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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.


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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.”


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Thirsting for water in LA LA Land

April 30th, 2014
10:06 AM ET

Los Angeles may be the city of Angels, but it's hot as hell these days. CNN's Christiane Amanpour explains.

Click above to watch.

Los Angeles mayor bullish on immigration reform

April 30th, 2014
10:04 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Immigration reform in the United States, long forestalled, is a matter of practicality, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“This isn't about favors for anybody; this isn't about where the rules were broken or not,” he said. “This is about being practical, pragmatic and making sure that we have that workforce for tomorrow.”

Garcetti himself is the product of America’s melting pot; he is Los Angeles’ first Jewish mayor, is part-Mexican, and bilingual. At 43, Garcetti is the city’s youngest mayor in a century.

“All Americans, whether you're Latino or not Latino, have a stake in making sure the immigrants – who, again, don't just come from Latin America, but come from Asia and Europe and Canada – that they're fully integrated into our country.”

“It's been the strength of our country. It'll be the demographic growth of our country, and the economic driver of this country.”


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

California Governor Jerry Brown: Donald Sterling comments 'unthinkable'

April 29th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

ONLY ON CNN: California Governor Jerry Brown says the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments are “unthinkable.” He said that given America’s history, reaction to prejudice “has to be strong.”

By issuing a lifetime ban on Sterling, he said, the NBA Commissioner had taken “strong action.”

Click above to watch.

Amanpour's full interview with Governor Brown airs Wednesday on CNN International.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • U.S. Politics
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