April 14th, 2016
07:40 AM ET

CNN FREEDOM PROJECT: BRIDES FOR SALE

The special two-part series airs week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT

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Imagine if the only way to escape a forced marriage was to abandon your own child. That’s the reality for some Vietnamese young women. Tricked into crossing the border by traffickers, they were sold for marriage to Chinese men. China’s one-child policy has led to a shortage of women and a thirst for Vietnamese brides. CNN International correspondent Alexandra Field speaks to escapees about their ordeal and goes to the border to see just how easy it is to smuggle women between the two countries.

Five girls… saved just in the nick of time. At a government support center on the Vietnamese-Chinese border, CNN’s Alexandra Field meets five 14-year-old girls saved by the police as traffickers were taking them across the border. She explains how they were lured into danger and sees an emotional reunion between a mother and daughter who were not so lucky.

These two special CNN Freedom Project stories air week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT.

Related Links:

http://edition.cnn.com/specials/world/freedom-project

Join the social conversation on Twitter @cnnfreedom and Facebook facebook.com/cnnfreedom

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About CNN International

CNN’s portfolio of news and information services is available in seven different languages across all major TV, digital and mobile platforms reaching more than 420 million households around the globe, including over 72 million across the Asia Pacific region. CNN International is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America and recently expanded its US presence with its launch on CNNgo. CNN Digital is a leading network for online news, mobile news and social media. CNN is at the forefront of digital innovation and continues to invest heavily in expanding its digital global footprint, with a suite of award-winning digital properties and a range of strategic content partnerships, commercialised through a strong data-driven understanding of audience behaviours. Over the years CNN has won multiple prestigious awards around the world for its journalism. CNN has 41 editorial offices and more than 1,100 affiliates worldwide through CNN Newsource. CNN International is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Get the latest social media updates from CNN at: facebook.com/cnninternational @cnnasiapr

Press Contacts:

Penelope Heath/ Ingrid Hsu

Tel: +852 3128 3538/ +852 3128 3568

E-mail: penelope.heath@cnn.com  ingrid.hsu@cnn.com


Topics: CNN • CNN Freedom Project
April 7th, 2016
12:15 PM ET

‘#WhyTheyHateUs’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores What Drives the Rage - postponed

New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International

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“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, Ft Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond.  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want to kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed.  He looks at one Muslim community in the U.S. for what makes America’s challenges different from Europe’s and those in the Middle East.

A new hour-long primetime special, WHY THEY HATE US, will premiere on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against their own countrymen to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria challenges violent jihadis about the reasons why they hate the West – and gets rarely heard answers.

Why do others committing this carnage come from nations once thought to be allies of the West?  Zakaria details the unlikely origins of this searing anti-Western hatred to Greeley, Colorado in 1949.  Sayyid Qutb, a puritanical, conservative Muslim was so horrified by his experience in America he returned to Egypt to advocate a return to Sharia law by Arab nations, the rejection of modernization and democracy – and violent retaliation against America and the West for ‘corrupting’ the Arab World.

Is Islam an inherently violent religion?  Zakaria seeks answers for what attracts extremists to the medieval, barbaric terror of a violent interpretation of Islam from author and scholar Reza Aslan (No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization); neuroscientist and chief executive of Project Reason, Sam Harris; anti-Western British cleric Anjem Choudary; Columbia University professor and Co-Director for the Center for Palestine Studies, Rashid Khalidi, DPhil.; and author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji (Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty, and Love).  Astonishingly, Manji describes the scholarship behind the true meaning of a widely popularized mistranslation of the afterlife promise of “72 virgins” to actually be a reference to…“raisins.”

Though dead for decades, Qutb’s violent admonitions inspired Osama bin Laden, today’s radical clerics from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even an influential American cleric whose seductive sermonic fragments were found scrawled inside the boat where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was found, as well as in messages exchanged by the San Bernardino jihadis.  Zakaria concludes with proposed solutions to defeat this infectious ideology currently posing a global security threat – and even shaping the most controversial points of debates for the U.S. elections, and influencing European and American policy on refugees, immigration, privacy, and the rules for armed conflict.

During the broadcast, producers of WHY THEY HATE US will interact with viewers via Twitter, using the hashtag #WHYTHEYHATEUS with user questions and comments about the special.

