FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive for Sunday, Sept. 04
In a global Sunday television exclusive in advance of the President’s travel to Asia, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed President Barack Obama for broadcast in a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS airing Sunday, September 4. They discussed a wide range of foreign policy topics, as well as the President’s views on Donald Trump and his base of support. The President also pressed his case for the now-controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) trade deal, explaining both why he feels the TPP will grow American exports and jobs – as well as his views on free trade policies overall.
In addition, in advance of Mr. Obama’s first meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since July’s failed coup in Turkey and Erdoğan’s crackdown that has followed, Zakaria spoke with the President about whether he has concerns about the stability of Turkey – a NATO ally and the host country of part of America’s nuclear arsenal.
President Obama also discussed the U.S.-China relationship, and the renewed tensions in the South China Sea, in advance of his bilateral with President Xi Jinping. FULL POST
In his first interview since the failed military coup on July 15, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells CNN’s Becky Anderson (@BeckyCNN) he would approve reinstating the death penalty if lawmakers approve the measure.
“There is a clear crime of treason and your request can never be rejected by our government,” says Erdogan speaking through his translator. “But of course it will take a parliamentary decision for that to take action in the form of a constitutional measure so leaders will have to get together and discuss it, and if they accept to discuss it then I as president will approve any decision that comes out of the parliament.”
Conducted at the presidential palace in Istanbul, Erdogan also tells CNN he’s calling for extradition of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from the U.S., what happened the night of the coup attempt – including turning to social media to get his message out – and why it “never crossed” his mind he would be ousted as president.
Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST
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
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the situation in Gaza, calling it a “genocide by Israel.”
“Nazism, the Fascism that was applied by Hitler, if you put all these on the table just like that, you can see that what Israel does to Palestine, to Gaza right now, has surpassed what Hitler did to them,” Erdogan said. “We don't approve. We don't accept what Hitler did either, but right now, we do not accept this persecution, the massacre, the genocide by Israel. Hamas and Fatah are unified in respect of this two-state structure, and they've formed a national consensus government. Israel does not want this government to make progress, they want to break it up.”
Erdogan also accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.” FULL POST
In an interview recorded Wednesday with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying that the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.”
Erdogan also denied that the governments of Turkey or Qatar were involved in the funding of Hamas’ terrorist activities, saying the only support his country is offering to the people of Gaza is humanitarian.
“Qatar’s cooperation with Turkey has always been to be on the side of the persecuted and to support them through humanitarian aid. This is what’s being done.”
The full interview will air Thursday at 11aET on CNN International’s Connect the World with Becky Anderson. FULL POST
CNN was a double winner at the 2013 Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) awards ceremony in London Wednesday night.
CNN's coverage of the anti-government protests in Turkey won in the "Live Journalism – TV" category, with the judges praising the "great live, on-the-ground reporting in challenging circumstances."
CNN also won in the "Short Feature" category for Damascus Undercover: Daraya, with the judges commenting that CNN's "insightful reporting made this a moving and gripping report." You can watch a portion of this undercover reporting here.
Click here for a full list of winners.
CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) reports exclusively on a route in southern Turkey where would-be jihadists are being smuggled into Syria. He travels the route with a smuggler who says many recruits – who ultimately join the Syrian al Qaeda-linked radical group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – find crossing into Syria a religious experience.
"When they get to the fence, they kneel and cry, they weep, like they've just met something more precious to them than their own family. They believe this land, Syria, is where God's judgment will come to pass."
CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon (@arwacnn) files a dramatic report from the center of the protests in Istanbul's Taksim Square.
Wearing a gas mask, Damon says: "Riot police have just moved in trying to clear out Taksim Square using tear gas and water cannons. There are a number of different front lines here where they're actively standing off with the protesters. The more violent these demonstrations become, the more herded and polarized both sides are in their stances against one another."