Barack Hussein Obama and the Muslim World
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In Turkey today, President Obama is making good on his promise to reach out to the Muslim world. We hear about Turkey's importance as a strategic ally and a bridge to the rest of Islam and discuss the growth of independent, conservative religious thinking among young Muslim people around the world. Also, the hunt for survivors after today's earthquake in Italy, and an arms control advocate responds to President Obama's call for eliminating nuclear weapons.
Banner image: Turkish President Abdullah Gul (R) and US President Barack Obama enter the palace after a welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Cankaya Presidential Palace in Istanbul. Photo: Getty Images
Hunt for Survivors of Italian Earthquake ()
The tolls of deaths, injuries and homeless are rising in central Italy where a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has destroyed villages and seriously damaged the 13th Century city of L'Aquila. Phil Stewart is a correspondent for Reuters in Rome.
- Phil Stewart: Correspondent, Reuters
Obama in Turkey Reaches Out to the Islamic World ()
In his first visit to a Muslim country as President, Barack Obama told the Turkish parliament today, the US “is not and will never be at war with Islam.” He invoked his Muslim father and his residence in a Muslim country, and called Turkey's secular democracy a model for the 21st Century. We talk about Turkey's importance to the US and the Western countries and about the so-called “soft” but conservative religious conversion of Islamic youth worldwide.
- Semih Idiz: Columnist, Milliyet
- Bulent Aliriza: Director of the Turkey Project, Center for International and Strategic Studies
- Robin Wright: Public Policy Scholar Woodrow Wilson Center, @wrightr
- Navtej Dhillon: Fellow, Brookings Institution
Obama Wants to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons ()
In the aftermath of yesterday's launch, the UN Security Council failed to condemn North Korea. But in Prague yesterday, President Obama said it's the responsibility of the US to lead the way to nuclear disarmament. He pledged to take what he called “concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.” Daryl Kimball is Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, which advocates what it calls “practical solutions” to eliminating weapons-related security threats.
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