October 12, 2009
Posted: 1649 GMT


Hello everyone,

In the last week alone: four bombings and more than a hundred killed in Pakistan. The country is in a crisis. Government forces are in a pitched battle against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants.

As the world's focus was on Afghanistan and the debate over troop levels in the last week, insurgent elements have been striking neighboring Pakistan with deadly force.

And today's bombing happened in a region that the Pakistani army said it had secured, just outside the Swat Valley where the military staged a massive anti-insurgent offensive earlier this year.

We will be live in Islamabad with a local reporter who covered the suicide attack in the small town of Alpuri. I'll ask him why the militants are able to stage such deadly and precise attacks on the Pakistani state.

We are also live in Jerusalem, where theIsraeli Prime Minister hasmade statements on the Goldstone Report to the opening session of the Knesset. We will have that and Palestinian reaction.

We are also live on Wall Street, were investors are in a cheery mood this Monday. We'll tell you why.

Plus – and I'm delighted to be able to report this news – a woman has won the Nobel Prize for economics for the first time ever. As a student of economics and one whose best teachers were often women, I'm very happy the Nobel Committee chose Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University, alongside Oliver Williamson of the University of California at Berkeley to be honored this year.

We are also live in London for the latest reaction to the posthumous release of Michael Jackson's latest song. Nicola Lapin will join me in the studio for online reaction to the release.

We are live in Baghdad and Kabul this hour.

See you at the IDesk!


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Hamid   October 12th, 2009 5:12 pm ET

Our Middle East won't see the face Of Democracy and Peace unless Taliban and Al Qaeda have roots in the Middle East.That's it!

Sayan Majumdar   October 13th, 2009 5:00 am ET

Hala, the frontlines did not “shift”, it has merely become apparent as the Pakistani authorities have been forced to stir up the “hornets nest” (incidentally their own creation) .

Sayan.   October 13th, 2009 11:50 am ET

Hala is the best

Hanna   October 22nd, 2009 7:09 am ET

It is obvious that all the Taliban and AlQaeda lunatics are the enemies of Pakistan and hatched by India to damage Pakistan. They are serving the interest of India and India alone. It is well known that India recruits terrorists into Pakistan in hopes of destabalizing it.

Ahmed   October 24th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Pakistan ....for once stand up for yourself and the mistakes that the ISI and corrupt goverment has made for the last many decades harbouring terrorists and using them against India. Now the monster you created is out of control and ready to engulf pakistan and destabilize it. Now pakistanis will understand what it is like to be terrorized by people within their own country the Pakistani Taliban and the Afganistan Taliban. Stop pointing fingers at India!! Pakistan goverment will do anything to get aid to sponser its military ambitions because unfortunately thats what's been done for years. Remember the last 3 official wars and the Kargil conflict were all initiated by Pakistan.

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