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[11:00:24] BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: A fresh wave of violence, diplomatic rows, and aid still not where it needs to go. Is Syria dipping back into
chaos as the ceasefire hangs by a thread. We are live in Damascus and in Moscow for you this hour.
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UNIDENITIFED MALE: I am going to to be one of the Swedish people and share with
the Swedish people to build a society.
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ANDERSON: Sweden opens its arms, then tightens restrictions on refugees. We'll speak to the man behind the decision: the Swedish prime minister live
from New York.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's funny that we call ourselves a Christian nation, but evangelical Christians are the ones that have to explain
ourselves a lot.
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ANDERSON: Why some white working class Americans say their Christian values are under attack. Is Donald Trump the answer?
A very good evening, I'm Becky Anderson. It is Wednesday, September the 21st.
As the UN marks its yearly international day of peace today, its security council is holding talks on trying to fix Syria.
The American and Russian foreign ministers exchanged harsh words just moments ago. I'm going to get you a lot more on that in a second.
For many Syrians, real peace is hard to remember, with their truce splintering into violence
and less and less help on the way. But let me tell you something you won't hear in many other places. In some ways, Syria is in better shape right
now than it has been for a very long time.
We are no longer bringing you daily reports of ordinary people being practically slaughtered. But still, this is Syria, so even relative calm
An aide workers' union says a medical facility near Aleppo was hit air strike last night killed
four health workers and nine patients. That just a day after an attack on a nearby aid convoy.
Well, Washington and Moscow squabbling over who is behind that. Let's bring in our reporters for the very latest for you, Fred Pleitgen is on the
ground in the Syrian capital, Damascus; Matthew Chance is in the Russian capital for you.
Fred, what's the word there?
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, I"m here obviously people see a cease-fire, if indeed it still exists, it's
certainly in a lot of trouble. I mean, the news we're getting from various part of this country, there is again large scale fighting in many of them.
You hear, for instance, from Aleppo where over the past two days, more than instance, where in the last few days 32 people have been killed.
A Syrian warplane was apparently shot down by ISIS earlier today. And then you had that -- what the aid organization calls an air strike on Han Tuman
(ph) where apparently several people were killed, and then also on top of that also a lot of aid workers, also -- or four aid workers -- were killed
as well in those air strikes.
So, what we're seeing right now is that the violence seems to be picking up once again, as we
hear the international community trying to have another go to try and stop the violence. We heard Secretary of State Kerry there say calling for a
no-fly zone once again.
Here on the ground it doesn't seem as though that could happen anytime soon.
So, certainly the mood here among many people is quite dire. They see that the cease-fire is
evaporating. And right now it doesn't appear as though it really still is in place, especially if you look in places like Aleppo and also the
countryside of Aleppo where of course that aid convoy was hit only two days ago, Becky.
ANDERSON: Matthew, let me bring you in. Extremely strong words from Kerry and Lavrov at the UN in New York. The UN General Assembly which is
ongoing. This is aside from what was going on on the main floor.
Particularly strong words from Kerry. Break down what we heard and what was said.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Right. John Kerry saying he just listened to his counterpart from Russia, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian
foreign minister, and he felt he was in a parallel universe when it came to sort of things that Sergei Lavrov was describing as facts.
The Russians have denied any involvement in the attack on that humanitarian convoy where all
those trucks and aid workers got killed near Aleppo. They've said that their Syrian allies were also not involved in that. They've given various
reasons and explanations as to how that destruction could have taken place, saying it was a mysterious fire that got hold during a rebel attack.
They've issued surveillance video from a Russian drone showing a vehicle carrying a heavy mortar going past that convoy, suggesting it was the
rebels who mortared that convoy. All of these explanations, excuses, rejected by John Kerry as he tried to put Russia on the spot and say this
is a moment of truth about Russia and for Vladimir Putin, the Russian president.
At the moment he said, and I'm paraphrasing him here, you know, it's not clear that Russia can
be trusted to uphold its end of the bargain when it comes to a cease-fire.
Now, all of this comes as the Russians of course not only deny that they're responsible for these latest attacks but also take measures that could see
an escalation in the fighting. Within the past few minutes, Becky, it's been confirmed by the Russian defense minister here in Moscow that Russia's
aircraft carrier -- it's only got one, it's called the Admiral Kuznetsov, it's just been refitted, and it is a
formidable ship, will be making its way to the waters off Syria -- off the Syrian coast. And with it, it will have multiple fighter jets, bomber jets
on board, something like 26 aircraft on board.
