- Newsmaker: Foreign Nationals Trapped in Ivory Coast Uprising
In the West African country of Ivory Coast, an attempted coup has left 270 people dead and some 300 wounded. There-s increasing concern about 150 children, mostly Americans, trapped in the basement of a missionary boarding school. Paul Welsh, West Africa correspondent for the BBC, reports on the prospect for negotiations with rebel leaders and for a non-violent resolution of the tense situation.
- Reporter's Notebook: Election-Winning Schroeder Resolute against War with Iraq
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder won re-election Sunday against his conservative rival, Edmund Stoiber, by one of the narrowest margins in Germany-s history. Opposition to war on Iraq appears to have been crucial to Schroeder-s victory. Frank Umbach, a security expert with the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations, assesses the impact the Social Democrat-s victory could have on US interests.
Is War on Iraq Undermining the War on Terrorism?
As the Bush Administration prepares to attack Iraq, skeptics questioning whether the US can afford to divert the resources required for -regime change- and its expensive aftermath. What if those resources are required in Afghanistan or Pakistan, or in case of another al Qaeda attack on American shores? One crucial issue that needs to be addressed is the connection between Saddam Hussein and terrorism. Is removing the Iraqi leader an essential part of the war on terrorism? We assess the immediacy of the threat from Saddam Hussein with experts from the American Enterprise Institute, the University of St. Andrew-s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, a Pentagon advisory board, and a veteran war reporter.