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St. Louis rapper: In U.S., police murder of blacks legal in all but name

November 25th, 2014
05:08 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

St. Louis rapper Tef Poe told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that he has “come to terms with the fact that in the United States of America it is perfectly legal for police officers to murder people of color.”

Poe’s comments come as Americans have taken to the streets across the country to voice their frustration at a grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot dead an unarmed black 18-year-old in August.

The idea that a police office can kill someone without accountability is something "we’re coping with and that’s the reality that we live in."

"There is no justice when you are murdered by a police officer when you are a person of color – that is a harsh fact to embrace and accept in today’s time.”

Poe, who is calling for justice for Michael Brown and for “every victim of police brutality,” said today was “a very emotional day” for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

He told Amanpour that, in his opinion, teenager Michael Brown was “murdered because [officer] Darren Wilson feared his black skin.”

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Gap in Iran talks bridgeable, says veteran American diplomat

November 21st, 2014
05:48 PM ET

By Henry Hullah, CNN

Failing to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would create a very difficult situation for the United States, former U.S. diplomat Frank Wisner told Christiane Amanpour Thursday, but remained optimistic that the gaps could be bridged.

"Both sides are negotiating very seriously, The negotiators are extremely skillful; they've made progress on a number of vitally important points, so I’m going to keep my fingers crossed because the alternative is very difficult for all of us."

A seasoned negotiator, Wisner has been engaging with Iranians on what's called "Track Two" diplomacy in the latest attempts to broker a deal on sanctions and Iran’s nuclear capability.

Many have argued that no deal is better than anything but a very good deal; the Israeli Intelligence Minister told Amanpour that failure to reach a deal would be preferable to many alternatives.

“There is enormous value in keeping up the momentum and seeing if we can get a deal," Wisner said. "If we don't get a deal we have to be concerned about the effects.”

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Journalist facing jail for protecting source assails Obama Administration as ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation’

November 6th, 2014
03:19 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

New York Times reporter James Risen, who is facing jail time for refusing to reveal his source for a story, has denounced the Obama Administration as “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation” in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that aired Thursday.

The current administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under The Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined.

Risen, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author who was the first – alongside colleague Eric Lichtblau - to uncover the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on Americans, told Amanpour that he is “trying to uphold the traditions of journalism. And that's what I'm going to continue to do.”

The U.S. government is not happy about a chapter in Risen’s 2006 book “State of War” that looks into a CIA operation that aimed to undermine Iran’s nuclear program.

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‘I will not have my own Room of Situations,’ Jon Stewart tells CNN​

November 5th, 2014
04:22 PM ET

By Henry Hullah, CNN

Good luck trying to get Jon Stewart to tell you what he’s planning for the future.

“You have to tell me what's going to happen in my life,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Wednesday.

As the satirist’s contract with the “The Daily Show” reportedly comes to an end, Amanpour asked what the future holds – will he continue his journey into directing, or will he stick with his job as the world’s chief political satirist?

“I don't view them as separate entities. I view it all as a process. In my mind, this is all chicken. I'm just making chicken. Sometimes I make cutlets, sometimes I make a nice teriyaki, sometimes I just grind it up and feed it to baby birds. But it's still chicken.”

Could one of these "chickens" one day be a role as a serious news anchor?

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Issues lost in horse race for Senate, two U.S. journalists say

November 4th, 2014
06:18 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

As America went to the polls on Tuesday, two U.S. journalists told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the battle for control of the U.S. senate has dominated this midterm election.

“One of the things I find particularly peculiar about this election is that the degree to which it doesn’t seem to be about anything big apart from winning the senate,” said U.S. correspondent for The Guardian Gary Younge.

Joining in the discussion was Brian Lehrer, host of the Brian Lehrer Show on WYNC radio, who agreed with Younge.“Yes, this is a ‘stop Obama election’, not a ‘get something we really believe in done election’ for the Republicans,” Lehrer said.

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On the eve of U.S. midterms, experts say unrepresentative government remains a major issue

November 4th, 2014
10:57 AM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

As Americans prepared to vote in crucial midterm elections, two experts told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that despite some improvements the misrepresentation of the electorate remains a major problem in the country.

“Fundamentally, we have a democracy that does not represent America and particularly the face of America is changing,” said Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Research at the think-tank DEMOS.

“There's been some progress. It's very slow, though, and it's the same - if you step back - this is research done by the Women's Donor Network - the statistic that really just sticks out to me is that we actually have a third of our population, which is white men, controlling nearly two-thirds of all elected offices in this country, from the county, city all the way up to the national level,” Draut added.

According to the Reflective Democracy campaign, 33% of New York City's population is white, but 51% of the New York City Council is white.

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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."

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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.


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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.”

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