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How Japan’s prime minister is shaking things up

April 24th, 2014
02:18 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Japan’s waters are full of riptides, but the country’s prime minister isn’t opposed to taking a dip.

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday, the first stop on his high-stakes tour to four key American allies in Asia.

Notably absent from his list of destinations is China, whose huge economic growth, and the influence that comes with it, looms large over the region.

President Obama has reiterated his commitment to America’s security agreement with Japan, albeit while sticking as much as possible to dry, diplomatic language.

“Territories under the administration of Japan are covered under the treaty,” he said. “There's no shift in position, no red line; we're simply applying the treaty.”

If there’s apprehension in that statement, it is because Japan’s conservative Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has upended the commitment to pacifism that has defined post-World War II Japan.

Among Prime Minister Abe’s affronts, according to his detractors: Visiting a memorial to Japanese war dead, among whom are convicted war criminals; refusing to apologize for Japan’s use of sex slaves in wartime China and South Korea; and a commitment to rewrite Japan’s constitution, which places great limits on the country’s military.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Japan • Latest Episode

For Tolstoy, from Crimea to 'War and Peace'

April 22nd, 2014
11:44 AM ET

Leo Tolstoy was a young lieutenant in the last battle over Crimea, in the 1850s. Christiane Amanpour has the story.

Click above to watch.

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Russia and Ukraine argue ... over chicken

April 22nd, 2014
11:38 AM ET

Among the hotly contested disputes between Russia and Ukraine is a recipe: Chicken Kiev.

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Media in Ukraine ‘under siege,’ says OSCE

April 21st, 2014
04:07 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Media in Ukraine is “under siege,” a top official from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“The situation is extremely dangerous,” Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, said. “I receive reports on intimidation, threats, harassment of journalists on a daily basis. Today, even on the hourly basis.”

Mijatovic is just back from a fact-finding mission to Ukraine.

“Media is used as a tool for manipulation,” she said. “Channels are switched off overnight, like it happened in Crimea, and replaced with channels originating from the Russian federation.”

“So the pattern is known, unfortunately. And it is something that is happening as we speak.”


The state of Ukraine media freedom

Christiane Amanpour speaks with Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative for Freedom of the Media.

Click above to watch Mijatovic’s full interview with Amanpour.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

EXCLUSIVE: Russia can’t be ‘firefighter and arsonist’ in Ukraine, says U.S.

April 21st, 2014
04:01 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Russia cannot continue to pledge its support to deescalating unrest in Ukraine and at the same time fuel that turmoil, the U.S. says.

“You cannot dress yourself like a firefighter and behave like an arsonist,” Victoria Nuland, the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview.

“We are very concerned about the Russian hand behind the destabilizing things that we’re seeing in eastern Ukraine.”

A dossier obtained Monday by CNN shows what Ukrainian officials say are images of well-equipped gunmen operating in eastern Ukraine who look similar to photographs of Russian forces taken in Crimea, Russia and during Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia.

Nuland said that the “bearded man” who has allegedly appeared both in Georgia and eastern Ukraine is “clearly a GRU agent,” referring to the main intelligence body of the Russian military.

CNN cannot independently confirm the photographs, some of which were first published in the New York Times.


U.S. point person on Ukraine crisis

Christiane Amanpour speaks with Victoria Nuland, the Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.


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Selling America to the world

April 18th, 2014
03:32 PM ET

From Kiev to Damascus, Moscow to Caracas, there are very few international conflicts and debates where the actions and position of the United States is not influential.

In Ukraine, the United States stands solidly behind the interim government, and slapped some sanctions on Russian officials after Moscow annexed Crimea.

But as Moscow continues to play out a similar drama in eastern Ukraine now, the nation and its neighbors want to know what the U.S. is going to do, if anything, to prevent any further land grabs.

The people of Syria of course have been asking that sad question for three years now; despite laying out a red line over chemical weapons, the White House has kept a hands off policy there.

And then there's the tricky question of how the United States stretches over the head of governments to reach the people in countries such as Iran and Cuba.


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

The ‘degenerate’ art that Hitler hated

April 18th, 2014
07:57 AM ET

The use of propaganda and the willingness to re-shape history is hardly unique to the conflict brewing in eastern Ukraine.

In fact, the modern art of propaganda reached new heights, or depths, back in the 1930s by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, when they declared war on modern art itself.

An extraordinary exhibit at the Neue Galerie in New York is drawing huge crowds to see the kind of artwork the Nazis admired – hanging side by side with the kind they despised, what they called "degenerate art."

Acclaimed historian Simon Schama, author most recently of "The Story of the Jews," took CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on a tour, and offered a chilling reminder: First they came for the art, and then for everyone else.

Click above to watch.

Plus, with rare footage, Amanpour takes a look at back the 1937 Nazi exhibition of 'degenerate' art:


Rare footage of Nazi art exhbit

With rare footage, Christiane Amanpour takes a look at back the 1937 Nazi exhibition of 'degenerate' art.

‘Very few things’ Ukraine can do to keep country together, Putin ally warns

April 17th, 2014
02:57 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The Ukrainian government has little possibility of keeping its country from falling apart, a top member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s party told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“There are very few things the Ukrainian government can do now to keep their country together,” Vyacheslav Nikonov said.

President Putin on Thursday denied that there are Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine, but maintained his country’s right to intervene if necessary.

Nikonov warned that Russia would move in militarily if there were “full-scale civil war in Ukraine and government forces using artillery and aircraft against their own people.”


Russia's red line for intervention

Putin-ally Vyacheslav Nikonov says that Russia would intervene in Ukraine if there were "full-scale civil war."

“I would not expect that [to] happen,” he said, but added that the Ukrainian government is “not very adequate” and he is unsure “what are they going to do.”

“I would not see any restraint on the side of the authorities in Kiev. There are not just tanks, which are moving, but also artillery. And there are bombers, which are flying over the protesting people.”


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Web extra: What's it like to be Molotov's grandson?

April 17th, 2014
01:55 PM ET

Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov was on Amanpour on Thursday to talk about unrest in eastern Ukraine.

Nikonov happens to be the grandson of Vyacheslav Molotov, who served as Soviet foreign minister for Josef Stalin during World War II. Molotov, of course, was also the namesake of the Molotov cocktail - that infamous home-made incendiary weapon.

Christiane Amanpour asked Nikonov what it's like to be Molotov's grandson.

Click above to watch his reply - and hear how he prefers his liquor.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Russia • Ukraine

Kidnapping children for battle, from Nigeria to Uganda

April 16th, 2014
03:18 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

They come in the night.

Armed militants take young children from their beds, as they sleep: Young recruits for extremist causes.

It happened this week in Nigeria, when heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 200 girls from their boarding school.

And it has been happening in northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and other neighboring countries for decades – the work of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour covered Kony’s sick work 16 years ago, for 60 Minutes, when she reported on the abduction of 139 girls from their school.

She spoke with their teacher, Sister Rachele Fassera, who begged for the children’s return.

“He bent down and on the ground he wrote, ‘The girls are 139. I will give you a 109.’ He wrote, ‘I keep 30,’ Sister Raquelle told Amanpour at the time.”

“I knelt in front of him,” she said. “And I said, please give me all the girls. He said, ‘No.’ [crying] Then they started, ‘Sister, they will rape us tonight. Sister, will you come back tonight?’”

“That was the last time I saw them.”


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