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E. Coli and Consumers; South Korean School Pledges to Fight Modern- Day Slavery

Aired June 7, 2011 - 08:00:00   ET



GUPTA: This is what makes it in part difficult to trace. For most people it will just be a couple of bad days. They may have some stomach cramping, they may have some stomach pains, but they may not think about it. They certainly may not report it to the doctor, but that's what it's going to be like for most of the people.

People who have persistent symptoms that last more than, you know, close to a week, that's something obviously that should get checked. And then you just identify the bacteria that's done at a hospital. You just basically identify the E. coli bacteria.

As far as this complication of HUS, that's much more serious, Kristie. That's something where someone will become quite ill. Their kidneys will start to shut down, so they won't be making urine. Their blood may not clot as well, so they start to develop bruising.

These are some of the signs that they may develop early. But certainly at the first inkling of this, someone should go see the doctor to try to get the treatment, the therapy necessary.

STOUT: All right. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, thank you very much indeed for providing all those answers for us here on NEWS STREAM.

GUPTA: Thank you.

STOUT: Just ahead here on the program, students in South Korea, they are learning a valuable lesson about modern-day slavery, and they're raising their voices in support of the CNN Freedom Project.


TEXT: The CNN Freedom Project Key Facts and Figures --

The number of modern-day slaves ranges from about 10 million to 30 million people. One hundred sixty-one countries are reported to be affected by human trafficking in some way. Globally, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. More than 70 percent of people trafficked across borders are female, 50 percent are children.

STOUT: Statistics like that motivated CNN to launch the Freedom Project, and we have joined the fight to end modern-day slavery and shot a spotlight on its horrors. And we are encouraging you to do the same. Even small gestures can make a big difference.

So we challenge you to show your support on our Web site.

Now, iReporters from all over the world, from all walks of life, have already told us that they are taking a stand against slavery. Now, from Los Angeles, California, Bernard Ray (ph) sent in this picture. His message: "One person can make a difference, so everyone should try."

And from Juba, in southern Sudan, Bintu Julius Bintu (ph) adds, "It is so important that this evil is still being practiced today despite all the modernization and civilization that society has undergone."

And meanwhile, back in the United States, in Virginia, Rachelle White (ph), she made this sign with two friends, and she tells us that she has been researching human trafficking and says, "I would love for this issue to go away, but it is not that easy."

And in South Africa, Diana Kokuhan (ph) is also taking a stand, saying this: "To think there is still slavery in this day and age is shocking. Everyone should do what they can to stop it."

And last but by no means least, I want to take you over to South Korea and young students at the Yeong Gwang Girls High School, they were shocked when they heard that slavery still exists. And more than 800 of them pledged to help spread the word and make a difference.

Now, no picture of them here, but we went one better. Paula Hancocks visited the school with a conscience.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It started with a banner, then a pledge.

STUDENTS: We are Yeong Gwang Girls High School. We are taking a stand to end slavery.


HANCOCKS: Now the whole school is working together to abolish modern-day slavery.

ELIZABETH PRUITT, ENGLISH TEACHER: Where does modern-day slavery happen?

STUDENTS: Everywhere.


HANCOCKS: English teacher Elizabeth Pruitt read about CNN's Freedom Project highlighting modern-day slavery and decided to talk to her students about it.

PRUITT: Did you know before that it happens all over the world?


PRUITT: No. I think most of didn't know that.

They got very, very interested, especially to learn that it was happening every day all over the world and not just in some faraway place. And they really ran with that themselves. They started reading about it online and finding out different ways that they could help.

HANCOCKS: The school principal tells me, "My students learned about issues like rape, child abuse and human trafficking in their class and decided to raise their voice in this campaign."

LEE HYE-IN, STUDENT, YEONG GWANG GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL: The problem is that many people don't know about it, so I can tell to my friends in other schools about modern-day slavery, and I can buy products that are slave- free, like the Body Shop (ph) or Goodui (ph).

LEE JIYEON, YEONG GWANG GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL: I was really surprised because I never had interest in this problem and never realized that it really happens even though we're in modern society.

HANCOCKS (on camera): This school is very well known in this area for its volunteer work. These students often visit hospitals and welfare centers. And recently, they even led a very successful campaign to recruit organ donors.

(voice-over): The school choir plays for nursing homes and orphanages, as well as performing internationally. The public face of a school with a conscience, a school which has decided its next project is to help abolish modern-day slavery.

Paula Hancocks, CNN, Gunsan, South Korea.


