Christiane speaks to two powerful women trying to change the military justice system.
By Mick Krever, CNN
It’s a Cold-War story with a touch of Monty Python.
An American man, wearing a blond wig and sunglasses, was detained by the Russian security service on Tuesday and accused of being a spy.
Among his possessions was a piece of paper – an open letter allegedly intended for a member of Russian intelligence – pledging $100,000 for “experience, expertise and cooperation.”
How should they get in touch? “A new Gmail account.”
It all seems a bit unbelievable; but a consummate Russian insider, Alexei Pushkov, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that the story is self evident.
“The American embassy did not protest, it did not deny anything, and we did not hear any denial from the State Department neither,” he told her. “An American spy who was working under the cover of a diplomat was caught red-handed.”
Ethan Chorin was in Benghazi, Libya on the day that American Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed.
In fact, he was due to meet with him the next day.
In the video above, Chorin breaks down American policy mistakes in Libya after the fall of Gadhafi.
Father Thomas Rosica speaks with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the new directions Pope Francis is taking the Catholic Church.
By Mick Krever, CNN
Hearing Colonel Morris Davis speak, it’s easy to forget that he used to be the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay.
“We used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; we’ve been the constrained and the cowardly,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo detention facility when he took office in 2009; four years later, it’s still open.
A majority of the detainees, over 100, have been on hunger strike for more than three months to protest their detention; the military has resorted to force feeding them.
Eighty six of the detainees, Davis said, have never been charged with a crime. Many of those who were convicted of crimes were sent back to their home countries, and many are now free.
“It’s a bizarre, perverted system of justice,” he said, “where being convicted of a war crime is your ticket home, and if you’re never charged, much less convicted, you spend the rest of your life sitting at Guantanamo.”
A scant six years ago, as chief prosecutor at Guantanamo under President Bush, Colonel Davis sounded like a true believer.
By Mick Krever, CNN
Thor Halvorssen started with an idea: “We need to get him out.”
The target: Bahraini activist Ali Abdulemam, who for years had been in and out of government detention for his reform-agitating website.
Halvorssen, founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, realized that the only way to get Abdulemam out alive would be to smuggle him.
“It wasn’t so much as having one plan, as it was having a plan that would have many, many options built in,” Halvorssen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.
He and his team consulted a member of the Danish Special Forces, he said.
Their original plan bears a striking resemblance to the Oscar-lauded political thriller Argo: Send an entourage of celebrity entertainers to Bahrain, get Abdulemam into the mix, and sneak him out on a private jet.
In a historic election – the country's first handover of power from one elected government to the next – Pakistanis have chosen to return Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to power.
In the video above, Christiane Amanpour speaks with Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the U.S., about what the election means and the challenges facing the new government.
One man is trying to educate the entire world for free.
It all started in 2004, when financial analyst Salman Khan posted some math tutorials for his cousin on YouTube.
About ten years later, his teachings have become known as Khan Academy, a website with more than 4,000 lessons on subjects ranging from basic math to economics – even art history.
Six million people visit the site each month and now Khan wants to reinvent the way children learn in classrooms around the world.
In the video above, CNN's Christiane Amanpour takes one of Khan's tutorials.
Frederick, Maryland (CNN) – In front of a mirror, Aesha Mohammadzai sees what is possible.
There, in the center of her face, is a nearly complete piece of herself - a piece she's been missing since the day she was mutilated nearly four years ago.
Since August 2010, when her image appeared on the cover of Time magazine, she's been known for what she didn't have. Her Taliban husband and in-laws hacked off her nose and ears as punishment for running away.
Her disfigured face became a symbol for oppressed women in Afghanistan, a reminder of what might come in spades if the Taliban regains control. (FULL STORY)
By Juliet Fuisz, CNN
Many of us believed that the ban on ivory, more than two decades ago, had ended the illegal ivory trade and saved Africa's elephants.
But instead, the magnificent creatures are again in danger of extinction because of a resurgent soaring demand for ivory half a world away in China.
Twenty-five thousand elephants were killed in 2011 – poaching levels that had not been seen in more than ten years.
The U.S. government describes a new sort of ivory organized crime that spurs on these massacres by heavily armed militias. In many parts of the African continent, murder rates now exceed population growth, meaning that the African elephant could simply disappear altogether.
In the video above Christiane Amanpour previews a National Geographic documentary called "Battle for the Elephants," in which reporter Bryan Christy investigated how Asia's booming ivory industry is keeping African poachers in business.
By Samuel Burke, CNN
The Bangladesh factory collapse two weeks ago has, at last count, killed over 1,000 people.
The country’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has laid part of the blame for that tragedy on the Western retailers that flock to that country to take advantage of cheap labor.
Minimum wage in Bangladesh is a measly $38 a month, but the heartbreaking images of people being pulled out of rubble could be a catalyst for Western consumers and retailers to insist on better conditions for workers there.
The Walt Disney Company has already pulled out – but is that the right way to make things better? Some of the biggest retailers in the world, like Walmart, H&M, Gap and JCPenney still remain. FULL POST