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January 7, 2010
Posted: 1739 GMT

Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Alexandria in Egypt to film the January edition of Inside the Middle East. This is not just another place, it is the city founded by Alexander the Great, which later became a vibrant, cosmopolitan urban center with Arabs, Greeks, Italians, Christians, Muslim and Jews.

I stayed at the famous Cecil Hotel on Alexandria's corniche, where Agatha Christie, Henry Moore and the VIP's of this world once gathered to dine, vacation and raise a glass to the good life.

Today, Alexandria, though still beautiful, has an air of faded glory. The buildings are neglected, the streets are quiet, the cafes have lost their sparkle. Despite significant projects like the new Alexandria library, designed to being back the great repository of world knowledge that the original institution was a couple of millennia ago, something about Alexandria has changed.

It appears closed on itself. The foreigners have left. The energy and color multiculturalism brought to the city has evaporated.

Something about Egypt has also changed.

And in a country that used to be the poster child for the best of what ethnic and religious diversity has to offer, a drive-by shooting in a Southern Egyptian town is once again highlighting sectarian tensions that are tearing communities apart.

At least six Coptic Christians were killed after attending Christmas mass, and clashes are keeping the town on edge today. We will bring you the latest on this story and what it means for the country.

We will also go live to Yemen where there is new information on the connection between the suspect in a Christmas day bomb plot and a Yemeni cleric. Our Paula Newton will join us live from Sanaa.

And our Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry will preview President Obama's address on intelligence failures leading up to the attempted airliner attack.

Plus, if you're having a miserable time with the winter weather paralyzing large parts of the Northern Hemisphere, you're not alone. Guillermo will bring you the latest forecast.

And if you haven't made a resolution yet for 2010, you may want to consider this one – advice featured in one of the most respected medical journals in the world: have more sex. Our medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will join us to explain.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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Kelvin   January 7th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

The way you guys presented that have more sex stuff wasn't that positive for teens and youths (who also watch CNN).

Juliana Alexandria   January 7th, 2010 8:21 pm ET

I feel very sad to hear this. Alexander the Great was a visionary. He was someone who understood from a very young age that coprehension is key when you are dealing with foreign people and that all cultures have to be respected. As a reflection of it's founder, Alexandria should be the place where people come together. But, it seems to me that we are taking too many steps back instead of evolving. We should stop thinking so much about developing technologies and spend more time developing our humanity.
Forget about the Christ's comeback, let's bring Alexander back, he is far more useful.

HH   January 7th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

ALEXANDRIA NEEDS DEMOCRACY

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DEAD PEOPLE WALKING [ LACK OF IMAGINATION, INNOVATION AND FREEDOM ]

HAVE MORE SEX – I LIKE IT

CHEERS

sabrina   January 8th, 2010 1:06 pm ET

I have watched the Middle East show made in Egypt about Akexandria Hala Gorani was not fair in describing it.. Despite everything Alexandria was and still a prominent city which remarkably attracts many tourists all over the world.....

Cyril   January 8th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

The way and manner your "have more sex" article was presented is not the best for a world were morality is the watch world.

Juliana Alexandria   January 9th, 2010 12:59 am ET

I will never understand why people get so outraged when somebody talks about sex on television. After all, everybody does it.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 10th, 2010 6:46 am ET

The Christians should stop shipping out thousands of their bibles to Muslim country's that have the word 'Allah' inserted in every section which previously had the word 'God'.

It has enraged the Muslim world, and is leading to the firebombing of various Christian churches.

HH   January 10th, 2010 7:31 pm ET

MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT ONLY READ BUT UNDERSTAND WHAT QURAN MENTIONED ABOUT CHRISTIANS.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE WORD OF "ALLAH" AS MENTIONED IN QURAN AND PROPHET MOHAMED DECLARED CHURCHES AS HOUSE OF "ALLAH" SAME AS MOSQUES

PLEASE STOP LISTENING TO EXTREMIST, JUST FOLLOW YOUR QURAN

isatou   January 11th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

Hey Hala, I am a Big Fan of CNN. I dont miss any of your programmes if am at home, but my favourite is The I.Desk. I cannot also forget The connector of The World! Becky.

I think the whole world should organise rallys, demos, or what ever can bring us together against these unwanted elements of society. They are not representing Islam, nor muslims as we all know Islam is a peaceful religion as the name stands.I think its time for all the world leaders to join hands and help save the world, otherwise it would end prematurly.

Dominic abutu   January 14th, 2010 6:48 pm ET

Amercan alone cannot fight war on terrorism but should conciousely or unconciusely involved people around world against terror. People are talking about security at the air port but the intelligent agency have forgotten that people use charms and amulet to cross body scanner and cameras.Recently ,one passenger pass by the camera without being notice.I suggest we should go spiritual.

from dom
http://www.biblewinner.com

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