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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
What follows is a full transcript of Christiane Amanpour's interview with Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and RT Host Anissa Naouai.
There is ostensibly a ceasefire in Ukraine, but since the Minsk Accord was signed in September, the OSCE says it's been breached some two and a half thousand times. There have been more than 4,000 deaths since April, according to the U.N..
As the deadly battle unfolds on the ground, a heated propaganda war is also being waged. Russia recently launched its “Sputnik” offensive, a new state-run international media outlet named after the soviet space program. This follows long time Kremlin-funded RT and other, state-run TV.
Christiane Amanpour on Thursday spoke with opposing views on the subject – Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and RT Host Anissa Naouai.
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By Mick Krever, CNN
Grayson Perry doesn’t much care what you think of him.
“I'm a transvestite, I enjoy dressing up, and I'm an artist as well – and I've found it a kind of useful part of my identity to use it,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Wednesday.
“Do you have to understand something? I mean, that's quite interesting. I do it for myself, and what you think is up to you! If you think I'm a pervert or just a charming eccentric, fine!” he said with a laugh.
The celebrated British artist is taking on a topic close to his heart – identity – as his latest project. He became famous, and won the renowned Turner Prize, for his shocking ceramic vases depicting subjects like death and child abuse.
“I'm always interested in the things that are right in front of us all the time in mundane, everyday life, but we don't think about.”
Identity, he said, is “something that crops up, particularly in political discussions, quite a lot – but I'm never quite sure what people mean by it.”