December 3, 2009
Posted: 1747 GMT

The Al Qaeda linked group Al Shabbab, at war with a virtually powerless Somali government, has dealt it worst blow to the country's leadership: a suicide bomber killed sixteen people including three acting ministers at a university graduation ceremony.

We are live in East Africa with the latest on this attack and its implications for the impoverished and lawless country.

Also today, we will take you live to Pakistan for a look at the Pakistani Prime Minister's visit to the United Kingdom. Youssef Raza Gilani is talking about President Obama's strategy for Afghanistan. The United States knows it must rely heavily on Pakistan to combat Taliban and Al Qaeda elements in tribal regions, but Pakistan seems to have a few reservations with America's plan. We will go over them.

We are live in Brussels for a look ahead at the NATO meeting. America wants NATO allies to contribute at least 10,000 troops but it looks like the U.S.'s allies won't come anywhere near that number. Is the U.S. disappointed? John Roberts will join us at the IDesk from Belgium.

Plus, more fallout from the Tiger Woods scandal, a look at the Bhopal disaster anniversary and the latest business and weather news.

See you at the IDesk!


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Lisa Cash   December 3rd, 2009 5:59 pm ET

Often I wonder if they were asked if they could imagine living in peace, or would even want to ever live in peace, how they would respond..

Muthyavan.   December 3rd, 2009 11:43 pm ET

Continued lawlessness and the sea piracy in and around Somalia waters in Indian ocean is become another threat to the international sea routes. It is a more threat to all the nations in east Africa and it is a matter for African states to take appropriate action in installing a legitimate people elected government in Somalia. It is been a long time since Somalia came under war lords and the international society should initiate some action pushing African nations into action.

How long Pakistan government and its army intelligence is going to play games with Al qaeda and USA is the biggest question till 2009, will it continue into the next year or there will be a breakthrough soon, is another important developement we have to wait and see. NATO meeting In Brussels is going to be another challenge in the NATO history with increasing casualties to all NATO nations troops. Only by increasing their deployments NATO will be able to end its deployments and hand over to a Afghan trained armed forces by 2011. Terror breading machine and the huge local drug manufacturing concerns in Afghanistan has become a threat to peace to many societies around the world and it is the duty of NATO to stop these atrocities.

Today mark the twenty five years of the world worst industrial poisonous chemical leak that killed and maimed thousands of poor Indian citizens in Bhopal. Indian government has not learnt a lesson from this accident, recently chemical leak in an atomic reactor is reported with drinking water pollution to the factory staff. In the absence of strict fire and safety regulation governing industrial productions,many peoples are getting killed and maimed in many parts of India. The right example is from the Industrial town Sivaghasi in south India where fire works manufacturing is a local cottage industry. Every year hundred of workers mostly young children who are employed in these local manufacturing units are getting caught in the explosion of unsupervised factories killing and injuring. Only after these explosions the law enforcing authorities take action on the owners and the authority responsible for implementing the required work place standard.

Sayan Majumdar   December 4th, 2009 4:27 am ET

United States reliance on (untrustworthy) Pakistan to combat Taliban and Al Qaeda elements in tribal regions may well turn out to be her (United States) Achilles heel.


clarity   December 13th, 2009 3:28 am ET

The world is in turmoil with bloodshed in Iran, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. There is too much death and suffering.

Jasmine from Iran   December 17th, 2009 10:25 am ET

May god help the families of all the people who lose loved ones because of such evil doers.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 17th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

If the Muslims were forced out of Somali, the violence, murders and piracy there would drop to near zero.

The Muslims are going to continue wanton acts of extreme violence until they are able to setup Sharia Law or they are forced to leave Somali.

Jasmine from Iran   December 18th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

A. Smith from Oregon,
Believe me the issue in hand is not the religion but all dictators who use it to bennefit themselves. I am a muslim and I do not believe in any of the hate and negativity that such people preach. The issue is that the Muslim Population is nearly i believe reaching 2 billion globally. Sadly a high percentage of them are uneducated and poor. So what happens is that people like the Iranian government brainwashes them which is not a very difficult task as well as provide them with lots of money. And the result is as you see. This has happened in various religions trough out history. it is just that now it is happening with Islam. Remember what the Church use to do prior to this century. Women use to be tourched ot death alive because they had red hair thinking that they were witches. Luckily christian religious leaders are no longer have as much power.
Let hope and pray that the same happens for the rest of the religions. Where religion is not involved with politics. Fanatics of any kind / religion should not be allowed any where. Otherwise the world would turn into disaster that is now.
Look at what we had to put up with for the past 30 year. Under the Islamic republic we have seen more bloodshed , cruelty and evil then even in our history.
My surprise is when I travel to Europe / North America and see how many fanatics are allowed in those countries and are walking freely and preaching. It is shocking. If they love to live in such a way why are they not in their own countries?

A. Smith, Oregon   December 22nd, 2009 7:37 am ET

@Jasmine from Iran,

Outside of the religions which worship specifically a War God, such as OGUN, TWES, MARS, ZARABANDA, or SHIVA you do not find 'sacred' texts and clerics teaching that their 'god' wants them to murder anyone.

I have never found such an anti-spiritual diatribe in any religion which has a creation diety, not a single ONE.

Muslims publicly claim their religion is peaceful and yet:

Muslims are routinely killing Muslims because they fail to follow the "correct" form of Islam.

Muslims killing the non-believers because the Koran, Ayatollahs, Clerics, Immans, and Mullahs tell them to do so in the name of Islam.

Muslims killing ex-Muslims that converted to other religions because the Koran tells them to do so in the name of the Muslim 'god'.

This amply demonstrates the falsehood of the Muslim promise that there is nothing but peace in a Islamic Ruled Country of Muslims.

There is nothing but more murder and more violence in Islamic Ruled Country's. The true nature of the Muslim religion is becoming unraveled and revealed to the world.

I find nothing redeemable in the Muslim religion and I feel it should be outlawed in all Western Nations.

Muslims that pursue Sharia Law within Western Nations should be permanently deported to any Islamic ruled country that accepts them.

Now in England, Schools will ban pupils from wearing full-face veils on security, safety or learning grounds under new uniforms guidance. Specifically to prevent male Muslims from dressing as a Muslim woman in a veiled Burka to commit heinous crimes against those they see as 'infidels'.

I hope that America begins banning all pupils from wearing full-face veils in their schools. And bans all construction of any new minarets and women wearing burkas as well.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 24th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Muslims are taught that there is no 'god' but Allah.

That word means specifically and precisely the following:

AL is all knowledge that is known
LA is all knowledge that is unknown
H as found above

The Creator is far above the mere human notion of 'knowledge'. The word 'Allah' describes a single aptitude of the Creator. The word 'Allah' in no way encompasses who or what the Creator is in his totality.

It is, in my opinion a grave error to murder and mistreat people who use other praise descriptions for the Creator other than the word 'Allah'. For example, I use the term 'Creator' not to fully define that being, but to simply refer to and honor that immortal being as the being that Created all that exists.

I do not pretend to totally define the totality of that being using a select word. To teach others the belief there is no 'god' but Allah is a very misleading view which leads them to a very large spiritual mistake.

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