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June 12th, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Protests in Takim square are in 13th Day: CNN's Christiane Amanpour

Turkish protests continue in Takim Square, as the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan plans to meet with certain protesters.


Filed under: Protests • Turkey
December 7th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Michigan lawmakers pass right-to-work legislation amid labor protests

Rust belt Michigan, with a long and storied Union history, could become the next "right-to-work" state. Republicans pushed legislation through the Michigan House and Senate, drawing angry protests from Union supporters and Democrats. The state's Republican Governor says he'll sign the right-to-work measure when it hits his desk, which could happen next week.

-CNN's Poppy Harlow reports the latest.


Filed under: Protests • Uncategorized • Unions
December 3rd, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Chino Hills residents protest unlicensed birthing center for mothers from China

Some residents of Chino Hills in Southern California have been carrying signs that which say, "not in my backyard". The residents are protesting what they say is a maternity center for Chinese mothers. They claim the pregnant women pay thousands of dollars to give birth here in the U.S. so their children can gain American citizenship and the benefits that come with it, such as a better and cheaper education. It is not illegal, the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States. The protestors however say it is a form of birthing tourism which should not be tolerated in a residential neighborhood. Spokesperson for the group, “Not In Chino Hills" Rossana Mitchell joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss her concern for the community regarding the maternity hotel operation.

Mitchell who is also a candidate for city council in the neighborhood says there was a three to four month long investigation into the whereabouts of the townhouse by a detective from the Chino Hills police. Originally police were concerned about the possibilities of human trafficking but the investigation later concluded the townhouse was being used as a hotel for pregnant women.

On the topic of the 14th Amendment, Mitchell went on to say “apparently there’s a loophole, where you can have a U.S. born baby and get dual citizenship and essentially fly back to your country and … then get all the benefits that we get as U.S. citizens.” Mitchell adds that “they are buying their U.S. citizenship and these types of businesses are promoting that” through websites.

Mitchell says although a letter was sent to the hotel from the city council, members of her organization and other protestors “don’t know how long this process is going to take.” Mitchell adds her ultimate goal is to pressure the person running the business and inform him “we don’t want this here in Chino Hills. We’re a family oriented community. We welcome everyone who wants to be here, raise their families and be part of our community but this type of behavior we’re not going to condone.”


Filed under: China • Protests
September 13th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Rep. Hoyer: Romney made 'reckless statements without the facts' on Libya

CNN is following new riots in the streets of Cairo this morning, and new debate over whether the attack leading to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other consulate workers in Libya was a coordinated effort by al Qaeda.

House Democratic Whip and Congressman Steny Hoyer from Maryland talks to John Berman and Brooke Baldwin on “Starting Point” this morning to respond to the attacks in Middle East and the politics in the U.S. erupting from it.

Congressman Hoyer says he’s sure that every embassy around the world has been put on high alert since the attacks.

“I think all of us are dramatically reminded of the violent nature of the societies that are contending to establish democracies or to establish autocratic leaderships in their countries,” he says. “We are reminded of the danger that our men and women who are sent abroad to represent the United States of America to promote democracy and freedom around the world, we know the danger to which they are exposed.”

He answers whether President Obama is politicizing the attacks in response to statements made by Governor Mitt Romney. “Not at all,” he says. Congressman Hoyer says President Obama’s remarks were very measured and only in response to media inquires after Romney’s statement. “In my opinion, Mitt Romney, from a political perspective, made some reckless statements without the facts,” he says. “We all need to know the facts of what happened here.”

Congressman Hoyer also addresses the situation in Libya, and how the U.S. may help the country develop after coming out of a brutal dictatorship.

“America, in a bipartisan way, has been very resolute in confronting those who would terrorize our people, but terrorize their own countries as well,” he says. “The Libyans have apologized. The Libyan leadership has said it’s going to make greater efforts, and we need to give assistance to those efforts to keep their country stable and secure.”

However, the congressman maintains that host governments, as well as the U.S., must also insure that they keep obligations to keep all personnel secure.

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Filed under: Libya • Politics • Protests
September 13th, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Has the Arab Spring made the world less stable? TIME's Jim Frederick on latest cover story looking at 'new calculus of violence against America

TIME magazine international editor Jim Frederick on the magazine's cover "The Agents of Outrage" on "new calculus of violence against America."


Filed under: Arab Spring • Protests
September 13th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

US State Dept. 'reeling' from protests as governments work to quell unrest – Elise Labott reports

CNN's Elise Labott on U.S. response to spreading anti-American protests across the Middle East.


Filed under: Protests
September 13th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Protests against US at Swiss Embassy in Iran 'peaceful' – Shirzad Bozorgmehr reports from Tehran

On the ground in Tehran, Shirzad Bozorgmehr reports protests at Swiss Embassy in Iran against the US were peaceful.


Filed under: Iran • Protests