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Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Thoughts, Everyone!

I'm going to start with some feel-good news out of Iraq. Frederik Pleitgen did a report today on the somewhat-resurgence of the Iraqi port in Umm Qasr. The Brits made this a priority because... well, how else will the oil get out? Still, it's a positive:

Meanwhile, Morgan Neill did a report on the suicide bombers that stuck today. Sorry, did I not mention the feel-good-stories-from-Iraq portion of the program was over? Oh, and the bombers were women:

Arwa Damon is back in Baghdad and did a follow-up this afternoon:

Earlier, they showed one of Arwa's reports that she has been working on while in Indonesia -- an attempt to save endangered elephants, and we're back to feeling good about the world now:

John Vause has been reporting on the Chinese attempts to clean up the air quality in Beijing, which can best be summed up in one phrase: too little, too late. (I meant the attempts, not the air. Although if you're an athlete trying to gasp for oxygen while running a race... that distinction may be lost!) Today we are eleven days from the Opening Ceremony, and there is no Plan B:

Christiane Amanpour has a follow-up to her spectacular God's Warriors series, and it airs this weekend. "Buddha's Warriors" ... what an oxymoron of a title:

This would be totally off-topic except that CNN spent a lot of time talking about it over the weekend. If you were told you only had a few months to live, how would you really spend them? If you've never heard of Randy Pausch, watch this and be amazed:

The lecture itself runs about 75 minutes and is still available on YouTube

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1 comment:

MWmcFan said...

Cyn, thanks for the Arwa clips I had missed those. It’s great to see her reporting from Baghdad again. Arwa has lived there for so long she really knows what is going on. That was a very informative report she did too about saving the elephants in Indonesia.
Christiane’s special Buddha’s Warriors should be very interesting too, I'm looking forward to seeing it.