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President Obama interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in India for CNN's New Day
January 27th, 2015
09:32 AM ET

President Obama interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in India for CNN's New Day

The following excerpt is from an interview between President Barack Obama and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in New Delhi, IndiaThe President spoke with Zakaria as he concluded his state visit to India and spoke about the passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for CNN’s NEW DAY.

The full interview between Zakaria and the President will air inside CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS international affairs program on Sunday, February 1st on CNN/U.S. at 10:00am and 1:00pm and on CNN International at 7:00am.  All times Eastern.

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FAREED ZAKARIA, Host of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS:  So when Americans think about Saudi Arabia and specifically, I think they find it almost incomprehensible; this is a place where a blogger is sentenced to 1,000 lashes for expressing his opinions, where women can't drive, they can't work without a male member of the family's permission.

What would you say to them if they asked, why are we so closely allied with this regime when we now out-produce it in oil?

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  Well, what we'd say to them is that it is important for us to take into account existing relationships, the existing alignments within a very complicated Middle East, to recognize that we have strategic interests in common with Saudi Arabia and that even as we work on those common interests, for example, countering terrorist organizations, that we are also encouraging them to move in new directions, not just for our sake but more importantly for their sake. FULL POST

January 26th, 2015
06:48 PM ET

President Obama interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in India

Interview to Premiere on CNN’s NEW DAY on CNN/U.S.

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive

President Barack Obama will sit down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for a wide-ranging interview from New Delhi as the President concludes his state visit to India.

Portions of the interview will air first on CNN’s NEW DAY on Tuesday, January 27, beginning at 6:00amET and then air throughout the day on programs across CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, and on CNN.com.

The full interview will air on CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS international affairs program on Sunday, February 1st on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

Interview topics will include U.S.-India relations, the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, recent terrorism events in the Middle East and Africa, the long conflict in Ukraine, the fall of the U.S.-allied government of Yemen, and more.

In September 2014, Fareed Zakaria was the first person to interview Prime Minister Modi since Mr. Modi’s election as Prime Minister of India.


In the United States on Tuesday, January 27 (U.S. Eastern Time):

  • CNN/U.S.: 6:00a.m.


In the United States:

Saturday, January 31

  • CNN International: 9:00p.m.

Sunday, February 01 (Eastern Time):

  • CNN International: 7:00a.m., encore at 10:00p.m.
  • CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.


January 25th, 2015
12:10 PM ET

Tony Blair on Fareed Zakaria GPS

Today on Fareed Zakaria GPS former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined CNN's Fareed Zakaria from Davos. Blair said that King Abdullah will be remembered for modernizing Saudi Arabia and as a force for stability in a region of chaos.

Blair on King Abdullah taking on the religious establishment: "This is a discussion I used to have with King Abdullah, and his attitude was, look, this is a, in some ways, a very conservative country. We're doing the change. But let us do it at our own pace. And you can always have a debate as to whether you should accelerate or - and go faster and so on. But what he was really trying to do, I think, was create these vehicles of change in the country. So, for example, Saudi Aramco is the oil company, not run like many oil companies around the world, but actually a really top, well run company. The university he established, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, men and women treated equally, educated equally. And the term science and technology was chosen for a reason. So I think, you know, his view would be that he was moving as fast as he could. I think it was only maybe in the '60s or '70s that Saudi television was accessible.

Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

January 18th, 2015
01:31 PM ET

Leon Panetta: Obama "missed an opportunity to show solidarity"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Fareed Zakaria spoke to Panetta about the recent terror attacks throughout Europe, the Obama Administration’s reaction, and the means of preventing future threats.


Panetta on the U.S. absence in Paris: “To the credit of the White House, they admitted that they had made a mistake, and it was a mistake, because we missed an opportunity to show solidarity with the leadership - leadership in the world that is confronting this terrorism threat that we all face.  So it was a missed opportunity. We should have had, if not the president, certainly the vice president or the secretary of state should have attended. As far as what went on in the White House, all I can say is when I - when I was chief of staff, the national security adviser and the chief of staff usually presented these kinds of issues directly to the president, and the president then made the ultimate decision as to what happened.”

 Panetta on the terror attacks in Paris: “You know, I think that what we've seen happening over these last few weeks, between what happened in Ottawa, what's happened in Paris and now what's happened in Belgium, is that we're entering a new and perhaps more dangerous chapter in the war on terrorism. You've got terrorists coming at us from a lot of different directions - from ISIS, from Boko Haram, from Al-Shabab, from AQAP, from other elements of al Qaeda. They are recruiting like crazy from these various wars in Syria and Iraq, in Yemen. And they seem to be involved in more planning and more weapons in terms of the types of attacks that they're working on. So I think it's pretty clear from what we're seeing that we are entering a more threatening and more dangerous period in this war on terrorism.”

