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@ChrisCoons stating unequivocally - it is up to the Sudanese people to decide.…
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Will a COVID-19 booster protect you against the Omicron variant? Infectious disease specialist Dr. Céline Gounder weighs in. @celinegounder @WalterIsaacson
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.@ChrisCoons: "The riot here at the United States Capitol; that sent a message around the world. There is no more better known symbol of American democracy than our Capitol... it is important that we demonstrate the restoration of the rule of law."
US Senator @ChrisCoons has introduced a bill with sanctions to punish actors undermining democracy in Sudan. After PM Hamdok was reinstalled after being ousted in a coup last month, @ChrisCoons says he is encouraged by a "lessening of the forward movement of the coup leaders."
The conflict in Ethiopia continues to escalate as the country is mired in violence. Senator @ChrisCoons met with Ethiopian PM Abiy in March. He warns that the "war has gotten absolutely out of hand" and called on PM Abiy to negotiate a resolution before "millions die."
“There are ample vaccines. More than 8 billion doses of vaccines have been administered to date. 8 billion. If those had been administered differently, we would be in a very different epidemiologic situation… economic situation… [and] ethical situation.” - @WHO’s @mvankerkhove
A US congressional delegation just visited Taiwan, defying China. @RepSlotkin received “an angry message” from the Chinese embassy & @RepNancyMace says she was proud not to listen. Slotkin says they wanted to show “support for Taiwan’s self-determination. They’re being bullied.”
“I’m just shocked more people are not screaming about this every day,” says @WHO Technical Lead on Covid-19 @mvankerkhove about vaccine inequity. “It shocks me.”
“We can’t prevent the spread of this virus across borders,” says @WHO's @mvankerkhove. “It’s possible that some restrictions can slow the spread, but it won’t stop them.” Crucially, she warns, “do not punish countries who are reporting information.”
.@WHO Technical Lead on Covid-19 @mvankerkhove lays out what you need to know about Omicron: “We’ll get some information on transmissibility and severity in the coming days,” she says, though it’ll take 2-4 weeks for preliminary information on the impact of vaccines on Omicron.
In 2017, Lubaina Himid became the oldest artist – and first Black woman – to win the Turner Prize. She tells me it made her more “daring,” but in her youth she was always ambitious: “I wanted to make a difference. And I had the nerve to be that bold and I didn’t care.” @1lubaina
Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid tells me that each audience member is “the most important person in that room. Yes, I made the paintings, but they’re conversations with audiences.” Her major new exhibition opens this week at @Tate Modern. @1lubaina
Fmr. Bosnian presidency member Haris Silajdžić tells me he is “very worried” about the risk of conflict and that Dayton “is not on track”: “It’s a situation where it’s better to prevent than heal. They are threatening use of force again… They are bullying the whole region.”
Zanzibar, paintings in drawers, and William Hogarth... Tune in tonight for my in-depth conversation with Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid, whose major new exhibition launches this week at @Tate Modern. 📸:@analoguephotogg3
Senior IOC member Dick Pound says he’s “really puzzled” by criticism of the IOC for its intervention in the case of Peng Shuai. “They found her in good health & good spirits” during a call between Peng and IOC head Thomas Bach, says Pound – yet the IOC hasn’t released the video.
“There’s quite a bit of nostalgia for the Gaddafi era, amazingly enough,” says @robertfworth, who interviewed Saif Gaddafi – who's now barred from running for Libyan president. “He still thinks he can just walk into that role & act as if the whole past 10 years never happened.”
“This was a predictable and entirely avoidable tragedy” in the English Channel, says migration expert @alexander_betts, after 27 people died making the crossing to the UK. “For too long there has been squabbling and nationalist pandering, rather than moral leadership.”
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Female journalists continue to face gender-based attacks and violence -- it is never acceptable. #JournalistsToo @UNESCO…
As a Thanksgiving treat, Part 1 of Peter Jackson’s incredible documentary "The Beatles: Get Back" drops today on @disneyplus. ICYMI, check out my in-depth conversation with him here:…
“This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” For 50 years, some of the greatest, most intimate footage of The Beatles went unseen. Now Peter Jackson has dug through the archives to bring it to the world in #TheBeatlesGetBack, which releases this week on @disneyplus
“We’re not going to wash our hands” of Afghanistan, insists Zalmay Khalilzad. “But the mission of the US military is not a humanitarian mission, except in exceptional circumstances.”
“I wish the situation had been different,” Zalmay Khalilzad says about US withdrawal from Afghanistan after he negotiated a peace deal with the Taliban. “But they weren’t, and we had to deal with the situation that we had.”
A looming famine. Women’s rights lost. Financial disaster. Zalmay Khalilzad negotiated US withdrawal from Afghanistan – did he expect it to get this bad this fast? “The situation is not good,” he says. But “war was not a solution either – it had gone on for too long.”
