March 4, 2010
Posted: 1733 GMT

Hi everyone,

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me: first a short trip to Abu Dhabi, then on assignment covering the quake aftermath in Haiti, followed by a week anchoring our special iList France series and then ending with a vacation in Peru.

I was on a beach in Peru when the earthquake struck Chile. The assignment desk in Atlanta asked me to travel to the quake zone. My vacation was over anyway so I agreed. What I didn't count on was how nearly impossible it would be to find a way into Chile.

Santiago airport was closed and there were no direct flights from Lima to smaller regional Chilean airports. We flew to Bolivia in the hope of catching a flight to Santiago the next morning but that flight was canceled as well.

Three days after the quake struck and with three teams already on the ground, we all decided it would make more sense for me to fly back to Atlanta to anchor my show. So here I am!

We are kicking things off with the latest out of Iraq today. The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki told CNN he would consider asking American forces to stay longer if the security situation demanded it. We will cross over live to Baghdad where Arwa Damon will tell us why this is significant, just as the country prepares to go to the polls for national parliamentary elections on Sunday.

We are also live in Concepcion, Chile. Sara Sidner will report on a coastal town decimated by the tremor and the tsunami wave that wreaked havoc on a small community in the quake zone.

We will also go live to Spain, Wall Street and Turkey..

See you at the IDesk!


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nimitz benedicto   March 4th, 2010 5:47 pm ET

nice to see Ms. H. Gorani back. So many fans are awaiting her. Hope she hasd a refreshing vacation.

Chile earthqueke really made the news. places thousands of kilometers away braced for Tsunami. Thank heavens the tsunami waves were not that destructive.
We hope some people will be so kind to unblock loyal fans who don't know why they were.

Oh, the kid at the tower. Seems there were 2? At first looks cute. A kid controller. But on closer look, not at that very important post where a slight misunderstanding of instructions can jeopardize the lives of passengers.

Pete   March 4th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Hala looks great today with her new hairstyle

Donna   March 4th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

HMMMMM, I don't see my comments??? I thought this is a place to give your opinion? Now, I'm really wondering.......

J Man   March 4th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

It's not just the news stories, also the where and abouts of a reporter needs to be told. Is that what Errol was saying,"our social networking policy is 'full transparency' "

JOSE DANIEL PELONI   March 5th, 2010 4:09 pm ET
You may be interested in this article. It´s about an Argentine war pilot hero at the Malvinas war in 1982, who died yesterday in the province of Córdoba, Argentina, while flying a fumigating plane. It´s incredible.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 5th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

I hope American's at home do not fall for this attempt in Iraq to continue pouring Trillions of dollars into a War that should never have occurred, propping up a unpopular government forced upon the Iraqi people by the machine guns of the US Military troops.

Begin pulling out America's troops and equipment from Iraq now, Exxon, BP now have the cheap Iraqi Oil Contracts, Mission Accomplished, Time to go home now.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 6th, 2010 12:47 am ET

The UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a startling confession during the investigation of evidence of possible crimes that took place by the US and UK in the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

"I never subscribed to what you might call the neo-conservative proposition that somehow, at the barrel of a gun, overnight, liberty or democracy could be conjured up," Brown told the panel."

Isn't that the very foundation of the 'Shake and Bake' regional governments and regional Afghan police forces now being poured into Marjah? A major allie, namely the Prime Minister of Britain states he doesn't think the 'Shake and Bake' mentality is going to work, nor does he even subscribe to the very notion that is sound or plausible!

WOW! Didn't Gen. McCrystal even ask the UK Prime Minister what he thought about the current war plan in Afghanistan BEFORE coming up with this 'Shake and Bake' elaborate overnight governments and security forces?

A. Smith, Oregon   March 7th, 2010 3:47 am ET

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems to be getting frustrated with the present situation.

Recently, Ahmadinejad ordered the entire stockpile of slightly enhanced Uranium Hexafloride to be moved from its deep underground centrifuge bases to a above ground warehouse as if he was begging US and Israeli forces to bomb them.

Of course if that occurred, the resulting huge release of many ton's of radioactive Uranium Hexafloride gas would severely contaminate a large area of Iran and portions of the Middle East, vastly inflaming the Arabic anger at Israel and America.

Now it appears Ahmadinejad has grown weary waiting for Russia to supply them with their promised S-300 mid-range air-defense battery's to further protect Tehran from air strikes. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered all Russian commercial pilots to leave Iran immediately.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also went out on his proverbial limb today by issuing a public statement that the American government's version of 911 was a lie.

Perhaps I would agree with many that feel that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is simply trying to provoke America and is growing ever more frustrated with the obstacles which have closed in around him.

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