March 4, 2009
Posted: 1522 GMT

Hello readers and viewers,

Another busy day at the International Desk. We will kick things off with coverage of U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's speech to Congress in Washington, D.C.

He is scheduled to address Capitol Hill in the hour preceding I-Desk.

Although the British PM, who was finance minister during the boom years in the U.K., has been under pressure to take some responsibility for making mistakes that lead to the current banking meltdown, is not expected to issue a personal mea culpa.

Instead, he will urge the United States to seize the moment and to work collectively to find solutions to the recession that is threatening to plunge the world into a prolonged downward spiral. It's being called a very Rooseveltian "global New Deal."

We will be talking to University of Maryland professor Peter Morici for his post-game analysis on Mr. Brown's economic proposals.

Also in the show, we will be covering the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir. We have Robyn Curnow in South Africa and Nic Robertson live on the show for that.

The latest on the investigation of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team with Stan Grant from Lahore, Pakistan as well as Hillary Clinton's visit to the West Bank will feature prominently at the I-Desk.

Back to work for me. See you on TV!


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KC   March 4th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

The warrant of arrest came too late. He should have been arrested and sentenced to death by hanging before now. Because of his numerous war atrocities. And his killing of John.

sunday peter   March 4th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

Am not from sudan but i think the order of arrest on the sudanes leader is a welcome development so that some of the so called African leaders can be carefull they way they take laws into their hands can stop at list.

uno   March 4th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

yes fair and fine justice must be allowed to follow its course but i still feel there is no true justice because this is only one person. what of the rest of africa's dictators? the likes of mubarak, mugabe, gaddaffi this list goes on.

nomzamo   March 4th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

it's high time that the international community effect justice against those who commit crimes against humanity. However, I as an African would take the ICC more seriously if the same rules applied to all citizens of the world and did not exclude certain others. One country should not bear the might to police the rest of the world and protect it's own leaders and citizens from extradition to the ICC.

Amina   March 4th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

I am very happy about the verdict, these will send a good picture to
all afriacan leaders that there is no more room for mass killing.
It very important for them to know that they are rules not rapist, or killers.

Gilbert Kedia   March 4th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

I'm writing from Buea, Cameroon. The ICC is right in issuing the warrant. This will serve as a deterrent to other leaders who wish to go down that road in future. However, I think in the short and medium run, the international community should be prepared to see pro-Bashir reactions from Sudan and Africa.
The UN should step up measures to preserve peace and stability in Darfur, given the chaos that is sure to spread in the region following this development.

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   March 4th, 2009 6:56 pm ET

They are not fair.
They are weak for Bush.
They are strong for Al-Bashir.

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