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February 26, 2009
Posted: 1637 GMT

Hello everyone,

It's finally here! I-Desk's very own blog.

In this space, we'd like to ask our viewers and readers to take part in discussions and debates about the news items we cover on the show.

Our producers, writers and on-air contributors will take part in this blog with their take on the hour's news.

We'll also be featuring quick votes and story of the day questions. If the comments tell us you care about a certain topic, I might read some of your thoughts out on air.

Back to work for me. See you on air in about a half hour!

Hala Gorani

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Fawad Ali   February 26th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

Nice

PETER WINSLOW   February 26th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

CLAUDIA ADJOA MENSAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KC   February 26th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Dear Hala Gorani,
I'm so pleased with your new program "the Idesk” is very nice but the only problem i have with it is that.

I live in Europe Luxembourg for such a long time now and there is never a time that CNN come over here in Luxembourg to gather new from here or even read news about Luxembourg.
In this regard as your program “the Idesk” been international, I will be pleased if news from Luxembourg is also air in your program.

I hope my request will be look into and i will be very happy if have a CNN/Idesk reporter here in Luxembourg reporting from Lux.
Hope to read from or see my request air.

Sincerely,

KC.

Daniyal Pejman   February 27th, 2009 1:07 am ET

hello my dear Hala i hope you are always so good.I'm big fan you and i wrote about discussions in facebook .hala i would like you talk about U.S policy about Iran and Iraq.anyway tanks and i love you so much . your biggest fan Daniyal Pejman from Tehran/Iran.

Steve Greenwood   February 27th, 2009 9:06 am ET

A Taichung criminal court has found a British english teacher guilty of shoplifting from the supermarket chain Carrefour. Following a long drawn out appeal from the accused Mr. Greenwood, and with evidence strongly supporting an acquittal, the residing judges surprisingly returned a guilty verdict. The prosecution's case, based entirely on staff witness testimonies, appeared to have completely broken down when the arresting security guard's testimony was proven to be false. On the initial request for video footage of the incident to be presented to the court, a Carrefour representative told the court it was unable to present the footage due to it being deleted. Following the judged demand that any video footage must be presented to the court, the arresting security guard requested permission to change his testimony. When questioned as to why he was now changing his testimony, he answered that it was a long time ago and he had forgotten what happened. Video evidence proved that Mr. Greenwood had never entered to section of the store that he was accused of shoplifting from, yet the judges still returned a guilty verdict. On receiving the official verdict, Mr. Greenwood's legal representation voiced their shock and disappointment at the final outcome.

Due to the length of the case and with it attracting public interest, finding employment has been difficult for Mr. Greenwood and he now finds himself financially ruined and stranded in Taiwan. Taipei British consulate staff are now working on finding a solution to the problem after rescuing Mr. Greenwood from a park bench.

Maggie   February 27th, 2009 9:15 am ET

Hi Hala,

I so enjoy your show very much and always try to watch it every evening, I always liked you when you were an anchor on CNN and enjoyed your articles on Middle East, I have lived all over the Middle East and now live in Egypt.
Keep up the good work
Kind regards
Maggie

Rados, Serbia   February 27th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

Hi Hala, I love your new show, it's fast paced and gives us all the latest news from around the world. I love the sport segment with Mark, you two are always funny together.

IDesk music is awesome, I feel like dancing when I hear it and your new Atlanta set is fabulous.

But the best thing on IDesk is you Hala Gorani, a great anchor and journalist, always very objective and fair, you care about news from all around the world and make CNN really International.

Keep up the great work the whole IDesk team.

steve paul from Owerri,Nigeria   February 27th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

Obama is generally among the Press address as Barak Obama,why not President tag first before his name,respect is due for those who deserve it,he is a true Messiah,therefore he deserve to be called PRESIDENT ,Press should make it a habit to call him President Obama hensforth.

branden cragle   February 27th, 2009 2:00 pm ET

I don't know how to get this plan out their. But I have a way to build a engine that besides start up. Never needs to be refueled or charged. This idea can also be massively upgraded to run power plants. NO POLUTION.

Akompab Benjamin   February 27th, 2009 5:57 pm ET

I have been absolute happy with the pragmatic approach President Obama has taken in outlining his strategy in Iraq. While the future of Iraq is still full of uncertainties, the US President has offered more hope to the Iraqi people to fully control their nation from August 30, 2010.

With the strong message of hope offering Iraqis the "opportunity to chose their future" , i think the security and stability of not only Iraq but other nations in the region will be sustained.