And that obviously is a significant increase on the amount of air power that Russia has on the
ground in Syria at the moment. The aircraft carrier will be accompanied by various other ships as well, bringing additional sea power to the Syrian
theater as well.
And so even though the Russians say this was a pre-planned movement, it could potentially
are the backdrop for an upswing in Russian air strikes on the region, on Syria, if they decide to make that decision to do that.
[11:07:13] ANDERSON: Right. So the potential for an escalation in violence really draws us to conclude that the cease-fire, whether Moscow
and the U.S. will admit to it, is over. I know that Moscow isn't yet conceding that the truce is over. But the evidence on the ground, Matt,
surely suggests that.
CHANCE: Well, the Russians saying that it is very weak, the chances of this cease-fire being
renewed. But the point is they don't acknowledge any responsibility for that. Their laying responsibility for the failure of this truce at the
door of the United States, of the rebels that the United States, they say, failed to reign in, and for various other issues as well.
They say that they've recorded something like 300 or more attacks against Syrian forces by the rebels that were meant to be reigned in by the United
States since the cease-fire was agreed more than a week ago, and that's the primary reason they say that the cease-fire has failed.
Of course the United States has a different perspective, saying that the Russians did not put enough pressure to open up the humanitarian corridors
to alleviate suffering in eastern Aleppo. And so we've got both countries here -- the Russians and Americans -- blaming each other for the terrible
state of the cessation of hostilities.
ANDERSON: Meantime, Fred, we are continuing to see death and destruction. But I pointed out at the beginning of this hour that it is not on the sort
of scale that we have seen at times, thankfully, over the past five years. By no means am I diminishing what is going on on the ground and the lives
still being lost, it is awful.
But is it fair to suggest that effectively there are more than pockets of success on the ground
when it comes to calming things down and trying to get some sort of deal brokered? I mean, we're not going to get the Syrians, quite frankly, to
concede that they were breaking the cease-fire, but they do say that it's over.
You know, can we talk just a little bit optimistically at this point? And suggest that at least things are on the move if only slowly at this point.
How optimstic are you at this point?
PLEITGEN: Well, it's very hard to be optimistic about the cease-fire going back to this country seeing a lot less violence. But you're right. I
mean, the level of violence that we saw before the ceasefire, especially if you're looking in and around the Aleppo area, the south of Aleppo, like,
for instance an area that I was in a couple of days ago, called Ramouseh (ph), it certainly is a lot less than it was before.
There's a lot less fighting going on there. There's a lot less fighting on on on those front lines. And certainly the level of violence isn't where
it was before the ceasefire went into effect.
Now, there are, of course, some places where there has been a lot of shelling going on there. There's a lot less fighting on on those front
lines. And certainly the level of violence isn't where it was before the cease-fire into effect.
Now, there are, of course, some places where there has been a lot of shelling on over the past two days since the cease-fire was declared over
by the Syrian military, if you look, for instance, at the eastern district of Aleppo where the opposition there says that
munitions were raining down from the sky. You look at some places, for instance, in Idlib as well, where things look very bad.
But you're right. I mean, there are certain areas where at least there seems to be I wouldn't say a little bit of respite, but at least a little
less violence on the ground.
We have that aid convoy, of course, that was bombed, really a tragic event and one that's causing international uproar. But at the same time, there
was actually also aid that reached some areas. You look, for instance, at Halbiceh (ph), which is more at (inaudible). There was some aid that
reached that area just two days ago.
So, there are certainly some places where it's more quiet.
You look for instance at Damascus here. There's a lot more people that are going out on the streets here. It's a lot more quiet here than it was over
the past couple of years.
Now, we've coming here for three years. And there were times you would hear shelling almost 24 hours a day. That's certainly been reigned in a
little bit, but nevertheless, the situation still far from where it should be. And I think that's something that Secretary of State
Kerry also alluded to. He said that by and large the international community, of course, is not successful trying to reign in this civil war.
Yes, there are places where things have calmed down somewhat.
