July 22, 2009
Posted: 1804 GMT


Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri Al-Maliki is in Washington today. He is in the United States in a push to assert Iraq's independence from the United States and to court foreign investors.

A few weeks after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq's cities and towns, back to their sprawling bases, Nouri Al-Maliki wants the world to see Iraq as its own country, not America's client state.

The problem is that violence has spiked in the last few months in Iraq and sectarian tensions, though they have softened, are still percolating under the surface. Oh, and a national law establishing the division of resources from Iraq's potentially massive oil revenue still hasn't been passed by parliament.

Invest in Iraq? At your own risk.

We will take you live to the news conference, and live to Baghdad for more on today's violence across the country.

I expect most of the show will be taken up by the Obama-Maliki White House news conference, but if time permits, we will discuss Amnesty International's latest report blasting Saudi Arabia for "gross" human rights abuses in its campaign against terrorism.

Amnesty says Saudi routinely denies terrorism suspects basic human rights.

Nic Robertson goes through the report and asks Saudi officials for their reaction. We hope to talk to Nic live, as well.

We are also planning on bringing you the latest from Iran and the day's earnings reports on Wall Street.

Hope to see you at the Idesk!


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Fawad   July 22nd, 2009 6:37 pm ET

"Saudi Arabia for “gross” human rights abuses in its campaign against terrorism."

It's quite mind boggling to hear "wahhabis are torturing wahhabis."

Torturing is wrong.

But Iraqis Shia government should take a lesson from this and start believing that "Shia government can and should fight Shia fundamentalists in Iraq. There is nothing morally wrong about it"

And Israelis also must stop their apoplectic religious pro-settlement Israelis to continue building settlements on Palestinian territories.

I think if all of this will happen without governments torturing and abusing people then Middle East one day will be exactly what it should be “Holy Land with dignity”

Until then, Saudis should respect human rights while continue their efforts against terror, Iraqis should be realistic that having underground militia operating in their neighborhoods they can’t expect much from international community. And Israelis, I wish they will realize that there is only one path to peace and they are not following it by yielding to their fundamentalists’ claims on Palestinian land.

Global Thinker   July 22nd, 2009 7:11 pm ET

It's NOT the right time to invest in Iraq today! It's time to invest in YOUR OWN CITIZENS!!! Where is America putting its money??? Some of America's own citizens end up homeless, die of diseases, end up without direction in life, etc. What do they think the money in Washington or Wall Street is for anyway???

Michael   July 22nd, 2009 7:17 pm ET

You just reported that were just 5 to 9 bombings and you ask is now the time to invest????????????????????? What are you thinking???

Michael Mitchell   July 22nd, 2009 7:19 pm ET

How can you ask if now is the time to invest in Iraq when you just reported that there were 5-9 bombings??

jaderdavila   July 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

the commodity they sell needs improvement and maintenance
it is a fine way to invest and reap profit
as the world economy is rebounding
adjusting to new energy sources will take time
so for the while who produces oil is the one to look for

MARTIN G   July 27th, 2009 11:55 am ET

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From Iran   July 31st, 2009 10:28 am ET

When someone like Al Maliki says : Invest in Iraq it actually means invest in Fundamantal Shea's manily his pocket and his other Sahae buddies Iranian and Syrian government.

I have no idea how the Iraqi people elected a Shaea president who has lived in Iran& Syria. What were they thinking?

No one should ever give or hand out money to all such countries. They will invest it on guns , bombs and training of fundamant terrorist / murderers.

If you want help them out with medicine, food , education.

Never give out money to such countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, African countries. Because it means you are filling the bank account of corrupt governments and it will never reach the
Poor, helpless people and kids.

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