April 20, 2009
Posted: 1555 GMT
First of all, welcome to the International Desk's new slot.
Same show, same great team, but on air at 9pm cet, 10pm and 11pm in the Middle East.
Today, we're still playing aroung with our lead story, but we know for sure that the UN anti-racism conference will feature at the top of our rundown.
As it did in South Africa 8 years ago, this UN gathering in Switzerland is proving to be just as controversial. It's meant to be a forum to discuss racism and oppression. Yet again, it's become a platform for airing grievances, for fiery walk-outs, boycotts and sideline insults.
The Iranian president lashed out at Israel. Israel, the United States and other countries boycotted the meeting. There was even a bottleneck of E.U. delegates at the doors of the assembly room after they walked out in protest at Mahmoud Ahmadenijad's speech.
As Juliette de Rivero of Human Rights Watch said, the boycotters are "ceding the floor to more radical voices."
What do you think? Vote in today's Idesk poll and I'll read some of the results out on the air during our new prime hour.
Speaking of Iran, we will be covering American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi's case in Tehran. She was sentenced to 8 years in prison for "spying" after a one day, closed trial. Few people are hopeful that the appeals process will produce a different result.
Also on tap today, the economy.. The Dow is tanking, despite some hopeful numbers from Bank of America. We'll ask why and discuss what sectors are hardest hit.
That and the rest of the day's top stories, as always.
See you on TV at 9pm CET!
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