Does Democracy in Iraq Have a Future?
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US combat troops are scheduled to leave Iraq starting in August, presuming that violence is down and that a stable government has been established by fair elections. This week's renewed bombings in Baghdad suggest that the scenario might not be so rosy. Also, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is grilled by a House committee on the AIG bailout, and Apple's new iPad has been unveiled. Can it live up to expectations?
Banner image: An Iraqi man walks past a municipal worker clearing debris a day after a bomb blast near the Hamra Hotel in Jadriyah, south of Baghdad, on January 26. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images
Geithner Grilled by House Committee on AIG Bailout ()
There was high political drama today as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner faced a hostile committee of Congress, defending the bail out of Wall Street by both the Bush and Obama Administrations. Kevin Hall is national economics correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers.
Does Democracy in Iraq Have a Future? ()
Iraq has been preparing for crucial nationwide elections early in March, and Sunnis, who boycotted last time around, have been full participants in the process. But, two weeks ago, a Shiite-dominated panel disqualified 511 Sunni candidates. Then came renewed bombings in Baghdad with targets including hotels and offices, and a building full of files on former associates of the now-prohibited Baath Party led by Saddam Hussein. Will the candidates' banning undermine the legitimacy of the process? What's the role of al Qaeda? Has Vice President Biden made things better or worse? Is Iraq on the road to becoming an Islamic state? Will US combat troops be able to leave the country as scheduled before the end of this year?
- Liz Sly: Baghdad Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, @lizsly
- Laith Kubba: Spokesman, former Iraqi Prime Minister al-Jaafari
- Patrick Cockburn: Iraq Correspondent, Independent
- Yitzhak Nakash: former Scholar, Carnegie Council
Can Apple Deliver More 'Wow?' ()
Steve Jobs and Apple claim they invented the laptop computer and reinvented the cell phone. Stock in Apple Computer was already sky high when Jobs appeared today at the Macworld Expo-2009 to unveil the iPad, another gadget he hopes will take the world of technology by storm. Priya Ganapati reports on emerging technology for Wired magazine.
- Priya Ganapati: Emerging Technology Reporter, Wired magazine
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