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October 29th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Predators in plain sight

It’s a story that’s all too familiar. Catholic Priests accused of abusing children. Church leaders accused of covering it up.

But that familiar story has a disturbing new chapter. For decades accused priests who were kicked out of the church have blended back into society. No one keeps track of where they live. Gary Tuchman tracks down some of the most notorious offenders living among us.

“Priests” is one of four stories in one compelling hour of television this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Priest abuse
October 28th, 2011
03:55 PM ET

The Mountaintop

A controversial new play on Broadway called “The Mountaintop” takes a look at the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life.

In the play, Dr. King is portrayed as a very human man, smoking, drinking, cursing, even flirting. Many are buzzing about the playwright who chose to portray the civil rights icon in such a way.

30-year-old Katori Hall is that playwright and in this weekend’s CNN presents Soledad O’Brien travels to Memphis with the playwright and for the first time ever, cameras are allowed inside the room where Dr. King spent the last hours of his life.

“The Mountaintop” is one of four stories in one compelling hour of television this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.

Filed under: Soledad O'Brien • The Mountaintop
October 28th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Sharks: from predator to prey

Shark attacks make good headlines… but your odds of getting bit are slim, really slim. Globally sharks are in steep decline. Commercial fishing and a growing demand for their fins is taking millions of sharks out of our oceans. These predators long feared by man now have something to fear from us.

Kaj Larsen comes face to face with sharks and reveals how the threat to them also threatens our environment. "Sharks" is one of four stories in one great hour this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.

Filed under: Kaj Larsen • shark
October 27th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Plastic Wars

Plastic Bags - there are trillions of them and they are the most abundant consumer product in the world according to Guinness World Records. We all use them. But after seeing this report, you may have second thoughts.

In her 2-part CNN Presents story "Plastic Wars" correspondent Amber Lyon finds plastic bags everywhere they should not be - in trees, on streets and even at the bottom of the ocean. She talks to a veterinarian who says he has seen plastic bags in the stomachs of whales, sea lions and dolphins. She meets with Andy Keller, whose mission is to rid the world of plastic bags, and with the man who represents the large corporation trying to stop him.

"Plastic Wars" is one of four stories airing the CNN Presents on Sunday, October 30th at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.

Filed under: Amber Lyon • plastic bags
October 24th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

WikiLeaks halts publication to raise money

WikiLeaks announced that it was temporarily stopping publication Monday to "aggressively fundraise" in order to stay afloat.

A financial blockade by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union has destroyed 95% of WikiLeaks' revenue, organization founder Julian Assange said.

"Our scarce resources now must focus entirely on fighting this unlawful banking blockade," Assange said. "If this financial attack stands unchallenged, a dangerous, oppressive and undemocratic precedent will have been set, the implications of which go far beyond WikiLeaks and its work."

Speaking in front of a backdrop that showed upside-down logos of VISA, MasterCard, Bank of America and PayPal, Assange said his organization, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, had been running off cash reserves for 11 months.

Many financial institutions stopped doing business with the site after it published a trove of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables late last year, and donations have been stymied.

U.S. authorities have said disclosing the classified information was illegal and caused risks to individuals and national security.

"WikiLeaks has, however, ignored our requests not to release or disseminate any U.S. documents it may possess and has continued its well-established pattern of irresponsible, reckless, and frankly dangerous actions," U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said last month.

Assange said Monday that WikiLeaks' publications are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and said there were no judgments or charges against his organization.

WikiLeaks said Monday that it had launched an antitrust complaint over the financial blockade with the European Commission. The organization also said it had started "pre-litigation action" against funding blocks in Iceland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States and Australia.

The blockade "arbitrarily singles out an organization that has not committed any illegal act in any country and cuts it off from every country," Assange said.

CNN’s Kaj Larsen examines WikiLeaks and its controversial leader for CNN Presents: “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange”.

Filed under: Julian Assange • Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
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