January 4, 2010
Posted: 108 GMT

Happy New Year, everyone!!

We're starting the first full week of 2010, with several challenges around the world:
– Hightened terrorism concerns, following the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a plane over the U.S.
– Raging war in Afghanistan, with more and more strikes over the border into Pakistan
– A downsizing war effort in Iraq, as a major election looms
– Protests in Iran, which resurged after the post-election violence in the summer
– Questions about the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea
– A global economic recession which is slowly improving, very slowly

And, that's just to name a few. So, what will the big stories of 2010 be?? Take out your crystal balls, or any other kind of fortune-telling devices, and let us know. We'll take a look at some of your answers, live at the I-Desk, later this week.

See you then!
J the P

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Jack Quann -Dublin, Ireland   January 4th, 2010 11:51 am ET

The big issues of 2010 will be, I think, international tension between the big (& small) powers. By that I mean Iran & the US, China & the UK, to name but a few. I can see relationships between those countries that already have difficulties getting worse. On top of that, the economy will, unsurprisingly, be a big player again. Will we come out of the recession this year as so many suggest? I think the question will dominate much of the business news for the next 12 months – particularly towards the end of the year. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We still have global warming, world poverty and human trafficking to get through; just some of the issues that will dominate/get worse as the economy continues to shrink. Crystal balls? If only there was such a thing......

Sayan Majumdar   January 4th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Both Iran and North Korea are taking full advantage of United States preoccupation in Afghanistan and Iraq to further their “not so transparent” nuclear program.

It appears sooner or later United States has to “secure” active regional allies to tackle the complications, however at what geopolitical costs no one is certain.

By the way a HAPPY NEW YEAR to Hala along with every CNN staff.


Sayan Majumdar   January 4th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

As far as predictions are concerned I foresee active United States military engagement deep inside Pakistan to tackle the terrorist groups those still are enjoying covert patronage of sections of Pakistani administration.


Bala Nmadu   January 4th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Hello Hala

I am a Nigerian whom travels alot. And we have been treated different at international ports of enrty for a long time now. The only addition this time is that the intent of the treatment will be for "anti-terrorism" reasons.

I have no problem with the effort to ensure that the flights are safer.

However, these additional scanners etc. raise personal health concerns such as cancer etc. Is there an option to choose a full body search instead of the scanners?


A. Smith, Oregon   January 4th, 2010 7:29 pm ET

Close the Yemen embassy, bomb the Yemen people?

Sounds very familiar to me, is everyone suffering from Big Oil lead poisoning and short term memory loss?

American war planners are gearing up for yet another proxy Oil war on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Where once again American's give their lives and the American taxpayer pay the tab.

Yemen sits on the 2nd. choke point for Saudi Arabia's Oil Supertankers entering and leaving the Red Sea.

Iran sits on the other choke point for Saudi Arabia's Oil Supertankers entering and leaving the Strait of Hormuz.

This is all about Saudi Oil, and nothing about the safety of American citizens. In my opinion, bombing the poorest nation in the entire Middle East is going to fan the flames of hatred towards all Americans at home and abroad.

L.J. Ochoa   January 15th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

And a suggestion to the journalists in the field there in sad Port au Prince...To take as many photos to the dead ones so one day those photos could be published there and the living ones could recognize the dear gone ones

expat   January 29th, 2010 1:22 pm ET

I thought it would be fitting to share with CNN and international viewers the greed surrounding the World Cup. As a cautionary note to those tourists wanting to attend World Cup – airlines in SA are now being accussed of fixing prices – what normally costs between 500 and 1200 rand to fly from Johannesburg to Durban or Capetown now costs 4000+. Many if not most lodges, hostels, hotels, B+B's have doubled, triples and quadrupled prices. I think CNN should really do some investigative journalism into what hosting the FIFA World Cup tournament really means economically for both tourists and local residents. It is very apparent having lived here for many years now, the wealthy fat cats continue to get wealthier, the poor stay poor and continue to be overlooked. If you want an idea of the true realisty in SA check

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