STOUT: Now, that story, it started with one small step, a lesson on social injustice, and a video uploaded to our Web site.

And you can take your own stand against slavery by clicking on to And there, you can send us a picture or video of yourself showing your support, or try our latest assignment, making a paper airplane to symbolize a victim's path to freedom.

And if you want more information about international organizations working to tackle slavery and human trafficking, head to the CNN Freedom Project blog. On the "How You Can Help" section, you'll find a list of charities you can donate to or get involved with, as well as a guide for parents and educators. It's all at

Now, coming up here on NEWS STREAM, we are live in Libya, where journalists are once again left with more questions than answers after a government- sponsored tour.

And in Japan, we're with a young orphan as she returns to her former home where the tsunami took her mother's life.


STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.

Now western diplomats now believe a bomb, not a rocket, was used to target the Yemeni president's compound last Friday. U.S. officials say Ali Abdullah Saleh suffered burns to nearly half of his body in that attack. While Saleh is treated at a hospital in Saudi Arabia, witnesses in Yemen report tribal gunmen have overtaken the city of Taiz.

Now authorities in German have yet to pinpoint the source of Europe's E. coli outbreak which has killed 22 people so far. Now European Union agricultural ministers are holding emergency talks about the crisis. They are looking at compensating fruit and vegetable growers for losses caused by the spread of the bacteria.

And NATO steps up air strikes in the Libyan capital. And state TV is now reporting that one of them has hit Moammar Gadhafi's compound.

Now for more, Dan Rivers joins us now live from Libya's capital city of Tripoli. Dan, more on these air strikes and any confirmation of what has been targeted.

DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the government spokesman at here spoke a couple of hours ago. The strikes have been continuing since then, Kristie, but he told us that a popular guard compound and a revolutionary guard compound had been hit. And then since then we understand that Colonel Gadhafi's own compound at Bab al-Aziziya is also being struck.

We have heard about perhaps around 20 very loud explosions. It appears that they may possibly be sort of bunker busting bombs. And again, as I speak to you know, we're hearing the sound of what sounds like NATO jets again circling overhead. And this has been unusual, because we haven't had this many air strikes during the day for some considerable time.

A NATO source that I spoke to told me this is a turning of the screw on the Gadhafi regime, a regime that continues to take journalists out to try and convince them that NATO is actually hitting civilian targets. Take a look.


RIVERS: Adura (ph), east of the capital Tripoli, where our government minders claim a NATO rocket hit a residential area. There is a small crater surrounded by local residents and at its center the remains of what appears to be a rocket made by GEC Marconi. There's evidence around of some damage to houses and several dead animals.

The locals say they've been hit repeatedly by NATO air strikes on a military base over there, but some of the bombs have gone astray and landed here in the middle of a residential area.

NATO says it was active in the area at the time, but cannot confirm whether this crater was caused by one of its planes.

Bahir al Dean (ph) says the house belongs to him, claims his baby son was injured by falling debris.

So this is your house?


RIVERS: He shows us inside where we see some damage. Father-in-law angrily rants against what he says is continual bombing.

We'll take you into another house nearby which locals claim was damaged by the same air strike. They say two other children were injured here.

Afterwards, we're taken to a hospital where we're shown a baby girl, Nasib (ph), in a coma. In what seems to be a contrived event, this man claims to be her uncle who speaks for the family. Around Nasib's (ph) hospital bed, numerous posters of Colonel Gadhafi.

Government officials say this woman is Nasib's (ph) mother. We're not allowed to interview her. And we're also not allowed to talk to the other doctors.

While the woman cried in front of the media, one of the journalists here was quietly passed a note by a hospital staffer saying Nasib (ph) was in fact injured in a car accident, not in any NATO attack, raising questions about everything we've seen this day.


RIVERS: One thing that is clear is that this bombing campaign by NATO is getting more intense. As I said to you, Kristie, we've been listening to incredibly loud explosions all morning here in Tripoli. The official government spokesman also telling us that the Libyan TV station was hit yesterday. Two technicians were killed and 16 injured according to him. We of course have no way to independently confirm that.

STOUT: Now, four months now into the uprising. The campaign is intensifying. Dan Rivers joining us live from Tripoli. Thank you.

Now time now to check in on the latest world weather picture. Mari Ramos is standing by with news of a storm system brewing off the west coast of India -- Mari.


Hey, Kristie, yeah. I'm waiting for my computer to come up. There it is.

