October 29, 2009
Posted: 1736 GMT


Hello everyone,

It's nice to be back at the I-Desk.

Today, we're kicking the show off with the latest on Iran's response to a proposal by the U.N nuclear watchdog. The IAEA's plan would allow Tehran to enrich low-level uranium in Russia. Neither the IAEA nor Iran have made this response public.

After years of tension, this latest development seems encouraging. Iranian state television aired comments by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying his country welcomes "cooperation on nuclear fuel, power plants and technology, and we are ready to cooperate.”

Who can blame Iran-West watchers for getting a bit excited? The truth is that there are still many ways this could all go wrong: Iran is unlikely to agree to ship all of its uranium to Russia at once, a key French demand. There are also stark internal divisions in Iran, where President Ahmadinejad's response to the U.N have been criticized as conceding to the West. And there are suspicions from the West as well, that Iran is simply buying time while still working on a nuclear weapons program.

We are live in Russia with the latest.

Also today, we will take you live to Pakistan for the latest on the militant violence in Peshawar. In the last few months, insurgents have attacked civilian and military targets with devastating results.

Then, Reza Sayah will tell us about what seems to be an interesting find by the Pakistani military: among items seized in raids in South Waziristan, a passport bearing the name "Said Bahaji," one of the alleged Hamburg Cell members who carried out the 9-11 attacks.

Reza says it is a German passport, with a Pakistani visa stamp dated September 3, 2001 and no other activity on it since.

He will join us live from Islamabad.

We will also take you live to Iraq, for the latest on the investigation into Sunday's deadly bombings in Baghdad and on the deadlock in the passage of a crucial election law. Both the security situation and the political paralysis in Iraq threaten that country's stability. Mohammed Jamjoom has that story.

And a glimmer of hope on the economic front: the American economy actually grew in the third quarter. It's been so long, we'd all forgotten how that feels! We'll check market reaction and discuss why it may be too soon to chill the Champagne.

See you at the Idesk!


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Ella   October 29th, 2009 7:36 pm ET

Every time I hear something about iranian gouvernment I am so surprise by all time that you dear joirnalists spend for coverying the events on Iran! Larry King until Christiane Amanpour and so on...

My I tell you some thing ? With all respect that I have for you and your wonderful job I have to say , all time you spended and will spend on Iran events it´s a waste of your time and the viewers time. Iranian gouvernment will be doing all thing that they have decided to do and unfortunately no body can change it. You don´t know yet this race so called "MOLLAH". The best thing is to ignore these mollahs.

PS: Good to see you again Madame Gorani

Tarek   October 29th, 2009 8:09 pm ET

A glimmer of hope on the economic front: the American economy actually grew in the third quarter. It's been so long, we'd all forgotten how that feels! We'll check market reaction and discuss why it may be too soon to chill the Champagne.

Hi Hala, lets talk seriously regarding the above remarks , in fact there is no glimmer of hope on the us economic until all or at least 90% of those who lost their work are back to their jobs, and at least 70% of those who lost their houses are back to their houses. In this case i can tell you yes to your glimmer of hope> but in the coming new year most of you will be happy with good time.

bye take care.

obalowu alao   October 29th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

it is high time the IAEA allows the iran to have her own nuclear program.this will checkmate the dominance of power by the israel killing innocent powerless people 0f palestine since 1947 the west should allow them have their own independent state

Muthyavan.   October 30th, 2009 1:15 am ET

Besides IAEA's breakthrough in Iran and the new evidence of passport on 911 Terror suspect in Pakistan,the increase death toll in the latest Peshawar market bombing in Pakistan is sending a nerve chilling message to the international societies. How long will these senseless killings of innocent women and children will continue in crowded towns and villages and what are they the terrorist are going to achieve by killing only the innocents?.

miriam   October 30th, 2009 9:36 am ET

It's pretty obvious why the IAEA is not reporting Iran's response.

Perhaps now the "wind has been put in the sails" of all those officials and reporters who were sure the critics of the potential deal were wrong.

nimitz benedicto   October 30th, 2009 10:29 am ET

Dya still wanna guess who is calling the shots?

Sayan Majumdar   October 30th, 2009 11:09 am ET

Hala, the Iranian Intermediate Ranged Ballistic Missiles (IRBM) will be strategically useless without a nuclear warhead as the very nature of Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) is meant to offset the relative inaccuracy of Iranian IRBM arsenal.

Nuclear weapons will always remain in Iranian armed forces requirement overtly or covertly, so better watch out!!


Jasmine from Iran   November 5th, 2009 12:44 pm ET

It is very interesting how Iran's theocratic, dictatorship, murderor , evil governments plays with everyone including US, EU and the rest of the world. And the rest of the world does not do anything about it.
Is the rest of the world scared of them. This government and their accompolices such as Syria is responsible for all the evil that you see happening in Iraq , Lebanon and so many other places.

This government spends all the money of its country on providing arms for Hezbollah and terror around the world. While the people in Iran suffer financially. Shame on them. This money belongs to Iranian people.

And I don't understand why the Iranian government is more concern and involved with issues of Palestinians and Isreal when it is so obvious they don't care about their own Iranian people.

As you have all seen the How the Iranian government treats it own people , women and youth in the past four month. Hitting, brutally tourturing and killing women and the youth.

Bye the way when did Iran become Gaza or Lebanon?

Joshua   November 7th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

i wonder why Satan should motivate people to kill their fellow men and women. This is a coodinated form of wickedness. the spokesman who spoke on your show last night seemed to condone these acts.
That you are a moslem does not mean that others should all die. This is a wake up call for the United States to rethink and decide who should be at the helm of certain affairs

Jasmine from Iran   November 11th, 2009 9:50 am ET


Sadly the reality is that President Obama is not going to do anything about all that terror that is happening around the world. He does not want to tarnish his popularity. He want to be liked by the muslim leaders and countries. That is why he is keeping quite about many things and does not want to say anything negative about Muslims. He is a great speaker but as for him actually getting things done is another story.
For example : In Iran our government and their dependent employees shout " Death To America " they burn down the American flag and a puppet that looks like the American president.
Note : these people that you see are government payed employees that are paid to be shouting those chants.

Then Obama doesn't want to do anything and wants to " Sit and Talk With Them ".
It is like sitting and discussing things with a murdered or a criminal without any consequence for their crime.

"Fanatic Muslims "hate US & West & Isreal. This is obvious and yet countries like US, Canad and Europe allow welcome these people to come and live in their country very easily. Just visit Toronto, Canada and see how many of them you will see in walking in Malls or any public place.

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