February 8th, 2016
03:37 PM ET

#FZGPS - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on “carpet bombing…that’s genocide”

On Sunday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, humanitarian, 6-time NBA MVP, and New York Times bestselling-author of Mycroft Holmes (2015) appeared on CNN's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.  Abdul-Jabbar and Fareed Zakaria spoke about Islam and Islamophobia in America and the 2016 election.  The full transcript of the interview may be found after the jump.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Trump’s comments regarding Muslims: “I thought that what he had to say was outrageous. It certainly contradicts our Constitution, something that the President of the United States is obliged to uphold and defend, and religious discrimination is not part of what America is supposed to be about. And here he is saying that it's OK to discriminate and have Muslims on watch lists, and we're going to shut down some masjids, and a lot of things that are illegal and immoral. And, you know, I had to say something.” FULL POST


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN • CNN International • CNN U.S. • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • ISIS
February 1st, 2016
12:36 PM ET

PM Trudeau on Canada's reaction to ISIS: "I think people are open to not choosing to live in constant fear"

On this weekend's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, host Fareed Zakaria spoke with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Prime Minister’s first interview with a non-Canadian media organization. The wide-ranging interview covered the Syrian refugee crisis, military action and air strikes against ISIS, and how falling oil prices are impacting Canada’s economy.

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WEB EXTRA: Will TRUDEAU end Canada’s air strikes against ISIS?

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tv/2016/01/30/exp-gps-sot-trudeau-isis.cnn.html

WEB EXTRA: TRUDEAU on how the collapse of oil prices will impact Canada’s economy

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tv/2016/01/30/exp-gps-trudeau-sot-oil.cnn.html

FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, CNN GPS: Every year at Davos, there’s a country that stands out, attracting attention and admiration. This year it was not so much a nation, but a person.

Justin Trudeau, the new 44-year-old Prime Minister of Canada, was the star of the World Economic Forum. Hollywood actors and CEOs took selfies with him. Women seemed particularly impressed, perhaps because he has appointed a cabinet that is 50 percent female.

Trudeau is an unabashed liberal, with plans to legalize pot, raise taxes on the wealthy, and take climate change seriously. In doing this, he continues the legacy of his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was perhaps Canada's most famous prime minister.

Davos was his debut on the world stage, and my interview was his first with a non-Canadian broadcaster.

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January 12th, 2016
07:58 PM ET

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says "U.S sailors are safe"

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest joined the program, on the day of President Obama’s final State of the Union address to weigh in on the breaking news of ten American sailors being held in Iranian custody.  Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

 

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Earnest discusses the 10 American sailors in Iranian custody: " I can tell you that U.S. officials have been in touch with the Iranians about this situation.  This is obviously a situation that we're monitoring closely.  We've received assurances from the Iranians, both that our sailors are safe, that they're being – that they’re afforded sort of the care – sort of the proper - courtesy that you'd expect.  We've also most importantly received assurances they will be allowed to continue their journey promptly . So this is - the substance of the communications that we have with the Iranians so far today, and it's a situation we're going to continue to watch closely….. we're still learning more about the precise circumstances of this particular incident, so I don't want to say anything based on the first unconfirmed information we have at this point.  The thing I can tell you we are watching this closely, and we have received assurances from the Iranians that our sailors are safe and that they will be allowed to continue their journey promptly.

[TAPPER]: "I hear you, but they have 10 American sailors in their custody right now, Josh.  I mean, I think there are probably a lot of Americans watching this thinking, why are we about to give them sanction relief?  They have 10 Americans in – wherever they have them. In a boat, in a cell, whatever."[EARNEST]: "We're going to have sanctions in place against Iran because of their continued development of their ballistic missile program.  And we’ve been pretty clear about the fact that Iran is going to be subject to additional sanctions because of the tests they conducted at the end of last year.  So we continue to be concerned about this situation.  That precisely is why the president made preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon a top national security priority, and we're making progress in actually accomplishing that goal."