Kunle Adeboye   February 27th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

Hi Hala,

i feel excited about President Obama's Iraqi plan which is a far departure from the Cowboy stance of the past administration. America deserves a break from the negative perception and financial drain its past foreign policy has exerted on it.

Mr. Obama, has started well by choosing to create the 'opportunity' for Iraqis to develop their nation, while recognising the need to work with and through nations in the Middle East and across the world.

Americans already have enough to contend with back home, and the wars abroad are needless distractions Mr. Obama has to bring to a halt tactically. His regime offers a helping hand, not a striking hand. This, the Middle East Vampires must embrace and, if they don't, the people in the region should be wiser.

Kunle Adeboye
Lagos-Nigeria

Karen   February 27th, 2009 6:09 pm ET

Hi Hala,

We (US Expats) living in the Czech Republic love your show and since moving here and only getting 1 English TV station (CNN) have become big fans of you and your work.

Our question and/or request:

As the Czech Republic now has the presidency of the EU, the first ex-communist country to have this honor, why has CNN not produced any shows about the achievements of this little country that can. Czech's are a proud but fickle bunch and sure would like some recognition.

By the way, I also stayed up all night to see all of the debates, conventions, election and the inaugral, then watch The Situation room, my favorite is Jack Cafferty .....

We thank you and CNN for keeping us informed about the USA ....

Cheers,
Karen + David

TAREK   February 27th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

HALA, HI, HELLO AND HOW ARE YOU.
MY COMMENTS ARE AS FOLLOW:

1- YOU DONOT HAVE ANY NEW THING IN THIS NEW PROGRAM (IDESK) THAT ATTRACT ANY NEW IDEAS TO THIS WORLD.
2- YOU ARE REPEATING THE SAME THINGS THAT IS GOING ON FOR THE PAST YEARS.
3- YOU ARE DOING THE SAME NEWS GAMES THAT ANY ONE IN CNN IS DOING JUST REPATING WHAT IS GOING INFRONTOF THE CAMERA.

ONE THING ATTRACTS ME IN THIS IDESK IS YOU, YOU SWEET NICE LADY. I HAVE RESPECT FOR YOU AND WISH TO MEET YOU ONE DAY AT LEAST IN MY DREAM BECOUSE IAM A DREAMER.

MY ADVICE IS : FIND SOME THING NEW NEVER HAPPEND BEFOR, IN THIS CASE YOU WILL BE THE FIRST. IN GENERAL I GIVE YOU FOR THE PRESENT TIME FOR YOUR IDESK IS B+
.
BYE AND TAKECARE. BEST REGARD TO YOU AND TO CNN.

Ahmed E. (42 yo)   February 27th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

Hi Hala,

Thanks for being in CNN. I like watching you on my TV. You sound intelligent and very professional. I like you when covering Middle-East issues. IDesk is a good initiative and I hope will long last. I support President Obama and wish him good luck.

Salam from Morocco

arunn bai   February 27th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

am a sierra leonean living in cameroon , i think the message of Barak Obama well understood but am a bit not happy , especially when i had one ur outstanding reporters , i guess his name is Micheal , saying this has been said by president BUSH b' but to be hornest this is not the time for compearism , the time to wait and see and i belive the people will be very much glad to hear this from Obama.
so i we should wait and see , and am very sure that Obama will surelly deliver not only to the peolpe of America but to the entire world.

arunn bai   February 27th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

i thinks its a very positive move , by president Obama , may GOD give him the wisdom to deliver, iraq is meant for its people , Americans have done great job by getting rid of Sadm hussiens regim bravo but for sure the must leave now
thx
Arunn

ldsayles   March 1st, 2009 1:44 pm ET

. Wars no one wins drug war stop / overseas war stop..world trade? the other Bernie Maydoff's; is and has been the issue and conflict. Illegal drugs 1 how you going stop something that been here for 1000's of years it is just a commodity just like the pharmacy's that mend one illness but cause ten illness.. How can we catch a suspect half way around the world, but we can't catch Americas most wanted.
Those people have been begging USA to go home for many years. if Russia can remove there Wall! Then why can't North America USA do the same.. Canada / Mexico = hypocritical! / propaganda
Republican Conservative propaganda = 8 year war war is this Conservative? 350 billion dollars to banks gone; is this Conservative? and far as Rush lembal Republicans very similar to Hitler yes..
Nazi Republicans is what his words reflect.. www. a web is a trap! unless you are the spider. i ask you to study a one dollar bill as where waldo and seek and find a angel.. the world financial engine is broke because of unfair trade issue's. something for nothing is the name of the game. yes pay you 7 $ hour and you do all the work, but I make 70$hour and do no work- that's the game. OK yes let start putting statues all over North America of Rush Lambal the new [Saddam Hessian] Of course not to offend Mr. Rush Stalin. I see more of these Imbeciles
running trying to cover the corrupt endeavor that has resulted in this apathetic nation of deceit and greed America

Kasim   March 4th, 2009 2:17 pm ET

Now that arrest warrant is issue for the arrest of Omar Hassan al-Bashir , all country has been ask to arrest him. Ok my question is, as you know America did not sign to recognize this court.
If Omar Hassan al-Bashir travel to America, will American authority have the right to arrest him?.

