Some Western businesses are evaluating where their products are made after more than 500 people died in the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. Thousands more were rescued from the debris of the crumbled building. Workers are still sorting through the wreckage and uncovering more deceased workers with each layer of concrete in the nine-story building.
Anderson Cooper talked about the incident and the repercussions with Christiane Amanpour, Ari Fleischer, Jeffrey Toobin and Amy Holmes in a special edition of AC360. The bottom line is that cheap clothing sold in the U.S. can mean unsafe conditions with little compensation for laborers abroad.
Amanpour, who interviewed the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on her CNNI show, says corruption is rampant."This factory was basically a land grab by a well-connected guy who then built more floors," she says. "It goes to the heart of the fact there's no organized labor there. All of us in the West, we like really cheap fashion and this is what's happening."
Col. Morris Davis, who resigned from his position at Guantánamo in protest, says there's no upside to leaving the facility open. Christiane Amanpour, Jeffrey Toobin, Ari Fleischer and Amy Holmes weigh in on what should happen to the detainees imprisoned at Gitmo.
On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned North Korea that it is "skating close to a dangerous line." Officials in South Korea have elevated their readiness level as they prepare for the possible missile test North Korea has threatened to launch.
Kyung Lah reports that people in South Korea believe Kim Jong Un could act between now and April 15, which is the 101st birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung. The general perception of the young new dictator is that he's not well liked by South Koreans. "The more this goes on, the more they just view him as an irresponsible man-child," says Lah.
Christiane Amanpour spoke with experts who say the belligerent rhetoric is business as usual from North Korea. The unknown factor in this instance is Kim, who is trying to impress his people by standing up to the United States.
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former Secretary of State James Baker, and CNN's Christiane Amanpour share personal anecdotes and reflect on the life of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Christiane Amanpour and Fran Townsend discuss the escalating tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Many in the U.S. and around the world may be wondering why the young dictator is making nuclear threats and seemingly preparing for a potential attack.
Amanpour says it's difficult to understand, but the answer is rooted in generations of his family's rule. "I think that this is sort of emblematic of many, many years of a dysfunctional relationship between North Korea and frankly the rest of the world."
As the U.S. considers how to respond to the antagonistic rhetoric, Amanpour says diplomacy should be employed. "The U.S. doesn't want to do that, does not want to, quote, unquote, "reward" North Korea ... Obviously that's not what diplomacy's about."
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Christiane Amanpour and Richard Haass argue the merits and drawbacks of engaging with a belligerent North Korea.
Amanpour, who reported from North Korea in 2008, and Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the forthcoming book, "Foreign Policy Begins at Home," debate negotiation tactics and past talks between the U.S and North Korea.
Haas believes talks now would mean rewarding bad behavior. "Diplomacy is not going to solve this problem," he says.
Amanpour disagrees with that notion and argues that discussions could prevent the situation from escalating. "Diplomacy is created precisely to bridge the difference with your enemies. It doesn't mean rewarding your adversaries," she says.
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Christiane Amanpour and Larry King discuss how Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be remembered in his country and globally. He died on Tuesday after a long battle against cancer.
King interviewed Chavez in 2009 for his CNN show "Larry King Live," and recalls speaking to Chavez in English before they began, but the president used an interpretor during the taping. "I thought that was a little strange," says King, who found Chavez fascinating. As Anderson Cooper points out, perhaps that was to benefit his target audience – the citizens of Venezuela.
"He had a manner about him that was effusive," King says. "You couldn't help but like him...I found him incredibly interesting."
Christiane Amanpour and John Allen report on rumors of a secret gay lobby within the Vatican and sex abuse allegations.
Christiane Amanpour, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Bob Baer discuss the significance of the attack on the consulate in Libya, and the Egyptians protesting near the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
"I'm concerned about what's happening in Egypt right now," Amanpour said about the clashes sparked by an anti-Islam film trailer on YouTube. "I know leaders around the world in Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, are very concerned that they're going to see what happened the last time there was this kind of incitement."