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November 30, 2009
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Hello everyone,

Over the week-end, Iran said it would start construction on ten new nuclear plants, incensing Western powers who wanted Iran to stop enriching uranium altogether.

Tehran reacted angrily over the weekend to a U.N. watchdog agency resolution condemning its nuclear program and threatening harsher sanctions.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will speak today. We will go live to Tehran for more on what the Iranian leader says and what message he wants to send to the West this time.

Also today, we will bring you the latest on the aftermath of Dubai's financial crisis. Gulf markets had their first opportunity to react to the news that Dubai is asking to delay its massive debt repayments.

We will then go to Germany for a live report on the John Demjanjuk Nazi war crimes trial.

And we are live in Florida for the latest on the Tiger Woods car crash that has sparked so much speculation around the world. Tabloid rumors and public curiosity has turned this story into a global talking point. We cover all the angles.

And, here's hoping technology cooperates, because we are planning to be live in the Himalayas for more on the impact of global warming on glaciers in that part of the world, as we approach next month's climate change conference in Copenhagen.

And all the day's other top developing stories, as always.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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joe   November 30th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

wish that hala was on every channel i have

A. Smith, Oregon   December 1st, 2009 2:44 am ET

Iran appears to be moving ahead with their construction of 10 more Uranium refinery plants.

Apparently the Iranian Ayatollahs, Mullahs and Islamic Clerics are literally begging Israel and America to destroy all of Iran's Nuclear facility's.

Israel and America should oblige Iran and if the British, France and Germany want some payback for the Islamic led massacres upon civilians in their country's, they should each directly take parts in that mission.

I support the Swiss people that have banned Islamic minarets which they felt represent the growth of an ideology and a legal system – Sharia law – which they determined was totally incompatible with Swiss democracy.

I support the Australian people that are permanently deporting all Muslims that preach, extol and work to enable the ideology and Islamic legal system known as Sharia law from their country.

I urge all Western Country's to follow the leads by Switzerland and Australia to enact the same or similar laws against Islam enacting Sharia law in their country's.

Daniel   December 1st, 2009 12:09 pm ET

European community &USA´s 30years(since 1979) of neglect and disregarding for Mullah´s activites lead us to this situation that we have to face to day. Europe and united State wouldn´t have let the Mullahs go so far. In fact they are responsible for this mismanagement and I am sick of this cowardice.

Sayan Majumdar   December 1st, 2009 12:36 pm ET

In a lighter note living in Himalayas will not be a bad idea. I conducted a short trek (naturally on foot) in hilly terrain in North-East India few months ago and found the atmosphere pollution free besides the scenic beauties.

Sayan.

halozcel   December 1st, 2009 3:08 pm ET

The Butterfly Effect/Iran Effect,

Iran absolutely tries to produce Nuclear Weopon/A-Bomb.Indisputable.
And,on the other side,Iran also tries to improve Long-Range Missiles/Shahab3.
The Picture is completely Clear and Decisive.Iran chasing to be Super Nuclear Power and Pursues to revive Persian Empire that includes whole middle east.
It is Hardly possible,not possible,to deter Iran by Diplomacy and Sanctions.It is too late anymore and Iran will be able to make A-Bomb in 2010 or 2011.
Iran Effect may impact Egypt and Turkey to produce Nuclear Weapons as well.

The Butterfly Effect/Swiss Effect,
Although anyones dont agree,Swiss Effect may impact to Whole Europe and even World.
Swiss Effect will encourage Anti-Islam Movements in Europe.In middle term,Harsh Clashes/Confrontations between Europeans and Radical Muslims are strongly possible.
Swiss Effect is the Result of Aggresive Islam **Our Minarets are Our Bayonets**

Johansson   December 1st, 2009 9:24 pm ET

There is one problem about nuclear weapons.

There is really no use for them. Fire a missile, or drop a bomb and you will be on the receiving end of enormous nuclear arsenals. Once you use them, the first strike policies that have prevented superpowers from annihialating each other are gone, and then you are the target. The few bombs, a poor country barely capable of making a single bomb, can make, do not really threaten the world in the way cold war nuclear arsenals did.

At worst, really worst, it will be nothing more than another 9/11, not saying that was nothing, it was something horrible, but it is survivable. US survived 9/11, Japan survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A single or just few nuclear blasts are something a country can live with. Unrestricted retaliation with the vast nuclear and conventional arsenals of a superpower is something you don't live through.

Or in other words:

There is no use for nuclear weapons.

