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Monday, March 30, 2009

Winning Hearts and Minds

A lot of news last week about the war in Afghanistan, as President Obama unveiled a new plan for the war there. But are more troops really going to resolve the problem? Friday, Campbell Brown spoke with Christiane Amanpour, who is just back from a visit to that country, where she filmed interviews that will be featured in a two-hour documentary scheduled for August about how we can change the negative attitude many Muslims around the world have about the West:


[As Greg Mortenson said in that interview, schools in Afghanistan are a vital component for that country's future. The New York Times' journo Dexter Filkins recently wrote an article about young girls in Kandahar who were doused with acid because they dared to attend a school -- sadly, a frequent method of discouraging girls from education -- and that article inspired a frequent ATA/ATC contributor to set up a blog to help people find ways to raise money for the school. Please take a moment to read the article and check out Mavis' site.]

Peter Bergen was a guest on AC360 Friday night, and Anderson Cooper asked him about the new plan for Afghanistan:


Christiane also spoke to John Roberts today on American Morning:


Also today on American Morning, John spoke with Reza Aslan about an upcoming conference on the future of Afghanistan ... a conference that will include representatives from Iran:


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In other world news, Wolf Blitzer spoke with Reza Sayah this afternoon about the assault on a police training facility in Lahore, Pakistan that left at least eight cadets and instructors dead:


And finally...last Monday Michael Ware spoke to Wolf about the situation in Mexico:


That's a wrap for today. Don't forget to watch Jack Cafferty on The Daily Show tonight, that should be a terrific interview! Hope your March is going out like a lamb and that you don't get pranked too badly on Wednesday!

UPDATE: Campbell Brown has started her maternity leave, so Roland Brown is hosting her program for the next eight weeks. Also, Zain Verjee has a new gig -- I totally missed this, but Wolf announced it on Friday:
The good news -- Zain is going off to London to become an anchor of a brand new CNN International morning show that will debut fairly soon. The bad news, Jack, she's leaving THE SITUATION ROOM and heading off to London. And we're going to miss her terribly.

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MWmcFan said...

Thank you for your great post Cyn.
Mavis you have a wonderful blog starting, what a very good cause to help the girls in Kabul to get a good education.

Pati Mc said...

Oooh...clips of all of my faves. Thanks Cyn, you so totally rock!

Christiane never ceases to amaze me. Talk about a wonderful role model. :-)

Hope Mick had a great birthday. I was surprised that he did not go with Anderson last week. Hope they threw him a bangin' party!