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May 1st, 2013
10:05 AM ET

Fmr. CIA dir. Hayden: Russians not completely 'frank' on Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Gen. Michael Hayden, fmr. CIA director, on why he doesn't think Russia shared everything they knew on Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

February 19th, 2013
08:35 AM ET

How will suspicious death of adopted Russian boy affect the adoption process? Donaldson Adoption Institute's Pertman weighs in

FROM CNN WIRES:

CNN) - Officials in West Texas said Monday they are investigating the "suspicious" death of a 3-year-old boy, adopted from Russia, and a Russian official blamed the death on "inhuman abuse."

The boy was born on January 9, 2010, and died on January 21, 2013, according to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights.

This comes amid a tense time between the U.S. and Russia, after Russia moved to ban U.S. adoptions in December.

Today on "Starting Point," Adam Pertman, executive director of Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, on Russian-U.S. adoption stalemate.

READ MORE: Russia decries death of adopted boy in Texas


Filed under: Adoption • Russia
June 19th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

What role should Iran, Russia, China play in helping to end violence in Syria? Fmr. US Amb. John Negroponte weighs in

The United Nations is pressing the U.S. to accept Iran into the talks about the violence in Syria. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon believes Iran should be part of the broad discussion about the country and the fate of the President Bashar al-Assad. Iran has previously been sanctioned by the United Nations.

Ban's comments came after President Obama and Russian President Putin came down in tense fashion talking about the Syrian conflict. Russia has blocked the U.N. Security Council resolutions against Assad's regime. The Two leaders insist progress was made during the talk and they agreed to work with all "interested parties."

This morning on "Starting Point," fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte weighs in on whether bringing Iran into Syria talks makes sense, what role Russia should be playing in discussions and if the Obama Administration is to blame for failing to take a lead on quelling the violence.


Filed under: Iran • Obama administration • Russia • Syria
May 30th, 2012
09:25 AM ET

Rep. Rogers says working with Arab League key to Syria issue, says public pressure could turn Russia

Eleven countries have now kicked out their Syrian ambassadors, including the U.S., Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, Bulgaria, The Netherlands and Japan. In just a few hours, the U.N. security council meets to talk about what to do now, after a massacre in the town of Houla where 108 civilians were killed and nearly half were children.

UN envoy Kofi Annan, who's been meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, says Assad himself "condemned the killings too." He even vowed to organize an investigation but many say the Syrian government is the one to blame.

The White House insists military action is not the right course of action, but GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinks otherwise. He released a statement saying "we should work with partners to arm the opposition so they can defend themselves."

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Intelligence committee chairman Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) says the U.S.'s best response at this point is to work with the Arab League and allies to confront Syria.

"I'm not sure arming is the right answer here," Rep. Rogers says. "We're just not exactly sure who the bad guys are and who the good guys are right now in Syria. You don't know who you're giving weapons to."

"A more concerted effort by standing shoulder to shoulder with the Arab League, who does want to do more in Syria, is probably the best course of action," Rep. Rogers adds.

In the video below, Rep. Rogers also explains how public pressure could force Russia to take a different stance on Syria and further condemn their actions.


Filed under: Arab League • Russia • Syria
March 5th, 2012
09:01 AM ET

Sen. Mccain says 'Putin's days are numbered,' President Obama needs to define 'red lines' for Iran

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) talks on a wide variety of topic, including Vladimir Putin's election win in Russia, President Obama's handling of the situation with Iran and previews

On Iran:
Sen. McCain says "I'd like the President to say 'here are the red lines.' If Iranians cross those red lines, action will be taken." He adds: "If there was a country in our hemisphere dedicated to our destruction, I don't think we'd rely on another country for our security."

On Putin's election win in Russia:
McCain says "Putin's days are numbered" and the protests in the country indicate that the middle class in Russia won't accept the election results.

On GOP race for President:
McCain responds to RNC chair Reince Priebus's claim that a long, drawn-out primary is good for the party. McCain say it's not the length, but the tenor of the race that he has a problem with.

On the controversial HBO movie "Game Change" about McCain and Sarah Palin's 2008 campaign:
McCain says he won't be watching it. "It's a great piece for re-election for President Obama...I have better use of my time."

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McCain: Obama needs 'red lines' for Iran

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says President Obama should better define consequences for Iran if they develop nuclear weapons.

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McCain: "Putin's days are numbered"

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says middle class in Russia won't stand for a Vladimir Putin election victory in Russia.

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McCain: 2012 race tenor is the problem

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) responds to RNC chair Reince Priebus's claim that a tough primary is good for the party.

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McCain won't watch 'Game Change'

Arizona Sen. John McCain says he has a better things to do than watch the HBO movie "Game Change."

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Filed under: 2012 Race • Iran • Russia