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Q: Why did you come back to CNN?
CA: CNN is family. CNN is where I’ve been for decades and it is from here that I’ve seen the world change. CNN has played a role in all the changes that we’ve witnessed over the last three decades, so for me it was a really wonderful opportunity to come back and anchor this new program at a time of incredible, almost unprecedented global change and upheaval. From East to West, North to South, people are protesting because they want a better future, a better life – and they are demanding that their elected leaders be accountable and responsive to the people.
Q. What type of guests will you interview for Amanpour?
CA: As a major story breaks, you see the same people, day in and day out, interviewed across the world. On my program, we’re not just going to go to the usual suspects, we’re going to go to people who you may have never seen before, people who are real players, people who can really impact the outcome.
Getting a good interview requires a journalist make certain he or she is well informed. You must do your homework and research – and you cannot be afraid to be disliked or challenged in the pursuit of the truth. Persistence is at the heart of the best journalism because obviously many people just don’t want to answer tough questions. This is what we must do for the people who demand accountability from us.
Q: What are the stories that are now waiting to be told?
CA: Everything is shifting. Emblematic of the state of our world right now are the protests of people around the world. We all used to think of ‘globalization’ in mostly industrial terms, but the social uprisings have been globally inspiring one another as well. There’s mass unemployment, markets are recovering from the global financial crisis, with governments struggling to tackle economic reform, democracy is trying to make a break for it inside what we thought were immovable dictatorships. And all of this will keep evolving. The domino effect of the ‘Arab Spring’ has inspired protests in Russia, China, even in Israel, the United States, and in Europe from Greece to Great Britain. Things are coming to a real head. More nations, more people, and younger people are demanding a say in how the world is being run. And nearly every nation at the center of today’s major stories and conflicts will also have an election within the next 18 months. That makes everything fascinating – very unpredictable – and it makes information and context even more essential.
One of the most unpredictable and volatile stories right now is what’s going to happen with Iran’s nuclear program. Will there be a negotiated resolution? Will there be military action? If there is a military strike, will there be a retaliation? How will nations around the world respond?
Our program will look at all of this, from every possible angle, and every possible perspective – without fear, nor favor.
Q. Has the ‘Arab Spring’ stalled – or, will the democracy movements of North Africa and the Middle East continue to unfold?
CA: I’ve witnessed many of the revolutions of the ‘Arab Spring.’ I’ve interviewed the dictators and the powerful – as well as the people behind the uprisings who have been waiting for their opportunities at leadership. But none of this is finished. The next chapters of these stories matter to every one of us. We have to keep returning to report what happens next, what the results of the new elections reveal about what the people want in these nascent democracies. What happens next is vital to international security, energy security, global markets, the way people will go about their daily lives and even earn a living halfway around the world from the centers of the revolutions. The ‘Arab Spring’ has impacted the internal politics of every major world power. Things will continue to change – rapidly – and we want to tell the whole story.
Q: Why are you so passionate about journalism?
CA: Journalism is a way of life – a mission. For me it sprung out of the massive upheaval in my own country, Iran, during the 1979 revolution. Witnessing those times showed me how truly information is power, information is security. I wanted to become a journalist because I wanted to be a part of ensuring that the truth of events and facts are told – and that power is held accountable to the truth. Sometimes this is difficult, sometimes it is even dangerous, generally it is unpopular. My friends and colleagues have lost their lives and been injured putting themselves on the front lines to tell the truth, but that is sometimes what it takes. Whether it’s a political upheaval, a natural or terrorist disaster, a famine, a tsunami, an earthquake, genocide, a terrible civil war – whenever I cover a story, I strive to gather the facts about what’s going on, report the feelings about how it affects the people impacted, represent the full context of the unfolding story, and offer perspective on why the story matters.
I’m committed to journalism because good journalism makes a difference in all of our societies. Good journalism is what holds governments and powerful people accountable. It makes democracies strong – and even the most developed democracies need strong, rigorous, fair, free, and independent journalists.
Q. Finally, what would you ask the new President of China when he comes into power later this year?
CA: If I was to interview the president of China, I would ask him how much of a powerhouse can China become, how long will it take China to be able to meet the demands of its massively growing middle class. But I’d also ask him whether having seen the uprisings all over the world, whether it might be time for China to become more democratic, to have more political freedom – and of course, if he envisions a free press for China.