The Castleton Festival was founded by Maestro Lorin Maazel, whom I covered in North Korea with the New York Philharmonic:…
This Sunday, the Castleton Festival will host “A Time to Break Silence: Afghanistan”, with performances by renowned Afghan refugee musicians. All proceeds from tickets will go to The Justness Project – Afghan Assist and Restore Her Voice. More info here:
A heartfelt plea from my friend @misanharriman. For more on this invisible disability, check out my old journo professor @TonySilvia2 and Suzanne Arena's book Dyslexia and the Journalist:……
Jacques Cousteau was one of the first to warn of the looming climate crisis, and new documentary Becoming Cousteau is something of “a Cassandra story,” says director @lizgarbus. “But we are still in a moment where we can [avoid disaster] if we take bolder actions.”
“Putin and Lukashenko work hand in hand in destabilizing security in central Europe,” says Polish Deputy Foreign Minister @paweljabIonski, regarding Ukraine and Belarus. “This must be recognized and this must be reacted to very firmly.”
Why did Polish authorities use water cannons and tear gas against migrants at the Poland/Belarus border? Polish Dep. Foreign Minister @paweljabIonski argues they threw stones and “are not refugees”: “They are being lured to the EU in false hope… We cannot allow that to happen.”
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana @Tsihanouskaya tells me migrants on the Belarus/Poland border are “in the hands of a criminal who wants to take revenge on EU because they are standing with Belarusians” – and stresses Lukashenko's regime does not represent Belarusians.
“I sat in the shame and I sat in the silence and I was dying a slow death for 14 years.” Billy Porter opens up on his HIV diagnosis and his recent decision to go public with it. @theebillyporter @MichelMcQMartin
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Scoop: @jjabrams never went to dental school. And he doesn’t know why people think that.
The Play That Goes Wrong has done everything right – going from performances above a pub to being seen by millions worldwide. It’s now returning to the stage in New York, shepherded – perhaps surprisingly – by @jjabrams: “I don’t remember laughing so hard” in a play, he tells me.
What was achieved in yesterday’s Biden/Xi summit? Fmr. Chinese Foreign Ministry official Victor Gao tells me it “turned the historical page,” calling it a “landmark” – but Robert Daly of the @KissingerInst stresses “it wasn’t a breakthrough,” without policy shifts by either side.
What can the west do in reaction to the shocking scenes on the Poland/Belarus border and the exploitation of migrants? @anneapplebaum stresses Belarus is not acting alone, but has the backing of multiple autocrats globally – while a stronger response from the west is possible.
#COP26 was “somewhere in between blah, blah, blah and a total success,” says climate scientist @MichaelEMann. UN climate chief @CFigueres tells me the outcome is somewhere between failure and success - and it's particularly important that countries must reconvene in one year.
"If somebody has nationality of another country, that person is not going to enjoy any additional entitlements nor will they actually suffer from any lack of privileges"- the answer when I asked the Iranian Deputy FM when Iran will release UK national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
I sat down with Iran's Deputy FM, Ali Bagheri Kani. I pressed him on whether Iran would get back into compliance with the nuclear deal. He insisted that the main issue in upcoming negotiations with the US is actually removing what he calls "illegal sanctions against Iran."
Today, CNN’s #CallToEarth Day aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and highlight the conservation work of organizations and individuals around the world. Scuba diver Harry Chan is trying to rid the ocean of 'ghost nets.' @klustout reports:
Bosnia is teetering on its most serious crisis since the end of the Bosnian war. @arminkahelic  warns against "events that we do not want to see." The High Representative Christian Schmidt tells me that "inflammatory rhetoric" needs to be dialed down.
.@EnesKanter says that he doesn't care about the cost that he may face from criticizing China. But are the NBA concerned? Kanter told me he has discussed it with commissioner Adam Silver. "I told him... am I breaking any rules?" "He said, no, you're not breaking any rules."
NBA star @EnesKanter has been using his stardom to take a stand against what he sees as human rights violations committed by the Chinese government. "China uses money to buy silence," Kanter tells me in a TV exclusive. "I don't care about your endorsement deal."
Join us for the 2021 Amanpour Lecture with CNN’s Abby Phillip on Honesty and Authenticity in Political Journalism, November 10th at 5:00 PM on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Learn
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Nicaraguan President Ortega tightened his grip on power after an election which Human Rights Watch have called a "sham." @MaElviraSalazar thinks it is a US leadership failure: "We have not sent the message that the United States needs to be sending to those type of dictators."
.@MaElviraSalazar voted against President Biden's infrastructure bill. I asked her why she voted no and whether she was concerned by the threat of climate change. Salazar tells me she is concerned by the climate crisis but that it can be taken care of "through other means."
Meanwhile at #COP26, correspondent @PhilBlackCNN reports that "there are more people... connected to fossil fuel companies than to any single country delegation." "There remains a perception that these companies... are in something of an existential battle," he tells me.
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