This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s meeting with leaders of the United Arab Emirates, the first stop on his Middle East tour; a bus hijacking in Berlin, Germany, and presidential candidate Joe Lieberman’s call for the government to investigate the money trail of accused spy Katrina Leung reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Near Tikrit, Iraq: Nic Robertson) The discovery and field testing of barrels which may contain chemical weapons featured; characteristics of the nerve agent cyclosarin outlined on screen; scenes shown of teams in protective gear investigating the site at Baiji, Iraq.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Suspicions that Iran is influencing Iraqi Shiite Muslims to push for the formation of an Iranian-style Islamic state noted. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says the US & coalition will not allow neighboring forces to influence the outcomes in Iraq.] Live interview held with Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Clifford May and Council of American-Islamic Relations Nihad Awad about how the US can bring democracy to Iraq and prevent the formation of an undemocratic government. [MAY – says we do not know what most Shiites want; states the new government must account for rights of Kurds and Sunnis.] [AWAD – says democracy & Islam are compatible; states the new government is not up to neighboring countries or the US government; says it is not appropriate for clerics to be grabbing power but they must be elected by free elections.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The homecoming in south Texas of former POW Spc. Edgar Hernandez shown.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Taiwan’s tough measures to control SARS and the WHO’s expected report that Vietnam is the first nation to successfully contain the disease noted; video shown of a quarantined woman trying to jump out of a window in Taipei, Taiwan. [CDC Dr. Julie GERBERDING- comments on preventing an outbreak in the US.]
(Beijing: Jaime Florcruz) The Chinese government’s unveiling of a set of ten measures to deal with SARS featured; details given about specific measures, including the ban on gatherings of over fifty people.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CBC Melissa Fung about the SARS situation in Toronto, Canada. [FUNG – comments on the impact of the death toll on whether the WHO should rescind its travel advisory; says Canadian officials do not believe the WHO’s information is based on scientific data; says things are blown out of proportion in Toronto.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The testing of barrels by US experts for evidence of chemical agents; former Iraqi ambassador to the U.N. Mohammed al-Douri’s appearance on Arab TV and tomorrow’s hearing for suspected Washington, DC, area sniper Lee Malvo on the admissibility of his confession last November noted.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Doha, Qatar: Barbara Starr) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s trip to the Middle East featured; scenes shown of Rumsfeld with Persian Gulf leaders and US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy Franks in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. [RUMSFELD – says the US intends to see that there is a secure environment that allows the Iraqi people to develop a free Iraqi government.] [FRANKS – comments on the US presence in the region.] Franks’s statement that former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz is giving information to the US noted.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Afghanistan’s ambassador to the US Ishaq Shahryar about the difficulties of changing from a totalitarian regime to a democracy. [SHAHRYAR – comments on the pace of reconstruction; says Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s upcoming visit signifies the commitment of the US to Afghanistan; states Afghanistan should become a model for Islamic countries; disagrees that Afghanistan has been forgotten; notes we are starting from ground zero; says he is satisfied with the level of support the Afghan army is receiving; comments on continuing violence across the country; says the 22-year-long curfew has been lifted from Kabul; talks about Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s diplomatic trip to Pakistan.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Millenium Hilton marketing director Sandra Cook about the reopening of the hotel, which was damaged during the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City; scenes shown. [In New York, COOK – says we’re proud to be part of the resurgence of the downtown area; states it is an honor to be across the street from Ground Zero; comments on the return of customers & staff who were there before September 11; talks about the hotel’s place in architect Daniel Libeskind’s redevelopment plan for the area.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with director Rick DeOliveira about the debut of his movie “The Real Cancun” and the market for “reality movies” featured; excerpts shown; top box office draws for the weekend outlined on screen. [DeOLIVEIRA – talks about the difference between reality TV and a reality movie; explains the premise of the movie; says he hopes the movie will build on word of mouth; comments on DVD distribution; speculates on the next step in the reality genre.] [Movie subjects “PAUL”, “JORELL” – talk about what it is was like making the movie.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The decision by an Arkansas school board to keep the “Harry Potter” series of books locked up because they are evil; the demand by Cody, Wyoming, police for extra pay for killing skunks and a major overbilling by a lawyer for a school district in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, reported.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Audiotapes played of viewers’ opinions on whether the US needs to find weapons of mass destruction to justify the war in Iraq.