July 9, 2009
Posted: 1806 GMT

Hello everyone,

We are receiving video and first-hand accounts of what is happening on the streets of tehran and other Iranian cities today. It's a crucial anniversary, especially within the context of the bitterness that followed Iran's disputed presidential election: ten years ago today, thousands of students took to the streets in the biggest ever anti-establishment movement of the Islamic Republic's history.

Today, we are hearing that police are using tear gas and firing in the air to disperse protestors, who've come out in defiance of orders not to demonstrate.

We'll have the latest.

We'll also go to Italy, site of the G8 summit, for the latest on industrialized nations' promises to control climate change and contain global warming. President Obama talked of a "historic consensus." But Ban Ki-Moon, the U.N. Secretary General, slammed the G8 for not going far enough and environmental groups like Greenpeace were also critical.

There's been more shocking violence in Afghanistan and Iraq today. We're live in both countries' capitals with Atia Abawi and Michael Ware.

Plus, for its first appearance on CNN, Richard Quest will introduce us to Jaguar's newest model: the 2010 Jaguar XJ. Does it live up to the hype? Now that Jaguar is owned by India's Tata, what has changed for the luxury carmaker. And, just asking, but is this the best time to unveil a new luxury car?

Tweet me your thought on the new XJ @halagorani.

That and the rest of the day's top stories, as always.


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rostam   July 9th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

Now we need to know what channels are working between US adminstration and hardliners in Iran.
Supreme leader has no office in US.
Does he have a lobby?
If yes were is it?
If no! Why not?
Why is this important?
Well if they would have a lobby in US this lobby must be very loyal to the leader.
By whatching this lobby and scritunizing its agenda one can help the peace and security in our world much.
Beside that it is painfull to be aware of the fact that the sort of people who are killing and raping young girls in Iran walk in dark suits in DC and mingle with US policy makers.

rostam   July 10th, 2009 12:07 am ET

Five elite operatives agents from Islamic republic in Iraq were released today by US.
Is there anu connection between this and foriegn citizens being kept by regime in Iran?
There are some indications that these releases were facilitated by UK.
So UK wants US to release venomous elite designers of terror in Iraq in exchange for some UK embassy workers in captivity in Tehran.
This is not good.
Giving in for killers never would be good.
It is high time for decision makers in UK and US to learn bravery from Neda and all other brave iranians who are weakening this regime while US is reinforcing it by giving in and in and in.

rostam   July 10th, 2009 2:14 am ET

Yes we were in streets of Tehran today and there will be many more days.
We do not want any material help from US.
But we need to know if US administration is making deals with those who kill us or not.
President Obma wrote a letter to the supreme leader in Iran in may2009.
How come that the text of that letter is so top secret?
Hitler received letters from the leaders of the free world as well. Some were transparents some were not.
But those who wrote the transparent ones were those who could keep be proud over the words they wrote not those who wrote in dark.

Alan   July 10th, 2009 4:10 am ET

Credit to Michael Ware superb reporting. Lots of passion for his work and also his believe in his reporting.


Sayan Majumdar   July 10th, 2009 11:26 am ET

Hala, one should not be surprised to the intense yearnings of Iranians towards a more democratic political set up.

Persian culture in sharp contrast to Arab culture is far more open, refined and indeed peace-loving in general and under “normal” circumstances hence more attuned to a democratic environment.


rostam   July 10th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

The protests in Iran goes on.
The regime could not scare those young girls and boys.
But they can make international media to comply to their agenda.
BBC is already dancing to the music Ahmadinejad plays. Ask ordinary people in Iran.
God bless social media or else more established media would sacrifice objectivity and truth in order to have their businesses safe in Iran.
This facet of our realities has the potential to become a PhD subject.
How established media behave.

Tim   July 10th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Could you guys please focus on real news and let the Michael Jackson story go? Its denigrating your credibility as a news organization.

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