Panetta on French intelligence: “Well, there's no question that, I think, the failure to be able to have prevented the attack that took place in Paris was an intelligence failure. And I know they had these individuals on watch lists. I know that, in some ways, they were tracking them, but because of priorities or because of resources, obviously, they were not aware that these attacks were going to be conducted.”

Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • ISIS
December 21st, 2014
04:03 PM ET

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton "We did not cave"

Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment spoke exclusively with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. In the interview, Lynton addressed President Obama’s criticism today and talked more about the recent cyber-attack on Sony which is now determined to have been launched by North Korea.

The full interview aired on CNN at 10:00amET on Sunday, Dec. 21 on Fareed Zakaria GPS.


A full transcript is available after the jump.


December 19th, 2014
07:00 PM ET

Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment with CNN's Fareed Zakaria

The following are excerpts from an interview between Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that will air inside ANDERSON COOPER 360°.   The excerpts below relate to the recent cyberattacks upon Sony Pictures, now determined to have been launched by North Korea, and took place following the press conference with President Obama that took place earlier today.   The full interview will air tonight on CNN at 8:00pmET.


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Michael Lynton on reaction to President Obama’s recent statements about Sony Pictures decision to pull The Interview

FAREED ZAKARIA: The President says Sony made a mistake in pulling the film. Did you make a mistake?

MICHAEL LYNTON: No. I–I think actually the unfortunate part is. in this instance. the President, the Press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters. So, to sort of rehearse for a moment the sequence of events, we experienced the worst cyber-attack in American history and persevered for three and a half weeks under enormous stress and enormous difficulty. Umm and all with the effort of trying to keep our business up and running and get this movie out into the public. When it came to the crucial moment– when a threat came out from what was called the GOP at the time– threatening audiences who would go to the movie theaters, the movie theaters came to us one by one over the course of a very short period of time– We were completely surprised by it and announced that they would not carry the movie. At that point in time, we had no alternative but to not proceed with the theatrical release on the 25th of December.

ZAKARIA: So you don’t…

LYNTON: That’s all we did

ZAKARIA: So you have not caved in your view?

LYNTON:  We have not caved. We have not given in. We have preserved. And we have NOT backed down. We have–We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie”


LYNTON on options open to Sony for releasing The Interview

FAREED ZAKARIA:  Why not release it online in some form or the other – video on demand?

MICHAEL LYNTON: There are a number of options open to us and we have considered those and are considering them. As it stands right now – while there have been a number of suggestions that we go out there and deliver this movie digitally or through VOD, there has not been one major VOD – video on demand distributor – one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us. Again, we don’t have that direct interface with the American public so we need to go through an intermediary to do that.


LYNTON on his prior support of President Obama – and whether that has now changed.

FAREED ZAKARIA: You are well known as somebody who supported President Obama.


ZAKARIA: Were you disappointed in what you heard today?

LYNTON: umm I would be fibbing to say I wasn’t disappointed. Ummm.. I I—You know, the President and I haven’t spoken. I don’t know exactly whether he understands the sequence of events that led up to the movies not being shown in the movie theaters. Umm… and umm therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake. It’s a generally held view by the public and the press that that’s what happened and maybe that’s how that view was –was held by uh him. But, knowing as I do the-the facts and how they’ve—how they’ve unfolded…um …You know we st-stood extremely firm in terms of making certain that this movie would appear in movie theaters.”

LYNTON on whether Sony Pictures made a mistake by producing The Interview.

FAREED ZAKARIA:  Would you make the movie again?

MICHAEL LYNTON: Ya, I would make the movie again. I think, you know, for the same reasons we made – made it in the first place. It was a funny comedy. It was a  – it,  it served as political satire, I think – I think we would have made the movie again. I, I, knowing what I know now, we might have – done something slightly differently but I think a lot of events have overtaken us in a way we had no control over the – over the facts.

FAREED ZAKARIA:  And you’re saying you still want the public to see this movie?

MICHAEL LYNTON: We would still like the public to see this movie. Absolutely.

December 14th, 2014
01:19 PM ET

Israeli econ minister, "I will not give up land to Arabs anymore."

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Naftali Bennett, the economic minister in Prime Minister Netanyahu's cabinet and the leader of the ultra-conservative Jewish Home party, to discuss the Israeli elections, Palestinian statehood, and European divestment of Israel.


On rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state: The notion of injecting a state, dividing Jerusalem, dividing up the country and splitting and slicing it, is not sustainable. When we did it in Gaza, we gave them Gaza, right? And it turned into a terrible Afghanistan in the middle of Israel. We can't do it again. We can't commit suicide. We have to be more rational about things.”