But, at this point in time I think the big problem is, Becky, is that the momentum right now seems to be going in the wrong direction. You had calm
for awhile here in the country. It seems as though the ceasefire was holding. But then you had these breaches of the ceasefire and the Syrian
government declaring an end of the ceasefire.
And now the violence is simply going in the wrong direction. You have more in Aleppo. You also have some in the area of Homs around here near Damacus
as well with that plane getting shot down in (inaudible).
And I think the trajectory is the big thing that is the big concern for the international community right now. And Ban Ki-moon used very strong words,
much stronger than we've probably ever seen him before saying right now the international community is on the spot, the world is watching, and they
want to see more momentum to try and get this war to end.
ANDERSON: Into its the sixth year, and the secretary general, as we are pointing out on the screen as you speak, saying it is make or break for
Syria. Fred in Damascus and Matthew in Moscow, appreciate it, thank you.
To another tragedy playing out in the Mediterranean, a boat carrying some 600 migrants has
capsized off the coast of Egypt. State media says around 150 people have been rescued so far. The bodies also being pulled from the water.
Ian Lee, tracking the story from Istanbul for you this evening and joining me now live. Normally in Cairo as the Cairo correpsondent.
Ian, what can you report at this stage?
IAN LEE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDNET: Well, Becky, right now a search and rescue operation is under way to rescue those people who are still in
the water. As you said, 150 people have been plucked out so far. 30 bodies have been recovered, which means that the majority of
the people are still missing, and that is the main concern right now.
This boat left from a village called (inaudible). This is a fishing village with -- but over the past couple of years because of overfishing,
it has moved more towards human trafficking as well as drug smuggling. A lot of boats destined for Europe take off from this village.
And how this usually happens is you have a small boat pulling upshore, the migrants get in it,
they're met by a larger boat out in the Mediterranean. And that's where -- that's what it seems like capsized, and that's where this search and rescue
is taking place off the north coast of Egypt, north of an area called (inaudible).
Now, the Egyptian military has been very proactive in trying to stop these migrants going to Europe. Yesterday, they arrested 68 people on a boat who
are trying to make the journey last week, 440. This is a problem that's isn't going away.
And this isn't -- what you're seeing is a lot of these people who are making this dangerous journey coming from various African countries. You
also see Syrians as well as Egyptians making this journey.
A lot of the time the destination is Italy. But this isn't a problem that is going away. We've seen these sorts of tragedies before. And right now
they're just hoping to rescue the remaining people who are still in the water, Becky.
ANDERSON: Ian Lee reporting on the story out of Istanbul for you this evening.
Right, some of the other stories on our radar this very busy hour. And you are looking at live pictures of the UN General Assembly. One of the
speakers in New York, President Mugabe, who slammed UN sanctions against Zimbabwe. That's clearly not him.
A 13-year-old Palestinian girl shot in the leg by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint between
Israel and the West Bank. Defense officials say she was carrying a suspicious bag and refused orders to stop. It turns out her bag was empty.
She's later claimed to have told officers, quote, I came to die.
The man charged in bombings in New York and New Jersey is said to have planned the attacks
for months -- that's him -- and that's according to revelations from a criminal complaint filed in federal
court, which also alleges Ahmad Khan Rahami did a practice run just days before the assault.
Well, less than 24 hours after we learned one of Hollywood's most well- known couples is splitting, there is a sense of disbelief from fans. On Monday, actress Aangelina Jolie filed for divorce from her husband Brad
Pitt. Court documents suggest they split last week.
The future of their six kids at stake. Jolie wants them to live with her. There is also huge money involved here.
Let's discuss this with CNN Money's Brian Sstelter. He's in New York. And the decision made for the health of the family, is the official line. What
more do you know? I know you're working your sources on this, and very early on this story, 24 hours ago. What do we know at this point?
BRIAN STELTER, CNN MONEY MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Angelina Jolie says yes, it was for the health of her family, she'll do whatever it takes for the
interest of her kids. Brad Pitt's side is saying less, but hoping this goes relatively smoothly.
You know, it was Angelina who filed this paperwork on Monday. It leaked out on Tuesday morning. It seems like it was Angelinga's side that wanted
this news to break. Pitt's side was scrambling to respond. In fact, Brad Pitt has not yet hired a divorce lawyer as of late last night in order to
handle this matter.
