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[10:00:28] BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: Torture, secret prisons, a huge wall, and keeping refugees out: they all seem to be right at the top of Donald

Trump's to do list.

We are live across the world to break it all down for you this hour.



ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This was manufacturing it's own weapons, entirely from scratch.


ANDERSON: We're going to take you inside Mosul as ISIS's violent grip is slowly torn away.

And why is there a rooster on my desk in Abu Dhabi? We'll explain just ahead.

Hello, I'm Becky Anderson in London, just after 3:00 here. Welcome to Connect the World. And also in a very real way, welcome to the emerging

new world, the world of Donald Trump. So much of what we know about America, the world's most powerful country is changing right in front of

our eyes.

This hour, we are going to explore what it means for each of us around the world.

Well, one of the biggest changes we are seeing this week is a dramatic shift in immigration policy. CNN has learned that Mr. Trump is now

considering a blanket ban on all refugees for up to four months. Those fleeing Syria will be kept out indefinitely until the vetting system is


Now, President Trump could sign an executive order on those restrictions as early as tomorrow. He has already ordered work to begin on a wall with

Mexico, triggering a heated response from America's sovereign neighbor. CNN's Sara Murray with more.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So they'll pay us back?

TRUMP: Yes, absolutely, 100 percent.

SARA MURRAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: President Trump reiterating his promise that Mexico will pay for the border wall, but offering few details. Hours

after signing an executive order directing federal funds toward building the wall.

TRUMP: All it is is we'll be reimbursed at a later day from whatever transaction we make from Mexico. That wall will cost us nothing.

MURRAY: His rhetoric is ramping up pressure on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The Mexican leader facing calls at home to cancel next

Tuesday's meeting with Trump. Pena Nieto defiantly responding to the U.S. president in a video address to the nation, saying Mexico does not believe

in walls and it won't pay for one.

President Trump also continuing to pedal the false claim that voter fraud cost him the popular vote.

TRUMP: You have people that are registered who are dead, who are illegals, who are in two states. There are millions of votes in my opinion.

MURRAY: Vowing to launch a major investigation, Trump erroneously citing a Pew report where the author found no evidence of voter fraud.

TRUMP: Then why did he write the report, the Pew report? Then he's groveling again. I always talk about the reporters that grovel when they

want to write something that you want to hear but not necessarily millions of people want to hear or have to hear.

MURRAY: But voting officials in both parties across the country say there's no truth to Trump's claims of widespread fraud. But there is evidence of

outdated voter rolls. In fact, two members of the president's own team, Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin and the president's chief

strategist, Steve Bannon were each registered to vote in two states on Election Day. "The Washington Post" reports that the president's daughter

Tiffany was also registered in two states.

President Trump digging in on another controversial campaign promise, his pledge to bring back waterboarding.

TRUMP: I want to do everything within the bounds of what you're allowed to do legally. But do I feel it works? Absolutely it feel it works.

MURRAY: Ultimately saying he'll let his CIA director and defense secretary decide whether to reinstate it.

TRUMP: When they're chopping off the heads of people because they happen to be a Christian in the Middle East, when ISIS is doing things that nobody

has ever heard of since medieval times, would I feel strongly about waterboarding. As far as I'm concerned we have to fight fire with fire.

MURRAY: Trump's tough talk extending to Chicago as well where he says he'll send the feds to combat violence.

TRUMP: It is carnage. It's horrible carnage. This is -- Afghanistan is not like what's happening in Chicago. People are being shot left and right,

thousands of people over a short period of time. I don't want to have thousands of people shot in a city where essentially I'm the president. So

all I'm saying is to the mayor, who came up to my office recently, I say you have to smarten up and you have to toughen up, because you can't let

that happen. That's a war zone.


[10:05:35] ANDERSON: Well, that's President Trump.

As we heard from Sara, the standoff deepening over who will eventually pay for this border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Now Mr. Trump has a message for Mexico's president, if you won't foot the bill, don't even bother coming to Washington. He tweeted this, "the U.S.

has a $60 billion trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers of jobs and companies

lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting."

We're live on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border for you. Shortly we will be talking to Layla Santiago who is in Mexico City.

First up, though, Ed Lavendera in Nogales in Arizona.

Fighting words, but perhaps no surprise. Is there any evidence that this wall, Ed, has started. He said it would -- construction would start

immediately. Any evidence of that at this point?

ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Not on this new portion of the wall. But let's be clear, there's already wall that exists along the southern border.

We're here in Nogales, Arizona. What you see behind me is the fencing that exists already.

So, the U.S. southern border with Mexico is about 3,200 kilometers long, anywhere between I think 1,200 and 1,500 kilometers of fencing, and some

sort of barricade already exists along that portion.

The terrain changes dramatically as you go from south Texas where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico all the way to California where the

border fence actually right into the Pacific Ocean, about 100 meters or so.

So, it is dramatic landscape, very difficult to do. And it's full of a lot of things that will slow the process down.

This fencing, a lot of the fencing was put in place back in 2006 after U.S. congress and President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, that

rolled out almost 700 miles, I would say about 1,200 kilometers of border fencing and barricades. That took some time to do. There was lawsuits

that were filed, a lot of the land that butts right up against the U.S. southern border is private

land. So there was lawsuits between private land owners and the federal government to clear the right of way to create those fences.

They also had to leave rather large gaps in several places, to give those private landowners access to their land, that was essential south of the

wall, but north of the border, creating kind of like these no man lands.

So this is not an easy project to under take by any means.

ANDERSON: Layla, the border is really long, some 3,000 kilometers. No one knows exactly

how much building a wall is going to cost. But the Republican leader of the senate just said he expects it to be between $12 billion and $15

billion, other estimates put it as high as $25 billion.

The perspective, if you will, from Mexico at this point. It's getting pretty nasty this argument, isn't it?

LAYLA SANTIAGO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, but you know what, they're standing their ground. The Mexican government -- excuse me, the Mexican

president has said we are not paying for that wall.

In a three-minute video post last night on Twitter, he said we do not believe in walls. We're not

paying for the wall. We do believe in friendship. And he essentially said he wants to find a way to

work together.

But then this morning, we saw a tweet from President Trump in which he's saying, hey, maybe we should hold off on this January 31st meeting if you

don't want to pay for that wall. That's a meeting that was scheduled between President Trump and President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Now, we're waiting to see what is the response from the office of the Mexican president, something that has not come out yet. But I can tell you

they are very much aware of that tweet.

And you know, one of the things that the Mexican president has talked about is how much they need each other when it comes to security on that border,

because the majority of people crossing that border, not Mexicans. They're actually from Central America, something that they have certainly put out

there as a talking point, something they want to make sure that the president of the United States is aware of and that they can work together

with that.

ANDERSON: You make a very good point,

Ed, the U.S. Border Patrol says attempts to get across were up by a quarter the year to 2016. But as Layla rightly points out, many of those will not

be Mexicans.

Be that as it may, is a wall going to stop what is going on on what is this porous border?

LAVANDERA: Well, this is -- and that is one of the reasons why we've been traveling the length of the border here this week, sharing these stories.

It's fascinating how many Donald Trump supporters we've actually spoken to in these communities that live across the border who have the wall right

there in their communities and they say they haven't seen a direct impact on stopping either the flow of contraband or human smuggling as well.

It's a very complicated issue. However, you talk to border patrol officials and they say that the fencing that has been put in place back in

2006 has been effective in many ways.

What it has done is where the border fencing has done is actually pushed migrants trying to cross, and drug smuggling kind of away from those walls

into much more remote and difficult terrain areas to cross, but it is still happening nonetheless, making it much more treacherous especially for those

migrants who are the -- vast majority of them who are coming trying just to find work. Humanitarian groups have really been upset by the fact that a

lot of these fences have pushed a lot of migrants out into the desert where it's been much more difficult to cross and therefore you've seen a lot of

people dying as they try to make that difficult and dangerous journey.

So, you know, a lot of opinions as to just how effective the wall has been and whether more wall will continue to be more effective or less effective.

ANDERSON: Ed and Layla, to both of you, thank you.

Well, Mr. Trump also looking further afield when it comes to locking down these U.S. borders. As we've heard, immigrants from seven mainly Muslim

countries, including Syrians and Iraqis fleeing war could face tough vetting or even be barred temporarily if he follows through on campaign

promises. Sources familiar with that draft executive order says it may be signed Friday, but caution that the language is not yet final.

So will the world's huddled masses, as the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, calls them have to look elsewhere for sanctuary? Well, there has

been huge reaction to the idea of this before Mr. Trump even puts pen to paper.

