From Moore, Oklahoma, CNN's Brian Todd spoke with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about why a lack of tornado safe rooms for public schools apparently has played a role in the casualties for some children.
Todd attended a press briefing with the Mayor of Moore earlier today who was asked to confirm that some of the children that perished did so in schools without safe rooms. Although schools do have drills for weather emergencies, the mayor acknowledged that funding played a role in recent years to not build safe rooms for public schools.
AMANPOUR airs daily on CNN International at 3:00pm and 5:00pm Eastern. The full transcript for this program may be found here.
Christiane Amanpour welcomed culinary expert and new CNN host Anthony Bourdain to "Amanpour" on Friday, April 12.
Bourdain recently visited Myanmar, the Congo, and Libya to sample the life, food, and culture of those former conflict nations for his new CNN program "Parts Unknown." Amanpour asked Bourdain about his thoughts on the relationship between food and culture and what people can learn about each other by learning more about other nations through tourism.
"Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S. The program will also air globally on CNN International. Please check regional listings for airtimes.
"Amanpour" airs weekdays at 3:00pm and 5:00pm on CNN/International. All times Eastern.
Prescott interview airs TODAY, March 19 at 4:00pm ET on CNN International
As the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq reaches its 10th anniversary, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour looks back at what was won and lost in Iraq on Tuesday, March 19.
Amanpour interviews Lord John Prescott, former Deputy Prime Minister for the United Kingdom under the Tony Blair Administration, who responds to her inquiry about the human and financial costs of war in Iraq – and for the U.S. and Great Britain, which led the 2003 invasion:
“Well, I think you have to start from the beginning to the end. It’s 10 years – time to look at those decisions. Right at the beginning we were hoping to get the United Nations resolution. There were other matters were agreed to, not least of all the road map with Bush and the Israel-Palestine, all those things were not achieved and we can see now that in the shock and awe, may have got rid of Saddam, but it certainly never brought peace. And you have to ask yourself 10 years on was it justified and was it really about regime change? And if it was about regime change, I'm afraid that didn't make it legal,” Prescott tells Amanpour during their interview. FULL POST
CNN International's Christiane Amanpour continues to anchor live coverage from Rome all this week – the last week for the papacy of Benedict XVI.
On Wednesday's program, she spoke with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington, DC for the Catholic Church and a cardinal participant in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. McCarrick today commented on what kind of cardinal is likely to become the next pope, his thoughts about Father Mahony’s recusal from the conclave, and whether he feels the Church is in ‘crisis’ as Pope Benedict XVI resigns on Thursday.
On Thursday's program, Amanpour will have an exclusive interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the North American College of Cardinals. Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pmET in North America, and at 9:00pmCET in Europe. The full transcript of this program may be found here.
CNN International's Christiane Amanpour anchors live from Rome all this week – the last week for the papacy of Benedict XVI.
On Monday's program, she spoke with Tom Rosica, assistant spokesperson to the Holy See, about today's announced resignation of the U.K.'s Cardinal Keith O'Brien, amid claims that he made sexual advances towards other priests, and also Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, criticized for his handling the priest sexual abuse crisis. Despite the circulation of a petition to protest his participation in the upcoming Vatican conclave to select a new pope, Father Rosica confirmed during his interview with Amanpour that Cardinal Mahony is now in Rome and expects to participate in the selection process.
In addition to Father Rosica, Amanpour interviewed journalist and former Dominican friar, Mark Dowd, who is openly gay, who describes homosexuality as a "ticking time bomb in the Catholic Church," suggesting that perhaps half of the clergy are homosexual.
And also on Monday's program, Amanpour interviewed veteran Vatican journalist, Marco Politi, of la Repubblica about the factors that may have influenced the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, about clergy practicing their sexuality despite their vows of celibacy, and other challenges facing the new pope.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, spoke exclusively with Christiane Amanpour in Washington, DC, during his visit to the United States, and following his afternoon press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama.
The wide-ranging interview covered topics including the drawdown of U.S. troops, military equipment requests by Afghanistan to the U.S., and the immunity request by the U.S. before committing security forces to reinforce the military transition beyond 2014. The 30-minute interview will air in its entirety on CNN International during the Monday, Jan. 14th edition of Amanpour.
Specifically on the topic of the status of forces agreement for the immunity of U.S. military personnel who would remain in Afghanistan after 2014, President Karzai suggested that he would be able to convince the Afghan people that this is necessary. The following is an excerpt from the interview:
AMANPOUR: Are you ready to agree to immunity for U.S. forces? The president, in his press conference with you, made it very clear, no immunity, no U.S. troops.
KARZAI: Yes, we discussed this in detail today. We have discussed it on other occasions previously. Afghanistan sovereignty, as you referred to earlier, is for us the, you know, untouchable. That cannot be compromised. That cannot be touched.