You know, this is -- because it was one of the most famous marriages, most famous couples in the world, now going to be one of the most famous
divorces in the world.
And so the question is how ugly or how calm and cordial will it go. And as you mentioned, with six kids in the middle of it, no matter what you think
of the tabloid nature of the story, it's also a very sad story.
ANDERSON: Of course it is.
All right, Brian, thank you for that.
Still to come tonight, Sweden, once Europe's most welcoming country for refugees. When we come back, I'll ask the Swedish prime minister why his
country has had a change of heart.
Plus another police shooting, another African-American man killed. What investigators are revealing about the latest police killing sparking
outrage in the United States.
[11:20:04] ANDERSON: You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World. I'm Becky
Anderson. Welcome back. 19 minutes past 7:00 in Abu Dhabi, our broadcast center in the UAE.
World leaders at the United Nations have been grappling with how to alleviate the global refugee crisis. U.S. President Barack Obama described
it as, and I quote, one of the most urgent tests of our time.
Refugees began pouring into Europe, Sweden opened its doors the widest, taking in the most
As the scale of the recent crisis became clear, Sweden started tightening its immigration laws. Anna Herdenstam from our affiliate Expressen TV has
the story for us.
ANNA HERDENSTAM, EXPRESSEN TV: In the fall of 2015, the number of immigrants grew faster than anybody could expect, and chaotic scenes took
place at Malmo central station, the refugee's first stop in Sweden.
But the message from the prime minister was clear: "in my Europe, we don't build walls," he said.
MAHAR HIJAZI, SYRIAN REFUGEE: I feel before I get the permission to say it, I feel so bad, yes. Yes, so bad. And now its' so good.
HERDENSTAM: Mahar Hijazi fled from Hama, Syria to Sweden in October last year with his
wife and three children. They now have permanent residence permits.
By the end of 2015, nearly 163,000 people had applied for asylum in Sweden.
But last fall, something happened.
November last year, the former Vice Prime Minister Asa Romson broke in tears when she and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven presented new, stricter
The purpose was partly to put pressure on other European countries to accept more immigrants. And in a few weeks, Sweden had changed its course.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of course that was a political decision, but from what we saw from the agency was that we had trouble in the usual way of
conducting our operations. We had to accommodate people in gym halls and everywhere we could find. We even put out mattresses in
our headquarters at the agency.
So, we didn't have the accommodation anymore.
HERDENSTAM: As the political climate takes a turn towards more stringent immigration laws
all over Europe, people like Mahar might be the lucky few that will have the chance for a new life.
The new Swedish laws imply temporary residence permits for all and limited possibilities for family reunification. But Mahar was lucky, he arrived
just before the new laws were introduced.
HIJAZI: I'm going to be one of the Swedish persons and share with the Swedish people to build a society.
And as I do before, I have (inaudible) years teaching math and physics. I hope here to do that again.
ANDERSON: Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven joining me now from the United Nations. Thank you, sir.
Why the change of heart, some will say the heartless change of policy towards refugees in your country?
STEFAN LOFVEN, SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER: It's not heartless. Sweden received last year, 163,000 refugees. and 70 percent of them came from
September to December. It was not a sustainable situation and our point was that we need to make sure that all the European Union countries take
their share of the responsibility.
What I said last Autumn was that my Europe does not build walls. And that is true. We are in an area with some 500 million inhabitants. We would
have coped with the situation. But it cannot mean that Germany and Sweden and some few other countries take whole responsibility. That is not
sustainable. And we need it to change that situation. We did what it takes.
ANDERSON: I have to ask, sir, is this Sweden succombing to the fear mongering politics of the fire right that we are seeing in many countries
across Europe at present?
LOFVEN: Yes, there is a problem with that, yes. But we need to focus on how can we help refugees. And the first thing is that we need to
acknowledge all countries, this is a global crisis, a global refugee crisis, meaning that we need to take global responsibility.
And that is why I am so glad that President Obama took this initiative of hosting this summit that we co-hosted yesterday, to show this is a global
responsibility, because only when we can see that we can handle this problem, that is also a way of handling the worry that people shows.