Kasim.

Nagoya Japan.

Krikor Ohannessian   March 5th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

Hello Hala,

Congratulations and good luck for the new show and blog.
i would like to propose taking yourself to twitter.

All the best.
Krikor Ohannessian

Boswell Williams   April 15th, 2009 2:30 pm ET

When will President Obama realize that the American people are right about the Bank bailouts, like they were right about the Vietnam War? The financial system has its own agenda and that does not include listening to President Obama and doing what he says, like unfreezing credit. The system is not the Rock that he may think Christ says he should build America's finances on. Rather it is the "den of thieves" that Christ drove out of the Temple (Matthew 21:12-13). His Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, told us in February 2009, "Instead of catalyzing recovery, the financial system is working against recovery." That does not mean that we are helpless in dealing with the financial system. For that President Obama should visit 'A New and Better World Economic Order' http://www.boswellwilliams.com

Younes   June 3rd, 2009 8:13 pm ET

Hi Hala ,

The best description that i found for your show is " an interesting news show and a cute joursnalist to do it " .

well , since i'm a moroccan novice journalist too , i would like to participate in your tv show with my opinions on hard up-to-date events and issues .

i think that it would be better these days to tackle this strange event of airplanes crash not only becasue of the latest crash of the AIR FRANCE A 447 Flight but also because many other airplanes crash and the reasons are still unknown .

This issue is impossing one , becasue many people would like to know more about such event , especially in the case of people who lost their relatives in such inccidents and are still with no explanation of how did that happen ???

two thumbs up again Hala

bye bye

Angelique Doudnikova   July 14th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

Charles Taylor's lying and denying what he did in Liberia and Sierra leone is unbelievable! After hundreds of thousands of rapes, amputations, mutilations and murders of poor and innocent villagers he gets to sit in a court in the Hague dressed to the nines refuting all of it.
Does anyone the remember the footage shot of the killing of Samuel Doe that Charles Taylor himself authorised?

RKC   March 3rd, 2010 6:29 pm ET

Hala, You see Navy plane crashed & two pilot died here in INDIA.Normally how you (MEDIA) reacts in this kind of development. Eager to know.

RKC   March 4th, 2010 7:52 pm ET

hala,hi THERE IS SCHOOL TRIP PLANING OF ELDER SON UJJAWAL TO NASA & DISNEYLAND.IN SUMMER VACATIONS.WHEN FINALISE I INFORM YOU ACCORDINGLY.MEANS? JUST AS GESTURE OF REGARD.

Remar   March 22nd, 2010 5:33 pm ET

Who else thinks that Russia bears walking the streets, and the vodka flows like water?
And anyone can know that in this country the most beautiful girls?

salah mohd hasan   March 25th, 2011 3:05 pm ET

When will President Obama come to the rescue of Bahrain citizens who have been held hostage by a group of hooligans and fascists and have caused terror and fear among peace-loving people.
Mr President
All we need ffrom you is to come out and make just a statement defending us.....
Any reasonable human being will tell you that Bahrain image and its people are being being ruined by a handful group of outlaws who are mentally retarded and have a criminal mentality.
So please save us from this visious group.
Just come out with a statement condemning their terror.
I promise it will be a great help in setting our country on the path of national reconciliation and a fruitful dialogue.

Please... please... please... we believe in you and we know you can do this favor for our people.....

Thank you

salah mohd hasan   March 29th, 2011 9:51 am ET

live in the US and I am a proponent of democracy and human rights, however as the events unfolded I decided to look at both sides of the story (from other sources) and came to the conclusion that: BBC reports on Bahrain were one-sided, totally biased, and often untrue. If there were reporters from BBC on the ground, it appears that they were merely paroting what one segment of the Bahrain population were telling them without actually confirming the facts. It is indeed a travesty that BBC with its reputation and power would allow itself to fall to such a low level of ethics in journalism... so low! I will never trust anything on BBC.

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