CNN's Ben Wedeman is in Istanbul, Turkey a country now home to almost 3 million Syrian refugees. And we're talking about safe zones effectively in

Syria. This will be music to Ankara's ears, safe zones being a policy the Turkish government has long advocated, but the idea not sitting as

favorably with others involved in finding a solution to this mess in Syria. How is, for example, Russia responded to that sort of idea?

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The idea of a buffer zone, actually I don't know at the moment, but certainly this is an idea that the Turks have been advocating for quite some time and beginning last August,

they effectively created what could easily become a safe zone because it's already a buffer zone. When this operation, Operation Euphrates Shield

began, Turkish forces went in support of Turkish-backed the Free Syrian Army units and essentially drove ISIS out of a long swathe along the

Turkish border. So, in fact, the buffer zone exists. Will it be turned into a safe zone? It's hard to say.

Now, the Syrian government isn't particularly enthusiastic about that because they see that as yet a further infringement on their sovereignty.

But, certainly here on this subject, Ankara and Washington may see eye-to- eye.

Now, how do you actually protect, ensure the safety of Syrians inside that buffer zone may take more than simply Turkish troops. The Turks might need

some assistance from the United States -- Becky.

ANDERSON: Ben, nowhere will the birth pangs of this new America first approach be felt

as strongly than in the Middle East. Do you see the green shoots of a post-U.S. paradigm, as it were, developing across the region?

WEDEMAN: Well, it's already begun. Look at Syria. You had the talks in Kazakhstan recently where Americans were simply on the sidelines. They had

a mere observer role. And this is part of the process of trying to resolve the Syrian conflict that has been going on since March of 2011. It is led

by the Russians, very much in concert with Turkey, a major regional superpower.

So the United States -- and really this is more to do with the Obama administration than the

Trump administration, which hasn't really made its policy clear in the region, but certainly the chutes of a new Middle Eastern order are already

well over an inch high -- Becky.

[10:15:16] ANDERSON: Ben Wedeman is in Istanbul in Turkey. Ben, always a pleasure. Thank you.

Well, as we have been discussing, President Trump reassessing just who to let into the United

States. While the door may be slammed shut on some, the American commander-in-chief rolling out the red carpet, for the British Prime

Minister Theresa May.

At this hour, May is flying somewhere over the big blue Atlantic. She is crossing the pond to meet the new Republican president lawmakers from his

party. Her aim for the meetings is to forge closer economic ties with the United States as the UK, of course, gets ready for Brexit.

I'm joined now by CNN's international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson in Washington and CNN's Isa Soares is outside Number 10.

Let me start with you. And for some context, Nic, for this visit, how significant is it that Mrs. May is first in to see the new president. And

what of this so-called special relationship between the two countries?

NIC ROBERSTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Huge. And in the is symbolism here is very, very important for both of them, the symbolism for

Theresa May couldn't come at a better time. Important as well that she's been the first world leader, as well, to address the Republican retreat in

Philadelphia. Today, that's the first thing in her dance card here, if you will, the meeting with President Trump is tomorrow.

This is going to give her her even more time with Republicans to talk about that special relationship. What she'll tell them today is that Britain and

the United States together helped win wars. But more than that, she'll really look to history and say, Britain and the United States made the

world the way it is today. So she's here to build on that.

Trade is important, but of course currently, President Trump is being criticized around the world, as we have just been talking about here, on

many issues. So Theresa May is going to have a tough time walking through some of those issues.

She doesn't want that to detract.

ANDERSON: Nic, if we're witnessing a recalibration, as it were, of American economic and foreign policy, a new phase of American leadership or

a lack thereof, some will say, and with it a shift in historic alliances. I just wonder why Trump needs the UK any more than any other historic ally

at this point in 2017?

ROBERTSON: Potentially, he doesn't. It serves some of his purposes, certainly, and that's a concern of Europeans. I mean some believe Trump --

President Trump when he says, and he has said it very recently, is ambivalent about the European Union, the unity, thereof. He thinks NATO is

obsolete, you know, there are things that he is saying that Theresa May doesn't believe in. And when she comes, she's expected to address those

issues with him.

But, you know, for him at the moment, does he really need Theresa May on his size? Yes, perhaps, in a way he does, because as he is sort of

throwing up all this dust and creating these storms around the world that we're already beginning to hear the backlashes from, that he needs an ally

at his side. Who better than Britain?

