July 12th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Melinda Gates: "We will save the lives of 3 million babies over the next eight years...avert 50 million abortions..."

For the Wednesday, July 11th edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed Melinda Gates, co-chair of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jane Otai senior community advisor for Kenya Urban Reproductive, from the London Summit on Family Planning.  Gates relates the implementation of family planning as key to women and families lifting themselves out of poverty and the education of children.

The full transcript of this interview is available here:  AMANPOUR transcript – July 11.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.  In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 9th, 2012
07:32 PM ET

Dimitri Simes on Syria: "[Russia] would not resist such an intervention..."

For the Monday, July 9th edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed the president of the Center for the National Interest, Dimitri Simes, for insights into Russia's  resistance to Western intervention in Syria – and asked whether that position may be evolving.  This is a portion of that exchange:

AMANPOUR:  Well, you say Russia wouldn't resist.  Do you mean if the United States decided to gather its own coalition and do, for instance, what it did in Kosovo, do an end run around Russia, that Russia would not resist?

SIMES:  Well, since you asked, recently had a top-level Russian delegation hosted by the Center for the National Interest, it included a senior Russians official being there in an official capacity.  And we had a private dinner this question was raised, and the answer was very clear.  Russia would not welcome such an intervention; Russia would not approve such an intervention.  It would not resist such an intervention and this intervention would not become a major issue in the U.S.-Russian relationship.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   The full transcript for this program is available here.  In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 5th, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Pena Nieto: "I am the president by decision of the majority of Mexico"

Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto joined Christiane Amanpour to talk about his nation's presidential election results, how he plans to combat corruption and the drug wars in Mexico, and how he plans to govern.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 5th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Enrique Pena Nieto on today's AMANPOUR

Mexico's election runoff election will be among the topics discussed on CNN International's AMANPOUR today.  Enrique Pena Nieto will join Christiane Amanpour to talk about the election results, his challenger, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and how he plans to lead.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 2nd, 2012
08:12 PM ET

Syrian military defector to Amanpour: 'Those who were injected were lucky'

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Syrian defector Colonel Abdalhamid Zakaria for the Monday, July 2 edition of AMANPOUR.  He described his family's terrifying escape from Aleppo, and the crisis conditions inside Syria's civil unrest.  Zakaria alleges that there are many others like him within the Syrian armed forces that would like to defect from the regime, but says that a complicated network of spies, and intimidating threats of torture have limited them.  He also urges U.S. intervention in Syria.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.,  and at 21:00 with a replay at 23:00 CET, in Central Europe.

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June 28th, 2012
01:51 PM ET

On #Amanpour Today: Fmr. Medicare/Medicaid Administrator, Fmr. Swiss President discuss #SCOTUS Health Care Decision

Former Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick, MD, and former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss will join Christiane Amanpour for the Thursday, June 28th edition of the program.   Dr. Berwick served in his capacity for the Obama Administration shortly following passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (aka, "Obamacare") and will discuss what today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court means for American health care consumers.

While Ruth Dreifuss served as on the Swiss Federal Council, the Swiss government instituted an individual mandate for private health insurance for its citizens.  She will discuss her nation's experience with that policy  since its implementation in 1996, on today's AMANPOUR.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.,  and at 21:00 with a replay at 23:00 CET, in Central Europe.

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June 25th, 2012
09:55 AM ET

Amanpour airs from Cairo to debrief presidential election results

A special edition of CNN's AMANPOUR will air from Cairo, and debrief the presidential election results on Monday, June 25.  Anchor Christiane Amanpour will be joined by senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman, as well as:

  • Dr. Ahmed Deif, a professor of Nile University in Cairo, and a spokesperson and policy advisor for Muslim Brotherhood President-Elect Mohamed Morsi, and
  • Shahira Amin, an Egyptian television journalist and former deputy head of the state-owned Nile TV

They will discuss what the historic election means for Egypt and the rest of the world, including the future of women's rights, press freedoms, the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement, and the balance of power between Egypt's new president and Egypt's powerful military.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.,  and at 21:00 with a replay at 23:00 CET, in Central Europe.

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Topics: Africa • Amanpour • Ben Wedeman • Christiane Amanpour • CNN International • Egypt
June 18th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Aung San Suu Kyi to Christiane Amanpour: "I was actually more fortunate than many of my colleagues..."

On Saturday, June 16, CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi via satellite from Oslo just prior to her acceptance speech for her Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her in absentia in 1991, while she was under house arrest.

The wide-ranging interview included Aung San Suu Kyi's views of the 'Arab Spring' - and whether a similar 'spring' has finally come to Myanmar.  She also discussed her time away from her family under house arrest, and her feelings of the true meaning of 'peace activist.'

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June 4th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

Mariela Castro to Amanpour: "Alan Gross has been granted everything that he's asked for..."

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro for AMANPOUR.  The wide-ranging discussion included discussion of Mariela Castro’s work on HIV and LGBT issues, her relationship with her father, and her thoughts about normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, her views on American citizen Alan Gross, and her opinion on U.S. President Barack Obama.  Her comments on Alan Gross, follow:

Christiane Amanpour: As you know, there are many issues that cause problems between Cuba and the United States. One of the issues right now is Alan Gross, who you know very well, you know, obviously, about his case, you’ve been asked about it many times. I want to play you something that he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

((Alan Gross on tape from interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer – ON TAPE)): I have a ninety-year-old mother who has inoperable lung cancer. And she’s not getting any younger. And she’s not getting any healthier… I would return to Cuba. You know, you could quote me on that. I’m saying it live. I would return to Cuba if they let me visit my mother before she dies. And we’ve gotten no response.

Mariela Castro: Alan Gross has been granted everything that he’s asked for: he has been able to see his wife, he has been able to have matrimonial, conjugal visits, and he has been treated with respect and dignity the way we always treat prisoners in Cuba. We haven’t received the same treatment on the other hand for our five prisoners who have very long sentences that are not right. I think that the six must be released—both the five Cubans and Alan Gross.

Christiane Amanpour: Is that what you’re saying, that Alan Gross should be released and the Cuban Five?

Mariela Castro: Of course. I’m referring to the five Cubans and Alan Gross. I believe that this would be the happiest solution for all involved.

The transcript from Part I of this interview is available here; Part II of this interview will air tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, 2012.  Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.  and at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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May 29th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

Retired Syrian general explains lack of defections to Amanpour, also says: "This is not the army of the people anymore..."

Retired Brigadier General Akil Hashem served 27 years in the Syrian military.  On the Tuesday, May 29th edition of Amanpour, Gen. Hashem told host, Christiane Amanpour, that, in his professional opinion, the Syrian military would capitulate quickly to any military assault leveled against it.  He urged other nations to intervene militarily in Syria and says there will be no diplomatic solution to the current crisis.

He also attributed the lack of high-level defections of military officers – as has been the case in other Middle East and North African nations which have experienced recent democratic revolutions – to fear and the Syrian government's effective network of spies systematically embedded in its armed forces.  Below, is an excerpt from the Amanpour interview:

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