So Israel has a few hundred ballistic nuclear missiles and the west wonders why Iran wants their own nuclear program. I really don’t see why America constantly plays the world’s watchdog when their own military incursions of recent years should be treated as nothing more than war crimes. All Americans demand the right to defend themselves so why cant Iran?
Israel has never ever threatened Iran or anybody else with nuclear attack. Israel has never threatened to wipe out Iran. Iran has threatened many times to wipe out Israel. Can you see the difference? No one is worried about Iran's right to defend its countryand its people. But you must allow Israel the same rights to defend her country and her people. I don't know if Israel has even one nuclear missile. I do know that Israel has been fighting for its existence for many years and has never used or threaten to use any nuclear capabilities .whatsoever. Try to be fair and give everybody a chance to live and be happy.
You are so naive! Iran has been under a constant military threat since its revolution. The U.S. would LOVE to have a reason and a possibility to crush Iran after its public humiliation with the U.S. hostage crisis with Iran back in 1979 – if it would be possible with public opionion, could be done cheaply, and with few or no dead U.S soldiers. (Luckily, war is not that easy to undertake even for the U.S.) Instead, the U.S armed and trained Irak under Saddam Hussein and let him understand that the world would not intervene if Irak attacked Iran – which they did. It was only when Saddam Hussein forgot who had armed him and turned on his former backers that he got into trouble. Somehow, Saddam Hussein made the mistake to believe that the world would let him invade Kuwait – historically a part of Irak.
You also conveniently leave out the fact that Israel under a long time has made very explicit threats against Iran. Every week, media is full of speculation of whether Israel will make reality of its publicly announced threats and actually will attack Iran. Israel is a far greater threat to Iran than Iran is to Israel. Israel is a militarily stronger nation, and also has the backing of the U.S. Iran will never attack Israel, precisely because they know they cannot "win".
Israel is the ONLY nation with nuclear arms in the region. Please, just for a second, try to understand this from the perspective of Iran. No, I am NOT asking you to like Iran, only to try to understand Iran's point of view.
So the military plans that are drawn almost on a daily basis by the Israel's military and the vociferous comments by almost everybody in the Israeli establishment against Iran count for nothing. There were even calculations on the casualities of an israeli strike on Iran's nuclear plants (is israel a watchdog for the world community? or its paranoia over and above every international law?) ! Twisting the statements made by Ahmedinjead is the lifeline of propagandists but even that is also not going to last long as people are able to see the truth for themselves. If you look closely the existential threats to Israel are arising due to its own policies, its suppresion of the Palestinian people and the Arab minority within Israel in general. We do hope for peace for all and pray for a better future for everyone however it will require the leaders in positions of power (especially those in Israel and also in Hamas/PA) to give due consideration to the future and take this conflict to a PEACEFUL end.
In the mean time, we – the Lebanese people – live in constant fear that Israel will someday freak out like they did in 2006. Should that happen, what's to stop them from setting off a dirty bomb or launch a mini nuke attack against us? I understand a country's drive to defend itself. And I am part of a movement which believes that we will only know peace once we have all set our weapons down. For good. Until then, we always have to be on the watch for psychos, politicians looking to boost their image, generals with a thirst for vengeance – and even rogue elements with an agenda. Throw nuclear weapons into the mix and you are just asking for a disaster to happen.
For what it's worth, Israel IS the reason for many of the Middle East's problem. They continue to settle on land that belongs to another country. They fight with warplanes and tanks against stone throwers. Anyone who criticizes them is anti-Zionist (?). And you wonder? what planet are you from dude? When you reach out to the people's whose land you have occupied and treat them like nobody, what does Israel expect. Flowers and candies?
Joe – Kuwait was never "historically" part of Iraq, and not Irak as you keep insisting it to be. If somehow you think it is show me the proof of that. Iraq invaded Kuwait because they wanted oil and thats that.
Not really true the Mossad had ongoing operation inside Iran for a very long time including assassinations ........if Israel were to get a satellite based weapons system so would Iran want one. Isreal started the nuclear arms race in the middle east but the Iranians are fools to joins the race money is better spent on other things.....
Lennie, this is not my cup of tea but note that to allow Israel the same rights to defend her country and her people peacefully, let Israel respect their internationally recognised borders and treat Palestinians as decent people. The holocaust was never carried out by the Palestinians or the Arabs. So why should the pay such a price for something they never did.
If you can answer me this question then I’ll consider you to be honest to yourself. Which is more hideous, the holocaust or slavery & Slave trade???
