December 22nd, 2013
01:02 PM ET

On Fareed Zakaria GPS, George Osborne talks success of austerity in the U.K.

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer for Great Britain about Britain’s austerity compared to the U.S. stimulus initiatives.

A transcript and a video of the interview are available after the jump.


Topics: CNN
December 22nd, 2013
08:46 AM ET

CNN Amanpour: Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks out

For the first time since his release, Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky is telling the world about the 10 years he spent behind bars as a critic of the Kremlin.  The oil magnate, who backed an opposition party, had been in prison since 2003 and was convicted in 2005 of tax evasion and fraud. He was due for release next year, but President Vladimir Putin signed an amnesty decree for him Friday.
In his first television interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the former Yukos oil tycoon said there were no conditions for his release.  "Mr. Putin, on a number of times, publicly said that he was ready to consider the question of my pardoning - but I had to say I was guilty for that," Khodorkovsky said during the interview in Berlin. "That was an unacceptable condition for me."
Russia has faced international criticism for its treatment of Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man. Countries such as the United States have accused Russia of selective prosecution and abuse of the legal system.
Khodorkovsky made a fortune in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union and used the wealth of his Yukos oil company to enter Russian opposition politics.  He has said his prosecution was part of a Kremlin campaign to destroy him and take control of the company he built from privatization deals of the 1990s.
While in prison, Khodorkovsky said he was stabbed in the face.  "When I was stabbed with a knife I was lucky - he tried to get to my eye but he got my nose,"he said. "As a result, the dentist who was there - someone who was also a plastic surgeon - carried out an operation on me, which means it was virtually not noticeable."
Putin's decision to pardon Khodorkovsky - who was supposed to be released next August - is seen by many as an effort to improve the country's image before it hosts the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.
Officials say he was released on humanitarian grounds because his mother is ill.  When asked whether he forgives Putin, the former political rival replied, "I would put it differently, perhaps. I don't think that revenge would be any rational behavior. And something that is rational behavior I can always deal with."

Topics: CNN
Preview : CNN International Programme Information Weeks 1,2 & 3
A lively performance of electro-chaabi, the genre-bending musical form which has risen to huge popularity in Egypt (Inside the Middle East)
December 19th, 2013
12:26 PM ET

Preview : CNN International Programme Information Weeks 1,2 & 3

Inside the Middle East

Influential Cairo-based artist Ahmed Al attar

Influential Cairo-based artist Ahmed Al attar

Wednesday 8 January at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Saturday 11 January at 0630 GMT / 0730 CET and 1930 GMT / 2030 CET
Sunday 12 January at 1330 GMT / 1430 CET
Saturday 18 January at 1330 GMT / 1430 CET
Sunday 19 January at 0530 GMT / 0630 CET and 1930 GMT / 2030 CET
Duration: 30 Minutes

Topics: CNN • CNNI Press Releases
December 18th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

CNN AMANPOUR: First Guantanamo commander calls for prison to be closed

U.S. Major General Michael Lehnert (retired), first commander of the Guantanamo Bay Prison, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he thinks the terrorists were "successful" in changing America, and he wants to see the facility closed.  “The objective of terrorism is to change the nature of their adversary,” he said. “And I would opine that they've been successful. They've changed the way we've acted, they've caused us to walk away from the Constitution, and they've caused us to act as if we were afraid.”  He added  “We need to move forward; we need to say that the Constitution doesn't stop at our water's edge and that we need to close Guantanamo.”

Lehnert was there in the very first days of the Guantanamo Bay Prison; originally, he said, he thought it would be open for only a short time.  “But as I was down there, by about the second month, I realized that we were going to be in for the long haul,” he said. “I also began to recognize that many of the individuals that had been sent to me probably never should have been sent there in the first place.” FULL POST

Topics: CNN
December 17th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

CNN Announces New Strand for Acquired Documentary Films

CNNFilmsPresentsT1March of the Penguins, The Imposter to broadcast on CNN/U.S. in 2014

CNN is creating another destination for extraordinary acquired documentary films in a new brand, “CNN Films Presents,” it was announced today.

