 1,600 new housing units in a particular area in Jerusalem, Ramat Shlomo, or whatever," Nusseibeh said. "But you forget the fact that Israel has been building across the green line in East Jerusalem for the past 42 years. And we already have more than 250,000 people living across the green line in Jerusalem, in East Jerusalem, and in the surrounding areas."


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And now your feedback

March 23rd, 2010
09:57 PM ET
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Christiane – all ears for the feedback.

The conversation with actor and activist Ben Affleck who just got back from Eastern Congo proved popular.  Amanpour viewers spoke on Ben’s favor and complimented his visit that drew international attention to this sensitive situation.  Some debated about the political aspects of the condition in Congo and mixed commentary was the result of most conversations.

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Dear Christine,
Thanking you for focusing on issues that the world tend to pay less attention to, I would, however, raise concerns about your recent interview with President Kagame for the following reasons:
- How can anyone dismiss and take so lightly the war in the Congo where countless are dying and being raped in very horrific conditions? I just think he got off lightly and we feel insulted by him not even deploring the killings!
- The very fact that rebel General Nkuda was arrested on Rwandan territory speaks for itself, he is an instrument Kagame uses to destabilize the DRC and get what he wants. We all know that he only arrested him because the international community threatened to withhold aid on which he depends so much;
- Rwanda occupied eastern DRC for over 5 years, how many rebel * "genocidaires"* did they arrest? Which shows that the issue is difficult and requires cooperation between regional countries
I just want to express how appalled we are to see this arrogant man using the international platform given to him to dismiss as irrelevant the rape of women, children and their brutal killings right on he door step
Regards
Laurent  bureau

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Ben Affleck launches initiative for Congo aid

March 23rd, 2010
07:49 PM ET

By George Lerner; Producer, AMANPOUR.

(CNN) - Actor Ben Affleck on Monday launched a grassroots initiative to assist communities ravaged by war in one of the most troubled places on earth, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Affleck, who just returned from a trip to the DRC, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he had long heard about the crisis in Congo, which has left more than 5 million people dead over the past 12 years, but only came to understand the scope of the humanitarian crisis after repeated visits to the country.

"The more I traveled, the more I was struck about it, the more I fell in love with the people, the more I was horrified by what was happening. And the more I did, I started to develop this idea of partnering with the Congolese people and wanting to empower community-based organizations there that were doing extraordinary work," Affleck said.

Affleck on Monday announced the launch of the Eastern Congo Initiative, an effort to support community organizations working to help rape victims and to rebuild from a decade of war.

"There are folks who are working to protect those who are suffering from gender-based violence, who help child soldiers to advance the educational needs of the citizens there." Affleck told Amanpour. "There are people who live in the communities, who are from there, who understand the relationships there, who are Africans finding solutions to African problems. And when I was there, what I saw was that those were, in my view, the most effective folks at meeting those goals."

One of those groups, Affleck said, was an organization known as LAV, the French acronym for "Let Africa Live," which taught practical trades, such as carpentry, auto mechanics and textile production, to reintegrate both former soldiers and victims of the violence back into society.

Affleck cited the case of one woman whom he met on his trip last week. She had survived a horrifying ordeal at the hands of a militia in Eastern Congo.

"They, in her words, treated her like an animal and a slave. She was a bush wife to six men who raped her. She became pregnant. She eventually escaped by asking basically permission to take a bath and making a mad run for it," he said. "She barely escaped with her life. She walked for a week and made it back to the city. She was homeless, pregnant, and destitute in the city. She was discovered by folks from (LAV). They took her in. They brought her into this community."

Through the work of LAV, the woman is now attending to law school, with plans to practice and teach law, Affleck said.

"She's an extraordinary woman, and (LAV) was the kind of group that we want to partner with and support so that we can broaden their capacity to do more."

Congo analyst Jason Stearns, who worked in Eastern Congo's war zones with the International Crisis Group and the United Nations, said the problems in Congo could be traced to two sources: the ongoing after-effects of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the collapse of the Congolese state.

"We're not going to have a solution to the problem - and to the rapes, for that matter - until we have a Congolese state and army that serves the people, rather than preys on the people," Stearns said. "Four billion dollars is currently the amount the international community gives to the Congo for various things, and they've done a great job in emergency stuff, in feeding displaced people, but really a very poor job in reforming the state institutions that would prevent such a crisis in the future."

Congolese human rights attorney Sylvie Maunga Mbanga said the government needed to focus attention on ending a culture of impunity towards rapists, especially when those rapes are committed by members of the Congolese army.

"We need to punish the perpetrators of sexual violence against women," she said.

Eastern Congo may have received far less international attention than the crisis in Darfur, but Affleck called on Washington to do more to address the humanitarian situation in the DRC.

"The United States really needs to develop a comprehensive policy towards Congo as a whole, much in the same way it did toward Sudan in late 2009, which it doesn't have toward Eastern Congo, despite what a sort of mess the place is," Affleck said.


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Jewish athlete defeats Nazis 73 years later

March 22nd, 2010
09:40 PM ET

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March 22nd, 2010
09:29 PM ET
Christiane - all ears for the feedback.
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame was at the center of discussions among the Amanpour audience.  Many commented they would like to see President Kagame’s opponent speak up publicly as the Rwandan story, many said, had “two sides.”  Additionally, while most commented that foreign aid to developing countries would only create dependency because of the instant gratification experienced, others felt “nothing was for free” and natural resources were exchanged for the money.  The lapse in social and economic opportunity for the progress of these undeveloped countries continued to be of interest for many.  Furthermore, it was felt that although Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s accomplishments were positive, they were globally recognized because of his economic status and influence. 

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Facebook comments about Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei / Rwanda's President on how he helped turn the country around / And a story of teenage girls discovering their strength. 

Sam Lacroix I would suggest you really give a chance to the Kagame main opponent (Mrs Victoire Ingabire) to respond to accusations by Kagame on you show. we love you AMANPOUR

Jony Jess We love you AMANPOUR!!! BUT i really suggest that you give a chance to Mrs Victoire Ingabire to respond to the accusations made by Kagame on your show. The true nature of CNN is to hear from both sides...especially ahead of Rwandan controversial elections come up...with a 3 week- presidential campaign!!!!!!

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