On European divestment of Israel: “The boycott and divestment against Israel, in my opinion, is simply anti-Semitism, because we're the only country that takes care of its minorities, the only country where everyone can vote, Arabs and Jews. We're not cutting off heads. We allow women to drive, not like in other Arab countries. So to pinpoint the Jewish state as a - as a target for a boycott and divestment is blatant anti-Semitism. And I have no sympathy for that.”

Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

December 7th, 2014
11:48 AM ET

Suki Kim's Experience in North Korea "it's the most horrific place to me in the world"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Suki Kim who explains how she got inside a North Korean school and the warped worldview of students there.


On North Koreans’ perception of the world:  "They, first of all, didn't know anything about the rest of the world. If any of them did, they were fearful to admit that, because every conversation that we had, even at meals in the cafeteria, there was - somebody was reporting on it. They were all watching each other. And if they were curious, you know, there was a - little slips here and there where they would be curious about democracy, for example, how it functioned in the rest of the world. At the same time, some of the students really thought people spoke Korean in the rest of the world. So the utter, utter lack of information was astounding."

On North Korea's education system: "You take away any way of critical thinking, and you literally take away the tools where people can communicate with each other, then I think that you have a nation where they just basically have the most abusive nation in the world. There - these men just own their people. It's the most horrific place to me in the world


Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

November 30th, 2014
03:23 PM ET

Uber CEO on Beijing: "so what we're starting to see is innovation"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on the link between failure and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, the driving force behind innovation, and the cities most conducive to innovation.


On cities that are evolving into a technology hub. : Probably the most impressive is Beijing.  It's a very young but very vibrant Silicon Valley.  And I'd say that they're, you know, for a while, people thought about China as like, well, they would copy what you do and they're always behind.  What's happening is the copying is catching up. But when it catches up, there's nothing left to copy.  And so what we're starting to see is innovation.  It's starting to percolate up in China.  And I think that's really exciting.”

On innovation: The way I look at innovation is it's really about creative problem-solving.  It is - it's about, on one end, being very creative and almost being an idea person and seeing ideas and interesting ways of doing things everywhere. But on the other side, it's about being very, very analytical and very, very dedicated to details.  I like to say god is in the details. So if you're analytical and logical, almost like a machine, I'm a computer engineering - well, I went to school as a computer engineer, but bringing a creative idea and ideation piece to that, put them together, you're now a creative problem-solver. And that's where I think innovation comes from.  And here at the company, you know, I try to - we look for creative problem-solvers and we try to push people to solve things creatively, because that's where innovation is.”


Full transcript available after the jump. FULL POST

November 16th, 2014
11:14 AM ET

Jon Stewart & Maziar Bahari on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Jon Stewart and Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari to discuss Iran, the Arab Spring, and their new film Rosewater. In 2009 Maziar Bahari was arrested under the pretext of espionage following the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Green Revolution. The film Rosewater depicts the 118 days of Bahari’s mental and physical torture under the Iranian regime. Jon Stewart, director of Rosewater, tells Fareed Zakaria that he feels many people are trapped between authoritarianism and religious extremism. He points to the Iranian regime’s shortsighted approach to retaining power. Both Bahari and Stewart describe the rationality of the Iranian regime’s irrationality, which was fundamental to Bahari’s detention after the Green Movement. Text excerpts and a full interview transcript are available below.


Stewart on torture in Iran: “I think there is a rationality behind it. And to view it in that way means it can be manipulated. And it means that you can fight back against it. And so there is a banality to it. There is a - I would consider it more the bureaucracy of evil and the stupidity of evil.”

Stewart on the Arab World: “this is a part of the world that has been trapped between authoritarianism and extremism. And it's very difficult for the majority of the people who live there, who are just looking to carve out a little space for themselves and to live their lives, to get that space and create those civic institutions when you are constantly trapped between those two poles.”

Bahari on his experience in solitary confinement: “your only way to communicate with the rest of the world is through your interrogator. But when my interrogate - my - one of the prison guards, by mistake, called me Mr. Hillary Clinton, there and then I realized that there is a campaign for me. So I - that was the best moment for - for a prisoner, the worst thing is to think that he or she is alone. And that was a moment that I realized that I was not alone.”

Bahari on the principles and outcomes of the 2009 Green Movement: “It was a movement of millions of Iranians to gain their rights as citizens of the country. They did not want to be the subjects of the master, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. So the movement continues. You may not see the manifestations of the movement on the streets, but the people’s demand to be considered as citizens of the country continues.”

A full interview of the transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST

Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran
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