[11:25:26] ANDERSON: And I'm going to talk about some of what was discussed at that meeting momentarily. Before that, though, sir, let me
just get you and our viewers a little of what Angela Merkel said earlier on in the week. The German chancellor speaking after her party once again
lost out in some local elections to the politics of the far right. And she was talking about the refugee crisis, and the opening of the doors that
Germany allowed at the beginning of this migrant crisis.
This is what she said earlier on in the week.
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ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR (through translator): If I could, I would turn back time many, many years to better prepare myself, the federal
government, and all those in positions of responsibility for the situation we were rather unprepared for in the late summer of 2015.
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ANDERSON: Given her time, again, she says she would have done things differently. Clearly, her party and the chancellor herself damaged by what
has happened in Germany. Do you share her concerns and her sense that given her time again and decision making again, that you would have also
made a different decision about who you let in and why?
LOFVEN: What happened last year was that during the summer, we received a forecast from the authority saying that the flow of refugees will actually
decrease during the Autumn. So, that's what was -- what we anticipated.
But all of a sudden that changed, as I said. As from September, we had a dramatic increase. So it was no so easy to foresee that situation. But
what we need to do also to see not only about the refugee policy in our countries, we need to show also that we can help neighboring countries, and
that is why we have started the cooperation with Turkey, for example. And we need to support Lebanon,
Jordan, and other countries, because most of the refugees stay in the neighboring countries. And if we can provide them with decent lives in the
refugee camps, of course fewer people will have to make these often very dangerous journeys.
ANDERSON: Sir, in your speech on Tuesday in New York at the summit on global refugees, you pointed out you co-hosted. You said, and I quote, we
need to bolster global efforts with ambitious new commitments. More countries, you said, have to take a greater share.
Who are you talking about here? It's time to name and shame.
LOFVEN: No, it's time to -- for everybody to acknowledge once again that is is a global
crisis. This is the worst refugee crisis we've had since the Second World War, more than 60 million
people are fleeing their homes.
So, -- and if we cannot cope with this together, everybody will be affected at the end of the day. So we need to help one another.
ANDRESON: And I understand that. I'm just asking you, sir, who it is that you are talking about. Can I just stop you, with respect.
The U.S. administration reportedly plans to increase the number of refugees that the U.S.
will let in, to 110,000 in fiscal year 2017, upping the ante during a presidential campaign in which
the atmosphere is quite frankly pretty unfriendly to migrants.
I'm sure you will applaud Obama's efforts here, but do you believe that that is practical and realistice? And do you believe, for example, that
the U.S. is doing enough at the moment?
LOFVEN: The U.S. is receiving a lot of resettlements. And we need to increase that, as we said.
So the countries that were present at yesterday's summit did make pledges, both to
increase the number of resettlement places, but also to increase the support to the neighboring countries so that, for example, children that
are living in these refugee camps can go to school, and so that also the adults can have a job and provide for themselves.
So, this is what we need to do now. Because that means that the lives in the refugee camps will
be a little more human, although the situation is very, very dramatic and tough for them.
But we need to help them, because they want to stay there as close as possible to the countries. That's what they want to do.
I went to Jordan in August, to the Zaatari (ph) camp, talked to families. And they said, all we want is to go home as quick as possible. And now if
we can help them in the neighboring countries, we need to do that, everybody.
[11:30:27] ANDERSON: And with that, sir, we're going to leave it, but we really do appreciate
your time. Thank you.
LOFVEN: Thank you.
ANDERSON: The latest world news headlines are just ahead.
Plus, the white working class, a key demographic for Donald Trump in the States. We're going to have an in-depth look at their concerns and how
worry is influencing their vote. Stay with us.
[11:34:31] ANDERSON: Activists are calling for an economic boycott of Charlotte, South Carolina (sic), following the police killing of an
African-American man. Protests erupted Tuesday night after an officer shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. His family says -- Scott's family says --
he was only carrying a book, but police say he had a gun.
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KERR PUTNEY, CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE CHIEF: I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made reference to. I can just tell you
what I know based on what we've gathered through the scientific process of going through the evidence. And we did find a weapon, and the weapon was
there, and the witnesses corroborated it,too, beyond just the officers.
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[11:35:15] ANDERSON: Well, the city's police chief was unsure whether Scott pointed the
gun at officers.
The shooting there came just a day after the justice department opened an investigation into
another police killing, this one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the States. In that case, police shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was
unarmed. His family is now demanding charges be filed against the officer who shot him.