And right now Britain needs him so who better than Theresa May, you know, the special relationship. We can't overlook that. And perhaps he feels

that it gives him some additional credibility on the world stage.

I think the world's audience would hope that perhaps Theresa May can bring a different narrative, a more international view of what he's doing, means

the implications around the world. She may not want to bog herself down in that. But we have heard that President Obama before he left office,

encouraged Theresa May to get that relationship going with President Trump for precisely this reason.

ANDERSON: Isa -- thank you, Nic -- Isa, we know that Donald Trump is an admirer and backer and support of this Britain out of the EU. Back home,

of course, a bill to begin Britain's separation from the EU introduced at parliament today. What exactly does that mean at this point?

ISA SOARES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In very layman's terms, Becky, it means the ball is officially rolling on Brexit, that it can start

now, negotiations on where it is with Europe.

First, and what we know is that today, the bill was presented, Article 50 was presented in

parliament, and that means that members of parliament, MPs here, can now officially begin to debate it, scrutinize it as much as they want and make

amends to it.

That bill will go, first, Becky, to House of Commons, then to the House of Lords. And then if they want to make any changes to it, that is what it

will happen. It is expected that it will last a period of two weeks. This is coming from a source at 10 Downing Street. But expect a bit of

fireworks, Becky, let's say, and some political fight going on here, because we know already that Labour is putting up a fight as many as 40 MPs

could go against the bill, and as many as 50 MPs within Scotland National Party say that they will not support it, Becky.

So, perhaps it won't be as smooth sailing as Theresa May, as Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping that it will be to meet that March 30 deadline,


ANDERSON: Yeah, likely to be pretty messy going forward. Isa. And Nic, thank you.

Viewers, still to come, they are from a country, the new U.S. president says as, quote, tremendous terror. We meet one Syrian family who made it

to the U.S. just barely. Their story is just ahead.

Plus, as Donald Trump gets on with business in the White House, one book is flying off the shelves. We will explore why the two could be linked.

Taking a short break, back after this.



TRUMP: President Obama and Hillary Clinton and Kerry have allowed tens of thousands of people into our country. The FBI is now investigating more

people than ever before having to do with terror. And it's from the group of people that came in.


ANDERSON: We are going to introduce you now to one Syrian family who made it into the U.S. under the Obama administration, barely. CNN's Randi Kaye

spoke with them and to the town mayor who takes a very different view of refugees than this U.S. president.


RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: One week, that's how long this Syrian family has been in the United States. They arrived just two days before Donald

Trump was inaugurated. Hazar Mansour was a french teacher, her husband Hassam Alhallak an accountant. They fled from Damascus to Turkey with their

children to escape the violence. After two years of background checks, they finally made it to Vermont.

HAZAR ZUHEIR MANSOUR (Through Translator): We were worried about ourselves. Worried about our children. We came here, we want to live in peace. It's

better than living in the war situation we were in.

KAYE: They are the first of about 25 Syrian and Iraqi families expected to arrive in Rutland, Vermont, by September. About 100 refugees in all.

Rutland's mayor invited them to settle in his city around the same time then candidate Donald Trump vowed, if elected, he'd stop the flow of

refugees into the U.S. and deport the ones already here.

[10:25:02] CHRISTOPHER LOURAS, RUTLAND MAYOR: This is just plain the right thing to do from a compassionate and humanitarian perspective. KAYE: But

that's not the only reason the mayor is welcoming the refugees to his city. He's hoping they'll help revitalize it.

The city of Rutland has suffered a major population loss. Making it hard for big companies here to fill jobs. The mayor is hoping that Syrian

refugees will not only add to the population, but also to the work force. The unemployment rate here is about 3 percent. Dangerously low says the


LOURAS: We've got dozens, scores of employers in this community saying they've got hundreds of job openings they just can't fill.

KAYE: But now his whole plan to revive could be in jeopardy. Pending an executive order from President Donald Trump.

LOURAS: I think all of us have some fears about that. I think its concerns are misplaced. The security measures are in place for refugees, especially

coming from Syria, will not put this community at risk. That's a fact.

KAYE: This couple is hosting the Syrian family until their apartment is ready.

Do you wish that President Trump could meet the couple and the family that you have in your home?

MAUREEN SCHILINGER, HOSTING SYRIAN FAMILY: I wish that anyone who thinks that it is a bad idea for them to come could just even take a little

snapshot. They're wonderful people. They're not coming here to harm us, they're coming here to escape harm.

