December 23, 2009
Posted: 1141 GMT

Greetings, everyone!

As you may have noticed, Hala is on holiday all of this week. It seems that it's that time of year, when lots of people take a few days off. You go around shopping for that perfect gift. And, you celebrate with family and friends.

In that spirit, we would like to wish all of you very Happy Holidays! You've all been amazing viewers, as we near almost one-year on the air at the I-Desk. We hope you stay safe in the coming days, and Hala will be back soon with her daily "Today at the I-Desk" blogs.

See you then!
J the P

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A. Smith, Oregon   December 23rd, 2009 7:10 pm ET

Happy Holidays CNN Staffers,

And the mega rich have gotten far richer on the backs of the poor and unemployed across America.

Employers now have thousands to replace their senior staff employees with and are trimming their salary's under the threat of bringing in young new hires. Americans now can look forward to grievous work abuse from employers across the nation and if they don't like it, there's thousands of qualified unemployed individuals to replace them.

The Republican party has pulled out all the stops in destroying America, its people and its economy. It'll take many years of Democratic domination to rebuild America into a caring and prosperous nation we can all be proud of again.

Juliana Alexandria   December 23rd, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Happy holidays everyone at the IDesk!!
You guys are great! Thanks for bring us the world news up to the minute!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 24th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

Happy Winter Solstice and New Year Hala, Javier de Diego, CNN Staff and the CNN International Desk team.

Thank you Hala, Javier de Diego and CNN Staff for supplying News Media that is fair and updated which I find utterly lacking on the Fox News entertainment psycho-babble network.

You've brought your viewers many spirited and informative news events this year and I and my family look forward to more in the following year.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 25th, 2009 7:54 am ET

Woaw, the Pope took a royal dump during the midnight Mass tonight. Apparently a woman that was upset with the pope leaped over a security barrier and yanked him by the robes to the ground. He toppled forward along with another Cardinal in a inglorious pile.

I'm surprised some of the audience didn't start laughing out loud. The Pope didn't appear to have been harmed or scraped up by the sudden flop to the ground and with several bodyguards helping him up off the floor, he continued to stroll in and give his literagy for Christmas Mass.

Esther Broder   December 28th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

I watched Hala Gorani on PRISM this evening and much regret her use of the comment "israel's assault on Gaza" as if Israel attacked first. This misleads your viewers into believing that Israel attacked Gaza first and provokes an already rampant anti-semitism in France. I ask that Hala Gorani as well as your other newsmen and newswomen think cautiously about their choice of words. The Gaza Strip could have been an avatar of political. economic and cultural events of the highest order; instead it chose a path to destroy itself..

Usunobun   December 28th, 2009 7:16 pm ET

This is rather an unfortunate incident. Now, how do we strive to encourage business partnership with our foreign counterparts? lets put aside those going for greener pastures. This is going to affect the economic situtation of this country. But They just used Nigeria in this whole thing, WHERE DID THIS BOY COME FROM THE SAME DAY HE LEFT FOR AMERICA? Am sure they made him use Nigeria because they felt Nigeria was a safe place and least suspected for such criminality. Well, we should all be on our gaurd. Thank God he is from A rich background, they would have resolve it to the outcome of porverty. On the other hand this is a product of bad parenting, especially for those parents that send their children abroad to study and leave them to all vices of western world... Parents should be more carefully about there children studing abroad.
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zsolt frankfurt   December 28th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

I watch cnn for some 8000 years now (well,I am 36), watched i desk today and must say that I just really can not get into this new optics and overall style of cnn internatiobal and also of i desk. I think the "watchability" suffers and so the relevancy ,too. but I still very much like the personnel, so keep doing your stuff! go cnn! go hala!

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