Well, ourAnna Cabrera joins me now from Tulsa. Anna, what's the likelihood we will see charges against the officer?
ANA CABRERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's hard to tell at this point. We do know there are two separate investigations underway right now, Becky. One
being the local police investigation into the criminal side of all of this. Was there justified
use of force in this case? We understand that that criminal investigation could be wrapped up and turned over to the local district attorney's office
as soon as the end of this week.
There's also the federal civil rights probe you mentioned. The Department of Justice here opening its investigation after seeing that video released
by police. Take a look.
CABRERA (voice-over): Police video shows the moments before 40-year-old Terence Crutcher is shot and killed by a Tulsa police officer, from this
dashcam video and a police chopper.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's got his hands up there for her now.
CABRERA: You can see Crutcher with his hands up. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby follows with her gun drawn, as Crutcher walks back toward his SUV
that's stopped in the middle of the road.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This guy is still walking and following commands.
CABRERA: Three other officers respond, standing between Crutcher and the dashcam video. But in the helicopter video, it appears Crutcher drops at
least one of his hands when he gets to his vehicle.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Time for Taser, I think.
CABRERA: But you don't see what Crutcher is doing as he is shot. The helicopter is circling around at that moment.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That looks like a bad dude, too. Could be on something.
CABRERA: Crutcher falls to the ground...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He may have just been Tasered.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Shots fired!
CABRERA: ... shot and Tased.
CHUCK JORDAN, TULSA POLICE CHIEF: There was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect's vehicle.
CABRERA: Crutcher was unarmed. But Officer Shelby's attorney, Scott Wood, says she didn't know that. Wood says Crutcher was not responding to
Shelby's questions and ignored multiple commands.
Police now say the drug PCP was found inside of Crutcher's car. Attorneys for the Crutcher family say they're looking into that but say, no matter
what, police mishandled this situation.
(on camera): Did him being a big, black man play a role in her perceived danger?
SCOTT WOOD, ATTORNEY FOR OFFICER BETTY SHELBY: No. Him being a large man perceived a role in -- in her being in danger. She's worked in this part of
town for quite some time and, you know, just the week before she was at an all-black high school homecoming football game. She's not afraid of black
CABRERA (voice-over): Shelby is now on paid administrative leave. While police and Shelby's attorney say Crutcher was reaching in the window of the
car when she fired, video of the incident appears to show the driver's window is closed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That looks like a bad dude, too.
TIFFANY CRUTCHER, TERENCE'S TWIN SISTER: That big, bad dude was my twin brother. That big, bad dude was a father. That big, bad dude was a son.
That big, bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud.
CABRERA: Now, this case seems to have really touched a nerve all around the nation and perhaps around the world with people weighing in all over
social media, from politicians to sports stars, using the hashtag #terencecrutcher calling on police to be held accountable.
Now, the local police chief says his office will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation, that's why they have released the video. And he
promises, quote, we will achieve justice, period, Becky.
ANDERSNO: Ana, thank you.
Donald Trump is continuing his effort to appeal to black Americans, a bloc that has traditionally voted Democratic.
In his usual pitch on the campaign trail, Trump argues things have never been worse for African-Americans.
Well, this week, CNN is taking a closer look at a different group of Americans, the white working class, those without four-year college
degrees. This demographic often credited with helping propel Trump's rise in politics.
CNN worked with the Kaiser Family Foundation to poll this critical group and explore their
concerns. Now, the poll found they are not all trump supporters. 60 percent of those polled say they
would consider voting for Trump, 47 percent of that white working class adults say America's best days are behind the country, which could be why
Trump's slogan of "make America great again" appears to be resonating.
But there are also religious and cultural issues. Nearly two-thirds say Christian values are under attack.
And there's a concern about Muslim immigrants. 63 percent say immigrants from Muslims countries could risk, or increase the risk of terrorism.
Well, CNN Gary Tuchman went to Oklahoma to find out more.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): An Oklahoma Christian evangelical church. Hundreds of congregants worshiping together
at the Guts Church in Tulsa, many of them telling us they believe their Christian values are under attack.