 

Earnest on President Obama’s final State of the Union address: "Well, the president surely has plenty to talk about when it comes to all that we've accomplished over the last seven years. And he’s surely got a lot he wants to talk about in terms what we hope to get done in over the remaining year that the president has in office.  But what the president's hoping to do is use this opportunity to have a conversation with the American people about longer-term challenges that are facing the country, but also the longer-term opportunities that are available if we actually make the right choices at this point in time. The president's going to talk first and foremost about the economy.  We've seen our economy change dramatically over the last couple of decades because of technology.  In some ways, that technology has allowed our economy to expand prosperity in ways that were previously unimaginable.  But what's also true we're seeing technology is having an impact of eliminating jobs, not just on the factory floor, but in a variety of sectors…"

 

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Topics: Breaking News
December 14th, 2015
03:52 PM ET

One refugee's dreams of life in America – with @humansofny storyteller, Brandon Stanton

On Sunday Fareed Zakaria interviewed photographer and blogger, Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York, a photographic digital diary and book that chronicles life in New York City.  Recently, Stanton has been turning his lens to capturing the life of Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to come to America.  Zakaria spoke with Stanton and Aya, a Syrian refugee, to learn more about the legal process and excruciating experiences for those fleeing the war zones with dreams of coming to America.

The full transcript for this interview may be found here: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1512/13/fzgps.01.html

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November 23rd, 2015
04:33 PM ET

Secretary of State John Kerry on COP21 in Paris

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured an exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry discussing the U.S. participation in the upcoming COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. This interview was taped in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department on Thursday, Nov. 12.

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Secretary Kerry on advance target setting prior to the upcoming multinational summit on climate change in Paris

Now that's why President Obama reached an agreement with President Xi - a ground-breaking, historic agreement - to join together to announce the intended emissions reductions that both countries would make as part of the Paris negotiations in hopes of inspiring other countries to do the same. Well, guess what? Now over 150 countries have announced their targets for emissions reductions, including India.  Now, they're not enough yet and - for - by anybody - we've all got to move more….

TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: Let me ask you about climate change, Mr. Secretary. You are embarking on a big push for the Paris summit. You gave a speech this week. In that speech, you were very eloquent in criticizing critics in the United States who are still skeptical about climate change.

But what do you say to those who say, look, that's all well and good, but the real skeptics, in a sense, are countries like India and Indonesia and, to an extent, even China, despite some changes, that still continue to use massive amounts of coal, emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide; and that whatever the United States or Western - or Europe may do, that's the real problem; and in those countries, they want to develop, they're not going to stop themselves from developing; the Paris treaty is not legally binding; so we will just cripple ourselves without doing much for climate change?

JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: Well, Fareed, that's the challenge. And it doesn't make a lot of sense to develop and kill yourself as you do it. It - you know, we've learned lessons about the downsides of the way in which we have produced energy - electricity and power and transportation and so forth - over centuries now. And we have to move to a low-carbon economy, all of us.

If the United States, all by itself, tomorrow, were to drive, you know, carpool to work and bicycle to work and plant a bunch of trees and lower our emissions to zero, we can't solve the problem alone. India, China, every country in the world has to be part of it.

Now that's why President Obama reached an agreement with President Xi - a ground-breaking, historic agreement - to join together to announce the intended emissions reductions that both countries would make as part of the Paris negotiations in hopes of inspiring other countries to do the same.

Well, guess what? Now over 150 countries have announced their targets for emissions reductions, including India.

Now, they're not enough yet and - for - by anybody - we've all got to move more. But if we come together in Paris - and I believe we can and hopefully will - to have an ambitious set of targets that we will all try to reach - not, you know - that we all agree to voluntarily try to reach - that will be an incredible signal to the marketplace, which already is seeing investment move into clean, alternative renewable different kinds of energy production. The solution to climate change is energy policy.

So it's a question of what choices we need to make in order to preserve our ability on this planet to produce food, to have water, to live where people live today without massive dislocations of human beings, without massive damage from intensified storms and wildfires and droughts, and all of the downsides that we're already beginning to measure.

So this is actually opportunity, not downside. And I think Paris will help define the full breadth of that opportunity. There’s going to be trillions of dollars that will be invested in these new lower-carbon energy sources, and I think it's going - it can - has the chance of transforming everybody's economy for the better.

ZAKARIA: But Mr. Secretary, these countries are announcing these limits - none of it is legally binding, because the treaty is not legally binding.

KERRY: Well, first of all, it's not a treaty, but it - there could be parts of it that are going to be legally binding. The targets themselves may not be. That, you know, is yet to be determined.