KAYE: Tim Cook a doctor in town says he doesn't want refugees settling in his city. Not because he thinks they're dangerous, but because he thinks

they'll end up costing tax payers money.

So are you saying the mayor and whoever decided that the refugee should come here got it wrong?


KAYE: He says he fully supports President Trump's opposition to taking in refugees.

COOK: I think we've done enough as a country. I'm tapped out. And this nation is tapped out. We need to fix our own problems first. And then we

can, you know, reconfigure and see if we can rescue the rest of the world.

KAYE: This family says they're not worried about President Trump's plan, they feel safe and secure in Vermont already.

HASSAM ALHALLAK, SYRIAN REFUGEE: I like the people of Vermont. We want Vermont.

KAYE: The people.


KAYE: They're very nice.

ALHALLAK: Very nice.

MANSOUR: Very nice.

ALHALLAK: Yes, yes.

KAYE: You might have to learn to ski.

ALHALLAK: I like skiing.

KAYE: Can you (inaudible), right exactly.

One week, they hope it's only the beginning of their new life in the United States.

Randi Kaye, CNN, Rutland, Vermont


ANDERSON: Right. I'm going to move on, but just before I do a final note, the U.S. welcomed a record number of Muslim refugees last year. The Pew

Research Center says more than 38,000 ended in fiscal 2016, almost half of all refugees who came from just countries: Syria and Somalia were the

source of more than half of last year's Muslim refugees, the rest came from Iraq, from Myanmar, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

I'm going to get you the latest world news headlines just ahead. And look at how Donald Trump is transforming America as many of us know it. Don't

go away.



[10:31:55] ANDERSON: To say Donald Trump's presidency is unlike any other would be an understatement.

So, what are we seeing here? Well, first up, torture. Unlike his predecessor and many in his own party, Mr. Trump seems OK with it.

Fighting fire with fire, he calls it. However, he tells ABC News he'll defer to his defense and intelligence officials.

Next up, the Mexican border wall. Despite no clear price tag or final word on who will pay for it, the president has ordered work to start. Mexico's

president says don't send us the bill.

Well, Mexicans aren't the only people Mr. Trump wants to keep out. He's considering a plan temporarily bans visitors from seven countries and


Let's get some perspective on the long-term effects of this transformation. CNN political commentator Ryan Lizza joins us now from Washington. He

promised to rip up the rule book and he seems determined to do just that.

Ryan, there seems little doubt that we have entered a fundmentally new phase of American leadership. But what do we know at this point?

RYAN LIZZA, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Yeah, it's been an incredibly tumultuous both transition and first week of his presidency. His style, as

we know from the last week, is not going to change, or at least it's not much different than what it was when he was a candidate, and when he would

use Twitter, when he would make off the cuff remarks and without regard to the sort of policy impact.

So it's a fairly unpredictable and chaotic style right now. And I think one of the things we're

seeing in Washington is this debate inside the Republican Party over who would actually control the agenda, would it be Republicans who control

congress or would it be President Trump?

In that fight, so far -- it's early, obviously, it's President Trump. He's remaking the Republican

Party in his image. And the first example of this, and perhaps the best example, is on immigration. The Republican leadership announced today that

they are going to push through legislation, $14 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border. That is a lot of money and that is being pushed

through by a lot of Republicans who rankly previously thought that the wall was a joke and was not something that would seriously do much about immigration.

So, Trump is winning that fight.

ANDERSON: So, Ryan, I guess the question is this. If Trump is sort of reigning supreme at this point, and it's all about what he's doing and not

what the Republican Party is up to, that begs the question, who has he got around him? And who is he prepared to take advice from? Is it those that

he is putting into official cabinet positions, or is it the smaller cohort around him, giving him advice, these senior advisers, these the chief of

staff, what do we know about these characters at this point that might reveal where he's going next?

Can you just break this down for us a little bit?

[10:35:08] LIZZA: It's a great question. And the people around him in the White House come from different backgrounds. You have someone like Steve

Bannon who used to run the website Bannon is very enthusiastic about the nationalist, populist movements, not just in the

United States, but across Europe. He -- and his life as an editor, he built links with far right parties in Germany, in Italy, the folks who

brought us Brexit. So, that's his background. He wants to model American politics and the Republican Party along the populist far right parties of

Europe. That's very, very new in America.