You know what, this is a storm system I told you about yesterday first. And it's -- this time of year when we are in between monsoon times, where we begin to see the potential for tropical cyclones. Now it's gone back to look as far as the possibility for this to develop. And it looks like most of the moisture is actually beginning to move offshore, but we're still going to watch it, because some of the computer models are showing this as a potential threat over the next few days. Now from Mumbai south, temperatures are into the 30s. But from there to the north, into the 40s, including New Delhi. It's going to be a long time before you guys see any kind of relief from the heat, any significant relief, and that will happen when the monsoon actually gets there.

The monsoon forecast this year, expect it to be about normal. Even though it's been a little bit ahead of schedule on this western side on India and behind schedule on the east, overall normal rainfall is expected for this year. So that's good news as far as the monsoon is concerned.

And look at this picture, this one is coming to us from China. They've gone from drought to flooding. This is Hunan province, one of the areas where they have had just a terrible, terrible time when it comes to flooding -- and from drought I should say, with reservoirs that have been - - reservoirs that have just decimated and people left without drinking water in some cases. And now some very heavy rain that has been affecting that area. You can see right over here, still some strong thunderstorms that are continuing to form. The rain, overall, is beneficial, but the potential for flooding is still there.

Over the Philippines, we're watching an area of low pressure. This one will bring us some very heavy rain over the next couple of days. So that's also something worth monitoring.

And I do want to switch gears a little bit, Kristie, with my last 30 seconds and show you these amazing pictures of the volcanic eruption in Chile. I don't know if you've seen these yet, but look at the lightning associated with these volcanic eruption. Huge clouds going up 10,000 meters into the air affecting neighboring Argentina. Just amazing to be able to capture these images like this. And really spectacular.

There have been some airport closures, particularly in southern parts of Argentina and then some roadways and mountain passes in between, because of situations like this with pumice covering the ground.

Back to you.

STOUT: And you're right, some spectacular imagery there. Mari Ramos, thank you very much indeed.

Now it has been nearly three months since Japan was rocked by a record earthquake and tsunami. Many survivors are still trying to rebuild their lives, including hundreds of children left orphaned.

But as Kyung Lah reports, support for the kids has been waning.


KYUNG LAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A landscape of nothingness for 15-year-old Siaka Sugawara (ph) only her young imagination can paint what was once her house. Then she describes a horror a child still cannot comprehend.

"I can't remember how I was washed away," she says.

That's where you ended up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): With my mother, under the rubble in the nearby school's swimming pool. She was alive and talking, but trapped. She told me to get out. When I told her, OK, I'm going. She cried don't go! But I still left her.

LAH: Another tsunami wave then hit, throwing Siaka (ph) on the roof where she laid bleeding for two days until rescuers arrived. Her closest guardians, her great grandmother, grandmother and her mother all died. She is an orphan at age 15.

Now living alone in a dorm room at a new high school, the last photo she took of her mother sits nearby, a picture pulled along with a few precious others from the mobile phone found buried in the debris with her mother's body.

Three months after this disaster, Japan's government says it is still trying to get an accurate count of exactly how many children were orphaned by this tsunami. What they know is that there are 1,200 children, at least, who have lost one parent, 200 who have lost both, but the government adds, it is still counting.

YUKICHI OKAZAKI, ASHINAGA: (inaudible) never forget about (inaudible) their life.

LAH: Forgetting the victims is already a problem, says Ashinaga, a group helping orphans who says there are barely any inquiries anymore about how to help the children.

OKAZAKI: Three months.

LAH: No phone ringing.

OKAZAKI: No phone ringing. They've start forgetting what's happened to those (inaudible).

LAH: That's why these four tsunami orphans are flying to New York this week with Ashinaga to fund raise. Their financial trauma is only now beginning, as is the emotional one. In New York, they plan to meet American children who lost parents in the 9/11 terror attack and Hurricane Katrina.

"Only children like us can really understand each other," says orphaned Shoya Kasai (ph).

Siaka's (ph) wallet is the only physical remnant that survived the tsunami, a junior high graduation gift from her mother miraculously found by search crews.

"I don't feel anything about any of this," she says.

Perhaps it's better that way for now, because when those feelings come, there will be no one there to help her cope.

Kyung Lah, CNN, Ishinomaki, Japan.



STOUT: Live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.

Now Steve Jobs took the stage on Monday to show off Apple's latest products, but he didn't show off a new phone or computer, the focus was solely on software.

Now Jobs took the wraps off the next version of the Mac operating system, the next version of its mobile operating system, and the product that will tie it all together, the iCloud. Now the long awaited iCloud is essentially an online storage space, but Jobs explained how it is much more than that.


