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EXCLUSIVE: UN issues stark warning against arming Ukraine protesters

April 15th, 2014
03:57 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

“Whoever arms protesters can be held accountable for potential tragic consequences.”

That is the stark warning issued on Ukraine by the U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“What is at the moment, I would say, most important, it is to prevent arming of protesters and transforming them into paramilitary troops.”

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U.N. releases report on Ukraine

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.

Simonovic is the author of a new U.N. report, out Tuesday, that details the protests and incursions that lead up to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The report comes as worried residents and onlookers around the world shudder at the similarities between Russia’s annexation of Crimea last month and what is happening today in eastern Ukraine.

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

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves calls for ‘physical presence on the ground’ in region as deterrence against Russia

April 15th, 2014
11:15 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called for a "physical presence on the ground" in the region as a deterrence against Russia.

Estonia, a former Soviet republic that shares a border with Russia, is now a member of NATO. Its leadership has been outspoken expressing concern about Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

"We need more exercises," President Ilves said. "We think that the decision to increase the number of planes providing air policing in the region is a very good one."

"But given the uncertainty that we see to the east and the kinds of actions that we’ve seen in the east, we need to make sure that others understand that this is not something to play around with."

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Estonia's plea on Russia

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves about Russia and Ukraine.

Amanpour asked President Ilves what he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin's "goal" was.

"We are in new territory right now. The rules have been broken."

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Russia • Ukraine

The courage to imagine the other

April 15th, 2014
10:45 AM ET

By Lucky Gold and Christiane Amanpour, CNN

The showdown between Russia and Ukraine demonstrates how hard it is understand the story of “the other.”

The struggle over narratives dates back at least to the time of the Passover – which began on Monday – when Pharoah kept the people of Moses in bondage.

Now imagine a world where imagining the other could mean deliverance for warring sides such as Israelis and Palestinians.

In what may be a first, Mohammed Dajani, a Palestinian professor at al-Quds University in east Jerusalem, recently took 27 of his students to Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp in Poland.

The idea was to promote greater understanding between peoples.

And yet Professor Dajani was branded by many of his own people as a traitor.

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Amanpour asks Venezuelan President Maduro about mediation

April 10th, 2014
11:49 AM ET

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has agreed to talks with the opposition – with the Vatican as mediator, Reuters reports.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour asked President Maduro about this very idea - of having the pope as mediator - when she interviewed him exclusively last month in Caracas.

Click above to watch.

And you can see the rest of Amanpour's interview with President Maduro here.


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Why is Donald Rumsfeld so ‘extraordinarily pleased with himself’?

April 4th, 2014
02:20 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

As the Bush Administration was drumming up momentum for its war with Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went before a Pentagon press conference and uttered some now-notorious words.

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns – there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns – that is to say, there are some things we know we do not know.”

“But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

A bit of impromptu philosophy? It is the context, says filmmaker Errol Morris, that reveals the slippery nature of the character involved.

“That reply in a Pentagon press conference came in response to a very specific question from Jim Miklaszewski, the NBC News Pentagon correspondent,” Morris told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Friday.

“He asked Donald Rumsfeld, ‘What evidence’ – he used the E word – ‘what evidence do you have for the presence of WMD in Iraq?’”

His “gobbledygook non-answer” to a “direct and very important question” says much of what you need to know about Rumsfeld, according to Morris.

So much so that he has named his new film about the former Secretary of Defense after yet another version of that very phrase – “The Unknown known.”

Morris interviewed Rumsfeld for 33 hours in an attempt to reveal a depth, a peek behind the curtain, into the highly controversial figure.

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

Rwanda minister warns against repeat elsewhere

April 4th, 2014
12:12 PM ET

Has the world learned its lesson from the genocide - now 20 years old - in Rwanda?

"I can see what is happening in Syria, I can see what is happening in the Central African Republic," Rwandan Justice Minister Busingye Johnston told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "I'm not so sure that the world is putting out good mechanisms to ensure something like this never happens again.

"This kind of eruption can happen."

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You can watch more of Amanpour's interview with Busingye here.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Rwanda

Leading Afghan candidate Ashraf Ghani reaches out to U.S.

April 4th, 2014
07:24 AM ET

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pledges to “overcome” past problems with the United States, and says the consensus in Afghanistan for a productive relationship is there.

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You can see the rest of Amanpour's interview with Ghani here.


Filed under:  Afghanistan • Christiane Amanpour

Couple's mission: Justice after genocide for Rwanda

April 3rd, 2014
03:39 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports on the couple whose marriage is a mission for Rwanda; Click above to see their search for justice, twenty years after the genocide.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Rwanda

Twenty years on, children of Rwanda's rape

April 3rd, 2014
03:37 PM ET

Hundreds of thousands of women were raped during those 100 days of terror in Rwanda – but many of those victims of sexual violence still haven't found justice, and some find it hard to forgive.

CNN’s Nima Elbagir reports. Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Rwanda

Rwanda Minister: ‘Eye for eye’ would have left 'very many' blind

April 3rd, 2014
03:34 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Twenty years after nearly one million Rwandans were slaughtered in just 100 days, Rwandan Justice Minister Busingye Johnston said that the choice of reconciliation over traditional justice was one of necessity.

“We had a complex situation in this country. The genocide that happened in this country – neighbors killed neighbors, friends killed friends, husbands killed wives, parents killed children.”

“If you wanted to have justice where…an eye would go for an eye you would certainly have to remove very many peoples’ eyes.”

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Why 'eye for eye' couldn't work in Rwanda

The Rwandan justice minister tells Christiane Amanpour an "eye for an eye" would have left "very many" blind.

“So what we thought that was good for our society was also to heal a broken society, and try to pick up from where we were – try to build a society.”

In the 20 years since its horrific genocide, Rwanda has undergone a startling transformation unseen anywhere in the world.

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