The G-20 and the Future of the Global Economy
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One year after the global recession hit its peak, the leaders of 20 nations are meeting in Pittsburgh to talk about preventing the same thing from happening again. But is the current "recovery" real for millions of people? Is the G-20 likely to make things better or worse? Also, covert evidence of an Iranian nuclear facility. On Reporter's Notebook, since 9/11, many reported plots of terrorism on US soil have failed to lead to convictions. The case of the airport shuttle driver in Denver may be the real thing.
Banner image: A woman exhorts a gathering of students to provoke police lined up near Phipps Conservatory where world leaders were gathered at a dinner before the G-20 Summit on September 24 on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images
Covert Iranian Nuclear Facility Revealed ()
The US, France and Britain have presented what they call "detailed evidence" that Iran has been building a uranium enrichment facility in secret. In Pittsburgh for the G-20 meeting, President Obama accused Iran of intentionally hiding its nuclear facilities from the International Atomic Energy Agency. William Tobey is a former Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
- William Tobey: former Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration
The G-20 and the Future of the Global Economy ()
As the old G-7 becomes the G-20, there's talk of economic "recovery," but good times may be limited to the financial industry. In the so-called "jobless recovery," millions of people still can't make ends meet, and protesters in the streets of Pittsburgh claim Wall Street is running the government. Even some market fundamentalists say they're right. Are the same people who presided over one disaster in charge of preventing another? Will the G-20 approve new regulations to crack down on excessive risk that endangers the world economy?
- Raj Patel: author, 'The Value of Nothing'
- Simon Johnson: former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
- Peter Goodman: National Economic Correspondent, New York Times, @petersgoodman
- Tom Donlan: Editorial Page Editor, Barron's National Business and Financial Weekly, @barronsonline
Prosecutors Call Terrorism Case Most Serious in Years ()
Since September 11, dozens of apparent cases of terrorism have turned out to be something less, sometimes the product of undercover government agents. But today's New York Times reports that the case of Najibullah Zazi may be the real thing. In Denver today, a federal judge ordered the Denver airport-shuttle driver held without bail until he's transferred to New York City. There he'll be charged with plotting the use of weapons of mass destruction in the US. Scott Shane covers national security for the Times.
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