- Making News: Al-Sadr Calls for Peace While Iraqi Constitution Stalled
With Iraq's new constitution stalled, with multiple factions raging war across the country, Muqtada al-Sadr is calling for a country-wide moratorium on violence, at least for the moment. The radical Shiite cleric asks all Muslims to return to their homes, saying "Iraq is passing through a critical and difficult period that requires unity." Scott Johnson, Baghdad Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine, has more on the situation.
- Reporter's Notebook: Doping Storm Swirls Around Lance Armstrong
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs many times, has never tested positive. Allegations have been chalked up to jealousy or disbelief. Now, France's L'Equipe has published results from 1999 that say unequivocally that he had EPO in his system during that, his first Tour victory. John Hoberman is author of Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping.
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For decades, the leader in socialist anti-American dogma has been Cuba's Fidel Castro. But Hugo Chavez, a great friend of Castro's, is quickly climbing the power ladder of our hemisphere, and despite his being the elected President of Venezuela, is considered a hostile despot by the US. When this week, former presidential candidate Pat Robertson outraged many by suggesting the US assassinate the Chavez, the State and Defense Departments immediately distanced themselves, emphatically stating that the US does not engage in assassinations of elected officials. How does Chavez reflect growing anti-Americanism in Latin America? Guest host Diana Nyad looks at our current relations with Chavez, and considers what our history of intervention in Latin America can teach us about our intervention in the Middle East?