July 22, 2009
Posted: 1804 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri Al-Maliki is in Washington today. He is in the United States in a push to assert Iraq's independence from the United States and to court foreign investors.
A few weeks after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq's cities and towns, back to their sprawling bases, Nouri Al-Maliki wants the world to see Iraq as its own country, not America's client state.
The problem is that violence has spiked in the last few months in Iraq and sectarian tensions, though they have softened, are still percolating under the surface. Oh, and a national law establishing the division of resources from Iraq's potentially massive oil revenue still hasn't been passed by parliament.
Invest in Iraq? At your own risk.
We will take you live to the news conference, and live to Baghdad for more on today's violence across the country.
I expect most of the show will be taken up by the Obama-Maliki White House news conference, but if time permits, we will discuss Amnesty International's latest report blasting Saudi Arabia for "gross" human rights abuses in its campaign against terrorism.
Amnesty says Saudi routinely denies terrorism suspects basic human rights.
Nic Robertson goes through the report and asks Saudi officials for their reaction. We hope to talk to Nic live, as well.
We are also planning on bringing you the latest from Iran and the day's earnings reports on Wall Street.
Hope to see you at the Idesk!
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