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Using comedy to counter ISIS

October 20th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

The fight against ISIS is not only being fought on the battleground - it is also being waged through comedy, on Iraqi TV. Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Imagine a World • Iraq • Latest Episode • Syria

Saudi extremist funding ‘has been stopped completely,’ claims Prince Alwaleed

October 20th, 2014
02:31 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

With the scrutiny of the world on ISIS’s alleged Gulf funders, billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed Bin Talal insisted in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that his country has completely clamped down on the practice.

“Yes, we had a weakness over there, whereby some unfortunately some extremists in Saudi Arabia…did fund certain extremist elements in Syria. But Saudi Arabia has taken very strict rules to stop that from happening. And yes, right now all this has been stopped completely,” he said.

Qatar has come under the most scrutiny in its alleged funding of extremists like ISIS, as Amanpour discussed with that country’s emir last month.

But wealthy patrons in Saudi Arabia have also been under the spotlight, especially now that the country (along with Qatar and several other Gulf nations) have joined the American coalition against ISIS.

The clampdown, Alwaleed said, is “better late than never.”

“I think we are hopefully doing some good and positive by halting at least the ISIS move now into northern border, the border of Syria.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Latest Episode • Saudi Arabia • Syria

On the frontlines with war crimes investigators

October 17th, 2014
10:40 AM ET

They are the humanitarian frontline – the Emergencies Team.

In times of war and crisis, it is often the “E-Team” that is first on the scene. Human Rights Watch’s emergency investigators gather evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses from Syria to Iraq and across the globe.

They are the subject of a new documentary, “The E-Team.”

“I wanted people to know what is behind this line in the report that says ‘Syrian government has committed war crimes,’” Anna Neistat, an investigator who stars in the film, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“I just wanted people to understand that it's not that we roll out of bed in the morning and come up with these types of accusations, but that actually it's days and months and years of meticulous work in the field, putting all this evidence together, that allows us to make these kind of conclusions.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full conversation with Neistat and director Ross Kauffman.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode

Fan sparks controversy at debate

October 17th, 2014
10:31 AM ET

A debate between candidates for governor in Florida was almost canceled because of ... a fan. Christiane Amanpour reports.

He was Hamas royalty. Then he spied for Israel.

October 17th, 2014
07:33 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to be a leader of Hamas.

His father, Hassan Yousef, is a founder of the militant organization and was its leader in the West Bank – but after being picked up by Israeli intelligence, he was turned, and became an Israeli spy.

“They disowned me,” Yousef told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. “Since that moment we have not spoken.”

“I did make some choices under difficult circumstances, and I believe that they were the perfect choices.”

His incredible story – and that of the Shin Bet agent who turned him – is the subject of a new documentary, The Green Prince.

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Nothing is slowing Ebola so far, says epidemiologist, but vaccines promising

October 16th, 2014
03:37 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Ebola is spreading as such a rate that it is outrunning all efforts to contain it, Roy Anderson, professor of infectious disease epidemiology and former chief scientist at the British Ministry of Defence, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“Those hospitals [in West Africa] have got to be able to deal with and quarantine a very large number of patients,” he said. “So what’s feared is that the doubling time of this epidemic is going to escape the Western response at present.”

“I’m not totally convinced that these hospitals will actually slow the spread significantly.”

Because there is neither a drug to treat infected patients nor a vaccine to protect potential ones, the only option medical workers have right now to prevent the spread are efforts to quarantine people who are infected.

“Although they may slow the spread, and we need more resources to do that, longer term the solutions must be either immunotherapy, which is putting serum into infected patients, but most importantly of course in the longer term, a vaccine.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Ebola • Latest Episode

Cardinal hails ‘welcoming’ language on homosexuals

October 15th, 2014
02:36 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

As the Vatican signals a tone shift towards homosexuals and gay couples, a key author of a report being prepared for Pope Francis said that the new language fits within existing Church doctrine.

It is “not so much a change in the teaching of the Church, but a way of saying it that is far more inviting, far more welcoming,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington D.C., told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

A group of Cardinals and bishops tasked by the pope with examining issues of the family on Monday said, in an interim report, that “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.”

“It’s saying what the catechism of the church already says,” Cardinal Wuerl said, “that every person has a dignity all of their own; a worth, a value, a God-given dignity. And a person, a homosexual person, a person who has this orientation, has the dignity of being who they are.”

The Vatican, and Cardinal Wuerl, emphasized that the opinion is still far from being an official position of the Church, or from impacting its teachings. But for a religion that has long ostracized homosexuals, it is a stunning shift in tone.

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Estonia faces standoff with Russia

October 15th, 2014
09:47 AM ET

While the world is pre-occupied trying to find a way to stop ISIS, on Russia's border, war games and psychological warfare continue.

Apart from its obvious attempt to halt Ukraine's tilt westwards, worrying new questions now about Russia’s aim – and game – in the Baltic States.

What happened in Estonia last month reads like a John le Carre novel. One of their intelligence agents was snatched in a cross border raid by Russian FSB agents, and recently paraded on Russian TV as a spy.

Is President Vladimir Putin testing NATO? Seeing how far he can probe one of its own?

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour spoke with Estonian Foreign Minister Urman Paet on Wednesday about whether the country feared the "Ukraine treatment."

Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Estonia • Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Ali Larijani

October 15th, 2014
09:41 AM ET

What follows is a transcript of Christiane Amanpour's full conversation with Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Mr. Larijani, welcome to the program.

ALI LARIJANI, CHAIRMAN, PARLIAMENT OF IRAN (through interpreter): Thank you.

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Filed under:  Iran

Iran touts ‘experience’ fighting terrorists, says airstrikes not enough against ISIS

October 14th, 2014
03:27 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Iran has “good experience” fighting terrorists, and came to the aid of Iraqis against ISIS, the speaker of the Iranian parliament told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, saying that U.S.-led airstrikes alone would not be enough to destroy the militants.

“I think it is very unlikely to destroy guerilla fighters by just dropping bombs on their heads,” Ali Larijani said through an interpreter.

Along with the president, Hassan Rouhani, and Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei, he is one of the most powerful people in the country.

“Us, I mean Iran, went to the side of the Iraqis very early when the crisis broke out. We don't really want to broadcast it; we don't want to go to the media and talk about what we did for the Iraqis. But in practice, we defended them.”

The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, has even been photographed on the ground in Iraq.

“Terrorists cannot be destroyed by bombing them. You cannot solve terrorism by occupation. And in order to fight them effectively, you have to choose another method. And you know that we have good experience in that, because we have actually fought against them.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran • Iraq • Latest Episode • Syria
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