STEVE JOBS, APPLE CEO: Some people think the cloud is just a hard disk in the sky, right? And you take a bunch of stuff and you put it in your drop box, or your iDisk, or whatever and it transfers it up to the cloud and stores it and then you drag whatever you want back out on your other devices. We think it's way more than that. And we call it iCloud.

Now iCloud stores your content in the cloud and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices.


STOUT: Now iCloud is built off the back of Apple's digital hub strategy. Now Jobs first unveiled the digital hub in 2001. Now the idea was that your computer is at the center of your digital life and all your data is collected and stored on your computer and your computer is the central hub that synchs all that data to all your devices.

But, as Jobs explained, Apple's digital hub doesn't work anymore.


JOBS: Devices have changed. They now all have music. They now all have photos. They now all have video. And so if I acquire a song. I buy it right on my iPhone. I want to get that to my other devices, right? I pick up my iPad and it doesn't have that song on it.

So I have to synch my iPhone to my Mac, then I have to synch my other devices to the Mac to get that song. But then they've deposited some photos on the Mac, so I have to synch the iPhone again with the Mac to get those photos.

And keeping these devices in synch is driving us crazy.


STOUT: So what is the solution? Well, you take the Mac from the center of the hub and you demote it to being just another device. And the cloud becomes the center. And the computer joins your phone or tablet as just another gadget that needs to be synched.

But there are many limits to iCloud. Now it is not a streaming service. Now, if you want to access your data on a certain device, iCloud it makes it easy to download songs to a gadget, but you actually have to download it. You can't save space by leaving it in the cloud and streaming it.

Also, no web access. Now the iCloud will freely share things like documents between your devices, but you'll need an Apple device and the right app to access them. Unlike Google Docs, you can't access documents through the web.

And lastly, the storage is limited, iCloud only keep the last 30 days worth of photos on its servers.

Now remember, Jobs said that the computer has been demoted from being the central hub to just another device, but the only device that will store all your photos is -- your computer.

Now whether those limits will affect that popularity of iCloud, now that remains to be seen. Now we'll find out when Apple releases iCloud later this year.

Now the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, he is hoping to rejuvenate the governing bodies image by starting a new solutions committee to look at governance and compliance. Now Blatter says the committee will include the former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former footballers, and as he told our Alex Thomas in an exclusive interview there's a surprising name on his list.


SEPP BLATTER, FIFA PRESIDENT: These gentlemen are more than as advisers in this -- not the expert, they're advisers. And what they should be, also, is the kind of council of wisdom -- a council of wisdom which my executive committee would not like, because they think they are the council of wisdom, but the -- I have also contacted the Spanish singer, help me with the name -- Placido Domingo...


BLATTER: ...the one who plays...

THOMAS: But Placido Domingo is one of the names who might join the solutions committee.

BLATTER: Yes. And Placido Domingo, he will be part. And he is happy, he's proud, that he's part as Kissinger also. People say he's an old man, but he's a wise man.

THOMAS: And you said it will be chaired, the solutions committee will be chaired by someone from within.

BLATTER: Someone in FIFA, yes.

THOMAS: Again, is the problem there not that you could have attempted to have an independent committee?

BLATTER: Listen, the football family has asked me to solve the solution inside the FIFA and not outside the FIFA. And if you have to go and open our doors by saying everybody can come in. We are a well organized institution. We have 208 associations, six continents. I put already zero tolerance in the agenda.

THOMAS: What will zero tolerance mean in practice? Is it a lifetime ban for anyone found offering a bribe or taking a bribe?

BLATTER: No. To say if there is an offense against the ethic code, it is a life ban -- everybody has the right to defend itself, himself.

THOMAS: But why not guarantee a lifetime ban? Because zero tolerance sounds like zero tolerance. Do you see what -- people on the outside who might even like you as FIFA president, they hear the words, but they don't believe that you will go through with it. That you say zero tolerance...

BLATTER: But if they don't believe then they shall wait a little bit until we have our new organization of the -- already with the ethic committee. And it will work.

Zero tolerance means not that everybody who -- it's not a killing instinct we have to kill people, zero tolerance means if you commit something out of the field of play you will have a punishment. But it can be a yellow card, it can be a red card, it can be a suspension for two games, three games, lifetime.

THOMAS: Spoken very strongly about how you want to change FIFA for the better. Do you think part of that is looking again at Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022?

