This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The anchor's covering of the start of the Persian Gulf war five years ago replayed: the voices of Shaw and Peter Arnett heard with the nightscope view of the Baghdad skyline shown.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Peter Arnett) The Iraqi city of Baghdad, which has grown impoverished, revisited; scenes shown from the streets, the official war museum, the air raid shelter that has been turned into a shrine and of sick children. The disputes between Iraq and the international community that have resulted in continuing sanctions against Iraq and the declining fortunes of several Baghdad businessmen reviewed.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) The possibility that the United Nations may lift some oil restrictions against Iraq for humanitarian reasons noted.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Report introduced.
(Saudi Arabia: Richard Blystone) Life in Saudi Arabia five years after the Persian Gulf war featured; scenes shown from the city of Riyadh that was built with oil money. [Saudi ambassador to United States Prince BANDAR bin Sultan - recalls the invasion by Iraq; explains the rulers' point of view.] [Saudi chamber of commerce Abdullah DABBAGH - says Saudi Arabia in an Arab country.] The economic, military, social, religious and educational situations in the nation reviewed. The November car bombing at a US military training center recalled; damages shown. [Saudi diplomat Adel al- JUBEIR - emphasizes the Saudi society.] [Exiled Saudi dissident Muhammad al-MASS'ARI - predicts changes will occur.] [Company president Abdulaziz SUGAIR - cites the business challenge.] The beginnings of privatization and diversification amidst a monarchy with an ever-growing bureaucracy outlined.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) The seizure by Chechen rebels of a ferryboat in the Turkish Black Sea port city of Trabzon featured; scenes shown from the vessel while the treatment of the Russian passengers is recounted.
(Outside the village of Pervomaiskaya, Russia: Eileen O'Connor) The ongoing standoff between Russian soldiers and resisting Chechen rebels, who are holding hostages in the town of Pervomaiskaya, featured; scenes shown of the fighting, of some released hostages and of local villagers, who offer their views on the struggle.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The Bosnian government said delaying the release of prisoners for a second day; scenes shown from Rodocm and from Sarajevo, where French peacekeepers have taken over utilities in French-held suburbs. A break-in at the United Nations human rights center in Zagreb, Croatia, reported.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Reports of ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis in the African nation of Burundi reported. Two help options being considered by President Clinton noted. United States ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright said to visit the region this week.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The increase in the death rate from infectious diseases reported; statistics cited.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The retrieval of a scientific satellite by the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat shown meeting with Vice President Al Gore prior to the Palestinian elections. [GORE - jokes about the American government's problems.]
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The anchor's covering of the start of the Persian Gulf war five years ago replayed: the voices of CNN reporters Shaw, Peter Arnett and John Holliman heard describing the fireworks in Baghdad and Charles Jaco in Saudi Arabia. [In CNN studio with anchor David French, former Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - describes what might be happening.] [Military affairs correspondent Wolf BLITZER - outlines what is happening in Washington.] [At 7:06 PM, White House press secretary Marlin FITZWATER - announces the opening of Operation Desert Storm.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw; Baghdad; Peter Arnett; on plane from Amman to Amsterdam: John Holliman) The events of five years ago recalled while nightscope video of Baghdad on January 16, 1991, is shown. Holliman's report on his talks with Jordan's King Hussein about the time when Jordan was supporting Iraq presented. Arnett's view given of the entrenched power of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, despite the economic shortcomings in Iraq and of Iraq's denial that it will make concessions to the United Nations about oil sales. CNN's team effort in getting and staying on the air and the plight of the people in Iraq recalled.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Interview held with former President George Bush's National Security Adviser during the Persian Gulf war presented; night firing in Baghdad on January 16, 1991 shown. [Retired General Brent SCOWCROFT - recalls the experience of watching CNN during first attacks on Iraq; admits his doubts that air power alone could do the job in Iraq; explains why the United States made "miscalculations" about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who is now a pest, but not a threat; concedes it was a mistake to let Saddam fly by helicopter; outlines the positive effects of the Gulf War, including imminent peace in the Middle East.]