By Samuel Burke, CNN
Doing nothing about alleged chemical weapons use is the wrong message to send to Syria’s leader, General Gabi Ashkenazi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exuclsive interview that aired Tuesday.
“Lethal assistance,” is one of the options the West could consider, Ashkenazi suggested. “Weapons, in order to help them to topple Assad, to take him down. [And] maybe impose a no-fly zone in, at least, part of Syria.”
Ashkenazi led the Israel Defense Forces during four crucial years from 2007 to 2011 and granted Amanpour a rare interview – his first-ever on-camera outside of Israel.
That country has been keeping a keen eye on what's happening in neighboring Syria, though Ashkenazi said that if President Assad falls it would present a “mixed picture for” the Jewish state. FULL POST
By Samuel Burke, CNN
Each time Nelson Mandela enters the hospital, the whole world holds its breath – fearing the worst.
Mandela hadn’t been seen in public since his latest brush with ill health last month. But now he's emerged in pictures taken at his home on Monday, flanked by current leaders of his African National Congress party, including South African President Jacob
Rather than comforting, though, the pictures have sparked outrage on social media in the Rainbow Nation.
Zuma and the other leaders are accused of exploiting the ailing leader, putting a frail and uncomfortable 94-year old on public display.
The incident comes on top of Mandela's own family mining his legacy. His granddaughters appear in a reality show called "Being Mandela," in which the family shows the business of Mandela-branded wines and clothing lines.
Eusebius McKaiser is a South African political analyst and an expert in moral philosophy, and he says neither the photos of Mandela nor the outrage surprise him.
Former State Department Director Anne-Marie Slaughter tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that President Obama is inviting Syria to continue pushing "the red line" that Obama set on chemical weapon use.
By Samuel Burke & Ken Olshansky, CNN
For the first time in recent memory, the forgotten detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay are getting the world's attention.
The U.S. government acknowledges that 100 prisoners are on hunger strikes, though defense attorneys think that number is considerably higher. Just last month, officials said the number was only 31 prisoners.
Officials say medical staff are force feeding 21 prisoners who are at the greatest risk of starving themselves to death – an invasive process that involves running a tube through the nasal passage into the stomach and then feeding the patient a nutritional supplement. Attorneys for the prisoners describe the process as excruciating. FULL POST
By Samuel Burke & Claire Calzonetti, CNN
Syrian-American doctors are obtaining samples from apparent victims of chemical weapon attacks in Syria and giving them to the American government for testing.
On Monday, Syrian-American doctor Zaher Sahloul was near the Syrian border in Turkey, where he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that reports from physicians indicate there had just been another attack. Sahloul believes this is the sixth recent chemical weapons attack Syria.
“We have medical proof,” Dr. Sahloul told Amanpour. “Patients had respiratory and neurological symptoms.” FULL POST
CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks to hip-hop group DAM and author Robin Wright about hip-hop in the Arab world.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour examines the claims from multiple governments that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on its own people.
CNN's Arwa Damon reports from Jordan about how the United States has enhanced military presence in that country and how the U.S. might prepare to secure chemical weapons if Assad falls.
U.S. Senator John McCain tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the United States must take action in Syria.
By Claire Calzonetti & Samuel Burke, CNN
When the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon last Monday, Pakistani doctor Haider Javed Warraich was eating lunch at a restaurant nearby.
As a doctor, his first reaction was to help the injured.
But he second-guessed his own response, believing that he could be viewed as a potential suspect because of his ethnicity.
"As a 20-something Pakistani male with dark stubble, would I not fit the bill?” Warraich wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times last week, saying, “I remember feeling grateful that I wasn't wearing a backpack." FULL POST