October 21, 2009
Posted: 1833 GMT

Hey there, everyone...

There have been several big stories at the I-Desk this week. Some of you have already commented on our Facebook page - which, if you're not a fan of, you really should be. Just search: CNN I-Desk.

Anyway, we want to get your take on this week's big stories, which seem to have huge implications. Among them:

1. Afghanistan runoff election - The newly scheduled November 7th runoff pins President Hamid Karzai against his main opponent, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Right now, Mr. Karzai holds a relatively large lead over Dr. Abdullah. Of course, the outcome of this election could play a pivotal role in the future of the war efforts, in that country. What do you think will happen? And, what do you think the U.S. and NATO forces should do, in response to the election? Or, even, before the election?

2. Iran nuclear deal - It's a story, which broke earlier on Wednesday. Details of the proposed deal are still being worked out, and everyone needs to completely agree on them. But, essentially, the deal could lead to a brand-new relations between Iran and the West. Do you think Iran will abide by the deal? What do you feel will come of the negotiations?

3. H1N1 vaccines - The much-anticipated vaccines are now being given to healthcare workers in Britain. Some people in China, Iraq and several other countries are also receiving the "swine flu" vaccine. But, others are skeptical that it'll work. What are your thoughts? Do you plan on getting the vaccine? If not, why?

Those are just a few of this week's big stories. Feel free to comment on these, or anything else you've seen at the I-Desk.


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April 21, 2009
Posted: 216 GMT


We received an overwhelming response to our poll question yesterday and wanted to highlight a few of the more concise and thoughtful comments below to keep the conversation going. We had to leave many quotes off this list because we lacked space or because we had already read them on air. But keep those comments coming and we'll surely post yours soon enough (if we already haven't). And for future reference–put down your location when leaving a comment. We want to know where you're located!! Thanks! –The I-Desk Team.

The UN conference on racism – couldn’t they have found another speaker? The UN knew it was inviting controversy by having Iran’s leader speak, and they knew what he was going to say and do. Maybe this was intentional by UN staffers? Racism is awful and should be dealt with, but why politicize it so much? It is counter-productive to do so
-James W. Hawkins

I don’t think it was the right move, to give Pres. Ahmadinejad the stage and opportunity to speak at a conference that treads a social problem as important as racism, after all we’ve heard in the past. It was too obvious that he would continue to rage against Israel.
-Adrian Vocke

Hello, as a British Citizen of African origin, I have fought against racism in Britain. I have also observed through various media outlet including CNN, that racism is very much alive within the state of Israel. Racism against Arab Israelis, against Palestinians, you cannot deny that white or light-skinned Israelis of European origin are the privilege ones in Israeli society. Equally, there is clearly racial division USA, and that racism is worldwide, so although I absolutely disagree with the Iranian President on his dangerous views on the holocaust, I feel that the move to boycott or walk out of the conference on racism is childish, because all the delegates from the those countries should put their own house in order. Racism can only be eradicated by talking not by boycott or walking out.

I do believe that he should have the opportunity to speak. It’s just a pity that he didn’t use this platform to make a great speech, present new views or suggest ways to move forward with the international community. Everyone already knows his point of view, so why sound like a broken down record and keep repeating it. In my mind this just shows how much of a poor *leader* he actually is.

I think he should be allowed to speak, that one does not agree with what he has to say does not give anyone the right to stop him from saying what he feels. What is the essence of a free society if someone is not allowed to speak because his opinion is contrary to yours.

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April 15, 2009
Posted: 1841 GMT

We received a rousing response to last week’s poll in which we asked whether your views of the U.S. had changed after Barack Obama’s trip to Europe. Below we’ve posted some of your comments and continue to invite your comments on this and any other topic.

Barack Obama was very clear about the mistakes the US made but I also agreed with him that Europe and the rest of the world focus too much on negative events and seem to forget the many good things the US does. The leading country in the world is involved in almost everything that happens. Nobody’s perfect, neither is the US, but Obama made clear that it was, is and will always be a great nation!
– Johan

Obama himself has not changed my view on the US (yet) – you always had great (and even many “greater”) guys like him! The fact that the US elected him president and his approval rates are still so high up however has changed a lot – and at least over here only for the better!!!
– Ulf Kleinings

I think president Obama’s approach to things will greatly improve the image of the United States of America in the eyes of the rest of the world.
But i think it will be wrong for people to sit back and hope that only “One Man” can bring change to the world, only one person can cure the world of the current economic crisis. True change lies in the hands of each and every one of us in our own little way. Only then can we move forward.
That’s my opinion!
– Ifeanyi

Again, just because we didn’t post doesn’t mean we didn’t appreciate your comment, we just didn’t have the space! Keep em’ coming and we’ll keep trying to highlight as many as we can.

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March 30, 2009
Posted: 1804 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement that 4,000 more troops would be sent to Afghanistan (on top of 17,000 he's already promised to send) wasn't a small affair what with a highly public press conference held to announce it.  

And it also drew a strong response from all of you who come here to share your thoughts and participate in our poll. Below we wanted to highlight some of your thoughts on this subject from the past week. Some comments have been edited for length:

The situation over in the Middle East will never change. So do something else with the money that is being spent on that situation over there. Give it to the American people! (Yeah, right!)
Like I stated in another article, give money to senior citizens that are working, so they can retire. They can pay of their mortgages, buy American made car, put the rest in savings, stop giving them social security. That would then help the economy, create more jobs and help or even stop giving social security.



I'm living in Iran,I'm suffering from the same ideology of my compatriots but the main thing is that this ideology is not gonna be defeated by war,bombs,troops,the people are step by step getting away form the ideology because the new generation understands that this islamic beliefs are not gonna work in the modern society,the only thing the western countries should do is to guide the people into new things,correct ones. Because most people when they get new ideas,they dont get correct ones.



I understand people desperation because of the economical crisis, but we can't forget that are people in the world that are in worst living situations then ours...Social help is need for countries like Afghanistan. It will probably help more to battle Al Qaeda then by simply reinforcing the numbers of military there.
People who are hungry, who have lost everything, and in addition, who live with daily violence and war, are easier to be recruited by any terrorist movement. Al Qaeda probably promises those people the social, economical and even spiritual help that others refuse to give them...
It's great you have a job, you can pay your house rent, by a car... but at the end... will the misery of others make you feel safer and better despite all you have?
When the world will understand that it's not enough that we have a great life between the boards of our country, when there are others struggling to survive, fighting for human rights, fighting for land, religion, or justice... fighting simply to be alive?



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