CNN Films Presents will be a sister brand to “CNN Films,” which was launched in October 2012, and is the network’s brand for acquired or commissioned documentary features, following their exhibitions in theaters.  All CNN Films Presents broadcasts will be acquired films.  And, the new brand will also be distinguished from CNN Films in that its documentaries will have broadcast windows that are not first-on-television premieres.

The first CNN Films Presents broadcast will be the French nature documentary, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, produced by Ilann Girard, directed by Luc Jacquet, and stirringly narrated by Academy award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman. Released in 2005, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS received the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the 2005 Best Documentary award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.  The film will air on CNN/U.S., beginning on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. FULL POST

December 17th, 2013
04:57 AM ET

First Bank is Exclusive Sponsor Of CNN International’s New Series, ‘African Start-Up’

CNN International today announced that First Bank is the exclusive sponsor of a new weekly segment series, ‘African Start-Up’.

First Bank’s integrated campaign runs across TV and digital, including sponsorship of a weekly sponsored segment in ‘Global Exchange’; weekly commercial vignettes; sponsorship of a bi-monthly 30 minute show and sponsorship of the ‘African Start-Up’ microsite, FULL POST

Topics: CNN
December 16th, 2013
06:23 AM ET

CNN International Strengthens Africa Commitment

‘African Start-Up’ to Shine Spotlight on African SME Entrepreneurs

CNN International today announced that it is further cementing its long-standing commitment to the African continent with the launch of a new programming strand.

‘African Start-Up’ joins ‘African Voices’, ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’ and ‘Inside Africa’ as the latest addition to the leading international news network’s programming output looking at the events that are shaping the African continent and the people defining the African story. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
December 15th, 2013
05:43 PM ET

On Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter: Megyn Kelly's 'White Christmas'

CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, features a discussion with Matt Apuzzo, reporter for the Associated Press, about the AP and Washington Post report on Robert Levinson, a CIA spy who went missing in Iran. Aisha Harris, reporter for Slate, spoke to Brian about how Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told viewers that Santa and Jesus are white while discussing a recent story in Slate about the race of Santa Claus.
Additionally, Reliable Sources was joined by political panel: Peter Hamby, national political reporter for CNN Digital, Christina Belantoni, Editor-in-Chief of Roll Call, and Amy Holmes, anchor of “The Hot List” at They discussed photographer access to the White House, and the GOP’s plans to shrink the 2016 primary to convention schedule.
Sam Thielman, reporter for AdWeek also spoke to Brian about the unprecedented marketing for “Anchorman Two”, and if it may have over-saturated the marketplace.
Videos and a full transcript are available after the jump.

Topics: CNN
December 15th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

On Fareed Zakaria GPS, the problem with U.S. education

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a discussion with Sal Khan, educator and former hedge fund analyst, Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Wendy Kopp, founder and chairwoman of Teach for All, and Tom Friedman, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for The New York Times and author of From Beirut to Jerusalem about the American education system and how it compares globally. Kurt Campbell, the former assistant U.S. Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, also spoke to Fareed about the execution of Kim Jung-Un's uncle and what it says about the North Korean dictatorship to the rest of the world.

Additionally, Mustafa Akyol, journalist and author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (2013) discussed liberal, democratic Islam, and if the strictures of conservative Islam have a basis in the Koran.

Video and full transcript are available after the jump.

Topics: CNN
December 15th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Sen. McCain supports budget bill: 'We must not shut down the govt. again'

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy CrowleySen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to Candy Crowley about his support for the compromised budget bill and his hope that it will pass in the Senate in order to avoid another government shutdown.  Sen. McCain additionally spoke to Crowley about upheaval in global hotspots North Korea, Iran, and Ukraine.

Video and  transcript of the interview are available after the jump.


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