About CNN

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital, a top network for online news, mobile news and social media; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively-syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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CNN's Clarissa Ward Honored by the International Center for Journalists
April 5th, 2016
01:16 PM ET

CNN's Clarissa Ward Honored by the International Center for Journalists

CNN correspondent to receive Excellence in International Reporting Award
at Nov. 14 gala

CNN’s senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the Excellence in International Reporting Award from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), it was announced today by the ICFJ.

The ICFJ, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality journalism, selected Ward for her continued commitment to pushing the limits of war coverage in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine, Afghanistan and other conflict areas she’s reported from in the last dozen years. The prestigious award will be presented to Ward at ICFJ’s annual awards ceremony on November 14 in Washington, D.C. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will emcee the gala event, which will also honor CBS anchor Charlie Rose and recipients of the Knight International Journalism Award.

“I am thrilled and humbled to accept this honor from such an exceptional institution as the ICFJ. For decades, it has been doing brave and invaluable work, giving journalists across the world the tools they need to tell their stories,” said Ward. FULL POST


Topics: Awards • Clarissa Ward • CNN • CNN International
March 23rd, 2016
02:37 AM ET

CNN ‘MADE IN JAPAN’ EXPLORES JAPAN’S INNOVATION AND CREATION

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Will Ripley joins a mascot class in Tama, Japan

A 30-minute special airing on March 30 at 1130 and 1730 HKT

“Japan Inc”, is a title so distinctively representative of the character of the country. Through a special 30-minute program, ‘Made In Japan’, CNN International’s Tokyo correspondent Will Ripley takes a look at how Japan is innovating and creating for tomorrow, and the evolving reality of what it means to be Made In Japan.

Highlights of the 30-minute special include:

Technology and Innovation

CNN takes a look at how Japan is testing the boundaries of the relationship between humans and technology. CNN’s Will Ripley travels to Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories in Kyoto to learn about Dr. Ishiguro’s experiments with humanoid technology. He also visits the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo’s Shinjuku, MJI Robotics, and takes a tour of the world’s first hotel run mostly by robots in Nagasaki.

Entertainment

CNN also looks at the global soft power and the business of characters that are ‘Made In Japan’. Starting locally, Will Ripley visits a mascot factory and joins a mascot class to discover the influence and prevalence of mascots in the country. Then he takes a look at Polygon Pictures Inc. that creates animations for Japan and internationally for Disney, Netflix, and Lucasfilms. CNN learns about the creative process behind these characters and why anime represents a huge opportunity for growth in Japan.

Fashion

The ‘Made In Japan’ label is known for carrying quality craftsmanship. But it is also a reflection of Japanese society and culture. So where does the label stand today? In a conversation with fashion veteran Tiffany Godoy, CNN looks at the evolution of Japanese fashion and how designers are bringing smart design to the runway. CNN also goes into the studio with designer Kunihik Morinaga and explores how he is mixing fashion and technology through the brand Anrealage. It’s an inside look at how the industry is being redefined and carving a new place on the global fashion stage.

Airtimes (Hong Kong/ Singapore/ Beijing/ Taipei/ Manila/ Kuala Lumpur):

Wednesday March 30 at 1730 HKT

Thursday March 31 at 0030 HKT

Saturday April 2 at 1230 & 2030 HKT

Sunday April 3 at 0830 HKT

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About CNN International

CNN’s portfolio of news and information services is available in seven different languages across all major TV, digital and mobile platforms reaching more than 400 million households around the globe, including over 69 million across the Asia Pacific region. CNN International is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America and recently expanded its U.S. presence with its launch on CNNgo. CNN Digital is a leading network for online news, mobile news and social media. Over the years CNN has won multiple prestigious awards around the world for its journalism. CNN has 42 editorial offices and more than 1,100 affiliates worldwide through CNN Newsource. CNN International is part of Turner, a Time Warner company.

Press Contacts:

Penelope Heath/ Ingrid Hsu

Tel: +852 3128 3538/ +852 3128 3568

E-mail: penelope.heath@cnn.com  ingrid.hsu@cnn.com


Topics: CNN • CNN International • Japan • Will Ripley
#UndercoverInSyria: Clarissa Ward reports from behind rebel lines
March 14th, 2016
10:03 AM ET

#UndercoverInSyria: Clarissa Ward reports from behind rebel lines

Clarissa Ward reports from rebel-held territory in exclusive series

As the civil war in Syria enters its sixth year, CNN releases exclusive reporting from senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward from behind rebel lines inside Syria.