I recently made a comment about this, and people said, well the whole thing is not going to be legally binding. That's not accurate. There could be parts of it - the transparency, the accountability, the further down the road - I mean, there are different things.

All of that has yet to be decided. That will be decided in Paris.

ZAKARIA: Mr. Secretary, pleasure to have you on, sir.

KERRY: Thank you.

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November 22nd, 2015
11:47 AM ET

Nunes: What the Obama administrations says about ISIS "just doesn't jive with what we see on the ground"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Representative and chairman of the permanent select committee on intelligence (R-CA), joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the Obama administration’s strategy against ISIS.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

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Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Nunes reacts to possible ISIS threats inside the United States: “No credible threat that we know about, Jake.  That's the real issue here is that because so many of the terrorists have gotten good at their operational security, we just don't know what we don't know.   And there's nothing specific except for the threats that they've been putting out there on the internet.  So, at this point we have to take everything seriously… We did had many of these people identified, but there are so many thousands and thousands of them and they're all over western Europe and even in the United States and then with the technology that they're using today and the rules and lessons they've learned through fighting us over the last 15 years they've gotten very good at hiding from intelligence services across globe.”

Nunes on the investigation into intelligence reports: “ Well, we are involved in this investigation.  We're working closely with the House armed services committee and the defense appropriations committee and we're trying to gather all the facts. So, we have heard from a lot of whistleblowers and other informants who have given us information, and not just related strictly to the latest allegations, Jake.  These go back for four years. And I'll tell you it's really from the members on the intelligence committee.  We travel to many of these countries and we meet with the people on the ground.  And it's almost all the time what we hear and see on the ground, when we talk to the folks that are actually doing the work and then what we see in finished intelligence product - and I think more alarming, what we hear the president and his senior officials saying to the public, it just doesn't jive with what they're saying in public and what we see on the ground.”

Nunes on recently passed House legislation regarding refugees: “What the House passed is definitely needed, because from the information that I see and if I was in the shoes of ISIS or al Qaeda, I would definitely try to get people into these types of refugee programs.  So, the House legislation is needed. I agree that there needs to be a longer look at what needs to happen in the long run with the visa waiver program and who is allowed to get into the United States, but that's going take more time. But in the short-term we can put in so that the FBI and other intelligence agencies would have to clear who gets into this country.  I think it's a very small ask and why the president is opposing it seems a little deaf to me.”

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Topics: ISIS • Jake Tapper • State of the Union
November 22nd, 2015
11:44 AM ET

Hagel: "I think it's pretty clear that ISIS" not Assad "represents the real threat to our country, to the world"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, former secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the Obama administration’s strategy against ISIS.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

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Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Hagel on U.S. strategy against ISIS: “You're constantly adapting it and shifting it.  But my point has been that we need to more clearly define the political strategy along that should the lead the military strategy.  Putting boots on the ground or special operations forces or the strikes - we started those strikes more than a year ago, and they are part of the strategy.  They have to be part of the strategy. Building up the military capacity with those who are willing to help in that area, part of the strategy, but it has to - that has to be just part of the strategy.  And that must come from a larger overview of, what is the larger objective here?”

 

Hagel on the threats posed by ISIS and Assad: “We're up against an ideology.  We're up against a reality of dynamics, a set of dynamics we have never seen before, sophistication of social media, the military prowess, the tactical, strategic prowess that ISIS possesses, the funding.  So, we should more clearly define, what is our political strategy?  What are our priorities?  Who is the enemy here?  Is Assad the enemy or is ISIS the enemy… But I think it's pretty clear that ISIS represents the real threat to our country, to the world.”

 

Hagel on the accuracy of intelligence reports: “I think there's always, though - and isn't new - a conflict between our military on the ground vs. different intelligence groups.  And, by the way, we have to remember there's more than just one intelligence group out there.  We have got 16 independent intelligence agencies.  And most of them reside in the Pentagon and the DOD… Now, that doesn't mean something couldn't happen below the secretary of defense's office.  You can't monitor everything.  There is conflict always.  I know that.  I asked a lot of questions.  I know Chairman Dempsey always asked a lot of questions. But this particular issue, I'm not aware of it, nor did that come up to me when I was secretary of defense.”

