In the fierce and sometimes ugly fight over global climate change, we finally have an answer coming from the earth itself: the weather is telling us climate change is here and we are causing it. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku is among the scientist who say the world is giving us signs that climate change is already happening (to see how he explains it, watch the video above). This summer, there have been relentless droughts, wildfires, melting glaciers and unprecedented storms – all happening at the same time. And around the world people are demanding something be done about it. Even in the United States, ground zero for climate change denial, six in ten Americans say they believe it is indeed happening. But political leaders are missing in action – cowed by a vociferous climate change denial club, which is actually now shrinking faster than the polar ice caps.
Despite celebrating its independence a year ago, the country of South Sudan is still locked in conflict with its neighbor to the north, Sudan.
The main point of contention is oil. South Sudan has the oil fields, but the oil must be shipped from Sudan. The United Nations Security Council has ordered the two countries to end their hostilities and resolve outstanding issues. The deadline is August 2, but after decades of conflict, and more than two million deaths, they have still not reached an agreement.
Christiane Amanpour spoke with Sudan’s Ambassador to the U.K., Abdullahi Alazreg Monday. He maintains that his government is having constructive talks with South Sudan.
Amanpour asked Alazreg whether Sudan will hand over the country’s president, Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court. Alazreg responded by saying that Sudan is “willing to hand over whomever, provided that America hands over Bush and the United Kingdom hands over Blair.”
By Mick Krever
(CNN) - More than 10,000 athletes are competing in the London Olympics, each representing a country. All, that is, except four.
One of the so-called “Independent Olympic Athletes” is Marathon runner Guor Marial. His country of South Sudan is so new – just over one year – that it doesn’t yet have an Olympic team.
It is safe to say that no one has had to overcome more hardship en route to the Olympic Games.
At age seven, he left his home and was forced to work for Sudanese soldiers, earning just a dollar per month.
(CNN) - The eyes of a child see things differently than an adult. It's an idea that intrigued four young women in college. "If you could give a child a camera, they could tell a reality in a way that a foreigner, or even an adult, could not," co-founder Angela Francine Bullock says. Several years later, they turned that idea into a way to help children around the world and founded the nonprofit 100cameras.
The concept is simple. 100cameras staff members travel to countries armed with cameras. They partner with a local organization serving children in the community. For the next few weeks, they teach the children how to take photographs. Then they set those children free to capture their world and post the photos online. <<FULL STORY>>
By Jonathan Mann, CNN
What is it about Americans and guns?
How much time do you have?
"I can tell you that I don't think there's any other developed country in the world that has remotely the problem we have," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the shooting rampage in Colorado.
There are an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the United States, making Americans the most heavily armed people in the world per capita. Yemen, a tribal nation with no history of strong central government or the rule of law, comes in a distant second. << FULL POST >>
Monday, Christiane Amanpour speaks Guor Marial, an athlete from the world’s newest country, South Sudan. The marathon runner was just seven years old when he was kidnapped and enslaved during the country’s civil war—a battle which took the lives of near 2 million people, including 28 members of his own family.In a daring escape, Marial ran away from his captors and sought refuge in the U.S. Next week he’ll be running in the Olympics. Not a citizen of the U.S. or South Sudan, Marial will be running as an independent in London. The full interview airs Monday at 2100 & 2300 CET, but you can watch a preview of the conversation about Marial's amazing story in the video above.
Hervé Ladsou, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, discusses the change in status of the U.N. Observer Mission in Syria.
Even though the majority of the Jewish vote in the U.S. goes for Democrats, former White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer tells Christiane Amanpour about his efforts to court the Jewish vote for Republicans. He believes one place Republicans can make major inroads is with American Jewish expatriates living in Israel.
By Lucky Gold
(CNN) - Despite the claims of some within the Obama administration, al Qaeda and its offshoots aren’t dead, yet. They’ve insinuated themselves into Mali, Somalia, Yemen – and now in Syria, too.
Journalist Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker is in Aleppo, which has become a key battleground Syria’s civil war. And in an interview with Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, he gave a unique insight into the fighting there.
Speaking of the out-gunned opposition, Anderson told her, “They’re young men prepared to fight. They believe this is the decisive battle for Syria. That if Bashar al-Assad can’t dislodge them from Aleppo, then it’s over for him. So they have to fight to the death.”
But do they count foreign fighters among their numbers and are there members of al Qaeda and its splinter groups opposing Assad? FULL POST
(CNN) - North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un married 23-year-old Ri Sol Ju in 2009, according to a South Korean lawmaker on Thursday.
The curiosity over Kim's wife started several weeks ago when North Korean state television and news agencies showed video footages and pictures of an unidentified woman attending official events by Kim's side.
The name of the mystery woman was only announced Wednesday as Ri Sol Ju by North Korean state television.
Details about her remained unknown until Jung Chung-Rai, a South Korean lawmaker from Democratic United Party, attended a closed-door intelligence session by National Intelligence Service (NIS), which is equivalent to the CIA in the U.S. FULL POST