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Days of anti-American violence have swept through all corners of the Muslim World. A ham-handed film set off the rioting, but what's really behind it? On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Mike Pesca asks whether this spate of violence is a reliable indicator of the overall state of affairs in countries from Egypt, to Libya, to Tunisia? Also, the Chicago teachers' strike enters its second week, and the Romney campaign reportedly in disarray while the President raises funds at a furious rate.

Banner image: Bangladeshi Muslims shout slogans during a protest rally in Dhaka September 13, 2012. Photo by Reuters/Stringer

Red State-Blue State Romney's Campaign Strategy Takes a Turn 8 MIN, 49 SEC

The Romney campaign has been subject to regular sniping from Republican insiders, but new reports have very tangible personnel shakeups being considered. We hear more from our regular Red State-Blue State guests, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News and Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle (@cmarinucci)

Making News Chicago Teachers Strike Enters Second Week 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Some 26,000 teachers are reportedly close to coming back to work in Chicago. Negotiations are on hold today, for the Jewish New Year, but word is that the strike may soon end with the fine details still to be hammered out. Becky Vevea covers education for public radio station WBEZ.

Guests:
Becky Vevea, WBEZ (@beckyleah15)

Main Topic Is the Arab Spring Falling Back? 34 MIN, 35 SEC

This week The United States and the world watch with caution as unrest and deadly riots pop up throughout the Arab World. We speak, perhaps overly broadly, about the Arab street. Last week the specific streets in questions have been those leading up to US embassies in Benghazi, Cairo, Islamabad and Tunis. German and British embassies have been targeted as well. The cause is said to be a farcically inept but highly charged film portraying the Prophet Mohamed as an evil dunce. Is this the Youtube clip that launched a thousand protests, or is the tumult an indication of a wider frustration toward the West and the new governments in place in several Arab Countries? Who's behind the riots? How should the US government respond?

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Rasha Abdulla, American University in Cairo (@RashaAbdulla)
David Schenker, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@washinstitute)
Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)

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