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May 7, 2009
Posted: 1811 GMT

We've reached that point again when the horrors of war and the fears of full out confrontation are forcing ordinary people to flee, with what material possession they can carry on their backs. The vision of wide-eyed children in tents, barefoot in the mud, of parents lost and haggard, unsure when they will be able to return to their homes and terrified at what they will find when they get back.

It's the time when strategy and military tactics become one of many angles to a story. Now the Pakistani Prime Minister is asking international partners to help refugees who are fleeing anti-Taliban offensive. 45,000 are on the road and more may be forced to run for their lives.

Next door, in Afghanistan, airstrikes on suspected militant sites are leading to outrage and grief. Civilians have once again paid a high price for an apparent military mistake. There are still questions as to whether a U.S. strike was responsible but no questions as to who the victims were in this case.

Today, we are live in Islamabad and Kabul with Reza Sayah and Nic Robertson.

Also on the show, the health of banks. Today is the day the U.S. government releases its "stress test" for 19 of the nation's largest banks. The results have been leaking out all week so it's no surprise to hear that some banks (like Bank of America and Citigroup) need more money to become stable. But the good news is that the money may not have to come from taxpayers anymore. Seems like the bailout funds already approved will cover it.

Phew.

I'm happy I'll be chatting with my colleague Suzanne Simons on Blackwater's last day in Iraq today. Her book on the warzone security company and their controversial operations in hotspots like Iraq is coming out next month. She'll join me in the studio to talk about the significance of Blackwater's exit and explain how, in many ways, this doesn't mean the group is entirely leaving the country.

Plus, today is a special day (if you you mark dates American-style with the month first.) It is May 7, 2009 or 05-07-09. This is one of only 3 times this century that the date reads as 3 consecutive odd numbers.

In honor of the day, our pharaoh of fun facts producer Christian Du Chateau, wrote this hommage to Dr Seuss:

AS ODD AS THAT IS, THE DAY WILL BE FINE.
YOU SEE, IT'S THE NUMBERS FIVE... SEVEN AND NINE.

THREE ODDS IN A ROW TO TELL YOU THE DATE...
WE'VE ONLY THREE MORE, THEN A 90-YEAR WAIT.

See you on TV!

Hala

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Bill Frogg   May 7th, 2009 8:52 pm ET

Hi Hala and team, love the show, we've enjoyed them.An interesting point you may have overlooked today, as impossible as it sounds there will be a MORE interesting date and time this year,,,,,,,wait for it,,,,at 0234:56a.m. on07/08/09, oras you could display it 0234:56 7/8/09. Now that's fun*!
Have a good show tonight.
Toad

Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish   May 8th, 2009 12:10 am ET

Dear Hala, war is a part of human life since the beginning of the human civilization. But this is an act of uncivilized people. Pakistan is again under the threat of a war. This time with Taliban. The war is spreading from Afghanistan to Iraq and now from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Let’s hope for the day Hala when there will be no war and only peace will prevail. I don’t know what will be the digits of that date, but I think that will be the finest date on earth.

Dumisani Mlambo   May 8th, 2009 12:59 am ET

The Taliban and all terrorists groups in general are cowards. If they are the great indomitable heroes that they claim to be, then why do they hide their faces? Only a coward does that; hide behind a mask.

888   May 8th, 2009 10:27 am ET

Bonjour Hala! Merci pour votre mots...

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers
For all the world to see
Take it easy, like the numbers
one and three

N8 de la Maison

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