Everybody knows that, Lennie, but this means little, if anything at all, to the Muslim world, the so-called Left and the Christian antisemites. Their agendas will not change except through "Armageddon 2.0" when the world population will be reduced by half or more. But then, it will be too late.
By what authoritative source do you boldy say that Israel has "several hundred ballistic missisle"? And what does that have to do with Christine Amanpour? Please keep your Israel bashing to yourself.
Iran cant because of the ideology they espouse. these cultures that have no rational thinking and base their policies on religious denominations bring about great destruction to mankind.Islam as a religion is violent in the way it interprets the human society at large,so a nuclear Iran is a threat to world peace lady.
I'm starting to think that there are two types of sohcopatis in America.The first are very smart, risk-taking types. The second are moronic, risk-averse dullards.The smart ones become serial killers. The second become politicians.The smart ones eventually get caught because the police, who, for the most part are bright and competent (at least those on serial killer task forces are), catch on and nab them. The are stopped before they can kill again!The second rarely get stopped because voters are rarely smart and competent. They're not stopped, so they're free to kill programs and people whenever they and their fellow dullard sohcopatis gain power either locally or in DC.
Where did you get those "facts"? We're working on a few hundred Iron Dome rockets- how do you spin a defensive system into an equivalency and justfication for an Iranian nuclear weapon? As if only tiny Israel should feel any threat from them?
For God's sake try to be honest in your opinion. Israel never threatened any nation with his nuclear weapons let alone never disclosed about its possession of nuclear weapons and is a democracy since its inception. Iran has openly threatened and covertly attacked Israel and is ruled by orthodox Mullahs who have no pragmatic approach about world affairs. So why not US and Western countries be opposed to Iran becoming a nuclear power.
Regarding Gilad Shalit, Hamas will never free him alive. Never. Never ever. Israel needs to stop talking to anonye about Gilad Shalit and declare him, sadly, KIA. Not even the Red Cross is interested in their own so called rules. No even France, a nation that Gilad Shalit was a citizen off, is interested. They have cast the Jews to the wind and they could not be clearer they simply don't care and won't act. They never have and never will. The upside to this is Israel no longer need be held hostage by negotiations' and terrorists are put on notice that kidnapping serves no purpose, least of all for them.
Give the guy a chance! Has any other psdrieent, or any other politician anywhere for that matter, been judged a success or failure after less than a year in office? Considering the mess he inherited, in both domestic and foreign affairs, he has done very well. He has come closer than any previous psdrieent to passing healthcare reform, he has made some progress on climate change albeit not enough and he has done much to restore America's reputation around the globe, as the post below on his multilateral foreign policy notes. The economy will take some time to turn around, but it would be even worse than it is but for his interventions. Also, consider the contrast between the response to the earthquake in Haiti and the response to Hurricane Katrina.The point is that he has made a good start on fulfilling his election promises and has been consistent with his policies. Only children and fools expect instant results and magic wands, something he never promised.The American people should appreciate him. Good luck to him and all his endeavours.
The Arab spring inspired protests in Israel? Come on, Amanpour, your hatred for Israel shows again. You are a liar!
Amanpour, there were no demonstrations in Israel inspired by the Arab spring. Why are you still making up stories against Israel? Can't get rid of your bias, can you?
Pls tell her to listen/read speech by Simon Deng at UN on people or activists against Israel. Simon, a sudanese says sudanese refugees confirn Israel is heaven whilst Eqypt n Sudan are hell where they got tortured, enslaved, raped n killed. And these sudanese are mostly muslim. According to Simon there r more human rights violation n genocide like in Darfur, Iraq, Egypy, Nigeria n Syria by muslim n Islamic countries than in Israel. Human rights activists should go n protest in Cairo, Khartoum n Damascus where genocides/human rights violations are committed n NOT in Tel Aviv. This goes to show that there is a hidden agenda n movement which is anti Israel on the pretext of human rights
CNN moderators, stop protecting Amanpour, she was, is and always will be anti-Israel.
Thank G-D somebody is.
CNN was not the same without you!!!
I've been an admirer for years and am glad that you are back where you can really shine! You're a terrific interviewer and I've learned alot of the years. Keep up the good work. I'll be watching.
too bad we cant have some political leaders who have actually been out of the country and can see the world as it really is..... reporters on the scene get a real taste of what's going on.... this lady has earned her stripes....
It is all began with Abrahamism ! The world is always in chaos because of spreading the world of Yahwe/Jesus Christ/Allah/Muhammad & etc. This is the root of evil ! In any war, terror, chaos, you name it, it always can be linked to Abrahamics ! Please do not deny the truth.
