September 18, 2009
Posted: 1843 GMT

For several weeks, there were no reports of protests on the streets of the Iranian capital but a yearly demonstration designed to show support for the Palestinian cause today became a springboard for opposition activists.

We will show you pictures and video coming into CNN, that show large gatherings and marches. Political opposition leaders are defying orders not to protest. We'll talk to Christiane Amanpour about the significance of the demonstrations and whether the opposition movement can remain energized in the months to come.

Also at the IDesk today, we will cover a new missile defense shield proposal coming from the NATO chief, who says the U.S., NATO and Russia should consider unifying their programs.

In London, we will talk to Nic Robertson about accused Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi's efforts to clear his name before he dies. Hundreds of pages of legal documents related to Megrahi's case have been published online for all to see. On his website, Megrahi says he wants to convince the world he had nothing to do with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed 270 people.

Plus, Richard Roth will tell us more about what to expect from next week's United Nations General Assembly. Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Obama, Sarkozy and the heads of state of other countries in the news. We'll be covering the event extensively at the IDesk.

All that and the latest Obama poll numbers at the top of the hour.

On a quick housekeeping note, remember IDesk moves to 1pm Est – 7pm CET starting next Monday. Hope you can join us in our new time slot!


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JOHN RASHEED   September 19th, 2009 11:57 am ET

I believe Obama is running down years of america strong power and policies. How could he bow down to the russia pressure at the expense of safety of billions of people. Iran, russia and Venezuela will definately take usa at a surprise very soon. Obama is internationally weak. America leaders should wake up and shake obama to wake up to the america safety not at home but worldwide. His continue probing of President bush administration on terrorist is unwelcome. I believe Bush strategy and policy on terrorists interrogation is the best. Terrorist are killer and have no conscience, so they need to be handle with more than even iron hands to get more information and stop further attacks. Without thorough torture, terrorist will not confess and give information. Terrorist deserves jungle justice. Obama may not win his second term if he does not change from his weaken foreign policies.

Sayan Majumdar   September 20th, 2009 12:53 am ET

On 17 September 2009 after United States Obama administration announced the cancellation of plans to deploy Ground Based Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptors to Poland and missile tracking radar in the Czech Republic, firm emphasis is put on United States Navy (USN) operated Raytheon Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA missiles being developed as part of the USN BMD (Aegis) system to provide theater-wide defense against Medium and Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBM) to be deployed by 2011-2012.

The SM-3 is based on the SM-2 Block IV airframe and propulsion stack plus a third Stage rocket motor along with Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) guidance section and the highly modular, compact, space tested Kinetic Warhead (KW).

Inherently mobile on surface warships and thereby highly flexible the missile systems will further augmented by follow-on development of the SM-3 Block IIA and Block IIB missiles in course of time. The SM-3 KW evolved from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) developed Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile (LEAP) uses an Infra Red (IR) sensor to detect a target in space and a Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) controlled by an onboard guidance & control computer.


Itai   September 23rd, 2009 6:50 am ET

bush trashed the usa totaly!
obama is very respected internationaly
but some stupid politicans are trying to attak him all the time to make him weak, in the same time they set on a card of repression, fanatic paranoia and nothing that is constructive in any case
to let things escalate is allways done quickly but to work on deescalation is a hard job and can not be done if people geting more and more dividided
puting preashure on terrorists is easy shoot em all or bomb them or just what ever kill them
who thinks this is the solution to all problems?
so try it and more people get angry and the time when they pay back will come faster
a other way would be to make these terrorists happy, give them food proper water, tv and playstation
they would get apathic as 90% of the western population and all problems would be solved
but this would also mean that the western world have to give up much luxuriosity
the west would have to stand on its own feets without stealing resources from africa latinamerica and the so much hated arabic parts which are not willing to give up theyr resources for free whyle also taking oure nuclear trash

but who to hell wanna eat less burgers to let the eat theyr own products

we all are happy if we can eat theyr food and kill the poorest

we all need tiny crapy toys which come with the happymeal and we all need oil to produce also much more nonsence, else imainate how borring the western world will be without CD/DVD, 10 mobiles per person, 5 cars per person without mp3player and a additional iphone and a TV per room of course with a game cube and a xbox of course not without playstation

imaginate what we would see if we in the western world would leafe the tv and stick oure head just one out of the window to look on the cost of who we life

and think about how much time others have to build bombs and plot some evil plans because because they cant waste theyr time on F1 at the tv, on newspapers about climachange, on nonsence from hollywood

yes we should shoot and kill all thoese terrorists this would give us a blank jacket!
if they are dead who will point with the finger at us and call us thief of theyr resources
no one

so its clear kill all others thats high standart civilisation and thats what we are in the west

else we would have to care and share thats ugly socialism style and that have nothing to do with the west because that must be bad

Thomas   September 3rd, 2012 3:07 am ET

In the first five minutes of GWB's video-fed speceh, he called the opposition the angry left, defined every wedge issue the GOP has ever used to rally the Christian right, and spread more FUD on the war on terror.Obama sought the middle ground...take abortion...THE most polarized topic in modern politics. Maybe we can't agree about the right to life or choice but we can agree on the fact that we need to do something about the number of unwanted pregnancies.And his position/record on religion in politics...take out the specific names when dealing in public life and you'll find that all of the major religions have the same basic tenants. We've got more in common than different, folks. If you want to call that fact that re-education, so be it because this country is still heading in the wrong direction.

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