Christiane looks at why protesters are saying the World Cup only benefits outsiders.
By Lucky Gold, CNN
As meetings took place in Baghdad in hopes of ensuring that Iran isn’t producing a nuclear weapon, and thereby heading off an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, two insiders with knowledge of the negotiations appeared Wednesday on Amanpour.
Ambassador Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, put the onus on the P5Plus 1 countries (U.S., Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany): “I’m afraid the P5Plus 1, they ask too much from Iran. They ask Iran to give diamonds in return for peanuts.”
The diamond in question, he said, is Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. “The issue is political, not technical. For the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Iran would have no problem to cooperate to all questions. But…asking Iran to stop twenty percent (uranium enrichment), to implement additional protocols, to give access beyond additional protocols – this is practically the diamonds the P5 Plus 1 wants.”
He added, “And if they are going to propose Iran spare parts for airplanes (in exchange), these would be the peanuts.”
By Samuel Burke
(CNN) - Even as Egyptians head to the polls for a second day Thursday, there are still very real questions about whether the military – which has been running the country since the revolution – will easily give up power. The military has massive wealth, and deep institutional control. Tuesday, retired General Sameh Seif Elyazal, a key Egyptian military figure, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the military is ready to handover authority to a civilian power and maybe even sooner than planned, but with caveats.
“There is no hesitation. They will do it on June 30,” Elyazal said. The general, who is a close adviser to Egypt's de facto ruler, General Hussein Tantawi, said that the military might even let go of the reins sooner if the new president is elected in the first round. “They will give up [power] immediately after that and they will not even wait until June 30,” he said. “I have no doubt whatsoever that they will hand over power to the new president at the right time.”
When Amanpour pressed him on whether the military would attach strings to its handover of power, he said, “I don’t think they want be involved directly or indirectly with political life,” but he added that the military does want certain conditions to be met.
Egyptians in Cairo step up to CNN's Open Mic to explain what they want from their new president.
Take a moment to look at just one picture. These children are lying in a morgue in Houla, Syia – waiting to be buried. We've seen this coming, but no-one seems to know what to do about it. The so-called Annan cease-fire plan is in tatters. We've focused the entire edition of the program on just one topic: Syria. Watch here:
With the U.N.'s ceasefire plan in tatters and international unwilling to intervene, who can stop the violence in Syria?
Former Syrian general Akil Hashem rejects Western claims that Syria's army are well equipped.
Part 1: Eurozone and Syria Italy’s perspective Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi gives Christiane Amanpour his perspective on the crises in the Eurozone and Syria. Part 2: Ahmed Rashid: ‘Pakistan on the Brink’ Pakistani journalist and author Ahmed Rashid says that paralysis is gripping Islamabad
Italy's foreign minister gives Christiane Amanpour his perspective on the problems in the eurozone and Syria.
Pakistani journalist and author Ahmed Rashid says that paralysis is gripping Islamabad.
Episode #25: Tuesday, May 22, 2012