BLATTER: No. I don't know why. I don't know why we should -- we should go in. We shall go to all and we shall start now with Brazil and with before I don't know why we should open something, because somebody has said something Qatar.

THOMAS: There's not strong evidence with the allegations against Qatar, but it would it not be fair to the countries that lost out like the United States, Australia and others just to look into it one more time?

BLATTER: But listen, let me work now on this new approach of the ethics committee. Let me work with this committee of solutions. And if this committee of solutions or the ethics committee, they have the impression that they should do something then let them take the decision.

THOMAS: You've been at FIFA a long, long time. How are you feeling? Because you've had to cope with a lot of criticism personally over the recent weeks?

BLATTER: I was always a center forward. And I have received a lot of...

THOMAS: Kicks.

BLATTER: ...kicks and pushing and stripping shirts. So I'm used in my life that -- and when you are in such a position that I am, and that when you are working so hard, it is always that not everything you are doing pleases to everybody.

THOMAS: You've not had enough? You're determined to see out the four years?

BLATTER: No. But -- I haven't had enough I would say kicks I have received enough. And I hope that they will stop now. But I want to prove now that we can bring back this credibility to FIFA, to the football, because the football -- the world of football is a good world in football.


STOUT: And you can watch the full, exclusive interview with Sepp Blatter on the next World Sport. That is just under three hours from now.

Now ahead on News Stream, taken down by Twitter. U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner finally admits to sending racy photos over the social networking site. We'll look at the reaction next.


STOUT: Welcome back.

Now a married U.S. Congressman has admitted sending inappropriate photos of himself to women he met online. Democrat Anthony Weiner's confession, it came after days of denial. And shortly after another U.S. politician was indicted for allegedly covering up his own sex scandal.

Now former Senator John Edwards, he is accused of using his campaign funds to hide his affair. Now Edwards admits to making mistakes, but says he never broke the law.

Now let's not forget, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, he was impeached for his indiscretions. Now he was not removed from the Oval Office over the Monica Lewinski scandal. Representative Weiner now faces an ethics committee investigation. And he refuses to resign.

Now he could weather the storm like this man here, Eliot Spitzer resigned as New York's governor as he was identified as a client of a prostitution ring. He now hosts a prime-time show on CNN USA. Here is his take.


ELIOT SPITZER, CNN HOST: It was the kind of moment that neither politicians nor journalists should be proud of. And believe me, I know. I've been there. And I've held both jobs.


STOUT: Now Weiner called his own actions dumb, destructive, and deeply hurtful. Jeanne Moos analyzes the congressman's apology.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The camera sounded like a firing squad. It must have felt like one to Anthony Weiner. He took a last drink, but the waterworks that mattered came out of his eyes and his sniffling nose.

REP. ANTHONY WEINER, (D) NEW YORK: I've done things I deeply regret. I deeply regret -- regretting what I have done.

MOOS: Sorry to the media for all the stonewalling he did.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: You would know if this is your underpants, for instance.

WEINER: The question is -- I appreciate you considering it a (inaudible) at me.

MOOS: But it was when pictures like this flashed out from the conservative web site Big Government that Congressman Weiner's goose was cooked.

Pictures exchanged consensually, he said, with women he met through Facebook.

WEINER: I don't know what I was thinking. This was a destructive thing to do.

MOOS: Some of the pictures were playful -- flashing a sign saying me with his wedding ring fully visible. Or posing with two cats behind him with the caption full of double meaning according to the Big Government web site.

And when he bared his torso, it was with what appeared to include family photos arrayed behind him.

The owner of says he didn't publish the worst photo.


MOOS: The person Congressman Weiner apologized to the most was his wife.

WEINER: I love my wife very much. And we have no intention of splitting up over this.

MOOS: How things have changed since Congressman Weiner referred to his wife at the Congressional Correspondents Dinner just over two months ago.

WEINER: And she's, you know, lovely and elegant and brilliant and widely respected throughout this town. So obviously opposites attract.

MOOS: Back then he cracked.

WEINER: I do the wiener jokes around here, guys.

MOOS: Now everyone is doing them, even a sausage restaurant in Brooklyn called Der Kommissar is advertising a special.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's called the Anthony's Wieners.

MOOS: Two hotdogs on French bread drizzled with olive oil, $6 while supplies last.

Owner Alex Darcy (ph) says it's given the new restaurant a nice little boost.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's juicy and delicious.

MOOS: But no juicier than the scandal itself.

WEINER: This was a very dumb thing to do.

MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


STOUT: And that is News Stream. But the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.