November 9, 2009
Posted: 1728 GMT


Hello everyone,

Jim Clancy, who was there the day the Berlin wall came down 20 years ago, will join us live from the German capital for coverage of the celebration surrounding the 20th anniversary of the historic event.

He will take us through the nuts and bolts of the day and look ahead to the world leaders scheduled to give speeches. Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Gordon Brown and Dimitry Medvedev will help mark the anniversary. President Barack Obama did not make the trip, however, sending his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, instead.

Also today, we will take you live to Baghdad where the Iraqi parliament has finally passed an election law, making January elections possible.

The deadlock and delays leading up to the vote had Americans very worried: not holding elections as scheduled could have made Iraq more unstable than it is now, strengthening the hand of insurgent groups determined to perpetuate chaos there.

The question now is: will the deal hold? Will officials have the time it takes to organize elections throughout the country?

Plus, the rally on Wall Street is sending the Dow to new highs for the year. Unemployment? What unemployment? The dollar is down and stocks are up on hopes interest rates will stay low and government will continue to commit to giantn stimulus plans.

We are live at the New York Stock Exchange.

The second half of the show will probably be composed entirely of heads of state speeches, which we will bring you live on CNN.

See you at the IDesk!


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Marc   November 9th, 2009 5:53 pm ET

Its good that the people celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall, but what about the wall that they bild in Israel, is that not going back in time.

To depriving a nation from their freedom and close them for the rest of the world.

That is what you get with politicians who go to celebrate a new-found freedom of a nation, but to allow on the other side of the world that a nation is humiliated by building a new wall.

Bye bye from Belgium.

Sayan Majumdar   November 9th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

The German population proved that mere totalitarian ideological indoctrination is unable to keep a proud civilisation divided indefinitely.

The history is also likely to replicate itself in other parts of the Globe notably in Korea.


Muthyavan.   November 9th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

While joining in the celebrations of the twenty years of a united Germany, we must remember how a united Germany is now taking a lead in creating another united and powerful EU, which is again leading in the creation of a free world with human rights, justice and peace. Will there be another break through in the world soon by peoples uprisings uniting a divided Korea and many other societies which are in conflict in Iraq, Pakistan,Afghanistan and in Srilanka.

A future united Iraq representing all the different ethnic factions in Iraq will be a breath through for a lasting peace in all of Middle-east and creating another powerful rich nation in the world.

Biruzz   November 10th, 2009 3:45 am ET

Please no more wall stories. These wall stories are like a hot chick with no brains, every channel or network is falling over itself over covering it.

Hey how about the wall in Gaza?

Prem Nizar Hameed   November 12th, 2009 9:56 am ET

The fall of the Berlin wall was symbolic for some other invisible walls to cave in: The wall between the rich and the poor; the walls among races; the walls among religions; the wall between genders. We have to go a long way to demolish these walls. The concrete or iron walls could collapse easily. But the mental walls are so strong that no bulldozer can demolish. A world without such invisible walls is my dream. If God is there, please fulfill my dream. Come on dears, let us go for that.

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