- Making News: Chaos a Month Away from Palestinian Elections
With Palestinian parliamentary elections less than a month away, The ruling Fatah Party had split, with Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti leading a young faction in a breakaway. The two sides are now reuniting, in part to keep the militant Hamas from gaining strength at the polls on January 25. Dan Ephron is in Jerusalem for Newsweek.
- Reporter's Notebook: Attacks Slow US Army Corps of Engineers' Iraq Reconstruction
The US Army Corps of Engineers is increasingly turning to Iraqi contractors and engineers to design and complete projects to restore basic services, but it's not easy. The Christian Science Monitor reports that hundreds of Iraqi contractors have been killed and that a fifth of US reconstruction funds have been spent on security. Nonetheless, the Corps says its progress has been understated. Warren Olney speaks with Colonel Bjarne Iverson, Director of the National Reconstruction Operations Center in Baghdad.
FROM THIS EPISODE
From video gaming to hand-held computers, we have become a nation of addicts to small-screen games, Internet browsing, and email messages. Video games are the fastest growing segment of the entertainment industry with an estimated 50% of Americans playing, both on-line and on consoles in our homes. Some 74% of those players state they would rather play video games than watch television. How is the video age affecting today's youth? While there are advantages to time spent on computers, there are also reasons to be alarmed at what a priority these games and online activities have become. Are they the new release mechanism of our culture, a way for us to play anonymously and endlessly in a virtual world, or are they part and parcel of our growing list of unhealthy addictions? Guest host Diana Nyad discusses our addiction to the newest art form of the 21st century.