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Identity politics drive criminal justice systems, from South Africa to America

October 21st, 2014
02:49 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The trial of Oscar Pistorius highlights the power of identity politics, an American civil rights lawyer who defends the disenfranchised told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, as Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison.

“It's a dynamic that we see frequently,” Bryan Stevenson said. “When people come into the criminal courts with another identity, with another status, they tend to fare much better.”

“This young man was a respected Olympian, an athlete who was well respected and adored and that meant that he was going to get the presumption of innocence that we offer, that we say we give to everybody but that not everybody gets.”

That is particularly true of the many disenfranchised and often innocent people Stevenson represents in the U.S., a country with its own very troubled relationship to race and justice.

The organization he founded, the Equal Justice Initiative, is headquartered in the heart of the American South – Montgomery, Alabama. His new book, “Just Mercy,” is a memoir told through the stories of the cases he has fought.

“Our system treats you better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent, and that's because wealth, not culpability, tends to shape outcomes."


Fan sparks controversy at debate

October 17th, 2014
10:31 AM ET

A debate between candidates for governor in Florida was almost canceled because of ... a fan. Christiane Amanpour reports.

Reading, writing and revolution

October 1st, 2014
02:32 PM ET

Across the world, students are using civil disobedience to further their agendas; in Hong Kong, they protest for democracy; in Colorado, they boycott classes to protest a new history curriculum.

Christiane Amanpour has the story.

Filed under:  China • Christiane Amanpour • Hong Kong • Imagine a World • Latest Episode • U.S. Politics

As racial tensions simmer over police shooting, how military police tactics aggravate crowds

August 14th, 2014
03:24 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Tensions are high in the small American town of Ferguson, Missouri as people take to the streets to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager last Saturday.

Stunning images Wednesday night showed police officers in full riot gear using military grade-vehicles and firing tear gas canisters towards crowds.

“I sat and watched snipers from the top of armored cars train their sights on demonstrators,” Jamelle Bouie, a staff writer for Slate reporting from Ferguson, told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour.

“When that happens, when people see it happens, it agitates them – completely reasonably. I don’t think there’s anyone, really, who could experience that and not come away from it a little shaken.”


Filed under:  Latest Episode • U.S. Politics

Humanitarian crisis … in America?

July 17th, 2014
06:36 AM ET

By Mick Krever and Claire Calzonetti, CNN

All around the world tonight, children will not sleep in their own beds.

It's a troubling reality of the devastating humanitarian crises affecting places like Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Congo.

But it's also happening somewhere you may not expect: the United States.

A surge of unaccompanied children are now sitting in detention centers and shelters near the U.S.-Mexico border; the American government has apprehended nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border since October.

On the frontlines of that crisis is Bishop Daniel Flores.

“I think it's impossible for most people in the United States to imagine both the conditions that they're coming from in their country in terms of just the fear of a violent death, or the conditions that they experienced as they passed through the interior of Mexico, where there's a great deal of preying upon these youth,” Flores told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.


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

Former NSA Director: ‘An attack is going to come’

June 5th, 2014
02:35 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The former director of the U.S.’s National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, warned Thursday that the NSA, mired in controversy over alleged overreach, will inevitably come under another kind of negative scrutiny when the next terrorist attack comes.

“I do think an attack is going to come and hit us or Europe,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. “And then people are going to swing this right around.”

“What is it that NSA actually does? Let’s get those facts on the table.”

“Put it on the table, look at it, and say is that a reasonable way to do it? And if not, what would you suggest? What would others suggest? Nobody’s been able to come up with a better fix.”

Thursday marks one year since the first revelations from leaker Edward Snowden were revealed. General Alexander led the spying organization until earlier this year, and has since founded a cybersecurity company, Ironnet.


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

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’

June 3rd, 2014
10:48 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, who left his post just a month ago, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that he could no longer stand behind his government.

“I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American policy,” he said. “We have been unable to address either the root causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the balance on the ground, and we have a growing extremism threat.”

Ford left Syria in February 2012 amid the escalating civil war. He remained ambassador until earlier this year; the embassy has been extremely active on social media.

Syria is holding presidential elections on Tuesday, but ballots are only being cast in areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, and his only two opponents were government-approved.

“There really is nothing we can point to that’s been very successful in our policy except the removal of about ninety-three percent of some of Assad’s chemical materials. But now he’s using chlorine gas against his opponents.”


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

Flournoy: Obama speech ‘very nuanced’

May 28th, 2014
03:12 PM ET

A speech Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama, billed as a major foreign policy address, was “a very nuanced message and it’s hard to communicate,” a former top U.S. Defense official told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“Different people will hear it in different ways,” Michele Flournoy, who served as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy under President Obama, said.

Just 38% of American approve of President Obama’s foreign policy, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll.

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Flournoy, who was the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history and is often cited as a possible future Defense Secretary.

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

Why U.S./China cyber escalation could be good

May 21st, 2014
02:59 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

A escalation of cyberespionage between the United States and China could be beneficial by forcing a change in actions, former U.S. counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“I actually hope it does result in escalation and tit-for-tat, because we need this issue resolved,” he said. “And we can't go on the way it's been.”

“This first step by the United States will undoubtedly result in an escalation of this issue. And we need to do that. We need to have this issue resolved one way or the other. If the Chinese are going to keep hacking into our companies, then we're going to have to do something about it.”

Clarke, now out of government, has authored his third straight-from-the-headlines novel, “Sting of the Drone.”


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

California governor Jerry Brown, defying the critics

May 1st, 2014
11:31 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Jerry Brown is his own man.

Jerry Brown is his own man.

“There are some people making fun of everything,” the California governor told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Wednesday. “So that's just the way life is.”

In this case, he was responding to a question about his struggle to get a high-speed rail plan off the ground.

But the man once known as “Governor Moonbeam” clearly holds by that sentiment in his governing style.

When Jerry Brown first led “the nation state called California” – as he calls it - in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a Chicago columnist gave him the nickname, equally for California’s vanguard innovation and Brown’s own eccentricities.

“I feel I've earned that moniker,” Brown told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Wednesday, “because of the creativity … and, yes, the unpredictability.”


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