Dear Indonesia, please don't blindly blame anybody or any religion by that fact as you stated in your comments. If you study carefully, all religions persist on peace and harmony among eachother (humans). Those forces who are the major cause of all the shamble in this world are from anti-religious but unfortunately due to there origin from certain part of the world, they are considered to be that person. we should properly study one's behaviour before we get it to the story line. As for Israel and Palestine, they both have the right to live and they both should come to an agreement to live side by side peacefully and happily.
Only 4 hour wait? Seriously I would love a 4 hour wait since reality is more like 24 hours. Having woekrd the ER here's some real rules of the ER:1. We are NOT first come first served! If you want that then go to a fast food joint.2. Having to wait is a good thing- it means you're not going to die in the next 5 minutes.3. The more you annoy us and the bigger an ass you are the longer you wait.4. It's called an EMERGENCY room for a reason. If you're not spraying blood across the room, have a bone sticking out, can talk in full sentences and still have a pulse- you're probally not an emergency!5. In the same mindset of #4: hangnails, bad dreams, drunkeness, flu are NOT emergencies. Use common sense and stay home.6. Niceness goes a long ways. So does patience.7. Unless you have a medical license or degree don't argue about why the little old lady with backpain was sent back before you. If you do have a medical license then why didn't you fix it yourself or come work here and help us out?8. If you're diabetic then bring something to eat with you. It's not our job to feed you.9. Unless the kid is sick don't bring your children with you. We have enough crybabies without having to listen to them. Also watch and disciplene your brats.10. SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND WAIT YOUR TURN OR GO THE F ELSEWHERES!
Hm, massive Saudi invmsteent in American media goes unreported hm let's think Nope, can't think of a single reason why neither that, nor the fact that the Carter Foundation lives on Saudi oil money and other Arab oil money is never mentioned during his criticisms of Israel.
There were protests in Israel during the "Spring" for social change. All walks of life were there- Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze, etc. The people protested for better salaries, renting conditions, food prices, peace and more. Every week protesting in big groups (300,000+!) and every night on the small scale. How do I know this? I was there and apart f it. This got a bit of airtime in the media – but not too much as everything was PEACEFUL. No violence. Just people coming together wanting change.
that is true, but were these protests inspired by the ARAB SPRING, as the violently anti_Israel Amanpour claims? NO, they were not!!
Yeah....... my babe is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome back Ann..... we missed you.....
Dear Christiane. Nice to see you back! The ABC-programme wasn't really suitable for you (like a muzzle) and I'm glad that you find your way back to CNN, because the core questions are seldom tackled in the media. Many media groups handle foreign affairs ideological or only as a tool to hide their own national problems with it.
It's important to hear interviews, to see that you are able to speak to the people personally and make a difference between mere speculations, rumours, intentions (wishfull thinking) and facts. Isn't it shocking to see M. Gadaffi dead, after talking to him? I'm sure it is pretty difficult to bring the right questions out! And hear how their answers circling around and around and around... the point!
I'm glad you are back on CNN! So often we hear the same stories (poorly told) over and over again. You continually show that you have done your research through the types of questions you ask and issues that you explore. You make me want to be better informed and take a more active role in the solving the problems that matter today.
What a wonderful news. Christiane is a real journalist and makes of the interview something real. Congratulations CNN
I am so glad to see Christiane is back to CNN. To me Christiane is always the part of CNN. The only best place for the great journalist like her is of course the best news channel on this planet! Congratulations and welcome home!
Thank you and love you all CNN crew!!
amanpour I have always liked a journalist. She can ask tough questions and has a style that can get answers that some people dont want to give. Look at the answer israeli opposition party gave about willing to go to jail, when probably most people wouldnt have gotten that response from her.
Why does Israel need such a huge stockpiles of nukes, reportedly in the hundreds of atomic bombs (e.g. google Mordechai Vanunu) if it is a "peaceful country" that threatens nobody? Israel is obviously armed to the teeth and one of the largest military powers in the world.
Read some history and you'll have your answer
Christiane is undoubtedly a wonderful journalist who has a great track record, and I am fan.
However, I find that in recent times, she is sometimes being different just for the sake of being different. Sometimes what everyone else has reported before Christiane is the most important and relevant point (and sometimes they're wrong too)
But I really wish she would focus on the most important and relevant points, not just be different and ask different questions just for the sake of being different.
