August 31, 2009
Posted: 1831 GMT


We will go live to Tripoli in Libya to start the show today. Our Nic Robertson will join us to talk about Libya's response to accusations the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi was contingent on oil deals with the United Kingdom.

On that subject, take part in today's Idesk poll on Megrahi's release.

We will then run a portion of Sara Sidner's exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama on the day the spiritual leader visited typhoon-ravaged regions of Taiwan. The visit has angered China, that is accusing the Buddhist leader of making the trip for political reasons.

From Baghdad, we will discuss an Amnesty International report due to be published later today on the death sentence in Iraq and what human rights organizations say is unaccaeptable secrecy surrounding executions.

Since the reinstatements of the death penalty in Iraq – which by the way can be imposed for very vague charges like "compromising the internal security of the state" – human rights groups have sounded the alarm on the way death penalty cases are handled in post-Saddam Iraq. Old habits seems to die hard, there.

Also today, we will chat with the mayor of one of the most violent cities in the world: Juarez, Mexico. Murders there happen there in broad daylight and beheaded bodies are found on the outskirts of the city. Sounds like the Baghdad of 2006/2007. But this isn't sectarian strife but about who controls the money-making drug trade in Mexico.

Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz will join us at the IDesk. Will he be his country's Eliot Ness or the man known for having lost the drug war?

Plus all the latest news, business and sports stories, as always, at the International Desk.

See you on TV,


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Bero   September 1st, 2009 12:58 am ET

The mayor of Cuidad de Juarez will have a hard time stopping this. The first thing he'll probably have to do is look into his own police force and the civil servants around him. Drugs would not be a problem if the police and civil servants didn't take bribes and that doesn't apply just to Cuidad de Juarez, but to the whole world.

grandma   September 1st, 2009 5:04 pm ET

totally agree with Bero.
Also can somebody give information about the world convocation against Pres. Chavez on sept.4? Specifically in the different cities of Mexico. Tks.

Omar Haleem   September 3rd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I find it strange that Oil is back in the seems that global warming is taking a back seat while the Oil business is up..indications are rise in oil prices..artificially induced?..we need more oil..what are we gong to do with Libya?.. there is such a blatant duplicity evident in the way the news goes from going g reen o once again Oil exploitation. the system that brought this world into regions of conflicts and continues to this day manipulate events is still very much in place..change needs to come from within the minds of those who are the major stake holders. I still think that the whole meghrahi debacle was an eyewash and Libya the US & UK are in the know about he real the balance of power shifting..or is it just a PR campaign designed to placate the sundry...what does international pressure mean really?..i still think that to really bring change you all need to stop serving the same vine again and it necessary to exploit every last drop of crude before we move ahead?..has anyone caculated the cost to the global climate?..or should we all wear dunce caps and sit aside while the rest of them handle this the 'old' way?

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