BRIAN LLOYD, GUTS CHURCH MEMBER: I think it's funny that we call ourselves a Christian nation but actual evangelical Christians are the ones that have
to explain ourselves a lot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How many of us are truly you can say irrefutably, undoubtedly that you've experienced the life of God? Is there anybody in
here, that you can say I've experienced the life of God?
TUCHMAN (on camera): Do you think there's an attack on Christian values in this country?
CARL KINSER, GUTS CHURCH MEMBER: There has been since the devil became the devil.
TUCHMAN: Our polling indicates 65 percent of working-class white people believe Christian values are under attack. But among working- class
Christian evangelical white people that number jumps to 89 percent.
Do you believe Christian values are under attack?
GEORGE GHESQUIRE, GUTS CHURCH MEMBER: I think that objective morality is under attack.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): Among the other reasons cited by those who feel that way is this.
(On camera): Do you think immigrants from Muslim countries threaten Christian beliefs and values in this country?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think they test them.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): This is Jenks, Oklahoma, where three Syrian refugees have resettled since the conflict began in their country. Three of only a
total of 16 in the entire state of Oklahoma. This woman lives in Jenks.
(On camera) Do you think Christian values are under attack in America today?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I really do.
TUCHMAN: So do you think that Muslim refugees coming to this country, coming to this state and this town have led to that?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I do. I believe that we're supposed to be quiet because, you know, it offends other people and I think that that's not
EBTESAM ALKOWAYFI, SYRIAN REFUGEE LIVING IN OKLAHOMA: Right? One, two, three.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): 4-year-old Momen, a Syrian refugee, along with his three brothers and his parents are now living in Oklahoma.
(On camera): Are you at all concerned for the safety of your children, your family because there are some people who would prefer that you not be here?
ALKOWAYFI (Through Translator): No one bothers my children when they go to school. Nothing hurts us. They respect us and they don't bother us. They
treat you as you treat them.
TUCHMAN: And that answer gratifies the people at Catholic charities of Tulsa, who have worked to resettle Syrians in Oklahoma. The executive
director disagreeing with the belief that Christian values are being threatened.
DEACON KEVIN SATORIUS, CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE DIOCESE OF TULSA: This is a country that for its entire history has celebrated the diversity of
religions and we need to hold that value dear to our hearts and protect it.
TUCHMAN: Back at the evangelical church the pastor does think there is an attack on Christian values. But he says it isn't necessarily a bad thing.
PASTOR BILL SCHEER, GUTS CHURCH: Honestly, I love the whole idea that we're set apart. I love the whole idea that it's like wait a second, I've got to
stand for something. And if you're going to stand for something, that means there's going to be maybe a little persecution, maybe there's going to be
some resistance to it.
TUCHMAN: Gary Tuchman, CNN, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
ANDERSON: We'll be bringing you these stories of white working class Americans who feel left behind all this week here on CNN, just part of our
America votes coverage.
If you would like to read more about the survey with the Kaiser Family Foundation, you can head to the website there. We break down this
demographic even more.
We explain and explore their unique concerns and how their worries are impacting this election.
Again, you can find more on this series on our website. Head to CNN.com/whiteworkingclassandworried.
You're watching Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Live from Abu Dhabi. 44 minutes past 7:00 in this part of the world. And this is
Connect the World.
Coming up, when CNN heard that living to see 100 was fairly common in this small Italian village, we had to see it for ourselves. Still ahead,
secrets from the seasoned but spry residents themselves.
And imagine building a company with just five dollars. Well, that is what two brothers had in
their pockets when they started their juice company in Nigeria. Their story is next.
[11:47:26] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: InAafrica's most thriving nation, two brothers are determined to disrupt Nigerian thriving $5 million food
production industry with lemonade.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We offer a fresh squeezed juice product made from real lemons. It's a healthy alternative to what's on the market right now.
Shaun (ph) and She (ph) Abolaji (ph) set up Wilson's Juice Company in 2010.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, when we think about Wilson's in Nigeria, this is lemonade. There was nobody doing lemonade at the time, one.
Second, you know, when we really thought we were going to do this, before we picked a name
to brand it, we went around to anybody who would let us in their factory and we just started asking questions. People that were doing yogurts.
They were doing water. Big companies, they were doing fizzy stuff. And saying, hey, why isn't nobody doing juice in a bottle?
UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: The brothers seized the opportunity to tap into a new
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Welcome inside the Wilson's Juice Co. production factory.