Breno Marcelino da Silva   December 2nd, 2009 6:55 pm ET

Hi! Im brazilian!
1) Afghanistan: This is World War; not USA war; I do not belive that whole world already forgot the images of Taliban destroying people & country; my question is WHERE IS ONU? WHERE ARE NATO ALLIED COUNTRIES? WHERE ARE 20 MAJOR ECONOMIES OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING BRAZIL? IT IS TERRIBLE TO SEE USA SENDING 30K ADDITIONAL SOLDIERS AND INTERNATIONAL "FRIENDS" CONSIDERING TO SEND 5,000; COME ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY – LETS JOIN AND FINISH THIS WAR SOON!

2) Stop talking about Tiger Woods; this is minor thing;

3) Regarding Cuba military trainning: IT IS TIME TO FINISH THIS COMEDY; CONSIDER MILITARY TRAINNING INSTEAD OF FIND FOOD FOR PEOPLE;

A. Smith, Oregon   December 2nd, 2009 11:36 pm ET

Iran as a Islamic ruled nation is simply faithfully following the duty and obligation of the Muslim Religion.

Those Muslims that disagree with Iran's push for world Sharia Law, should convert to another religion and never look back.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 3rd, 2009 7:02 am ET

I hope the CNN staff discusses and commemorates the 25th anniversary of the greatest disaster and loss of life ever to take place in modern history by a American Corporation in Bhopal, India by Union Carbide Inc.

Twenty five years and several thousand dead and disabled men, women and children later, answers to most of the thorny questions about the world's most horrific industrial tragedy are still blowing in the wind in Bhopal, India.

Have any of the Union Carbide officials been brought to court or charged with mass involuntary manslaughter of well over 1,000 people?

If NOT in 25 years, then why not?

Does the US Justice Dept. simply issue a pass to American Corporations operating overseas which kill several thousand people?

Are Republican lawmakers in the pocket of Union Carbide?

The Dirt Poor Bhopal, Indian family's deserve justice, CNN.

Jasmine from Iran   December 17th, 2009 10:40 am ET

The brutal , evil government of Iran is triggering a war. They want a war because as you have all seen after 30 years of theocratic dictatorship Iranian people want decmocracy and basic human rights that belong to this century. This evil government is facing a battle inside and outside Iran. And they know that if the Iranian people over trow them they have no where to go and that they would be hunted down just like Saddam Hussain. So they think that by starting a war with the rest of the world they will be able to stay in power longer.
One thing I would have to reming everyone else . Right now Iranian government thinks it is just to Kill Jews because of Palestine and ... Do not for a moment think they will end it just at that. In their sick , evil head they think that the only people that should rule the world are SHIA Muslim. Every year the mourn for two month in here the death of their Imams that they believed were killed innocently by Sunnis.

So do not think that their only target is Isreal. If thus government stays in power and has nuclear facilities I am sure they will not stop there. The will commit genocide against anyone who is not a Shia muslim.

The Ayatollah actually thinks that he is the leader of the Muslim world.

If they treat their own people in this way, by killing ,rapping, torturing, How would you think they will treat others if they had power?

freedom   December 29th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Hello everyone'
It is great that president Obama is adressing the regime in Iran. Change will definetly occur in any country where people seek it. Let's not forget that international support is crucial in getting the results people want, with less blodshed and ease. The more factors in favour of any orcess faccilitate or strengthen the process. Let's not forget the psychological factor when people ralize that the world is watching and supporting. It definetly boosts peoples energy and determination.
With hope for a better world where we all can live in peace side by side
best regard to all and thanks to President Obama and all the nations that act in the sporit of DEMOCRACY

Fred Brun   December 30th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

Iran is a sovereign country. The race riots in the US, Britain and France caused the death/injury to citizens and enormous material damage. Police and paramilitary units of these countries were used to control its citizens. Do we forget the recent activities of beatings and arrests by police in Copenhagen? Iran did not give advice to these countries during these trying times. The US has ulterior motives in Iran that is the reason for the Western media frenzy. The scenario is Déjà Vu all over. What we see here is a double standard, that's all!

freedom   January 3rd, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Every one has motives and interests if we are realistic we can not deny that. We are oprimistic that we have entered a new era of political social and inter-continatal relations. The fact now is that lots of people are being subject to tourturre and death, just to have what you and I have for granted.

freedom   January 7th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Hello friends at CNN
Halla
Press around the world has an obligation to bring the news to people this in no way should be overshadowed by the accusations made against media as this is not something new.

The fact is that the continuing protests in Iran and the severe respons from the regime means nothing but the days of this tyrany being numbered. On the behalf of Iranian people I would like to encourage the press not to give in to intimidations. And thanks as well to Christan Amanpour for showing the voices of disafrrement with the government, as I am referring to the recent interview shown on CNN.
best wishes

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