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Difficult road ahead for MH17 investigators

July 31st, 2014
02:45 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

As Australian and other investigators reach the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine for the first time in more than a week, that country’s foreign minister laid out the difficult task ahead.

For one, there could be as many as 80 bodies still at the crash site, Julie Bishop told CNN’s Jim Clancy, in for Christiane Amanpour.

“Our first priority is to locate bodies and remains, remembering this is two weeks since this plane was shot down,” she said. “We know how many body bags were transferred from Kharkiv to the Netherlands, but we don't know how many bodies or remains are still on the site.”

“We won't know until our investigative teams are on the site and combing the crash site for remains. And that's the grisly and sobering task that they must undertake from now on.”

“We need to be on the site for probably weeks.”

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Filed under:  Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

In Israel, ‘many people just feel like nobody understands them’

July 31st, 2014
10:08 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Growing international condemnation of Israel’s conduct in its offensive against Hamas in Gaza seems to have totally backfired in Israel, The New York Times’ Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Jodi Rudoren, told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday.

“Many people just feel like nobody understands them,” Rudoren said.

Indeed, the Israeli public is overwhelmingly supportive of the operation in Gaza – 95% according to a recent poll by the Israel Democracy Institute. (Rudoren said the numbers she had seen were somewhat lower.)

In her two years covering Israel, Rudoren said she has been examining what effect, if any, the criticism writ large of Israel – from European countries, among others – would have on public opinion.

“I think we've really seen that it's just reinforced this notion that nobody outside of Israel really understands what they're going through, that they're surrounded by enemies, and that they have no choice but to defend themselves”

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Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode

Why has Turkish social media exploded with images of Turkish women laughing?

July 30th, 2014
03:46 PM ET

Turkish social media has exploded with Tweets and Instagrams of Turkish women laughing. Why?

Hala Gorani explains. Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Imagine a World • Latest Episode • Turkey

‘Pointless’ sanctions will have no effect in Ukraine, says Russian commentator

July 30th, 2014
03:43 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

American and European sanctions imposed on Russia over its alleged backing of separatists in Ukraine are “pointless,” Dmitry Babich, a political analyst at the international Russian state broadcaster Voice of Russia told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday.

“It’s not immediately clear how these sanctions can bring what we all desire – peace in Ukraine,” Babich said.

Russia, he said, sees the conflict in Ukraine as a genuine civil war, not a Russian creation.

“For thirty years, Russia and America were not able to stop the flow of arms and fighters from Pakistan to Afghanistan,” he said.

The “Russian-Ukrainian border is huge; it’s thousands of miles. And there are many people in Russia who want to fight in Ukraine. There are lots of people with fighting experience from Afghanistan, from Chechnya, from Moldova.”

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Filed under:  Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

U.S. aimed to not disrupt Russian energy sales with new sanctions, says American official

July 30th, 2014
03:41 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The United States aimed to not “disrupt current sales of Russian oil and gas” in imposing a new round of sanctions against Moscow, a top U.S. official explained Wednesday.

“Europe depends on it; we didn’t want to disrupt markets, have prices rise, and give the Russians a sanctions premium, so to speak,” U.S. Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Daniel Fried told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour.

“So we deliberately chose to go after longer-term production. And of course, this is a message to the Russians, very clearly, that if they keep going down the path of aggression towards their neighbors, and the export of arms, fighters, and chaos, their future is going to be very cloudy indeed.”

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Filed under:  Latest Episode • Russia

Why a New York judge holds Argentina’s economic future in his hands

July 29th, 2014
03:57 PM ET

By Mick Krever and Ken Olshansky, CNN

A country that just weeks ago was at the heights of world cup fever could be facing an economic crash.

But this is not a case of ill-advised economic policy or financial malfeasance.

Indeed, economic journalist Felix Salmon told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, it is a crisis that appears to be unprecedented.

“Inflation is high, unemployment is bad, but we’re not anywhere close to Armageddon,” Salmon, senior editor at Fusion, said.