We saw an opportunity with fresh juice and with lemons have so many health benefits inside of it because it's made from real lemons, you get those
health benefits as well.
I believe Nigerians in certain sectors are getting healthier, but at the same time we have to provide it for the masses.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: With just five dollars, the brothers set out to create a brand that would become a household name. And their location made
all the difference.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's a lot of challenges. You hit different challenges throughout everything we're doing, even in doing just anything
But when I think about it, could we have started this company in the United States? We would need $10 million.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Maybe three.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We had started this whole company in 2009 with $5. And that's the beauty of Nigeria is that you can have a can have a (inaudible)
and a dream.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From selling lemonade cups at university stands, Wilson's
juice currently distributes to over 650 locations and 18 states within the country. Thanks to the help of family, friends, and their own savings, the
brothers raised nearly $200,000 over the span of five years. They built a factory that now employs 30 workers and produces up to 24,000 bottles a
And from around 20 cents to around $2 a bottle, Wilson's price is competitive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're focused right now on making sure we saturate Lagos and Nigeria. We believe there is still a lot of work and a lot of
value to add here.
But from the very beginning we've seen ourselves as a global brand. We made a product. And we're making products that can stand on the shelf
anywhere in the world.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At the end of the day, when life gives you lemons, what are you going to do?
[11:50:03] UNDENTIFIED MALE: You're going to make lemonade.
ANDERSON: Welcome back with us. It is 51 minutes past 7:00, ten to 8:00 effectively in the UAE. Welcome back. I'm Becky Anderson.
So you want to live a long life, right? Exercise, clean diet, and managing stress are usually good places to start, aren't they?
But after this next story you may want to add relocation to the list. Tthis small Italian town south of Naples seems to have mastered the art of
Ben Wedeman visited to try and crack its secret.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Giuseppe is 94 years old. He still tends his own garden, still hangs out with the younger guys and
watches their card game and still enjoys the company of the opposite sex.
"I noticed," he says, "that also that is indispensable. It makes you happy, more cheerful."
Does it still work, I ask?
"Yes," he says. "Once it really worked."
Giuseppe lives in the southern Italian town of Acheroli (ph), where one in ten residents is more than 100 years old, where living well beyond the
already impressive average Italian life span of 82 is the norm.
Earlier this year, Rome's Satience (ph) University and the University of California-San Diego launched a study to see why people here live so long
and so strong. It was in the villages along this coast that American nutritionist Ansel Keys (ph) identified what is
now known as the Mediterranean diet.
(inaudible), a spring chicken at 79, was Keys' cook and now runs a restaurant specializing in that diet -- fresh herbs, vegetables, fruit, and
fish, all local.
"Because we eat natural things," she says, "things that we grow, we know what's there."
Researchers are particularly interested in rosemary, which they suspect helps circulation
to the brain and might explain why Alzheimer's is rare here.
Obviously, diet has a lot to do with the longevity of local residents, but clearly there are other factors. There's no pollution, they are right by
the sea, the weather's very nice, and there are almost none of the stresses of modern life.
Antonio celebrated his 100th birthday recently. He attributes his long life to, in his words:
"this beautiful woman, the woman of my life."
Amina, a spry 93, continues to write poetry and recite it from memory, this one dedicated to
"And I became," so her poem concludes, "the bride of this fisherman."
You can't quantify it, but love also plays a role.
Ben Wedeman, CNN, Italy.
[11:55:25] ANDERSON: Well, as you saw there, age is just a number.
And as most of us would like to stay young at heart, in tonight's Parting Shots we meet a photographer who reflects on how old the elderly will be
aging well, actually feel.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I firmly believe no matter how old you are, at some point in your life, you realize you're older than you feel. I was at my
father's house, and he had a friend of his over, an actor who was also a World War II vet. He was about to turn 80 and was talking about how it
didn't make sense to him that he could possibly be 80 years old.
I was approaching my 40th birthday and i had the same feeling. Everybody I think has an idea of themselves at a certain age in their lives, be it just
graduating from college or just having your first child. There's an age that kind of sticks with you. When you start reaching milestones of 30,
40, 50, 80, you can't fathom that.
So I think the images are a universal concept.
My name is Tom Hussy (ph). And these are my parting shots.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
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