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In America, ‘equal justice under law’?

November 26th, 2014
03:43 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

The grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the death of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has angered many Americans, who feel that equal justice under the country’s law system is failing.

So is that the case? CNN’s Christiane Amanpour put the question on Tuesday to Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and to CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst and Former Prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin.

They started by looking into how prosecutor Robert McCulloch handled the investigation into Brown’s death, which sparked protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August. The demonstrations have since spread across the country.

“I would draw a distinction between the process and the result. I actually think the result – no charges – is defensive, but I don’t think the process he [McCulloch] followed was appropriate,” Toobin told Amanpour.

“The best thing the criminal justice system can do is treat everyone the same, and the process the prosecutor used, using a grand jury, which is rarely used in any kind of setting and throwing all the evidence, rather than a selection of it before the grand jury almost seemed to dictate the result, which was an exoneration."

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • U.S. Politics

Civil war heroes honored 50 years later

November 26th, 2014
02:54 PM ET

Fighting for equality can lead to a death sentence, but this week it also led to recognition.

Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman - who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 - were honored this week by President Barack Obama with America's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

Christiane Amanpour has the story.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Imagine a World

Turkish President Erdogan’s sexist remarks ‘reinforces prejudices against women’

November 26th, 2014
12:24 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sexist remarks serve to reinforce discrimination against women, Turkish parliament member Binnaz Toprak told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Erdogan triggered a storm of criticism on Monday when he said at a summit hosted by a women’s group in Istanbul that women and men are not equal "because their nature is different."

Toprak, a member of parliament from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, started by saying that “I think … what he means by this, that men and women are not equal, is physical equality.”

But the Turkish MP went on to explain that when one says “gender equality, the principle has to do with legal equality and equal opportunities and legal rights.”

“So I think even if he [President Erdogan] says that it has to do with legality, I think the very statement that men and women are not equal reinforces prejudices against women, reinforces men's ideas that women are not equal and cannot ever be equal and so on in a country where quite a number of people have conservative views on this issue.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Turkey

Europe goes from hopeful to haggard

November 26th, 2014
07:18 AM ET

Imagine a world where Europe has become the sick and beleaguered grandmother of the world.

It’s the world we have now according to Pope Francis, who warned that the continent is “slowly losing its soul.” Christiane Amanpour has the story.

St. Louis rapper: In U.S., police murder of blacks legal in all but name

November 25th, 2014
05:08 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

St. Louis rapper Tef Poe told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that he has “come to terms with the fact that in the United States of America it is perfectly legal for police officers to murder people of color.”

Poe’s comments come as Americans have taken to the streets across the country to voice their frustration at a grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot dead an unarmed black 18-year-old in August.

The idea that a police office can kill someone without accountability is something "we’re coping with and that’s the reality that we live in."

"There is no justice when you are murdered by a police officer when you are a person of color – that is a harsh fact to embrace and accept in today’s time.”

Poe, who is calling for justice for Michael Brown and for “every victim of police brutality,” said today was “a very emotional day” for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

He told Amanpour that, in his opinion, teenager Michael Brown was “murdered because [officer] Darren Wilson feared his black skin.”

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Greste family appeals for journalist’s release as President Sisi suggests pardon

Greste family appeals for journalist’s release as President Sisi suggests pardon
November 25th, 2014
12:44 PM ET

Peter Greste has been in an Egyptian jail since he was arrested along with two other al Jazeera journalists in December 2013.

In June, he, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven years behind bars after being convicted of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian government now considers a terrorist organization. They steadfastly refuted the charges.

Last week, the prospect that they could be released from prison was raised when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told France 24 that he was considering a pardon for the journalists.

On the heels of that news, Greste’s grieving parents sent this statement exclusively to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour:

We welcome any news and changes of attitude that might lead to Peter being released from prison. However, there is uncertainty and lack of clarity in the latest laws relating to foreign prisoner repatriation. Therefore, we are patiently moderating our expectations.

Nevertheless, two things are very clear.

1. Peter has been punished for merely practicing good and responsible journalism. He has not wronged anyone. None of his stories has been discredited. There is no credible evidence against him.

2. Peter was not, will not nor can be a threat to Egypt’s security or national interest. He was in Cairo for a three week appointment. He has no vested interest in Egyptian politics. He did not speak any Arabic. He is not a Moslem. He did not know his work colleagues prior to his arrival.

A side note – Amanpour will be hosting the 2014 International Press Freedom Awards, presented by the Committee to Protect Journalists. You can view their work here.


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‘FIFA is a power unto itself’ that seems answerable to no one, says former anti-corruption adviser

November 24th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Scandal-hit FIFA acts as “a power unto itself” and as if it is accountable to no one, a former anti-corruption adviser to the organization told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

The governing body of world football has found itself embroiled in controversy amid charges of corruption and bribery in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar.

“It certainly appears to the public that FIFA is a power unto itself and that it proceeds without any real regard to the reputational damage that it's suffering. And it seems answerable, really, to no one. It doesn’t seem to respond to an extraordinary, enormously negative response from the fans.

"Very, very slow start from sponsors and the Swiss government doesn’t seem to be exercising much oversight. So really, a power unto themselves,” Alexandra Wrage said.

Wrage was a member of FIFA's Independent Governance Committee (IGC), which was organized to make recommendations to improve FIFA’s governance. She resigned in April last year in protest against what she described as FIFA's resistance to reform.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode

Hagel resignation unrelated to Iraq policy, says Pentagon

November 24th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to resign on Monday was not because of policy disagreements over Iraq, where the U.S. is waging a war against ISIS, Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby insisted in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“The Secretary’s decision to resign has nothing to do with Iraq policy,” he said.

Some have speculated that Hagel and U.S. President Barack Obama disagreed over ISIS policy.

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Exclusive: Liberian President video diary

November 24th, 2014
03:00 PM ET

Imagine a world that could be winning the fight against Ebola.

On Monday, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged her people to redouble their efforts in an ambitious bid to wipe out the virus in her country by Christmas day.

The President has traveled to some of the worst affected areas, and she spoke about coming face to face with the deadly disease in an exclusive video diary for the Amanpour program.

Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Ebola • Imagine a World • Latest Episode • Liberia

Gap in Iran talks bridgeable, says veteran American diplomat

November 21st, 2014
05:48 PM ET

By Henry Hullah, CNN

Failing to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would create a very difficult situation for the United States, former U.S. diplomat Frank Wisner told Christiane Amanpour Thursday, but remained optimistic that the gaps could be bridged.

"Both sides are negotiating very seriously, The negotiators are extremely skillful; they've made progress on a number of vitally important points, so I’m going to keep my fingers crossed because the alternative is very difficult for all of us."

A seasoned negotiator, Wisner has been engaging with Iranians on what's called "Track Two" diplomacy in the latest attempts to broker a deal on sanctions and Iran’s nuclear capability.

Many have argued that no deal is better than anything but a very good deal; the Israeli Intelligence Minister told Amanpour that failure to reach a deal would be preferable to many alternatives.

“There is enormous value in keeping up the momentum and seeing if we can get a deal," Wisner said. "If we don't get a deal we have to be concerned about the effects.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran • Latest Episode • U.S. Politics
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