But then you have someone like Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, also a very important adviser, who comes from the New York media world, was

previously a Democrat. So, he's very important.

Then you have another person like Reince Priebus, his chief of staff. He's an establishment

Republican. He was the leader of the Republican National Committee. He was someone that started the election cycle as a critic of everything that

Donald Trump stood for and argued that the way forward with Republicans was the opposite of Trump.

So, you have this weird constellation of people that do come from different backgrounds. I think the thing with Trump that we have learned in the last

two years is he's very, very susceptible to being influenced by the last person who talked to him.

So, for instance, in an interview with the New York Times a few weeks ago he said, well, he talked to his nominee for Defense Secretary General

Mattis. Mattis said torture doesn't work, just stop talking about it. And Trump seemed to internalize that and to take that. Now, yesterday, he says

Trump says he talked to some other people..

ANDERSON: OK. Let me stop you there, because let's take a listen to exactly what he did say about torture.


TRUMP: Well, I have spoken to others in intelligence. And they are big believers in, as an example, waterboarding.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You did tell me.

TRUMP: ...because they say it does work.

TRUMP: So, he says it works. But we'll listen to the defense secretary and CIA director who are against torture. And of course torture is against

U.S. law.

So, on that point, where does he go from there?

LIZZA: That's the important thing. We're throwing around this word torture as if it's not a big deal. It's illegal. So to have the American

president casually discuss something the fact that he's open to something that is illegal to me at least is slightly concerning.

Where does he go? If he really wants to push this, he has to go up to congress and ask them to change a law that was passed within the last few


I will note that Speaker Ryan today pointed out that it is illegal. I don't think there's much of an appetite on Capitol Hill to reopen this

issue. Waterboarding was used after 9/11 when intelligence services were in a very different place. They -- that entire world now, the consensus is

they don't need it.

So, Trump is opening up an issue that really has been closed.

ANDERSON: Ryan, I'm going to move on because we have got some pictures out of joint base Andrews in Maryland. Thank you.

And that's where President Trump is about to board Air Force One to travel to Philadelphia for a

Republican retreat. This is Mr. Trump's maiden voyage on this jet. This is Air Force One that you're looking at there on the tarmac. Once in

Philadelphia, he will deliver the keynote address to Republican lawmakers.

Lots going on. Mr. Trump made hundreds of promises and pledges on his way to the White House. And we're keeping a close eye on how he's keeping up

with them on our Web Site. It's interactive and chock full of information and analysis.

And we will show this to you every so often and show you that it will develop as things move along. So do keep an check it out.

Now, if you want a picture of the future. Imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. Well, in this dystopian novel "1984," George Orwell

painted a bleak picture of the way he saw our world going.

Now, almost 70 years after the book first came out, it is topping Amazon's best seller list as our Brian Todd discovered, it may have something to do

with one Donald Trump.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A terrifying future world where society is controlled by a totalitarian government, where facts are censored and truth

is rewritten. A story where two plus two equals five.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The standard of living has risen by no less than 20 percent over the last year.

TODD: This is one of the movies based on the book "1984," written 68 years ago by George Orwell, a book that now is enormously popular again. Number

one on Amazon's bestseller list. In such demand that the publisher, Penguin, is furiously printing more copies of the book.

[10:40:17] ELISABETH ANKER, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: I think people are buying it as a warning, as a sense of trying

to understand what happens when a government is actually kind of blatantly dissimulating facts and asking people to believe them is true. They're not

backing down when there is evidence to the contrary.

TODD: "1984" follows the path of the character Winston Smith, a regular guy who lives under a government that controls everything, distorts reality and

wipes out evidence of what really happened in the past. The so-called ministry of truth tells lies. Its propaganda is called new speak.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you seen the tenth edition of the new speak dictionary?

TODD: Some analysts suggest the increase in "1984" book sales could be a response to the new White House. Trump administration has been targeted by

fact checkers for alleging massive voter fraud but offering no proof and battling with the press over the exaggerated claims from the White House of

inaugural crowd size.

SPICER: Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way in one particular tweet to minimize the support that had gathered

on the national mall.

TODD: Presidential aide Kellyanne Conway went on NBC's Meet the Press and defended the White House Press Secretary.

KELLYANNE CONWAY, DONALD TRUMP SENIOR ADVISER: I mean, Sean Spicer, our Press Secretary, gave alternative facts to that. But the point remains...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wait a minute. Alternative facts?