It is amazingly interesting when you watch someone you have never met personaly, or you had ever had the chance to talk to, do a great job while interviewing someone you had never met as well. What makes it all more interesting is when you watch a person like Christiane, due to the cheer fact that she is so capable of asking interesting and intelligent questions. Kudos for CNN!!! It will, as it always has been a great pleasure to watch :)
I have not watched much CNN much lately, but I'll gladly watch Christiane because she is as good as it gets in journalism. I've been disappointed in Anderson lately, too big for his breeches. Then there's Erin, just too much of a light weight. Glad to see a seasoned educated reporter like Amanpour back to raise the bar. Would love to see her in the 7 or 8 pm timeslot, SOON!!!
If one accepts the fact MSM in general is a progressives domain, it's safe to say most, if not all those hired to staff progressive reporting are...progressives. As has amply been reported in all MSM, especailly in Stanford, FL incident, all if not most reports were unmasked as fabrications. One can only conclude...if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...must be a duck. So too, CNN and most, if not all of its staff are progressives...this reporter, too. False reporting par exellance will ratchet up for upcoming Presidential elections. Who wodda thunk?
Finally, a Sunday morning talk show with sunbcaste and discipline.Amanpour's questions and dialogue are in striking contrast to the usual mundane fare foisted upon us. She displayed in-depth background knowledge of the issues under discussion and politely, but firmly, challenged her subjects on their evasion and spin, often using their own past statements to do so. Pelosi was visibly uncomfortable at times, I assume due to the calibre of the questions, Amanpour's follow-ups, and on occasion, Amanapour's ability to connect diverse but connected aspects of Pelosi's replies. Gates was more comfortable with Amanpour he always appears at ease with the media but I thought he was at times tacken aback by the complexity of Amanpour's queries. I regularly watch all the Sunday morning talk shows, and admit to initial skepticism about Amanpour's fit on This Week . My doubt was misplaced, and Amanpour spoke truth in the lead-up promo in which she says, The world's newsmakers answer to you. Amanpour expects answers and she does the unexpected: she connects diverse aspects of single subjects and brings them into the conversation. Unintentionally perhaps, it throws her subjects off balance and off their talking points and spin. The viewer then catches a glimpse of truth and authenticity.
After so many years, I'm back watching CNN with Amanpour around. CNN is always pro-Israel. At least, with Amanpour around, news will be told in their proper perspective.
CNNis pro Israel?hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Very nice to see Chrisiane back i n CNN.Greetings from Poland.
Very, very nice to have Christiane Amanpour back. I´ve always been a great fan.
Greetings from Paraguay!
amanpour should ask the chinese president if china will ever surrender scarborough shoal to the philippines.
Glad to see you back,you're an inspiration for me. Thank you for the insightful and good interviewing.
Fan from Algeria
Amanpour, welcome bak, got to get engage with CNN again, ve really missed some breathtaking journalism of late. welcome back on board.
Amanpour, never mind Iran, why don't you interview Syria's first Lady....After allll her anti israel talk, its time she look at her monsterous husband killing syrains by the hundreds..now thats an interview!!!
maybe then will i believe that you practice "unbiased" journalism...
Thank God, Amanpour is back!
Welcome back Christiane. You are perhaps the best journalist, experienced, well-informed, polite but inquisitive, non-partisan, concentrated on what's important. One feels the people you interview are proud to be there and respect you. You understand history, different cultures, ... I could go on. I try not to miss your programs. Very best wishes.
Welcome back CA, we've missed you
I'm curious to see if Jenny Tonge, the British meebmr of the House of Lords, offers the same suggestion as she did regarding the Israeli mission to Haiti, namely that there should be an investigation into allegations that the Israeli doctors were killing patients in order to harvest their organs.It turned out that such actions would not have resulted in usable organs but of course, how could the Israelis have known that? I mean, everyone knows how hard it is to find Jewish doctors.By the way, for this vicious accusation, tantamount to the blood libel, Tonge's own Liberal Democratic party drummed her out of well, actually she got a slap on the wrist.
Amanpour, welcome bak, got to get engage with CNN again, ve really missed some breathtaking journalism of late.
Christiane Amanpour welcome Home. We missed you. Next Please Interveiw african Leaders on Peace in the Region. From Nigeria
am surprise to hear someone call amanpour a liar...sorry to say this..the world dont want the truth to be told...but notwithstanding,madam christiane ur on the right track....truth is always bitter but it saves life...
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