Pakistan: Is a Nuclear Power Becoming a Failed State?
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Detectives from Scotland Yard will help Pakistan investigate the killing of Benazir Bhutto, but can they give President Pervez Musharraf much-needed credibility? Can free elections promote national unity? Is a nuclear power on the way to disintegration? Also, more post-election violence today in Kenya, and Democrats and Republicans caucus tonight in Iowa, then it's on to New Hampshire next Tuesday. We get a preview.
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Ethnic Violence in the Streets of Nairobi ()
This weekend's disputed election produced more violence today in Kenya, as riot police in Nairobi used tear gas, batons and water canons against thousands of opposition supporters who were trying to stage a rally. Jeffrey Gettlemen is in Nairobi for the New York Times.
What's Next for Pakistan? ()
Despite photographs of a gunman and doctors' reports of bullet wounds to the head and chest, the Pakistani government claims that Benazir Bhutto died when her head struck the sunroof of her vehicle. President Pervez Musharraf has asked help from Scotland Yard to investigate the assassination. After Bhutto's killing and Musharraf's fumbling response, Pakistan is "disintegrating." That's the opinion of a former high-level Pakistani official, who talks ominously about the "death of hope" in his country. We talk with him and others about the impact of the assassination and elections as a possible vehicle for national unity. Will Scotland Yard give Musharraf new credibility? Was he ever a trustworthy ally in America's "war on terror?"
- Jugnu Mohsin: Publisher and Managing Editor, Friday Times
- Akbar Ahmed: Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
- Marvin Weinbaum: Senior Scholar, Middle East Institute
- Adrian Levy: Special Correspondent, Guardian
One Last Look at Iowa before the Caucuses ()
At 7:30 tonight, Iowa Democrats will begin to caucus; Republicans gather at 8. Predicted temperature: 24°. Predicted outcome: uncertain in both parties. The latest tracking poll by John Zogby for Reuters shows Obama with 31% of likely Democratic caucus goers, Edwards with 27 and Clinton with 24. Huckabee leads Romney 31 to 25. Can you believe it? Peter Nicholas is in frozen Iowa for the Los Angeles Times.
- Peter Nicholas: Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times
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