Joined by CNN producer Salma Abdelaziz and Syria-based filmmaker Bilal Abdul Kareem, the CNN team spent almost a week on the ground in rebel-held areas of northern Syria to report on what life is like there. And less than 24 hours after arriving, the team witnessed an airstrike that left 11 dead.

“For too long, many of us have been relying on grainy YouTube video and Skype interviews to help us parse through what is happening on the ground in Syria,” Ward says. “Journalists have been able to get visas to visit regime controlled parts of the country, but it has been too long since Western journalists have entered rebel-held Syria. We wanted to see for ourselves what life is like under the bombs.”

FULL POST

February 15th, 2016
08:08 AM ET

Chertoff on fighting extremism: "We have to focus on behavior, not on ethnic or religious background..."

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen joined Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday to discuss elevated national security threat levels and forces driving terrorism inside the United States.  Both experts also commented on recent comments on Muslims and immigration on the campaign trail and Congressional commentary from America's national security leadership this week about imminent threats of terror attacks on the homeland.

The full transcript of this joint interview follows the jump.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”
FULL POST

CNNMoney Embarks on Aggressive Global Expansion
February 15th, 2016
06:02 AM ET

CNNMoney Embarks on Aggressive Global Expansion

CNN Worldwide announced today the expansion of its CNNMoney brand internationally, across both TV and digital, to provide consumers around the world its industry-leading business and financial news and analysis. With the addition of staff in London, Dubai, New Delhi and Hong Kong, CNNMoney will launch new franchises, series, features and reporting tailored directly to the regions and audiences it covers.

For CNN Worldwide it’s an opportunity to draft off the resurgence of the CNNMoney brand in the U.S., while utilizing the power and reach of CNN International, all under one banner.

“By uniting our portfolio of U.S. and international business reporting under the CNNMoney brand, we now offer an even more compelling product to globally-minded consumers hungry for a smart, accessible business and financial news experience – everywhere in the world,” said Mike McCarthy, senior vice president and general manager of CNN International.

Coverage from CNNMoney will span Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. It will focus on global markets and the economy, business strategy, corporate leadership, global brands, business travel, lifestyle and luxury, as well as industries such as auto, energy and technology.

The venture will tap the talents of Richard Quest, Nina dos Santos and Maggie Lake whose programs will represent CNNMoney on television. CNNMoney View with Nina dos Santos will air at 6a ET from London, CNNMoney with Maggie Lake will air at 9a ET and Quest Means Business, anchored by Richard Quest, will air from New York at 4p ET. In addition, Quest will now serve as editor-at-large for CNNMoney and he will pen a global daily newsletter “CNNMoney Presents: Quest Means Business," timed to the open of the Asia markets.

Also joining the CNNMoney roster are John Defterios, emerging markets editor based in Abu Dhabi; Andrew Stevens, Asia Pacific editor based in Hong Kong; Eleni Giokos, Africa business correspondent based in Johannesburg; and Samuel Burke, CNNMoney business correspondent based in New York. The multi-platform editorial teams will be led by Penny Manis, director of global business news programming based in New York, and Mark Thompson, international managing editor of CNNMoney who is based in London.

The global initiative will expand CNNMoney’s data-driven storytelling and digital war rooms to international bureaus, arming reporters with the most advanced tools and analytics available to drive and react to stories in the global marketplace.

“CNNMoney is a unique business offering built on the pillars of journalistic excellence, unprecedented scale of premium audiences and industry-leading use of data insight,” said Petra Malenicka, SVP, Advertising Sales, Western Europe and the Americas, CNN International. “The synergy of the CNNMoney brand, the highly relevant content and the effective turn-key commercial solutions powered by granular targeting creates the most compelling advertising proposition for any brand that wants to engage with the premium business audience at scale in specific regions, markets or globally.”

For more information on CNNMoney’s global expansion and products, see the editor’s note from CNNMoney executive editor Lex Haris and international managing editor Mark Thompson.

February 11th, 2016
12:10 AM ET

CNN INTERNATIONAL UNVEILS AGENDA FOR CNN ASIA BUSINESS FORUM 2016

CNN International has unveiled session details for the CNN Asia Business Forum 2016, to be held in Mumbai, India on February 14, 2016.