TODD: CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein has called Conway the minister of propaganda.

CARL BERNSTEIN, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Kellyanne Conway and the president of the United States, in their counter-truthful narratives as

well as specifics, are following an Orwellian road. And it's dangerous. It is disturbing. And it is intense. But in terms of the exact parallels with

"1984", I'd be a little careful.

TODD: University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato says some of the early moves of the Trump administration may be driving the comparisons, but he

also said it's early.

LARRY SABATO, VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR POLITICS DIRECTOR: Any conclusions you reach when an administration is only days old can easily be

wrong and certainly they're premature.

So, you can criticize the fact that people are already reaching these conclusions. I think reasonably we ought to give it more time.

But the early signs are concerning, and I think that's why a lot of people are reading or reading for the first time "1984." Orwell may have been on

to something.

TODD: Analysts point out that one of the central themes of the book "1984," the concept of big brother, that the government's eyes and ears were

everywhere surveilling its citizens isn't any more of a concern now during the Trump administration than it was during Barack Obama's term or George

W. Bush's.

In fact, the book also saw a spike in sales in 2013 after Edward Snowden leaked information about NSA surveillance.

Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World. Coming up, a painful rebuild, a devastated resilient football club play their first competitive

match in a few hours. We will be live in the city for you after this.


[10:45:37] ANDERSON: You may remember these scenes, the Brazilian football team Chapecoense was on their way to the biggest match of the club's career

when their plane crashed.

71 people were killed, the team almost wiped out.

Well, now less than two months later, they have gathered a new team together. In just a few hours, they will take to the field again in their

first competitive match.

Don Riddell joins us live from the city of Chapeco. And, Don, what's the atmosphere like there?

DON RIDDELL, CNN WORLD SPORT: Well, it's been another difficult week, Becky. We actually had our first friendly game on Saturday. And that was

hugely emotional. We had the surviving players being presented with the Copa Sudamericana trophy and their winners medals. But it was such a

bittersweet occasion. And of course, so many of the fans knew these players. It's a very, very

intimate club and a very intimate community. So, this was just devastating.

But it's remarkable to see how they're recovering. I'm actually standing pretty much on the spot where I was two months ago when all those coffins

came back in for that rain soaked funeral event. And what they've achieved since then is quite remarkable. Nothing about the story of Chapecoense

from when they were formed 40 odd years ago to what's happened in the last two months has been easy. But their spirit always seems to get them



RIDDELL: Tulio de Melo knows this building well. He used to live here when he played for Chapecoense in 2015. And when he left the club, he

rented his apartment to one of his teammates. Then the devastating plane crash killed almost all of his old friends, including his tennant. And so

now he's moved back to help out with the team's reconstruction.

TULIO DE MELO, CHAPECOENSE STRIKER: I think the city is moving on, because we must. That's life. We must move on.

RIDDELL: It's a problem never before faced in modern professional football: how do you rebuild a football team, almost from scratch.

With just a little more than 50 days between the crash and the start of the new season, it's a problem Chapecoense has to tackle head on.

DE MELO: It's more difficult to reconstruct the club from zero.

We don't know in the field, you look to the right, you left, behind or in front of you, you've never those players on the field before.

RIDDELL: One part of the problem was also part of the solution: the players were recruited so fast and all at the same time that none at a

place to live, so their two weeks all together in a downtown hotel turned out to be a valuable bonding exercise.

Only three players who didn't travel on the flight remain from last year's team. Netto and Allan Rochelle survived, but will be in recovery for


So, the team promoted 10 players from the youth side, recruited 22 on loan, and bought just one to make a squad of 38.

And it's not just the players, virtually the entire back room staff died in the crash too.

UNIDENITFIED MALE (through translator): Because we have lost many important people, all of us in this changing room have an obligation not

only to do our part but also to help our partners so that things come out the best way possible.

RIDDELL: And it doesn't sound like anyone is complaining. Everyone at Chapecoense knows that this isn't just any old club in any old season.

DE MELO: This is the very most important season in our life. In Europe, I played the Champions League, I played Europa League, with big teams against

big teams, and the meaning of this season is completely different. It's not all about football, it's about history, it's about hurt, it's about


RIDDELL: And that emotion, that spirit will be key to Chape's success. Tulio returned to the club because of an old friend and teammate. When

Neto recovered from the crash, he was on the phone asking Tulio for help.