  FULL POST


Topics: ISIS • Jake Tapper • State of the Union
Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS
November 17th, 2015
02:43 PM ET

Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS

The origins of the terror group known as Islamic State or ‘ISIS,’ and what they want, are explored by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, in a one-hour special, Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World, tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   

Deputy National Security Advisor for strategic communication Ben Rhodes; a former jihadi who now leads a counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz; former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Michael Flynn; Middle East expert and London School of Economics professor of international relations Fawaz Gerges; former FBI agent Ali Soufan; and others discuss the ambitions and goals of the terror group.

The chief objective of ISIS, or Daesh, is its unique vision of a caliphate – and luring American and Western troops back to the Middle East to apocalyptic ground in combat.

Also discussed, how ISIS grew to become a transnational terror organization, how it recruits followers, what is being done to try to stop it – and what does and doesn’t seem to be working.

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November 17th, 2015
12:24 PM ET

Former jihadi: apologies of far left, sensationalism of far right blind us to ending "global Jihadist insurgency" #FZGPS

Sunday's CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured an interview with former jihadi and counter-extremism expert Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism group. Nawaz discusses how partisan politics in the U.S. and Europe are blinding the world from effectively fighting what he describes as a "global Jihadist insurgency."  Nawaz also discusses why religious extremism is attractive to young people born and raised in the West, and his own journey from extremist to a founder of an organization working to stop radicalization and promote tolerance and democracy.  Below, is a full transcript of the interview – Nawaz also appears in Fareed Zakaria's special one-hour investigation into the origins and aims of the terror group known as "ISIS" or "Daesh," that airs tonight,Tuesday, Nov. 17.  Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World airs at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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November 15th, 2015
03:15 PM ET

Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama Administration’s approach to ISIL #FZGPS

Today's CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured Secretary of State John Kerry discussing the next steps for the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria and Iraq. This interview took place in the Benjamin Franklin room at the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State: I mean there is a concerted strategy here, Fareed.  You know, I keep hearing people say well, what's the strategy, what's the strategy? The strategy is clear. President Obama, at the very beginning, said we're going to degrade and defeat ISIL.  We're going to stabilize the countries in the region - Jordan, Lebanon, work with Turkey - and we are going to seek a political settlement.

That is exactly the strategy today and it is working, to a degree, not as fast as we would like, perhaps, but we are making gains.  We have liberated major communities. About 75 percent of the border between northern Syria and Turkey has been secured.  You have another piece where we are engaging in an operation with the Turks to secure the final piece west of the Euphrates River.

There is pressure being put on Raqqa. There are major disruptions to the leadership and command and control of ISIL. Their territory has been shrunk by some 17,000 square kilometers.

There's a difference in the way they have to operate as a result of our operations.  And I believe that when you combine what is happening in Iraq with what is happening in Syria, there's an enormous amount of pressure that is continually being ramped up with respect to ISIL.

Now, ultimately, we want more forces on the ground to be able to - not ours - they're going to have to be people on the ground...

ZAKARIA:  But isn't that the key, which is in Syria, you can defeat ISIL or Daesh, but then somebody has to govern that real estate?

KERRY: Correct.

ZAKARIA: And what has tended to happen is, you know, there - we don't have local partners other than the Kurds.  You leave - or the victorious forces leave, and ISIL will come back or Assad comes back. There aren't - those moderate Syrians, just by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs' own admission - there just aren't many of them.

KERRY:  We understand that. But on the other hand, if - if you can move rapidly towards a political settlement, rapidly, over the next six months, towards an election, etc.; if you could have a ceasefire, if - these are all ifs; I understand that. But you have to have several strategies. And we do.

One is the military pressure against ISIL, the military pressure that has taken place from the moderate opposition against Assad, and the political track, where we're trying to get the parties united.  And in - two weeks ago in Vienna, we had a major step forward where everybody, including Iran and Russia, signed on to a unified secular Syria, to maintaining the structures of the government, to all opposing ISIL, and to protecting minorities, coming up with a - with a process that leads to an election.  And now we're working at doing that.

Iran and Russia and all of the rest of our partners - Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, etc.  - are committed to driving this political process that will have a transitional council that will begin to take over management of certain activities in Syria yet to be defined and determined in the negotiation, and that will lead to a sort of transitional process.

And ultimately, that is where we hope the issue of Assad and his future will be resolved.

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