“Argentina has the means to pay its debts and it has the willingness to pay its debt. The only reason why it’s not paying its debts is because the U.S. courts aren’t allowing it to do so.”

You would be forgiven for doing a double-take there. Yes, a U.S. Federal Court in New York may cause Argentina, a hemisphere away, to default on its debts.

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Filed under:  Argentina • Latest Episode

For children of Gaza, trauma can be worse than war itself

July 29th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

For many children in Gaza, war is all they know.

“In the past six years, three wars happened in Gaza,” Rifat Kassis, director of Defence for Children International told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Tuesday. “So we are talking about a generation who only experienced war and violence.”

And there are a lot of children in Gaza – about 43% of the population is under the age of twelve. The United Nations says that more than two hundred children have been killed in this conflict, now three weeks old.

“When there is no place in Gaza where you can feel secure, when you lose your parents or one of your parents – this loss of the protection, this loss, the separation feeling from your parents, this is actually worse than the war activity itself,” Kassis said.

UNICEF says that about 200,000 children “are in need of immediate psychosocial support.”

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Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode • Palestinian territories

Chief U.S. negotiator says Iran talks ‘the most complex negotiation I've ever seen’

July 29th, 2014
09:29 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Talks with Iran over its nuclear program are “the most complex negotiation I've ever seen,” Chief U.S. Negotiator Wendy Sherman told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Friday.

“The number of elements that have to be addressed – from enrichment capacity, to facilities, to research and development, to possible military dimensions, existing U.N. Security Council sanctions – I could go and on.”

“It is very complicated, very technical, many pages of annexes ultimately in any final agreement. So this takes a lot of work.”

Iran and world powers agreed, a little over a week ago, to extend negotiations four months in the hope that a permanent deal could be struck.

Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, told Amanpour that the talks are "a historic opportunity for all of us to end a rather prolonged chapter.”

“The point is whether it is possible to make a deal,” he said. “We're not talking about a bad deal or a good deal, but a doable deal. A lasting deal.”

Sherman praised all the negotiators, including Iran – and Zarif, who leads the delegation – as having been “very serious and very focused.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran • Latest Episode

U.N. political chief pushes for elusive Gaza, Israel cease-fire

July 29th, 2014
07:21 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The United Nations is doing its best to try to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Jeffrey Feltman, the top U.N. political official, told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday.

“The U.N. is playing a role. I wish, like all of us, that the impact were on the fighting were clear now. But it's the responsibility of the leaders as much as nobody else.”

Feltman’s boss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Monday put blame for the failure to reach a cease-fire squarely on the shoulders of Israeli and Palestinian political leadership, saying that they must “show their humanity.”

“There are a hundred-and-seventy-three-thousand-plus Palestinians, ten percent of the Gaza Strip population, that are now being sheltered in U.N. facilities,” Feltman said.

“The U.N. is still working to – talking with all parties – to try to get to that immediate unconditional cease-fire that the Secretary-General has demanded.”

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Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode • Palestinian territories

Libya ‘is not complete chaos … yet’

July 28th, 2014
03:37 PM ET

By Mick Krever and Ken Olshansky, CNN

As chaos rocks Libya, the EU envoy to that country expressed cautious optimism that the unrest could be alleviated.

“The only reason for hope at the moment is that it’s not complete chaos. At least it’s not complete chaos yet,” Bernardino Leon told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday.

Libya is caught in the throes of what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calls "free-wheeling militia violence” – a war between heavily armed militias who swear no allegiance to any central authority, even though most are on the government payroll.

The firefight at Tripoli’s main international airport has spread to Libya’s largest refinery; a fire there threatens to engulf 6.6 million liters of fuel.

Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli evacuated at dawn Saturday. The U.N has already pulled out and other countries are following suit.

Gorani asked Leon, “Is Libya a failed state?”

“To answer this we should wonder first of all whether Libya has ever been a state,” he said.

“It is important to remember that it is not only about combat in Tripoli, but there are also combats in the east.”

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Filed under:  Latest Episode • Libya
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