Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christiane Amanpour covers Genocide and related Policy issues on CNN tonight


At 9pm ET/PT tonight, CNN's Christiane Amanpour will host "Scream Bloody Murder" on CNN, covering genocide and the policy issues that surround it.

I wanted to call everyone's attention to an excellent report called Scream Bloody Murder that CNN Correspondent Christiane Amanpour is doing tonight (December 4) on CNN at 9pm ET and PT (this is American time, but I'm sure this will be broadcast around the world depending on where you are). It is a two-hour special report on genocide and why countries are so slow to respond.

I was listening to a preview of it on NPR this morning on my way in, and it sounded brutally honest (for once) and very educational. Christiane has been covering this issue, one close to her heart, for over 25 years...its sizing up to be a very powerful episode. There are many warnings out that the pictures and testimony will be gut wrenching...so be forewarned!

Unfortunately, I don't have cable TV (well, I don't really have a TV), so I'll be heading to someone else's house (anyone with cable TV need a new friend??)

3 comments:

JohnH said...

Interesting to think of genocide in the context of an X-prize. Watching the promo for Scream Bloody Murder brought back memories of Romeo Dallaire's "Shake Hands With The Devil"– his horrifying account of being 'in charge' of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Rwanda even as the genocide was happening. Despite his pleas for permission to take action that would have saved countless lives from a grisly death, he was repeatedly told not to interfere.
We are certainly in need of a genocide early warning system. I wonder if Twitter, or something like it. could be harassed into an early warning system for all things disastrous.
P.S. CNN has a pole on the Scream Bloody Murder page asking if you think military force should be the first or last resort to end genocide. This is an easy one for me, but what's difficult is how to define genocide and then decide when it's happening.
Thanks for the heads up about the show.

pragzz said...

John, have you heard of Ushahidi? There are several early warning twitter-type systems that exist for terrorism, violence, and other disasters (natural or artificial). Look up mobileactive.org and search through their database. You'll be amazed at the type of stuff out there.

Thanks for your excellent comment!

JohnH said...

Thanks Pragzz!
Excellent, it's already there!
But suddenly I'm remembering Larry Brilliant's Ted Talk where he discusses his Wish for an early-warning system for pandemics. That led me to Instedd (About and LB's Ted Talk) which certainly seems to be well on the way. Also their blog has some fascinating stories about implementing technologies deep into impoverished multi-language cultures. Very inspiring!