November 5, 2009
Posted: 1739 GMT


Hello everyone,

Today, we start with a live report from Jerusalem on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to not seek reelection next January.

The increasingly unpopular and isolated Palestinian leader will not run again because, according to aides, his frustration with American efforts to referee a peace deal with Israel has reached boiling point.

Aides say the final straw came when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to support a slowdown, rather than a total freeze in Israeli settlement construction.

We are expecting Mister Abbas to deliver a speech detailing his reasons for not seeking another term at 130pm EST. We will broadcast some of it live.

Also today, we will go live to Baghdad to talk about reports that Saudi Arabia has bombed rebel position in Northwestern Yemen.

The Shia rebels in that part of Yemen have been in conflict with the Yemeni government for years. Saudi Arabia has supported Yemen's Sunni leaders. If this is confirmed, it would mean that Saudi Arabia is taking drastic military action to defeat the Shia rebels outside of its own borders.

Information is always difficult to gather from that remote part of the Middle East. Mohammed Jamjoom has been doing the legwork and will tell us what he knows.

Plus, Octavia Nasr will join me to talk about an interview she conducted with the mother of Neda, the young woman whose death became the symbol of the anti-government movement in Iran. It is Neda's mother's first ever interview on a U.S. network.

Nic Robertson will join us from London for the latest on Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's trial at the Hague, and reports proceedings will be delayed until March of next year.

Plus all the latest news from the world of weather, business and sport.

See you at the IDesk!


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Kyung-sook Langley   November 5th, 2009 6:13 pm ET


Forgive me if I'm slightly off the mark in terms of the topic(it's about Sarah Palin), but I have to get this off my chest, and I missed the chance so far, as I really didn't think her worthy of my 2 minutes.

John McCain has done a great disservice to Americans AND the world, for that matter, by choosing Sarah Palin as his VP at the last election. Why does the media spare their air time/space to her at all? Pls, don't legitimise her 'feeling' that she CAN run USA and the world by paying attention to her! You're risking 'dumbing us down. You know that things like that can happen in America.Totallyscary!

Thank you Ms. Gorani !

Muthyavan.   November 6th, 2009 1:54 am ET

The Mother of all the problems the Muslim world is facing with the western world is the Middle East problem involving Israel and Palestine conflict. This is Nealy over sixty years old now. One time about fifteen years ago there was a near compromise between Jessar Arafat and that time Israel leader Rabin,but extremist from the Israel shot and killed the Israel leader, creating a situation of no end to that conflict. Will there be another leaders like Rabi and Arafat who will break all barrier and work out a lasting peace between these waring factions. Big obstacle faced by Israel is the construction of houses in the occupied west bank and the wall around its territory. It is high time Israel stop all these construction to establish a lasting peace and for a long friendly relation with all the Arab countries on equal terms.

M Ariely   November 6th, 2009 8:09 am ET

To Muthyavan
The mother of the problems beween the Arabs and Israel is the Arabs refusal of the existance a jewsh state. It goes back 100 years.
Patah under Arafat leadership was carring out terror attacks aginst Israrel civilians years ahead the 6 days war/
The wall is constructed to protect Israel population from arab terrorism.
The mother of Muslim facing the westrn world is ta combination of he Muslim doctrin of " one religion and one goverment under Islam", the draem of the past when the Arabs where an emerging powerfull empire and the frustation of the present day where Muslim countries cannot compite succesfuly with the westren civilization/
By the way Israel doesnt belong either to the west or Muslim civilizations.
Our civilization basics are the same the past 3500 years.
Only China and India have a similar record.
If Arabs will recognize Israel right to exist as a jewsh state peace will easely be achived.
Without this all the others are propaganda aimed to distroy Israel distruction

alex jones   November 6th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

Is Hala Gorani dangerous?

Mohan   November 6th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

Just watched a piece by Hala Gorani interviewing Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR. Do you know that the FBI has severed ties with CAIR due its links to terrorist organisations? Are you still giving this importance to CAIR assuming that it represents the majority of muslims in USA? Does your research show the attempts of this agency to infiltrate the US policy making bodies, as suggested by a group of US law makers recently? Is this also part of your left wing media agenda or is it just political correctness gone awry or is it just due to the lack of any other credible agency to represent the moderate muslims in the USA? i am was an avid viewer of CNN and used to believe CNN to be the final word in international news, but not any more. Off late i take milder doses of CNN and always with the proverbial pinch of salt.

Muthyavan.   November 7th, 2009 12:12 am ET

To M Airily.
Thanks for your comments. A middle east peace on Israel Palestine conflict is only possible when Israel existence as a free nation in middle east is acknowledge by all waring forces. But my question is when a peace deal was worked by Rabin with the Palestine leadership acknowledging Israel existence he was murdered by Israel extremist. Will there be another moderate leadership from Israel and Palestine again work out such a deal and bring a lasting peace in middle east.

M Ariely   November 7th, 2009 6:14 am ET

Ms Muthyavan

I will start saying that the assassination of Rabin should not happen is it is condemned by the Israelis and all the political parties.
Israel leadership works continuously for a long lasting peace.

To your question is when a peace deal was worked by Rabin with the Palestine leadership acknowledging Israel existence:
Unfortunately the Arab propaganda to the international public is successful.
They are using one language to the Muslims and a second misleading one to world.
The truth is said to the Muslims

Following 2 examples.
Pls reconsider either the Arabs are looking for peace or they are using the so called "peace' as a tactical tool to destroy Israel

Arafat in many speeches to Muslims worldwide:
"The Oslo Agreement is a Trojan horse; The Palestinians will come out of the insides of the horse.
We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a pure alestinian state "
Feisal Husseini, called the Oslo Accords a Trojan horse.
In an interview, given to Egypt's Al-Arabi he said,
"The Greek Army was unable to break into Troy. The Troyans opened the gates and brought in the wooden horse. We all know what happened next…
The Oslo accords were a Trojan horse; the strategic goal is the liberation of Palestine from the Jordan river to the Mediterranean sea..

N A Choudhry   November 7th, 2009 11:10 am ET

It's to divid the global cummunity, and they will not succeed this time as they are on the wrong side of the path.


Muthyavan.   November 7th, 2009 4:51 pm ET

Dear friend M.Ariely Thanks for your comments again. We are celebrating today the break up of Berlin wall twenty years ago which divided the human race into two different communities. Like that a day will come very soon blasting the wall built between two ancient communities in middle east which is dividing the decentants of two great brothers,who were the sons of same mother ,but adopted to two different cultures. Boundries, empires and cultures are only built in the minds when hatread rules the thinking of humans. But humans today are faced with the most chalenging problem in its history of how to save this planet. You know the worst place now needs immeadate human attention is the middle east, with ever expanding deserts, boundries of nations, newly built walls, conflicts of cultures and nuclear weapons.

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