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British officials are still investigating the conspiracy to blow up airliners bound for the US.  We get an update on who's been arrested, hear about the Pakistani connection--and discuss the political fallout on this side of the Atlantic.  Plus, an update on the Middle East and cease-fire negotiations from Israel, Lebanon and the UN. And, are the media missing the real story in Fidel Castro’s Cuba? 

Reporter's Notebook How Serious Is Castro's Condition? 15 MIN

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his friend Fidel Castro is in a "great battle for life," but that he's optimistic about a quick recovery.  Just what is Castro's condition?  Have the media done enough to find out?  What do we know about the man and his evolution into a dictator? Ann Louise Bardach, author of Cuba Confidential, has interviewed Fidel Castro twice and has just edited his letters from prison for Sunday's New York Times.

Read an excerpt from Cuba Confidential.

Guests:
Ann Louise Bardach, journalist and author

Cuba Confidential

Ann Louise Bardach

Making News Israeli Troops Get Go-Ahead for Expanded Assault in Lebanon 20 MIN

Despite what appears to be progress on a Security Council cease-fire resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has given the military the go-ahead to expand the ground offensive in southern Lebanon.  At the United Nations, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Secretary General Kofi Annan, and John Bolton, America's Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton was optimistic about the resolution. Has Israel lost its patience, or is it trying to speed-up a diplomatic solution? We get updates from Jerusalem, Beirut and the UN.

Guests:
Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Newspapers
Maggie Farley, UN Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Andrew Lee Butters, Middle East Correspondent, Time magazine

Main Topic Update on Foiled Terror Conspiracy 25 MIN

In Britain, the airline terror conspiracy is still unfolding.  Twenty-four people have been arrested there.  In Pakistan, two British citizens and five Pakistanis are in custody.  Was the airline conspiracy al Qaeda's so-called "big one," designed as a follow-up to September 11?  We get the latest from Britain, look at the Pakistani connection and the state of western intelligence, and political implications in an election year.

Guests:
Sean O'Neill, Reporter, Times of London
Thomas Sanderson, Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Hassan Abbas, Senior Advisor, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)

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