[10:50:01] NETO, CHAPECOENSE DEFENDER (through translator): Tulio is a good friend. He's a player that could play elsewhere but decided to come

here to continue this story.

RIDDELL: The secret of Chapecoense's success was always their spirit and harmony. They punched well above their weight and made it all the way to

the top. The situation is new for everyone and should foster the same camaraderie for a season and team like no other.


RIDDELL: Yes, they're all flicking each other's ears.

ANDERSON: Live from London, this is Connect the World when we come back, we'll find out if my team managed to get this bird off of my desk over in

Abu Dhabi. Stay with us.


ANDERSON: Planes, trains and basically anything that moves are all jam packed across China as hundreds of millions of people hurry home to

celebrate the Lunar New Year in China, all strutting their celebrations into what is the year of the Rooster. The next year, that is meant to be

marked by arguments and confrontation.

Well, you'll know all too well, America's president has been ruffling some Chinese feathers as he looks to let Beijing and the world know he's top of

the pecking order. Sorry.

But can Trump afford to be cocky? Well, to help us figure out the Feng Shui here, let's get back to my studio in Abu Dhabi, which looks a little

more like downtown China right now.

And they cleared out that rooster.

Feng Jing and Charles is from the Galleria with us.

So hang on a minute, what did you do with the rooster, just so that our viewers aren't getting nervous about where we stand?

CHARLES MARTINEZ, GALLERIA: We promise we have done nothing with the rooster.

ANDERSON: OK. All right, so he's safe. All right.

OK, so the monkey is out and the rooster is in. So how will this cocky little fella influence things in 2017. What should we expect?

FENG JING, THE GALLERIA: Yeah, the rooster is a number 10 in Chinese zodiac and the

term means complete and perfect. So I wish everyone happy Chinese new year and I would like to say

in Mandarin as well...


Thank you.

ANDERSON: We very much appreciate that, and so will our viewers around the world.

Charles, you make a very big deal of Chinese new year, or the Lunar New York and Chinese New Year at the Gallery, which is a huge smart shopping

center in Abu Dhabi. Why?

MARTINEZ: Well, the Chinese segment is very important to us. It's very important to the UAE. I mean, it's the largest population in the world.

You see more and more of this burgeoning middle class showing a propensity for travel. And you see things like the UAE making it easier for Chinese

visitors to apply for visas upon arrival.

And so we think it's important to add to the leisure component, the entertainment opponent by

hosting these types of cultural activities for Chinese visitors as well as UAE residents alike to enjoy.

ANDERSON: Feng, the rooster respects those with strong opinions and a good work ethic.

Tell us more about what we can expect then going forward, and what we have left behind as we say goodbye to the year of the monkey?

JING: Yeah, actually the rooster, the year of the rooster, the people here are very hard working. They are very -- what's going on.

MARTINEZ: They're hard working, yes.

Very organized.

JING: Exactly. Yeah.

MARTINEZ: We have a couple of roosters on our team and they've been quick to remind us all of the wonderful things that the rooster has to offer us.

ANDERSON: Charles apparently they are notoriously punctual as well. So, the time start wearing a watch for all of our viewers apparently is this

year. I guess they can buy one of those down at the Galleria if they're in need of one, right?

MARTINEZ: Absolutely. The other interesting piece that I read was that if you're a single rooster, this is a great year for you to start a

relationship. So all you single roosters out there, keep that in mind.

ANDERSON: Good stuff.

All right, thank you both very much indeed. And a very happy new year to you, Feng, as well.

Well, just before we go, enough of these earthly matters, let's look to the heavens. This week NASA released new pictures from around Saturn that had

people remember this scene in Star Wars.


ALEX GUINNESS, ACTOR: That's no moon, it's a space station.

HARRISON FORD, ACTOR: It's too big to be a space station.


ANDERSON: Well, except this time it actually is one of Saturn's moons and not a Death Star.

Star Wars fans point out the uncanny resemblance, especially noting the distinctively circular crater. NASA says the moons solid core protects it

from blowing up like its look alike did.

Well, there you go. Do join the celebrations for these new years and get in touch with all of us here on Connect the World any time night or day by

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You have been watching Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson in London. Thank you for joining us for this hour. CNN's reporting goes on just

ahead. So, stay with us.