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Beijing as perplexed as the West by Kim Jong Un’s disappearance

October 23rd, 2014
03:22 AM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Chinese authorities were just as bewildered by North Korean Kim Jong-Un’s mysterious absence from public life as the rest of the world, a former Chinese ambassador who now advises the Foreign Ministry told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“We don't know what happened - he disappeared and then he appeared again. We don’t know what happened in the meantime,” Ambassador Wu Jianmin said with a laugh.

After remaining out of the spotlight for over a month, Kim Jong-Un made an equally mysterious reappearance and offered no explanation for his prolonged absence. Wu said he found the 32-year-old leader “quite mysterious”.

“The Chinese leader has had no direct contact with him apart from the vice president, Yuanchao. He went to Korea, he met with him, and Xi Jinping had no meeting since,” he said.

Wu has previously served as ambassador to France and the United Nations in Geneva. He now sits on an advisory panel for the foreign ministry, and is an associate at the London School of Economics' "IDEAS" program.

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Filed under:  China • Christiane Amanpour • Ebola • North Korea

World Bank President says restricting travel for Ebola-affected countries not the solution

October 22nd, 2014
03:13 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The world has coalesced around a “much better strategy” in the Ebola fight, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, but emphasized that there should be no move towards restricting travel to and from the most-affected West African countries.

“It’s extremely important not to isolate these three countries,” he said. “One of the things as a medical doctor – and especially for Ebola – one of the greatest tools we have is to elicit what we call a ‘travel history’ – where have you been.”

“And if we isolate these three countries then we’re going to lose the travel history, because there’s going to be such a temptation to lie about where you’ve been, especially if you’ve been in these three countries.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Ebola • Latest Episode

Saudi Arabia could aid talks with ISIS in hostage situations, says veteran negotiator

October 22nd, 2014
02:22 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Saudi Arabia could have a role in hostage negotiations with ISIS militants, former U.N. hostage negotiator Giandomenico Picco told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Picco conducted many high-profile negotiations in Lebanon that led to the release of several Western hostages in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He told Amanpour that if asked to engage in open talks with the terrorist group, he would have a “conversation… with somebody in Saudi Arabia”.

The veteran diplomat also stressed that it was equally important to open a channel of communication with “a military arm in ISIS which is actually led by the deputy of President Saddam.”

He said he would attempt to focus negotiating efforts on that wing of the group rather than on the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who “may have been able to catch the hostages, but may be unable to negotiate their release.”

Governments tend to ask desperate families to stay quiet and trust them to get their loved ones back, but John Foley, whose son U.S. journalist James Foley was brutally murdered by ISIS in August, told Amanpour that he and his wife Diane Foley regret having remained silent.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Journalism • Latest Episode • Syria

Scooters banned from Rome's city center

October 21st, 2014
02:54 PM ET

Imagine a world without scooters zipping through the center of the Eternal City. Christiane Amanpour has the story.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Imagine a World • Italy • Latest Episode

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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Confronting religious extremism

October 21st, 2014
10:06 AM ET

As ISIS commits terrible crimes in the name of Islam, Christiane Amanpour speaks with two experts on the religion.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Islam • Latest Episode • Syria

Using comedy to counter ISIS

October 20th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

The fight against ISIS is not only being fought on the battleground - it is also being waged through comedy, on Iraqi TV. Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Imagine a World • Iraq • Latest Episode • Syria

Saudi extremist funding ‘has been stopped completely,’ claims Prince Alwaleed

October 20th, 2014
02:31 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

With the scrutiny of the world on ISIS’s alleged Gulf funders, billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed Bin Talal insisted in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that his country has completely clamped down on the practice.

“Yes, we had a weakness over there, whereby some unfortunately some extremists in Saudi Arabia…did fund certain extremist elements in Syria. But Saudi Arabia has taken very strict rules to stop that from happening. And yes, right now all this has been stopped completely,” he said.

Qatar has come under the most scrutiny in its alleged funding of extremists like ISIS, as Amanpour discussed with that country’s emir last month.

But wealthy patrons in Saudi Arabia have also been under the spotlight, especially now that the country (along with Qatar and several other Gulf nations) have joined the American coalition against ISIS.

The clampdown, Alwaleed said, is “better late than never.”

“I think we are hopefully doing some good and positive by halting at least the ISIS move now into northern border, the border of Syria.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Latest Episode • Saudi Arabia • Syria

On the frontlines with war crimes investigators

October 17th, 2014
10:40 AM ET

They are the humanitarian frontline – the Emergencies Team.

In times of war and crisis, it is often the “E-Team” that is first on the scene. Human Rights Watch’s emergency investigators gather evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses from Syria to Iraq and across the globe.

They are the subject of a new documentary, “The E-Team.”

“I wanted people to know what is behind this line in the report that says ‘Syrian government has committed war crimes,’” Anna Neistat, an investigator who stars in the film, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“I just wanted people to understand that it's not that we roll out of bed in the morning and come up with these types of accusations, but that actually it's days and months and years of meticulous work in the field, putting all this evidence together, that allows us to make these kind of conclusions.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full conversation with Neistat and director Ross Kauffman.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode

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.

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