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Monday, January 26, 2009

Still a Lot of Problems Out There...


Friday, the Obama Administration made it crystal clear that hunting down al Qaeda is still a top priority to this country, with two air strikes into the Pakistan Tribal Areas. Barbara Starr reports from the Pentagon:

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Sunday on GPS, Fareed Zakaria had a panel of three guests that, as he put it, "know more about Pakistan and Afghanistan than almost anyone" -- Rory Stewart, Barnett Rubin, and Steve Coll talk about the way forward for the US in that region. The interview is nearly ten minutes long so I broke it into two parts. Part 1:

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And Part 2:

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On Friday, Campbell Brown had a discussion about the order to close down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. First, a report from Nic Robertson about a detainee who was released and now appears in an al Qaeda propaganda video, followed by a panel to discuss what to do with the rest of the prisoners who remain locked up. Two of the panel members are well-known to CNN viewers -- Peter Bergen and Reza Aslan -- but the third, Jed Babbin, clearly doesn't know the etiquette of panel discussions. Again, cut into two parts due to length. Part 1:

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Part 2:

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Then on Friday's AC360, Peter spoke with Anderson Cooper:

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Peter also spoke with Erica Hill on today's American Morning:

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Dan Rivers has a very disturbing report about Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar/Burma but being rounded up by Thai authorities and dumped back out at sea. It's pretty horrifying stuff, although it seems like most things that involve the Thai authorities these days qualify that way. This one aired in two parts on NewsRoom Sunday, with Don Lemon speaking with Dan via broadband after the piece finished. Part 1:

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Part 2:

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Okay, just so that not all the news is grim... Stan Grant reports from Abu Dhabi on a completely green city being built there, and I don't mean the emerald kind of green:

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Finally: I just love this new promo:

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That's it for me this week!


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4 comments:

mebz72 said...

I love to listen as smart people talk.
Thanks for the clips, Cyn!

Mavis said...

I agree mebz72, I love to listen to smart people too. I like it when our leaders use common sense and think outside the box.

Delie said...

Thanks for the FZ GPS clips. I missed the first part on CNN/I. Always good to her Rory Stewart.
Dan Rivers was interviewed by Michael Holmes on BackStory. It's available on cnn.com. Such a disturbing story.

On a lighter note, the graphics on CNN/I have changed and are very closed of the CNN/US. Blacks and bigger. I still don't know if I like or not. It's just that now CNN/I looks more "american"...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clips.I love the new
promo as well. I was surprised to see
Erica subbing on American Morning.