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Monday, August 17, 2009

Democracy and Diplomacy versus Drugs and Hate

Thursday a major report on Afghanistan was released, and SecDef Robert Gates addressed the issues as well. Wolf Blitzer covered that and then Atia Abawi reported on the latest fight in the drug war there. Apparently less drug money is going to the Taliban than we all think:

Meanwhile, Ivan Watson reported Thursday on the campaigning going on in Kabul as Afghans prepare to vote this week. President Karzai did appear on a televised debate over the weekend, and still enjoys a huge lead in the polls:

Cal Perry (who is still in Islamabad) had an exclusive interview with AfPak Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke:

In Iraq, Arwa Damon reported today on the continuing persecution of gays:

And Sunday night, Don Lemon replayed Michael Ware's report about the Mexican drug cartels branching out into new businesses, including human trafficking. Michael then did a Q&A with Don:

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Today on NewsRoom, Kyra Phillips had Michael Holmes on for a replay/follow-up on his BackStory piece about Hamdi, the Iraqi man who was such an important part of the Baghdad bureau's security team but who has now moved with his family to Atlanta:

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Miles O'Brien tweeted last week as he filmed a role in an upcoming movie... sounds like a lot of fun! (I'm sure you know this, but ... read bottom to top.)

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Where in the World...?

MONDAY: Michael Ware and Suzanne Malveaux were still in Guadalajara, covering the summit of North American leaders; Ali Velshi was in Atlanta for the start of a CNN Express tour; Peter Bergen is in Kabul; Tom Foreman was in Baltimore. Kathy Griffin was in for Larry King; John Roberts was in for Anderson Cooper.

TUESDAY: Jessica Yellin was at a Town Hall meeting in Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Ali was in Manchester, Tennessee. Wolf Blitzer was in for Larry; John Roberts was in for Anderson.

WEDNESDAY: Michael was in New York; Candy Crowley was at a Town Hall in Winterset, Iowa; Ali was in Paducah, Kentucky and Wentzville, Missouri. Wolf was in for Larry.

THURSDAY: Candy was in West Des Moines City, Iowa in the morning but back in Washington in the afternoon; Ali was in Sedalia, Missouri; John King was in Sioux City. Rick Sanchez was in for Heidi Collins; John Roberts was in for Campbell Brown. Christiane Amanpour's Generation: Islam aired from 9-11pm; AC360 was on at 11pm.

FRIDAY: Ed Henry was with the president in Big Sky, Montana; Ivan Watson reported from Kabul. Betty Nguyen was in for Heidi; John Roberts was in for Campbell; Anderson was in for Larry.

SATURDAY: Ed was in Grand Junction, Colorado; Ali was in Des Moines, Iowa. Melissa Long was in for Fredricka Whitfield.

SUNDAY: Melissa was in for Fredricka.

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