And that's the reason at times we were so intensely at loggerheads with the U.S. government, civilian casualties and questions of our sovereignty, or interference or lack of full respect to that sovereignty.
Within the context of sovereignty of Afghanistan and the laws of Afghanistan, and with a broader security umbrella that the presence of the United States and Afghanistan and our other allies provides to us, I can go to the Afghan people and tell them that, well, if we are to ask for a U.S. presence in Afghanistan for that broader security and stability, there are things that they want in return.
And immunity is the principle thing that they want. So I will argue for it. And, I can tell you with relatively good confidence that they will say, all right, let's do it.
AMANPOUR: So you just made a bit of news. You believe there will be immunity if you're satisfied that your sovereignty is respected?
KARZAI: If I'm satisfied, if the Afghan people are satisfied, surely they will consider it favorably.
AMANPOUR: And you think that that's a likelihood?
KARZAI: It is quite a likelihood.
The full transcript of this program may be found here. This edition of Amanpour will air on Monday, Jan. 14 on CNN International at 3:00pmET in the North America. In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN International at 21:00 CET.
Khaled Meshaal , the political leader of the Palestinian organization Hamas, spoke exclusively with Christiane Amanpour from Cairo, Egypt for the Wednesday, Nov. 21st edition of Amanpour. Amanpour pressed him on whether his organization was responsible for the bombing of a civilian passenger bus in Tel Aviv, whether Hamas would agree to a ceasefire with Israel, and under what conditions Hamas would agree to recognize the State of Israel.
The following is an excerpt from the interview:
AMANPOUR: You say you would prefer the route that did not cause so much violence, so much death. And yet, you say that you would accept a two-state solution, but that you will not recognize Israel's right to exist. Is that still the case?
MESHAAL (through translator): First of all, the offer must come from the attacker, from Israel, which has the arsenal, not from the victim. Second, I say to you from 20 years ago and more, the Palestinians and Arabs are offering peace. But peace is destroying peace through aggression and war and killing.
This idea (ph), this touch failed experiences, we have two options. No other. Either there's an international will, led by the U.S. and Europe and the international community and force Israel to go through the way of peace and a Palestinian state, according to the border of 1967 with the right to return. And this is something we have agreed upon as Palestinians, as a common program.
But if Israel can continue to refuse this, either the - either we force them or resist to - resort to resistance. I accept a state of the 1967. How can I accept Israel? They have occupied my land. I need recognition, not the Israelis. This is a reversed question.
The full transcript of this program may be found here. This edition of Amanpour aired on Wednesday, Nov. 21 on CNN International at 3:00pmET in the North America. In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN International at 21:00 CET.
In a special edition of Amanpour from Jerusalem on Monday, November 19, Christiane Amanpour interviewed the Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al Thani about his nation's role in the ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Gaza.
In the wide-ranging interview, Prime Minister Al Thani discussed his views on the current ceasefire negotiations between Hamas and Israel, and the longer term issue of peace negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians and what it would take for his nation to recognize the State of Israel.
The full transcript of this program may be found here. This edition of Amanpour aired on Monday, Nov. 19 on CNN International at 3:00pmET in the North America. In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN International at 21:00 CET.
On the Nov. 15 edition of Amanpour, guest host and contributor Hala Gorani interviewed Mohamed Refa'a al-Tahtawi, chief of the Egyptian presidential cabinet, about Egypt's potential involvement in brokering a peace between Israel and Gaza. Gorani also asked al-Tahtawi about whether his nation would continue to honor the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, in the face of continuing violence in the region.
The following is an excerpt from that interview:
Hala Gorani, CNN host, Amanpour contributor: Dr. Refa'a al-Tahtawi joins me now on the phone. He's head of Mohammed Morsi's presidential advising committee. He was also Egypt's ambassador to Iran and Libya. He is traveling to Gaza tomorrow with Prime Minister Kandil of Egypt.
So this is a question that people have, first of all, thanks for joining us, Dr. Tahtawi. Are these treaties that Egypt signed with Israel, these - all these decades ago, are they in jeopardy today?
MOHAMED REFA'A AL-TAHTAWI, CHIEF OF THE EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CABINET: No, not at all. Not at all, because we have declared several times and repeatedly that we abide by our international commitments (ph). But respecting the peace treaty does not mean they're idle or indifferent to what is going on along our borders and what is touching our brothers. And we cannot be indifferent to human sufferings. So we are abiding by our legal obligations, but we are active to help establishing real peace in the area.
The full transcript of this program may be found here. This edition of Amanpour aired on Thursday, Nov. 15 on CNN International at 3:00pmET in the North America. In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN International at 21:00 CET.