More than 300 political and business leaders from across the region will gather for the one-day invitation-only forum. They will engage in the following keynote speeches, panel discussions and one-on-one interviews:

Session 1: State of the World

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria presents a snapshot of global geopolitics. As global demand cools, Zakaria asks what Asia’s big opportunities are.

Session 2: Growing India

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria goes one-on-one with India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss India’s path forward and the obstacles it needs to overcome.

Session 3: Secrets of Leadership

CNN’s Richard Quest sits down with CISCO Executive Chairman John Chambers to discuss the secrets of leadership during the good times and through transition and uncertainty.

Session 4: Made in Asia

CNN’s Richard Quest leads a panel of manufacturing pioneers from the world’s biggest companies who are creating jobs and building factories around the globe.

Panelists include:

Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra

Aditya Birla Group Chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla

Emerson Electric Co. President, Edward Monser

GE South Asia President and CEO, Banmali Agrawala

Session 5: Disrupters

CNN’s Andrew Stevens leads a panel of tech experts to discuss how young, nimble, innovative companies can help India leapfrog its rivals.

Panelists include:

Snapdeal Co-founder and CEO, Kunal Bahl

Vinnova Director General, Charlotte Brogren

Google India and South East Asia Managing Director, Rajan Anandan

DJI Director of Strategic Partnerships, Michael Perry

Session 6: Secrets of Leadership II

CNN’s Richard Quest goes one-on-one with Air Asia CEO, Tony Fernandes to discuss successful leadership and creating an environment where ideas can flourish.

Session 7: Asia 2020

CNN’s Andrew Stevens leads a discussion on the economic, geopolitical, and environmental challenges Asia faces plus the tactics to ensure Asia’s growth is smart growth over the next decade.

Panelists include:

Kerry Logistics Network Chairman, George Yeo

U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma

Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN International, Ellana Lee: “The inaugural CNN Asia Business Forum is now just days away. With the calibre of speakers and thought-provoking sessions we have planned it promises to be an incredible day for the 300 invited delegates.”

Vice President Advertising Sales, CNN International, Asia Pacific, Sunita Rajan: “The response we’ve had from the business community in the lead up to the CNN Asia Business Forum has been truly remarkable. It’s going to be an unforgettable day not only for our invited guests but for our CNN anchors and correspondents who are looking forward to returning to India.”

The CNN Asia Business Forum coincides with the start of the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India Week’ to be inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. It begins at 9am, on Sunday February 14, 2016 and will be held in the ‘Make in India Centre’ at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai, India.

For more information go to: http://www.cnn.com/asiabusinessforum

To join the social media conversation use: #CNNABF2016

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About CNN International

CNN’s portfolio of news and information services is available in seven different languages across all major TV, digital and mobile platforms reaching more than 400 million households around the globe, including over 69 million across the Asia Pacific region. CNN International is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America and recently expanded its U.S. presence with its launch on CNNgo. CNN Digital is a leading network for online news, mobile news and social media. Over the years CNN has won multiple prestigious awards around the world for its journalism. CNN has 42 editorial offices and more than 1,100 affiliates worldwide through CNN Newsource. CNN International is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Get the latest social media updates from CNN at: facebook.com/cnninternational @cnnasiapr

Press Contacts:

Penelope Heath/ Ingrid Hsu

Tel: +852 3128 3538/ +852 3128 3568

E-mail: penelope.heath@cnn.com  ingrid.hsu@cnn.com

February 9th, 2016
11:30 AM ET

#FZGPS: thriving in a 'brave new world' of health – big data and living to 100

Dr. David Agus, oncologist and biomedical research physician, joined Fareed Zakaria to discuss medical breakthroughs resulting from the implementation of electronic medical records and his new book, The Lucky Years (2016), about how 'big data' is improving medical outcomes for patients.

Dr. Agus explains that while physicians initially resisted digitizing their records, it turns out that the practice has ignited a knowledge revolution that is radically changing recommendations and improving medical outcomes.  And that other examples of 'big data' evaluation of epidemiological experiences among populations is yielding vast knowledge for even non-medical interventions that may improve healthy aging.  Dr. Agus discusses the concept behind the cancer therapy that may have curbed the progression of former President Jimmy Carter's metastatic cancer, how some women on beta blockers may be living longer with ovarian cancer, and how sleeping in a more quiet room may delay neuro-cognitive decline.

The full transcript of the interview may be found after the jump.  MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”

FULL POST

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.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”

TEXT HIGHLIGHT

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
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